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By Jamie Lillywhite and Adam Williams

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  1. Post update

    And that's where we leave you on Sportsday for today, as we hand over to big Mike Henson for his Europa League live text. Many thanks for being with us, cheerio now.

  2. Magpies give Hart academy role

    Football

    Notts County have appointed former Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth boss Paul Hart as acting academy manager.

    The club said the decision was taken with current academy manager Mick Leonard involved in an "on-going disciplinary process."

    Hart, 61, enjoyed success with Leeds and rivals Forest in the academy ranks, helping nurture England internationals Jonathan Woodgate and Jermaine Jenas.

  3. England's Wilson 'in world's top three'

    Rugby Union

    England's David Wilson is among the best tight-head props in the world, according to Bath head coach Mike Ford.

    The 29-year-old is set to make his 100th appearance for the Premiership club in Friday's game with Saracens.

    And speaking about the achievements of his first-choice number three, Ford told BBC Radio Bristol: "He's a world-class scrummager and is now England's number one. I'd put him in the top three tight-heads in the world."

  4. Hull City news conference

    Hull v Crystal Palace, Saturday 15:00 BST

    Allan McGregor

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce talking about Allan McGregor being ruled out for a month with a shoulder injury: "We're just delighted he doesn't need an operation, because we thought it might.

    "The specialist has said we need to rest, and stop diving on it. Hopefully, in four to six weeks he'll be back to normal."

  5. Uefa investigate three clubs over crowd disturbances

    Football

    Uefa are to open disciplinary proceedings against Basel, Galatasaray, and Borussia Dortmund following crowd disturbances during Wednesday night's Champions League ties.

    Several flares were thrown onto the pitch from the section where the 3,000-strong travelling Galatasaray supporters were located towards the end of the first half at the Emirates Stadium, causing the Group D match against Arsenal to be briefly halted.

    At St Jakob Park, a battery appeared to be thrown in the direction of the assistant referee near to the Basel goal against Liverpool, while at Anderlecht's stadium, flares were lit in the area housing travelling Borussia Dortmund fans.

  6. Ashley increases Rangers stake

    Football

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    Mike Ashley

    Mike Ashley has been confirmed as the purchaser of 4.26m shares in Rangers International Football Club, more than doubling his stake in the business.

    The shares were sold by Hargreave Hale on Tuesday to French bank BNP Paribas, but an announcement to the Stock Exchange revealed that the transaction was completed on Ashley's behalf.

    The Newcastle owner now holds an 8.92% stake in RIFC.

    But he is limited to no more than 10% by an agreement with the Scottish FA.

  7. Europa League

    Krasnodar v Everton (17:00 BST)

    Everton are in Russia to play Krasnodar in the Europa League tonight. They make five changes from the team that drew 1-1 at Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. The goalkeeper and defence remain the same but only Gareth Barry remains from the six players in front of them.

    Midfielders Darron Gibson, Christian Atsu, Aiden McGeady and Leon Osman come in to the side, with Samuel Eto'o the lone striker. Romelu Lukaku, Steven Naismith and Muhamed Besic are named on the bench, along with Tyias Browning, who came on for his Toffees debut at Anfield.

    Everton starting XI: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Stones, Jagielka, Gibson, Barry, Atsu, McGeady, Osman, Eto'o.

  8. Pros mix with the stars

    Golf

    Peter Jones, Tim Henman and Jamie Redknapp

    The Dunhill Links Championship is synonymous with the professionals mixing with the amateurs.

    Dragon's Den star Peter Jones looks like he might have been discussing a recent investment with Tim Henman and Jamie Redknapp earlier.

  9. Europa League preview

    Tottenham v Besiktas (20:05 BST)

    Dimitar Berbatov in action for Spurs in 2006

    The teams have met once before, in the former Uefa Cup when Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov gave Spurs a 2-0 win in October 2006. Former Spurs striker and coach Les Ferdinand has played for both teams, spending time on loan at Besiktas during his early career at QPR in 1989, when he scored 14 times in 24 games.

  10. Europa league preview

    Tottenham v Besiktas (20:05 BST)

    Besiktas drew 1-1 against Asteras Tripolis in their opening Europa League fixture. They have former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba in their ranks and are managed by Croat Slaven Bilic, who played at Everton and West Ham. Their record against English teams is two wins and five defeats, a notable 2-0 victory coming against Chelsea in 2003.

  11. Europa League preview

    Tottenham v Besiktas (20:05 BST)

    Besiktas make their second visit of the season to north London when they face Tottenham in the Europa League at White Hart Lane. They were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal in August in the play-off for a Champions League group place in August.

