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By Amy Lofthouse, Emlyn Begley and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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That the end of the news conference in Austin.

Thanks for joining us on Sportsday, we will be back bright and early tomorrow.

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Southampton face Inter Milan at 18:00 BST before Manchester United host Fenerbahce at 20:05 BST.

F1 news conference

Formula 1

This was the moment Romain Grosjean took a picture for Lewis Hamilton.

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F1 news conference

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Lewis Hamilton was asked about blocking some journalists on Twitter

 He says he has only just heard about it.

 “I don’t manage every single part of my social media. I have a couple of people doing it for me. I don't have a lot of time to do that. Generally, if you see someone (saying something bad) they just block. It was a blocking spree. I don’t even have the app on my phone.”

F1 news conference

Formula 1

The other drivers have just been asked if they were bored at the news conference with Lewis Hamilton getting all the attention.

The consensus seemed to be that yes it could be better, but that is just the way it goes.

F1 news conference

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Lewis Hamilton was asked about taking a picture during the news conference.

He said; "I took a picture, I waited for everyone to finish their questions and answer. It was a good picture and your all in it."

F1 news conference

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austin

This is Lewis Hamilton on his close to his best press conference form - long, considered, thoughtful answers. Very different from how he was in Japan in the news conference that triggered all the controversy at the last race.

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Lewis Hamilton said in Japan that he would prefer fans to ask questions.

So one journalist turned up with a question from a fan.

The first asked if he would ever take a sabbatical?

He said "I don't plan on taking a sabbatical unless it is to stop."

The second question was how he would feel if Nico Rosberg won the F1 title?

"I will take it like a man, I can not win them all. But I am still in a position with the points available. Anything is possible. I will then move on once it is decided, all can I do is shape the future which is next year, life moves on and next season I will come back stronger."

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Lewis Hamilton won last year's US Grand Prix to win his third Formula 1 World Championship.

But this year he finds himself 33 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg, with just four races left.

Hamilton, who has won the race four times said: “Austin, America, has always been a good hunting ground for me. It is a fantastic track. They did a very good job with the design and it is one of the few newer circuits that allows following of cars and overtaking. The weather is going to be better this weekend (than last year), which is great for the fans and I am excited.”

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Lewis Hamilton is answering questions and does not have his phone out.

He is asked first about his appearance on US talkshow, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"I was very fortunate to be on the Ellen show the other day. I love being in the States, it is a good opportunity for me to reach a new audience, who perhaps hadn’t heard of F1, but they were all glued to their seats to learn of something knew. I do not think any drive has been on the Ellen show,  so I'm proud of it."

F1 news conference

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The drivers up in front of the world's media are: Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Romain Grosjean (Haas), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Kevin Magnussen (Renault), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).  

F1 news conference

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austin

There's lots of anticipation in the media centre ahead of the official pre-US Grand Prix press conference. How will Lewis Hamilton be, two weeks on from his, er, contretemps with the media in Japan? We're about to find out.

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We should hopefully be hearing from Lewis Hamilton very soon, ahead of this weekend's US Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver came under scrutiny over his behaviour at the same media event in Japan, during which he gave short answers and played on his phone.

He also said fans and not journalists should ask the questions and walked out of a post-qualifying Mercedes briefing.  

This could be interesting...

Man City would 'open doors wide' for Messi


Manchester City would "open the doors wide" for Lionel Messi if he opts to leave Barcelona, according to chief executive Ferran Soriano.

Messi's hat-trick on Wednesday consigned City to a 4-0 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp.

"Messi is the best player in the world. If one day he wants to come to City, we would open the doors wide for him," Soriano told the Daily Mail.

However he confirmed that City have not made any moves for the striker.

"We didn't call him. The natural thing for Messi is to finish his career in Barcelona," he added.


Limerick pays tribute to Anthony Foley

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Hundreds lined streets to pay tribute to Munster coach Anthony Foley who died aged 42.

Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has visited Limerick, where a community has been paying tribute to Anthony Foley.

The Munster head coach died on Saturday in Paris.

'We need to improve'

Burnley v Everton (Sat, 15:00)

Everton midfielder Bryan Oviedo wants the club to target European football.

Ovideo, who joined the club in August 2012, told the club website that this squad is the best he has seen since joining the Blues.“When you look at the players we’ve had on the bench so far this season and the players who have come in have performed very well as well," he said.

"Every player is working as hard as they can - and that’s the most important thing for the team.“I am focused on getting European football, that is my objective because at the moment we are in those places.”  

McCormick joins 300 club


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Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick is preparing for his 300th game for the club he joined as a 15-year-old.

McCormick, 33, left the club in July 2008 after 157 appearances, after causing the death of two children in a car crash on the M6 a month earlier - a crime he would later be sentenced to seven years and four months in prison for.

He had stints at Truro City and Oxford United before rejoining Argyle in 2013.

"I feel really good, feel robust and I'll hit the 300 target very soon and my next thought is then the 400," he told BBC Radio Devon.

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'If momentum goes against them it will be tough'


Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen reckons it will be tough for England in the sub-continent this winter.

