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Summary

  1. Ryder Cup: Friday fourballs pairings announced
  2. Premier League news conferences
  3. Murray beats Devvarman at Shenzhen Open
  4. League Cup reaction: Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle win
  5. GET INVOLVED: What's the world's greatest sporting event?

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    So that is everything from what has been a very busy Sportsday Live. We will be back nice and early at 08:00 BST on Friday morning with more Ryder Cup news and all the build-up to this weekend's football.

    Thank you for all your comments and we will be back tomorrow. Bye for now.

  2. Evans to retire in February

    Road cycling

    Cadel Evans, the only Australian to win the Tour de France, announces he will retire next February.

    Cadel Evans

    The 37-year-old, who won the Tour in 2011, said he would quit after the Tour Down Under and the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road one-day race on 1 February.

    "The chance of winning another Grand Tour is probably past me, something I have to accept. Now is a good time to say stop," said Evans, also twice runner-up on the Tour in 2007 and 2008.

    "I knew I'd not be racing at 40, I had it in my mind that I'd never want to race at the high level at 40. I knew that it'd be before 40 years old that I'd stop, and now I'm at that period."

  3. Post update

    Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sport

    "UEFA President Michel Platini will not oppose any calls to disclose investigator Michael Garcia's secret report into the 2018/22 World Cup bidding process when it is discussed at FIFA's executive committee meeting tomorrow morning.

    "He is the latest senior FIFA figure to break ranks after Garcia himself called for greater transparency earlier this week."

  4. Russian side to close part of stadium

    Football

    Russia's Torpedo Moscow must close a section of their stadium for their next match following racist abuse aimed at Dynamo Moscow's Christopher Samba.

    On Tuesday it was revealed that ex-Blackburn captain Samba, 30, asked not to play in the second half of Monday's Moscow derby because of the chants.

    Russian Football Union (RFU) ruled on Thursday Torpedo must shut the "fans' sector" for their next league match. However, all other parts of the Saturn Stadium will remain open.

  5. Yankees legend set for last home match

    Baseball

    New York Yankees'Derek Jeter is set to make his last appearance for his team at Yankee Stadium, as long as the weather co-operates.

    Derek Jeter

    Rain is forecast all day today in New York. According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees want to get the game vs. the Orioles in at all costs, and have not released any contingency plan. It is unlikely the game would be made up.

    ''I think (Thursday) will be the culmination of all the love he has been shown and all the appreciation he has been shown this year and his career,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the Daily News. ''I think it'll be something we'll remember for a long time."

    Jeter, 40, has been with the Yankees since 1995 and helped them win the World Series on five occasions.

  6. County Championship Division One

    Yorkshire v Somerset

    Dave Callaghan, BBC Radio Leeds: "The visitors had a lead of 184, but the deficit is now just 36 with Gary Ballance still there on 50 out. Yorkshire closed on 148-2 in their second innings and Adam Lyth ended in style with 51 to fall just short of 1,500 runs for the championship season.

    "Yorkshire have enjoyed better fortunes on the third day and could now force a draw against Somerset at Headingley. The 2014 champions grabbed a cluster of wickets to dismiss Somerset for 437. Steve Patterson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, but Adil Rashid enjoyed a purple patch with four wickets for five runs in 14 balls either side of the lunch break."

    Day three, close: Yorkshire 253 & 148-2, Somerset 437

  7. 'The juices are flowing'

    Golf

    Ian Poulter

    Europe's Ian Poulter on Twitter: What an opening day ahead. This is going to be a belter. Friends. The Ryder Cup is like no other, The juices are flowing. #PlayWithPassion

  8. Paul McGinley news conference

    Golf

    More from Europe captain Paul McGinley: "My role is to stand back, the players will now take centre stage. I will certainly not be telling the players what club to use and how to hit the shot."

  9. Paul McGinley news conference

    Golf

    Europe captain Paul McGinley is talking at a news conference and explaining his pairings for the Saturday morning fourballs on the opening day of the Ryder Cup.

    "I have gone with one rookie in the morning, Tom (Watson) has gone with three, so we will see what happens," says McGinley.

    "There will be decisions that I get wrong, but I'm very confident with the decisions that I have made and that they will be good ones."

  10. County Championship Division Two

    Essex v Worcestershire (analysis)

    Essex beat Worcestershire by an innings and 92 runs, but it was not enough to clinch promotion as they finished third in Division Two.

    Essex

    BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill: "No promotion then for Essex but they could hardly have done more with six wins in the last seven Championship games. Essex have often finished seasons well only to disappoint the following year.

    "This time there's every reason to believe things will be different. Jesse Ryder's signing is a crucial factor. His remarkable contribution with the ball gave an extra dimension to the Essex attack.

    "If the bowlers can maintain their fitness the unit should be one of the strongest in next season's Division Two. Essex have always had plenty of stroke players but they have now found a batsman in Nick Browne who can occupy the crease and score consistently. His emergence is another reason for confidence come April."

  11. County Championship Division One

    Northants v Sussex

    So let's have a look at the state of play from today's cricket, starting in Northampton.

    Chris Egerton, BBC Radio Northampton: "This was a day in which the cricket meandered rather than rattled along, with Sussex wrapping up the remaining three wickets from the Northamptonshire innings inside the first 90 minutes of the day.

    "Northants couldn't find a way through the Sussex middle order, though Rob Keogh's spell of 14 overs of off-spin offered a positive light for next season. With only a defeat preventing Sussex finishing third in the table tomorrow, the home side bowled as much for containment as penetration.

    "With victory unlikely, it seems set that Northants will finish with the lowest points total in the history of Division One."

    Sussex 368 & 209-3, Northants 294

  12. Rose pride

    Golf

    Europe's Justin Rose on Twitter: So proud to be leading out Europe with Henrik Stenson tomorrow morning. #honour #loud #Match1 See you in the morning #EuropeStrong.

    Justin Rose

    The first fourball of the Ryder Cup is at 07:35 BST on Saturday with American pairing Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson up against Europe's Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

  13. Healy faces absence

    Rugby union

    Prop Cian Healy could miss Ireland's autumn internationals after picking up a hamstring injury in training.

    Healy's injury was described by Leinster as being "significant" so he may face a battle to be fit to face South Africa on 8 November.

    More immediately, the prop will miss Leinster's Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues on Friday. Healy, 26, may also be a doubt for next month's European Champions Cup games.

  14. McCoist pleased to avoid Celtic

    Football

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist admits he is relieved to have avoided Celtic in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals - because he can live without the hype of an Old Firm build-up.

    Rangers

    The Ibrox side landed St Johnstone at home in the draw for the last eight, while the Hoops were given a Parkhead clash with Partick Thistle.

    "We certainly weren't pining for an Old Firm game and we would take whoever the Cup draw gave us," said McCoist. "As much as we're pleased with the draw, we're certainly not underestimating the task ahead of us."

  15. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    This is how we roll in tomorrow morning's fourballs then.

    07:35 BST: Watson & Simpson v Rose & Stenson

    07:50 BST: Fowler & Walker v Bjorn & Kaymer

    08:05 BST: Spieth & Reed v Gallacher & Poulter

    08:20 BST: Bradley & Mickelson v Garcia & McIlroy

    following on will be the foursomes at 13:15, 13:30, 13:45 and 14:00.

    BBC Radio 5live will be covering all the action from 08:30 with highlights at 20:30 on BBC Two, BBC Two Scotland and BBC Two NI and 23:05 on BBC Two Wales.

  16. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Graeme McDowell at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Graeme McDowell on Twitter: Players eye view of Opening Ceremony. Disappointed to sit out in morning but there are plenty of games! #allezlebleu

  17. Get Involved

    Tom Stenner-Evans: So Ian Poulter gets the US rookies. They'll fold under the pressure of competing against 'Mr 80%'

    Your reaction to the opening fourballs of the Ryder Cup are welcome on #bbcsportsday and 81111 on text.

  18. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    United States captain Tom Watson speaking to Sky Sports: "The fourballs are a good place for our three rookies to get their feet wet. They play every ball.

    Tom Watson

    "You can't play all 12 guys, you have to sit four of them, and you can probably bet that Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk will be playing in the afternoon.

    "I have told my team, especially the rookies, that they cheer just as loud here as in United States. You have to expect them to cheer when you miss putts, it is all part of the contest, all part of going to the ball game.

