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Libby Dawes and Neil Johnston

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  1. Goodbye

    It's time to bring the shutters down on Friday's Sportsday. Don't worry, we'll be back on Monday with all the reaction from a packed weekend of sport. Who will be crowned the 2015 rugby world champions? Can Chelsea end their poor form against Liverpool? Will newly crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton win in Mexico? Enjoy the weekend's action.

  2. A nation awaits

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

    Sydney Opera House

    Sydney's iconic Opera House has turned green and gold ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup final. 

    This time tomorrow we should know who the 2015 world champions are. Will fireworks be lighting up Sydney's night sky in 24 hours time in celebration?

  3. Burgess named in Bath squad

    Sam Burgess is named in a 41-man Bath squad for this season's European Champions Cup. Reports have intensified that Burgess is on the verge of a return to rugby league just 12 months after switching codes. 

    He features in the group of players named by Bath for a tournament that starts next month. Bath's opening Champions Cup game is away against reigning European champions Toulon on November 15. 

  4. 'Don't write Wallabies off'

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

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Can Australia win it? Yes. The last couple of weeks they probably haven’t performed to the level they did earlier in the tournament but they have still got it in them. They beat the All Blacks in Sydney in August so they will have confidence."
  5. Mourinho sack talk 'a joke'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Danny Murphy

    Ex-Liverpool midfielder

    Jose Mourinho
    Quote Message: It is an absolute joke that Jose Mourinho is being talked about as being the next Premier League manager who could lose his job. The success Mourinho has had, especially at Chelsea, means he has earned the right to have a bad three months without being sacked. He should be allowed to have a poor six months or even a bad season, because everyone has them - even Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United."
  6. On the radio...

    New Zealand v Australia (Sat, 1600 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    You can listen to full commentary of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia on BBC Radio 5 live, with all the build-up starting at 11:00 GMT on Saturday.

    Joining Mark Pougatch at Twickenham is former New Zealand fly-half Andrew Mehrtens and former England World Cup winner Matt Dawson.

    Your commentators are Ian Robertson and Alastair Eykyn.

  7. Bath deny salary cap breach

    Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live rugby commentator

    Bath release a statement denying they breached the salary cap last season. They were one of the clubs reported to be under investigation by Premiership Rugby. 

    However, it's worth noting that no club has actually been found guilty of "breaching" the salary cap.

    Instead, it was announced last week certain clubs reached "settlements" over salary cap "issues".

  8. No Wood for England


    England bowler Mark Wood will be rested for the third Test against Pakistan. But who will replace him? Former England captain Michael Vaughan has picked his side to face Misbah and Co starting at 06:00 GMT on Sunday.

  9. 'Hard to bet against All Blacks'

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

    Quote Message: It is very hard to bet against a team playing as well as the All Blacks have been, not only in this tournament, but across the last four years. In addition Dan Carter has been more reliable off the tee than Bernard Foley so far in this tournament, and in such a tight game as I expect that could be crucial." from Jeremy Guscott Former England centre
    Jeremy GuscottFormer England centre
  10. 'We want to make fans proud'

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Sun, 16:00 GMT)


    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says his players want to make fans proud by winning Sunday's south coast derby at Southampton.

    "I think it's a new experience for us, since I've been here we haven't played many local derbies," adds Howe.

    "We played Southampton back in League One and it was a memorable experience. But this is in the Premier League and it will be totally different.

    "The players are looking forward to it and I certainly know that the fans are. I am just hoping that we can make them proud."

    Bournemouth start the weekend one place above the relegation zone and six points behind sixth-placed Saints.

  11. 'Heavy backing for All Blacks'

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

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I threw a tweet out there asking who is going to win. Out out of 150 replies 127 said they thought New Zealand will win it."
  12. Newcastle admit charge


    Newcastle United admit a charge of failing to control their players in last weekend's derby defeat at Sunderland. 

    A statement on Newcastle's website reads: "The charge relates to the players' reaction to the match official's decision, which saw Sunderland awarded a penalty and captain Fabricio Coloccini issued with a red card, which has since been rescinded.

    "The club has admitted the charge but has submitted an application for it to be reassessed due to mitigating circumstances."

  13. World Cup ref gets home village backing

    Rugby Union

    Want to read more about Nigel's road to the top? Click here.

  14. 'Get Carter'

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

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Dan Carter
    Quote Message: I think Australia will target Dan Carter, they'll try and unruffle him and it could be the unraveling of the All Blacks."
  15. Bournemouth team news

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Midfielder Harry Arter is in line for his first Premier League start of the season. However, manager Eddie Howe remains without long-term absentees Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings (all knee).

    Out-of-form goalkeeper Artur Boruc is still nursing a thigh problem, so Adam Federici is again expected to start in his absence. Captain Tommy Elphick is also still out with an ankle injury.

