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  1. Berahino, Carrick and Downing named in England squad
  2. Allen and Ramsey return to Wales squad
  3. Artificial pitches in League One and Two fail to win backing
  4. Rokoduguni named in England team to face New Zealand
  5. NFL Wembley games for 2016 announced: Jets to face Dolphins
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By Luke Reddy and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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And that brings to an end another Sportsday. It was chaotic to say the least with so many press conferences and squad announcements to get through.

Tomorrow will be even more full on, with the likes of Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal to face the media.

But for now, you can start following our

Europa League live text to get all of the build-up and action in tonight's games.

Enjoy and thank you for your company today.

Champ ruled out

Horse racing

AP McCoy is to sit out at least the next two weeks after aggravating an injury.

The 19-time champion jump jockey, who reached the milestone of 4000 winners at today's Towcester fixture a year ago, has been troubled by the effects of a fall at Worcester last month.

He's ridden 152 winners so far this season, and was targeting 300 successes.

Pearce ruing injured Forest trio


Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says

the absence of influential trio Chris Cohen, Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs has been a key factor behind their 10-match winless run.

Captain Cohen has been ruled out for the season and midfielder Reid and centre-half Hobbs are also both sidelined with injury.

Forest were beaten 3-1 by Brentford at the City Ground on Wednesday, a result which leaves the early-season Championship pacesetters in 11th place.

"We are suffering from the loss of Andy, Chris and Jack," Pearce said. "That has probably hurt us more than I care to admit."

Good Vibrations for Essex's FA Cup Beach Boys


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Concord Rangers chairman Antony Smith hopes their debut appearance in the first round of the FA Cup will bring them greater exposure.

The Conference South side, who are based on Canvey Island in Essex, travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Nicknamed the Beach Boys, the club are enjoying their most successful spell since being formed in 1967.

"For people far and wide, there's probably no chance they'd have heard of us before this,"

Smith told BBC London.

God Only Knows how they might get on at Field Mill...

Hull FC release Miller

Rugby League

Jacob Miller
Miller is hoping to find a new club in Super League for next season

Hull FC

have released half-back Jacob Miller after agreeing a termination fee with the player.

The 22-year-old joined the Black and Whites from Wests Tigers on a two-and-a-half-year deal in May 2013 and made 20 Super League appearances.

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Thank you for all your votes on our #bestteamever debate.

We are going to pull together a piece on the contenders shortly and therefore hope you can tweet us with your thoughts on what these teams mean to you.

What was so good about the Brazil side of 1970? Why did Celtic's Lisbon Lions or Manchester United's 1999 team mean to you? Tweet us on #bestteamever.

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The results are in, the greatest team to ever walk this planet according to he result of our vote is...Brazil 1970.

Pele and his band of buddies are often referenced as a benchmark in the game and it is therefore perhaps unsurprising they earn 15.9% of the vote.

Manchester United's treble winning side of 1999 came in second, with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team and the current All Blacks offering third and fourth respectively.

Sayers to 'prove selectors wrong'


Britain's 11-time national javelin champion Goldie Sayers says she will prove she was worthy of funding.

The 32-year-old was a notable absentee from British Athletic's

list of supported athletes this season.

"It's a great opportunity to prove the selectors wrong," the Newmarket thrower told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "I'm not bitter about it. I'm focused on turning it around.

"I've got my team who have faith in me and I'd rather work with people who have faith in me."

Sakho gets Senegal call


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Saido Berahino isn't the only red-hot Premier League striker whose good form has been rewarded with an international call-up.

West Ham's Diafra Sakho, who has seven goals this season, has been recalled to the Senegal squad for this month's decisive African Nations Cup qualifiers.

He edges out Fenerbahce's former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who is dropped.

Lean, mean Fury


Tyson Fury believes his long absence from the ring will serve him well when he finally gets to face Dereck Chisora on November 29.

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The 26-year-old has had just four low-key rounds in the last 18 months after seeing prospective bouts against both Chisora and David Haye scrapped.

"I have had a lot of back-to-back camps recently and it meant I came into this camp with no weight to lose," he says. "I usually start off two or three stones over the limit and am killing myself to get the weight off, but for this camp I was actually five pounds under my normal fighting weight."

India cruise to victory over Sri Lanka


India take a 2-0 lead in their one-day international series with Sri Lanka after they earned

a comfortable six-wicket win in Ahmedabad.

Chasing 275 for victory, the hosts were never in trouble, thanks to a maiden international century from batsman Ambati Rayudu, who finished unbeaten on 121.

The third game in the five-match series takes place in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Gosport hoping on Brian Clough statue


Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike hopes

Brian Clough's statue in Nottingham can help his side progress in the FA Cup.

Pike's Conference South side face League One Colchester in Sunday's first-round tie at Privett Park.

"Every time we go to Nottingham I stand by his statue and give him a hug and have a little whisper in his ear," Pike, who visits Clough's statue each year, told BBC South Today.

