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Jamie Strickland and Steve Canavan

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  1. That's all folks

    It's been another hectic day. Thanks for your company and we'll do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    But the action doesn't end here. Oh no, stay on the BBC Sport website for full live text commentary from tonight's Premier League courtesy of Stoke and Newcastle. Enjoy.

  2. Mata's praise for team-mates


    David De Gea

    Juan Mata has called his Manchester United team-mate David De Gea "one of the most-skilled goalkeepers I have ever seen".

    De Gea played his 100th Premier League game on Saturday when United beat West Ham.

    Writing in his weekly blog, Mata also paid tribute to Reds' teenager Paddy McNair, who made his debut at the weekend.

    "Making a debut with Manchester United at Old Trafford being just 19 is amazing, and I am sure he will always remember this day," said Mata.

    "It's good for the young players to see that they can fit in the first team. It has always happened in this club and it's a good tradition to keep. In my opinion, Paddy has a bright future ahead."

  3. Get involved

    We asked which innovations you would like to see introduced in sport on the back of Harry Redknapp's call for temporary substitutions.

    Here's the final selection of suggestions, which, as we near the day's end, are just getting weirder and weirder...

    Steven McNamara: Shut the deadline day before the season starts. Can't bear those deadline day countdown reporters hogging the limelight.

    David Findlay: How about no points to both teams for a no score draw?

    Jamois: Instead of penalties after extra time, take one man from each side off every five minutes till someone scores.

    Thanks for your help and involvement, it's much appreciated as always.

  4. Benteke's goalscoring return


    Christian Benteke, Aston Villa

    We mentioned earlier that striker Christian Benteke might return after five months out injured when Aston Villa face Manchester City on Saturday.

    The prospect seems a little more likely now as Benteke made a scoring comeback today in Villa under-21s' 3-0 win over Bolton.

    Benteke, 23, scored a penalty and played 63 minutes, his first action since rupturing his Achilles at the end of last season - an injury which forced him to miss the World Cup.

    Boss Paul Lambert is understandably pretty chuffed, saying: "Christian played for about an hour and we're delighted with how he came through the game."

  5. Greek fan dies after attack


    This weekend's Super League matches have been suspended by the Greek government as a mark of respect to a 46-year-old football fan, who has died two weeks after being attacked at a third division match in Crete.

    Kostas Katsoulis, a supporter of Ethnikos, was attacked along with other fans by about 30 supporters of a rival team.

    Police have arrested three people in connection with the attack.

  6. McClaren's methods praised


    Steve McClaren

    Derby County full back Craig Forsyth reckons the reason the Rams are doing so well is because the players have fully bought into Steve McClaren's coaching methods.

    Derby made it to the Championship play-off final last season - losing to QPR - and lie sixth in the table this term.

    McClaren will celebrate a year in charge when his team take on Bournemouth tomorrow and Forsyth said:: "The record since he (McClaren) came in is very good and the way we finished last season shows what we are looking to do.

    "The manager has had time to put his ideas across and everyone has bought into it, put the hard work in on the training pitch, and the results are showing for themselves."

  7. Messi is magic - Enrique


    Barca coach Luis Enrique also described the recent performances of Lionel Messi, who has scored five goals and set up six more in La Liga this season, as "incredible".

    "We will see what his stats are at the end of the season, but he is a difference maker," said Enrique.

    "He is scoring goals, creating goals and doing other things which you might not notice as much.

    "He is still the number one player in the world in several different aspects of football."

  8. Enrique stays cool over Zlatan


    Luis Enrique, Barcelona boss

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has just faced the world's media ahead of the Spanish giants' Champions League trip to French champions Paris St-Germain.

    And he appears unruffled by the news that PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out through injury for the home side.

    "Ibrahimovic not playing doesn't change anything for me," says Enrique.

    "Of course he is an important player for any team and therefore PSG. But as far as I'm approaching the game, nothing has changed. PSG are still dangerous opponents and have got other players in the squad who can hurt us."

    Bet the ice-cool boss is delighted inside…

  9. Seasiders double swoop


    Blackpool, without a win in their first nine games and bottom of the Championship, have signed two players ahead of their trip to Middlesbrough tomorrow.

    Free agents Andre Blackman, 23, and Formose Mendy, 25 have signed deals till the end of the season.

    Blackman, a winger, came through the youth system at Arsenal and Tottenham, and has since played for the likes of AFC Wimbledon and Celtic.

    Midfielder Mendy played for Puertollano and Sporting Gijon in Spain, and has one international cap for Guinea-Bissau.

  10. Onwards and upwards for Saints


    Ronald Koeman

    You might expect Southampton boss Ronald Koeman to attempt to play down expectations after the club's excellent start to the Premier League campaign.

    Not a bit of it.

    The Dutchman says the Saints, who lost most of their big-name players in the summer, must improve on last season's eighth-place finish.

    "Eighth was a formidable achievement last season but I feel we can do better," Koeman said.

    "You can say it has gone beyond expectations because we lost a lot of players and had to buy a lot in.

    "For that kind of transition you need time, but from the beginning it has gone really well."

  11. Men of Steel

    Rugby League

    Castleford Tigers hooker Daryl Clark has been shortlisted for the 2014 Super League Man of Steel and young player of the year awards.

    The 21-year-old joins St Helens hooker James Roby, Leeds veteran Jamie Peacock and Warrington prop Chris Hill in the running for the 2014 honour.

    Roby (2007) and Peacock (2003) are both previous Man of Steel winners.

  12. Drogba explains all


    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has taken to twitter to explain why he hasn't travelled with the squad for tomorrow's Champions League match at Sporting Lisbon.

    "Seems I came back too quickly from my ankle injury and have aggravated it further in training so won't be travelling with team today," he posted.

    "Gutted not to be fit but wishing team all the best."

  13. McDowell had Ryder Cup doubts


    Graeme McDowell

    Graeme McDowell has admitted he had brief doubts about Paul McGinley's Ryder Cup master plan, but now feels the Irishman has broken the mould for future European captains.

    McDowell played only in the foursomes prior to his Sunday singles match, in which he went three down after six holes to Jordan Spieth.

    "The first six holes I was doubting how much I had played and was a little undercooked," McDowell said. "I had not hit many iron shots because of the way it worked out in foursomes on that course.

    "But Paul has been the best captain I have played under. For a guy who sits in front of 12 players whose careers will probably be better than his, the respect he commanded in the team room, the intelligence he spoke with ... his message was so clear all week.

