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  1. Seven Premier League news conferences
  2. Barnsley sack assistant boss Wright
  3. Howe 'committed' to Bournemouth but England is 'the ultimate job'
  4. Man Utd & Southampton in Europa League
  5. Get Involved: Insults that backfired - #bbcsportsday

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By Matthew Henry and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks.

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Sportsday.

Wales are celebrating the return of their Olympic and Paralympic heroes tonight and you'll be able follow the homecoming on our website from 18:00.

Also, don't forget to stay up to date with tonight's Europa League matches with Southampton and Manchester United in action.

Our live page will start at 17:30.


Everton v Crystal Palace preview

Everton v Crystal Palace (Friday, 20:00 BST)

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Something of a test for Ronald Koeman’s Everton tomorrow night – that great start to the season dented by two successive defeats.

That said, the Blues can still go second in the table ahead of the weekend games, and psychologically that can give everyone quite a lift. 

Palace have put some good results together in recent weeks AND they haven't lost on their last three visits to Goodison Park, so it’ll be a good contest.

Fascinating to see how well Christian Benteke has settled into life at Selhurst Park – and that late, late comeback at Sunderland last week speaks volumes for their character and confidence.

Romelu Lukaku is set to start – and his recent hat-trick against the same opposition will be fresh in his memory - so maybe a tale of two strikers?

Spurs youngster signs new contract


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Tottenham centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new contract with the club.

The highly rated 18-year-old made his Spurs debut earlier this season in the EFL Cup against Gillingham.

NEW CONTRACT: We are delighted to announce that @cameroncv2 has signed a new contract with the Club until 2019.……

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Tom: Saints 2 down v NUFC. Madison got one back. Fans pouring out. LeTiss screamer, right footed, edge of area, top corner. 2-2

John Harding: Leaving early: Charlton-Huddersfield 1957. Man next to me left in disgust when Charlton losing 5-1. Finished up winning 7-6.

After a Newcastle fan left before his side's thrilling comeback last night (see 14:25), we asked if you had every missed the action after leaving early.

I'm not sure anyone can beat this from John.

The Liverpool accent: From Rooney to Carragher

Want to hear impressionist Darren Farley's take on how to sounds like three of Liverpool's most famous footballing sons?

He was on 5 live Breakfast this morning taking listeners on a journey through the various types of Liverpool accent, if you missed it take a listen below.

Impressionist shows various types of accent using famous footballers.

Gibson in line for England call-up?

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Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson's hopes of an England call up have been boosted by Gareth Southgate's appointment as interim England manager, according to the Northern Echo.

They say that Southgate, a former manager and player at Gibson's current club, is a long standing admirer of the 23-year-old.

Southgate awarded Gibson his Under-21 debut in 2015 and is due to pick his England squad on Sunday for the World Cup qualifier against Malta. 

Saints in Europa League action

Hapoel Be'er Sheva v Southampton (18:00 BST)

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Southampton are in Israel tonight as they face Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League.

The Saints are looking to extend their impressive four-game winning run but they have won only one of their last six European away matches.

Hapoel on the other hand have won all five of their matches at home this season and beat Inter Milan in Italy in their opening Group K game.

Jose Fonte, Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis and Charlie Austin have not travelled with Claude Puel's side for the match.   

We'll have live text commentary from 17:30.

Coleman not interested in England job


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Here is more from Wales manager Chris Coleman who was speaking earlier and was asked about the vacant England job.

"I'm really disappointed for Sam. I was with him last week at a coaches' conference in Paris and I know he will be absolutely devastated," Coleman said.

"I've known Sam for a long time and I know how much he wanted the job and how proud he was to get it. So I'm gutted for him that he has lost it through events off the pitch rather than on it.

"He has made a mistake and admitted that. It's a shame that someone of his experience let their guard down for five minutes and lost their job over it."

However, Coleman made clear he has no desires to succeed Allardyce, answering unequivocally when asked if he would be interested in the position.

"My answer would a big fat no," he said.

'No issue with third-party ownership'


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Simon Jordan talks about why he has no issue with third-party ownership.

Former chairman and owner of Crystal Palace Simon Jordan has told BBC 5 live he doesn't see an issue with third party ownership of players.

The practice of a player giving up some of their economic rights to a third party was compared to modern-day slavery when it was banned by FIFA in 2015.

But speaking on 5 live Daily, Jordan, who was owner at Selhurst Park till 2010, said: "If a player wants to sign away an element of his economic rights to a third party, I really don't see the issue with it."

Yacob signs new deal at West Brom


Look who has been handed a new contract! Full details as Claudio Yacob signs a new-and-improved two-year deal……

Claudio Yacob has signed a contract extension at West Brom.

The midfielder's contract was due to run out at the end of this season but the new deal will keep him at the Hawthorns until at least the summer of 2018.

"It wasn't a difficult decision because everyone working at the Club, the fans and the players have all made me feel very comfortable since I've been here," he said.