    The Turkish team have played in seven Champions League campaigns, never advancing to the knockout stages, and are in their fourth-successive Europa League season, with a best finish of the round of 16 in 2011-12.

    They have won 13 Turkish titles, the latest in 2009 and nine Turkish Cups, the latest in 2011, and remain unbeaten after four games in the Turkish SuperLig league this season.

  12. Warrington coach predicts play-off 'classic'

    Rugby League

    Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith believes their Super League play-off semi-final against Wigan Warriors tomorrow evening could be a "classic" match.

    Smith's side are looking to make it into a third consecutive Grand Final, with Friday's match a repeat of the 2013 final, which Wigan won 30-16.

    "It's got the makings of a real classic," the 47-year-old told BBC Radio Merseyside. "The Wigan-Warrington match-ups for the last few four or five years have been some of the best matches of the whole entire Super League seasons - they stand out."

    Both Super League play-off semi-finals - St Helens v Catalan Dragons on Thursday and Wigan v Warrington on Friday - are live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC local radio and the BBC Sport website.

  13. McKinlay pleased with start

    Football

    Billy McKinlay

    Watford Head Coach Billy McKinlay has told BBC Three Counties Radio he has been pleased with his first week in charge at Vicarage Road. The Hornets beat Brentford on Tuesday in his first match in charge and are joint top of the Championship.

    "There are lots of good players and there is cause for optimism. I don't want to change for changes sake. I'm really positive on the upcoming games and where we can go."

    Troy Deeney, Keith Andrews and Gabriele Angella remain injured and miss the visit of Brighton this weekend.

    "The international break for those two (Deeney and Andrews) will help and hopefully they won't be far away after that. Angella has a nasty twist on his ankle and might be a little longer."

  14. Wilson moves ahead

    Golf

    Oliver Wilson

    Oliver Wilson holds the clubhouse lead at the Dunhill Links Championship after shooting an eight-under-par 64 at Carnoustie.

    The 34-year-old Englishman currently holds a one-shot lead over Raphael Jacquelin and Padraig Harrington.

    See the full leaderboard here.

  15. Injury blow for Blues defender Spector

    Football

    Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector has been ruled out for three months with a torn thigh muscle. The 28-year-old USA international went off in the final minute of Blues' 2-1 home defeat by Fulham on Saturday.

  16. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Burnley, Saturday 15:00 BST

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson on Saturday's opposition: "Whoever we play we need to give respect to.

    "We expect it to be a tough game as we know from last season. Burnley showed qualities last year that stood them out and I fully expect them to show that this season too."

  17. Stoke news conference

    Sunderland v Stoke, Saturday 15:00 BST

    Peter Crouch

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes on in-form striker Peter Crouch: "He is playing exceptionally well and in my opinion he is playing the role we are asking him to as well as anybody in the league.

    "He is enjoying the football, and it is documented that he is happy with his role in the team. Maybe he has been neglected a little bit in previous years, but we have pace around him now and that suits him.

    "He is somebody we would like to keep here. There will be discussions with him in the near future - I am sure of that."

  18. Stoke's Diouf suffers hamstring injury

    Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf has been ruled out for at least a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, reports BBC Radio Stoke. The 26-year-old Senegal international suffered the injury 23 minutes into Monday night's 1-0 home win over Newcastle.

    The injury will rule Diouf out of Senegal's two forthcoming African Cup of Nations home and away qualifiers against Tunisia. Summer signing Diouf, who hit the only goal of the game in Stoke's 1-0 win at champions Manchester City in August, has scored twice in five starts in the Potters' impressive start to the new season.

  19. Goalkeeper McGregor sidelined by injury

    Football

    Hull boss Steve Bruce tells the media at his pre-Crystal Palace news conference that Allan McGregor will be out for a month with a shoulder injury.

  20. England squad player facts

    Phil Jagielka

    Phil Jagielka scored on his last Wembley start for England - a 3-0 friendly win against Peru.

  21. Stoke City news conference

    Sunderland v Stoke, Saturday 15:00 BST

    Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes on defender Ryan Shawcross being overlooked for England selection: "I have been surprised that he hasn't had a real look in.

    "Since I have been here he has arguably been my most consistent player.

    "He has a lot of experience, and if you look at the England squad there is no real senior leader there.

    "We have a young man here who has around 200 Premier League games behind him as a captain. My view is that he deserves another look."

