Sportsday - Friday 18 October as it happened

Football preview with Dan Walker, including Dennis Bergkamp and Mark Bowen ahead of the weekend's matches.

18 October 2013 Last updated at 21:06

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  1. 2103:  

    Thanks for your company, that is it from sportsday for another day.

    Keep listening to BBC 5 live for an interview with jockey Tony McCoy.

    Sportsday will be back on Monday morning from 0800 BST.

  2. 2101:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Football teaser

    We asked you to name the six players who played 150 plus games for more than two sides.

    The answers are Phil Neville, Mark Schwarzer, Aaron Hughes, Gareth Southgate, Danny Murphy and Aaron Hughes.

  3. 2058:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Former Arsenal striker and Ajax coach Dennis Bergkamp talking to BBC Sport's Martin Keown

    On his ambition:

    "The ambition of Ajax and mine is to be more successful in Europe. We would like to be there in February.

    "My personal ambition is to maybe come to Arsenal to one day. To do the role I am doing now at Ajax, educate younger players. To be part of a coaching staff and make players better.

    "Ajax I was born with and raised with but I have been 11 years at Arsenal. It is two teams that stick in my mind. I always like to watch Arsenal play it is part of me."

    You can watch the rest of Dennis Bergkamp's interview with Martin Keown on Football Focus on BBC One at 1200 BST on Saturday.

  4. 2054:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp talking to BBC Sport's Martin Keown

    On Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

    "We had the same philosophy on football. You can't work with a manager for 11 years otherwise.

    "The relationship was good. It was not very close but it was good enough. We had silly arguments, which was no problem because there was so much respect. It is fantastic if you are on the same level of thinking.

    "He is very relaxed and calm and that has suited me."

  5. 2052:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp talking to BBC Sport's Martin Keown

    On joining Arsenal from Inter Milan:

    "It was a quick decision. Arsenal were on the phone, I had a conversation with David Dein and Bruce Rioch and I had a good feeling. I wanted to come to England and Arsenal were the first to show interest. It worked out well.

    "I did not know about the boring Arsenal. It was different to the professional Italian culture. It was freestyle. Every time we went to the hotel the mini bar was full. The training sessions were not hard or long enough.

    "It is what I needed in a funny way. To get rid of that Italian culture. Soon in England I felt free."

  6. 2047:  
    FOOTBALL ON FIVE LIVE- Dennis Bergkamp factfile
    Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp

    Name: Dennis Bergkamp

    Position: Assistant manager at Ajax

    Age: 44

    Career: Ajax (1986-1993), Inter Milan (1993-1995), Arsenal (1995-2006)

    International career: Holland (37 goals in 79 matches)

  7. 2046:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Everton v Hull (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Stoke City assistant boss Mark Bowen:

    "Everton will be looking to finish top of that second tier of teams. About sixth, seventh or eighth. They seem to have a robotic back five who play season in season out and that is a big thing."

  8. 2043:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Birmingham City's Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard

    "I know when the time was right and hopefully I can take the experience back to Man United. This year I think I am ready, it is game time under the belt.

    "You are around Carrington all the time, you feel comfortable and I got out of my element when I went to Leicester on loan last season. I wasn't ready.

    "To play for a big club like this is massive and to score four goals on my debut is even better."

  9. 2041:  
    Birmingham's Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard

    Birmingham City are to extend Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard's loan for another two months.

    The 20-year-old's initial youth loan is due to expire this Sunday following Blues' trip to Leeds United.

    But a new agreement is in place to keep him at St Andrew's until 14 December, making him available for a further eight Championship games.

    Lingard arrived in September, scoring all four goals on his debut in a 4-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

  10. 2039:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Stoke City assistant boss Mark Bowen ahead of Saturday's home match against West Brom

    "I think the team are in a good place, not looking at the table. The fans will be concerned we have lost three on the trot. But I there there has been a game and a half this season where we have been disappointing.

    "We have been very happy with the way we have played. We have created more chances than last year but where we are falling down is that final third and finishing off the good chances we are creating.

    "West Brom are very adept at playing at a counter-attacking game and that is where we fell down against Fulham."

  11. 2035:  

    There is some football action in England this evening with League One Swindon 2-0 up against Notts County and Fleetwood losing 1-0 at Southend in League Two

  12. 2033:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Football teaser

    Don't forget the chance to show off your football trivia knowledge.

    Name the six players who have played 150 plus games for two different teams in the Premier League?

    The answers will be revealed just before 2100.

    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Alexander Graham: Bergkamp's best moment? Anyone remember a certain hat-trick against Leicester...?

    Tunde Akere: Arsenal against THFC in Nov '96, Dennis set up an 88th min winner for Tony Adams to volley in. He then scored in injury time.

    Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp will be on BBC 5 live and the website before 2100. Share your favourite Bergkamp moments on BBC Sport Facebook or via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  14. 2022:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson on new manager Gus Poyet

    "Since I have been here it is the happiest I feel everyone has been. The players have a spring in their step and hopefully that can be a good thing."

  15. 2022:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson on new manager Gus Poyet
    Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson

    "For everyone it is a fresh start for everyone. I think he will know a lot of the players anyway.

    "I knew Gus when he was at Leeds. I was on loan there as an 18-year-old. I always knew he was a great guy and hopefully he will take us on to the next level.

    "People talk about pedigree. Nowadays if you can be good with everyone you can be a good manager. It is not singling out one person, all have different ways but a lot of our lads have reacted differently."

  16. 2019:  
    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

    In the Premier League at the weekend, Gus Poyet takes charge of Sunderland for the first time for their trip to Sunderland. The Uruguayan succeeded Paolo Di Canio and takes control with the Black Cats at the bottom of the Premier League.

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    Martin Smith: fascinating and moving article about Wanyama on the BBC website right now, some moving stuff about the Westgate attack and his first pair of football boots especially.

  18. 2018:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Southampton player and Kenya national team captain Victor Wanyama

    Wanyama on growing up in Kenya and being first from his country to play in Premier League:

    "I can remember my first pair of boots. I wore them for being the best player aged 10. It was very hard, after a few minutes I took them off to have bare feet because I couldn't get used to wearing boots.

    "I used to support Manchester United then I went to Celtic and everything changed and I became a big fan of them. The passion of the fans is incredible.

    "Growing up I was always wishing to play in the Premier League now I am happy to have that experience. It is a good thing to represent my country here and shown Kenyans can play football."

    Wanyama will be in the Saints squad travelling to Manchester United on Saturday.

  19. 2015:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Southampton player and Kenya national team captain Victor Wanyama
    Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama

    Wanyama talks about how he was affected by the Nairobi terror attack.

    At least 67 people died when suspected al-Shabab militants stormed the Nairobi shopping centre on 21 September. Kenya's international matches were called off last week as a mark of respect.

    He said: "We were in the hotel, just had a pre-match meal before playing Liverpool at Anfield and I had a phone call from my friend. I was thinking this is crazy. My cousin told me their were terrorists. That made me worried if everyone was okay but he could not tell me because he was not at home.