    "I actually found myself listening to him thinking 'This guy is impressive. This guy is educated, this guy has really put a lot into what he's saying."

  14. A strange week - De Gea


    While speaking to the media, Man United keeper David De Gea also admitted it is odd not to be involved in Champions League action this week.

    "It is strange for the team, for us," the Spaniard said. "This club is used to playing Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup. It is difficult for us but we have more time to prepare for games."

    He's not wrong about that - United's next game isn't until Sunday when they host Everton.

  15. We will cope without Rooney


    David de Gea

    Manchester United keeper David de Gea claims other players are ready to step into the breach to fill the void left by Wayne Rooney's three-match suspension.

    Rooney will miss all his side's games in October, starting against his former side Everton on Sunday and including Chelsea's trip to Old Trafford, after being sent off during United's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over West Ham.

    "Wayne is a really important player for us and he's the captain but we have other players ready to play these games," said De Gea.

    "Fletch (Darren Fletcher) is the next captain and I think he will be a great captain.

    "Of course it was a red card but Wayne Rooney is a top player and I think he has to keep going."

  16. Ibrahimovic out of Barca game


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of tomorrow's Champions League home clash against Barcelona.

    The French champions say Ibrahimovic, who played for Barcelona in the 2009-10 season, has not fully recovered from the heel injury which has kept him out of the last two Ligue 1 games.

    PSG began their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ajax.

  17. Get involved

    We asked which innovations you would like to see introduced in sport on the back of Harry Redknapp's call for temporary substitutions.

    Here's are some of the ideas you've posted on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Black Roberts: Video refereeing - so simple and works in other sports. Would stop all the debate with penalties, diving and card offences. Honestly no idea why it hasn't been implemented yet.

    Parvez Siddiqui:Why aren't there 5/10 minute sin bins for a yellow card? First yellow card sin bin, second yellow card equals red card equals sent off. It would eradicate cynical yellow card challenges if your team went down to 10 men or less.

    Derek Lawler: Make the crossbar a foot higher and penalty box a yard wider and yard longer.

    Kabelo Letshwene: Award teams a bonus point for scoring four goals or more in a match, just as they do in rugby when four tries are scored.

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

  18. Loris happy with Tottenham fight


    Hugo Lloris, Tottenham

    Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris says the weekend point in the big North London derby at Arsenal was a reward for the "fight" Spurs displayed.

    "It was a really tough game and we showed a great spirit," said the French international keeper. "We know that we could improve with the ball, but defensively we were strong.

    "Arsenal were strong, especially in the second half but defensively we had a great display and we deserved a point.

    "We were rewarded for our fight because we put a lot into the game and if we keep this kind of spirit we can do a lot this season."

  19. Saints confident on England trio

    Rugby Union

    Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder does not expect injuries to Tom Wood, Courtney Lawes and Alex Corbisiero to affect their availability for England's autumn internationals in November.

    Flanker Wood (back) and lock Lawes (shoulder) missed Saturday's Premiership win over Bath, while prop Corbisiero (also shoulder) came off during the game.

    But Mallinder told BBC Radio 5 live he expects Lawes and Corbisiero to feature against London Irish this weekend, while Wood should return to action "in the next week or two".

  20. Lisbon here we come



    Cesar Azpilicueta has tweeted this Chelsea selfie with Oscar, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.

    The players are on the plane, heading to Lisbon for the Blue's Champions League clash with Sporting tomorrow.

  21. Veteran Chapple unsure on Lancashire future


    Captain Glen Chapple does not know in which capacity he will be Lancashire next season following their relegation to Division Two of the County Championship.

    The 40-year-old seamer, who has been with the Red Rose county for more than two decades, combined playing and coaching duties in 2014 following the departure of Peter Moores to rejoin the England setup in April.

    Asked if he will remain as a player next year, Chapple told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I'm not sure, we'll have to see. I'm content in the fact that my body is holding up well and I'm enjoying playing. I'm fairly safe in the knowledge that I could play if I wanted to."

    Lancashire drew their final match of the season against Middlesex last week to confirm an immediate return to the second tier.

  22. Golf


    Paul McGinley

    Victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should succeed him.

    McGinley is part of a five-man committee that will choose the European captain for 2016.

    Clarke initially backed McGinley's bid to be the 2014 captain, only to put himself forward and then move on to supporting Colin Montgomerie.

    "I'm going to be very professional in my input," said McGinley.

  23. No Drogba for Chelsea


    Didier Drogba, Chelsea

    Didier Drogba has not travelled with Chelsea for their Champions League Group G clash at Sporting Lisbon tomorrow.

    Diego Costa did board the plane for the trip though, despite an ongoing hamstring problem which has previously limited his involvement to one game a week.

    Drogba, 36, who scored the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup final win before leaving Chelsea, started the opening 1-1 draw with Schalke in place of Costa.

  24. Get involved

    We asked earlier which innovations you would like to see introduced in sport on the back of Harry Redknapp's call for temporary substitutions.

    Here's a few responses so far.

    John McEnerney: The fans should vote if a player deserves his wages (none of them do) based on performance. Don't think Ozil would fancy it.

    Sam Bryant: How about making whoever the ref deems to have been fouled in the box be the person that takes the penalty?

    Joshua Tucker: To lower time wasting, don't allow subs during extra time and have a set time to take a free kick/goal kick, such as 20 seconds.

    Any more for any more? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  25. Santa Claus: The Movers



    FC Santa Claus, a football team from Lapland, were promoted to Finland's second division after beating Rotuaarin Pallo 1-0 on Sunday.

    Santa Claus clinched first place in the third division with 50 points - and 104 goals - from 20 games.

    The team, founded in 1993, comes from Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland near the Arctic Circle, which is normally covered in snow from October to April. The region claims to be Santa's home.

    Team spokesman Jouni Toyras said: "We're happy to show people that we're in this for fun, but we also take it seriously as you can see from our fine result."

  26. Saints go marching on


    Southampton are flying in the Premier League at the moment, second top behind Chelsea.

    They've made a fantastic start despite losing some of their biggest names in the summer but while some maybe surprised, captain Jose Fonte isn't.

    "Everyone expected us to drop our level and standards, but we showed as a club and a group of players our qualities, our passion and strong mentality. This club is a winning club," he said.

