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Summary

  1. Build-up to Wales v Bosnia-H Euro 2016 qualifier (19:45 BST)
  2. England U21 v Croatia U21 Euro 2016 play-off (17:45 BST)
  3. Build-up to Scotland v Georgia (Saturday 17:00 BST)
  4. Russian Grand Prix practice
  5. Get involved: Footballers who could be in government #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Post update

    Right, that's plenty from BBC Sportsday for another week. We'll be back from 08:00 BST on Monday.

    Don't forget that you can follow our live text coverage of England Under-21s Euro 2016 play-off against Croatia - starting imminently - and of Wales Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia.

  2. Marquez chance to retain title

    Moto GP

    Marc Marquez

    Marc Marquez has his first shot at retaining the MotoGP championship this weekend at the Motegi circuit in Japan. It is the first of four races left in the season.

    The Spaniard has a 75-point lead over his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and a 78-point lead over Yamaha's Valentino Rossi. A race win for Marquez would see him take the title whatever happens behind him.

    Marquez has won 11 of the 14 races so far this season, including a record-equalling 10 in a row, with Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo having won just one each.

    He crashed out in the first practice session on Friday but recovered to set the second-fastest time with only compatriot Jorge Lorenzo able to out-pace him on his Yamaha. Marquez was then sixth fastest in the afternoon.

  3. Anti-Putin chant leads to arrests

    Football

    Ukraine v Belarus

    More than 100 football fans have been detained in Belarus after nearly the entire stadium joined in chanting a well-known song insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin, media reports say.

    Both local and visiting fans at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus in Borisov came together in a rousing rendition of the song - which has became a popular expression of opposition to Putin in Ukraine, the Belarusian paper Nasha Niva reports.

    After the match, about 100 Ukrainian and 30 Belarusian were held and taken to the local KGB station, reportedly on suspicion of using "obscene language", the opposition website Charter '97 reports. According to one report, some of them will be taken to court and are expected to receive a five-day sentence. The Ukrainian fans will also be deported.

  4. Wonderful Charm starts strongly

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    It may be four months until jump racing's Cheltenham Festival, but champion trainer Paul Nicholls is looking forward to glittering prizes ahead for Wonderful Charm after the gelding took the most valuable - and highest quality - race staged at Newton Abbot, the £30,000 Intermediate Chase.

    The 100-30 shot, the mount of Nicholls' new no. 1 jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, had three lengths to spare over favourite Colour Squadron, the sport's highest-rated novice chaser, ridden by Tom O'Brien in place of the injured AP McCoy. Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Taquin Du Seuil was third.

    Nicholls said: "That's as soft [going] as you'd risk him on. He really wants it much better. We'll look at a race at Down Royal next month for him, but he won't run if it's too soft, and there will be plenty for him in the spring in the Ryanair [at Cheltenham] and at Aintree."

  5. Murray adds Vienna date

    Tennis

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray has added another tournament to his schedule in a bid to qualify for the World Tour Finals.

    He will play in Vienna next week and, with events to follow in Valencia and Paris, it means he will be playing six weeks in a row.

  6. Football

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury tweets: "Luis Suarez starts for Uruguay v Saudi Arabia."

    The Barcelona forward is banned for Uruguay's competitive internationals but can still play in friendlies.

  7. On this day

    Sachin Tendulkar

    In 2013, India batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced he would retire from all forms of cricket after his impending 200th Test.

  8. Milan director calls for Champions League wildcards

    Football

    AC Milan director Umberto Gandini believes Champions League wildcards should be introduced to ensure some of Europe's biggest clubs do not miss out.

    Currently, the Premier League top three qualify automatically, with the side in fourth entering the play-off round. In Italy, the top two go straight into the Champions League, with third going into the play-offs.

    "I think we have to look at ways of improving the Champions League," Gandini told BBC World Service.

  9. Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar (Sat 17:00 BST)

    European Championship qualifiers

    How about this for boosting your players' confidence? Martin O'Neill has told his Republic of Ireland squad that they are "not good enough to be complacent" when they face Gibraltar in Dublin on Saturday.

    "We, seriously, will not be good enough to be complacent, certainly not," he said. "We are expected to win, don't get me wrong. There's a difference. We might not be able to break them down as easily as one might think."

  10. Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands (Sat 19:45 BST)

    European Championship qualifiers

    Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland's players are relishing the opportunity to demonstrate their attacking capabilities against the Faroe Islands, says manager Michael O'Neill.

    Having won 2-1 in Hungary in their first Euro 2016 qualifier, hopes are high for a comfortable win on Saturday.

    "There has been a lot of focus on our attacking play especially, our approach has been slightly different," O'Neill said. "You just can't go out and play off the cuff and play in a cavalier fashion. But this is an opportunity to show the other side to their game."

  11. F1 teams hold safety talks

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    Formula 1 is to impose changes to ensure an accident like the one that left Jules Bianchi in a critical condition cannot happen again.

    Governing body the FIA is discussing steps with the teams, with a major focus on ensuring drivers slow down more than they currently do for warning flags.

