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  1. That's all folks

    Thank you for joining us today. Sportsday is back on Monday at 08:00 GMT (not BST). Enjoy that extra hour on Sunday.

  2. Wildcats sign ex-Castleford centre

    Rugby League

    Centre Ashley Gibson has become the second former Castleford player to sign for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats this week.

    He follows half-back Liam Finn to Belle Vue on a two-year deal.

    "It is a new era here at Wakefield with (head coach) Brian Smith," the 29-year-old said.

  3. Popovich to coach US team


    Gregg Popovich, who led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA titles, will replace Mike Krzyzewski as the United States basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics.  

  4. Weir final delayed


    Because of a crash in the third heat of the T54 men's 1500m at the IPC World Championships, the final, which features Briton David Weir against rival Marcel Hug, will be held on Sunday at 15:36 GMT.

    David Weir
  5. Rosberg fastest in first practice

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace in a rain-affected first practice at the United States Grand Prix.

    The German, needing to beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to retain his slim title hopes, headed Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

    The session marked the start of what promises to be a difficult weekend, with Austin, Texas, expected be affected by heavy storms and rainfall.

    This is due to Hurricane Patricia, the strongest tropical storm ever recorded, which is heading towards Mexico.

    Read the full report

  6. Goals, goals, goals on Sunday


    Predicting 130 goals.

  7. Good start by GB women


    David McDaid

    BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

    GB women are off and running in Glasgow at the World Gymnastics Championships. They entered the arena to a massive cheer from the home crowd and Ruby Harrold got the team off to a solid start on beam with a score of 13.6. That should settle any team nerves.

    There's a lot of qualifying to go but the top women's team right now are Japan with 223.863.

  8. Inquiry into future of Fifa


  9. Coach Lyle leaves Wildcats

    Ice Hockey

    Former Great Britain international Steve Lyle has quit as head coach of Swindon Wildcats.

    Forward Aaron Neil has taken charge of the English Premier League team ahead of this weekend's matches against Guildford and Basingstoke.

  10. 'Rabbatts investigation staggering'


    Women in Football group says it is “staggered” that Heather Rabbatts faces a Football Association investigation over her comments regarding the former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro.

    The statement:

    "Women in Football (WiF) are staggered to learn that Heather Rabbatts will face an FA investigation into her comments regarding Dr Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn, following a request by FA Council members.

    "In speaking out Rabbatts sought to highlight the injustice of a situation whereby a high profile manager attempted to prioritise results on the field of play over medical ethics, and ultimately a doctor with an unblemished record lost her job.

    "Jose Mourinho's stance was universally condemned by medical organisations including the Football Medical Association, the Premier League Doctors Group, as well as FIFPro, and the PFA."


    Rabbatts was critical of the FA's handling of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, who left the club after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

    Two members of the FA's council have called for an investigation into Rabbatts' comments.

    If any wrongdoing is found, Rabbatts could be removed from the FA board.

  11. Rhinos sign Aussie hooker

    Rugby League

    Beau Falloon

    Leeds Rhinos have signed Australian hooker Beau Falloon on a one-year deal as a replacement for Paul Aiton, who is moving to Catalans Dragons for 2016.

    Falloon was among a group of players involved in a drug-trafficking case earlier this year, but the charges against him were later dropped.

    "Leeds has a proud history and it will be special to play for them," the 28-year-old said.

  12. Fox-Pitt update


    British former world number one eventer William Fox-Pitt, 46, remains stable in a French hospital after a fall on the cross-country course at the World Young Horse Championships.

    Fox-Pitt was thrown to the ground when his uninjured horse hit a fence.

    From British Eventing:

    "William remains stable and under continued observation, however there are no further changes to report. The hospital will make no further statements until the beginning of next week.  We ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time; his family and support team are very grateful for all the concern expressed."

  13. The Manchester derby

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

  14. UK Anti-Doping 'in jeopardy'

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    The head of the UK's national anti-doping agency says the body is is "in jeopardy" because of potential government funding cuts.

