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  1. Paterson out of Forest game

    Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest (Thu, 19:45 BST)

    Huddersfield's on-loan winger Jamie Paterson is unavailable to play against his parent club as Nottingham Forest tonight.

    Goalkeeper Joe Murphy, midfielder Mark Hudson and striker James Vaughan are all still out injured for the Terriers.

    Forest will be without midfielder Ben Osborn, who has a groin strain, but manager Dougie Freedman is hopeful defender Matt Mills will be available.

    Mills picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Middlesbrough.

    Jamie Paterson
  2. Fages joins Saints from Salford

    Rugby League

    St Helens have signed Salford half-back Theo Fages for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract from 2016.

    The 21-year-old had a transfer request rejected in June and was told he would only be sold for a world record fee.

    Theo Fages

    Two months later the France international resigned from the club for an alleged breach of contract, and on Monday he was released by Salford.

    "Theo is a super player and I am really pleased to add him to our squad," said Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham.

  3. 'Crunch time' for Rodgers at Liverpool


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a "massive" 10 days that could decide his future at the club, according to former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson.

    Rodgers's side edged past Carlisle in the League Cup at Anfield on Wednesday, beating the League Two side 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

    They face Aston Villa and Everton in their next two league games, either side of a Europa League tie with Sion.

    Lawrenson said Rodgers was "in danger" and the team "lacked character".

  4. Like driving on ice

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    In his BBC Sport column Lewis Hamilton looks ahead to one of his favourite races this weekend in Japan, and describes how racing in the wet is a bit like driving on ice.

  5. Cane to captain All Blacks

    New Zealand v Namibia (Thu, 20:00 BST)

    Sam Cane will captain New Zealand for the first time tonight when the defending champions take on Namibia at London's Olympic Stadium.

    Cane replaces Richie McCaw at flanker and, aged 23 years and eight months, becomes their fifth youngest captain.

    Coach Steve Hansen has made 12 changes to the team which beat Argentina, with Sonny Bill Williams starting after impressing from the bench on Sunday.

    Sam Whitelock is the only player to remain in the pack from Sunday's win.

    Sam Cane
  6. Gatland confused by Wales warning

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Warren Gatland

    Wales coach Warren Gatland has defended his use of non-World Cup squad players during training sessions after being warned by tournament organisers.

    World Rugby said "no deliberate breach was intended" but Wales contravened "the spirit" of the rules by inviting omitted players omitted to training.

    Gatland's side face England at Twickenham on Saturday (20:00 BST) in their second match of the tournament.

    "We haven't broken any rules. I don't know what we have done wrong," he said.

  7. Helicopter on stand-by for Super League shield

    Rugby League

    Super League officials are hiring a helicopter to ensure the league leaders' shield can be presented on Friday night. 

    In the closest finish yet to a Super League campaign, with only one point separating the top four clubs, any one of them can still claim the shield, although St Helens' chances are slim. 

    Wigan Warriors

    The trophy will be at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium for the kick-off between current leaders Leeds and the third-placed Giants along with Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood, who will be ready to make the presentation. 

    However, a helicopter is being put on stand-by at the golf driving range next to the stadium, ready to whisk the trophy, accompanied by Super League general manager Blake Solly and Ed Cam of sponsors First Utility, on a 30-minute flight to Wigan if the Warriors claim top spot after their home game against Castleford. 

  8. West Brom fans forgive 'naughty child' Berahino


    Manager Tony Pulis has praised West Brom fans for forgiving striker Saido Berahino for wanting to leave.

    Berahino, threatened never to play for the club again after chairman Jeremy Peace rejected two transfer deadline-day bids from Tottenham on 1 September.

    The 22-year-old scored the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win at Aston Villa, his second game since asking to leave.

    "They've embraced him and brought him back into the fold - that naughty child," said Pulis.

    Tony Pulis
  9. Moore third on Newmarket return

    Horse Racing

    Ryan Moore

    Jockey Ryan Moore finished third on his return at Newmarket after more than two months out with a neck injury.

    Three-time champion Moore, 32, rode Peterhof for trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the Arkle Finance Handicap, which was won by Rare Rhythm.

    "I've not really targeted this week, but I am pleased to be back and ready for some good races," he said.

    Moore, 32, was injured at Newmarket's July Festival when his horse Newton's Law became trapped in the stalls.

  10. Koeman 'settled' at Southampton


    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton boss Ronald Koemansays he is happy at the club amid fresh speculation  he could be offered the Netherlands manager's job next month.

    The Dutch have two Euro 2016 qualifiers in October and need Turkey to drop points to make the play-offs.

    "I'm very settled here. I have a contract with Southampton until the end of next season," Koeman said.

