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Summary

  1. Man Utd rebuilding process could take three years - Van Gaal
  2. Injured Vincent Kompany sidelined for Man City
  3. Marussia F1 team formally ceases trading
  4. FA Cup returns to the BBC: Warrington Town v Exeter (19:55 GMT)
  5. GET INVOLVED: How are you getting excited for the FA Cup? Send your images to #getcarriedaway

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that's a wrap. Sportsday comes to an end, but there will be live text commentary on this website from 19:00 GMT of Warrington Town'sThe match is also live on BBC Two, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio. Bye for now.

  2. Liverpool v Chelsea classic games

    Football

    Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2, FA Cup, May 5, 2012

    Didier Drogba became the first man to score in four FA Cup finals as Chelsea overcame Liverpool at Wembley thanks to another massive goal-line controversy. The Blues appeared to be cruising when Drogba scored at the start of the second half following Ramires' early opener, but the arrival of Andy Carroll turned the game on its head. He smashed home a superb goal not long after his arrival, then, with nine minutes left, rose to meet Luis Suarez's cross at the far post. The goal was not given - and television replays proved inconclusive - as Chelsea won the trophy before a few weeks later adding the European Cup.

    Didier Drogba
  3. Rosberg fastest in practice

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    "Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton in both Friday practice sessions at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

    "The German was 0.221 seconds quicker than Hamilton in the first session and 0.213secs ahead in the second."

  4. Football Focus tomorrow

    Gareth Bale and Kevin Kilbane

    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will be on Football Focus tomorrow. You can watch the Welshman's chat with Kevin Kilbane from 12:20 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website. In the meantime, why not watch the forward giving tips on how to take the perfect free-kick.

  5. Liverpool v Chelsea classic games

    Football

    Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2, Premier League, April 27, 2014

    Jose Mourinho's Chelsea tactics - a suffocating defence and lethal counter-attack - angered Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers. "There were two buses parked today, never mind one," said the Liverpool boss after Steven Gerrard's costly slip led to Demba Ba's opening goal. Substitute Willian scored a breakaway second in the final seconds as Chelsea secured a memorable win which aided Manchester City in the title race.

    Steven Gerrard
  6. England v New Zealand

    Rugby Union stat attack

    - England and New Zealand have met 39 times between 1905 and 2014. England have won seven times with one draw.

    -England's heaviest defeat by the All Blacks was a 62-22 reverse in Dunedin in June 1998.

    - England's biggest victory over the All Blacks was a 38-21 triumph at Twickenham in December 2012.

    - New Zealand's matchday squad has more than twice as many caps (1,029) as England (437).

    - Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni will be the first serving soldier to be capped by England since Tim Rodber in 1999.

    Semesa Rokoduguni
  7. Black Stars to appoint familiar face

    Football

    Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant will be named Ghana coach if he can reach a financial agreement with the country's football association.

    "We are going to re-negotiate effectively. We know his salary expectation but we'd like to see if we can beat it down further," GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi says.

  8. Liverpool v Chelsea classic games

    Football

    Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2, Premier League, May 2, 2010

    Chelsea needed all three points from their penultimate game of the season to ensure that a win over Wigan would secure their third Premier League title. A poor back-pass by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard handed Didier Drogba a simple opening goal in the first half and Frank Lampard added a second after the break to ensure Chelsea remained in pole position to win their first championship for four years. Chelsea then thrashed Wigan 8-0 to finish a point clear of Manchester United at the top.

    Frank Lampard
  9. Pardew not rushing Gutierrez back

    Football

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club will not rush Jonas Gutierrez as he prepares to resume his career after his battle with testicular cancer.

    The 31-year-old Argentine was this week discharged by medics and has been told he could return to training within a month.

    Pardew said: "It's massive news for the squad because he is a much-loved figure here, and to get the all-clear...

    "We had a response from his surgeon to say that in about a month's time, he can cope with professional training, so we are not rushing him in any shape or form, just letting Jonas have some time because it's such an illness that you do need a lot of recovery time for that."

    Jonas Gutierrez
  10. FA Cup in numbers

    Football

    FA Cup

    The FA Cup gets under way this evening, with Warrington's first-round clash against Exeter live on BBC Two, so as a treat we've come up with a cool graphic to illustrate the 2014-15 competition so far in numbers. Read and enjoy.

  11. Hull KR sign Burke

    Rugby League

    Hull KR have secured the services of Wigan forward Greg Burke on a season long loan for 2015.

    The 21-year-old has made 23 senior appearances for the Warriors but spent most of the last two years on a dual registration at Workington and also had a loan spell at Bradford in 2014.

  12. Next month crucial - Poyet

    Football

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says his side's pre-Christmas run-in will prove crucial to plotting the Black Cats' destiny in the Premier League this season.

    Monday night's hard-fought win at Crystal Palace moved Poyet's men two points clear of the relegation zone and victory over Everton on Sunday could conceivably launch them into the top 10.

    Poyet said: "I think it will depend on the next three or four games. It can set up a different situation where we are really pushing for something this year, or do you want to suffer all the time at the bottom?"

  13. Last step for Murray

    Tennis

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray arrives at London's O2 Arena off the back of an exhausting six-week run of tournaments, with just this week free before the ATP World Tour Finals begin on Sunday.

    The Briton won three titles as he battled his way to a place at the season-ending championships, and hopes he is now ready to take down the likes of Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic before the year ends.

    "I was getting asked earlier in the year about not beating someone in the top 15, then it was top 12, top 10, top eight, then top five, and now obviously this is the last step," said Murray.

    "Whether I win against one of them this week or not remains to be seen but I'll give it my best shot. I still believe I can win against them and that's half the battle."

  14. Everton's Alcaraz out for up to five weeks

    Football

    Antolin Alcaraz

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed Antolin Alcaraz is set to be out for a maximum of five weeks after it was decided the Toffees defender does not require shoulder surgery.

    Alcaraz dislocated his shoulder in last Saturday's 0-0 Premier League home draw with Swansea.

    Providing an update on Friday ahead of Sunday's league trip to Sunderland, the manager said: "We decided not to go through surgery.

    "I think the specialist feels that is the best way to approach the injury, which is great news - it reduces the period that Antolin is going to be out for."

  15. Poyet joins Huddersfield on loan

    Football

    Huddersfield Town have signed West Ham United midfielder Diego Poyet on a one-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old, the son of Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, has made three appearances since joining the Hammers from Charlton in the summer.

