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  1. Uefa investigate banner at Partizan v Tottenham match
  2. Wembley to stage Euro 2020 semi-finals and final
  3. Hampden to host last-16 tie and three group games
  4. Hamilton set pace in second practice at Singapore Grand Prix
  5. Two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tennis

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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Right boys and girls, that's all from today's Sportsday. Thanks for your company.

We'll be back at 08:00 BST on Monday but don't forget to join our live coverage of the weekend's football and the Singapore Grand Prix, among other sporting matters, over the weekend.

Nigel Clough interview


BBC Radio 5 live

A final excerpt from tonight's Nigel Clough interview on 5 live you can hear from 21:00 BST. Asked about his late, great father Brian he says: "Knowing how everyone felt was one of his biggest strengths, whether it was players, staff, fans, he had empathy, he could put himself in their shoes, know how they were feeling and look after them accordingly and then he would listen to problems and understand better than anybody and it's nothing to do with football.

"If he'd stayed at ICI Billingham, where he started, he probably would have ended up running ICI and, if he'd stayed in hospital any longer, he'd have sorted out the NHS. I don't think he had a massive ego and a lot of it was a front. I saw him in his quieter moments and his moments of self-doubt and they were a lot more than people would imagine."

'Influential' Eto'o makes case


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Roberto Martinez says Samuel Eto'o is ready to claim a starting berth at Everton.

The Cameroon striker, 33, caught the eye after being introduced in the

4-1 UEFA Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday and is pushing for his full Goodison Park debut against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Martinez said: "Samuel has been so influential in training and [against Wolfsburg] he gave me the impression he is ready from a physical point of view. That is going to be a major boost because you could not believe the influence he has had on the squad already."

Scepovic makes fitness vow


Stefan Scepovic

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic has assured fans that he will impress them once he hones his fitness.

The Serb, 24, has made an inauspicious start since signing from Sporting Gijon and has not completed either of the matches he has started against Aberdeen and Salzburg.

"When I came here I was about 80% fit and now I feel much better and I will get better week by week," he said. "I need to work hard to become 100 per cent fit then everything will be okay."

Reading takeover finalised


A Thai consortium has successfully completed a takeover of Reading,

the Championship club have confirmed.

The partnership, which was first announced in July, will be led by businesswoman Khunying Sasima Srivikorn. She will now become co-chairman with Sir John Madejski, who has been with the Berkshire club since 1990.

Richards 'became a scapegoat'


Interesting interview in the Guardian with Micah Richards. The defender, who joined Fiorentina towards the end of the transfer window, believes he had "become a scapegoat" and Manchester City and suspects that "until [Roy Hodgson's] gone I don't see myself getting in [the England squad]."

On this day . . .


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14 years ago today, Lee Bowyer scored a late winner as Leeds beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Champions League.

Champions League winner joins Tadcaster


Former Manchester United and West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening has joined ninth-tier side Tadcaster Albion.

He was a

free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season and could play for the Northern Counties East Premier Division side against Maltby on Saturday.

"It's unbelievable for the club," Tadcaster boss Paul Marshall told

BBC Radio York. "My son has known his daughter for some time but I had never spoken to him before yesterday."

Greening, 35, was in United's squad when they beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

Maguire wins on comeback

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Jockey Jason Maguire made a winning return at Newton Abbot six months after he was in a coma following a fall.

The Irishman scored on 5-6 favourite Bonne Fee, trained by Kim Bailey, in the mares' novice hurdle (14:15 BST).

Maguire, who won the 2011 Grand National on Ballabriggs, suffered a fractured sternum and had part of his liver removed after falling at Stratford in March.

Nigel Clough interview


BBC Radio 5 live

More from the 5 live interview with Nigel Clough you can hear at 21:00 BST. Asked whether his late, great father Brian could have been a director he says: "I don't think he could have been. When he retired from Forest he didn't want to haunt the next manager Frank Clark or anything and be around.

"There was a lot made last year of Sir Alex Ferguson being around and David Moyes was struggling and whether that was a help or hindrance, I don't know but he wanted to divorce himself from that. Being in the boardroom would have been a step too far for him."

Sport and the referendum

UK Sport has made a statement after Scotland voted against the chance to become independent.

Chair Rod Carr said: "Britain's elite sport system has proven to be up there with the best in the world with our athletes performances in Beijing, London and Sochi. Today's decision means UK Sport can continue with its plans and preparations for Rio 2016 and beyond."

Potential £13m deal diffuses tensions

Rugby Union

More on the news that a compromise has been reached over the impact the World Cup will have on the domestic game.

A package worth up to £13m has been agreed between the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premiership Rugby, with the 2015-16 season starting from the weekend of 17 October after the International Rugby Board granted dispensation for club games to be staged during the knockout phase of the finals.

Alarmed by the possibility of five income-free months because of England 2015 and the off-season, the Premiership clubs sought £14m in lost revenue from the RFU.

