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Summary

  1. Leicester can win Premier League title - Van Gaal
  2. Sturridge must learn to manage pain - Klopp
  3. Davis Cup final - Belgium v Great Britain
  4. Get involved: Your club's panic signings. #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Right, that is it from Sportsday today but fear not as there is plenty to keep you entertained sport-wise this Friday evening.

Andy Murray is looking good at 2-0 up in sets against Ruben Bemelmans as he tries to level the Davis Cup final tie after team-mate Kyle Edmund's defeat earlier on. You can follow the action live here.

In the cricket, England hit 172-8 in their Twenty20 match against Pakistan and you can follow their progress in defending the total here.

Lewis-Francis makes bobsleigh debut

Winter Sports

Nick Hope

BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

Olympic champion sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis finished eighth in his first official bobsleigh competition, acting as breakman for pilot Bruce Tasker in the two-man competition at the Europa Cup event in Winterberg, Germany.

Lewis-Francis, who won 4x100m relay gold in 2004, missed London 2012 through injury and announced he was swapping his baton for a bobsleigh in September.

The 33-year-old has impressed selectors since switching sports and is expected to make the GB Boblseigh line-up for the World Championships in February.

Mark Lewis-Francis
Mike Varey

Schweinsteiger targets top-flight summit

Football

Manchester United visit Leicester in a match between the Premier League top two and Bastian Schweinsteiger has tweeted...

Looking forward to tomorrow’s game! It’s up to us to perform well in order to clinch the top of the table. #mufc

Looking forward to tomorrow’s game! It’s up to us to perform well in order to clinch the top of the table. #mufc

'I can't stop smiling'

Skeleton

We told you earlier that Great Britain's Laura Deas had claimed a career-first World Cup title at the season-opening race in Germany.

Well, here's what Deas thought about her performance. She said: “It’s a dream start! Last year was a breakthrough season for me and I’ve been saying all summer that I just want to kick on and keep improving.

“The feeling of standing on the podium twice last season was something special but to be on top of it this time takes things to another level.

“It’s another step forward and it’s a big confidence boost going forward for the rest of the year. I’ve worked so hard with the rest of the squad and the coaching staff over the summer and to see it all come together on the first race of the season is just brilliant.

"I can't stop smiling."

Pellegrini plays down Guardiola rumours

Football

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is not concerned by reports linking Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola with his job.

Guardiola pulled out of a pre-match news conference on Friday amid fresh newspaper claims he will move to City with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

"It's a rumour we've had the last two-and-a-half seasons," said Pellegrini,appointed by City in June 2013, when asked about the speculation. "I don't have a problem with that."

Pep Guardiola
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Gemma Bonner signs new Liverpool deal

Football

Liverpool Ladies captain Gemma Bonner has become the latest player to sign a new contract with the Women's Super League One side.

The England defender joined the Reds from Chelsea in 2012 and helped the club win WSL titles in 2013 and 2014.

Bonner, 24, who began her career at Leeds, joins Rosie White, Martha Harris, Ashley Hodson and Katie Zelem in signing new deals this week.

"Since joining the club we have had a really successful few years," she said.

"I am confident that we can challenge for trophies once again next season."

Pakistan v England update

Cricket

England are 89-3 after 12 overs of their Twenty20 against pakistan.

Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Joe Root are the batsman back in the pavilion. 

You can follow the action here.

Davis Cup final

Tennis

British number one Andy Murray has won the first set 6-3 against Ruben Bemelmans. The world number two needs to win this rubber to level for Great Britain in the Davis Cup final against Belgium. 

For live coverage, click here. 

Andy Murray
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Sturridge must learn to manage pain - Klopp

Football

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge must learn "what is serious pain and what is only pain" in order toovercome his injury problems.

The 26-year-old striker withdrew shortly before the Reds' Europa League win over Bordeaux on Thursday after picking up a foot problem in training.

Speaking before Sunday's game with Swansea (16:15 GMT), he said: "The situation is Daniel was very often injured in the last few months, and maybe years, so it is normal when you get back in training usually it is not the quality, but you need training.

"Your body has to learn to adapt to new intensities of training and in this time you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain."

