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  1. Goodbye

    And that brings an end to Friday's Sportsday.

    A reminder that we have a live text commentary on Fulham v Charlton starting from 19:00 BST.

    Thank you for all your interactions today. Have a top sporting weekend join us as much as you can throughout.

  2. Saturday Football

    Swansea City v Leicester City (17:15 BST)

    Garry Monk

    Swansea and Leicester City will meet for the first time in the top flight on Saturday in the day's late kick-off.

    The spotlight will be on Swans' boss Garry Monk after he controversially said Stoke City's Victor Moses cheated last weekend and his side need a victory as they are winless in five outings.

    Leicester meanwhile are longing for a clean sheet as they have just one this season, the joint-lowest number in the Premier League.

  3. Saturday Football

    West Brom v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

    The Baggies are on the march after taking 10 points from their last five games under Alan Irvine, scoring 11 goals in the process.

    In Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson they have two young English players who have caught the eye at the start of the season.

    But Palace have only lost one of their last eight matches against the Albion in all competitions and all their points this season have been earned against bottom half opposition.

    Neil Warnck at the Hawthorns
  4. Big day on Saturday

    A reminder we will have a massive day of coverage across the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

    All of the Premier League happenings sill be covered in a live text commentary starting as early as 09:00 BST. That will take in Manchester City's trip to West Ham in the lunchtime kick-off and Swansea's tea-time hosting of Leicester City.

    And the big one of the day - El Clasico - will be covered in a European live text too. We hope you are there with us.

  5. Italian football could die

    Italian football will die unless fans start flooding back to the stadiums and Serie A regains its global status, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli predicted today.

    "The calcio is dying on its feet," he told a meeting of his club's shareholders in Turin. "We were already crawling along, now we're going ever slower. But no one sees the sickness."

    Since Inter Milan's success in 2010, no Italian side has reached the last four of the Champions League. Inter owner Erick Thohir predicted a similar struggle for the domestic game last week.

  6. Saturday Football

    Southampton v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Southampton are daring to dream that they can mount a European challenge this season after their 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland last week, but the omens are against them, a team wearing stripes has not finished in the top four since Newcastle in 2002-03.

    When these two met at the Britannia last season Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic got his first Premier League goal with an almighty whack into the Staffordshire gusts that bounced over Artur Boruc in goal for the Saints. But the stats suggest it will be harder for Begovic to repeat that this time around, because at 75%, Saints' keeper Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League.

    Asmir Begovic celebrates scoring for Stoke
  7. Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    There is a London derby in the Championship tonight where Fulham take on Charlton at Craven Cottage.

    The home side need a win as they sit in the bottom three, while Charlton will look to build on a start which has put them seventh in the table. You can follow it blow for blow on our live text commentary from 19:00 BST.

  8. Saturday Football

    Liverpool v Hull (15:00 BST)

    Mario Balotelli

    All eyes will be on Mario Balotelli at Anfield where, should the Italian start, he will be looking to make up for his controversial half-time shirt swap in midweek, and improve on his record of just one goal in his last 22 Premier League appearances.

    Steve Bruce's Hull meanwhile are one of only three Premier League clubs to have scored in every fixture so far, and with Liverpool's fragile confidence at the back, the Tigers will be looking to extend their run.

  9. Get involved


    Ravel Morrison scores in England training

    We still want to hear what you think are your most outrageous moments in sport. Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    So far we have had moments from the likes of Jonah Lomu, Tiger Woods and Roberto Carlos thrown up. Here is one some of you may not have seen as it arrived in training.

    West Ham player Ravel Morrison scored a scary back-heel volley during England training and you can watch it on our website now.

  10. Saturday football

    West Ham v Man City (12:45 BST)

    West Ham beat Burnley 3-1 last weekend.

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has well and truly silenced the fans who criticised him last season, with his side sitting fourth in the Premier League table and scoring a hatful of goals.

    But they face their sternest test yet with the lunchtime visit of champions Manchester City, who the Hammers haven't beaten in their last ten meetings, losing eight and drawing two.

  11. Another future secured at Gloucester

    England winger Jonny May signs a new deal with Gloucester.

    May, 24, has played 97 times for the club and was due to be out of contract next summer but puts pen to paper on a long-term deal.

    His England team mate Matt Kvesic also committed his future to the Cherry and Whites this week.

  12. Lotus to confirm driver for 2015

    Romain Grosjean looks set to be named as a Lotus driver for 2015.

    The 28-year-old did not commit his future to the manufacturer earlier as he weighed up his options, but news of the team's switch from Renault power units to the all-conquering Mercedes appears to have swayed him.

    Team principal Federico Gastaldi said: "Romain is in pole position...and honestly it's a case of us finalising a few details. We expect to have an announcement very shortly."

    Pastor Maldonado has already agreed to stay with the team.

  13. Saturday Football

    Sunderland v Arsenal (15:00 BST)

    Arsenal travel to Sunderland on Saturday in the knowledge that the Black Cats will be reeling after equalling the biggest defeat in their history last weekend - an 8-0 loss at Southampton.

    But maybe the home side are not the only ones under pressure. Anything other than an Arsenal win will mean the Gunners will record their lowest points tally after nine games of a season under manager Arsene Wenger.

    Arsene Wenger
  14. Glasgow goes for 2019


    Glasgow hopes to bring the European Indoor Athletics Championships to Scotland in 2019.

