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Summary

  1. Savage: Footballers don't care about prices
  2. Pistorius sentencing adjourned
  3. Barkley could return for Everton this weekend - Martinez
  4. Albania FA accuse Serbia counterpart
  5. Armitage 'set to start' for Toulon, Bath move seems over

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By Mike Henson and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Football

Forest Green appeal against deduction

Forest Green Rovers have lodged an appeal with the Football Association against their three-points deduction for fielding an ineligible player.

The incident occurred on opening day of the Conference season, when Rovers defeated Southport 1-0.

They accepted the charge last month, when they were also fined £500, and offered to replay the game,

but their request was rejected.

Football

Partick sign Frans

Partick Thistle have signed Belgian central defender Frederic Frans on a short-term contract.

The 25-year-old former Lierse player, capped at Under-20 level, has agreed a deal until January.

"It gives us some extra strength and depth in an area where we were probably still a bit light," manager

Alan Archibald told the club website.

Yeovil sign Palace defender Inniss

Football

Yeovil Town have signed Crystal Palace teenager Ryan Inniss on loan to strengthen his defensive options, but does manager Gary Johnson have other plans for the 19-year-old, such as starring alongside him in the remake of a 1980s comedy classic?

Johnson met with Inniss prior to his arrival at Huish Park on Wednesday and

told BBC Somerset: "I didn't really want to walk up the high street with him, as he's 6ft 6in and I'm less than that.

"We certainly looked like the odd couple, like Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Twins."

Basketball

Basketball's international governing body says no positive doping tests were recorded at the World Cup or its other major championships this year.

Fiba said more than 300 samples were taken at the men's World Cup in Spain, the women's world championship in Turkey and the Under-17 worlds for men and women.

Football

Taylor to have surgery

Burnley midfielder Matthew Taylor will miss this weekend's reunion with old club West Ham because he needs an Achilles tendon operation.

The 32-year-old, who left Upton Park to join the Clarets in the summer, has not featured since the goalless draw with Manchester United at the end of August.

Manager Sean Dyche said: "Matty Taylor unfortunately is going to have to have a minor operation. He's got a niggle in his Achilles and unfortunately it just hasn't settled down."

Golf

Wins for Reed, Donaldson and Stenson

Patrick Reed, one of the few Americans to emerge with their reputations enhanced from the United States' Ryder Cup defeat in September, has beaten England's Paul Casey 2&1 at the World Match Play in Kent.

Elsewhere two of Europe's winning team, Jamie Donaldson and Henrik Stenson, have recorded wins against Jonas Blixt and Francesco Molinari respectively.

Results:

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) beat Francesco Molinari (Italy) 2&1

George Coetzee (South Africa) beat Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 2&1

Jamie Donaldson (Wales) beat Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 3&2

Patrick Reed (US) beat Paul Casey (England) 2&1

Victor Dubuisson (France) beat Shane Lowry (Ireland) 3&2

Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) beat Stephen Gallacher (Scotland) 1 up

Mikko Ilonen (Finland) beat Graeme McDowell (N Ireland) 2&1

Joost Luiten (Netherlands) beat Alexander Levy (France) 4&3

Westwood among new Warrington deals

Rugby League

Warrington co-captain Ben Westwood, half-back Gareth O'Brien and winger Kevin Penny

have extended their deals.

England second-row Westwood, 33, joined from Wakefield in 2002 and has since scored 612 points in 333 games.

The new deals keep him and O'Brien, 22, at the club until the end of the 2016 Super League season, with 27-year-old Penny contracted until next November.

Football

Newcastle Ebola plan

papiss Cisse
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the club are making provisions for their African Nations Cup hopefuls amid the Ebola crisis on the continent.

Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse were heading back to Tyneside on Thursday and the Magpies have moved in an attempt to protect both the players and their families.

"We would be naive not have concerns," said Pardew. "We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of.

"They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them."

Football

Origi loan return 'impossible'

Divock Origi
AP

Any hopes that Liverpool had of recalling on-loan striker Divock Origi from his season-long loan at former club Lille have been dashed by the French club's director Jean-Michel Vandamme.

