Premier League, Football League, Qatar 2022, Continental Cup

Football preview with Martin Keown and Robbie Savage ahead of the weekend's Premier League matches.

4 October 2013 Last updated at 21:11

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  1.  

    That's it from Sportsday for this week, thank you for joining us. We'll be back on Monday from 0800 BST.

    Check out BBC Sport throughout the weekend, including coverage of all the Premier League and Football League action, the Korean Grand Prix, the Super League Grand Final, Anthony Joshua's bout against Emanuele Leo, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe plus plenty more.

  2. 2059:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    Earlier we asked which 12 stadiums have hosted Premier League football and have the word 'Park' in their name somewhere. Could you have named them?

    The answers:

    St James', Goodison, Roker, Selhurst, Boundary, Pride, Villa, Burnden, Fratton, Ayresome, Ewood, Upton.

  3. 2054: 
    MATCH OF THE DAY
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson will be in the Match of the Day studio on Saturday ahead of next week's two crucial World Cup qualifiers at Wembley.

    Hodgson will join ex-England captains Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer to assess the day's six Premier League matches at 2230 BST on BBC One.

    Two of his former clubs, Fulham and Liverpool, will be in action against Stoke and Crystal Palace respectively. England lead Group H by one point and face Montenegro on 11 October before hosting Poland four days later.

  4. 2049:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCOVERAGE DETAILS

    On Saturday, coverage of the third practice session ahead of the Korean Grand Prix begins at 0255 BST, with qualifying at 0555. Live text available via the BBC Sport website.

    Then, at 1210, live commentary as Birmingham host Bolton in the Championship, before commentary switches to rugby union for Saracens v London Wasps. Finally, there will be commentary on Brighton against Nottingham Forest (1725).

  5. 2044:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    On Derby County: "I think this is what's so wrong about football, the good guys get turned over. Nigel Clough put the club and the players before himself. He's done everything that was asked of him in his remit."

  6. 2037: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says "it's a miracle" Fraser Forster has been called up to the England squad, despite playing his football in Scotland.

    The Northern Irishman heaps praise on the Celtic goalkeeper saying it has taken Champions League performances to bring him to the attention of England coach Roy Hodgson.

  7. 2032:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCONTINENTAL CUP FINAL

    HALF-TIME: Arsenal Ladies 0-0 Lincoln Ladies

    Arsenal's efforts to secure a cup double and soften the blow of losing the Women's Super League title hang in the balance after a resolute first-half display by Lincoln Ladies at Barnet's Hive.

    Lincoln, who finished third from bottom in the Super League, have defended well and almost snatched the lead on half-time when Bonnie Horwood poked narrowly wide from inside the box.

    Danielle Carter also went close for Arsenal late in the half, but she saw two goalbound efforts blocked in the six-yard box.

    LISTEN via BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  8. 2029:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass: "I think when you go into a new season and you have a big budget compared to what has been spent in previous seasons it does add that bit of pressure and the manager will know that. In terms of results we know it's not good enough. We have more points than we did at the same time last season, but we want to kick on and move up the table.

    "Everybody aims to do as well as you can, you prepare Monday to Saturday and the manager does that as well. But as soon as you cross that white line that's when you have to really work at it."

  9. 2024:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE
    Robert Snodgrass

    ROBERT SNODGRASS FACTFILE

    Born: 07/10/1987

    Nationality: Scottish

    Height: 6ft

    Positions: Winger

    Previous Teams: Norwich, Leeds, Stirling, Livingston

  10. 2022:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE- Norwich v Chelsea (Sunday 1330 BST)

    Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong faces a late fitness test on the hamstring injury that has ruled him for a couple of weeks.

    Javier Garrido and Nathan Redmond both missed the win at Stoke because of injury but are fit again.

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is suspended and injured, and is likely to be out for at least three weeks.

    Eden Hazard is also an injury doubt with an ankle problem, so Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata could both play.

  11. 2019:  
    Martin Keown, Football AnalystFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "I think Fulham have got used to a level of success, especially if you go back to the time under Roy Hodgson a couple of years ago. This year they seem to have lost their way. It's a strange situation for them. I've always considered Martin Jol to be a top manager but he seems to be struggling this season to be getting the best out of his players."

  12. 2016:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    Fulham striker Darren Bent: "I think we've just not had the run of the game and we've been unlucky.

    "I think Martin Jol has been unlucky and once we start to turn it around we can start to go up the league. Us as players are behind him but there is a fine line, we could have taken seven-eight points from certain games. As I said, as long as he knows we are behind him he should have nothing to worry about."

  13. 2014:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE
    Darren Bent

    DARREN BENT FACTFILE

    Born: 06/02/1984

    Nationality: English

    Height: 5ft 11in

    Positions: Striker

    Teams played for: Fulham, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Tottenham, Charlton, Ipswich

  14. 2009: 
    FOOTBALL

    Mauricio Pochettino dismisses the idea of taking Southampton into the Europa League - because the Saints manager has even bigger ambitions.

    "To be honest I am not keen on the Europa League," the Southampton manager says. "I think we are all attracted to the Champions League."

  15. 2001:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    West Brom right-back Steven Reid: "I've played with quite a few players who have played in Italy and Spain and it's commonplace for them to have a glass of wine before the match. I think a lot of the time drinking has been associated with English football and seen as problem."

    On Sunday's West Brom v Arsenal match: "It's going to be a tough game and obviously with the signing of Mesut Ozil he's given the club a lift and Aaron Ramsey is playing out of his skin. We've just got to look at last weekend at Old Trafford - we need to take the confidence out of the Manchester United game and transfer it to the Arsenal one. We're in a good place at the minute."

  16. 1957:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE
    Steven Reid

    STEVEN REID FACTFILE

    Born: 10/03/1981

    Nationality: Irish

    Height: 6ft 1in

    Positions: Right-back

    Teams played for: West Brom, Millwall, Blackburn, QPR

  17. 1956:  
    Martin Keown, Football AnalystFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "You've got to give yourself your best possible chance to be the best you can and why would you smoke a cigarette if you want to do that? It's not a good habit, it's not great."

  18. 1954:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "I played with a guy called Tugay at Blackburn and, after the final whistle, the manager would do his team talk and, a minute later, Tugay would have a cigarette, maybe even two and he was one of the greatest players I've played with."

  19. 1952: 
    FOOTBALL ON 5LIVE
    Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere's smoking is unacceptable and will challenge the player about it.

    The England midfielder, 21, was pictured with a cigarette outside a London nightclub after Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli.

    Wenger said: "I disagree completely with that behaviour. When you are a football player you are an example and you don't do what damages your health.

    "I don't really know what happened, so I will need to have a chat with him."

  20. 1948:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "Do you need inspiring if you're a Premier League footballer? I'm not having that. Yes, Kevin Ball is a legend in Sunderland but the players let Paolo Di Canio down. The buck stops with the manager, yes, but you can't just blame the manager. You've got to look at yourselves."

  21. 1946:  
    Martin Keown, Football AnalystFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "Manchester United have lost some of that spirit and desire. You've got to want to be a part of a new era and that's what they have got to think."

  22. 1943:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "The centre of the park is where it's a problem for Manchester United. they've been spoilt in the past and now when you play Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini together it's not working. Rooney's link-up with Robin van Persie is fantastic so you have to play Fellaini out wide. Why don't you play your strongest team week in and out? I think David Moyes has got to play them."

  23. 1939:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    Manchester United boss David Moyes says he is still searching for the right balance after Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu suggested rotation was to blame for the Red Devils' poor form.

  24. 1933:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveGET INVOLVED - FOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    Twelve stadiums have hosted Premier League football and have the word 'Park' in their name somewhere. Can you name them?

    Text us via 85058 or tweet @bbc5live

  25. 1927:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE
    Joseph Blatter

    Fifa earlier agreed to set up a taskforce to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    But a final decision on when the tournament could be played will not take place before the 2014 World Cup.

