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Summary

  1. Five Premier League news conferences
  2. Mourinho to be in dugout for Liverpool game
  3. Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

Good evening

Well, that's it from us for another Sportsday.

But we'll be seeing you again tomorrow, bright and early from 08:00 GMT. 

Have a good evening!

Can West Ham finish in the top four?

Watford v West Ham (15:00 GMT) Sat

Well Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan definitely thinks so. 

"In football, we're here to dream," he said.  

"We're very, very optimistic. I'm not talking it down. I want to talk it up.

"I mean look at what's gone wrong with Chelsea - that looked an impossibility - so why shouldn't the opposite happen to us?"

West Ham go into Saturday's match away to Watford in third place, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

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Australia recall Sio for final

Rugby Union

Australia have recalled prop Scott Sio in their only change for Saturday's World Cup final against New Zealand.

Sio is fit after missing the semi-final win over Argentina with a damaged elbow and replaces James Slipper.

Full-back Israel Folau, who has been battling an ankle injury and only lasted an hour against Argentina, has been cleared to play.

Veteran inside centre Matt Giteau, who hurt his groin playing against the Pumas, is also able to start.

Scott Sio
Reuters

Williamson on Carver comments

Football

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Earlier we heard Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has joined Championship club Wolves on a one-month loan deal.

He's since been talking about the now ex-Magpies boss John Carver suggesting he'd gotten himself sent off on purpose as an "easy way out" of a 3-0 defeat by Leicester last season.

"It's in the past, it was a difficult time and there was a lot of pressure on people's shoulders. People react in different ways," Williamson said. 

"It's gone now though. Now it's an opportunity to play football. My chances have been limited and it's frustrating but is part of the job. It's a fresh challenge."

Ex-Rangers owner Whyte declared bankrupt

Football

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been declared bankrupt in the wake of losing an £18m damages claim.

Ticketing firm Ticketus successfully sued the 44-year-old for damages in 2013 over his part in the takeover of the Ibrox club in 2011.

The bankruptcy petition was filed at the High Court in London after Mr Whyte did not pay a judgment debt, plus costs and interest, currently worth £20.8m.

Mr Whyte also faces criminal charges over his part in the Rangers takeover.

Craig Whyte
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Target practice

Football

How many shots per match has your @premierleague team had this season? @Arsenal top, @SunderlandAFC bottom.

How many shots per match has your @premierleague team had this season? @Arsenal top, @SunderlandAFC bottom.

Evidence to suggest why Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney might be struggling in front of goal?

What are you telling us Jose?

Football

Jose Mourinho. Sometimes the man seems a seething enigma. Who can know what stormy seas he's navigating?

Professor Geoff Beattie of Edge Hill University has been analysing the Chelsea manager's body language. 

Beattie explains how Mourinho's real emotions are often betrayed by his facial expressions, blinking and shaking his head...

Jose Mourinho
AP

Watford news conference

Watford v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford head coach Quique Flores believes confidence is a major factor in why his team have performed well after 10 games in the Premier League. 

“I always work positively. I expect me and my team to do well. I am confident," he said. 

"It’s very important to be positive and it’s important the players feel that. I’m happy. This is about the whole club. We are a family.”

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Watford v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Watford news conference

Watford v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Don't forget we're expecting to hear from Watford manager Quique Flores soon. 

Interesting fact about Flores? His aunt was a celebrated Flameno singer.

Estrella Morente
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Not Flores's auntie but Estrella Morente - she's a really good Flamenco singer

World Cup vote 'a busted flush'

Football

Sepp Blatter
Reuters

Fifa should repay the money spent by Australia on itsfailed 2022 World Cup bid,according to a whistleblower who worked on the campaign.

Suspended Fifa presidentSepp Blatterhas suggested there was a pre-vote agreement for the USA to host the 2022 event before voting swung to Qatar.

Bonita Mersiades, former head of communications for Australia's bid team, called the vote a "busted flush".

Australia spent more than A$45m (£20.9m) of public money on its bid.

17-year-old scores 40-yard wonder goal

Football

Raith Rovers
Raith Rovers Ladies and Girls FC

Tiegan Clark from Kirkcaldy, scored in style for Raith Rovers Ladies and Girls FC under 17's at Edinburgh’s Easter Road stadium.  

In fact the goal was so good that the video's gone viral...

Watch for yourself here.

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Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

Ryan Hooper: For me it's gotta be Ronnie O'Sullivan. Cool under pressure and never misses.

James Dexter: I'd pick Ross Kemp, he'd deliver a Julian Dicks rocket and the keeper would feign a save.

