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  1. Post update

    That is it from Sportsday for another day. Thanks for your time and don't forget you can watch Match of the Day at 50 on BBC One tonight at 22:35 BST.

  2. Match of the Day at 50



    This is how the set of Match of the Day looked at the end of the 2013-14 Premier League season.

  3. Sunderland v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)


    Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet warns top transfer target Fabio Borini he is primed to switch his attention elsewhere as the transfer window draws to a close.

    Poyet has made the signing of the 23-year-old Italian a priority, but is yet to get the answer he wants from parent club Liverpool.

    "I don't know if we need to put a date on it or not. I don't know," he said. "It's a daily thing. If something incredible comes in and we need to make a decision then, a player that we cannot say no to, then I am sure there will be a few phone calls saying 'now or never' both ways.

    "But at the moment, we haven't found that player, but we will see."

  4. Match of the Day at 50


    BBC Sport commentator Jacqui Oatley became the first female commentator in Match of the Day's history when she commentated on the match between Fulham and Blackburn at Craven Cottage on 21 April, 2007.

  5. Tottenham v QPR (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    Football - team news

    Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton serves a one-match suspension for the red card he received against West Ham.

    A host of players are set to return to the starting line-up after they sat out Thursday's Europa League win over AEL Limassol.

    Queens Park Rangers' new signing Leroy Fer goes straight into the squad.

    Fellow newcomer Mauricio Isla could make his debut, but Chilean compatriot Eduardo Vargas is not in contention as he still requires a work permit

  6. Post update

    OptaJose on Twitter: Carlo Ancelotti could become the first Italian manager to win the Spanish Supercopa (Claudio Ranieri lost in 2004 for Valencia).

    Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in tonight's second leg, with the score 1-1. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Soprt website.

  7. Match of the Day at 50

    Lethal Bizzle

    Watch Musician Lethal Bizzle remix the iconic Match of the Day theme tune to celebrate 50 years of the show.

    The Match of the Day at 50 documentary celebrating the iconic programme's birthday charts the history of the show and highlights its long-ingrained place at the heart of Saturday night television.

    Watch Match of the Day at 50, tonight at 22:35 BST on BBC One, BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website.

  8. Sunderland v Manchester United (16:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Van Persie

    Sunderland could be boosted by the return of defenders Billy Jones and Santiago Vergini, who have both trained this week.

    Italian midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is expected to be out for another three weeks with a groin problem.

    Manchester United pair Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia are now fit and available but new defender Marcos Rojo has not received a work permit in time.

    Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard are all injured.

  9. Get involved


    Emma Sanders: Balotelli is a gamble but if it was up me, I'd always gamble on a genius...Luis Suarez paid off alrighT.

    Harry Partridge: LFC over-excited about Balotelli? Apart from the controversies, his goals/game ratio is no better than much-criticised Giroud.

    Steven McNamara: I think Brendan Rodgers will get the best out of Balotelli. He is the type of manager who makes players feel a million euros.

  10. Match of the Day at 50



    Looking good. Alan Hansen, Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson strike a pose in a Euro 2000 Match of the Day promotional shot.

    Don;t forget you can watch Match of the Day at 50 on BBC One tonight at 22:35 BST.

  11. Hull v Stoke (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    Football - team news

    Hull manager Steve Bruce rotated his squad for Thursday's Europa League loss by Lokeren, and is set to recall most of the players who began at QPR.

    Yannick Sagbo completes a two-game ban while Robert Snodgrass is a long-term absentee with a dislocated kneecap.

    Geoff Cameron and Peter Odemwingie could be involved after sitting out Stoke's opening game following post-World Cup breaks.

    But Victor Moses lacks match fitness after joining on loan from Chelsea.

  12. Disability Sport

    Hannah Cockcroft

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships:

    Britain's Hannah Cockroft has won her second gold at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

    Cockroft won her first T34 800m international title, beating team-mate Mel Nicholls into second place.

    She also won the 100m earlier in the week.

    It is Great Britain's 12th gold medal at the event.

  13. Manchester City v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 BST)


    Mario Balotelli

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Mario Balotelli could be the "perfect" fit for Liverpool - but insists they will still miss Luis Suarez.

    Liverpool are closing in on a £16million deal to bring controversial former City forward Balotelli to Anfield from AC Milan as a replacement for departed talisman Luis Suarez.

    "They will always miss Luis Suarez because he is a very important player but they have brought a lot of important new players and continue being a very strong squad also.

    "I know the character of Mario Balotelli - everyone that is involved in football knows about him. If Liverpool decide he is the player that is important for them, perfect for them and perfect for Mario."

  14. Di Maria to miss Super Cup tie


    Angel Di Maria is set to be left out of Real Madrid's squad to face Atletico Madrid on Friday giving further encouragement to Manchester United who are weighing up a £50million bid for the Argentine World Cup star, reports the Daily Mail.

    Real play the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid with the score 1-1 from the first game. But the Mail report there is likely to be no Di Maria after tensions between the player and the Spanish club heightened in the last 24 hours.

  15. United set to bid £56m for Di Maria


    Angel Di Maria

    Manchester United are set to make a £56million bid for Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria, reports Spanish newspaper Marca.

    Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leaves the club.

  16. Match of the Day at 50


    On 19 August, 1995, Alan Hansen uttered the now famous remark "you can't win anything with kids" after Aston Villa had beaten Manchester United 3-1.

    Alan Hansen

    As Hansen would be constantly reminded, United went on to win the double that season and countless other trophies with that group of young players.

