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  1. Post update

    That's the end of today's Sportsday but, worry not, there will be more of the same on Tuesday and there's live text commentary of Hull's Premier League clash with West Ham to keep you entertained throughout the evening.

  2. Leicestershire 138 v Essex 153-3


    All-rounder Jesse Ryder produced career-best figures of 5-50 as Essex dominated the opening day against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    The home side, bottom of Division Two, were all out for 138 in 36.4 overs.

    New Zealander Ryder was well supported by Graham Napier (3-43) and David Masters (2-43), while Dan Redfern's unbeaten 54 was the only score of note.

  3. Somerset 266-5 v Middlesex


    Middlesex only managed one point in their fight against relegation on day one against Somerset.

    Craig Kieswetter hit 69 off 80 balls in his return from severe facial injuries as Somerset reached 266-5 at stumps.

    Youngster Tom Abell made exactly 50 before being unluckily run out backing up, and James Hildreth faced 173 deliveries for an unbeaten 70.

    Victory at Taunton will ensure Middlesex remain in Division One next season and send Lancashire down.

  4. Nottinghamshire v Sussex (358-9)


    Chris Nash continued his special relationship with Trent Bridge by scoring his third County Championship century on the ground to help Sussex to 358 for nine on the first day of their match against Nottinghamshire.

    Nash scored 178, the first time he had reached three figures this summer; his runs coming from 235 balls with 32 fours. It was the 31-year old's 17th first-class hundred, with four of them coming against Notts.

  5. Zenit not over-confident - Villas-Boas


    Andre Villas-Boas takes his in-form Zenit St Petersburg side to Benfica for their Champions League opener on Tuesday unworried by the threat of over-confidence threatening their impressive start.

    Zenit finished a point behind Russian Premier League winners CSKA Moscow last year but are currently top of the table having won each of their opening seven fixtures.

    "We should understand that when [a defeat] does happen, it won't be because we were too over-confident or anything like that," said the former Tottenham and Chelsea boss.

    "It will be because our opponent was better than us and then you just have to jump right back again and show that you are stronger."

  6. Liverpool are dark horses - Scholes


    Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes believes Liverpool could be a good outside bet to win this season's Champions League.

    The 39-year-old, speaking in his role as a pundit for ITV's coverage of the competition, said: "Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job. The style of play he's adopted is exciting to watch and the players seem to have taken to him. I feel they will do well with the players they have.

    "The big advantage they have is a home crowd. Anfield is always a hostile place to go, which is something Manchester City lack."

    Paul Scholes
  7. Who are Ludogorets?


    Liverpool face Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday. If you're unfamiliar with the Bulgarian side, here are some facts:

    - Nicknamed "the Eagles" they were presented in 2014 with a live eagle, named Fortuna, by Europa League rivals Lazio whom they beat 4-3 on aggregate.

    - Ludogorets are bankrolled by Bulgarian industrialists Kiril and Georgi Domuschiev, who bought the club in 2010.

    - They have won the Bulgarian championship in each of the last three seasons.

    - As their 6,000-seater Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad does not meet UEFA requirements, they play their home European fixtures 200 miles away in the national stadium in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

  8. Whitlock and Fragapane lead British team


    British, Commonwealth and European all-around champion Max Whitlock has been included in Britain's men's team for the World Championships in Nanning in October.

    There is no place for Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith, who won pommel horse bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

    Commonwealth all-around champion Claudia Fragapane has been selected in the women's team.

    Claudia Fragapane
  9. Haskell the perfect choice

    Rugby Union

    Wasps' James Haskell

    Wasps boss Dai Young has said James Haskell has vindicated the decision to appoint him as skipper this season.

    The 29-year-old England flanker has a strong presence on Twitter and is not unfamiliar with photo shoots, premieres or media launches.

    "I think people were quite surprised when I picked him as captain," said Wasps director of rugby Young.

    "Outwardly he can be a little bit showbusiness I suppose. But in the camp he is a real role model."

  10. Pardew needs results - Souness


    Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is not surprised the pressure on current boss Alan Pardew is intensifying.

    Pardew's future has become the subject of heavy speculation after a dismal start to the season.

    Souness, in charge at St James' Park from 2004-06, told Sky Sports News: "If you are not winning football matches then it used to be you got half a season, or usually a season, now you get six games. If you are in a job you know that is the case."

    Alan Pardew
  11. Four days of non-stop swinging


    The New York Times has calculated how many swings New York Yankees' Derek Jeter has taken in his professional career, including training games. Jeter, who will retire after this season, is in his 20th as a major leaguer.

    Before Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, Jeter had played in 2,734 games and had 3,450 regular-season hits, the sixth most in history.

    And, according to the number crunchers, by the end of the season the American will have taken 341,960 swings - which is nearly four days of non-stop swinging.

    Derek Jeter
  12. Football


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the club will cope with the injury to right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

    "In defence we of course have the Mathieu Debuchy injury, and that puts us in a position where we do not want more," said Wenger before Tuesday's Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund.

    "Hopefully there is good news after his scan today and he is back soon.

    "We have Callum Chambers who can play in different positions, Nacho Monreal can play at centre-back and as well Hector Bellerin, who I think now is ready to play."

  13. Who are Ludogorets?


    Liverpool face Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday. If you're unfamiliar with the team's opponents - here are some facts:

    - Founded in 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club, they acquired the licence of one of the first football clubs in the town of Razgrad, which itself was founded in 1945 but dissolved in 2006.

    - They are the second Bulgarian team after Levski Sofia to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

    - Last season, they reached the last 16 of the Europa League before exiting to Valencia.