    David Kenworthy, chairman of UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), told the BBC: "We've been told to expect cuts of up to 25%.

    "Ukad would be in jeopardy if we had large cuts like that because the purpose for which we're here, I'm not sure we could fulfil it properly."

    The warning comes in a year when sport has suffered widespread doping claims.

    "We've got to have the time and means to try to make up that income if we're to survive - if we don't, the integrity of UK sport is at risk," said Kenworthy.

    Read the full story.

  15. Friday's live football


    There is one match that has just got under way with Wales Women playing away to Norway in their European Championship qualifier.

    Scotland Women are at home to Belarus later (19:45 BST).

    In the Championship, 23rd place Rotherham are at home to ninth-place Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 BST).

  16. Mitrovic: 'I want to stay on the level'

    Sunderland v Newcastle (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

    Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic says he will not be drawn into doing "something stupid" in the heat of the Wear-Tyne derby. The 21-year-old Serbia international heads into Sunday's clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light having collected five yellow cards and one red in just 11 games for club and country so far this season.

    He told the club website: "There will be a lot of passion at the next game, but I do not want to make the same mistake that I did against Arsenal and do something stupid. 

    "I want to stay on the level. I know they will try to provoke me, but I will keep my head strong and try to score goals and help my team-mates." 

    Aleksandar Mitrovic
  17. Eric Dier: People forget I’m a foreign player


    Eric Dier

    The Guardian online have interviewed Tottenham's Eric Dier.

    The defender turned midfielder talks about his long education at Sporting Lisbon, his difficult loan at Everton, his eye-catching form for Spurs and his desire to play for England after unfairly being called a refusenik. 

    Read the full article here.

  18. Alonso: 'Hamilton is all-time great'

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton must be considered as an all-time Formula 1 great, Fernando Alonso says. 

    The Spanish double world champion had a frosty relationship with the Briton while they were both at McLaren, and in 2007 it ultimately led to Alonso's premature exit from the British team after just one season.

    If Hamilton wins this Sunday's United States Grand Prix, and Sebastian Vettel, who has been penalised with a 10-place grid penalty after an engine change, finishes third or lower, the Briton will seal this his third title with three races to spare. 

    "I think he is one already," said Alonso when asked if a third title would see Hamilton become an all-time great in Formula 1. 

    "He's had some up and downs but the good thing about Lewis is that when he didn't have the best car he still won some races, maybe not the championship, but winning some races and fighting for the championship. That's something that maybe not everyone did." 

    Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
  19. Obasi to Sunderland? Keogh to Newcastle?

    Tyne-Wear derby gossip

    Chinedu Obasi

    Sky Sports are reporting that Sunderland have taken Nigerian international striker Chinedu Obasi on trial. 

     The 29-year-old is a free agent having left Schalke, where he scored four goals in 35 games over two spells. 

    Derby rivals Newcastle United, meanwhile, are interested in signing Derby centre-half Richard Keogh, according to Shoot.

    More on that can be found here

  20. Rooney milestones


  21. Hot-shot Vardy


  22. 'Vardy can be England's Schillaci'


    Ian Wright

    Football Analyst

    Quote Message: There seems to be a snobbish attitude about the possibility of Jamie Vardy being asked to lead England's attack at Euro 2016, because he has come from non-league. Vardy is 28 and close to his peak. If he carries on scoring it should not matter where he has come from, or even who he plays for now, because he could be England's equivalent to Italy's Toto Schillaci.
    Jamie Vardy

    Read Ian's BBC Sport column.

  23. Rehm makes historic leap


    The German's leap was only a centimetre short of Greg Rutherford's winning jump at London 2012.

  24. Van Gaal: City are favourites to win derby


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester UnitedmanagerLouis van Gaalhas taken the unusual step of making Manchester City favourites for Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford. 

    David Moyes was ridiculed by United fans for taking a similar stance ahead of a game against Liverpool when he was in charge, but the Dutchman’s assessment is based on the fact City – even with injuries to key players like Sergio Aguero and David Silva – are currently top of the Premier League, and United are third. 