    FIA president Jean Todt said: "We have to learn from what happened. And we will because we cannot be faced with such a situation again. Each life is very important."

  12. Ashley not flying away from Magpies

    Football

    Mike Ashley

    The Newcastle Chronicle reports that Mike Ashley is planning to remain in charge at St James Park until at least 2016, despite his growing influence at Rangers.

    Ashley has increased his shareholding in the Ibrox club. The rules state that he can own 49.9% of a club and own another that potentially could play one another in a European competition.

  13. 'Irish must not get frustrated'

    Football

    Stephen Quinn says the Republic of Ireland must not get too frustrated if they don't have early success against Gibraltar in tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier.

    The Republic won 2-1 in Georgia in their opening qualifier, Gibraltar lost 7-0 at home to Poland, though they were only a goal behind at half time.

    The Hull City midfielder said: "We don't know too much about them. We watched the first half of the game against Poland and they were quite rigid. We have to be patient and the crowd have to be patient with us as well."

  14. Get involved

    Sol Campbell is contemplating going into politics, so who would you have in you in your fantasy footballing cabinet. Here are a few suggestions so far:

    Rob White: Clarke Carlisle as secretary of education. He's meant to be pretty smart isn't he?

    Geordie Gaz: Defence minister John Terry, Justice minister Sir Alex Ferguson, Deputy PM Harry Redknapp.

    Onderi: Gary Lineker - PM

    We want more, so get thinking. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or go to the BBC Facebook page.

  15. Shawcross committed to England

    Football

    Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross insists he is not considering switching allegiance from England to Wales despite being overlooked by Roy Hodgson.

    The 27-year-old centre-back won his solitary cap as a substitute in a friendly against Sweden in 2012 but has not been called upon in a competitive game so is still eligible to play for Wales.

    "I made a decision a couple of years ago to play for England. I've got one cap and I want more. If it happens, it happens," Shawcross told the Stoke Sentinel. "If I don't get into the England squad until I retire, I will have no frustration. I'm just happy to be playing."

  16. On this day

    Tokyo Olympics 1964

    In 1964, the 18th Olympics opened in Tokyo.

  17. Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST)

    European Championship qualifiers

    Gareth Bale can be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Bosnia-Hercegovina's Asmir Begovic.

    "Messi and Ronaldo are two of the best players in the world right now," said the 27-year-old Stoke goalkeeper. "But people like Gareth Bale are working their way up."

    That said, Real Madrid forward Bale has not scored past Begovic - who will stand in his way this evening in Cardiff - in five attempts.

    Coverage of the game is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  18. Hamilton's 'good fun' in Russia

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton says he is feeling good after finishing fastest ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the second practice session at the Russian Grand Prix.

    Hamilton, who holds a 10-point lead over Rosberg after a run of three successive victories, immediately appeared at home on the track and said: "I like the new circuit. It's got really good grip and great corners, with a lot at medium speed. It's good fun.

    "The car felt really good. We've quite a good balance, so there are a lot of boxes ticked, but we still have work to do to see if we can improve."

  19. Post update

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater tweets: "Bosman ruling lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont asks Belgian court to stop Uefa reducing amount of money clubs can lose from €45m to €30m."

  20. Uefa fair play proposal

    Football

    As well as tinkering with Champions League seedings, Uefa says it is also considering changing its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules to take into account the amount of debt held by clubs.

    Currently debt is not factored into FFP calculations, although interest payments on debt are considered.

    In May, Manchester City were fined £49m - £32m of which was suspended - and had their Champions League squad capped to 21 players for breaching FFP rules.

  21. Fonte vows to take Portugal chance

    Football

    Jose Fonte

    Southampton captain Jose Fonte says he intends to become a regular for his country as he prepares for a possible debut for Portugal.

    The 30-year-old defender could feature against France in Paris on Saturday, having been called into the squad by new manager Frannado Santos.

    "I intend to take it with both hands and make it a habit of representing my country," Fonte told BBC Radio Solent. "I waited a long time, but I never gave up, that's not part of me."

  22. Get involved

    Inspired by Sol Campbell's talk about going into politics, we wanted to know who would make your fantasy footballing cabinet. Here are a few suggestions so far:

    Dessie Donnelly: Minister of Defence Stuart Pearce, Foreign Office Roy Keane.

    Ryan Wilkinson: The Arsenal physio for Secretary State for Health.

    Damian Conno: Faustino Asprilla, Minister for Good Times & Cartwheels.

    Sean Patrick: If Sol Campbell gets involved in politics, he'll probably have a few good years, then defect to whatever party is in power...

    Send us yours please. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or go to the BBC Facebook page.

  23. 'Super League can grow football in India'

    Football

    The inaugural Indian Super League gets underway on Sunday, with former Sunderland and Manchester City manager Peter Reid insists it can be the start of a new dawn for football in the country.

    Reid is manager of Mumbai City, who face Atletico De Kolkata on Sunday. Other high-profile names involved in the league are Alessandro Del Piero, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka.

