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Summary

  1. 13 Premier League news conferences
  2. GET INVOLVED Phil McNulty Q&A

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis and Bill Rice

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Have a sport-filled weekend!

Sportsday

That's all from us - but it promises to back another packed weekend of sport right across the BBC.

I'd recommend you go straight to live coverage of the Rugby World Cup, with the opening ceremony and all the build up to the first game between England and Fiji.

Enjoy!

Tick tock

England v Fiji (20:00 BST)

Just hours away from the start of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham.

England take on Fiji in the opening game, and everyone who is anyone is getting a dose of World Cup fever....

Finally it's here!! Very excited for the coming weeks #iamwales #cymru #RWC2015

Good luck to the @EnglandRugby team tonight for their first game of the @rugbyworldcup. Looking forward to watching it

Got high hopes for @EnglandRugby in this World Cup. Hoping to see exciting expansive rugby tonight to start with.. Good luck boys #RWC2015

Chapman agrees new Blues deal

Chelsea Ladies skipper Katie Chapman has agreed a new two-year contract with the Women's Super League One leaders.

The 33-year-old was also a member of England's squad at the World Cup earlier this year, playing five games as they finished third. 

Katie Chapman
Gett

You need to stay in that bubble

Rugby World Cup

Former England winger Mark Cueto says Stuart Lancaster's squad need to avoid any distractions if they are to life the William Webb Ellis trophy.

“A lot of the time you’re in a bit of a bubble and you need to stay in that bubble because I think if you come out and you see everything that’s going on and you see the anticipation and excitement, it could potentially be a bigger weight on the shoulders than you want.”

Mark Cueto
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"Today will be a long day, they’ll be itching to get out on that field as soon as they can and so wait until 8pm for kick off tonight," he added. 

"There’s a little bit of disruption around the warm up with their usual routine, they won’t be able to go out on the pitch but they’ll be prepared for that and hopefully it won’t affect them at kick off.”

Ansari misses Lord's final

Cricket

Zafar Ansari
Getty Images

Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari will miss Saturday's One-Day Cup final against Gloucestershire at Lord's after dislocating his thumb while fielding.

The 23-year-old suffered the injury during the Championship match against Lancashire, just hours after he was named in England's squad for the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.

GB qualify for Rio Paralympics

Rugby Union

Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team have qualified for the Rio Paralympics by beating Germany 53-40 in the semi-finals of the European Championships.

The top two teams from the Championships qualify - the other semi is between Denmark and Sweden and is still ongoing.

Danny Care wishes Ben Youngs well

Rugby World Cup

Danny Carehas sent a message of support to his fellow scrum-halfBen Youngs, who will line up for England against Fiji tonight.

Gutted not to be involved in what will be an amazing night tonight but delighted for @benyoungs09 winning his 50th cap. Go well big lad 🌹

Hamilton fourth in Singapore GP practice

Fomula 1

Lewis Hamilton was only fourth fastest in second practice at the Singapore Grand Prix as Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat set the pace.

Both Mercedes, so dominant in 2015, had a low-key session, as Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg was seventh.

Daniil Kvyat
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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest ahead of Kvyat's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo as the top three drivers were covered by only 0.114secs.

Hamilton was 0.337secs off the pace, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Yorkshire tour extension rejected

Road Cycling

Matt Slater

BBC Sport

British Cycling has rejected an application to extend the Tour de Yorkshire to a fourth day next year.

The decision, taken by the governing body's board on Monday, comes only days after Prime Minister David Cameron backed plans for an extra day.

Tour de Yorkshire
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"We've nothing but the highest regard for British Cycling," said Sir Gary Verity, the chief executive of co-organisers Welcome to Yorkshire.

"But we are disappointed by the decision not to support our plans."

Ones to watch

Rugby World Cup

BBC Sport picks a dozen players to watch out for at the Rugby World Cup, which starts on 18 September.

The tournament starts tonight with hosts England facing Fiji.

Julian Savea, George North, Nemani Nadolo
BBC

There will be live commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra plus live text commentary on every match on the BBC Sport website.

For the latest rugby union news, follow @bbcrugbyunion  on Twitter.

Ask Phil...

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Bamba A Kanyi: What's the differences from when English clubs were dominant?

I think the tide was already starting to turn in the late 2000s, Bamba. Remember what a mess Barcelona made of Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final and again two years later? 

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar
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I think there has been a decline in the quality of the English sides and just look at the players at Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo, who they took from Manchester United, and of course football's greatest forward line at Barcelona with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

They have improved while the English teams are not as good. Fairly simple, actually.

Evans two sets down

Davis Cup Tennis

Dan Evans loses a second set tie-break to Bernard Tomic in the second rubber of Great Britiain's Davis Cup semi-final with Australia.

There's live coverage of the match right here.

You can also watch the highlights of Andy Murray's win over Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first rubber.

Valcke tried to secure 'ludicrous' Fifa pay-off

Football

Jerome Valcketried to secure a pay-off of several million pounds fromFifa, just a week before he was suspended.

