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  1. That's all folks

    BBC Sportsday

    That's all from BBC Sportsday live for today - we'll be back tomorrow morning, but make sure you follow the progress of the British teams in Europa League action tonight.

    Liverpool are away at Bordeaux while Celtic are in Amsterdam to take on Ajax at 18:00 BST, then from 20:05 Tottenham take on FK Quarabag - you can follow their progress and find out how they all get on here.

  2. Lallana fit and ready

    Bordeaux v Liverpool (18:00 BST)

    Adam Lallanawants to helpLiverpoolreturn to winning ways tonight against Bordeaux.

    The midfielder has missed the Reds last three games with a thigh injury but is part of the squad in France ahead of this evening's Europa League clash.

    He told reporters at the Nouveau Stade Bordeaux: “I’m fully fit now. I trained on Friday, so obviously that was too late for United at the weekend, but I’ve had three or four days of good training now and I’m ready for tonight."

    Adam Lallana

    “It was disappointing to have another setback, but these are the things as a footballer you have to deal with. Sometimes it is frustrating.

    “I’m just delighted to be back fit and able to help the team hopefully get a good couple of results in the next few days.

  3. The Bhoy who cried wolf

    Ajax v Celtic (18:00 BST)

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    At the Arena on Wednesday evening there was, from Deila, the same kind of confidence and the same rallying cry we heard from him pre-Malmo. In that regard, he is becoming a bit like the bhoy who cried wolf.

    Considering that the most basic tenet of the game - an ability to properly deal with routine deliveries into your penalty area - seems beyond his Celtic team at present, it's hard to see that process of renewal starting in Amsterdam.

  4. Sakho to start for Liverpool

    Bordeaux v Liverpool (18:00 BST)

    Mamadou Sakho will make his first start of the season when Liverpool take on Bordeaux in the Europa League.

    The centre-back has not featured so far this season but manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he will play.

    Mamadou Sakho

    Belgium striker Divock Origi will also start, while midfielder Adam Lallana has returned to fitness following a thigh problem and is available.

    Christian Benteke, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Lucas Leiva did not travel.

  5. Shrewsbury sign midfielder Kaikai


    Shrewsbury Town have signed midfielder Sullay Kaikai on a four-month loan deal from Premier League side Crystal Palace.

    Kaikai, 20, began his career as a trainee with Palace and spent part of last season with Cambridge United.

  6. Bonner predicts a tricky night for Celtic

    Ajax v Celtic (18:00 BST)

    The weather in Amsterdam doesn't look so great - watch BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin and former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner look ahead to tonight's Europa League match between Ajax and Celtic in Amsterdam.  

  7. Gibson in provision Republic squad


    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has been included in a provisional 40-man squad for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifying showdowns with Germany and Poland.

    Darron Gibson

    The 27-year-old, who is yet to start the new campaign after damaging a knee in a pre-season friendly against Real Betis in August, has been drafted into the initial party for the clash with Group D leaders Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8 and the trip to Warsaw which follows three days later.  

  8. No good time to play Liverpool

    Bordeaux v Liverpool (18:00 BST)

    Liverpool were beaten in the Europa League by Besiktas last season after finishing third in their Champions League group.

    Despite their stuttering start to the season Bordeaux boss Willy Sagnol was is not in an overly confident mood.

    "A good time to play Liverpool? When you are Bordeaux, I do not know if there is one," he said.

    Willy Sagnol
  9. Celtic depleted for Ajax trip

    Ajax v Celtic (18:00 BST)

    Celtic will be without Charlie Mulgrew, Stuart Armstrong and Scott Allan as they begin their Europa League group campaign against Ajax.

    Defender Mulgrew has a thigh injury, with assistant manager John Collins saying the Scotland international could miss "a few weeks".


    Armstrong and Allan are also injured and did not fly to Amsterdam.

    Emilio Izaguirre is available after missing the defeat by Aberdeen while Jozo Simunovic could make his debut.

  10. Mason misses Spurs Europa bow

    Tottenham v FK Qarabeg (20:05 BST)

    Tottenham will be without Ryan Mason when they face Azerbaijani champions Qarabag in their Europe League opener, because of a knee injury.

    The midfielder picked up the problem when he scored the winner at Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday.

    Ryan Mason

    Playmaker Christian Eriksen (knee) and midfielder Mousa Dembele (foot) are also sidelined.

    However, striker Harry Kane is in contention to start as he searches for his first Tottenham goal of the season.

  11. Horse Racing

    Date for St Leger appeal

    St Leger

    The appeal against Simple Verse's demotion to second in the St Leger will be held on Wednesday, 23 September.

    Originally earmarked for six days earlier, the hearing was postponed to tie in with availability of lawyers.

    Bondi Beach, who passed the post second at Doncaster on Saturday, was awarded the race after a stewards' inquiry into interference during the closing stages.

  12. Pressure 'part and parcel' at Liverpool

    Bordeaux v Liverpool (18:00 BST)

    Liverpool face Bordeaux in France tonight after losing to West Ham and Manchester United in the Premier League but boss Brenda Rodgers says he does not feel under any added pressure.

