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Coverage of Dan Walker's Premier League preview show on Radio 5 Live with Peter Schmeichel and Danny Murphy

27 September 2013 Last updated at 20:51 GMT

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    Thanks for tuning into 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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    John in Lincolnshire, via text on 85058: As a Sunderland fan I have had no confidence and diminishing interest in the club since Niall Quinn's departure. I would honestly have a labrador as a manager. At least it would be amusing. No seriously ambitious player is going to join this shambles.

  3. 2056:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTEAM NEWS- MANCHESTER UNITED v West Brom

    Manchester United manager David Moyes expects to have Robin van Persie and Tom Cleverley available for the Premier League encounter with West Brom.

    Van Persie has missed the last two games with a groin injury, while Cleverley was ruled out of the midweek Capital One Cup win over Liverpool with a knee problem.

    Marouane Fellaini returns to Moyes' squad after being cup-tied.

  4. 2055:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTEAM NEWS- FULHAM v Cardiff

    Fulham defender Aaron Hughes and midfielder Bryan Ruiz face fitness tests to determine if they will be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Cardiff.

    Hughes and Ruiz have been absent with thigh and ankle injuries, respectively.

    Ashkan Dejagah (calf), Matthew Briggs (hernia) and first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (shoulder) are still out.

  5. 2052:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy: "There's not many complete midfielders who can do everything. These days teams play more with three central midfielders who can all do different jobs.

    "Players like Tom Huddlestone have become more important because defensive midfielders aren't expected to thunder into tackles as much now. It's about intercepting and reading the game. Michael Carrick does the same very effectively for Manchester United."

    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Tom Huddlestone

    Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone factfile:

    - 2004: Makes Derby County debut aged 16

    - 2005: Joins Tottenham

    - 2008: Wins Carling Cup with Spurs

    - 2009: Makes England debut against Brazil

    - 2009: Signs new five-year deal at Tottenham

    - 2013: Moves to Hull City for an undisclosed fee

  7. 2048:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTEAM NEWS- HULL v West Ham

    Hull welcome back Maynor Figueroa for the Premier League visit of West Ham on Saturday.

    The Honduran left-back missed the 3-2 win over Newcastle due to personal reasons but is ready to play this weekend.

    Robert Koren (broken foot) and James Chester (hamstring) are long-term absentees and Paul McShane is only fit for the bench, meaning Steve Bruce must choose between Alex Bruce and Abdoulaye Faye at centre-back.

  8. 2046:  
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    Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy: "I think Liverpool have missed Coutinho in their last two games. He is more of a provider and Suarez is more of goalscorer, even though they are a better side for having got him back.

    "If Liverpool can get Coutinho fit soon with Suarez and Sturridge in the side they will be in a position to really push on."

  9. 2044:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveHEAD TO HEAD- Sunderland v Liverpool

    - Sunderland have scored only 12 goals in 24 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.

    - Seven of Liverpool's last nine Premier League goals have been scored from Daniel Sturridge.

    - Sunderland have won only three of their 24 Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool but all three victories have come at the Stadium of Light.

    - Sunderland haven't kept a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games.

    - The Reds are unbeaten in six Premier League games away from Anfield (W4 D2), last losing on the road in March to Southampton.

    - Eight of Sunderland's last 10 Premier League home games have seen three goals or fewer scored.

    - Pacy loanee Victor Moses is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance.

  10. 2040:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "When Sunderland appointed someone like Paolo Di Canio the board knew exactly what they were getting.

    "They gave him the money to do it the Di Canio way. They shouldn't have appointed him if they didn't like his style. For me, the board are to blame for this situation."

  11. 2039:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Kevin Ball

    Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ballsays he would like to be considered as a permanent successor to the recently sacked Paolo Di Canio.

  12. 2034:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- ASTON VILLA v Manchester City

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful a number of his key players will return for Saturday's Premier League match at home to Manchester City.

    Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann, Ciaran Clark and Antonio Luna should all be available again after recent knocks and niggles.

    Lambert remains without Christian Benteke (hip) and Ashley Westwood (thigh), whilst Jores Okore (knee), Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) and Gary Gardner (back) are long-term casualties.

  13. 2031:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Peter Schemichel

    The discussion is still going on in the BBC Radio 5 live studio as Dan Walker, Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy preview this weekend's Premier League action. Got a question for them? Contact the studio on 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball"

  14. 2029:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Peter Schmeichel: "I think Arsene Wenger did a good job of clearing players that weren't needed during the summer. This Arsenal team is a good team and deserve to be at the top of the Premier League."

    Danny Murphy: "Arsenal's defence has been a concern. But if you give me one team to watch every week it would Arsenal."

  15. 2026:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTEAM NEWS- Swansea v ARSENAL

    Arsenal will give fitness tests to midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and Mathieu Flamini (shoulder) ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Swansea.

    England forward Theo Walcott has responded well to surgery on a minor abdominal problem, but is now set for up to five weeks recovery time.

    Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky (thigh) could return for next week's Champions League game against Napoli, but Santi Cazorla (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all out.

  16. 2023:  
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    Danny Murphy: "I think Liverpool will still finish above Everton!"

  17. 2021:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "I think we will see Everton progress. I am not saying Roberto Martinez is a better manager than David Moyes because he did a great job. But I think Everton will challenge Liverpool for sixth position."

  18. 2020:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy: "Everton are in a good position and in the top half of the table where the fans expect them to be. And even in the games they've drawn they could have won and been in a better position.

    "Roberto Martinez might not have been everyone's cup of tea when he took over but he's started very well so I'm pleased for the Everton fans."

  19. 2018:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Roberto Martinez

    Times journalist Rory Smith: "Everton look like they have taken to Roberto Martinez's style quickly. The team look like they can change systems quickly and be tactically flexible which is what they need to compete against teams with more money. He's a manager who sticks to his principles."

  20. 2015:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Everton captain Phil Jagielka: "The players we have brought in on deadline day have really strengthened the squad. It will really make us able to cope with what happens later in the season when we have injuries.