'Big players behind the Fifa curtain'

Football

Asked if it was fair on Russia's rivals that Blatter and the "big players" had agreed to choose Russia before the vote, Stohlker replied: 

"That is a good question - but there is a saying that fairness is only between equals. 

"I think the rivals of Russia,  including England are not content with this pro-Russia decision." 

'Big players behind the Fifa curtain'

Football

Sepp Blatter
PA

Another day, yet more incredible revelations at Fifa. 

Yesterday we had Sepp Blatter suggesting the decision to choose Russia as hosts of the 2018 World Cup was decided in advance of any vote. 

He also said a late swing in voting undid a similar agreement to hand the 2022 staging to the USA.

Today, his spokesman Klaus Stohlker has been speaking to Martyn Ziegler at Press Association sport, and this is what he is quoted as saying.

"Before the decision was taken, in the case of Russia and the USA, there were 'behind-the-curtain' talks. 

"It was not everyone in the Fifa executive committee but it was the big players that had these talks."

Scholes 'wouldn't enjoy' Van Gaal's United

Football

BBC Radio Manchester

Paul Scholes
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Former Manchester United midfielderPaul Scholessays he "would not enjoy" playing in Louis van Gaal's side.

Scholes said their defence is "coached brilliantly" but bemoaned the team's style of play.

"There's a lack of creativity and risk," said Scholes, who played 718 games for United. "It's a team now you wouldn't want to play against because they're tightly organised.

"But it seems he [Van Gaal] doesn't want players to beat men and it's probably not a team I'd have enjoyed playing in."

bbc-coverageHead to head - the South Coast derby

Southampton v Bournemouth (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

A South Coast Derby - the chairmen come together live on the Sports Hour on @BBCRadioSolent and @BBCSouthToday

A South Coast Derby - the chairmen come together live on the Sports Hour on @BBCRadioSolent and @BBCSouthToday

Bayern targeting Real's Carvajal?

Football gossip

The latest word from Spanish sports daily AS suggests Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola (formerly of Barcelona of course) is looking to sign a Real Madrid player.

The man in question? Right-back Dani Carvajal, 23, who spent the 2012-13 season in the Bundelisga with Bayer Leverkusen.

Dani Carvajal
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Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

Boris Johnson
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Segun: Definitely Boris Johnson.

Pini Berger: Cardiothoracic surgeon, pretty high stakes stuff - they could handle the pressure.

Ryan: Jeremy Kyle.

We'd love to know your thinking on that one, Ryan...

Turkish ref locked in ground

Football

Trabzonspor fans
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English referees, you don't know how good you've got it, being shouted at by two different sets of fans and players every week. Lovely. 

On Wednesday a Turkish match official was locked in Trabzonspor's stadium for several hours after making a controversial late penalty decision.

Cagatay Sahan and his assistants were held on the orders of club president Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu after failing to award the hosts a late spot-kick in their 2-2 draw with Gaziantepspor.

Haciosmanoglu claims he only allowed the officials to leave after a call from the country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish Football Federation has launched an investigation.

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Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

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Harv AFC: MS Dhoni because he's an iceman.  

Gavin: Has to be Floyd Mayweather. Don't like the guy, but he always gets the job done! Thunderbolt up the middle...

William Baxter: Alastair Cook. Penalties 5% skill, 95% composure. Goal is large; battle is in the mind. And he is good at that.  

Ramires signs new Chelsea deal

Football

The 28-year-old, who has made 241 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Benfica in 2010 said: "My family and I are very happy here in London and in the past five years the club has lifted every major trophy. 

"I hope to be an important part of many more successes in the next four years."

BreakingRamires signs new Chelsea deal

Football

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires signs a new deal with the club, extending his contract until June 2019. 

Ramires
Reuters

Union or League - Take the quiz

Rugby Union

Sam Burgess
PA

England centreSam Burgesshas beenlinked with a return to rugby league, less than a year after switching codes to rugby union.

But what would you do in the Bath player's shoes? 

Move back to Sydney to revitalise your rugby league career? Or plough on in the world of union?

Try our quiz and see what decision you would come to.

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Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

Jackie Chan
AP

Jason Lea: Jackie Chan. Do some backflips on his run up as well.

Andrew R Miles: Me. I won a pen shootout at AFC Wimbledon whilst wearing a Brechin City shirt. 4-3. 

Lee Allen: Jenson Button, calm under pressure.

Poyet appointed AEK boss

Football

Gus Poyet
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Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is appointed new manager of Greek club AEK Athens. 

The 46-year-old Uruguayan has agreed a deal until the end of the season with the option to renew for another two years.

He replaces Traianos Dellas, who resigned last week following a 4-0 derby defeat by league leaders Olympiakos. 