    "I made phone calls and found out everyone was okay. It was very hard to go into the game. It was tough knowing people were suffering and my friends and relatives could be inside. The whole game I was frightened."

    It is 10-15 minutes from where I lives. We always went there shopping. It was a horrible moment

  20. 2006:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Victor Wanyama factfile

    Name: Victor Wanyama

    Nationality: Kenyan

    Age: 22

    Position: Midfield

    Career: Beerschot AC - Belgium (2008-11), Celtic (2011-13), Southampton (2013 - )

    Listen to an interview with Wanyama on BB5 5 live and on the BBC Sport website in the next few minutes.


    Stay tuned to BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website to hear from former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp before 2100 BST.

    What were your favourite Bergkamp moments? Tweet #bbcsportsday or comment on BBC Sport Facebook.

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    Andrew Priestley: Newcastle vs Liverpool will be entertaining as ever. There hasn't been a 0-0 in this fixture since 1974. Guaranteed goals!

    Have your say on this weekend's Premier League action on BBC Sport Facebook or via Twitter #bbcsportsday.

  23. 1954:  

    Manager Neil Lennon on Celtic and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster:

    "He is the real deal. The disadvantage is he is playing in a league not seen as the quality of others around Europe.

    "I think Roy Hodgson knows that Joe is number one but these friendlies are a great chance to give Fraser a chance for England."

  24. 1952:  
    Scott Brown sent off

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Scott Brown being given a three-game European ban by Uefa following his red card in the Champions League defeat by Barcelona.

    "He has instinctively reacted. It is petulance more than anything. The ban is excessive and we are going to appeal it. He has been very influential for us, he was outstanding in the San Siro.

    "He has been punished very heavily and we want to get it reduced."

  25. 1944:  

    Tottenham travel to Aston Villa on Sunday looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat against West Ham last time out.

    Also in the Premier League this weekend leaders Arsenal entertain Norwich City, with Mesut Ozil declared fit, Manchester United entertain Southampton looking to avoid a second successive home defeat, while second-placed Liverpool travel to Newcastle.

    How do you see the weekend's action going?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or share your views on BBC Sport Facebook.

  26. 1940:  

    Tottenham forward Gylfi Sigurdsson on Andros Townsend and Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid

    "Andros is very good. It is not nice to play against him because he runs at you straight away, if it doesn't work the first time, he will make it work the second time.

    "When a great player like Gareth leaves we miss him. Gareth was special for us last year, he scored so many special goals at vital times. We will see come the end of the season where we finish."

  27. 1938:  
    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Tottenham forward Gylfi Sigurdsson on helping Iceland qualify for the World Cup play-offs:

    "It is fantastic to still be in with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup. It was our target to qualify but we have to do it through the play-offs.

    "Portugal are the strongest team but as long as we have a chance after the first game we will be satisfied.

    "For a nation of 350,00 to make the World Cup would be ridiculous"

  28. 1933:  
    FOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE- Football teaser

    Here is one to get you thinking while you listen to the rest of the show.

    There are six players who have played 150 plus games for two different teams in the Premier League. Who are they? You have until 2100 BST before the answer is revealed.

    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Have your say on tonight's BBC 5 live football preview with Dan Walker. Do you expect Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay to stay at the club for the long term? How important is John Terry to Chelsea? Share your thoughts on any of the other football talking points.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or share your views on BBC Sport Facebook.

  30. 1927:  

    Stoke assistant boss Mark Bowen on the departure of Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody:

    "Listening to Malky he is being very clever. It is a family club and he is part of that. I have worked for two high-profile foreign owners and it is how does Vincent Tan see Malky Mackay. If he sees him as manager then something is seriously wrong, if he sees him as a coach then he will feel he can do what he wants."

  31. 1923:  

    Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy on the departure of head of recruitment Iain Moody from the Welsh club:

    "Iain Moody was exceptional. He was another level. He knew so much about football and his knowledge on the game was quite special."

  32. 1918:  
    Chelsea defender John Terry

    Stoke City assistant boss Mark Bowen on Chelsea defender John Terry:

    "You have your leaders in the dressing room and people you can rely on - John has a history of doing that.

    "I think he has been a magnificent servant for his country, it is good to see a very good pro like John coming back and showing he has still got a lot to offer."

  33. 1915:  

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes John Terry may have been too hasty by announcing his England retirement.

    The 32-year-old defender won 78 caps but quit in September 2012 after a racism row involving Anton Ferdinand.

    Mourinho believes his captain could still do a job for his country after "recovering his self-esteem".

  34. 1913:  

    Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft:

    "I think Roy might think every England manager has their crisis and he has had his. He has had the support of the players and maybe comes out of it stronger."

  35. 1909:  

    Stoke City assistant boss Mark Bowen on the row over Roy Hodgson's comments about Andros Townsend:

    "For me it was not front page news. In this context, it has been overhyped in my opinion."

  36. 1900:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker has Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen, the Sunday Times' Jonathan Northcroft and the Daily Mirror's Andy Dunn joining him for 5 live Sport from 1900 BST talking all things football, the weekend's Premier League action and a look back at the World Cup qualifiers.

    There will also be interviews with Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sunderland's Adam Johnson, Birmingham's Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard and former Arsenal and Holland striker Dennis Bergkamp.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon will also be live at 1945 BST. You can listen to it live or follow updates here on Sportsday.

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

  37. 1849: 

    Chile play Brazil in a friendly next month in Canada as part of their preparations for 2014 World Cup finals.

    They will meet the World Cup hosts on 19 November in Toronto, four days after playing England at Wembley.

    Chile, who finished third in the South American qualifiers, will host Germany in March.

  38. 1842: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he once tried to talk Wayne Rooney into playing for Scotland.

    Former Scotland boss Berti Vogts revealed last week he travelled to Everton to speak with the then 16-year-old Rooney in an effort to persuade him his international future lay north of the border.

    "I remember it," said Moyes. "In my mind there was a definite possibility. I was desperate to get him to play for Scotland.

    "Unfortunately Berti and myself couldn't convince him and as it turned out, his roots and where he came from made him very much English. I don't think it was ever in doubt he would play for England."

  39. 1837: 
    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes

    Ex-Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been taking training at Stalybridge Celtic.

    The former England international, 38, who coaches United's Under-19s side, helped out after manager Jim Harvey left the Conference North club.

    "He wanted it kept private and the lads, although they were really excited, were brilliant in not letting it out," reveals chairman Rob Gorski.

  40. 1831: 

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  41. 1829: 

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says his players must accept his decisions if the German side are to retain their Bundesliga title this season.

    Bayern, who also won the German Cup and Champions League last term, are aiming for their 34th German top-flight match without defeat on Saturday. They host Mainz at the Allianz Arena.

    He said: "We will only fight for the (league) title at the end of the season if every player accepts my decisions - otherwise we will have problems.