Some owners threatened to flout IRB regulations by playing throughout the entire World Cup if their demands were not met, but a complex, part-incentivised agreement has now been reached.


Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov

Novak Djokovic tweets: "Great practicing with @GrigorDimitrov. See you again soon!"

Januzaj a victim of Van Gaal's system


Louis van Gaal was also asked about Adnan Januzaj after reports that the Belgian winger was

considering his future at Manchester United after struggling to earn a place in the Dutchman's XI.

"He has to compete with very good players. That's the reason," said Van Gaal. "You can't put 15 players in the squad, only 11.

"With this system he has to compete with a lot of potentially very strong strikers. When we play 4-3-3 then he should have maybe more chances but it also depends on the system we play. When I have changed my system he played."

Scottish Premiership


While much of Scotland's attention is still elsewhere, there will be Scottish Premiership action this evening when

Partick Thistle welcome St Mirren to Firhill (19:45 BST).

The visitors are still searching for their first point of the campaign, while Thistle would move into the top half with a victory.

Pearson wary of Man Utd 'swagger'


Leicester will welcome Manchester United at a time when the Old Trafford club have rediscovered their "swagger", says manager Nigel Pearson.

A 4-0 victory over QPR last Sunday was their first under Louis van Gaal after a troubled opening to the campaign.

"United look like they have a swagger back, they have added quality," Pearson said. "They have been a huge presence within the English game for a long time. I'm sure they will reignite that at some point."

Manchester City v Chelsea history


Carlos Tevez celebrates City's winner against Chelsea in December 2009

Our final look back at recent meetings and in December 2009 there was another

2-1 victory for City as they again came from behind to defeat the Blues. Emmanuel Adebayor's own goal had put Chelsea ahead early on but the striker scored at the right end to equalise, before Carlos Tevez hit a 56th-minute winner.

Ryan favourite to make history

Horse Racing

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Blaine is the significant mover in the market for this weekend's big betting race, the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

The sponsor reports a surge of bets for the four-year-old, on whom trainer Kevin Ryan's daughter Amy will attempt to become the first female jockey to win Scotland's most prestigious flat race. The support is at least partly attributed to the horse's high draw in the stalls (26), giving easy access to race on the stands-side of the track which was apparently favoured in Friday's sprint races at Ayr.

Blaine is co-favourite at 10-1 with Alben Star and Watchable for the £160,000 prize staged over six furlongs (3/4 mile) at 3-50.

Amy Ryan, who was out of action for more than six months following injuries sustained on her father's horse Bogart in July 2013, again teams up with the horse in Ayr's Silver Cup (2-40). They too have a seemingly favourable draw in stall 25.

Murray and Marray beaten in Metz


British pair Jamie Murray and Jonathan Marray were beaten in the semi-finals of the Moselle Open in Metz by the fourth seeds, Croatian Marin Draganja and Finn Henri Kontinen, 6-4 6-3 in just under an hour.

Louis van Gaal news conference


Van Gaal also had some good news for Wayne Rooney...

"There are always players you put in a team. My captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper so it's not a surprise. I don't think any player is fixed. Only the captain has more privileges but no other player has privileges I think. Every player knows that because when you see how I manage my teams."

Euro 2020 draw


Uefa pens

Associated Press reporter Rob Harris tweets: "The Uefa gifts at the Euro 2020 vote in Geneva ... just pens & badges."

Curle takes Carlisle job


Former Manchester City captain Keith Curle has been appointed Carlisle manager.

Tonev to answer SFA charge


Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been accused of using "language of a racist nature" by the Scottish Football Association.

Aberdeen claimed the Bulgarian made a racist remark to defender Shay Logan during
Celtic's 2-1 victory last Saturday.

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Tom Garry: "One team and its fans will have to travel from Baku to London in between 1/4 final and semi-final of #Euro2020 Nice idea #UEFA"

Steven Whitehead: "Disappointing to see that Cardiff won't be hosting the #Euro2020. Would have been great to have so many UK cities involved."

Van Gaal 'does not think Real would sell' Ronaldo


Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media ahead of Manchester United's trip to Leicester on Sunday.

Asked about rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford, the manager said: "It's always a discussion in the papers and I don't think the media shall buy Ronaldo. When it is possible, what I said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection or to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him."

Hogg earns Glasgow reprieve

Rugby Union

Stuart Hogg will make his first Glasgow start in four months when the Warriors face Newport Gwent Dragons in Saturday's Guinness Pro12 encounter in Wales.

Coach Gregor Townsend has excluded the British and Irish Lions back from his starting XV since a 54-0 victory over Zebre last May. However, the 22-year-old full-back replaces Peter Murchie at 15 for the weekend trip to Rodney Parade.


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Yaya Toure of Manchester City

"Yaya Toure good on #Chelsea, champions league, criticism & cake! #MCFC @MCFC @BBCSport On Football Focus tomorrow."