  16. Wales v Australia (Saturday, 14:30 GMT)

    Rugby union stat attack

    Sam Warburton

    - The countries have met on 37 occasions - Australia lead the series 26-10, with one draw.

    - Wales' record win in the series was a 28-3 success in 1975, while Australia boast a best of 63-6 in 1991.

    - Australia have won the last nine Tests against Wales.

    - Wales last beat Australia in November 2008, when they claimed a 21-18 verdict at the Millennium Stadium.

    - Saturday's game will be the last meeting between Wales and Australia until they clash in the Rugby World Cup pool stages next year.

  17. Get involved

    #getcarriedaway

    It is a long old journey from Exeter to Warrington as this image from Pete Martin shows.

    If the smiles are so sparse on the way home Pete, the result will surely not have been good.

    Exeter City

    Tweet us on #getcarriedaway with your images displaying how you are getting carried away with the FA Cup. The first round kicks off tonight when these fans will watch their side take on Warrington Town. It's live on BBC Two.

  18. Hammer moves north

    Football

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport tweet: Huddersfield Town have signed midfielder Diego Poyet from West Ham on a youth loan till 6 December. He'll be eligible to play against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

  19. Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Football

    Liverpool host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday in the first contest between the sides since the Blues' April win denied their hosts a first championship in 24 years. A key battle between Dejan Lovren, should he be selected, and Diego Costa could decide the outcome

    Dejan Lovren v Diego Costa

    Croatia defender Lovren has started all 10 Premier League matches since his summer arrival from Southampton but has not been able to fully shore up a porous Reds defence. The ruthless Diego Costa, scorer of nine goals in eight league games since joining the Blues, will bid to expose the defensive flaws.

    Diego Costa
  20. One picture, what explanation?

    Football

    If ever an image was made for a picture caption this one seems it. Stoke City's Marc Muniesa and Bojan sport controversial knitwear while playing children's games. We are sure there is a good reason but for now, let's just enjoy the image.

    "What do you think who won?" tweets Muniesa.

    Fashion won surely Marco?

    Marc Muniesa and Bojan
  21. Waterfall can fly in to Concord

    Football

    BBC Humberside Sport tweet: Scunthorpe United defender Luke Waterfall has completed a loan move to Mansfield Town until the end of the year. He is cleared to face Concord Rangers in the FA Cup tomorrow.

  22. Meyiwa nominated for African award

    Football

    Senzo Meyiwa of South Africa during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations in Durban, South Africa on 27 January 2013

    Murdered South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa has been nominated for the African Player of the Year award.

    The honour is awarded to the best player in Africa and runs alongside the award for African players not based on the continent.

    The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot dead at a house in the Vosloorus township, near Johannesburg. Meyiwa's name is one of 20 put up for the award.

  23. Australia overlook Cooper

    Rugby Union

    BBC Wales rugby reporter Nick Webb tweets: Australia leave fly-half Quade Cooper out of their match-day 23 after opting to go with six forward replacements.

    Cooper was expected to be on the bench after starting against Barbarians last Saturday.

  24. Marquez breeze in Valencia

    Moto GP

    World champion Marc Marquez looks on course to end the 2014 MotoGP season in the same dominant fashion that has seen him clinch the title with ease.

    The Spaniard, of Repsol Honda, topped the combined timesheets following Friday's two practice sessions at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo ahead of the season-ending event.

    His time of one minute 31.296 seconds in the morning session was the fastest of the day with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo's Movistar Yamaha second.

  25. The big guns arrive

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    Novak Djokovic

    The top eight players in the world have arrived at London's O2 Arena ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals, which begin on Sunday.

    "I'm in a good place, fighting for number one in the world and in a good position," says world number one Novak Djokovic.

    "I won this tournament twice in a row and it gives me enough reason to believe I can do well this year."

    A new father, he confirmed that future travel arrangements for baby Stefan are still under discussion. "It's too early of course for the baby to travel here," added Djokovic. "Next year we'll think about that."

  26. Get involved

    #getcarriedaway

    Children at Perdiswell Primary School in Worcester were lucky enough to have the FA Cup at their school this week ahead of Worcester City's trip to Coventry City.

    Children at Perdiswell Primary School

    If your club is taking part in the FA Cup this weekend, we want pictures of you in your team colours, or send us pictures of you watching tonight's game using #getcarriedaway. The best will be used on the BBC Sport website and we'll maybe even show some more at half-time.

  27. Tendulkar waves off England hopes

    Cricket

    Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has written off England's chances of winning next year's World Cup.

    "I think Australia, South Africa, New Zealand are a dark horse, and India - these four should be my semi-finalists," says Tendulkar.

    "Do England have a chance? Not really. I don't think so. "Anything is possible in this sport but going on current form I don't think England will be that competitive."

    England were beaten 3-1 by India in a one-day series this summer.

  28. Scandal at the Baggies

    Football

    West Bromwich Albion record-signing Brown Ideye tweets: "Lol..... I called Saido Berahino 'my boy'... people think am calling him a boy that is under me. I called him 'my boy' because we are good friends and we do things together that's why I called him 'my boy'.

    "I happy for him because I know that's his dream to play for his country. We all are working hard for the betterment of West Brom. #NoBeef."

    Thanks for clearing that up Brown. We get it.

  29. Saints' Gardner retires for coaching role

    Rugby League

    St Helens winger Ade Gardner has retired from playing to take up a coaching position at the club.

    Gardner is the new assistant strength and conditioning coach as Keiron Cunningham organises the backroom team of the Super League champions.

    The former Great Britain international spent the 2014 season on loan at Hull KR after three years of injury issues.

    "I was going to retire at the end of 2015 but the club offered me this role and it made sense," says Gardner, 31.

  30. Get involved

    #getcarriedaway

    Now then, it really is time to have some fun.

    Given the FA Cup first round starts tonight - with Warrington Town taking on Exeter on BBC Two - we want you to get carried away.

    Some of you have already tweeted #getcarriedaway with images showing just how excited you are about the start of the tournament and if you send us an image, we will try to get it on the website.

    Godwin family

    Here are the Godwin family and friends and they will be supporting Gosport Borough when they take on Colchester this weekend.

  31. Winter Paralympic sports get boost

    Winter sports

    Para-bobsleigh and Para-skeleton will have their own World Cups this winter under the auspices of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) as the sports bid to be part of the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

    Para-bobsleigh athletes will use monobobs which can be piloted and braked by one person, with two classes in the sport - one for athletes who can push-start their monobobs and the other for athletes who require a sitting start.