    Fears that Qatar's hot summer temperatures could pose a heath risk to players and fans forced football's world governing body to act.

    The taskforce will consult with medical experts, broadcasters, sponsors and influential European leagues.

  26. 1924:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    "I think Crystal Palace will get relegated. I think Ian Holloway is a fantastic manager and let's be fair, no-one thought they'd get promoted. The thing I hate is when a team get promoted against all odds and then 10 games into the next season the manager loses their job."

  27. 1923:  
    Dan Roan, BBC Sport in ZurichFOOTBALL

    Clive Efford MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport commenting on the Qatar World Cup, said:

    "The Qatar World Cup fiasco is showing to the world that Fifa is rotten to its core and needs changing root and branch.

    "The whole bidding process has been exposed as disreputable and should be rerun for the good of the game."

  28. 1919:  
    Martin Keown, Football AnalystFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "Romelu Lukaku is a special talent at Everton, he is a strong player and is a good all-round footballer. It's very strange for Chelsea to loan him out to Everton when he's playing so well. I wouldn't write Everton off either, they have a great team."

    BBC Radio 5 live will have live commentary from Etihad Stadium between Manchester City and Everton from 1245 BST on Saturday.

  29. 1912:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE - FOOTBALL FOCUS
    Pablo Zabeleta

    Here is Dan Walker chatting to Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, who will be the main interview for Football Focus on Saturday.

    Zabaleta tells BBC Sport that Joe Hart is the best goalkeeper he has ever seen, despite recent criticism of his performances.

    The Argentine also talks about City's disappointing away results in the Premier League this season and says they will "try to improve".

    The show, which also includes interviews with Fulham's Darren Bent and Burnley manager Sean Dyche, will be broadcast on BBC One at 1200 BST.

  30. 1910:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "I think Joe Hart's biggest problem is that he's not being pushed by his club club or country, but Fraser Forster will come in and do that. But you can't start to do that in these two games, he has to play in these two internationals."

  31. 1907:  
    Martin Keown, Football AnalystFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    "Manuel Pellegrini has to come out and back his goalkeeper and I believe Joe Hart is Manchester City's number one."

  32. 1905:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    Despite a season littered with high-profile errors for Manchester City, Joe Hart has England manager Roy Hodgson's full backing to play in the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland later this month.

    But is Hodgson's faith in the goalkeeper admirable or an error?

    Steve Harper, the Hull goalkeeper who played in the Premier League for Newcastle, and Dean Kiely, once of Charlton and now West Brom's goalkeeping coach, give their thoughts on the BBC Sport website.

  33. 1901:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5LIVE

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker has West Brom right-back Steven Reid, Doncaster boss Paul Dickov, Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass and 5 live's very own Robbie Savage and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown joining him for the weekend football preview. They are talking all things football, Jack Wilshere, the future for David Moyes and looking back at all this week's Champions League and Europa League action. England manager Roy Hodgson will also be one of the guests in the Match of the Day studio on Saturday night at 2230 BST on BBC One.

    Send us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page

  34. 1859: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Head over to BBC Three and Red Button now to watch Britain's Ruby Harrold and Rebecca Tunney as they go for gold in the women's all-around final.

  35. 1855:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraBBC COVERAGE

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tonight - coverage of the Women's Super League Continental Cup final between Arsenal Ladies and Lincoln Ladies (1900 BST).

    On Saturday, coverage of the third practice session ahead of the Korean Grand Prix (0255) and then qualifying at 0555.

    Then, at 1210, live commentary as Birmingham host Bolton in the Championship, before commentary switches to Rugby Union for Saracens v London Wasps. Finally, there will be commentary on Brighton against Nottingham Forest (1725).

  36. 1847: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits his side have "a lot to improve" as they prepare to face Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday.

    The Blues currently sit fifth in the table after six games, with their most recent league result coming in the 1-1 draw against London rivals Tottenham.

    Mourinho also continued his row with Spurs's Jan Vertonghen, sarcastically saying the player did "fantastic" after his clash with Fernando Torres led to the Spaniard being sent off in last Saturday's draw at White Hart Lane.

  37. 1841: 
    A WEEK IN FOOTBALL
    David Moyes

    WEDNESDAY

    Manchester United manager David Moyes continued to ease his way into Champions League life with a worthy 1-1 draw in Ukraine against Shakhtar Dontesk. Back in Manchester though, their noisy neighbours were taught a footballing lesson by European champions Bayern Munich.

    THURSDAY

    Championship side Wigan Athletic enjoyed a 3-1 win over Slovenia's Maribor in their ever European home match. Spurs eased to 2-0 win over a barely recognizable Anzhi side, while Swansea completed a British hat-trick with a 1-0 win over Swiss side St Gallen.

    FRIDAY

    A Fifa taskforce met in Zurich to look at alternative dates in which to host the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. President Sepp Blatter said more consultation is required before a decision can be taken on switching the the tournament from the deep heat of Middle Eastern Summer to the Winter.

  38. 1832: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Watch Sportsday on the BBC News channel live - bringing you all the latest sports news from around the globe.

  39. 1828: 
    A WEEK IN FOOTBALL
    Roberto Mancini

    MONDAY

    Everton moved into fourth in the English Premier League after a 3-2 win over Newcastle.

    Elsewhere Jose Mourinho walked out of a news conference while Roberto Mancini walked into a new job as manager of Turkish champions Galatasaray

    TUESDAY

    In the Champions League new Arsenal cult hero Memut Ozil got off the mark as the Gunners beat Rafael Benitez's Napoli 2-0.

    Former Gunners favourite Cesc Fabregas scored the only goal as Barcelona beat Neil Lennon's side 1-0 at Celtic Park. While Chelsea picked up their first Champions League win of the season, with a 4-0 hammering of Romanian side Steau Bucharest.

  40. 1827: 
    GYMNASTICS

    From 1900 BST on BBC Three and Red Button you can watch Britain's Ruby Harrold and Rebecca Tunney as they go for gold in the women's all-around final.

  41. 1819: 
    FOOTBALL

    Valencia defender Adil Rami has been suspended by the Spanish club for one week without pay after publicly criticising his coach and team-mates.

    In a radio interview, the France international questioned the leadership skills of Miroslav Djukic and said he does not speak to the Los Che boss.

    The 27-year-old also commented on the character of the club's players, saying they "don't look at you in the face".

    A club statement said Rami has shown "regret for his declarations".

    The statement added: "Regardless of the punishment, we have agreed to work together to find a satisfactory solution for both parties."

  42. 1808: 
    SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS

    Southampton defender Luke Shaw is a doubt for Sunday's game against Swansea through illness.

    Manager Mauricio Pochettino is due to assess Shaw on Saturday before deciding whether the left-back will play any part in the game at St Mary's Stadium.

    The Saints boss has no other injury concerns as he goes in search of a third successive win.

  43. 1759: 
    NORWICH TEAM NEWS

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton will delay naming his squad for Sunday's match against Chelsea at Carrow Road to decide on the fitness of defender Sebastien Bassong who has been suffering from a hamstring injury.

    Midfielder Nathan Redmond (ankle) and defender Javier Garrido (thigh)are both fit and available, however, after training this week.

    Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel also missed a couple of training sessions this week with a toe problem but should be fit to face Chelsea.

  44. 1750: 
    CRICKET

    Worcestershire fast bowler Graeme Cessford has marked his 30th birthday by signing a new one-year contract extension to remain at New Road.

    The Royal Air Force corporal took 17 wickets in six first-class appearances after making his debut against Oxford MCCU in May.

    Cessford was recruited last November as part of an RAF Elite Athlete Programme.

  45.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Agustine Pimentel: Amazed how people think Moyes needs to go. United team is to old, slow at the back and needs character up front.

