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  1. COMING UP: Aston Villa & Watford news conferences
  2. Celtic v Molde, Rubin Kazan v Liverpool (both 18:00 GMT)
  3. Tottenham v Anderlecht (20:05)
  4. Bonfire Night XI debate #bbcsportsday

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By Libby Dawes and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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Good night

And so a busy day on Sportsday comes to an end.

Hope you all have a great Bonfire night and remember we have live coverage of Celtic, Tottenham and Liverpool in the Europa League on the BBC Sport website right NOW.

Watford news conference

Leicester v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford boss Quique Flores has been discussing the threat of the Premier League's top goalscorer Jamie Vardy ahead of the Hornets trip to Leicester on Saturday. 

Watford striker Odion Ighalo is fit to play despite suffering a dead leg last weekend. 

The Hornets could be unchanged and Flores is aware of the threat of Vardy: "It's very difficult to think about Leicester if you're not including Vardy but it's not possible to think of Leicester just in Vardy. For me it's like a collective. It's very important to know the moves of this player. But the moves depend on the collective moves of Leicester. He is helped by his teammates."

Watford news conference

Leicester v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford boss Quique Flores had to again field questions about Emmanuel Adebayor today. 

The forgotten striker at Tottenham continues to be linked to Watford. In what would seem an unlikely alliance Flores didn't dismiss the reports: "I don't like to talk about players who don't belong to the Watford team.

"But we would welcome every good player. No names but I love players with category, soul, talent - but no names. I respect the players I have in my squad. They are in my mind. I know him. He's very good. He's a good person."

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'Sorry Andy!'


This is a picture of the ball girl who hit Britain's Andy Murray with a stray ball during his demolition of David Goffin at the Paris Masters.

Some excuses to @andy_murray , ballkids are proud to serve you on court 🎾

Some excuses to @andy_murray , ballkids are proud to serve you on court 🎾

Murray failed to see the funny side but replied to the tweet...

@ArthurBongrand adorable ☺️ gave me a little fright but it woke me up👍see you tomorrow lorenza

Happy memories

Tottenham v Anderlecht (20:05 GMT)

John Southall

BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

This fixture will rekindle some magical memories for Tottenham fans. No doubt grainy images of Tony Parks diving to his right to save Arnor Gudjohnsen’s penalty to win the UEFA Cup will be beamed around White Hart Lane pre match. 

It was a famous night 31 years ago when Graham Roberts lifted the trophy but where does the now named Europa League sit in the current Tottenham’s priority list? With fourth place in the Premier League up for grabs that must be the number one target and Sunday’s game against Arsenal will be at the forefront of Mauricio Pochettino’s mind.

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His team selection will reflect that. I’d expect Harry Kane, among others, to be rested and Son Heung-Min may well return after injury but there’ll be no Andros Townsend. He’s been sent to the naughty step after his very public altercation with the fitness coach Nathan Gardner after Monday's win against Aston Villa.   

You can follow live coverage of the match on the BBC Sport website.

Isner beats Federer


America's John Isner has beaten Switzerland's Roger Federer at the Paris Masters.

Federer, a 17-time grand slam winner, was beaten 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(5).

Last chance?

Celtic v Molde (18:00 GMT)

Ronny Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has asked his players to rise to the occasion and revive their Europa League hopes, as the teamk sit bottom of their group.

You can follow live coverage of the match here.

Pulis fined by FA


West Brom manager Tony Pulis has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

The charge related to an incident in the tunnel area after the Baggies were beaten 3-2 by Leicester on Saturday.

Big night for Delia

Celtic v Molde (18:00 GMT)

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

Leigh Griffiths

Celtic's European fate could become clearer on a sodden evening in Glasgow, as Molde prepare to try to inflict another damaging defeat on Ronny Deila's side. 

The Scottish champions' response to that humbling in Norway two weeks ago has been excellent - three comfortable victories on the domestic front. But as Deila has come to discover, domestic dominance is increasingly taken as a given for Celtic. Europe is the benchmark for many of Deila's judges. 

The presence of his countryman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the opposing dugout adds another layer of intrigue to a fascinating contest.

Europa League

Rubin Kazan v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)

Our dedicated live coverage of Liverpool's visit to Rubin Kazan.

You can follow it here with kick-off in Russia at 18:00 GMT.