    "What will happen after that nobody knows, but until that date I am the coach of Southampton."

  11. Get Involved - Denise Lewis' heptathlon game

    Send us your top score using #bbcsportsday

    Plus some of you were held back by multi-tasking.....

    Keir Husband: 9209 points. Three world records, but somewhat compromised by having to answer phone during the 800m.

    Denise Lewis
  12. Bournemouth without captain for Stoke game

    Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Chris Wise

    BBC Radio Solent

    “Eddie Howe played down any remaining theories that Stoke City are solely a long-ball, one dimensional side. He spoke of his great respect for Potters boss Mark Hughes and how the expansive styles of the two teams are comparable.

    “The Cherries will again be without their skipper Tommy Elphick who has gone to Sweden to see a specialist about his ankle injury. The loss of Elphick is a blow but summer signing Sylvain Distin looked calm and composed in his absence last weekend against Sunderland in what was his first Premier League appearance for the Cherries.”

    Tommy Elphick
  13. Get Involved - Denise Lewis' heptathlon game


    Honourable mention (or should that be dishonourable?) for this effort from Mark Williams, which was the highest score anyone sent us today.

    Cheating is not something we condone though - which is why you didn't make the leaderboard.

    Thanks to all who got involved though - and if you had actual work to do then don't worry, you can still play the game here.

  14. England right not to recall me - Pietersen


    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen says England winning the Ashes proved director of cricket Andrew Strauss made the "right decision" not to recall him.

    The batsman said in May he was "angry and hurt" after Strauss told him he was excluded because "trust had eroded".

    But, speaking on Thursday, the 35-year-old said: "He made his decision and it's turned out absolutely fine."

    Meanwhile, Pietersen has agreed to play in the inaugural T20 Pakistan Super League to be held in Qatar in February.

  15. 'No panic' as England drop Ford

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)


    England head coach Stuart Lancaster says he has not panicked by replacing fly-half George Ford with Owen Farrell for Saturday's game with Wales.

    Ford, 22, started last week's 35-11 World Cup Pool A win over Fiji, but Farrell impressed off the bench.

    Sam Burgess has been selected at inside centre after Jonathan Joseph was ruled out with a chest injury.

    "I don't think putting an in-form and confident Owen Farrell into the team is a risk," said Lancaster.

  16. Rojo out with hamstring injury


    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may have to play Ashley Young at left-back against Sunderland on Saturday, after confirming Marcos Rojo will not be fit for the match at Old Trafford. 

    Paddy McNair is also injured which leaves United short of options in defence.

    "The left-footed players, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, are injured, so I have a problem," van Gaal said.

    Marcos Rojo
  17. Courtois begins rehabilitation


    Thibaut Courtois

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has posted a picture on his official Facebook page with ice on his knee, with the caption "my rehabilitation has started".

    The 23-year-old is expected to be out until December after damaging his medial ligaments during training earlier this month.

  18. Get Involved - Denise Lewis' heptathlon game



    1.  Andy Tunnicliffe - 16979 


    2.  Colin Tye - 16751

    3.  George Hattrell - 15988

    4.  James Williams - 14143

    5.  Matt Friday - 13754

    Special mention to Adam Hickling who we were not sure if your score of 22,109 was genuine but if it wasn't, you were JUST out of time! Sorry!

    Thank you all for your efforts. You are all winners.

  19. Robshaw faced huge pressure - O'Shea

    Rugby Union

    Chris Robshaw

    England captain Chris Robshaw has been under "huge mental and physical pressure" in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup, according to his club coach Conor O'Shea.

    The Harlequins director of rugby removed the club captaincy from Robshaw in August 2014 to help him concentrate on his duties as international skipper. 

    O'Shea told BBC London the decision has reaped dividends for all parties as Robshaw prepares to lead England out for the 40th time against Wales on Saturday, overtaking Martin Johnson as England's second-most capped captain.

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    Send us your top score using #bbcsportsday


    We've been, frankly, overwhelmed by your response to the Denise Lewis heptathlon game. But there's more where that came from...

    Tardis Tennis

    Cork and Bowled

    Sticky Wicket


    And a whole lot more here...

  21. Curran handed England U19 call


    Sam Curran

    Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran has been rewarded for his performances in his first season in county cricket with a call-up to the England Under-19s.

    The 17-year-old, younger brother of county team-mate Tom and son of former Zimbabwe international Kevin, only made his first-class debut in July.

    Hampshire's Brad Taylor will captain the side for tour to Sri Lanka for a one-day tri-series involving India in December.