Daniel Sturridge
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Doubts over Renault deal after row

Formula 1

Renault's future in F1 is in doubt as a result of a dispute over prize money with commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Renault has finalised a deal to take over the Lotus team and has a contract to continue to supply engines to Red Bull next season.

But the Lotus buy-out is jeopardising Renault's involvement.

Bernie Ecclestone
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PSG promise 'exceptional security'

Football

Paris St-Germain have warned fans to expect "exceptional security measures" when they play at home for the first time since the Paris attacks.

The Ligue 1 leaders host Troyes at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

"Conditions for entry at the stadium have been significantly modified," said a statement  on PSG's website.

Away fans will be banned from top-flight matches in France until mid-December after the Paris attacks claimed the lives of 130 people.

'My swearing went right out of the window'

Football - Newcastle news conference

Some more quotes coming out of Newcastle from boss Steve McClaren, who was not too pleased with his side's 3-0 home defeat by Leicester last weekend.

"My swearing went right out of the window - but that's football and that's typical." says McClaren.

"Each week is different and you have to respond differently, and last week was definitely a different response. It's been a normal week after what was a very disappointing result and performance last Saturday, a bad weekend.

"But I have had a great week on the training field - I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been feisty, competitive, intense, energetic - all the things we were lacking last Saturday."

Steve McClaren
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Wicket

Cricket

England have lost their first wicket in the Twenty20 against Pakistan with the departure of Alex Hales for 11 from as many balls.

Hales was caught LBW and England are 32-1 from 4.1 overs.

Follow the action here.

Radcliffe innocent of blood doping - IAAF

Athletics

Paula Radcliffe has been declared innocent of blood doping by the IAAF.

Marathon world record holder Radcliffe had "categorically" denied any form of cheating after claiming she was implicated by a parliamentary hearing.

Jesse Norman MP had suggested London Marathon medallists and "potentially British athletes" were under suspicion of providing suspicious blood samples, but Radcliffe, 41, was not named.

Athletics' governing body said her data had been "grossly misinterpreted".  

For more on the story, click here. 

Paula Radcliffe
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Skeleton gold for GB's Deas

Winter Sports

Nick Hope

BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

Britain's Laura Deas showed that there is life after Lizzy Yarnold by claiming a career-first World Cup title at the season-opening race in Germany.

Olympic champion Yarnold is taking a year away from the sport, whilst Deas' previous best was a third-place finish.

The former eventing rider was in second place after the first run, but produced a stunning second to claim gold.

Deas finished in a combined time of one minute 57.84 seconds ahead of World silver medallist Tina Hermann (+0.04).

Laura Deas
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Davis Cup final

Tennis

Great Britain are 1-0 down in the Davis Cup final against Belgium. The man charged with restoring parity is British number one Andy Murray, who is warming up against the underdog Ruben Bemelmans. It's tense in Ghent. 

You can read the live text coverage of that match and watch BBC TV coverage byclicking here. 

Here we go then. Andy Murray v Ruben Bemelmans, live @5liveSport & @BBCTwo bbc.in/1RaNtVH #DavisCupFinal

Here we go then. Andy Murray v Ruben Bemelmans, live @5liveSport & @BBCTwobbc.in/1RaNtVH#DavisCupFinal

Swansea to 'come out fighting'

Football

Swansea, one win in 10, versus a resurgent Liverpool. Can Garry Monk's men beat Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield on Sunday? 

PRE-MATCH: @GarryMonk16 insists his side will come out fighting against @LFC on Sunday - po.st/LZ0j0t

PRE-MATCH: @GarryMonk16 insists his side will come out fighting against @LFC on Sunday -po.st/LZ0j0t

Chairman has been extraordinary - Monk

Football

Under-pressure Swansea boss Garry Monk has said the club's chairman Huw Jenkins has been "extraordinarily supportive" during the club's troubled time.

Swansea have won just one of their last 10 games, with Monk's future at the club being put in doubt. 

Monk, whose team face Liverpool on Sunday, said: "He trusts how I work. He's seen that the way I work has brought success to the club in the past. He knows we can get through this period if we're all united, which we are. 