Mourinho loses FA appeal


Jose Mourinho has failed with an appeal against his suspended stadium ban and £50,000 fine for comments made after Chelsea's match against Southampton, the Football Association has announced. 

Mourniho was given the suspended ban, along with a fine, for comments about the referee after his side's defeat to Southampton on 3 October.

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Remi Garde: "When I met the players I wanted to give them confidence. They have a game on Sunday, we focus on that and then it is the international break which will give me more time to look around and discover things and the issues I need to address." 

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

More from new manager Remi Garde: "It was a tough game (against Tottenham on Monday).

"I was happy with the way the players answered to this game, they had a very good spirit even when they were 2-0 down they did not give up. There is a lot to do but I am not disappointed.

"Football is about scoring goals and not conceding, I need to find the right balance and need to improve in both areas."

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

Remi Garde says he's used to working with sporting directors and CEO's when it comes to signing new players. He insists that he has the final say over any moves in or out.

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Remi Garde has described the Aston Villa job as "a very difficulty mission."

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

New Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is in place and ready for his first press conference.

Djokovic makes it 26 sets in a row

Paris Masters

World number one Novak Djokovic (seen here entering the Paris Masters like James Bond) extended his latest winning streak to 19 matches, and 26 consecutive sets, with a 6-3 7-5 win over Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Novak Djokovic at the Paris Masters

The Serb, 28, did not have it all his own way and was broken when serving for the match, but he closed it out at the second attempt and will next face Tomas Berdych or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  

We are not here to sightsee

Rubin Kazan v Liverpool (18:00 BST)

Liverpool have had three successive 1-1 draws in Europe this season.

They trail group leaders Sion by three points and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead of a trip to Switzerland in December.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said his side are going to Russia to win.

"We are not here for a visit. I hope you will see that. We are here to do our best and if we need to work hard for 95, 96 minutes then we shall do this."

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

We are less than 10 minutes away from Remi Garde's first press conference as Aston Villa manager...

Press Conference: Room set for the arrival of new manager Rémi Garde. #AVFC

Press Conference: Room set for the arrival of new manager Rémi Garde. #AVFC

Sam Burgess quits Rugby Union

Rugby Union

We understand that Bath won't confirm Burgess' departure until tomorrow. Meanwhile, this has been the only thing on the club's official Twitter feed. 

At least he wasn't used in the promotional picture...

We hope everyone enjoys the fireworks tonight - and stays safe! #BonfireNight

We hope everyone enjoys the fireworks tonight - and stays safe! #BonfireNight

Klopp plays a strong hand

Rubin Kazan v Liverpool (18:00 BST)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has picked a strong team to face Russia's Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Allen, Milner, Ibe, Firmino, Benteke.  

Substitutes: Bogdan, Coutinho, Lallana, Lucas, Origi, Brannagan, Skrtel.


Perkins extends Wigan contract


Wigan Athletic have taken up the option on David Perkins' contract, meaning he will stay at the club until 2017.

The 33-year-old midfielder joined in the summer after being released by Blackpool and has played every minute of the Latics' League One campaign.

Burgess quits rugby union

Rugby league return

A bit more on Sam Burgess' return to Australia... 

BBC Sport understands a transfer fee has been agreed between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Bath, who aren't expected to confirm his departure until tomorrow.

Bath paid about £270,000 (500,000 Australian dollars) for Burgess back in February 2014 

Mascot quiz


Know who this pair are? Think you know your mascots?

Have a go at CBBC's football mascot quiz here.


Premier League predictor

Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sun 13:30)

Remi Garde could have an easier first game in charge, but will it be Aston Villa's eighth consecutive defeat? Or can bottom beat top? 

Have a go at the BBC Sport Predictor with your thoughts on that and the rest of the weekend's games 

Class of 92: Out of Their League


Who will be the new Salford City manager? Will top striker Gareth Seddon keep scoring? Will the club get promoted? Will the fans take to the Class of 92?  

Answers to these questions and more will hopefully be answered in the concluding episode of Class of 92: Out of Their League at 21:00 GMT on BBC One.

You can also watch the first episode on the BBC iPlayer here.

class of 92

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

There's a healthy contingent of French media at Villa Park for the Remi Garde press conference.