    England under-19 squad for tri-series in Sri Lanka: Brad Taylor (Hampshire, capt), George Bartlett (Somerset), Hugh Bernard (Kent), Jack Burnham (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ryan Davies (Kent, wk), Ben Green (Somerset), Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire), Adam Hickey (Durham), Max Holden (Middlesex), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Saqid Mahmood (Lancashire), Tom Moores (Nottinghamshire, wk), Callum Taylor (Essex), Jared Warner (Yorkshire).

  22. Bell falters due to paperwork


    Leocadia Bongben

    BBC Sport in Yaounde

    Joseph-Antoine Bell

    Former international goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell has failed in his bid to be the next president of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot).

    One of Africa's best ever goalkeepers failed to send in the correct documents when making his application.

    We've all been there...

  23. Get Involved - Denise Lewis' heptathlon game

    Send us your top score using #bbcsportsday

    We love your dedication to the cause though, Martin.

    Current leaderboard:

    1. James Williams - 14143 points

    2. Matt Friday - 13754

    3. Gary - 13138

    4.  Graham Broome - 13113

    5. Lewys - 12195

    (You lot think you can fool us with your 40,000 + scores... we know the cheating method and we are not buying it - you have to get up pretty early to outsmart Sportsday).

    You have until 17:00 BST to get your name on our leaderboard.

  24. Leicester City news conference

    Leicester City v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Claudio Ranieri sent a clear message that his side need a complete performance if they are to remain the only unbeaten side in the land by Saturday tea time.

    Claudio Ranieri

    The Italian told a packed news conference that he does not see any weaknesses in Arsenal’s team and that Arsene Wenger could lead his side to the Premier League title this campaign.

    This week, Ranieri admitted he shouts at his players a lot and also wants to "break their mind and change their chip", while also confessing that all out attack is their best attribute.

  25. BBC World Football

    Former Arsenal and France midfielder Emmanuel Petit fears for football and the human race...

    Listen here

  26. How did you do with today's teaser?


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier our colleagues from Question of Sport asked you to name the six players whose surnames begin with F to have played in the Ryder Cup since 2002.

    The answers are:

    Niclas Fasth, Ross Fisher, Rickie Fowler, Pierre Fulke, Fred Funk and Jim Furyk.

    We'll have another question for you tomorrow.

  27. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Brendan Rodgers

    Cal Ronald: How long does Brendan Rodgers realistically have left?

    I think FSG would love Brendan Rodgers to turn it around and I still believe he deserved to start the season as Liverpool manager - but he will know as well as anyone a long run of poor results and performances will not be allowed to go unchecked at a club with Liverpool's aspirations.

    I see Liverpool's next two league games as being crucial, especially the Merseyside derby at Everton. If Liverpool win, the world will suddenly seem a better place - if they lose then I fear the fans who are currently behind Rodgers may feel this would be the final straw. FSG would then have a problem and potentially a decision to make.

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  29. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Johan Albrechtsen: Do you like to watch HBO's seminal tv show "The Wire" and pretend that they're talking about you whenever Detective McNulty is mentioned?


  30. Mulgrew doubt for Scotland


    Charlie Mulgrew

    Charlie Mulgrew is a major doubt for Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar next month, according to Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

    The Celtic defender has missed three matches with a thigh strain.

    "He's still not on the pitch training [with the] ball so it will be tough to reach the Scotland games," said Deila. "I am not 100% in that, I am not a physio - even though I think I am sometimes."

  31. Get Involved - Denise Lewis' heptathlon game

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    Robert O'Mahony: Two scores for you! One legitimate and one using a trick we all used back in school 10 years ago!


    P.S What's the trick... we are terrible at this game...

    Denise Lewis
    Denise Lewis
  32. Latest county scoreboard


    We're entering the final session on the penultimate day of this summer's county cricket season. Here's the latest scores:

    Division One:

    Yorkshire 251 & 202-5 v Sussex 248

    Worcestershire 431-5 dec v Middlesex 98 & 133-9

    Somerset 428 & 40-5 v Warwickshire 324

    Nottinghamshire 340 & 181-8 v Hampshire 326

    Division Two:

    Surrey 410 v Northants 110 & 79-1

    Gloucestershire 538-8 v Glamorgan 433

    Essex 394 v Lancashire 131-2

    Derbyshire 352 v Leicestershire 329 & 199-4

    Click here for all the latest scores

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    Ross Taylor is currently in the lead... Can you do better?

    Denise Lewis

    Ross Taylor: 10484 points. Only 3200 above the current world record that's stood for 27 years #boom

  34. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Anthony Martial

    Christopher G Bourke: Are you surprised at how well Anthony Martial has adapted to the Premier League with Manchester United? do you think he could score enough goals alongside Wayne Rooney and co to win the Premier League?