    "It's the same as it has ever been and probably what I've had for the last year or so," he said.

    "I don't think it has increased at all. It is the pressure which comes with managing a great club."

    Brendan Rodgers

    "It says everything that you lose a couple of games and that pressure comes, but I've always embraced and enjoyed that.

    "Nothing has changed in that way. I just need to concentrate on getting the team right.

    "Pressure is something which is part and parcel of being manager of this club."

  13. Throwback Thursday


    Manchester United players in the 1960s

    If ever a picture showed how football has changed, it is this one.

    This image of Brian Kidd and Alex Stepney working out in the 1960s, was posted by Manchester United on Instagram,

  14. Ajax tough opposition for Celtic

    Ajax v Celtic (18:00 BST)

    Former Celtic striker John Hartson thinks tonight's game at Ajax in the Europa League could be the perfect tonic for Ronny Delia's side after their 2-1 defeat by Aberdeen.

  15. 15 years of Messi


    15 years ago today a diminutive 13-year-old arrived at Barcelona's La Masia training academy. The club are marking Lionel Messi's 15 years with the club with 15 highlights...

  16. Plane causes cricket delay


    Lancashire tweeted that their County Championship game against Surrey was briefly stopped earlier due to a low flying plane.

    The Manchester Evening News report that the plane had to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport after a bird strike.

  17. Hameed holds up Surrey

    Lancashire 272 & 163-4, Surrey 480 & 283-7d - tea, day four

    Eighteen-year-old Haseeb Hameed has defied leaders Surrey with his highest first-class score, an unbeaten 76 for Lancashire at Old Trafford. 

    Surrey claimed three wickets in the morning session but only one after lunch, with England Under-19 batsman Hameed holding firm, reaching his half century from 149 balls. The victory target of 492 is seemingly academic, but can Lancs hold out for a draw to retain hopes of the title with a victory next week? 

  18. Yorkshire on course for victory

    Hampshire 400-9 dec & forfeit, Yorkshire 97-4 dec & 186-3 - tea, day four

    BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan at the Ageas Bowl:

    "Well done to both captains for setting up a match and at tea, Yorkshire are looking favourites to win it. 

     "The champions were in trouble at 37-3, chasing a target of 304, but unbroken partnership of 149 runs between Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning has left them needing another 118 from 36 overs. Gale is unbeaten on 83, with Leaning 58." 

  19. Patel shines on final day

    Warwickshire 113-3, Notts 365 - tea, day four

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin at Edgbaston: "Both teams have played some decent cricket given the certainty of a draw. 

    "Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel claimed the last two Notts wickets in consecutive balls to reach 50 championship wickets in the season for the fourth year in a row." 

  20. Borthwick on song for Durham

    Worcestershire 350-7 dec & 217-9 dec, Durham 277 & 119-2 - tea, day four

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

    "The sun is out on the final day of the season for Durham, who were set a target of 291 to win by bottom side Worcestershire. 

    "Scott Borthwick has his second half century of the match and his 11th of the season, and he currently has 1,251 runs this summer, beating his 1,187 from last year. 

    "There are 39 overs remaining of the game."

  21. Edmund injury led to Evans recall

    Davis Cup Tennis

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    The indication from GB captain Leon Smith is that Kyle Edmund is very likely to have played if he had not turned his ankle on Tuesday, but this still represents a big gamble - when the stakes have never been higher. 

    Leon Smith

    There's no doubt Evans is in form (rising back to 300 in the world, having been 772 as recently as May), and has at times shown a flair for the big occasion: in the Davis Cup as well as at the US Open. But this year - playing predominantly in the third tier of men's tennis - Evans has beaten only one top 100 player, and just four others from the top 200. 

    Smith has never shied away from making a tough call, and has barely put a foot wrong as captain. His 'gut instinct' should be respected, but will it be correct?

  22. Declaration could spark debate

    Somerset 374-4 v Sussex 409 - tea, day four

    BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson at Hove:

    "Marcus Trescothick's masterful 183 not out has put Somerset within touching distance of maximum batting points, with good support from James Hildreth, caught down the leg-side for 68, and a typically belligerent Peter Trego, still there on 67. 

    "So, only one bowling point so far for Sussex and a Somerset declaration on 400 could deny them any more. But would that count as an 'extraordinary declaration', bringing the game into disrepute? Probably, although the final decision rests with the ECB and the umpires."

  23. Essex chase Grace Road win

    Leicestershire 251-7 dec & 73-1 dec, Essex 18-0 dec & 129-2

    Essex need another 178 from a minimum of 35 overs in the final session to beat Leicestershire after the two captains agreed declarations to set up a positive finish.

    Set a target of 307, the visitors lost Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley, but Nick Browne (59) and Ravi Bopara (34) shared an unbroken stand of 73 to tea.

  24. McLaren or nowhere

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button says he will quit Formula 1 altogether if he does not stay at McLaren-Honda in 2016.

    McLaren are yet to decide whether to retain the 35-year-old next season.

    But Button said on the eve of the Singapore Grand Prix that he was not interested in moving to another team.