    In the Para-skeleton races all athletes will use one leg to get their sleds moving.

    The season will start in Park City, USA from 10-14 November before Calgary (17-22 Nov), Igls, Austria (18-23 Jan) and St. Moritz, Switzerland (26-30 Jan).

  32. Champions League winner in for Motherwell role

    Football

    Winston Bogarde

    Now here is a name to rattle a few random memories in your mind - Winston Bogarde.

    Where did he ever disappear to? Well guess what, he has applied for the Motherwell job, according to BBC Scotland.

    The 44-year-old former Chelsea and Netherlands defender - a Champions League winner with Ajax in 1995 - wants to succeed Stuart McCall and is one of over 50 applications for the Fir Park job.

  33. Wigan forward Burke joins Hull KR

    Rugby League

    Hull KR have signed Wigan Warriors forward Greg Burke on a year-long loan deal for the 2015 season.

    The 21-year-old made seven appearances for the Warriors last term, having made his debut in 2011.

  34. Stoke City news conference

    Football

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes has just addressed the media ahead of Stoke City's trip to Tottenham on Sunday.

    The Potters' manager says Phil Bardsley and Peter Crouch are fit and he has also had some kind words on Victor Moses, who is on loan from Chelsea.

    "We are delighted with what Victor Moses has been producing," says Hughes. "As we stand, Chelsea, Victor and ourselves are all winning. We're not yet at the point to talk about Victor's future but I must say that he's done very well."

  35. Wales v New Zealand (Saturday, 14:30 GMT)

    Rugby Union

    Millennium Stadium

    BBC Wales Sport tweet: Australia's players and coaches check out the new pitch at the Millennium Stadium.

    Australia have won the last nine Tests against Wales, who have not beaten one of the southern hemsiphere giants - Australia, New Zealand or South Africa - for six years.

  36. The 15:00 round-up

    Football

    And so from 10 Premier League news conferences we get a glut of team news but three main news lines.

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal talked of feeling "lousy" and said the rebuilding job at the club could take the three years of his contract.

    Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, was critical of Aaron Ramsey and said the midfielder should get his priorities right between defending and attacking.

    And Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says there is no plan to sell Yaya Toure, despite reports of the contrary in some national newspapers.

  37. Get involved

    #myfacupmoment

    Gianfranco Zola

    Greg Perry: Zola scoring for Chelsea at Highbury against Wimbledon 1997. I was right behind the goal. We went on to win the cup as well.

    Chris Stamp: Seeing my boy walk out as a mascot with Steve Bruce in May this year. Never thought I would see Hull City in an FA Cup final!

    Keep sending us your favourite FA up moments to #myfacupmoments ahead of the competition's return to the BBC tonight when Warrington Town face Exeter on BBC Two.

  38. Post update

  39. The Wings suffer injury blow

    Football

    BBC Radio Kent Sport tweet: Welling United defender Louis Fazakerley could miss the rest of the season as club confirms he requires knee surgery.

  40. Trott suffers training crash

    Cycling

    Olympic cycling champion Dani King has suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung after being injured in a crash in training.

    The 23-year-old - who won gold in the team pursuit at London 2012 - is receiving treatment in hospital in Wales.

  41. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez on facing Sunderland on Sunday: "Sunderland had a phenomenal end to the season. They had a very good win at Crystal Palace, they've got several players playing well.

    "We go to the Stadium of Light with a lot of respect but knowing this is a very very important game. We are where you deserve to be. The four points we dropped in the first two opening games were probably going to mark how we started the competition.

    "I think we've played a lot better this season than this stage last year. We can score goals, we're getting sharp in that respect. Defensively, some of the aspects of our play cost us points. But now we've only conceded something like one goal in five games and we are fresh - that will be important for the season."

  42. Everton news conference

    Football

    Ross Barkley
    Image caption: England manager Roy Hodgson has compared Ross Barkley's football to that of a young Paul Gascoigne

    Roberto Martinez says midfielder Ross Barkley is worthy of Roy Hodgson's comparison of him to Paul Gascoigne.

    "Ross is a good footballer and he will draw these comparisons. I think he's a phenomenal footballer and it is great to see him compared to players like Gascoigne. But the reality is the longer you see Ross at our club, the more you see a unique footballer," says Martinez.

    "We've got a great relationship with England and Roy Hodgson and I think it's important we have that. In the same way we have a few young players playing for their international teams who need the help and understanding that they require at this stage of their careers."

  43. Swansea City news conference

    Football

    Garry Monk

    BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips is at Garry Monk's news conference: "Monk says suspended Jonjo Shelvey has time to dwell on his latest red card and wants team to cut out silly bookings.

    "Monk estimated Swansea have played between 110/115 minutes down to ten men this season."

  44. Everton news conference

    Football

    Leon Osman
    Image caption: Osman signed a one-year contract extension yesterday and scored against Lille in the 3-0 win

    Roberto Martinez says Leon Osman showed just why he deserved his new two-year deal with his performance against Lille last night.

    "You don't get many footballers celebrating their testimonial. The way he is enjoying his football, the way he took his goal yesterday - that is him," says Martinez. "He has great composure, has real style and quality. The extra year is a reward he deserves for his quality.

    "The club is moving forward and we need to all maintain our fitness. We hope Leon Osman is fully fit for many many years to come, and write more pages of history with Everton. He is a special footballer."

  45. Liverpool v Chelsea classic games

    Football

    Chelsea 4 Liverpool 4, Champions League, April 14, 2009

    Chelsea denied Liverpool the glory of another sensational European comeback to reach the semi-finals after seeing a 3-1 first-leg lead cancelled out by first-half goals from Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso, who scored a penalty. The Blues produced a sensational comeback of their own - scoring three times in the second half to lead 6-4 on aggregate at one stage. Yet this incredible contest took another twist when Liverpool scored twice in as many minutes through Lucas and Dirk Kuyt to leave them just one goal adrift of an incredible victory until Lampard's late strike eased nerves.

    Pepe Reina
  46. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Jose Mourinho on Liverpool selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona: "Obviously a very good player and when you lose a good player you lose something. But they had fantastic funds to invest in a new squad. They improve it a lot, they bought so many important players, all of them internationals. So they invested very good and I think their potential is there.

    "In the Premier League, I am not surprised with anything. Every match is difficult, you don't know when people are going to lose points. After the World Cup is difficult, you don't have time to have a proper pre-season."

  47. Swansea City news conference

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk says he has not spoken to striker Michu amid speculation of a January return to Swansea from his season-long loan spell at Napoli.

