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Summary

  1. Build-up to Wales v Bosnia-H Euro 2016 qualifier (19:45 BST)
  2. England U21 v Croatia U21 Euro 2016 play-off (17:45 BST)
  3. Build-up to Scotland v Georgia (Saturday 17:00 BST)
  4. Russian Grand Prix practice
  5. Get involved: Footballers who could be in government #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Right, that's plenty from BBC Sportsday for another week. We'll be back from 08:00 BST on Monday.

Don't forget that you can follow

our live text coverage of England Under-21s Euro 2016 play-off against Croatia - starting imminently - and of Wales Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia.

Marquez chance to retain title

Moto GP

Marc Marquez
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Marc Marquez has his first shot at retaining the MotoGP championship this weekend at the Motegi circuit in Japan. It is the first of four races left in the season.

The Spaniard has a 75-point lead over his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and a 78-point lead over Yamaha's Valentino Rossi. A race win for Marquez would see him take the title whatever happens behind him.

Marquez has won 11 of the 14 races so far this season, including a record-equalling 10 in a row, with Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo having won just one each.

He crashed out in the first practice session on Friday but recovered to set the second-fastest time with only compatriot Jorge Lorenzo able to out-pace him on his Yamaha. Marquez was then sixth fastest in the afternoon.

Anti-Putin chant leads to arrests

Football

Ukraine v Belarus
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More than 100 football fans have been

detained in Belarus after nearly the entire stadium joined in chanting a well-known song insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin, media reports say.

Both local and visiting fans at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus in Borisov came together in a rousing rendition of the song - which has became a popular expression of opposition to Putin in Ukraine, the Belarusian paper Nasha Niva reports.

After the match, about 100 Ukrainian and 30 Belarusian were held and taken to the local KGB station, reportedly on suspicion of using "obscene language", the opposition website Charter '97 reports. According to one report, some of them will be taken to court and are expected to receive a five-day sentence. The Ukrainian fans will also be deported.

Wonderful Charm starts strongly

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

It may be four months until jump racing's Cheltenham Festival, but champion trainer Paul Nicholls is looking forward to glittering prizes ahead for Wonderful Charm after the gelding took the most valuable - and highest quality - race staged at Newton Abbot, the £30,000 Intermediate Chase.

The 100-30 shot, the mount of Nicholls' new no. 1 jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, had three lengths to spare over favourite Colour Squadron, the sport's highest-rated novice chaser, ridden by Tom O'Brien in place of the injured AP McCoy. Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Taquin Du Seuil was third.

Nicholls said: "That's as soft [going] as you'd risk him on. He really wants it much better. We'll look at a race at Down Royal next month for him, but he won't run if it's too soft, and there will be plenty for him in the spring in the Ryanair [at Cheltenham] and at Aintree."

Murray adds Vienna date

Tennis

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray has added another tournament to his schedule in a bid to qualify for the World Tour Finals.

He will play in Vienna next week and, with events to follow in Valencia and Paris, it means he will be playing six weeks in a row.

Football

BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury tweets: "Luis Suarez starts for Uruguay v Saudi Arabia."

The Barcelona forward is banned for Uruguay's competitive internationals but can still play in friendlies.

On this day

Sachin Tendulkar
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In 2013, India batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced he would retire from all forms of cricket after his impending 200th Test.

Milan director calls for Champions League wildcards

Football

AC Milan director Umberto Gandini believes

Champions League wildcards should be introduced to ensure some of Europe's biggest clubs do not miss out.

Currently, the Premier League top three qualify automatically, with the side in fourth entering the play-off round. In Italy, the top two go straight into the Champions League, with third going into the play-offs.

"I think we have to look at ways of improving the Champions League," Gandini told BBC World Service.

Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar (Sat 17:00 BST)

European Championship qualifiers

How about this for boosting your players' confidence? Martin O'Neill has told his Republic of Ireland squad that

they are "not good enough to be complacent" when they face Gibraltar in Dublin on Saturday.

"We, seriously, will not be good enough to be complacent, certainly not," he said. "We are expected to win, don't get me wrong. There's a difference. We might not be able to break them down as easily as one might think."

Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands (Sat 19:45 BST)

European Championship qualifiers

Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland's players are relishing the opportunity to demonstrate their attacking capabilities against the Faroe Islands, says manager Michael O'Neill.

Having won 2-1 in Hungary in their first Euro 2016 qualifier, hopes are high for a comfortable win on Saturday.

"There has been a lot of focus on our attacking play especially, our approach has been slightly different," O'Neill said. "You just can't go out and play off the cuff and play in a cavalier fashion. But this is an opportunity to show the other side to their game."

F1 teams hold safety talks

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

Formula 1 is to impose changes to ensure an accident like the one that left Jules Bianchi in a critical condition cannot happen again.

Governing body the FIA is discussing steps with the teams, with a major focus on ensuring drivers slow down more than they currently do for warning flags.

FIA president Jean Todt said: "We have to learn from what happened. And we will because we cannot be faced with such a situation again. Each life is very important."