  14. Rodgers backs Balotelli to shine


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli will relish the responsibility of being the side's senior striker as Liverpool make their Champions League return on Tuesday.

    "Time will tell. The boy is only just in the door," he said before the clash with Ludogorets.

    Mario Balotelli

    "The best players enjoy that responsibility and I am sure it is one he is relishing but on the training field he is going to work hard to accept that responsibility knowing he has been brought in here to do a job which is to create and score goals and work hard."

  15. Will an English club win Champions League?


    English clubs in Champions League

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith asks whether an English club will win this season's Champions League.

    "Research by Deloitte shows that over the past two summer transfer windows in England, Premier League clubs have spent a total of £1.47bn, which again outstrips the combined spending of all top-flight clubs in Spain and Germany," writes Smith.

    "That spending is bound to have an impact. Whether it will transform an English team from contenders to champions is unknown but without doubt, this season's Champions League looks as competitive as ever."

  16. Spanish certain of Champions League success


    Infostrada say that the big three Spanish clubs - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid - are all but certain of progressing from the Champions League group stages.

    The three Spanish clubs all have at least a 95% chance of reaching the second round, according to the Euro Club Index, while Bayern Munich and Chelsea have above 90%.

    Euro Club Index
  17. Falcao's joy at United debut


    Radamel Falcao thanked Manchester United's fans after making his debut at the "extraordinary" Old Trafford.

    Falcao came off the bench in the 67th minute of United's 4-0 win at home to QPR in the Premier League on Sunday.

    He was unable to find the net but the deadline day signing clearly enjoyed his run-out.

    "It felt good to make my debut at Old Trafford," he said. "It is an extraordinary stadium, a legendary stadium and I am happy to get the win. I will enjoy this moment."

  18. Get involved


    Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka is set to join Indian Super League club Mumbai City. Here are a selection of your comments in response, taken from the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Nicolas Anelka

    Au Ga: Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, Shanghai Shenhua in China, West Brom Albion... and now Mumbai City. Anelka one of the BEST journeymen in football history.

    Hans Pedersen: He's definitely up there amongst the most unsettled ones. There was a Brazilian player a few years ago called the beast, I think. He tended to switch clubs as often as the Fifa rules allowed him to. I guess Mario Balotelli will be a member of this list by the end of his career.

    Liam Corneille: He'd be a nobody without Arsene Wenger and as soon as he left he just declined. £23m profit off of him and we ended up with Thierry Henry. Not too bad in the end.

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday, leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook, or Google+ page, or send us a text on 81111.

  19. Van Gaal's honest can be frightening - Blind


    New Manchester United signing Daley Blind says his boss Louis van Gaal's honesty can be frightening.

    "He is very honest to everybody. He knows what he wants and he knows his philosophy," said the £13.8m signing from Ajax.

    "He can bring that to the players and he can make a team with everybody in. That is a good start for everybody if you want to work for each other. I have really learned a lot from Van Gaal and I like working under him.

    "He is not frightening, he is just honest. That can be frightening, but I like it."

  20. Eubank jnr 'better than his dad'


    Chris Eubank Junior

    Frank Warren has confirmed to BBC London 94.9 that Chris Eubank Junior will fight Billie Joe Saunders on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Derek Chisora fight at the Excel Centre in London on 29 November.

    Warren said: "They're two undefeated fighters and there's a bit of bad blood between them so it will be a cracking fight.

    "The winner will go on and fight for the world title."

    On Eubank Jnr, Warren said: "His father has been guiding his career - he says a lot of good things about him and in the last couple of fights he's looked extremely good.

    "At this stage of his career he's a better fighter than his father."

  21. Peacock extends record

    Rugby League

    Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock has been named in the Super League Dream Team for the 10th time, extending his own record.

    The former England captain, 36, is one of five Challenge Cup-winning Rhinos in the squad, along with Ryan Hall, Kallum Watkins, Zak Hardaker and Carl Ablett.

  22. Liverpool training ahead of European tie


    Raheem Stermling (left) with Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his players deserve to be in the Champions League. Liverpool's squad seemed happy at the prospect of facing FC Ludogorets on Tuesday night in their first game in Europe's premier club competition for five years.

    Steven Gerrard training
  23. Kostner to appear before doping committee

    Figure Skating

    Former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner will appear before Italian Olympic Committee officials investigating whether she was complicit in doping by her former boyfriend and Olympic race walking champion Alex Schwazer.

    Schwazer, who won the 50km walk at the 2008 Beijing Games, was excluded from the 2012 London Olympics after testing positive for EPO before the games.

  24. Get involved


    Earlier today Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil posted a picture of himself with American actor Samuel L Jackson (see 13:10), who had come to watch Saturday's 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

    Karthik: Ozil should have probably done some research before posting that. Samuel L Jackson is a well known supporter of Liverpool...

    Ian Jones: Aww thanks Mesut, didn't know you cared! Mr Jackson is a Liverpool fan, and was happily tweeting while we hammered Arsenal 5-1.

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday, leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook, or Google+ page, or send us a text on 81111.

  25. Hardaker plea over homophobic investigation

    Rugby League

    Leeds' Zak Hardaker

    Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker has called for an end to the uncertainty over his immediate future for the sake of his family.

    The 22-year-old England international is being investigated for an alleged homophobic comment during a match against St Helens.

    Hardaker, who served a five-match ban in the summer after being found guilty of directing homophobic comments at referee James Child, has yet to be notified if he faces another charge, 17 days after the offence is alleged to have taken place.

    "I've not got a clue what is happening," Hardaker said. "I was investigated last week and that's about as much as I've heard.

    "I would just rather it be sorted and be over and done with because it's no good for anyone."