    He does however hope to complete contract negotiations with Wilfried Bony before the visit of Arsenal on Sunday. "He deserves it," monk tells the media, insisting a new deal was not to deter bids from other clubs in January.

  48. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Jose Mourinho with Steven Gerrard

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Steven Gerrard's slip which led to Demba Ba's goal in last season's victory over Liverpool gifted Manchester City the title.

    "[The Steven Gerrard slip] gave the title to Man City," he says. "It's as simple as that. If Liverpool had got a point in that match, they would have been champions, but it meant nothing to us, as we weren't in the title race.

    "I think Liverpool have to think about this season. I think they have enough motivation. I think if I was in that position I would go back to last season for the good memories, all the great matches they played."

  49. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez says his team are coping with the duel demands of European football and the Premier League.

    "I think we have dealt very well with playing in Europe and playing three games in eight days," he says. "We have maintained consistency and we have kept on growing. That will help us to fulfil the potential this squad has."

  50. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez on striker Romelu Lukaku: "I think we're seeing progress every game. I think since the international break, with every individual we've been able to get some more specific work with every individual and we're beginning to see signs of progress from every individual.

    "We are a stronger squad because of the World Cup. From a physical point of view we have had to measure really really closely, so mentally they can switch off after the World Cup and come back fresh and full, fully sharp, The second half of the season then becomes something we can look forward towards getting fitter and sharper."

  51. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Robert Martinez says Gareth Barry is the only doubt for Sunday's match at Sunderland.

    "We came through the game last night (against Lille) with Gareth Barry who has had a knock to the shin, but apart from that the whole squad will be available for Sunday," he says.

  52. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on the Anfield atmosphere: "The crowd can influence the match in a big way at Anfield. I like to play there, but I have to say that some people feel the atmosphere in a negative way, but that's not my case. I like it, and it doesn't affect my players' performance, but in the past we have clear examples of it affecting other performances, goals that are not goal, penalties that are not given."

  53. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Loic Remy

    Jose Mourinho says striker Loic Remy is available for Saturday's match against Liverpool, with the Frenchman recovering from a groin injury.

    "Remy is back in training. He's an option as well. That's good news too," he says.

  54. Liverpool v Chelsea classic games

    Football

    Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0, Champions League, May 3, 2005

    The most contentious of the meetings. The first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash at Stamford Bridge ended goalless and within minutes of the second leg Liverpool took the lead when Milan Baros clipped over Petr Cech and Luis Garcia stabbed the ball home despite a last-ditch attempt from William Gallas to clear it. Replays showed that the ball did not cross the line but the goal was awarded by referee Lubos Michel and Liverpool held on - to Chelsea's fury. Jose Mourinho still contends it was not a goal. The Reds went on to overturn a three-goal deficit to AC Milan in the final, winning on penalties.

    Luis Garcia
  55. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says striker Diego Costa will start against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

    "We think he is ready to start the match tomorrow," he says of Chelsea's leading scorer, who has had a hamstring problem. "In the 15 days (international break) he can rest and work. It is fantastic news for us. I thank the Spain FA for the decision that they made.

    "The plan is to have period of complete rest after the match for a few days, and after that to continue the specific work he is doing without having a match to play on the weekend."

  56. Three news conferences coming

    Football

    A reminder we are about to hear from Jose Mourinho, Garry Monk and Roberto Martinez from different corners of the UK at the same time.

    Get ready...

  57. Swansea City news conference

    Football

    Swansea City news conference

    BBC Wales Sport football correspondent Rob Phillips tweets: Waiting for Swansea presser with Garry Monk and Lukasz Fabianski.

    Monk could have news on Wilfried Bony's contract as it emerged yesterday the striker was close to extending his deal at the Swansea City Stadium.

  58. Happy birthday!

    Football

    John Barnes

    Liverpool FC: Happy birthday to one of the most supremely talented players to pull on the #LFC shirt. John Barnes is 51 today.

  59. A sporting smorgasbord

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Liverpool v Chelsea

    What a sporting smorgasbord this weekend will be. There are 30 hours of live sport coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra on Saturday and Sunday, including England against New Zealand in both codes of rugby, the Brazilian Grand Prix, four Premier League games, starting with Liverpool verus Chelsea, and the first round of the FA Cup.

    And there's tennis, too, with Andy Murray and Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals.

    Live coverage starts with the Rugby League Four Nations at 0700GMT on Saturday morning on 5 live sports extra.

  60. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini seemed in a focused but calm mood as he addressed the media this lunchtime here at Etihad Stadium. He began by revealing news that captain Vincent Kompany would miss Saturday's trip to QPR with a calf injury, which could also see the defender ruled out of Belgium's Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.

    "Pellegrini was pressed on his side's recent struggles but showed little sign of irritation as he pointed out that City didn't start last season well yet went on to win the Premier League title. He was unequivocal in his support of this group of players. Included in that was Yaya Toure, who the Chilean categorically denied would be leaving the club despite reports suggesting that could happen. Pellegrini said he and the club hierarchy have no intention of selling their star player, backing him to overcome a difficult period.

    "Pellegrini was happy fielding a range of question but appeared, as is often the case, that he would prefer to be getting on with the football than talking."

  61. Wales must concentrate - Halfpenny

    Rugby Union

    Leigh Halfpenny

    Leigh Halfpenny has warned that Wales will need "to be on the money for 80 minutes" this weekend against Australia.

    Wales have not beaten the southern hemisphere's top three sides - Australia, New Zealand or South Africa - since November 2008, a run of 20 successive defeats.

    "We are striving to be the best in the world, and to be that you have got to beat the best. Saturday is an opportunity to do that," said Halfpenny, who has lost eight times in Wales colours against Australia, but beaten them twice with the British and Irish Lions.

    "We have been there or thereabouts pretty much every game against them. It's about that concentration for the full 80 minutes."

  62. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City can qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

    City are bottom of Group E after a 2-1 home defeat by CSKA Moscow.

    "In my 25 years as a manager, the only pressure I have is managing this team. I never feel external pressure," said the City boss. "Mathematics can give us qualification. We have six points left to play. We can qualify."

  63. Long 'leaves' Red Devils

    Rugby League

    Sean Long has left Salford Red Devils seven months after re-joining the club, according to owner Marwan Koukash.

    The 38-year-old returned to Salford in March to work in a consultancy role after leaving London Broncos.

    "The club has reluctantly agreed to Sean Long's request to leave the club with immediate effect," Koukash revealed on his Twitter account.

