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  1. Goodbye

    And that brings to an end another Sportsday. It was chaotic to say the least with so many press conferences and squad announcements to get through.

    Tomorrow will be even more full on, with the likes of Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal to face the media.

    But for now, you can start following our Europa League live text to get all of the build-up and action in tonight's games.

    Enjoy and thank you for your company today.

  2. Champ ruled out

    Horse racing

    AP McCoy is to sit out at least the next two weeks after aggravating an injury.

    The 19-time champion jump jockey, who reached the milestone of 4000 winners at today's Towcester fixture a year ago, has been troubled by the effects of a fall at Worcester last month.

    He's ridden 152 winners so far this season, and was targeting 300 successes.

  3. Pearce ruing injured Forest trio


    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says the absence of influential trio Chris Cohen, Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs has been a key factor behind their 10-match winless run.

    Captain Cohen has been ruled out for the season and midfielder Reid and centre-half Hobbs are also both sidelined with injury.

    Forest were beaten 3-1 by Brentford at the City Ground on Wednesday, a result which leaves the early-season Championship pacesetters in 11th place.

    "We are suffering from the loss of Andy, Chris and Jack," Pearce said. "That has probably hurt us more than I care to admit."

  4. Good Vibrations for Essex's FA Cup Beach Boys


    The Beach Boys

    Concord Rangers chairman Antony Smith hopes their debut appearance in the first round of the FA Cup will bring them greater exposure.

    The Conference South side, who are based on Canvey Island in Essex, travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

    Nicknamed the Beach Boys, the club are enjoying their most successful spell since being formed in 1967.

    "For people far and wide, there's probably no chance they'd have heard of us before this," Smith told BBC London.

    God Only Knows how they might get on at Field Mill...

  5. Hull FC release Miller

    Rugby League

    Jacob Miller
    Image caption: Miller is hoping to find a new club in Super League for next season

    Hull FC have released half-back Jacob Miller after agreeing a termination fee with the player.

    The 22-year-old joined the Black and Whites from Wests Tigers on a two-and-a-half-year deal in May 2013 and made 20 Super League appearances.

  6. Get involved


    Thank you for all your votes on our #bestteamever debate.

    We are going to pull together a piece on the contenders shortly and therefore hope you can tweet us with your thoughts on what these teams mean to you.

    What was so good about the Brazil side of 1970? Why did Celtic's Lisbon Lions or Manchester United's 1999 team mean to you? Tweet us on #bestteamever.

  7. Get involved


    Brazil team from 1970

    The results are in, the greatest team to ever walk this planet according to he result of our vote is...Brazil 1970.

    Pele and his band of buddies are often referenced as a benchmark in the game and it is therefore perhaps unsurprising they earn 15.9% of the vote.

    Manchester United's treble winning side of 1999 came in second, with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team and the current All Blacks offering third and fourth respectively.

  8. Sayers to 'prove selectors wrong'


    Britain's 11-time national javelin champion Goldie Sayers says she will prove she was worthy of funding.

    The 32-year-old was a notable absentee from British Athletic's list of supported athletes this season.

    "It's a great opportunity to prove the selectors wrong," the Newmarket thrower told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "I'm not bitter about it. I'm focused on turning it around.

    "I've got my team who have faith in me and I'd rather work with people who have faith in me."

  9. Sakho gets Senegal call


    Diafra Sakho

    Saido Berahino isn't the only red-hot Premier League striker whose good form has been rewarded with an international call-up.

    West Ham's Diafra Sakho, who has seven goals this season, has been recalled to the Senegal squad for this month's decisive African Nations Cup qualifiers.

    He edges out Fenerbahce's former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who is dropped.

  10. Lean, mean Fury


    Tyson Fury believes his long absence from the ring will serve him well when he finally gets to face Dereck Chisora on November 29.

    Tyson Fury

    The 26-year-old has had just four low-key rounds in the last 18 months after seeing prospective bouts against both Chisora and David Haye scrapped.

    "I have had a lot of back-to-back camps recently and it meant I came into this camp with no weight to lose," he says. "I usually start off two or three stones over the limit and am killing myself to get the weight off, but for this camp I was actually five pounds under my normal fighting weight."

  11. India cruise to victory over Sri Lanka


    India take a 2-0 lead in their one-day international series with Sri Lanka after they earned a comfortable six-wicket win in Ahmedabad.

    Chasing 275 for victory, the hosts were never in trouble, thanks to a maiden international century from batsman Ambati Rayudu, who finished unbeaten on 121.

    The third game in the five-match series takes place in Hyderabad on Sunday.

  12. Gosport hoping on Brian Clough statue


    Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike hopes Brian Clough's statue in Nottingham can help his side progress in the FA Cup.

    Pike's Conference South side face League One Colchester in Sunday's first-round tie at Privett Park.

    "Every time we go to Nottingham I stand by his statue and give him a hug and have a little whisper in his ear," Pike, who visits Clough's statue each year, told BBC South Today.

    "The last four seasons it's come true and this year I asked him to get us to the third round proper. Hopefully he's up there smiling on me and will grant me that wish."

  13. Tune in to sport bonanza

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Jose Mourinho protects a ball from Jon Flanagan and Steven Gerrard

    There are thirty hours of live sport coverage on 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra this weekend including England against New Zealand in both codes of rugby, the Brazilian Grand Prix, four games from the Premier League including Liverpool against Chelsea, the 1st round of the FA Cup, as well as Murray and Federer at the ATP World Tour Final's.

    Coverage starts with the Rugby League Four Nations at 0700 on Saturday morning on 5 live Sports Extra.

  14. Osman agrees Everton contract extension


    Leon Osman

    He's going a little grey on top, but Leon Osman isn't ready to hang up his boots just yet.

    The 33-year-old midfielder has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Everton.

    A graduate of Everton's Academy, Osman has played almost 400 times for the first team, netting 54 goals to date.

  15. Carter ready to return


    Ali Carter is prepared for an "emotional" return to competitive snooker this week.

