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Libby Dawes and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    Well, that's it from us for another Sportsday.

    But we'll be seeing you again tomorrow, bright and early from 08:00 GMT. 

    Have a good evening!

  2. Can West Ham finish in the top four?

    Watford v West Ham (15:00 GMT) Sat

    Well Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan definitely thinks so. 

    "In football, we're here to dream," he said.  

    "We're very, very optimistic. I'm not talking it down. I want to talk it up.

    "I mean look at what's gone wrong with Chelsea - that looked an impossibility - so why shouldn't the opposite happen to us?"

    West Ham go into Saturday's match away to Watford in third place, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

    David Sullivan
  3. Australia recall Sio for final

    Rugby Union

    Australia have recalled prop Scott Sio in their only change for Saturday's World Cup final against New Zealand.

    Sio is fit after missing the semi-final win over Argentina with a damaged elbow and replaces James Slipper.

    Full-back Israel Folau, who has been battling an ankle injury and only lasted an hour against Argentina, has been cleared to play.

    Veteran inside centre Matt Giteau, who hurt his groin playing against the Pumas, is also able to start.

    Scott Sio
  4. Williamson on Carver comments


    Mike Williamson

    Earlier we heard Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has joined Championship club Wolves on a one-month loan deal.

    He's since been talking about the now ex-Magpies boss John Carver suggesting he'd gotten himself sent off on purpose as an "easy way out" of a 3-0 defeat by Leicester last season.

    "It's in the past, it was a difficult time and there was a lot of pressure on people's shoulders. People react in different ways," Williamson said. 

    "It's gone now though. Now it's an opportunity to play football. My chances have been limited and it's frustrating but is part of the job. It's a fresh challenge."

  5. Ex-Rangers owner Whyte declared bankrupt


    Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been declared bankrupt in the wake of losing an £18m damages claim.

    Ticketing firm Ticketus successfully sued the 44-year-old for damages in 2013 over his part in the takeover of the Ibrox club in 2011.

    The bankruptcy petition was filed at the High Court in London after Mr Whyte did not pay a judgment debt, plus costs and interest, currently worth £20.8m.

    Mr Whyte also faces criminal charges over his part in the Rangers takeover.

    Craig Whyte
  6. Target practice


    Evidence to suggest why Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney might be struggling in front of goal?

  7. What are you telling us Jose?


    Jose Mourinho. Sometimes the man seems a seething enigma. Who can know what stormy seas he's navigating?

    Professor Geoff Beattie of Edge Hill University has been analysing the Chelsea manager's body language. 

    Beattie explains how Mourinho's real emotions are often betrayed by his facial expressions, blinking and shaking his head...

    Jose Mourinho
  8. Watford news conference

    Watford v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford head coach Quique Flores believes confidence is a major factor in why his team have performed well after 10 games in the Premier League. 

    “I always work positively. I expect me and my team to do well. I am confident," he said. 

    "It’s very important to be positive and it’s important the players feel that. I’m happy. This is about the whole club. We are a family.”

    Quique Flores
  9. Watford news conference

    Watford v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Don't forget we're expecting to hear from Watford manager Quique Flores soon. 

    Interesting fact about Flores? His aunt was a celebrated Flameno singer.

    Estrella Morente
    Image caption: Not Flores's auntie but Estrella Morente - she's a really good Flamenco singer
  10. World Cup vote 'a busted flush'


    Sepp Blatter

    Fifa should repay the money spent by Australia on itsfailed 2022 World Cup bid,according to a whistleblower who worked on the campaign.

    Suspended Fifa presidentSepp Blatterhas suggested there was a pre-vote agreement for the USA to host the 2022 event before voting swung to Qatar.

    Bonita Mersiades, former head of communications for Australia's bid team, called the vote a "busted flush".

    Australia spent more than A$45m (£20.9m) of public money on its bid.

  11. 17-year-old scores 40-yard wonder goal


    Raith Rovers

    Tiegan Clark from Kirkcaldy, scored in style for Raith Rovers Ladies and Girls FC under 17's at Edinburgh’s Easter Road stadium.  

