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Summary

  1. Fifa suspends Thai FA chief
  2. Build-up to Lithuania v England (19:45 BST)
  3. Ireland's Peter O'Mahony out of Rugby World Cup
  4. Injured Steven Finn out of first Test; Moeen Ali to open
  5. Get involved: #mybestcoach

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Matt Parratt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off...

    That’s it for another Sportsday, but as far as live sport is concerned, we’re just getting started. We’ve got live text and radio commentary of Lithuania v England (19:45 BST) starting very soon, you can find that here.

    Thanks once again for your company and contributions. Sportsday returns on Tuesday at 08:00 BST.

    Lithuania v England
  2. The mother of all sprinklers...

    Lithuania v England, 19:45 BST

    Interesting scenes in Luthuania for England's arrival. Mark Pougatch has just tweeted this picture of a firefighter on the pitch, presumably giving it a water down rather than putting out any flames.

  3. Sharpshooter Walcott

    Lithuania v England, 19:45 BST

  4. Will review end Lancaster's reign?

    Rugby World Cup

    With England's World Cup officially over, the inquest into what went wrong is gathering steam, with head coach Stuart Lancaster facing tough questions about his team's early exit.

    Former England and Lions star Jeremy Guscott has been sharing his thoughts with BBC Sport about what needs to be done. You can read them here.

    Stuart Lancaster
  5. I want to be better than Hart - Butland

    Lithuania v England, 19:45 BST

    Jack Butland

    Stoke City keeper Jack Butland is set to walk out for England against Lithuania on Monday evening with his sights set on one thing - making it permanent.

    He said: "I want to be better than Joe [Hart]. He's an incredible goalkeeper and I want to battle him and I want to learn from him and push him on like he pushes me. 

    "I've known him for a long time and he's been my role model for years, ever since I first came across him at Birmingham. He was imposing, aggressive and brilliant at what he does."

    We'll have live text and radio commentary of Lithuania v England from 18:30 BST approx.

  6. The train approaching the football ground is...

    Football/travel

    What's the last thing you expected when you go to a football match?

    Granted there are quite a few different answers to that question, but how about this one - a steam train chugging down the touchline.

    Well, we kid you not, it happens on a regular basis at the home of Slovakian amateur side TJ Tatran Čierny Balog.

    The Mirror

    As this story in The Mirror explains, the train chugs past during matches, proving an ever-so-slight distraction for both those on the pitch and in the stand. On the upside, if you're a football fan and a trainspotter, what could be be better?

  7. What the stat man says...

    Lithuania v England, 19:45 BST

    Roy Hodgson's team will have to break a 14-year curse against Lithuania if they are to win tonight...

    A reminder that we will have live text and radio commentary available here from 18:30 BST approx.

  8. Southgate praises keeper Butland

    Lithuania v England, 19:45 BST

    England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate has said keeper Jack Butland's second senior call-up is proof of the FA's development system in action.

    The 22-year-old captained the youth side in their latest Euro campaign and will step out for Roy Hodgson against Lithuania on Monday night.

    Southgate told the FA website: "He’s a real example of how the England development system has worked. I think England has been as big a part of his development as his club career has, there have been certain periods when we have almost kept things alive for him in a playing sense and been a focus for him.

    "He was a terrific captain for us last year and we’re all looking forward to watching him in Lithuania."

    Jack Butland
  9. Listen - Fitzpatrick's celebration sandwich

    Golf

    How do you celebratewinning a big-money golf tournament,the first of your career, if you're a 21-year-old man on the European Tour? With a sandwich and a round - of golf - at your local course, that's how.

    Well, at least that's how Matthew Fitzpatrickchose to mark his British Masters title this weekend, anyway. Listen to the man himselfthanks to this clip from 5 live In Short.

    Matthew Fitzpatrick
  10. Van Persie and Depay 'bust-up'

    Football

    Manchester United striker Memphis Depay and former Red Devils targetman Robin van Persie have reportedly had a bust-up during a training session for the Netherlands.

    Boss Danny Blind confirmed there was a spat before their 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifier win over Kazakhstan, and was quoted by www.telegraaf.nl as saying: "There are sometimes situations in training where players think different. Then you talk about it. That's what happened and then it's over."

  11. Baxter plans to stay loyal to Exeter

    Rugby Union

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says he will honour his long-term contract at the Chiefs, even if there is a chance for him to join the England coaching set-up.

    England's coaching structure is under scrutiny following their failure to make it out of their World Cup pool.

    Rob Baxter

    "I expect players to emotionally buy into the club and that's what I've done. I'm not going to back out on my contract now," Baxter told BBC Devon.

