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  1. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink becomes the new QPR manager
  2. Steve Clarke sacked as Reading boss
  3. Santi Cazorla could be out for three months - Wenger
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By Andy Cryer and Mike Henson

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'More reform needed'


The European Club Association - which represents the biggest teams in Europe - is not happy with the extent of Fifa's reform proposals.

The executive committee voted to get more women involved in decision-making, put term limits on senior officials, and publish their salaries.  

But the ECA has released a statement saying: "The proposed reforms are not at the required standard allowing for a new and modern FIFA.

"Clubs are not prepared to be further ignored.

"Reform process led from within is unable to deliver a sustainable governance model, which is fit for the 21st century."

Bonds hired by Marlins

Barry Bonds, whose record as the leading all-time home-run hitter in US baseball was overshadowed by his involvement in the Balco steroid scandal, has been hired as a a hitting coach by the Florida Marlins. 

Bonds is among five new coaches and four returning assistants named on the staff for this season. 

Tuilagi signs new deal

Manu Tuilagi
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England centreManu Tuilagihas agreed a new contract with Leicester Tigers, BBC Radio Leicester reports.

Tuilagi, who was set to be out of contract next summer, had been linked with moves to several clubs, including Saracens, Worcester and Toulouse.

He has been out with a groin injury for 13 months, ruling him out of the World Cup, but is now close to a return.

Mellon plays down Walsall link

Micky Mellon

Micky Mellon says he is "100% focused" on his job with Shrewsbury Town after reports linking him with the vacant manager's job at Walsall.

The Saddlers are looking for a new boss after Dean Smith left to become head coach of Brentford.

"I'm loving my job here," Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire. "I really have to be respectful of the club that's employing me and say I'm 100% focused on today at training."

BreakingReal Madrid expelled from the Copa del Rey

Confirmation from the Spanish football federation has arrived.

Real Madrid have been expelled from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz on Wednesday.

Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring in Real's 3-1 win over the third-tier side in the first leg of their last-32 tie.

The Russian winger, 24, should have been serving a one-match ban - imposed while he was on loan at Villarreal last season - but he and Real claim they were not informed before the game.

Pearson to replace Clarke at Royals?

Nigel Pearson was sacked as Leicester manager in June, but is close to agreeing a return to football as Steve Clarke's replacement at Reading according to the Daily Mirror's David Anderson,

Am hearing Nigel Pearson is No 1 choice for Reading job following Steve Clarke's sacking. Believe he has already had talks.

Alonso to stay in F1 in 2016

Fernando Alonso

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso insists that he will continue in Formula 1 next season after it was reported that he was considering taking a sabbatical from the sport.

Asked if he will be in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Alonso, 34, said: "Yes. 

"I said the opposite on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and I'm sure in January and February I will keep answering the same questions about my future." 

Good up front, better at the back

Dejan Lovren and Jurgen Klopp
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Jurgen Klopp has revolutionised Liverpool by turning them into buccaneering free-scoring attacking raiders as seen in comfortable away wins at Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton.

Right? Wrong.

According to an analysis of the Reds under Klopp in the Washington Post, it is at the other end of the pitch - in defence - where Klopp has had the biggest impact.

"The attack has been a little better, but the defence has reached an elite level," writes Michael Caley amid a blizzard of fancy graphs and graphics.

Toast Of New York retired

Horse Racing

The popular Jamie Osborne-trained colt Toast Of New York has been retired to stud in Qatar because of injury. 

The globetrotting four-year old rose from winning on flat racing's all-weather circuit at Wolverhampton to success in the UAE Derby in Dubai and finishing runner-up in the Breeders Cup Classic race in California.

Less Playstation for Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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How's this for a little light afternoon reading?

Andrea Pirlo - formerly of Juventus, now of New York City - famously said in his memoir that he "spent the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation and in the evening, I went out and won the World Cup”.

He has now eased off on the computer games.

“Sometimes when I have time I’ll play it with my kid, but I’ve got different hobbies now,” he tells eight by eight magazine. 

“And then of course I just moved to New York, which is such a big city. There’s a lot of new things to discover, new things to do.”  

Care signs new Quins contract

Danny Care
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England scrum-half Danny Care has signed a new contract with Harlequins, having been appointed as captain this season.

"Danny is the ultimate game-changer and has matured and grown in front of us all," director of rugby Conor O'Shea said.

Meanwhile, England hooker Jamie George has agreed a new "multi-year" deal with reigning Premiership champions Saracens.

Formula 1

World champion Lewis Hamilton funking up the duffle coat for the 21st century.


Liverpool in for ex-futsal captain?

