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Summary

  1. Sporting predictions #bbcbacktothefuture
  2. CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (19:45 BST)
  3. Manchester City v Sevilla (19:45 BST)

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Matt Parratt

All times stated are UK

Signing off...

Thanks as ever for your company and contributions, particularly your #BBCBackToTheFuture predictions for how the sporting landscape will lie in 30 years' time. But for this Sportsday, we're Outtatime (points for the film reference).

We're back at 08:00 BST on Thursday morning. For now, I'll send you towards our live text and radio commentary of CSKA Moscow v Manchester United and Manchester City v Sevilla.

Enjoy...

BBC
BBC

Manchester United team news

CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Jesse Lingard gets the nod from Louis van Gaal tonight...

#mufc XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rooney

#mufc XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rooney

Celtic news conference

Molde v Celtic (Thu, 20:05 BST)

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

The Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he expects Molde to get a lift from the reappointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.

"It's always like that, it was the same at the weekend [against Motherwell under new manager Mark McGhee]. When you get a new manager in you get more energy and belief," he said.

"He's coming back and the same principles are here as when he left. The club is in a good condition and I don't think he'll revolutionise it or do anything very different. 90 per cent of the players played under him last time."

Ronny Deila
Reuters

The state of play...

Manchester City v Sevilla (19:45 BST)

That's the trouble with stats, there's always another to disprove whatever you're trying to say. Tonight's result between Manchester City and Sevilla is anyone's guess if these two are to go by...

5 - Manchester City have lost five of their last six #UCL games against Spanish opposition (D1). Nightmare.

0 - Sevilla have never won an away game against an English side in European competition (D2 L1). Challenge

Desperate dash

Golf

IP
Getty Images

Ian Poulter made a last-minute journey from Florida to Hong Kong in an attempt to save his European Tour card - and perhaps his 2016 Ryder Cup chances.

Poulter, 39, dropped out of the world's top 50 on Sunday, meaning he would be unable to complete the 13 events required for European Tour membership.

But former US PGA champion Rich Beem gave up his place in the Hong Kong Open to allow Poulter to compete.

Beem, 45, said he "did what any other professional would do".

No plans to pack it in - Rooney

CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he feels fitter than ever and has many more years left in him ahead of his 30th birthday on Saturday.

"I have been playing football a long time and for me, age is a number," Rooney said ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow.

Wayne Rooney
Getty Images

"In terms of me and football, I still feel I am young enough, and that I have a lot of years ahead of me. I feel fitter and fresher than I ever have done really

"I have had no major muscle injuries and us players now have all the support of sports science, and in terms of preparation, training and games, so I think it's still a fairly young age and hopefully I have got a lot of years to come."

Stronger together?

Football

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby between United and City, I’ve decided to look at both teams current squads and try and pick a combined XI.

The Reds just edge my line-up with six United and five City players but, as you’d expect with two of the Premier League’s current top three, there were difficult decisions to make in every position...

I explain myself in this video

What do you think? Send your combined United/City XI to @BBCMancSports

Bill Rice's United/City XI
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We can cope with injuries - Vertonghen

Anderlecht v Tottenham Hotspur (Thu, 18:00 BST)

Jan Vertonghen
Getty Images

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is confident Spurs can cope with a growing injury list when they face Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is without Nacer Chadli (ankle), Nabil Bentaleb (ankle), Ryan Mason (knee), Alex Pritchard (ankle) and Son Heung-min (foot).

But Vertonghen insisted: "We have enough players who can play. We have a couple of injuries now but I think our squad is big enough to face the games."

Tottenham Hotspur news conference

Anderlecht v Tottenham Hotspur (Thu, 18:00 BST)

Ben Davies
Getty Images

Fairly quiet in Anderlecht at theTottenham Hotspurnews conference, however defender Ben Davies has said the team's Belgian players could give them an edge over their opponents on Thursday night.

"The Belgian lads will give us the local info and tell us what to expect so it should be good," he says.

Injury-hit Spurs have a clutch of Belgians in their side, namely Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen. Speaking of whom...

Contrasting tales

CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

1 - Manchester United have won only one of their last eight CL away games and have lost the last three in a row. Struggle.

3 - Manchester United lost only three of their last 30 Champions League away games under Sir Alex Ferguson. Master.

Mangala ready for action

Manchester City v Sevilla, 19:45 BST, Wed 21 Oct,

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is poised for Wednesday's clash with Sevilla.

We'll have live text and radio commentary of that match from 18:30 BST approx.

Read the preview here.