    Van Gaal’s suggestion seems to be United won’t be top dogs in Manchester again even if they win on Sunday and leapfrog their opponents, but until they clinch the Premier League title again.

  25. Alpine skier aims to 'fly the flag'

    Winter sports

    Alex Tilley

    British alpine skier Alex Tilley aims to 'fly the flag' for GB women during her first full World Cup season, which begins this weekend in Sölden, Austria.

    She is the first British woman to attempt a full World Cup campaign since four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott announced her retirement following the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

    Watch her full interview with BBC Sport's Nick Hope here.

  26. Van Gaal: 'I hope we've recovered'

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    United manager Louis van Gaal on recovering from the midweek trip to CSKA Moscow:

    "I hope that we have recovered. We have done everything to help the recovery, in the hotel, after the flight we go to training complex again for recovery. 

    "We don’t train too much today, we have to recover as it’s still a match at a high level, but you have to cope with that."

  27. Argentina team v Australia

    Rugby Union World Cup semi-final

    Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has named his team to face Australia in their semi-final, which kicks off at Twickenham at 16:00 GMT on Sunday.

    He has made one change to the starting line-up that defeated Ireland 43-20 in the quarter-finals. Marcelo Bosch returns from suspension to replace Matías Moroni at outside-centre. Bosch missed the quarter-final after being cited for a dangerous tackle against Namibia on 11 October.

    Marcelo Bosch


    1. Marcos Ayerza 2. Agustin Creevy (captain) 3. Ramiro Herrera 4. Guido Petti 5. Tomas Lavanini 6. Pablo Matera 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe8. Leonardo Senatore 9. Martin Landajo 10. Nicolas Sanchez 11. Juan Imhoff 12. Juan Martin Hernandez 13. Marcelo Bosch 14. Santiago Cordero 15. Joaquin Tuculet

  28. Van Gaal: 'Wayne loves these matches'

    Man Utd v Man City (14:05 GMT)

    United manager Louis van Gaal on striker Wayne Rooney turning 30 and how long he can go on for:  It’s dependable of the player how he lives for his profession, how strong he is and how ambitious he is.

    "All the players love a big challenge not just Wayne, they love these kind of matches."

  29. Van Gaal: 'I live in a village'

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on the close proximity of the clubs: 

    "For me it’s not any issue I have to do my work you have to do work more rational and not emotional and for the fans it’s very emotional. I live in a village and it’s the talk of the town. We have to prepare our game, we have one day less so it is more difficult, do the meetings in a shorter time and we hope we can beat Manchester City."

  30. Van Gaal: 'City are favourites'

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Manchester City will start Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford as favourites.

    "You have to ask the fans, it’s not so important who is the favourite," he said. "When you look at the facts they are first and we are second or third, they are the favourite I think."

  31. Man Utd team news

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal tells MUTV: "Only Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair are injured for United. Ashley Young is back in training but not ready to play on Sunday."

    He adds: "I think we shall recover from the Moscow trip. The talk of the town is this match."

  32. Could amputee win gold the Olympics?


    German single-leg amputee Markus Rehm has just caused a sensation by jumping to 8.40m to set a new world record at the IPC World Championships.

    That leap would have won Olympic gold at London 2012, and silver at the last three able-bodied World Championships

    It was just one centimetre less than Greg Rutherford's winning leap at the Worlds in Beijing in August.

    Rehm has won the last two German able-bodied championships, but was not allowed to compete at this year's World Championships, which puts his Olympic prospects in doubt.

  33. Swindon Town fan returns season ticket


    One Swindon fan Albert Brind is so "disgusted" with what is going on at the club, he has returned his season ticket, club shirt and over £1000 worth of memorabilia. He tells BBC Wiltshire why.

    Swindon town supporter
  34. Would you rather be in Texas?

    Formula 1

    Jonny Raincloud has a weather update for the US Grand Prix weekend...

    ...and the teams are starting to make light of the terrible conditions.

