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  1. Goodbye

    That's about it for another Sportsday. Thanks for all your contributions and be sure to join us again from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Football

    Forest Green appeal against deduction

    Forest Green Rovers have lodged an appeal with the Football Association against their three-points deduction for fielding an ineligible player.

    The incident occurred on opening day of the Conference season, when Rovers defeated Southport 1-0.

    They accepted the charge last month, when they were also fined £500, and offered to replay the game, but their request was rejected.

  3. Football

    Partick sign Frans

    Partick Thistle have signed Belgian central defender Frederic Frans on a short-term contract.

    The 25-year-old former Lierse player, capped at Under-20 level, has agreed a deal until January.

    "It gives us some extra strength and depth in an area where we were probably still a bit light," manager Alan Archibald told the club website.

  4. Yeovil sign Palace defender Inniss


    Yeovil Town have signed Crystal Palace teenager Ryan Inniss on loan to strengthen his defensive options, but does manager Gary Johnson have other plans for the 19-year-old, such as starring alongside him in the remake of a 1980s comedy classic?

    Johnson met with Inniss prior to his arrival at Huish Park on Wednesday and told BBC Somerset: "I didn't really want to walk up the high street with him, as he's 6ft 6in and I'm less than that.

    "We certainly looked like the odd couple, like Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Twins."

  5. Basketball

    Basketball's international governing body says no positive doping tests were recorded at the World Cup or its other major championships this year.

    Fiba said more than 300 samples were taken at the men's World Cup in Spain, the women's world championship in Turkey and the Under-17 worlds for men and women.

  6. Football

    Taylor to have surgery

    Burnley midfielder Matthew Taylor will miss this weekend's reunion with old club West Ham because he needs an Achilles tendon operation.

    The 32-year-old, who left Upton Park to join the Clarets in the summer, has not featured since the goalless draw with Manchester United at the end of August.

    Manager Sean Dyche said: "Matty Taylor unfortunately is going to have to have a minor operation. He's got a niggle in his Achilles and unfortunately it just hasn't settled down."

  7. Golf

    Wins for Reed, Donaldson and Stenson

    Patrick Reed, one of the few Americans to emerge with their reputations enhanced from the United States' Ryder Cup defeat in September, has beaten England's Paul Casey 2&1 at the World Match Play in Kent.

    Elsewhere two of Europe's winning team, Jamie Donaldson and Henrik Stenson, have recorded wins against Jonas Blixt and Francesco Molinari respectively.


    Henrik Stenson (Sweden) beat Francesco Molinari (Italy) 2&1

    George Coetzee (South Africa) beat Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 2&1

    Jamie Donaldson (Wales) beat Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 3&2

    Patrick Reed (US) beat Paul Casey (England) 2&1

    Victor Dubuisson (France) beat Shane Lowry (Ireland) 3&2

    Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) beat Stephen Gallacher (Scotland) 1 up

    Mikko Ilonen (Finland) beat Graeme McDowell (N Ireland) 2&1

    Joost Luiten (Netherlands) beat Alexander Levy (France) 4&3

  8. Westwood among new Warrington deals

    Rugby League

    Warrington co-captain Ben Westwood, half-back Gareth O'Brien and winger Kevin Penny have extended their deals.

    England second-row Westwood, 33, joined from Wakefield in 2002 and has since scored 612 points in 333 games.

    The new deals keep him and O'Brien, 22, at the club until the end of the 2016 Super League season, with 27-year-old Penny contracted until next November.

  9. Football

    Newcastle Ebola plan

    papiss Cisse

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the club are making provisions for their African Nations Cup hopefuls amid the Ebola crisis on the continent.

    Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse were heading back to Tyneside on Thursday and the Magpies have moved in an attempt to protect both the players and their families.

    "We would be naive not have concerns," said Pardew. "We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of.

    "They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them."

  10. Football

    Origi loan return 'impossible'

    Divock Origi

    Any hopes that Liverpool had of recalling on-loan striker Divock Origi from his season-long loan at former club Lille have been dashed by the French club's director Jean-Michel Vandamme.

    "It's impossible. He will stay here until June," said Vandamme.

  11. Football

    Africa Cup of Nations

    The Confederation of African Football has approached Ghana about replacing Morocco as 2015 Nations Cup hosts.

    Last week Morocco asked Caf to postpone the 17 January to 8 February finals because of fears over Ebola.

    "Caf wrote to us and indicated that Morocco had given strong indications they would pull out if Caf did not change the date," revealed Ghana Youth and Sports minister Mahama Ayariga.

    Ayariga said other nations have also been sounded out as potential hosts.