Champions League is back and the goal is to achieve six points! We want to welcome Sevilla with a victory! #UCL

Champions League is back and the goal is to achieve six points! We want to welcome Sevilla with a victory! #UCL

Trials of first transgender fighter

MMA

This pretty fascinating interview with Fallon “The Queen of Swords” Fox is well worth a listen.

She is the first transgender MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter and tells how she has had to put up with some pretty bad abuse - including facing a fighter who walked to the ring accompanied by the song Dude Looks Like a Lady.

An opponent entered the ring to "Dude" (Looks Like a Lady) MMA's first transgender fighter bbc.in/1M6QDDi

An opponent entered the ring to "Dude" (Looks Like a Lady) MMA's first transgender fighter bbc.in/1M6QDDi

Reds' top headline skills

CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

Football fans would make excellent tabloid sub-editors, such are their punning skills. Case in point from Manchester United fans at a bar in Moscow for Thursday's Champions League tie against CSKA...

Invited to the Moscow Reds Supporters Club Bar. Giant flag on one wall for @LukeShaw23

Invited to the Moscow Reds Supporters Club Bar. Giant flag on one wall for @LukeShaw23

Tottenham Hotspur news conference

Anderlecht v Tottenham Hotspur (Thu, 18:00 BST)

The news conference ahead of Tottenham's trip to Anderlecht in the Europa League is under way, too. Updates from there if and when they drop right here at Sportsday.

Press conference with Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino & defender Ben Davies #UEL #RSCA #ANDtot @SpursOfficial

Press conference with Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino & defender Ben Davies #UEL #RSCA #ANDtot @SpursOfficial

Celtic news conference

Molde v Celtic (Thu, 20:05 BST)

Ronny Deila
Reuters

Deila says he doesn't expect Solskjaer to make too many dramatic changes to Thursday's opponents Molde because "the club is in a good condition". 

There's praise for the Norwegian side (mind games?) as he says they will believe they can beat Celtic after a 1-3 victory against Fenerbahce. 

He adds: "They have a lot of players with international experience and are good on counter attacks."

Celtic news conference

Molde v Celtic (Thu, 20:05 BST)

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is speaking ahead of the match against Molde, where former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has just taken the helm.

He says: "I know a lot about him [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer]. We have played against each other several times and he’s a good manager.

And on his opponents getting a boost from the new manager, he says: "It’s always like that. It was the same at the weekend when you get a new manager in."

Celtic news conference

Molde v Celtic (Thu, 20:05 BST)

The scene is set for Celtic's pre-match media conference at the Aker Stadion. #UEL (MH)

The scene is set for Celtic's pre-match media conference at the Aker Stadion. #UEL (MH)

Tomkins out of France clash

England v France (Sat, 14:00 BST)

Sam Tomkins
PA

Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins will miss England's rugby league international against France on Saturday after failing to overcome a knee injury.

However, he is expected to be fit for the series of three matches against New Zealand, beginning on 1 November.

"Sam's really close, but we don't want to push him," said coach Steve McNamara. "We want a fully-fit Sam Tomkins to push himself into contention for next week."

'Man City's time has come'

Manchester City v Sevilla (19:45 BST)

Yaya Toure
Getty Images

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City are at last ready to make a major impact in the Champions League. 

City have so far failed to advance beyond the last 16, but ahead of Wednesday's game with Sevilla, Toure told BT Sport that the squad's attitude cannot be faulted this season.

 "I'll be honest it's one of the few times that I have seen the players all commit and focus because they all want something and they all work for something," he said.

For more Manchester City gossip, read this

Giants boss plays it cool over One Direction

Ice Hockey/One Direction

One Direction
PA

More developments on the story that the ice hockey match between Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants has been postponed because of a rescheduled One Direction concert at the SSE Arena.

The arena's promoters made the decision after Tuesday night's gig by the band was called off when singer Liam Payne fell ill. They will now play on Friday.

But Giants head of operations Steve Thornton is being a gentleman and says he understands the reasons for the change.

Watch an interview with him here.

Louis' love for versatile Martial

CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (19:45 BST)

If versatility is a crucial part of Louis van Gaal's infamous football philosophy, he's got a new muse.

The Manchester United boss reckons Anthony Martial can slot into four different positions on any given occasion, upfront, both wings and as a number 10.

Things are a bit tougher for Jesse Lingard, however. Van Gaal told MUTV: "Lingard's competitor is Juan Mata and his competitor is also, for example, Ander Herrera or Wayne Rooney or, when he is played on the left... his competitor was Memphis [Depay]. So it's not easy to come in."

We have live text and radio commentary of Thursday's Champions League action from around 18:30 BSTright here.