  17. Disability sport

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships:

    "Britain's Dan Greaves wants to complete the second part of a double in Swansea this afternoon.

    "The discus thrower, known as 'Discus Dan', won Commonwealth Games gold in the para-sport discus event in Glasgow and now wants to add the European title to his list of honours when his competition starts at 16:07 BST.

    "Glasgow was only part A and I want to get part B done here," he told BBC Sport earlier this week.

  18. Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Football - team news

    Darron Gibso n

    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is nearing a return from a cruciate ligament injury and could be available. However, Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo are absent through injury.

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta misses out with an ankle problem, while Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are also sidelined. Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski could return after extended post-World Cup breaks, and Yaya Sanogo may be fit after a hamstring injury.

  19. Swansea v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Swansea signing Federico Fernandez will only be available to play on Saturday if international clearance for his transfer from Napoli arrives in time. The Swans remain without Leon Britton, Marvin Emnes and Jay Fulton because of knee injuries, but Tottenham loanee Tom Carroll could be involved.

    Sam Vokes is Burnley's only absentee as he continues his recovery from anterior cruciate ligament damage. Stephen Ward could make his debut after joining from Wolves.

  20. Southampton v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Shane Long

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is expected to give £12m signing Shane Long a start against one of his former clubs. Centre-back Florin Gardos could make his debut, but Gaston Ramirez and Jay Rodriguez remain out.

    West Brom boss Alan Irvine may give a first appearance to club record signing Brown Ideye. Fellow new recruit Georgios Samaras is ineligible to play, while Joleon Lescott is unlikely to feature.

  21. Crystal Palace v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann only has an "outside chance" of overcoming a hip strain to face West Ham, according to caretaker manager Keith Millen. Jason Puncheon is suspended, but Adrian Mariappa returned to training this week after a rib problem and Jonny Williams and Jerome Thomas are also fit again.

    West Ham are without the suspended James Collins, while fellow defenders Joey O'Brien, James Tomkins and Carl Jenkinson are fitness doubts. Matt Jarvis is fit after injury.

  22. Match of the day at 50



    Jimmy Hill and Bob Wilson during a Match of the Day programme in 1981.

    Watch Match of the Day at 50 tonight on BBC One at 22:35 BST.

  23. Chelsea v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Filipe Luis

    Chelsea have no new injury concerns ahead of the visit of Leicester. Left-back Filipe Luis (pictured) awaits his debut, with Cesar Azpilicueta preferred for Monday's season-opening win at Burnley.

    Leicester will be without central midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Matty James, who have respective hamstring and shin injuries. Matthew Upson is still missing with a foot problem, but striker Jamie Vardy and winger Marc Albrighton should be available after injury.

  24. Aston Villa v Newcastle (Saturday, 12:45 BST)

    Football - team news

    Joe Cole

    Aston Villa's midfield signing Carlos Sanchez began training with his new team-mates on Monday and is likely to be involved against Newcastle. Joe Cole and Jores Okore have returned to fitness and will also be part of the matchday squad.

    Siem de Jong is in line for his Newcastle debut after recovering from a calf injury. Loan striker Facundo Ferreyra is available for the first time but Cheick Tiote remains sidelined.

  25. Match of the day at 50


    Match of the Day

    BBC Sport goes behind the scenes at Match of the Day with Gary Lineker and the team before the show's 50th birthday.

    Watch what happens on a busy Saturday afternoon as pundits Alan Shearer and new addition Ruud Gullit prepare their analysis, and hear from the producers about its success and how to keep the programme updated with fresh ideas.

    Watch Match of the Day at 50, Friday 22 August, 22:35 BST (22:50 in Northern Ireland) on BBC One, BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website.

  26. Sunderland v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)


    More from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal at a pre-match news conference.

    He said: "The club have hired me because of my philosophy, not because I am nice. Although I am. They have not hired me to fire me.

    "Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil. It is the football world."

  27. Sunderland v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)


    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been speaking at a news conference about reports Danny Welbeck will be allowed to leave the club.

    Danny Welbeck

    Van Gaal said: "I know what I said to Danny Welbeck and he knows exactly what I said. I think the media is guessing.

    "I can imagine the fans are scared. They saw last year and the first home match. They have to believe. Paul Scholes (who said he is genuinely scared for the club's future) has to believe."

  28. Match of the Day at 50


    Jimmy Hill

    These images were included in the opening credits of Match of the Day in 1977. Youngsters from Hammersmith County Girls School and Christopher Wren Boys School filled a stand at QPR's Loftus Road ground and each held up two foot square sections of a display.

    Match of the Day 1977

    Do not miss Match of the Day at 50 on BBC One tonight at 22:35 BST.

  29. Get involved


    Shafkat Alam Sumit: #MOTD50. My first MOTD was in 90-91 season-Spurs v Liverpool at WHL. Liverpool won 3-1 and I remember Lineker scored for Spurs

    Roger Hardingham: Happy birthday #MOTD50 one of those weird things you miss when you travel abroad. That and sandwiches.

    Kevin Rafferty: #MOTD50 Favourite football commentator of all time is Barry Davies. Glad to hear he's making a one-off return this weekend!

  30. United trio available for loan


    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has made Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha available for loan, reports the Daily Express.

  31. Rodgers news conference


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been talking at a news conference about his side having a £16m bid accepted for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

    "We understand that sometimes you have to take a risk with people and normally, a lot of the time, if you take that risk you can get a reward for it," said Rodgers. "We've always said we were looking for another striker.