    "Nothing will change at Exeter in the coaching set-up, regardless of what happens to the England guys."

  12. Get Involved - My Best Coach

    Tweet #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    John McEnerney: "Young man, you need shooting for asking who is the best coach - Brian Clough, pure & simple the best coach."

    Sorry, boss... 

    Brian Clough
  13. World Cup injury levels 'not extraordinary'

    Rugby Union

    Paul O'Connell
    Image caption: Ireland's Paul O'Connell was stretched off during their win over France on Sunday

    World Rugby has said the injury numbers in this year's World Cup are not "extraordinary in any way" despite 21 withdrawals so far.

    The figure was 19 for the entire 2011 tournament, however chief executive Brett Gosper said the high profile of some of the most physically intense matches - namely England v Wales and Ireland v France - has given the impression that the competition has been more brutal than usual.

    At the 2007 World Cup, 37 players were forced home early through injury. Mr Gosper said: "Our early indications are that England 2015 is not tracking any differently to any other tournament in the past. 

    "Visually it is looking more serious because of the size of two of the games where injuries have been happening, but our monitoring is not showing the number to be extraordinary in any particular way."

  14. Traore out for long term

    Football

    Monaco's Malian international midfielder Adama Traore has suffered a fractured ankle in training and will be out indefinitely.

    The 20-year-old, who signed in the off-season from Lille, has made six appearances this season, including four starts, and has contributed one assist.

    Adama Traore
  15. The Empire striker's back

    Football

    Kevin Davies has given one Sportsday member New Hope that they will one day own the AT-AT Walker that eluded their childhood after the newly-retired striker posted a picture of his soon-to-be-sold Star Wars toy collection on Twitter.

    The 38-year-old, who retired this year after more than 20 years in the game, wrote: "One last battle before this lot is sold on."

    Check out the pictures below. Coincidentally, Davies is due to speak to BBC Radio 5 live about England caps very soon.

    Kevin Davies
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    Kevin Davies
    Kevin Davies
  16. Pitch (just about) perfect

    Football

    Newcastle say they have no worries about the pitch at St James' Park, declaring it will be in "fantastic" condition for Sunday's Premier League clash with Norwich.

    Since the Magpies' last home fixture on 26 September, the stadium has been used for three rugby union World Cup matches.

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    But Newcastle's deputy head groundsman Andrew Tully told the club's website: "At the end of the day it's a football pitch - not a rugby one - and we are in the process of a quick turnaround to get it ready for football again.

    "The pitch hasn't gone anywhere - it's still there. You've got the rugby markings and a bit of damage from the games.But by Sunday it will be looking fantastic."

  17. And the answers were...

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier we asked you: As it stands, which four teams will be making their European Championships debuts in 2016?

    Well done if you answered: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

  18. Northampton Town takeover deal off

    Football

    Northampton Town's prospective takeover by an Indian consortium is off, after the group pulled out of the deal.

    Cobblers chairman David Cardoza revealed in June that the unnamed London-based group were interested in the League Two club.

    But the group said in a statement on Monday: "It became apparent there were a number of complications surrounding the proposed acquisition."

    The news comes before Friday's deadline from Northampton Borough Council to repay a £10.25m loan.

  19. Watch World Boxing Championships

    Boxing

    The AIBA World Boxing Championships are taking place in Doha, Qatar, at the moment, and the BBC Sport website is going there live at 16:55 BST approx.

    Britain's super-heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce (pictured right) is in semi-finals action in today's session. You can watch it here and also find it in 'Live Coverage' at the top of this page.

    Joe Joyce
  20. Get Involved - My Best Coach

    Tweet #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    We wondered how long it would be before someone sent us a picture of an actual coach for today's Get Involved topic. Matt Stanley has stepped up to the plate. Touche, Matt.

    Keep your entries coming to #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

  21. Lancashire trio sign new contracts

    Cricket

    Lancashire have agreed new contracts with seam bowlers Kyle Jarvis,Tom Bailey and Gavin Griffiths.

    Former Zimbabwe international Jarvis, 26, took 62 wickets in the County Championship to help the Red Rose county to promotion from Division Two. 

    Bailey, 24, established himself this season with 35 wickets, including 5-12 against Leicestershire in May.

    Griffiths, 21, made his Twenty20 debut on Finals Day as Lancashire secured the T20 Blast title against Northants.

  22. Goals galore

    Football

    Then again, they do have Robert Lewandowski in their team.

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    The Bayern Munich frontman has scored nine goals in his last five Euro 2016 qualifying games.