  22. Swansea City news conference

    Swansea v Newcastle, Saturday 15:00 BST

    Garry Monk on Jonjo Shelvey's call-up to the England squad: "It's excellent news for both the player and the club.

    "We have a lot of international players in the squad, but we have talked a lot about England in recent weeks and the last couple of seasons. We've worked very hard with Jonjo, both in terms of his contribution on and off the pitch.

    "He has made big improvements and this will give him a massive boost going forward."

  23. England squad player facts

    Football

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in both fixtures against San Marino in the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign - his first goals for England.

  24. Brendan Rodgers news conference

    Football

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says there has been no row with England manager Roy Hodgson over the injury sustained by Daniel Sturridge which continues to keep him out of action.

    "I get on with Roy and spoke with him. We agreed it was too soon for Daniel Sturridge to meet up with England.

    "I spoke Roy about Daniel being available for Liverpool but I can't think about England when he is not ready to play for Liverpool. He's had a grade one injury for four weeks, which is a long time, and my focus is now getting him to play for Liverpool."

  25. England squad facts

    Football

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Jonjo Shelvey's only previous appearance for England came against San Marino at Wembley in October 2012.

  26. Roy's Italian job

    Football

    Paul Ince

    England will travel to Italy for a friendly in March.

    The venue for the match on 31 March is yet to be confirmed, but a return fixture will be played at Wembley during the 2016-18 World Cup qualification cycle.

    England have faced Italy 25 times at senior level, winning eight, while the Italians have been victorious on 10 occasions.

    Could it be another famous night in Rome like the one above from 1997?

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    Rian Hoskins: Clyne deserved his selection. Shawcross and Davies must feel annoyed they haven't been chosen with only six defenders called up.

    Sheldon W Serrao: West Brom's Craig Dawson deserves a call-up sooner than later. Solid so far and is dovetailing with Lescott at centreback.

    Andrew Fletcher: Don't like what I see. Lacking fire power, imagination, desperately short of cover through the middle.

  28. Swansea City press conference

    Swansea v Newcastle, Saturday 15:00 BST

    Garry Monk

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk on the Magpies: "They have a very good squad and good players.

    "I know they are in a difficult moment, but I've been there as a player myself and when that happens you become a different animal. They will come here and work hard, just as they did against Stoke.

    "But Saturday's game is one we are looking forward to and we want to put on a good performance."

  29. Serena sees off Safarova

    Tennis

    Top seed Serena Williams beat Lucie Safarova, the 13th seed, 6-1 1-6 6-2 in round three of the China Open.

  30. Alan Pardew news conference

    Swansea v Newcastle, Saturday 15:00 BST

    "There's not much to say we need to get a win, no matter what I say to some reasonable people it means nothing, we need to win. I spoke to the chief executive and we discussed ways of trying to help the team and getting the team playing to its capacity.

    [Have you spoken to owner Mike Ashley?] "No, no. We focused very much this week on the mental side of the game, responses on the pitch and how you respond to the media, because you won't leave us alone at the moment. We haven't got the experience of the side that got relegated, before my time, and it's important we start gathering points quickly to make sure we are fighting at the right end of the table."

  31. Belgium squad

    Football

    There are 13 British-based players in the 24-man Belgium squad named by coach Marc Wilmots for Euro 2016 qualifiers with Andorra and Bosnia next week.

  32. Raphael takes early advantage

    Golf

    Raphael Jacquelin

    Raphael Jacquelin has taken the early lead in the Dunhill Links Championship.

    The Frenchman is currently six-under-par at Carnoustie through 14 holes, tied for first place with Irishman Padraig Harrington, who has played 12 holes.

    The European Ryder Cup quarter have made quiet starts to the tournament - with Stephen Gallagher the only man under par.

  33. Lambert to monitor Benteke

    Football

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he will make a final check on Christian Benteke's fitness on Friday ahead of Saturday evening's match against Manchester City. The 23-year-old Belgian has been out since April with Achilles trouble.

  34. Fresh injury setback for England's Unitt

    Football

    Notts County Ladies and England defender Rachel Unitt, 32, has suffered a second anterior cruciate ligament injury in the space of 16 months.

    Unitt missed Euro 2013 after damaging her left knee in March last year, and hurt her right knee playing against Chelsea last month.

    She is being treated by the England medical staff and no date has yet been set for her expected return.

  35. A Question of Sport

    Tennis

    Here are the answers to today's teaser. We asked you to name the three countries who currently have a representative in the top 10 of both the ATP and WTA Singles rankings? They are; Canada - Bouchard and Raonic. Czech Republic - Kvitova and Berdych. Serbia - Djokovic and Ivanovic.