    "If I'm in F1, it will be with this team," he said. "I have had some tough times here but I have a lot of respect for them and for Honda. This is the team for the future."

  25. 'One of the best'


    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has had his say on Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi's stunning 60 yard striker n Wednesday.

  26. Ranieri holds court



    BBC Sport's Ian Stringer: "I’ve been to hundreds of press conferences and in a day when we’re told the game is full of sterile pre and post-match interviews, Claudio Ranieri has just delivered a masterclass in ‘infotainment’.

    He sees Stoke as a dangerous, has a full bill of health but his incentive for his defenders will dominate the newspapers tomorrow I’m sure.

    The promise of pizza for all his players if the Foxes keep their first clean sheet of the season was one of many highlights and will get local pizza makers here in Leicester licking their lips ahead of a big order soon, they hope.

    Claudio Ranieri

    Ranieri described his team as similar to the RAF in their methods of attack although did go on to warn one of his best pilots, Riyad Mahrez, that he would be under attack himself given his excellent form in the league.

    The room was rolling around laughing in between his steely-eyed focus on keeping the unbeaten run going.

  27. Swansea news conference

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 15:00 BST)

    More from Garry Monk's news conference.

  28. Swansea news conference

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Swansea City Manager Garry Monk has been giving his news conference and high on the agenda was the transfer of former goalkeeper Michel Vorm to Tottenham last season, after it emerged the Dutchman's former club Utrecht are taking them to the Court of Arbitration.

    Utrecht are adamant they are owed money by the Welsh side as both clubs agreed a sell on clause when Vorm joined the Swans for £1.5million in 2011.

    But the Swans say the goalkeeper left on a free transfer and separate to the swap deal between Wales defender Ben Davies and Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    Michel Vorm

    Utrecht have already failed with an appeal to FIFA and Swansea have confirmed they are aware of the latest twist in this case, but Monk is unconcerned as he believes "from our side everything is fine."

    Monk said: "We're a perfectly run club. I think the decision earlier in the season from FIFA which was all ok so I think that proves everything.

  29. Defoe reveals 400th appearance letter


    Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has tweeted a picture of a letter he received from the Premier League congratulation him on his 400th appearance.

  30. #Upforthecup

    QPR and England striker Charlie Austin is up for the cup.

    Are you? Let us know, send us your pictures and chat to #upforthecup or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  31. Horse Racing

    Treble at Ayr for Makin

    Jockey Phil Makin completed a 78-1 treble at Ayr as Maleficent Queen followed up the earlier wins of Argaki and Speed Company.  

  32. Wilson to stay at Man Utd?


    Manchester United striker James Wilson is not likely to leave Old Trafford on loan this season, according to Wolves boss Kenny Jackett,.

    The 19-year-old had been interesting a number of Championship clubs with United reportedly keen to loan him out after the £36m capture of forward Anthony Martial.  

    "The information is he's not available. They're keeping him there for the time being," said Jackett.

    James Wilson
  33. Simulation not a problem for England

    Rugby Union

    England forwards coach Graham Rowntree has no concerns about their players play acting or feigning injury at the Rugby World Cup.

    "I don't think it's a problem for us. It's an area of the game we've got to keep an eye on but it's not a huge area of concern for us."

    Graham Rowntree

    He also revealed today they have altered their preparations ahead of the first game of the tournament against Fiji at Twickenham because of the opening ceremony.

    "We've changed our warm-up slightly but it won't change much for us. The guys are looking forward to being part of the whole thing."

  34. Wilson to stay at Man Utd?


    Manchester United striker James Wilson is not likely to leave Old Trafford on loan this season, according to Wolverhampton boss Kenny Jackett,.

    The 19-year-old had been interesting a number of Championship clubs with United reportedly keen to loan him out after the £36m forward Anthony Martial.  

    "The information is he's not available. They're keeping him there for the time being," said Jackett.

    James Wilson
  35. Horse Racing

    Race named after Sir Peter O'Sullevan

    Newbury Racecourse has announced  it will stage a race in memory of the late BBC commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

    The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase, worth £40,000, will take place over two miles, six-and-a-half furlongs on Hennessy Gold Cup Day, 28 November.

    O'Sullevan's final commentary was of the 1997 Hennessy won by Suny Bay.

    Sir Peter O'Sullevan at Newbury in 1997
  36. Leicester news conference

    Stoke v Leicester (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Injury update from Claudio Ranieri...

  37. Leicester news conference

    Stoke v Leicester (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is not changing his target for the season, despite his side sitting in second place in the league...

  38. Leicester news conference

    Stoke v Leicester (Sat 15:00 BST)

    More from Claudio Ranieri...and perhaps the award for strangest metaphor of the season so far goes to the Italian for this gem...

  39. Leicester news conference

    Stoke v Leicester (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Some interesting lines coming out of Claudio Ranieri's news conference.

    He has some incentive for his high flying Leicester side to work on their defence

     The Foxes have not kept a clean sheet so far this season.

  40. Ireland name team to face Canada

    Rugby Union

    Ireland have named their team to face Canada in their Rugby World Cup opener. 