    "I support those who accept them, but those who don't want to understand them will often find themselves sitting in the stands."

  42. 1821: 
    Tommy Haas

    Germany's Tommy Haas reaches the semi-finals of the Austrian Open, beating one Czech Davis Cup player only to find himself facing a second one in the next round.

    Second-seeded Haas, the 2001 champion in Vienna, spent one and three-quarter hours in holding off fifth seed Radek Stepanek, a member of his nation's 2012 Davis Cup championship side, 7-6 (12/10), 6-3.

    The 35-year-old Haas will Saturday take on eighth-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol, who beat Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in his quarter-final.

  43. 1815: 

    Schalke and Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is to have knee surgery and will be out until the new year.

    The 30-year-old tore ligaments in his right knee during Schalke's 4-0 defeat by Wolfsburg in August.


    Sean Patrick: Wonder what the odds on a Norwich win tomorrow are? I've got a feeling this confidence in Arsenal might backfire...

  45. 1803: 
    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend

    Andros Townsend: Delighted to have signed a new contract with spurs! The perfect end to the perfect week!! Now let's get 3 points on Sunday!

  46. 1759: 
    Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend

    Andros Townsend, Tottenham's 22 year-old Academy graduate, has made eight first team appearances this season after returning from a successful loan spell picking up Premier League experience at QPR in the second half of last season, making 12 appearances and scoring two goals.

    The winger's start to the season led to his recent international recognition, making his full England debut on Friday against Montenegro and marking the occasion with a crucial goal in the 4-1 victory, before winning a second cap on Tuesday against Poland.

    Prior to this season, Andros had made 18 First Team appearances in our colours, scoring three goals.

  47. 1754: 

    Andros Townsend signs a new 4 year deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

  48. 1752: 

    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez says his side are "only at 75%", but are ready to face Serie A leaders Roma on Friday.

    Roma are top of the table after winning all of their seven games so far, scoring 20 and conceding just once.

    But Napoli will replace them with a win in Rome, and Benitez said: "If we collect three points then we won't definitely win the Scudetto (title).

    "If we don't win then we will just continue trying to get better. I'm very satisfied."

    You can watch live commentary on the BBC Sport website from 1915.

  49. 1745: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Crystal Palace v Fulham (Monday 2000 BST)
    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway apologises for speaking out about Darren Bent's move to Fulham after the England forward seemed destined for Selhurst Park.

    Holloway was still looking to strengthen his squad late in to the transfer window but failed with a loan move for Villa's Bent, even though he thought he had landed the 29-year-old.

    "Fulham did very well to get him, so well done to Martin. We had a couple of discussions about it and I thought he was turning up at our training ground, but you've never got them in your keep net until they're there.

    "At the time I got a camera shoved in my face 30 seconds after finding out he had signed for Fulham. I do apologise to Martin and didn't realise they hadn't announced it at the time."

  50. 1738:  

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker is joined by Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen, the Sunday Times' Jonathan Northcroft and the Daily Mirror's Andy Dunn to discuss all things football on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 BST. You can listen to it live or follow updates here on Sportsday.

    There will be interviews with former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp, Southampton's Victor Wanyama, Sunderland's Adam Johnson and Birmingham's Jesse Lingard.

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    Oluwadamilare: Arsenal to win convincingly, Man Utd are going to struggle, Liverpool to draw, a win for Chelsea...can't wait to see Ozil-Carzola combo.

    Simon Aindow: Pochettino really has tightened up Saints at the back. Nil nil I think.

    Idowu odumosu: Arsenal would surely maintain their position tomorrow.

    How do you think this weekend's Premier League games will go? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

  52. 1729: 

    Joanna Rowsell insists Britain's extended women's team pursuit outfit won't settle for anything less than gold at the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn.

    Rowsell joined forces with Laura Trott and Dani King to impressively claim the women's team pursuit title at the London 2012 Olympics last summer with a world record in each of their three rides.

    The women's team pursuit has grown from three riders and 3000m to four and 4000m.

    "We want to win, we don't want to be stood in second or third on the podium," Rowsell told British Cycling. "We want to be on that top step all of the time, every time. We just want to win.

    "I really like it; I don't know how I would have felt had it stayed at three kilometres. Personally I really like the new challenge."

  53. 1723: 
    Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi

    Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies extends his contract until June 2017.

    Reds chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi says:"This is a fantastic day for Nottingham Forest.

    "Billy and I have the same long-term vision for the club and I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to sign an extension to his contract."

  54. 1715: 

    Glasgow captain Al Kellock admits their Heineken Cup clash with Exeter is crucial to their hopes of making an impact in Europe following their rude awakening in Toulon.

    Warriors travelled to France last weekend full of confidence after winning their opening five RaboDirect Pro12 games but they found themselves 34-0 down before rallying to notch four second-half tries and a bonus point.

    Kellock said: "It's been a huge target for us for a number of years now, to push on in Europe, and this is a massive game for it.

    "We need to go into these back-to-back games against Cardiff with a home win against Exeter."

  55. 1706: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    Martin Olsson knows what it takes to win at Arsenal and hopes to help Norwich to a memorable triumph at the Emirates Stadium.

    Olsson in February helped Blackburn to a FA Cup fifth-round victory over the Gunners and plans to take the same mentality into Saturday's match against the Premier League leaders.

    "We have nothing to lose," the left-sided Sweden international said. "Everyone thinks we're going to lose to Arsenal. We've just got to turn it round and hopefully get three points."

  56. 1659: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- West Ham v Manchester City (Saturday, 1730 BST)
    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

    - Man City have lost just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League meetings with West Ham (W8 D3).

    - Mark Noble has created more goalscoring chances than any other Premier League player this season (17).

    - No side has seen more English players appear in the Premier League for them this season than West Ham United (9).

    - Yaya Toure, who has either scored or assisted in five of his seven league appearances this season, has scored three goals in four appearances against the Hammers.

    (Stats provided by Opta)

  57. 1653: 

    The Republic of Ireland confirm they will play Poland in a friendly in Poznan on 19 November.

    Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan scored for the Republic in a 2-0 win over the Poles when the sides last met, in a Dublin friendly in February.

    Both teams are currently in search of a new manager after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.

    Giovanni Trapattoni left the Irish job last month, while Waldemar Fornalik was sacked as Poland boss this week.

  58. 1646: 

    China's Ding Junhui wins his second ranking tournament inside a month by beating India's Aditya Mehta in the final of the Indian Open.

    World number four Ding, who won the Shanghai Masters in September, beat Mehta, 72nd in the standings, 5-0 to win the first ranking competition to be staged in India.

  59. 1638: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Swansea City v Sunderland (Saturday 1500 BST)

    - Sunderland have kept a clean sheet in three of their previous four Premier League games against Swansea.

    - Swansea have currently gone eight successive home games without a win in the Premier League; the longest current run.

    - Gus Poyet will become the 11th different manager to take charge of a Sunderland match in the Premier League (12, if you include both spells by Kevin Ball).