    "We have quite an extensive code of conduct for both staff and players and we have a fantastic environment here. Over the last two years that has been something very important to create and there will be nothing that will shake that."

  32. Estimate in Melbourne Cup?

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    The Queen, Princess Anne and Estimate

    "The Queen's best racehorse Estimate remains a possible for November's Melbourne Cup in Australia after returning to form when second behind winning favourite Pale Mimosa in today's Lonsdale Cup at York.

    "The mare, a well beaten eighth at Glorious Goodwood in July, is likely to race again next month before a final decision about travelling Down Under is made."

  33. Disability sport

    Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

    "After setting two world records this season already, Britain's Stef Reid will be hoping for gold in the the T44 long jump in Swansea this afternoon (16:15 BST).

    "It is a real turnaround for the 29-year-old single-leg amputee who struggled last year and considered her future in the sport but has blossomed this season under the tutelage of Rana Reider, who also coaches European champions Martyn Rooney and Tiffany Porter.

    "The two world records have given me confidence and I know I can rise to the occasion," Reid tells BBC Sport. "I'm going in fighting and I'm looking forward to a good fight where every jump matters."

  34. Glasgow to host 2018 European Aquatics Championships


    Glasgow is named as the host of the 2018 European Aquatics Championships.

    The continental showcase, which includes events in swimming diving, synchronised swimming and open water, will visit Scotland for the first time in its history.

  35. Match of the Day at 50



    David Coleman (above) presented Match of the Day from 1968 to 1973, before Jimmy Hill (below) took over in 1973.


    Did you know? Match of the Day has only had five main presenters in 50 years - Kenneth Wolstenholme, David Coleman, Jimmy Hill, Des Lynam and Gary Lineker.

    Watch Match of the Day at 50 on BBC One tonight at 22:35 BST.

  36. Chelsea v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has vowed not to 'park the bus' against Chelsea on Saturday as he relishes testing his side against Jose Mourinho's title favourites at Stamford Bridge.

    "The most important thing is I want to see how our players cope with a big fixture. It's important for us to play the game and not the occasion," he said.

    "Chelsea at Stamford Bridge speaks for itself. Their record there is very good but we have to think of this as something of a bonus."

  37. T20 Blast Finals Day preview


    Birmingham Bears will hope home advantage helps them win this season's T20 Blast.

    Kevin Pietersen

    Saturday sees the Finals Day, with two semi-finals and a final on an action-packed day at Edgbaston and The Bears, who opted not to use Warwickshire as their name for this season's competition, face a Surrey side that includes ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen (pictured).

    Hampshire, winners in 2010 and 2012, take on Lancashire, who have yet to win the trophy, in the second semi-final before the final at 18:45 BST.

    A full preview is available on our cricket pages.

    Live coverage of Finals Day will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC local radio.

  38. Top League One stories


    Ricoh Arena

    Coventry City: The club apologise to fans for their long-running dispute over rent at the Ricoh Arena which led to them playing games at Northampton Town.

    MK Dons sign ex-West Ham defender Jordan Spence on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

    Fleetwood: Manager Graham Alexander is staying calm about Fleetwood Town's impressive start to the League One season, despite three wins from three games.

  39. Challenge Cup final team news

    Rugby league

    Castleford coach Daryl Powell names Craig Huby in his squad despite the prop dislocating an elbow in the semi-final win over Widnes two weeks ago. Winger Justin Carney and forward Weller Hauraki return after both serving two-match bans.

    Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott named his squad on Monday, with Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock among those returning after the loss at London. The Rhinos have lost in their last six Challenge Cup final appearances.

    The Challenge Cup final is live on BBC One at 15:00 BST on Saturday.

  40. Get involved


    Charity Shield

    Phil Gilman: I remember my first Match of the Day. It was the Liverpool-Arsenal 1989 Charity Shield. The show also celebrated 25 years of MOTD #MOTD50

    Dave Worley: Used to go to my aunt and uncles at weekends. Remember we used to turn it over for the "look away now" bit of the preceding news. #MOTD50

    Adrian Clarkson: Is my memory playing tricks or did MOTD have a different theme tune when it first started?

    Good knowledge, Adrian.

    Barry Stoller's classic theme tune "Match of the Day" was commissioned in 1970 to replace the original theme "Drum Majorette" by Major Leslie Statham, a former Director of Music for the Welsh Guards. In 2010, a survey by the Performing Rights Society for Music placed it as the most recognisable British TV theme tune.

    We have a video on our football pages for those wanting to find out more about the history of the Match of the Day music.

  41. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    What impact would Liverpool signing Mario Balotelli have on the Premier League title race? As always, you can contact us on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Here are some more of your answers.

    Peter Green on Facebook: Liverpool will be close to winning the title again with Balotelli. It will be a three horse race with Man City & Chelsea.

    David Grabowski: Imagine an attacking front of Balotelli, Sturridge, Sterling, Coutinho - then Lallana, Hendo, Gerrard, Lucas... the defensive players speak for themselves. I believe the pace we have now will be virtually unmatched and will be a beast to contend with.

  42. United set for Gaitan disappointment


    Manchester United have outbid rivals Atletico Madrid and Monaco for Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan, but it still will not prove enough to seal a deal for the midfielder, reports Portuguese newspaper Record.

    Nicolas Gaitan

    They claim Benfica are not willing to consider United's offer for the midfielder as it falls short of the player's £36m release clause.

    The 26-year-old's current deal with the Portuguese side expires in two years, with Benfica trying to tie him down to a new contract.