    Leinster wing Luke Fitzgerald starts at inside centre, while fit-again Keith Earls is chosen at left wing, with Simon Zebo on the bench

    In-form Ulster lock Iain Henderson starts alongside captain Paul O'Connell in the second row.

    Team Sheet
  41. BreakingSwiss to extradite Fifa suspect to US


    Switzerland says it has approved the extradition of a Uruguayan football official accused of taking bribes.

    Eugenio Figueredo was one of seven officials with Fifa, world football's governing body, who were arrested in Zurich on 27 May.

    He is accused of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars relating to Copa America tournaments,Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice said.

    He has 30 days to appeal against his extradition to the US.

  42. Post update

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier we asked you, 

    Name the last five British teams to lose in a UEFA Cup/Europa League Final?

    The answers are: Arsenal, Celtic, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Rangers.

    If got all five, go and reward yourself with a well earned brew.

  43. Leicester news conference

    Stoke v Leicester (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Manchester City's closest challengers in the Premier League Leicester go to Stoke this weekend, and manager Claudio Ranieri will be speaking to the media shortly

  44. Bale to be fit for Wales qualifiers?


    Gareth Bale

    Spanish newspaper AS are reporting that Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will be out for two weeks with his calf injury, and is expected to be back for the derby against Atletico Madrid on 4 October.

    Their prognosis would mean Bale would be fit for Wales' crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  45. Swansea news conference

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 1500 BST)

    BBC Radio Wales' Mark Poyser: 

    "Garry Monk's Swansea have been one of the standout teams of the Premier League so far this season but failed to live up to their own high standards last week at Watford. He will be looking for a response from his team when they face Everton at the Liberty Stadium this weekend. Everton's former Swans Boss Roberto Martinez has this morning praised Monk's influence at the Welsh side over the last few years, he will resume rivalries with his former captain at the weekend."

  46. Bake Off winner Bojan


    Stoke City winger Bojan Krkic has thanked Paul Hollywood of Great British Bake Off fame for helping him be crowned champion in the club's "Battle of the Bakers" challenge.

    Bojan beat team mates Marc Muniesa and Joselu in a competition judged by Hollywood.

  47. Rival 'sad' over Peacock absence

    American Richard Browne, runner-up to Jonnie Peacock at the  London 2012 Paralympics and the IPC Worlds in 2013, has been reacting to the Briton's absence with a leg injury from the 2015 Worlds in Doha.

    "I'm not quite surprised, but it’s sad," Browne told BBC World Service.

    "I still have to get ready for Doha as if Jonnie was there anyway."

  48. Grabban back in Norwich plans

    Liverpool v Norwich (Sun 1600 BST)

    Norwich will be without striker Gary Hooper for their trip to Anfield due to an ankle injury, but another forward  Lewis Grabban is in contention after training with the squad this week. He apologised but wasn't picked for the win over Bournemouth last week, after reports he walked out of the team hotel before their Capital One Cup tie against Rotherham

  49. Norwich news conference

    Liverpool v Norwich (Sun 1600 BST)

    The Norwich boss also says his opposite numberBrendan Rodgershas nothing to prove despite recent defeats by West Ham and Manchester United.

  50. Norwich news conference

    Liverpool v Norwich (Sun 1600 BST)

    Norwich City manager Alex Neil says the Premier League experience in his squad will play an important part in the season ahead.

  51. Woodbridge backs Tomic


    Former Australian doubles player Todd Woodbridge is confident Bernard Tomic can avenge a previous defeat to Dan Evans in the David Cup on Friday.

  52. Davis Cup draw


    Andy Murray will be on court first for Great Britain in their Davis Cup semi-final against Thanasi Kokkinakis on Friday at 13:00 BST, followed by Dan Evans taking on Bernard Tomic.

    There will be coverage of Davis Cup on Friday on BBC Two, 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website from 13:00.

  53. Norwich glad to see back of Suarez

    Liverpool v Norwich (Sun 16:00 BST)

    Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is looking forward to Sunday's game at Liverpool, but is also glad that Luis Suarez is no longer in the Reds team.

  54. Worcs set Durham a target

    Worcs 350-7d & 217-9d v Durham 277

    Bottom club Worcestershire have declared at lunch on 217-9 to set Durham a target of 291 in a minimum of 71 overs. 

    Brett D'Oliveira made 49 from 56 balls and England Lions call-up Ross Whiteley 47 from just 21 balls with eight fours and a six as 175 were added in the morning session.

  55. Neville appointed England coach


    Tracey Neville

    Tracey Neville has been appointed as the permanent head coach of England.

    The former Manchester Thunder coach guided England to a bronze medal at the Netball World Cup in Australia last month, where they sealed third place with an emphatic 66-44 victory over Jamaica.

    She said: "The focus is now for England to become the best in the world and I am passionate that we reach this goal."

  56. Leicestershire poised for declaration

    Leicestershire 251-7 dec & 73-1, Essex 18-0 dec - lunch, day four

    Essex are set for a final day run-chase at Grace Road after the two captains agreed to set up a positive finish to their rain-hit match.