Anthony Martial and Louis van Gaal
Reuters

Get Involved

#BBCBackToTheFuture

Edward Turck: USA will win the World Cup and be a major footballing side.  

One Sportsday writer has a relative willing to put decent money on that, Edward. True story.

Alexi lalas
Getty Images

Stephen Crowther: £2m a week.

Short and to the point, Stephen. Are we adjusting for inflation?

Keep your predictions for what sport will look like in 30 years' time to #BBCBackToTheFuture or post on the BBC Sport and BBC Match of the Day Facebook pages.

Man Utd 'made £139m Neymar bid'

Football gossip

Manchester United offered Barcelona £139m for Neymar during the summer, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

And any hopes that the apparently impending arrival of Ezequiel Lavezzi at the Nou Camp would tempt Barcelona to sell in January has been quashed by the Mirror.

Furthermore, the Star is reporting that another target - Edinson Cavani - has no interest in making a £50m move to Old Trafford. 

Meanwhile, Portuguese newspaper A Bola is reporting that United pulled out of a £22m deal to sign Benfica winger Nico Gaitan last summer.

More from all that can be found here

'No change' in Fox-Pitt's condition

Equestrian

William Fox-Pitt
PA

Eventer William Fox-Pitt remains sedated and under constant observation in a French hospital after being injured in a fall.

The dad-of-four was thrown from his horse during the cross-country stage of the World Young Horse Championships on Saturday.

In their latest statement, British Eventing said there had been "no change" in his condition overnight, and added: "We ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time; his family and support team are very grateful for all the concern expressed."

McCarthy 'worried' by Ipswich form

Football

Mick McCarthy
Rex Features

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has admitted he is concerned by his side's current winless run of six games. 

Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Hull saw the early Championship leaders drop to 11th in the table. 

"There's nothing that anybody can say to me that's going to make me feel any better," he told BBC Radio Suffolk. 

"We're having a real tough time and it's a worry, but the only thing we can do is get back at it, get to Nottingham Forest and see if we can beat them."

Evans gets warm welcome at Walsall

Football

George Evans
Rex Features

George Evans only met his new Walsall team-mates for the first time when he boarded the coach for Tuesday's League One game at Barnsley.

It proved a memorable away day for the on-loan Manchester City midfielder as he hit the opener on his debut in the Saddlers' 2-0 win at Oakwell.

"It's a good start - one to remember," he told BBC WM. "I'm happy with any goal and the team played very well."

Watch Football Focus Forum

Champions League (19:45 BST)

Football Focus Forum
BBC

We're on countdown to Thursday's Champions League action now. T-minus three hours, seven minutes, or thereabouts. 

So, to get you in the mood, have a look at this Football Focus Forum featuring the learned opinions of Dan Walker and Jermaine Jenas, who have been discussing Manchester City's prospects against Sevilla and Manchester United at CSKA Moscow.

Watch it here and remember we'll have live text and radio coverage of the night's proceedings from around 18:30 BST here.

Europe heads to Breeders Cup

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC Sport horse racing correspondent

Twenty-nine European horses have been entered at America's two-day Breeders Cup, the self styled world championship of horse-racing, being staged on 30 and 31 October, this year at Keeneland in Kentucky.

Heading the 13 British challengers is the Epsom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn in the Breeders Cup Turf, the star colt's final career start. Amongst the Irish entries is dual 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, in the Classic, while France's Karakontie is due to attempt to repeat last year's success in the Mile.

Cook one of the best - Flintoff

Pakistan v England, 22-26 Oct

Alastair Cook
Reuters

Andrew Flintoff has been singing Alastair Cook's praises ahead of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The England captain shone with the bat in the first Test, and Flintoff said it is "laughable" that he has faced criticism in the past about his ability. He added: "Alastair Cook is the type of guy who gives nothing away

"He came into the side back in 2006, and there was something impressive about him then. We’re seeing now he’s one of the best we’ve ever produced."

Flintoff also picked out James Anderson as a "world great" but was less gushing about his own captaincy of the national team, saying: "I think it was one job too many for me, batting and bowling was enough without being captain as well."

On this day

Athletics

Oscar Pistorius
Getty Images

In 2014, South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013.

'I want to play' - Defoe

Football

jd
Getty Images

Jermain Defoe has reminded Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce he did not join the club to sit on the bench. 

The 33-year-old striker was used as a second-half substitute in the new manager's first game in charge, Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

Defoe told the Chronicle: "Obviously, I can understand the manager coming in and saying he's not too sure if he wants to play 4-4-2. He might want to be more solid in midfield so you don't concede goals.