"I’ve never done seven test matches in the sub-continent all at one. This is going to be really draining," he told BBC Asian Network.

"If they happen to lose a test match early on, if momentum goes against them, it’s going to be tough."

He also addressed his international career, saying he might play for South Africa before he plays for England again.

"(England is) gone, it’s done, it’s dusted and it will never happen again," he said.

"I might play for South Africa before I play for England. It might happen next year. Too many people say to me I should still be playing international cricket, so we will see."

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Off-field issues not to blame - Cohen


Nottingham Forest's Chris Cohen refuses to blame off-field issues for poor form

Chris Cohen says issues with late payments and bonuses have been ongoing at Nottingham Forest and should not be used as an excuse for poor form.

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Bradley: Swans are in a relegation battle

New boss has received backing from Swans' Supporters' Trust

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Bob Bradley admits Swansea City are in a relegation battle - but says he has the fans' backing after meeting the Supporters' Trust.

Bradley, who succeeded Francesco Guidolin as Swans boss, lost his first game in charge at Arsenal.

And although Swansea are 19th in the Premier League, Bradley was encouraged when he met fans this week.

"They went out of their way to say 'You have a big job but we welcome you and we are here to support you'," he said.

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England women 'can win Euro 2017' - Duggan


England Women and Manchester City forward Toni Duggan reckons there is "no reason" why England can't win Euro 2017.

The side are preparing for Friday's friendly against France after a succesful qualification run, which saw them finish top of their group with an unbeaten record.

"We have players right across the board who have experience and can go toe to toe with the top nations," she said.

"We know it's going to be tough, they've got quality players, but the English game is going forward now and I believe we can compete with the best nations around."

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Wales to make changes for Jamaica friendly

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Wales head coach John Kear is set to make changes to his side for Friday's friendly against Jamaica in Wakefield.

Kear's men kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 50-0 win against Serbia in Llanelli.

They face Jamaica in a friendly before before they face Italy in Monza in their other Group A qualifier on Saturday, 29 October.

"Every game provides a different challenge and I have no doubt that Jamaica will be the same," Kear said.

"Jamaica are trying to establish themselves internationally and, for us, it's a chance for us to take a look at those who didn't play against Serbia."

Wales face a Jamaica team which beat Ireland 68-16 in Bray last Sunday.


Hull v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Stoke City's Geoff Cameron on Joe Allen: "He’s been great for us so far this season and he’s such a great addition to the squad.

"He doesn’t stop running which is good because we have some legs in midfield now and he tracks back defensively as well.

"He’s a great teammate and a good guy on and off the field. That’s the character we need.

Ozil future 'depends on Wenger'


Mesut Ozil wants a decision on the future of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before he signs a new contract, according to Goal.

Ozil's current contract expires in June and he could become Arsenal's highest paid player.

But the report says he will not sign until he has had reassurances about the future of Wenger, whose contract runs out in June.

Kane returns to Tottenham training


Tottenham's Harry Kane returned to training today after just over a month out due to an ankle injury.

"He's started to run, he's training alone at the moment but we're positive," Mauricio Pochettino said.

"It's good to see him back on the pitch."

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Swansea City v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Swansea manager Bob Bradley: "This is an important home match for us. Our home record this season isn’t what anybody wants.

"I think that if we work the right way, if we understand what the fans are looking for and get that right, that speaks for itself." 

Pochettino backs goal-shy striker

Bournemouth v Spurs (Sat, 12:30 BST)

Vincent Janssen

Tottenham's £17m summer signing Vincent Janssen has only scored once - with a penalty against Gillingham - in his first 12 games. But boss Mauricio Pochettino isn't worried.

"He is not frustrated, he is disappointed as strikers like to score," he said.

"Always it is incomplete - if you play well but you don't score, something is always missing. 

"But he is happy. He wants to show he has the quality to score and maybe he puts a lot of pressure on himself - 'I need to score, I need to score'. 

"In the end, we need to calm him, say, 'Yes, good, don't worry, work hard, keep going and you will ensure you will score'.

"I laugh because we need to give young players time. He's come from Holland and always those players from outside need time. 

"He only needs time. It always happens in football, there are a lot of examples in football. A similar period happened with Harry Kane and with Janssen it's the same."

Middlesex visit Buckingham Palace


Middlesex, who won the County Championship title this season for the first time since 1993, have been at Buckingham Palace today.

They were joined by Kent Women, who won the 50-over and T20 titles this season.

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Legia fear big European punishment

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Legia Warsaw fear being kicked out of the Champions League after their fans clashed with the police before Tuesday's match at Real Madrid.

The Polish champions were beaten 5-1 after some of their fans clashed with police outside the stadium - with 12 people injured and 13 Polish fans detained.

They were already fined for crowd trouble against Borussia Dortmund in September and will host Real in an empty stadium on 2 November.

"There have been unofficial suggestions before the Real Madrid game that any offence could result in excluding us from European competitions," said Seweryn Dmowski, Legia's public and media relations director. 

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