  24. Villa defender in loan move

    Football

    League Two side Northampton Town have signed Aston Villa left-back Enda Stevens, 24, on a month's loan.

    Meanwhile, Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards has told BBC Radio Merseyside that he expects to sign a new striker ahead of Saturday's home game against Plymouth.

  25. Federer sets up Djokovic semi

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    What an odd match that was. After a tight first set which he won on a tie-break, Roger Federer whizzed through the second set 6-0 to overwhelm Julien Benneteau and set up a semi-final meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters.

    In the other semi, it is Spain v France as Feliciano Lopez takes on Giles Simon.

  26. Portsmouth aims to host World Series events

    Sailing

    Portsmouth is hoping to play host to two preparation events for yachting's 35th America's Cup over the next two summers.

    If successful, the world series event would be contested off Southsea seafront in June 2015 and July 2016.

    The series helps the six teams entered for the next full America's Cup in 2017 to develop and test the catamaran boats - which will be used in the main event.

    Portsmouth is also the base for Sir Ben Ainslie's British bid to win the Cup.

  27. Sanogo 'was living on streets'

    Football

    Yaya Sanogo

    Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has made the astounding claim that he was "living on the streets" as recently as three years ago.

    The 21-year-old has yet to score a competitive goal since signing from Ligue 1 side Auxerre on a free transfer last summer.

    "I feel the pressure but people should not forget that, three years ago, I was living in the streets," he told Arsenal's website.

  28. Get involved

    Now then, here is another one for you to get involved in. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, former England defender Sol Campbell said he would be happy to "have a conversation with the Conservative Party" and get involved in politics.

    So who would your footballing cabinet include and why?

    A couple to get you started:

    John McEnerney: Chief Whip - Roy Keane, PM - Cloughie, Education - Shanks, Foreign Minister - Becks, Health - Darren Anderton, Justice - David Elleray, War - Joey Barton.

    Liam Cullen: Arsene Wenger for chancellor. Sit on a load of money then blow it on the wrong things.

    Can you do better? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or go to the BBC Facebook page.

  29. British finish behind US favourite

    Gymnastics

    Claudia Fragapane

    Claudia Fragapane finished 10th and Ruby Harrold 11th in the World Championship all-around final in Nanning, China.

    Competing on all four apparatus, the competition showcases the very best overall gymnasts.

    American favourite Simeone Biles took the gold medal in style with an impressive 60.231 points.

  30. Advantage Federer

    Tennis

    Roger Federer has taken a step towards reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

    The Swiss won the first set on a tie-break in his quarter-final with Julien Benneteau of France and has raced into a 3-0 second-set lead by breaking serve wice.

    The winner will play Novak Djokovic.

  31. Allardyce gets thumbs-up

    Football

    Sam Allardyce

    Co-chairman David Sullivan has praised manager Sam Allardyce for re-introducing "the West Ham way" at Upton Park.

    Many of the club's fans complained last season about the style of play and called on Sullivan and co-owner David Gold to replace Allardyce.

    But with a much-improved West Ham seventh in the Premier League, Sullivan said: "I believe we have the best squad since we've been at the club. We've signed some high-energy, younger players and we have discovered the West Ham way.

    "He changed the style... and deserves the accolades because had it not worked he would have been castigated."

  32. Close at the top in Portugal

    Golf

    The Portugal Masters has resumed after bad weather, with Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Alexander Levy of France leading the way.

    The pair are 13 under par midway through their second rounds, with Spain's Adrian Otaegui four shots back.

    Colsaerts yesterday came within millimetres of becoming the first man to shoot a sub-60 round in the 42-year history of the European Tour, shaving the hole with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

  33. Djokovic marches on

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic

    After the tightest of first sets, world number one Novak Djokovic ran away with his Shanghai Masters quarter-final against Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 6-2.

    The Serb, who won the China Open title for a fifth time last week, hit 26 winners against the Spaniard's 11 to set up a semi-final meeting with Swiss Roger Federer or Julien Benneteau of France.

    That pair are on court now, with the first set into a tie-break.

  34. Hamilton blows rivals away

    Russian Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton was in superlative form to set the pace in second practice at the Russian Grand Prix.

    Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg was fourth fastest, 0.912 seconds adrift. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was second fastest, 0.864secs off Hamilton, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third, a further 0.01secs adrift of the Dane.

  35. McCoy makes appearance

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    AP McCoy

    Because of injury sustained at Worcester yesterday, AP McCoy isn't riding at Newton Abbot. He's out of action until, probably, Tuesday and will be replaced on Colour Squadron by Tom O'Brien.

    McCoy is, however, going to be in attendance to unveil a statue in his honour.

  36. Gordon Strachan news conference

    Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

    On Roy Keane's suggestion that he signed for Celtic to spite then manager Strachan:

    "I think he's fantastic. I get on great with him but I've no idea what he's said in his book. Besides, this is not the right time to talk about it. Come back to me in a couple of weeks when I've read it."