    "Whoever comes here needs to understand that we're going forward, we're going upwards. That's how we do it here - we try to win every game.

    "I'm pleased that we've been showing that we can compete and be at the very top."

  27. Baxter backs Waldrom for England

    Rugby Union

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says number eight Thomas Waldrom should be considered for a recall to the England squad.

    The five-time capped 31-year-old, who in the summer, has scored three tries in four Premiership games this season.

    "People have been banging the drum for Nick Easter for a long time and Harlequins say age shouldn't be a barrier," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon.

    "Well Tom's a good deal younger and he's playing really well."

  28. Murray back in action


    Russell Fuller, Radio 5 live tennis correspondent

    "Andy Murray plays his first round match against Jerzy Janowicz at the ATP event in Beijing from 11.30 BST on Tuesday.

    "He's currently 10th in the Race to London, with all those still in with a chance of qualifying for the World Tour Finals competing in either Beijing or Tokyo.

    "Rafa Nadal is in Beijing, and playing his first tournament since Wimbledon - having apparently recovered from a right wrist injury."

  29. Get involved

    We asked you a earlier which innovations you would like to see introduced in sport on the back of Harry Redknapp's call for temporary substitutions.

    Here's just a couple of your responses so far.

    Tony Kibble: someone sent off when injuring a player, they are suspended for the length of the injury.

    Vincenzo: Football jobshare. 2 players for each position and they can freely change many times during a game. no more fatigue.

    Any more for any more? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. Mancini tips Roma to upset City


    Roberto Mancini

    Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Roma can pull off a Champions League upset at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

    "The key is to counter quickly and seize any chances City might offer," said Mancini, who spent four years as a player for Roma's great rivals Lazio. "A full-strength Roma can beat City."

    Speaking in Gazzetta dello Sport, Mancini added: "I still feel City is a part of me. City's strong point is the players with whom I won three titles: Yaya Toure, Zabaleta, Aguero, Dzeko, Silva.

    "I have fond memories of almost all the players I worked with at City."

  31. Scotland slump to Tasmania defeat


    Scotland made a miserable start to their World Cup 2015 warm-up tour, suffering a 186-run hammering by Tasmania in their opening match.

    Former Scottish Saltires batsman Eddie Cowan did much of the damage as he hit a century for the home side.

    The visitors have six more matches to play on tour as they prepare for next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

  32. Fun times down at Old Trafford


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "Rooney, Van Persie, De Gea and Angel Di Maria participating in a sustainability quiz at Old Trafford. No really."

    I think Mr Rooney's body language says it all.

    Wayne Rooney
  33. BBL back with a bang


    The BBL season is back in full swing, with last year's champions Worcester Wolves kicking off their title defence with an 86-81 win over Newcastle Eagles,

    You can get a full rundown of the results and reaction from the opening weekend in BBC Sport's BBL round-up.

  34. Here's your starter for 10...


    Oldham Athletic

    BBC Sport's Mike Keegan noticed this in the Oldham Athletic matchday programme on Saturday.

    'Who captained England in the 1966 World Cup? Steve Bruce' is one of a few answers that might not get these two on University Challenge anytime soon.

    On the bright side, Oldham fared well on the pitch - they beat Scunthorpe 3-2 and are now unbeaten in seven games in League One.

  35. Portsmouth now debt-free


    Portsmouth have announced they have now cleared all debts following the club's exit from administration in April 2013.

    The Pompey Supporters' Trust has been in charge since striking a deal with former owner Balram Chainrai.

    A club statement said they could now look "forwards not backwards, while still recognising that the rebuilding process will continue to be a difficult task in the years ahead".

    Portsmouth have been in administration twice in the past five years.

  36. Stoke City v Newcastle United (20:00 BST)


    Jonathan Walters

    Here's a bit of team news ahead of tonight's match at the Britannia Stadium.

    Stoke forward Jonathan Walters will have a late fitness test on a calf problem that has sidelined him for the last two weeks.

    Stephen Ireland is set to return to league action after making his injury comeback in the League Cup in midweek.

    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is fit again after recovering from illness that kept him out of the League Cup win at Crystal Palace.

    Midfielder Mehdi Abeid is suspended after being sent off in that match.

  37. Ferrer out in Japan


    Marcel Granollers knocked fellow Spaniard and world number five David Ferrer out of the Japan Open 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a first-round upset.

    It was Granollers' first win over his compatriot in six meetings.

    The early loss is a blow to Ferrer's chances as he fights to qualify for one of five remaining spots at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in November in London.

  38. Manchester City team news


    Stefan Jovetic, Manchester City

    Just to confirm the team news ahead of Manchester City's Champions League meeting with Roma tomorrow.

    Striker Stefan Jovetic is back in the squad after missing the last five matches with a hamstring injury.

    Fernando has taken part in light training ahead of the match but won't be risked, his groin injury still a problem.

    Fellow midfielder Samir Nasri is also out, recovering from the groin surgery he underwent at a London hospital over the weekend.

  39. Question of Sport teaser

    Right, we've left you dangling long enough.

    Earlier we asked: Which seven players failed to win a match at this year's Ryder Cup?

    The answers... Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler, Stephen Gallacher, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

    Give yourself a pat on the back if you got it right.

  40. Crewe manager Davis 'has board's support'


    Crewe manager Steve Davis insists he still has boardroom backing, despite his side's poor start in League One.

    Crewe are bottom with seven defeats from nine matches and have conceded 24 goals - the worst defensive record in England's top four divisions.

    "They're all gutted because we want to be doing better than we are," the 49-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke. "But they're all very supportive and I've had that from the very minute I walked through the door."

  41. Police investigate Celtic complaint


    Virgil van Dijk, Celtic

    Police are investigating a complaint that Celtic's Virgil van Dijk was subjected to racial abuse during his side's victory at St Mirren.

    The Dutch defender reported an incident to police following Saturday's Scottish Premiership match , which Celtic won 2-1.

    The 23-year-old acted after hearing chants from the crowd.

    A police statement read: "Police Scotland has received a complaint from a Celtic player. We are liaising with both clubs and are analysing broadcast and CCTV footage. Inquiries are ongoing."

    The complaint comes a week after Celtic's Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev was charged by the SFA with racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

  42. Tomkins fined for assault


    West Ham defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer.

    Tomkins, was refused entry to a nightclub in Brentwood on 21 December last year, and security staff called police.

    The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable, being drunk and disorderly in a public place, and obstructing a constable.