    In fact the goal was so good that the video's gone viral...

    Watch for yourself here.

  12. Get Involved


    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Ryan Hooper: For me it's gotta be Ronnie O'Sullivan. Cool under pressure and never misses.

    James Dexter: I'd pick Ross Kemp, he'd deliver a Julian Dicks rocket and the keeper would feign a save.

  13. 'Big players behind the Fifa curtain'


    Asked if it was fair on Russia's rivals that Blatter and the "big players" had agreed to choose Russia before the vote, Stohlker replied: 

    "That is a good question - but there is a saying that fairness is only between equals. 

    "I think the rivals of Russia,  including England are not content with this pro-Russia decision." 

  14. 'Big players behind the Fifa curtain'


    Sepp Blatter

    Another day, yet more incredible revelations at Fifa. 

    Yesterday we had Sepp Blatter suggesting the decision to choose Russia as hosts of the 2018 World Cup was decided in advance of any vote. 

    He also said a late swing in voting undid a similar agreement to hand the 2022 staging to the USA.

    Today, his spokesman Klaus Stohlker has been speaking to Martyn Ziegler at Press Association sport, and this is what he is quoted as saying.

    "Before the decision was taken, in the case of Russia and the USA, there were 'behind-the-curtain' talks. 

    "It was not everyone in the Fifa executive committee but it was the big players that had these talks."

  15. Scholes 'wouldn't enjoy' Van Gaal's United


    BBC Radio Manchester

    Paul Scholes

    Former Manchester United midfielderPaul Scholessays he "would not enjoy" playing in Louis van Gaal's side.

    Scholes said their defence is "coached brilliantly" but bemoaned the team's style of play.

    "There's a lack of creativity and risk," said Scholes, who played 718 games for United. "It's a team now you wouldn't want to play against because they're tightly organised.

    "But it seems he [Van Gaal] doesn't want players to beat men and it's probably not a team I'd have enjoyed playing in."

  16. Head to head - the South Coast derby

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

  17. Bayern targeting Real's Carvajal?

    Football gossip

    The latest word from Spanish sports daily AS suggests Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola (formerly of Barcelona of course) is looking to sign a Real Madrid player.

    The man in question? Right-back Dani Carvajal, 23, who spent the 2012-13 season in the Bundelisga with Bayer Leverkusen.

    Dani Carvajal
  18. Get Involved


    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

    Boris Johnson

    Segun: Definitely Boris Johnson.

    Pini Berger: Cardiothoracic surgeon, pretty high stakes stuff - they could handle the pressure.

    Ryan: Jeremy Kyle.

    We'd love to know your thinking on that one, Ryan...

  19. Turkish ref locked in ground


    Trabzonspor fans

    English referees, you don't know how good you've got it, being shouted at by two different sets of fans and players every week. Lovely. 

    On Wednesday a Turkish match official was locked in Trabzonspor's stadium for several hours after making a controversial late penalty decision.

    Cagatay Sahan and his assistants were held on the orders of club president Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu after failing to award the hosts a late spot-kick in their 2-2 draw with Gaziantepspor.

    Haciosmanoglu claims he only allowed the officials to leave after a call from the country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The Turkish Football Federation has launched an investigation.

  20. Get Involved


    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

    MS Dhoni

    Harv AFC: MS Dhoni because he's an iceman.  

    Gavin: Has to be Floyd Mayweather. Don't like the guy, but he always gets the job done! Thunderbolt up the middle...

    William Baxter: Alastair Cook. Penalties 5% skill, 95% composure. Goal is large; battle is in the mind. And he is good at that.  

  21. Ramires signs new Chelsea deal


    The 28-year-old, who has made 241 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Benfica in 2010 said: "My family and I are very happy here in London and in the past five years the club has lifted every major trophy. 

    "I hope to be an important part of many more successes in the next four years."

  22. BreakingRamires signs new Chelsea deal


    Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires signs a new deal with the club, extending his contract until June 2019. 

  23. Get Involved


    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

    Jackie Chan

    Jason Lea: Jackie Chan. Do some backflips on his run up as well.