    The visitors declared their first innings after five overs and by lunch Leicestershire had extended their lead to 306 for the loss of Ned Eckersley (30).

  57. Norwich disappointed with only seven points

    Liverpool v Norwich (Sun 16:00 BST)

    Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey has been speaking ahead of their game at Liverpool on Sunday about their start to the season.

  58. Somerset press on at Hove

    Somerset 239-2 v Sussex 409 - lunch, day four

    BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson at Hove:

    "Just about the perfect morning for Somerset, with 125 added without loss to their overnight 114-2, Marcus Trescothick moving as majestically as ever to a third century of the season, and James Hildreth proceeding as fluently as ever to his eighth 50. 

    "The Sussex bowlers plugged away manfully on an unyielding pitch, but apart from a Trescothick edge which was put down by wicketkeeper Ben Brown off Ashar Zaidi, with no result."

  59. Surrey close on Div Two title

    Surrey 480 & 283-7 dec, Lancashire 272 & 79-3 - lunch day four

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read at Old Trafford:

    "Ashwell Prince received standing ovation walking out to bat for the last time at Old Trafford and an even louder one shortly after when he edged to first slip of the bowling of Matt Dunn.  

    "Surrey's celebrations after taking such a key wicket were halted for a few moments as they applauded the South African off the field. 

    "The Division Two title has arrived at Old Trafford and could well be presented to Surrey later on today."

  60. Watford news conference

    Newcastle v Watford (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Watford head coach Quique Flores says it's business as usual despite the pressure of picking up their first Premier League win of the season now being off.

     "We are working the same way as before the first win. We try not to change things. Most important is to win again." 

    It's a trip to bottom club Newcastle on Saturday so might his team be considered favourites? "I don't like to talk about that. I respect too much and never underestimate the other team. They will be very competitive, they need a victory."

  61. Hampshire gamble for victory

    Hampshire 400-9 dec & forfeit, Yorkshire 97-4 dec & 96-3

    BBC Solent's Kevan James at the Ageas Bowl:

    "There is all to play for after the captains agreed to ‘set up a game’ on the last day. 

    "Whilst spectators here will applaud that decision, I’m not sure what supporters of Sussex, Somerset and Worcestershire will think about it, given the precarious nature of all four sides as regards their first division status for next season.

    "Hampshire have gambled by risking a potential seven more points to achieve 16."

  62. Watford news conference

    Newcastle v Watford (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Quote Message: What a difference a win makes.... Last week it was all about where are the chances and goals going to come from after four games without scoring. But following the victory over Swansea the stats have been flipped and it's much more positive: three clean sheets from five Premier League games and just one defeat to high-flyers Manchester City. Are Watford favourites at Newcastle? Silly old business isn't it...! from Geoff Doyle, BBC Sport
    Geoff Doyle, BBC Sport
    Quique Sanchez Flores
  63. Murray's ace idea to support refugees


    Andy Murray says he will donate £50 for every ace he hits from now until the end of the year to help the cause of refugees.

    Murray, who is playing for Britain in this week's Davis Cup semi-finals against Australia in Glasgow, decided on the idea after seeing images of migrants coming to Europe on the news.

    His donations will be matched by one of his sponsors, along with the Association of Tennis Professionals and the Lawn Tennis Association, making each ace worth £200.

    Andy Murray

    "I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes'' Murray said.

    "I'll get that little bit more satisfaction from each ace I hit.''

  64. Draw on cards at Northampton

    Glamorgan 233, Northants 209-7 - lunch, day four

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Wantage Road:

    "Talks between rival captains Alex Wakely and Graham Wagg over the possibility of agreeing a run chase failed to produce a deal, not helped by a late start following overnight rain.

    "Adam Rossington's 59 was the best batting effort of the morning before he became a third victim for debutant Dewi Penrhyn Jones, as the teams battled for bonus points."

  65. Halifax sack boss Aspin


    Neil Aspin

    FC Halifax have sacked manager Neil Aspin after only one win in their opening 10 games of the new season.

    The fomer Leeds and Port Vale defender had been in charge since 2009.

  66. Football

    Man Utd revenues fall

    Here's more on Manchester United's financial figures, which saw revenues fall by 8.8% and debt grow to £411m, as a result of their failure to qualify for Europe last season.

    Total revenues were £395.2m, down from £433.2m, but sponsorship income hit record levels, up by 14.1% to £154.9m.

    It came as the club had a second trophy-less season in 2014-15, and was also absent from Uefa competitions.

  67. Evans named in Davis Cup team


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Glasgow

    World number 300 Dan Evans has been recalled to the Great Britain Davis Cup team for their semi-final with Australia in Glasgow.

    The 25-year-old is expected to line up for the singles along with Andy Murray, with Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot also in the team named by captain Leon Smith.

  68. Man Utd finanical results


    Manchester United are predicting a club record £500m revenue next season.

    Ed Woodward, Manchester United's executive vice chairman said :  “As we look to the new season, we are enthusiastic about our strong position, both on and off the pitch.