Happy birthday to our Captain, hopefully we can see you back in action soon

Happy birthday to our Captain, hopefully we can see you back in action soon

Mertesacker is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Happy birthday to you...

Gareth Davies (rugby union). The former Wales captain and fly-half, turns 61.

Lord Sebastian Coe (athletics). The Olympic 1,500 metres champion in 1980 and 1984, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Games organising committee and currently president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, is 60.

Andriy Shevchenko (football). The former Dynamo Kiev, Chelsea, AC Milan and Ukraine striker, turns 40 today.

Amy Williams (skeleton). The gold medallist at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is celebrating her 34th birthday.

Per Mertesacker (football). The Germany and Arsenal defender, is 32 today.

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Send in your questions to our Ryder Cup team

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Our BBC Radio 5 live sport team, including golf coach David Leadbetter, are live at the range at the Ryder Cup in Hazeltine. 

Send in your questions. 

Get Involved - when sporting insults backfired


Tom Dodd: Before playing Tiger Woods in 2006 Stephen Ames claimed 'anything could happen based on where he's hitting it'. Woods won 9&8.

Richard Mark Bradley: Brentford keeper David Button called Boro "a bitty side, only score from set-pieces." Beat them 3-0, all goals from open play.

Get involved at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Man United v Zorya Luhansk (20:05 BST)

Manchester United vs Zorya tonight, go teammm!!! @ManUtd #MUFC

Man United team news

Man United v Zorya Luhansk (20:05 BST)

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Zorya Luhansk manager Yuriy Vernydub said yesterday facing Manchester United in the Europa League will be "frightening," so who knows how he is feeling just over four hours before kick off.

Jose Mourinho confirmed Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start the match against the side currently second in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Wayne Rooney was set to start but the United boss revealed the forward missed training with a back injury earlier this week and is undecided whether to play his captain.

Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is out, while Luke Shaw is doubtful after being sent home from training on Wednesday because of illness.

You'll be able follow our live text commentary on the website later.

Whitlock wants your Unsung Heroes


Max Whitlock won two gold medals and a bronze at the Rio Olympics

Make sure you get your nominations in for your local Unsung Hero before the deadline of 23 October!

Find out how to here.

Origi Liverpool's only doubt



Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says forward Divock Origi is his only injury concern heading into Saturday's game clash with Swansea City, though he could yet be fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Origi, 21, sustained a kick to his foot during training this week.

"He got a little knock on his foot and we had to do a few more assessments, but in the end it is nothing major," said Klopp.

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Macheda on trial at Watford



Premier League side Watford have taken former Manchester United and Cardiff City striker Federico Macheda on trial.

The 25-year-old scored a penalty in the Hornets' Under-23 game against Hull on Wednesday.

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Stoke sign teenage defender


This one has reportedly been held up by Uefa red tape but 17-year-old defender Harry Souttar has joined Stoke City from Dundee United.

The centre-back joins on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be £200,000.

He has made three first-team appearances in Scotland.

📝 #SCFC have completed the signing of young defender @harryjsouttar from @dundeeunitedfc on a three-year deal ➡️……

Guidolin plays down reports


Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin has brushed off speculation about his future and insisted his prime concern is getting three points against Liverpool on Saturday.

"At the moment my position is not important, Swansea’s position is important," he said when asked about reports the Welsh club could turn to former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs.

"The most important thing is that we get a good result to improve our position. It’s clear for me, it’s clear for the chairman, it’s clear for everyone - it’s important to win games."

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BreakingKonta knocked out of Wuhan Open


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British number one Johanna Konta is knocked out of the Wuhan Open in China as the 11th seed loses 6-3 6-4 to two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the quarter-final stage.

German Rangnick set for FA talks?

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FA bosses are ready to speak to surprise England managerial candidate Ralf Rangnick, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The German reportedly held talks with the FA following Roy Hodgson's departure in the summer and is currently the dark horse among the candidates to replace Sam Allardyce.

Rangnick is currently the director of sports at Bundesliga club Leipzig after guiding them to Germany’s top division as manager last season. He led Schalke to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2011, where they were beaten by Manchester United.

'Integrity of football most important'


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Leeds United manager Garry Monk has been asked about the club's owner Massimo Cellino, who was named by the Daily Telegraph in its football corruption investigation.

Cellino was filmed by the Telegraph offering undercover reporters posing as an investment firm a way to get around FA and Fifa third-party ownership rules.  

Read the full story of the allegations here.

GM on allegations re Cellino: "I've not spoken to him. The club statement makes it clear there's no story to answer." #lufc

GM: "The important thing to me is the integrity of football.... If any of these things are proven then it must be taken care of." #lufc

Mickelson apologises to Sutton

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Ryder Cup veteran Phil Mickelson apologises to former captain Hal Sutton for criticism of his leadership in 2004. The five-time major winner was critical when asked about the importance of captains, using the example of Sutton's decision to pair him with Tiger Woods on the opening day at Oakland Hills when they lost both matches and never played together again.

"I was totally in the wrong. I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example the way decisions can affect play and I never should have done that because it affected Hal," said Mickelson.