    Andrew R Miles: Me. I won a pen shootout at AFC Wimbledon whilst wearing a Brechin City shirt. 4-3. 

    Lee Allen: Jenson Button, calm under pressure.

  24. Poyet appointed AEK boss


    Gus Poyet

    Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is appointed new manager of Greek club AEK Athens. 

    The 46-year-old Uruguayan has agreed a deal until the end of the season with the option to renew for another two years.

    He replaces Traianos Dellas, who resigned last week following a 4-0 derby defeat by league leaders Olympiakos. 

    AEK are third, eight points behind.

  25. GB silver 'an unbelievable feeling'


    Max Whitlock

    Max Whitlock says helping Great Britain's male gymnasts win their first ever World Championship team medal with silver in Glasgow is "an unbelievable feeling".

    "I think we all really pulled together brilliantly. Going in there, we knew we had the potential to try to push for the medals," Whitlock told BBC Essex.

    "To actually do it is an unbelievable feeling."

    You can watch Whitlock's floor routine, which clinched second place for Great Britain, here.

  26. Get Involved


    Dan Carter

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Naweed Patel: Easy, Dan Carter.

    Mundy Carroll: Has to be Welsh rugby player Dan Biggar. The little jig beforehand would make it all worthwhile.  

    Trevor Hawkes: The ever reliable Jonny Wilkinson would have my vote. A cool head with buckets of penalty experience.

    Seeing a rugby theme here...

  27. Carneiro's lawyers serve notice on Chelsea FC


    Eva Carneiro

    According to the Press Association, former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's lawyers have served notice on the club that she intends to seek a claim for constructive dismissal.

    Carneiro left Chelsea last month after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.  

    It is understood that legal papers were served on the club this week and these will trigger an employment tribunal unless an out-of-court settlement can be agreed before a hearing takes place.

    Carneiro's lawyer served the papers this week after failing to agree a settlement with Chelsea so far. The three-month period in which a claim must be notified ends on November 8.

  28. New on Thursday...

  29. Lionel Messi or Neymar?


    Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar
    Image caption: Can't we just keep both?

    Can you imagine Barcelona without Lionel Messi? No, course not. But without Neymar? Manchester United fans can hope...

    A former Barca president has suggested the Spanish club may be forced to sell key players because of "mismanagement" by senior directors. 

    In an interview with French broadcaster RMC, Joan Laporta said forward Messi, 28, would never leave the club, but claimed 23-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar could well be moved on....

    It must be election time...

  30. Get Involved


    Bruce Lee

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Ged Lynam: Bruce Lee could do a one inch punch so he could probably take a penalty without even needing a run up!  

  31. Ex-coach Lyle returns as player

    Ice Hockey

    Less than a week after quitting as Swindon Wildcats head coach, Steve Lyle has returned to the club as a player.

    "Stevie is a great goalie and is a massive part of our club," said Wildcats manager Steve Nell.

  32. Accrington approve takeover proposal


    Accrington Stanley

    Accrington Stanleyhave accepted investment from local businessman Andy Holt toclear £1.2m of debtand take a controlling stake in the League Two club.

    Shareholders voted to accept a proposal that will see Holt become a director and provide £600,000 of extra funds.

    Holt, whose company What More UK sponsor Accrington's Wham Stadium, will take on 75% of the club's shares.

  33. Get Involved


    Niklas Lidstrom

    Kevin Ellen: Niklas Lidstrom.  

    For the uninitiated, Lidstrom was a ice hockey defenceman for the Detroit Red Wings.

  34. Gloucester 'did not break salary cap'

    Rugby Union


    Gloucester have become the latest Premiership club to confirm they were not involved in a "settlement" over salary cap "issues".

    Premiership Rugby had said "confidential agreements" were reached following "certain issues" with some clubs over last season's £4.76m limit.

    But Gloucester have now joined Wasps, Harlequins, Sale, Newcastle and Worcester in saying it was not them...

  35. Tomkins out of New Zealand series

    Rugby League

    Sam Tomkins

    England full-back Sam Tomkins has been ruled out of the three-Test series against New Zealand after failing to recover from a knee injury that has kept him out of the game since August.