    Read more on the BBC Sport Athletics section.

  15. I'd rather watch Corrie than them...

    Rangers midfielder Fraser Aird says he would rather watch Coronation Street than the club's Scottish Championship rivals Hearts.

    Coronation Street

    The Glasgow club trail Hearts by eight points at the top of the table and Aird says he will not be watching their Edinburgh derby against Hibernian this weekend.

    "Chelsea are playing Man Utd so I'm looking forward that. I think that's a better game to look forward to," says Aird.

    "I have a few mates that play for Hearts and I always go and check their results. But if they are playing on the TV and there is nothing else on, I'd probably go and watch Coronation Street before I do that."

  16. Suarez on racism punishment


    Suarez, 27, however, maintains his innocence over accusations of racism.

    The forward was found guilty of racially abusing former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra and was subsequently banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 by the Football Association.

    "I know I was wrong with the biting and the diving but I was accused of racism without any proof," Suarez said.

    "There were lots of cameras, but no evidence. It hurts me the most that it was my word against theirs.

    "Every culture has its way of expressing itself, and that's a word people in Uruguay use all the time, whether somebody's black or not black."

  17. Suarez to get help over 'bite' issue


    Luis Suarez

    Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has told Guardian Weekend magazine he is getting help in order to control his "impulse" to bite.

    The Uruguay forward, who is set to make his Barca debut against Real Madrid on Saturday, was banned by Fifa from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

    The severity of the ban was lessened on appeal, meaning he was at least allowed to train and play in friendlies.

    He had also bitten PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010 and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic while at Liverpool in 2013.

    "I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people," said Suarez.

    "It is like an impulse, like a reaction. Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way.

  18. FA charge Gillingham and Scally


    The Football Association have charged Gillingham and their chairman Paul Scally in relation to the dismissal of former striker Mark McCammon in 2011.

    An employment tribunal ruled McCammon, now 36, was sacked by the Gills in a case of unfair racial victimisation.

    The club and Scally allegedly breached FA rule E3 and "failed to act in the best interests of the game, and/or brought the game into disrepute".

    Both Gillingham and Scally have until 14 November to respond to the charge.

  19. Is Valdes set for Old Trafford move?

    Asked if Manchester United would be interested in signing Victor Valdes - who is currently training with them - Louis van Gaal says: "United always have their eyes open."

  20. Van Gaal on Mourinho


    Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal

    The Portuguese Chelsea boss was Van Gaal's assistant at Barcelona in the late 1990s.

    Van Gaal: "I know Jose already has talent because I let him do [manage] Cup matches instead of my other coaches. He's a wonderful coach and to see him as a coach winning trophies in other countries is fantastic.

    "That you can never imagine that he is a very modest and emotional human being - and I like that. But it's a surprise, no? He's one of the best coaches in the world."

  21. Van Gaal on Chelsea


    Van Gaal on Sunday's opponents Chelsea:

    "Chelsea are one of the top teams, as are Manchester City at the moment. Jose [Mourinho] has worked more than a year with his team and last year didn't win anything.

    "You have to build up. They are playing like a team and we have to as well, but to play for 90 minutes. We played as a team against West Bromwich Albion but made individual errors."

  22. Van Gaal on Carrick


    Van Gaal says midielder Michael Carrick will not make his return in Sunday's match against Chelsea:

    "Ander Herrera was already fit and Angel Di Maria said after the game that it wasn't so heavy and it's not. It was only the first day he didn't train, so it's no problem.

    "I'm sorry to say no other players are back, even if I let Carrick play in London for reserves because he needs to play matches when you are five months injured. He told me it was his first game for the reserves."

    The England midfielder has spent three months on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

  23. Van Gaal on Valdes


    Former Barcelona boss Van Gaal on Valdes:

    "It is not a surprise [he's training with United] because I have done it with lots of players. I have a relationship with a lot of them. I gave Ronald de Boer and Edgar Davids training possibilities in the past - Valdes is one of these players.

    "Robin van Persie also. When he played for me in the Dutch squad, I allowed him to use our medical department to keep fit for the World Cup. I wasn't the manager of United at the time, so I have always done it."

  24. Valdes in training with Man Utd


    Victor Valdes

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirms former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is training with the club:

    "Every human being is special because they all have identities. It's a principle of my philosophy that you have to respect the individual human being. He's special because I've worked with him and we've retained our relationship, which is not always the case."

  25. Ashley makes Rangers offer


    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has tabled a counter offer to former Rangers director Dave King in the battle for control of the Ibrox club.

    King returned to his South African base on Thursday after he and his allies failed to come to an agreement with the board over a £16m funding package.

    Ashley, who already owns 8.29% of Rangers shares, has now offered an emergency funding loan.

    Read more on the BBC Scottish football section.

  26. King suspended for Wales

    BBC Wales senior football reporter Rob Phillips tweets: Wales midfielder Andy King has been suspended for two games after red card v Cyprus. Misses Euro 2016 trips to Belgium and Israel.

  27. Yellow cup fever

    BBC Sport reporter Richard Askam tweets: The shirts of the men aiming to make FA Cup history for Warrington Town tomorrow.

    Warrington Town

    Warrington entertain North Ferriby United on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup with a place in the first round up for grabs. It is only the second time in 65 years that the club have reached this stage.