  16. Will Carter exit in style?

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

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Twickenham


    World Cup finals seldom stick to the script. Four years ago New Zealand's triumph was masterminded in the end not by Dan Carter, nor his replacement Colin Slade, or even his back-up Aaron Cruden, but by fourth-choice fly-half Stephen Donald, a man who had been summoned from a whitebait-fishing trip and ran onto the pitch for the final wearing a shirt that appeared to be borrowed from a teenage girl.

    The All Blacks will be happier with a less complicated final act this time around. Keep the bad guys at bay. Let their heroes do their thing. Make the ending a happy one, for one great champion at least.

    Can perfect 10 Dan Carter exit in style? Read more from Tom Fordyce

  17. What they said...

    Jose Mourinho

    Missed what was said earlier? Here's some of the best quotes from Premier League managers today:

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Paul Scholes's criticism: "You have an expression. Sticks and stones can break my bones. Names never hurt me."

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on whether he can secure a Champions League spot: "I cannot promise."

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Mourinho: "I think if you are not a journalist or a referee he is a nice guy."

  18. Men's all-around final

    BBC Coverage

    Max Whitlock

    The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships continues in Glasgow and you can catch the action at 18:00 GMT on the Red Button for the start of the competition live, 19:00 GMT on BBC2.

    We don't want to jinx it, but GB's Max Whitlock and Daniel Purvis are genuine medal contenders in the all-around event this evening...

    However, they will have to pull off some performance to claim the top spot as Kohei Uchimura of Japan is going for an unprecedented sixth all-around world gold medal.

    Kohei Uchimura
  19. 'Why Wallabies respond to Cheika'

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

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Michael Cheika seems to have an intense dislike of the media, the game's administrators and referees. When you are in the team and your coach is like that then you get the feeling he is protecting his boys. They respond to him."
  20. 'Question marks about Wallabies'

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

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: For Australia to win, everything is going to have to go fantastically well and we’re going to have to see something new from them. I question whether they have it in their legs."
  21. Irish athlete wins sixth IPC World title

    IPC Athletics World Championship

    IPC Athletics World Championships

    Irish Paralympic star Michael McKillop clinched his sixth IPC Athletics World Championship gold medal after defending his T37 1500m title in Doha.

    The 25-year-old from Glengormley, on the outskirts of Belfast, has a mild form of cerebral palsy.

    The T38 800m champion stayed on the shoulder of Australia's Brad Scott before making a move with 600m to go.

    "That race was controlled and timed to perfection," the three-time Paralympic champion told BBC Sport.

  22. Record breakers?

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


    At least two records - and possibly several more - will be broken on Saturday.

    New Zealand's Richie McCaw will extend his record for the most Test caps to 148 and team-mates Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith will play their 62nd Test as a centre partnership, another record.

    Team-mate Dan Carter will seek to add to his record points in Test rugby, which currently stands at 1,579.

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  24. 'Unmissable'

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

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: This is what we've been waiting for over the last four years. It's going to be a cracker...the two best teams in the world. If you have any sniff of interest in rugby this is not to be missed."
  25. The final countdown

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


    The talking is over. It's time for action and six weeks after the tournament started, the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is just 24 hours away.

    It's New Zealand against Australia at a sold-out Twickenham for the right to be crowned champions of the world. A heavyweight contest between the two best teams on the planet. 

    Who will be lifting the Webb Ellis Cup? All will be revealed...very soon.

  26. Mechanics love their cars, don't they...

    Formula 1

  27. Predict this week's scores...



    Now you have heard from all the managers, why not play our predictor game and see how you do against our Lawro. Have a go here. 

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  29. Rabona challenge


    Can you do a Rabona? MOTD Kickabout challenged England rugby star Danny Care to try. Check out the results here.

    Danny Care
  30. Celtic boss hits back at critics


    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has hit back at his critics after coming under pressure for the club's disappointing European form.

    The Hoops failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage and were defeated 3-1 against Molde in the Europa League on 22 October.

    Former Scotland and Aberdeen defender Alex McLeish, who won the treble as Rangers boss in 2003, was quoted as saying, "even if you win domestically just now it might not be enough," while former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner said: "I don't think that Celtic are getting better in Europe."

    "Where are the other Scottish teams? I don't know. I haven't seen them in Europe," said Deila. "The national team is not in Europe either - they aren't going to the Euros."

  31. Tupou stays at Wakefield

    Rugby League

    Bill Tupou

    Winger Bill Tupou has signed a one-year deal with Super League side Wakefield after a successful short-term stint in the 2015 season.

    Tupou, 25, left Canberra Raiders in June to join Brian Smith's side and made nine appearances for the Wildcats, helping secure their top-flight status.

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  33. 'Dangerous Rooney'

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Wayne Rooney

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says Wayne Rooney's frustration makes him "dangerous". Manchester United and England forward Rooney has scored just two Premier League goals this season and missed a penalty as his club were eliminated from the League Cup at home to Middlesbrough in midweek.