AEK are third, eight points behind.

GB silver 'an unbelievable feeling'

Gymnastics

Max Whitlock
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Max Whitlock says helping Great Britain's male gymnasts win their first ever World Championship team medal with silver in Glasgow is "an unbelievable feeling".

"I think we all really pulled together brilliantly. Going in there, we knew we had the potential to try to push for the medals," Whitlock told BBC Essex.

"To actually do it is an unbelievable feeling."

You can watch Whitlock's floor routine, which clinched second place for Great Britain, here.

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Dan Carter
PA

Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

Naweed Patel: Easy, Dan Carter.

Mundy Carroll: Has to be Welsh rugby player Dan Biggar. The little jig beforehand would make it all worthwhile.  

Trevor Hawkes: The ever reliable Jonny Wilkinson would have my vote. A cool head with buckets of penalty experience.

Seeing a rugby theme here...

Carneiro's lawyers serve notice on Chelsea FC

Football

Eva Carneiro
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According to the Press Association, former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's lawyers have served notice on the club that she intends to seek a claim for constructive dismissal.

Carneiro left Chelsea last month after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.  

It is understood that legal papers were served on the club this week and these will trigger an employment tribunal unless an out-of-court settlement can be agreed before a hearing takes place.

Carneiro's lawyer served the papers this week after failing to agree a settlement with Chelsea so far. The three-month period in which a claim must be notified ends on November 8.

bbc-coverageNew on Thursday...

Jumpers for goalposts? No chance. These guys mean business. Class Of '92: Out Of Their League. Tonight. 9pm. #CO92

Jumpers for goalposts? No chance. These guys mean business. Class Of '92: Out Of Their League. Tonight. 9pm. #CO92

Lionel Messi or Neymar?

Football

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar
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Can't we just keep both?

Can you imagine Barcelona without Lionel Messi? No, course not. But without Neymar? Manchester United fans can hope...

A former Barca president has suggested the Spanish club may be forced to sell key players because of "mismanagement" by senior directors. 

In an interview with French broadcaster RMC, Joan Laporta said forward Messi, 28, would never leave the club, but claimed 23-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar could well be moved on....

It must be election time...

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Bruce Lee
AP

Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

Ged Lynam: Bruce Lee could do a one inch punch so he could probably take a penalty without even needing a run up!  

Ex-coach Lyle returns as player

Ice Hockey

Less than a week after quitting as Swindon Wildcats head coach, Steve Lyle has returned to the club as a player.

"Stevie is a great goalie and is a massive part of our club," said Wildcats manager Steve Nell.

Accrington approve takeover proposal

Football

Accrington Stanley
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Accrington Stanleyhave accepted investment from local businessman Andy Holt toclear £1.2m of debtand take a controlling stake in the League Two club.

Shareholders voted to accept a proposal that will see Holt become a director and provide £600,000 of extra funds.

Holt, whose company What More UK sponsor Accrington's Wham Stadium, will take on 75% of the club's shares.

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Kevin Ellen: Niklas Lidstrom.  

For the uninitiated, Lidstrom was a ice hockey defenceman for the Detroit Red Wings.

Gloucester 'did not break salary cap'

Rugby Union

Kingsholm
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Gloucester have become the latest Premiership club to confirm they were not involved in a "settlement" over salary cap "issues".

Premiership Rugby had said "confidential agreements" were reached following "certain issues" with some clubs over last season's £4.76m limit.

But Gloucester have now joined Wasps, Harlequins, Sale, Newcastle and Worcester in saying it was not them...

Tomkins out of New Zealand series

Rugby League

Sam Tomkins
PA

England full-back Sam Tomkins has been ruled out of the three-Test series against New Zealand after failing to recover from a knee injury that has kept him out of the game since August.

The 26-year-old, who will rejoin Wigan for the 2016 season after homesickness ended his two-year stint with the NRL's New Zealand Warriors, will not be replaced in the England squad.

"It is a great shame, but it wasn't to be" said coach Steve McNamara.

"Sam is devastated to miss out."

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Pierluigi Collina
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Rory: If Pierluigi Collina took a penalty, he would just stare at the keeper until they moved out of the way & he could tap it in.

Can you tell who it is?

Golf

Someone has too much time on their hands...

WATCH: @ATT creates awesome mosaic of @JordanSpieth using 24,152 golf balls: go.pga.com/1KGM4yz

WATCH: @ATT creates awesome mosaic of @JordanSpieth using 24,152 golf balls: go.pga.com/1KGM4yz

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Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

Daniel Spooky Name: John Cena as he never loses...

Sportsday has just discovered he's one of these grown men who dresses up in lycra and grapples with other men...

John Cena
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