Liverpool, along with Everton, West Ham and a host of Championship clubs, are monitoring Barnet's 16-year-old Daniel Cheema, who has hit goal-scoring form for the club's youth team according to the Sun.

Cheema is a former captain of England's futsal youth team.

United States beat New Zealand

Big news from Dubai and the first round of the World Sevens Series, where a try from Perry Baker in the final phase of play has secured the United States a 14-12 win over New Zealand and a place in the last eight.

Earlier this year, World Rugby put together this little video of Baker and team-mate Carlin Isles' phenomenal speed.

The USA has defeated the New Zealand All Blacks 14-12. We're not here to take part, we're here to takeover....


Ospina set for Besiktas loan?

David Ospina

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina could move to Besiktas on loan with the Turkish side's president Fikret Orman en route to London to discuss a temporary switch according to reports in the Turkish media.

I met two young adults today who have never heard of a) Grandstand b) Des Lynham or c) Ski Sunday. I can't even look at them right now...

Tracey Crouch, the secretary for sport, is given a reminder of how young sportspeople are nowadays.

Bryant eyes Rio 2016 send-off

Kobe Bryant
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US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who is retiring after 20 years with the LA Lakers at the end of the NBA season, says that he would love a shot at winning Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

"I would love nothing more than to be in an international environment and be around some of the other great athletes one more time," Bryant told ESPN Radio on Friday.

The 37-year-old won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Games. 

Actor, singer, author, football boss


Chris Todd
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The ups and downs of being a football manager mean it's always quite handy to have an alternative career in mind if things go wrong.

In the case of Eastleigh boss Chris Todd, he has three.

The 34-year-old has been speaking to BBC South Today in the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup tie at Stourbridge about how a battle against leukaemia inspired him to write a book, star in a film and feature in commercials and a music video.

The Olympic dream

245 days to live Olympic mornings #Rio2016 #Fridayfeeling 😃

245 days to live Olympic mornings #Rio2016 #Fridayfeeling 😃

Biggar signs up again

Rugby Union

Ospreys and Wales fly-half Dan Biggar becomes the first player to re-sign a National Dual Contract (NDC) after committing himself to his region and country.

The 26-year-old, who starred for Wales at the Rugby World Cup, has signed a new NDC, which will see him remain at his hometown region, with an option through until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.   Biggar, who signed his initial NDC back in March 2015, is the first of the 17 National Dual Contracted players to re-sign.

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Your goalscoring exploits

Paul Graham: Sunday League after sleeping on a shoe; 20 to go, I was subbed on; not up to running so just hit it from 35 yards; top corner. 

Marc Baker: I was a RB that filled in as an emergency striker, scored a 40 yd worldie, only because I panicked & just hit it! Total fluke. 

Dean Whittington: University Cup game, volley from the halfway line in 90th minute to win 4-3. Against team full of my course-mates. Mr Popular.

We want to know your tales of goalscoring exploits. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

Madrid thrown out of Copa del Rey - reports


We are still waiting for official confirmation to the reports that Real Madrid have been thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding Denis Cheryshev as ineligible player - but it appears pretty certain.

Real boss Rafael Benitez was manager of Valencia when they were disqualified from the Copa del Rey - the Spanish Cup - having played too many non-European Union players in a tie against Novelda in 2001.

Last season, Osasuna were kicked out of the tournament for playing an ineligible player after Unai Garcia was selected in the win over Mirandes despite having been sent off the previous season.

Rotherham suspend midfielder Lenighan


Rotherham have suspended midfielderSimon Lenighan, just a week after he joined the club. 

On Thursday, the 21-year-old was given a 12-month community order, which includes 150 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to headbutting a woman in February. 

Lenighan joined the Millers last Thursday after a spell in non-league. 

The club say he has been suspended 'pending an investigation into the matter'. 

Madrid thrown out of Copa del Rey - reports


Denis Cheryshev
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If reports of Real Madrid being thrown out of the Copa del Rey are true, Real Madrid will not be happy.

Winger Denis Cheryshev, 24, scored in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Cadiz, but  the Russian should have been serving a one-game ban.

Club president Florentino Perez said Real were not told of the ban by the association (RFEF), and will fight any sanction imposed on the club.

It looks like he will have to start that fight.

BreakingMadrid thrown out - reports


Some big news filtering out of Spain...

Not confirmed yet but Spanish football expert Guillem Balague and local radio station Cadena Ser are reporting Real Madrid have been thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding Denis Cheryshev when he was ineligible. 