    The 35-year-old from Essex, who overcame testicular cancer in 2013, has not played yet this season and was diagnosed with lung cancer in May.

    "I was just thinking to myself that I'm lucky, I'm fortunate I'm still upright and breathing," says Carter, who takes on Neil Robertson at the Champion of Champions tournament at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Friday afternoon.

    "What difference does a game of snooker make to me? Obviously I'll be trying to win but it's taken the pressure off me completely now. I'll go out there and enjoy it, and if I lose - so what?"

  16. Get involved


    Gregor Reid: I agree the Lisbon lions are worth a mention but 1983 Dons were best team in Europe (trophy to prove it) and incredible team.

    Anukram Adhikary: Arsenal-The Invincibles. They are called that for a reason.

    Arsenal celebrate

    Send us what you believe is the best team ever by tweeting #bestteamever or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page. The All Blacks who face England on Saturday are a popular choice.

  17. Wilson delight at Under-21 call-up


    Bournemouth's Callum Wilson says it is a dream come true to earn his first call-up to England's Under-21 squad.

    Wilson, 22, has been named for the fixtures against Portugal and France.

    He has 11 goals since his summer move from Coventry and may become the first Cherries player to represent the U21s since current boss Eddie Howe.

    "It's something every player dreams about, getting to represent your country is a fantastic achievement," Wilson told BBC Radio Solent.

  18. Downing back on the up


    Stewart Downing

    Stewart Downing's recall to the England squad comes after the West Ham midfielder has made 28 goalscoring chances in the Premier League this season. Only Cesc Fabregas has more, while Dusan Tadic has the same tally.

  19. Headlines at 16:00 GMT

    - Stewart Downing, Michael Carrick and Saido Berahino are called into the England squad for the Euro 2016 friendly with Slovenia and friendly against Scotland.

    - Wales welcome back Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen into a squad which boasts Gareth Bale for their trip to Belgium.

    - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard had a hamstring scan on Monday ahead of his controversial omission from their side which lost at Real Madrid.

    - Football League vote on introducing artificial pitches is tied, meaning the proposal will not go through.

    - England name uncapped Semesa Rokoduguni in their squad to face the All Blacks on Saturday. Dan Carter not included for tourists.

  20. Voges replaces Rogers at Middlesex


    Middlesex sign Australian batsman Adam Voges as their overseas player for the 2015 season.

    The 35-year-old replaces Chris Rogers, who is expected to be absent for most of the year because of international commitments, and will captain the side in the Championship in his stead.

    Top-order batsman Voges had a spell with Middlesex last year.

  21. Bad day at the office


    Elliot Lee
    Image caption: Lee has made two substitute appearances for the Hammers

    We've all experienced difficult first days in a new job, and West Ham striker Elliot Lee is no exception.

    Lee, the son of former England, Newcastle, West Ham and Charlton midfielder Rob, has returned to his parent club after getting injured just 95 minutes into his Southend United loan spell.

    The 19-year-old tore a hamstring in his first Shrimpers training session.

    Southend boss Phil Brown told BBC Essex: "The paperwork was done at 9:30 on Friday morning. We started the session at 10:30 - and at five past 11 he pulled up with a hamstring injury."

  22. Mad Moose eligible to race

    Horse Racing

    The popular horse Mad Moose can race again after a ban on him competing was lifted.

    Mad Moose, trained in Gloucestershire by Nigel Twiston-Davies, was banned from racing in January after refusing to start on three occasions last year.

    But he also won a race at Doncaster, and was second to highly-rated steeplechaser Sprinter Sacre in 2013.

    The BHA says it will consider the 10-year-old's future again if there are any starting issues in the next six months.

    Mad Moose could return at Cheltenham's Open meeting next weekend.

  23. Ajmal 'supremely confident' of comeback


    Saeed Ajmal

    Banned Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal says he's "supremely confident" of making a successful return to the international game.

    Ajmal has been undergoing work to remodel his action after being banned by the ICC for a suspect action in September.

    "I have made some changes to my action and I am comfortable with the new action," he said. "I am also confident whenever I am back I will be as effective as before."

  24. Wembley NFL games announced

    American Football

    A bit more context for you on that announcement.

    The New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will all be visiting the UK for the first time. The match between the Jets and the Miami Dolphins will be the first ever UK game to pit two teams from the same division against each other.

    The NFL's international chief Mark Waller has told Sky Sports that he would "certainly hope" that the number of Wembley games will increase again in 2016.

  25. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Next year's Wembley NFL games announced

    American football fans, listen up. The NFL have just announced next year's fixtures to be held at London's Wembley Stadium.

    The three games are:

    New York Jets v Miami Dolphins (October 4)

    Buffalo Bills v Jacksonville Jaguars (October 25)

    Detroit Lions v Kansas City Chiefs (November 1)

  26. Barton's tough afternoon


    Joey Barton tweets

    All the best with that one Joey. Did Descartes play for Brazil?

  27. Post update

    BBC Radio Humberside tweet: Hull City defender Maynor Figueroa has had his loan at Wigan extended by a further month.

  28. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman tells his weekly news conference he is "convinced" his side can achieve qualification for Europe this season.

    "Of course we want to continue in a good direction and the next step is to play in Europe. It's a dream for the club and fans but we can reach it," he says. "We have to bring our ambition and spirit in the team and do that on a daily basis."

  29. Sagnol apologises for Africa comments


    Willy Sagnol

    Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol has apologised for controversial comments he made about African players in football.

    Former France defender Sagnol, capped 58 times, told local newspaper Sud Ouest: "The advantage of what I would call the typical African player is that they are cheap...ready to fight.

    "But football is not just about that, it is about technique, intelligence, discipline, so you need everything."

    Sagnol tried to explain his comments at a pre-match news conference today.

    He said: "If by my lack of clarity, or my imperfect semantics, I may have shocked, humiliated or hurt people then I am sorry. The interpretation that these people may have made does not reflect my way of thinking in any way or my humanist convictions."