  43. Match of the Day at 50


    Commentator John Motson is pictured, aged 26, covering the Manchester United First Division game with Sheffield United on Saturday, 2 October, 1971.


    Did you know? John Motson joined the BBC as a Radio 2 sports presenter in 1968 and has commentated on approximately 2,000 games.

    Watch a programme celebrating 50 years of Match of the Day on BBC One at 22:35 BST tonight.

  44. Welbeck to leave United?


    Danny Welbeck

    Striker Danny Welbeck has been told he can leave Manchester United - but not for any of the Premier League's top six teams, reports the Daily Mirror.

  45. Chelsea v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho speaking at a news conference.

    He said: "If you play at the top of your game, like we did for periods at Burnley, we have a good chance to win.

    "It's difficult playing newly-promoted teams, they know every point is important."

  46. Rhodes close to Hull City move


    Jordan Rhodes

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce is close to completing a £12 million deal for Jordan Rhodes, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Bruce made an increased offer for the Blackburn Rovers striker yesterday and the Mirror claim Hull will pay up to £11.5 million in guaranteed money and bonuses - and offer defender Alex Bruce in part exchange.

  47. Debuchy praises 'incredible' Arsenal


    Full-back Mathieu Debuchy believes Arsenal will be "incredible" once World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski have fully integrated back into the squad.

    The German trio are expected to be involved for the first time in the squad for Saturday's evening kick-off at Everton, having returning to London following an extended break after their triumph in Brazil.

    "It is fantastic for me to be part of this team. When I see the squad now and I think that Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski are still missing, it is incredible. It is an amazing squad," Debuchy told the September edition of the official Arsenal magazine.

  48. Manchester City v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 BST)


    Eliquim Mangala

    New Manchester City signing Eliaquim Mangala remains unlikely to make his debut in Monday's Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool.

    The £32million defender only joined up with the club last week and is still short of match-fitness but defender Pablo Zabaleta could be back in line to start and loan midfielder Frank Lampard is available.

    Striker Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench to score at Newcastle last week, may not be ready to play 90 minutes while fellow forward Alvaro Negredo (foot) remains out long term.

  49. Disability Sport

    From BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships:

    Debutant Joanna Butterfield has led home a British 1-2-3 in the women's F31/52 club throw event at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

    The 35-year-old, who is based in Glasgow, threw a new F51 European record of 17.68m for 1100 points ahead of team-mates Josie Pearson (941 points) and Gemma Prescott (904 points).

    It is Britain's 11th gold of the competition.

  50. AC Milan to replace Balotelli with Falcao


    Radamel Falcao

    Radamel Falcao is being lined up as a potential replacement for Liverpool bound Mario Balotelli, reports Italy newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

    They also claim Milan are targeting Porto striker Jackson Martinez should Balotelli's departure be confirmed.

  51. Cardiff call for Bevan's resignation


    More on the news that Cardiff have called for the resignation of League Managers' Association chief Richard Bevan after the organisation described offensive text messages sent by Malky Mackay as "friendly banter"

    A statement released by Cardiff reads: "The LMA is the representative voice of managers, and whilst we understand it seeks to act in the best interests of its members, one of its major aims is to "encourage honourable practice, conduct and courtesy in all professional activity.

    "Regrettably, we feel that the LMA has done no such thing in its representation of Mr Mackay and Mr Moody. The LMA were aware of the allegations from the morning of the search order, and their lawyers acted for Mr Mackay and Mr Moody throughout the legal process.

    "We therefore find it entirely reprehensible that the LMA should itself put out a statement which seeks to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as 'friendly banter'. If that is the view held by the LMA, as appears from its statement, we consider that Richard Bevan's position is untenable and we call for his resignation."

  52. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is flying to England for a medical as talks continue over his proposed £16m move to Liverpool.

    With a fee agreed, the Reds are set to offer 24-year-old Balotelli nearly £120,000 a week to move to Anfield.

  53. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Cardiff City call for the resignation of League Managers Association chief Richard Bevan. More to come.

  54. Manchester City v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 BST)


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is speaking at a pre-match news conference.

    He said: "It is difficult to say after one game but Liverpool will always miss Luis Suarez, though they have brought in important players.

    "I always say to the players these games are games of six points - especially when you play at home."

  55. Get involved


    Sam Carter: BR can get the best out of Balotelli. He'll start regularly for Liverpool in Champions League and Premier League which he didn't get to at City.

    Kazola Shodipe; If LFC are to challenge for the title then they must not focus on Balotelli, he is more than an accident waiting to happen.

    Donbass Karantin: Balotelli is a good signing but Rodgers can't manage him, Mario has big problem with discipline, he will create problems for LFC.

    What impact would Liverpool signing Mario Balotelli have on the Premier League title race if he signed for Liverpool? As always, you can contact us on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  56. Swansea sign Carroll on loan

    Football - done deal

    Swansea City sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll on loan for the season.

  57. Match of the Day at 50


    Don't miss a programme celebrating 50 years of Match of the Day, tonight at 22:35 BST on BBC One.

    Here is another picture from the archives of a Match of the Day special focusing on the 1970 World Cup draw.


    BBC presenter Barry Davies is pictured with dog Pickles (who found the World Cup trophy when it was lost prior to the 1966 tournament). The rest of the panel is England manager Sir Alf Ramsey, captain Bobby Moore, forward Bobby Charlton and goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

    Did you know? Match of the Day was originally intended as a one-off series, a trial run for the 1966 World Cup in England.