  64. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Yaya Toure

    Manuel Pellegrini quashes reports that midfielder Yaya Toure will be sold. The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move away from the Etihad but the Manchester City boss says: "There are a lot of reports Yaya will be sold. Nowhere in this club are we talking about that. Yaya is very important."

  65. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on Frank Lampard's return: "He is just coming back from injury. I hope he will return the same way he was before his injury."

    Lampard has four goals in seven games this season.

  66. Get involved

    #myfacupmoment

    The FA Cup returns to the BBC tonight when Warrington Town take on Exeter in round one on BBC Two. With this in mind, send us your best FA Cup memory to #myfacupmoment.

    Paul Rideout and Tranmere fans

    Steven McNamara: Has to be Wigan's win over Man City for me. Callum McManaman ripped City apart all game and Mancini got sacked. Brilliant

    Tom Heath: I went all the way to Tranmere. Southampton were 3-0 up at half time and then Rideout got a hat trick and we lost 4-3.

  67. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirms captain Vincent Kompany will miss Saturday's trip to QPR because of a calf problem.

    "It is not serious but I don't know if he will be ready for his international squad," said Pellegrini of the defender, whose Belgium team face Wales in a Euro 2016 qualifier next Sunday.

    David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov are also injured, but midfielder Frank Lampard is available this weekend.

  68. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manuel Pellegrini is in his seat for the standard weekly news conference. It has been a tough few days for the Chilean and he was the subject of many back pages this morning with speculation mounting over his future.

  69. Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Time for the Sports Panel on 5 live with Eleanor Oldroyd.

    They are looking back at the main sporting talking points of the week including should sportsmen and women avoid using social media? Are the current All Blacks the greatest sporting team of all time and is Britain ready to have it's own top-flight American football team?

    Guests include Paralympic legend Dame Sarah Storey, three-time Ashes winning England batsman Jonathan Trott and London Olympic gold medal winning rower Helen Glover.

  70. Marussia closes its doors

    Formula 1

    Here's some more on the Marussia team which has officially gone out of business, with the loss of more than 200 jobs.

    The Banbury-based marque was placed in administration on October 27 and despite stringent efforts over the last few days to find a buyer and keep the team afloat, they have ultimately come to nothing.

    Geoff Rowley, joint administrator at FRP Advisory, said: "It goes without saying that it's deeply regrettable that a business with such a great following in Britain and worldwide has had to cease trading and close its doors."

  71. Marussia cease trading

    Formula 1

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Marussia F1 team based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, has formally ceased trading, according to administrators FRP.

  72. No filter required

    Tennis

    Maria Sharapova

    It's a tough life for the world's highest paid female athlete. Maria Sharapova is in the Philippines, enjoying an end-of-season break. The Russian posted on her Instagram account: Vacation in one picture. I'll see you soon #Philippines #nofilter

  73. Manchester United news conference

    Football

    Ron Atkinson

    BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone has been at Louis van Gaal's news conference: "Louis van Gaal's mood could not be said to have matched the grey Manchester weather at Carrington.

    "However, there was a more sombre tone to his words and the first detection of irritation that his often repeated assertion that "a process" is taking place at Manchester United is now under close scrutiny given his team's relatively poor performance so far this season.

    "By Van Gaal's own admission, 13 points from 10 games - United's worst start since 1986-87 (when Ron Atkinson was sacked) is not good enough. His admission that he feels 'lousy' for the club's fans and board says it all."

  74. Manchester United news conference

    Football

    More from Louis van Gaal on Manchester United's run of poor form: "I think when we make it happen that we'll win a lot of matches in a row. People have great belief in what we're doing and in the way we are playing."

    United sit 10th on 13 points, four off the Champions League spots and 13 behind leaders Chelsea.

  75. Somerset re-sign Pakistan's Rehman

    Cricket

    Somerset have signed Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman as their overseas player for 2015.

    The 34-year-old, who replaces South Africa's Alviro Peterson at Taunton, has taken 99 wickets in 22 Tests, but achieved career-best figures of 9-65 against Worcestershire during his previous spell with the county in 2012.

    At the end of his previous spell with the county, Rehman was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board after testing positive for cannabis.

  76. Manchester United news conference

    Football

    Marcos Rojo

    Louis van Gaal also confirms Manchester United will be without Radamel Falcao, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones for the visit of Crystal Palace.

    Chris Smalling is suspended but United have some good news as Marcos Rojo - injured against Manchester City - does not need surgery on a dislocated shoulder and could be back inside six weeks.

  77. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Football

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he feels "lousy" at the clubs current runs of form and warns the rebuilding process could take "three years".

    United have just 13 points from 10 games, their worst start since 1986.

    The Dutch boss, who spent about £150m this summer, adds: "It is not good enough. But we are in a process. It could take more than one year. It could be three years."

  78. What impact will fatherhood have on Djokovic

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic

    Here's one for all the fathers out there.

    The life Novak Djokovic knew, the one of habitual focus, has changed these past couple of weeks, since the seven-time Grand Slam champion's wife, Jelena, gave birth to the couple's first child.

    Today on the BBC Sport website, we ask: can the world number one, still in his prime at 27, combine fatherhood with continued on-court success?

    World number 28 Ivo Karlovic, a father of a three-year-old daughter, says: "Before, like everybody else who doesn't have a kid, he would have been a little bit selfish, but once you have a kid, that completely changes. From now on it'll be about the kid. It's no longer all about him."

  79. So-Long Sean Long

    Rugby League

    Sean Long

    BBC Radio Manchester tweet: The Salford Devils owner and Chairman Dr. Marwan Koukash announces the club have allowed coach Sean Long to leave.

  80. No Aussie pyro party

    Cricket

    Cricket Australia cancelled pyrotechnics at Friday's Twenty20 international against South Africa after an incident in the opening match involving captain Aaron Finch.

    Finch was retrieving a ball on the boundary when a flamethrower went off in front of his face.

    Friday's second meeting saw Australia claim victory by seven wickets to level the Twenty20 series.

  81. No Costa for Spain

    Football

    Spain leave Chelsea striker Diego Costa out of their squad to play Belarus and Germany.

    "I have spoken to our doctors and those of Chelsea and I have decided to leave him out due to the situation with his pelvis," Spain manager Vicente del Bosque tells a news conference.

    The defending European Champions are currently second in their group and hand a first call up to Celta Vigo winger Nolito.

  82. Hamilton and Button in practice

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

    One of the most popular stories on our website this morning concerns comments from Lewis Hamiltonurging McLaren to retain Jenson Button as a driver.