  30. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Saturday. 15:00 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman on the form of Dusan Tadic, who is among six players nominated for Player of the Month: "He is doing fantastic. He is a great player who has a lot of technical qualities. In our attack he is important because he can create opportunities by himself."

  31. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Saturday. 15:00 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman

    Ronald Koeman is in place for his weekly news conference.

    He laughs off a stat implying Southampton are part of a three-team challenge for the title.

    "I think it's a two team race," says the Southampton boss. "I think Chelsea and Manchester City are stronger over a whole season, not in one game, because we can beat them."

  32. Berahino hopes to repay England


    West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been speaking to the club's official website about his England call-up.

    "This country gave me a second chance in life," said Burundi-born Berahino.

    "I came to this country and it has provided me and my family with a safe place, and a better place to live in. It has given me a chance to perform what I want to achieve in life.

    "I feel very lucky that my family and West Bromwich Albion have looked after me and guided me. I will be very proud and honoured to represent England."

  33. FA charges after Millwall-Blackburn row


    Ian Holloway is sent to the stands by referee Darren Deadman
    Image caption: Holloway was sent to the stands by referee Darren Deadman

    The Football Association has charged Millwall assistant manager Mark Bircham and Blackburn Rovers first-team coach Craig Short with improper conduct.

    The charges relate to their behaviour in a row which erupted on the touchline during Tuesday's 2-2 draw at The Den.

    Meanwhile, the FA has also reminded Lions boss Ian Holloway of his responsibilities in relation to his behaviour during the match.

    Holloway and Bircham were both sent to the stands in the second half, which was marred by an argument with the Blackburn bench following the sending-off of Millwall right-back Andy Wilkinson.

  34. Leicester City news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Nigel Pearson managed Southampton briefly in 2008. He has this to say about coming up against his former club.

    "I enjoyed my time at Southampton. It's a really good club in a great area. They've done really well to be where they are."

    He talks about what Leicester need to do better to beat Southampton: "At this level you get fewer chances and you've got to be more clinical. We have to be more ruthless than we are at the moment."

  35. Leicester City news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    More from Nigel Pearson on facing Southampton: "We know Southampton are a very good club. I have to say they've greatly impressed me with how they play and their quality.

    "We'll need to be at our best. We're having a difficult run, and we have to adapt to that from winning so much last season."

    On defender Matthew Upson's return from injury: "He's training with the first team now, which is good. We have lots of options and an almost fully fit squad."

  36. Get involved


    A reminder we are asking you to vote for what you think is the greatest sports team of all time and you can do so at the right of this page.

    Seano H!H! tweets: Celtic's side of 1967, the 'Lisbon Lions'. All players born within a 30 mile radius of Celtic Park.

    Vote and then tweet us on #bestteamever.

    Celtic team of 1967
  37. Leicester City news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    The Premier League press conferences are coming thick and fast at the moment. Here's Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson ahead of their game against Southampton on Saturday.

    He talks about Leicester's recent poor form: "For the last five games our points return has been well below what we need. We need to reflect based on what we're capable of."

  38. Tony 'Bomber' Brown statue unveiled

    Tony Brown statue outside The Hawthorns

    Earlier we showed you a fully covered Tony Brown statue outside the Hawthorns but now the West Brom legend's tribute is visible for all to see.

    Brown spent 17 years at the Hawthorns between 1963 and 1980.

  39. Dyche takes his seat

    Burnley v Hull City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Sean Dyche

    Sean Dyche is in philosophical mood at his weekly news conference: "Sometimes you have to be at the bottom of the valley to see the top of the mountain."

    The promoted side have not won in the Premier League this season.

    Hull City visit Turf Moor on Saturday and Dyche says Steven Reid could be back from injury. The 33-year-old has not played since late September.

  40. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea in April: "It was just unfortunate.

    "There was no blame. It just shows you the character of Steven, the way he has bounced back."

  41. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers on the prospect of facing league leaders Chelsea: "It will be a tough game for us, they are unbeaten. Chelsea have big experience, players who have been there a long time."

  42. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers on Liverpool's struggles: "We haven't been consistent enough. We are trying to find the balance to score more goals."

    On striker Divock Origi, who's on loan at Lille: "We're in regular contact with Origi. He's a wonderful talent. We analyse his games in France and give him feedback."

  43. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    More from Brendan Rodgers on the squad rotation against Real Madrid: "It [criticism] doesn't affect me in any way.

    "You just have to focus on your job. I make decisions in the best interests of Liverpool Football Club.

    "Our idea was to stay in the game for 60 to 65 minutes and then open up the game in the closing stages. I was very proud of the players."

    On Steven Gerrard's omission: "Steven Gerrard had a scan on his hamstring on the Monday before we travelled out."

  44. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a little late, but he's finally answering some questions at Melwood.

    First up, he's defending his controversial team selection at Real Madrid.

    "I put out the best team I thought could get a result against Real Madrid," he says. "My players were magnificent on the night."

  45. Cricket

    Former England all rounder Adam Hollioake tweets: Congrats Mark Ramprakash on your new role as England batting coach. No better batsman in England.

    Ramprakash, 45, was announced as the successor to Graham Gooch earlier on Thursday.

  46. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    The Football League vote on whether clubs can use artificial pitches in League One and Two ends in a tie, meaning the proposal will not go through.

    In all, 34 votes were cast for both the 'yes' and 'no' option, with four clubs abstaining from voting.

    The Football League's Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "This vote is reflective of the fact that this issue divides opinion amongst clubs as much as it does across the football demonstrates there is still a desire amongst clubs to find out more about artificial playing surfaces before taking such a significant step."

  47. Notts extend McLaughlin loan deal


    Notts County have extended winger Stephen McLaughlin's loan deal from Championship side Nottingham Forest until the end of the year.

    The 24-year-old initially joined on a one-month contract in September and has now agreed to remain until 30 December.

  48. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Liverpool press conference

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is the next Premier League boss to face the media - we're hoping to bring you live updates from that in the next few minutes.

    Burnley fans, we're also hoping to bring you a couple more lines from your news conference as soon as we get them.

