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Thank you for joining us today. Sportsday is back on Monday at 08:00 GMT (not BST). Enjoy that extra hour on Sunday.

Wildcats sign ex-Castleford centre

Rugby League

Centre Ashley Gibson has become the second former Castleford player to sign for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats this week.

He follows half-back Liam Finn to Belle Vue on a two-year deal.

"It is a new era here at Wakefield with (head coach) Brian Smith," the 29-year-old said.

What might have been...

Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)


As Anthony Martial prepares to play in his first Manchester derby, BBC World Football has been to Paris to speak to two of his former coaches at Les Ulis.

Find out more about world football's mostexpensive teenager here

Popovich to coach US team


Gregg Popovich, who led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA titles, will replace Mike Krzyzewski as the United States basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics.  

Weir final delayed


Because of a crash in the third heat of the T54 men's 1500m at the IPC World Championships, the final, which features Briton David Weir against rival Marcel Hug, will be held on Sunday at 15:36 GMT.

David Weir
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Rosberg fastest in first practice

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace in a rain-affected first practice at the United States Grand Prix.

The German, needing to beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to retain his slim title hopes, headed Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

The session marked the start of what promises to be a difficult weekend, with Austin, Texas, expected be affected by heavy storms and rainfall.

This is due to Hurricane Patricia, the strongest tropical storm ever recorded, which is heading towards Mexico.

Read the full report

Goals, goals, goals on Sunday


On Sunday there are 35 football matches from across the globe being shown live on UK's various satellite channels.
On Sunday there are 35 football matches from across the globe being shown live on UK's various satellite channels.

On Sunday there are 35 football matches from across the globe being shown live on UK's various satellite channels.

Predicting 130 goals.

Good start by GB women


David McDaid

BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

GB women are off and running in Glasgow at the World Gymnastics Championships. They entered the arena to a massive cheer from the home crowd and Ruby Harrold got the team off to a solid start on beam with a score of 13.6. That should settle any team nerves.

There's a lot of qualifying to go but the top women's team right now are Japan with 223.863.

Coach Lyle leaves Wildcats

Ice Hockey

Former Great Britain international Steve Lyle has quit as head coach of Swindon Wildcats.

Forward Aaron Neil has taken charge of the English Premier League team ahead of this weekend's matches against Guildford and Basingstoke.

'Rabbatts investigation staggering'


Women in Football group says it is “staggered” that Heather Rabbatts faces a Football Association investigation over her comments regarding the former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro.

The statement:

"Women in Football (WiF) are staggered to learn that Heather Rabbatts will face an FA investigation into her comments regarding Dr Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn, following a request by FA Council members.

"In speaking out Rabbatts sought to highlight the injustice of a situation whereby a high profile manager attempted to prioritise results on the field of play over medical ethics, and ultimately a doctor with an unblemished record lost her job.

"Jose Mourinho's stance was universally condemned by medical organisations including the Football Medical Association, the Premier League Doctors Group, as well as FIFPro, and the PFA."


Rabbatts was critical of the FA's handling of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, who left the club after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

Two members of the FA's council have called for an investigation into Rabbatts' comments.

If any wrongdoing is found, Rabbatts could be removed from the FA board.

Rhinos sign Aussie hooker

Rugby League

Beau Falloon
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Leeds Rhinos have signed Australian hooker Beau Falloon on a one-year deal as a replacement for Paul Aiton, who is moving to Catalans Dragons for 2016.

Falloon was among a group of players involved in a drug-trafficking case earlier this year, but the charges against him were later dropped.

"Leeds has a proud history and it will be special to play for them," the 28-year-old said.

Fox-Pitt update


British former world number one eventer William Fox-Pitt, 46, remains stable in a French hospital after a fall on the cross-country course at the World Young Horse Championships.

Fox-Pitt was thrown to the ground when his uninjured horse hit a fence.

From British Eventing:

"William remains stable and under continued observation, however there are no further changes to report. The hospital will make no further statements until the beginning of next week.  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."

The Manchester derby

Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

24 - Manchester United have used the joint-most players in the @PremierLeague this season. Squad.

UK Anti-Doping 'in jeopardy'

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

The head of the UK's national anti-doping agency says the body is is "in jeopardy" because of potential government funding cuts.

David Kenworthy, chairman of UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), told the BBC: "We've been told to expect cuts of up to 25%.

"Ukad would be in jeopardy if we had large cuts like that because the purpose for which we're here, I'm not sure we could fulfil it properly."

The warning comes in a year when sport has suffered widespread doping claims.

"We've got to have the time and means to try to make up that income if we're to survive - if we don't, the integrity of UK sport is at risk," said Kenworthy.

Read the full story.

Friday's live football


There is one match that has just got under way with Wales Women playing away to Norway in their European Championship qualifier.