    Button's future is uncertain but Hamilton says: "Button is a great driver, still one of the strongest, and he's had an amazing career. He's also a decent guy, so it doesn't correlate."

    Both are in practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix now and you can follow our live text commentary.

  83. New man at Shrimps

    Football

    BBC Radio Lancashire tweet: Morecambe sign Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Joe Lumley on loan until 8 December. He will make his debut at Dover tomorrow.

  84. Football League awards

    Football

    Callum Wilson and Eddie Howe

    Bournemouth's Callum Wilson wins the Championship Player of the Month award while his boss Eddie Howe scoops the manager's honour.

    Wilson hit six goals in five games in October and earned an England under-21 call up as Howe's side moved to the top of the Championship table.

    Preston North End's Simon Grayson is Manager of the Month in League One while Luton Town's John Still and Mark Cullen also ensure both manager and player awards stay at one club in League Two.

    John Still and Mark Cullen
  85. Is Julian Savea better than Jonah Lomu?

    Rugby Union

    Tom Fordyce

    BBC Sport chief sports writer

    BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce asks whether New Zealand winger Julian Savea is better than former destructive All Black winger Jonah Lomu.

    "How good is Julian Savea?" Fordyce asks, looking ahead to Saturday's Test between England and New Zealand.

    "Better than Lomu, according to current New Zealand coach Steve Hansen, better than Lomu according to the stats."

    Julian Savea
  86. An Iron new ground

    Football

    BBC Radio Humberside tweet: Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann hopes to submit their planning application to N.Lincs Council next month and for building work to begin on their proposed new stadium by March/April 2015 with completion twelve months later.

  87. Get involved

    #myfacupmoment

    Everton celebrate in 1995

    Keep sending us your favourite FA Cup moments. As the tournament returns to BBC screens tonight, send your memories to #myfacupmoment.

    Ben McKenzie: Yorke and Solskjaer two in last two minutes v Liverpool in '99. Really set up the treble. Remember a similar finale a few months later?

    Shaun Whitehead: 1995 May Rideout's winner for Everton v Man Utd. I had just joined the army and the guardroom was full of Toffee's dancing.

  88. Meet the Warrington Town minnows

    Football

    Warrington Town's players await the draw for the FA Cup first round
    Image caption: England 1966 World Cup winner Roger Hunt (centre) started his career at Warrington

    It's the biggest game in Warrington Town's history, but who are the non-league players looking to deliver an FA Cup surprise against Exeter City in front of the live BBC cameras on Friday?

    We can help with that question because, with a little help from captain David Mannix, there are profiles of the Warrington players on this website.

    Of right-back Lewis Field, Mannix says: "Nicknamed 'Jesus' and not just because he scored the winning goal in the last round that booked our place in the FA Cup first round for the first time. Lewis has the long hair to match his nickname and has to wear a girl's Alice band to keep it out of his eyes during matches. He is popular with the fans who love to sing 'Jesus is a Wire' - Wire being one of the club's nicknames."

  89. Leicester not out of place, says James

    Football

    Midfielder Matty James says there is no need for Leicester City to fret, despite dropping into the relegation zone following a five-game winless run and then Sunderland's victory over Crystal Palace on Monday.

    James told BBC East Midlands Today: "We don't look out of place. We have been a little unlucky at times but we have to create our own luck. In certain games we have managed the games wrong but we are learning from it."

    The Foxes travel to in-form Southampton on Saturday.

  90. CEO Rush is 'glue that binds Rams'

    Football

    Derby County head coach Steve McClaren describes chief executive Sam Rushas the "glue" that binds the Championship club together.

    Rush was named CEO of the year at the Football Business Awards, which is voted for by the chief executives of clubs in England's top four divisions and the Scottish Premier League.

    "He has to pull everybody together and he is the glue in that. It is a very important job and he gives the head coach the freedom to do his job properly," former England boss McClaren told BBC Radio Derby.

  91. Under the spotlight

    Football

    Louis van Gaal

    BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone is attending Louis van Gaal's news conference: "Paul Scholes has voiced the private concerns of many today. Thirteen points from 10 games represents Manchester United's worst start since 1986-87, not exactly what was envisaged when Louis van Gaal arrived and £150m was spent in the summer.

    "The Dutchman's media briefings have tended to be entertaining but with defensive selection concerns ahead of Saturday's home game with Crystal Palace, there are serious issues to address."

  92. Old Trafford tribute

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will address the media in around an hour and United have paid tribute to fallen soldiers at old Trafford.

    In addition to this giant poppy, they have the names of all the club's players to have lost their lives in conflict on display.

    Old Trafford
  93. Done deal - Blackpool sign Lenihan

    Football

    Well, new Blackpool boss Lee Clark isn't wasting any time revamping the squad at the Championship's bottom club.

    The former Birmingham manager was only appointed last Thursday and has signed his fourth player this week, with BBC Radio Humberside reporting that Hull City right-back Brian Lenihan, 20, has joined the Seasiders on loan for a month.

    Clark's other signings? Norwich winger Jacob Murphy on loan and unattached midfield duo Jonathan Legear and former Tottenham man Jamie O'Hara.

  94. Wenger loves fifth officials

    Football

    A fifth offivial watches the goal line

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on extra officials near the goal mouth during today's news conference: "I don't know what they are doing the guys behind the line, I don't know what they are paid for. I think they should buy a seat for them and give them a good book."

    A fan then Arsene?

    Wenger's side conceded an offside goal in their Champions League draw with Anderlecht and the strike started a three-goal comeback for the Belgian side.

  95. Bad news for Exiles

    Football

    BBC Wales Sport reporter Daf Jones tweets: Manager Justin Edinburgh says Newport County midfielder Robbie Willmott is likely to miss rest of the season due to a foot injury.

  96. Savage's Liverpool team to face Chelsea

    Football

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Which Liverpool players would Robbie Savage pick to face Chelsea on Saturday?

    "For me, Dejan Lovren is the big signing who makes way, with Kolo Toure keeping his place after doing well at the Bernabeu," says Savage.

    "It is a big call to drop Lovren when Brendan Rodgers has spent so much money on him, but he has just not been good enough. He was poor against Newcastle and has been poor all season."

    Savage's Liverpool team to face Chelsea
  97. A quick recap on the hour

    Football

    So far we have heard from Arsene Wenger who said Aaron Ramsey must get his "priorities right" when highlighting the balance needed between hunting goals and defending.