  36. England v Estonia history

    Football

    Shaun Wright-Phillips opens the scoring for England against Estonia in 2007

    England have played Estonia - whom they meet on 12 October - only twice previously, back in 2007, and recorded 3-0 wins in both matches. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Rooney and an own goal were the scorers in the most recent match in October 2007, all the goals coming in the first half. Micah Richards was at right-back and David Bentley was an unused substitute.

  37. Call-up congratulations

    Football

    Southampton defender Jose Fonte tweets: Congratulations to @Nathaniel_Clyne on his call up for England squad!! He has deserved this for a long time!! Well done lad

  38. Former England lock could retire

    Rugby Union

    Leicester Tigers chief executive Simon Cohen says there are concerns that lock Louis Deacon could be forced to retire because of a back injury.

    The ex-England international, 33, has not played this season and has been plagued by injury in the recent years.

    Cohen told BBC Radio Leicester's Tigers Rugby Show: "There is the possibility he won't come back but you hope not.

    "Louis has been a great servant of this club and the important thing is we safeguard his future."

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    Matt Donnelly: What does Mark Noble have to do to get a call up one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.

    Charlie Smith: No conceivable way to justify Townsend's inclusion. Preposterous. Roy's aware Swansea exist as Shelvey is there, why not Dyer.

    Calamity: England could name no strikers, the cast of Emmerdale in midfield and defence and Widow Twanky in goal and still win.

  40. France squad

    Football

    A total of eight English-based players are included in a squad of 23 named by France coach Didier Deschamps for the forthcoming friendly internationals against Portugal on 11 October and Armenia on 14 October.

  41. England v San Marino history

    Football

    England's bench in San Marino in November 1993

    England have played four previous matches against San Marino, all World Cup qualifiers, and have unsurprisingly won all four, scoring 26 goals in the process.

    The most recent encounter was an 8-0 away win in March 2013, England's biggest victory since 1987. But many fans remember the solitary goal Graham Taylor's England conceded against San Marino, which came after 8.3 seconds in November 1993 and remains the fastest goal in the history of the competition.

  42. O'Brien faces lengthy lay-off

    Rugby Union

    Leinster have confirmed Lions and Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien is out for five to six months "on the back of complications from a shoulder procedure."

  43. Morrison and Laidler on trial at Hartlepool

    Football

    Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper is looking at free agent strikers Clinton Morrison and Jordan Laidler with a view to permanent deals.

    Ex-Republic of Ireland international Morrison, 35, has been without a club since leaving Colchester United at the end of last season while Laidler, 19, was released by Sunderland this summer.

    "We had a couple of trialists though the door this week to have a look," Cooper told BBC Tees. "If those come up we'll be bolstered in numbers and quality."

  44. Scots win latest tour clash

    Cricket

    Scotland beat Tasmania by 10 runs in the second match of their World Cup warm-up tour of Australia.

    Matthew Cross top scored for the Scots with an unbeaten 64 as the tourists made 244-8 in Hobart.

    The hosts looked on course as they reached 203-5 with seven overs left, but Scotland spinner Michael Leask (3-50) took the last three Tasmanian wickets to edge his side to the win.

  45. Get involved

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    Your thoughts on the England squad. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Dan Bruce: Just as well England are playing two terrible teams, that is the worst England squad in recent memory!

    Worthy: Glad Clyne is in, CF options limited, but Welbs and Rooney with Sterling in behind will give anyone a game!

    Matt Molloy: Like that Chambers, Shaw, Berahino, Dier in U21 squad. Development by playing together not jumping set ups.

  46. Bruce should have won manager award - Warnock

    Football

    Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock believes Steve Bruce deserved to win last season's manager of the year ahead of his Eagles predecessor Tony Pulis.

    Palace travel to Bruce's Hull on Saturday and Warnock said: "I know Tony got manager of the year but I thought Steve Bruce was head and shoulders the best manager around.

    "To make a club like Hull very comfortable in the Premier League and to get to the FA Cup final - I thought that was fantastic."

  47. Cilic to face Murray in China

    Tennis

    Fourth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia beat Joao Sousa 6-3 6-3 and will play Britain's Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the China Open.

  48. Roy Hodgson news conference

    Football

    England striker Daniel Sturridge

    You may recall Rodgers' claim that Sturridge's injury was caused by England not following the same training programme he would have had at his club.