  37. Gordon Strachan news conference

    Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

    "Craig Gordon coming back has been a huge bonus for everybody. The one person who decides his future - himself - decided that it wouldn't be the end a couple of years ago and he's got himself back to fantastic form for Celtic."

  38. Gordon Strachan news conference

    Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

    "Stevie May's been a fantastic surprise. I knew he was a good player but he's added to the squad and I've enjoyed his performance this week. Ryan Gauld, too."

  39. Gordon Strachan news conference

    Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

    "Tomorrow we could put on the best performance we've ever seen and could get beat - that's how the football gods work. All we can do is make sure we prepare as well as we can."

  40. Bitter rivals prepare for battle

    Rugby League

    Wigan Warriors v St Helens

    Rugby League fans won't need telling that there is a huge game at Old Trafford this weekend, when St Helens meet Wigan for the right to be crowned Super League champions.

    In the build-up to the big match, BBC Sport's Nathan Middleton has taken a look at the rivalry between the clubs, which even the coaches admit is fierce.

    "There's a healthy hatred there between the clubs," says Wigan's Shaun Wane, while St Helens coach Nathan Brown added: "It's a Grand Final and it's against Wigan - two sides that have mutual respect, but bitter hatred for each other."

    Full story here, should be a lively game.

  41. Gordon Strachan news conference

    Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

    "The feeling I get is that people are feeling good and that's what we are supposed to do as sports people. We seem to be adding to the spring in the step of Scottish sports fans and that makes us happy."

  42. Gordon Strachan news conference

    Scotland v Georgia (17:00 BST)

    "The players make me feel good, and confident. They've trained intensely and asked questions this week and we're in a good place at the moment. The performances over the last year have allowed us to feel good."

  43. Friday's sports panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Leicester and England lock forward Geoff Parling has been talking about the issue of concussion.

    "Sometimes sportsmen need saving from ourselves," he said. "That's when you need a strong medical team to help you. I've noticed in rugby in the last couple of years much more awareness than eight years ago. Maybe football is a bit behind the times.

    "You've got to look to the bigger picture. If you've got kids playing any sport, why risk it?"

  44. Get involved

    A few more of the sports books that have really got on your wick:

    Ryan Murphy: 'It's not about the bike - Lance Armstrong'. Unless he was being really ironic.

    Paul Heathcock: Colin Montgomerie's autobiography. It was about as interesting as a... well a Colin Montgomerie interview actually.

    Jeremy Nash: Michael Vaughan's account of 2005 Ashes. Had high hopes but revealed nothing I hadn't seen on TV.

    George V Guy: Alan Brazil's book. I used to really like the man until I read the book.

  45. Friday's sports panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Matthew Hoggard believes no one has come out of the Kevin Pietersen saga with credit.

    "The dressing room should be seen and not heard," he said. "What is said in there should stay in there. It's a special place. Dirty washing should not be aired in public.

    "Other teams' captains are taking advantage of it, sticking their wooden spoon in and stirring things up."

  46. Happy birthday

    Matthew Pinsent

    Happy birthday today to Sir Matthew Pinsent, the winner of four consecutive Olympic rowing gold medals, who turns 44 today.

    Also blowing out candles is former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams, who is 48.

    And a special mention for Murray Walker, for many years BBC Sport's Formula 1 commentator and still part of the team, as he celebrates his 91st birthday.

  47. Friday's sports panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Friday's sports panel, where Matthew Hoggard has been speaking about the Kevin Pietersen situation.

    The bowler revealed how some of the batsman's antics got on his nerves during the 2006-7 tour of Australia.

    "Kevin Pietersen was doing things I did not like," he said. "So I sat down with him for a beer in a bar in Perth. It was nothing nasty, just a talk between two team-mates. Some things were annoying me and I wanted to get it out in the open.

    "He was very professional in the way he trained but he could have done more for the team. He was doing personal and work stuff in the dressing room which could have been done in private. But we sat down and he was brilliant."

  48. All eyes on Taquin Du Seuil

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Newton Abbot racecourse in south Devon is not racing's most fashionable outpost, and rarely features on the road to jump racing's showpiece Cheltenham Festival in March.

    However, at 15:55 BST, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Gold Cup hope Taquin Du Seuil starts his season in the new £30,000 toteexacta Pick The 1,2 Intermediate Chase, staged over just short of two and three-quarter miles, the highest quality race ever staged there.

    Taquin Du Seuil, as short as 14-1 for Cheltenham, will be racing against four other horses expected to play their part in the jumps campaign, including likely favourite Colour Squadron, the highest-rated novice chaser in the country.

    The course is bathed in bright sunshine, and there's quite a breeze; the going is described as being soft, good to soft in places.

  49. Expectation should be high - Hoggard

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard has been talking on BBC Radio 5 live about Kevin Pietersen's allegations of bullying.

    Hoggard, England's ninth most successful Test bowler with 248 wickets, said: "I've not seen it to the extent of bullying. It can be intimidating when you are trying your best and you don't want to misfield or get abuse.

    "But you are playing international sport. You are one of the the 11 best players in the country and expectations should be high. So there are two ways of looking at it."