    We expect to hear from Manchester United's Louis van Gaal after 12:00 GMT and then Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini at 12:45 GMT.

    Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton has urged McLaren to keep Jenson Button and if you're the mushy type, Sam Allardyce says falling in love is good for a footballer.

  98. Savage on Liverpool's woes

    Football

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Why are Liverpool miles off another title bid? In his regular BBC Sport column, football pundit Robbie Savage gives us his thoughts as Liverpool prepare to host league leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

    "Part of Liverpool's problem is that they over-achieved massively last season, which has raised expectations unrealistically. That is not Rodgers' fault," says Savage. "Where he can be questioned is in the transfer market, especially up front

    "Looking at Rodgers' options up front for Saturday, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are his three available front men, and the bottom line is that they are not good enough."

    Liverpool strikers Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert
    Image caption: Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are all yet to score in the Premier League this season
  99. FA Cup boost for Dartford

    Football

    BBC Radio Kent Sport tweet: Dartford boss Tony Burman is hoping to use their FA Cup tie against Bromley as an opportunity to turn around recent bad form.

    Dartford have one win in seven.

    The FA Cup first round starts tonight when Warrington Town take on Exeter live on BBC Two.

  100. Get involved

    #myfacupmoment

    Keep sending us your favourite FA Cup moment. What sticks with you above anything else from the competition? Tweet #myfacupmoment. There are some great suggestions so far.

    Sam Lotay: Being at the final in May 2013, incredible scenes when Ben Watson headed in the winner, best day of my football life!

    Darren: Gerrard, on his last legs, scoring from 40 yards in 90th minute against West Ham. Doesn't get much better than that.

    Chad Ravage: Wimbledon winning on my 8th birthday. Didn't understand the term 'underdogs' and also thought penalty save was 1st of all time!

    Dave Beasant saves from John Aldridge
  101. Funding boost for national teams

    Basketball

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "The immediate future of Britain's elite men and women's basketball teams has been secured thanks to emergency public funding.

    "GB Basketball will receive £1.18m from Sport England after the government intervened to help the sport.

    "The money will support the men's and women's senior and under-20 teams."

  102. Ipswich have 'best strike pairing'

    Football

    Ipswich Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski believes his side boast the Championship's best strike partnership in Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick.

    The forwards have 15 goals between them this season, with Murphy scoring nine in his last 10 league games.

    "Murphy and Dids up front I think are the best partnership in the league," Bialkowski told BBC Radio Suffolk. "When you look at them, they both have strength and power and are great finishers."

  103. Huddersfield injury boost

    Football

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport tweet: Huddersfield manager Chris Powell says winger Sean Scannell will be fit for Fulham match after illness forced his substitution at Derby.

  104. In the papers - Bale is back

    Football

    Marca

    "The beam returns" declares Spanish newspaper Marca as Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive footballer, is expected to start for Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. But the paper adds that manager Carlo Ancelotti has asked the Welshman to copy team-mates Isco and James and work harder defensively.

  105. A gladiatorial conquest

    Football

    Andy Carroll and Billi Mucklow
    Image caption: Andy Carroll asked The Only Way Is Essex star Billi Mucklow to marry him in Rome

    Eternal love in the Eternal city. West Ham striker Andy Carroll is engaged to TV star Billi Mucklow after proposing to The Only Way Is Essex star in Rome.

    Mucklow, who has been dating the former Liverpool forward since last summer, wrote on her Instagram page: "Last Night The Love Of My Life Asked Me To Marry Him - I'm So Happy!"

    And Carroll's manager Sam Allardyce approves of the romance, saying: "It can be very good for a footballer when they settle down off the field."

  106. One out at Cardiff

    Football

    BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips tweets: from Cardiff City's news conference: Russell Slade says Cardiff City will be looking to sell or loan Magnus Woolf Eikrem in January.

  107. Reed sorry for swearing

    Golf

    Elsewhere at the WGC-HSBC Championship in Shanghai, American Patrick Reed was in apologetic mood following his use of foul language near cameras on Thursday.

    The 24-year-old lost his temper after three-putting on the 10th green.

    "I made a stupid error," says Reed. "Never should have happened. All I can do is just learn from it and move on. I'm young and growing up, I had temper issues, on and off the golf course. I live and die through every shot."

  108. G-Mac on full attack

    Golf

    Graeme McDowell extends his lead at the WGC-HSBC Championship in Dubai.

    Graeme McDowell

    The Northern Irishman shoots back-to-back 67s to sit on 10 under par, three shots clear of Ian Poulter, who tweeted: "That's the best golf I've played all year." American Bubba Watson is one further back.

    McDowell, 35, said: "It wasn't my best ball-striking round but I hung in there and I'm right where I want to be going into the weekend."

  109. Double award for West Ham

    Football

    Diafra Sakho and Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wins the Manager of the Month award and the club can celebrate a double as Diafra Sakho wins the Player of the Month honour.

    "I'm a bit surprised," says Sakho. "I'd like to thank everyone that helped me here. At the start it was a bit hard but now the most important part is helping the team do well."

    The Hammers won all four of their fixtures in October.

  110. In the papers - Man City under the spotlight

    Football

    The Independent back page

    The face of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini adorns the back pages of many papers this morning. The Independent says: "City manager faces the axe at end of season if team fails in the league and Europe."

    We will hear from Pellergrini in his weekly news conference at 12:45 GMT.

  111. Get involved

    #myfacupmoment

    This morning we are asking you to send us your favourite goal, win, image or whatever makes you smile about the FA Cup. Tweet us on #myfacupmoment.

    Karl McIness: James Curtis scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win vs Blyth for Gateshead in the 1st round! Incredible scenes when it went in!

    Alistair Smalley: No FA Cup moment gets much more special than Giggs solo effort vs Arsenal in the 1999 semi-final replay.

    The FA Cup returns to the BBC when Warrington Town take on Exeter in the first round on BBC Two tonight.

  112. In the papers - Two Shades of Gray

    Rugby Union

    Daily Telegraph

    Scottish rugby steals the limelight in The Daily Telegraph as the paper splashes a picture of brothers Richie and Jonny Gray across its back page. The locks will start for Scotland together for the first time against Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday.

  113. Cardiff City news conference

    Football

    Cardiff City

    BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips is in place at Cardiff City. The Bluebirds took a 3-0 hammering at Bolton in midweek and manager Russell Slade said he was left "sickened" by the defeat. His words this morning should be interesting.