  35. Romeu ready for battle

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

  36. Wow...


  37. A family of high achievers...


    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    Paul Blake

    Paul Blake comes from a family of performers - his dad Paul appeared in Star Wars while his mum Kate was a dancer at the Royal Ballet and the 25-year-old, who is the GB team captain here, was thrilled to land silver in the T36 400m at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

    Kate was also in attendance in Doha and will be hoping her son goes one better in the 800m event later in the programme.

  38. Harimoto, aged 12, to face Olympic Champion

    Table Tennis

    Japanese player Tomokazu Harimoto, who aged 12 is the youngest player to qualify for the main draw of an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world tour event is to take on China's world number one, Olympic and world champion Ma Long in the first round of the Polish Open.

    Harimoto's prize came after he beat 32-year-old Croatian Tan Ruiwu in a tight seven-game match in Warsaw on Thursday. 

  39. Striking dilemma

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has a decision to make about who starts up front on Sunday. It’s likely to be his captain Wayne Rooney, who has scored more goals than anyone else in the Manchester derby.

    The England striker – who turns 30 on Saturday – was an isolated figure and managed just 40 touches in their 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow this week, but did score on his return to his old club Everton last weekend in United’s best performance of the season so far.

    That would mean September’s player of the month Anthony Martial starting on the left, unless Van Gaal instead opts for Ashley Young, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.

  40. 'There is a depression that lies over Bolton'


    Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce fears that his former club Bolton Wanderers will struggle to make it back to the Premier League if they are relegated from the Championship this season.

    Neil Lennon's side are bottom of the table with one win from 12 games and Allardyce, who managed Bolton between 1999 and 2007, believes the club's financial situation has had an effect on their on-field fortunes.

    Sam Allardyce

    The 61-year-old told BBC Radio Manchester: "There is a depression that lies over the club that Neil has to try to lift from the players particularly to get more out of them.

    "It is a difficult situation for him, they don't have any money but his job is to extract the most out of those players and make sure they don't get relegated this year."

  41. Is Conkers a sport?

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  42. Happy birthday Jimmy!


  43. Flores 'a pleasure to work under'

    Stoke v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Quique Flores

    So just what qualities does Watford head coach Quique Flores possess? Quite a lot according to midfielder Ben Watson... 

    "You're learning every day," he told BBC Three Counties Radio. "You're learning things you never knew about in terms of football. 

    "Tactically I've probably learnt more this year than I ever have done throughout my career. Managers like this - they are a pleasure to work under."

  44. Luke Shaw is giving away his boots


    Hang in there Luke. Don't give up just yet pal...

  45. Dang nabbit!

    Formula 1

  46. Commentator's notes

    Sunderland v Newcastle (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    Nick Barnes

    Prep fully developed bar a few tweaks...  

  47. 'I'm not punishing Kompany'

    Manchester Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Vincent Kompany

    Manuel Pellegrinihas dismissed suggestions he is punishing his Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany for playing for Belgium. 

    Kompany has been on the bench for both City games since the manager expressed frustration that the defender played for his country in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week, having missed the previous five games with a calf injury.

    The Chilean said: "I'm not punishing Vincent and I don't have any problems in the relationship with Vincent. It's important to work some days before he returns to the team." 

  48. Don't try this at home...


    There are lucky escapes and then there's this guy...

    One Lokomotiv Moscow fan managed to out-smart the security guards at their recent match. 

    Watch the video here.

    His escape was one Houdini would be proud of. Thank goodness he was only a lightweight chap.

    We don't condone trespassing on your club's ground. 

    But this guy...

    The Daily Record
  49. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Manager Mark Hughes also confirmed that forward Jon Walters and goalkeeper Shay Given should be involved after returning to training. 

    Striker Mame Biram Diouf has trained, too, but Hughes said: "We have to be mindful of where he is physically and mentally. He hasn't trained a great deal."

  50. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross is also in contention to make his first appearance of the season after a back problem.

    "He is very much in my thoughts," manager Mark Hughes said. "He feels he's ready but we don't want to rush him.  