    "The important thing was the manager has come in early and brightened up the place. Pre-season was a little bit different for the players. We had some training at 7pm and 8pm at night and that took a bit of used getting used to!

    "But the manager is more than happy to explain the reasons for the way he does things - in this instance concerning muscle recovery.

    "We've done a lot more running with the ball than we did without the ball. The way the manager has got his playing we look more of an attacking threat."

  21. 2011:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Phil Jagielka

    Everton defender Phil Jagielka factfile:

    - Started his career at Sheffield United, making professional debut on 5 May 2000 against Swindon Town

    - Made 254 appearances for the Blades, playing in defence and midfield

    - Joined Everton for £4m in July 2007 and won Supporters' Player of the Season award in 2009 after impressing in central defence

    - Has 21 England caps following debut against Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008

    - In January 2013 Jagielka signed a new contract at Everton, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2017

  22. 2005:  
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    Cliff in Liverpool, via text on 85058: How can you say Manchester United are a team in transition? They are Premier League champions! Watching David Moyes for years at Everton, I think he needs to learn how to win. At Everton he missed few opportunities to win a trophy because of poor team choice or not being proactive in making changes during game.

  23. 1959:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Fulham and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy: "I worked under Mark Hughes and Mark Bowen at Fulham and they are a great management team to play under. I can see how they've had a quick impact at Stoke."

  24. 1957:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen says the club's players have embraced the new style of football under Mark Hughes.

    Bowen told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We've done lots of passing drills on the training ground and small games to encourage players to stay on the ball that bit longer.

    "Fair play to former manager Tony Pulis because the groups of professionals we have got are a pleasure to work with. You usually get one or two players who are dissenting voices but we haven't seen that. They have embraced it.

    "We've still got to mix it up at the right time. It's early days but it's going well."

  25. 1952:  

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "Don't forget the start Manchester United had last season - they lost games to Everton and Spurs and everyone wrote them off. But come the end of the season they were Premier League champions.

    "Every time David Moyes puts a team out he has that little bit of doubt in his mind. Sir Alex never had that. It will take David a bit of time to get a handle on things."

  26. 1950:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTEAM NEWS- Manchester United v WEST BROM

    West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob is set to be available for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    Yacob should feature having recovered from a dead leg, and Albion head coach Steve Clarke is hopeful forwards Victor Anichebe (ankle) and Nicolas Anelka, who has an unspecified knock, will be able to take part.

    Chris Brunt (groin) is expected to be missing for a third successive game, though, and the match will definitely come too soon for Matej Vydra,Zoltan Gera (both hamstring) and George Thorne (knee), while Ben Foster (foot) remains sidelined.

  27. 1947:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Peter Schmeichel: "I think David Moyes has done tremendously well at the start of his managerial career at Manchester United. I like the way he communicates with the players. He's made good start from the games they have had which have been tough matches.

    "David says he learns every day and I think Sir Alex Ferguson said that. A lot of the work Sir Alex did people never saw. He was evolving all the time as a manager."

  28. 1943:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Journalist Rory Smith of The Times newspaper has also joined the guys to debate the major talking points ahead of the weekend's games.

  29. 1939:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTEAM NEWS- TOTTENHAM v Chelsea
    Danny Rose

    Left-back Danny Rose is likely to make his return from a toe injury in Tottenham's game against Chelsea on Saturday.

    Defender Younes Kaboul (adductor) is doubtful, but midfielder Etienne Capoue remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

    Spurs will give winger Aaron Lennon (foot) a fitness test on Friday while striker Emmanuel Adebayor is out through illness.

  30. 1938:  
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    Tim in Kent, via text on 85058: Very excited about Spurs this year. A raft of quality players brought in to replace Gareth Bale and only one goal conceded in nine competitive games. Tomorrow against Chelsea and Thursday against Anhzi will be a further test, but from what I've seen so far Tottenham will be a serious threat in any competition.

    Malcolm in Plymouth, via text on 85058: An ex-Manchester United player like Peter Peter Schmeichel is never going to admit that Arsenal have consistently played the best football in the Premier League for the last 15 years! Arsene Wenger has never compromised his principles on an attacking flair game. Everyone else including Spurs are still in their wake.

    Mick in Stoke, via text on 85058: Come on guys, Stoke are playing the best football. No contest!

  31. 1933:  
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    Peter Schmeichel

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy in the BBC Radio 5 live studio. Got a question for them? Contact the studio on 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball"

  32. 1930:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveHEAD-TO-HEAD- Tottenham v Chelsea

    - Spurs have won only three of their 42 Premier League games against Chelsea.

    - Chelsea have not failed to score in three successive Premier League away games since April 2002.

    - The last three competitive meetings between Tottenham and Chelsea have produced a total of 16 goals in total (an average of 5.3 per game).

    - Tottenham have conceded more Premier League home goals to Chelsea (38) than any other team.

    - Chelsea have only conceded 22 goals in 21 Premier League outings at White Hart Lane.

    - No team in Europe's top five leagues has conceded fewer goals than Spurs this season (1).

    - If this game is a draw then Chelsea will have made the same start as they did in 2007-08 when Jose Mourinho departed after six Premier League matches.

  33. 1925:  
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    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "I think Spurs are playing the best football in the Premier League. They had one of the best transfer windows out of any Premier League club.

    "They have let their best player go but they came out of this window looking stronger. But I can't disagree with anything Danny says in terms of them being title contenders. They are playing great football, probably the best in the Premier League."

    "But the more teams we can get in the mix the better. If we could get six teams in there it would be great for the Premier League to make it so competitive. Spurs are still evolving and maybe next season they will really challenge."

  34. 1920:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Danny Murphy: "I don't think they will be contenders. People talk about Gareth Bale going to Real Madrid but they also lost Clint Dempsey who scored 13 goals last year. He wasn't everyone's cup of tea but it's about end product.

    "The only player who is scoring consistently is Jermain Defoe when he plays. But we are only four or five game season so it's too early to judge really."