  58. Southampton v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on Twitter; A good last training for tomorrow! #Saintsfc-WBA! Hope for great support and 3 points.

  59. Premier League against standing areas

    On the issue of so-called 'Safe Standing areas', the Premier League have issued a statement. It read: "It remains the Premier League's position that stadiums should be all-seat, in line with government policy, and we will not be encouraging the Government to change the law.

    "Since the introduction of all-seater grounds the supporter experience has improved significantly and we have seen more diverse crowds attending Premier League matches, including more women and children.

    "The police, safety officers and licensing authorities remain clear and have consistently informed us that crowd management has improved as a result of all-seater stadiums being in place in the top two divisions in this country."

  60. Standing to return?

    The Liberal Democrats want to change the law and allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at stadiums.

    The party has confirmed to BBC Sport it plans to make the pledge as part of its 2015 General Election manifesto.

    Currently, the Football Spectators Act 1989 requires safety authorities to ensure fans attending games in England's top two divisions are seated.

  61. Top Championship stories


    Henri Lansbury

    Nottingham Forest: Midfielder Henri Lansbury signs a new three-year deal.

    Blackburn Rovers: The Lancashire club turn down Hull's bid for Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes.

    Huddersfield Town: Chairman Dean Hoyle denies reports that Neil Warnock has turned down the chance to manage the side on a short-term basis.

    Rotherham United: The Millers sign Ipswich Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth on loan until January.

  62. 'Balotelli to fly to England'


    Liverpool Echo report James Pearce: Liverpool talks with Balotelli agent have reached successful conclusion. Player will now fly into UK this afternoon to begin medical.

  63. Other sports headlines

    Formula 1: Bernie Ecclestone has said he wants to run the sport for "as long as I can" after paying £60m to end his three-month bribery trial.

    Andrew Flintoff

    Cricket: Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been included in the Lancashire squad for the T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday.

    Athletics: Former 400m world champion Amantle Montsho faces a two-year ban after her B sample drugs test from the Commonwealth Games came back positive.

  64. Match of the Day at 50


    The BBC will celebrate 50 years of its iconic football television show Match of the Day with a special programme on Friday at 22:35 BST on BBC One.

    Packed with classic archive material, it charts the evolution of football's most famous programme and features new contributions from a host of famous faces, including Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney, Des Lynam and Alan Hansen.

  65. Song in Arsenal return?


    Alex Song is closing in on a return to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger signalled his interest in re-signing the midfielder, reports Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

    It is claimed Song has been told he can leave Barcelona for just £10million as he does not feature in the plans of new manager Luis Enrique.

  66. Match of the Day at 50


    Legendary commentator Barry Davies is making a one-off return to BBC's Match of the Day on Saturday.

    Barry Davies

    Davies will commentate on Crystal Palace v West Ham as the programme marks its half-century on screen. He began working in television for ITV before the 1966 World Cup and joined the BBC three years later.

    "He is one of the programme's most iconic voices," said Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport.

    Davies, 76, will join the team of Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson, John Motson and Alistair Mann for Saturday's games (BBC One, 22.30 BST).

  67. Get involved


    Match of the Day is 50 today and we asked for your memories of the great show. We have had loads of great responses from you and here is a selection of some more.

    Pete Stilliard: For old times' sake, I'm going to avoid finding out the results until MOTD is on tomorrow night. Could be tricky in this day and age.

    Barnsley fan James Lawton: Got two video tapes full of MOTDs called: "It's just like watching Brazil" 1997-1998, BFC! Can even remember most of the commentary. #MOTD50

    Puneet Jandu: #MOTD50 Barry Davies's "Look at his face, just look at his face" line when commentating on Franny Lee's goal for Derby v Man City (1974-75). Brilliant.

    Speaking of Barry Davies....

  68. Neymar a doubt for Barcelona



    Barcelona forward Neymar has a sprained ankle and is struggling to face Elche on Sunday in La Liga.

    "Neymar had a pain in his left ankle after finishing training on Thursday and tests have shown that the player has a grade one sprain," a statement read.

  69. Blackburn want £12m for Jordan Rhodes


    The Lancashire Telegraph report it would take an offer of £12m for Blackburn Rovers to consider selling prized asset Jordan Rhodes.

    Club record signing Rhodes was yesterday the subject of a failed £8m bid from Premier League outfit Hull City.

  70. Palace to sound out David Moyes?


    Managerless Crystal Palace will sound out David Moyes to see if the former Manchester United boss would be prepared to rebuild his reputation at Selhurst Park, reports the London Evening Standard.

    They report Palace fear Moyes will turn down the opportunity.

  71. Samaras signs for West Brom

    Football - done deal

    Giorgios Samaras

    Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras, 29, signs for West Brom on a two-year deal.

    The Greece international is the Baggies' ninth signing of the summer.

    "He has played a lot of football at the highest levels - Champions League, European Championships and World Cups - and the feedback we've got on him, from people like Neil Lennon, states he thrives on the big occasion," head coach Alan Irvine told West Brom's website.

  72. Ferdinand wants to manage England one day


    QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has told the Daily Mail he wants to be the England manager one day.

    The former Manchester United and England player, 35, said: "Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England.

    "I don't expect the chance now, but once I get the badges I am there. If I don't get a job in management I will wonder why."

  73. Match of the Day at 50


    Here is a picture from 1966 of two cameramen covering the match between West Ham United and Sheffield United for Match Of The Day.


    Did you know? The first colour broadcast took place three years after this picture was taken. Television viewers could watch the red shirts of Liverpool against West Ham's claret and blue on 15 November, 1969. Liverpool won the match 2-0.

