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  1. England's Wilshere & Cahill face media ahead of Swiss trip
  2. Scotland prepare to face Germany
  3. Northern Ireland set for Hungary visit
  4. New Premiership rugby season kicks off
  5. Get involved: Hodgson under pressure?

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By Jonathan Jurejko and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's all from Sportsday for today and for the week.

Enjoy your sport this weekend and we'll see you again on Monday from 8am.

Murray is on top of the world

Modern Pentathlon

Britain's Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion after winning the title in Warsaw, Poland.

She becomes only the fourth British woman to win the title following Wendy Norman's gold in 1982, Steph Cook's tile in 2001 and Mhairi Spence's victory in 2012.

Real to beat Chelsea and Spurs to Guarin?


Fredy Guarin
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Chelsea and Tottenham target Fredy Guarin has emerged as a January target for Real Madrid,

according to reports in Italy.

Spurs were rumoured to have offered Roberto Soldado to Inter Milan as part of a swap deal for the 28-year-old Colombian midfielder.

Perez defends Alonso and Di Maria exits


Angel Di Maria
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Angel Di Maria helped Real to last season's Champions League title

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has defended the club's decision to sell Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria.

Speaking at a press conference to announce that the La Liga club's income had risen by 10.9% in 2013-14 to €603.9m, Perez explained that allowing Alonso to join Bayern Munich and Di Maria to leave for Manchester United made sense.

"Perhaps he [Di Maria] had financial demands... that were greater than what was able to be offered," he said, adding that he had a "very good relationship" with Alonso and the player's exit was "the best thing for him and the club".

World Cup corruption report complete


Fifa have confirmed that ethics investigator Michael Garcia has submitted his report into alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests and has "reached conclusions concerning further action with respect to certain individuals".

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 tournament and Russia the 2018 event..

The 350-page report, which was initially expected in July, will now be examined by Fifa ethics judge Joachim Eckert, who can impose sanctions.

Contador retains Vuelta lead

Road Cycling

Alberto Contador remains in the lead
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Alberto Contador remains in the lead

Spaniard Dani Navarro took a first Grand Tour stage victory in the Vuelta a Espana as compatriot Alberto Contador retained his overall lead.

Navarro won the 188.7km 13th stage of from Belorado to Obregon after making a break on the climb to the finish line. Fellow Spaniard Daniel Moreno was second and Dutch rider Wilco Keldermann third.

There was no change at the top of the general classification as the leaders came in five seconds back, meaning Contador stays 20 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde with Britain's Chris Froome fourth, 1min 20sec adrift.

70-game ban 'a misunderstanding'


A player in the fifth tier of Austrian football is appealing a 70-game ban received for butting a referee, claiming that he merely slipped rather than intentionally crashing his forehead into the official's face.

SK Rum's

Ismail Gunduz is quoted as saying his punishment was "madness" and that it was a big "misunderstanding" that left the referee with a split lip and blood pouring from his face.

Gunduz had just been shown a second yellow card in the 86th-minute of a recent Landesliga West contest against SPLG Innsbruck.

The 26-year-old midfielder has since been banned and sacked by his club, who have been fined €257 by their local FA.

Malpas keen on County job


Maurice Malpas

Maurice Malpas has

revealed he would be interested in becoming the new manager of Ross County.

Malpas, who was assistant to Terry Butcher at Hibs before the pair were sacked in June, also spent five years as the Englishman's number two at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

"I'm out of a job and I want to work again. If that [Ross County] job came up I'd be interested," Malpas told BBC Scotland.

Northampton Saints v Gloucester

Rugby Union

Northampton Saints start the defence of their Premiership title when they host Gloucester this evening.

Live commentary of the match, which kicks-off at 19:45 BST, will be on the BBC Sport website.

On this day . . .


In 1931, Celtic's 22-year-old goalkeeper John Thomson died after colliding with Rangers' Sam English during an Old Firm match.

Boateng back for Germany


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Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng will return to Germany's XI for their Euro 2016 qualification opener against Scotland on Sunday. The centre-back missed Wednesday's 4-2 friendly home defeat by Argentina with a knee injury.

"Jerome doesn't feel any more pain and will no doubt return," said Germany's goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke. "We expect him to be in the starting line-up."

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The 'world's greatest half marathon' is nearly upon us. Don't miss the Great North Run on Sunday, 09:30 BST on BBC One.

Celebrities such as BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James and Olympic rower James Cracknell will be taking part, but we want to know if you'll be joining them?