  28. Happy b'day Sheffield FC


    Sheffield FC

    Sheffield FC: Long live 1857! #happybirthdayfootball

    The world's oldest football club is 157 years old today. Happy birthday from BBC Sport.

  29. Serbia to appeal Uefa decision

    Serbia's Football Federation will appeal against the three-point penalty handed out by Uefa for their role in the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania 10 days ago.

    Europe's governing body awarded the match to Serbia 3-0 on Friday but then penalised the winners with the points deduction while fining both federations 100,000 euros (£79,000).

    Albanian authorities have already announced they will appeal.

  30. Nadal announcement...


    We guess there is another announcement coming up...

    IMG Tennis: Nadal announces that he will play the 2015 @RioOpenOficial in Brazil in February 2015 and defend his title. Vamos Rafa!

  31. Lowly Willand Rovers aiming for first round


    Willand Rovers play in the ninth tier of English football and are the lowest-ranked club left in the FA Cup.

    They are just one win away from the first round proper, where they could be paired with Football League sides such as Bristol City, Sheffield United or Portsmouth.

    BBC Sport's Brent Pilnick has been to meet the Willand squad ahead of Saturday's fourth qualifying round tie against Gosport Borough of the Conference South.

  32. Football

    Burnley news conference

    Sean Dyche's Burnley face Everton at Turf Moor on Sunday looking for their first league win in nine attempts.

    He says: "We are having to learn as we go.

    "There is no doubting the players' physical power, their energy, their endeavour and belief - but it comes down to quality and awareness and experience.

    "We haven't got a very experienced Premier League squad and we have had some tough lessons already.

    "We believe this group is honest enough to keep learning and not be broken by it. You just get dented and you take the knocks and come off the ropes and get ready to take it again."

  33. Outrageous sporting moments

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    Andrew Flintoff during the 2005 Ashes

    Greg Shelton: Flintoff's ball to get Ponting out at Edgbaston 2005 on third day! What a delivery and what a test match.

    Andrew Stokoe: Chris Gale fastest century ever in the IPL 2013. Most bonkers piece of cricket I've ever seen. Or Kevin Pietersen's switch hit at Chester-Le-Street!

    Henry Ansah Akroki: Tony Yeboah's outrageous volley for Leeds against Liverpool in 1995.

    We believe that Yeboah strike is pivotal to BBC Sport's Dan Walker's complex formula for calculating what constitutes a "thronker". Ask him to explain in more detail.

    Keep the suggestions coming using #bbcsportsday.

  34. Valdes trains with Man Utd

    Victor Valdes

    Manchester United's news conference is up shortly and manager Louis van Gaal could be asked about a Daily Mail story which says ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes trained with the club on Friday.

    The Mail claims the free-agent, 32, who left Barcelona this summer, could be signed by United within a fortnight.

  35. Tranmere sign Colchester's Thompson


    Tranmere Rovers have signed centre-back Josh Thompson on loan from Colchester United until January 2015.

    The 23-year-old defender has not played for the U's since September 2013.

  36. Irvine has a nasty side


    Alan Irvine
    Image caption: A dark side lurks beneath Alan Irvine's charming exterior

    Alan Irvine has won over most of his West Brom doubters with a certain affability and and honest charm thus far.

    But the Albion head coach says he can turn on the Glaswegian "nasty side" when required.

    "The players have seen a nasty side from me," he said ahead of Saturday's match against Crystal Palace. "I'm from Glasgow - we usually have a nasty side!"

    "But there hasn't been the need, they are extremely professional. I have very little reason not to be happy."

  37. Pakistan take control


    David Warner

    It's close of play on day three of the Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai.

    Despite David Warner's third successive Test century, Australia were bowled out for 303 in their first innings to trail Pakistan by 151 runs.

    At stumps - Pakistan had moved on to 38 without loss in their second innings- a lead of 189.

  38. Murray reaches Valencia semis


    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray beats Kevin Anderson 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Valencia Open, where he will face Thomaz Bellucci or David Ferrer, a rival for one of the eight places at the ATP Finals in London. Murray has now won 16 of his last 18 matches over the past five weeks.

  39. Not so super Mario


    Mario Balotelli
  40. Outrageous sporting moments

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    Papiss Cisse celebrates after scoring at Stamford Bridge
    Image caption: Papiss Cisse and that wobbly shot shook Stamford Bridge back in 2012

    Tom Wylie: Papiss Cisse's goal against Chelsea has to be one of the most outrageous goals scored in recent years!

    Jemmett Fox: Lewis Hamilton passing Timo Glock in the final corners in Brazil 2008 to win the F1 Champs - cut short Massa's celebrations

    Bassman93: Zola's heel flicked goal against Norwich was an amazing skill. Mid-air too.

    Keep your suggestions coming for the most outrageous sporting moment you have witnessed using #bbcsportsday.

  41. Nadal set for announcement


    BBC Sport understands world number three Rafael Nadal is set to make an announcement about his participation in the World Tour Finals after his quarter-final match in Basel.

    The Spaniard has been suffering from appendicitis and could reveal that he will have his operation, which would rule him out of the end-of-season ATP event.