National and International interest surrounds one of the most important managerial appointments Villa have made in recent years. If this doesn't work.... Well it's almost unthinkable. But Garde has a huge task ahead.

And this is his very grand seat the new Villa boss will be sitting in at 17:00 BST to give his first press conference.


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5 live special tonight from 7pm

In light of Sam Burgess'decision to return to rugby leagueand the South Sydney Rabbitohs,5 live Sportwill have a special programme tonight from 7pm. Guests include former England rugby union centreJeremy Guscott

If you can't listen live, it'll be available to download afterwards as a podcastvia the 5 live website. 

Sam Burgess career comparison
BBC Sport

Michu on his way out?

Norwich City v Swansea City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea City striker Michu

Swansea City manager Garry Monkhas confirmed that an agreement to release Spanish strikerMichuis getting closer. Recent reports suggest his contract could be cancelled having fallen out of favour at the club and struggled with injuries. 

Michu scored 22 goals in 2012/13 for Swansea, but hasn't scored since October 2013, during which time he's also been out to Napoli on loan. 

Graeme Souness: the winning gene


Graeme Souness
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Who is the best British midfielder of all time? This fella certainly has a strong claim...

He's also a hugely engaging raconteur, asthis fascinating interviewproves.

Cristiano Ronaldo interview


Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

Coming up across BBC Sport at 17:00 GMT, I speak toCristiano Ronaldoabout a possible return to Manchester United, Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho.

cristiano ronaldo

Test of knowledge


A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked you who are the four Top 20 players to have beaten Andy Murray in a completed singles match in 2015?

The answers are: Kevin Anderson, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Gilles Simon.

Courtois' comeback trail


Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has posted a video of his rehabilitation, as he recover from a knee injury.

The Belgian damaged his medial ligaments in September and underwent knee surgery.

You can watch a video of his training here, as he does shooting and movement exercises.

Thibaut Courtois
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Gatland 'to leave Wales in 2019'

Rugby union

Warren Gatland
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Warren Gatland has confirmed he is likely to stand down as Wales coach in 2019.

The 52-year-old said he intends to return to his native New Zealand to coach.

"I'm here until 2019 and the plan for me then is definitely to come home for a period," Gatland told New Zealand broadcaster Radio Sport.

"If I was involved in provincial rugby or Super Rugby that would be great but, if I'm not, I may have to go to the beach for six months or 12 months, put my feet up and take a bit of a break. I've been away for long enough."

'Unassuming Yorkshireman turned Australian celebrity'

Burgess leaves Bath for South Sydney

Sam Burgess playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs
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How big a star in rugby league is Sam Burgess

Ahead of his cross-code switch in February 2014, BBC Sport's George Riley wrote this profile piece on Sam Burgess. 

It tells how the death of his father at a young age affected him and his family, and how film star Russell Crowe made him break down in tears ahead of his debut with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Burgess leaves Bath for Sydney


England rugby union World Cup winner Will Greenwood isn't impressed....

Am I hearing @SamBurgess8 has left Bath? If so rugby union has let the lad down..

Memorable farewell

Burgess leaves Bath for Sydney

Sam Burgess
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In his last game of rugby league, Sam Burgess broke his cheekbone in the opening seconds of the match as the South Sydney Rabbitohs beat the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final.

Despite the injury, Burgess carried on to lead the Rabbitohs to their first NRL title in 43 years while becoming the first non-Australian to win the Clive Churchill medal for the man of the match.

You can watch highlights here

Scrums or Sydney?

Burgess leaves Bath for Sydney

SoSam Burgesshas opted to move back to Sydney with the Rabbitohs.

Did our quiz help him decide?


Burgess leaves Bath

Rugby union

Alastair Eykyn

BBC Sport

Sam Burgesshas reached an agreement to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs.  

Burgess leaves Bath

Rugby union

Alastair Eykyn

BBC Sport

Sam Burgess
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Sam Burgess had been given time off by coach Mike Ford, who felt he needed a break after returning to training last week from England's World Cup squad.

He was a surprise inclusion at centre for the hosts during their doomed campaign, which saw them exit the tournament at the group stages.

He has been linked with a move back to Rugby League with South Sydney Rabbitohs and Leeds Rhinos both interested in the player.

Bath had been playing Burgess in the back-row and had been adamant in recent weeks that he would be staying at the club.