    "With three games in a week I'm sure he'll play at some point but Tuesday [against Chelsea] is more likely. The defence have done well and there's no reason to change it." 

  51. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Watford (Sat 15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio Stoke


    Mark Hughes also had assurances for former England striker Peter Crouch, 34, who has struggled for minutes of late...

    "Peter still has a future here. There will be games where he is the right option for us. Other players also need game time."

  52. Southampton news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    When asked if all the focus being all on Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp relieved any pressure on Southampton, manager Ronald Koeman responded saying they were confident and have prepared the same way they do for all games. 

    "Liverpool is a big team with a big history, they will always get more attention than Southampton."

  53. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Watford (Sat 15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Mark Hughes has been speaking to the media...

    The Stoke boss celebrates his 100th match in charge of the Potters this weekend and says of his tenure: "I wasn't told I needed to change the style, it was my view. I saw potential in the group to play a different way.

    "It's relatively unusual to have this sort of longevity in this day and age. It's a nice landmark to reach."

  54. Southampton news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman

    Many of the questions at Ronald Koeman's news conference are Jurgen Klopp-based. He is asked what he thinks of the media hype surrounding the new Liverpool manager and what he thinks of his style of play.

    "There has been a lot of attention in the press but it isn't easy because as a new manager you need time. 

    "I was surprised at the performance against Tottenham last week. It looked like a different Liverpool. It was good high pressing. Yesterday was very different but as a new manager, you need time to put everything together as you would like". 

    When asked if Klopp's style will change the Premier League: "His style is not new so I don't see there being a big difference". 

  55. Kane unhappy

    Anderlecht 2-1 Tottenham

  56. Double boost for Australia

    Argentina v Australia (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Australia rugby

    David Pocock and Israel Folau return to the Australia XV after missing the quarter-final win over Scotland. 

    Australia XV: Folau, Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Giteau, Mitchell, Foley, Genia; Slipper, Moore, Kepu, Douglas, Simmons, Fardy, Hooper, Pocock

  57. Sunderland team news

    Sunderland v Newcastle (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: "Fabio Borini picked up a knock against West Brom and hasn't trained with the team. He has a fitness test tomorrow.

    "Our suspensions are back. Ola Toivonen is also back."  

  58. Sunderland news conference

    Sunderland v Newcastle (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is speaking ahead of Sunday's duel at noon against Newcastle.

    He said: "Hopefully we can evolve as a backroom team and help the players on the pitch. My job is to remind the players of the importance of the game and control their emotions.

    "Hopefully they can achieve what they have before - an outstanding victory."  

  59. Cook out for England


    Captain Alastair Cook is out for 65, although England are now on 147-3 in their first innings of the second Test against Pakistan, having been 14-2.

    Pakistan made 378.

    Follow the full live text commentary here.

  60. Pakistan v England - latest


    Listen to the latest from Pakistan v England on BBC Radio 5 live and follow all the highlights with the live text commentary.

    Latest scorecard here:

  61. Bolton sign Ameobi


  62. Lights on for Mills?

    IPC Athletics, Doha

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    After winning four gold medals on the opening day, Great Britain will be hoping for more success in this afternoon's session in Doha (14:00 BST), with long jumper Tony Mills bidding to mark his debut in style.

    The 35-year-old lost his leg after a football accident and after playing amputee football, switched to athletics in 2010.

    Mills will be aiming for a top five place in an event where the favourite for gold is Germany's Markus Rehm, who has a personal best of 8.24m (very impressive when you consider Greg Rutherford's PB is 8.51).

    But Mills isn't a stranger to attention - earlier this year he appeared on ITV dating show Take Me Out so today, let the sand see the long jumper...

  63. Hamilton to make history this weekend?

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Just to give you an update ahead of today's US Grand Prix practice session. 

    Lewis Hamilton could become a triple World Champion this weekend. 

    His chances of securing the title on Sunday have been boosted by an engine penalty for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

    The German will be demoted 10 places on the grid after using more than the permitted number of engines.

    Hamilton, will win the title if he outscores Vettel by nine points and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by two.