What are you running for and how have you prepared? Got an interesting story to tell us? Let us know by commenting

on the BBC Sport Facebook page or by tweeting using #BBCGNR.

Northern Irish hopes are high


Aaron Hughes and Chris Brunt are cautiously optimistic that Northern Ireland can emerge from a "wide open" Euro 2016 qualification group.

Michael O'Neill's side begin Group F against Hungary on Sunday and also face Greece, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands, with the play-off on offer for the third-placed side in their sights.

"I think we can do it, but all the other teams will be saying the exact same thing," said Hughes.

Brunt added: "It's going to be tough but with the extra teams going through it's the best chance we've had for a long time."

Button 'relaxed' about future

Formula 1

Jenson Button
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Jenson Button has described himself as "massively relaxed" about next season after suggestions that he might retire.

The 34-year-old McLaren driver appeared to acknowledge the possibility of quitting in a recent interview but, speaking ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, he laughed off the speculation.

He said: "Initially it's annoying, but then you're like 'You know what, I've been here before, been in this situation before, heard it before'."

De Jong injury blow


Bad news for Newcastle. New signing Siem de Jong, who suffered a thigh injury in training earlier this week, is likely to be out "for a number of months", according to the Premier League club.

The 25-year-old Dutchman, who

joined from Dutch champions Ajax in the summer, will be undergo further assessment next week.

Guidetti dances with joy


What do you do when you hear good news? Manchester City's John Guidetti dances.

The Swedish striker was in a coffee shop on Thursday afternoon when he heard that Fifa had ratified his loan move to Celtic and reacted by doing a little jig.

"I was actually dancing because I was so happy," the 22-year-old said.

Guidetti has form for this kind of thing. Sportsday recommends you have a little search for footage of him doing his very best George Michael impression...

bbc-coverageChampions League

Ice Hockey

Interested in ice hockey? Well, BBC Radio Nottingham will have live radio coverage of Nottingham Panthers' Champions League encounter against Lukko of Finland this afternoon.

The group game, in Rauma, faces off at 16.30 BST.

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It's the Diamond League tonight in Brussels (19:00 BST, BBC Three) and we're asking you to get involved.

What have been your favourite moments of the athletics year so far?

Let us know by commenting on the

BBC Sport Facebook page or by tweeting using #bbcathletics and we will read out the best comments later in the programme.

NI have 'more potential'


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Northern Ireland are showing "more potential" ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign than they did two years ago, says boss Michael O'Neill.

O'Neill's side, who won just once in 2014 World Cup qualification, begin their attempts to reach France with Sunday's trip to Hungary.

"I don't know if we're a stronger squad than we were two years ago but I think we're a squad with more potential," he says.

Pro 12 preview

Rugby Union

The Pro 12 also begins this evening for clubs in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy.

Irish powerhouses Munster welcome Edinburgh and Italy's Treviso travel to Wales to face Ospreys.

BBC Sport's journalists in

Ireland and
Wales have taken a look at the prospects for their teams.

Dan Roan

BBC Sport

Good luck to all those young athletes competing in the @YouthSportTrust @_SchoolGames which started today in Manchester, a brilliant event.

England news conference


Wilshere on his

new Arsenal team-mate Danny Welbeck, who came on as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Norway:

"He's got great enthusiasm and quality on the ball. Not many people give him credit for his technical ability. I'm sure there were a few clubs that wanted his signature - not many players at his age that go from one big club to another."

England news conference


Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney
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Wilshere says Wayne Rooney is the "perfect" choice to captain England:

"Even before he was captain, he was always someone I looked up to. He is a leader, a big person in the team and he's not scared to tell you when you're doing wrong, or doing right.

"He's the standout choice for me to lead this young team. He's vocal and puts his arm round us youngsters."

England news conference


Wilshere on Sturridge's injury:

"I just saw him walk off - I've had my fair few injuries. I'm not a specialist in that department - not yet. Let's hope he's fine."

England news conference


Jack Wilshere
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Next up to face the media at St George's Park is England midfielder Jack Wilshere....

England news conference


Cahill says the bright performance of teenage forward Raheem Sterling was the major positive from Wednesday's

1-0 win over Norway.

"I thought he was very lively. A lot of our good attacking play went through him," he said.

"Has he got the potential to become a world-class player for England? Of course. He has shown in the early days of his career that he can be if he continues to progress."

