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That's it from Sportsday for today - I'm off to try to beat my personal best on Denise Lewis' heptathlon game.

That should keep you lot busy too - but if not there's more live sport to get your teeth into tonight.

Follow world champions New Zealand as they take on Namibia at the Rugby World Cup.

Plus there's also Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest in the Championship from 19:30 BST - enjoy!

Paterson out of Forest game

Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest (Thu, 19:45 BST)

Huddersfield's on-loan winger Jamie Paterson is unavailable to play against his parent club as Nottingham Forest tonight.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy, midfielder Mark Hudson and striker James Vaughan are all still out injured for the Terriers.

Forest will be without midfielder Ben Osborn, who has a groin strain, but manager Dougie Freedman is hopeful defender Matt Mills will be available.

Mills picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Middlesbrough.

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Fages joins Saints from Salford

Rugby League

St Helens have signed Salford half-back Theo Fages for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract from 2016.

The 21-year-old had a transfer request rejected in June and was told he would only be sold for a world record fee.

Theo Fages

Two months later the France international resigned from the club for an alleged breach of contract, and on Monday he was released by Salford.

"Theo is a super player and I am really pleased to add him to our squad," said Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham.

'Crunch time' for Rodgers at Liverpool


Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a "massive" 10 days that could decide his future at the club, according to former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson.

Rodgers's side edged past Carlisle in the League Cup at Anfield on Wednesday, beating the League Two side 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

They face Aston Villa and Everton in their next two league games, either side of a Europa League tie with Sion.

Lawrenson said Rodgers was "in danger" and the team "lacked character".

Like driving on ice

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton

In his BBC Sport column Lewis Hamilton looks ahead to one of his favourite races this weekend in Japan, and describes how racing in the wet is a bit like driving on ice.

Cane to captain All Blacks

New Zealand v Namibia (Thu, 20:00 BST)

Sam Cane will captain New Zealand for the first time tonight when the defending champions take on Namibia at London's Olympic Stadium.

Cane replaces Richie McCaw at flanker and, aged 23 years and eight months, becomes their fifth youngest captain.

Coach Steve Hansen has made 12 changes to the team which beat Argentina, with Sonny Bill Williams starting after impressing from the bench on Sunday.

Sam Whitelock is the only player to remain in the pack from Sunday's win.

Sam Cane

Gatland confused by Wales warning

England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

Warren Gatland
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Wales coach Warren Gatland has defended his use of non-World Cup squad players during training sessions after being warned by tournament organisers.

World Rugby said "no deliberate breach was intended" but Wales contravened "the spirit" of the rules by inviting omitted players omitted to training.

Gatland's side face England at Twickenham on Saturday (20:00 BST) in their second match of the tournament.

"We haven't broken any rules. I don't know what we have done wrong," he said.

Helicopter on stand-by for Super League shield

Rugby League

Super League officials are hiring a helicopter to ensure the league leaders' shield can be presented on Friday night. 

In the closest finish yet to a Super League campaign, with only one point separating the top four clubs, any one of them can still claim the shield, although St Helens' chances are slim. 

Wigan Warriors

The trophy will be at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium for the kick-off between current leaders Leeds and the third-placed Giants along with Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood, who will be ready to make the presentation. 

However, a helicopter is being put on stand-by at the golf driving range next to the stadium, ready to whisk the trophy, accompanied by Super League general manager Blake Solly and Ed Cam of sponsors First Utility, on a 30-minute flight to Wigan if the Warriors claim top spot after their home game against Castleford. 

West Brom fans forgive 'naughty child' Berahino


Manager Tony Pulis has praised West Brom fans for forgiving striker Saido Berahino for wanting to leave.

Berahino, threatened never to play for the club again after chairman Jeremy Peace rejected two transfer deadline-day bids from Tottenham on 1 September.

The 22-year-old scored the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win at Aston Villa, his second game since asking to leave.

"They've embraced him and brought him back into the fold - that naughty child," said Pulis.

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Moore third on Newmarket return

Horse Racing

Ryan Moore
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Jockey Ryan Moore finished third on his return at Newmarket after more than two months out with a neck injury.

Three-time champion Moore, 32, rode Peterhof for trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the Arkle Finance Handicap, which was won by Rare Rhythm.

"I've not really targeted this week, but I am pleased to be back and ready for some good races," he said.

Moore, 32, was injured at Newmarket's July Festival when his horse Newton's Law became trapped in the stalls.

Koeman 'settled' at Southampton


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Southampton boss Ronald Koemansays he is happy at the club amid fresh speculation  he could be offered the Netherlands manager's job next month.

The Dutch have two Euro 2016 qualifiers in October and need Turkey to drop points to make the play-offs.

"I'm very settled here. I have a contract with Southampton until the end of next season," Koeman said.

"What will happen after that nobody knows, but until that date I am the coach of Southampton."

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Keir Husband: 9209 points. Three world records, but somewhat compromised by having to answer phone during the 800m.