    Hodgson responded to that, saying: "We always try to do that. The last thing you want is to get injuries in training, even more so as an international manager because you feel a responsibility to the clubs.

    "People need to consider that we have such a shortage of time. On this particular occasion we had two days and two training sessions to try and hone a very different way of playing.

    "If I'm going to be put under pressure as the England manager in future to give every player two days off every time they play, then we won't train at all quite frankly."

  49. Roy Hodgson news conference

    Football

    [On Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey]:"He's another player, like Clyne, who's constantly in our thought and discussions. The way we play at the moment could suit him.

    "He's there on merit, because of his form and because of his qualities."

  50. Get involved

    Football

    Your thoughts on the England squad. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Jack Willows: Looking very weak in the CM department. Based on the selection, I'd say Milner (with Henderson) is most deserving of a place!

    Mark Winterbottom: Shows how little English talent is out there at moment but a great opportunity against weak opposition for the young players.

    Mike: I'm struggling to see what Townsend has done to deserve a call-up. Also we're desperately short at centre-half!

  51. Roy Hodgson news conference

    Football

    [On only having six defenders]: "We'd like more but we've let two go [to the Under-21s] and I suppose I'll have to reserve the right to bring them back and Calum Chambers would be the next one."

  52. Roy Hodgson news conference

    Football

    Hodgson named one or two surprise faces in his squad but the first question he had to field was on Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who has missed out with a thigh problem.

    Brendan Rodgers had said his player would not be called up but Hodgson said there was no rift with the Liverpool manager.

    "Its just simply a fact, an unfortunate fact, that he's not recovered," Hodgson said. "It's a great blow to us, Liverpool and the player, because he was anxious to be a part of these two games. There's no problems or conflict there at all.

    "He's not played for Liverpool at all since picking up the injury with us. As I understand it he's still got some work to do before he's fully fit. There was no question of him being selected."

  53. England squad

    Football

    Former Crystal Palace defender Clyne has eight Under-21 caps, but he has never played for the senior side before, while Shelvey's only cap for England came two years ago against San Marino.

  54. England squad

    Football

    So to confirm, Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne and Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are included and injured Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is left out of the 21-man squad.

  55. Get involved

    Please let us know what you think of the squad at #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page. We'll be hearing from England boss Roy Hodgson shortly.

  56. England squad

    Football

    England squad for the European Championship 2016 qualifiers against San Marino at Wembley on Thursday 9 October and away to Estonia on Sunday 12 October.

    Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

    Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), John Stones (Everton)

    Midfielders: Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

    Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal).

  57. England Under-21s squad

    Football

    Calum Chambers

    England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about Calum Chambers: "It's important for Calum because he would have played for us in the summer, but we wanted to make sure the under-19s squad was as strong as it could be.

    "For him to be around us for this fixture is going to be a great experience for him."

  58. Stevens handed Baa-baas chance

    Rugby Union

    Former England international Matt Stevens is set for a Twickenham return after being named in the Barbarians squad to play Australia on 1 November.

    The 32-year-old, who won 44 caps before retiring from Test rugby in 2012, now plays for the Durban-based Sharks after leaving Saracens earlier this year.

  59. England Under-21s squad

    Football

    Gareth Southgate

    England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about Luke Shaw's selection: "With this being a play-off game for us and Luke not being able to start the last set of qualifiers, Roy Hodgson feels these games will be a great experience for Luke.

    "He hasn't got a lot of international experience, so for him to have the opportunity to come and play for us is key to the future of what we're trying to do at this level.

    "There are some matches that are good learning opportunities, so I'm sure Luke Shaw can impress with his performances."

  60. Get involved

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    We're asking who you would like to see in Roy Hodgson's England squad, which we will bring you as soon as we get it around 12:30 BST. Please let us know at #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Daniel Garlick: Clyne and Sturridge, we need a right back and if Sturridge is fit for Liverpool then he's fit for England too surely.

    Jack Willows: Think Clyne definitely deserves a call-up. Downing too has been on-fire but don't expect Hodgson to pick him given his age.

    Alex: Mark Noble, he's the backbone at West Ham - missed him at Old Trafford and he was fantastic against Liverpool.

  61. England Under-21s squad

    Football

    Saido Berahino

    England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about selecting Saido Berahino: "When someone like Saido's in the form he's in, he's going to get talked about for a senior squad call-up.

    "But these matches are really invaluable for his development and the team.

    "I'm sure he will be keen to play with us and progress and he will be able to push his way into Roy's thinking."

  62. Murray into China Open last eight

    Tennis

    Sixth seed Andy Murray beats Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2 6-2 in an hour and 19 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open.