  35. 1915:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reckons Tottenham are a challengers for the Premier League title, claiming they are one of six possible champions but what do Danny Murphy and Peter Schmeichel think?

  36. 1910:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted in press conference earlier he had no regrets about the breakdown of his friendship with former mentor and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    But Danny Murphy, who played for Spurs from 2006-07, reckons both will put it to one side with Premier League points on the line.

    Murphy said: "I am a little bit confused by this rift. Sometimes the media build it up but this one seems genuine. I don't think either of them have time to worry about it, though ,because they will be focused on the games."

  37. 1858:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveStarting soon

    Dan Walker is about to go live any second now with a preview another big weekend of Premier League action on tonight's Radio 5 live Sport from 1900 BST. Helping him discuss the key issues will be Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy.

    There will also be interviews with Everton defender Phil Jagielka, Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen.

    To contact Dan / the studio you can call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball

  38. 1855: 
    Stacey Kemp and David King

    Pairs skaters Stacey Kemp and David King have earned Britain a place in the event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Kemp and King were seventh at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany, but were the leading pair who had not yet qualified for the Games.

    The British Olympic Association will award places in the team for Sochi, Russia, at a later date. However, the skaters who earn Olympic spots are almost certain to be awarded them.

  39. 1845: 

    Britain's Lizzie Armitstead says she will have to ride "out of her skin" to win a medal in tomorrow's women's road race at the World Championships. The race takes place in Tuscany, starting in Montecatini Terme and finishing with five 16.1km circuits around Florence.

  40. 1835:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraStarting soon

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at 1945 BST, we'll have live commentary as Wigan face Leeds for the right to play Warrington in Super League's Grand Final. Sam Tomkins is set to make his final home appearance for Wigan before joining NRL side New Zealand Warriors for a world record fee.

  41. 1830: 

    PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says Fifa need to do more to check the safety of football boots following a number of serious injuries. Taylor believes too many players are being hurt by the boots - which have a mixture of studs and blades that can become sharp over time.

  42. 1820: 

    The domestic cricket season is finished for the year after stumps were drawn in the final round of County Championship matches today, and we asked our BBC local radio commentators to nominate players for the 2013 county team of the season.

    Ed Joyce, Samit Patel, James Foster, Alan Richardson and Simon Kerrigan were among those unlucky to miss out after enjoying excellent summers, but here is the final XI.

  43. 1810:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveStarting soon

    Dan Walker will preview another big weekend of Premier League action on tonight's Radio 5 live Sport from 1900 BST. Helping him discuss the key issues will be Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy.

    There will also be interviews with Everton defender Phil Jagielka, Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen.

    To contact Dan / the studio you can call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball

  44. 1805: 
    Lionel Messi

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi has left court after appearing before a Spanish judge as part of a tax fraud investigation. The 26-year-old Argentine, four times Fifa World Player of the Year, and his father Jorge Messi are accused of defrauding the authorities of more than 4m euros (£3.4m). The two men were questioned separately at the court in Gava, near Barcelona. Both father and son deny the allegation.

  45. 1800: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge's recent good form will not be impacted by the return of fellow striker Luis Suarez.

    Sturridge did not look his sharpest in Liverpool's Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United in midweek, which marked the long-awaited comeback of Suarez after a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.

    At Liverpool's news conference today, Rodgers said: "I think it will only improve him (Sturridge) and make him a better player. Good players want to play with other good players.

    "I think you will see with how they will perform together, that they can be a real threat. It is not something that Daniel or anyone else will be worried about - their focus is on the team."

  46. 1750:  
    Andrew Benson, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    "The FIA has published what it described as a 'confirmed' 2014 Formula 1 calendar but it is anything but finalised.

    "For starters, three races are listed as provisional and it's quite possible none of them will happen.

    "There is massive scepticism in F1, for example, about New Jersey. It is a dream event, overlooking Manhattan, but F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has himself said the organisers do not have sufficient money. Nor does it appear they have sufficient time to make the required changes to the area to build a track."

  47. 1745: 

    Tom Lewis hit a seven-under 65 in his second round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to move to the top of the leaderboard. The 22-year-old Englishman is 15 under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Dutchman Luiten Joost who carded a nine-under round of 63. Richard McEvoy, Mark Foster and Oliver Wilson are among six players tied for third at 13 under which also includes American Peter Uihlein who shot a 12-under-par 60.

  48. 1725:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC SportFIGURE SKATING

    "Great Britain's Stacey Kemp and David King qualify places for Sochi 2014 at Nebelhorn Trophy. Kemp and King finished seventh overall, but (much more importantly) top among pairs who hadn't already qualified for the Games."

  49. 1700: 

    Sussex clinched third place in the final County Championship Division One table after Chris Nash scored 108 in a six-wicket win over new champions Durham at Hove. Durham wicketkeeper Phil Mustard took a wicket in his first bowl of a 10-year county career shortly before the end.

    Glamorgan batsman Chris Cooke strikes the final blow of the county season, a boundary off Graeme McCarter, to complete an eight-wicket Championship Division Two victory over Gloucestershire at Cardiff. Elsewhere, Kent's Darren Stevens hit an unbeaten 205 as they beat promoted Lancashire by two wickets and end county cricket's only unbeaten record.

  50. 1640: 

    Jamie Murray and Australian partner John Peers beat third seeds Leander Paes of India and Italian Daniele Bracciali 6-3 6-4 to reach the doubles final at the Thailand Open. They will take on either Christopher Kas & Oliver Marach or fourth seeds Tomasz Bednarek & Johan Brunstrom for the title in Bangkok.

  51. 1636: 
    Karl Robinson

    Is it now OK to support MK Dons?

    Imagine a team who play attractive football, stick by their manager, offer family value and are tied to their local community.

    Imagine that, somehow, they are one of the most disliked clubs in the country.

    Welcome to the dichotomy that is MK Dons.

    Ten years ago this weekend, the town of Milton Keynes hosted its first ever Football League match. The game? A 2-2 draw between Wimbledon and Burnley.