    Benjy: Dave Jones, No wins from 9 games he needs to get his first win of the season tomorrow or he's gone.

    Josh Seldis: Moyes does not deserve this stick. Look at Pellegrini - a manager with better credentials inheriting a far superior squad.

    Who is under pressure already in your league? Keep your thoughts coming via #bbcsportsday

  46. 1730: 
    CRICKET
    Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall

    Champion county Durham agree contract extensions with Gordon Muchall and Gareth Breese.

    Batsman Muchall, 30, has signed for two more seasons while 37-year-old all-rounder Breese has been given a one-year deal.

    Australia-born seamer Callum Thorp, who signed for the county in 2004, has been released along with former captain Will Smith, who has already joined Hampshire.

    A club statement read: "Durham can also confirm that Callum Thorp alongside Will Smith has not been offered an extension.

    "Durham would like to wish both players the best with their futures and thank them for the valuable contribution they have made in their time at the club."

  47. 1719: 
    FOOTBALL

    Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay says he turned down the chance to be assistant manager at Newcastle United before joining the Bluebirds.

    Mackay was manager at Watford when he was offered the chance to be Alan Pardew's number two. Instead, the Scotsman joined Cardiff and led them to the Premier League, where they face Newcastle on Saturday.

    "We had a conversation about me going up there as his number two, but it didn't happen," says Mackay.

  48. 1710: 
    FOOTBALL

    The stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo has just had goalposts installed. Organisers in the city of Cuiaba are still trying to find a supplier for the seats for their venue.

    With less than three months to go before the December deadline established by Fifa for the delivery of the 12 World Cup stadiums, Brazil is working to have all venues ready in time. Local organisers say they'll meet it, but some recent setbacks have prompted concern.

    Of the six stadiums yet to be delivered, five were less than 90% completed by September, according to the most recent government numbers.

  49. 1702: 
    WORLD CUP 2022

    The Premier League releases a statement reacting to the news that Fifa will set up a taskforce to look into alternative dates for Qatar 2022.

    The statement reads: "We welcome the news that Fifa intends to conduct a thorough consultation process involving all of the appropriate stakeholders, including confederations, associations, leagues and clubs."

  50. 1658: 
    GOLF
    Seve Trophy

    Continental Europe's hopes of wresting the Seve Trophy from Great Britain and Ireland were boosted as Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano equalled the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history.

    The pair recorded a thumping 6&5 win over Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher in the Friday foursomes at St Nom La Breteche to restore the two-point overnight lead for Jose Maria Olazabal's team.

    Earlier, GB and Ireland had reduced the overall deficit to a single point when Paul Casey and Simon Khan wrapped up the first result of the day with a 3&2 win over Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen.

  51.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Josh Seldis: David Moyes does not deserve this stick. Look at Pellegrini - a manager with better credentials inheriting a far superior squad. He has had as bad a start against far worse teams. He's also at a merry go round club. Don't hear anyone calling for his head.

    Simon Errington: Moyes needs time? Martinez and Everton are fourth, Pochetinno and Southampton are sixth, even new boys Hull and Cardiff are above Man U!

    Nick Hodsman: It will be Jol on Monday morning. The best group of players ever at Craven Cottage: disorganised, lazy, clueless.

    You are discussing under pressure managers. Keep your thoughts coming to #bbcsportsday

  52. 1645: 
    LOAN DEAL

    Chesterfield sign Sheffield United striker Chris Porter on a 28-day emergency loan.

    The 29-year-old has failed to score in five appearances for the Blades so far this season.

    He could make his debut for the Spireites in Saturday's trip to Morecambe.

  53. 1641: 
    TENNIS
    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams brushes aside former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-1 6-4 to advance to the semi-finals of the China Open.

    The top-seeded American broke Wozniacki twice to breeze through the first set in 26 minutes.

    Williams continued her dominance in the second set, breaking Wozniacki in the first and third games to go up 4-0. The Dane fought back, closing the gap to 4-3, but it was not enough to stop Williams from winning the set 6-4.

  54. 1637: 
    WEST BROM TEAM NEWS

    West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino could make his first Premier League start against Arsenal on Sunday after his match-winning performance against Manchester United last weekend.

    Albion head coach Steve Clarke could be without strikers Victor Anichebe (groin), Shane Long (knee) and Nicolas Anelka (foot), leaving the door open for 20-year-old Berahino to potentially step in.

    Midfielders James Morrison and Chris Brunt should also be available but Scott Sinclair (hamstring) is absent while Matej Vydra, Ben Foster, George Thorne and Zoltan Gera are all working their way back to full fitness.

  55. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL

    European Clubs Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has given his reaction to Fifa's announcement that they will set up a taskforce to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    The taskforce will consult with medical experts, broadcasters, sponsors and influential European leagues, but a final decision on when the tournament could be played will not take place before the 2014 World Cup.

    Rummenigge says: "I welcome the decision of Fifa and Sepp Blatter to take the time to conduct a consultation process involving all stakeholders concerned and discuss the date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar."

  56. 1619: 
    PARA TABLE TENNIS

    Rob Davies, 29, and London Paralympic bronze medallist Paul Davies, 46, have won gold in the men's class 1 team event at the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Italy, beating Germany 3-1 and Italy 3-0 to become European Champions.

    It is the second gold medal at the event for Rob Davies, who won the men's class 1 singles title on Monday, beating Paul Davies in the final.

  57. 1615: 
    WORLD CUP 2022
    Sepp Blatter

    Former Premier League chief executive Rick Parry, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Fifa and the 2022 World Cup: "It is a mess of [Fifa's] own making. Everyone knows it is hot in the Middle East in July/August. We are where we are and a resolution has to be found. I think the good thing that has come out of today, which is quite unusual for Fifa, is that there is going to be sensible consultation. Hopefully this will mean a better solution will be found than there was when they voted originally.

    Asked about how potentially moving the tournament will affect the Premier League: "Others in Europe are taking a slightly more relaxed view. I suspect the majority of the view will be that, given where we are, we have to consider the welfare of players and spectators. Summer is going to be really challenging and I think it will be have to be moved. Can it be moved? Of course it can, it is a case of rearranging rather than stealing weeks but lets have it done in a logical manner."

  58. 1610: 
    FOOTBALL

    Motherwell winger Lionel Ainsworth admits he underestimated the size of Scottish football before moving to Lanarkshire - but the Englishman will not be overawed by a trip to Celtic Park.

    Motherwell follow Barcelona in making the trip to Parkhead, sitting just three points behind the champions after winning four of their last five Scottish Premiership games.

    Ainsworth, who signed on loan from Rotherham at the end of August, says: "It will be massive. When I came up here and got this opportunity, I didn't realise how big it [Scottish football] was because down south they don't talk about it. I have had friends and a lot of English players I know come up here and they have enjoyed it, and to experience it myself is brilliant."

  59. 1605: 
    SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS

    Southampton defender Luke Shaw is a doubt for Sunday's game against Swansea through illness.

    Manager Mauricio Pochettino is due to assess Shaw on Saturday before deciding whether the left-back will play any part in the game at St Mary's Stadium.

    The Saints boss has no other injury concerns as he goes in search of a third successive win.

  60. 1600: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton are confident of qualifying for next season's Champions League, says midfielder Kevin Mirallas.

    The Toffees sit fourth after six Premier League games and remain the only unbeaten team ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

    "The coach [Roberto Martinez] and the team certainly believe we can do this," Mirallas, 25, tells BBC Sport. "We're playing well and it's not by investing in £30m or £40m players. The team is better this season than last."

  61. 1553: 
    NORWICH TEAM NEWS

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton will delay naming his squad for Sunday's match against Chelsea at Carrow Road to decide on the fitness of defender Sebastien Bassong who has been suffering from a hamstring injury.