  50. Smog threat to Brazil v Argentina

    Football

    Brazil's friendly against Argentina in China on Saturday is under threat because Beijing is engulfed in smog.

    Players are stuck in their hotels after authorities issued an orange pollution alert - the second highest level. Thursday's air quality was 18 times worse than the recognised safety level.

  51. Hartson has appetite for argument

    Football

    John Hartson and Roy Keane

    BBC Sport Wales have sought John Hartson's response to Roy Keane's comments in his new autobiography.

    The former Republic of Ireland midfielder wrote how, after losing his first game at Celtic 2-1 to Clyde in the Scottish Cup, he got on the bus to see Hartson eating a packet of crisps and drinking a fizzy drink.

    Here's how former Welsh international Hartson responded...

  52. I'm going to get my head kicked in - Millar

    Road cycling

    David Millar

    On Sunday, David Millar will compete in his final race after 17 seasons as a professional cyclist.

    The Bec Cycling Club hill climb up Titsey Hill in Surrey, is only 700 yards long and should take about two minutes, but the Scot is still apprehensive.

    "I'm going to get my head kicked in," he told the Guardian. "I've never done a hill climb before, I'm riding with a broken hand and I can hardly get out of the saddle."

  53. FA Cup draw back on Monday nights

    Football

    Great news... FA Cup draws will return to Mondays in a new evening slot on the BBC for the 2014-15 season.

    The first-round draw will come from the National Football Centre at St George's Park in front of a live audience on Monday, 27 October.

    "We're delighted to bring back the tradition of the FA Cup draw on Mondays," said BBC Sport's Mark Cole.

  54. BBC Radio 5 live sports panel

    Live now on BBC Radio 5 live is the first Friday Sports Panel hosted by Eleanor Oldroyd.

    The guests today are Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Leicester and England lock Geoff Parling and former England bowler Matthew Hoggard. The subjects for discussion are bullying, concussion and mental health.

  55. England career could be over - Pietersen

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen concedes he has "potentially" played his last match for England.

    Asked on BBC 1's The Graham Norton Show if he thinks a return is feasible, he said: "Potentially not, no. I've got to accept that."

    "What I've been lucky to achieve, I've got to be grateful for and happy with. There's more to life now, and I just get on and do what I need to do."

    Watch The Graham Norton Show on BBC 1 at 22:35 BST on Friday.

  56. Uefa changes Champions League seedings

    Football

    European governing body Uefa is set to give top-seed status to winners of its highest-ranked leagues and the defending title holders in the Champions League from next season.

    Teams are currently seeded based on their performance in European competitions over the last five years, rather than domestic competitions.

    Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino said the group-stage change "will be approved" at the start of next year, with the aim to give league winners "an additional award".

  57. Sterling a target for Chelsea?

    Football

    Raheem Sterling

    Chelsea have been linked with a £48m move for Liverpool's 19-year-old England midfielder Raheem Sterling and former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is set to take over at Bolton having turned down offers to manage in the Middle East.

    All that and more at today's BBC Gossip page.

  58. Advantage Djokovic in epic struggle

    Tennis

    There is a ding-dong of a tussle going on at the Shanghai Masters between world number one Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer.

    Djokovic has just taken the first set 6-4 in 55 minutes but was pushed all the way by the Spaniard, both men looking absolutely shattered as they staggered back to their seats. They are playing for a place in the semi-finals.

  59. Get involved

    #worstsportsbookever

    Matt Dickinson, The Times' chief sports correspondent, tweets: "The angry man routine is great for papers but not sure it helps Keane get a big job. And the odd thing is his book is much more reflective."

    In the wake of Roy Keane releasing his autobiography his week, we've been asking for your #worstsportsbookever.

  60. Where you going Jamie?

    Football

    Jamie Carragher

    Jamie Carragher stopped playing for Liverpool almost 18 months ago, but it seems old habits die hard.

    "Anyone ever drive to their previous employment without thinking?" tweeted Carragher. "I just drove to Melwood! Supposed to be going to the gym!"

  61. BBC Radio 5 live sports panel

    Coming up at 13:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live is the first Friday Sports Panel hosted by Eleanor Oldroyd.

    The guests today are Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Leicester and England lock Geoff Parling and former England bowler Matthew Hoggard. The subjects for discussion are bullying, concussion and mental health.

  62. Get involved

    We've been asking which sports books have really annoyed you. It could be because of the anecdotes, the way in which it's written, or even the cover. A few responses so far:

    Ciaran McDonnell: Jaap Stam's autobiography. Had one chapter on his favourite gadgets.

    Clency Lebrasse: Ashley Cole: My Defence. A shameful piece of literature which paved the way for Cole to become despised and loathed.

    Tom Hall: Paul Merson, How Not to be a Professional Footballer. The banterer's banter bible.

    And our personal favourite thus far...

    Daniel Gleason: Definitely Angela's Ashes. Very little cricket in it.

  63. 'I’m still here but I might not have been'

    Football

    David Cox

    In a sobering piece in the Daily Record, Peterhead striker David Cox tells how mental health issues led him to attack his throat and chest with a knife last month before taking a walk down to a riverbank with a rope in his hand ready to end it all.