    You can watch a programme celebrating 50 years of Match of the Day on BBC One on Friday at 22:35 BST.

  74. Get involved


    We are asking for your favourite Match of the Day memories. Here are some more of them.

    Steve Bruce

    Damien Morris: Steve Bruce scoring two goals to help Manchester United beat Sheffield Wednesday back in 1993 to help them win the league.

    Steven Gove: Watching MOTD when Exeter played Villa and managing to see myself only just looking over the advertising boards.

    Peter Kersley: My first #MOTD50 memory, not finding out results until broadcast and watching Newcastle demolish Spurs 7-1 at St James' Park!

  75. Top video content

    Leeds v Castleford

    Rugby League:Watch BBC Sport's opener for Saturday's Challenge Cup final at Wembley, as Castleford Tigers prepare to face Leeds Rhinos. (UK users only)

    Formula 1: BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards takes a look at what makes Spa-Francorchamps such a special circuit in the world of Formula 1 ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. (UK users only)

    Swimming:Watch Commonwealth Games champion Jazz Carlin become the first Welsh swimmer to win an individual European long course Championships gold medal in the women's 800m final. (UK users only)

    Athletics: BBC Sport's athletics pundits share their favourite moments from the European Athletics Championships in Zurich. (UK users only)

  76. Disability Sport

    Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships:

    "It's been a quiet morning so far for the GB athletes who have been in action here in Swansea.

    "Both Kieran Tscherniawsky (F33 shot put) and Rob Smith (T52 100m) missed out on medals in their events but hopes are high of British success in the women's club throw which has just got underway with four athletes in contention - Abbie Hunnisett, Joanna Butterfield, Gemma Prescott and London 2012 discus gold medallist Josie Pearson."

  77. Get involved


    As well as your Match of the Day memories, we are also asking for your thoughts on Liverpool's potential signing of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli and whether this will have an impact on the Premier League title race.

    Max Maximus: Balotelli and Liverpool will not have any effect on the title race. The battle for fourth perhaps.

    Vincenzo Re: If Liverpool expect Balotelli to change his behaviour on/off field then they are doomed to finish outside top four. Balotelli not a team player and will destroy Liverpool team spirit. Wrong character, wrong type of player.

    The Synthacon: I think people forget that Super Mario has only just turned 24. So much potential, could be a steal at the price.

  78. Arsenal and Chelsea wanted Balotelli


    Mario Balotelli

    Arsenal and Chelsea both enquired about Liverpool-bound Mario Balotelli earlier this summer, reports the Daily Star.

    They claim Liverpool's eagerness to land Balotelli proved crucial with the Italian set to join the Anfield club.

  79. Swimming

    David McDaid

    BBC Scotland at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin

    "Georgia Davies qualified second fastest for the 50m backstroke semi-finals later - the event in which she won gold in Glasgow.

    "She's joined by Fran Halsall, but Lizzie Simmonds misses out because of the two-swimmers-per-nation rule. Adam Barrett is into the semis of the 100m butterfly, as is Shauna Lee in the 200m freestyle.

    "After winning 800m free gold last night, Jazz Carlin was due to swim again this morning in the 200m freestyle heats, but opted out. Likewise Ross Murdoch, who took another silver last night, didn't swim the 50m breaststroke."

  80. Swimming

    David McDaid

    BBC Scotland at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin

    Adam Peaty

    "Adam Peaty set a new championships record time of 26.91 seconds as he went through to the 50m breaststroke semi-finals later as the fastest qualifier.

    "That's just 13 hundredths of a second off his European record time he set as he took silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."

  81. LMA apologise for Mackay statement wording


    The League Managers' Association issue a statement apologising for the wording of yesterday's release over Malky Mackay's text allegations.

    The LMA described the former Cardiff City manager's alleged text messages as "friendly text message banter", after Mackay apologised for being "disrespectful of other cultures".

    The latest statement reads: "The LMA apologises for some of its wording, in its release yesterday, which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature. That was certainly not our intention.

    "It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable. The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour."

  82. Other sports headlines

    Golf: Jamie Donaldson underlines his Ryder Cup credentials as he moves to the top of the leaderboard on the first day of the Czech Masters.

    Nico Rosberg

    Formula 1: Nico Rosberg leads the way ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

    Diving: Andy Banks, the coach who led Tom Daley to a world title and Olympic bronze medal, is to stay in the UK after rejecting the chance to lead the Canadian diving programme.

    Rugby league: Hull KR extend the loan deal of Catalan Dragons forward Kevin Larroyer for a second season.

  83. Tottenham v QPR (Sunday, 13:30 BST)


    QPR boss Harry Redknapp is in talkative mood today. Here he is talking about returning to his former club Tottenham on Sunday.

    He said: "Tottenham need to get back into the top four. I like the manager, he did a great job at Southampton and I'm sure he will do a great job at Tottenham. They will be up there challenging - if they don't finish in the top four it is disappointing.

    "I shouldn't get a bad reception, I finished fourth two seasons and fifth. Champions League football was amazing. It is another game. I don't get too excited about anything."

  84. Get involved


    Des Lynam

    Handy Gandhi: Great memories of waiting up late as a kid for the iconic music. Des Lynam's moustache, lawro's dodgy shirts...they were the days.

    Peter Etheringtom: Was at first ever MOTD. Late winner from Gordon Wallace after black cat had run in front of the Kop. Watched MOTD later on. Happy days.