    "He is at the top of the pitch now and maybe he is not getting the service he would probably want in that," said Pardew ahead of United's visit to Palace on Saturday.

    "I can see a little bit of frustration in him but that makes him dangerous. Rooney has proved many times, particularly when he gets criticism, that he can deliver."

  34. Monk will remind players of their record against Arsenal


    Garry Monk

    Swansea manager GarryMonk will remind his players of their good recent record against Arsenal before their Liberty Stadium visit.

    "They are always very tough games against Arsenal but we've managed to get some decent results against them home and away,"

    Monk has not lost any of his previous three meetings with Arsene Wenger, Swansea claiming a 2-2 draw at the Emirates in March 2014 before doing the double over Arsenal last season for only the second time in their history.

    Wenger criticised Monk's approach after Swansea's "smash-and-grab success" in north London in May when Bafetimbi Gomis scored an 85th-minute winner, the Arsenal manager complaining the Welsh club "refused to play completely and just defended."

    Read the match preview here. 

  35. Random picture of the day...


    While we are on the subject of pumpkins, former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero posted this picture to his Instagram earlier...

    Hope he has enough tea lights to fill those.

    Alessandro del piero
  36. #PumpkinSkills from Lotus F1...

    Formula 1

  37. Don't worry Ellie, we've all got one...


    Ellie Downie
  38. Meet the UK's first male basketball cheerleader


    Plymouth Raiders

    Plymouth Raiders have become the first professional basketball club in Great Britain to have a male cheerleader.

    Terrell Lawrence has joined the British Basketball League (BBL) club's troupe of dancers for their home games.

    "My friends say it's really cool," the 17-year-old former contemporary and ballet dancer told BBC South West. 

    Watch him and his team in action here.

    Anyone else resisting the urge to grab your pom-poms and join in?

    Visit our Get Inspired page where you can find your nearest dance class.

  39. Is that a shark behind you, lads?


    Boxers Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell look in fine fettle ahead of their upcoming fights in December.

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  41. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Stoke (Sat, 16:00 GMT)


    Just before he wrapped up in the Newcastle press room, McClaren had a word to say about this weekend's opponents. 

    "We will expect a vibrant, very good Stoke team who have an excellent manager and squad taking the club forward but we have shown what we are capable of doing," said McClaren. "At times our football has been excellent and we are creating chances. The fans were excellent last week and we need that again tomorrow." 

  42. QoS answer time...

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier, our colleagues at Question of Sport asked: In the last three Rugby World Cup finals, only four tries have been scored. Name the four players to have scored them.

    The answers... Thierry Dusautoir, Jason Robinson, Lote Tuqiri and Tony Woodcock. Did you get them? Well done!

  43. Newcastle team news

    Newcastle v Stoke (Sat, 16:00 GMT)

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Some Newcastle team news now. Tim Krul has had his knee operation and is on the first small steps to recovery.

    Fabricio Coloccini is available after his sending off against Sunderland last weekend was overturned.

    Jack Colback is serving a one-match ban, although he has also been ruled out for six weeks with a knee problem. McClaren has said this "gives other people an opportunity while he's not there". 

  44. 'Burgess should make rugby league return'

    Sam Burgess

    Scotland and Sale scrum half Chris Cusiter says Sam Burgess does not have enough time to become a good rugby union player and thinks he should return to rugby league.

    Burgess, 26, was controversially picked as a centre for England's disappointing World Cup campaign after switching codes in 2014.

    "Honestly, if I were him, I'd go back to rugby league," Cusiter told BBC Radio 5 live's Friday Sports Panel.

    "I don't think it's due to the criticism he's had. He hasn't set the world on fire. It's more the scale of the task ahead of him. The amount of time it would take him to get up to speed and become a world class rugby union player, I don't think he has enough time."

  45. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Steve McClaren

    So, Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is up next and he has been speaking about their loss against Sunderland last week. 

    "It's been a good week, very focussed and intense. We've been reflecting on one of the strangest derbies I've been involved in. We are not feeling sorry for ourselves. If we perform like we did at Sunderland we will win 8 or 9 times out of 10." 

  46. A pumpkin with Klopp's face on...

    There's not much to add to that!

  47. Coleman buoyed by Stanley takeover

    Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman believes Andy Holt's takeover could be a "watershed" moment for the League Two club.

    Businessman Holt has written off £1.2m of debt and pumped in an extra £600,000 after acquiring a controlling stake.

    "We've always been swimming against the tide and maybe now we're just jumping into a boat," Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire.

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  49. Southampton team news

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Jay Rodriguez

    More from Southampton now, and Ronald Koeman has said that Jay Rodriguez is still not available as he is still not training with the rest of the players. 

    "Hopefully that will happen next week. Shane Long is also progressing well but not good enough to play this weekend. There are no other injury concerns this week." 

    When asked about the currently unconventional looking Premier League table, and Southampton's chances of potentially reaching a Champions League spot, Koeman dismissed it as too early to be looking at table positions. 