  26. Pardew's Newcastle record


    Alan Pardew BBC graphic

    How does Alan Pardew's record compare to previous managers at Newcastle United? This nifty little BBC graphic might help.

  27. Get involved


    We are asking whether Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is right to give manager Alan Pardew more time in charge of the club. Here are some of your opinions:

    Jonny Lonn, via text: Pardew deserves backing. Newcastle gave him a long contract, he should be allowed to prove himself over again.

    Tom, via Twitter: Of course Ashley isn't right to stand by Pardew but he will. Jermaine Jenas said it last night, we've lost our identity.

    Matt Chicken, via Twitter: We're stuck with Pardew. Ashley knows he can't get Pulis/Bruce/Moyes as they've got backbones and would stand up to him.

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday, leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook, or Google+ page, or send us a text on 81111.

  28. Fasten your seatbelts please


    Danny Welbeck

    Arsenal new boy Danny Welbeck gets comfortable for the Gunners' flight to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow.

  29. Lovren's Champions League aim


    Liverpool's Dejan Lovren

    Dejan Lovren is sure that Liverpool are capable of qualifying from the group stage of the Champions League.

    Talking at a press conference for tomorrow's game against Ludogorets, the centre-back said: "It's a pleasure to be back in the Champions League for everyone, after five years.

    "We want success in the Champions League. I would not say we have an easy group but I'm sure that we can pass through it.

    "The most important thing is to win the first game, then it will be much easier."

    Liverpool also have Real Madrid and FC Basel in their qualifying group.

  30. Race row in Scotland


    An update on the race row ongoing in Scotland.

    The Scottish Football Association has now received referee Bobby Madden's report on Saturday's match between Celtic and Aberdeen, during which Aberdeen claim Shay Logan was racially abused.

    Logan complained to Madden during the game that Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev had made a racist remark to him, although the Bulgarian winger insists the allegation is not true.

    SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny must now decide if there is sufficient evidence to issue a complaint.

  31. St Helens prop charged

    Rugby League

    St Helens' Alex Walmsley

    St Helens forward Alex Walmsley's participation in the Super League play-offs is under threat after he was charged with a grade C offence.

    The prop faces possible suspension after he was sent off for a shoulder charge during Saints' 17-16 defeat at Huddersfield in their final match of the regular season last Friday, and has been charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel.

    Saints face a qualifying play-off tie against Castleford on Friday.

  32. Allen out, Sterling in


    A little more team news on Liverpool's return to the Champions League after a five-year absence.

    Midfielder Joe Allen will miss tomorrow's group game at Anfield against Ludogorets as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

    But forward Raheem Sterling will start after being dropped to the bench for Saturday's Premier League defeat at home to Aston Villa.

  33. GB's Davis Cup draw


    BBC Radio 5 live's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller: "Great Britain could face an away tie in Serbia, or a home tie with this year's finalists France or Switzerland, when the draw for the 2015 Davis Cup is made on Thursday.

    "The seedings for next year's competition have just been confirmed and although GB are unseeded, they are guaranteed a home tie against six of their eight potential opponents."

    The draw takes place in Dubai at 16:00 BST on Thursday.

  34. Rodgers: Villa was a disappointment


    More from Brendan Rodgers' press conference, with the Liverpool manager suggesting the number of new players was the reason behind the Reds' weekend defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

    "We were disappointed at the weekend," said Rodgers. "When you dominate with the ball but don't score you at least want to get a point from the game, so we were disappointed with the goal conceded at the corner.

    "Five players were making their Anfield debut and getting that cohesion does take a bit of time. At Spurs we mostly had players who had been working with us for a while.

    "Our emphasis will always be positive, but for sure we need to tighten up in some areas."

  35. Hull v West Ham build-up


    Hull manager Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce are looking forward to doing battle again in tonight's Premier League clash between Hull and West Ham (20:00 BST kick-off).

    The pair have met 15 times as managers, Bruce racking up seven wins to Allardyce's five.

    It is the first game for Hull since owner Assem Allam announced the club is on the market.

    Bruce said: "I urge the supporters to get behind the team. If we are to get bigger and better, we need them. We need to make our place a fortress."

    It's West Ham's first outing since a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton and Allardyce said: "I didn't see that performance coming. It was perhaps one of those early-season results you get. We have to make sure our results from here on in become more consistent."

  36. Victoria Cross on England shirts

    Rugby Union

    England will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to the national side's new kit.

    "The new shirts have a 'ball-deadening' rubber grip area on the chest, enhancing ball control and retention," a Rugby Football Union spokesman said. "The grip shape takes inspiration from the Victoria Cross."

    England are expected to launch new kits in time for the 2015 World Cup, which starts next September .

  37. From amateurs to Anfield


    If your knowledge of Ludogorets, Liverpool's opponents tomorrow, is a little sketchy, then we can help.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham describes how the Bulgarians have gone from amateurs to Champions League in the space of four years.

    "When Liverpool last appeared in the Champions League in 2009 Ludogorets had only been in existence for eight years and were still playing as amateurs in the third tier of Bulgarian football."

    Read the full article here.

  38. Rodgers 'prepared' for Euro test


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    More from Brendan Rodgers' press conference ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash with Ludogorets at Anfield on Tuesday.

    Talking about what he expects from their Bulgarian opponents, Rodgers said: "Their emphasis is on attacking football but I only worry about ourselves.

    "We're used to starting games quickly but it's important that if we don't get an early goal, we know how to avoid conceding, go forward, invent and penetrate.

    "Ludogorets signed a goalkeeper last night. We've got our guys working on who could play against us. We're prepared."