  63. Podolski hints at Arsenal exit

    Football

    Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski hinted he might leave the Emirates before his contract expires in 2016 because of lack of first team opportunities.

    The 29-year-old has been an unused substitute four times in Arsenal's last eight matches and told German station RTL television: "I am a full blooded player, a street player and I love competition. If I don't have this competition every weekend then a change must occur. We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about."

  64. Team-mates apologise for fighting

    Football

    Cambridge City striker Andrew Phillips has apologised for headbutting team-mate Josh Beech and being sent off.

    Beech has also apologised for his part in the incident during Tuesday's 2-0 Southern League Premier loss to bottom club Banbury United. The pair exchanged words when Phillips opted to shoot rather than pass and the forward made contact with Beech's head.

    "Both players have apologised to squad members, manager and board of directors," read a club statement.

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    We're asking who you would like to see in Roy Hodgson's England squad, which we will bring you as soon as we get it around 12:30 BST. Please let us know at #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andrew Neill: I feel Colback, Chambers, Berahino and Dier all deserved a chance for England. Shame three are in the U21s.

    Baker: San Marino is a walkover he should use it as a chance to play players who wouldn't normally get in ie Noble, Dyer, Gayle, Clyne.

    William O'Reilly: Saido Berahino should have been in the main squad, San Marino would have been perfect opponents for someone so young.

  66. Uefa to decide on CSKA-City stadium ban

    Football

    Arena Khimki Stadium

    Uefa will decide on Friday whether Manchester City's Champions League game against CSKA Moscow will be played behind closed doors.

    The match is due to take place in Moscow on 21 October.

    CSKA are currently serving a stadium ban and played Tuesday's match against Bayern Munich in an empty Arena Khimki.

  67. A tale of two signings

    Football

    Welbeck v Ballotelli graphic
  68. Cairns bailed at perjury hearing

    Cricket

    Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London charged with perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012. Cairns and another man were given unconditional bail until the next hearing, which will be at Southwark Crown Court on 16 October.

  69. Get involved

    Football

    The England squad for next week's European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia will be named in just over an hour. Who would you like to see in the group and why? Please let us know at #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  70. Malan signs new Middlesex deal

    Cricket

    Dawid Malan

    Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan has signed a new three-year contract with the club. The 27-year-old has scored more than 10,000 runs in all forms of the game since making his Middlesex debut in 2008.

    He passed the landmark of scoring 1,000 first-class runs in a season for the second time in 2014, finishing with 1,137 runs at an average of more than 45.

  71. China Open latest

    Tennis

    Andy Murray looks to have things in his hands at the China Open. He has won the first set 6-2 in 32 minutes of his round two match against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

  72. Shaw, Chambers and Berahinho in Under-21s

    Football

    Saido Berahino

    So West Brom's Saido Berahino remains in the England under-21s squad for the European Championship play-off at Molineux next Friday against Croatia - ruling out selection for the seniors against San Marino the day before and Estonia on Sunday.

    Also included in a strong under-21 squad are Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.

  73. England Under-21s squad

    Football

    Luke Shaw

    Here's the England under-21 squad in full for their play-off against Croatia.

    The first leg is at Molineux on Friday, 10 October:

    Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United).

    Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United, on loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley, on loan from Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Newcastle United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

    Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Chelsea), Tom Carroll (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Thomas Ince (Hull City), Alex Pritchard (Brentford, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

    Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

  74. A Question of Sport

    Tennis

    Here is today's Question of Sport teaser and the subject is tennis. Which three countries currently have a representative in the top 10 of both the ATP and WTA Singles rankings? Answers after 14:00 BST.

  75. Tai Cheau Xuen loses appeal

    Asian Games

    Malaysia's Tai Cheau Xuen, who was expelled from the Asian Games and stripped of the gold medal she won in martial arts after failing a doping test, has lost her appeal to be reinstated.

  76. Sri Lanka beat Tigers on toss of a coin

    Cricket

    Defending champions Bangladesh were eliminated from the Asian Games by the toss of a coin after rain ended their semi-final with Sri Lanka. Bangladesh, sent in to bat in overcast conditions, recovered from 6-3 to reach 59 without further loss in 11 overs when rain hit the Yeonhui cricket field to curtail the Twenty20 game.

    At the toss to decide the outcome Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne called 'tails' correctly and promptly knocked Bangladesh out. Sri Lanka will meet Afghanistan in Friday's gold medal match.