  49. Halep splits with coach


    Some perhaps surprising news from the world of number three Simona Halep has split with coach Wim Fissette, despite enjoying the best year of her career.

    The Romanian said on her Facebook page they had agreed to end their collaboration by common consent.

    "It was a very good year. I thank him and wish him every success in the future," she said.

    Halep reached the French Open final and the WTA Championships final this year, as well as winning tournaments in Bucharest and Doha.

  50. Post update

    NFL network reporter Kimberly Jones on Twitter: Miami Herald reports the Jets will play the Dolphins [in London] in 2015. I'm told Jets vs Dolphins in London in 2015 will be 1st division game ever as part of international series. It is a Dolphins home game.

  51. Wembley's NFL matches

    American Football

    Wembley stadium

    The Daily Mail's football news correspondent Neil Ashton tweets: Wembley Stadium. The home of English football.

    American Football posts have been erected at the national stadium where today, the NFL will announce which fixtures will be played at Wembley next year as their overseas matches.

  52. Lancaster ready for ultimate test

    Rugby Union

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster says Semesa Rokoduguni is ready for his international Test debut against New Zealand on Saturday.

    "It's a great step for him," says Lancaster. "He has topped the stats in virtually every category and looks ready to play."

    Rokoduguni, a soldier in the British Army, will face off against a side Lancaster feels represent the "ultimate test in rugby".

    "If you went through a world XV at the moment they'd have a lot of players in there. They are cohesive, experienced and spent two-and-a-half months together," he adds.

  53. Stuart Lancaster interview

    England v New Zealand (Saturday, 14:30 GMT)

    Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster has just done a sit down with BBC Sport rugby correspondent Ian Robertson. You can hear the full thing across BBC outlets this afternoon as the build-up continues to Saturday's Twickenham meeting with New Zealand.

  54. Burnley news conference

    Burnley v Hull (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    David Jones

    Next up in today's round of Premier League news conferences, it's Burnley. First to face the cameras is midfielder David Jones.

    He's asked about Burnley's lowly position at the bottom of the table. "There's no panic," he says. "Saturday is a good opportunity for us."

  55. A golden smile


    Real Madrid

    Real Madrid's players have posed for a picture with Cristiano Ronaldo and his newly acquired golden boot award.

    The 29-year-old shared the prize for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues - 31 - with Barcelona's Luis Suarez.

  56. Ireland squad announcement

    Rugby Union

    Ireland name Ulster's Jared Payne in their matchday squad for the visit of South Africa on Saturday.

    He will make his debut at centre alongside Robbie Henshaw.

    Ireland team in full: 15 Rob Kearney (Leinster), 14 Tommy Bowe (Ulster), 13 Jared Payne (Ulster), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), 11 Simon Zebo (Munster), 10 Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro), 9 Conor Murray (Munster), 8 Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), 7 Chris Henry (Ulster), 6 Peter O'Mahony (Munster), 5 Paul O'Connell (Munster, capt), 4 Devin Toner (Leinster), 3 Mike Ross (Leinster), 2 Sean Cronin (Leinster), 1 Jack McGrath (Leinster).

  57. Yanga-Mbiwa returns for France


    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    On-loan Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has received his first international call-up in two years in Didier Deschamps' latest France squad.

    Yanga-Mbiwa has impressed this season at Italian club Roma.

    Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, Manchester City's Eliaqium Mangala and Bacary Sagna, Newcastle's Momo Sissoko and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin also make the cut.

    French league top scorer Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon also gets a recall for the matches against Albania and Sweden.

  58. Get involved


    Pratik Panda: The Hungarian Football Team of the 50s. There's a reason why they are called the Mighty Magyars.

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    Manchester United celebrate in 1999

    Today we want to know who you think are the best team ever. Is it the All Blacks side set for Twickenham on Saturday? Or are there better teams to have graced sport? Tweet #bestteamever or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  59. Berahino in England squad


    West Brom striker Saido Berahino on Twitter: Can't believe how far i have come, God is truly amazing, wana thank everyone for the messages. #GodIsGood #thisoneforyouMUM

    Berahino received his first England call-up in Roy Hodgson's squad.

  60. Wales rugby news conference

    Rugby Union

    Warren Gatland

    BBC Wales Sport tweet: Wales head coach Warren Gatland says Australia's team is "as expected" and anticipates a "frenetic" game.

    Gatland says he has been criticised for "stubborn" selections in the past but picked his Wales team to face Australia "on form".

  61. Benteke returns for Belgium


    Christian Benteke

    Belgium have named a whopping 13 Premier League players in their squad for the matches against Wales and Iceland, including a return for Christian Benteke of Aston Villa.

    Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, Tottenham trio Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany are among the other members of the English-based contingent.

    Marc Wilmots also hands a first call-up to Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet, who impressed against Arsenal in the Champions League.

  62. Wales squad announced


    Wales squad to face Belgium in full:

    Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Owain Fôn Williams, Danny Ward.

    Defenders: Ashley Williams, James Chester, James Collins, Ben Davies, Paul Dummett, Neil Taylor, Sam Ricketts, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Danny Gabbidon.

    Midfielders: Emyr Huws, Joe Ledley, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Jonathan Williams, Lee Evans.

    Strikers: Hal Robson-Kanu, David Cotterill, George Williams, Tom Lawrence, Jake Taylor, Gareth Bale.

  63. Symons to stay on at Wales


    BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips tweets: Chris Coleman just confirmed Kit Symons continues as his Wales assistant for "foreseeable future" despite him landing the Fulham job.

    Chris Coleman and Kit Symons
  64. Wilson and Bettinelli get first Under-21 calls


    Coming in under the radar, England have also named their latest Under-21 squad. There are first call-ups for Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson and Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli.

    In all, 22 players have been selected for next week's games with Portugal and France. Here's the full squad:

    Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Derby County, loan from Stoke City).

    Defenders: Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United, loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley, loan from Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, loan from Newcastle United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town, loan from QPR).