    "The mood is loose and committed. The players have a certain swagger to them. They are thinking about 2012 and are going to make amends. I hope they do."

  19. Liverpool investigated for 'possible Financial Fair Play breaches'

    Football

    UEFA announces it has opened a formal investigation into Liverpool and six other European clubs for possible financial fair play (FFP) breaches.

    The Merseyside club were absent from European competition last year and only recently submitted detailed accounts to the governing body, which dictates that losses must be restricted to £35.4n over a two-year window.

    Liverpool reported losses of £49.8m for the 2012-13 season, and £40.5m for the 10-month period before that, and join Monaco, Roma, Besiktas, Inter Milan, Krasnodar and Sporting Lisbon in being subjected to investigations relating to "potential break-even breaches".

  20. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Europe captain Paul McGinley: "We have got 12 strong players and I could have come up with many different combinations. Stephen Gallacher is out there with a guy in Ian Poulter who is going to enjoy the atmosphere that he will bring.

    Paul McGinley

    "I am more concerned with what we are doing rather than what the American pairings are to be honest. They are a strong team, make no mistake.

    "There will be some strong messages this evening at the team meeting and we will watch some of the videos we have put together for the evening."

  21. Socino tipped for Argentina

    Rugby union

    Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes Argentine centre Juan Pablo Socino would be capable of fitting into international rugby union.

    Socino, 26, is yet to make his full Pumas bow although he has played for the Jaguars 'A' side.

    He made his Premiership debut this season with Falcons after Championship spells with Nottingham and Rotherham.

    "I think he's a quality player, how he hasn't played for Argentina I don't know," Richards said.

    "He is probably one of the most professional players I have come across, he's outstanding."

  22. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal on the 5-3 defeat at Leicester: "We should have won last weekend - we had to win when we were 3-1 up.

    "If we had we would have been two points off second place in the table. Because of the loss you are now questioning me. If we'd have won it would be different. You can't make one incident a regular one. We will overcome things. The season lasts more than one competition day."

  23. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    As the players depart the stage with their wives and girlfriends alongside them, there is plenty of pick apart in Friday's line-ups.

    The all-rookie pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed for Ian Poulter and Europe's sole Scot Stephen Gallacher to get their teeth into in match three?

    The world number one and three, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, going up against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the final match?

    Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood left back in the clubhouse for the morning session?

    What did you make of it?

  24. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    More from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who says he has faith that the younger players can cope with the club's injury problems.

    Van Gaal says: "Youngsters are always ready; they have the hunger to play. The Man Utd youth education has the level to prove it. In one game you can show yourself.

    "At this moment it's maybe the toughest challenge [I've had in my career] but you have to wait to judge. As a manager, you know in advance you have a big challenge. This is a club in transition. The younger players can take their chances - that's the policy of the club."

  25. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia

    Match four: Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (US) against Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy (Eur)

  26. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Match three: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (US) against Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter (Eur)

  27. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker

    Match two: Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker (US) against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer (Eur)

  28. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson

    Match One: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson (US) against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Eur)

    That gets going at 07:45 BST.

  29. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    The European anthem gets an outing. It is Ode to Joy, lifted from Beethoven's ninth Symphony.

    Enough of that, though. Time for the pairings in tomorrow morning's fourballs...

    "Europe, Europe," chant the crowd.

  30. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    The winners on the decibel-meter as the European team are read out are Scot Stephen Gallacher, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, Englishman Ian Poulter and Northern Irish world number one Rory McIlroy.

  31. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Europe Ryder Cup team

    As Paul McGinley pays tribute to the caddies and they give themselves a self-congratulatory whoop.

    The players play it more po-faced when it is their turn in the spotlight.

    "We may come from diverse and different cultural backgrounds but together we stand as one, representing our countries, people and continent. That is what brings us together," says big chief McGinley.

  32. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    An update from Louis van Gaal on Manchester United's injury problems, which will see them without central defenders Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for their home game against West Ham on Saturday.

    "We have nine injuries and one suspension with Blackett," says Van Gaal. "The younger players can have their chance now.

    "Evans's bone is bruised. Smalling left yesterday's session because he had stiff legs. I won't take risks with players.

    "I've never been in this position before (with injuries), that's strange. It's difficult to understand. We're evaluating what we can do in a different way."

  33. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Paul McGinley makes all the right noises, speaking of the honour of leading Europe and calling his players the pride of the continent, before looking forward to the friendliness and warmth of his Scottish hosts.

    He also has a message for the more excitable member of the crowd.

    "I know you will be energetic, passionate and loud, but I also know you will also be gracious, considerate and courteous to our opponents. It is this which makes the Ryder Cup unique," he adds.

  34. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    It is Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's turn to face the media.

    Manchester United

    On his side's 5-3 defeat by Leicester, he says: "I don't think my players are robot. They are humans and make errors. It's about overcoming things."

  35. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    European captain Paul McGinley strides up and with a wave to the crowd begins his address to the crowd.

  36. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    USA Ryder Cup team

    Tom Watson introduces his selection to the assembled crowd and the biggest cheer is the last.

    "And from Bagdad, Florida, Bubba Watson!"

  37. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson gets a standing ovation and repays the compliment, describing Scotland as his "second home".

    The United States captain describes the next three days as "a date with destiny" for his team before concluding on a classy note.

    "These matches began on a note of friendship and that is how it will end on Sunday."

  38. Queen's horse stripped of second

    Horse Racing

    The Queen's horse Estimate has been stripped of second place in this year's Ascot Gold Cup.

    Ryan Moore rode the Queen's horse Estimate

    The five-year-old was one of eight of horses to return a positive test for morphine in July, which has since been traced to a batch of contaminated feed.

    A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) hearing on Thursday accepted trainer Sir Michael Stoute had taken "all reasonable measures" to prevent such an incident from happening. Consequently, they imposed no fine.

  39. Pumas change three for All Blacks clash

    Rugby union

    Argentina make three changes for their Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand in La Plata on Saturday.

    Tomas Cubelli comes in at scrum-half for Martin Landajo, Thomas Lavanini returns at lock and Benjamin Macome replaces the injured Juan Manuel Leguizamon in the back row.

    Argentina are bottom of the standings and still searching for their first win in the Rugby Championship.

  40. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is summoned from the American ranks and pays tribute to Scotland's invention of golf and the role of several of its sons in the establishment of his own organisation.

    Now time for Tom Watson....

  41. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Alex Salmond draws his comments to a close with a rousing 'welcome to Scotland' and it is time for the National anthem.

    As Flower of Scotland is blasted out by a band of pipers, Europe vice-captain Sam Torrance is distinctly moist around the eyes.

  42. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Amy Macdonald

    Youthful Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald gets first go on the microphone, launching into a number to a slightly bemused crowd.

    A bit off-target, demographic-wise. Rod Stewart must have been booked elsewhere.

    First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond is up next and gets some nice loud music to accompany his walk to the pedestal, drowning out any potentially controversial crowd reaction.

  43. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Europe selfie

    Rory McIlroy on Twitter: Pre opening ceremony selfie!!

    That is Martin Kaymer on tippy-toes to get in shot at the back. Grizzled old Thomas Bjorn is the man without time for such social media larks.

  44. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    A montage of moments from Ryder Cups past whips the crowd up into a bit of frenzy and the event's MC is briefly drowned out by chants of "Europe, Europe".

    Still a good 15 hours from the first tee shot and it is already getting rowdy...

  45. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Team Europe at the Ryder Cup

    Ian Poulter on Twitter: Lined up and ready to get this show on the road.

  46. Lancashire survival dream still alive

    Cricket

    Here's the latest from the County Championship relegation decider at Old Trafford, from BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

    "Middlesex are 141-3 in their second innings at tea on day three - leading by by 53 - knowing they must avoid defeat to stay in Division One.

    "Lancashire will be the team to survive the drop if they win and their 302-8 declared has kept them on top in this game, further reinforced by the key wickets of Middlesex captain Chris Rogers and England Test opener Sam Robson this afternoon."

  47. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Ryder Cup wives and girlfriends

    Team Europe on Twitter: Behind every great man is a great woman.