    Midfielder Nathan Redmond (ankle) and defender Javier Garrido (thigh) are both fit and available, however, after training this week.

    Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel also missed a couple of training sessions this week with a toe problem but should be fit to face Chelsea.

  62. 1547: 
    FOOTBALL

    Birmingham manager Lee Clark says the best way to deal with youngsters is to make them behave like professional footballers should behave.

    Clark has handed eight Birmingham academy products their league debuts, taken on the challenge of Ravel Morrison while Jesse Lingard wanted to join the Blues on loan because of how Clark and the club have handled young players.

    "The best example for me with all the young players is Rav [Ravel Morrison]," Clark tells the Birmingham Mail. "He probably at first thought it was the worst thing he could have done, come and signed for me. But by the end he knew I was right by what I was trying to tell him and he is now showing everyone, on the biggest stage, that not only is he a top player, but he behaves how a top player should behave."

  63. 1538: 
    FOOTBALL

    England's hopes of being seeded for next year's World Cup have been dealt a blow after Fifa announced it would use October's rankings to determine the eight countries who are kept apart in the draw.

    England are currently ranked 17th but if Roy Hodgson's team qualify it now looks impossible for the side to be seeded, and instead they would join the European pot with other non-seeded teams.

    Had Fifa used the December rankings, then wins for England in their two November games - possibly friendlies against Germany and Uruguay or World Cup qualifying play-offs - could have seen them surge up the ranking table. Instead, England would be faced with being in a group with at least one top-eight side or hosts Brazil, and that would make the task of qualifying for the knock-out stages much tougher.

  64.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Kyle Flynn: Sam Allardyce. West Ham have been poor since last season. Spent £15m on Injured Non Prolific forward. Have no other strikers

    Leon Mark Walters: To everyone saying "Fergie took years to get going", Fergie didn't inherit a title-winning squad. Moyes needs a win tomorrow.

    Which manager do you think will be next to head out of the exit door in your league? Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  65. 1528: 
    MAN CITY V EVERTON- Saturday (1245)

    •Manchester City have only won one of their last eight Premier League games against Everton (W1, D1, L6).

    •Their sole victory in that run was a 2-0 home win in September 2011. That is their only clean sheet in their last 15 games against the Toffees.

  66. 1526: 
    ATHLETICS
    Haile Gebreselassie

    Haile Gebreselassie has arrived in Glasgow ahead of the Great Scottish Run. Watch it live on Sunday from 10:30 BST on BBC Two.

  67. 1524: 
    CRICKET

    Champion county Durham agree contract extensions with Gordon Muchall and Gareth Breese.

    Batsman Muchall, 30, has signed for two more seasons while 37-year-old all-rounder Breese has been given a one-year deal.

    Australia-born seamer Callum Thorp, who signed for the county in 2004, has been released along with former captain Will Smith, who has already joined Hampshire.

  68. 1517: 
    FOOTBALL

    Dundee United announce the contract extension of 19-year-old left back Andy Robertson.

    The new deal will see Robertson remain at Dundee United until at least May 2016.

    Manager Jackie McNamara says: "Andy has really impressed so far, he has been at it from the moment he came in the door and his attitude and performance levels deserve to be rewarded with this extended deal."

  69. 1515: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refuses to respond to Andre Villas-Boas' criticism of the Football Association for failing to extend Fernando Torres' suspension.

    Spain striker Torres was sent off in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Villas-Boas' Tottenham, but avoided further sanction for his altercation with Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen. Villas-Boas branded the FA's lack of further punishment for Torres' scratch on Vertonghen "a disgrace" and may have felt the striker's knee injury, which has seen him ruled out for three weeks, was karma.

    "I don't comment on others' opinions," Mourinho says. "My opinion is simple. For some reason English football is English football. For some reason the Premier League is the most important championship and the most loved worldwide."

  70. 1511: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1991
    Peter Taylor

    Brian Clough's former right-hand man Peter Taylor died aged 62 while on holiday in Majorca. Taylor had worked with Clough at Hartlepool, Derby, Brighton and Nottingham Forest before they ended their partnership.

  71. 1506:  
    Dan Roan, BBC Sport in ZurichWORLD CUP 2022

    "Just interviewed Fifa's Head of Communications. Asked him if today means that the '22 World Cup will be rescheduled. 'Basically, yes.'"

  72. 1503: 
    LOAN DEAL

    Blackpool striker Nathan Eccleston joins League One side Carlisle United on loan for a month, reports the Blackpool Gazette.

    The 22-year-old striker, who has recently been out injured, has gone to Brunton Park to build up his match sharpness again.

    He could make his debut for the club iaway game to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

  73. 1455: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sleaford Town's appeal against the decision to remove them from the FA Cup has been dismissed by Independent Appeal Board.

    Their FA Cup first qualifying round fixture between non-league sides Sleaford and Huntingdon Town was abandoned last month following a mass brawl between players.

  74. 1452:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Sepp Blatter has been spouting his customary pompous nonsense. How on earth is this man still in charge of football?

  75. 1446: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Olly Foster presents a live panel debate to discuss Fifa's decision to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    Fifa has agreed to set up a taskforce to explore moving the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter, but a final decision on when the tournament will be played will not take place before the 2014 World Cup.

    The panel includes Guardian football writer, David Conn, Ex-Liverpool footballer Didi Hamann and footballer and England fan Sophie Williams.

  76.  
    GET INVOLVED - ON FACEBOOK

    Leslie Fuller: Freedman, Jol, McClaren, to go before Christmas. Holloway to stay (I sincerely hope so) even though its tough going for Palace.

    Marc Anthony Clarke Jackson: Think it will be Jol, not that he would deserve it. Fulham are a small club and they will be deluded if they feel they should be challenging Europe. Pardew is the one i think should go, but who knows...

    Kieran Maikoo: Everyone needs to relax on Moyes. SAF took two years to get going.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  77. 1436: 
    LOAN DEAL

    Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling has joined Blackpool until January after agreeing a loan deal, reports the Chronicle.

    Gosling has played just twice for the Magpies this season, with both appearances coming in the Capital One Cup against Morecambe and Leeds United.

  78. 1435: 
    BOXING
    Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin

    Wladimir Klitschko dismissed British heavyweight hopefuls David Haye and Dereck Chisora as "barking dogs" before his world title defence against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.

    Haye, Chisora and another British prospect, Tyson Fury, will be ringside in the Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow.

    Klitschko beat Haye in July 2011 while his older brother Vitali out-pointed Chisora last year.

    "Barking dogs never bite and Povetkin is not a barking dog," said Klitschko.

    "There is no controversy like with Haye, when he said all that crazy stuff before our fight. There's no spitting water or slapping like Chisora did before he fought my brother."

  79. 1428: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist claims he agreed to a wage cut because it was "the right thing to do" and not for the benefit of the annual report.

    Financial figures published this week showed an operating loss of £14.4m at Ibrox over a 13-month period until the end of June.

    "I would like to point out that my decision to take a wage cut has nothing to do with the accounts," says McCoist. "The negotiations started well before the accounts came out."

  80. 1425: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Earlier we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser: Six drivers whose surnames end in T have won two or more F1 races since 1970. Who are they?

    The answers are: Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet, James Hunt, Jochen Rindt and Johnny Herbert.

  81.  
    GET INVOLVED

    James Tooze: Tony Mowbray must be high on the list. Middlesbrough are only going in one direction, downwards.

    Thomas Stirk: David Weir already huge pressure, brilliant player just doesn't look the management type sadly.

    UnSimpleSimon: Pardew won't go. He got an eight-year contract starting 2012. Newcastle not rich enough to ditch him with six years left.

  82. 1415: 
    MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS

    Manchester City are close to full strength for the visit of Everton in the Premier League.

    Midfielder Jack Rodwell will miss out against his former club after a recent knock but is back in training and nearing a return.