  42. Albania disappointment


    Serbia v Albania

    Bardhyl Minxhozi, a senior member of the Albanian Football Federation's executive committee, probably thinks the awarding of 3-0 win to Serbia, following the abandonment of their Euro 2016 qualifier, and a £79,000 is an outrageous sporting moment.

    Minxhozi told BBC Sport: "It's a very sad day for European football".

    "It's a very disappointing decision, not only for Albanian fans from a football point of view, but it's a decision which is unacceptable from a legal and a technical point of view," he said.

    "We have a very dangerous precedent from this decision."

  43. Outrageous sporting moments

    Sean Dyche

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche on Erik Lamela goal: "It very much reminded me of myself in my playing days."

  44. It was (nearly) all yellow



    Guardian sport: Premier League reveals new hi-vis football for winter months

  45. Everton news conference


    On Seamus Coleman, who returned from injury with a goal against Aston Villa last weekend.

    "Seamus gets better and better. When you look to him he comes up with something different.

    "The excitement that he brings in his performances is a real important factor for how we want to play.

    "I'm used to seeing Seamus so consistent. In the last 13 months he's been one of the most consistent full backs in the league.

    "It was great to see him back."

  46. Question of Sport teaser answers

    QoS asked which teams have won baseball's World Series on more than one occasion since 2000?

    Answer: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants & St. Louis Cardinals.

    We all knew that didn't we?

  47. Song is our Yaya - Allardyce


    Alex Song

    Sam Allardyce believes on-loan midfielder Alex Song will be a "Yaya Toure-type signing" for West Ham this season.

    Song swapped the Nou Camp for Upton Park when he moved from Barcelona in August, and the 26-year-old has helped lift the Hammers to fourth in the table.

    "That's a Yaya Toure-type signing for us," Allardyce said. "He's a top quality player of the highest calibre and he'll provide the sort of service our front line need.

    "He links everything together very well so we've got a top quality international player."

  48. Dundas keen to put Norton on the map


    A host of clubs are hoping to make headlines in Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round, with a possible tie against a Football League club team awaiting in the first round proper.

    Stoke-on-Trent-based Norton United of Evo-Stik League Division One will reach that stage for the first time in their history if they beat ninth-tier side Shildon tomorrow.

    "We've only got one player on the team, Michael Lennon, who has reached the first round before, with Hednesford last season," said manager Scott Dundas.

    "Who knows? It's about confidence at any level of the game."

  49. Martinez news conference


    Martinez on his side facing Burnley:

    "It's a huge challenge."

    "I saw Burnley play a lot last season and they are a strong unit who know each other really well. The start they have had in the Premier League has given them really good experiences."

  50. Murray back on terms

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray hauls his way back into his Valencia quarter-final against Kevin Anderson, taking the second set to level at 6-7 6-4. A win here is vital as he looks to hang on to the eighth and final qualifying position for the ATP Finals in London next month.

  51. Everton news conference


    Martinez: "With the amount of competition and games we have, it's a great opportunity for everyone in the squad to show what we can do - all of a sudden we are building a very competitive edge to our play.

    "That allows you to have a strong performance which I think is the start of something really, really good this season."

  52. Everton news conference


    Everton say they have "no thought of complaining to Uefa" about the state of Lille's pitch during Thursday's 0-0 draw in the Europa League.

    Ahead of Sunday's game, manager Martinez said: "As a team we have worked really, really well and have been very solid. That has reflected in two clean sheets. It's been enjoyable to see defender Phil Jagielka's return to form. The whole back four and team have had a real good concentration and defensive focus."

  53. Everton news conference


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is speaking ahead of his side's match at Burnley on Sunday. We will bring you the best quotes.

  54. Bury sign Everton's Duffus on loan


    Everton prospect Courtney Duffus has joined League Two Bury on a month's loan.

    The 19-year-old forward helped the Toffees win the Premier League Under-18 title last season and is now a regular in their under-21 side.

    Meanwhile, Bury's Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak has moved to York City on loan, manager Russ Wilcox's first signing since replace Nigel Worthington two weeks ago.

  55. Newcastle news conference


    Ryan Taylor

    Pardew on midfielder Ryan Taylor, who has been sidelined for two years with injury:

    "Ryan should return this week. It's an inspirational story. I'm so pleased to put his name on the sheet to travel."

  56. Newcastle news conference


    Pardew: "We go to Spurs and have to be disciplined and offer a threat. It's about trying to attack the game and get a win. We went to Spurs last season and put in a fantastic performance. We will go back there with good memories."

    Newcastle somehow won 1-0 at Spurs last season - huge thanks to keeper Tim Krul.

  57. Newcastle news conference


    Alan Pardew
    Image caption: He can see clearly now...

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham (13:30 GMT):

    "I can feel a little bit more confidence in and around the camp. But we have to improve results full stop going forward."

    Newcastle won their first league game of the season, against Leicester last week.

  58. A Rabona-fest

    The 'Rabona' is catching on at Tottenham.

    After Erik Lamela's audacious goal in Tottenham's Europa League win on Thursday, Jan Verthongen has had a go of 'Rabona-ing' (sorry if that is not the term) a ball into a bag.

    He comes as close as you can without succeeding. Tough luck Jan.

    Jan verthongen
  59. Outrageous sporting moments


    Caddy C: Berbatov's assist for Ronaldo at Old Trafford against West Ham - even today's Ronaldo would struggle to emulate such skill.