"But at the age of 33, you want to play football. I didn't come here to sit on the bench. You want to play football and score goals."

Get Involved

#BBCBackToTheFuture

My version of #BiffTannen #GraysSportsAlmanac .. could make some serious money if you go #BackToTheFuture with this

My version of #BiffTannen #GraysSportsAlmanac .. could make some serious money if you go #BackToTheFuture with this

BBC Sport athletics commentator Ed Harry has gone back in time to London 2012 to show us his notes from the men's T44 100m at the Paralympic Games. Kudos for the Back To The Future reference, Ed...

For those who haven't seen the film (I won't name the Sportsday member who hasn't) Grays Sports Almanac is a list of sporting results that is taken back to the 1950s where its potential to clean up at the bookies is boundless. Not that we're suggesting Ed would do that.

Remember to keep your predictions for what sport will look like in 30 years' time to #BBCBackToTheFuture or the BBC Sport and BBC Match of the Day Facebook pages.

Famous faces

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is keeping up appearances with the A-listers of Hollywood.

“One of the most inspiring, genuine and wisest people you'll ever meet - Will Smith#Miami#Legendary,” posts the Formula 1 world champion on Facebook.

Record-breaker

Athletics

sc
Getty Images

It's all Back to the Future stuff today ... so why not use it as an excuse to look back at a memorable day for British athletics 30 years ago, when Steve Cram smashed mile world record in Oslo.

Cram says he is proud to have set a record that lasted more than eight years from 1985 before it was beaten by Algeria's Noureddine Morceli in 1993.

The 'Jarrow Arrow' set a time of 3:46.32 which still stands as a UK record.

Watch it here.

1D 'unacceptable'

Ice Hockey/One Direction

HS
Getty Images

Hang on, things are getting interesting.

Remember how we just told you (15:48) that the ice hockey match between Belfast Giants and Sheffield Steelers on Friday had been postponed so a rescheduled One Direction concert could take place?

Well, Houston we have a problem.

The unhappy Steelers have hit out at the "unacceptable" late postponement, with the club as well as the supporters now facing the prospect of being left out of pocket.

Steelers owner Tony Smith said: "This is unacceptable and not the end of the matter."

One to keep an eye on.

That's what you call an exclusive club

Golf

g
Getty Images

One of the UK's most exclusive golf clubs is to start charging £125,000 to new joiners.

Wentworth, which was bought by the Beijing-based Reignwood Group in September 2014, has told existing members they must stump up £100,000.

Annual fees at the Surrey club are also to rise from £8,000 to £16,000. James Wyatt said he and other members faced having to pay "an enormous amount".

The golf club said membership pricing "is a private Wentworth club matter".

Wilson extends Newcastle contract

Rugby Union

sw
Getty Images

England Saxons prop Scott Wilson has agreed a new three-year contract with Newcastle Falcons.

Tight-head Wilson, 21, has made 49 appearances for the first team since progressing from the Premiership club's academy set-up.

Changed days?

#bbcbacktothefuture

#BackToFutureDay 30 years ago #wba #bcfc were relegated and #avfc were struggling in the old first division.
#BackToFutureDay 30 years ago #wba #bcfc were relegated and #avfc were struggling in the old first division.
#BackToFutureDay 30 years ago #wba #bcfc were relegated and #avfc were struggling in the old first division.

#BackToFutureDay 30 years ago #wba #bcfc were relegated and #avfc were struggling in the old first division.

Ice hockey off, 1D on

Ice Hockey/Pop music

Fans of One Direction will be in pop heaven on Friday - but spare a thought for supporters of the Belfast Giants.

The Elite League ice hockey side have postponed their match against Sheffield Steelers at the SSE Arena in the Northern Ireland capital to allow the boy band to reschedule a concert.

1d
Getty Images

Hundreds of fans were left devastated when One Direction postponed Tuesday's gig after singer Liam Payne fell ill. But now they get to see their heroes - at the expense of the ice hockey.

"We are extremely grateful to the Belfast Giants and Sheffield teams and apologise to their fans for the inconvenience caused," said SSE Arena general manager Neil Walker.

Klopp angered by FA

Liverpool v Rubin Kazan (Thur, 20:05 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

Jordan Rossiter
Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp is far from happy with the FA over Jordan Rossiter's hamstring injury picked up playing for England's Under 19s. The Liverpool midfielder played three full matches in five days. 

"Rossiter is a special story. I've never heard of an 18-year-old playing three games in five days," Klopp said. "That is why he is injured. I don't know who I have to talk to about this but I will find a way because it is not okay."