    Well, I had hardly seem him, Christopher, other than for Monaco against Arsenal in the Champions League, so I have been a little surprised but it is certainly very exciting for Manchester United. He is incredibly rapid and seems a natural in front of goal.

    As to your second point, I don't see United scoring enough goals to win the title this season although his partnership with Rooney could be a very good one - but Martial certainly looks like great news for the future.

  35. Swansea news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

  36. Swansea news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

  37. Fancy listening to some Rugby League?

    Rugby League

    St Helens v Warrington Wolves is tonight on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Merseyside (not online). 

    Then, tomorrow, you have a choice of Huddersfield v Leeds or Wigan v Castleford. 

    Then, this weekend there are a plethora of games to chose from.

    Details below:

    Rugby League
  38. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Sumit Pal: Why do you think that the so called big names in the Premier League like Aguero, Hazard, Sanchez, Rooney are struggling to find the net so far?

    I have written an analysis piece on this very subject which will be published soon - keep your eyes peeled, Sumit.

  39. Get involved - Denise Lewis' heptathlon game

    Send us your top score using #bbcsportsday

    Right. Gamers, get ready. 

    Have a go at the ever so retro Denise Lewis' heptathlon game

    Send us a screen grab of your overall score and see if you can make our Sportsday leaderboard

    You will only be able to play it on a desktop computer as smart phones weren't invented when the game was originally created... 

    Younger members of the Sportsday audience will wonder what we did back in those days...

    The leaderboard will close at 17:00 BST

    Denis Lewis Heptathlon
  40. Football Focus

    BBC One, Saturday 12:10 BST

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

  41. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Jamie DeNiro Williams: If Kenny Dalglish can be sacked after winning a trophy and "wasting" money on Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, why is Brendan Rodgers being allowed to remain after no trophies in three years and over £200m spent? Did he win LFC second place? Or did his tactical naivety lose them 1st place?

    Fair point on Dalglish, Jamie. I was just never quite sure Kenny was the type of manager FSG really wanted - but a fine spell as caretaker and the manner in which he was loved by fans understandably got him the job.

    Steven Gerrard

    When appointing Rodgers, FSG invested a lot of faith and money in him and he was the young, modern, progressive sort of coach they wanted, willing to work within their infrastructure. He is their man so they are giving him every chance to succeed. 

    As for the title, I am afraid I cannot stand some of the current revisionism about Rodgers. He and his players did brilliantly in finishing second - and he is a manager who was probably a man falling over away from winning Liverpool's first title in 24 years. He deserves huge credit for his work that season.

  42. F1's new team for 2016

    Formula 1

  43. Get Involved - favourite sport video games


    What are your favourite sport computer games?

    Craig Green: A game as bloody minded, unpredictable and uncompromising as the name on the tin. An addictive stinker. 

    Graeme Souness Soccer Manager
  44. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Felix Olukunle Adewumi: Don't you think the media sometimes have a say in referee's decision or punishments given to players?

    I don't to be honest, Felix. I think the FA judge matters on their own merits. The media has every right to question and discuss decisions but I don't think they have a say in them.

  45. Wales coach bemused by warning

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Warren Gatland

    Wales coach Warren Gatland admits he doesn't know what they have done wrong, after they were warned over a breach of World Cup regulations.

    Back-up players who did not make the final 31-man squads are not allowed to take part in practice sessions, but a group did yesterday.

    "We haven't broken any rules. Apparently we have broken the "spirit of the rules," Gatland said.

    "What that means we don't know. I don't know what we have done wrong."

  46. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie is Southampton's only injury doubt for the game against Swansea, but is in contention to return against Chelsea the following week, according to manager Ronald Koeman....

  47. Leicester City news conference

    Leicester City v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Now,Claudio Ranierihas turned his attention to Saturday's game...

  48. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Sounds like Ronald Koeman is very proud of his Southampton side....

  49. Bournemouth news conference

    Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Eddie Howe is also aware Stoke are a better side than their position in the Premier League suggests:

    "I've reviewed Stoke City's games and I've been impressed. They certainly don't look like a team that haven't won yet." 

    "We are not at the stage where we can start to group games together. We want points from every game."

  50. Leicester City news conference

    Leicester City v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Claudio Ranieri has been reflecting on the League Cup win over West Ham, and the draw that pairs his side with Hull City...

  51. Bournemouth news conference

    Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has some selection dilemmas ahead of Saturday's trip to the Britannia Stadium.

    "Both Harry Arter and Tommy Elphick are unavailable for selection.

    "The performance against Sunderland was good, but we will prepare for Stoke City on an individual basis." 