Ashley not flying away from Magpies

Football

Mike Ashley
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The Newcastle Chronicle reports that Mike Ashley is planning to remain in charge at St James Park until at least 2016, despite his growing influence at Rangers.

Ashley has increased his shareholding in the Ibrox club. The rules state that he can own 49.9% of a club and own another that potentially could play one another in a European competition.

'Irish must not get frustrated'

Football

Stephen Quinn says the Republic of Ireland must not get too frustrated if they don't have early success against Gibraltar in tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier.

The Republic won 2-1 in Georgia in their opening qualifier, Gibraltar lost 7-0 at home to Poland, though they were only a goal behind at half time.

The Hull City midfielder said: "We don't know too much about them. We watched the first half of the game against Poland and they were quite rigid. We have to be patient and the crowd have to be patient with us as well."

Get involved

Sol Campbell is contemplating going into politics, so who would you have in you in your fantasy footballing cabinet. Here are a few suggestions so far:

Rob White: Clarke Carlisle as secretary of education. He's meant to be pretty smart isn't he?

Geordie Gaz: Defence minister John Terry, Justice minister Sir Alex Ferguson, Deputy PM Harry Redknapp.

Onderi: Gary Lineker - PM

We want more, so get thinking. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or go to the BBC Facebook page.

Shawcross committed to England

Football

Ryan Shawcross
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Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross insists he is not considering switching allegiance from England to Wales despite being overlooked by Roy Hodgson.

The 27-year-old centre-back won his solitary cap as a substitute in a friendly against Sweden in 2012 but has not been called upon in a competitive game so is still eligible to play for Wales.

"I made a decision a couple of years ago to play for England. I've got one cap and I want more. If it happens, it happens," Shawcross told the Stoke Sentinel. "If I don't get into the England squad until I retire, I will have no frustration. I'm just happy to be playing."

Football Focus

Keane meets Kilbane

Kevin Kilbane interviewed former Ireland team-mate Roy Keane this week for

BBC 1's Football Focus. And
he asked him about Saipan...

On this day

Tokyo Olympics 1964
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In 1964, the 18th Olympics opened in Tokyo.

Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST)

European Championship qualifiers

Gareth Bale can be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Bosnia-Hercegovina's Asmir Begovic.

"Messi and Ronaldo are two of the best players in the world right now," said the 27-year-old Stoke goalkeeper. "But people like Gareth Bale are working their way up."

That said, Real Madrid forward Bale has not scored past Begovic - who will stand in his way this evening in Cardiff - in five attempts.

Coverage of the game is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Hamilton's 'good fun' in Russia

Formula 1

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton says he

is feeling good after finishing fastest ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the second practice session at the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who holds a 10-point lead over Rosberg after a run of three successive victories, immediately appeared at home on the track and said: "I like the new circuit. It's got really good grip and great corners, with a lot at medium speed. It's good fun.

"The car felt really good. We've quite a good balance, so there are a lot of boxes ticked, but we still have work to do to see if we can improve."

BBC Sport's Matt Slater tweets: "Bosman ruling lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont asks Belgian court to stop Uefa reducing amount of money clubs can lose from €45m to €30m."

Uefa fair play proposal

Football

As well as tinkering with Champions League seedings, Uefa says it is also considering

changing its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules to take into account the amount of debt held by clubs.

Currently debt is not factored into FFP calculations, although interest payments on debt are considered.

In May, Manchester City were fined £49m - £32m of which was suspended - and had their Champions League squad capped to 21 players for breaching FFP rules.

Fonte vows to take Portugal chance

Football

Jose Fonte
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Southampton captain Jose Fonte says he intends to become a regular for his country as he prepares for a possible debut for Portugal.

The 30-year-old defender could feature against France in Paris on Saturday, having been called into the squad by new manager Frannado Santos.

"I intend to take it with both hands and make it a habit of representing my country," Fonte told BBC Radio Solent. "I waited a long time, but I never gave up, that's not part of me."

Get involved

Inspired by Sol Campbell's talk about going into politics, we wanted to know who would make your fantasy footballing cabinet. Here are a few suggestions so far:

Dessie Donnelly: Minister of Defence Stuart Pearce, Foreign Office Roy Keane.

Ryan Wilkinson: The Arsenal physio for Secretary State for Health.

Damian Conno: Faustino Asprilla, Minister for Good Times & Cartwheels.

Sean Patrick: If Sol Campbell gets involved in politics, he'll probably have a few good years, then defect to whatever party is in power...

Send us yours please. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or go to the BBC Facebook page.

'Super League can grow football in India'

Football

The inaugural Indian Super League gets underway on Sunday, with former Sunderland and Manchester City manager

Peter Reid insists it can be the start of a new dawn for football in the country.

Reid is manager of Mumbai City, who face Atletico De Kolkata on Sunday. Other high-profile names involved in the league are Alessandro Del Piero, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka.

Villa defender in loan move

Football

League Two side Northampton Town have

signed Aston Villa left-back Enda Stevens, 24, on a month's loan.

Meanwhile, Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards has told BBC Radio Merseyside that he expects to sign a new striker ahead of Saturday's home game against Plymouth.