Denise Lewis

Bournemouth without captain for Stoke game

Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Chris Wise

BBC Radio Solent

“Eddie Howe played down any remaining theories that Stoke City are solely a long-ball, one dimensional side. He spoke of his great respect for Potters boss Mark Hughes and how the expansive styles of the two teams are comparable.

“The Cherries will again be without their skipper Tommy Elphick who has gone to Sweden to see a specialist about his ankle injury. The loss of Elphick is a blow but summer signing Sylvain Distin looked calm and composed in his absence last weekend against Sunderland in what was his first Premier League appearance for the Cherries.”

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Honourable mention (or should that be dishonourable?) for this effort from Mark Williams, which was the highest score anyone sent us today.

Cheating is not something we condone though - which is why you didn't make the leaderboard.

Thanks to all who got involved though - and if you had actual work to do then don't worry, you can still play the game here.

Mark Williams

England right not to recall me - Pietersen


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Kevin Pietersen says England winning the Ashes proved director of cricket Andrew Strauss made the "right decision" not to recall him.

The batsman said in May he was "angry and hurt" after Strauss told him he was excluded because "trust had eroded".

But, speaking on Thursday, the 35-year-old said: "He made his decision and it's turned out absolutely fine."

Meanwhile, Pietersen has agreed to play in the inaugural T20 Pakistan Super League to be held in Qatar in February.

'No panic' as England drop Ford

England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster says he has not panicked by replacing fly-half George Ford with Owen Farrell for Saturday's game with Wales.

Ford, 22, started last week's 35-11 World Cup Pool A win over Fiji, but Farrell impressed off the bench.

Sam Burgess has been selected at inside centre after Jonathan Joseph was ruled out with a chest injury.

"I don't think putting an in-form and confident Owen Farrell into the team is a risk," said Lancaster.

Rojo out with hamstring injury


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may have to play Ashley Young at left-back against Sunderland on Saturday, after confirming Marcos Rojo will not be fit for the match at Old Trafford. 

Paddy McNair is also injured which leaves United short of options in defence.

"The left-footed players, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, are injured, so I have a problem," van Gaal said.

Marcos Rojo
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Courtois begins rehabilitation


Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has posted a picture on his official Facebook page with ice on his knee, with the caption "my rehabilitation has started".

The 23-year-old is expected to be out until December after damaging his medial ligaments during training earlier this month.

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1.  Andy Tunnicliffe - 16979 


2.  Colin Tye - 16751

3.  George Hattrell - 15988

4.  James Williams - 14143

5.  Matt Friday - 13754

Special mention to Adam Hickling who we were not sure if your score of 22,109 was genuine but if it wasn't, you were JUST out of time! Sorry!

Thank you all for your efforts. You are all winners.

Robshaw faced huge pressure - O'Shea

Rugby Union

Chris Robshaw
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England captain Chris Robshaw has been under "huge mental and physical pressure" in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup, according to his club coach Conor O'Shea.

The Harlequins director of rugby removed the club captaincy from Robshaw in August 2014 to help him concentrate on his duties as international skipper. 

O'Shea told BBC London the decision has reaped dividends for all parties as Robshaw prepares to lead England out for the 40th time against Wales on Saturday, overtaking Martin Johnson as England's second-most capped captain.

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Curran handed England U19 call


Sam Curran
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Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran has been rewarded for his performances in his first season in county cricket with a call-up to the England Under-19s.

The 17-year-old, younger brother of county team-mate Tom and son of former Zimbabwe international Kevin, only made his first-class debut in July.

Hampshire's Brad Taylor will captain the side for tour to Sri Lanka for a one-day tri-series involving India in December.

England under-19 squad for tri-series in Sri Lanka: Brad Taylor (Hampshire, capt), George Bartlett (Somerset), Hugh Bernard (Kent), Jack Burnham (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ryan Davies (Kent, wk), Ben Green (Somerset), Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire), Adam Hickey (Durham), Max Holden (Middlesex), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Saqid Mahmood (Lancashire), Tom Moores (Nottinghamshire, wk), Callum Taylor (Essex), Jared Warner (Yorkshire).

Bell falters due to paperwork


Leocadia Bongben

BBC Sport in Yaounde

Joseph-Antoine Bell
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Former international goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell has failed in his bid to be the next president of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot).

One of Africa's best ever goalkeepers failed to send in the correct documents when making his application.

We've all been there...

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We love your dedication to the cause though, Martin.

#bbcsportsday was going well up to 800m - work colleague came in, had to minimise my screen, started 15 seconds late!

#bbcsportsday was going well up to 800m - work colleague came in, had to minimise my screen, started 15 seconds late!

Current leaderboard:

1. James Williams - 14143 points

2. Matt Friday - 13754

3. Gary - 13138

4.  Graham Broome - 13113

5. Lewys - 12195

(You lot think you can fool us with your 40,000 + scores... we know the cheating method and we are not buying it - you have to get up pretty early to outsmart Sportsday).

You have until 17:00 BST to get your name on our leaderboard.

Leicester City news conference

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

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri sent a clear message that his side need a complete performance if they are to remain the only unbeaten side in the land by Saturday tea time.