    If Hamilton wins in Austin with Vettel below second, the Briton will clinch his third world championship.

  64. Manchester City news conference


    Liam Bradford

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manuel Pellegrini

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini was calm and collected for the majority of the news conference but the feeling among journalists in the room was that the Chilean was a little rattled about questions regarding captain Vincent Kompany and he refused to confirm the Belgian would play. 

    Pellegrini says the derby is a game that won't affect the title race, but he did conceded it would be special. Bragging rights in Manchester is almost as good as a title...isn't it?

  65. Brits in action later...

    World Gymnastics Championships - Glasgow

    Ellie Downie

    Great Britain's women aren't in action until 16:30 BST. The main aim for the six British women is to qualify in the top right nations - that would guarantee their place at the Rio Olympics.

    As well as that Ellie Downie (pictured), Amy Tinkler and Ruby Harrold will do all four apparatus to try to get to the all around final.

    But, Claudia Fragapane, who won four golds at the Commonwealth Games - including all-around - will only target floor, vault and beam finals. 

  66. Manchester City news conference

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini praises his defenders: "It's crucial to play with the best players for the moment. Football is moments – now, Eliaquim Mangala & Nicolas Otamendi are doing well."

    Update on Nasri's fitness: "It will be difficult for Samir Nasri to return before the international break. I hope he will be back after those 10 days."  

  67. United States Grand Prix

    Formula 1

  68. Manchester City news conference

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Uefa's investigation into the club's fans booing the Champions League anthem: "For me, the fans pay for their ticket and they are free to express themselves with how they feel with order and respect."

  69. Manchester City news conference

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Manuel Pellegrini on the Manchester derby: “It’s not a game that decides the title. For the city it’s always a special game - it's the same for the team and the manager.

    On coping without Sergio Aguero: “Last season we had a lot of different ways to play – when our strikers were injured, we played with James Milner and scored goals. We can play in different ways and we can win. Kevin De Bruyne is not a striker but he could play as a striker if we need him to."

  70. Manchester City team news

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has taken his seat...

    "David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy will miss the derby," he said. "Maybe next week one or two of them can start working with the team.”  

  71. Bolton to sign Ameobi


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Bolton are set to sign former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi. 

    He's expected to join the Wanderers on a short-term three month deal, and could be included in the squad for Saturday's home game against Leeds United.  

  72. Commons says sorry


    Kris Commons

    Kris Commons has apologised for throwing an almighty huff after being substituted in his side's 3-1 Europa League defeat in Molde on Thursday.

    The Celtic attacker unloaded a verbal volley at assistant manager John Collins.

     “I’d like to apologise for my reaction, something that should never be shown publicly on the field," he said. “I was very frustrated at how the night had gone. However, I did not handle this in the right way. 

    "My frustration at losing games and my desire to win will never change."

  73. Southampton news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

  74. BBC coverage

    Live now on BBC Radio 5 live

  75. Good news for Nottingham...

  76. England looking strong


    England are 105-2 in their first innings at tea having at one stage been 14-2. Pakistan managed 378 in their first innings.

    Captain Alastair Cook has scored 46 runs and Joe Root has 45.

    Click here for full text commentary.

  77. Bilic wary of Chelsea threat

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

    "They played good game in Kiev, they were very solid, like the old Chelsea from last year." 

    So says West Ham manager Slaven Bilic of the Blues' draw against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. His side face their London rivals on Saturday.

    "I watched the game, and I wasn't happy because they looked really good as a team; they were sharp, with great individuals. Some of the performances from players who didn't play that good recently, they played really good."

  78. Manchester City news conference

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Liam Bradford

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Man City food
    Man City food

    The media are well looked after by Manchester City. That's a sensational purvey...

  79. Liverpool news conference


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Well that was a lot quieter, and calmer. More football, than flim-flam. 

    Jurgen Klopp didn't sound confident that striker Daniel Sturridge will make a return on Sunday for the visit of Southampton. Exclusive national radio commentary on @5live sport.