    "In recent weeks we have further strengthened our squad with an exciting mix of experience and youth, qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and seen an impressive launch of our partnership with Adidas. Our record revenue and EBITDA guidance for 2016 reflects the underlying strength of our business and our confidence in its continued growth. ”

  69. Cost of Champions League failure


    Here are the key figures from Manchester United's end of year financial results.

    The lack of Champions League football last season cost Manchester United £35m as revenue fell by 8.8% to £395.2m.

    Broadcasting revenue was down 20.7% to £107.7m while matchday revenue was also down 16.2% to £90.6m.

    Staff costs were down £12m, also due to no Champions League.

    But commercial revenue was up 4% to £197m, meaning the overall losses were £1.2m.

    While gross debt stands at £411m.

    Manchester United
  70. Austin questions own goal


    QPR striker Charlie Austin isn't too impressed not to be on the scoresheet in their 2-2 draw with Blackburn last night.

    Rangers equalised when defender Adam Henley could not keep out Austin's effort, and it was registered as an own goal, but one bookmakers have paid out on Austin as scorer, and the striker himself clearly thinks it was his goal.

  71. Bingham through in Shanghai

    World champion Stuart Bingham is through to the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters after a 5-1 defeat of Mike Dunn.

     “It was a good performance, my safety was really good,” said the world number two, who now meets John Higgins or Martin Gould.

    Shaun Murphy went down 5-3 to Mark Davis, while Mark Williams beat Jamie Cope 5-3. Full results here.

  72. Wales will wait for Bale


    Wales are still waiting to learn the full extent of Gareth Bale's calf injury after the Real Madrid forward had a scan.

    Real confirmed the 26-year-old suffered "muscle damage" but did not give a timescale for his absence.

    Gareth Bale

    Bale came off during Real's Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

    Wales need one point against Bosnia-Herzegovina on 10 October or Andorra three days later to reach Euro 2016.

  73. Fabregas adds up the numbers


    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas dedicated his goal last night to his daughter Capri, while noting too he chalked up the 200th assist of his career in their win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.

  74. 'Deflate-gate' staff can return to work

    American Football

    Tom Brady

    The NFL has ruled that two New England Patriots backroom staff implicated in 'deflate-gate' can return to work.

    Equipment assistant John Jastremski and locker-room attendant Jim McNally were central to the incident, in which air was allegedly taken out of balls to make them easier to throw and catch.

    The Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship play-off and went on to win the Super Bowl.

    The league fined the Patriots a record $1m (£660,000) and quarter-back Tom Brady was alleged to have colluded in the deflation of the match balls and was banned for four games before a judge overturned that ruling.

  75. Pedro & Willian doubts for Arsenal game


    Chelsea are likely will be without Pedro and Willian for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

    Willian, who scored the opener in Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday, was forced off injured in the 23rd minute, while Pedro didn't play.

  76. European papers



    "A point and a disgrace", is the headline on Spanish newspaper Sport.

    Barcelona drew 1-1 with Roma, but their midfielder Rafinha was injured in a tackle by Radja Nainggolan and is to undergo surgery.

  77. Post update

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here's a tricky teaser, no cheating now. Answers at 13:00 BST. 

    Name the last five British teams to lose in a UEFA Cup/Europa League Final?

  78. BreakingNo timescale for Bale's return


    Gareth Bale

    Not the news Wales fans were hoping for, as Real Madrid says Gareth Bale has "muscle damage" following scans on his left calf.

  79. On this day


    Yakubu made a great impression on his Blackburn debut on this day in 2011...

  80. Januzaj enjoying life at Dortmund


    Adnan Januzaj seems to be enjoying life away from Manchester United. The 20-year-old - who is on loan at Borussia Dortmund - tweeted about how much he is looking forward to tonight's Europa League game with FK Krasnodar

  81. Yarnold to take year off

    Lizzy Yarnold
    Quote Message: Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will miss the forthcoming World Cup season as part of a year-long break from the sport. Yarnold, 26, admits exertions over the last three years - in which time she has become Olympic, World, European and overall World Cup champion - have left her feeling 'burnt out'. from Nick Hope, BBC Olympics reporter
    Nick Hope, BBC Olympics reporter
  82. France team bus gets a ticket

    Rugby Union

    Croydon Council has assured France that the parking ticket is "not revenge" for disparaging remarks allegedly made about the town by a French rugby journalist earlier this week. 

    A spokesman added: "The fact of the matter is that the coach was parked illegally in a bus stop on a busy main road." 

  83. Sacre bleu!

    Rugby Union

    According to reports France have not been enjoying their World Cup base in Croydon.

    French prop Uini Atonio complained that a rowdy wedding reception at the team's hotel had kept him up all night on Saturday, while French newspaper MetroNews described Croydon as "sad" and claimed the town had not made the headlines since the 2011 riots.

    Now the team bus has caught the attention of a traffic warden, caught on camera and posted on Twitter by Dan Hicks.

  84. Selby wants to outshine Calzaghe


    IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby is aiming to become a bigger name in America than fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe.

    Selby will make his first defence on USA soil against Mexican Fernando Montiel in Arizona on 14 October.