Ferguson key to Glasgow win


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Sir Alex Ferguson's support for Scotland's Euro 2020 bid was critical in Glasgow beating Cardiff to the final package of matches, says Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan.

Hampden Park won the right to host three group games and a last-16 match after beating the Millennium Stadium by a single ranking point in Uefa's preferential voting system.

Speaking about the part played by the former Manchester United manager, Regan said: "We focused on the history and heritage of football. We knew [Uefa president] Michel Platini was a football man and that's what we played strongest on and that's why we used Alex Ferguson."

Arsenal financial results


Arsenal have posted a £4.7m profit and reported increased turnover in their latest financial figures released on Friday. The results, which covered the year ended 31 May 2014, also revealed the club had cash reserves of £173m.

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Earlier today, we asked what you make of Euro 2020 being held in different countries around Europe. Here's a flavour of what you've been telling us...

Stephen Glover: "Cardiff misses out yet had one on the top ranking stadiums. Smaller countries should've had more of a chance to hold games."

Sam Robson: "I think the Euro 2020 idea is great. So long as teams don't have one group game in Dublin and the other in Baku!"

James Kay: "Gutted for Cardiff, but the bigger shock is Stockholm missing out. Surprised St Petersburg was picked given they host the WC."

No racist connotation from Gale, says Prince


Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince says he did not consider there to be a racist element to the verbal abuse delivered to him by Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

Gale was

banned for two matches after being reported by umpires for his part in an unseemly bust-up at the end of the third day's play in the Roses match this month.

"I took offence to the way he spoke to me - that's the bottom line," Prince said. "The way the guy approached me and spoke to me, that's what I took offence to. I didn't stand there and think 'that may be a racial slur'."

Manchester City v Chelsea history


Samir Nasri scores the winner in March 2012

Continuing our look back at recent Manchester City-Chelsea encounters at the Etihad, and in a midweek game in

March 2012, City fought back from a goal down to win 2-1, Samir Nasri scoring the winner in the 85th minute.

Keane vital to Villa - Hutton


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Defender Alan Hutton has praised Roy Keane's role in Aston Villa's fine start to the season.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager assumed the same role in Birmingham under Paul Lambert during the summer and has played his part as Villa have taken 10 points from their opening four games ahead of Saturday's visit of Arsenal.

Asked by

BBC1 One's Football Focus, on tomorrow at 12:10 BST, whether the Irishman's temper could be a useful threat, the Scotland international said: "I think so. It keeps you on your toes.

"Roy's lifted the standard in training and he'll let you know if that standard drops. But everyone knows who the manager is and no one has ever questioned that."

Lille to host Davis Cup final


This year's Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland from 21-23 November will be played at French Ligue 1 football club Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium.

The stadium has a retractable roof, which will be closed during the duration of the tie, and has a capacity of 27,000 in tennis configuration. France have yet to decide on the surface to be used for the match.

Pardew 'a broken man'


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"It is hard to see Newcastle manager Alan Pardew surviving in his job for much longer - his side were torn apart by Southampton last weekend and he sounded like a broken man in his interviews after that game."

BBC Sport columnist

Robbie Savage has his say on the turmoil at Newcastle.

The wit and wisdom of Brian Clough


BBC Sport

relives the wit and wisdom of Brian Clough to mark the 10th anniversary of his death on 20th September 2004.

The manager earned legendary status by guiding both Derby and Nottingham Forest to league titles, before securing back-to-back European Cups with Forest in 1979 and 1980.

Hamilton on song in Singapore

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton is currently quickest in second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix under the lights at Marina Bay. The 2008 world champion clocked a 1:47.940, which is 0.133 seconds quicker than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg had to abort his qualifying-simulation lap when Pastor Maldonado crashed his Lotus to bring out the red flags. You can following the final 25 minutes or the session via our

live text and audio commentary.

Nigel Clough interview


More from the Nigel Clough interview as he speculates on how his late, great father Brian might have fared in the modern game: "The gentleman that's gone in at Leeds now, the last manager probably only lasted a bit longer than his 44 days! There are a few clubs around at the moment that are being run and he could have hired himself out as a consultant to help run clubs properly.

"He was keen that his own clubs didn't go into debt and all the things like Financial Fair Play, he was years ahead thinking about things like that."

Manchester City v Chelsea history


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Westwood issues Poulter warning


Ian Poulter at the 2012 Ryder Cup
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Lee Westwood has warned European players and fans not to rely on Ian Poulter producing more Ryder Cup heroics at Gleneagles next week.

Poulter has been Europe's top points scorer in each of the last three Ryder Cups - jointly with Luke Donald in 2010 - but Westwood said: "I think it's a lot to ask of him to do the same as he did last time. He turned the whole momentum of the Ryder Cup around on that Saturday night so let's not put too much pressure on him with that, but certainly he seems to be able to raise his game for a Ryder Cup."