    Striker Stevan Jovetic has also had a minor issue but will be available, meaning defender Martin Demichelis (knee) is the only long-term absentee.

  83. 1408: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was pictured with a cigarette outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli earlier in the week, when the 21-year-old had started on the bench.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger labelled Wilshere's smoking as totally unacceptable but the midfielder responded to criticism by putting a photo of Zinedine Zidane smoking on his Twitter account alongside the following tweet: But for the record....I don't smoke!

  84. 1356: 
    TENNIS

    Serena Williams powered through her quarter-final match with Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4 at the China Open.

    The Danish sixth seed only briefly offered resistance, breaking Williams's serve in the sixth game of the second set before forcing the world number one to go on the offensive in a 38-shot rally in the seventh.

    But Williams extinguished any hope of a comeback by maintaining her two-game lead up until the conclusion of the set.

  85. 1347: 
    FIFA NEWS CONFERENCE
    Joseph Blatter

    Fifa president Joseph Blatter on Qatar World Cup: "The tournament will be contested by 32 teams. This is not a binding statement that the tournament should take place in June or July. Because there has been a great deal of noise we have decided now there should be a consultation where we will bring together all the organisations dealing with the organisation of the World Cup. We will talk to the leagues, players and clubs but there are other stakeholders and these are economic stakeholders and we should take into account the obligations we have to them. Therefore there has to be a deep consultation and a large one with great attention and diplomacy."

    Blatter also revealed that the next stage of the process will be revealed in two months time in December.

  86. 1339: 
    FIFA NEWS CONFERENCE

    Fifa president Joseph Blatter confirms the World Cup in 2022 will be held in Qatar and Fifa will set up a commission to look into staging of the World Cup in the winter.

  87. 1332: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will make a decision tomorrow whether to play Joe Hart in goal against Everton.

    "He feels that he didn't do very well, but I think he hasn't any problem. He continues with the trust of all the team so we hope he will recover soon.

    "I will decide tomorrow if he starts. I don't tell you now if Joe will play tomorrow. Of course Joe knows he must improve the way he's playing but he has our trust.

    "Costel is a good goalkeeper too and is working hard and I'm absolutely sure if it's tomorrow or another game and he has to play he will do it well."

  88.  
    GET INVOLVED - FACEBOOK

    David Brennan: Moyes is as safe as houses. Man United didn't become the power house they are by sacking managers. Fergie had six seasons before he won the league and finished 11th and 13th in two of those seasons. People talk about Moyes not having won anything. Fergie only won stuff with a second rate side in a second rate league before he went to Manchester. Moyes has finished well up the Premiership in a first-rate league with a second rate team. Fergie left when Man U were on the slip and everyone inside the club knows that. Jol could go as he's a first-rate manager at a third rate side.

    Euan Black: Pardew, if Newcastle lose heavily against Cardiff which is a real possibility then he's got to be under massive pressure.

    Sam Hallatt: Add Dave Jones (SWFC manager) to that under pressure list, he hasn't had a win all season!

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  89. 1323: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has agreed a new five-year contract with the Premiership champions, BBC Radio Leicester reports.

    Cockerill has been permanent Tigers boss since 2009 and only signed his last deal in May 2012.

    He has led Tigers to three Premiership titles, five successive Premiership finals, a Heineken Cup final in 2009 and an LV= Cup win.

    The 42-year-old joined as a player in 1992 and made 262 appearances.

  90. 1317: 
    GYMNASTICS

    You can watch highlights of the men's all-around final at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on BBC2 now.

    From 1900 BST on BBC Three and Red Button you can watch Britain's Ruby Harrold and Rebecca Tunney as they go for gold in the women's all-around final.

  91. 1311: 
    CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
    Eden Hazard

    Eden Hazard (ankle) is doubtful as Chelsea go in search of a first Premier League away win of the season at Norwich.

    Hazard returned to training on Friday after missing the midweek win at Steaua Bucharest along with Kevin de Bruyne, who was not selected, and Marco van Ginkel, who is out for six months following knee surgery.

    Fernando Torres is out for three weeks with a knee injury, although the striker would have missed the Carrow Road encounter through suspension after his dismissal at Tottenham.

  92. 1306: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says the League Cup may have to be "limited" if the 2022 World Cup takes place in the winter.

    Fifa is set to announce it is creating a task force to examine moving the tournament from the summer in host country Qatar due to high temperatures.

    "I think there would be no choice that it would have to move," said Moyes.

    "Maybe you'll need to get rid of FA Cup replays and limit the League Cup, maybe something along those lines."

  93. 1259: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has agreed a new four-year contract with the Scottish champions.

    The 24-year-old Nigeria international arrived in Glasgow last August after agreeing an undisclosed fee with Israeli club Ashdod.

    Ambrose has been a regular fixture in Neil Lennon's starting XI, scoring in the Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville in July.

    His new deal will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.

  94.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Glenn Conroy: Martin Jol is severely under pressure. Fulham should be challenging the top 10, not fighting relegation.

    Kachero VII: David Moyes is the manager under the most pressure, but he wont get the chop simply because he's 'The Chosen One'.

    Tunde Akere: Martin Jol and Alan Pardew are sitting on the keg of a gun powder, but I think Jol will follow Di Canio out of the EPL.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  95. 1248: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League and Manchester United confirm that an agreement has been reached for the Super League Grand Final to continue to be played at Old Trafford for another four years.

    The contract extension will see Rugby League's most prized trophy be contested at Super League's spiritual home until at least 2017, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Grand Final.

    Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: "The Super League Grand Final is a world class sporting event and I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Manchester United for it to remain in a world class venue."

  96. 1238: 
    CHELSEA

    Jose Mourinho also gave his views on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: "It is too far [into the future for me] for me. I hope at that time I am working in top football. I hope in that time I am a club manager and not a international manager. But during that time we will think about it. The weather is changing a lot so maybe when we come to Qatar the summer is in December and in June it is cold!"

  97. 1233: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "What I like is my team to active and not reactive. In the Champions League in the week, the team wanted to be active. This is the mentality I want and I always think it is more difficult to change mentality over tactics. It looks to me I have had a good reaction and let us see."

  98. 1229: 
    FOOTBALL

    Jose Mourinho thinks the Premier League title fight will go right up until the last game of the season: "I think the league will be open until the end.

    "At this moment some teams are being helped by the fixtures, some are more difficult than others. Manchester United have the most difficult one, immediately followed by us. I think by the end of November, that is the moment we will find out somebody is in a little bit better situation than others. I think this season can go all the way, and I think that is good."

  99. 1227: 
    FOOTBALL

    Jose Mourinho, speaking in his Chelsea news conference: "Every weekend someone can lose points.

    "In relation to my team at this moment we are not strong enough to be dominant in every match and win consecutively. That is my point of view."

  100. 1224: 
    FOOTBALL

    Jose Mourinho says he has no regrets loaning out Romelu Lukaku. The striker is on a season-long loan at Everton, where he has scored three goals.

    "One thing is to play for Everton, another thing is to play for Chelsea," says the Chelsea manager.

  101. 1222: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is speaking to the media now, his quotes coming up in Sportsday over the next few entries....

  102. 1220: 
    FOOTBALL FOCUS
    Pablo Zabeleta

    Here is Dan Walker chatting to Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, who will be the main interview for Football Focus on Saturday.

    The show, which also includes interviews with Fulham's Darren Bent and Burnley manager Sean Dyche, will be broadcast on BBC One at 1200 BST.

  103. 1216: 
    FORMULA 1

    Paul Di Resta expresses concerns for his health in light of the new weight limit regulations for next season.

    Motor sport's world governing body the FIA has increased the weight limit from 642kg to 692kg. It means the ideal weight for a driver is around 60-65kg, way below Di Resta's current size.