  12. Football

    Striker Sidibe given Southend trial

    Mamady Sidibe

    Former Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe is on trial with League Two club Southend United.

    The 34-year-old Mali international, who left Stoke in the summer of 2013, has been without a club since being released by CSKA Sofia last December.

    "He's ring-rusty by his own admission. He's been in the wilderness, no-man's land," Southend boss Phil Brown told BBC Essex.

  13. Koeman rejects Netherlands job link


    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed calls for him to become boss of the Netherlands national team.

    Former Ajax and Barcelona midfielder Ronald de Boer believes Koeman should replace Guus Hiddink after the Dutch lost two of their first three Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    "I am the manager of Southampton, I am not the national manager and I will not be the next national manager," 51-year-old Koeman told BBC Radio Solent.

  14. Football

    O'Shea pens new Sunderland contract

    John O'Shea

    Sunderland captain John O'Shea has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2017.

    The 33-year-old joined the Black Cats from Manchester United in 2011.

    "I am delighted that John has agreed to stay with us for at least another two years," said boss Gus Poyet. "He is our captain, one of our leaders and I am sure he will continue to help us get better and stronger as a team. I really look forward to continuing to work with John."

  15. Golf

    Defeats for Gallacher and McDowell

    Both Stephen Gallacher and Graeme McDowell have lost their second matches at the World Match Play.

    Gallacher lost by one hole to Spain's Pablo Larrazabal, while McDowell went down 2&1 to Mikko Ilonen.

  16. Tennis

    Raonic on the skids

    There's some potentially significant news for Andy Murray coming from Russia.

    Top seed Milos Raonic has been defeated in the second round of the Kremlin Cup, losing 6-3 4-6 6-3 to Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis.

    The Canadian currently occupies the last of the eight qualifying spots for the ATP World Tour Finals, two places ahead of Murray.

  17. Football

    Balotelli getting to grips with solo role

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli says that he is not a traditional penalty-area poacher, but has been learning the role in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge.

    "I need to get in the box more," says Balotelli in an interview with Sport magazine. "All the rumours I hear about that - these ones are true. I don't do it enough, but it is something I am working to try to do more. I have never been a real, out-and-out striker - I have always been someone who goes around the pitch, you know?

    "I understand that when the ball comes from wide on the left or right, I need to be in the box otherwise there might be no one there at all."

  18. Football

    City swaps the suburbs for the centre

    Manchester City have moved into a new state-of-the-art training ground, leaving behind the Carrington base which gave photographers the chance to capture several bust-ups between the players during former manager Roberto Mancini's time at the club.

    The new training ground, part of the Etihad Campus that surrounds the Etihad Stadium, will not be overlooked from adjacent public footpaths.

  19. Golf

    Dubuisson on song at World Match Play

    Victor Dubuisson is back in the London Golf Club bar with a second successive win at the World Match Play in the bag. The Frenchman beat Ireland's Shane Lowry 3&2.

    Still out on the course, Dubuisson's Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell has work to do. He is two down with four to play against Finland's Mikko Ilonen.

    Stephen Gallacher is all square with Spain's Pablo Larrazabal after 16.

  20. Text us on 81111

    Pete Gibb on text: Saturday c1969. Paper round, train, Ramsgate to London, tube to Seven Sisters, entrance to the Shelf at White Hart Lane bag of chips, programme and return - all with change from a pound!! Well that's what I remember!

    Freddie, London: Leeds against PSV Eindhoven, UEFA cup 2001-02. Dad and I in for a tenner each, 93rd minute scrambled goal for the Dutch lot saw this fanatical 8 year old crying for days afterwards!

    Mark Lewis: My first game at Old Trafford, United v Liverpool 28th February 1983 a scintillating 1-1 draw. Stood on left hand side of the then middle tunnel under main stand. 57,400 or something and around £2-4 to get in I think. awesome atmosphere. But many thanks to four Irish lads who took me in a taxi from Piccadilly bus station as id never been before and they looked after me. never forgot it....

  21. Join the debate at #myfirstticket or 81111 on text

    The prices and memories of your first trip to the football are still coming in on #myfirstticket on Twitter and 81111 on text.

    Gavin Forrest: Arsenal v Oldham, January 1994. 1-1. Cost £8 on the north bank. Today it's £40 on the North Bank. Inflation?

    Jamie Pike: Wycombe Wanderers v Northwich Victoria,Sat 8th Sept 1990, the hosts running out 3-0 winners and a cheeseburger was a mere 90p

    Dan Long: England Ladies vs Portugal Ladies at Fratton Park, 2002. My Chiddingfold U9s team won the tickets at a football tournament

  22. Football

    Wenger targets defensive reinforcements

    Mats Hummels

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he will attempt to sign a defender in the January transfer window after failing to do so in the summer.