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

    Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, loan from Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

  65. England squad announcement


    Stewart Downing, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Michael Carrick

    England's latest squad contains four players who went to the 2006 World Cup. Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing and Theo Walcott.

  66. England squad announcement


    Here is the full England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly against Scotland:

    Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart

    Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Calum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

    Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott

    Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Welbeck, Saido Berahino.

  67. England rugby news conference

    Rugby Union

    BBC Sport's Chris Jones is at the England rugby union news conference in Bagshot and says there is a huge media presence.

    Stuart Lancaster

    England take on the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday and asked what would represent progress towards next year's World Cup, Lancaster simply responds: "a win".

  68. England news conference


    Roy Hodgson on Saido Berahino's chances of playing: "When you call players up, you call them up to play.

    "I'm sure Saido will come wanting to play, but he faces stiff competition and he understands that. He's not just there for the learning process, but he hasn't made it to Wayne Rooney status."

    On Spurs striker Harry Kane, who missed out on selection: "We look at all players. I'm pleased for Harry Kane. On this occasion Harry will play for the under-21s, but if he keeps playing well, it won't be long before he'll be knocking on the door for a place in the senior squad."

  69. England news conference


    Roy Hodgson is asked about his relationship with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling after the winger pulled out of England's win in Estonia citing he was tired.

    "I speak to Raheem all the time and as far as I'm concerned that chapter is over. I have nothing to say or add to that.

    "Our relationship is a very good one and I don't think there is much to say when you are asked about why a player wasn't picked and you tell the truth.

    "It's a chapter that is a month old and as far as I'm concerned is I am focused on the future. I have great respect for Raheem and agree with Steven Gerrard that he will do wonderful things for England."

  70. England news conference


    There's also a recall for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. Here's Roy Hodgson's take on it:

    "Michael has been fit and available for a while. He was fit for our last matches but it's taken him now to break back into the team. He plays in a position where we don't have a lot of options as a defensive midfielder to be fair and he is one of the best exponents of that art.

    "I spoke to him and he was happy to come back, I'm happy to have him."

  71. England news conference


    Roy Hodgson on England's opponents Slovenia: "Slovenia are one of the major rivals. They have a lot of players who play for top clubs in Europe, we regard them as a very serious rival. If we can win it will take us into the New Year in a very good position."

    He says he has no concerns that England's group is too easy. "All qualifying matches present their challenges. No matches are easy."

  72. Wales news conference


    Chris Coleman

    Wales manager Chris Coleman says his squad is full of belief.

    His 25-man group is pretty much as expected but he cautiously adds "it always starts like that." He admits he faces a "long" weekend hoping no injuries arise.

    Wales top Group B going into the match in Brussels later this month.

  73. England news conference


    Roy Hodgson on the absence of Daniel Sturridge: "It was never a realistic possibility, he is obviously still recovering from the calf injury. I've left a message for Brendan and he has not rung back to counter that he is fit."

  74. England news conference


    Here's England manager Roy Hodgson.

    He says of new call-up Saido Berahino: "He's played so well not only for West Brom but also for the under-21s. He's been in such good form. There was no reason to pass over his credentials."

    Full of praise for the recalled Stewart Downing too: "He's had a tremendous resurgence of form. I think it was the right time to ask him to come back."

  75. Wales squad named


    Gareth Bale is named in Wales' 25-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Belgium.

    Four uncapped players are included in goalkeepers Owain Fon Williams and Daniel Ward, as well as Wolves midfielder Lee Evans and striker Tom Lawrence of Leicester City.

    Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen return for Chris Coleman.

  76. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Berahino and Downing named in England squad

    As expected, West Brom striker Saido Berahino is named in the England squad for matches against Slovenia and Scotland.

    West Ham's Stewart Downing is also in.

    More news to come.

  77. Wales squad announcement (12:30 GMT)


    BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips tweets: Poised for Chris Coleman squad announcement for Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgium.

    A Wales news conference

    Wales and England will hold squad announcements at around 12:30 GMT.

  78. Guidetti named SPFL Player of the Month


    John Guidetti

    Celtic striker John Guidetti has won the Scottish Professional Football League player of the month award for October.

    The on-loan Manchester City striker, 22, hit two goals in three Scottish Premiership games last month and also netted a hat-trick in a League Cup win over Partick Thistle.

  79. One debut as Scots face Pumas

    Rugby Union

    Mark Bennett

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter on handing Mark Bennett a debut against Argentina: "You can see his determination in the way he breaks the line and scores tries. I'm really pleased he's developed that over the last couple of years and will now make his debut for his country, which is a very special achievement."

  80. Stead can play for Bradford

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport tweet: Huddersfield Town have given permission for on loan striker Jonathan Stead to play for Bradford City in the FA Cup this weekend.

  81. Scotland name starting XV

    Rugby Union

    Glasgow Warriors centre Mark Bennett will make his Scotland debut when they face Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday.

    The 21-year-old is joined in the team by Richie and Jonny Gray as the brothers are named in the same Scotland team for the first time.

    Scotland team in full: 15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), 14 Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors), 13 Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), 12 Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), 1 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), 9 Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, capt), 1 Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby), 2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), 3 Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors), 4 Richie Gray (Castres), 5 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), 6 Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), 7 Blair Cowan (London Irish), 8 Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors).

  82. England squad announcement (12:30 GMT)


    Saido Berahino (left)

    We're looking ahead to Roy Hodgson's England squad announcement in around 20 minutes - so what can we expect?

    Well, one story to look out for is a possible first senior call-up for West Brom striker Saido Berahino. The 21-year-old has been in blistering form at the start of this season, notching up seven goals so far, making him the leading English scorer.

    Another new name who could be in contention is Spurs striker Harry Kane. Kane, also 21, has mainly featured in the cup competitions for Tottenham, but has scored seven goals in his last seven games.

    So who could make way? Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert hasn't nailed down a regular spot at Anfield - could he be the man to miss out?

  83. Derby's Barker doing his bit for charity


    Derby captain Shaun Barker

    Modern day footballers are pampered prima donnas, right? That's an accusation that can't be levelled at Derby captain Shaun Barker, who has set up his own charitable foundation to help underprivileged youngsters in the city.