  39. Skrtel out of Champions League tie


    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirms Martin Skrtel has resumed training but says Tuesday's Champions League tie with Ludogorets will come too soon for the centre-back.

    The Slovakian sustained an injury during the clash with Manchester City on 25 August and missed the matches with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.

  40. Vote for MOTD Goal of the Month

    Mame Biram Diouf

    Don't forget, the Match of the Day Goal of the Month vote is still running until 5pm today.

    There are some crackers to choose from, including superb strikes from Aiden McGeady, Lee Cattermole and Mame Biram Diouf.

    You can vote via the football index of the BBC Sport website or by tweeting the hashtag of your favourite goal to @bbcmotd - Mark Chapman will be announcing the result on the Monday Night club on BBC 5 live from 7pm.

    You'll also find the result on Twitter and the BBC Sport website where you'll also find full terms and conditions.

  41. Teenager joins Mercedes F1 team

    Formula 1

    The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team has named 19-year-old Pascal Wehrlein as reserve driver behind Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

    After a successful early career in go-karts, Wehrlein raced the Formula 3 championships in 2012, claiming the title of best rookie.

    "For me, it's a dream come true to take on my new role," said Wehrlein.

    The teenager will travel with the team from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards as part of his reserve driver duties.

  42. Rugby Union

    Davies favourite for chairman role

    Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies is "favourite" to become chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union.

    Current chairman David Pickering will stand down on 19 October with former Welsh international Davies among those in the frame to take over.

  43. Rich pickings for Champions League clubs


    Real Madrid, Champions League winners in May 2014

    If you ever wondered why clubs are so desperate to get into the Champions League, here is the reason.

    Uefa has announced today that the 32 clubs who contest the group stages starting this week will again take home a minimum of £6.8 million irrespective of results.

    Every win during the group stage will earn the clubs a bonus of £795,000, while a draw will be worth half that amount.

    The club crowned champions of Europe in Berlin next June will receive £8.3m just for winning the final.

    All in all, not a bad incentive to do well.

  44. Scotland name Mommsen as captain


    Preston Mommsen has been named Scotland captain for the tour of Australia and New Zealand in September and October.

    National selectors on Monday announced the squad, which forms part of the team's preparations for the 2015 World Cup, with the 26-year-old Mommsen chosen to lead the side ahead of regular skipper Kyle Coetzer.

  45. Hull new boys in running to start


    Mohamed Diame

    Hull take on West Ham at home on Monday (20:00 BST kick off) and four deadline-day signings may make their debuts, according to the club's website.

    Mohamed Diame is hoping to make his City debut against the club that allowed him to move to the KC Stadium on deadline day, while fellow new recruits Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez and record signing Abel Hernandez are also pushing to be involved.

    Michael Dawson is in line to make his home bow.

    West Ham could hand debuts to new signings Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano, while defender James Collins should return after recovering from a hamstring problem.

  46. Liverpool will improve - Mignolet


    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says his team will bounce back from their 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa, starting against Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    "It's good for us that the next game comes so quick as we have the chance to put things right," Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.

    "We have to forget about this as quickly as possible and lift ourselves for the Champions League. Ludogorets are a bit of an unknown side for us but we have to look at ourselves. We need to make sure we improve and I'm sure we will."

  47. Football

    Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Patrick Kluivert

    Some members of Manchester United's squad celebrated their 4-0 victory over QPR at a Chinese restaurant in Manchester. Former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert was with the United crew and tweeted a picture of himself with Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao: "Nice dinner with two top strikers and great people."

  48. McCoist has bought Rangers shares

    Rugby League

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist has confirmed he spent "a few quid" on buying up shares in the club's open offer this month.

    The club raised £3.13m in their latest rights issue, falling short of their £4m target, but McCoist has revealed he has dipped into his own pocket to invest.

    McCoist - who already owned more than a million shares, giving him a stake of just under 2% - said ahead of Tuesday night's League Cup tie with Inverness: "I did invest. Without going into too much detail, I just thought it was the right thing to do."

  49. Mata praises United's new signings


    Juan Mata has described playing alongside Manchester United's new signings as "a joy".

    "They will become more and more adjusted to the team and their quality will help us a lot," said the Spaniard of the likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao.

    "We have been working together for a few days now, getting to know each other, and I'm sure we will be a better team as weeks go by."

    Juan Mata (centre) celebrates with Angel di Maria (left) and Daley Blind
  50. Question of Sport teaser

    Earlier, the Question of Sport team asked: which six teams won the County Championship title in between Yorkshire's wins in 2001 and 2014?

    The answers are: Durham, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Warwickshire

  51. Stoke branch out to America


    Stoke have launched a new initiative to establish a series of Academy partnerships across North America.

    The Potters have announced a link with sports management company Global Image Sports to work with a number of youth clubs across the United States and Canada.

    Stoke's chief executive Tony Scholes said: "The partnership is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise the club's profile in North America, where football is becoming increasingly popular and where we already have strong links thanks to having the likes of Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea on our books."

  52. England captain to miss tour


    England netball captain Pamela Cookey will miss next month's tour to Australia and New Zealand.

    The Team Bath attacker wasn't considered for selection after failing to recover from the injury that also ruled her out of the Commonwealth Games.

    England will play two matches against Australia, before travelling to New Zealand to face the Silver Ferns twice.

  53. Ronaldo disillusioned at Real - Calderon


    Cristiano Ronaldo is fed up at Real Madrid, according to the club's former president Ramon Calderon.