    The 25-year-old is speaking about his demons in a bid to help other sufferers. "I'd like people to understand and I hope other people who are going through it can speak about it or get help," he said.

  64. Russia Grand Prix

    Formula 1

    Remember you can follow our live coverage of second practice for the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom.

    Lawrence Barretto is your man for all transport-related matters...

  65. Skrtel's pride at Slovakia win

    Football

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel claims "character and commitment" were the secret behind Slovakia's surprise win over Spain.

    The reigning European champions lost 2-1 to a Slovakia team which featured Skrtel at centre back.

    "Of course we knew they had the quality but we showed that with character and commitment you can get three points," he said.

  66. Chambers delight at England start

    Football

    Callum Chambers

    Callum Chambers was in good spirits after making his full England debut against San Marino.

    "It's an honour to play for my country and a great experience for me to get a start. Hopefully there will be more to come," the 19-year-old Arsenal man told the FA's website.

    "I'm really enjoying it. All the lads have been really welcoming and the staff have been great."

    According to the stats, Chambers was the only England outfield player not have a shot at goal - a sign of the one-sided nature of the contest if ever there was one.

  67. Mezgec wins in Beijing

    Road cycling

    Slovenia's Luka Mezgec won the first stage of the five-day Tour of Beijing in a sprint finish on Friday.

    Team Sky controlled the race entry into Zhangjiakou, but were overcome by a series of attacks, culminating in 26-year-old Giant-Shimano rider Mezgec crossing the line ahead of Australia's Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE).

  68. Lennon considers Al-Ittihad offer

    Football

    The Herald are reporting that Neil Lennon will be treated to a special training session by Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad as he mulls over a tax-free £30,000-a-week offer to become their manager.

    "We sent delegates to Scotland to speak with Mr Lennon and he is here now to look at the club," said Ibrahim Al-Balawi, the Al-Ittihad president. "I hope he will be impressed with our set-up. We want the best coach possible and negotiations will continue with him."

  69. Get involved

    #worstsportsbookever

    Lance Armstrong's books

    GB Canoe Slalom athlete Fiona Pennie tweets: "#worstsportsbookever Any of these ones. #wasteoftrees #heronomore"

  70. Pros v ceramics shop worker

    England 5-0 San Marino

    England v San Marino

    Just to hammer home the point of the mismatch between England and San Marino, here is a rundown of how a few of the players facing Wayne Rooney and co last night spend their days.

    Aldo Simoncini (goalkeeper) age 28: accountant; Alessandro Della Valle (defender) 32: works in a ceramics shop; Fabio Vitaioli (defender) 30: works in a clothes shop; Alex Gasperoni (midfielder) 30: runs a lighting business; Matteo Vitaioli (midfielder) 24: factory worker; Michele Cervellini (midfielder) 26: lawyer; Danilo Rinaldi (striker) 26: works for a furniture shop.

  71. Robins for Scunthorpe

    Football

    Scunthorpe United are set to appoint former Huddersfield and Barnsley boss Mark Robins as their new manager.

    BBC Radio Humberside reports that the 44-year-old has agreed a deal to take over from Russ Wilcox, who was sacked on Wednesday after the 2-1 defeat by Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

  72. Lopez wins in Shanghai

    Tennis

    Feliciano Lopez

    Spaniard Feliciano Lopez has beaten Mikhail Youzhny 5-7 6-4 6-4 in a thrilling match at the Shanghai Masters.

    Lopez is into the semi-finals, where he will play Frenchman Giles Simon, who beat world number six Tomas Berdych earlier in the day.

    Next up is top seed Novak Djokovic against David Ferrer, conqueror of Andy Murray.

  73. Get involved

    #worstsportsbookever

    We're asking which sports books have really annoyed you. It could be because of the anecdotes, the way in which it's written, or even the cover. Here are a couple of early responses.

    Garry Humphreys: Top athlete but Chris Froome's book was an arduous slog. We get it, you don't like Wiggo, you're just different. Dull zzzz.

    Simon Coffield: Andy Murray: Seventy Seven. Wow this book is boring. I quite like Andy Murray but he should stick to tennis not writing.

    I suspect Murray didn't actually write the book, but point taken...

    Keep your nominations coming on Twitter by using the hashtag #worstsportsbookever or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  74. Dalglish to present Suarez with award?

    Latest gossip

    Luis Suarez and Kenny Dalglish

    World Soccer reports that Luis Suarez will be presented with the European Golden Shoe by Kenny Dalglish.

    The Uruguay forward apparently arranged for the former Liverpool player and manager to fly to Barcelona to be part of next Wednesday's ceremony, having insisted he wanted to share the award with his former club.

    The magazine also says Suarez's initial idea to receive the award in front of supporters at Anfield was not possible.

  75. Leicester v Harlequins (19:45 BST)

    Rugby Union

    Leicester v Harlequins

    "Nobody would have picked Leicester to be 10th in the Premiership, or even Harlequins in sixth, given they were third and fourth in the standings last season. But where they are now just goes to show how competitive this league has become."