Jerome Valcke
AP

Fifa's secretary general, was suspended by the world governing body on Thursday, pending an investigation into allegations he was implicated in a World Cup tickets scheme. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Valcke's contract had three years to run and it is understood he wanted to be paid out in full for the remainder of the deal A senior Fifa official described Valcke's demands as ludicrous.

England players worst habits?

Rugby Union

They are club and country team-mates as well as flatmates - but how well do Bath and England pair Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson know each other?

Ahead of tonight's Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji, BBC Points West get the pair to battle it out in a special edition of 'Team-mates'.

Watch it here.

Evans battles back

Davis Cup Tennis

Bernard Tomic of Australia is serving to stay in the second set 5-6 down against Dan Evans .

The Brit battled back from losing the first set and being a break down in the second - you can follow that match live right here.

Murray available for doubles

Davis Cup Tennis

Andy Murray has been speaking to the media, while craning his neck to try and keep track of Dan Evans' progress on the big screen, and confirmed that he is up for doubles selection. 

While pointing out it is Leon Smith's decision and not his, Murray says: "I think everyone in the team wants to play, wants to try and help."  

Meanwhile, nothing more annoying than someone talking to you while you're trying to watch TV - bbc.in/1Oj8XPM

Meanwhile, nothing more annoying than someone talking to you while you're trying to watch TV - bbc.in/1Oj8XPM

Ask Phil...

Football

Dominic Clarke: Will the Arsenal board ever sack Arsene Wenger and bring in a manager that will get good players?

Arsene Wenger
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I do not believe the Arsenal board will sack Arsene Wenger - I think he will only leave Arsenal at a time of his choosing. I am not saying this is right, although I should stress I'm not advocating his sacking either, but you've asked me what I think and that is what I think.

I am a huge Wenger admirer but, on your second point, I believe he has made a very big error by not signing a quality defensive midfield player and, even more importantly, a striker in the transfer window. Time will tell just how big.

Pucker up

Baseball

You don't catch many former US presidents doing this.

Buit Jimmy Carter, 90, and his wife wife Rosalynn were caught on the 'Kiss Cam' at a baseball match in Atlanta.

WATCH: President Jimmy Carter gets shown on the Kiss Cam: atmlb.com/1Jeb6nV

WATCH: President Jimmy Carter gets shown on the Kiss Cam: atmlb.com/1Jeb6nV

Manchester United news conference

Southampton v Manchester Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Louis van Gaal has been explaining the challenge Manchester United face coping without left-back Luke Shaw for the next few months after his double leg break.

Louis van Gaal
Getty Images

“Memphis and Shaw were a very good combination, and now you have to build up a new combination. You have to start again and that is difficult.

"It’s also difficult for the player who has to replace him. But we have in Blind, Rojo and in Ashley Young, good replacements.”

Play to resume at 5.30pm

Solheim Cup

After heavy rain stopped play between Europe and the USA earlier, the fourballs in the Solheim Cup will resume at 5.30pm.

Scores
BBC

Ask Phil...

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Stuart Massie: Do you agree Louis van Gaal peaked in 1994?

Well, seeing as he won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, probably not.

Ask Phil...

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Nick Seddon: With Luke Shaw looking a serious doubt for the Euros, do you think it's a duel between Kieran Gibbs and Leighton Baines for England's left-back role, or do you think someone else like Joe Gomez could stake a claim? 

Gomez has looked excellent for Liverpool but he has shown - perfectly understandable - signs of inexperience.

Joe Gomez
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Left-back is not his natural position and it would be asking an awful lot to suggest he is an international defender just yet. I'm convinced he will be an England star of the future - though maybe not at left-back.

What is beyond dispute was that Luke Shaw's injury was a serious blow for himself, Manchester United and England. I felt the left-back position had become his to lose. 

Now, I suspect it will be between Gibbs and Baines, although Baines is out for a long while as well after ankle surgery. 

Manchester United news conference

Southampton v Manchester Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal
Getty Images

It is never dull when Louis van Gaal is around.

He looked genuinely concerned as he explained more about the injury to Luke Shaw, admitting it was a "big loss". But he became more spiky when questioned about Marcos Rojo and whether the Argentine was back in the good books having missed much of United's pre-season tour because he forgot his passport. 

Always interesting, always colourful, usually unpredictable. Rather like his team.

Manchester United news conference

Southampton v Manchester Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Van Gaal was very spiky on Ronald Koeman, would not say whether he would join the Southampton manager for a post-match glass of wine. They fell out some years back.

Manchester Utd news conference

Southampton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal has been amazed byLuke Shaw'spositive attitude after his double leg break.

The United youngster could fly back to Manchester as early as tomorrow, but the Dutchman admits he is facing a long road back.

Luke Shaw
Getty Images

"I called him last evening," Van Gaal said." He sounds very strong. Amazing for me. Big surprise. A good thing."

"Maybe he shall come back tomorrow. Then a long period of rehabilitaiton. Still a long way to go. I am always saying that it is not physical but also mental."  

Manchester United news conference

Southampton v Manchester Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney
Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has overcome his injury problems and is fit to start as Manchester United prepare to travel to Southampton this week. 