  48. Warnock unhappy with stadium announcer

    Football

    Neil Warnock

    Here's an interesting story. Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has criticised the Selhurst Park stadium announcer after he announced that the winner of their League Cup tie would face Manchester City in the next round - while their match with Newcastle was still ongoing.

    "I felt it was out of order," Warnock said. "I made an enquiry after the game because I was disappointed."

    Asked if knowing City would be their next opponents with victory had affected his players, Warnock's responded drily: "I think that's why they threw the last goal in, so they didn't go to Man City away."

  49. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    And here come Europe.

    Captain Paul McGinley and his star man Rory McIlroy are chuckling away after posing for a suited and booted team photo.

    Their outfits are suitably snazzy and Scottish, with a bright and breezy tartan pattern.

  50. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Team USA are on the way.

    Captain Tom Watson leads his men from the Gleneagles hotel on the short walk to the stage for the opening ceremony.

    Rickie Fowler is carrying a takeaway coffee like he is on his morning commute.

  51. Benteke eyes injury return

    Football

    Christian Benteke

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says striker Christian Benteke could make his long-awaited return from injury in his side's upcoming clash with Manchester City.

    The Belgian has been out since April with an Achilles injury and missed Belgium's World Cup campaign.

    "He's getting closer," said Lambert. "Next week we will see how he is for the Man City game."

  52. Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    Golf

    Ryder Cup opening ceremony

    The stage is set.

    Up at Gleneagles, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have blasted their way through a set and the Ryder Cup opening ceremony is a little under 20 minutes away.

    After the respective captains, Tom Watson of the United States and Paul McGinley of Europe, have done the pleasantries, we will be down to the serious business of the opening day's pairings.

    Will the Northern Ireland axis of Graeme McDowell-Rory McIlroy be broken up?

    Will good mates Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson buddy up for the United States?

    And who will have Ian Poulter chewing their ear for 18 holes?

    Not too long until we know the answers....

  53. Question of Sport teaser

    Earlier we asked you: Since 1990, who are the 11 golfers with five-letter surnames to play for Europe at the Ryder Cup?

    The answers are Baker, Bjorn, Casey, Clark, Faldo, Fasth, Fulke, James, Levet, Price and Rocca. No points for Monty, we're afraid!

  54. Bellew to fight Cleverly in November

    Boxing

    Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly

    A fight between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew has been announced for November 22 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

    The bout comes three years after Cleverly beat Bellew to retain his WBO light-heavyweight title.

    They may look pretty chummy in this photo, but the two are now sworn enemies. Bellew says he has "dreamt about ending" Cleverly. Could be tasty.

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  56. Wozniacki through in China

    Tennis

    Caroline Wozniacki

    Caroline Wozniacki is through to the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open in China after she beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 4-6 6-2 6-3.

    The Dane will meet Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, while in the other semi, Czech Petra Kvitova will play Elena Svitolina after the Ukrainian upset seventh seed Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-6.

  57. Bjorn beard scares autograph-hunters

    Golf

    Tom Fordyce

    BBC chief sports writer at Gleneagles

    Graeme McDowell

    Clamour for autographs as the European players return to their team-room at Gleneagles before the Ryder Cup opening ceremony. 'G-Mac! Please!' yells one girl. 'You're my favourite!' 'I bet you say that to everyone,' replies McDowell.

    He was almost right. The unlucky man? Poor old Thomas Bjorn. Maybe the hipster/round-the-world yachtsman beard scared her off.

  58. Garry Monk news conference

    Sunderland v Swansea (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Garry Monk is wary about the challenge that awaits Swansea on Saturday at Sunderland.

    "It's a very tricky game for us," he says. "With their crowd behind them, if they get a good start get crowd behind them it can be difficult but we have to be confident and impose our game on them."

  59. Ryder Cup

    Golf

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Gleneagles

    Crowds at Gleneagles

    Fans gathering on the lawns in front of the Gleneagles Hotel ready for the pre-show and then Ryder Cup opening ceremony. Acts to include Scottish Opera, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Amy McDonald.

    Teams will be introduced, captain's speeches made and Friday's opening pairings announced.

    Worryingly, or perhaps reassuringly in a professional way, Henrik Stenson is still on the range with his coach. Under an hour to get into your number ones, HS.

  60. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST, Monday)

    Mark Hughes says Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland could go out on loan in January. "We may look at it; we want Jack to keep on developing," he says.

    "We've approached his development the correct way and he's benefited from going out on loan. He did very well at Sunderland [in the League Cup]."

    What does he think of the speculation about Alan Pardew's job as Newcastle manager? "It's difficult but he's a very experienced manager," says Hughes.

    "He's in charge of a big club with big expectations and has been through other cases like this before and come out on the other side. His team has shown character in the last couple of games and look like they are still playing for him."

  61. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST, Monday)

    Here's Stoke boss Mark Hughes, speaking to the media ahead of Stoke's Premier League game with Newcastle on Monday.

    Will any of the players who featured in the League Cup in midweek get a start on Monday? "They all acquitted themselves well," says Hughes. "If I make changes it's not to the detriment of the team. The strength in depth means we can replace players with players of comparable ability. They came in and looked up to speed, each and every one."

    Hughes is pleased with Stoke's defensive solidity this season, adding: "We've conceded five in five, a goal a game, which is less than our average for last year."

  62. Hampshire promoted

    Cricket

    Hampshire are promoted to Division One of the County Championship as Division Two champions.

    They beat Glamorgan by 291 runs at Cardiff, with James Tomlinson destroying the Welsh club in the second inning. Chasing an improbable 444 to win, Glamorgan were bowled out for 152 in 33.4 overs as left-arm seamer Tomlinson claimed 6-48.

  63. Hull City news conference

    Hull v Man City (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Curtis Davies has been facing the media ahead of Hull's clash with Manchester City on Saturday, and says Hull need to tighten up defensively.

    "It seems like we have gone the other way from last year," he says. "We had a solid base, kept a lot of clean sheets and nicked a few 1-0 wins.

    "Right now, the clean sheets aren't coming, which is very frustrating because we've started scoring goals."

  64. Garry Monk news conference

    Sunderland v Swansea (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Wayne Routledge

    Monk confirms that Swansea winger Wayne Routledge, 29,has signed a one-year extension to his contract, which now expires in 2018.

    "He thoroughly deserves it," Monk says. "His commitment to his club and how he's been, he's found a home, found somewhere he can be himself and bring out the player we now see week-in, week-out.

    "He has to trust you first before he opens up, but his vast experience means when he does he is very interesting. He'll admit himself he rebelled at times as a youngster but I think he never clicked at clubs where he felt he could express himself. Perhaps he was unsure of what he was capable of, but here he's had that freedom and guidance to be better."

  65. Pizza and chocolate sandwiches

    Football

    Lionel Messi

    Ever wondered what elite footballers eat after their matches? Well, they're not as clean-living as you might think.

    The Daily Mail reveals the post-match preferences of Barcelona's squad. Lionel Messi refuels after a big game with a cheese pizza, Ivan Rakitic enjoys sushi, and Gerard Pique loves nothing better than a chocolate spread sandwich.

    Luis Suarez, meanwhile, likes to sink his teeth into a ham pizza and a Caesar salad.

  66. Garry Monk news conference

    Sunderland v Swansea (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Garry Monk's side knocked Everton - coached by former Swansea manager Roberto Martinez - out of the League Cup in midweek, and will now go up against another familiar face when they travel to meet Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool in the last 16.

    "It's the reunion tour," said Monk. "After Roberto, it's Brendan. You'd like a home draw but if going away then it's a great place to go. We have a lot of games and work before that but when it comes around it will be exciting for everyone."

  67. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Everton (12:45 BST, Saturday)

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he was delighted with Suso's performance in Tuesday's League Cup win over Middlesbrough.

    "I was really pleased with him. We sent him out to get games and experience." He says the club are having contract talks with his representatives.

    Is he concerned about juggling Premier League and Champions League fixtures? "It's very exciting. That's what you want - big games."

  68. Carter to miss Bulgarian Open

    Snooker

    Ali Carter withdraws from the Bulgarian Open after "some complications" following his chemotherapy treatment for a cancerous tumour on his lung.

    Ali Carter

    "It is with great regret that I have had to withdraw from the upcoming European Tour event in Bulgaria," says Carter. "I have been suffering with some complications following my last procedure and my consultant, professor Neville Davidson, has advised me against playing right now, and to rest.