Reus wary of Scotland


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Marco Reus expects Scotland to provide tough opposition for World Cup winners Germany when the sides meet in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday.

Gordon Strachan's side go into the match having won four and drawn two of their last six internationals.

"They have not lost for six straight games and they are a strong team with a fighting spirit," says the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

England news conference


Cahill on Monday's trip to Switzerland for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier:

"It is one of hardest games for us. They will be confident but it is a great opportunity to bounce back from a disappointing summer."

"Turning around our fortunes is not going to happen overnight - everyone knows and expects that. This group of young players we have got is the one we have got moving forward for the next couple of years. Everyone needs to be patient."

England news conference


Cahill says he knows "nothing" about

Daniel Sturridge's injury.

"I saw him go for the scan but I know nothing about that yet. We have our fingers crossed because he's a key player for club and country. He has been fantastic of late and he's a big player."

England news conference


Gary Cahill
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Cahill on the performance in the win against Norway:

"We won first and foremost. We dominated possession and the game. Of course we can do better. There were players who hadn't played before. We kept clean sheet. There are things we can work on in training."

England news conference


Cahill on being handed the captain's armband, briefly, against Norway:

"I'm proud to play for England full stop. It's an amazing, proud moment to wear the armband."

England news conference


England defender Gary Cahill, who missed training earlier with an ankle injury, is confident that he will be fit enough to face Switzerland on Monday.

"I'm hoping to train tomorrow and if I train then I'll be fit for the game," says the Chelsea man.

"I've got a bit of fluid on my ankle and the physios thought it would be better not to train today."

England news conference


England defender Gary Cahill is behind the top table and ready to face the waiting media....

Roy Rage


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Of course, it is not the first time that the English newspapers have gone after the Three Lions manager. Although Hodgson has not suffered the ignominy of being depicted as a vegetable on the front page of a tabloid. Yet.

That was the fate suffered by

poor Graham Taylor following England's surprise Euro 92 defeat by Sweden.

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Shaun H, Co Durham. I disagree with Beckham on the Rooney front. Rooney's time has been and gone and is quite uninspiring on the pitch for both club and country. I'm not sure why he still makes the team. Other more suitable candidates for the captaincy will present themselves well ahead of the Euros.

Question of Sport teaser

Formula 1

In today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport we asked you to name the eight Formula 1 drivers with surnames ending in a vowel who have won the Italian GP at Monza since 1970.

The answers are Alonso, Andretti, Barrichello, Fittipaldi, Lauda, Montoya, Regazzoni and Senna.

The BBC Sportsday team got three of them correct. A poor show.

Premiership preview - Wasps

Rugby Union

James Gaskell
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James Gaskell will bolster the second row

And finally, BBC London 94.9's Sara Orchard assesses Wasps...

How have Wasps fared in the transfer market? "The arrival of Sale's James Gaskell could see a formidable second-row partnership built with Joe Launchbury. Keep an eye out for Scotland's Ruaridh Jackson pushing Andy Goode at fly-half, along with Hurricanes Super 15 import Alapati Leiua causing chaos across the backline."

What are their hopes and ambitions for the new season? "If they pick up this season where they left off the last - doing the double over Stade Francais to secure the last European Rugby Champions Cup spot - this maturing team will cause problems for others in all competitions."

Sara Orchard's prediction: Sixth


What an enjoyable five days for Abel Hernandez. After starting the week by wrapping up

a club-record £10m move to Hull City, the Uruguyan ends it by netting in his nation's 2-0 win against Japan.

Hernandez, who added to an earlier goal from Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, helped Uruguay spoil Javier Aguirre's debut as Japan coach.

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Martin McHugh: Ridiculous to blame Hodgson. Grasping for straws. He works with what the disastrous (for England) Premier League has to offer.

Elliott Edwards: Lovely. The media trying to start a fuss over the England Manager over something trivial. Where have we heard this before?

Alex Glen: The coach and the players thought we played well against Norway, that is reason enough to lose hope of any progression.

Murray breaks new ground

Modern Pentathlon

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Samantha Murray
Nick Hope

Great Britain's Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray has set a new modern pentathlon world record of two minutes 3.84 seconds at the World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.

Murray, who was part of the three-strong GB women's squad that won team gold at the event last year, struggled in the opening fencing round this morning.

She won 18 and lost 16 of her contests to rank 15th after the opening phase. Her performance in the pool has moved her to second on the leaderboard ahead of the show jumping and combined (running and shooting) events.