    "We are a bit short with the injuries we have defensively, and overall I think we will rectify that in the transfer market in January," he told the club's annual general meeting.

    Arsenal were linked with a £32m move for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels in today's newspapers.

  23. Rugby union

    Double tops for Northampton?

    Northampton Saints can compete for a domestic and European double this season, says captain Dylan Hartley.

    The Premiership champions start their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign at Racing Metro on Saturday.

    "I think it's possible for us to put ourselves into a good position," Hartley told BBC Radio Northampton when asked if the double was a possibility.

  24. Football

    Wales benefitting from Speed legacy

    Former Wales manager Gary Speed

    Winger David Cotterill believes the seeds of Wales' good start to their Euro 2016 campaign were sown by former manager, the late Gary Speed.

    "He started all this off, the togetherness," Cotterill said.

    "Every time we've come away the last few camps everyone seems together and it definitely changed when Gary Speed took over."

  25. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    Darren Jenkins: West ham vs Oldham League Cup semi 2nd leg 1990 around my 9th birthday. Won 3-0, but lost 1st leg 6-0. Typical West Ham.

    Nat Cummins: My first Man Utd game was vs Bury in the League Cup in '98. United won 2-0 with goals from Solskjaer & Nevland

  26. Boxing

    Froch scared of DeGale?

    Carl Froch is "running scared" of James DeGale and will retire instead of defending his world title against him, according to DeGale's advisor.

    If Froch gives up his IBF super-middleweight crown, DeGale expects to fight Mexico's Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez for the vacant title on 31 January.

    But first, the former Olympic champion must beat Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban in Liverpool on 22 November.

    "Carl Froch is out of the picture, he's had his day," said Ambrose Mendy. "He can't find enough reasons to fight James DeGale and yet there's an obvious one - he's the mandatory challenger."

  27. Post update

    Further confusion on the #myfirsticket debate now includes Take That and Blink 182. Eclectic.

  28. Rugby union

    Harlequins v Castres (Fri)

    Danny Care returns to the Harlequins starting line-up for Friday's opening match of the European Rugby Champions Cup against Castres at The Stoop.

    The England scrum-half missed Friday's Premiership defeat by Leicester to be at the birth of his first child.

    George Lowe replaces Tom Casson at centre, while Dave Ward comes in at hooker for the injured Joe Gray.

    Castres, last season's Top 14 runners-up, have lost six of their opening nine matches and are 12th in the table.

  29. Cricket

    Cairns in court

    Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns appeared in court on Thursday charged with perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012.

    Cairns won £90,000 in damages after he sued Lalit Modi, founder of the Indian Premier League (IPL), over an accusation of match-fixing made on Twitter in January 2010.

    Cricketers from around the world are expected to give evidence in the trial, which is expected to begin on 5 October 2015, the start of a period of few fixtures across the globe.

  30. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    Tony Lannon: Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough.

  31. Price of Football

    Clubs provide value - chief exec

    Everton chief executive Robert Elstone insists football clubs think long and hard about ticket prices.

    The BBC's Price of Football study revealed that the average price of the cheapest tickets in English football since 2011 had increased at almost twice the rate of the cost of living.

    But Elstone rejects what he says is the "strong inference that clubs are greedy and exploitative".

    "Almost every club is totally committed to providing value for money," he said.

  32. Tennis

    Davydenko retires

    Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko has confirmed his retirement from tennis.

    Davydenko has not played on the ATP Tour since the French Open in May and made his announcement on the sidelines of the Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow on Thursday.

    The 33-year-old won 21 tour titles and the 2009 ATP finals, but never managed to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament despite being a four-time semi-finalist.

    Nikolay Davydenko
  33. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    George Kay: May 2001. Villa 2-0 down to Coventry at half time. Merson screamer. Villa won 3-2. Coventry relegated. Happy days.

    Hugh Dickinson: Wycombe 2-0 Peterborough in 2006. I left 10 mins early and missed the 2nd goal. I haven't left early since.

    Jonathon Burrows: 3-0 Runcorn FC. 1992. Pretty sure it was £2 or £3 for a child back then. Up the Poppies!

  34. Rugby union

    Galarza has surgery

    Gloucester have announced that their Argentina international forward Mariano Galarza has undergone shoulder surgery.

    Galarza, 27, was injured during Argentina's final Rugby Championship game of the season against Australia in Mendoza.

    He linked up with his new Gloucester team-mates this week before having an operation on Wednesday.