    - Michu has directly contributed to more shots than any other player in the top-flight this term (32, 16 shots, excluding blocked and 16 chances created).

    (Stats provided by Opta)

  60. 1629: 

    Brothers Ken and Neal Skupski reach the men's doubles final at the Kremlin Cup ATP Tour event in Moscow.

    The British pair defeated Russian duo Victor Baluda and Konstantin Kravchuk 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 in the semi-final and will face Mikhail Elgin of Russia and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the final.

    Ken Skupski partnered Istomin in the men's doubles competition at the US Open in August.

  61. 1626: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Stoke City v West Brom (Saturday 1500 BST)

    - Stoke have kept a clean sheet in six of their previous eight Premier League games against West Brom.

    - West Brom have never gone five games unbeaten in the Premier League under Steve Clarke (currently four in a row).

    - The Potters have scored with just 5.8% of their shots this season in the Premier League; the lowest ratio in the competition.

    - Stoke boss Mark Hughes has currently won 99 matches as a Premier League manager (from 277 games).

    (Stats provided by Opta)

  62. 1621: 

    Tottenham midfielder Simon Dawkins joins Championship side Derby County on a three-month loan. He is in the Rams squad to face Watford on Saturday.

  63. 1614: 

    Northants re-sign their former left-arm spinner Graeme White from Nottinghamshire on a two-year contract.

    The 26-year-old began his career at Wantage Road and had two loan spells there last season, taking seven wickets in three FLt20 games.

    He also recorded Notts' best T20 figures of the summer of 5-22.

    White told BBC Radio Northampton: "At Notts we decided that for me to play more cricket in all forms, Northants would be a great option for me."

  64. 1605: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Manchester United v Southampton (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    - Manchester United have not lost successive Premier League home games since 8 May, 2002.

    - Southampton have conceded just two goals in their seven Premier League games in 2013-14; fewer than any other side.

    - The Saints have not won back to back Premier League away games since September 2001.

    - Excluding penalties, Robin van Persie has failed to score in 14 of his last 18 Premier League games, including the last five in a row.

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    More predictions are coming in on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Dave Sansom: I can see Chelsea hitting a big win over Cardiff, in the region of four to five goals. We're hitting our stride and there's major issues at Cardiff.

    Andrew Whitehead: Newcastle 2 - Liverpool 8 for my 28th birthday, please.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  66. 1544: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday, 1500 BST)
    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

    - Cardiff have kept a clean sheet in just one of their seven Premier League games so far.

    - Chelsea have scored exactly two goals in each of their last eight home games in the Premier League.

    - Petr Cech will make his 300th Premier League appearance in this match if selected, becoming the third player to reach this landmark for the club (after Lampard and Terry).

    - Cardiff City have conceded four goals from outside the penalty area this season; a league-high.

  67. 1538: 

    British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski take the first set in their men's doubles semi-final match at the Kremlin Cup in Russia.

    The Liverpool duo won the opening set 6-3 against the Russian pairing of Victor Baluda and Konstantin Kravchuk, but trail 5-4 in the second.

  68. 1531: 

    England's Ross Fisher is second at the end of day two of the Perth International in Australia.

    Sweden's Peter Hedblom is on seven-under-par, two clear of Fisher, while England's Richard Finch is in tied eighth on three under.

    Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey is a shot further back with Danny Willett (England), Peter Lawrie (Ireland) and Ross McGowan (England) all tied in 21st on one under.

  69. 1526: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)

    - Liverpool have won 10 of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle (L3 D1).

    - Only one fixture in Premier League history (Arsenal against Tottenham - 125 goals) has seen more goals scored than this matchup (122).

    - Just three English players have appeared in the Premier League for Newcastle this season; fewer than any other side.

    - Each of Newcastle United's last 12 Barclays Premier League goals have been scored by Frenchmen.

  70. 1520: 
    Jim Laker

    As BBC Sport celebrates 60 years of Sports Personality of the Year, we visit the archives to remember the achievements of all the previous winners.

    In 1956, cricketer Jim Laker was named Sports Review of the Year winner, as the award was then known.

    That year, in the fourth Ashes Test against Australia, Laker became the first bowler in history to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings. He finished with unprecedented match bowling figures of 19-90.

    This year's Sports Personality of the Year show will be held in Leeds on Sunday, 15 December.


    Nick Accattatis: Not sure Liverpool can win the Newcastle game. Magpies are doing pretty well and they have in form players. Home advantage too.

    Prince Akin Odunsi: Arsenal will keep the momentum going tomorrow, Norwich will surely lose and I hope to see the combo of Ozil and Cazorla .. Wow.

    UnSimpleSimon: This ManU team can beat Soton & then lose the next game.

    What do you think will happen in the Premier League this weekend. Can Arsenal retain the top spot? Will Gus Poyet get off to a winning start as Sunderland boss? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or via Twitter on #bbcsportsday.

  72. 1511: 

    The Rugby League World Cup will be staged in England, Wales and France later this month.

    BBC Sport's rugby league commentator Ray French looks back at the 1972 Rugby League World Cup final, when Clive Sullivan's superb solo try helped Great Britain to victory.

    Enjoy live coverage of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup across the BBC from Saturday, 26 October.

  73. 1505:  
    BBC Radio 5 livePREMIER LEAGUE
    Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp with Martin Keown

    BBC Sport's Martin Keown meets former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp - you can hear them chatting on BBC 5 live tonight after 1900 BST, with more of the interview on Football Focus tomorrow from 12pm.

  74. 1454: 
    Barcelona's Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi

    Argentina forward Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona's squad after injury for Saturday's La Liga clash against Osasuna with Gerardo Martino's side also welcoming back captain Carles Puyol after a seven-month layoff.

    Messi has been out since sustaining a thigh strain at Almeria at the end of last month and the World Player of the Year did not join up with Argentina for their World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay, remaining in Barcelona for treatment.

  75. 1450: 

    Banned Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir hopes the International Cricket Council will grant him a reprieve to resume his career and play domestic cricket.

    Amir, 21, was jailed for six months and banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing betting scam in 2010.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board will ask the ICC for a review of his ban on legal and compassionate grounds.

    "Everyone gets a second chance in life. I pray the ICC will give me a second chance," Amir told Reuters. "What I did in 2010 was terrible and wrong and I have paid the price for it."

  76. 1446: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Everton v Hull City (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    - No side has currently gone longer without losing at home in the Premier League than Everton (12 games - W9 D3).

    - Hull have not conceded a goal in the Premier League in three hours and 46 minutes of action.

    - Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in three games for Everton now. He has scored 21 in 38 PL games for West Brom and Everton, but none in 10 for Chelsea.

    - Hull City have used just 17 players in their seven Premier League games so far this season; fewer than any other side.

    (Stats provided by Opta)

  77. 1439: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)
    Liverpool forward Iago Aspas

    Liverpool confirm that Spanish forward Iago Aspas has suffered a torn thigh muscle in training.