  23. Coleman ready for contract talks

    Football

    Chris Coleman

    Wales manager Chris Coleman says he is ready to discuss a new contract now Euro 2016 qualification is secured. 

    Coleman's deal ends next summer but he has refused to negotiate an extension with the Football Association of Wales during the qualifying campaign. 

    The 45-year-old believes reaching an agreement will be a formality but wants to ensure the correct "structure" is in place to ensure further improvement. 

    He said: "We've got to keep pushing these lads and that's the only way. It's not about resting now we've got to France. We've got think about how we replicate this campaign after we've been to France. We've got to qualify for the [2018] World Cup."

  24. Get Involved - My Best Coach

    Tweet #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Paul Bowen: Purely for being about 20 years ahead of his time, Carwyn James, still the only coach to win a Lions series in New Zealand.

  25. Pocock avoids ban

    Rugby Union

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    Australia's David Pocock has avoided being cited for striking Wales hooker Scott Baldwin with his knee in their Rugby World Cup match.

    Pocock received a warning from independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds but was not cited for foul play, and so is free to play in the quarterfinal against Scotland on Sunday.

  26. 'It's not easier' - part three...

    Football

    Eng
  27. 'It's not easier' - part two

    Jamie Carragherwriting in his column in the Daily Mail,  said: "It has never been easier to win an England call-up.

    "If anyone doubted that, Roy Hodgson's latest squad proved how quickly a young player can be elevated. Dele Alli's inclusion in the group for the games against Lithuania and Estonia caused eyebrows to be raised."

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    Hodgson replied: "I think you have to be careful with those sorts of comments because I don't think it's a situation where the moment you kick the ball correctly from A to B you'll get in the England team. It's not like that at all.

    "But if you do come in and make an impact as a young player and there are a lot of injuries in the first team, there may be opportunities.

  28. 'It's not easier'

    Lithuania v England (Tues, 19:45 BST)

    Roy Hodgson has rejected claims that it has never been easier to win an England international call-up.

    Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher made the accusation after Tottenham teenager Dele Alli was brought into the squad for the final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania after only three Premier League starts.

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    "With Dele, you have to bear in mind the number of injuries we've had," said Hodgson.

    "When I thought of the group in June, and what it was going to be like in October when we play our final two matches, there would have been six or seven who would have been with us." 

    Alli is expected to start tonight's final qualifier in Lithuania. Never ones to miss a plug, have we mentioned you can follow live commentary on the BBC Sport website..?

  29. Moeen a risky opener - Boycott

    Pakistan v England

    Geoffrey Boycott is typically forthcoming with his views on Moeen Ali being England's opener against Pakistan.

    He said: “I think it’s a stop-gap decision because they can’t seem to find an opening batsman to partner Alastair Cook and they’re not sure what to do. 

    "It’s an obvious ploy if you open with Moeen then you can get the leg spinner in the team without disturbing the all-rounder Ben Stokes. It’s vital you have two spinners because of the heat.

    "I just feel that it’s hit-or-miss, cross your fingers, when he goes into bat because he plays shots, wonderful shots. But he plays the ball on the up, he takes chances. He may come off, he may not. But he doesn’t seem to have a tight enough defence for me to make a success of it .He’ll have the odd innings when he plays well, but he’ll have some more when he gets himself out."

    Moeen Ali
  30. Women's FA Cup draw - part two

    Football

    ... and here's the final part of the draw. The matches are due to be played on Saturday, 24 October.

    Coventry Ladies Development v Stone Dominoes, Marlow v Luton Town, Enfield Town v Great Shelford, Peterborough Northern Star v Hemel Hempstead Town, Wymondham Town v Bedford, Ipswich Town v Great Wakering Rovers, Lowestoft Town v London Corinthians, Old Actonians v Southampton Saints, Denham United v Crystal Palace, AEK Boco v Chichester City, Larkhall Athletic v Swindon Town, Fulham Foundation v St Nicholas, Keynsham Town v Maidenhead United, Gillingham v Herne Bay  

  31. Women's FA Cup draw - part one

    Football

    The draw for the fourth qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup has been made. Here's the first instalment...

    Whitley Bay Women v Woolton, Chester-Le-Street Town v Brighouse Town, Morecambe v Hartlepool United, Mossley Hill v Blackburn Community Sports Club, Middlesbrough v Liverpool Marshall Feds, Tranmere Rovers v Steel City Wanderers, Burton Albion v Radcliffe Olympic, The New Saints v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Long Eaton United v Leicester City Ladies, Nettleham v Leicester City Women

  32. Butland to win second cap

    Lithuania v England (Tues, 19:45 BST)

    England have already qualified for Euro 2016 as Group E winners.