  52. 1628: 
    TEAM NEWS- SOUTHAMPTON v Crystal Palace

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will assess the recovery of the players involved in Capital One Cup action ahead of Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace.

    Tadanari Lee and Gaston Ramirez were among those to impress in the 2-0 defeat of Bristol City, although began to fade in the second half and the latter limped off late on.

    Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo are set to start in attack against the Eagles, while Nathaniel Clyne will face his former club for the first time since leaving them last year.

  53. 1619: 

    The players are out after tea on the final day of the county cricket season, with five matches still ongoing. In Division One, Sussex are 233-1 with a target of 295 against champions Durham at Hove. Luke Wells and Chris Nash shared an opening partnership of 163, and Nash is unbeaten on 103. Yorkshire, on 198-6, trail Surrey by 2 runs in their second innings as they look to avoid defeat at The Oval. Somerset bowled Nottinghamshire out for 298 in their second innings at Trent Bridge with Peter Trego taking 4-69. The visitors are now 38-1 chasing 333 with the match heading towards a draw.

    In Division Two, Glamorgan bowled out Gloucestershire for 132 in their second innings at Cardiff with Jim Allenby taking 4-16. The hosts are now 35-1 chasing 102 for victory. Kent are 341-5 chasing 418 against Lancashire at Canterbury, with Darren Stevens (150) and Adam Ball (66) well set.


    Paul Smith: Spurs can't win league. Any team winning their 1st EPL had a core of players who were 2nd or joint 2nd the previous season.

    UnSimpleSimon: Spurs swarmed over Arsenal at the end. They are sharper now. Chelsea won't defend en-mass. Spurs at home. Chelsea for the taking.

    Paul McIntosh: So far this season we have played 9 games in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and conceding only once. THFC for title push.

    GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

  55. 1605: 
    TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v CHELSEA

    Chelsea will wait to determine whether midfielder Ramires is fit for Saturday's London derby at Tottenham.

    The Brazilian suffered a hip injury in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup win at Swindon and was taken off at half-time, but Jose Mourinho hopes to include him in a much-changed line-up at White Hart Lane.

    Ramires had replaced Marco van Ginkel, who is out for six months after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

  56. 1555: 
    Tom Huddlestone

    Football Focus is live from Hull on Saturday from 1200 BST with Dan Walker presenting. Tom Huddlestone, pictured here being interviewed, is one of the main interviews on the programme.

  57. 1548: 

    The 2014 F1 calendar has been announced with provisional dates for Korea, New Jersey and Mexico.

  58. 1543: 

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is to miss this weekend's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

    The Argentina forward suffered a knock in the latter stages of the Manchester derby last Sunday and will not be risked ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

    Playmaker David Silva (thigh) is still out but could return against Bayern, while defender Martin Demichelis (knee) remains on the sidelines.

  59. 1534:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Latest Panesar disciplinary lapses illustrate gamble in his Ashes selection. Two incidents in one championship match. Pleaded guilty to both."

  60. 1528: 

    In an interview with The Guardian former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, who retired from playing in May 2012, claims there is a prejudice against black coaches in England and expects to have to go abroad to fulfil his managerial ambitions.


    Mark Baird: Spurs have bought half a team & the squad is pure class. Watch their young team grow into title challengers over next two seasons.

    James Booth: Big reality check for Spurs tomorrow. Played one decent team so far and lost. Expect that goals conceded stat to be long gone.

    Matt Spurr: The fact that the topic of discussion on #bbcsportsday is whether Spurs can win the league alone gets me excited.

    GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

  62. 1519: 

    Essex bowler Monty Panesar is given a one-match suspended County Championship ban for improper conduct during match against Worcestershire.

  63. 1510: 

    Venus Williams saw her hopes of reaching a first Premier-level final since 2010 end with a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (2) loss to Petra Kvitova in Tokyo.

    The American, 33, has slipped down to 63 in the rankings after being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome in 2011, but beat top seed Victoria Azarenka on her way to the last four this week.

    Williams said: "At the end, she played amazing in the tiebreaker. I don't think I'm at my best off the ground yet. My serve has improved tremendously with each match here.

    "Petra hit a lot of unreturnable shots in the tiebreaker and sometimes that happens. She just played great."

  64. 1507: 
    Marc Marquez

    Championship leader Marc Marquez was the fastest man on track yet again in practice for Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix.

    Marquez, 20, leads last year's champion Jorge Lorenzo by 34 points with five races remaining of his debut season.

    And his Repsol Honda set the best lap of the day, a one minute 48.987 putting him ahead of German Stefan Bradl.

    Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third, with Lorenzo the fastest Yamaha in fourth and Cal Crutchlow sixth.

  65. 1505: 

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher faces six weeks on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder during last Saturday's 3-0 defeat by West Brom.

    The Black Cats feared the 26-year-old would be ruled out for months but interim boss Kevin Ball described the prognosis as "better than expected".

    "Hopefully, it will be four to six weeks which is great," said Ball.

    Fletcher missed the end of last season and the start of this campaign after undergoing ankle surgery.

  66. 1458: 

    Brian Cookson has spoken following his election as UCI president ahead of incumbent Pat McQuaid.

    Cookson said: "It is a huge honour to have been elected president of the UCI by my peers and I would like to thank them for the trust they have placed in me today.

    "My first priorities as president will be to make anti-doping procedures in cycling fully independent, sit together with key stakeholders in the sport and work with Wada [World Anti-Doping Authority] to ensure a swift investigation into cycling's doping culture."

  67. 1446: 
    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy has revealed he has left Horizon Sports Management and is setting up his own company to manage his affairs.

    The Northern Ireland golfer's interests will now be looked after by McIlroy Incorporated.

    The former world number one has fallen to sixth in the world rankings after a disappointing season.

    McIlroy joined Horizon two years ago after parting with Chubby Chandler's International Sports Management stable.


    Daniel Osunbor: MUFC will be back to winning ways again and Chicharito should be given more playing time. He looks sharper than Welbeck.