    Calum Gill-Quirke: I recorded #MOTD on video when Jay-Jay Okocha rainbow-flicked Ray Parlour in a 2-2 season finale draw, watched it on repeat all summer #MOTD50

  85. Redknapp on Mackay


    More from QPR manager Harry Redknapp on Malky Mackay. "I am not condoning what he has done but he is not a bad person," said Redknapp.

    "Show me someone who has not made a mistake. He has not murdered someone, is not a rapist or a paedophile, he has made a mistake but that should not finish his football career.

    "People get second chances in life who have committed bad crimes. Yes, he has made a mistake but we are not going to hang him for it. His life has to go on and hopefully he will learn from what he has done."

  86. Tottenham v QPR (Sunday, 13:30 BST)


    QPR manager Harry Redknapp is talking at a news conference about ex-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, who has apologised for text messages he sent that were "disrespectful of other cultures".

    "Malky Mackay has made a big mistake, him and the other lad (ex-Bluebirds colleague Iain Moody). What they have done is not right but Malky is a fantastic man, a great fella, a family man, a football man. People make mistakes in life, suddenly everyone is an angel. It should not finish his life.

    "He is a young man who is a top manager. I feel really sorry for what he has done but I am sure no one is suffering more than him and his family this morning."

  87. Bye Bye Mario


    Gazetta dello sport

    My Italian may not be the best but it doesn't take a genius to work out what Italy newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport is saying with their "Bye Bye" Balotelli headline. They obviously think the AC Milan striker's move to Liverpool is a done deal.

  88. Tottenham v QPR (Sunday, 13:30 BST)


    QPR manager Harry Redknapp is talking about his summer signings at a news conference.

    He said: "Eduardo Vargas had a great World Cup and when the opportunity came to loan him it was too good to miss. He is a busy, strong player and is going to be good. He has to get his work permit so he won't be available this week.

    "Leroy Fer will come straight into the squad. He's a really good signing for us. A top, top midfielder. We came back pre-season and were short of numbers and we have brought quality players in.

    "I'm confident (striker) Loic Remy will be here still after the window closes. I've spoken to him and his attitude has been first class. He's enjoying it here."

  89. Arsenal to offer Giroud plus cash for Cavani


    Edinson Cavani

    Arsenal are set to offer Paris Saint Germain £32million plus Olivier Giroud for their striker Edinson Cavani, according to French news website

  90. Match of the Day at 50


    Kenneth Wolstenholme

    Did you know? Wolstenholme was a former RAF bomber pilot, flying 100 missions in World War Two by the age of 23.

  91. Get involved


    We have been asking for your Match of the Day memories as today is 50 years since the first show was broadcast. Here are some of your suggestions.

    Man United v Arsenal

    Alistair Smalley: I still have the MOTD 8-2 win over Arsenal (from 2011) on record, came in handy last season to remind me of better times.

    Andrew Nicholls: Justin Fashanu's goal for Norwich. The amazing goal was always on the opening credits, never got tired of it.

    On 9 February, 1980, Fashanu, playing against Liverpool, received a pass flicked the ball up, swung and volleyed it into the top corner.

    A programme looking back at 50 years of Match of the Day will be shown on BBC One at 22:35 BST tonight.

  92. Time to behave Mario


    Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli is unsurprisingly taking a lot of the back page headlines this morning as Liverpool close in on sealing the £16million signing of the AC Milan striker.

    The Sun's back page, pictured above, says Liverpool have told the Italian he has to "promise to behave" before they complete the transfer, a story that the Daily Star, below, has also printed.

    The Daily Star
  93. Other sports headlines

    Tennis: Britain's Andy Murray will play Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the US Open first round and could meet world number one Novak Djokovic in the last eight.

    Rory McIlroy

    Golf: Rory McIlroy was nine shots off the lead after a opening three-over 74 in The Barclays, the opening event of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-offs.

    Athletics: Britain's Chijindu Ujah finished third in the Stockholm Diamond League 100m as World bronze medallist Nesta Carter took victory in 9.96 seconds.

    Formula 1: Drivers have questioned the wisdom of Red Bull's decision to pick teenager Max Verstappen to drive for Toro Rosso next year when he will be only 17.

  94. Fulham sign Casasola

    Football - done deal

    Tigao Casasola

    Fulham have signed 19-year-old defender Tiago Casasola from Boca Juniors on a three-year deal.

    Manager Felix Magath had previously said of the teenager: "He is a young player, a great talent. He is, in my opinion, a player who can develop to play at Premier League and Champions League level."

  95. Roberts and Rosenior criticise LMA statement

    The League Managers' Association's statement concerning Malky Mackay's 'friendly text banter' has been criticised by some people.

    Ex-Reading striker and anti-racism campaigner Jason Roberts wrote on Twitter: "LMA actually wrote this. They are actually being serious! Somebody drafted that... WOW!"

    Former Football League player and manager Leroy Rosenior, a leading voice for Show Racism the Red Card and a trustee of anti-discrimination body Kick it Out, added: "If the LMA are going back into the dark ages to support people then I might have to withdraw my support."

  96. Mackay apologises for text 'banter'


    Malky Mackay has apologised for sending two one-line text messages he admits were "disrespectful of other cultures".

    Malky Mackay

    The former Cardiff boss and his ex-Bluebirds colleague Iain Moody are alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts. But Mackay, 42, says his texts were part of "friendly text message banter".

    "If Malky has caused any offence by these two isolated matters he would wish to sincerely apologise," read a League Managers' Association statement.