    The former Manchester United forward is apparently unhappy with the club's transfer policy.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    "Gonzalo Higuain was sold and he didn't like that," said Calderon. "Last year he thought it was a mistake to let Mesut Ozil leave and the last straw was selling Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria this summer."

  54. Bayern do not miss Kroos


    Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says the club does not miss Toni Kroos.

    The midfielder joined Real Madrid in a £24m deal in the summer.

    "Bayern have so much quality and strength in depth they are difficult to weaken," said Lahm, as Bayern prepare to host Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    "We don't miss Toni, that's football, players come and go. I've been in the game too long to miss anyone, even if Toni is a great guy."

  55. Norman set to recover after chainsaw accident


    Greg Norman is expected "to make a full recovery" after he nearly lost his left hand in a chainsaw accident.

    The 59-year-old Australian, who won the Open in 1986 and 1993, injured himself trying to cut some tree branches and tweeted pictures of him in hospital.

    He has since had surgery on his arm to repair "some minor nerve damage".

    Greg Norman
  56. Post update

    Mesut Ozil (left) with Samuel L Jackson

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil: Samuel L. Jackson: he doesn't only know a lot about good movies, but he also supports the best football team!

  57. 'Coaches key to Yorkshire success'


    Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has pointed to the change in the club's coaching structure at the end of 2011 as a primary reason for their County Championship title success this year.

    Out went the likes of Craig White, John Blain, Steve Oldham and Kevin Sharp from what Graves describes as "a flat coaching structure" and in came Jason Gillespie and Paul Farbrace.

    "Up until four years ago before Jason Gillespie came, we had a coaching system that was creaking, it was flat," Graves told the Telegraph & Argus.

  58. Division One - Somerset (63-2) v Middlesex


    BBC London's Kevin Hand: "Middlesex unsurprisingly elected to field this morning on one of the greenest pitches I've seen in professional cricket and Somerset will be delighted to have reached 63-2 at lunch.

    "The ball has swung dramatically and the visitors will count themselves unlucky not to have taken more wickets having beaten the edge so often.

    "However the wicketkeeper John Simpson saw two catches fall short of slip, while appearing to be closer to him, and Eoin Morgan was guilty of shelling Tom Abell at third."

    Listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  59. Slade one game from the sack


    Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade

    If it is true that Alan Pardew has one game to save his job at Newcastle, there is another manager who can empathise with him.

    Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade, whose team are one point above the League One relegation zone, has been told he must get a result at Notts County tomorrow.

    "The president has been honest enough to tell me we have one game to sort it out," Slade told BBC London 94.9.

    "Hopefully we will get a response on Tuesday. The situation is we need to get a win or that will be curtains."

    Slade is the fourth longest-serving manager in the top four divisions.

  60. Madrid's nightmare start


    Iker Casillas

    Mighty Real Madrid are having a not so mighty start to the season.

    Carlo Ancelotti's side lost to Atletico in the Spanish Super Cup last month. then collapsed 4-2 at Real Sociedad in the league and followed it up with a 2-1 defeat to Atletico at home on Saturday.

    Goalkeeper and skipper Iker Casillas, celebrating 15 years since making his debut, has been targeted by the fans, who have jeered and whistled at him.

    "If they think they should whistle you have to respect their opinions," Casillas said. "You have to accept some of the blame."

    Real have three points from three matches and are six points adrift of early leaders Barcelona.

  61. Bogota Humana's 'naked' kit unacceptable

    Road Cycling

    A cycling team's kit which made the female riders appear to look naked has been described as "unacceptable".

    The Colombian team's outfit for a race in Italy had a skin-coloured fabric around their waist and hips.

    International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said: "To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women's team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency."

  62. Get Involved

    We asked whether Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is right to give manager Alan Pardew more time in charge of the club. Here are some of your opinions:

    Dave: Awful decision about Pardew. It's not just the start to this season but the back end of last season to. Tactically clueless.

    Juke: Pardew's race is run. He admits the performance on Saturday was as bad as the end of last season. Even with new players. Can't motivate.

    Graeme Murphy: Sacking now makes things worse. New players getting used to new manager. Breeds uncertainty.

    Fraser Monteath: Ashley won't sack, Pardew won't walk, we are stuck. Players need to stand up and take some responsibility though.

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.



    Oscar Garcia

    Watford head coach Oscar Garcia has been admitted to hospital with minor chest pains and will miss tomorrow's game at Blackpool.

    "We wish him a speedy recovery and will keep supporters updated," said the club.

    Former Brighton boss Garcia, 41, was appointed head coach at Vicarage Road two weeks ago following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

    Assistant coaches Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira will take charge for the Blackpool game.

  64. Carpenter & Beaumont win Downhill Series

    Road Cycling

    New world champion and World Cup winner Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) and Marc Beaumont (GT Factory Racing) have been crowned the 2014 winners of British Cycling's National Downhill Series.

  65. Stand-out Stats

    Diego Costa

    Here are some of the most eye-catching stats from Opta following the weekend's Premier League action.

    - Diego Costa is only the second player in Premier League history to score in each of his first four games (along with Micky Quinn).

    - Arsenal have conceded a league-high four headed goals this season.

    - Everton scored a 45th minute goal in each of their first three Premier League games this season.

    - Cesc Fabregas is the first player in Premier League history to assist a goal in six consecutive games.

  66. Blackpool boss hails support


    Jose Riga

    Blackpool manager Jose Riga still has the support of the club's fans, despite being without a win in his first six league games.

    Chairman Karl Oyston has fallen out with Riga and tried to replace him last week with Gary Rowett, only for the Burton boss to decline the offer.

    During Saturday's 0-0 home draw with Wolves - the Seasiders first point of a torrid season - the fans chanted Riga's name throughout.