    Josh Finney: 2011/2012 we had terrible defence for a few MONTHS and still finished 2nd. I believe we'll recover now and retain the title.

    Rian Hoskins: Moyes will have to rotate his centre back pairing as Ferdinand-Vidic can't go on for ever. I would go for Vidic-Smalling.

    Do you think they can get back to winning ways in the league when they face West Bromwich Albion this weekend and begin to solve some of their defensive problems?

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  69. 1430: 

    Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is back in training after a knee injury kept him out of their 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup during the week.

    Ahead of the visit of West Brom to Old Trafford, United boss David Moyes said: "Tom has done a bit of training today as well, he is not too serious. He sort of rocked his knee in training and we were a bit worried, but he has had no reaction from it.

    "He has done some training today and hopefully he won't be too far away tomorrow either."

  70. 1420: 

    On the final day of the county cricket season there are still five games in progress. In Division One, 18-year-old Dominic Sibley, the youngest double-centurion in Championship history, was finally dismissed for 242 as Surrey declared for 634-5 against Yorkshire. The visitors are 67-3 in the third innings.

    Having dismissed title-winners Durham for 458 Sussex are 50-0 chasing 295 to win at Hove. Nottinghamshire are now 213-7 having been on 139-3 overnight and now lead Somerset by 247 in the third innings at Trent Bridge.

    In Division Two, Kent are 179-4 chasing 418 against Lancashire at Canterbury. Gloucestershire are 90-5 in the third innings of their match against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

  71. 1410: 
    Robin van Persie

    Manchester United boss David Moyes confirmed striker Robin van Persie will be available for his side's trip to West Brom after missing their last two games with a groin injury.

    Moyes said: "Robin will be back involved somewhere. Whether we use him, whether we don't, he has trained today.

    "He is back fit and we will see exactly where he is."

  72. 1400: 

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not feature in their Premier League game against Aston Villa.

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided not to risk the Argentine ahead of next Wednesday's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich after he suffered a knock in the Manchester derby last weekend.

    Pellegrini said: "Aguero finished the last derby in the last play with a small pain, I think it was nothing important but I think it was a risk for him to play three games in the same week.

    "We will leave him for next Wednesday but he will be absolutely fine."

  73. 1345: 
    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome winger Stewart Downing back in to his squad for their Barclays Premier League trip to Hull.

    The summer signing from Liverpool has been missing with a leg injury but is in contention to return at Hull, although Joe Cole (hamstring) is out.

    He joins Andy Carroll (heel) on the sidelines whilst defender George McCartney will not feature despite making his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury in Tuesday's win over Cardiff.

  74. 1323: 
    Brian Cookson

    Briton Brian Cookson has been elected president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) ahead of incumbent Pat McQuaid, world cycling's governing body have confirmed on their Twitter account.


    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his side being drawn against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup said: "My view is that our under-21 team will have a good experience of the Capital One Cup.

    "When the people that decide the fixtures this is something I have to accept. But I have to prioritise. It will be a chance for the kids to play a good match."

  76. 1311: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his relationship with Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas said: "I don't discuss this with the media. it's a personal thing. I don't care what he says. I'm not here to do that. I'm not interested.

    "I managed a Champions League final against a manager who was important in my career and taught me to grow up and I did it in a professional way. And that is a way you have to do it.

    "I have had so many assistants in my career. I was always an open book to them and with the coaches in the academy. Will I go for a glass of wine with him? When people invite me I always go. I never refuse.

    "But I have nothing more to say on this."

  77. 1307: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said: "I liked the way Juan Mata played against Swindon. His attitude is very good and his effort was good.

    "When in a player makes an effort to come in my direction then I go to him as well. I can imagine from now him working into my way of thinking and I think the natural tendency will for him to be in the team."

    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United have conceded 11 goals in their last six Premier League games, one more than they had in their previous 18 games.

    Do you think they can get back to winning ways in the league when they face West Bromwich Albion this weekend and begin to solve some of their defensive problems?

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  79. 1238: 
    Carlton Cole

    West Ham will offer striker Carlton Cole a short-term contract having only released the 29-year-old in the summer.

    Cole, who scored 59 goals in 237 appearances for West Ham, has been training with the Hammers and will be offered a deal once he is fully fit.

    "As soon as he's fit enough to play there will be an offer of a short-term contract on the table," manager Sam Allardyce told West Ham's website.

    "As soon as he's OK and suitable terms have been agreed, then he'll join us."

  80. 1232: 
    Rickie Lambert

    Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is "doing everything" he can to make the England squad for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

    Roy Hodgson's side need to beat Montenegro and Poland to guarantee a place at next summer's finals and Lambert, 31, has scored twice in his first three internationals.

    The 31-year-old believes he can provide a different option for England to other strikers vying for selection.

    You can see the full interview on Football Focus on Saturday at 1200 BST on BBC One.


    Tom in Oxford, via text on 81111: It strikes me that very few Tottenham fans are raising the title challenge theory - I think top four is realistic this season with a view to develop the squad over the next two or three years to start challenging. Talking about it this season is premature and just adds needless pressure.

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  82. 1218: 

    The Ghana Football Association have launched an investigation to see if some of its referees lied about their ages and made themselves appear younger so they can work for longer. GFA spokesman Sanni Darra said the association recently "noticed some irregularities" on officials' high school certificates, leading to a probe to discover their real ages. Darra said the GFA had been looking to use younger referees.

  83. 1210: 

    Formula 1's governing body and commercial arm have signed a new agreement binding them together for the next seven years.

    A statement on the website of the FIA said it and F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone's FOM organisation had been "approved" by both bodies.

    The so-called Concorde Agreement now needs to be signed by the 11 teams to come into full operation.

    It sets out the commercial terms of F1, which has about £1bn annual revenue.

  84. 1201: 
    Toni Duggan

    Everton forward Toni Duggan scores a hat-trick as England beat Turkey 8-0 in the World Cup qualifier at Fratton Park on Wednesday.

    Ellen White and Eniola Aluko both score two goals, with substitute Natasha Dowie completing the rout.