  77. Get involved

    More of your suggestions on #bbcsportsday of players who've flourished after joining a new club.

    Glenn Sissen: Javier Mascherano is the obvious one for me, didn't play for West Ham fighting relegation, now pivotal for Barcelona.

    Andrew Neill: Usually pretty much anyone after they leave NUFC but Wayne Routledge and Jean Alain Boumsong particularly spring to mind.

    Barrie Duggan: Diego Forlan...from no goals to world beater.

  78. Elsewhere in Europe

    Football

    Karim Benzema

    Apologies for the delay, caused by a small fire drill at Media City. Now elsewhere in the Champions League last night, Real Madrid overcame a scare against new boys Ludogorets to win 2-1 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and a winner from Karim Benzema.

    Real top Group B with six points - ahead of Liverpool and Basel on three points.

    In Group A, Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 1-0 thanks to Arda Turan's second-half goal.

    And former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa set up two goals as Borussia Dortmund secured a 3-0 win at Anderlecht to move on to six points from their two matches in Group D - the same group as Arsenal.

  79. Nadal reaches China Open quarter-finals

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal in action on Thursday

    Second seed Rafael Nadal advances to the quarter-finals of the China Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over 25-year-old German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in an hour and 43 minutes. Andy Murray follows.

  80. Park Ji-sung becomes Man Utd ambassador

    Football

    Former South Korea captain Park Ji-sung has been appointed as an ambassador by his former club Manchester United,

    The 33-year-old, who retired in May, played for United for seven years, winning four Premier League titles, three League Cups, one Champions League title and one Club World Cup, making him the most decorated Asian footballer in history.

    He will make an appearance at Old Trafford before their league game against Everton on Sunday.

  81. Will Carling interview

    Rugby Union

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England captain Will Carling has been speaking to 5 live following coach Stuart Lancaster's new contract until 2020 and he says: "I think it has probably surprised a lot of people but I think it is part of the RFU's desire to have a little bit of consistency and to really lay some foundations for sustained England success. I genuinely think it is good news.

    "They have been trying for a long time to create the right culture and need to lay a foundation that will go on a while and giving the coaching team a chance for five or six years is crucial.

    "If it does go belly up in the World Cup think it did for Clive Woodward in '99 and he pleaded to be given another World Cup and it worked."

  82. Awards double for Yorkshire openers

    Cricket

    Adam Lyth and Alex Lees

    Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees completed an awards double at last night's Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) Awards dinner.

    The pair were named PCA player of the year and young player of the year after earlier in the week winning the same accolade from the Cricket Writers' Club.

    James Anderson received the prize for the men's England cricketer of the year and Charlotte Edwards the women's award.

  83. Oslo pulls out of 2022 race

    Winter Olympics

    Oslo has become the latest city to officially withdraw from the race to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Krakow, Lviv and Stockholm have also signalled their intention not to continue.

    Beijing, bidding to become the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics, and Kazakhstan capital Almaty are the only cities to remain in the race.

    The International Olympic Committee will elect the host city in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July next year.

  84. Championship review

    Football

    Fulham beat Bolton 4-0 at Craven Cottage

    There were three games in the Championship last night.

    Huddersfield shocked in-form Wolveswinning 3-1 at Molineux while Leeds and Reading played out a goalless draw at Elland Road.

    Kit Symons picked up a third consecutive win as Fulham caretaker manager as they beat struggling Bolton 4-0 at Craven Cottage.

  85. BBC Sport Gossip Column

    A few items from today's BBC Sport Gossip Column now and despite Danny Welbeck's goals, Arsenal are reportedly interested in 27-year-old Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who is unhappy at Paris St-Germain.

    The Independent say that the Gunners could also move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 28, who says he wants to leave St James' Park.

  86. Japanese GP coverage

    Formula 1

    You can watch first practice from the Japanese Grand Prix on BBC Two. It's an early one for UK viewers, 01:50 BST tomorrow morning. There is also commentary on 5 live from 01:55 BST.

  87. Suzuka likely to avoid typhoon

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton at Suzuka

    This weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka looks like avoiding the worst of the weather caused by Typhoon Phanfone, with heavier winds and stronger rainfall not expected until after the chequered flag on Sunday.

  88. Gleneagles heroes back on course

    Golf

    Paul McGinley

    Four members of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team - plus captain Paul McGinley - are back in action today.

    Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher are taking part in the Dunhill Links Championship.