  52. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Kris Temple

    BBC Radio Solent

  53. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Ronald Koeman

    Saints boss Ronaldo Koeman had this to say about Saturday's opponents Swansea:

    "They are an example of how you do your football business. They try to play attractive football.

    "We can compare them to our team and that's the reason why it's a difficult game for both teams." 

  54. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Koeman is also pleased to have Jay Rodriguez back available after injury.....

  55. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is speaking to the media and has begun by reflecting on their win at MK Dons in the League Cup...

  56. Leicester City news conference

    Leicester City v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00 BST)

  57. Swansea news conference

    Southampton v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Mark Poyser

    BBC Wales football reporter

    After the first month of the season, Garry Monk’s Swansea City were earning rave reviews for their on-field performances and their transfer activity off it.


    Now as we wait to speak to the Swans manager ahead of this weekend’s meeting with his former club Southampton, things have taken a turn for the worse. They haven’t won or scored in any of their last three matches after exiting the Capital One Cup at the hands of Championship side Hull on Tuesday.

    In fact, no Swansea player other than Bafetimbi Gomis or summer signing Andre Ayew has scored in the Premier League this season.

  58. Your favourite sporting computer games

    Get Involved using #bbcsportsday and BBC Sport Facebook

    Dave: Kick off on the amiga. Played at 90 miles an hour. Frustratingly quick but so satisfying when scoring a belter from 60 yds  

    Andy Jones: Big Bass Fishing on the Sega Megadrive! 

    Sam Pearce: Sensible soccer is up there... 30 yard slide tackles and blonde hair being outlawed? Class.

    Sensible Soccer
  59. Wales Team Announcement

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Just a reminder you can watch the Wales coach Warren Gatland right now talking about the game against England - just click on the live coverage tab at the top of this page.

  60. Bournemouth news conference

    Stoke City v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Chris Wise

    BBC Radio Solent

    The significance of last weekend's win against Sunderland should not be underestimated. It came off the back of one the poorest showings from Bournemouth for quite some time at Norwich the week previous.

    Matt Ritchie

    Eddie Howe's team have achieved both home and away wins in the Premier League now so that is likely to be a psychological boost for the squad.

    It'll be intriguing to see how the visitors eye-catching style of play matches up against the physicality of Stoke City on Saturday. You have to say there will be a touch more pressure on the home side, who are yet to win in the league so far this season.

  61. Still no future for Ranger at Blackpool


    Nile Ranger

    Striker Nile Ranger still has no future at Blackpool, despite posting two videos on his  Instagram account which showed him running up sand dunes in the club's kit this week. 

    There's no U-turn; he's got no future at the football club," manager Neil McDonald told BBC Lancashire. 

    "Through his contractual obligations we have to try and get him fit but he won't train with the first team and he won't train anywhere near the ground. As I said two months ago, he's got no future as long as I'm the manager here." 

  62. Get Involved - favourite sport video games


    Mr Hind: The original Football Manager on the Spectrum. Pressing BREAK, Y, ENTER when opposition were shooting stopped them scoring.

    Omar Gemei: Sensible World of Soccer but for mini-games, Roberto Baggio's freekicks can't be beaten.

    Rich Crowton: Emlyn Hughes international soccer on the spectrum! Could score from kick off and play 90 mins. I beat the computer 150-0.

    BenPirrie: Got to be Geoff Crammonds Mircroprose Grand Prix. A game I'd still be playing today if I could find a way of making it work..  

  63. Ask Phil...


    Ismael Hussein: Do you believe Arsenal can win the league this season? And should Mike Dean be in charge of another Arsenal game after he clearly didn't manage the game at Stamford Bridge well?

    No, I don't think Arsenal can win the league. I tipped Chelsea to win the title this season with Arsenal second - but Manchester City, despite the loss at home to West Ham United, have looked streets ahead of anyone else.


    My prediction was made on the assumption that Arsenal would buy a top-class striker and perhaps another midfield man as well - this didn't happen and I think Arsene Wenger made a major error.

    As for Mike Dean... of course he should be in charge of future Arsenal games. There is no way clubs can start picking and choosing referees simply because they may not like some decisions he has made against them in the past.

  64. Burgess not a gamble for England

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Stuart Lancaster

    England coach Stuart Lancasterdenies it is a gamble to select rugby league convert Sam Burgess for the game against Wales.

    Burgess starts at inside centre alongside Brad Barritt.

    Jonathan Joseph's chest injury which has kept him out of the game won't rule him out of the entirety of Rugby World Cup, while number eight Ben Morgan could be fit next week following a knee injury.

    Lancaster believes the team he has selected is the best to face a strong Wales side, and describes Owen Farrell as "high quality" after opting for him ahead of George Ford at fly-half.