    Lee Selby

    "I've spoken to Joe Calzaghe and he has said that he wished he went to America a lot sooner than he did," Selby said.

    "He only boxed his last couple of fights out there, but now I am doing it and hopefully I will be the one who benefits by going over there early in my career."

  85. #Upforthecup

    Rugby Union

    Are you up for the cup like Max? Let us know and send us your pics and chat at #upforthecup or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  86. Happy Birthday

    Formula 1

  87. Barca's Rafinha to have surgery


    Bad news for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, who is to undergo surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg.

    The Brazil international suffered the injury during Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Roma in the Champions League.

    Substitute Rafinha lasted just 57 seconds, having to go off after being injured by Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan

  88. Carvell announces retirement

    Rugby League

    Former Great Britain and England prop Garreth Carvell has announced his retirement from the game.

    The 34-year-old made almost 350 appearances during his career and won the Challenge Cup four times, but has been forced to hang up his boots after a series of injuries.

    Garreth Carvell

    “I have played professional rugby since I was 16 and although the mind is still willing unfortunately the body has declared it’s time to stop" he said.

    “I’m awaiting a knee replacement and surgery on my neck to replace three prolapsed discs so a lot of recovery time is needed.

    "I’ve got to the stage where I can’t kick a ball around the garden with my son and when the little joys in life like that are out of your reach it’s time to take a step back and realise that the moments are not available forever."

  89. Champions League - Who starred?


    A couple of former Manchester United players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria make the Champions League team of the week after being on the scoresheet this week.

    Find out who else makes the XI.

    CL team of the week
  90. Rugby Union

    Are you ready for the Rugby World Cup?

    Flying the flag? Hanging out the bunting? Looking cool in your national shirt for the Rugby World Cup, which starts on Friday.

    Send your pics and chat at #upforthecup or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  91. #UpfortheCup

    Are you ready for Rugby World Cup?

    Flying the flag? Hanging out the bunting? Looking cool in your national shirt for the Rugby World Cup, which starts on Friday.

    Send your pics and chat at #upforthecup or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  92. 'Brilliant challenge' despite Shaw injury


    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has described the tackle that left Luke Shaw with a double leg fracture as a 'brilliant challenge'.

    Shaw underwent an operation on Tuesday night following the incident involving PSV Eindhoven defender Hector Moreno.

    Luke Shaw

    Keane told ITV: “I thought it was a brilliant challenge. I love the physical side of the game. You can always tell by player reactions and none of the United lads at the time, and players are best judges because they are nearest the tackle, didn’t react over the top thinking it was a bad challenge."

    “It was more of an accident with his trailing foot.”

  93. West Ham news conference

    Man City v West Ham (Sat 17:30 BST

    West Ham boss Slaven Bilic praised summer signing Dimitri Payet and on-loan Victor Moses,after they impressed in the win over Newcastle.

  94. GB announce squad for IPC World Athletics


    Reigning world champion F46 javelin thrower Hollie Arnold has been named in the British Athletics team for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha next month.

    Arnold is one of six reigning champions in the 48-strong squad including Hannah Cockroft Aled Davies, Richard Whitehead, Sophie Hahn, Hollie Arnold and Paul Blake.

    Six-time Paralympic, world and London Marathon winner David Weir  will compete in the team for the first time since winning four gold medals at London 2012. 

  95. Peacock to miss Worlds

    Jonnie Peacock

    Britain's Paralympic 100m champion Jonnie Peacock will not defend his world title in Doha next month, because of injury.

    Peacock, who won gold at the last world championships two years ago, is out for the rest of the season, because of a sore on his leg.

    "It’s something that I’ve been managing but it’s now got to the point where I’ve been advised not to run on it," he said,     

  96. Cresswell for England?

    While we're on a West Ham theme, defender James Tomkins has been speaking to Talksport and promoted the England prospects of team-mate Aaron Cresswell.

  97. West Ham news conference

    Man City v West Ham (Sat 17:30 BST)

    Slaven Bilic knows Manchester City are a huge challenge for West Ham, and isn't reading too much into their Champions League defeat by Juventus.

  98. West Ham news conference

    Man City v West Ham (Sat 17:30 BST)

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has given an update on their injury list ahead of Saturday's game with the Premier League leaders

  99. West Ham news conference

    Man City v West Ham (Sat 17:30 BST)

    Slaven Bilic

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has started his news conference ahead of the Hammers visit to Manchester City on Saturday.

  100. Unwanted record for Wenger


    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal's defeat by Dinamo Zagreb last night brought up an unwanted personal milestone for manager Arsene Wenger.

    According to The Mirror the Frenchman is the first manager to lose 50 Champions League matches - 47 with Arsenal and 3 with his former club Monaco.

    He's won a few too, mind.

  101. Who needs floodlights?


    Manchester City have revealed their third kit for this season - it's safe to say you will able to see them on a dark night.

  102. Roberto Martinez

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on what he expects from his side:  "We knew the first 10 fixtures would be very challenging, sometimes you get that with the draw of the fixture list, we found out a lot about ourselves. 