    The 26-year-old, who will rejoin Wigan for the 2016 season after homesickness ended his two-year stint with the NRL's New Zealand Warriors, will not be replaced in the England squad.

    "It is a great shame, but it wasn't to be" said coach Steve McNamara.

    "Sam is devastated to miss out."

  36. Get Involved


    Pierluigi Collina

    Rory: If Pierluigi Collina took a penalty, he would just stare at the keeper until they moved out of the way & he could tap it in.

  37. Can you tell who it is?


    Someone has too much time on their hands...

  38. Get Involved


    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

    Daniel Spooky Name: John Cena as he never loses...

    Sportsday has just discovered he's one of these grown men who dresses up in lycra and grapples with other men...

    John Cena
  39. 'Mind the gap'


    Arsene Wenger

    If you are in London on the 29 October and hear a familiar french accent on the tube, here is why...

    On London Poppy Day, a host of famous voices including Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, will encourage commuters to donate to The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal via the tannoy system on the undergrounds and busses. 

    Other celebrities include Brian Blessed, Danny Dyer, Jo Brand, Trevor Nelson, Ian Lavender, John Terry and Harry Kane.

  40. Do you know a star of the future?

    Sports Personality of the Year

    Do you know a young person who has achieved something outstanding in the world of sport in 2015? 

    Are they on track for Rio 2016 or competing at a level above their age group, against senior athletes?

    Have they proved themselves on a world stage?

    If so, they may deserve to be named 2015's Young Sports Personality of the Year, much like a wee Andy Murray did back in 2004.


    Nominate someone by filling in a Word or PDF document and sending it...

    by email to: 

    or by post to: 

    YOUNG SPOTY 2015, 3rd Floor, Quay House, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, M50 2QH.

    (nominees must have been 17 or under on 1 January 2015) 

  41. Get Involved


    Harold Bishop

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Nathan James Bartlett: Harold Bishop from Neighbours - even falling off a cliff didn't bother him, so a penalty would be no problem.


  42. Chamberlain and Walcott ruled out


    Chamberlain and Walcot

    Confirmation from 'Le Prof'. 

    Arsene Wenger says Alex Oxlade-Chamberain and Theo Walcott have been ruled out with injury "until after the international break" (that's around 17 November).   

    As to who could play on the right side against Swansea on Saturday, the Frenchman puts forward Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi. 

    "Santi [Cazorla] can play there as well but he has become very important centrally," he adds.

  43. 'Blade Babe' sets new record

    IPC World Championship

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    Marlou van Rhijn

    The woman known as 'Blade Babe' - Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn - was in celebratory mood after winning the T44 100m in a new world record time of 12.80 seconds in Doha.

    The 24-year-old double amputee, who also won her 200m event earlier in the programme, beat the 12.81 she set in Switzerland earlier this year with Britain's Sophie Kamlish fifth in 13.51.

  44. Di Maria on why he left Man Utd


    Angel Di Maria

    How do you feel about Angel Di Maria Manchester United fans? Would you have him back one day? 

    Speaking to Spanish sports daily Marca, the Paris St-Germain midfielder went some way to explaining his departure from Old Trafford.

    "I started very well, then I had problems with people in the club," he said. 

    "Then I started being put on the bench, things like that happen in football. After the robbery at my house, everything made ​​me want to leave."

  45. Get Involved


    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    John Cleese

    Lee Smith: John Cleese with his funny walk as the run up.

    Jack Doyle: Sebastian Vettel. Can't beat a German taking pens. 

    Scotty Ind: Roger Federer. Cold as ice.

  46. High praise from POTUS


    US Women's Soccer Team

    In case you missed it, POTUS, aka President of the United States - Barack Obama, has welcomed the World Champion US Women's Soccer Team into the White House and has praised them for changing the meaning of the term "playing like a girl". 

    He has said that the victorious team has "taught all America’s children that playing like a girl means you’re a badass."