  65. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Kyle Utterson: Do you think each team should have a captain's challenge per half where they can ask a video referees to take a look at a particular decision?

    I don't mind technology for line decisions etc but I am afraid as far as decisions are concerned I prefer to leave it to the referees.

    I like technology in cricket but even then it has its downside. Look at how umpires now regularly ignore no-balls because they know they can check them using video technology when a wicket falls.

    Line technology yes - but no to captain's challenges.

  66. Your favourite sport computer games

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    We want to know your favourite sporting computer games and why?

    Kieran Bestall: I spent hours playing (and loading) this obscure gem on the ZX Spectrum

    We've just had a look and it seems to takes longer to load than to actually play it.

    Shilton's Handball Maradona
  67. Ramirez back in fold


    Gaston Ramirez

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Gaston Ramirez is back in his plans after the £12m forward made his first appearance in nearly 13 months. 

    The Uruguay international, 24, was a second-half substitute in the 6-0 League Cup win at MK Dons on Wednesday, having spent last season on loan at Hull. 

    "He's part of the squad, training well, well disciplined and not complaining. I admire that," said Koeman.

  68. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Diego Costa

    Raymond Muumba Kabenda: What do you think about the the reaction of Jose Mourinho over Diego Costa's three-match ban? And is the referee [Mike Dean] gonna handle more crucial games in the Premier League?

    Predictable but pointless. Costa deserved his three-match ban. Where I feel Mourinho has just cause for complaint is the reduction of Gabriel's ban, when even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted he was right to be sent off. Whatever you think of Costa, Gabriel did kick out at him and deserved a red card.

    And yes, Mike Dean will continue to referee important games.

  69. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Chris Conisbee: Do you think the pressure/grief Brendan Rodgers is getting from the fans and media is just?

    I certainly don't think it is harsh, Chris. Liverpool managers will always be under close scrutiny - never moreso than when they are having bad results and Liverpool are on a run of poor results stretching back to March.


    It is inevitable there will be criticism, especially when there has been so much money spent on the squad.

    There are mitigating circumstances. Rodgers has had to deal with the loss, in the last 18 months, of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, while Danny Sturridge has barely been fit. This season he has suffered injuries to captain Jordan Henderson and now £32.5m striker Christian Benteke.

    As for the fans, they pay their money and have the right to complain - and in this instance I believe they complain with justification.

    So if I was to answer your question in one word it would be - no.

  70. Favourite sporting computer games

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    Not technically a computer game but still a good one...

    Paul Croft: I've got this at home. Still works. Played it for hours!   

  71. Wales warned over training breach

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Wales squad

    Wales have received an official warning from World Rugby for a breach of Rugby World Cup regulations during training.

    Back-up players who did not make the final 31-man squads are not allowed to take part in practice sessions.

    But a group of players not in Wales' squad did participate during training at Sudbury on Wednesday.

    "While World Rugby is satisfied that no deliberate breach was intended, an official warning has been issued to the WRU," the sport's governing body said.

  72. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    David Cardwell: How much of the blame for Liverpool's current fall from grace should be apportioned to FSG? Brendan Rodgers needs to go but FSG should be walking out of the same door. It's becoming an embarrassment now.

    If I was to apportion blame to FSG for one thing it would be Liverpool's transfer committee and a strategy that seems to think it is, more often than not, better to buy promise rather than proven talent. It seems to me to be an attempt to get around a system that simply not be circumnavigated.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool's buying record has been wretched and the committee system leaves too many grey areas as to who is responsible for what deals. 

    Brendan Rodgers says he has the final word but there is clearly input from others - something he may use in his defence if his position is questioned again. 

    My view is Rodgers should have a team of scouts and he should then be totally responsible for all transfer policy. No committee.

  73. Happy birthday


    Well done to those of you who divined that the former Arsenal and Everton player who turns 50 on Thursday is Anders Limpar.

    Anders Limpar.

    Also celebrating are former Rangers manager Ally McCoist (53), former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan (53), Olympic keirin and world sprint champion Victoria Pendleton (35) and Saracens and England fly-half Owen Farrell (24).  

  74. The paralysed player who bought his club


    What a story.

    Having just broken into his hometown club's, Worthing FC's first team and been put forward for England schools trials, George Dowell appeared to be at the start of a promising career as a footballer.

    George Dowell, Worthing FC

    But, at the age of 17, that was cruelly taken from him when a car crash in 2010 left him paralysed from the chest down.

    It was a devastating blow, but one that Dowell would not let get the better of him and, despite his condition, he was determined to remain involved in football.

    So he did, by buying the club he once played for...

    Read more on this and other stories from the other 160 non-league clubs taking part in this season's FA Cup.