    "We look forward to being tested and seeing if we can carry on the standards for the rest of the season from the performances of Southampton away and Chelsea at home."

  103. Roberto Martinez

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez on his squad:  "I feel we have a winning squad. They are hungry and desperate for success, desperate to push each other, the competition I have for places is not something I have had before."

  104. Everton news conference

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez on Garry Monk and Swansea: "I am a big admirer of what Garry Monk has done at Swansea, I do not see another manager who has had such a big influence over the last three seasons. 

    "The team play with a strong philosophy, they are always competitive and in their last game they deserved to beat a team like Manchester United. It speaks volumes of where they are and where they can go. With Garry I feel many good things can happen to Swansea."

    Roberto Martinez and Garry Monk
  105. Everton news conference

    Swansea v Everton (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking to the media ahead of their game at Swansea on Saturday. There's some good news on the injury front.

  106. Everton news conference


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is in place and we are ready for his news conference ahead of the Toffees visit to Swansea on Saturday.

  107. #UpfortheCup

    Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland is definitely #upforthecup...

  108. #UpfortheCup

    Are you ready for Rugby World Cup?

    Rugby World Cup

    One day to go. The Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday and fans of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will be among those cheering their sides on.

    Excited? Nervous? Got the flags out? We want to see your pictures of preparations for the big tournament. Tweet #upforthecup or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Don't be shy. Show your support. And feel free to get involved with other events, be it the Davis Cup tennis or your local football competition.

  109. Champions League round-up


    Javier Hernández

    Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored for Bayer Leverkusen as the German side beat BATE Borisov 4-1.

    Elsewhere Bayern Munich got their Champions League campaign under way with a comfortable 3-0 win over Olympiakos.

    Vitali Buyalsky grabbed a last-minute equaliser for Dynamo Kiev as they drew 2-2 with Porto.

    Striker Hulk scored twice for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in their 3-2 victory at Valencia, with Champions League debutants Gent and French side Lyon drew 1-1.

  110. Happy Birthday


  111. 'He's no Charlie Adam'


    Following Alessandro Florenzi's 60-yard goal for Roma against Barcelona on Wednesday night, Stoke were quick to suggest Charlie Adam's effort from inside his own half against Chelsea last season may have been better.

    The club tweeted...

    To which Roma cheekily replied...

  112. Lampard off the mark in US


    Frank Lampard

    Here's a familiar sight to Chelsea fans.

    The blues' all-time top scorerFrank Lampardopened his account for New York City during a 2-0 win over Toronto.

    Lampard was making his fifth appearance since joining America's Major League Soccer.

  113. What a finish from Florenzi


    Alessandro Florenzi

    Take a bow Roma's Alessandro Florenzi.

    The full-back scored arguably the goal of the night in the Champions League, a 60-yard strike against defending Champions Barcelona.

    The Italy international collected the ball in his own half, before unleashing an effort which floated over Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the net.

     Luis Suarez had given Barcelona an early lead and the game finished 1-1.

  114. 'Arsenal were unlucky'


    Arsene Wenger

    Following his side's defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed his side were 'a bit unlucky.'

     "I believe the first goal is offside and after the sending off is very harsh," said Wenger.  

    But he still believes Arsenal will qualify rom the group stages.

     "Overall, I believe we have problems to start in every competition this season. But I am confident we can put that right in the next five [Champions League group] games."  

  115. Tough night in Croatia

    Olivier Giroud

    Arsenal got off to the worst possible start in the Champions League with a 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

    The Gunners went behind through an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal before Olivier Giroud was sent off for a second booking when he fouled Ivo Pinto before Junior Fernandes headed in for Dinamo.

    Theo Walcott gave Arsenal hope with a late goal but Dinamo held on to beat an English top-flight side for the first time in the Champions League.  

  116. Back to winning ways


    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea have made their worst league start in nearly 30 years, but they put their domestic woes to one side with a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

    Mourinho dropped John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic from the starting line-up and Eden Hazard missed an early penalty.

    But goals from Willian, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas and a beauty from Costa sealed the win. Next up for Jose Mourinho's side...a lunchtime kick-off against Arsenal.

  117. The papers

  118. The papers

    Daily Star
  119. The papers

    Daily Mirror
  120. The papers

    The Sun

    Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League leads many of the back pages. 

    An Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal and a red card for Olivier Giroud compounded a terrible night for Arsene Wenger.

  121. Good morning


    Good morning and welcome to Thursday.

    Chelsea became the only English team to begin the Champions League with a win on Wednesday night, while Arsenal's nightmare in Croatia saw them join Manchester United and Manchester City in making a losing start to the competition.

    We are one day out from the Rugby World Cup and will be hearing from head coach Stuart Lancaster later this morning, ahead of Friday's opener against Fiji.

    Roberto Martinez and Slaven Bilic will be among the Premier League managers facing the press today ahead of the weekend's games and we will also have build up to Liverpool and Celtic's Europa League ties.

    But first the papers, and if you are an Arsenal fan it does not make pretty reading.

    Stuart Lancaster