"It's impossible. He will stay here until June,"

said Vandamme.

Football

Africa Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football has approached Ghana about replacing Morocco as 2015 Nations Cup hosts.

Last week Morocco asked Caf to postpone the 17 January to 8 February finals because of fears over Ebola.

"Caf wrote to us and indicated that Morocco had given strong indications they would pull out if Caf did not change the date,"

revealed Ghana Youth and Sports minister Mahama Ayariga.

Ayariga said other nations have also been sounded out as potential hosts.

Football

Striker Sidibe given Southend trial

Mamady Sidibe
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Former Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe is on trial with League Two club Southend United.

The 34-year-old Mali international, who left Stoke in the summer of 2013, has been without a club since being released by CSKA Sofia last December.

"He's ring-rusty by his own admission. He's been in the wilderness, no-man's land," Southend boss Phil Brown told BBC Essex.

Koeman rejects Netherlands job link

Football

Ronald Koeman
PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed calls for him to become boss of the Netherlands national team.

Former Ajax and Barcelona midfielder Ronald de Boer believes Koeman should replace Guus Hiddink after the Dutch lost two of their first three Euro 2016 qualifiers.

"I am the manager of Southampton, I am not the national manager and I will not be the next national manager," 51-year-old Koeman told

BBC Radio Solent.

Football

O'Shea pens new Sunderland contract

John O'Shea
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Sunderland captain John O'Shea has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2017.

The 33-year-old joined the Black Cats from Manchester United in 2011.

"I am delighted that John has agreed to stay with us for at least another two years," said boss Gus Poyet. "He is our captain, one of our leaders and I am sure he will continue to help us get better and stronger as a team. I really look forward to continuing to work with John."

Golf

Defeats for Gallacher and McDowell

Both Stephen Gallacher and Graeme McDowell have lost their second matches at the World Match Play.

Gallacher lost by one hole to Spain's Pablo Larrazabal, while McDowell went down 2&1 to Mikko Ilonen.

Tennis

Raonic on the skids

There's some potentially significant news for Andy Murray coming from Russia.

Top seed Milos Raonic has been defeated in the second round of the Kremlin Cup, losing 6-3 4-6 6-3 to Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis.

The Canadian currently occupies the last of the eight qualifying spots for the ATP World Tour Finals, two places ahead of Murray.

Football

Balotelli getting to grips with solo role

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli says that he is not a traditional penalty-area poacher, but has been learning the role in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge.

"I need to get in the box more," says Balotelli in

an interview with Sport magazine. "All the rumours I hear about that - these ones are true. I don't do it enough, but it is something I am working to try to do more. I have never been a real, out-and-out striker - I have always been someone who goes around the pitch, you know?

"I understand that when the ball comes from wide on the left or right, I need to be in the box otherwise there might be no one there at all."

Football

City swaps the suburbs for the centre

Manchester City have moved into

a new state-of-the-art training ground, leaving behind the Carrington base which gave photographers the chance to capture several bust-ups between the players during former manager Roberto Mancini's time at the club.

The new training ground, part of the Etihad Campus that surrounds the Etihad Stadium, will not be overlooked from adjacent public footpaths.

Golf

Dubuisson on song at World Match Play

Victor Dubuisson is back in the London Golf Club bar with a second successive win at the World Match Play in the bag. The Frenchman beat Ireland's Shane Lowry 3&2.

Still out on the course, Dubuisson's Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell has work to do. He is two down with four to play against Finland's Mikko Ilonen.

Stephen Gallacher is all square with Spain's Pablo Larrazabal after 16.

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Pete Gibb on text: Saturday c1969. Paper round, train, Ramsgate to London, tube to Seven Sisters, entrance to the Shelf at White Hart Lane bag of chips, programme and return - all with change from a pound!! Well that's what I remember!

Freddie, London: Leeds against PSV Eindhoven, UEFA cup 2001-02. Dad and I in for a tenner each, 93rd minute scrambled goal for the Dutch lot saw this fanatical 8 year old crying for days afterwards!