    "The operation was successful, and Mariano will now follow an intensive rehabilitation programme which will enable him to return to full fitness as soon as possible," Gloucester said in a statement.

  35. Cricket

    Leics scrap director role

    Leicestershire have scrapped the role of director of cricket, leaving Phil Whitticase's position unclear.

    Interim chief executive Andrew Boyce told BBC Radio Leicester the decision was taken after a review of the coaching structure at Grace Road.

    Former Leicestershire wicketkeeper Whitticase became the club's first director of cricket in August 2013. Boyce confirmed he had "technically been made redundant", but would not necessarily be leaving the club.

  36. Pistorius

    Hearing adjourned

    The sentencing hearing of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned for the day.

    The South African athlete was convicted of culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp in September and faces up to 15 years in jail.

  37. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    Sam Patterson: Man United v Watford at vicarage road, my old man paid and Sir Alex's autograph on a Pokemon hat!

    Moon: Spurs v Stoke, 1978, got in for £1.. Amazed there wasn't any commentary! Spurs won 1-0.

    Jack Cooper: Barry Town, Welsh Premier, wit Granddad. Decided I wanted to be a ball boy so ran up & down the side of the pitch for 90 mins.

  38. Football

    Wenger confirms Ozil absence

    Mesut Ozil

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil faces around six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, a problem that was only discovered when the midfielder joined up with the Germany squad for international duty last week.

    Ozil, 26, first felt pain in the knee during Arsenal's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea on 5 October.

    "I didn't even know about it. At half-time, just before we went out, the physio told me he had a little pain in his knee but its not bad and he wanted to go on," said Wenger.

    "I told him 'if you don't feel well tell me and I will take you off straight away' but he never did in the whole game and I left him on because we needed to find a goal."

  39. Cricket

    Hafeez fit to play Australia

    Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has recovered from a hand injury in time to play in next week's first Test against Australia.

    The 33-year-old missed the limited-overs internationals against the Aussies after suffering the injury to his left hand in a practice match.

    The first Test in Dubai begins on Wednesday and is followed by a second match in Abu Dhabi.

  40. Post update

    There's a couple things to note on the #myfirstticket debate.

    Firstly, quite a lot of you were asked to jump the barrier/crawled in/were thrown over the wall at the back of the stand.

    Secondly, our hashtag seems to have been invaded by people talking about their first gig. Green Day, Craig David and the Jonas Brothers have been mentioned. Please desist, especially if you are fan of the Jonas Brothers.

  41. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    Tom: 16th January 1999, Portsmouth 1 Huddersfield 0, Steve Claridge with the winner

    Bill West: West Ham v Bradford City, February 2000. Shaka Hislop breaks his leg, Hammers were losing 2-4 but came back to win 5-4.

    Aidan Williams: West Ham vs Burnley with my then best friend, I swear it was a 2-2 draw but they said it was 2-0!

  42. Rugby union

    New concussion training for players

    Geoff Parling

    The Rugby Football Union has announced major changes to concussion management throughout the English professional game. A joint initiative between the RFU, Premiership Rugby and Rugby Players

    As part of the plans, players, coaches and referees will be required to complete a new mandatory online concussion module within a two-month period.

    The RFU's chief medical officer Simon Kemp said: "These changes are consistent with the recognise, remove, recover, return message, which is relevant to all levels of the game and will deliver key knowledge and behaviours needed. Following the initial roll-out of the module our aim is to make a version of it available to all levels of the game."

  43. Football

    Caption competition

    Luis Suarez and Kenny Dalglish

    BBC Liverpool Live are running a caption competition - see the 12:07 entry - for the above image of Luis Suarez and former Liverpool manger Kenny Dalglish at last night's golden boot award.

    Suarez: "I presume Andy Carroll will be picking this up soon then as you paid £13m more for him!"

    That sort of thing.

    Get over there and give them your best shot. Tell 'em I sent you.

  44. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    Bob: 2002, I was 6 years old, Wrexham vs Leyton Orient. Bore draw.

    Kate Walker: Torquay vs Exeter aged 8 with my Dad & Grandad. We had a flask of tea & I always remember Grandad brought salt & vinegar crisps.

    Andrew: Blackpool vs Doncaster 16/02/91. My dad had me crawl under the barrier between his legs.

  45. Golf

    Dubuisson up, McDowell down

    Victor Dubuisson

    French Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson is rattling along nicely on the second day of the World Match Play, two up after six against Ireland's Shane Lowry at the London Golf Club.

    Defending champion Graeme McDowell is in a spot of bother though, two down after five to Finland's Mikko Ilonen.

    You can follow the action on the PGA official site.