    "The atmosphere was incredible and it was great to be able to finally give the fans something back for what they give us each day," Riga told the Blackpool Gazette. "Maybe it's because I'm loyal, honest and tell the truth."

  67. Question of Sport teaser

    It's teaser time and today's question is: Which six teams won the County Championship title in between Yorkshire's wins in 2001 & 2014?

    We will reveal the answers later in the day.

  68. Shirt plea from Bury's top scorer


    Bury's Danny Rose

    Bury are flying in League Two, moving third after a 3-0 win at Carlisle on Saturday.

    But it's not all sweetness and light. Despite scoring five goals in six games, striker Danny Rose still has no home or away shirt sponsor.

    The club tweeted: 'From £149 - anyone interested?'

  69. McIlroy still world number one


    Rory McIlroy remains the world's number one golfer, despite losing out to Billy Horshel at the FedEx Cup.

    In the latest world rankings, announced today, the triumphant American has moved up to 14th, with Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia snapping at McIlroy's heels at the top.

    Justin Rose is the highest ranked Englishman at number six.

  70. United on right path - Mata


    Juan Mata

    Manchester United forward Juan Mata says his team's 4-0 victory over QPR on Sunday shows they are "on the right path".

    United's victory at Old Trafford was their first of the season, and their first league win under new manager Louis van Gaal.

    The Spaniard said in his blog: "In the last few weeks I have been telling you that we are working very well in the training sessions. With so many new players and a new football style we need time to adjust to each other.

    "It takes time to bear fruit but I knew that was going to happen. We keep working on it and a victory like this one against QPR comes to show that we are on the right path."

  71. Pardew takes training


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: Alan Pardew taking NUFC training as normal today and is expected to be in charge against Hull on Saturday.

  72. Get Involved

    In light of the news that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is backing his under-fire manager Alan Pardew, we want to know whether you think he is right.

    Send us your opinion on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  73. Ashley backs Pardew at Newcastle


    Some breaking news on the BBC website:

    Manager Alan Pardew retains the support of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley despite Saturday's 4-0 loss to Southampton.

    The BBC understands Pardew, 53, will remain in charge for Saturday's home game against Hull City.

  74. Born today

    Micky Stewart (cricket) - former Surrey and England opener, born 1932.

    Andy Irvine (rugby union) - former Scotland and British Lions full-back, born 1951.

    Manuel Pellegrini (football) - Manchester City manager, born 1953.

    Neville Southall (football) - former Everton and Wales goalkeeper, born 1958.

    Neville Southall

    Kevin Young (athletics) - 1992 Olympic 400m hurdles champion from US, born 1966.

    Alexander Vinokourov (cycling) - Kazakh road cyclist who was banned for a year for blood doping during the 2007 Tour de France, born 1973.

    Leon Knight (football) - former Brighton, Swansea and Huddersfield striker, born 1982.

    Kyle Lafferty (football) - Norwich and Northern Ireland striker, born 1987.

  75. Bayern blues ahead of Man City test


    Arjen Robben

    Good news for Manchester City - Bayern Munich are struggling with fitness and injury problems ahead of their Champions League group opener against the Blues on Wednesday.

    Dutchman Arjen Robben is doubtful after missing training with a knee problem and defender Holger Badstuber has torn a thigh muscle tendon and is set to undergo surgery.

    Winger Franck Ribery, however, is on his way back after making his first appearance of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart, coming on as a substitute and scoring.

  76. More on Pardew's Newcastle future


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "I'm told Mike Ashley will not be swayed by the feelings of the supporters. He was at St Mary's on Saturday but did not hold 'crisis talks' with Pardew afterwards, despite reports to the contrary.

    "The message is that Pardew is expected to be in charge for the game against Hull on Saturday."

  77. Get involved


    We asked whether Newcastle manager Alan Pardew deserves more time in charge of the club. Here are some of your opinions from the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Shaun Nicholson: He isn't being judged over four games, he is being judged on his full time at Newcastle, and to be honest, it's beyond me how he still has a job.

    Jay Fletcher: Considering it's still only September, definitely give him time. Otherwise Van Gaal would have been sacked last week.

    Chris Hills: Give Newcastle some credit, they have given him several years including a couple of bad seasons but kept faith in him. However, with so little success changing manager is fair enough at this point.

    Andrew Davison: Collectively the squad are to blame but Pardew is incompetent and should have gone ages ago and the same is true for Ashley. Get rid of everybody and start from scratch.

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  78. New skipper at Northants


    Alex Wakely

    Alex Wakely will replace Stephen Peters as captain of relegated Northamptonshire next season.

    Wakely, 25, who led Northants to a surprise success in last summer's NatWest Twenty20 competition, has been unavailable throughout the 2014 campaign after suffering an Achilles injury in pre-season.

    Without him, Northants have yet to win a match in the LV County Championship and have long known they were heading back to Division Two.

  79. Anelka joins Mumbai City FC


    Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka is set to join Indian Super League club Mumbai City.

    The Frenchman, 35, who has been without a club since he was sacked by West Brom in March,tweeted: "I'm pleased to join Mumbai City FC and very exciting in joining Indian Super League.

    "Talented international players and top Indian talent will make matches thrilling affairs. I look forward to using my ability to do well for my team in the matches we will play."

  80. Alan Pardew latest


    Alan Pardew

    BBC Radio 5 live's football reporter Ian Dennis: "I understand Alan Pardew still has the backing of owner Mike Ashley.

    "There were calls from the fans for the Newcastle United manager to be sacked after Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

    "It's a case of business as usual for Pardew who is preparing the side as normal for Saturday's visit of Hull City."