    BBC Sport's Jeremy Guscott looks forward to Friday night's intriguing Aviva Premiership encounter.

    You can listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC local radio and follow the match on the BBC Sport website.

  76. Get involved

    #worstsportsbookever

    Joey Barton tweets: "With the release of all these autobiographies, I can't help but think of Thomas Paine. 'Character is much easier kept than recovered'."

    Eh, Joey, does your autobiography not come out in November?

  77. 'Bale can beat Rush's record'

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Ahead of Wales' European Championship qualifier against Bosnia-Hercegovina on Friday (19:45 BST), manager Chris Coleman has said that Gareth Balecan become the country's all-time leading goalscorer.

    Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush holds the record with 28 goals, while 25-year-old Real Madrid forward Bale has 14 after scoring a brace against Andorra in the opening game of the campaign.

    "He's young enough. Going on what he's already done, he's going to play enough games to surpass that," said Coleman.

  78. Get involved

    We're asking which sports books have really annoyed you. It could be because of the anecdotes, the way in which it's written, or even the cover.

    Let us know on Twitter by using the hashtag #worstsportsbookever or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  79. Weak teams harming football

    Football

    "Another game against San Marino and another embarrassingly easy England win - five meetings with the lowest-ranked team in world football and a not unflattering aggregate of 31-1."

    So begins a piece by BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty which examines whether the lack of meaningful competition in the European Championship qualifying groups is harming the credibility of international football and, as a knock-on, making it boring to watch.

    "Is it time to consider pre-qualifying for countries of a certain stature to remove the spectacle of walkovers such as this?" he asks.

  80. Marussia to run single car

    Formula 1

    Max Chilton

    Marussia will run only one car at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix this weekend as a sign of respect for injured driver Jules Bianchi.

    Bianchi suffered a serious head injury at last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix and remains in a critical condition in a hospital in Japan.

    Marussia say fielding only Max Chilton's car is "the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend".

  81. FA Cup third qualifying round

    Football

    Steffen Freund and Stefan Moore

    This weekend, 196 non-league clubs look to continue their journey on the road to Wembley in the FA Cup third qualifying round - and they are just two wins away from a potential televised first-round match against a Football League club.

    From a taxi driver who once outshone Wayne Rooney, to a double hat-trick scoring 37-year-old and the son of a Champions League winner, BBC Sport takes a look at some of those aiming to keep their hopes of FA Cup glory alive.

  82. European Championship qualifiers

    Football

    Another tranche of European Championship qualifiers take place this evening, with Wales the only home nation in action.

    Chris Coleman's side welcome Bosnia-Hercegovina to Cardiff and will be without 10 players as they attempt to build on their winning start in Andorra.

    Among the other fixtures of note are Bulgaria v Croatia, Italy v Azerbaijan, Netherlands v Kazakhstan and Turkey v Czech Republic.

  83. Get involved

    If you thought you could sit back and let us do all the work, you are mistaken. Here's where you get involved.

    In the week when Kevin Pietersen and Roy Keane have released autobiographies (which, unless you've been living under a rock, you'll no doubt be aware of), we want to know what is the worst sporting book you have ever read and why?

    Which sports star has really annoyed you? Maybe it was Ashley Cole's revelation that he almost swerved off the road in disgust after being offered only £55,000-a-week at Arsenal, or Roy Keane's admission that he has no regrets over the tackle that effectively ended the career of Alfie Haaland? Or maybe it was just a boring, terrible book?

    Let us know on Twitter by using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  84. Lancashire release duo

    Cricket

    Oliver Newby and Andrea Agathangelou have been released by Lancashire.

    Pace bowler Newby, 30, has played more than 100 matches in 12 years with his native county, while South Africa-born Cypriot Agathangelou has been with the relegated Old Trafford outfit since he joined them as a 20-year-old in 2010.

  85. Post update

    "Still no sign of being able to play unfortunately. Another announcement to follow at around 10am local time," so say the European Tour, who have delayed the beginning of the second round at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.

    Play was suspended because of rain on Thursday, with 45 of the 125 players still to complete their first rounds.

  86. Friday back pages

    Daily Telegraph

    England "crush" San Marino, according to Daily Telegraph, which points out the fans' ironic choice of keeper Joe Hart as man of the match. Hart barely touched the ball during England's routine victory.

  87. Hamilton: 'I'm aware of the dangers'

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    In his latest BBC column, Lewis Hamilton has written about Jules Bianchi and his thoughts about F1 and safety.

    As well as saying his payers and thoughts are with his stricken colleague, who remains in hospital after crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix, Hamilton says: "I am aware of the dangers that come along with my job. But I don't get in the car fearing it because that wouldn't work. You can't go into a corner thinking "if I brake too late, this could happen" or "the brakes could fail" or whatever.

    "You have to be strong in your mind and believe in only positive things. But whenever you get in the car you accept all sorts of things that can happen."