  46. Football

    Oxford sign Charlton defender

    Oxford United, 23rd in League Two, have signed left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis from Charlton on a one-month youth loan.

    The 18-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Addicks and goes straight into the Oxford squad for Saturday's game against Tranmere.

    "This is my first loan move so it's exciting. I'm looking forward to getting a different experience," Holmes-Dennis told BBC Radio Oxford.

  47. Text us on 81111

    Your memories of the first game you attended and the prices you paid are coming in on text via 81111 as well...

    Steve P: My first game, Kevin Keegan testimonial game at Newcastle v Liverpool 1984. King Kev left the ground in a helicopter that landed on the pitch, a 2-2 draw with Keegan and McDermott scoring for NUFC, all for the princely sum of £3.

    Phil, Windsor: Chelsea vs Liverpool at the bridge in 86, £5 to get 48,000 in the ground and had the misfortune of watching the scousers win the league with an offside Dalglish goal.

    Stuart: A cold rainy night in December. I was 10 years old and my mum won the tickets in a radio competition! Still remember Chris Kiwomya scoring the winner and hearing the crowd cheer properly for the first time!

  48. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    James Marshall: Doncaster v Woking 1998? Cost a quid for a child. Had to go 4 more times to witness a Donny goal.

    Andrew Iddon: Blackburn Rovers v Leeds 86/87 season. Free entry as the dad lifted me over the turnstile. £1.20 for him back then.

    Rik: Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest 98/99 season. Zola scored in the 1st minute.

  49. Football

    Sturridge goes shopping

    Daniel Sturridge at the supermarket

    "You have to remember that most of them would not know what a pint of milk costs either." So wrote Robbie Savage in his BBC Sport column this morning.

    Well, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been doing the hard yards down the supermarket aisles, posting this picture on Instagram.

    "Late night shop... What's everyone's fave food?" he wrote to accompany the image. Obviously a little bored during his injury-enforced absence from the pitch.

  50. Football

    Warnock role not changing

    Neil Warnock

    Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock denies he is being lined up for a move to the Selhurst Park boardroom.

    The 65-year-old replaced Tony Pulis at the end of August and is six matches into his two-year contract.

    "I'm not ready to move upstairs. I will take the story with the pinch of salt," Warnock said. "I know nothing about it. I'm afraid I'm not into that at the minute, I'm just concentrating on managing.

    "You are going to get rumours like that. I have come to help Palace out and I'm really enjoying it."

  51. Join the debate at #myfirstticket

    We are asking you to dig back into the memory banks and tell us about the first football match you attended, how much it cost and how things have changed since then.

    I'll go first. Boxing Day 1990, QPR 1-1 Liverpool at Loftus Road. Approx £10? Roy Wegerle scored and I had ham and coleslaw sandwiches in cling.

    Your turn. #myfirstticket is the hashtag and 81111, as ever, is the text number.

  52. Join the debate at 81111 on text

    David Kemp on text: I am a pensioner in the 4th season of a ten year fixed price deal at the Toon. Costs me £425 per year. Very canny!

  53. Cricket

    Ireland lost by three wickets against Northern Districts in the first of four tour games in New Zealand.

    Kevin O'Brien top-scored with 45 in a poor Irish battling display at Seddon Park in Hamilton and the tourists were all out for 153 in 40.4 overs.

    George Dockrell picked up four wickets but it was not enough to prevent Northern Districts from reaching 157-7 with almost 12 overs to spare.

    Ireland face a New Zealand XI at the same venue on Saturday.

  54. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    606 on Twitter: 10 years ago today - Lionel Messi made his first team debut for Barcelona

    Lionel Messi
  55. Rugby Union

    Roberts says he is staying in France

    Jamie Roberts

    Wales centre Jamie Roberts has taken to Twitter to dismiss rumours that he could return from his stint with Racing Metro to play for one of the regions in his home country.

  56. Football

    Africa Cup of Nations

    Algeria and Cape Verde became the first teams to qualify for January's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco.

    Algeria booked their place with a 3-0 win over visiting Malawi, while Cape Verde edged out Mozambique 1-0 to qualify.

  57. Football

    Clegg warns United to take care on Evans decision

    Sheffield United should "think really long and hard" before deciding whether to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to play for them again, deputy prime minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg has told LBC Radio.

    "He has done his time but I just don't believe that the owners of a football club can somehow wish away the fact that that has happened," said Clegg.

    "That is what he will be known for and that is something which, particularly for the youngsters following that team, they will always be aware of."

  58. Football

    Boro sign Spurs defender Vejlkovic

    Milos Veljkovic

    Middlesbrough have signed Serbia Under-21 international Milos Veljkovic from Tottenham until January in a youth loan deal.