    It is the team's biggest win since beating Malta by the same scoreline in 2009 and the second of two qualifiers under temporary coach Brent Hills, who took over from former head coach Hope Powell after a dismal European Championship.

  85. 1156: 

    Football clubs have been paying tribute to former Notts County manager and long-time assistant to Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest Ron Fenton who has died aged 73.

    Born in South Shields, he made nearly 200 appearances in the Football League.

    ​He joined Burnley as a junior and moved to West Brom in 1962, later playing for Birmingham City and then Brentford.

    After finishing his playing career, he joined the coaching staff at Notts County before becoming manager and then spending 16 years at Forest.

  86. 1149: 

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport: "James Elston has resigned from his position of Chief Operating Officer at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats."

  87. 1148: 

    Huddersfield captain Danny Brough will skipper Scotland at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup after switching his allegiance back from England.

    Brough was Scotland captain at the 2008 World Cup before going on to represent England in an International Origin match against the Exiles.

    The 30-year-old from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandfather.

    Head coach Steve McCormack said Brough is "an ideal choice" to lead Scotland.

  88. 1141: 

    Hull striker Matty Fryatt joins Sheffield Wednesday on a one-month loan.

    Fryatt has made just two appearances for the Tigers this season, both in the Capital One Cup, and manager Steve Bruce has been eager to get him a short-term deal to build match sharpness.

    Leeds had been interested in the player, with boss Brian McDermott present at Hull's midweek cup win over Huddersfield, but the Owls have secured a deal for the 27-year-old who is eligible for Saturday's clash with Doncaster Rovers.


    Chris Sopp: Spurs will not finish above Arsenal this year. They have improved the team individually, but it lacks cohesion.

    Hemant Pathak: Tottenham have played well but are not scoring enough goals so don't think they can win the league. Top threes, yes. But Man City are title favourites.

    Paul White: Spurs fans are realistic in thinking a title challenge is beyond the team this season.

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  90. 1135:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentCYCLING

    "A vote to postpone a controversial series of reforms to the UCI's constitution resulted in delegates voting 21 to 21. The question was therefore not carried and UCI president Pat McQuaid declared that the amendments would therefore not be debated and voted on.

    "McQuaid has struggled to secure a nomination for the election.

    "There is on-going confusion over the implications of the vote and McQuaid's eligibility to stand in the election this afternoon.

    "The vote is being seen by UCI delegates and those connected to the election as an indication of just how close a vote over the presidency may be if McQuaid does makes it onto the ballot paper."

  91. 1133: 
    Billy Sharp

    Billy Sharp says he has joined Reading on loan from Southampton in a bid to get his career back on track.

    Sharp, 27, has not played since 4 May when he was at loan at Nottingham Forest from Premier League Saints.

    With the arrival of Dani Osvaldo at St Mary's, Sharp had become surplus to requirements but has now sealed a move.

    "Finally it's done and hopefully I can get my career back on track and help Reading climb the table," the striker told BBC Radio Berkshire.

  92. 1130: 

    Bolton Wanderers complete the loan signing of Kevin McNaughton from Cardiff City on a one month deal.

    Bolton have also added Millwall's Liam Feeney on loan for three months.

    Feeney, 26, follows Leicester's Neil Danns to the Reebok Stadium.

    Former Bournemouth midfielder Feeney is in his third season with the Lions but has made just four appearances under new Millwall manager Steve Lomas.

    He could make his debut against Yeovil on Saturday, as Bolton look to claim their first league win of the season and climb off the foot of the table.

  93. 1126: 

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche is being linked with the vacant manager's job at Premier League side Sunderland, according to the Shields Gazette.

    The former Watford boss has helped guide the Clarets to second spot in the Championship during the current campaign, just three points behind league leaders QPR.

  94. 1122: 

    Crystal Palace will be without defender Damien Delaney because of an ankle problem for Saturday's Premier League clash at Southampton.

    Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is set to feature having been suspended for the home defeat by Swansea last weekend, while fit-again winger Jerome Thomas could also be in contention to start.

    Midfielder Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) is still sidelined. Captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) continues his rehabilitation, along with forward Glenn Murray (knee). Midfielder Jonny Williams and defender Jack Hunt (both ankle) are long-term absentees.


    Today's Question of Sport teaser: In her nine Wimbledon singles finals Steffi Graf played six different women, Martina Navratilova was one, who are the other five?

    Tweet us via the hashtag #QSTeaser

  96. 1115: 

    France forward Jamal Fakir has ended speculation over his future by signing a new 12-month contract with Catalan Dragons, with an option for the 2015 season.

    The 31-year-old prop or second-rower, who brought up his 150th appearance for the Dragons this season, had been linked with moves to Wakefield and Hull KR but is content to stay in Perpignan.

    "I'm really happy to extend my contract with the Catalan Dragons," Fakir said. "I arrived at the club in 2003 and I'm really proud to celebrate my 10 years here.

  97. 1113: 
    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "Ravel's [Morrison's] performances have been exceptional and if you're good enough, you're old enough. We've just got to keep his feet on the ground. Joe Cole won't be available this weekend but Stewart Downing will. We're always happy to welcome players back after injury."

    On Hull City: "Their players have gelled well in a short period of time and they've started the season exceptionally well. It was a huge result for Hull last week to get their first away win. It lifts everybody so we hit them at a time when confidence is high."


    Anthony Reyre: As a Spurs fan I must echo others and say title contenders: not yet. I do feel a third place finish is very achievable though!

    Dalbir Mahal: Too early to say what Spurs can do this season, don't forget the four wins were against weak teams. Bring on Chelsea and see.

    Martin Smith: As a Spurs fan, it's big games that we feel confident of winning but end up losing. One goal conceded so far, means we'll lose.

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  99. 1101: 
    Dominic Sibley

    Dominic Sibley's history-making innings for Surrey has come to an end at the Oval when he was bowled for 242 by Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom.