Federer sets up Djokovic semi

Tennis

Roger Federer
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What an odd match that was. After a tight first set which he won on a tie-break, Roger Federer whizzed through the second set 6-0 to overwhelm Julien Benneteau and set up a semi-final meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters.

In the other semi, it is Spain v France as Feliciano Lopez takes on Giles Simon.

Portsmouth aims to host World Series events

Sailing

Portsmouth is hoping to play host to

two preparation events for yachting's 35th America's Cup over the next two summers.

If successful, the world series event would be contested off Southsea seafront in June 2015 and July 2016.

The series helps the six teams entered for the next full America's Cup in 2017 to develop and test the catamaran boats - which will be used in the main event.

Portsmouth is also the base for Sir Ben Ainslie's British bid to win the Cup.

Sanogo 'was living on streets'

Football

Yaya Sanogo
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Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has made the astounding claim that he was "living on the streets" as recently as three years ago.

The 21-year-old has yet to score a competitive goal since signing from Ligue 1 side Auxerre on a free transfer last summer.

"I feel the pressure but people should not forget that, three years ago, I was living in the streets," he told

Arsenal's website.

Get involved

Now then, here is another one for you to get involved in. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, former England defender Sol Campbell said he would be happy to "have a conversation with the Conservative Party" and get involved in politics.

So who would your footballing cabinet include and why?

A couple to get you started:

John McEnerney: Chief Whip - Roy Keane, PM - Cloughie, Education - Shanks, Foreign Minister - Becks, Health - Darren Anderton, Justice - David Elleray, War - Joey Barton.

Liam Cullen: Arsene Wenger for chancellor. Sit on a load of money then blow it on the wrong things.

Can you do better? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or go to the BBC Facebook page.

British finish behind US favourite

Gymnastics

Claudia Fragapane
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Claudia Fragapane finished 10th and Ruby Harrold 11th in the World Championship all-around final in Nanning, China.

Competing on all four apparatus, the competition showcases the very best overall gymnasts.

American favourite Simeone Biles took the gold medal in style with an impressive 60.231 points.

Advantage Federer

Tennis

Roger Federer has taken a step towards reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

The Swiss won the first set on a tie-break in his quarter-final with Julien Benneteau of France and has raced into a 3-0 second-set lead by breaking serve wice.

The winner will play Novak Djokovic.

Allardyce gets thumbs-up

Football

Sam Allardyce
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Co-chairman David Sullivan has praised manager Sam Allardyce for re-introducing "the West Ham way" at Upton Park.

Many of the club's fans complained last season about the style of play and called on Sullivan and co-owner David Gold to replace Allardyce.

But with a much-improved West Ham seventh in the Premier League, Sullivan said: "I believe we have the best squad since we've been at the club. We've signed some high-energy, younger players and we have discovered the West Ham way.

"He changed the style... and deserves the accolades because had it not worked he would have been castigated."

Close at the top in Portugal

Golf

The Portugal Masters has resumed after bad weather, with Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Alexander Levy of France leading the way.

The pair are 13 under par midway through their second rounds, with Spain's Adrian Otaegui four shots back.

Colsaerts yesterday

came within millimetres of becoming the first man to shoot a sub-60 round in the 42-year history of the European Tour, shaving the hole with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

Djokovic marches on

Tennis

Novak Djokovic
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After the tightest of first sets, world number one Novak Djokovic ran away with his Shanghai Masters quarter-final against Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 6-2.

The Serb, who won the China Open title for a fifth time last week, hit 26 winners against the Spaniard's 11 to set up a semi-final meeting with Swiss Roger Federer or Julien Benneteau of France.

That pair are on court now, with the first set into a tie-break.

Hamilton blows rivals away

Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was in superlative form to

set the pace in second practice at the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg was fourth fastest, 0.912 seconds adrift. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was second fastest, 0.864secs off Hamilton, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third, a further 0.01secs adrift of the Dane.

McCoy makes appearance

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

AP McCoy
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Because of injury sustained at Worcester yesterday, AP McCoy isn't riding at Newton Abbot. He's out of action until, probably, Tuesday and will be replaced on Colour Squadron by Tom O'Brien.

McCoy is, however, going to be in attendance to unveil a statue in his honour.

Gordon Strachan news conference

Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

On Roy Keane's suggestion that he signed for Celtic to spite then manager Strachan:

"I think he's fantastic. I get on great with him but I've no idea what he's said in his book. Besides, this is not the right time to talk about it. Come back to me in a couple of weeks when I've read it."

Gordon Strachan news conference

Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

"Craig Gordon coming back has been a huge bonus for everybody. The one person who decides his future - himself - decided that it wouldn't be the end a couple of years ago and he's got himself back to fantastic form for Celtic."

Gordon Strachan news conference

Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

"Stevie May's been a fantastic surprise. I knew he was a good player but he's added to the squad and I've enjoyed his performance this week. Ryan Gauld, too."

Gordon Strachan news conference

Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

"Tomorrow we could put on the best performance we've ever seen and could get beat - that's how the football gods work. All we can do is make sure we prepare as well as we can."