    "I am so disappointed to have to withdraw, but remain full of excitement about competing again. I remain positive and hopeful that I will be well enough to return to competition soon."

    The Bulgarian Open, part of the minor-ranking European Tour events, begins on 3 October.

  69. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Everton (12:45 BST, Saturday)

    More from Brendan Rodgers. He says Liverpool have looked "a little bit broken" this season due to the influx of new players to the club. "We know we need to be better, and to improve our performance level," he adds. "That's the key for us."

    Everton have been struggling too. Rodgers says: "They haven't had results they wanted, but they have quality. It'll be a tough game for us.

    "Everton are a good side. They had a stable base and introduced a few more to that in the summer. (Manager) Roberto (Martinez) has done an excellent job."

  70. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Arsenal v Tottenham (17:30 BST, Saturday)

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is speaking at a news conference before the Premier League north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

    "I know it's a very important game for our supporters, a tough game," says Pochettino. "We need to be aggressive and show what we can do. I have played a lot of derbies when I was a player. Now I'm excited to be against Arsenal."

  71. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Everton (12:45 BST, Saturday)

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the media ahead of the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

    He says he's unconcerned about rumours linking Raheem Sterling with Real Madrid. "You could link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment. I sit easy with it. Sterling's still got three years left on his contract, so there's no rush from my side."

    He says Daniel Sturridge could be fit for Saturday. "Daniel is responding well to treatment. He is near to fitness. If he doesn't make Saturday he won't be far away after that."

  72. Hastings to rejoin Durham

    Cricket

    Australia all-rounder John Hastings will rejoin Durham for the 2015 season following his hugely successful stint for the county this year.

    The 28-year-old, who has played 15 times for his country in all formats, was one of the driving forces behind Durham winning the One-Day Cup and avoiding relegation from the LV County Championship.

    He took 65 wickets in 26 matches across all three formats, with his new-ball partnership with Chris Rushworth particularly impressive, and will return to the north-east next year after completing the Australian domestic season with Victoria, subject to visa clearance and governing body approval.

  73. Murray wins in China

    Tennis

    Andy Murray makes a solid start to what he hopes will be three productive weeks in China with a 6-3 6-3 win over India's Somdev Devvarman at the Shenzhen Open.

    The British number one, who broke serve four times as he won in one hour and 22 minutes, will face Slovak Lukas Lacko in the quarter-finals.

  74. Balotelli gets new haircut

    Football

    Mario Balotelli

    Stop press. Ladies and gentleman, Mario Balotelli has been to the barbers. He's opted for a muted new look, featuring an understated spider design at the side and a subtle blonde mohawk on top.

    Mario Balotelli

    Oh, and tiger stripes. And notches in his eyebrows.

  75. Post update

    Golf

    Tom Fordyce

    BBC Sport at Gleneagles

    Victor Dubuisson and Lee Westwood

    "Enigmatic Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, the rookie that no-one in the team really seemed to know when he arrived, spent much of his morning practice deep in conversation with Lee Westwood.

    "Lots of arm round the shoulder and reassuring grins from the experienced older man, which had the goateed Dubuisson (nickname: D'Artagnan) smiling at the crowd like a full-beam Mickelson by the end."

  76. Manager news conferences

    Our next bout of Premier League managers' news conferences is scheduled to start soon. In the next hour we should be hearing from Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Garry Monk (Swansea), Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) and Mark Hughes (Stoke).

    As always, we will bring you the best quotes so don't go anywhere.

  77. Simpson relishes Watson partnership

    Golf

    Webb Simpson

    Webb Simpson is the latest member of the US Ryder Cup team to face the media at Gleneagles. He looks certain to partner Bubba Watson and he's been talking about their chemistry.

    "The coolest part about being paired with Bubba is our games are so different," Simpson said. "One of my strengths is short-iron play and he gives me a lot more opportunities than I give myself. He gets so excited, I'm always telling him to be quiet."

    Simpson recalls being offered a captain's pick by Tom Watson. "He called me at 4.30 in the morning and he knew I wasn't sleeping. I think it's a good pressure and I definitely feel like I want to play my part. It's an honour to be picked by an eight-time major champion."

  78. County Championship Division Two

    Cricket

    We have a result at Chelmsford inside three days of Essex's County Championship Division Two match against Worcestershire.

    Essex 431 (Browne 118, Ryder 120 not out) beat Worcestershire 84 (Ryder 5-24) and 255 (Napier 5-54) by an innings and 92 runs.

    Graham Napier of Essex

    All eyes will now be on Hampshire and their match against Glamorgan. A Hampshire win will see them promoted to Division One as champions, with Worcestershire coming second.

    A Hampshire defeat would take Worcestershire up as champions with Essex claiming the second promotion spot.

  79. Walsh optimistic on Burns link-up

    Rugby League

    Scrum-half Luke Walsh is looking forward to playing alongside close friend Travis Burns at St Helens next season.

    Burns will join Saints from Hull KR and the 30-year-old will link up again with fellow Australian Walsh, having played together at NRL side Penrith Panthers.

    The 27-year-old told BBC Radio Merseyside: "Travis has had two great years for Hull KR and shown some really good ball skills - he'll add to our team."

    Walsh is recovering from the serious leg injury he suffered in July and will not be available for the Super League play-offs, which conclude with the Grand Final at Old Trafford on 11 October.

  80. Monfils in race to be fit for Davis Cup final

    Tennis

    Gael Monfils

    France's Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the upcoming ATP events in Tokyo and Shanghai in a bid to get fit in time for the Davis Cup final.

    The world number 16 suffered a knee injury at the Moselle Open in Metz last week.

    France face Switzerland in the final in Lille starting on 21 November.

  81. Walker keen on Fowler partnership

    Golf

    US Ryder Cup rookie Jimmy Walker has been facing the media at Gleneagles.

    He looks set to play with Rickie Fowler and he's been talking up their prospective partnership.

    "Rickie's genuinely one of the nicest guys out here, especially for the stardom he has," Walker says. "Rickie's a cool customer. I didn't think of copying his haircut though."

    Fowler is sporting a short haircut, with the letters USA shaved into the side of it.

  82. Murray takes first set

    Tennis

    Andy Murray is back in action for the first time since the US Open at the Shenzhen Open in China, and so far it's going well for the British number one.

    After a steady start from both men, Murray broke serve twice in succession to take the opening set 6-3 against India's Somdev Devvarman.

  83. County Championship Division One

    Northants v Sussex

    Adrian Harms, BBC Sussex: "Steve Magoffin was yet again among the wickets this morning, taking his haul in this match to five and 72 Championship wickets this season

    "Northants provided stout resistance, Rod Keogh eventually last man out for an excellent 129. Sussex extend their lead to 98 at lunch for the loss of Chris Nash who made 10."

    Sussex 368 & 24-1 Northants 294

  84. Burnett match under scrutiny

    Snooker

    The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's Integrity Unit is investigating after receiving notice of unusual betting patterns on the match between Jamie Burnett and John Sutton at the International Championships Qualifiers in Barnsley.

    The match took place last night resulting in a 6-0 win for Burnett.

    Burnett was investigated in 2008 after losing to Stephen Maguire at the UK Championship, but insufficient evidence was found to bring a prosecution.

  85. County Championship Division One

    Lancashire v Middlesex

    Kevin Hand, BBC London 94.9: "Lancashire are on top in the relegation decider at Old Trafford, having achieved the bonus point return they required to take this game to the wire.

    "Middlesex are 30-0 still trailing by 58 runs in their second innings but they know a draw will keep them in Division One as only a win will see Lancashire safe."

    Middlesex 214 & 30-0 Lancashire 302-8

  86. County Championship Division One

    Durham v Newcastle

    Martin Emmerson, BBC Newcastle: "It's all going to plan for Warwickshire who are looking to end their season a day early with an innings victory over Durham.

    "They were bowled out for 429, a lead of 228, as Jeetan Patel fell five short of a half century. Chris Rushworth finished with six wickets for 100 runs. Durham then lost Keaton Jennings for a fourth ball duck, his fourth duck in five championship innings. He'll be glad the season is over.