    "At this stage, the table is not important. Chelsea will not still be struggling at the end of the season. Our experience tells us that its very difficult to break into the top four."

  50. Quigg v Frampton close to completion


    Some potentially big boxing news, courtesy of our colleagues at the Manchester Evening News...

  51. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman has been speaking to the media about their derby match against Bournemouth on Sunday.

    "Of course its a derby, maybe not one with a big history but in my opinion its a different one than a normal game at home," said Koeman.

    "What I respect of Bournemouth and the manager, is their philosophy about football. They were by far the best team in the Championship last season."

    When asked about the best way to counter that philosophy Koeman suggested it was to "press at the right moments and maintain good pressing. That's one of our qualities. If its the wrong moment, Bournemouth have the potential to counter."

  52. Gatland's team staying put?

    Rugby Union

    Head coach Warren Gatland says he aims to keep his current coaching team in place following a review of Wales' World Cup.

    Defence coach Shaun Edwards is currently the only assistant coach out of contract and has been linked with England.

    But Gatland aims to keep Edwards, along with Rob Howley, Robin McBryde and Neil Jenkins.

  53. Pyrgos out of Six Nations

    Rugby Union

    Scotland scrum-half Henry Pyrgos will miss the start of the Six Nations after having wrist surgery. Pyrgos is out for about four months while his Glasgow and Scotland team-mate Fraser Brown faces two months out following a foot operation.

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  55. Pivac staying put

    Rugby Union

    Wayne Pivac

    BBC Sport's Victoria Turner: "Welsh region and unbeaten Pro 12 leaders the Scarlets confirm that coach Wayne Pivac has committed his future to the region by signing a new contract.

    "Head coach Pivac has penned a new deal that will keep him at the Scarlets for the next few years. He was appointed to the role in August 2014 and has agreed to remain at Parc y Scarlets despite interest from elsewhere."

  56. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Bournemouth

    Team news and quotes from the Premier League'ssouth coast derby coming up soon...

  57. Broad's award


  58. Portland's penalty shootout drama


    Portland Timbers

    Portland Timbers will feel good about life this morning as – perhaps with some divine intervention – they made it through the MLS play-offs on Thursday night.

    Trailing 2-1 with three minutes of extra time to go, the Timbers levelled against Sporting Kansas City, prompting an incredible shootout.

    A total of 22 spot-kicks were taken. With the chance to win it, Sporting’s Saad Abdul-Salaam stepped up and saw his kick strike one post before rolling along the line to hit the other.

    His case of torrid luck would prove costly as Portland goalkeeper Adam Kawarsey smashed home from the spot before diving low to his right to complete a double-whammy, saving the next penalty to win it.

    The Timbers are of course the MLS franchise with a mascot called Timber Joey, who uses a chainsaw to cut a ring of log at games – presenting the fresh cut to goalscorers after the match.

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  60. Get those thinking caps on

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here's today's @QuestionofSport#QSTeaser: In the last three Rugby World Cup finals, only four tries have been scored. Name the four players to have scored them.

    We'll bring you the answer a little later on.

  61. A friendly wager

    Rugby Union


    The national airlines of Australia and New Zealand have agreed a wager on the outcome of the Rugby World Cup final.

    Air New Zealand and Qantas shook on the agreement following a humorous exchange on Twitter.

    Qantas crew will have to wear New Zealand rugby jerseys on Monday if the All Blacks win. Air NZ pilots, however, will have to announce Australia's win.

    It followed an earlier suggestion that the losing airline repaint their fleet in the opposition colours.

    More on that here.

  62. ¡Hola Mexico!

    Formula 1

    It looks like there will be a few sombreros floating around the F1 paddock this weekend...

  63. Manchester news conference

    Mancester City v Norwich (Sat, 15:00)

    The scoreboard displaying Manchester City's 7-0 win over Norwich

    Manchester City caused Norwich to concede seven last time they visited the Etihad but that the City boss has said he won't be thinking about past results.

    “We cannot think about two seasons ago with Norwich, it’s different, another team, another names, another moment."

    And that's your lot from Pellegrini today.

    Why not try predicting the result of this fixture with our Predictor.

    Does that rhyme?

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  65. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Man UItd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew seems tuned in to what to expect from this weekend's clash with Manchester United.

    Speaking in his pre-match news conference, he said: "United's long spells of possession could threaten to drive the atmosphere into a lull, but we need to keep the fans singing along.

    "United aren't getting as many shots off as they normally do, but defensively they're always in a good shape."

  66. Manchester City news conference

    Manchester City v Norwich (Sat, 15:00)

    Kelechi Iheancho

    A hot topic in the Manchester City news conference this afternoon was a young Kelechi Iheanacho who was named Man of the Match on his first start against Crystal Palace in midweek.

    Pellegrini did not rule out a first Premier League start for the Nigerian.