    The 19-year-old made his first-team debut for Spurs as a late substitute in their 5-1 Premier League win over Sunderland in April.

    He will be available for Middlesbrough's game at Brighton on Saturday.

  59. Football

    Newcastle fans win protection order

    Newcastle United fans have won their bid to protect St James' Park in case the stadium is ever put up for sale.

    The club's home since 1892 will be labelled an Asset Of Community Value. The application by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) was approved by the council and means the group has the right to bid for it if owner Mike Ashley tries to sell.

    "The importance of St James' Park to Newcastle United is known throughout the world," said a NUST statement.

    St James' Park
  60. Football

    Van Aanholt praise for Sunderland defence

    Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt says the whole Sunderland team can take credit for their improved defensive record this season.

    Gus Poyet's side have conceded only seven goals in as many Premier League games and only Southampton, with five, have let fewer in.

    "It's not just the defence, defending starts with the strikers. It's the whole team that is doing very well, we're hard to beat," the 24-year-old told BBC Newcastle.

  61. Football

    Mertesacker's baked bean love

    Per Mertesacker

    World Cup-winning defender Per Mertasacker has been taking part in a Q&A with Arsenal fans on Twitter this morning, answering all the questions you never thought to ask.

    Q: What's your favourite British food?

    A: Baked beans. I tried them at the age of 13.

    Q: Can Santi Cazorla really walk through your legs without ducking!?

    A: Yes he can actually!

    Q: Who'd win an arm-wrestling tournament in the squad?

    A: I think Lukas Podolksi looks tough but I would go for Joel Campbell.

  62. Join the debate at #priceoffootball

    Keith White: Football not a supply & demand market for fans; few choose team to support based on ticket price: fans pay or can't go.

    Thomas Philpotts: People moan at extortionate ticket prices yet as Villa fans we get slated when there's only 30k in the stadium. Can't win!

    Jerry Bodkin: My season ticket has hardly risen in price in 10 years & it's still worth every penny.

  63. Football

    Pep to favour Man City over Man United?

    If Pep Guardiola comes to the Premier League, as hinted at in a new book written with his cooperation, it will be to Manchester City rather than Manchester United believes the Daily Telegraph's Northern football correspondent Mark Ogden.

    "What do United do if Guardiola raises a 'For Hire' sign above his head in 2016 when his Bayern contract expires and their current manager, again one of the most respected in the game, is only two-thirds of the way through his deal?" he writes.

    "Over at the Etihad, the jigsaw would be fitting into place nicely, with Manuel Pellegrini's contract due to run out at the same time as Guardiola's Bayern deal.

    "It was Ferran Soriano, now City's chief executive, but then a senior administrator at the Nou Camp, who appointed Guardiola as Frank Rijkaard's successor as coach in 2008.

    "Guardiola was chosen ahead of Jose Mourinho and the decision proved a spectacular success. His relationship with City's current director of football Txiki Begiristain and Soriano remains strong."

  64. Football

    Balotelli: Gerrard as good as Pirlo

    Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has compared captain Steven Gerrard to legendary international colleague Andrea Pirlo.

    "I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo," he told Sport magazine.

    "Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It's going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future."

  65. Join the debate at #bbcpriceoffootball

    Jack Connor: Remember reversible kits? Home kit that became away kit when turned inside out. Cost same as one shirt - bring them back!

    Carolina in KL: So Premier League players have no idea how much a ticket costs? Should be ashamed of themselves and remember their roots!

    Jay: Given that football is essentially a reality show, shouldn't fans in the stadium be compensated for playing their part?

  66. Formula 1

    Hamilton calls for better tyres

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have called for better wet-weather tyres to make racing in the rain safer.

    They say the limitations of the 'extreme' tyre force them to use the lighter-treaded 'intermediate' when the track is too wet.

    Jules Bianchi was on worn intermediates when he lost control and crashed into a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix, suffering severe head injuries.

    "They're not great tyres. That's no secret," said Mercedes' Hamilton.

  67. Football

    Gerrard pays tribute to Suarez

    Luis Suarez with wife Sofia and former boss Kenny Dalglish

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard pays a poignant tribute to former team-mate Luis Suarez as the Barcelona striker picks up the golden boot after scoring 31 goals for the Reds last season prior to his £75m move to the Nou Camp.

    "You were unbelievable all season for us, a magical player, and Barcelona are very, very lucky to have your services," Gerrard said in a video message.

    "Enjoy the evening, enjoy the award and I'm sure there are many more individual awards to come. Good luck for the future mate. We miss you very much."