  47. Another silver for GB

    IPC Athletics World Championships

    Maria Lyle

    Scottish teenagerMaria Lyleran a lifetime best of 13.92 seconds in the T35 100m at theIPC Athletics World Championshipsin Doha but it was only good enough for silver behind Australian 14-year-old Isis Holt who broke her own world record with 13.63.

    "I need to go back and work on my start over the winter," the 15-year-old told BBC Sport. "I wobbled a bit out there but I am delighted with my time."

  48. Whyte declared bankrupt


  49. Get Involved


    Chuck Norris

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Matt Claypole: Chuck Norris. The ball would become sentient in his presence and fly into the net for him.  

  50. Swansea news conference

    Swansea v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00)

    In succinct fashion, Garry Monk has rounded up his news conference with a word on his own team's form.


    "Each team will have a period where they will suffer and its about how you deal with that. Winning games obviously breeds confidence but this group is very strong.

    "Our effort and commitment is always there and its about continuing to do the right things and working hard on the training ground."

    That's all he has for us today. 

  51. Australia confirm final team

    New Zealand v Australia (Sat, 16:00 GMT)

  52. Premier League predictor

    Newcastle v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    That's your lot from Mark Hughes, but can his Stoke side build upon their League Cup win over Chelsea?

    Let us know what you think on our predictor

  53. Stoke news conference

    Newcastle v Stoke City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Mark Hughes has moved on to talk about Saturday's hosts...

    "They made a significant investment in the summer - around £50m. It takes a little bit of time for those guys to integrate and maybe that hasn't happened as quickly as they would have hoped. 

    "We are only 10 games into the season, though, and it may be a case of them going through a transitional period. But you need points on the board and they will be looking to get wins under their belt."

  54. Swansea news conference

    Swansea v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00)

    Swansea - Garry Monk

    Swansea manager Garry Monk has said his side will have to be at their best for the match against Arsenal on Saturday. 

    "They have had a fantastic start to the season. But we've had some good games against them in recent years and had two good results against them last season.

    "We know that when we are at our best we can give anyone a game in this league and we'll need to be at that level on Saturday. If we do that we are in with a chance of getting the result we want."

  55. Stoke news conference

    Newcastle v Stoke City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Jon Walters

    Mark Hughes is now talking about forward Jon Walters, who has yet to agree a new deal with his current contract expiring in the summer...

    "There is a danger that we could lose Jon, but that isn't what I want and it isn't what he wants. There is scope to sit back down, I would have thought. 

    "Jon is capable of making an impact as he is right now. We would love to come to a satisfactory conclusion."

  56. Stoke news conference

    Newcastle v Stoke City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Mark Hughes is now giving an injury bulletin. It sounds like an episode of Casualty...

    "Marc Muniesa has quite a serious hamstring injury, so he will be out for three or four weeks minimum. Glen Johnson has trained and hopefully he will be available on Saturday. Geoff Cameron will need another four or five days so he is out too. Ryan Shawcross looked fine, which was pleasing.

    "Mame Diouf is sore and stiff, as is Jon Walters, who had a dead leg and had to come off. Bojan is OK and will be available."

  57. Stoke news conference

    Newcastle v Stoke City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes has arrived and starts by talking about his side being drawn against Sheffield Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the League Cup...

    "We are up against a team from a lower division but, having seen the highlights of their game against Arsenal, there is absolutely no chance that we will be underestimating them. It will be a really difficult night for us."

  58. Mourinho expected to be in dugout


    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to be in the dugout for Saturday's game with Liverpool - despite facing a misconduct charge.

    The Blues boss faces disciplinary action after being sent off during last weekend's 2-1 defeat by West Ham.

    But those matters are not expected to be dealt with before the 12:45 GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge.

    Mourinho, 52, has also lodged an appeal with the Football Association against a separate suspended stadium ban - he received that one for comments he made about match officials after the 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on 3 October...

  59. Get Involved


    Sylvester Stallone

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Colin Cross: Sylvester Stallone just so I could hear his speech after his scored.

  60. Test of knowledge


    Earlier on we asked...

    The answers? Danny Purvis, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas, Beth Tweddle and Max Whitlock.