    “It’s important that the young players have a chance, they take it,” Pellegrini declared.

    “Kelechi didn’t impress me as I work with him every day. I know what he can bring to this team".

  67. Fox-Pitt out of intensive care


    William Fox-Pitt's condition has improved enough for him to be moved out of the intensive care unit, but he remains in hospital in France.

    He suffered a "head trauma" after falling from his horse Reinstated, who was unharmed, on 17 October.

  68. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace will be without forwards Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh for the the visit of Manchester United, according to manager Alan Pardew.

    Palace also have doubts concerning midfielder Yohan Cabaye and defenders Pape Souare and Joel Ward. 

  69. Manchester City team news

    Manchester City v Norwich (Sat, 15:00)

    Manuel Pellegrini

    City boss Manuel Pellegrini has kindly provided some team news ahead of their match against Norwich on Saturday...

    Apparently, Pablo Zabaleta has the same injury in his medial ligament. He should be back after the next international break.  

    He has also said, "David Silva is not in the squad list for the weekend as he still has some pain in his ankle. Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy will hopefully be back next week"

    More from Manuel to follow...

  70. Chelsea team news

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Branislav Ivanovic will again be missing, according to Jose Mourinho, while forwards Pedro and Diego Costa face late checks.

    Diego Costa and Pedro for Chelsea
  71. Friday Sports Panel - On 5live now

    BBC coverage

    Helen Glover

    On 5 live's Sports panel RIGHT NOW are Olympic, World and European Rowing champion Helen Glover, former Scotland Rugby Union captain Chris Cusiter and England netball coach Tracey Neville.

    Listen here.

  72. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho expects his appeal against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the 3 October 3-1 home defeat to Southampton to be heard later today. 

    "I think so," he adds. "Not optimistic, not pessimistic - just wait." 

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  74. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea's board and owner Roman Abramovich over his future as manager. 

    Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich's 12-year ownership on 5 October, and Chelsea have won just one of four matches since ahead of Saturday's clash with Liverpool. 

    Asked whether he had been given assurances over his position, Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, said: "I don't have to tell you." 

  75. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he cannot promise the Blues will qualify for a Champions League spot.

    He adds: "Chelsea is a big club. It's the club that I choose to come to. It's a club I live in a very specific way every day. Liverpool is a big club, Manchester United is a super big club. Last season Liverpool win nothing and didn't qualify for the Champions League. 

    "Two years ago Manchester United didn't qualify for the Champions League - not even Europa League - and won nothing. They are still a monster club, but that's football." 

    Reigning champions Chelsea start the weekend 15th in the Premier League table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City and nine points adrift of fourth place.

  76. A day in the life of top rugby ref

    Rugby Union

    Renowned for his assertive style when handling players, Welshman Nigel Owens is preparing to referee the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday at Twickenham.

    But what is his life like on the road? In 2014, Owens filmed a video diary of his travels whilst going to referee matches for the Rugby Championship in South Africa and Argentina. Watch it here.

    Nigel Owens
  77. 'Klopp one of best in Europe'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on facing Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp: "Liverpool are a good team. They had a very good manager. Now they have a very good new manager. 

    "Jurgen is not a close friend because football doesn’t normally allow that. But I like him a lot and we have a good relationship. As a manager his work speaks. 

    "Despite last season I consider him one of the top managers in Europe."

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  79. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refuses to say at his news conference whether he has accepted an improper conduct charge following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last Saturday.

    Mourinho had until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

  80. Garde in at Villa?


    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Current Lyon boss Remy Garde

    Aston Villa's caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald expects Remi Garde to be the club's new manager eventually.

    Lyon's president has said he would block the move of two of his backroom staff to join Garde at Villa but MacDonald says: "If they're desperate to get him,then they'll pay the money."

    MacDonald has been told he's in charge of the squad for Monday's trip to Tottenham but Garde - who is out of work and available - remains the bookies' favourite for the Villa job.

  81. Get Involved


    After the Sydney Opera House was decked out in yellow and green to support the Australian rugby team, we're asking which landmarks you'd like to decorate with a sporting theme. And feel free to get creative by mocking up the picture yourself.

    Luke Yates: Might as well paint Manchester blue. After all, there is no red.

  82. Manchester City news conference

    Manchester City v Norwich (15:00 GMT)

    As they say, updates to follow...

  83. Pakistan's injury worry


    Pakistan fast bowler Imran Khan has suffered a hand injury in fielding practice and will be assessed ahead of the third and final Test which starts on Sunday.

    The 28-year-old injured the webbing of his bowling hand while catching a ball in training at the Sharjah stadium. Team manager Intikhab Alam said Khan was taken to hospital for treatment.

    "Khan hurt his bowling hand and was sent to hospital, so he will be assessed before taking a final decision as we still have a day before the third Test," Alam told AFP. 