  88. Friday's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    More England, more Roy Keane in the Daily Mirror. The paper focuses on Wayne Rooney becoming the first player to score 30 competitive goals for England.

  89. Friday's back pages

    Independent

    A few of today's back pages for you to have a look at. First up the i, which as well as a report on England's stroll in the park, features the ever-colourful Roy Keane and his typically outspoken thoughts on Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

  90. Rosberg sets the pace

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to set fastest time in first practice at the Russian Grand Prix.

    The German was 0.065 seconds quicker on the new 3.6-mile circuit around the site of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. McLaren's Jenson Button was third, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

  91. Strauss on Pietersen

    Cricket

    We can't go a day without mentioning the words Kevin and Pietersen at the moment. It's the law.

    Ex-England captain Andrew Strauss is the latest to have his say and he believes the row over batsman Kevin Pietersen's claims of a "bullying culture" in the England dressing room have hurt the team more than any of the players involved.

    "The victim here really isn't Kevin Pietersen, or Flower or Prior," Strauss said. "It's actually the England team."

  92. Simon shocks Berdych

    Tennis

    Frenchman Giles Simon has caused something of a surprise at the Shanghai Masters, racing through the deciding set of his quarter-final 6-0 to oust world number six Tomas Berdych.

    Next up is Mikhail Youzhny against Feliciano Lopez, who beat Rafael Nadal earlier in the tournament.

  93. Ipswich make it a double

    Football

    The Football League has also announced the winners of its player of the month awards.

    Tyrone Mings at Ipswich, a 21-year-old defender, takes the Championship prize for September, a nice double for the club after McCarthy's success.

    Chesterfield's Eoin Doyle is League One's best player. That's not a surprise. The 25-year-old frontman, signed from Hibernian last summer, scored two hat-tricks in September and already has 13 goals this season.

    Defender Luke Wilkinson at Luton is the standout man in League Two.

  94. McCarthy wins manager award

    Football

    Mick McCarthy

    Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has been named Championship manager of the month for September.

    Ipswich won four and drew one of their five league games last month and are currently sixth in the Championship. It is the first time - and here's a decent stat for you if ever there was one - an Ipswich manager has won the award since Joe Royle a decade ago, in 2004.

    Bristol City's Steve Cotterill takes the League One award, while Phil Brown at Southend is top dog in League Two.

  95. Del Bosque's reaction

    Football

    Just for the record, Spain's defeat at the hands of Slovakia was the first time they have lost in 37 World Cup and European Championship qualifying matches, a run stretching back to 2006.

    After the game, manager Vicente del Bosque, whose side beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final, said: "We showed patience but we were not effective and the Slovakia keeper was superb."

    Slovakia now top Euro 2016 Group C with six points from six. Spain have three points, along with Macedonia and Ukraine.

  96. Spain shocked in Slovakia

    Football

    Slovakia Spain

    Best described as a turn up for the books this one.

    European champions Spain suffered a first qualifying defeat for eight years as former Chelsea player Miroslav Stoch helped earn Slovakia a famous victory.

    After their dismal World Cup showing in Brazil, the problems continued for Vicente del Bosque and his players as they failed to cause a well-organised Slovakia too many problems.

    Diego Costa, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games for Chelsea and looks unstoppable, has yet to find the net in six appearances for his country.

    Match report here.

  97. All square in Shanghai

    Tennis

    The quarter-finals at the Shanghai Masters are under way and it is a tight affair between world number seven Tomas Berdych and Gilles Simon.

    Simon, ranked 22 places lower than his opponent, took the opening set on a tie-break but Berdych has levelled matters by claiming the second set 6-4. The decider is in progress and is going with serve.

  98. Hodgson a happy man

    Football

    Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson claimed he was impressed by England's "desire" and "patience" as they eased past San Marino.

    "We worked hard to break down a stubborn team," Hodgson said. "The longer the game went on we knew it would open up and we'd get more chances, and that's what happened.

    "What also impressed me was the players' desire to work hard to get the ball back. If they can develop those skills then it would stand them in good stead going forward."

    San Marino coach Pierangelo Manzaroli, meanwhile, seemed pleased just to be playing at Wembley.

    "The experience and pleasure of playing in such a fantastic stadium against a lot of fans was great," he said.

  99. Easy does it for England

    Football

    Danny Welbeck

    The only surprise about England's win over San Marino was that they didn't score more than five.

    Wayne Rooney bagged his 42nd goal to edge him closer to passing Jimmy Greaves (44) and move into third place on the all-time England scoring list. After that, there is only Gary Lineker (48) and Sir Bobby Charlton (49) to overtake.

    But as a spectacle it wasn't exactly edge-of-the-seat stuff.

    Here is the verdict of BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty.

  100. We're off again

    And so another Sportsday begins. As usual we'll bring you all the breaking sports news and raise a couple of topics that we want you to get involved with by tweeting or going to the BBC Sport Facebook page. More about that shortly.

    In the meantime, let's start with all the reaction to last night's Euro 2016 qualifiers, including England's stroll past San Marino and a shock setback for Spain.