"The last four seasons it's come true and this year I asked him to get us to the third round proper. Hopefully he's up there smiling on me and will grant me that wish."

Tune in to sport bonanza

BBC Radio 5 live

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There are thirty hours of live sport coverage on 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra this weekend including England against New Zealand in both codes of rugby, the Brazilian Grand Prix, four games from the Premier League including Liverpool against Chelsea, the 1st round of the FA Cup, as well as Murray and Federer at the ATP World Tour Final's.

Coverage starts with the Rugby League Four Nations at 0700 on Saturday morning on 5 live Sports Extra.

Osman agrees Everton contract extension


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He's going a little grey on top, but Leon Osman isn't ready to hang up his boots just yet.

The 33-year-old midfielder has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Everton.

A graduate of Everton's Academy, Osman has played almost 400 times for the first team, netting 54 goals to date.

Carter ready to return


Ali Carter is prepared for an "emotional" return to competitive snooker this week.

The 35-year-old from Essex, who overcame testicular cancer in 2013, has not played yet this season and was

diagnosed with lung cancer in May.

"I was just thinking to myself that I'm lucky, I'm fortunate I'm still upright and breathing," says Carter, who takes on Neil Robertson at the Champion of Champions tournament at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Friday afternoon.

"What difference does a game of snooker make to me? Obviously I'll be trying to win but it's taken the pressure off me completely now. I'll go out there and enjoy it, and if I lose - so what?"

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Gregor Reid: I agree the Lisbon lions are worth a mention but 1983 Dons were best team in Europe (trophy to prove it) and incredible team.

Anukram Adhikary: Arsenal-The Invincibles. They are called that for a reason.

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Send us what you believe is the best team ever by tweeting #bestteamever

or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page. The All Blacks who face England on Saturday are a popular choice.

Wilson delight at Under-21 call-up


Bournemouth's Callum Wilson says it is a dream come true

to earn his first call-up to England's Under-21 squad.

Wilson, 22, has been named for the fixtures against Portugal and France.

He has 11 goals since his summer move from Coventry and may become the first Cherries player to represent the U21s since current boss Eddie Howe.

"It's something every player dreams about, getting to represent your country is a fantastic achievement," Wilson told BBC Radio Solent.

Downing back on the up


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Stewart Downing's recall to the England squad comes after the West Ham midfielder has made 28 goalscoring chances in the Premier League this season. Only Cesc Fabregas has more, while Dusan Tadic has the same tally.

Headlines at 16:00 GMT

- Stewart Downing, Michael Carrick and Saido Berahino are called into the England squad for the Euro 2016 friendly with Slovenia and friendly against Scotland.

- Wales welcome back Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen into a squad which boasts Gareth Bale for their trip to Belgium.

- Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard had a hamstring scan on Monday ahead of his controversial omission from their side which lost at Real Madrid.

- Football League vote on introducing artificial pitches is tied, meaning the proposal will not go through.

- England name uncapped Semesa Rokoduguni in their squad to face the All Blacks on Saturday. Dan Carter not included for tourists.

Voges replaces Rogers at Middlesex



sign Australian batsman Adam Voges as their overseas player for the 2015 season.

The 35-year-old replaces Chris Rogers, who is expected to be absent for most of the year because of international commitments, and will captain the side in the Championship in his stead.

Top-order batsman Voges had a spell with Middlesex last year.

Bad day at the office


Elliot Lee
Lee has made two substitute appearances for the Hammers

We've all experienced difficult first days in a new job, and

West Ham striker Elliot Lee is no exception.

Lee, the son of former England, Newcastle, West Ham and Charlton midfielder Rob, has returned to his parent club after getting injured just 95 minutes into his Southend United loan spell.

The 19-year-old tore a hamstring in his first Shrimpers training session.

Southend boss Phil Brown told BBC Essex: "The paperwork was done at 9:30 on Friday morning. We started the session at 10:30 - and at five past 11 he pulled up with a hamstring injury."

Mad Moose eligible to race

Horse Racing

The popular horse Mad Moose can race again after a ban on him competing was lifted.

Mad Moose, trained in Gloucestershire by Nigel Twiston-Davies, was

banned from racing in January after refusing to start on three occasions last year.

But he also won a race at Doncaster, and was second to highly-rated steeplechaser Sprinter Sacre in 2013.

The BHA says it will consider the 10-year-old's future again if there are any starting issues in the next six months.

Mad Moose could return at Cheltenham's Open meeting next weekend.

Ajmal 'supremely confident' of comeback


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Banned Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal says he's "supremely confident" of making a successful return to the international game.

Ajmal has been undergoing work to remodel his action after being

banned by the ICC for a suspect action in September.

"I have made some changes to my action and I am comfortable with the new action," he said. "I am also confident whenever I am back I will be as effective as before."

Wembley NFL games announced

American Football

A bit more context for you on that announcement.

The New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will all be visiting the UK for the first time. The match between the Jets and the Miami Dolphins will be the first ever UK game to pit two teams from the same division against each other.