    "It is a concern for a driver like me," says Di Resta. "I am at the upper end, to the point where I am three or four kilos under what I would like to be to be healthy."

  104.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jimmy Cook: If United finish outside the top four this season Moyes has to go, he inherited a championship winning team!!!

    Matt Vine: Man Utd under big pressure at Sunderland. A win is essential. Lose and Moyes should start looking for alternative employment. I think the big news could be Man United losing at Sunderland, but it should be plain sailing for the title chasers.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  105. 1213: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno is the new face in the 23-man Spain squad that will face Belarus and Georgia in next week's World Cup qualifiers - but there is no place for either Diego Costa or Roberto Soldado.

    Left-back Moreno, 21, graduates from the Under-21s after making a solid start to the Primera Division season with Andalusian club Sevilla.

    Coach Vicente del Bosque has, however, been unable to call up Brazilian striker Costa, who last month switched his allegiance to Spain, due to outstanding paperwork but winger Juan Mata is included despite struggling to hold down a place in the Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho.

  106. 1208: 
    WHAT THEY SAID- World Cup 2022

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "I think things would need to be altered in the year before and the year after certainly. I think there would be no choice that it would have to move. I'm sure the Premier League and others are already starting work on that and thinking about it. It does look at though it is going to have to be changed.

    "If for example it was played in January it could be the equivalent to having a winter break. That would obviously extend things and there would be lots of different things, add-ons, maybe you'll need to get rid of FA Cup replays and limit the League Cup competition, maybe something along those lines. I think if it's a World Cup then it will have to be played. I'm sure the people in power will try and make the right decisions."

  107. 1206: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sheffield United sign Cardiff City midfielder Simon Lappin on a one-month loan deal.

    The 30-year-old former St Mirren and Norwich man has not appeared for the Bluebirds since joining them on a permanent deal in January. He is likely to make his debut for the Blades against Crawley on Friday.

    Boss David Weir told BBC Radio Sheffield: "He's been successful in this league and he's a leader. He adds to our depth in a number of positions."

  108. 1204: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wolves confirm they have ended discussions with Nottingham Forest regarding a potential loan and subsequent transfer of Bakary Sako in January.

    The club's chief executive Jez Moxey has brought an end to any ongoing saga after the Championship club failed to meet their conditions.

    Moxey says: "Our position has been firm but consistent - we don't want to lose Bakary Sako. We took the decision to cease all discussions with Nottingham Forest, not because they didn't meet our valuation, but because the terms surrounding the offer were unrealistic."

  109. 1155:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in ZurichWORLD CUP 2022

    "A Fifa taskforce, which will look into how the Qatar 2022 World Cup can be moved from the summer months, will not report back with its findings until after the Brazil World Cup next year, according to sources close to the world governing body.

    "The task-force, which is expected to be headed by Sheikh Salman al Khalifa, a member of Fifa's executive committee and the president of the Asian Football Confederation, will consult widely with leagues and other stakeholders as it tries to find a schedule for the tournament outside its traditional time slot of June and July."

  110. 1153: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ahead of the London derby with Tottenham, West Ham issue a statement saying they will ban fans who are found to be 'acting inappropriately'.

    "A London derby is always a passionate affair and, as ever, we know the players will be backed by a loud and proud travelling support," West Ham say.

    "However, the Club seeks to remind all fans attending the match at White Hart Lane that they will be acting as ambassadors for West Ham United and their behaviour should reflect the values and standards of our club."

  111. 1150: 
    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes believes Manchester United chose the right person to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "I think Manchester United is a good club," he says. "I'm sure they know they picked the right man for the job and Sir Alex was part of that process as well."

  112. 1146: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from David Moyes ahead of Manchester United's game against Sunderland: "There is a long way to go in the Premier League. It's a long season. You'll see great changes as the season goes on. We'll hang in there and get ourselves as close to the top as soon as we can.

    On Sunderland: "You never can tell at clubs but you're always disappointed when people lose their jobs. I don't know the ins and outs of Sunderland and the workings of it. You never like to see people lose their job."

  113.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Dougie Freedman

    With the Christmas run-in of games just beginning, who has impressed you so far and who hasn't? Who do you think will be next to head out of the exit door in your league? Moyes? Freedman? Weir or Beattie? To name but a few... We want to hear from you, who do you think is on the slippery slope to a sacking?

    GET INVOLVED - Tweet #bbcsportsday or leave a comment at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  114. 1139: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager David Moyes has addressed the media in his pre-Sunderland news conference this morning. Here is what he has had to say:

    "We need to concentrate on the Premier League now and getting back on track. We have really good players, they know the standards they've set and together we'll work to get it right. In any new job you learn as you go, and I'm in that position as well. I knew they were good players, but there will be difficult times as well."

  115. 1136: 
    LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS

    Lucas Leiva is suspended for the visit of Crystal Palace so Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has to find a replacement in central midfield.

    Jordan Henderson, who has operated predominantly on the right this season, is the most likely candidate to switch to the centre.

    Depending on which formation Rodgers opts for that could mean an opening for the likes of Martin Kelly, Raheem Sterling or Luis Alberto.

  116. 1132: 
    FOOTBALL

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says striker Danny Ings' first call-up to England's Under-21 squad is fully deserved.

    The 21-year-old forward has scored 10 goals in 13 club appearances this term. His reward is a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Lithuania.

    "I'm delighted he's been recognised for his fine run of form and performances," said Dyche, the Championship's manager of the month for September.

  117. 1127: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sheffield Wednesday footballer Gary Madine is jailed for 18 months for assault. The centre forward was convicted of two unprovoked assaults in two Sheffield nightclubs within five weeks of each other.

  118. 1125: 
    WORLD CUP 2022
    Qatar

    The decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup remains controversial and arguments continue about whether the date should be moved because of the summer heat.

    Watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup promotional video on the BBC Sport website, which illustrates what the new stadiums will look like when built.

  119. 1120: 
    CRICKET

    Afghanistan beat Kenya by seven wickets to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time. They will be in the same group as England for the event held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

  120. 1119: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has labelled Jack Wilshere's smoking as totally unacceptable and plans to take up the issue directly with the England midfielder.

    Wilshere was pictured with a cigarette outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli earlier in the week, when the 21-year-old had started on the bench.

    "I disagree completely with that behaviour," Wenger says. "I don't know really what happened, so I will need to have a chat with him about that."

  121. 1117: 
    ST MIRREN TEAMS NEWS

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon will have to put his faith in defender Lee Mair once again as he prepares for Saturday's crucial Scottish Premiership trip to Hearts.

    The winless Buddies are nine points ahead of administration-hit Hearts - fined 15 points at the start of the season - but Marc McAusland (ankle) is still out and Mair should retain his place from Monday's 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, despite being told in the summer he was free to find a new club.

    Saints are desperate to hold off the resurgent Jambos and their only other absentee is long-term injury victim David Barron (ankle), while left-back Danny Grainger returns from suspension.

  122. 1110: 
    FOOTBALL
    Kolo Toure

    Kolo Toure, whose international career seemed all but over six months ago, earns a surprise recall to the Ivory Coast squad for their World Cup qualifying play-off against Senegal.

    The 32-year-old Liverpool defender won the last of his 106 caps as a substitute in March before being dropped. However, he was named on Friday in a 24-man squad for the first leg in Abidjan on 12 October.

    He is joined in the team by former Leeds midfielder Max Gradel, who has recovered from injury.

  123. 1103: 
    CYCLING

    Olympic and world champions are joined by new face Katie Archibald in the Great Britain team for this month's European Track Championships in Holland.

    A full-strength line-up has been chosen for the 18-20 October event in Apeldoorn, which comes two weeks ahead of the Manchester Track World Cup at the start of a season which culminates with February's Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

    Archibald, a 20-year-old City of Edinburgh rider, has been named alongside London 2012 gold medal winners Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell and 2013 world champion Elinor Barker in the women's endurance squad, where the team pursuit is the priority.