  61. Women's Sports Personality of the Year

    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Only 13 of the 61 winners of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, have been female. 

    So, Glamour magazine have taken matters into their own hands and are running a competition for women only. 

    See who they have nominated here. 

  62. Do the rules of rugby baffle you?

    New Zealand v Australia (Sat, 16:00 GMT)

    Would you like to look like you know why you are shouting at the telly during the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday?

    Fear not. 

    Follow our guide to the basics of rugby union here.

  63. Football Daily Podcast

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Mark Chapman brings you reaction to Wednesday's League Cup matches, John Hartson and Danny Millls share their thoughts on the opportunities being given to young English players by Premier League clubs, and Sepp Blatter suggests that the decision to award Russia 2018 World Cup was 'agreed before vote'.

    Listen here

  64. Ole!

    Formula 1

  65. League Cup fixture news


  66. League Cup fixture news


  67. League Cup fixture news


  68. On this day...


  69. League Cup fixture news


  70. Ranieri good for his word?


    Unconfirmed reports that Claudio Ranieri has reneged on his promise to buy his Leicester players pizzas as a reward for keeping clean sheets...

    Looks like he's bought them ingredients to make their own pizzas instead, which is clearly not the same at all.

    Claudio Ranieri and Leicester players
  71. BreakingGleneagles to host 2019 Solheim Cup


  72. Swansea news conference

    Swansea City v Arsenal (Sat 15:00 GMT)

    We'll bring you Mr Monk as soon as we have him...

  73. Swansea news conference

    Swansea City v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Rob Phillips

    BBC Wales Football Correspondent

    Ready to speak to Swansea City's manager Garry Monk, who has had a much quieter week following Saturday's victory at Aston Villa.

    Arsenal are the visitors to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, with the Swans having completed a double over the Gunners last season.

    Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis scored in both wins last season. Sure his name will crop up in proceedings...

  74. The life of an Olympic athlete...


    British steeplechaserEilish McColgansuffered a few problems during training on Thursday...

  75. No second gold for Cox

    IPC Athletics Championships

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    Kadeena Cox

    There will be no second gold medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships for Britain'sKadeena Coxafter she was disqualified from the heats of the T37 200m. 

    The 25-year-old, who is making her GB debut here, was adjudged to have been late to the call room prior to her race.

    British Athletics appealed the decision but the appeal was unsuccessful and she will not be reinstated.

    Head coach Paula Dunn said: "I am absolutely gutted for Kadeena and this is an incredibly difficult situation for the athlete and her support team. Whilst we feel this is an unduly harsh decision we will learn from this experience and move on."

  76. Mascherano admits tax fraud


    Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has admitted two counts of fraud totalling just over 1.5m euros (£1.1m).

    The Argentine failed to declare 1.5m euros in earnings in 2011 and 2012, state prosecutors said.

    He admitted to the charges in a court appearance near Barcelona which lasted less than five minutes.

    Former Liverpool defender Mascherano - who has played for Barcelona since 2010 - is the latest high-profile footballer to come under scrutiny from Spanish tax authorities.

    His Barca team-mate Lionel Messi is set to stand trial alongside his father for tax fraud totalling 4.16m euros (£2.9m).

  77. Catch up on the cup

    Hearts 1-2 Celtic

    Leigh Griffiths

    Watched the highlights of Celtic's 2-1 Scottish League Cup victory over Hearts?

    You can do, over here now. There's a cracking opener from Leigh Griffiths.

  78. A nightmare own goal...


    Picture the scene. It's 0-0 in the cup, the 95th minute, your team is holding on. 

    Deep free-kick. The last one to defend. Dirk Kuyt's all over you, seconds left against your fierce rivals... the ball comes in, you swing a right boot to clear, but something's wrong... horribly wrong.

    The ball seems to go through you, it hits your left, trickles over the line, your team beaten... pandemonium as Dirk wheels away with an enormous grin.

    That's what happened to Joel Veltman last night, as Feyenoord claimed a 1-0 victory in the Dutch Cup over Ajax

    Also, there was this absolutely massive banner in the ground before kick-off - have you ever seen anything like it?