Scotland Women are at home to Belarus later (19:45 BST).

In the Championship, 23rd place Rotherham are at home to ninth-place Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 BST).

Mitrovic: 'I want to stay on the level'

Sunderland v Newcastle (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic says he will not be drawn into doing "something stupid" in the heat of the Wear-Tyne derby. The 21-year-old Serbia international heads into Sunday's clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light having collected five yellow cards and one red in just 11 games for club and country so far this season.

He told the club website: "There will be a lot of passion at the next game, but I do not want to make the same mistake that I did against Arsenal and do something stupid. 

"I want to stay on the level. I know they will try to provoke me, but I will keep my head strong and try to score goals and help my team-mates." 

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Eric Dier: People forget I’m a foreign player


Eric Dier
The Guardian

The Guardian online have interviewed Tottenham's Eric Dier.

The defender turned midfielder talks about his long education at Sporting Lisbon, his difficult loan at Everton, his eye-catching form for Spurs and his desire to play for England after unfairly being called a refusenik. 

Read the full article here.

Alonso: 'Hamilton is all-time great'

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton must be considered as an all-time Formula 1 great, Fernando Alonso says. 

The Spanish double world champion had a frosty relationship with the Briton while they were both at McLaren, and in 2007 it ultimately led to Alonso's premature exit from the British team after just one season.

If Hamilton wins this Sunday's United States Grand Prix, and Sebastian Vettel, who has been penalised with a 10-place grid penalty after an engine change, finishes third or lower, the Briton will seal this his third title with three races to spare. 

"I think he is one already," said Alonso when asked if a third title would see Hamilton become an all-time great in Formula 1. 

"He's had some up and downs but the good thing about Lewis is that when he didn't have the best car he still won some races, maybe not the championship, but winning some races and fighting for the championship. That's something that maybe not everyone did." 

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
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Obasi to Sunderland? Keogh to Newcastle?

Tyne-Wear derby gossip

Chinedu Obasi
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Sky Sports are reporting that Sunderland have taken Nigerian international striker Chinedu Obasi on trial. 

 The 29-year-old is a free agent having left Schalke, where he scored four goals in 35 games over two spells. 

Derby rivals Newcastle United, meanwhile, are interested in signing Derby centre-half Richard Keogh, according to Shoot.

More on that can be found here

Nice wing...

Formula 1

this looks pretty epic not gonna lie well done @ManorF1Team

this looks pretty epic not gonna lie well done @ManorF1Team

One for the F1 livery lovers among us...

Follow the latest from the very wet first practice session of the US Grand Prix here.

Rooney milestones


Wayne Rooney turns 30 tomorrow and moves clear of Andy Cole's 187 #BPL goals if he scores v @MCFC on Sunday #MUNMCI

Wayne Rooney turns 30 tomorrow and moves clear of Andy Cole's 187 #BPL goals if he scores v @MCFC on Sunday #MUNMCI

Hot-shot Vardy


17 - Jamie Vardy has fired in more shots on target than any other player in the @PremierLeague this season. Impact.

Claudio Ranieri: "We don't sell Vardy. He's very happy here. Nobody goes in January. Not him, not Riyad, not Schlupp."

'Vardy can be England's Schillaci'


Ian Wright

Football Analyst

There seems to be a snobbish attitude about the possibility of Jamie Vardy being asked to lead England's attack at Euro 2016, because he has come from non-league. Vardy is 28 and close to his peak. If he carries on scoring it should not matter where he has come from, or even who he plays for now, because he could be England's equivalent to Italy's Toto Schillaci.

Jamie Vardy
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Read Ian's BBC Sport column.

Rehm makes historic leap


Markus Rehm after his 8.40 leap in LJ at #Doha2015 "Just happy to show the world how good Paralympic athletes are"

Markus Rehm after his 8.40 leap in LJ at #Doha2015 "Just happy to show the world how good Paralympic athletes are"

The German's leap was only a centimetre short of Greg Rutherford's winning jump at London 2012.

Van Gaal: City are favourites to win derby


Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester UnitedmanagerLouis van Gaalhas taken the unusual step of making Manchester City favourites for Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford. 

David Moyes was ridiculed by United fans for taking a similar stance ahead of a game against Liverpool when he was in charge, but the Dutchman’s assessment is based on the fact City – even with injuries to key players like Sergio Aguero and David Silva – are currently top of the Premier League, and United are third. 

Van Gaal’s suggestion seems to be United won’t be top dogs in Manchester again even if they win on Sunday and leapfrog their opponents, but until they clinch the Premier League title again.

Alpine skier aims to 'fly the flag'

Winter sports

Alex Tilley

British alpine skier Alex Tilley aims to 'fly the flag' for GB women during her first full World Cup season, which begins this weekend in Sölden, Austria.