Mark Lewis: My first game at Old Trafford, United v Liverpool 28th February 1983 a scintillating 1-1 draw. Stood on left hand side of the then middle tunnel under main stand. 57,400 or something and around £2-4 to get in I think. awesome atmosphere. But many thanks to four Irish lads who took me in a taxi from Piccadilly bus station as id never been before and they looked after me. never forgot it....

Join the debate at #myfirstticket or 81111 on text

The prices and memories of your first trip to the football are still coming in on

#myfirstticket on Twitter and 81111 on text.

Gavin Forrest: Arsenal v Oldham, January 1994. 1-1. Cost £8 on the north bank. Today it's £40 on the North Bank. Inflation?

Jamie Pike: Wycombe Wanderers v Northwich Victoria,Sat 8th Sept 1990, the hosts running out 3-0 winners and a cheeseburger was a mere 90p

Dan Long: England Ladies vs Portugal Ladies at Fratton Park, 2002. My Chiddingfold U9s team won the tickets at a football tournament

Football

Wenger targets defensive reinforcements

Mats Hummels
Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he will attempt to sign a defender in the January transfer window after failing to do so in the summer.

"We are a bit short with the injuries we have defensively, and overall I think we will rectify that in the transfer market in January," he told the club's annual general meeting.

Arsenal were linked with a £32m move for

Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels in today's newspapers.

Rugby union

Double tops for Northampton?

Northampton Saints

can compete for a domestic and European double this season, says captain Dylan Hartley.

The Premiership champions start their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign at Racing Metro on Saturday.

"I think it's possible for us to put ourselves into a good position," Hartley told BBC Radio Northampton when asked if the double was a possibility.

Football

Wales benefitting from Speed legacy

Former Wales manager Gary Speed
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Winger David Cotterill believes the seeds of Wales' good start to their Euro 2016 campaign were sown by former manager, the late Gary Speed.

"He started all this off, the togetherness,"

Cotterill said.

"Every time we've come away the last few camps everyone seems together and it definitely changed when Gary Speed took over."

Join the debate at #myfirstticket

Darren Jenkins: West ham vs Oldham League Cup semi 2nd leg 1990 around my 9th birthday. Won 3-0, but lost 1st leg 6-0. Typical West Ham.

Nat Cummins: My first Man Utd game was vs Bury in the League Cup in '98. United won 2-0 with goals from Solskjaer & Nevland

Boxing

Froch scared of DeGale?

Carl Froch is "running scared" of James DeGale and will retire instead of defending his world title against him, according to DeGale's advisor.

If Froch gives up his IBF super-middleweight crown, DeGale expects to fight Mexico's Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez for the vacant title on 31 January.

But first, the former Olympic champion must beat Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban in Liverpool on 22 November.

"Carl Froch is out of the picture, he's had his day," said Ambrose Mendy. "He can't find enough reasons to fight James DeGale and yet there's an obvious one - he's the mandatory challenger."

Further confusion on the

#myfirsticket debate now includes Take That and Blink 182. Eclectic.

Rugby union

Harlequins v Castres (Fri)

Danny Care returns to the Harlequins starting line-up for Friday's opening match of the

European Rugby Champions Cup against Castres at The Stoop.

The England scrum-half missed Friday's Premiership defeat by Leicester to be at the birth of his first child.

George Lowe replaces Tom Casson at centre, while Dave Ward comes in at hooker for the injured Joe Gray.

Castres, last season's Top 14 runners-up, have lost six of their opening nine matches and are 12th in the table.

Cricket

Cairns in court

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns appeared in court on Thursday charged with perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012.

Cairns won £90,000 in damages after he sued Lalit Modi, founder of the Indian Premier League (IPL), over an accusation of match-fixing made on Twitter in January 2010.

Cricketers from around the world are expected to give evidence in the trial, which is expected to begin on 5 October 2015, the start of a period of few fixtures across the globe.