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Mitchell & Abraham win first Under-21 call ups


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More on the England Under-21 squad announcement.

Derby goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who is on loan at Bristol City, have earned call ups for the first time.

Abraham has scored seven goals in the Championship this season while Mitchell made his second first-team appearance for Derby, in the EFL Cup third round defeat to Liverpool last week. 

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'I have no experience of it'



Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is asked about alleged corruption in the game. "It's a problem for me to speak about it," he replies. "I have no experience with it. Why talk about it?" 

'We've done nothing yet'



Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is giving a news conference ahead of his team's game at Swansea City on Saturday. The Reds are fourth in the table after an impressive run of form which includes wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester.

However, Klopp says he will not get carried away. "It's much too early to be satisfied with anything this season," adds the German.

"In this part of the season you create a base for the rest of the season. We have a job to do. We need to stay fit and have luck."

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Stop arguing...


Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has urged his players to vent their frustration behind closed doors after Victor Valdes and Adam Clayton clashed on the pitch. 

The goalkeeper and the midfielder had to be separated by central defender Ben Gibson after a heated exchange during last Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat by Tottenham at the Riverside Stadium.

"I said after the game that we have a lot of time here at the training ground, we have time in the changing room at the stadium, so I don't think it's good for anybody to argue on the pitch," added Karanka.

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'Allardyce departure like family bereavement'


Southend United manager Phil Brown says Sam Allardyce's departure as England manager is like a "family bereavement'. 

Brown was assistant to Allardyce at Bolton, but says he has yet to speak to the former England boss since he left his post on Tuesday.

"It was almost like a death in the family," Brown told BBC Essex. "It brought me to the harsh reality of what this game does to you."

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Warburton accepts ban


Rangers boss Mark Warburton accepts a one-match touchline ban following an angry confrontation with referee John Beaton. "I pride myself on being respectful and being disciplined and if I appeared to lose that then you deserve to be punished accordingly," he said. "I'm not proud of that, if that is the case."

Warburton was furious after Beaton handed Aberdeen the free-kick which led to James Maddison's late winner at Pittodrie last Sunday.


Newcastle fan 'furious' after late comeback


Newcastle fan is 'furious' after leaving early and missing the team's late comeback.

Hands up who has done this.

One Newcastle fan was "furious" last night after leaving St James' Park early and missing his team's late comeback against Norwich City.

The Magpies scored twice in stoppage time to turn the game on its head and move up to third - one place behind Norwich.

Newcastle fan Ryan, who had traveled 6 hours from Swindon with his two friends to watch the match, spoke to BBC Radio 5 live last night. You can listen to it above.

If you have any similar stories of how you missed the action after leaving a sporting event early, then get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

Lukaku to start despite toe problem



Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will start against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Friday despite a toe problem, says Toffees boss Ronald Koeman. Lukaku, 23, has scored six goals in his last four games for club and country.

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Rashord left out of Under-21 squad


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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been left out of the England Under-21 squad for their qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina next month.

The 18-year-old was part of the senior squad for Euro 2016 but was left out of Sam Allardyce's squad for his only game in charge of England against Slovakia last month.

Is a senior return imminent for Rashord? The squad will be announced on Sunday.

'Black mark'


Everton manager Ronald Koeman is giving a news conference ahead of his side's game against Crystal Palace on Friday.

Koeman is asked about Sam Allardyce leaving his post as England boss after claims that he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.  

"If you like football...then it is a bad story. For football it's a black mark," adds Koeman.

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England Under-21 squad announced


The 2️⃣2️⃣-man squad for the #YoungLions' final two @UEFAUnder21 qualifiers has been named:

The 2️⃣2️⃣-man squad for the #YoungLions' final two @UEFAUnder21 qualifiers has been named:

Get Involved - insults that backfired


David Payne: Insults that haunt? What about Ipswich's Mick Mills on morning of 1978 Charity Shield writing Forest were a flash in the pan. Lost 5-0.

Tom Dodd: Before playing Tiger Woods in 2006 Stephen Ames claimed 'anything could happen based on where he's hitting it'. Woods won 9&8.

Richard Mark Bradley: Brentford keeper David Button called Boro "a bitty side, only score from set-pieces." Beat them 3-0, all goals from open play

Any other ill-chosen words come to mind? Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Legia Warsaw hit with ban


Legia Warsaw have been ordered to play their Champions League home game with Real Madrid on 2 November behind closed doors.

Uefa have also fined the Polish club 80,000 euros (£69,000) for incidents caused by their fans in the Champions League group match against Borussia Dortmund on 14 September.

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Rostov facing Uefa discipinary action


Russian club FC Rostov are likely to face a Uefa disciplinary case for fan racism after a banana was thrown on to the field during a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven, reports the Guardian.

The Fare Network, which monitors racist incidents for Uefa, said on Thursday that the banana was thrown about eight minutes into Wednesday’s 2-2 draw. The banana remained on the field for at least 15 minutes.