    He also confirmed that the FA had been in touch following his criticism of them over Jordan Rossiter's hamstring injury. Klopp had accused the FA of treating young players like horses.

    "I need to learn sometimes to use other words for things," the German said. "We will have a talk in the next few days. Of course I was not happy with the situation but I could have informed them before I talked to you."

  80. Beat that Ellen DeGeneres


    Remember when Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that mass selfie with all those Hollywood stars?

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has possible trumped her, with a selfie with none other than China president Xi Jingping and UK prime minister David Cameron at City's training ground. 

  81. 'Reaction to Klopp over the top'


    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says successive draws in new manager Jurgen Klopp's first two matches have added a dose of realism to temper fans' sky-high expectations.

    "It was never going to just change overnight," said Lallana.

    "Maybe the reaction to him coming in was a bit over the top but he's a great manager who has had great success. He's asking people to do different things to what they were used to so it will take a bit of time."

    Jurgen Klopp
  82. Manchester City news conference

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Liam Bradford

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester City

    City’s news conference has been moved from the City Football Academy to the Etihad Stadium to allow for the visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping. 

    Rumour has it the Chinese leader is a Manchester United fan, making his visit to City a political tightrope that he’ll have to navigate carefully on derby weekend.

    The Blues are still without Sergio Aguero ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, even though the Argentine striker is back training. But they could be buoyed by the return of Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and maybe most importantly David Silva. 

    We're expecting Manuel Pellegrini at 12:45 BST...

  83. 'No good & funny headlines from me'

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

    Jose Mourinho

    South Africa's rugby team visited Chelsea's training ground on Thursday, so Blues' managerJose Mourinhowas asked at Friday's news conference which player he would have in his team.

    He said: "You don't get from good and funny headlines from me. I'm going to treat your bosses they way they treat me. In football, I'm willing to accept every critic. My private life and stupid things like that you bring to the light I don't like it. We go to a different level of professional relationship."

    And that was the end of the news conference.  

    Chelsea head of communications Steve Atkins earlier interrupted the conference and stated that the Blues were dealing with reports concerningMourinho and incidents with fans.

  84. Surprise, surprise


    Gary Lineker

    MOTD presenter since 1999

    Diego Costa has said that he's 'no angel' on the pitch. Crikey, How could we have all been so wrong?  

    The Chelsea striker made the bold claim in this Football Focus interview

  85. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Jurgen Klopp

    Jurgen Klopp on Daniel Sturridge and strike partnerships: "We have to see day-by-day. If he can train tomorrow he's an option. He will have more treatment today because there is still some fluid on his knee.   

    "I'm not sure in this moment if we will play two strikers on Sunday but it's an option for the future."

  86. Chelsea news conference

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

    Manager Jose Mourinho on back-to-back clean sheets: "It's important, but it's about the way the team played to get the clean sheets. It wasn't based on super keeping displays - it was good team work." 

  87. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    Jurgen Klopp on his players' performance against Rubin Kazan:  "I saw many things we did in training in the game. I didn't expect we'd run through the league from the moment I got here. 

    "We have to decide better when to shoot or pass. We have to be better in the box."

  88. Chelsea news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

    Jose Mourinho on Saturday's opponents West Ham: "Look at the table. See where they are. See where we are. It's easy to make conclusions."

    West Ham are fourth, Chelsea are 12th. What conclusion do you draw?

  89. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    Jurgen Klopp

    More fromJurgen Klopp,in what we are told is a much calmer news conference than his previous few...

    "I don't think we will make the same mistakes twice.I saw lots of good things [in the 1-1 Europa League draw with Rubin Kazan]. It's one more experience and the next game is waiting. 

    "I'm not sure in this moment if we will play two strikers on Sunday but it's an option for the future."

  90. Chelsea news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

    Jose Mourinho is addressing the media...

    He starts by talking about playing on Saturday having played in Ukraine on Tuesday: "If it's not an easy week. And it's better you have one more day than the 48 hours we had before going to Kiev."

  91. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Jurgen Klopp has taken his seat...