    Hassan Anfield: How about Steven Gerrard sublime goal vs Marseille in 2008 UCL, Still admire that outrageous finish.

    Send us what you think is your most outrageous sporting moment to #bbcsportsday.

  60. Sloppy Murray falls behind

    Andy Murray pays for a wildly inconsistent first against Kevin Anderson as the South African wins the tie-break 7-3 at the Valencia Open.

    A rash of double faults saw the Briton lose two service games and fall a break behind but after battling back to force a tie-break, another double saw him offer up three set points. Murray needs to win if he is to add to his points tally and enhance his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals.

  61. Van Gaal coming up


    Manuel Pellegrini
    Image caption: Altogether now... "Always look on the bright side of life.."

    So, that's that from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho - seems to be strong bromance between him and Sunday's opponent Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

    While, it was textbook straight batting from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side face West Ham in Saturday's 12:45 BST kick-off.

    We've already used the picture taken of the Chilean in Moscow in an earlier entry - but we feel it has to be used again.

    Van Gaal is speaking at about 15:30 BST.

  62. Villa could make Cleverley deal permanent

    Aston Villa have an option to make the loan signing of Tom Cleverley permanent in January, according to manager Paul Lambert.

    Tom Cleverley

    Cleverley is on loan from Manchester United and has impressed the Villa Park manager since joining.

    "He's a good guy, a good professional and does everything high tempo even when he trains," says Lambert. "Whatever happens in January will happen, the option is there but we still have a couple of months to go."

  63. The Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Louise Hazel
    Image caption: Louise Hazel is on the BBC Athletics commentary team

    It's lunchtime for some of you. So click on the audio link on this page that will direct you to the BBC Radio 5 live Sports Panel hosted by Elly Oldroyd.

    The guests today are: Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, British Winter Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold and former heptathlete Louise Hazel.

  64. Outrageous sporting moments

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    Roberto Carlos

    Andrew Priestley: Roberto Carlos' incredible swerving free-kick in the 1997 Le Tournoi. What's even more amazing is England won the tournament!

    Joe Creaser: Jon Otsemobor's backheel goal in the 87th minute of MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon, to win it in front of the cowshed. Outrageous.

    Nathan D'Alessandri: Adrian Lewis' blind 180 in 2006. Just pure raw talent!!

    Lewis got a mixed reception for that nonchalant turn towards the crowd as he threw the final dart into the treble. Did he breach darting etiquette in his outrageousness?

  65. Gills sign QPR's Doughty on loan


    League One side Gillingham have signed Queens Park Rangers midfielder Michael Doughty on a one-month loan deal.

    The 21-year-old's only senior appearance so far for Rangers came in an FA Cup tie against Blackburn in 2011, and he spent last season on loan at Stevenage.

  66. Chelsea news conference


    Mourinho on Manchester United:

    "Try for the best result as always. We try to play as good as we are playing. Respecting an opponent that is one of the best and most difficult in the Premier League.

    "We are confident we are in a good moment and situation. There is no reason for us to change our feeling. We play against a big team yes, but we are going there to get the points and get the best possible result."

  67. Man City news conference


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on the form of striker Sergio Aguero (11 goals this season):

    "I was always sure Aguero would return to his normal performance [after injury]. I think he can get even better."

  68. Ferdinand to retire in summer

    Rio Ferdinand

    Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has reportedly told a chat show he will "probably" retire at the end of the season.

    Ferdinand, 35, told the Jonathan Ross show in an interview to be aired on Saturday that he was not fearful of retirement.

    "You get to a time where you start understanding your body and the strains playing football (is) putting your body through, going out and training every day," he said.

  69. Chelsea news conference


    Jose Mourinho on former Blues midfielder and now Manchester United player Juan Mata:

    "Juan is a very good player and I look at him as a very good player. I don't look at him as a special player because of certain circumstances.

    "In my career it is 20, 30, 40 players who were my players and for some reason we sold them, or they decide to leave.

    "So for me it is not a problem, he is a very good player and very good players are dangerous."

  70. Chelsea news conference


    Mourinho on last year's 0-0 at Old Trafford:

    "We go to every match to win. Sunday we go to win, if you give me now one point, I would not accept that now, I want to fight for three points. But sometimes a point is a positive result.

    "I don't think at the moment, from the first minute of the game on Sunday, we are not going to go for a point, maybe in the last minute we think differently, but at this moment we go for three."

  71. Football

    Man City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini
    Image caption: Sports photo of the year?

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: West Ham are in a very good moment and playing attractive football so we know we will have a tough game as always.

  72. Chelsea news conference


    Mourinho on former Barcelona mentor Louis van Gaal:

    "He was important, he gave me a good opportunity to keep working at a high level.

    "As a young coach to be working four consecutive years, three with Mr Bobby Robson, one with Louis, at a club like Barcelona was very important. If I had to chose some of the most important people in my career, Louis was one of them.

    "I never hide the respect, the relation and the fact that he was important in my career. But after tomorrow he is going to be my opponent."

  73. Chelsea news conference


    Jose Mourinho

    Mourinho on going up against United manager Louis van Gaal: "For me important is that I don't play against Louis, Chelsea plays against Manchester United. During the match, I have no time to look around and see who the opponent's manager is. Before and after the match he is one of my big friends in football."