  75. Moore to return at Newmarket

    Horse Racing

    Ryan Moore

    Top jockey Ryan Moore is set to return at Newmarket on Thursday after more than two months out with a neck injury.

    Three-time champion Moore, 32, has been booked to ride Peterhof in the Arkle Finance Handicap for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

    Moore was injured at Newmarket's July Festival when his horse Newton's Law became trapped in the stalls.

    The jockey, who rode a record nine winners at Royal Ascot in June, is back for flat racing's big autumn contests.

  76. On this day


    Ben Johnson

    In 1988, Ben Johnson won the 100m at the Seoul Olympics in a world record time of 9.79 seconds. The time was expunged from the records and the gold medal taken from the Canadian sprinter when drug tests proved he had taken performance-boosting anabolic steroids.

  77. Ask Phil...


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Gavin Robson: Pressure is on Steve McClaren but who could Newcastle realistically bring in to replace him?

    I'm not sure Newcastle United are thinking about replacing him so soon. It would make the owners look incompetent and farcical if they dismissed him this early - but he needed to make a fast start because he arrived as damaged goods.

    Steve McClaren

    Instead, it has been utterly wretched and nothing has happened to change the minds of those fans sceptical about his appointment in the first place.

    Owner Mike Ashley did spend money on the team this summer to be fair, but nothing has changed so you have to ask about the buying policy and the role of chief scout Graham Carr. They look a disunited team.

  78. Whiley wins again


    Wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley has reached the semi final of the Sardinia Open... She seems to be making a bit of winning doesn't she...

    Go on Jordanne!

  79. Errani and Halep win, but who's watching?


    Sara Errani and Simona Halep are both through to the quarter finals of the Guangzhou International Women's Open,  not that many people were there to see it.

    Halep beat Timea Babos 6-4, 6-0, while beat Kai-Lin Zhang 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 - but there aren´t many fans on the stands in China to watch players compete... 

  80. Lack of players on Alderney


    The only football club on the Channel Island of Alderney has been forced to pull out of their league, as there are not enough players on the island.

    Alderney Nomads are reigning champions of Guernsey's Jackson League - the second tier of football in Guernsey.

    But a combination of injuries and players leaving to go travelling means there are not enough men to form an 11.


    "We've lost nine players from the squad that we had last season," manager Alan Adamson told BBC Radio Guernsey.

    According to Alderney's 2013 census  1,903 people live on the island.

  81. Klopp for Motherwell?


    Jurgen Klopp

    So who will replace Ian Baraclough at Motherwell?

    According to one bookmaker, former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is the third favourite, while Thierry Henry, Ronald Koeman and Pep Guardiola are also quoted at eye-wateringly short prices.

    Worth a couple of quid? 

  82. Favourite sporting computer games

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    What is your favourite sporting computer game?

    Andrew Burton: Sensible World Of Soccer. Greatest game ever made.

    imfootballmad: NBA Jam. Whenever you scored 3 baskets you were on fire and could do mad tricks like smashing the backboard glass.

    Rich Barber: Gary Lineker's hot shot.  

    Gary Lineker's Hot Shot
  83. 'Players should hang heads in shame'


    Some Motherwell players should "hang their heads in shame" following the departure of manager Ian Baraclough, says owner Les Hutchison.

    Ian Baraclough

    LinkThe Fir Park club parted company with Baraclough, 44, on Wednesday with the Steelmen third bottom of the Scottish Premiership and out of the League Cup.

    "There's a few that really need to hang their head in shame today that a fine a young man has gone down the road to see his wife and family," Hutchison said. 

    "It's an extremely sad day. Motherwell has never been a club that has hired and fired people; that's just not the way things are done."

  84. No punishment for Arsenal or Spurs


    Marc Higginson

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will not be punished by the Football Association following crowd trouble during the north London derby on Wednesday.

    Fans in the away end were pictured damaging hoardings in the upper tiers as Arsenal won 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

    The Metropolitan Police have arrested 10 spectators for a range of offences at the League Cup tie, including criminal damage.

    The FA says the matter is a criminal issue and they will assist the police.

  85. Celebrating in style


  86. Wales team announcement

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales

    Hallam Amos over Alex Cuthbert, and starts for Gareth Davies and Tom Francis give the team some fresh dynamism. Promises to be tight.  

    Twickenham will shake when England and Wales collide. Two muscular sides and, where Wales are concerned, familiar and dependable.

  87. This is big, people...

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday


    Colin Farthing, take a bow...

    "Denise Lewis heptathlon on the BBC Sport website. Amazing game," he writes.

    It was, and it still is. Have a shot here...

  88. Oh dear, poor Lotus

    Formula 1

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had to do interviews in the rain and was fed by Renault before the Japanese Grand Prix.