    The 26-year-old picked up the injury at Melwood on Thursday and has subsequently been assessed by the Reds' medical staff.

    He is expected to be available for a return by the beginning of December - a month which includes seven Premier League fixtures for Brendan Rodgers' team.

    Aspas arrived at Anfield from La Liga side Celta Vigo during the summer, has made six appearances so far in 2013-14.

  78. 1437: 

    A crowd of more than 50,000 - the biggest for a Heineken Cup pool match in British history - is expected when Saracens host Toulouse at Wembley on Friday.

    Saracens, who beat Connacht 23-17 in their opener, make four changes for the four-time champions' visit.

    Jacques Burger, Alistair Hargreaves, Richard Wigglesworth and Duncan Taylor are all included in the starting XV.

    Toulouse recall former All Black Luke McAlister and second-row Yoann Maestri to the side that beat Zebre.

    Live commentary of the Saracens v Toulouse match will be available on BBC London 94.9 from 1945 BST.

  79. 1432: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE STATS- Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    - Norwich have scored in each of their last seven league games against Arsenal, but have collected just four points in this run.

    - The Gunners have the longest current unbeaten run in the top-flight (six games) and have a longer run of scoring in consecutive games than any other side in the Barclays Premier League (12 games).

    - Norwich City have failed to score in seven of their last 11 Premier League away games.

    - Arsenal have the best shooting accuracy in the Premier League this campaign, hitting the target with 57.5% of their shots.

  80. 1425: 

    World number one Rafael Nadal withdraws from next week's Swiss Indoors tournament in Basle citing fatigue.

    Nadal, 27, has regained the top position in the rankings after a fine run of results since he returned to action following seven months out with knee problems.

    "Sorry to announce that I won't travel to Basel in Switzerland, but after very exhausting weeks I have to regroup my fitness and my body," said Nadal. "I will do my best to come back to the Swiss Indoors next year."

  81. 1421: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Manchester United v Southampton (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Manchester United manager David Moyes feels his pre-season assessment of Wayne Rooney has been vindicated by the striker's impressive recent form.

    Rooney found the net in England's World Cup wins over Montenegro and Poland over the past week to guide Roy Hodgson's men into the World Cup finals and has scored five times in his last six games for United.

    "I saw him like this on the first day of pre-season yet I had to keep telling everyone that was the case because the media thought it was different," said Moyes.

    "You can see by his form and the goals he is scoring that what I was saying was right."

  82. 1416: 
    Pete Sampras

    Earlier today we asked: Between 1992 and 1996, who were the five American tennis players to play in the Australian Open men's final?

    The answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official are: Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Todd Martin and Pete Sampras.

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    Mehraz Mueed: Good opportunity for Man Utd to gain some momentum with 4 home games. Would love to see Janujaz, Zaha & off course Kagawa get involved in these games!

    Philip Promiz: Nelly Chelsea will win at the bridge with willian and schurrle makin the headlines ---goodluck blues.

    Bjorn Petersson: Januzaj will shine against Saints and score at least once. Some big names will be returning from injury this round as well. Will be interesting to follow.

    We are asking for your comments on what you think will happen in this weekend's Premier League matches? What players do you expect to steal the deadlines? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1406: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Swansea City v Sunderland (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Swansea pair Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman are available after injury, while goalkeeper Michel Vorm has overcome a hand problem.

    Defender Ben Davies is a doubt because of a hamstring strain, while captain Ashley Williams is still sidelined.

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will return from a shoulder injury for Gus Poyet's first game in charge.

    Keiren Westwood, Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown could be fit, but Ki Sung-yueng is ineligible against his parent club.

  85. 1401: 
    Manchester United manager Roy Hodgson

    Manchester United manager David Moyes defends England boss Roy Hodgson:

    "It should never overshadow how well England have done to get there. Qualifying for a World Cup is a great thing for any nation. One thing for sure, Roy is not a racist. That is 100 per cent. I know that.

    "I also know that I would be really disappointed if someone in the dressing room had come out and said something which had taken place at half time."

  86. 1355: 

    Ireland's Ray Moylette is out of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    He was beaten 3-0 by home fighter Ermek Sakenov in their light-welterweight contest, with all three judges scoring it 30-27 in favour of Sakenov.

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    Andrew Priestley: Man Utd have a tough game against an in-form Southampton side. Not an easy game to restart the PL fixtures. Can see a draw.

    John Joseph: Olivier Giroud 2 goals .Cazorla 1 and koscieny 1 wil give arsenal 4 - 0 victory over Norwich City.

    Lawrence Twitch: If Agbonlahor can be in super form, he'll cause Spurs problems.

    We are asking for your views on the weekend's Premier League matches and who you think will star? Tweet #bbcsportsday or comment on BBC Sport Facebook.

  88. 1348: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Everton v Hull City (Saturday, 1500 BST)
    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

    Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Jose Mourinho might have sent Romelu Lukaku to Everton in a bid to hurt Chelsea's title rivals.

    Bruce is preparing his side to face Lukaku for the second time this season - the Belgium striker having been a substitute for the Blues in the first game of the season at Stamford Bridge.

    "He's a hell of a loan signing on deadline day, someone like Lukaku," said Bruce. "I saw him playing for Belgium in midweek and he's going to be one hell of a player.

    "Maybe the reason why he's gone there is Jose has thought 'maybe Everton can go and get a few points off the big boys with him in their team'. That would be pretty shrewd really and I think they can."

  89. 1341: 
    JOSE MOURINHO NEWS CONFERENCE- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the row over England manager's Roy Hodgson's comments:

    "I think the best judges are the players so when the players come out and support the manager - when the kid involved in the situation comes out in support - there's no story. The players are the best judges. He (Hodgson) is a man, a good man with principles. He has my support because I don't believe he was wishing to hurt somebody."

  90. 1334: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- West Ham v Manchester City (Saturday 1730 BST)

    West Ham defender James Collins will miss out after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Wales in midweek.

    Striker Carlton Cole, who rejoined on a short-term deal last week, is not yet match fit.

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is still out with a thigh injury but could return next week.

    This game also comes too soon for summer signing Martin Demichelis, who continues to build up his fitness after a knee injury.

  91. 1327: 

    Aditya Mehta becomes the first Indian player to reach a ranking final after he defeats Scotland's Stephen Maguire 4-3 in the semi-final.

    Mehta, ranked 72nd, held a 3-0 lead over Maguire before the world number five won the next three frames, although Mehta then clinched the deciding frame.

    He will now play China's Ding Junhui in the final later today.

  92. 1322:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportRUGBY LEAGUE

    "Rugby League World Cup 2013 announce England v Ireland at Huddersfield is the first match to sell out.

    "Organisers are "confident tournament will be the best attended Rugby League World Cup ever"."