  43. Roma arrive


    As Roma

    AS Roma have arrived in Manchester ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with City.

    The Italian club tweeted this photo of Miralem Pjanic and Juan Manuel Iturbe on the team coach.

  44. Freedman admits Bolton job 'hard'


    Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has admitted his job has proved more difficult that he expected when he took over in 2012.

    They have won just once in nine Championship games this season and Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Derby saw them slip into the relegation places.

    "It's proving to be a harder job than I first thought," said the 40-year-old. "We've changed an awful lot off the field, but it's proving to be very difficult on the field."

  45. Get involved

    You may recall a little earlier we brought you the news that QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to see temporary substitutions introduced in football.

    Redknapp was frustrated after medics withdrew Sandro just 11 minutes into Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Southampton following a heavy blow to his head. Redknapp says Sandro was fine by half-time and believes short-term replacements - as permitted in rugby - is an idea "worth looking at".

    The suggestion has met with criticism from brain injury association Headway, which says such a move could be dangerous.

    Although this particular idea may not get off the ground, it's got us wondering what innovations you would like to see introduced in sport.

    All suggestions - sensible or bonkers - are very welcome.

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

  46. Stoke City v Newcastle United (20:00 BST)


    Alan Pardew

    There was some spectacular action in the Premier League this past weekend and we're not done yet, with one match still to come.

    Stoke face Newcastle at the Britannia Stadium tonight with the spotlight back on the Magpies' managerial situation after more unfortunate headlines over the weekend.

    Mike Ashley's representatives insist that Newcastle's owner was speaking with tongue firmly in cheek when he told a newspaper reporter outside a London pub that Alan Pardew had one game left to save his job: "If we lose against Stoke on Monday night he's gone. I've had enough."

    Joking or not, it's added extra intrigue to tonight's contest, where a first win of the season for Newcastle would see them climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of Mark Hughes' Potters.

  47. Get Involved

    We asked for your suggestions for sport's sorest losers and here are some of the answers you've posted on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Bob Hart: Mickelson's comments as reported on the BBC were ungracious and ungentlemanly in content and did not respect the spirit of the Ryder Cup. I did not hear him congratulate the winning team at all. From a USA team viewpoint he may have a point but his comments were made in the wrong place.

    Nicholas Davison-Allott: Ian Holloway's got to be up there, but that's also his best asset. Nothing better than a Holloway rant on Match of the Day.

    Stephen Morgan: Arsene Wenger. Loses 3-0 but they were still the "better side".

    Paul Mac: Sorest loser has to be Arsene Wenger. Every time they lose there is an excuse. Every time they get a red card it's "Oh I didn't see it". Absolute joke. Man up Arsene.

    Brian O'Flaherty: Ron Dennis of McLaren. And he'd admit it too. He said "show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser".

    Massive thanks for all your contributions. We're moving onto a new topic now - details to follow shortly...

  48. Ramsey out of Euro 2016 qualifiers


    Aaron Ramsey

    Wales will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey for October's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus in Cardiff.

    Arsenal's Ramsey, 23, has a hamstring injury and is expected to be out for up to a month.

    Wales boss Chris Coleman also has a worry over another Premier League midfielder, Liverpool's Joe Allen.

    Bosnia-Hercegovina visit Cardiff Stadium on Friday, 10 October and Cyprus travel there three days later.

  49. Slade in 'consultant' role at Cardiff, says Vincent Tan


    Vincent Tan

    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has revealed managerial target Russell Slade is helping them as a consultant.

    The Welsh club and Slade's former side Leyton Orient are in dispute over his proposed move to the Bluebirds.

    "We now have a little problem with Leyton Orient but that is being sorted out," Tan said. "He is helping us a little bit on consultancy until he can sort out his contract. Then we can officially hire him."

  50. Manchester City press conference


    Asked if defeat in their opening game against Bayern Munich puts more pressure on Man City ahead of tomorrow's game with Roma, boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "No I don't think so. It is normal pressure.

    "Remember last year we started here against Bayern at home and we lost at home. Maybe that was more pressure.

    "We were very near to a draw against Bayern but it was a very good shot with a deflection, so we couldn't add one point.

    "I suppose if we'd drawn against Bayern you would have still asked the same question. But last year we lost the first game and won the other five games."

  51. Manchester City press conference


    Manuel Pellegrini and Joe Hart, Manchester City

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Roma tomorrow, believes City are beginning to show their best form.

    "I think we are playing well," he said. "Maybe at the beginning of the season we didn't score so many goals here at home, especially against Chelsea and Stoke. We scored only one goal in those two games.

    "But after that the team returned to its normal performance and at this moment I have a lot of trust in the team because I think we are in a good moment."

  52. Ryder Cup celebrity tweets


    Wondering how the nation's celebrities feel about Europe's Ryder Cup victory? Thought so. Here is a selection of tweets from the great and good.

    Chris Evans (TV and radio presenter): "Hats off to Paul McGinley by far and away the best prepared Ryder Cup captain of all time. Different class. Total professional"

    Piers Morgan (former newspaper editor and TV personality): "Phil Mickelson ... is 100% correct about Tom Watson's captaincy. It was awful."

    Matt Prior (England cricketer): "That last iron shot from Donaldson sums up this Ryder Cup for me! Sheer quality! Incredible standard of golf all round...congrats Europe!"

    Jack Whitehall (comedian): "Jimenez is the kind of guy you'd love to spend a few hours with in a hotel bar."

    Niall Horan (One Direction member): "Yes we have retained the Ryder Cup! Amazing! Super golf played all weekend."

    Andy Murray (two-time tennis grand slam champion): "Great job Europe... sounds like a very clinical performance at Gleneagles. Imagine the celebrations could get a bit messy."

    Rio Ferdinand (QPR defender): "Some round of golf from Rory McIlroy that was. He treated Rickie like Bianca used to in Eastenders!"

  53. On this day in sport

    Bill Shankly

    1971: Chelsea beat Luxembourg's Jeunesse Hautcharage 8-0 in the first leg of their European Cup Winners' Cup match. The Blues won the second leg, at Stamford Bridge, 13-0 on their way to a European club record aggregate victory of 21-0.

    1981: The great Bill Shankly died. The former Liverpool manager had taken the Reds out of Division Two in 1962 and transformed them into one of the most famous sides in the world.