    He starts by saying the FA have been in touch over Jordan Rossiter's injury: "It's a problem and we have to talk about it."   

    The midfielder suffered a hamstring injury playing for England under-19s.

  92. Chelsea news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (15:00 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be on the mic very soon...

  93. Women's qualification has started...

    World Gymnastics Championships

    David McDaid

    BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

    Larisa Iordache

    Women's team qualifying is under way in Glasgow - and there has been disappointment before lunchtime.

    The Romania team were early starters but their star Larisa Iordache had a patchy session, falling on uneven bars and beam and she will definitely not qualify for the final of her favoured floor exercise as her score of 13.766 leaves her behind two compatriots - and only two per nation can progress.

    She still tops individual qualifying with 55.698, but there are lots and lots of gymnasts to come.

  94. Pakistan v England 2nd Test: Latest


    So how are England doing in response to Pakistan's 378 all out?

    Well, better than they were about an hour ago.

    They are 74-2 having lost two very early wickets. Alastair Cook and Joe Root looking solid.

    Follow the live text commentary here.

    Alastair Cook
  95. 'We don't feel like Kenyans'

    IPC World Athletics Championships

    A tearful Hanah Ngendo Mwangi talks about her shattered dreams after being forced to abandon her plans to compete in Doha.

    No Kenyans will be taking part after the government pulled funding at the last moment. Mwangi, a visually impaired sprinter, says she "cried and cried and cried" when she heard the news.

    You can listen to the emotional interview here

  96. 'I ran round The Etihad with my hood up'

    Manchester United v Manchester City (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

    Darren Fletcher

    Did you know that Darren Fletcher once sat among the United fans at a Manchester derby at The Etihad? And that he had to do almost a full lap of the stadium hiding under his hood after a mix up over his ticket?

    That is just one of the tales told by the West Brom midfielder in this engaging interview...

  97. Chelsea news conference

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

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter


    It's a 12:00 BST start at Cobham... fifth presser in eight days for Jose Mourinho. Might be fairly brief and not a packed as usual.

  98. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport


    Still around half an hour to go until Jurgen Klopp arrives, and it seems a lot calmer than the last two press conferences... for now.

  99. David Cameron visits Manchester City FC


    Anyone else think this looks painfully awkward...

  100. President Xi Jinping witnesses Sun honour


    And China president Xi Jinping is on hand to see former City player Sun Jihai become the first Chinese player inducted into the Football Museum's Hall of Fame.

  101. Joseph out for three months

    Rugby union

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby reporter

    Bath and England centre Jonathan Joseph is out for three months after having surgery on a pectoral injury sustained during the World Cup.

    Joseph suffered the injury during the tournament opener against Fiji and missed the game with Wales, although he did recover to face Australia a week later.

  102. Get Involved - pantomime villains


    Ryan Masters: It has to be Mitchell Johnson. Great character and a top bloke but you just love to hate him!  

    Harry Price: Has to be Mario Balotelli doesn't it?

    Ron: Anyone who is the opponent of the teams I'm supporting...

    Vague answer there, Ron.

  103. Hope someone has polished the silverware...


  104. Shaken, not stirred



    To mark the release of the new Bond movie, our friends at CBBC have hidden some of the Premier League's finest number seven's behind the franchise's famous opening titles... can you guess who they are?  

    Have a shot here...

  105. Happy birthday


    If you managed to decipher that Pele - or Edson Arantes do Nascimento - is the football legend who is 75 then fair play, to you.

    Also celebrating is another legend, former Dundee United, West Ham and Scotland defender Christian Dailly (42), former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta (54), former Wigan and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard (37), Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (38) and former England paceman Steve Harmison (37).

  106. Live on Friday

  107. Aston Villa news conference


    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Tim Sherwood

    A typically confident performance from Tim Sherwood, repeating his belief that Villa will definitely stay in the Premier League. 

    He said he believes the club are still behind him, but does think they will require more experienced "reinforcements" in January. Whatever noises may be being made outside the club about what his future should he, Sherwood remains defiant.

  108. FT: China 2-1 England