  124. 1057: 
    ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS

    Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood could return from recent injuries when Aston Villa head to Hull on Saturday.

    Striker Agbonlahor's recent run of form has been interrupted by an ankle issue while midfielder Westwood has been out with a thigh problem, but both men are in contention to feature at the KC Stadium.

    However, Paul Lambert will be without striker Christian Benteke (hip) while defender Jores Okore (cruciate ligament) and midfielder Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

  125. 1052: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    We have a cracking Question of Sport Teaser for all you petrolheads out there. Six drivers whose surnames end in T have won two or more F1 races since 1970. Who are they? Let us know via #QSTeaser and we'll reveal the answer at 1400 BST.

  126.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Who will be this weekend's biggest winners and losers in the Premier League? Here is what you have had to say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Dave Payn: I've been very impressed with Everton this season and I've been proved wrong about Martinez's appointment. I thought it would end in disaster but so far, it's been a great start, they're good to watch and they don't miss Fellaini one bit.

    James Dinsdale: Arsenal look strong since the appointment of Ozil they've been developing well with their young side for the last few seasons, I see them doing well this season, they will win, I think Everton will also beat City this weekend despite being away, they're looking very strong in depth under Martinez so I can see them pulling off a shock 2-0 win

  127. 1047: 
    FORMULA 1

    Pirelli plan to be Formula 1's sole tyre supplier for the next five years but a new contract with the governing FIA has yet to be signed, the Italian company's motorsport director Paul Hembery says.

    The International Automobile Federation said last week that Pirelli, whose existing contract expires at the end of the season, could continue through a "transition period" before any eventual tender.

    They gave no time period but Hembery told reporters at the Korean Grand Prix that "we are working on five years."

  128. 1044: 
    LOAN DEAL

    Brentford striker Paul Hayes joins Plymouth on a one-month loan.

    The 30-year-old is available to manager John Sheridan up to and including the home match against Northampton on 2 November.

    He is also eligible to play in Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Swindon Town.

  129.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jonathan Maunders: The fact it's Martin Jol v Mark Hughes will give some added spice to what should be the former's last match in charge at in West London.

    Rich Davis: A vital weekend for Martin Jol? Or is it inevitable that he will be gone next? His answers in interviews seem to suggest so

    Vish Patel: Manchester United must win this weekend. Even at this early stage - an 11 points gap would be huge.

    Who will be this weekend's biggest winners and losers? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  130. 1038: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2004
    Malcolm Glazer

    Manchester United's plc board confirmed they had received a "preliminary approach" regarding a "possible offer" for the company, thought to be from American tycoon Malcolm Glazer.

  131. 1032: 
    STOKE TEAM NEWS

    Forward Jonathan Walters is Stoke's only injury doubt ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Fulham.

    The Republic of Ireland international suffered a groin injury in the loss to Norwich last week and will be assessed.

    Midfielder Matthew Etherington did not feature against the Canaries after suffering whiplash in a car accident but he is available.

  132. 1027: 
    WORLD CUP 2022

    Fifa members need more time to decide whether the 2022 World Cup should be staged outside the traditional June-July period and a decision is unlikely on Friday, CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb says.

    "I don't think there will be a decision today, I don't think there should be a decision today," says Webb, an executive committee member.

    "We definitely have not been presented with enough analysis, we don't know what the stakeholders are [thinking], so I think it would be irresponsible for us to take a decision today."

  133. 1024: 
    HORSE RACING

    Favourite Orfevre is drawn eight of 18 runners, while second favourite Treve will start from stall 15 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday (1515 BST).

    Al Kazeem is the only British-trained runner, after the withdrawal of The Fugue, and was drawn widest of all in 18.

    The last nine winners of the big race have been drawn eight or lower, although Japanese contender Orfevre ran from 18 when a narrow runner-up to Solemia in 2012. After 8mm of rain fell at the Paris track in the last 24 hours, the going is now described as soft.

    Full Arc draw: 1 Very Nice Name 2 Meandre 3 Pirika 4 Going Somewhere 5 Leading Light 6 Ruler Of The World 7 Flintshire 8 Orfevre 9 Intello 10 Penglai Pavilion 11 Kizuna 12 Novellist 13 Ocovango 14 Joshua Tree 15 Treve 16 Sahawar 17 Haya Landa 18 Al Kazeem

  134. 1021: 
    LOAN DEAL

    Bristol City sign 21-year-old central defender Lewis Dunk on an initial month-long loan from Brighton.

  135. 1020: 
    TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

    Younes Kaboul will miss Tottenham's clash with West Ham on Sunday after sustaining a knock in the Europa League win at Anzhi.

    Plagued by knee injuries over the best part of 18 months, the Frenchman suffered a knock in the second half of Thursday's 2-0 win in Russia.

    Danny Rose (toe), Aaron Lennon (foot), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Emmanuel Adebayor (illness) are not expected to return until after the international break.

  136. 1016: 
    WHAT THEY SAID- World Cup 2022

    British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, speaking on 1 October: "Fifa has to remember there are a series of other countries who bid for that 2022 World Cup in good faith and are now going to find the goalposts have moved.

    "If it's held in the winter, that's absolutely sensible but to have a re-pitch would be quite unfair on the Qataris.

    "I think a deal should be done where the fact the Qataris won it fair and square is acknowledged but other nations who bid for 2022 are compensated in some shape or form, either financially or by hosting other Fifa tournaments."

  137. 1010: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already faced the media this morning. Next up, David Moyes speaks ahead of Manchester United game against Sunderland on Saturday. His news conference gets under way at 1100 BST and all the key quotes will be here in Sportsday Live.

  138. 1004: 
    SHOW OF SUPPORT
    Reading

    Reading players showed their support for injured midfielder Jem Karacan at the official team photo.

    With Karacan unable to make the picture because of a knee operation on Wednesday, his presence was still felt as all 30 players held up cards with his face on them.

  139. 0957: 
    FOOTBALL
    Ryan Giggs

    Player-coach Ryan Giggs believes manager David Moyes will soon have Manchester United playing well and winning, but concedes it has been a weird season.

    United head to Sunderland on Saturday looking for a first league win since 14 September.

    "The manager has been okay," Giggs tells the Manchester Evening News. "He realises we are not playing as well as we can and he wants to put that right. I am sure he will. There is no margin for error now but it is a weird season. Nobody has hit the ground running who we'd have expected to. Obviously Arsenal are playing well. Spurs and Liverpool are at the top but there is enough time for us to get back to the top."

  140. 0948: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking in his pre-West Bromwich Albion news conference this morning. Here is what he had to say:

    "West Brom will be a difficult test, they have a massive squad with experienced players. It will be very interesting and it's a massive game for us. I believe there is more to come from us but it's about how much we want it."

    On Jack Wilshere: "Wilshere is a very important player here, my future plans have always been built around Jack."

  141. 0940: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swindon Town write to the Football League to ask referees to protect their players from over-aggressive opponents.

    Chairman Jed McCrory fears his team are being "bullied" while trying to instil their own style of play, which he describes as "pleasing on the eye".

    "We feel that opposition players approach us with a more physical game that we believe oversteps the mark," says McCrory.

  142. 0937: 
    ARSENAL

    Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

    The right-back picked up the problem during the Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.

    The injury means Sagna will miss Sunday's trip to West Bromwich Albion, France's games against Australia and Finland and the visit of Norwich on 19 October.

  143.  
    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Who will be the biggest winners and losers this weekend? How important is it for the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City to pick up wins? Will defeats for Newcastle and Fulham put further pressure on managers Alan Pardew and Martin Jol?