    2000: Britain's Shirley Robertson won a sailing gold medal in the Europe class at the Sydney Olympics, as did Ben Ainslie in the Open Laser event.

    2002: Europe regained the Ryder Cup by beating the United States at The Belfry, Ireland's Paul McGinley sinking a dramatic 18-foot putt on the final green to halve his crucial singles match with Jim Furyk.

    2010: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt withdrew match-fixing allegations against England players. Butt had been quoted as saying England players had taken "enormous" sums to lose the third one-day international against Pakistan earlier in the month.

    2011: England kicking coach Dave Alred and fitness specialist Paul Stridgeon were suspended by the Rugby Football Union from the World Cup Pool B decider against Scotland after they were found to have illegally switched balls during a 67-3 victory over Romania.

  54. Manchester City press conference


    More from Joe Hart, on tomorrow's opponents Roma.

    "It is obviously a big game after the disappointing start we had in Munich (City lost 1-0 to Bayern)," he said.

    "Roma have been doing very well. We have focused a lot more on them since they were drawn in our group. They got a great result in their opening game (a 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow).

    "Every game is tough but we are up for it and more than capable of winning."

    Hart is also looking forward to seeing Ashley Cole, now playing for the Italians.

    "He was brave to make the move out to Roma after a great career at Arsenal and Chelsea and it will be great to catch up and see how he is doing out there," the City keeper added.

  55. Manchester City press conference


    Joe Hart, Manchester City keeper

    Keeper Joe Hart, speaking at Manchester City's press conference ahead of tomorrow's Champions League home clash with Roma, has expressed his frustration at being rested for the club's past two games.

    Willy Caballero has played in the Premier League victory over Hull and the League Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday.

    "Of course I want to play every game, that is my nature, my professionalism," Hart said. "I am not the manager, just a player. I live by the decisions of the manager."

    When asked if he could take any positives from being on the bench, he added: "It is hard for me to see it that way. I am sure when I retire from football I will see them but right now I am not going to see them."

  56. Garcia explains Watford exit


    More on the news that Oscar Garcia has left Watford, with Billy McKinlay named as his replacement.

    "I was closely involved with the appointment of Billy McKinlay, because I was aware that I may not be able to return," said Garcia. "I always wanted an experienced British coach within our set-up, because it's important to have that mix of cultures and experience with this squad.

    "I would like to thank Watford's fans for their kindness during my time here at the club. I will be hoping to see you all as a Premier League club next season."

    Read more on this story here.

  57. Watford replace Garcia with McKinlay


    Oscar Garcia

    Championship side Watford have announced a change in head coach, with Billy McKinlay replacing Oscar Garcia at the helm.

    McKinlay was brought in as first-team coach last week amid concerns over Garcia's health, following the Spaniard's admission into hospital with chest pains.

    The club said in a statement: "Oscar's health is of no further cause for concern but he needs more time to rest and therefore, in consultation with the Hornets, he has decided it is in the club's best interests for him to step down."

  58. Hull boss Bruce wants more


    Steve Bruce, Hull City manager

    Steve Bruce will tell his players to remain positive after admitting Hull City's current points tally doesn't really do his side justice.

    The Tigers, beaten 4-2 at home by Man City on Saturday, have claimed six points from six games but Bruce says it could and should have been more.

    "I've been very, very pleased with a lot of aspects, although we haven't picked up the points," he told the club's website.

    "We've scored two at Newcastle, two at West Brom, two against West Ham and two against Manchester City. Six points doesn't really do our start justice. We could have done with another four or five points on the board.

    "But we have to remember that this is the Premier League and every manager will be thinking what if."

  59. Nasri's hospital bed message


    Samir Nasri

    Samir Nasri has undergone surgery on his groin and is expected to be out for a month. He tweeted this photo from his hospital bed with the message: "Thanks for the support. Surgery went well. Now time for recovery."

  60. Surrey sign Hampshire bowler Balcombe


    Surrey have signed fast bowler David Balcombe from Division Two champions Hampshire on a two-year contract.

    The 29-year-old only made four appearances in the County Championship in 2014.

    Hampshire have also released wicketkeeper Michael Bates and fast bowler Ruel Brathwaite.

  61. Champions through in China


    Serena Williams

    US Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic have powered through their openers at the $5.4m China Open.

    Williams, the women's number one, was 5-0 down against Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa but recovered to win 7-5, 6-2 in 73 minutes.

    Cilic did not drop a serve in his defeat of Chinese wildcard Yan Bai. The Croatian, playing his first game since beating Japan's Kei Nishikori in New York to take his maiden Grand Slam title, took 81 minutes to dispose of his opponent 6-3, 6-4.

  62. Post update


    We asked for your suggestions for sport's sorest losers and you haven't let us down. Here's a selection of your responses so far:

    Ian F: I always remember Seb Coe's face when Steve Ovett beat him in the Olympics. He showed no grace that day

    Robert Griffin: Mourinho. Whines about lesser teams playing defensively if it costs them points and does the very same against big teams.

    Fraggle: 100m runner Jon Drummond has to be on the sore losers list. His behaviour at the 2003 World Championships was awful.

    Ewan West: Pretty much anyone on the current F1 grid...

    Keep them coming. Let us know on Twitter, using #soresportinglosers or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  63. Happy birthday Per!


    Per Mertesacker and Kieran Gibbs

    Kieran Gibbs has tweeted this photo of himself and fellow Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, with the message 'happy birthday'. The German is 30, though with the Gunners preparing to host Galatasaray on Wednesday, any wild celebrations will have to wait.

    Also celebrating today are former Northamptonshire and England batsman David Steele(73), Olympic 1,500 metres champion and London 2012 Olympic Games organising committee chair Lord Sebastian Coe (58), former Wales captain Gareth Davies (59), former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko (38) and ex-England all-rounder Michael Carberry (34).

  64. Dyke comments on 'tatty old watch'


    FA chairman Greg Dyke has spoken out about the Fifa watch row.

    Dyke had previously confirmed he will return the £16,000 gift from the Brazilian Football Confederation - handed out at the World Cup - but speaking at an FA grassroots event at the weekend, he told the BBC: "I thought it was a tatty old watch and then found out later it was worth £16,000 so I bunged it in a box in the corner. We're now sending it back.

    "I'm against the whole philosophy and the way we give so many presents out in football and we discussed at the FA board yesterday getting rid of that whole culture and that we won't give presents and we won't accept them and that's the way I think it should go."