  84. GB name squad for World League final


    Great Britain men’s Coach Bobby Crutchley has named his squad for the World League final in Raipur, India. Crutchley has made eight changes to the group that competed in the semi-final of this competition in June of this year, a tournament where Great Britain secured their place at the Olympics in Rio.

    Full squad: James Bailey, Alastair Brogdon, Nick Catlin, David Condon, Alan Forsyth, Dan Fox, Harry Gibson, Chris Grassick, Michael Hoare, Simon Mantell, Harry Martin, Phil Roper, Dan Shingles, Ian Sloan, Sam Ward, Henry Weir, Tim Whiteman, Ollie Willars.

  85. Football

    Aston Villa defender Micah Richards admits to a Football Association charge of improper conduct following an incident in the tunnel after last Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Swansea.

    Micah Richards in the tunnel
  86. 'Wenger unlikely to spend big'

    Swansea v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)

    Look away now Arsenal fans.

    Manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to spend big in January's transfer window, according to Gunners scout Brian McDermott.

    Wenger and Arsenal's board received heavy criticism for only signing Petr Cech during the summer, making Arsenal the only side in Europe’s top five leagues to not buy a single outfield player.  

    According to Friday's London Evening Standard, McDermott made clear that he does not expect any move for a striker during the window, despite the club having only Olivier Giroud fit during their current injury crisis.

  87. 'Watford have earned PL's respect'


    Watford have earned the respect of the Premier League since their promotion, says manager Quique Sanchez Flores.

    The Hornets are currently 13th after last weekend's 2-0 win at Stoke.

    "The most positive thing is we're playing like a confident team. We've won the respect of the league," Flores told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "For example, Arsenal didn't rest any players against us even though they had an important (Champions League) match three days afterwards."

  88. 'He's tall, dark and handsome'


    Micah Richards

    Micah Richards has picked one of his Aston Villa team mates to play the next James Bond and described the man of mystery as having a "cool laid back personality"

    Find out who he is talking about here.

    Watch the full Micah Richards interview on Football Focus, Saturday 31 October, 12:10 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  89. Get Involved


    Matthew Moss: Easy - paint the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth red and white

    MJ Holmes: I'd make Stonehenge look like the Aussie batsmen's stumps after a Stuart Broad spell

    Great suggestions, all. Keep them coming using #bbcsportsday.

  90. Elton calling...


    Elton John

    What is the most surreal phone call you have ever received?

    Watford striker Troy Deeney says a congratulatory phone call from Hornets' legend Elton John was his.

    The singer-songwriter contacted Deeney after the forward scored his first Premier League goal for the club in a 2-0 win at Stoke.

    Watch the full Troy Deeney interview on Football Focus, Saturday 31 October, 12:10 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.  

  91. 'Emotional'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is asked about his relationship with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho: "He's emotional, I'm emotional but we are professional enough to know after the whistle, normal life starts again. 

    "Everything is okay between us, no problem."

  92. Aston Villa news conference


    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    "One of Villa's most dependable employees for the best part of 20 years, Kevin MacDonald, will be caretaker interviewee at Villa's press conference at midday. 

    "The affable Scot has usually been one to keep a low profile, but his work for the club in developing generations of younger players is widely respected. 

    "MacDonald oversaw seven Villa games in 2010 after Martin O'Neill left abruptly, and returned to the club earlier this year, having had a brief spell as a manager at Swindon.

    "He will no doubt answer questions in his usual thoughtful manner, but it would be surprising if he was able to shed much light on whether Villa are much nearer to appointing Remi Garde, or anyone else, as manager."

  93. Get Involved


    If you could take any monument in the world and adorn it with a sporting theme, what would it be?  

    Kick off with a controversial one, shall we?

    James Wall: Just to annoy the locals - Mike Ashley's head on the Angel of the North?

  94. Post update

    Everton v Sunderland (13:30

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    Fabio Borini

    "Sam Allardyce says he hopes one or two of his injured quartet of players could be fit to face Everton on Sunday. The Sunderland manager told BBC Newcastle he hopes to find out later today who is likely to be available as he assesses the injuries to Younes Kaboul, John O'Shea, Ola Toivonen and Fabio Borini.

    "Borini has had a small injection in his ankle and Allardyce will see if he trains today. The Sunderland manager says he’s only too aware that Sunderland have, over the past few seasons, lost their next match following a derby win and hopes to bring that run to an end at Goodison Park."

  95. LvG analysis

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (15:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    "Louis van Gaal was a man on a mission at the Aon Training Complex.

    "The Manchester United manager knew criticism would follow his side’s Capital One Cup exit to Championship side Middlesbrough and Paul Scholes did not disappoint.

    "He had his answers ready, even if he had to be reminded of the correct way to complete the ‘sticks and stones’ English proverb he said was fantastic.

    "Interestingly though, he dropped the name of his assistant, Ryan Giggs, into the list of people to whom Scholes’ criticism of United’s style of play should be addressed.