  68. Join the debate at #bbcpriceofootball

    Richie Macca: Unfortunately, it is a supply and demand market. Stadiums are full irrespective of cost. It is worth what people will pay.

    Luke Woodward: Stoke season ticket still the same as I paid in 2008, free away travel & price match, so it's the same price home and away.

    Simon Plaistow: It's disgusting some of the ticket prices, if players were not so greedy the clubs wouldn't need as much admission fee.

  69. Cycling

    GB pursuers fastest

    Great Britain's men and women qualified fastest in the team pursuit at the European Track Championships in Guadeloupe.

    The European event offers key qualifying points for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and is taking place on an outdoor 333.3m concrete track in the Caribbean as Guadeloupe is a French colony.

    World champions Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott clocked four minutes 40.289 seconds in their four-rider, 4km team pursuit, almost four seconds quicker than second-fastest Russia.

    Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant clocked 4:12:02, 1.9 seconds faster than Germany.

  70. Football

    Paton picks up Player of the Month gong

    Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton has won the Scottish Professional Football League player of the month award for September.

    Paton helped United remain unbeaten in the Premiership in September and scored in the win over St Johnstone.

    The Tannadice side also progressed in the League Cup by beating city rivals Dundee.

  71. Football

    Barkley could make weekend comeback

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that Ross Barkley, who it was initially feared could be out of action until January with a knee ligament damage, could feature in Saturday's game against Aston Villa.

    "He has reacted extremely well to his return to training. Sometimes you forget what a senastional footballer he is, but when he is in full flow his enthusiasm is infectious around the place.

    "It is too early to tell if he will be involved at the weekend, but I do not see him being too far off."

    Ross Barkley
  72. Football

    Platini: Qatar revote possible

    Uefa president Michel Platini says that there will be a new vote on the hosts of the 2022 World Cup if the "slightest hint of corruption" is proved.

    "As far as I'm concerned, the vote was held in all transparency and we've always said that in the event of the slightest hint of corruption there'll be a new vote," he told TF1.

    "But for now, we don't know."

    Qatar won the right to stage the tournament ahead of the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia, despite significant problems staging the tournament in the country's summer heat.

  73. Rugby union

    Baxter backs England policy

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has backed England's stance of only selecting players from the Premiership.

    Toulon back-rower Steffon Armitage had been linked with a move to Bath in order to be available for selection for the 2015 World Cup.

    "I think it's 100% correct," Baxter, who joined the England coaching team for their tour of Argentina last summer, told BBC Sport.

    "It's a great policy to keep the best talent in this country."

  74. Join the debate at #priceofootball

    Kevin: Fans moan about ticket prices but when there's a local derby that gets forgotten about. Full stadium...

    Stuart Reid: Why outrage on football prices? It's supply and demand, question those who choose to buy the third kits and £2k tickets.

    Bradders: Pointless piece of work. Clubs could triple their ticket prices and the knuckleheads will still pay it.

  75. Football

    Statue set to be unveiled

    Arthur Wharton statue

    A 16ft statue of the world's first black professional footballer will be unveiled at the FA's national football centre in Burton on Thursday.

    Cast in bronze, it depicts goalkeeper Arthur Wharton flinging himself backwards to tip a ball over the bar. A smaller model is shown in the picture above.

    The story of how it got there involves Sepp Blatter, Stevie Wonder, Rio Ferdinand and a 53-year-old Darlington artist called Shaun Campbell.

    Read more here.

  76. Football

    Drone defended by Albanian FA

    Albania banner at Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia

    The Albanian Football Association claim that a drone was the "only way to fly national colours in an aggressively hostile environment" in the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia.

    The match was abandoned after an unmanned remote control aircraft dangled an Albanian nationalist banner over the pitch, sparking a furious reaction and partial pitch invasion from the Serbia fans.

    "The Serbian side seems unable to condemn the violence, extremism and racism that was displayed at Belgrade, but rather, they seem too busy weaving political statements that do not serve any purpose but to defend the shameful acts of racist violence and the unsporstmanlike conduct of their players, fans and security staff," concludes the Albanian FA's statement.

  77. Rugby union

    Clermont v Saracens (Sat)

    Clermont Auvergne will not be motivated by revenge when they face Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

    Saturday's fixture at Allianz Park is a repeat of last season's Heineken Cup semi-final at Twickenham, which Saracens won in convincing fashion.

    "We cannot speak about revenge," Clermont's sporting director Jean-Marc Lhermet told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "It is not the same team. We have had lots of changes, with the coach and eight or nine new players."