  93. 1311: 
    JOSE MOURINHO NEWS CONFERENCE- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday 1500 BST)
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with defender John Terry

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on John Terry:

    "I was in Italy, in Spain, with an eye to Chelsea with an eye to my ex-players. I questioned myself what is happening. Since the beginning I was feeling he was in very good condition.

    "It is good for him and good for us. He is recovering his self-esteem, recovering the feeling of being an important player for the team, which he lost.

    "The reasons that pushed him to international retirement is out of my control. If I was a football player I would wait for the national team to say we don't need you any more. That is just my personal feeling. For sure he has reasons that push him for that decision."

  94. 1306: 
    JOSE MOURINHO NEWS CONFERENCE- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on England:

    "If you ask my opinion, when people say England are struggling I disagree completely.

    "The players don't play in the second division teams, or football's third world, they all play for Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton. They play in the best leagues for the best clubs and there are quality players on the bench.

    "England has good players."

  95. 1300: 
    JOSE MOURINHO NEWS CONFERENCE- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

    "Fernando Torres is ready if selected. He has shown good dedication and good work in this period.

    "We have now the three available, I want to have problems with players to choose from. Fernando, Eto'o and Demba all three are ready and I think we need that.

    "Ashley Cole is not ready."

  96. 1256: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Manchester United v Southampton (Saturday 1500 BST)
    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie and Patrice Evra

    Manchester United will assess Tom Cleverley, who withdrew from the England squad because of a calf injury.

    Defender Rio Ferdinand may return from a groin problem, while teenage winger Adnan Januzaj could keep his starting spot after starring at Sunderland.

    Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc is available despite reports that he missed Poland's defeat by England because of a hamstring injury.

    Luke Shaw withdrew from England under-21 duty with illness but is now fit.

  97. 1250: 

    Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend, speaking to BBC Sport on the row over Roy Hodgson's comments:

    "It has all been said now, it has been in the news the last few days and I think everyone should focus on us qualifying on Brazil and not focusing on negative, silly news.

    "The manager told the player to give the ball to me, so that is a compliment in a way."

  98. 1244: 
    England and Wigan's Kevin Sinfield

    Ahead of the Rugby League World Cup, we're holding a Q&A with England & Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield. Send questions using #bbcrl and the answers will be in Sportsday on Monday

  99. 1238: 

    A letter of complaint from a pressure group is sent to the Football Association demanding that England boss Roy Hodgson attend a 'race appreciation' training course after details of a joke he told about a monkey in space were made public.

    Peter Herbert, the head of the Society of Black Lawyers and who also runs the new Race For Sport organisation, has sent a four-page letter of complaint to the FA, saying it was wrong to declare the matter closed.

    Hodgson, who apologised if any offence was caused, has expressed his frustration and anger that his side's achievement in reaching the World Cup earlier this week has been overshadowed by the details of the joke he told in the dressing room at half-time against Poland.

    The FA was quick to give Hodgson its full backing over the joke about a monkey in space, which it is believed he used to illustrate why his players should give the ball to winger Andros Townsend.

  100. 1235: 

    OptaJoe: 56 - Arsenal have collected more points (56) and more wins (17) in the @PremierLeague in 2013 than any other side. Gunning.

  101. 1231: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists there is no rush to sign a new contract - but says he always plans for the long term.

    Wenger, who turns 64 on Tuesday, is in the final season of his current deal at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal's board have always expressed their desire for Wenger to remain.

    He said: "I believe that when you are manager at the club, you have to prepare for the long term always and act like you would stay forever.

    "I believe that what is important is the next game."

  102. 1221: 
    Marc Marquez

    Championship leader Marc Marquez crashes in practice for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix as title rival Jorge Lorenzo finishes fastest.

    The 20-year-old Spaniard, who is closing in on the world title in his rookie season, came off his bike early in the afternoon session.

    He was uninjured and was able to return to the circuit 20 minutes later.

  103. 1212: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Stoke City v West Brom (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Jonathan Walters is in contention to start for Stoke after recovering from a groin injury.

    Walters pulled out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan.

    West Brom's attacking options have also been bolstered, with Victor Anichebe, Matej Vydra, Shane Long and Zoltan Gera all available after recent injuries.

    Goalkeeper Ben Foster (foot) and winger Scott Sinclair (hamstring) are the only confirmed absentees.

  104. 1206: 

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says winger Gareth Bale is fit and ready to play against Malaga in the Spanish league on Saturday.

  105. 1202: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday 1500 BST)
    Ashley Cole

    Chelsea are likely to be without Ashley Cole on Saturday.

    Cole is still struggling with the rib injury that caused him to miss England's World Cup qualifiers.

    Peter Odemwingie is expected to keep his place in the Cardiff attack in preference to Craig Bellamy.

    Danish striker Andreas Cornelius is getting closer to a Bluebirds return but is not available this weekend.

  106. 1158: 

    West Ham midfielder Joe Cole believes England can win the World Cup next year with a team that "excites" him.

    Cole, 31, has 56 England caps and says he has not given up hope of being in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Brazil.

    "I'm thinking England can go there and win it," Cole told BBC Sport.

    "I know the gaffer will want to play things down and rightly so, but it excites me because I think there is enough talent in the country."

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    Some more Premier League predictions.

    Dalitso Banda: Man U 4-1 Soton Januzaj on target.

    Paul Olili: WHU2 City 3, Chelsea 3 Cardiff 0, Arsenal 2 Norwich 0, Liverpool 2 Newcastle 2, Man Utd 1 Soton 2.

    Shaun Butler: Kompany out? Hammers can get something from this game.

    We are asking how you think this weekend's Premier League games will go and what players you expect to steal the headlines? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

  108. 1149: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes everything should "stay in the dressing room" as he reacts to the row surrounding comments made by England manager Roy Hodgson .

    He said: "I have been aggressive at half-time but you have to adapt to the culture of your team. When you go to a Japanese dressing room you have to be cautious because what looks normal in an English dressing room looks completely shocking in a Japanese one.

    "You adapt to the culture of where you are. Sometimes you can say words that are not politically correct, that can happen to any manager.

    "Secondly we can go a bit overboard at half-time because it's an emotional situation and there's a lot of desire and effort in there, but basically it all has to remain in the dressing room."

  109. 1144: 

    Forward Joe Westerman signs a two-year contract extension with Hull FC to run until the end of the 2016 season.

    Westerman, 23, has made 77 appearances for the club, scoring 23 tries and kicking 46 goals, since being signed from Castleford three years ago.

    He told the club website: "I'm really looking forward to working with [new coach] Lee Radford.

    "He has an exciting vision for the club which you can already see him starting to mould into shape."

  110. 1138: 
    Josh Taylor

    Scotland's Josh Taylor is out of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Taylor, 22, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and reached the last 16 of the London 2012 Olympics, was beaten in his last 32 light-welterweight bout by Merey Akshalov of Kazakhstan.

    "Lost my fight today in a very close contest," said Taylor on Twitter. "Really gutted. Lost to a Beijing Olympian and former World Series of Boxing champion. Top fighter."