    You can read Richard Conway's blog on the Fifa watch controversy here.

  65. Things looking bleak for goal-shy Burnley?


    Lukas Jutkiewicz

    "It is now 526 minutes since Burnley scored their first and last Premier League goal of the season and Sunday's 4-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion showed that determined defending only gets you so far when you do not have anything to offer up front."

    Read more of MOTD2 pundit Kevin Kilbane's analysis here.

  66. Teen Verstappen to contest Japanese GP free practice

    Formula 1

    Max Verstappen

    Max Verstappen, who turns 17 tomorrow, will make his first official race weekend outing for Toro Rosso in Japan this weekend.

    The teenager will drive in first free practice on Friday morning at Suzuka after being granted a superlicence by the FIA.

    "I am very much looking forward to it and it is a dream come true," said Verstappen. "For me it will be a very valuable experience, spending some time in the car and also getting used to working with everyone in the team, to prepare myself for next year."

    Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history when he steps up to a race seat with Toro Rosso next season.

  67. Get Involved


    We asked for your suggestions for sport's sorest losers. Here's a selection of your responses so far:

    Vincenzo Re: Lewis Hamilton. Sounds like an angry teenager whenever he loses, something goes wrong, or given instructions by team.

    Ian Laycock: Brian Clough. Could never handle Leeds being best team in the country, so resorted to smears and internal sabotage.

    Alistair Smalley: Worst loser - Sete Gibernau at Jerez 2005 when Rossi knocked him off at the last corner.

    Mark Tollerton: Ronnie O'Sullivan; towel over his head, picking the tip off his cue, saying he was bored with snooker.

    Please keep them coming. Let us know on Twitter, using #soresportinglosers or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  68. Question of Sport Teaser

    It's teaser time and today's question is: Which seven players failed to win a match at this year's Ryder Cup?

    We'll reveal the answer after 3pm.

  69. McIlroy on the US team row


    Rory McIlroy has emerged from the European team hotel, blinking into the sunlight as if he may have enjoyed himself last night.

    The world number one was asked what he made of the row in the American team between Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson.

    "We have heard what's been said by Phil and I've read a couple of things," McIlroy said.

    "We had a great time with the US team last night. They seemed in good spirits.

    "Tom wasn't there. He didn't really hang around too much. It's unfortunate. We don't know what the dynamic in the US team was and what happened. All we know is we had a good captain.

    "I'm sure the Americans will go back and think about what wasn't right and will try to put it right for two years time."

  70. Kuwait through on toss of a coin



    The toss of a coin put Kuwait into the Asian Games men's cricket quarter-finals and sent Maldives crashing out after steady rain made play impossible in their group match on Monday.

    Without a ball bowled, Mahmoud Bastaki correctly called heads at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon, South Korea, to give Kuwait their first win of the competition.

    "This is our first participation in a huge tournament like the Asian Games," Bastaki said. "This is the first ever coin toss I've ever had to decide..."

    The coin toss made for an unusual scoresheet after the game, with all 22 batsmen finishing on nought not out.

  71. Le magnifique!


    Sir Nick Faldo and Victor Dubuisson

    Sir Nick Faldo might have upset Sergio Garcia with his comments during the Ryder Cup but he's clearly in the good books of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who shone at the tournament. Faldo posted this pic during the victory celebrations, with the caption: "Le Golfer. Hero."

  72. James backs Clarke & Jimenez for captaincy

    Mark James was also asked about who should lead the European team at the next Ryder Cup in 2016.

    "Darren Clarke, definitely soon. Miguel Angel Jimenez has a great case to be captain. He has a long impressive career," James said.

    "Those two would be, in my mind, the next two for captain."

  73. 'You stand by the captain' - James


    The Ryder Cup fall-out continues to rumble on with former Europe captain Mark James the latest to criticise Phil Mickelson for speaking out against United States skipper Tom Watson.

    "You stand by the captain and the captain stands by the team," James, who captained Europe at Brookline in 1999, told BBC Radio 5 live. "You don't criticise the players and the players don't criticise you. It's pretty much an unwritten rule.

    "The reason they lost is quite simple, they were missing Justin Johnson, Jason Dufner was injured and they didn't have Billy Horschel. They were missing three key players. We had an exceptionally strong team, the strongest I've seen since 1987.

    "Tom Watson has an unblemished record among his peers and has great respect from them all. America wanted to try something different. It's all well Mickelson having a go at Watson for not trying the Azinger method but the last two captains didn't use the Azinger method either."

  74. Fancy dress


    Hunter Mahon's Twitter

    They may have been defeated on the course but it's good to see the Americans are not too down about losing. Hunter Mahan has tweeted a picture of Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson wearing, for reasons unknown, little more than kilts and wigs. It's an interesting look if nothing else...

  75. Watson on Mickelson


    The Ryder Cup fall-out between Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson is almost as big a story as the European victory.

    Talking today about the row, captain Watson said: "The issue between Phil and myself is basically a difference of opinion. So that's the controversy.

    "I have to say I'm very proud of my team's efforts. One thing I asked them to do is give absolutely everything and they did that.

    "The European team is very strong. When you have four of the top five players in the world, you better be firing on all cylinders and we weren't."

  76. Paul McGinley press conference


    Paul McGinley

    Paul McGinley, on taking it easy during the celebrations:

    "Last night was a special night. My wife gave me the best advice I had in my life in 2002. She said 'don't drink too much tonight, enjoy it, don't drink tonight or you'll forget about it'.

    "Sir Alex Ferguson said the same. He said 'I feel like I was in the boiler room, and thank you for the pleasure'.

    "A lot of our players went into the American team room, and played them in table tennis. It was great to see that too."

    Some good news for the US - according to McGinley, they hammered the Europeans at ping-pong.

  77. Paul McGinley press conference


    More from Paul McGinley:

    "I had a lot of goals - I wanted the players to leave with a sense of bonding that will last a lifetime and I think we've achieved that.

    "I feel privileged to have been on this journey with Tom Watson, who has been a hero of mine.

    "He's a competitor, there's no tougher competitor in golf than Tom Watson.

    "I saw him this morning. He's very disappointed, but he's got that steely grin. He's a hard man but a very fair man and I have the greatest respect to be able to share this journey with a hero of mine."

  78. Paul McGinley press conference


    More from Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley:

    "I had to make some tough calls. Luke Donald still eats away at me. A guy like that has been a great Ryder Cup player throughout the years.