Claudio Ranieri
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The Italian told a packed news conference that he does not see any weaknesses in Arsenal’s team and that Arsene Wenger could lead his side to the Premier League title this campaign.

This week, Ranieri admitted he shouts at his players a lot and also wants to "break their mind and change their chip", while also confessing that all out attack is their best attribute.

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A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier our colleagues from Question of Sport asked you to name the six players whose surnames begin with F to have played in the Ryder Cup since 2002.

The answers are:

Niclas Fasth, Ross Fisher, Rickie Fowler, Pierre Fulke, Fred Funk and Jim Furyk.

We'll have another question for you tomorrow.

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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Cal Ronald: How long does Brendan Rodgers realistically have left?

I think FSG would love Brendan Rodgers to turn it around and I still believe he deserved to start the season as Liverpool manager - but he will know as well as anyone a long run of poor results and performances will not be allowed to go unchecked at a club with Liverpool's aspirations.

I see Liverpool's next two league games as being crucial, especially the Merseyside derby at Everton. If Liverpool win, the world will suddenly seem a better place - if they lose then I fear the fans who are currently behind Rodgers may feel this would be the final straw. FSG would then have a problem and potentially a decision to make.

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There's a streaker on Denise Lewis Heptathlon! Amazing! (Rediscovered thanks to #bbcsportsday - 2nd after 6 events)

There's a streaker on Denise Lewis Heptathlon! Amazing! (Rediscovered thanks to #bbcsportsday - 2nd after 6 events)

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Johan Albrechtsen: Do you like to watch HBO's seminal tv show "The Wire" and pretend that they're talking about you whenever Detective McNulty is mentioned?


Mulgrew doubt for Scotland


Charlie Mulgrew

Charlie Mulgrew is a major doubt for Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar next month, according to Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

The Celtic defender has missed three matches with a thigh strain.

"He's still not on the pitch training [with the] ball so it will be tough to reach the Scotland games," said Deila. "I am not 100% in that, I am not a physio - even though I think I am sometimes."

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Robert O'Mahony: Two scores for you! One legitimate and one using a trick we all used back in school 10 years ago!


P.S What's the trick... we are terrible at this game...

Denise Lewis
Denise Lewis

Latest county scoreboard


We're entering the final session on the penultimate day of this summer's county cricket season. Here's the latest scores:

Division One:

Yorkshire 251 & 202-5 v Sussex 248

Worcestershire 431-5 dec v Middlesex 98 & 133-9

Somerset 428 & 40-5 v Warwickshire 324

Nottinghamshire 340 & 181-8 v Hampshire 326

Division Two:

Surrey 410 v Northants 110 & 79-1

Gloucestershire 538-8 v Glamorgan 433

Essex 394 v Lancashire 131-2

Derbyshire 352 v Leicestershire 329 & 199-4

Click here for all the latest scores

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Ross Taylor is currently in the lead... Can you do better?

Denise Lewis

Ross Taylor: 10484 points. Only 3200 above the current world record that's stood for 27 years #boom

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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Christopher G Bourke: Are you surprised at how well Anthony Martial has adapted to the Premier League with Manchester United? do you think he could score enough goals alongside Wayne Rooney and co to win the Premier League?

Well, I had hardly seem him, Christopher, other than for Monaco against Arsenal in the Champions League, so I have been a little surprised but it is certainly very exciting for Manchester United. He is incredibly rapid and seems a natural in front of goal.

As to your second point, I don't see United scoring enough goals to win the title this season although his partnership with Rooney could be a very good one - but Martial certainly looks like great news for the future.

Swansea news conference

Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

#Swans Boss Garry Monk has dismissed suggestions one of his players scratched the face of Hull defender Curtis Davies on Tuesday

Monk "Had anything untoward gone on you'd have seen a reaction on the pitch" #Swans @BBCWalesSport

Monk says injuries do happen in heat of battle but are not always intentional "You can get a scratch or a cut from anything" #Swans

Swansea news conference

Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

At the Liberty as Stadium for @SwansOfficial Boss Garry Monk's press conference.... @BBCWalesSport

At the Liberty as Stadium for @SwansOfficial Boss Garry Monk's press conference.... @BBCWalesSport

Fancy listening to some Rugby League?

Rugby League

St Helens v Warrington Wolves is tonight on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Merseyside (not online). 

Then, tomorrow, you have a choice of Huddersfield v Leeds or Wigan v Castleford. 

Then, this weekend there are a plethora of games to chose from.

Details below:

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Sumit Pal: Why do you think that the so called big names in the Premier League like Aguero, Hazard, Sanchez, Rooney are struggling to find the net so far?

I have written an analysis piece on this very subject which will be published soon - keep your eyes peeled, Sumit.

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Have a go at the ever so retro Denise Lewis' heptathlon game

Send us a screen grab of your overall score and see if you can make our Sportsday leaderboard

You will only be able to play it on a desktop computer as smart phones weren't invented when the game was originally created... 

Younger members of the Sportsday audience will wonder what we did back in those days...

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