  79. Get Involved



    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty and why?

    Alexander Sprague: An opera singer. Bright lights, watched by thousands. One difficult 'money note' that your evening's work is judged by.

  80. Williamson to Wolves


    And the Championship club have confirmed it...

  81. Williamson to Wolves


    Mike Williamson

    Another transfer for you! 

    A word of warning though; it's not Paul Pogba to Manchester City, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United,or Karim Benzema to Arsenal...

    The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has joined Wolves on loan.

  82. Doncaster sign Everton's Grant on loan


    Conor Grant

    Doncaster Rovers sign Everton midfielder Conor Grant on a one-month loan deal.

    The 20-year-old, who is yet to make his competitive debut for the Toffees, ended last season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.

    He could make his Rovers debut in Saturday's League One fixture against Colchester.

  83. 'I didn't have a drugs habit; I just took drugs'


    Frank McAvennie

    BBC Scotland have been asking a series of quick questions of former Celtic and West Ham striker Frank McAvennie...

    Which manager does he describe as "hopeless", which one did he lock in a hotel room so he could go to a party, and why he doesn't he regret turning down Arsenal?

    Find out here...

  84. Barca in not being brilliant shock


    They were without Lionel Messi, without Neymar, without Luis Suarez, but still. 

    SurelyBarcelonashould be beating a third-tier side all the same?

    The Spanish, European (and soon to be World?) champions struggled to a 0-0 draw atVillanovensein the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-32 tie last night. 

    Luis Enrique's side managed just three efforts on target, as five players made their first starts of the season.

    Villanovense had eight efforts on goal and even had a a Javi Sanchez header come back off the bar.  

    The second leg is at the Nou Camp on 2 December.

  85. Get Involved


    Kiera Knightley

    Whichy non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    John Bowes: Keira Knightley. .. she bends it like Beckham.  

  86. Test of knowledge


    Remember you can watch coverage of the ongoing World Championships in Glasgow live on BBC Two and online from 19:00 GMT.

  87. Aston Villa confidence 'a big issue'

    Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa

    Confidence is becoming a "big issue" at managerless Aston Villa but it remains a great job for the right person, says caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.

    Kevin MacDonald

    MacDonald, 54, was put in temporary charge after Tim Sherwood's sacking on Sunday and oversaw their 2-1 defeat by Southampton in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

    "Confidence is a big issue. Nobody likes being bottom of the league," MacDonald told BBC Sport. "The players are hurting for Tim but we can't wallow in self pity."

  88. Get Involved


    Postman Pat

    Kerron Cross: Which non-footballer would you get to take a penalty? Postman Pat. First-class delivery, always looking for the postage stamp.

    Round of applause for Kerron...

  89. The Rooney debate


    While we're on the topic, just how do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney? Is there even a problem to solve?

    Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen thinks there is - he says   Louis van Gaal's tactics are failing to get the best out of the 30-year-old captain and striker.

    He told Talksport: “Wayne is an adventurous player who likes to have freedom on the pitch, to roam around and get involved and find his own way to get into the game.

    “I think at the moment he’s a little more restricted, he doesn’t always get the ball when he wants it and where he wants it."

    Wayne Rooney
  90. FA to investigate laser incident


    Wayne Rooney

    The Football Association is investigating a laser being shone at Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during the League Cup defeat by Middlesbrough.

    Television footage showed a green light appearing on Rooney's face as he prepared to take his penalty.

    The striker's effort was saved by Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias and United were beaten 3-1 in the shoot-out after the game finished 0-0 following extra-time.

    The FA say it is aware of reports of the incident and is looking into it.

  91. Star in the making?

    Manchester City 5-1 Crystal Palace

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    Crystal Palace will not want to see precocious 19-year-old Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho again in a hurry. The striker's first City goal came at Selhurst Park earlier in the season and on Wednesday he scored one and set up another.

    What was impressive about both key moments was the composure. 

    For Kevin De Bruyne's goal, Iheanacho looked up and directed a ball into the path of the Belgian instead of fizzing a hit-and-hope across the six-yard area. And for his own strike, he controlled De Bruyne's firm cross before firing a low drive past Wayne Hennessey.