    "Ian Poulter not playing in the second afternoon. That was a tough call. At the 11th hour I went with Martin Kaymer and broke-up that dynamic of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose - that was a big call.

    "But the way Poulter accepted that decision - he was consoling me. That means more to me than Ian Poulter harping in Medinah.

    "The acceptance of a big decision like that, putting his arm around me, saying 'you're the captain; you make the big calls'. What more can a captain ask for?"

  79. Paul McGinley press conference


    Paul McGinley, Ryder Cup captain

    Paul McGinley, looking remarkably perky given it's the morning after the Ryder Cup victory party, has spoken to the world's media.

    "The guys did the work and I feel very lucky that I had 12 guys able to carry it out. It's six Ryder Cups I've been involved in and it's six wins.

    "I didn't feel under pressure at any stage. We were prepared for the Americans coming at us on Sunday morning.

    "We wanted wave after wave of attack, relentless, just like Manchester United used to play."

  80. Pompey complete legacy debt payments


    Portsmouth have announced they have cleared all debts in less than 18 months following the club's exit from administration.

    The Portsmouth Supporter's Trust have been in charge at Fratton Park since striking a deal with former owner Balram Chainrai in April 2013.

    And a club statement said they could now focus on "looking forwards not backwards, while still recognising that the rebuilding process will continue to be a difficult task in the years ahead".

  81. Benteke back for Villa


    Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke could make his return for Aston Villa this weekend, his first appearance since rupturing his Achilles in April.

    The striker, who missed Belgium's World Cup campaign because of the injury, returned to training earlier in the month and may feature on Saturday against Manchester City at Villa Park.

    "We'll see how he does this week," Villa boss Paul Lamberttold the club's webite.

    "You've got to remember he's been out for five months and has only been in full training for two weeks. But if we think he's justified to go in with his fitness levels then that's something that myself and the staff will decide."

  82. Smile lads


    Ian Poulter Twitter

    More Ryder Cup shenanigans. Ian Poulter has tweeted the now obligatory selfie of him and a few pals looking understandably pleased with themselves.

  83. Redknapp wants 'temporary substitutes'


    Sandro, Tottenham

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp has called on the football authorities to consider following their rugby counterparts by allowing temporary substitutions to improve the treatment of concussion.

    Redknapp was frustrated after medics withdrew Sandro just 11 minutes into Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Southampton following a heavy blow to his head.

    According to Redknapp, the midfielder seemed to have recovered by half-time.

    Full story here.

  84. Get Involved


    We asked for your suggestions for sport's sorest losers. Here's a selection of your responses so far:

    Andrew Stokoe: Sebastian Vettel, always throwing his toys out the pram. Especially now Ricciardo is beating him.

    Caddy C: Sepp Blatter: you just know he won't go quietly when he does get the boot.

    William Swayne: Turkey vs. Switzerland 2005. While they were desperately unlucky, their reaction was simply terrible.

    Christopher Dell: Some Bayern Munich players when Norwich City beat them in the UEFA cup in the 90s.

    Are you a Norwich fan by any chance Christopher?

    Please keep them coming. Let us know on Twitter, using #soresportinglosers or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  85. US media responds to Ryder Cup


    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson has come under fire back home for his "questionable" Ryder Cup captaincy.

    USA Today reports: "It's SOS for the US Ryder Cup team following another thorough thumping at the hands of Europe.

    "The PGA of America thought it had the right formula when two years ago, it decided to go outside the box in naming Tom Watson captain. The thinking was Watson's straight-forward, old-school approach would overcome the generational gap with his younger players.

    "Watson's ways, however, didn't translate to victory. Sitting smack in the middle of his players Sunday, six on each side, Watson heard Mickelson's exuberant praise for (former winning captain) Paul Azinger.

    "In response, Watson stressed that it's the players who win the matches, not the captains who lose them. But the Americans would have had a better shot if not for some questionable decisions by Watson."

  86. An apple a day doesn't keep the doctor away


    Former Fulham and Millwall striker Barry Hayles had to miss Truro City's game against Slough Town at the weekend after injuring his hand with a knife.

    The 42-year-old needed stitches after cutting his hand open while preparing an apple for eating.

    "These things happen and his experience would have helped in the last 20 or 30 minutes of the game," said boss Steve Tully, following his side's 2-1 defeat in the Southern Premier League.

  87. US media responds to Ryder Cup


    The US media are understandably a little downbeat about the Ryder Cup walloping.

    Here's the start of the New York Times report:

    "It has become a rite of autumn: European golfers sinking putts, and Americans, and then showering one another with compliments and champagne. The 40th edition of the Ryder Cup was no break with recent tradition.

    "The United States still has the richest tour in the world, the golfing equivalent of the Premier League. Although the top Europeans have followed the money and the prestige, setting up house and shop in Florida, they continue to take great delight in rejoining forces every two years to pop the Americans' reinflated balloon.

    "The European cast continues to change. The size of the official merchandise tent continues to grow (and grow). But for 20 years, the identity of the winning team has varied little."

  88. Back pages

    The Guardian

    The downside of being a winning Ryder Cup captain - you get kissed a lot by your own team. The Guardian captures heroic rookie Jamie Donaldson planting a smacker on skipper Paul McGinley.

  89. Back pages

    The Times

    Here is The Times' take on the Ryder Cup action.

  90. McGinley rules out captaincy return


    Paul McGinely

    Despite all the plaudits being showered down on Paul McGinley today, Europe's winning skipper says there is no chance he will reprise the role at Hazeltine National Golf Club in two years' time.

    "No. 100% not," McGinley told Radio 5 live. "We've got some great guys waiting in the wings.

    "It's a great honour to be a Ryder Cup captain but for me it's one term only and I'll gladly step aside and wish the next captain, whoever that may be, the best of luck."

  91. Back pages

    Time to take a look at today's back pages - and there's no prizes for guessing that Europe's Gleneagles success and Mickelson's moan dominate the agenda.

    Daily Mirror
  92. Murray thanks girlfriend Sears after 'tough week'


    Andy Murray

    Britain's Andy Murray claimed his first tournament victory since Wimbledon 2013 at the Shenzhen Open on Sunday.

    Murray beat Spain's Tommy Robredo 5-7 7-6 (11-9) 6-1 to bring a happy ending to a difficult period which had seen him face online abuse after voicing his backing for the Scottish independence 'yes' campaign.