    The British-based constructor face an uncertain future amid mounting money problems, and they were locked out of their hospitality tent on Thursday.

    "It's good to see the hospitality you get in the paddock when you are running out of food and the other teams are opening their doors," said Grosjean.

    Lotus are in court for a third time on 28 September over an unpaid tax bill.

    Romain Grosjean
  89. Wales team announcement

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Scott Baldwin takes over from Ken Owens at hooker for Wales game with England at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Bradley Davies comes in for Luke Charteris in the second row, while prop Gethin Jenkins will play in his fourth Rugby World Cup.

    Wales squad
  90. De Gea proud to captain Man Utd


    He may have been close to joining Real Madrid on deadline day, but that hasn't stopped David de Gea tweeting his delight at having the opportunity to take the captain's armband during Manchester United's 3-0 win over Ipswich.

  91. You look stressed...

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  92. BreakingWales team announcement

    England v Wales (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Liam Williams is fit to start at full-back for Wales for their match with England at the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Hallam Amos gets the nod over Alex Cuthbert on the wing, while Tomas Francis starts at tighthead prop.

    Wales squad
  93. Grab a cuppa and a biscuit...


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here's today's quiz question for you to mull over while you munch on your elevenses... One of the Sportsday team has gone for a serrano ham bagel. Fancy.

    Who are the six players whose surnames begin with F to have played in the Ryder Cup since 2002?

    See how many you can name - and we'll give you the answers later on.

  94. McClaren running out of friends

    Newcastle Utd 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Newcastle United fans are often accused of expecting too much. This is a nonsense as all they really want is a show of ambition - but what they should expect is their team to overcome what was effectively Sheffield Wednesday reserves.

    Steve McClaren

    The reaction at St James' Park said it all as Newcastle United were dumped out of the Capital One Cup to continue Steve McClaren's wretched start in charge on Tyneside.

    McClaren was not an appointment to set pulses racing, especially after his failure to guide Derby County into the Championship play-offs despite strong backing, and needed a fast start. Instead they have slumped towards the foot of the Premier League without a win and been humiliated in the Capital One Cup. 

    McClaren has had a phone installed in his technical area - he will soon be running of friends to phone on Tyneside if this carries on.

  95. Your favourite sporting computer games

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    Loving this topic, it's bringing out the geeks in all of us...

    GiladLipschitz: For me it's Don Bradman Cricket 14. The best cricket game ever. A 20 year career mode is just what a game needs.  

    Alton Williams: Has to be Match Day II on the Spectrum or Sensible Soccer on the Atari ST. Fifa Shmifa!  

    Markus P: Sensible World Of Soccer on the Amiga. It was a brilliantly simple game & so much fun. Lost hours of my life to it.  

  96. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Vicki-Jane Edwards

    BBC London

    On the back of wins away at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will not underestimate Saturday's home opponents Norwich City.

    Dmitri Payet

    The Hammers will need to get out of the blocks early to avoid having to come back from being behind like against Leicester on Tuesday and Bournemouth last month.

    Dmitri Payet and Adrian have proved to be two stand-out players so far this season, and have dominated at different ends of the field. Payet made a big difference when he came on against Leicester and Adrian's performances have saved the Hammers on multiple occasions.

  97. Don't read into Rodgers no show

    Liverpool 1-1 Carlisle (Liverpool win 3-2 on pens)

    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Carlisle deserve a lot of credit, but Liverpool would have been looking for a convincing and morale-boosting win with a few goals thrown in. 

    Gary McAllister

    A lot has been made about the fact that coach Gary McAllister did the post match press conference, but you have to remember that the Scot also did the pre-match press conference, and it’s normal in this competition for assistant managers and other coaches to conduct the media conferences after the game. 

    Perhaps we shouldn't read too much into that.

  98. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Tony Pulis made 10 changes for West Brom's League Cup defeat by Norwich as he rested Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Salomon Rondon after admitting they needed a break ahead of Everton's visit. 

    "Those players have had the opportunity to have an extra day off. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning we'll really prepare," he said.

  99. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Tony Pulis believes West Brom's fans have forgiven 'naughty child' Saido Berahino for wanting to leave. 

    The 22-year-old was rested in Wednesday's 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich but is expected to start at The Hawthorns against Everton on Monday.

    Saido Berhaino Tony Pulis

    "They truly are in love with their football club and they want their football club to do well and Saido is a big part of that now," he said.

    "They have embraced him and brought him back into the fold - that naughty child!"

  100. GB to face Japan in Davis Cup 2016


  101. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Slaven Bilic is pleased with how West Ham have taken their chances so far this season.....