The NFL's international chief Mark Waller has told Sky Sports that he would "certainly hope" that the number of Wembley games will increase again in 2016.


Next year's Wembley NFL games announced

American football fans, listen up. The NFL have just announced next year's fixtures to be held at London's Wembley Stadium.

The three games are:

New York Jets v Miami Dolphins (October 4)

Buffalo Bills v Jacksonville Jaguars (October 25)

Detroit Lions v Kansas City Chiefs (November 1)

Barton's tough afternoon


Joey Barton tweets
Joey Barton

All the best with that one Joey. Did Descartes play for Brazil?

BBC Radio Humberside tweet: Hull City defender Maynor Figueroa has had his loan at Wigan extended by a further month.

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Ronald Koeman tells his weekly news conference he is "convinced" his side can achieve qualification for Europe this season.

"Of course we want to continue in a good direction and the next step is to play in Europe. It's a dream for the club and fans but we can reach it," he says. "We have to bring our ambition and spirit in the team and do that on a daily basis."

Sagnol apologises for Africa comments


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Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol has apologised for

controversial comments he made about African players in football.

Former France defender Sagnol, capped 58 times, told local newspaper Sud Ouest: "The advantage of what I would call the typical African player is that they are cheap...ready to fight.

"But football is not just about that, it is about technique, intelligence, discipline, so you need everything."

Sagnol tried to explain his comments at a pre-match news conference today.

He said: "If by my lack of clarity, or my imperfect semantics, I may have shocked, humiliated or hurt people then I am sorry. The interpretation that these people may have made does not reflect my way of thinking in any way or my humanist convictions."

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday. 15:00 GMT)

Ronald Koeman on the form of Dusan Tadic, who is among six players nominated for Player of the Month: "He is doing fantastic. He is a great player who has a lot of technical qualities. In our attack he is important because he can create opportunities by himself."

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday. 15:00 GMT)

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman is in place for his weekly news conference.

He laughs off a stat implying Southampton are part of a three-team challenge for the title.

"I think it's a two team race," says the Southampton boss. "I think Chelsea and Manchester City are stronger over a whole season, not in one game, because we can beat them."

Berahino hopes to repay England


West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been

speaking to the club's official website about his England call-up.

"This country gave me a second chance in life," said Burundi-born Berahino.

"I came to this country and it has provided me and my family with a safe place, and a better place to live in. It has given me a chance to perform what I want to achieve in life.

"I feel very lucky that my family and West Bromwich Albion have looked after me and guided me. I will be very proud and honoured to represent England."

FA charges after Millwall-Blackburn row


Ian Holloway is sent to the stands by referee Darren Deadman
Holloway was sent to the stands by referee Darren Deadman

The Football Association has charged Millwall assistant manager Mark Bircham and Blackburn Rovers first-team coach Craig Short with improper conduct.

The charges relate to their behaviour in a row which erupted on the touchline during

Tuesday's 2-2 draw at The Den.

Meanwhile, the FA has also reminded Lions boss Ian Holloway of his responsibilities in relation to his behaviour during the match.

Holloway and Bircham were both sent to the stands in the second half, which was marred by an argument with the Blackburn bench following the sending-off of Millwall right-back Andy Wilkinson.

Leicester City news conference

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Nigel Pearson managed Southampton briefly in 2008. He has this to say about coming up against his former club.

"I enjoyed my time at Southampton. It's a really good club in a great area. They've done really well to be where they are."

He talks about what Leicester need to do better to beat Southampton: "At this level you get fewer chances and you've got to be more clinical. We have to be more ruthless than we are at the moment."

Leicester City news conference

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

More from Nigel Pearson on facing Southampton: "We know Southampton are a very good club. I have to say they've greatly impressed me with how they play and their quality.

"We'll need to be at our best. We're having a difficult run, and we have to adapt to that from winning so much last season."

On defender Matthew Upson's return from injury: "He's training with the first team now, which is good. We have lots of options and an almost fully fit squad."

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Leicester City news conference

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

The Premier League press conferences are coming thick and fast at the moment. Here's Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson ahead of their game against Southampton on Saturday.

He talks about Leicester's recent poor form: "For the last five games our points return has been well below what we need. We need to reflect based on what we're capable of."

Tony 'Bomber' Brown statue unveiled

Tony Brown statue outside The Hawthorns

Earlier we showed you a fully covered Tony Brown statue outside the Hawthorns but now the West Brom legend's tribute is visible for all to see.

Brown spent 17 years at the Hawthorns between 1963 and 1980.

Dyche takes his seat

Burnley v Hull City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche is in philosophical mood at his weekly news conference: "Sometimes you have to be at the bottom of the valley to see the top of the mountain."

The promoted side have not won in the Premier League this season.

Hull City visit Turf Moor on Saturday and Dyche says Steven Reid could be back from injury. The 33-year-old has not played since late September.

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea in April: "It was just unfortunate.

"There was no blame. It just shows you the character of Steven, the way he has bounced back."