    "Scholes and Giggs were team-mates for almost two decades and are part of a the tight-knit ‘Class of 92’ shown in the early days of their Salford City ownership on BBC One in the first part of a two-part documentary last night."

  96. Get Involved

    Earlier, we posted a picture of the Sydney Opera House lit up in support of the Wallabies.

    But... if you could take any monument in the world and adorn it with a sporting theme, what would it be?

    We're thinking of things like Big Sam's face on Sunderland town hall after that derby win last weekend etc. Feel free to make your own mock-ups and we'll use the best - #bbcsportsday.


    Opera House
  97. Get Involved


    Thanks for all your sporting horror stories. We've had a giggle at a few of your tales of woe...

    Colin Gibson: Scored an own goal with the game at 1-1, went on to lost 5-1. My OG won their goal of the season award.

    Simon Vickers: Horror story? Leeds United right now

    Matt Claypole: Luke Shaw's broken leg. It was bone-chilling. I mean bone-smashing. Oh never mind...   

  98. 'Ban for Scholes?'

    Paul Scholes in the crowd at Old Trafford

    After Louis van Gaal spent a chunk of his news conference responding to criticism from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, here's a thought from a former Norwich and Leicester striker...

  99. Liverpool news conference

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is asked whether now is a good time to be facing Chelsea.

    "Ramires, Matic are great players. Cahill and Terry from set-plays are big guys. I'm not sure it's easier now to play Chelsea," he says.

    "You think Tottenham was easy? Southampton was not easy! Do Chelsea players still know how to play football? Of course they do."  

  100. Liverpool news conference

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Jurgen Klopp

    Jurgen Klopp talking up Chelsea against Liverpool: "It's 9th against 15th. We have the chance to improve our situation. We have to look at how they play, how we can close spaces.

    "I'm not close enough to Chelsea to know the reasons for their form. We have to respect the quality of Chelsea."

  101. 'Mourinho's nice - if you're not a ref'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is full of respect for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    "When I was in Germany, Mourinho and I sometimes sent messages. I have respect for his work. He's a nice guy," he adds.

    "If you're not a journalist or a referee he can be a nice guy."

  102. McIlroy has work to do


    Rory McIlroy produced a sensational 67 at the Turkish Open on Thursday to end day one five under par.

    He has some work to do, though. Despite moving on to seven under early on in his round, he’s a long way adrift of runaway leader Jacob van Zyl of South Africa on 16 under.

    We're not sure why Rory is pictured in the 007 pose below, though?

    Rory McIlroy
  103. Liverpool team news

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Striker Christian Benteke is available for Liverpool's game at Chelsea, manager Jurgen Klopp says at his new conference. Forward Daniel Sturridge is out.

    "Christian trained quite normally and is preparing for tomorrow."

  104. Wallabies in lights

    Rugby Union

    It's the Rugby World Cup final tomorrow. Do you think the good folk of the Sydney Opera House are excited?

  105. Chelsea v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 GMT)


  106. Man Utd news conference

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Louis van Gaal may say he isn't affected at all by the opinions of former players on his team, but by suggesting Paul Scholes should speak to him or Ryan Giggs rather than through the media indicates he wasn't best pleased with it.

    He was keen to remind everyone Manchester United can't be that boring to watch if they continue to attract the biggest crowds in the country.

  107. Figo backs Infantino for Fifa president


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Gianni Infantino and Luis Figo

    Former candidate Luis Figo has come out in support of Uefa's Gianni Infantino for the Fifa presidency:

    In a statement, Figo has praised Infantino, saying he "knows football inside out and his experience, competence, hard work and honesty make him the best candidate for the Fifa presidency".

    "I fully support him in this race and I humbly ask all of those who will vote on the 26th of February to back Gianni Infantino. He won’t let football down". 

  108. A playground spat?

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Louis van Gaal said he didn't want to defend himself against Paul Scholes' comments that Manchester United lack creativity and risk, and they are not a team he would enjoy playing for. 

    However the Dutchman's use of the expression "sticks and stones may break my bones" took the public debate between the two down to school playground level.

  109. Putting on a brave face


    Northampton Town Football Club

    Not great news for players and staff at Northampton Town Football Club this morning.

    The Northampton Chronicle have reported they have not been paid today after the club’s bank account was frozen last month. The Cobblers owe the HMRC £166,000 in unpaid taxes.

    Boss Chris Wilder says he is determined to keep the focus on this Saturday’s trip to Newport County. 

    “The main event this week is ensuring that the football club survives,” he said. "Players are prepared for the game as normal tomorrow". 

  110. 'We are improving' - Van Gaal

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Louis Van Gaal

    There was one major talking point at Louis van Gaal's news conference - Paul Scholes.

    The former United midfielder has claimed he would not enjoy playing in van Gaal's side.

    "When we shall lose and lose and lose I shall be finished. I know that," added Van Gaal.

