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  1. 13 Premier League news conferences today
  2. 48-team World Cup remains under consideration
  3. Chesterfield striker Evans cleared of rape
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By Jamie Lillywhite and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Plenty of live sport on the BBC Sport website this weekend, including Premier League action and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

5 live Sport

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Jermaine Jenas and Darren Fletcher will preview a busy weekend in the Friday Football Social as the Premier League returns. They will be joined in the studio by former Everton player Leon Osman.

That starts at 19:00 BST.

'500 away fans. You don't see that in the Football League'

Paul Scholes wants the non-league side he co-owns, Salford City, in the Championship one day.

If they get there though, he might be surprised at how big some of the away crowds are.

"I went to Stockport on Saturday. There must have been 500 away fans there. You don't see that in the Football League," he said.

Meanwhile, here are their new stadium plans...

Salford City: Class of '92 reveal new stadium design

Russian marathon winner disqualified

Organisers of the 2016 Jersey Marathon have disqualified the Russian winner of the race after he competed in contravention of a global ban on athletes from his country.

Aleksey Troshkin won the event for the third straight year earlier this month.

But following allegations of state-sponsored doping, the IAAF had banned all Russian athletes from competing outside of their homeland.

Runner-up Chris Zablocki of the USA has been declared the new winner.


Hogg tries never to miss Emmerdale

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg fields quickfire questions from BBC Scotland.

Glasgow Warriors' Stuart Hogg answers quickfire questions
Looking forward to getting back to La Liga action this weekend ⚽🇪🇸

Looking forward to getting back to La Liga action this weekend ⚽🇪🇸

Real Madrid go to Real Betis tomorrow, with full live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Kick-off in Sevilla is 19:45 BST.

Humming helps Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says humming helps him concentrate after he beat Mischa Zverev 3-6 7-6 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.

"You're trying to reach that balance between being concentrated but at the same time being kind of calm and relaxed and enjoying the moment.

"I was always trying to keep that optimal state of mind. Instead of the occasional tantrum that I used to have, I (switched) that vibration and transformed it in a tune."

On this day...


Shane Warne
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2004: Australia spinner Shane Warne equalled the record for most wickets in Test cricket by claiming his 532nd scalp in the second Test against India. He ended his Test career with 708 wickets.

An Englishman in New York

Meet 19-year-old Jack Harrison and see his journey from the Manchester United academy to a high school scholarship in Massachusetts which has lead to a starring role for New York City FC.

Meet New York City FC's Englishman training with Villa and Pirlo

Coslett named RFU chairman

Rugby Union

Andy Cosslett has been elected as the Rugby Football Union's new chairman.

Cosslett, 61, who previously held an independent non-executive director role on the RFU board, replaces recently-appointed World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont and will take up the position with immediate effect. 

Wolves matches to be shown live in China

Wolves have agreed a 10-match agreement for their games to be shown live on Chinese TV, on a pay-per-view basis.

The Championship club were bought by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International in the summer.

Wolves' managing director Laurie Dalrymple said: “Millions of Chinese citizens will be introduced to Wolves for the first time.

"Through the assistance of colleagues from Fosun we’re in a great position to capitalise on this interest through the creation of the Club’s first Weibo [Chinese social media] page."

West Indies Women v England Women

Cricket - third women's one-day international

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Tammy Beaumont
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England are looking to get back on track after a six-wicket collapse in the second ODI at the Trelawny Stadium. Chasing 149 runs, England were coasting at 107-4 but were all out for 110 with Deandra Dottin taking three wickets in an over.

With the series level at 1-1 can England regain the lead at Sabina Park?

Follow live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live five sports extra and on the BBC Sport website right here.

On this day...


Roy Keane

2005: Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane announced he was to quit international football (again).

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Football shirts only cost 'a couple of pounds' to produce

University of Salford sports science professor Simon Chadwick tells BBC Outside Source how a kit deal affects fans, after Chelsea's £900m 15-year Nike deal.

Chelsea have signed a new kit deal worth £60m a season

Fiji to enter side in Australian league

Rugby union

Fiji Warriors, the country's second string side, are to enter Australia’s top domestic club competition, the National Rugby Championship.

They will enter next year and play all their home games in Fiji.

The deal has been underwritten by World Rugby for the next four years and will increase the number of clubs in the competition from eight to nine. 


We asked you, the BBC Sport audience, to submit suggestions, line by line, for an ode in tribute to 2012 Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who retired on Thursday. You delivered to #OdetoJess in your droves.

Darren Campbell reads it in the video below. Alternatively read it here.

Jessica Ennis-Hill: Darren Campbell reads readers' #OdetoJess

Puel focused on victories over records

Southampton v Burnley (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Claude Puel

Southampton manager Claude Puel would gladly miss out on a 94-year club record for clean sheets if it means securing victory against Burnley on Sunday. 

Saints are bidding to register their seventh consecutive shut-out at St Mary's, which would be just one clean sheet short of matching a club record that stretches back to 1922, when Southampton managed eight in a row. 

Two goalless draws, however, against Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League and defending Premier League champions Leicester, have left Puel more concerned about sealing a win this weekend. 

"I prefer to lose this record and win the game, it's not important for me," Puel said. "Of course it's interesting because you show you are strong and with a good solidarity but most important is to win the game." 

Juventus could hand debut to 16-year-old

Juventus could hand a debut to 16-year-old striker Moise Kean tomorrow against Udinese.

Marko Pjaca suffered a cracked fibula on Croatia duty.

"Only one of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will feature and for that reason, especially since Pjaca is out too, we'll be calling up Moise Kean to join the first team squad," Allegri said.