    The 32-year-old has not played since suffering a knee injury against Nottingham Forest in March 2012 and has set up the Shaun Barker Foundation which will do charitable work in the arts, social care and sport.

    "I've spoken to quite a few people and I want little classes for kids to go and do some free dance and arts classes, photography... things they would find hard to do themselves or haven't got the confidence to do," he said.

  84. Sri Lanka set India 275 to win


    Sri Lanka have set India 275 to win the second one-day international at Ahmedabad. The visitors made 274-8, with Angelo Mathews vindicating his World Cricketer of the Year nomination with a fine innings of 92.

    Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav took two wickets apiece.

    India won the first ODI by 169 runs.

  85. Get involved


    Brazil's 2002 World Cup team

    Today we're asking you to name your best team ever, after John Kirwan suggested that the current New Zealand rugby union side deserve the accolade...

    John McEnerney: The West Indies under Clive Lloyd from 74-85. The best ever!

    Adam Weavers: The Brazil World Cup-winning 2002 team! That's one to tell the kids about.

    Joshua Bean: Has to be the current All Blacks side. World Cup holders and only lost about two times in three years.

    Keep your suggestions coming in at #bestteamever on Twitter, and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  86. Horner tells teams to stop 'slanging matches'

    Formula 1

    Christian Horner

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Formula 1's cash-strapped teams should resolve their issues "behind closed doors" to avoid damaging the sport's reputation.

    According to Horner, any protest at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix by the three teams in trouble - Force India, Lotus and Sauber - would achieve nothing and risk bringing the sport into disrepute.

    "They are here to compete," he said. "Force India is trying to beat McLaren. If they are sitting in the garage, they are not going to be going anywhere.

    "That doesn't work and doing it publicly is the wrong way to do it. What F1 has done during the last couple of weeks with the public slanging matches that have gone on is not good for the sport."

  87. Bony to stay a Swan?


    Earlier we told you Wilfried Bony is nearing signing a new deal at Swansea City.

    The 25-year-old says: "Negotiations are going very well. Hopefully things will be done this week. I have a great relationship with my team-mates, the staff and fans. It is a fantastic club and I am happy to be here."

    Bony's existing deal is believed to contain a £20m release clause but it is understood the new contract will not include any release clause.

  88. No record-breaking Welshman

    Mark Poyser of BBC Wales Sport tweets: So after all that no comeback for Mark Aizlewood at 55 - Rhyl v Carmarthen is off after a fire at the ground last night.

    Aizlewood, a former Wales international, manages Carmarthen and was going to name himself in the squad due to an injury crisis. He would have become the oldest player to ever feature in the Welsh Premier League.

  89. Bangladesh on top in Khulna


    Bangladesh are in charge of the second Test against Zimbabwe at stumps on the fourth day in Khulna.

    The hosts have reached 201-5 in their second innings, a lead of 266. All-rounder Mahmudullah is unbeaten on 66.

    Bangladesh won the first Test at Mirpur by three wickets.

  90. Get involved


    USA Dream Team

    So today on Sportsday we're asking you to name your #bestteamever from across the world of sport.

    Do you agree with John Kirwan that the current All Blacks are ahead of the rest? Or would you plump for the formidable Australian cricket team of the 1990s, featuring the likes of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne?

    Or would your vote go to the USA basketball 'Dream Team' that competed at the 1992 Olympics? They certainly had the best tracksuits ever...

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bestteamever and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  91. Post update

    BBC Cumbria Sport tweet: M-Sport driver Mikko Hirvonen to retire from the FIA World Rally Championship at the end of 2014.

    Hirvonen, 34, delivered 14 wins for the Cumbria-based team.

  92. Crystal Palace news conference

    Man Utd v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Here's the best from Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock in their news conference earlier.

    "We definitely have to get some more results," Warnock says. "We've been a bit unfortunate the last couple of weeks, we've got to work hard to stop conceding goals and eliminate our faults.

    "But we could have easily had a couple more points from our last few games, and then we'd have been in the top eight. I do feel that we've got a good group and January's coming as well, so we've just got to hang in there.

    Warnock is asked to comment on his recent fine for criticising referee Craig Pawson. "I don't want to comment on that," he says. I can't afford to."

  93. Best of BBC Sport video

    Ryan Giggs

    There's some great video content for you to enjoy on the BBC Sport website at the moment.

    You can relive one of the great FA Cup goals with this video of Ryan Giggs's mazy dribbling, shirt-twirling effort against Arsenal in April 1999.

    Want more classic sporting action? Then enjoy these highlights from the last time Wales faced Australia on the rugby field, with Kurtley Beale scoring a heartbreaking late try for the Wallabies.

    And here's an excellent preview of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, courtesy of BBC Formula 1 commentator Ben Edwards.

  94. Get involved


    New Zealand won the 2011 World Cup to become world champions for a second time, and their record over the past three years means they must be serious contenders to be not just the best All Blacks team of all time, or even the best rugby union team of all time, but possibly the best team in sporting history.

    Their winning percentage of 93.47% is phenomenal, and in the likes of captain and open-side flanker Richie McCaw and fly-half and all-time Test record points scorer Dan Carter (who sits out Saturday's match as he has only just returned to action after a broken leg), they have genuine contenders for the greatest players in their position to ever play the game.

    Add the mystique of the Haka, that iconic black jersey, dazzling young talent such as wing Julian Savea and cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams, and you have a team which bestrides rugby union and whose fame carries far beyond the confines of their sport.

    Which begs the question - are they the best team in the history of sport? And if you think not, then who better deserves that title? Let the debate begin…

  95. Best in All Black history

    Rugby Union

    England have named their team to face rugby union world champions New Zealand on Saturday, and it's fair to say Stuart Lancaster's men face quite a task.

    The All Blacks arrive at Twickenham having won 42 of their past 46 matches (plus draws and two defeats), a staggering winning percentage of 93.47%

    All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan has told the BBC that the current New Zealand team are the best in All Blacks history.