    Join the discussion on the BBC Sport Facebook page and Tweet your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  144. 0930: 
    HEARTS TEAM NEWS

    Hearts manager Gary Locke has a full squad to choose from for the Scottish Premiership clash with St Mirren.

    Ryan Stevenson is pushing for more involvement after making his comeback from a knee ligament injury in the 71st minute of last weekend's goalless draw with Dundee United.

    However, Locke could not give him game time for the Under-20s in midweek as he did not want to play the midfielder on an artificial surface.

  145. 0928:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportWORLD CUP 2022

    Speaking to Newsround: "It was never a popular decision [to have the World Cup in Qatar] because Qatar is not a major power in world football, so a lot of people raised eyebrows at the time, but the main issue is the temperature, so we could see this moved to winter months, but that would present problems in itself with the Premier League schedule and broadcasters."

  146. 0923: 
    MATCH OF THE DAY

    England manager Roy Hodgson will be in the Match of the Day studio on Saturday ahead of next week's two crucial World Cup qualifiers at Wembley.

    Hodgson will join ex-England captains Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer to assess the day's six Premier League matches.

    Two of his former clubs, Fulham and Liverpool, will be in action against Stoke and Crystal Palace respectively. England lead Group H by one point and face Montenegro on 11 October before hosting Poland four days later.

  147. 0917: 
    NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew reports a clean bill of health for Saturday's Premier League trip to promoted Cardiff.

    Yohan Cabaye was used only as a second-half substitute in Monday night's 3-2 defeat at Everton amid concerns over his match-fitness, but Pardew expects him to be ready to start at the Cardiff City Stadium if required.

    Striker Shola Ameobi has recovered from his bout of flu and he, defender Steven Taylor and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez (both hamstring) could return to contention.

  148.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tunde Akere: Man United players have to win for there fans, and Alan Pardew have to secure his job from the man that sniff around him too.

    Tendai Dodia: David Moyes needs a win at Sunderland, and certain united players need to step up. It is heart on your sleeves time boys.

    Jared Lainsbury: Wins for all the big clubs, top half of the league will look exactly the same. Look forward to Suarez playing though.

    Who will be this weekend's biggest winners and losers? How vital is it for David Moyes to get a result at Sunderland? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  149. 0912: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manager Owen Coyle believes that Scott Carson can get back into the England squad after the goalkeeper helped Wigan to their first victory in Europe.

    Carson, who last played for England in November 2011, made an outstanding save to deny Maribor a late equaliser before the Latics grabbed their third goal in a 3-1 win in Europa League Group D.

    "Scott Carson was an England keeper not by accident," says Coyle of the 28-year-old. "He can get back into the squad."

  150. 0907:  
    Dan Roan, BBC Sport in ZurichWORLD CUP 2022

    "I understand Fifa want Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore to be a senior member of their Qatar 2022 task-force."

    The taskforce - likely to be led by Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa - is expected to be set up to examine alternative dates for the tournament.

  151. 0903:  
    David Bond, BBC Sport in ZurichWORLD CUP 2022

    "Even if Fifa fudges the decision regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup, it now seems inevitable that the tournament in Qatar will be moved from the northern hemisphere summer to the northern hemisphere winter.

    "However carefully crafted the world governing body's statement is on Friday, there appears to be an unstoppable momentum behind the controversial switch despite the mayhem it will cause to the international football calendar and all the associated commercial and media contracts."

    Read more from BBC Sports Editor David Bond in his blog on the BBC Sport website.

  152. 0855: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Wigan winger Pat Richards believes his side has a good chance of completing a league and cup double when they take on Warrington in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday.

    The Warriors beat Hull to win the Challenge Cup in August, and Richards tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's quite hard to do and it's not been done since 2006 - as it's a fierce competition and getting stronger every year. We have a good chance but Warrington are capable of putting in a good performance."

    The final kicks off at 1800 BST with live text commentary online and BBC Radio 5 live commentary.

  153. 0850:  
    Dan Roan, BBC Sport in ZurichWORLD CUP 2022

    "Fifa president Sepp Blatter will talk here later on and it will be fascinating viewing. There are two issues - the timing of 2022 World Cup and the treatment of migrant workers. Fifa simply have to deliver and it should be a fascinating day."

  154.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Parker: Sunderland will go one of two ways: cause a ridiculous upset, or be on the wrong end of Manchester United answering the critics.

    Andrew Priestley: Man Utd desperately need a win v Sunderland, and they need to put in a full 90 minutes performance. The season starts here.

  155. 0841: 
    TENNIS
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal keeps alive his hopes of taking the top ranking from Novak Djokovic as he secures a 2-6 6-4 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the quarter-finals of the China Open.

    Nadal, who needs to reach the final here to displace Djokovic after 100 weeks at the top of the ATP ranking list, was down a set and a break but changed the tempo of the match with a timely service break. The Spaniard seemed to struggle at times with a niggling left knee injury but wore down Fognini after that hard-fought service break in the seventh game of the second set.

    Nadal next plays the winner of the quarter-final match between American John Isner and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

  156.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Manchester United head to managerless Sunderland on Saturday looking to pick up their first Premier League win since 14 September, while Manchester City will aim to recover from their comprehensive defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League when they host Everton.

    There are also managers under pressure, with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and Fulham's Martin Jol seemingly on thin ground. Their sides play Cardiff and Stoke respectively.

    Who will this weekend's biggest winners and losers be? Do you think this could be a pivotal weekend for Pardew and Jol? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  157. 0829: 
    FOOTBALL

    There are eight Premier League news conferences, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger meeting the media first at 0900 BST. The full schedule is as follows:

    Arsenal 0900; West Ham 0930; Man U 1100; Chelsea 1215; Man City 1300; Norwich 1300; Fulham 1300 and Southampton 1400.

  158.  
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Having breakfast or on your way to work? Then catch up on all the latest football gossip in Friday's column. Here are the top three pieces from today:

    Manchester United target Ander Herrera is set to remain with Athletic Bilbao after club president Josu Urrutia ruled out selling the 24-year-old midfielder. (Daily Express)

    Liverpool are braced for Real Madrid to return with a £45m bid for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 26, when the transfer window opens in January. (Daily Mail)

    Arsenal face a struggle to sign PSV Eindhoven's 17-year-old striker Zakaria Bakkali as the Dutch club are poised to offer him a new long-term deal. (talkSPORT)

  159. 0816: 
    WORLD GYMNASTICS

    Britain's Max Whitlock came agonisingly close to winning bronze in a superb World Gymnastics all-around final.

    The 20-year-old double Olympic bronze medallist was only 0.301 points off the podium as Japanese phenomenon Kohei Uchimura won his fourth straight title.

    Ryohei Kato completed a Japan one-two in Antwerp ahead of Germany's Fabian Hambuechen, while British 22-year-old Dan Purvis finished in seventh place.

  160. 0813: 
    FORMULA 1
    Formula 1

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to set the pace in second practice at the Korean Grand Prix.

    Hamilton was 0.108 seconds ahead of the world champion, with the Englishman's team-mate Nico Rosberg third and the second Red Bull of Mark Webber fourth.

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa took fifth place, split from team-mate Fernando Alonso by Lotus's Romain Grosjean. Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen was eighth, ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.

  161. 0809: 
    WORLD CUP 2022

    Fifa will announce on Friday that Qatar faces no threat to its right to host the 2022 World Cup, sources close to the governing body tell BBC Sport.

    The Gulf state faces allegations about its treatment of migrant workers, while there are also fears that searing summer temperatures in Qatar of more than 40C could risk the health of players and supporters.

    But it appears Fifa will stick by Qatar, which saw off competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to host the event.

  162. 0804: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. There is plenty of build up to this weekend's Premier League action with eight news conferences - including Manchester United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Meanwhile, Fifa will announce their ruling on the 2022 World Cup, where they are expected to say Qatar faces no threat to its right to host the tournament.

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