  111. 1131: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday 1500 BST)

    Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay insists former head of recruitment Iain Moody's departure from Cardiff was not down to a transfer budget overspend.

    Moody, who had worked with Mackay at Watford, has been replaced by with 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis.

    Mackay said: "Iain is an absolute class act as far as I am concerned. In one of the periods of success at the football club he has had a huge part to play in the restructuring of my squad.

    "One thing I would clarify is that we were absolutely under budget this summer. Under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning."

  112. 1126: 

    European champions Toulon will not take part in the proposed Anglo-French tournament.

    Toulon will instead remain in the Heineken Cup as a protest against the French league's plan to limit the number of foreign players.

  113. 1121: 

    Former World Cup finalist Pascal Chimbonda signs a three-month deal with Carlisle United.

    The 34-year-old France defender, who has been training with the Blues this week, will be in the squad for tomorrow's League One game at Oldham.

    Chimbonda, formerly of Tottenham, Wigan and Blackburn, had been playing with non-league Market Drayton to stay fit after he left Doncaster last year.

  114. 1116: 

    Lord's could be redeveloped with the facilities improved after MCC members voted to continue with improvement plans.

    "Lord's is one of the jewels in cricket's crown and must be looked after for the benefit of everyone who loves the game, not just now, but in the future," said MCC president Mike Gatting.

    "With its masterplan for development, MCC is now excellently placed to improve the facilities at Lord's without losing any of its unique charm. I'm delighted that the membership agree that the club should move forward with its plans.

    "We must stop looking back and unite behind the excellent team we have in place to ensure Lord's is the world's finest ground for years to come."

  115. 1108: 
    Gareth Bale

    Welshman Gareth Bale is winning his battle to be fit to play a part in the biggest week of Real Madrid's season after returning to training following the international break.

    Madrid play Malaga on Saturday before facing Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League and Barcelona the following Saturday in the Nou Camp.

    The club have admitted that forward Bale, 24, has a 'small chronic discal protrusion' but say the injury is not a slipped disc and will not need an operation.


    We have been asking what you expect from this weekend's Premier League games? What players do you think will shine?

    Alex Le May: No reason why Southampton cannot pull of a victory - their pressing game disrupts the big teams as shown at Liverpool.

    Ab-haji: Tomorrow's game is the first of four home games in 11 days and its a great opportunity for David Moyes's men to build momentum.

    Ujjwal Ghimire: Man Utd have enough quality to see off Southampton. With four home games on the trot, I think its time to gain some momentum.

    Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or share your views on BBC Sport Facebook.

  117. 1057: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_official is: Between 1992 and 1996, who were the five American tennis players to play in the Australian Open men's final?

    The answers will be revealed later today.

  118. 1051: 

    Germany head coach Joachim Loew signs a two-year contract extension. Loew, 53, who has been in charge of the German side since 2006, took his country to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup, the final of Euro 2008 and the last four of Euro 2012.

  119. 1042: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Everton v Hull City (Saturday, 1500 BST)

    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for several months after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament on international duty.

    Midfielder Steven Pienaar (hamstring) and defender Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) are both out, but midfielder Gareth Barry will return after being ineligible to face Manchester City.

    Hull's top-scorer Robbie Brady is set for a swift return to the squad having missed only one match since undergoing a hernia operation.

    Ahmed Elmohamady, Gedo and Maynor Figueroa all had long journeys back from international duty and will be assessed for match fitness, while Robert Koren (fractured foot) and James Chester (hamstring) are still out.

  120. 1037: 
    Dan Sarginson

    Wigan Warriors sign centre Dan Sarginson and utility forward Tony Clubb from London Broncos.

    Sarginson, 20, has agreed a two-year contract, while Clubb, 26, has signed a four-year deal.

    "Dan is a young player with lots of potential," said Wigan head coach Shaun Wane.

    "Tony, meanwhile, is everything I want in a forward, powerful and dynamic. He is hungry for success and possesses great leadership qualities. They are great acquisitions to our squad."

  121. 1032: 

    England's Charlie Edwards loses in the second round of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Edwards suffered a cut in the opening minute of his fight against Kenya's Simon Nzioki, which caused the referee to stop the flyweight contest.

  122. 1026: 

    Ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures, BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for the matches.

    This weekend Lawrenson is up against BBC Breakfast's Susanna Reid, who follows Crystal Palace, and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Kevin Clifton, a Scunthorpe United supporter.

  123. 1021: 

    Glasgow City Ladies manager Laura Montgomery says she would like her club to play in the FA Women's Super League in England.

    "We have been so successful in Scotland and we see how successful the Super League is. It make us quite envious and wanting to be part of that," Montgomery, whose side face Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League, told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I think Glasgow City would be competitive but, at the moment, it doesn't seem possible."

  124. 1015: 

    China's Ding Junhui, who won the Shanghai Masters competition last month, moves into the final of the Indian Open, the first major snooker tournament to be staged in India.

    Ding beat England's Robbie Williams, the world number 73, 4-1 in the semi-final and will play the winner of the match between Stephen Maguire of Scotland and Aditya Mehta of India, which has just started.

  125. 1009: 
    Sam Tomkins

    In case you missed it last night there is another chance to listen to BBC Radio 5 live's programme which looked at the career of Sam Tomkins, the most expensive player in rugby league history.

  126. 1002: 

    Nick Matthew extended his unbeaten Tour run against fellow Englishman James Willstrop to 16 matches over almost seven years when he beat the world number three in the US Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia.

    The 2007 champion from Sheffield will now face top-seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, the 2006 champion who defeated Egypt's No4 seed Karim Darwish, in the final.

  127. 0954: 

    Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead on the second day of the Korea Open.

    He carded a two-under round of 69 to move onto three-under-par for the tournament, with Korea's Hong Soon-sang the leader on five under.

    The Northern Irishman dropped three shots on successive holes, but recovered with five birdies in eight holes.

    "It has been pretty good so far," said McIlroy. "There were a few sloppy shots, or sloppily played holes. I made three bogeys on the back nine (his first nine) which wasn't great but most of the other stuff was actually pretty solid."

  128. 0946: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 1500 BST)
    Mesut Ozil

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirms that midfielders Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, as well as right-back Bacary Sagna, will all be fit to play on Saturday - but winger Theo Walcott is still two weeks away from a first-team return with a knee injury.

    Forward Anthony Pilkington is doubtful for Norwich after he made an early return from international duty with the Republic of Ireland because of a hamstring injury.

  129. 0943: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been holding his news conference ahead of his side's home game against Norwich on Saturday.

    Wenger: "I was very happy to see England qualify for the World Cup and I think they have a basis for a very good team. But let's be cautious."


    More comments on what you expect from this weekend's football and the best player of the season so far.

    Calum Simpson: Hoping the Saints can stay in the top four with a nice win against United. 17 years this week since 6-3 at the Dell right?

    Tunde Akere: Even though I hate to admit it as a Chelsea fan, but I think Aaron Ramsey has been the man so far, followed by Ozil and Oscar.