    "But we are improving. We now have 20 points from 10 games. Last year it was 13. We are in the Champions League. Last year we had 15 injuries. This year we have three. It can't be done in one year, it takes three years.

    "If Mr Scholes thinks I go….Mr Scholes is not the responsible man. That is the Glazers and Mr Woodward."

  111. Rochdale on the buses...


  112. Tottenham team news

    Tottenham v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Nacer Chadli

    Asa promised, some Spurs team news for you...

    Nabil Bentaleb, Alex Pritchard, Nacer Chadli (ankle injuries) & Son Heung-min (foot) are all still out. 

    Pochettino has said "We assess & analyse them every day & hope that they are ready to be in the squad as soon as possible."  

  113. Man Utd news conference

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    More on Louis van Gaal responding to criticism from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

    "I always take risks," said the Dutchman. "I don’t agree with his opinion. He has a lot of resonance [being sarcastic]. He should speak with the manager, or his friend Ryan Giggs, or Ed Woodward not….because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky."

  114. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    We have heard briefly from Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino who says he laughs every time another transfer rumour about star striker Harry Kane pops up in the press. 

    Kane who had previously only netted once in the Premier League this season, returned to form scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 win at Bournemouth last week. 

    Mauricio Pochettino v

    Pochettino said it was all "sunshine last season when Harry Kane was scoring. You are in a bubble. All is dark when not".

    He added: "We are in a good place. We are more difficult for our opponent. Our aim is to go up... but we need to be focussed". 

    Team news to follow...

  115. Man Utd news conference

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Paul Scholes

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism from former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes.

    Scholes said he would not enjoy falseplaying in Van Gaal's side and that United lacked creativity and risk.

    Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday, Van Gaal said: "You have an expression. Sticks and stones will break my bones. Names won’t hurt me. 

    "He [Scholes] doesn’t have the responsibility. Is he saying this for the benefit for the club or benefit of himself?"

  116. Get Involved

    Your sporting horror stories

    Nathan Powe: I had a nightmare last night, dreamt I was the Arsenal fitness coach!

    Vaughan Try: Peter Crouch's 14 minutes at the Bernabeu was pretty horrific!

  117. Rossi 'considering challenge'

    Moto GP

    Valentino Rossi

    Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport says that Valentino Rossi is considering going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have his grid penalty overturned.

    Rossi will start the final race of the season in Valencia from the back of the grid after he clashed with Marc Marquez in Malaysia lastweekend.

  118. Cellino unhappy at Leeds


    Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

    Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has admitted he is considering his future at the club and that his spell in charge is proving to be "a nightmare".

    The 59-year-old Italian lodged his appeal against a second Football League ban in 12 months on Wednesday, having failed its owners' and directors' test last week following another tax conviction in Italy.

    Steve Evans recently became the club's sixth head coach since Cellino took control of the club in April 2014, but he has yet to win in three games and Leeds are without a home victory in nearly eight months after Thursday night's 2-0 defeat to Blackburn.

    "Now I have a low quality of life," the Italian said. "I feel shame when I walk to the shop to buy cigarettes if we lose a game. I convinced my family to come here and they have run away. It's like being at a party where you're not welcome. It's killing me. Every night I lie awake, asking myself, 'Am I good enough?'." 

  119. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Nigel Pearson

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis is not one to pull any punches - or sit down in his news conference.

    He did neither today. When asked about this weekend's opponents Leicester, he suggested Claudio Ranieri is doing so well... because of Nigel Pearson.

    "Ranieri has benefited from all the work Nigel has put in," said TP. "It's very, very nice to step into a football club where everything is in place and at that club it looks like everything is in place.

    "Last season was a remarkable achievement and Claudio has picked it up and carried it on. It's difficult for me to say but let's not forget the work Nigel did, the three, four years he was at that club putting them in a position for Claudio now to push on." 

  120. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Tony Pulis

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis was in relaxed form. Albion have 'one or two knocks... we won't know who is going to be fit until Saturday morning.' He praised Leicester for their start to the season, but reminded people that Nigel Pearson should share that credit for the groundwork he did there before Claudio Ranieri's arrival.

  121. Get Involved

    Your sporting horror stories

    Gregory P: The end of Derby County's last 2 seasons.

  122. Man Utd team news

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Memphis Depay

    ForwardsMemphis DepayandJames Wilsonare both doubtful for Manchester United's game at Crystal Palace on Saturday, manager Louis van Gaal tells a news conference.

    WingerAntonio Valenciaand defender Paddy McNairremain sidelined and will miss the match.

  123. Arsenal's injury list

    Swansea v Arsenal (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Following on from Arsene Wenger's news conference earlier, where he confirmed Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott will be missing until after the international break, we thought you may want a little info on the ever growing injury list at Arsenal...

    Captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) will miss out, goalkeeper David Ospina (shoulder) is still unavailable. Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere (fibula), Danny Welbeck and Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky (both knee) all continue their rehabilitation.