    On Thursday, Sibley became the youngest player to hit a double century in the County Championship and the second youngest, after WG Grace, to pass 200 in a first-class innings in England. In total, he batted for 599 minutes, faced 536 balls and his innings included two sixes and 24 fours.

  100. 1059:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentCYCLING

    "It has been heated, it has at times been farcical at times. At the moment there is a secret vote about constitutional reforms that would see Pat McQuaid - the current president - being allowed onto the ballot paper.

    "The first vote is on whether to postpone the election vote until next year. That would of course invalidate McQuaid's ambitions to stand today and therefore be president.

    "There's been a lot of confusion but that's been in character with the whole election campaign.

    "Some clarity should appear in next few hours but the UCI does seem to be at war with itself."

  101. 1055: 

    Celtic have passed on their condolences to Allan Moore after tragedy struck the Morton manager soon after leading his side to victory at Parkhead.

    Moore guided Morton into the League Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Celtic on Tuesday night but his joy was short-lived as his brother died while on holiday.

    A statement from Celtic read: "Everyone at Celtic Football Club would like to pass on our condolences to Morton manager Allan Moore and his family following the sudden death of his brother Steven."

  102. 1050: 
    Ben Johnson

    On 27 September 1988, Ben Johnson was stripped of his Olympic 100m gold medal after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

    The Canadian sprinter had won the race in a new world record of 9.79 seconds but he was sent home from the Seoul Olympics in disgrace.

    American Carl Lewis was promoted to gold, with Britain's Linford Christie taking silver and bronze going to another Calvin Smith of the United States.

  103. 1043: 

    It's the final day of the county cricket season and all the silverware has been won and promotion and relegation issues settled. There is, however, still some interest in the final day of the summer at The Oval where teenager Dominic Sibley will resume on a record-breaking 220 not out for Surrey against Yorkshire. Sibley, aged 18 years and 21 days, became the youngest player to hit a double century in the County Championship, Surrey's youngest centurion and the second-youngest to score a first-class ton in England. Relegated Surrey are 572-4 in reply to Yorkshire's 434.

    Elsewhere, Sussex must beat Durham to pip Warwickshire to third place in the table - and an extra £87,000 in prize money - after the Bears beat Derbyshire yesterday, relegating them in the process. Sussex have work to do, though, as centuries from Keaton Jennings and Michael Richardson helped the champions close on 385-7 in their second innings, a lead of 223.

  104. 1035: 

    Barnsley sign Norwich midfielder David Fox on a three-month loan deal.

    The 29-year-old, who is yet to feature for the Canaries this season, becomes the second player to join the Tykes in two days after Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland arrived on loan on Thursday.

    Fox started his career with Manchester United before moving on to Blackpool, Colchester and Norwich, who he helped to promotion from the Championship.

    He could make his debut for Barnsley against Leicester on Saturday.

  105. 1028: 

    Martin Jol says he is "concerned" that there are "not enough goals" in the team in the absence of Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent.

    The Fulham manager saw both his main strikers score in the same game for the first time in their League Cup win over Everton, which was only the Cottagers' third win of the season following their opening day victory at Sunderland and beating Burton Albion on penalties.

    Fulham next take on Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

  106. 1020: 
    Lionel Messi

    Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and his father are to appear in a Spanish court over tax fraud allegations.

    The 26-year-old Argentine, who has been named World Player of the Year four times, and his father Jorge Messi are accused of defrauding the authorities of more than 4m euros (£3.4m).

    They are suspected of using companies abroad - in Belize and Uruguay - to sell the rights to use Messi's image.

    They both deny the allegations, which date back to 2007-09.

  107. 1015:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Robbie Savage says Mexican forward Javier Hernandez is wasted at Manchester United because he is too good to be "fourth choice".

    The outspoken BBC pundit also says he believes Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is the best player in the Premier League at the moment.

    You can send your questions to Robbie via Twitter by using the #savagesays hashtag or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.


    Joe Green: A Spurs Premier League crown as conceivable as another Arsenal one... not very! Finishing above Arsenal probably best hope this year.

    David Taylor: This Spurs team looks strong and capable of so much. I just hope all this hype doesn't blow up in our faces.

    Andrew Priestley: Tottenham have the players with the talent & potential to be able to challenge for the title, but just not the experience yet.

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  109. 1003: 
    Andre Villas Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has no regrets about the breakdown of his friendship with former mentor and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    Villas-Boas, 35, worked under Mourinho for seven years at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan and faces him for the first time when the Blues visit White Hart Lane on Saturday.

    "I don't lose any sleep," he said.

    "We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don't have now."

    Can Villas-Boas prove his Tottenham side are title contenders? Who will come out in the battle of master vs apprentice?

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  110. 0955: 

    Some contenders for next season's Classics run this afternoon on day two of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket.

    Rizeena, trained locally by 79-year-old Clive Brittain, is favourite for the Fillies' Mile at 1515 BST. She is rated 8-1 joint market leader, with Tapestry, for the 1,000 Guineas back at the Rowley Mile in May of next year

    You can follow going updates, non-runners and all the latest racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  111. 0947:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentCYCLING

    "Congress has moved on from ethics commissioner report. Election appears to be proceeding but is now dealing with constitutional reform and a required amendment that will allow Pat McQuaid to stand as a candidate in the election.

    "Important to add - in addition to the "dossier" question the commissioner said they had received an allegation yesterday that the Hellenic Cycling federation has received an offer of 25,000 euros to help hold the Tour of Greece in return for voting for Brian Cookson. Given the timeframe they have been unable to fully explore and investigate the matter fully. It is unclear who made the offer to the Greek federation."

  112. 0945:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Manchester United and Manchester City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on Twitter: "Tune in to BBC 5 Live at 7pm tonight, I'll be on for 2 hours talking football with Danny Murphy and Dan Walker."


    50 shades of Gra: I'm a Spurs supporter, we've got a great squad, but no way are we title contenders. It'll be between Chelsea and Man City

    Simon Kinrade: Spurs have bottled it every time they have been in the race for the title, but this squad looks different and has experience.