    And Murray said he got through a "very tough week" thanks to the support of his girlfriend Kim Sears.

    "I want to thank my team and my friends and family back home and especially my girlfriend," said Murray. "She's supported me a lot through this week. It's been a very tough week for me."

  93. Get involved

    We asked for your suggestions for sport's sorest losers. Here's a selection of your responses so far:

    John Jenkins: Mary Decker at the 1984 LA Olympics.

    Bryan Johnstone: Lewis Hamilton is easy the sorest loser. Everyone's fault but his own.

    James Funge: Arsene Wenger.

    Adamski: Jermain Defoe handing a transfer request immediately after the final whistle when West Ham got relegated

    Waqy: Jose Mourinho. Would rather blame 100 others than himself

    Please keep them coming. Let us know on Twitter, using #soresportinglosers or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  94. 'Mickelson has thrown Watson under the bus' - Faldo


    Phil Mickelson's apparent unhappiness with skipper Tom Watson has been met with criticism from Nick Faldo, a man who knows a thing or two about such things.

    Faldo was skipper the last time Europe lost the Ryder Cup in 2008 and feels it was wrong to come out so quickly against Watson's methods.

    "For him to sit there and throw the captain under the bus, that was a tough one," Faldo told BBC Radio 5 live. "At least my lot waited a couple of years.

    "That should have been a private conversation. There's obviously a bit of agro in the American team room…"

    Don't forget we're asking for your suggestions for sport's sorest loser. Let us know on Twitter, using #soresportinglosers or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    This subject is also the topic of Your Call over on 5 live. You can get involved with that discussion on 0500-909693, the lines are open now, or you can tweet @bbc5live.

  95. Chelsea weighing up Twickenham move



    One interesting story you may have missed yesterday involves Chelsea's initial enquiry about playing at Twickenham while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.

    The Rugby Football Union has confirmed it has been in contact with the Premier League club but said talks are at a very early stage.

    Twickenham is the home of English rugby union and the 82,000-capacity stadium has never hosted a football match.

  96. McGinley talks fish tanks and Fergie


    Back to the Ryder Cup...

    Paul McGinley has been doing the rounds on the media circuit this morning and on BBC Breakfast gave a little insight on how he motivated the troops last week.

    "I'm sitting here doing this interview looking at a fish tank," McGinley said. "The fish in the tank are in European colours.

    "I tried to make it a fun experience for the guys, the main thing is we've had a consistent message all week.

    "Sir Alex Ferguson was very important, he was right on the message, and gave it a bit of a football context which made us stronger.

    "There was a consistency to what we did, we had a plan and thankfully it paid off."

  97. Rooney says sorry for red card


    Wayne Rooney says he apologised to his team-mates after being sent off against West Ham United on Saturday.

    The Manchester United captain was dismissed for a rash challenge on Stewart Downing and says he has no plans to appeal the decision of referee Lee Mason.

    "It was probably the right decision," he said. "Of course I did [apologise].

    "I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break-up the play, but I just misjudged it."

  98. Pssssst. Fancy a bit of gossip?

    Eden Hazard vows to stay at Chelsea, Valencia keen on Juan Mata, Arsenal need set-piece practice, and Ashley Young could move from Old Trafford.

    All that and much more in today's Gossip.

  99. Good times at The Hawthorns


    Graham Dorrans and Saido Berahino

    Away from the golf, West Brom were big winners yesterday, thumping Burnley 4-0 in the day's only Premier League action.

    Two goals by Saido Berahino plus strikes by Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans led the Baggies to a third win in a week.

    "Back-to-back wins gives us a lot of self-belief. It gives the lads reward for hard work. No individual errors. Terrific performance all round," West Brom boss Alan Irvine told BBC Sport.

    "Saido Berahino can be very good. He's a model professional and has fantastic potential."

  100. Get involved

    The unhappiness of Phil Mickelson gives us the perfect chance to get you involved in today's discussion.

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of his outburst, we want to know how you think sports stars should react to defeat. Should they quietly chalk it down to experience or should they vent their spleens?

    And taking it further - who do you think is sport's sorest loser? There's plenty of them out there - think McEnroe, Ferguson, Hamilton - but who stands out for you?

    Let us know on Twitter, using #soresportinglosers or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  101. Ryder Cup reaction


    Paul McGinley

    For every winner there of course has to be a loser. And defeat has not gone down very well with United States Ryder Cup veteran Phil Mickelson, who appeared to question the methods of his captain Tom Watson.

    With Watson sitting nearby at the news conference, Mickelson heaped praise on 2008 captain Paul Azinger, the last captain to guide the US to victory.

    Mickelson said the US Ryder Cup team had "strayed from a winning formula" in the years since that win under Azinger.

    Watson said in response: "He has a difference of opinion. That's OK. My management philosophy is different than his."

  102. Ryder Cup reaction


    Europe's Ryder Cup team

    Lee Westwood, meanwhile, said McGinley has laid down the blueprint for future European Ryder Cup captains, while Spaniard Sergio Garcia suggested McGinley had modernised the role.

    "I think you could base your captaincy and your future captain around the way Paul did it this week," said Westwood.

    Garcia added: "He has been so methodical. Every single aspect he needed to touch on, he did. I've been fortunate to have a lot of great captains. Paul did things a little bit differently, but with great style."

  103. Ryder Cup reaction


    Where else to start but at Gleneagles?

    Rory McIlroy hailed the influence of "fantastic" captain Paul McGinley after Europe surged to a commanding Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles.

    The world number one said the Irishman's meticulous attention to detail had helped set up Europe's eighth win in 10 Ryder Cups.

    "He has just been the most wonderful captain," said McIlroy. "I think I speak on behalf of all the 12 players and say he couldn't have done anything else. He was fantastic."

  104. Good morning

    Morning all. How was the traffic today? Hellish? Well let's forget all that and focus on some lovely sport.

    It's 08:00 and time for another Sportsday.

    There's plenty going on today with reflections to come on Europe's Ryder Cup win over the United States, Andy Murray's first title victory in more than a year, a thumping win for West Brom in the Premier League and a high-scoring NFL clash at Wembley.

    We'll also bring you the best lines from Manchester City and Chelsea's Champions League news conferences as well as all the build-up to tonight's Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United.

    All that plus all the latest breaking football and sports news. We spoil you.

    Stay tuned, and get involved too - we'll tell you how shortly.