"I speak to the chairman regularly, every week. He's given me his full backing, he's been extraordinary."

Garry Monk
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Hearts can pip Celtic to title - Augustyn

Football

Blazej Augustyn says Hearts they can pip Celtic to this season's Scottish Premiership title.

The Polish defender's remarks came after Celtic lost 2-1 to Ajax.

"We can see Celtic are not as good as a few years ago and I don't think they have a team like they had before," said Augustyn.

Blazej Augustyn
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Vote for BBC African Football of the Year

Football

African player of the year
BBC

It is the last weekend for voting before the BBC African Footballer of the Year vote closes.

Which player will you vote for? You have five choices and they are...

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Andre Ayew
  • Yacine Brahimi
  • Sadio Mane
  • Yaya Toure

Algeria's Yacine Brahimi, the 2014 winner, is on the shortlist along with Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghanaian Andre Ayew, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast.

Fans can vote until 18:00 GMT on 30 November and the winner will be announced on Friday, 11 December.

Pakistan v England Twenty20

Cricket

England begin their Twenty20 match with Pakistan at 16:00 GMT. You can follow live coverage by clicking here.

Toss coming up - and having been rested yesterday, @josbuttler captains England this evening. #PAKvENG

Allardyce 'got itchy feet'

Football

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says he got "itchy feet" to return to football management, just three months after leaving West Ham United.

Speaking to Alan Shearer for Football Focus, the former Sunderland player says knowing the club and the how passionate the fans are helped to make his decision.

Allardyce says the Black Cats must avoid a relegation battle this season "at all costs".

For a sneak preview of that interview, click here. 

Sam Allardyce
BBC Sport

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Your club's best bargains and worst panic buys

VonEley: WBA's best modern buy was Mulumbu for £175k, 200+ games. Panic buy? Vic Anichebe, £6M for 6 goals from a man who can't run!

FK: Arsenal's best buy, Thierry Henry. For £11 million, we got our record goal scorer. Worst, Francis Jeffers. Cost £3 million less.

Chris Knight: Best Everton bargain has to be Seamus Coleman for 60k. £15.94m cheaper than Glen Johnson.

Thierry Henry
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Game, set and match Belgium

Tennis

What a cardboard cut out. And what a comeback. David Goffin has battled back from two sets down against Kyle Edmund to win the first rubber for Belgium 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0. The home fans are celebrating wildly. 

British number one Andy Murray will be next on court, taking on Ruben Bemelmans. For live coverage, click here.

David Goffin
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'I've done it the hard way'

Football

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he has "done it the hard way" having risen from non-league football to a Premier League scoring record.

The 28-year-old will break former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches with a goal against Manchester United on Saturday.

You can listen to more from Vardy here and catch the full interview on Saturday's Football Focus, which will be on from 11:30 GMT on BBC One as well as on the BBC Sport website.

Jamie Vardy
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Remembering Gary Speed

Football

Four years ago today, the football family lost one of its favourite sons. In memory of Gary Speed. #NUFC

Four years ago today, the football family lost one of its favourite sons. In memory of Gary Speed. #NUFC

Davis Cup final

David Goffin is on course for a remarkable comeback victory. The Belgian is 4-0 up in the deciding fifth set in the opening rubber against Kyle Edmund.

With all the pressure and expectation of the home support this is some performance from Goffin to come back from 2-love down.

Toulon-Bath match set for January

Rugby Union

Bath's European Champions Cup game against Toulon, postponed after the Paris attacks on 13 November, will be played on the weekend of 8-10 January. 

Champions Cup matches also postponed involving Munster, Glasgow Warriors and Ulster will take place over the same weekend. 

Bath's Premiership fixture with Sale, originally set for 8 January, will be rescheduled for later in the season. 

Round 12 games in the Pro 12 affecting Glasgow, Newport, Cardiff, Ulster and Munster will also be rearranged. 

The exact dates on which the Champions Cup fixtures will be played are set to be announced in the next few days.

Muscle man Gerrard

Football

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard isn't taking it easy during the MLS off season. The LA Galaxy midfielder has posted a picture of himself on Instagram lifting weights. 