  97. Watch now

    We have live coverage of the Youth Olympics available to watch right now. Just hit the live coverage tab at the top of this page and enjoy.

  98. Today's gossip


    There is just over a week left before the transfer window closes and here are the best stories from today's gossip column.

    Manchester United lead the race to sign Angel Di Maria after big-spending French champions Paris St-Germain pulled out of a deal. (Daily Star)

    Tottenham have rekindled their interest in £8m-rated Sevilla centre-half Federico Fazio, 27. (Daily Express)

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has insisted star midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, is not for sale at any price. (London Evening Standard)

  99. Match of the Day at 50


    We have asked what Match of the Day means to you, well this is what it means to the man who hosts the show, Gary Lineker (pictured during a programme in 2000).

    Gary Lineker

    "For me, Match of the Day is more than just a TV show - it is a national institution," said Lineker.

    After 50 years, it is an established part of Saturday night viewing and the theme tune is synonymous with the game of football itself. It is a programme that has played an amazing part in my whole life too.

    "I grew up with Match of the Day as a football-mad kid in the 1970s when I would go to games at Leicester City's old Filbert Street ground with my dad and granddad, and then stay up to watch it. I appeared on it as a player in the 1980s, a pundit in the 1990s and, for the last 15 years, I am incredibly proud to have been the presenter.

  100. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday / #MOTD50

    So we have two main discussion points today. Firstly, what impact would Liverpool signing Mario Balotelli have on the Premier League title race, if they can agree terms with the ex-Manchester City man.

    And secondly, we want to hear your Match of the Day memories. Is there a great game, great goal or great player that sticks in your mind from the last 50 years?

    What does Match of the Day mean to you? Let us know your thoughts and we will publish the best comments on this page throughout the day.

    As always, you can contact us on Twitter using either #bbcsportsday or #MOTD50 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  101. Balotelli to Liverpool?


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Liverpool will resume talks with Mario Balotelli's representatives this morning over the terms of his proposed £16m move to Anfield.

    Mario Balotelli

    "While his agent is in England, the player remains in Italy and will only travel to Merseyside for a medical if Liverpool get assurances today about Balotelli's commitment to training and off-field discipline, with the club insistent that various clauses be agreed to, in order to uphold his standards of behaviour.

    "Liverpool are prepared to offer Balotelli a five-year deal worth just shy of £120,000 per week. But, I'm told it is very unlikely that the deal will be completed by noon today, meaning that he will not be eligible to make his debut against Manchester City on Monday."

  102. Balotelli to Liverpool?


    Yesterday's big story was that Liverpool had a £16m bid accepted by AC Milan for ex-Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Want to know the latest? Of course you do. I know just the man to tell you.

  103. Other sport headlines

    Tennis: British number two James Ward is one match away from reaching the US Open main draw for the first time after winning in the second qualifying round.

    Swimming: Jazz Carlin won Great Britain's fourth gold medal in the pool at the European Championships with victory in the 800m freestyle.

    Jazz Carlin

    Disability sport: Teenage sprinter Maria Lyle, 14, claimed her second gold medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

    Formula 1: Nico Rosberg said he has "learned" from the controversy over team orders with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the last race.

  104. Reaction from the England squad


    England midfielder Jill Scott: Great effort to beat Wales 4-0 and more importantly to book our place at next year's World Cup! Canada, Canada, Canada! #Lionesses.

    Midfielder Fara Williams: So proud to be a part of the England squad, great result to qualify us for the World Cup in Canada next year #excitingtimes

    Striker Toni Duggan: Always dreamt of playing at a senior World Cup & that dream just got a little bit more real.

    Defender Stephanie Houghton: World Cup Canada 2015 here we come. So proud of everyone who has helped us get there. What an achievement.

  105. Last night's football


    England celebrate

    England secured their place at the 2015 Women's World Cup as they thrashed Wales 4-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

    Mark Sampson's side were impressive as they eased to their ninth World Cup qualifying win in a row to book their spot in Canada.

    Goals from Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko, Laura Bassett and Lianne Sanderson (pictured) were enough to give England the point they needed to qualify. Second-placed Wales can still progress if they make the play-offs.

    Lianne Sanderson
  106. Last night's football


    Europa League

    So let's start with a look back at last night's football.

    Tottenham won the first leg of their play-off tie in the Europa League as goals from Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane saw them come from a goal behind to beat AEL Limassol of Cyprus.

    But Steve Bruce's Hull City need to win the second leg to have any chance of qualifying for the main competition after losing in Belgium to KSC Lokeren.

  107. Good morning

    Hello there, good morning and thank you for joining us for Sportsday Live. We are in a nostalgic mood today and we will be looking back at 50 years of Match of the Day.

    But don't worry, we are not just going to be stuck in the past, oh no. We will have all the latest transfer news and gossip and hear from seven managers as they face the press before this weekend's Premier League games.

    So stay with us, it is going to be a busy day. Here we go.

  108. Happy birthday to Match of the Day

    On 22 August, 1964, Kenneth Wolstenholme presented a new football programme on BBC Two with coverage of Liverpool's 3-2 win against Arsenal.

    With "She Loves You", the hit song from The Beatles, bursting out of the Anfield PA system, Wolstenholme told viewers: "Welcome to Match of the Day, the first of a weekly series coming to you every Saturday on BBC Two. As you can hear, we're in Beatleville."

    Kenneth Wolstenholme

    Fifty years later and Match of the Day remains one of the most iconic sports programmes on British television and is still going strong today.