  81. Wilshere rediscovering best form - Wenger


    Jack Wilshere

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Jack Wilshere is more of a threat in the final third because he has regained confidence and power following last season's ankle injury.

    The midfielder scored during the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.

    Wenger told the club's official website: "He works on it [his finishing] and I believe for a long time he didn't kick the ball well because of his ankle.

    "Now in training he kicks the ball well and he works on his finishing. Not excessively because first he's a midfielder and you want him to give good balls."

  82. Di Maria to tempt Ronaldo to United?


    Manchester United will get Angel Di Maria to try to convince his close friend Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid and return to Old Trafford next summer.

    That and why QPR had to make a 194-mile coach trip back to London after their defeat at United because they couldn't book out a train carriage in today's BBC Gossip.

  83. Villa players' bond important - Agbonlahor


    Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has said a sense of togetherness is the reason behind Villa's fine start to the season.

    Paul Lambert's men beat Liverpool 1-0 on Saturday to move to second in the league with 10 points out of a possible 12.

    "I think there is more togetherness - that's the main thing - and a bit more experience to a good group of young players," he told the club's official website. "This summer the manager has brought in players who know the Premier League."

    Gabby Agbonlahor
  84. Get involved


    More reaction to our question of whether Newcastle manager Alan Pardew deserves more time in charge of the club:

    Neil Howells: From fifth to bottom of the league in little over two seasons. One win in 13. Enough said. Has to go.

    Alex Mays: Pardew has to go. Five Premier League wins out of 23 in 2014 and using the fans as an excuse to their poor form - that's a step too far.

    Christopher Southern: Pardew isn't under threat after four games as everyone seem to imply, the horrendous results and excuses have lasted nine months.

    Mark Reynolds: Pardew has had players sold from underneath him, but he's also let players like Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa go of his own accord

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  85. Gerrard: I was envious of Chelsea & Man Utd


    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has said he has been "craving" Champions League football during the club's five-year absence from Europe's premier competition.

    The club's last Champions League involvement came in December 2009 - a 2-1 home defeat by Fiorentina which confirmed their exit from the group stages.

    "There has almost been a jealousy and an envy that we weren't involved," said the Liverpool captain. "Watching the likes of Chelsea and Man United in it when we were finishing outside the top four was tough. I've been craving it."

    Liverpool v Fiorentina 2009
  86. Liverpool's Champions League return


    Brendan Rodgers

    There is Champions League action tomorrow and it's a big night for Liverpool, back in the competition after a five-year absence, as they face Bulgarian side Ludogorets at Anfield.

    There's a media conference with Brendan Rodgers at 14:00 BST. We'll bring you all the news as it happens.

  87. Celtic embroiled in race row


    Celtic winger Aleksander Tonev

    Celtic winger Aleksander Tonev has been accused of racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

    The incident is said to have occurred early in the second half of Saturday's Premiership match at Celtic Park.

    Referee Bobby Madden received the complaint which will also feature in SPFL delegate John Connelly's report.

    A Celtic spokesperson says they have discussed the allegation with Tonev and that the Bulgarian says the accusation made by Logan is not true.

  88. Swansea win was important - Fabregas


    Cesc Fabregas (left) holds off Swansea's Bafetibis Gomis

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says his team's 4-2 victory over Swansea was all the more important because the teams who are expected to challenge them for the title dropped points.

    Arsenal and Manchester City drew 2-2, while Liverpool lost 1-0 against Aston Villa, leaving the Blues at the top of the league with the only 100% record in the Premier League.

    "Obviously we wanted three points as usual, but the more we take advantage of our rivals the better," said the Spaniard. "We know it doesn't mean much because there is still a long way to go, but we knew [before the game] Manchester City and Arsenal had dropped points so it was very important."

  89. England unveil new kit

    Rugby Union

    England rugby

    England unveil their new kit, which features the English rose in the centre of the chest. Stuart Lancaster's men will wear the kit for the first time when they take on New Zealand at Twickenham on 8 November.

  90. Carry on attacking, says Mata


    Juan Mata

    Midfielder Juan Mata was delighted by the attacking verve Manchester United displayed in their 4-0 win over QPR, and claimed it is the way they have to play with the personnel they've got.

    He told the Manchester Evening News: "We tried to score even more and that's what we have to do with the players that we have - we have to play good, we have to score a lot of goals."

    Some have suggested Mata, 26, might be the man to make way for the new United arrivals when the January transfer window comes, but the Spaniard started against QPR and scored his second goal of the season.

    "I am getting into the box. That's what you have to do and try to help the team to score or assist," Mata added.

  91. Football

    Back pages


    The Guardian reflects on Louis van Gaal's belief that the win over QPR is the start of a new era. And it says Alan Pardew will get one more chance to turn around Newcastle's fortunes.

  92. More from Ferdinand on Moyes


    Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes was "unlucky" with the way his 10 months at Old Trafford turned out, but he misunderstood what was required at Manchester United.

    "Before every game he made a point of showing us videos of how dangerous the other team could be. There was so much attention to the subject it suddenly became a worry," said Ferdinand, in his autobiography, being serialised in the Sun.

    The defender, now at QPR, also recalled a video meeting with Nemanja Vidic and Moyes, dissecting the 4-1 defeat to local rivals Manchester City, and how he emerged afterwards with no idea what the Scot was trying to convey.

    Ferdinand added: "You heard a lot of guys complaining: 'I just don't know what he wants.' He had me doubting everything."

  93. Ferdinand on David Moyes's chips ban


    Rio Ferdinand

    Rio Ferdinand has highlighted a series of mistakes which he believes David Moyes made during his Manchester United tenure - starting with the banning of chips the night before matches.