    Chris Parker: Personally think AVB is the best manager in the league but Chelsea the best team. Thrilling 2-2 for me.

    Can Andre Villas-Boas prove his Tottenham side are title contenders? Who will come out in the battle of master vs apprentice?

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  114. 0936: 
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I've had consistent support from inside the club. I'm very grateful to this club because during my 17 years we have had ups and downs. They have always shown faith in me.

    "We have a team now that can compete and that's what we want to show. I've turned many offers down [over the years]. I've always thought this club is special."

  115. 0932: 

    Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott is "optimistically three week" and realistically five weeks away from return.

    On Santi Cazorla: "He could be back after the international break."

    On Aaron Ramsay: "He has a little thigh problem but he should be alright."

  116. 0928: 
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I would love to be here forever because that would make me immortal! I love this club of course. I always said that our job is like you work like you are here forever and know that it can end every day.

    "I'm very honoured to have the support of Stan Kroenke. That is something that is very positive for me."

  117. 0921: 
    Liverpool and Bristol Academy celebrate goals

    The Women's Super League title will be decided on Sunday as leaders Liverpool Ladies host Bristol Academy on the final weekend of the season.

    The Reds are two points clear of second-placed Bristol in the table, meaning a draw or win will see them crowned champions.

    But an 11th win of the season will see the Vixens claim the silverware.

    It will bring to an end Arsenal's nine-year dominance as top-flight champions in the women's game.

  118. 0914: 

    Max Whitlock thinks British gymnastics needs a new face. He would like it to be his.

    Up to the 2012 London Olympics Louis Smith drew millions to his sport with an exuberant swagger tempered by occasional introspection. Smith was lively, spontaneous, and never, ever dull.

    The Olympic silver medallist on the pommel horse turned his charisma into an industry after the Games, winning Strictly Come Dancing last December.

    A return to gymnastics for Smith looks highly unlikely. The 24-year-old is "not sure" of his future but admits the decision is effectively out of his hands.

  119. 0908: 

    England centre Billy Twelvetrees commits to a new two-year contract with Gloucester.

    The 24-year-old arrived at Kingsholm from Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers in 2012.

    Twelvetrees has five international caps and was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad for their victorious tour of Australia this summer.

    Centre Billy Twelvetrees scored the last-minute match-winning penalty for Gloucester in their 26-24 victory against Northampton on Saturday.

    "I'm happy playing here and it's a great feeling to put on the Cherry and Whites shirt," he told BBC Points West.

  120. 0901: 

    Watch live coverage of MotoGP first practice from the the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.

    Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo cut Marc Marquez's lead at the top of the MotoGP standings with victory in San Marino last time out, the Yamaha rider taking his second win in a row.

    Marquez is now 34 points ahead of Lorenzo and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa with five races of the season remaining.

  121. 0856:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentCYCLING
    Florence venue

    "The candidates for election - Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson - arrived early for the UCI congress at the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

    "The vote for who will be the next president will take place later this morning but sources close to the election have told me they are expecting a tight vote. There could be just three or four votes between the candidates.

    "The 42 delegates vote in secret and both men told me they are feeling confident of victory. A majority of 22 is needed for victory but Pat McQuaid must first ensure a controversial amendment to the UCI's constitution is passed in order to make it onto the ballot paper after struggling to gain a nomination."


    Alan Simon: Spurs don't have an Ozil or Suarez but they do have their strongest squad in years. No need for an inferiority complex.

    Vijay Tyagi: Master vs apprentice... humm!! from a Arsenal fan Apprentice team looking bit batter this time. So Master 1 - Apprentice 3!!

    Faz khan: Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas head-to-head will be amazing. I want Andre Villas-Boas to win but Chelsea is team.

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  123. 0844: 

    Celtic's double header against Ajax could prove crucial to their hopes of Champions League progression, according to Kenny Dalglish.

    Neil Lennon's side host Group H Barcelona next week having lost their opening game to AC Milan.

    "The San Siro was a disappointing result but the performance was more than acceptable," said former Celtic player Dalglish.

    "Back to back with Ajax could determine what happens."

  124. 0838: 

    BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

    This week he takes on Charlotte Green, the former Radio 4 newsreader who will begin reading the classified football results on BBC Radio 5 live and the World Service on Saturday.

    Green, who supports Tottenham, says it was a pleasant surprise when she was asked to take over from James Alexander Gordon.

  125. 0830: 

    Warrington will appear in Super League's Grand Final for the second consecutive season after beating League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield 30-22 in a tense semi-final last night.

    Joel Monaghan and Simon Grix scored two tries apiece for the Wolves, who led 18-10 at half-time.

    The Giants stayed in touch until Grix's second score with five minutes to go.

    Wigan host champions Leeds on Friday for the right to meet Tony Smith's side at Old Trafford on 5 October.

  126. 0822: 
    Mike Tyson

    David Haye talks to 5 live Boxing about the cut that forced the postponement of his heavyweight fight with Tyson Fury.

    And former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson chats to Mike Costello and Steve Bunce about money, life away from the ring and the late Ken Norton.

    Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas

    Chelsea are the visitors to London rivals Tottenham on Saturday in a match that brings Portuguese duo Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas head-to-head as bosses for the first time.

    Villas-Boas left Mourinho's Inter Milan four years ago to become manager of Academia but can he prove his Spurs side are title contenders? Who will come out in the battle of master vs apprentice?

    GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

  128. 0806: 

    Chelsea want to sign France under-21 international midfielder Gianelli Imbula, 21, from Marseille. (talkSPORT)

    Manchester United are planning to make a renewed bid for Real Madrid's 25-year-old left-back Fabio Coentrao. (Metro)

    United manager David Moyes has made Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 22, a key January target. (the Times - subscription required)


    Good morning and welcome to another edition of Sportsday from the BBC Sports Centre. We will bring you all the reaction from a busy night in Super League, plus all the news conferences and team news ahead of the weekend's football matches.

    We also have the International Cycling Union (UCI) president election result, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi's court appearance over tax fraud allegations, plus all the other breaking news.

    Stay tuned.

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