Davis Cup final

Tennis

Someone getting a little bit horn-y at the @DavisCup final. Go Kyle. #BackTheBrits

Someone getting a little bit horn-y at the @DavisCup final. Go Kyle. #BackTheBrits

Belgium & GB into decider

Tennis

And we're into a fifth set shoot-out in the opening Davis Cup final match between Great Britain and Belgium. Knee-knocking stuff in Ghent. David Goffin, as you'd expect a player in the Top 20 to do, has battled back from two sets down to level against Kyle Edmund. 

The Briton, ranked 100 in the world, has some work to do to stem the tide. The score? 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1. 

To follow live coverage, click here. 

Kyle Edmund
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Rosberg tops practice ahead of Hamilton

Formula 1

Nico Rosberg turned the tables on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top second practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton had been fastest by 0.141 seconds in the first session, but Rosberg pipped the world champion by 0.138secs in the second session.

The two Mercedes were well clear of the rest of the field, headed by Force India's Sergio Perez, 0.627secs back.

Nico Rosberg
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Newcastle in feisty mood

Football

On #NUFC training this week, McClaren: "I had a great week. It was feisty, and I love feisty sessions. Feisty, intensive and aggressive."

Is Coloccini still Newcastle captain?

Football - Newcastle news conference

Q: Is Fabricio still very much your captain? Steve McClaren: "Absolutely...!!" #NUFC #bbcfootball

Q: Is Fabricio still very much your captain? Steve McClaren: "Absolutely...!!" #NUFC #bbcfootball

I am Klitschko's worst nightmare - Fury

Boxing

Tyson Fury claimed he is Wladimir Klitschko's"worst nightmare" on the eve of Saturday's heavyweight world title showdown in Dusseldorf.

Klitschko, 39, is defending his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Fury, 27, at the 50,000-capacity Esprit Arena.

At Friday's weigh-in, Klitschko scaled 17st 7lb and the challenger 17st 8lb.

"If you asked 10 boxers to build their nightmare opponent, you'd end up with Tyson Fury," said the unbeaten Englishman.

Tyson Fury
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Anelka on the move again?

Football

Nicolas Anelka
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Nicolas Anelka does not expect to be back at Mumbai City after failing to guide the side into the knockout stage of the Indian Super League in his role as player coach at the club.

"I don't think I will come back. You have to speak to the team management," said the 36-year-old former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea striker.

"The target was to reach the semi-finals and the target has not been met, so I don't think so."

Asked about his plans, Anelka added: "As a player maybe, I don't know, I will have to rest and think what I need to do for the future."

Hazard the man for Chelsea

Football

Didier Drogba says Eden Hazard is the man who can help revive Chelsea following their stuttering start to the season.

The former Blues striker, who played a key role in getting Hazard to Stamford Bridge, accepts the midfielder is having a tricky time at the moment but told BBC World Football: “He's the one who can make the difference. If he is good, the team will be good. I always tell him that.”

Drogba also discusses his special relationship with Jose Mourinho and recalls the moment he helped Chelsea win the Champions League.

Listen to the full interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038kjs9

Eden Hazard (left) and Didider Drogba
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Goffin wins third set

Tennis

The opening rubber of the Davis Cup final between Great Britain and Belgium has become interesting. Very interesting. 

David Goffin has just won the third set 6-2, which means Kyle Edmund leads 2-1 in the five-set match. Can the British underdog hold on and win the fourth set? 

Click here for live coverage.

David Goffin
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Millen steps in for Palace boss Pardew

Football

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew (right) and assistant Keith Millen
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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew welcomes his former club Newcastle to Selhurst Park on Saturday but he has handed the pre-match news conference duties to assistant Keith Millen.

"Bakary Sako's out tomorrow and probably for a few weeks," said Millen. "That's a disappointing one for us. For a sub to come on and strain his hamstring.

"Dwight Gayle is nearly fit, but tomorrow will be too early.

"Connor [Wickham] is further ahead than [Marouane] Chamakh, going by training and game time. He's not up to 100%, but medically both are fine."