  96. Tribute in the Midlands...


    A Premier League club will unveil a statue of one of their greats today, but who and where is it?

    A statue is under cover at West Brom

    Craig Gardner tweets: Looking forward to being at West Brom today to watch tony BOMBER brown unveil his statue it's truly deserved. #legend

    Tony Brown, 69, made 573 league appearances for the Baggies between 1963 and 1980, winning the FA Cup in 1968. He almost signed for Manchester City as a 15-year-old but says the decision to move to the Midlands was the "best of his life".

  97. McCoy out for 'a few days'

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Champion jump jockey AP McCoy misses his intended mount at Towcester today and, according to his agent, will be "out for a few days".

    The 19-times title holder, who reached the milestone of 4,000 winners, at Towcester, on this day last year, has been troubled by the effects of a heavy fall at Worcester last month.

  98. Galatasaray charged over Dortmund clashes


    Galatasaray fans throw fireworks

    Galatasaray are facing Uefa sanctions for crowd trouble at a Champions League match for the second time this season.

    The Turkish club have been charged for crowd disturbances, fans going on the pitch and throwing lit fireworks during the 4-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Play was briefly stopped twice.

    Galatasaray fans could be barred from attending their team's final away group match at Anderlecht on 26 November.

  99. Ireland team announcement

    Rugby Union

    Some of you may be wondering when the Ireland team for their match against South Africa on Saturday will be announced. Well, so are we. It was supposed to be at 10:30 GMT, but hasn't appeared yet. We will, of course, bring that to you when it breaks.

  100. Wales great to retire

    Rugby Union

    Shane Williams

    Wales rugby legend Shane Williams announces he will fully retire from the game when his contract at Mitsubishi Dynaboars ends in the new year.

    The 37-year-old was planning to retire after leaving the Ospreys in 2012 but prolonged his career with the Japanese side.

    He tweeted: My 3 years in Japan with Mitsubishi have been amazing but after this season it's time to come home!

  101. Grainger set for competitive return


    Katherine Grainger

    Katherine Grainger is set to make her return to competitive rowing later this month after announcing her comeback in September.

    Grainger will take part in the GB Rowing Team Assessment over the weekend of November 15-16.

    It will be the first time the 38-year-old has raced competitively since winning gold with Anna Watkins at London 2012.

  102. Get involved


    All morning we have been asking you what is going wrong at Manchester City. Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Christian Reilly: Kompany looks a shadow of his last-few-seasons self. Not vocal on the field nor a threatening presence. Something isn't right.

    Duncan Brown: City were poor last night but dreadful refereeing has cost big time. Bad penalty calls in each match have cost five points.

  103. City at a low point


    Ben Watson scores for Wigan

    Former Manchester City manager Joe Royle tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that City's defeat against CSKA Moscow was their worst performance since the 2013 FA Cup final.

    "It's not just a European thing," says Royle. "This performance has been coming. Without David Silva they look short of ideas. You're looking for Sergio Aguero or Yaya Toure to pull them put out of it but they weren't at their best last night. Collectively it was one of those performances that's hard to explain."

  104. Two 16-match bans


    A Romanian central defender becomes the second player to be banned for 16 matches by his country's governing body for a reckless foul.

    Alin Seroni, of FC Viitorul Constanta, received his punishment hours after FCM Targu Mures midfielder Gabriel Muresan was handed the same ban for a similar incident.

    Seroni was handed the heavy punishment after a poor challenge left Universitatea Craiova's Nicusor Bancu with a fractured ankle.

  105. Reed turns the air blue


    Patrick Reed

    Patrick Reed was a picture of composure during his excellent Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles in September, but the American could be in hot water after losing his cool spectacularly in Shanghai.

    Reed shot 71 to lie four shots off the lead of Graeme McDowell, and one particular error, a three-putt at the first, earned his wrath.

    Let's just say if we had to write down what he said, there would be more asterisks than actual letters.

    PGA Tour officials are understood to be looking into the matter, although the Tour has a policy of not disclosing any disciplinary sanctions it issues.

  106. Ramprakash appointed England batting coach


    Mark Ramprakash

    Mark Ramprakash has been appointed England's new batting coach.

    The former Surrey batsman replaces Graham Gooch in the role.

    Ramprakash played 52 Tests for England, scoring two centuries.

  107. QPR news conference

    QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Jermain Defoe and Harry Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp has been linked with a move for his former player Jermain Defoe, currently of Toronto FC.

    "We tried to get Jermain before the deadline but at the moment there is no movement on that one," says the QPR boss. "I'm a big fan, he's a goalscorer and someone you would want at your club. He's a player I'm sure we'd be interested in in January. It's up to the chairman."

  108. QPR news conference

    QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Here's more from Harry on Manchester City's recent patchy form and the suggestion that they have an ageing squad:

    "It's amazing when you've got a couple of games, suddenly you've got an ageing squad. I don't think Aguero's that old, or Kompany. They're world class players and they've just had a bit of a blip.

    "They're right there, they'll be there when the title's handed out at the end of the season."

  109. QPR news conference

    QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Harry Redknapp believes it is not a bad time to face Manchester City, following comments from Manuel Pellegrini stating his team are suffering a "crisis in confidence".

    Pablo Zabaleta

    "It's a very up and down game," says Redknapp. "When you're at a club like Man City they don't have too many downs do they? But they still have probably the best layer in the Premier League in Aguero and they are full of quality.

    "It's not the worst time to play them. At the moment they are not playing with the same freedom and flare of six weeks ago."

  110. QPR news conference

    QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Here's more from Redknapp on the England claims of striker Charlie Austin.

    "Charlie's improving, there's no reason why he can't," Harry says. "He's got a great attitude, he grew up bricklaying and he knows how lucky he is, he's a top-class guy and if he keeps scoring goals, there's no reason why he can't make the breakthrough. But Roy's not spoken to me about Charlie yet."

    He's a little more lukewarm on the international prospects of youngster Harry Kane at Tottenham.