    Stewart Adams: Hope there is no hangover for LFC players after internationals. Still saying 2-0 to the Reds though.

    Keep your comments coming in to us on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  131. 0933: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho offers his assistance to the Football Association's newly-established commission.

    Mourinho is willing to both discuss the long-term future of the England team with FA chairman Greg Dyke and offer his opinion on how the Three Lions can best compete for the World Cup trophy in Brazil next summer.

    "If they want to speak with me I will give them my opinion," Mourinho told The Guardian.

    "If you concentrate on the here and now - not on the future in three or four years' time - on the group of players at Roy Hodgson's disposal to play at the World Cup, then England have more than enough."

  132. 0927: 
    Andrew Selby

    Welshman Andrew Selby makes a winning start at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Selby, won won the European title in 2013 and 2011, is seeded first in the flyweight competition and has moved into the last 16 with a 3-0 victory against American Malik Jackson.

    Ireland's Patrick Barnes, who is the fifth seed, is also an early winner in the flyweight division by beating Serbia's Milos Baltic.

  133. 0920: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 BST)

    Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is sidelined by a muscle injury, while winger Jonas Gutierrez is ruled out because of personal reasons.

    However, Loic Remy, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye came back from international duty unscathed.

    Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has returned to training after an ankle injury and could feature on Saturday.

    Aly Cissokho should also be available, while Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho are nearing comebacks.

    Live commentary of this match will be on BBC Radio 5 live from 1245 BST on Saturday.

  134. 0914: 

    Ex-England batsman Marcus Trescothick expects Alastair Cook's side to retain the Ashes in Australia in the winter.

    "I think we'll do well, we won there last time, we hold the Ashes at the moment, after a great summer here, so I think the team is in a good shape," Trescothick told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "England will play better than they did in the summer and having shown we can beat them home and away I think we will continue to dominate at the moment."

  135. 0905: 
    Ross Fisher

    England's Ross Fisher is an early clubhouse leader on day two of the Perth International in Australia.

    Fisher, 32, is aiming for his first European Tour win of the season and carded a five-under-par round of 67, although his day could have been even better but he bogeyed the 18th.

    However, Fisher's clubhouse lead may not last long as Sweden's Peter Hedblom is on eight under for the tournament with three holes left to play in his second round.

  136. 0859: 

    England's Simon Kerrigan signs a new two-year contract with Lancashire.

    The spinner, 24, took 58 first-class wickets this term as Lancashire won Division Two and made his Test debut in the summer's final Ashes match.

    Kerrigan is among 15 players to sign new deals with the county.

  137. 0855: 
    Aditya Mehta

    Aditya Mehta has become the first Indian player to reach the semi-finals of a ranking event with a 4-3 win over countryman Pankaj Advani in the quarter-finals at the Indian Open.

    Mehta, 27, will now face Scotland's world number five Stephen Maguire, later today in the semi-final.

    England's Robbie Williams, the world number 73, is playing in the other semi-final but is currently 2-0 down against China's Ding Junhui.


    Some early thoughts on what you expect from this weekend's games.

    Chris Parker: Hoping for four or more points in the next three games for SAFC, a point against Swansea would be a great start but might be too much to ask.

    Viv Powers: With no injuries after the international break, expect Liverpool to maintain their impressive start to the season.

    We are asking what you expect from the weekend's action, who has been the best player of the season so far, which teams are overachieving or not performing as expected and can Gus Poyet save Sunderland's campaign?

    Let us know your thoughts and the best views will appear here throughout the day. Twitter, via #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page is the way to contact us.

  139. 0844: 

    Today is the first day of the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, with six gold medals to be handed out.

    Triple Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny is one of seven British Olympic champions competing on Friday, with Philip Hindes, Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke also in action.

  140. 0838: 
    Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson says he is angry that England's World Cup qualification has been overshadowed by comments he made during Tuesday's game against Poland.

    The England boss was criticised for referring to a joke about a monkey and an astronaut at half-time in the 2-0 win, which secured their 2014 World Cup place.

    "The players are as angry about this as I am," said Hodgson, who has been backed by the Football Association.

    "We have just had a successful period and we have earned the right to enjoy the fruits of our labours. Instead we get this."

  141. 0832: 

    So what do you expect to see from this weekend's games? Can Arsenal and Liverpool maintain their good starts? Will Gus Poyet begin his career as Sunderland manager with a win? Can Southampton claim a shock victory against Manchester United?

    Let us know your predictions on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Also, which teams are doing better or worse than expected and who has been the best player of the season so far?

  142. 0825: 

    After England's success in qualifying for the World Cup, Premier League action returns this weekend with Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all in action on Saturday.

    Saturday's matches are ...

    Newcastle v Liverpool, Arsenal v Norwich, Chelsea v Cardiff, Everton v Hull, Manchester United v Southampton, Stoke v West Brom, Swansea v Sunderland and West Ham v Manchester City.

    On Sunday the only Premier League match is Aston Villa v Tottenham, and Crystal Palace meet Fulham on Monday.

    There are also full programmes in Scotland and the Football League.

  143. 0818: 

    Some stories from the BBC Sport Gossip page.

    Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25, is interested in rejoining Chelsea during the January transfer window. Full story: Metro

    Fulham manager Martin Jol has ruled out a January loan move for 20-year-old Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha. Full story: ESPN

    Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley, 28, who was dropped by former manager Paolo Di Canio after an incident in a Newcastle casino, has been restored to the squad by new boss Gus Poyet. Full story: Daily Telegraph

  144. 0813: 

    Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo says Marc Marquez will dominate MotoGP "for many years".

    Marquez, 20, can win the title at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday following a stunning debut season.

    He holds a 43-point lead over Lorenzo and will be champion if he takes eight points more than his fellow Spaniard.

    Lorenzo said: "He will not only be world champion this year but maybe for many years. He is talented, fast, ambitious and brave."

  145. 0809: 

    Paul Di Resta's manager admits the Scot faces an uncertain future in Formula 1.

    The 27-year-old's Force India team have an option on him for 2014 but there are no guarantees they will retain him.

    And Richard Goddard, who represents Di Resta, is concerned the team could opt for a driver who brings sponsorship and leave his client without a drive.

    "It's difficult to know what will happen - there are a lot of drivers in the sport with money and a lot of teams that need money," Goddard said.

  146. 0805: 
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray admits he may miss the Australian Open in January after recent back surgery.

    Wimbledon champion Murray, 26, who was awarded an OBE yesterday, began his rehabilitation last week after a disc operation in September.

    Murray will miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London but wants to be back in action for the tournament in Melbourne, which begins on 13 January.

    "I hope so, but I'm not going to come back unless I'm 100% fit. I've got a long way to go yet," said Murray.

  147. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays.

    We will have all the team news and managerial news conferences ahead of Saturday's Premier League action, as well as updates from the major sporting events around the world, but first we begin with the latest stories.

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