  74. Chelsea news conference


    Mourinho on Sunday's opponents Manchester United.

    "Man United is Man United.

    "It doesn't matter who their manager is, it doesn't matter about the moment, it doesn't matter the table, it doesn't matter about the players. Man United is Man United

    "And I always look at them independent of these factors."

  75. Chelsea news conference


    Mourinho: "I like to play big matches against the best teams in the most difficult stadiums. I know the risk of not getting a good result is bigger in big matches but I always enjoy them. For me to go to Old Trafford, I've done it with four different clubs and I like to go there and play there."

  76. Chelsea news conference


    Mourinho on striker Diego Costa:

    "He has a chance, he has a little chance. The same as [midfielders] Jon Mikel Obi and Ramires, but the only one that I can confirm that has no chance for Saturday is striker Loic Remy.

    "Everything happened to Costa. He was injured and he had go to the hospital with a viral situation that we didn't manage to resolve without being in the hospital over one night.

    "It happened before Maribor, but against Maribor he wouldn't have been ready from his injury."

  77. Chelsea news conference


    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of his side's match against Manchester United on Sunday: "We are playing well, we are confident. We are top of the league, the camp is happy and we are ready for the game."

  78. Man City news conference


    Pellegrini: Samir Nasri was working with whole squad after we got back from Russia. Maybe next week he will be ok. All the other players are fit.

  79. Andy Murray latest

    Andy Murray sits at the changeover berating himself furiously after letting a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-4 deficit against South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the Valencia Open. Four double-faults have contributed to the Briton's dramatic slump and he trails by a break of serve.

  80. Man City news conference


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on CSKA game: "The only fans that were punished were our fans, because they couldn't go."

    City played CSKA Moscow behind closed doors in the Champions League this week.

  81. Pellegrini and Jose up next

    So not a bad morning on Sportsday with Steve Bruce, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique all hoovered up. Next up should be Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho.

    You can also listen to the Friday Sports Panel on BBC Radio 5 live by clicking on the live coverage tab at the top of this page. It starts at 13:00 BST.

  82. Happy birthday football


    Happy birthday football

    Did you know today is football's birthday?

    The 24 October 2014 marks 157 years to the day since the formation of Sheffield FC, the world's oldest football club.

    They were established in 1857 by a group of cricketers looking for a sport to play in the summer. Its headquarters were at a potting shed and green house - far from today's plush directors' boxes.

    So, happy birthday Sheffield FC, and happy birthday football!

  83. Suarez to play in Clasico

    Luis Suarez

    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says Luis Suarez will feature in Saturday's El Clasico against Real Madrid.

    Suarez will return from a four-month ban. "It's an important day for him," Enrique tells his pre-match news conference.

  84. Murray in action

    Andy Murray is underway in his bid for a second Valencia Open title and a place at the ATP Finals next month. The British number one is up against South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals, with a crunch semi-final against David Ferrer potentially looming on Saturday.

  85. Outrageous sporting moments

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    David Beckham and Ryan Giggs

    Bill-George Fawcett: I'm going for the Europe team comeback from 10-6 down at Medinah vs the USA. That or the 1999 Champions League final!

    Harry Ogden: Marcos Rojo with the Rabona against Bosnia in the World Cup inside his own box across goal. What is it with these Argentines?!

    Chris McDonald: Glentoran's Matty Burrows' wonder strike in the 92nd minute, October 2010. World best goal nominee.

    And what a goal that Glentoran strike was. You can watch Matty Burrows' back-heel bonanza on the site here.

  86. Walker suffers injury blow

    Ospreys wing Eli Walker will be out for four to six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

    The 22-year-old suffered the injury against Treviso last Sunday.

  87. Colchester open Sears contract talks


    Colchester United have opened contract talks with former West Ham striker Freddie Sears, who has scored eight goals this season.

    Sears, now 24, scored on his Hammers debut as an 18-year-old, but was unable to establish himself at Premier League level.

    Colchester have also offered a new two-year deal to former Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker, 23. The current contracts of both players expire next summer.

  88. Rab-what?

    Paul Gascoigne

    Had you heard of the term 'Rabona'? No, neither had we. It seems Gazza was a fan.

    Apparently the skill was first attempted by Ricardo Infante, who scored from nearly 40 yards in a match between Argentinian sides Estudiantes and Rosario Central in 1948.

    Many, though, credit the move as being created by Italian striker Giovanni Roccotelli, who played in the 1970s and 1980s and was nicknamed 'il padre della rabona' - the father of the rabona.

  89. Lamela on his outrageous goal


    Erik Lamela

    As more people swoon over Erik Lamela's extraordinary 'rabona'-style goal last night, now the man himself has had his say with the London Evening Standard, and he says it is not the first time he has scored a goal using that piece of skill.

    "I've scored one similar to that, too, when I was playing for the junior teams of River Plate in Argentina," the Argentine said.

    "When the ball came to me, it wasn't as though I was thinking about doing it. There was nothing in my mind. It just happened in a flash.

    "Was it the best goal of my life? Yes, I think so."

  90. Balotelli pity from Bruce

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce has sympathy for Mario Balotelli and believes the Italian has maybe been made a "scapegoat".

    Bruce takes his side to Liverpool this Saturday where he could come face-to-face with the striker who has been widely criticised for swapping his shirt at half-time during Liverpool's 3-0 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.