She is the first British woman to attempt a full World Cup campaign since four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott announced her retirement following the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

Watch her full interview with BBC Sport's Nick Hope here.

Van Gaal: 'I hope we've recovered'

Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

United manager Louis van Gaal on recovering from the midweek trip to CSKA Moscow:

"I hope that we have recovered. We have done everything to help the recovery, in the hotel, after the flight we go to training complex again for recovery. 

"We don’t train too much today, we have to recover as it’s still a match at a high level, but you have to cope with that."

Argentina team v Australia

Rugby Union World Cup semi-final

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has named his team to face Australia in their semi-final, which kicks off at Twickenham at 16:00 GMT on Sunday.

He has made one change to the starting line-up that defeated Ireland 43-20 in the quarter-finals. Marcelo Bosch returns from suspension to replace Matías Moroni at outside-centre. Bosch missed the quarter-final after being cited for a dangerous tackle against Namibia on 11 October.

Marcelo Bosch
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1. Marcos Ayerza 2. Agustin Creevy (captain) 3. Ramiro Herrera 4. Guido Petti 5. Tomas Lavanini 6. Pablo Matera 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe8. Leonardo Senatore 9. Martin Landajo 10. Nicolas Sanchez 11. Juan Imhoff 12. Juan Martin Hernandez 13. Marcelo Bosch 14. Santiago Cordero 15. Joaquin Tuculet

Van Gaal: 'Wayne loves these matches'

Man Utd v Man City (14:05 GMT)

United manager Louis van Gaal on striker Wayne Rooney turning 30 and how long he can go on for:  It’s dependable of the player how he lives for his profession, how strong he is and how ambitious he is.

"All the players love a big challenge not just Wayne, they love these kind of matches."

Van Gaal: 'I live in a village'

Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on the close proximity of the clubs: 

"For me it’s not any issue I have to do my work you have to do work more rational and not emotional and for the fans it’s very emotional. I live in a village and it’s the talk of the town. We have to prepare our game, we have one day less so it is more difficult, do the meetings in a shorter time and we hope we can beat Manchester City."

Van Gaal: 'City are favourites'

Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Manchester City will start Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford as favourites.

"You have to ask the fans, it’s not so important who is the favourite," he said. "When you look at the facts they are first and we are second or third, they are the favourite I think."

Man Utd team news

Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal tells MUTV: "Only Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair are injured for United. Ashley Young is back in training but not ready to play on Sunday."

He adds: "I think we shall recover from the Moscow trip. The talk of the town is this match."

Could amputee win gold the Olympics?


German single-leg amputee Markus Rehm has just caused a sensation by jumping to 8.40m to set a new world record at the IPC World Championships.

That leap would have won Olympic gold at London 2012, and silver at the last three able-bodied World Championships

It was just one centimetre less than Greg Rutherford's winning leap at the Worlds in Beijing in August.

Rehm has won the last two German able-bodied championships, but was not allowed to compete at this year's World Championships, which puts his Olympic prospects in doubt.

Swindon Town fan returns season ticket


One Swindon fan Albert Brind is so "disgusted" with what is going on at the club, he has returned his season ticket, club shirt and over £1000 worth of memorabilia. He tells BBC Wiltshire why.

Swindon town supporter

Would you rather be in Texas?

Formula 1

Jonny Raincloud has a weather update for the US Grand Prix weekend...

It's going to get wet later today. But one team insider said just now: "Wait until tomorrow. It's going to get worse. A lot worse"

...and the teams are starting to make light of the terrible conditions.

Checo and Nico try their racing suits, slightly amended to cope with the weather hitting @circuitamericas today...

Checo and Nico try their racing suits, slightly amended to cope with the weather hitting @circuitamericas today...

Romeu ready for battle

Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

Looking forward to be back at Anfield on Sunday, one of the most special stadiums that I've ever played #WeMarchOn



Leg amputee Markus Rehm has just jumped only a single cm shorter than Greg Rutherford's World Champs winning jump! Great spot @robwalkertv

A family of high achievers...


Elizabeth Hudson

BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

Paul Blake

Paul Blake comes from a family of performers - his dad Paul appeared in Star Wars while his mum Kate was a dancer at the Royal Ballet and the 25-year-old, who is the GB team captain here, was thrilled to land silver in the T36 400m at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

Kate was also in attendance in Doha and will be hoping her son goes one better in the 800m event later in the programme.

Harimoto, aged 12, to face Olympic Champion

Table Tennis

Japanese player Tomokazu Harimoto, who aged 12 is the youngest player to qualify for the main draw of an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world tour event is to take on China's world number one, Olympic and world champion Ma Long in the first round of the Polish Open.

Harimoto's prize came after he beat 32-year-old Croatian Tan Ruiwu in a tight seven-game match in Warsaw on Thursday.