    In his autobiography '#2Sides', which is being serialised by the Sun, the 35-year-old centre-back claims the players were confused by mixed messages from Moyes, frustrated by his mentality and angered by changes in routine, such as the chips being taken away.

    "Guess what happened after Moyes left and Ryan Giggs took over?" wrote Ferdinand.

    "Moyes has been gone about 20 minutes, we're on the bikes warming up for the first training session and one of the lads says: 'You know what? We've got to get on to Giggsy. We've got to get him to get us our chips back.'"

  94. Get involved


    Some more reaction to our question of whether Newcastle manager Alan Pardew deserves more time in charge of the club.

    Rohan Banerjee: Pardew isn't under pressure for four games. It's a tenure of underachievement. He's awful.

    Bradley Sparkes: Pardew was an unpopular figure from the start of his tenure, Hughton was our man but was booted for having ambition.

    George Drakesmith: Pardew deserves two more games (vs Hull and Stoke) where he has to get at least four points. If not, then he has to go.

    Durantus: He has had a few years. Up and down seasons. Its time for a change. We need a young English manager with fresh ideas.

  95. Newcastle cancel fan forum


    The Evening Chronicle in Newcastle reports that the club's board members have postponed a fan forum scheduled for next Monday until October 20.

    "Supporters had been hoping to quiz Newcastle's directors after the club's shocking start to the season," reported the paper. "A guidance on where the Magpies aim to finish this season and their outlook on the cups was understood to be up for discussion.

    "But the club canned plans for the meeting to take place."

  96. Goal-fest in Italy


    AC Milan v Palma

    Want nine goals, two red cards and a comical own goal?

    Thought so. Read what happened in the Serie A game between Parma and AC Milan last night. It sounded a cracker.

    Here's the report.

  97. United back on track


    Daily Mirror

    It's not all Newcastle though. Manchester United dominate the back pages just as much, their 4-0 win over QPR lit up by the magic of Angel Di Maria and co, raising hopes that this season might turn out to be a success after all. This is the Mirror's take on things.

  98. Bruce unhappy about Newcastle link


    With Alan Pardew's position at Newcastle under scrutiny, there has been speculation about who could replace him.

    Steve Bruce has been heavily mentioned, which is not something the Hull City manager is pleased about.

    "I find it very disrespectful that I am linked with somebody else's job when he is still in the job," Bruce told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.

    Bruce, 53, took over as manager of Newcastle's rivals Sunderland in June 2009 but was sacked in November 2011.

    "I'm like any other manager... when I see another manager under huge pressure like Alan is - and it was only a few years ago I was in the same sort of situation - it isn't nice," said Bruce.

  99. Get involved


    Some reaction to our early question of whether Newcastle manager Alan Pardew deserves more time in charge of the club:

    George Skelly: Thought we should give him time at first, but he's been on the edge since the season before last. He's done now.

    Ozil No Se Vende: He should stay. He's done a great job at the club. Got them into Europe. Fans are being spoilt.

    Tim Pollard: Mr Pardew keeps saying we need patience. After 55 years supporting NUFC though thin & thin my patience has run out.

    Keep your comments coming in to us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday and we will post the best message on this page throughout the day.

  100. Fans on Pardew's back


    Mark Jenson, editor of Newcastle United fanzine The Mag, says "an overwhelming number of the fans" want Alan Pardew to go.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Jenson said: "I think that fans for a long time have thought what is the point of getting rid of Pardew because we will get someone just as bad, but I think that the time has come when it is very hard to see how he can carry on."

    Asked why Pardew appeared to be so unpopular with the Magpies fans, Jenson added: "With any manager the starting point is results. And he has absolutely no affinity with the fans. It is not like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson beforehand where, if we were going through a bad patch, there was a lot of goodwill for them."

  101. McIlroy misses out on payday


    Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel

    A spot of golf news from overnight.

    A mediocre round by his standards meant Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy missed out on the £6m FedEx Cup prize.

    American Billy Horschel clinched the Tour Championship and secured the overall title.

    McIlroy, 25, who was competing in his eighth tournament in 10 weeks, described it as "a week too far", adding: "I was making mistakes that I don't normally make. But Billy deserved it - he played the best golf."

    Best golf maybe, but not sure about those trousers...

  102. Football

    Back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun's also claims Alan Pardew has one last chance to keep his Newcastle job.

  103. Football

    Back pages


    The Independent says Alan Pardew will remain in charge for Saturday's home game with Hull, as he gets one last chance to stop the rot.

  104. Get involved


    As always we want you to get involved, so here's an early one to get the ball rolling.

    Alan Pardew's Newcastle reign is reportedly under threat, but, after only four games of the season, does the Magpies boss deserve more time?

    We want your thoughts. Let us know on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  105. Time up for Pardew?


    BBC Match of the Day 2 Extra

    Newcastle's dismal 4-0 thrashing at Southampton at the weekend has increased the pressure on Alan Pardew.

    According to the pundits on Match of the Day 2 Extra, the "writing is on the wall" for the Magpies boss.

    Former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas, the Independent's Sam Wallace and Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce say the "story is waiting to be written" as the pressure mounts.

  106. Good morning

    It's Monday morning and that means the start of another Sportsday.

    There is plenty to talk about in the football world, from Alan Pardew's growing troubles at Newcastle to Manchester United's spectacular return to form, plus all the other Premier League news.

    Throw in tonight's Hull-West Ham game, Champions League news conferences for Liverpool and Arsenal, and breaking news from the rest of the sporting world, and it should be a lively day.