    "Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick put on 51 for the second wicket but when Borthwick went for 20, Stoneman followed him shortly after, both victims of Jeetan Patel's spin bowling. Stoneman did get to the 41 runs he needed for 1,000 runs in the championship. And for the second year in a row. He was out for 45. Durham are 104-3 at lunch, still 124 behind."

    Durham 201 & 104-3 Warwickshire 429

  87. Patrick Reed news conference

    Golf

    USA golfer Patrick Reed, who will be making his Ryder Cup debut, says: "I'm really excited, I just can't wait.

    Patrick Reed

    "Golf is an individual sport, when I go to the golf course normally, I pop on my headphones and have tunnel vision on what I have to do, but this week is completely different. It is a lot of fun.

    "Golf is normally a lonely sport but here it is different and the camaraderie we have is great. We are all confident and feel like we are playing well."

  88. Cartwright banned

    Rugby League

    South Wales Scorpions forward Harry Cartwright is banned for two years after being found guilty of breaching the Rugby Football League's anti-doping regulations.

    Wrexham-born Cartwright, 19, who was playing with the Scorpions on loan from North Wales Crusaders, tested positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, following a Championship 1 match against Oxford played on Saturday, 5 July.

    The suspension, imposed by a national anti-doping panel, is backdated to 25 July and expires at midnight on 24 July, 2016.

  89. Watch Suarez in goalscoring action

    Football

    Watch footage of ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scoring twice while playing for Barcelona B in a 6-0 friendly victory over an Indonesia Under-19 select XI.

    Luis Suarez

    The Uruguayan, with his wife and two children in attendance, played the full 90 minutes with another of Barcelona's summer signings, Thomas Vermaelen, also getting on the scoresheet during the rout.

    Suarez, who is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, is in line to make his debut against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on 25 October.

  90. Odemwingie hopeful of 'strong' recovery

    Football

    Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie says he hopes to return "stronger than ever" after undergoing successful knee surgery on Tuesday.

    The Nigeria international, 33, suffered the injury in Stoke's 1-0 win at Manchester City at the end of August.

    "I'm happy the operation was successful, it's like a new beginning," Odemwingie told BBC Sport. "I want to come back stronger than ever and hopefully pick up from where I stopped in August."

  91. Murray back in action

    Tennis

    Andy Murray is on court in Shenzhen, China, and about to play for the first time since his US Open defeat by Novak Djokovic three weeks ago.

    The British number one is taking on India's Somdev Devvarman, the world number 141, as he looks to win a title for the first time since Wimbledon 2013. Murray is also chasing points as he tries to qualify for November's ATP Finals in London.

  92. Farage backs Europe

    Golf

    Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage isn't a renowned supporter of Europe, but the UKIP party leader says he'll be making an exception for this week's Ryder Cup.

    "I'm Nigel Farage and I love Europe - no I really do," Farage said in a mock party political broadcast posted online. "The wine, the food, the excellent transport systems, the clogs and the greatest golfers in the world.

    "You, me, everybody should get behind Team Europe," said Farage, wearing a striped shirt and peach-coloured trousers before swinging a driver.

  93. Is the Ryder Cup the best event?

    So you've read about our 12 options for what is the greatest sporting event and now you can vote.

    Before the Ryder Cup starts, BBC Sport's Ben Dirs attempts to find out what makes that competition so special and whether it is in fact the best event of them all.

  94. Vote for your best sporting event

    Vote now

    The vote is open for the best sporting event. Here are details about the final three options.

    FA Cup final: First held in 1872, the FA Cup final is the culmination of a season-long tournament featuring more than 700 professional and amateur clubs. The final is held at Wembley in May and Arsenal are the current holders, fighting back from 2-0 down to beat Hull City 3-2.

    London Marathon

    London Marathon: Run over 26.2 miles over the streets of London, it has been held every year since 1981 with more than 36,000 entrants. Wilson Kipsang won the 2014 men's race, his second victory, while fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat triumphed in the women's event.

    World Cup final: Held every four years, this is the ultimate match in international football. England's greatest moment in the sport came when they won the 1966 final, beating West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley. Germany are the current holders, following their 1-0 victory against Argentina earlier this year.

  95. McIlroy on form

    Golf

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Gleneagles

    Gleneagles view

    Another good gag keeping the gallery entertained is shouts of 'fore' before Rory McIlroy even tees off down the 7th. With biceps bulging under his white shirt, McIlroy monsters one down there. Miles ahead of his partners. The little fella looks relaxed and on scintillating form.

  96. Mahmood released by Essex

    Cricket

    Sajid Mahmood

    Former England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood has been released by Essex.

    Mahmood, 32, played eight Tests and 30 limited-overs matches for his country and signed for Essex from his native Lancashire at the start of last season.

    Leg spinner Tom Craddock, 25, has also been let go.

    Essex head coach Paul Grayson told the club's official website: "Both players have given Essex 100 per cent and we wish them all the best for the future."

  97. Cahill grateful to Villa

    Football

    Gary Cahill

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says he's indebted to his first club Aston Villa for the role they played in his career.

    Ahead of the Blues' game against Villa on Saturday, Cahill told Chelsea's official website: "I had a great time at Villa, more than anything with the youth team.

    "I owe a lot to them, they brought me through and I had a great time, so I'm looking forward to it."

  98. Vote for your best sporting event

    Vote now

    Our vote is now up and running on the right-hand side of this page, as we ask what is the best sporting event. Here is some more information for three of the events. Voting closes at 14:45 BST.

    Monaco Grand Prix: Raced on the Monte Carlo streets, the Monaco Grand Prix is the most glamorous race in the Formula 1 calendar. It was first held in 1929. Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna holds the most Monaco victories, winning six out of seven years from 1987 to 1993.

    Monaco

    Wimbledon final: The conclusion of the two-week long Wimbledon event, held on Centre Court. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and widely regarded as the most prestigious. Andy Murray won in 2013, the first Briton to win the men's title since Fred Perry in 1936.

    Ashes: Played between England and Australia over five Test matches. The term originated in a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia's 1882 victory at The Oval. The obituary stated that "English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia". England were thrashed 5-0 in Australia in 2013-14.

  99. McIlroy plays to the gallery

    Golf

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Gleneagles

    Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer

    Rory McIlroy doing his best Brucie or Tarby impression as he recreates a scene from celebrity golf shows of yore. He amuses the gallery around the fifth green as he offers to 'tend' the flag for partner Kaymer's 40-footer. Then gets more laughs when he leaves his short. 'He's so small,' says one lady. 'Muscular though,' says a man.

  100. Ferrer crashes out in China

    Tennis

    Top seed David Ferrer is out of the Shenzhen Open. The Spanish world number five lost to Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4.

    Sixth seed Santiago Giraldo is through though. The Colombian beat Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-3.

  101. Vote for your best sporting event

    Coming soon

    Our vote will be coming soon. Here are a few more of the available options for best sporting event.

    Champions League final: This is the pinnacle of European club football and features the two remaining teams that have battled through the Champions League group phase and three knockout rounds. Real Madrid won a thrilling 2014 final, as they equalised in the last minute of injury-time before beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time.

    Real Madrid

    Olympic 100m final: The highlight of the Olympic Games to see who are the fastest men and women in the world. Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the men's race at the London 2012 Olympics after doing the same in Beijing four years earlier. Bolt's compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women's event two years ago.

    Grand National: The leading steeplechase event in the world. Held at Aintree, the event sees horses jump over 30 fences over two circuits, covering a distance of more than four miles. Pineau de Re, a 25-1 shot, won the 2014 race.

  102. Kaymer had no doubts about winning putt

    Golf

    Martin Kaymer

    Martin Kaymer has been reliving the putt he sunk to win the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe at Medinah.

    "It's tough to answer because it shouldn't sound too arrogant, but I never had a doubt in my mind that I would miss the putt," said Kaymer.

    "The only thing that you need to do is do it. It never really crossed my mind that I might fail."

  103. Stenson gets wet

    Golf

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Gleneagles

    Gleneagles view

    Spectacular viewpoint on the hill to the right of the second fairway. Tremendous, in fact, to watch the flight of the drives and reassure ourselves Ian Poulter hasn't lost it after carving two into the bundu on the first. Unfortunately, Henrik Stenson then fires it drink-wards on the second.

  104. Get involved

    #bestsportingevent

    In anticipation of the Ryder Cup, we've been asking you what the best sporting event of all is...