    It seems the teenager could confidently fill in the gap caused by the injury to Sergio Aguero. 

  92. Scottish Cup third round draw...


    ...has been made. All ties will be played on the weekend of 28 November.

    Stranraer v Buckie Thistle, Queen's Park v Forfar Athletic, Formatine United v Fort William/Cove Rangers, Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic, East Fife/Stirling Albion v Cumbernauld Colts, Albion Rovers v Greenock Morton, Falkirk v Turriff United/Fraserburgh, Nairn County/Wick Academy v Linlithgow Rose, Peterhead v Livingston, Huntly v Lothian Thistle /Montrose, Elgin City v Raith Rovers, Airdrieonians v Brechin City, Ayr United v Dunfermline Athletic, Inverurie Loco Works v Annan Athletic, Stenhousemuir v East Kilbride/Forres Mechanics, Cowdenbeath v Arbroath

  93. Keighley player given four-year ban

    Rugby league

    Daley Williams

    Keighley Cougars centreDaley Williamshas beengiven a four-year banafter testing positive for anabolic steroids.

    Williams, 29, tested positive for drostanolone and a metabolite of stanozolol in an out of competition test by UK Anti-Doping on 5 March 2015.

    He has been released by the third-tier club and has been banned from all sport until 7 April 2019.

  94. Howard Kendall funeral


    Just a reminder that our colleagues in Merseyside are covering the funeral of legendary Everton player and manager Howard Kendall and would love to hear your memories.

    Get in touch using #kendallmemories and visit their special live page

  95. Lunch break/ time wasting/ procrastination penalty shoot-out quiz


    CBBC Quiz

    We have been talking about penalties all day but how good is your penalty shoot-out knowledge?

    How about testing it with CBBC's quiz all about the fear inducing game deciders...

  96. On this day...

    Horse racing

    Lester Piggott

    In 1985, jockey Lester Piggott rode one winner at Nottingham before going into retirement - only to make a successful comeback five years later, aged 54.

  97. Get Involved


    Vladimir Putin

    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Chris Andrews: Russian president Vladimir Putin. Cool as a cucumber, and no keeper would dare attempt a save.

  98. Help needed


    A Commonwealth Games judo medalist is looking for your help...

  99. 'Rooney? Finished? Ridiculous'


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Wayne Rooney has again come under fire from Manchester United fans, after another subdued performance in which his penalty was saved in their shootout defeat by Middlesbrough last night, but former United player and coach Phil Neville is backing him to come good.

    He told BBC Radio Manchester’s Red Wednesday the England captain has “sacrificed himself for the team throughout his career” and “for people to say he is finished is ridiculous”.

    You can hear the full interview or download the podcast here.

    Wayne Rooney
  100. Get Involved


    Which non-footballer would you choose to take a penalty?

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Mathusan Arum: Maybe Daniel Radcliffe would take the winning penalty, I'm sure you are allowed magic in football!   

    Well Mathusan, if we are being pedantic, Daniel Radcliffe, who has admitted to being terrible at sport,may not be as good at taking a penalty as the character he plays would be.

    And anyway, as the seeker on the Gryffindor Quiddich team, Harry Potter would probably be better at saving the penalty - Clearly, a football is much larger than the golden snitch, which is about the size of a walnut giving the boy wizard a massive advantage...

  101. New Zealand name unchanged side

    New Zealand v Australia (Sat, 16:00 GMT)

    New Zealand v Australia
  102. ‘Duel in the Pool’


    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

    James Guy

    World champion James Guy headlines a seven-strong British contingent who will form part of the European line-up for the biannual ‘Duel in the Pool’ event against the USA.

    The competition – dubbed swimming’s answer to the Ryder Cup – takes place in Indianapolis, USA, 11-12 December and will feature a 36-strong US team which includes Olympic champions Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin.

    The US team have won every edition of the competition, which initially saw them take on Australia between 2003-2007, but has been exclusively between the USA and Europe since 2009. 

  103. Get Involved