  78. Rugby Union

    Armitage 'set to start' for Toulon

    Steffon Armitage

    Steffon Armitage's proposed move to Bath seems doomed after Toulon coach Bernard Laporte told BBC Wales that the 29-year-old will 'begin at number eight' in the French side's European Champions Cup match against Scarlets at the weekend.

    Should Armitage play he would be cup-tied for any other club's campaign this season, a situation Bath head coach Mike Ford said would rule out a move to the Rec.

  79. On this day

    17 October 1995

    Middlesbrough fans welcome Juninho in 1995

    A samba band and 5,000 fans turned out at the Riverside Stadium to welcome new midfield signing Juninho, the Brazilian player of the year, who cost Middlesbrough £4.75million from Sao Paulo.

    Juninho at Middlesbrough
  80. Football

    Martinez taking questions

    Roberto Martinez

    They are early starters at Everton. Manager Roberto Martinez is already in the hot seat taking questions from the media ahead of the Toffees meeting with Aston Villa on Saturday.

  81. Join the debate at #priceoffootball or 81111

    Robbie Savage says that players don't care about the rising cost of ticket prices for fans. Your views have been coming in on his thoughts and the price you pay to follow your team.

    David Best: No employee is really interested in the price to the consumer, be it a footballer, a solicitor, sales assistant etc...

    Steven Falk: Criticising the price disparity between clubs is like complaining West End theatre costs more than local rep.

    Luke Walsh: Ticket prices are only gonna change if people stop going to games. Arsenal fill their stadium even though it's £70

    Michael Nairn: '3rd kits fleece fans'. No they don't, can't afford it then don't buy it, same with all products, clothing or other.

  82. Football

    Keshi sacked as Eagles boss

    Stephen Keshi is sacked as Nigeria manager after three years in the role

    Nigeria reached the last 16 of the summer's World Cup under Keshi, but took only one point from their first three matches in qualifying for Africa Cup of Nations before Wednesday's 3-1 win over Sudan.

  83. In the papers

    Southgate to succeed Hodgson?


    The Daily Mirror claims that England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate could be promoted to lead the full national side after leading his youngsters to Euro 2015 qualification in impressive style.

    Current England manger Roy Hodgson will come to the end of his contract after Euro 2016.

  84. Football

    Gallas retires

    William Gallas playing for Perth Glory

    Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender William Gallas has retired from football.

    The 37-year-old played in Australia's A-League last season with Perth Glory.

    "It is not an easy thing to announce. You always tell yourself that you can keep going, but, I think today I cannot go on any longer," he told L'Equipe.

  85. In the Papers

    The Times back Page

    The back page of the Times claims that Queens Park Rangers have two possible replacements - Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood - in mind should they sack Harry Redknapp.

    The Loftus Road side are bottom of the Premier League with four points from their first seven games.

  86. Join the debate at #priceoffootball

    Kal: Kudos to the likes of Southampton et al for incentivising/subsidising away games last season. Smallest of gestures can have a lasting effect.

  87. Get Involved

    What do you make of Robbie Savage's comments?

    Are players divorced from the financial reality faced for those who watch them play?

    Or, with their own memories of being young football fans, do they still remember digging deep to support their team?

    Your views are welcome on #priceoffootball on Twitter and 81111 on text.

  88. Savage: Players don't care about prices

    Robbie Savage, who has been part of plenty of Premier League dressing rooms, has told BBC Sport that most players will not care about that the Price of Football study has shown ticket prices getting even more expensive in real terms.

    "To be completely honest, during my 20-year playing career, I never once thought about how much it was costing fans to go to games," he writes.

    "Other players might have been different, but I did not meet any.

    "The truth is that most Premier League players live in a bubble. If you ask most of them what a ticket costs, they would not have a clue."

    Robbie Savage
  89. Latest gossip

    Arsenal have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 25, as they prepare a £32m bid. (Daily Express)

    Arsene Wenger will have a transfer budget of about £20m in the January transfer window even after a record summer spending spree at Arsenal which saw Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Danny Welbeck join the Gunners. (Daily Telegraph)

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has revealed his desire to one day manage Manchester United, according to a book chronicling his first season in charge of the German club.(Daily Telegraph)

    Pep Guardiola

    You can read more of the transfer tittle-tattle in the gossip column.

  90. Post update

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live.

    Premier League football will make its return following the international break this weekend and Everton's Roberto Martinez, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino will be among the managers previewing the action today.

    Elsewhere the sentencing of athlete Oscar Pistorius enters its fourth day in Pretoria, an online petition pressing Sheffield United not to re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans gathers pace and golf's World Match Play continues with Ryder Cup stars Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson in action at the London Golf Club.

    First though, time for some transfer gossip...