  114. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    Aaron Ramsey

    Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey came under fire from the club's former striker Charlie Nicholas after their 3-3 draw with Anderlecht and Arsene Wenger hardly seems full of praise this morning.

    Nicholas said the midfielder had returned to a "Hollywood" style of play and Wenger says: "He has to keep his priorities right. He needs to help the team. It's not about goal scoring.

    "A midfielder is a guy who defends well and makes the other players play well. When you score and have a disastrous game people say you play well but you have to keep your priorities right."

  115. Hull City news conference

    Football

    BBC Humberside Sport tweet from Steve Bruce's news conference: Hull defender Brian Lenihan has joined Blackpool on a month's loan.

  116. Hull City news conference

    Football

    Meanwhile over in Hull...

    Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce reveals goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Steve Harper have resumed training and could be back in contention for Saturday's trip to Burnley.

  117. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger admits Anderlecht's's three-goal comeback in Tuesday's Champions League draw at the Emirates was a "shock".

    "We can learn a lot from what happened," says Wenger, 65. "Subconsciously we thought the game was over and it rarely is."

    On criticism of his tactics on the night from TV pundits he adds: "That's the job of people who work on TV or in newspapers. They're just doing their job.

    "We are very positive inside the camp. We are not affected by negativity. We are not happy when we don't win but that's it."

  118. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger

    Good morning Arsene Wenger.

    The Arsenal boss is in place for his weekly news conference and starts by saying Theo Walcott is in the squad for Sunday's trip to Swansea and that England can use the winger how they want when they face Slovenia despite his recent return from injury.

    "He needs playing time. Roy Hodgson is free to do what he wants," says the Arsenal manager.

  119. South Africa in to bat

    Cricket

    South Africa win the toss and elect to bat in their second T20 fixture with Australia in Melbourne.

    South Africa won the first Test and reach 44 for the loss of two wickets after eight overs this morning.

  120. Wrong shaped ball at Wembley

    Football

    Our lead story this morning focuses on England boss Roy Hodgson, who is not overly thrilled at the timing of NFL matches at Wembley in the coming months.

    American Football angers Roy Hodgson

    Sunday's meeting of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys comes six days before the Three Lions meet Slovenia at Wembley and there will be more NFL action there next year prior to England's final home Euro 2016 qualifier.

    "I don't really think you could expect me to say 'excellent, delighted, well done'," says Hodgson. "If I was asked if it was a good thing or not, I would have to say not."

  121. Get involved

    Wembley Way

    And so it begins. The biggest domestic cup competition in the world, the FA Cup so often acts as a treasure chest of stories.

    Tonight, Warrington Town - from Northern Premier League Division One - play in the first round for the only time in their history when they entertain Exeter and it is live on BBC Two.

    We want to know what your special FA Cup moment is. Is it gathering around a TV to watch a final? Walking down Wembley Way? or a special goal from your favourite player? Tweet is on #myfacupmoment.

  122. The day ahead

    Football

    Coming up here on Sportsday we hope to hear from Hull City's Steve Bruce and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger shortly.

    This afternoon, Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and Roberto Martinez are just a few of the managers with scheduled news conferences and we will bring you all we can from them.

    And you may have noticed it is day one of round one of the FA Cup. The great thing about the competition is it means stands like this one get more coverage.

    Weymouth FC
  123. Lambert aware of pressure

    Football

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert seeks comfort from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce when quizzed on the safety of his position at Villa Park.

    Paul Lambert and Sam Allardyce

    Lambert is under scrutiny after Villa's run of six straight defeats ahead of their trip to West Ham on Saturday.

    "Sam has been through it and he has been there and bought the t-shirt," says Lambert when asked about the pressure he is under. "When results go for you then great, but if not then you know what's coming."

  124. Inquiry into horror incident

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    The British Horseracing Authority is to receive a report into a pile-up in a race at Wolverhampton in which one horse died and three jockeys were hurt on Thursday.

    Richard Kingscote is to undergo an operation after suffering arm, collarbone and rib injuries, Paul Hanagan has a broken collarbone and Freddy Tylicki a possible broken nose.

    The David Nicholls-trained Fitz Flyer, whose fall on the final turn caused the incident, suffered a fatal injury.

  125. Get your gossip

    Football

    Arsene Wenger will strengthen his defensive options with the acquisition of Manchester United's Chris Smalling in January but Theo Walcott is a target for an Italian club.

    Our gossip column is bursting with stories from all the national and international papers this morning.

  126. Man City Under the spotlight

    Football

    The Times

    The Times report Yaya Toure could be heading for the exit door at Manchester City.

    The Ivory Coast international, 31, has been widely criticised for his performances this year and was sent off after scoring in the club's 2-1 Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

    According to the Times, City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak is "calm" about the club's current form but a good offer for Toure would be enough for his departure.

  127. Man City under the spotlight

    Football

    Daily Mirror back page

    The Daily Mirror zone in on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on their back page this morning.

    The Chilean is under pressure after a dismal Champions League campaign so far and the Mirror believe Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is the man City will turn to if the club's fortunes do not change.

    We will hear from Pellegrini in his weekly news conference at 12:45 GMT.

  128. Spurs are not weak - Pochettino

    Football

    Harry Kane

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane took his tally for the season to nine with the match-winning strike against Asteras Tripolis on Thursday.

    The 21-year-old now has eight goals in his last eight games but did not make Roy Hodgson's squad despite the England boss admitting he had thought about his inclusion.

    After Spurs' win, manager Mauricio Pochettinohit back at criticism his side have a weak mentality: "If you have a weak mentality, it would be there in 90 minutes, not only in some moments," said Pochettino.

  129. Europa League round-up

    Football

    Everton celebrate

    Tottenham host stoke City this weekend, while Everton travel to Sunderland and both warmed in slickly in Thursday night's Europa League.

    "We played with a maturity that suggested we had been playing in Europe for years," said Everton boss Roberto Martinez of his side's win over Lille.

    The Blues are now on eight points and top their group while Tottenham sit second in Group C on the same tally after a 2-1 victory at Asteras Tripolis.

  130. Good morning

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday on a Friday which provides an appetiser for what looks set to be the busiest football weekend of the 2013-14 season so far.

    Remember there is an international break looming - no one wants two weeks of sleepless nights after a defeat this weekend - so we will keep you abreast of your manager's plans to ensure you sleep smoothly.

    The FA Cup returns so we can dust off the term 'giant killing' for another year and if that is not enough, there are huge rugby fixtures and the Brazilian Grand Prix too.

    Here we go then, it all starts here.