Fifa duo banned


Two Fifa vice-presidents, Juan Angel Napout – the president of the South American Football Confederation - and Alfredo Hawit - the president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football and of the Honduran Football Association - have been banned from all football-related activities for 90 days.

A statement from the ethics committee said: "The reason for the ban is the indictment issued yesterday by the United States Department of Justice for charges of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption."

Stat attack

0 - Man Utd have not lost any of the seven PL games they've played without Wayne Rooney in the Louis van Gaal era (W4 D3). Absent.

Orange you glad he's here

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville's initiation into life in Valencia continues as the club's new manager picks up some local produce as he meets fans.

Don't forget his Salford City side play Hartlepool in the FA Cup tonight, live on BBC Two.

Stoke City news conference

Stoke v Man City (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Stoke City

Stoke City
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More from Potters boss Mark Hughes:

"We have only lost a couple of games over the past couple of months so we are in good spirits. We are progressing.

"We're into a Capital One Cup semi-final for the first time in a long time. It's a nice sense of achievement. We want to keep the momentum going.

"It's a big period coming up. Last year we picked up a lot of points & it set us up nicely for the season. We want the same again"

Stoke news conference

Stoke v Man City (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Stoke City

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is now talking to the media, where he confirms striker Peter Crouch is missing with a hamstring injury.

On Manchester City, he says: "They'll replace injured players with £25m players. They can replace outstanding players with other outstanding players.

"When you lose significant numbers, like they have, it does have an impact. That said, they are still incredibly strong."

Mark Hughes and Manuel Pellegrini
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Liverpool news conference

Newcastle v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Juliette Ferrington

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was also asked about Newcastle having nine managers in seven years.

He said: "I am not an expert on this because I had a perfect situation with seven years at Dortmund and Mainz. In my opinion it is very important but it can work in different ways.

"I only know about the actual situation of Newcastle, not about their history or why they changed managers. 

"There is something not right when you change the manager but I known Steve McClaren and I know about his quality and experience so we have to be aware."

Steve McClaren
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Liverpool news conference

Newcastle v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

More from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's news conference on losing just once since taking over:

"It's okay until now," he said. "The problem in football is that you are always having to think about the next game ahead. 

"I think it is not allowed - it is not even the middle of the season! To think about how it was until now, is not important because we have done what we had to do."

bbc-coverageUK Championship latest


Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson's UK Championship quarter-final is at the mid session break, with the Australian winning 3-1.

You can watch live online.


The Daily Mail is reporting a bit more chaos in Argentina.

They claim the Argentine Football Association's (AFA) bid to hold a democratic election for the first time in 36 years ended in farce on Thursday when organisers discovered an extra vote among the 75 cast by the assembly.

The vote between interim AFA president Luis Segura and entrepreneur and television personality Marcelo Tinelli was postponed with no new date set after organisers found an extra ballot had been cast for a 38-38 tie."

The X-Factor for athletes! Meet the Simon Cowell of sprinting

The X-Factor for athletes! Meet the Simon Cowell of sprinting

From the X Factor to the 'Got Talent' and 'Idol' formats we all love a good reality show. But, in Nigeria, they're using the same idea to find future World and Olympic champions. The TV show 'Top Sprinter Genesis' is focussed on young athletes and you can hear more above.  

Liverpool news conference

Newcastle v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 GMT)


Emre Can
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Manager Jurgen Klopp says that midfielder Emre Can, who is suspended for the trip to St James' Park, still need to improve his concentration and discipline.

"Can is very young. Only 21, he doesn't look like it. Sometimes he plays like he's 18, he knows this. We often talk about this together," he said.

UK Championship update


Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online at the York Barbican

John Higgins

"The UK Championship quarter-final that captured the imagination was undoubtedly Neil Robertson against John Higgins.

"And that has been high-quality fare so far, three-time winner Higgins scoring an opening-frame century (pictured), but world number three Robertson hitting back and then going 2-1 up with a fine century of his own.

"But China's Liang Wenbo is taking centre stage in his last-eight tie with Marco Fu. Liang has three tons in three frames. A 109, a 132 and a 138. Phenomenal stuff from the world number 29."

Watch live coverage from York here.

bbc-coverageTonight's FA Cup football


A reminder of what is to come this evening.

The FA Cup tie between Salford and Hartlepool is in BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra and on BBC Two.

Tonight @bbc5lsx joins @BBCMancSports for #FACup 7.55pm ko commentary of @SalfordCityFC v @Official_HUFC @BBCSport

Liverpool news conference

Newcastle v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 GMT)


Klopp on #NUFC this weekend: "If people expect us to win on Sunday, then we are expecting to win, too. But we have respect." #bbcfootball