When asked if Rooney was ready to return, United manager Louis van Gaal said: "Yes. It was a minor injury you don't want to take any risks. Now he has had his treatment. I think he can start."

Moreno adamant he got the ball

Football

Hector Moreno has once again apologised for injuring Luke Shaw but claimed, “I got the ball”.

The PSV defender broke Shaw’s leg in the first half of Manchester United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat in Eindhoven on Tuesday.

Luke Shaw
Reuters

Shaw underwent an operation and faces months on the sidelines, but an otherwise incredibly apologetic Moreno still insists that his tackle was fair.

“No, no, I got the ball,” he told Dutch newspaper Eindhoven Dagblad. “I looked back to see where the ball went and it was above the goal."

Manchester United news conference

Southampton v Manchester Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Not long now until we hear from Manchester United's enigmatic managerLouis van Gaal. 

Plenty to talk about this week following the injury to Luke Shaw. Aside from that we have Wayne Rooney's fitness, and the manager's relationship with his opposite number this weekend, Ronald Koeman. 

We will bring you all the news of what has been said, sung and otherwise just after 16:00 BST.

Play suspended

Solheim Cup

Iain Carter

BBC Sport in Heidelberg

Play was suspended at 16:25 local time (15:25 BST) because of the threat of lightning. It’s been raining for the past 10 minutes and the water-table is high after the pounding the course has already taken this week.  

Umbrellas up at the Solheim Cup
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For Europe, Anna Nordqvist has been the star of the afternoon with five birdies.  Along with fellow Swede Caroline Hedwall she has opened a four-hole lead after 10 holes against Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer.

Charley Hull is also in fine form and she and Gwladys Nocera are two-up on Alison Lee and Angela Stanford after nine. Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson look a formidable pairing and they are two-up after eight against Melissa Reid and Carlotta Ciganda.  

The bottom match is all square after eight holes. The outcome of the contest that pits Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson against Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang may decide the balance of play on this first day. The weather needs to improve first, though.

Man Utd news conference

Southampton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Louis van Gaal's revealed Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is fit to return against Southampton on Sunday, while defender Phil Jones is back in training after suffering with mild thrombosis.

"Shaw's injury is a big loss but Rooney is fit to play [v Southampton] and Jones has trained with the group," Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV.

Play suspended

Solheim Cup

A torrential downpour has stopped play at the Solheim Cup.

The score it tied at 2-2 after the morning foursomes, with Europe ahead in two, down in one and level in one of the afternoon fourballs.

Play has been suspended due to thunderstorm.

Stoke City news conference

Stoke City v Leicester City (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Mark Hughes
Getty Images

Mark Hughes was asked if he was feeling the pressure after a winless start. Seems an odd question for a manager who has guided Stoke City to two top 10 finishes in consecutive seasons. 

Yes the Potters start has been far from ideal, but there is circumstances behind Stoke’s current bottom three position. 

All the talk is about Leicester City ahead of tomorrows game, but Stoke City are more than a match for anyone. It can only be a matter of time before they finally click.

Mata picks his Man Utd all-time XI

Southampton v Manchester Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Manchester United winger Juan Mata has picked his all-time Reds XI (not including his current team mates)  - do you agree with his selection?

Hi, i've been thinking about it and this is my @ManUtd's all time first eleven! (Ex club players) ➡️ youtu.be/0wpBOucO2Ws Which is yours?

Ask Phil...

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Foo Qiren: Do you think retrospective actions on fouls/misbehaviour committed by players by the relevant authorities is the way forward, even if match officials have seen the incidents and deem heavier punishments unnecessary?

Luke Shaw
Getty Images

I would be perfectly comfortable with the idea of retrospective punishment for incidents that have been missed by officials - and also those that have been seen and punished by officials but actually may have required greater sanctions.

While I understand that some say you shouldn't re-referee the game, I am all in favour of greater punishment being handed out to offenders if the initial punishment clearly does not suffice.

Former Bayern coach Cramer dies

Football

Dettmar Cramer
Getty Images

Sad news from Germany, where former Bayern Munich coach Dettmar Cramer has died at the age of 90. 

Cramer led the Bavarians to back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1976, adding the Club World Cup in 1976 with a team including the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Uli Hoeness and Gerd Muller.

Murray puts GB ahead in Davis Cup

GB 1-0 Australia

andy murray
Getty Images

Andy Murray beats Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3 6-0 6-3 to give Britain a 1-0 lead, in the best-of-five Davis Cup semi-final against Australia, in Glasgow.

World Cup milestone

Football

1,000 DAYS TO GO! The countdown for the next #WorldCup begins in earnest today in Moscow's Red Square!
1,000 DAYS TO GO! The countdown for the next #WorldCup begins in earnest today in Moscow's Red Square!
1,000 DAYS TO GO! The countdown for the next #WorldCup begins in earnest today in Moscow's Red Square!

1,000 DAYS TO GO! The countdown for the next #WorldCup begins in earnest today in Moscow's Red Square!

Question time

Rugby union

A Question of Sport Teaser

You might recall that we asked which three teams have played in a Rugby World Cup semi-final but never in the final.

The answer... Argentina, Scotland and Wales.