Join the debate at #myfirstticket

Tony Lannon: Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough.

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BBC

Price of Football

Clubs provide value - chief exec

Everton chief executive Robert Elstone insists football clubs think long and hard about ticket prices.

The BBC's Price of Football study revealed that the average price of the cheapest tickets in English football since 2011 had increased at almost twice the rate of the cost of living.

But Elstone rejects what he says is the "strong inference that clubs are greedy and exploitative".

"Almost every club is totally committed to providing value for money," he said.

Tennis

Davydenko retires

Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko has confirmed his retirement from tennis.

Davydenko has not played on the ATP Tour since the French Open in May and made his announcement on the sidelines of the Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow on Thursday.

The 33-year-old won 21 tour titles and the 2009 ATP finals, but never managed to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament despite being a four-time semi-finalist.

Nikolay Davydenko
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Join the debate at #myfirstticket

George Kay: May 2001. Villa 2-0 down to Coventry at half time. Merson screamer. Villa won 3-2. Coventry relegated. Happy days.

Hugh Dickinson: Wycombe 2-0 Peterborough in 2006. I left 10 mins early and missed the 2nd goal. I haven't left early since.

Jonathon Burrows: 3-0 Runcorn FC. 1992. Pretty sure it was £2 or £3 for a child back then. Up the Poppies!

Rugby union

Galarza has surgery

Gloucester have announced that their Argentina international forward Mariano Galarza has undergone shoulder surgery.

Galarza, 27, was injured during Argentina's final Rugby Championship game of the season against Australia in Mendoza.

He linked up with his new Gloucester team-mates this week before having an operation on Wednesday.

"The operation was successful, and Mariano will now follow an intensive rehabilitation programme which will enable him to return to full fitness as soon as possible,"

Gloucester said in a statement.

Cricket

Leics scrap director role

Leicestershire have scrapped the role of director of cricket, leaving Phil Whitticase's position unclear.

Interim chief executive Andrew Boyce told

BBC Radio Leicester the decision was taken after a review of the coaching structure at Grace Road.

Former Leicestershire wicketkeeper Whitticase became the club's first director of cricket in August 2013. Boyce confirmed he had "technically been made redundant", but would not necessarily be leaving the club.

Pistorius

Hearing adjourned

The sentencing hearing of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned for the day.

The South African athlete was convicted of culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp in September and faces up to 15 years in jail.

Join the debate at #myfirstticket

Sam Patterson: Man United v Watford at vicarage road, my old man paid and Sir Alex's autograph on a Pokemon hat!

Moon: Spurs v Stoke, 1978, got in for £1.. Amazed there wasn't any commentary! Spurs won 1-0.

Jack Cooper: Barry Town, Welsh Premier, wit Granddad. Decided I wanted to be a ball boy so ran up & down the side of the pitch for 90 mins.

Football

Wenger confirms Ozil absence

Mesut Ozil
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil faces around six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, a problem that was only discovered when the midfielder joined up with the Germany squad for international duty last week.

Ozil, 26, first felt pain in the knee during Arsenal's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea on 5 October.

"I didn't even know about it. At half-time, just before we went out, the physio told me he had a little pain in his knee but its not bad and he wanted to go on," said Wenger.

"I told him 'if you don't feel well tell me and I will take you off straight away' but he never did in the whole game and I left him on because we needed to find a goal."

Cricket

Hafeez fit to play Australia

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has recovered from a hand injury in time to play in next week's first Test against Australia.

The 33-year-old missed the limited-overs internationals against the Aussies after suffering the injury to his left hand in a practice match.

The first Test in Dubai begins on Wednesday and is followed by a second match in Abu Dhabi.

There's a couple things to note on the

#myfirstticket debate.

Firstly, quite a lot of you were asked to jump the barrier/crawled in/were thrown over the wall at the back of the stand.

Secondly, our hashtag seems to have been invaded by people talking about their first gig. Green Day, Craig David and the Jonas Brothers have been mentioned. Please desist, especially if you are fan of the Jonas Brothers.