    "From the outside he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment," says Bruce. "I think it's a bit unfair on the lad."

  91. Suarez doesn't matter - Ancelotti

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says it "doesn't matter" if Luis Suarez plays in Saturday's El Clasico.

    Luis Suarez

    "He won't change our ideas," says Ancelotti, whose side trail league-leaders Barcelona by four points ahead of their meeting at the Bernabeu.

    Suarez has not played a competitive match since being banned by Fifa for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in this summer's World Cup but will return to football in this weekend's showpiece fixture.

    "There isn't another game in the world with this so much quality," adds Ancelotti in his pre-match news conference. "I think a lot about the game & putting a surprising line-up."

  92. Outrageous sporting moments

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Image caption: Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic's overhead kick the most outrageous goal you have ever seen?

    Kudzai-Martin Mandizha: No goal beats the one scored by Ibrahimovic against England. It defies all logic of balance, skill, precision and sheer intelligence.

    Pete Lucas: Sir Don Rogers for Swindon v Arsenal in 1969 League Cup Final.

    Gary Gwilliam: I've always liked Lee Sharpe's goal against Barcelona, Champions League, sort of a back heel.

    Lee Sharpe fans, was that his finest hour? Or did the Halesowen-Maradona score a better one at Bradford?

  93. England 'conservative' on Cipriani

    Rugby Union

    England should have "taken the risk" and included Danny Cipriani in their squad for the autumn internationals, according to Sale boss Steve Diamond.

    Sharks number 10 Cipriani missed out on a place in Stuart Lancaster's squad, with Owen Farrell, George Ford and Stephen Myler all selected instead.

    Cipriani, 26, played two Tests during England's summer tour of New Zealand.

    "I feel that the England coaches have been a little bit conservative," Diamond told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "They've not taken the risk of having Danny and I think it's their loss."

  94. Nadal out of Paris


    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Paris Masters for "personal reasons", casting doubt on whether he will take part in the ATP Finals in London next month.

    The Spaniard is playing in Basel this week despite suffering with appendicitis, and had said he will assess at the end of the week whether he will undergo surgery or play on until the end of the season. US Open champion Marin Cilic has also withdrawn from Paris, further complicating the London qualification scenario for Britain's Andy Murray.

  95. Question of Sport teaser

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport: Since the start of 2000 which four teams have won the World Series on more than one occasion? #WorldSeries

    We will have the answer here for you later.

  96. Real Madrid v Barcelona


    Now, there's a game happening in Spain this weekend which goes by the title of El Clasico.

    It features two teams Real Madrid and Barcelona and the football loving world are getting excited about it. Liverpool former forward Luis Suarez is going to feature too for Barcelona for the first time. We might tune in.

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti: "Every game is an examination for us - against Levante last week then at Anfield. All of our rivals are highly competitive"

  97. Panthers no more

    Middlesex call time on their limited-overs name 'Panthers' with immediate effect.

    The county, who previously played one-day cricket under the controversial 'Crusaders' moniker, have decided to abandon nicknames altogether and will be known simply as Middlesex CCC across all three formats of the game.

  98. Wozniacki charges on


    Caroline Wozniacki

    Caroline Wozniacki continues her resurgence with a 6-2 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova at the WTA Finals, maintaining the Dane's unbeaten record in Singapore and sending Wimbledon champion Kvitova home. Wozniacki and Radwanska go into the semi-finals along with Simona Halep, who takes on Ana Ivanovic next. A win for Ivanovic would take the Serb through and knock out Serena Williams.

  99. Pires punched in Indian Super League game


    Robert Pires
    Image caption: The Indian Super League are looking into allegations Pires was punched during half-time in a game

    Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires says he was punched in the face by an opposition coach during an Indian Super League game, reports the Independent.

    The ISL said it was looking into an allegation that Pires was hit at half time in the game between his side FC Goa and Atletico de Kolkata on Thursday.

    "Pires said he was punched on the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful," said FC Goa coach, and former Brazilian great, Zico.

    "I am telling you what my players told me and I didn't see that myself but I don't think that Pires will lie and say something that didn't happen."

  100. Pogba extends Juve stay

    Paul Pogba

    France midfielder Paul Pogba signs a contract extension with Juventus which will keep him at the club until 2019.

    The 21-year-old - who left Manchester United two years ago - was named young player of the tournament at this summer's World Cup and was due to be out of contract in 2016.

  101. Outrageous sporting moments

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    Fernando Alonson and Michael Schumacher

    Stephen D'Albiac: Fernando Alonso's move on Michael Schumacher around the outside of the 130R corner at the 2005 Japanese GP. Unreal bravery.

    Adam Mitchell: Aaron Rodgers' 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on 4th and 8 to put the Packers into the playoffs and break Chicago hearts.

    Death Ape Disco: 2009 US Open. Roger Federer bringing up match point against Djokovic with a backwards through the legs passing shot. Jawdropping.

  102. Fifa women's coach shortlist


    Here is the shortlist for Fifa coach of the year for women's football:

    Philippe Bergeroo (France/France national team), Peter Dedevbo (Nigeria/Nigeria U-20 national team), Laura Harvey (England/Seattle Reign FC), Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden national team), Asako Takemoto Takakura (Japan/Japan U-17 national team), Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team and U-19 national team), Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Switzerland national team).