    Follow the latest here from St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

  89. Get involved

    We're asking this morning for players you think have flourished after joining a new club. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Waleed: Daniel Sturridge. 36 goals in less than 55 games for Liverpool. Phenomenal stats for someone who Ferguson called a 'gamble'

    John McEnerney: When Henrik "The King of Kings" Larsson arrived from Feyenoord he bloomed big for Celtic for seven amazing years!

    Peter Collins: Looking for flourishers, look down the list of Arsenal flops! Chamakh, Gervinho etc!

  90. Ivanovic and Halep through in China

    Tennis

    Ana Ivanovic in action against Sabin Lisicki

    In the women's draw, ninth seed Ana Ivanovic beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3 7-5 and second seed Simona Halep beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (7-1).

    Third seed Petra Kvitova went through after opponent Venus Williams, the 16th seed, withdrew with a viral illness.

  91. China Open latest

    Tennis

    Second seed Rafael Nadal has won the first set 6-3 against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk at the China Open. Andy Murray is seeded sixth and plays Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay after this match.

  92. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday, BBC Sport Facebook

    So with Danny Welbeck banging in the goals for Arsenal following his move from Manchester United, we're asking this morning for players you think have flourished after joining new clubs. Please send them in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  93. UK back pages

    Football

    Telegraph

    In the Daily Telegraph the esteemed Henry Winter makes a reference to the flares thrown by Galatasaray supporters, which caused a delay to the match at the Emirates and later prompted arrests. He writes: "The smoke-trails emanated from the flare-throwing Galatasaray supporters but the vapour-trails came from Danny Welbeck, who proved far too quick and hot for Galatasaray to handle."

  94. McGregor injury speculation

    Football

    The Hull Daily Mail reports that goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been ruled out of Saturday's match against Crystal Palace because of a shoulder injury that requires a spell of rest.

  95. UK back pages

    Football

    The Sun

    In The Sun (subscription required) Charlie Wyett focuses on Danny Welbeck's hat-trick for Arsenal. He writes: "The £16m buy from Manchester United will now hope the best performance of his career can be the perfect springboard to life down in London. He is certainly on a mission to prove he can be a major force in his preferred central striker role after years of frustration at Old Trafford."

  96. Johnson has surgery

    Rugby Union

    Exeter flanker Tom Johnson, 32, who has not played since the summer tour of New Zealand, has been ruled out of the November internationals and will now miss another 10 to 12 weeks following neck surgery.

  97. UK back pages

    Football

    Let's have a look what the papers made of last night's proceedings, and David Maddocks in the Daily Mirror makes a reference to the legendary comedy Fawlty Towers as he writes: "The only thing missing was the funny walk, otherwise it was a case of Basel faulty for Liverpool.

    "In a country dominated by mountainous peaks, Brendan Rodgers' side were left in no doubt they now face a real uphill struggle in their quest for Champions League glory, after a night of embarrassment that almost touched on farce against unfancied opponents."

  98. Champions League review

    Football

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was delighted with his new striker, describing Welbeck's performance as "electric". He said: "What's good for me is that his link play is good as well. His teamwork and his work-rate is at the level of the team."

    Perhaps in reference to Welbeck often being left out at Manchester United, Wenger added: "It always helps to know that you have a good chance to play in the next game."

  99. Champions League review

    Danny Welbeck scores for Arsenal

    There was better news for Arsenal on Wednesday, with former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck scoring his first professional hat-trick as the Gunners swept aside Galatasaray 4-1 at the Emirates, despite having goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off.

  100. Ray Clemence interview

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There was a call from a listener on last night's BBC Radio 5 live phone-in for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to be sacked.

    But former Reds and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence told 5 live Breakfast it is Mario Balotelli who needs to improve: "Brendan knew it was a risk, one that was going to be the most fantastic signing or one that was going to cause a problem to the club and at the moment we're seeing a Balotelli that strolls around, doesn't show enough energy and passion that Liverpool supporters demand.

    "One thing Liverpool supporters will give you is support, even if you're playing badly, as long as you're giving 100%. And at the moment they will look at him and think there is more there and he is not giving it."

  101. Champions League review

    Football

    Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is shackled by Basel players

    Liverpool's Champions League hopes were dented with a 1-0 defeat in Basel, which prompted skipper Steven Gerrard to question the desire and determination of his team-mates.

  102. Post update

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday. We'll have news of the England squads for the European Championship qualifiers with San Marino and Estonia and the Under-21 play-off against Croatia, there are 10 Premier League news conferences, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray play in the China Open and the Dunhill Links Championship begins on three courses in Scotland, but we begin with a look back at last night's Champions League action.