    David Ramo: World Cup final, without a doubt!! Nothing else unites the world! When you're talking about the Superbowl, that's only in America. The world cup final gets everyone up from North, South, America, to Europe, Africa, Asia and even the tiny islands in the pacific wake up in the middle of the morning to watch the greatest sporting event in the world.

    Marie Kleemann Simonsen: Greatest sporting event on earth? I say: Arctic Winter Games. Youth of the Arctic meets every 2nd year in Canada, Alaska or Greenland. They compete in 21 different sports and culture. in 2016 the games will be held in Nuuk, Greenland.

    Frankie Jackson: Easily the Ryder Cup. So different to what you see the rest of the season. This is how golf should be played and this is how golf should be cheered on. So much passion.

  105. Slade in Cardif

    Football

    Russell Slade

    Here's the latest on Cardiff City managerial target Russell Slade from BCC Sport Wales's Rob Phillips:

    "Russell Slade is in Cardiff today having handed in his resignation as manager of Leyton Orient last night.

    "As Orient said in their statement last night, they have now handed the ''file'' over to their lawyers and it remains to be seen whether the clubs can reach agreement on some sort of compensation. That will be the key factor today.

    "Ideally Cardiff would like the Slade deal to be sealed and announced today before presenting him at their regular pre-match press conference tomorrow morning."

  106. Question of Sport teaser

    Here's today Question of Sport teaser to ponder over your lunch hour...

    Since 1990, who are the 11 golfers with five letter surnames to play for Europe at the Ryder Cup?

    We'll bring you the answer later this afternoon.

  107. Your best sporting event

    Coming soon

    Soon we will be opening the vote to find out the best sporting event. Here are three of the options to vote on.

    MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

    Superbowl: The Superbowl is the pinnacle of American football, held early each year. It has been held 48 times, and the event includes a half-time show featuring the biggest names in music. Seattle Seahawks won Superbowl XLVIII, beating Denver Broncos 43-8 in New Jersey (pictured above).

    Rugby World Cup final: Played every four years, this match decides who are the world champions. New Zealand are the current holders after winning the 2011 tournament, and England, winners in 2003, host the competition next year.

    Ryder Cup: The best European golfers take on the elite from America. Held every two years, each side features 12 players, competing over three days in a series of fourball, foursome and singles matches. A team needs to reach 14.5 points to win the Ryder Cup.

  108. Lancashire move closer to survival

    Cricket

    Glen Chapple

    Lancashire have claimed the much-needed batting bonus point in their County Championship Division One relegation decider against Middlesex.

    They have reached 300-8 and immediately declared, with skipper Glen Chapple unbeaten on 45.

    That now means that if the Red Rose win the match, they will stay up and send Middlesex down.

  109. No US takeover for Spurs

    Football

    American investment firm Cain Hoy is no longer considering making an offer to buy Tottenham, the company has said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

    The US group had been assessing a cash offer for the London club but has now terminated its assessment.

    Spurs had always denied that owner Joe Lewis was seeking to sell up.

  110. Kirwan to coach Baa-Baas

    Rugby union

    Meanwhile, Sir John Kirwan has been announced as the coach of the Barbarians in their November matches against Australia and the Leicester Tigers.

    Kirwan - a World Cup winner with New Zealand in his playing career - currently coaches the Auckland Blues and has had spells in charge of Italy and Japan.

  111. Wallabies change three

    Rugby union

    Adam Ashley-Cooper

    Australia have made three changes for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

    Saia Fainga'a comes in for Tatafu Polota-Nau at hooker, and on the wings Adam Ashley-Cooper (pictured) replaces Peter Betham and Joe Tomane ousts Rob Horne.

    Australia are currently second in the standings and beat the Springboks 24-23 in the reverse fixture in Perth.

  112. Poulter makes a wayward start

    Golf

    Ian Poulter

    Here's a nice little nugget from our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Gleneagles:

    "Still a clear 20 hours to go until the gun goes, but stands around the first tee and down the rolling fairway packed to the scaffolding line for the final European practice group of the day. Respectful applause for Henrik Stenson, standing ovation for Justin Rose, whooping and hollering for Talisman Poulter.

    "The man with the 80% winning Ryder Cup record responds by bumping his fist on chest badge and then pointing in ostentatious fashion at the panorama of support all around. That he sends his drive way left and his replacement way right rather spoils the effect, but still."

  113. Vote for the best sporting event

    Coming soon

    We have been asking for the best sporting event. We have compiled a list of 12 options, and you will be able to vote for your favourite.

    Voting will begin in the early afternoon, and before then we will be profiling each event.

    The options are: Superbowl, Rugby World Cup final, Ryder Cup, Champions League final, Olympic 100m final, Grand National, Monaco Grand Prix, Wimbledon final, Ashes, London Marathon, FA Cup final, World Cup final.

  114. Suarez back among the goals

    Football

    Luis Suarez

    In case you missed it, Barcelona striker Luis Suarez returned to action yesterday.

    Suarez has been banned from official matches until 24 October as a result of his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup but can play in friendlies.

    He took on the mighty Indonesia under-19s and rather enjoyed himself, bagging two goals in a rather leisurely workout as Barca cruised to a 6-0 win.

  115. Get involved

    #bestsportingevent

    The Ryder Cup gets underway tomorrow at Gleneagles, but is it the best sporting event on earth? You've been having your say...

    Small Man Peaky: The Olympics. No other sporting event brings such unlikely heroes into the public sphere.

    Rob Meech: For sheer drama, it has to be the Ryder Cup. Medinah was like no other sports event ever witnessed.

    Callum Rudd: Nothing gets me more excited than the World Cup, but for once a year - the Superbowl!

    Keep your suggestions coming in!

  116. Bouchard and Kvitova win through

    Tennis

    Eugenie Bouchard

    A couple of results to bring you up to date with from the Wuhan Open, the WTA tournament taking place in China.

    There have been plenty of upsets in this tournament so far but no surprises in the quarter-finals, with world number three Petra Kvitova and world number nine Eugenie Bouchard defeating Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet respectively.

    You'll remember that Kvitova and Bouchard met in this year's Wimbledon final and they could meet again in the final in China.

  117. Marvellous

    BBC Two, 21:00 BST

    Allow us to give you a nudge in the direction of a terrific programme on BBC Two tonight.

    Stoke City

    Marvellous is an uplifting drama based on the true story of Neil 'Nello' Baldwin, played by Toby Jones, a man who defied being labelled as having learning difficulties to lead a remarkable life.

    After a spell as a circus clown, Neil was offered a job as kit man for Stoke City Football Club by then manager Lou Macari (pictured below right, with actor Tony Curran who plays him).

    Marvellous

    Make sure you catch it at 21:00 BST this evening. Lou has also done an excellent Q&A on the BBC TV Blog, which you can read on our football pages.

  118. Listen to County Championship commentary

    Cricket

    As mentioned, it is a crucial day in the County Championship. You can listen to all of the action on BBC local radio.

    Division One

    Lancashire v Middlesex (BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC London 94.9). Also available on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Northants v Sussex (BBC Radio Northampton and BBC Sussex).

    Warwickshire v Durham (BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Newcastle).

    Yorkshire v Somerset (BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Somerset and BBC Radio Bristol).

  119. Ryder Cup: how the teams compare

    Golf

    Europe v USA

    Wondering how the two teams compare in the Ryder Cup? Wonder no more. Check out this snazzy graphic that tells you all you need to know about the relative strengths and weaknesses of Europe and the USA.

  120. QPR news conference

    Southampton v QPR (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Harry Redknapp says he's upbeat on QPR's survival prospects.

    "Losing Remy on deadline day was a blow but other than that I think we're OK. I think we'll be fine, the players we've bought in will be decent footballers for the club. I'm very confident we'll be OK."

    Redknapp says Saturday's opponents Southampton are "certainly looking the real deal so far. They're a powerful outfit and I've been surprised how well they've done. Ronald Koeman was a fantastic footballer and he's done a fantastic job so far."

    Will he be joining Koeman on Twitter? "Not a chance. I don't know what it is. I don't remember Jimmy Greaves going on Twitter when he scored his 48th goal of the season!"