    Former Arsenal and Birmingham coach Laura Harvey is the only British representative - she helped Seattle win the National Women's Soccer League.

  103. Injury woe for Tigers

    More now from Steve Bruce, who confirms some grim injury news in his news conference ahead of Saturday's trip to Liverpool.

    "Steve Harper looks as though he's going to be out for 2-3 weeks, whilst Michael Dawson will be missing for 4-6 weeks and Nikica Jelavic, had an operation in Croatia on Wednesday, and will also be missing for 4-6 weeks.

    "Tom Huddlestone and Andy Robertson are also both injury concerns going into Saturday's game."

  104. Bono makes BOD blush

    Rugby Union

    Image caption: Bono salutes O'Driscoll

    Now doubt Brian O'Driscoll Rattle and Hummed his way through matches which terrible pun leads us nicely to this lovely video you should check out.

    Good ol BOD blushes in the BBC Radio 5 live studio upon hearing U2's Bono eulogising about the former Ireland rugby union great.

    Wouldn't we all? He moves in Mysterious Ways does that Bono.

    Watch O'Driscoll react on the BBC 5 live site.

    And listen to the full podcast.

  105. Poulter unhappy at being called a girl

    Ian Poulter

    Ian Poulter hits back at the president of the PGA of America for calling him a "Lil Girl".

    Ted Bishop thought comments by Poulter in his recently released autobiography regarding Tom Watson and Nick Faldo were uncalled for and responded with a series of tweets about the English Ryder Cup hero.

    Poulter, 38, says the comments were "pretty shocking and disappointing".

  106. Outrageous sporting moments

    Chris Beale: "What about the greatest goal you never saw from the greatest player you never saw - Reading's Robin Friday against Tranmere.

    "Ball played high to him 25 yards from goal. Takes the ball on his chest facing away from goal and powers the ball over his shoulder into the top corner.

    "It was so good even the referee puts his hands on his head in disbelief. The ref came to him after the game to tell him he'd never seen a better goal and cool as you like Robin says "You should come here more often. I do that every week"

    No doubt it was a Friday, being Tranmere.

  107. Too late for Sharapova


    Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova beats Agnieszka Radwanksa 7-5 6-7 6-2 but it's not enough to prevent the Russian going out of the WTA Finals in Singapore, as she ends the group stage with a 1-2 record. The result means Serena Williams will end the year as world number one for the second year in a row.

  108. Women's player of the year shortlist


    Louisa Necib of France
    Image caption: Louisa Necib of France has been shortlisted for the Fifa award

    Fifa Women's World Player of the Year shortlist:

    Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA).

    Who would you like to see win the award? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  109. French stalemate

    The Liverpool Echo lead this morning with reaction to Everton's goalless Europa League draw at Lille. The point keeps the Blues top of their group with three games remaining.

    Liverpool Echo
  110. Albania to appeal Uefa decision

    Albania v Serbia clashes

    Albania's football federation will appeal Uefa's decision to award their aborted Euro 2016 qualification match to Serbia by a 3-0 scoreline, according to news agency AFP.

    The match in Belgrade on 14 October was called off after home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players when a drone carried a pro-Albanian flag over the stadium.

    "The UEFA commission's decision does not give justice," says Albania coach Gianni De Biazi. "The three points belong to Albania and they've taken away from us what we've deserved."

  111. No fears over Berahino


    West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has no fears over leading scorer Saido Berahino's workload.

    "I don't believe Saido will burn out," Irvine said in the Birmingham Mail. "You look at players in the Football League are playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday and keep doing it."

    Maybe we'll hear from what Saido thinks...?

  112. Villa mistaken for non-league team


    Pegasus Juniors' ground Old School Lane
    Image caption: Villa will be spared having to play at Pegasus Juniors' ground Old School Lane

    Aston Villa fans had to do a double take this week when they were listed as a first round opponent for Pegasus Juniors in the FA Vase on a football website, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    Fortunately for Paul Lambert and his side's packed fixture schedule, the website,, had got Villa mixed up with nearby Aston FC.

    So the Premier League stars escape being put to the age-old test: "He's alright, but can he do it on a cold Wednesday night at Pegasus Juniors?"

  113. England's Launchbury agrees new Wasps deal

    Rugby Union

    England lock Joe Launchbury has committed his future to Wasps and their move to Coventry by signing a new deal.

    The 23-year-old was set to be out of contract in the summer, with Premiership rivals Saracens reportedly interested in his services.

    He is in Stuart Lancaster's squad for the upcoming autumn internationals.

    "I'm not daft, I know how sought after Joe is and imagine he will have had clubs lining up to talk to him," said Wasps boss Dai Young.

  114. Outrageous sporting moments

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    Brian O'Driscoll
    Image caption: Brian O'Driscoll had a knack of making the extraordinary look ordinary

    John McEnerney: Brian O'Driscoll's pass to himself against Ulster, or the between the legs pass v Northampton! It was normal for him to do the outrageous!

    Faseeh Warind: How about when Muhammad Ali used to taunt opponents to hit him while he let his guard down? Talk about confidence. Outrageous!

    Ryan Powell: Bergkamp's goal against Newcastle was outrageous - Dabizas is still spinning.

    Poor old Nikos Dabizas, the Greek international will not forget the day he got tied up in knots by Dennis.