    "He's done very well, but suddenly he's come off the bench for Spurs and he should be in the England team. He's not even in the Tottenham team. Years ago you had to be playing every week and be at the top of your game. I don't quite see it, Harry needs to establish himself in the Tottenham team. But he's got a big future."

  111. QPR news conference

    QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Harry Redknapp believes the three-game ban handed to defender Rio Ferdinand by the Football Association is "heavy".

    Ferdinand responded to criticism on Twitter by using what was deemed a derogatory term.

    "I spoke to Rio," says Redknapp. "He felt it was unjust and a heavy punishment. Someone has criticised him and he criticised back. That's life.

    "I just think it is a very heavy ban - three games - but he has decided it's not worth appealing, he will just move on."

  112. QPR news conference

    QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Here he is. First up, it's good news on the injury situation, with Niko Krancjar, Nedum Onuoha and Sandro all back in contention.

    "Today's the first day we've got a clean bill of health, everybody's fit," Harry says. "It's nice to have too many good players rather than not enough."

    But he's not underestimating Man City despite their poor showing last night in the Champions League.

    "I think whenever you play Man City it's always a difficult game. They're a fantastic squad of players. We've got to play well to get anything."

  113. QPR news conference

    QPR v Manchester City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    And now on to Harry Redknapp, he is in place for his weekly news conference...

    Harry Redknapp
  114. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Aston Villa (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Despite Villa's recent poor run (six defeats on the spin), Big Sam says his side won't be underestimating the visitors on Saturday.

    He says: "We've got to make sure we don't leave ourselves open to the counter attacking game which they've done well away from home.

    "The players in our squad have to maintain 100 per cent physical, mental and tactical focus to win games because the opposition is so tough in this league."

  115. Soldier on against the All Blacks

    Rugby Union

    Semesa Rokoduguni

    So we have just learned that Semesa Rokoduguni will play for England for the first time when they face New Zealand on Saturday in their first autumn international.

    Rokoduguni is Fiji-born and qualifies for England as he is a British Army lance corporal.

    The 27-year-old has served in Afghanistan.

  116. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Aston Villa (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Here's Big Sam's take on a couple of other injury concerns in the Hammers camp, involving striker Diafra Sakho and defender Winston Reid.

    "Sakho is training today for the first time since his injury. Winston Reid will also do some training for the first time and then we'll make the final decisions tomorrow on who's available for selection."

    He says he feels sorry for under-pressure Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, who will be in the opposite dugout on Saturday.

    "There's a huge pressure that comes on you when you lose games on the trot so I do have sympathy for Paul Lambert, but we've got to make sure we try and continue their poor run on Saturday."

  117. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Aston Villa (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Andy Carroll

    We have our first Premier League manager facing the media today, and it's West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

    He's playing it coy on striker Andy Carroll's potential return from injury:

    "It depends how Andy trains the next two days whether he gets into the squad or not on Saturday.

    "If not this weekend by the end of the international break he will be ready to come back into the squad."

  118. Rugby Union

    Semesa Rokoduguni will make his England debut against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old Bath player will be joined in the team by club teammate Dave Atwood, who plays his first Test for England since the tour to Argentina in June 2013.

    England squad to face New Zealand: 15 Mike Brown (Harlequins), 14 Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), 13 Brad Barritt (Saracens), 12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath), 11 Jonny May (Gloucester), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens), 9 Danny Care (Harlequins), 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins), 2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton), 3 David Wilson (Bath), 4 Dave Attwood (Bath), 5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton), 6 Tom Wood (Northampton), 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt) 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

  119. Get back on the bus lads...


    Barcelona will not be arriving back in Spain until today after a transport issue stopped them from travelling following their win over Ajax.

    The club tweet: "Due to a breakdown of the plane, the squad could not return on Wednesday night and will fly today at midday."

    They face a trip to Almeria on Saturday.

    Barcelona players get off their bus
  120. McDowell sets early pace


    Graeme McDowell

    Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is the opening-round leader at the WGC HSBC-Champions tournament in Shanghai.

    He shot a round of five-under par to be two shots clear of a host of players including German Martin Kaymer and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

    England's Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are both two under but Spain's Pablo Larrazabal at two over, was not in such a good mood after his round.

    Pablo Larrazabal twitter
  121. Sauber name Nasr for 2015

    Formula 1

    Felipe Nasr

    Sauber have named Brazilian Felipe Nasr as their second driver for next season, leaving current duo Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez looking elsewhere for their drives.

    The decision follows the arrival of fellow new recruit Marcus Ericsson of Caterham for 2015.

    Nasr, 22, has been a test and reserve driver for Williams this year while also participating in the GP2 series.

    "This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me," said Nasr.

  122. Rio 'won't quit Twitter'


    QPR defender Rio Ferdinand says he won't quit Twitter despite being handed a three-match ban by the FA for comments he made on the social media platform.

    Speaking to the Sun, Ferdinand said: "I won't be quitting Twitter, I love it. I use it to talk to fans."

    But he conceded he would have to be more careful about his online remarks in future.

    "The problem is sometimes you're at home, you've lost, you're sitting there and you're looking through your Twitter feed and you're frustrated. This time I was deemed to have gone over the line. So I think you have to be mindful of what you say and when you say it."

  123. Swansea hot-shot to stay?

    BBC Wales Sport tweet: Ivory Coast World Cup striker Wilfried Bony is close to agreeing a new contract at Swansea City.

  124. Contrasting fortunes...


    Lionel Messi is hailed as the 'King of Europe' by Spanish media this morning following his record-equalling goal against Ajax...

    Lionel Messi

    While Manchester City are seemingly tasting the other side of media treatment after their dismal 2-1 defeat against CSKA Moscow...

    Daily Mail back page
  125. October award nominees...


    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Hull City manager Steve Bruce and Newcastle's number one Alan Pardew are announced as the nominees for October's manager of the month award.

    Sergio Aguero, Leighton Baines, Alexis Sanchez, Saido Berahino, Dusan Tadic and Diafra Sakho are put forward as player of the month contenders.