  121. County Championship preview

    Cricket

    Heading into the penultimate day of the County Championship season, there's still plenty to play for at the bottom end of Division One and at the top of Division Two.

    Lancashire kept alive their hopes of survival on day two of their relegation decider against Middlesex at Old Trafford, reaching 259-6 in reply to the visitors' 214. The Red Rose, who must win the match, need to reach 300 to earn a third batting bonus point, while also ensuring that Middlesex do not claim a third bowling bonus point.

    In the second tier, Hampshire are edging closer to promotion, set to resume their second innings on 175-3 against Glamorgan at Cardiff, leading by 360 and knowing victory will send them up to Division One.

    A win for them may also be enough to sneak the title from already-promoted Worcestershire, who are 113-2 in their second innings against fellow high-flyers Essex at Chelmsford, but still trailing by 234 runs on the hosts' first-innings score of 431.

  122. QPR news conference

    Southampton v QPR (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Redknapp answers the question everyone's dying to know - will he be watching the Ryder Cup?

    "I'm with them all the way. I love Paul McGinley, he's a smashing fella and I'm desperate for him to captain the team to victory. I'll be glued to the TV all day on Sunday."

    Is he dreading the visit to former club Southampton? "You always get a bit of grief there. Last time I played there it was my birthday and we won so hopefully we can get another win."

  123. On this day in sport

    1962: Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of their world heavyweight title fight at Comiskey Park, Chicago. Patterson, conceding almost 12 kilograms in weight to the challenger, was the first man to lose the heavyweight title in the first round.

    Jonathan Edwards

    2000: Jonathan Edwards won gold at the Sydney Olympics in the triple jump.

    2005: Spain's Fernando Alonso became the youngest Formula One world champion at the age of 24 after finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  124. Neil Warnock news conference

    Crystal Palace v Leicester (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Palace go into the game on the back of a 3-2 League Cup defeat at the hands of Newcastle. However, Warnock believes his players can take plenty of encouragement from the game.

    "It gave me a chance to look at everybody and they all played well against a strong team," he says. "It showed we've got a good squad and I was quite happy with it.

    "I was told we didn't come from behind very often last year but we've done that a couple of times since I've been here and it's all about belief."

  125. QPR news conference

    Southampton v QPR (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Here's Harry Redknapp on QPR's dodgy form on the road: "We're playing OK at home, our home form's been decent. We've got to improve on our away form, which hasn't been good enough."

    On their opponents on Saturday, Southampton: "Ronald Koeman's done an amazing job there and they play some good football. It's good what they've achieved."

  126. Neil Warnock news conference

    Crystal Palace v Leicester (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Leicester beat Manchester United 5-3 in a remarkable encounter on Sunday, but Neil Warnock refuses to read too much into that match.

    "I don't look at that game," the Palace manager says. "I look at the way they beat Stoke. Man United was a very unusual game so I don't think you can take much out of it other than the fact they took their chances very well."

    Warnock is, however, impressed with the start made by Nigel Pearson's side.

    "Nigel's been building a team for a couple of years now and he's done a fantastic job," he adds. "It's not always been simple at Leicester and he's got a very good group, similar to ours in terms of character I think, and they're not frightened of anything. They've made the Premier League look quite easy actually."

  127. QPR news conference

    Southampton v QPR (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Harry Redknapp

    Here's QPR boss Harry Redknapp before their trip to high-flying Southampton on Saturday. He's running late due to a few problems with his new car, apparently.

    "Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are not available for sure," Redknapp says. "We're waiting to see if Niko Krancjar and Sandro will be available."

    On Sandro's reported knee-slide injury: "Sandro says he didn't injure himself celebrating. I thought he did but he doesn't score too many goals so it shouldn't be a problem."

  128. Bobsleigh allows mixed teams

    Winter sports

    GB four-man bobsleigh team

    The world governing body for bobsleigh, FIBT, have announced that they will allow mixed gender teams to compete in the four-man bobsleigh.

    "We follow the spirit and movements of our time," said FIBT President Ivo Ferriani. "There is a strong belief in the FIBT that men and women can compete together in four-man."

    Mixed teams have recently competed in relay events at the 2014 European Swimming Championships and at the Commonwealth Games in triathlon.

  129. Neil Warnock news conference

    Crystal Palace v Leicester (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    On a relentless morning of press conferences, here are the thoughts of Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock prior to his side's meeting with Leicester at Selhurst Park on Saturday...

    Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock

    "I think striker Marouane Chamakh will be available. He was close last weekend but we felt it was not worth the risk. Other than that, everybody is fit."

  130. Sam Allardyce news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Sam Allardyce is hopeful his West Ham side can claim a shock result at Old Trafford on Saturday. He says: "We may not have as much possession as Man United, but if we do have a chance to score a goal we have to score it."

  131. Get involved

    #bestsportingevent

    In the build-up to the Ryder Cup, we have been asking you what the best sporting event on earth is...

    Chris McCartin: Best sporting event has to be the Olympics or the World Cup but the Americans may say the Superbowl!

    Dave King: The Olympics. They introduce people to new sports and for those two weeks, EVERY sport matters.

    Rhys Llwyd: The Llandyrnog & District Summer League, obviously.

    Keep them coming via Twitter, on 81111 and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  132. Sam Allardyce news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and he has been giving his views on Manchester United's shock 5-3 defeat by Leicester on Sunday.

    Manchester United v Leicester

    "There wasn't a problem for Manchester United last week until the penalty, but they seemed to lose their focus at 3-3," says Allardyce. "Leicester took full advantage. Up to that point they were using their talent, controlling possession and creating chances.

    "It turned against them, but for us we just have to try and control the talent they have and hopefully we can be as good as we were at taking the ball off Liverpool.

    "We will still be going to Manchester United as underdogs but hopefully we can go there, give an outstanding performance and get a result."

  133. Sam Allardyce news conference

    Manchester United v West Ham (15:00 BST, Saturday)

    Here's West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "Cheikhou Kouyate will be out for a number of weeks and that's a bit of a blow to us. After that we've got no new injuries.

    "Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis are back training for the first time today but they won't be available for Saturday.

    "Andy Carroll could be December, could be a little earlier depending on how the rehabilitation goes. We will be ultra safe though."

  134. Get involved

    #bestsportingevent

    This morning on Sportsday we're marking the final day before the Ryder Cup. The prospect of Europe and USA's top golfers duking it out is certainly an exciting one, but is it the best sporting event?

    This morning we're asking you to tell us what your favourite sporting event is. Does golf's intercontinental showdown take top honours in your book, or is the World Cup final king? Perhaps you think the Ashes is unsurpassable, or the Monaco GP is unbeatable.

    Let us know on 81111, or on the BBC Sport Facebook page, or via Twitter using the hashtag #bestsportingevent.

  135. Manager news conferences

    Football

    We will soon hear from QPR manager Harry Redknapp and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. We will bring you the best quotes from their news conferences shortly.

    West Ham face Louis van Gaal's Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, while QPR are away at Southampton.

  136. View from Gleneagles

    Golf

    Ryder Cup view

    Martin Kaymer's caddie Craig Connelly on Twitter: Atmosphere building up nicely... View from the @rydercupEUROPE team room.

  137. Rose dismisses 'litigation' furore

    Golf

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Gleneagles

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose is hit with the "litigation" question first up in his news conference. Asked to respond to Phil Mickelson's jibe that the at least the US don't litigate against each other (re the court case involving McIlroy and McDowell): "Of course it's a bit of banter and getting things going. We don't have a problem with that at all.

    "There's no real angst between the players from that point of view at all, and in our team room, it's a non-issue. I've obviously been observing Rory and G-Mac, too, and they have been getting on great and playing golf and hanging out and having dinners together.

    "The atmosphere is fantastic in our team room. Of course, yeah, it was mentioned last night. Phil came up to Rory last night and was like, hey, this and that. It's no real big deal."

  138. Everton news conference

    Football

    Tim Howard

    Here's what Roberto Martinez makes of goalkeeper Tim Howard's recent struggles:

    "Any player that comes from the World Cup needs a little bit of an adaptation period. We know what level Tim can reach and when you get a performance that is a little bit below his standards it surprises you more than with anyone else.

    "I thought he was outstanding against Wolfsburg but he'll be the first one to admit that the second goal against Crystal Palace is something you don't see in his repertoire. But he's been working really hard and he has the potential to have a really strong season."