"The boy is a real talent but at 16 years old, he needs more match day experience." 

Moise Kean
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Italy Under-17 international Moise Kean is being followed by Manchester City and Arsenal

Robertson/Leman to contest BOA election


Former British sports minister Hugh Robertson and two-time Olympic field hockey medalist Richard Leman are the two finalists to become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association. 

The election to replace Sebastian Coe, who stepped down after being elected IAAF president last year, will take place on 24 November. 

'Chesterfield welcome Evans news'

Ched Evans' club Chesterfield, who signed the striker this summer, have released a short statement after he was found not guilty of rape.

"Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner has welcomed the news that Ched Evans has been found not guilty of rape following a two-week trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

"Turner said: 'We are naturally delighted with the outcome, especially for Ched, his family and friends. We can now all move forward and focus on football.'

"No further comment will be made at this stage."

Ched Evans statement


A statement from Chesterfield striker Ched Evans after he was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

"In the early hours of 30th May 2011 an incident occurred in North Wales that was to change my life and the lives of others for ever. That incident did not involve the commission of a criminal offence and today I am overwhelmed with relief that the Jury agreed.

"I would like to thank my legal team, Judy Khan QC and David Emanuel of Garden Court Chambers, London and Shaun Draycott of Draycott Browne Solicitors, Manchester, for their tireless efforts upon my behalf.

"Thanks go, too, to my friends and family; most notably my fiancée, Natasha, who chose, perhaps incredibly, to support me in my darkest hour.

"Whilst my innocence has now been established, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question."

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UCI to impose maximum term for presidents


The International Cycling Union (UCI) has agreed to restrict presidents of the sport's world governing body to a maximum of three four-year terms. 

Current president Brian Cookson, the former boss of British Cycling, has already announced his intention to stand for a second and final term in 2017. 

Villa vacancy just 'a common sense link'

Southampton v Burnley (Sun, 15:00 BST)

Sean Dyche

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says there was no contact with Aston Villa over their managerial vacancy that has since been filled by Steve Bruce.

"It's just after two promotions in three years out of the Championship I think it was more of a common sense link more than anything," he says of the rumours.  

"I think they've appointed a very good man. I get on well with Brucey and like him a lot as a person, as well as his record as a manager." 

A Question of Sport


Here's the answer to our earlier question. We asked you which three teams to have played in the Premier League have full names that end in a vowel? The answers, as many of you correctly stated, are Aston Villa, Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

Trump moves ahead with century break


A 120 clearance gives Judd Trump the first frame in his English Open quarter-final against John Higgins at Event City, Manchester.

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Alphonsi tries rugby volunteering roles


It's a big weekend of European rugby union with plenty of top-flight British clubs involved.

But let's have a shout out to all those volunteers who help make rugby happen at the grass-roots level.

Former England star Maggie Alphonsi went to Kilburn Cosmos Rugby Club to find out the variety of volunteering roles that are needed at a local club....

Alphonsi met the coach, first aider, bar person and social secretary

Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Nominate your local Unsung Hero here - but hurry as entries close on 23 October!

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Hawkins through to semi-finals


Barry Hawkins beats Ricky Walden 5-2 in the quarter-finals of the English Open just down the road at Event City in Manchester.

'Other countries have their legs on the sofa'

Even more from Jurgen Klopp: "Forty-eight hours between two games - how does this work? 

"And then you will sit there and say 'you didn't perform too well, how did this happen?' or 'injuries. Oh?' and then this Dutch guy [Raymond Verheijen, who is critical of Klopp] says 'The training is not too good'.

"How do you prepare a team for this. Do you say 'only 50% against City because we have Sunderland on Monday'?

"It doesn't sound like it is right. Everyone is asking why England is not too successful in big tournaments.

"Ask what other big countries are doing at this time - they have their legs on the sofa and are watching English football."

De Bruyne could return for City

Man City v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirms key man Kevin de Bruyne could return to the squad after missing the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on 2 October with a hamstring problem.

Kevin de Bruyne

Klopp 'cannot believe' new year fixtures

More from angry Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at his side's fixtures around Christmas being moved.

They face Stoke on 27 December, Manchester City on 31 December and Sunderland on 2 January.

"Now I have seen the fixtures and I am not too happy. We have less than 48 hours between our game against Manchester City and in Sunderland. Less than 48 hours, I cannot believe.

"I learn more and more about this league and maybe I have to ask someone if we can ask if there will be another time for us at Sunderland.

"I understand tradition - I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it.

"I don't know why we play Monday. Is 2 January a special day in England?"

McClaren sorry for lack of commitment

Steve McClaren
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Returning Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has apologised for the lack of commitment which led to his sacking in 2015.

He left the Rams last summer after being continually linked to Newcastle, who he went on to join. 

"My mistake was not quashing that, not dampening that and not committing," McClaren told BBC Radio Derby.

"That's my fault and I apologise for that. By the time I committed to the club, the club had every right to sack me.

He said he felt "lucky and honoured" to come back and work with "some damn good players" at Derby.

"The potential is there and to have a group like that, I am very lucky. Now we have to work together and produce a team that supporters can be proud of - and that is what we want to do."

Guardiola hails Koeman

Man City v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Pep Guardiola praises Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman, who was at Barcelona at the same time as him.

Yesterday, Koeman hailed Guardiola, who today said: "I'd look up to him. He is a big friend of mine so I appreciate his words. 

"He always played good in the big games. He was amazing. He’s one of the best central defenders I’ve met in my entire life."

Sagna facing injury absence

Man City v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says right-back Bacary Sagna will be out for three weeks after suffering an injury on international duty. "He went away for two weeks with France and got injured so now three weeks without him - it’s a pity."