  139. Ian Poulter news conference

    Golf

    Europe's Ian Poulter is speaking at a news conference and responds to comments from the American camp that they will target him as a key player in this weekend's Ryder Cup.

    Ian Poulter

    "I've put a lot of blue on the board in the past and helped the team over the line, and that's something I'm very proud of," says Poulter. "For someone like Tom Watson to pay me that compliment is amazing.

    "I put a lot of pressure of myself and I demand a lot of myself."

  140. Everton press conference

    Football

    More from Martinez.

    On Everton's defensive woes. "It's an area that we've been quite poor, and we need to improve."

    But he says Everton won't change their approach. "We'll always approach games to win games, but it's important that we don't become a team that concede games easily."

    On facing Liverpool without Luis Suarez: "Every team changes, when you change personnel you need to find different ways of playing. We understand that it's early on in the season and they're adapting to new ways of playing. It will be an open game, the quality of the two sides is very high and they want to be brave."

  141. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez

    We've got the first in a busy day of Premier League press conferences now. Let's hear from Everton manager Roberto Martinez before Saturday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

    Here's what he has to say on the club's injury list: "Steven Pienaar is recovering really well. The same with Seamus Coleman. It's too early to tell if they're going to be fit for Saturday. Ross Barkley is recovering quicker than we thought. Oviedo and Gibson are fully fit."

    On the story of Manchester City's interest: "It's a rumour. We take it as a footballing compliment and we'll leave it there. We haven't had any enquiries for him."

  142. Gyan denies ritual sacrifice

    Football

    Asamoah Gyan

    Here's a story that may have caught your eye this morning, if you're one of those people whose eye is drawn to phrases like "ritual sacrifice" amid a welter of League Cup match reports and transfer stories.

    Ghana footballer Asamoah Gyan says that claims that he killed his friend and Ghanaian rapper Castro as part of a ritual sacrifice are "wild and absurd".

    Afrobeats artist Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing in July while using jet skis on holiday with former Sunderland striker Gyan's family in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada.

  143. Ryder Cup final practice groups

    Golf

    It's the last day of practice before the Ryder Cup begins tomorrow at Gleneagles, so this morning's practice groups could help us divine who will be teeing off together in tomorrow morning's fourballs. Or they could be a complete red herring. Either way, let's hear from our man at Gleneagles, Rob Hodgetts.

    "Breezy morning in the Glen. Low-level cloud, brooding in patches, thinning in others.

    "European captain Paul McGinley has shuffled the deck in today's final practice. Groups are: Thomas Bjorn, Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia; Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood, Victor Dubuisson, Graeme McDowell; Poulter, Rose, Henrik Stenson, Jamie Donaldson.

    "US skipper Tom Watson has stuck with the same quartets (reminiscent of Paul Azinger's pod system from 2008): Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker; Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson; Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth."

  144. Juve and Roma set the pace

    Football

    Gazzetta dello Sport front page

    In Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport concentrates on Juventus and Roma, who continue to set the early pace in Serie A. Both clubs preserved their 100% record in last night's round of fixtures, as Juventus beat Cesena 3-0 and Roma claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Parma.

    'Juventus and Roma ahead of the rest', the paper's headline says. Inter Milan are four points back in third after they beat Atalanta 2-0.

  145. Malaga frustrate Barca

    Football

    Sport front page

    Let's have a brief look at this morning's papers on the continent. Spanish daily Sport focuses on Barcelona's disappointing 0-0 draw at Malaga last night. It's the first time the Catalan giants have dropped points in La Liga this season.

    Even our non-Spanish readers may be able to work out the gist of that headline - 'Without shooting it's impossible to win', the paper advises archly.

    In other Spanish results last night, defending champions Atletico Madrid beat Almeria 1-0 and early pace-setters Sevilla claimed a narrow win over Real Sociedad by the same scoreline.

  146. Riviere gets off the mark

    Football

    Daily Star back page

    The Daily Star leads on Newcastle's comeback win over Crystal Palace, focusing on the performance of striker Emmanuel Riviere.

    The Frenchman bagged his first two goals for the club and the paper says he "broke his Newcastle duck in style".

    The Star also has a story on Southampton boss Ronald Koeman's plea to England manager Roy Hodgson to reward Saints defender Nathaniel Clyne for his fine form with an England call-up.

  147. Wiggins rides to glory

    Cycling

    The Times back page

    The Times leads on Sir Bradley Wiggins' victory in the world time-trial championship in Ponferrada. The Briton finally won his first time-trial world title at the age of 34, beating three-time winner Tony Martin of Germany into a distant second place.

    The paper says he "reasserted his claim to be Britain's greatest road cyclist...in a perfectly judged performance".

    "I knew coming into it that I had the legs," Wiggins said. "Once I saw the course I realised if I was ever going to beat Tony again it was on a course like this."

  148. Phil takes the Mick

    Golf

    Daily Express back page

    Time for a whistlestop tour of this morning's back pages. The Express leads on a story that is dominating many of the nationals this morning - Phil Mickelson's joke at Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell's expense.

    Mickelson "took a swipe at Europe by saying they will go into their Ryder Cup defence tomorrow a divided team because of the ongoing legal spat" between the Northern Irishmen, the paper says.

    Asked about the American team's perceived lack of togetherness in past Ryder Cups, he quipped: "Not only are we able to play together, we also don't litigate against each other."

  149. Luck of the draw

    Football

    Nottingham Forest fans

    In last night's other ties, Tottenham beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 on a night when Forest fans donned green jerseys to commemorate late manager Brian Clough, West Brom came back from two goals down to edge Hull 3-2 and Burton were knocked out by Brighton in a 3-0 defeat.

    The drama didn't stop there though. Oh no. There was more excitement to come as the draw for the fourth round took place.

    That threw up Manchester City v Newcastle, Liverpool v Swansea, and the most romantic tie of the round, Shrewsbury v Chelsea at Greenhous Meadow.

  150. Newcastle ease pressure on Pardew

    Football

    Paul Dummett celebrates

    But the unofficial honours for Most Morale-Boosting Win of the Night go to Newcastle United. The Magpies relieved the pressure on beleaguered boss Alan Pardew with another gutsy display as they won 3-2 at Crystal Palace.

    Dwight Gayle put Palace ahead from the penalty spot before Emmanuel Riviere put the visitors in front with his first two goals for the club. But when Sulley Kaikai levelled and Mehdi Abeid was dismissed in extra time, it seemed the match was going only one way. Geordie defender Paul Dummett had other ideas though as he headed an unlikely winner for Newcastle to send the travelling fans into raptures.

    Pardew said: "I thought our fans were terrific. They made a conscious effort to support the team rather than it being about me or my position. They helped us."

  151. Chelsea squeeze through

    Football

    Oscar and John Obi Mikel

    Joining Manchester City in the hat for the next round are Lampard's former club Chelsea, but their progress last night was far less serene. They edged past Bolton 2-1 with Oscar grabbing the decisive goal. French centre-back Kurt Zouma had put the Blues ahead on his debut before Matt Mills levelled for Wanderers.

    Still, Chelsea assistant Steve Holland was upbeat. "Several of our players who probably needed a game now have 90 minutes under their belts heading into two or three important fixtures," he said. "It's a good situation to be in."

  152. Man City smash Sheffield Wednesday

    Football

    Manchester City

    Manchester City cruised into the fourth round of the League Cup with a comprehensive win over Sheffield Wednesday. On-loan midfielder Frank Lampard continued his good goalscoring form with a double, and Edin Dzeko also grabbed two as the holders began the defence of their trophy in impressive style.

    "I think it was very important for Frank Lampard to score again. He's a very important player," said manager Manuel Pellegrini. "I said after the game against Chelsea that he's an important player for our team."

    Will City still let him leave in January? "We must talk about a lot of things but it's not impossible to stay," Pellegrini said.

  153. Good morning

    Hello and welcome to today's Sportsday. A busy day in prospect as we look back at last night's League Cup action, bring you the latest from today's Premier League press conferences, and look ahead to the Ryder Cup, which begins tomorrow at Gleneagles. And as ever, we'll be keeping you up to date on the latest breaking news, transfer gossip and social media.

    So without further ado, let's get the show on the road.