    Roy Hodgson's side beat Estonia 2-0 on Friday in their final competitive fixture on home soil before next summer's tournament in France.

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    Stoke goalkeeper Butland, 22, has only featured for his national team once before, playing the first half of a 2-1 friendly win over Italy at Wembley in 2012.

    Midfielder Shelvey has played for England three times, while defenders Jagielka and Jones have 37 and 17 caps respectively.

  33. All change

    Lithuania v England (Tues, 19:45 BST)

    BBC
  34. 'A very interesting team'

    Lithuania v England (Mon, 19:45 BST)

    So, only a few hours now until England aim to become only the sixth team in European Championship history to win every qualifier.

    Phil Jagielka will captain a starting XI which also contains Jack Butland, Phil Jones and Jonjo Shelvey.

    pj

    "We have a very interesting team for Phil to lead out," manager Roy Hodgson said. "We are ready for the task and will do our level best to win.

    "We respect Lithuania. They did very well to get a draw against Slovenia. We will face a very well-organised team."

    We'll begin counting down to the game over the next few hours,

  35. 'You should have stayed'

    Football gossip

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    Daily Express: Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes former team-mate Pedro (who by the looks of this pic can't get enough of being lectured by Ronaldo)should have stayed at the Nou Camp rather than join Chelsea.

    According to the paper, Alves said: "I told Pedro he should have stayed at the team but too many people got involved.

    "Had he stayed he would have been happy here but we don’t make the decisions. If we did I would want him to stay for years."

  36. Pompey sign Owls' Lavery on loan

    Football

    Portsmouth have signed Sheffield Wednesday's 22-year-old striker Caolan Lavery on a three-month loan deal.

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  38. Missed a trick?

    Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

    eng

    Former skipper Michael Vaughan has been giving his two-penneth about England's three-Test series against Pakistan - and he reckons it will be harder than facing Australia or South Africa.

    "This is the most difficult by a country mile because of the conditions and because of the inexperience of spin that England have got," Vaughan said.

    "I wonder if England have missed a trick with their preparation."

    Full article here.

  39. Duo move to Melbourne

    Football

    SNS

    Scotland international Kim Little and Wales' Jess Fishlock have joined W-League club Melbourne City on loan from Seattle Reign.

    The midfielders helped Reign finish top of the National Women's Soccer League table this year only to lose 1-0 in the championship final to Kansas City.

    Little, 25, will remain with Melbourne until February.

    But 28-year-old Fishlock will stay with head coach Joe Montemurro's side for the full season.

  40. 12-strong team revealed

    Gymnastics

    The GB team has been announced for the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.

    Four of Great Britain’s Olympic medal winners from London 2012 - Max Whitlock, Louis Smith MBE (pictured), Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis - will compete in the six strong men’s team. Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan complete the squad.

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    The women’s team consists of sisters Rebecca and Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Kelly Simm, Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler.

    The Championships take place from 23 October to 1 November.

  41. Murray's sightseeing trip

    Tennis

    Speaking of Andy Murray, the Scot has been doing a shed-load of promotional stuff since arriving in Shanghai.

    Such as playing tennis on the roof of the Peninsular Hotel with China's Zhang Ze.

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    Learning how to make traditional xiaolongbao dumplings (not seen them on Bake-Off yet...)

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    And taking pictures of the Shanghai skyline at night.

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    Bet he's desperate to get back on a tennis court...

  42. Murray back in action

    Tennis

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    Andy Murray features in this week's Shanghai Masters - in his first tournament since September's Davis Cup semi-final.

    He has a bye into the second round, and so will play the American Steve Johnson on Wednesday.

    He could then play Belgium's number 1 David Goffin - who he will face in the Sunday singles of the Davis Cup final - in the last 16 on Thursday.

    Heather Watson is also competing in the main draw in Hong Kong this week. Zhang Kai-Lin - from China, ranked 191st in the world - is her first round opponent, Tuesday mid-morning UK time.

  43. Get Involved - My Best Coach

    Tweet #mybestcoach or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Konstantine Kakooza: Tony Pulis. Never relegated at any struggling team, good lad who needs a short at a mid-table team.  

    Faithful Gabby: Sir Alex, it will take decades for any coach to match his records.

    Tony Pulis
  44. Back on court

    Tennis

  45. Thinking caps on...

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Quiz time now, and we're focusing on Euro 2016. We're asking...

    As it currently stands, which four teams will be making their European Championships debuts in 2016?

    No answers on a postcard, it's just for fun. We'll bring you the answer a little later on.

  46. Wright at St Johnstone until 2019

    Football

    Some news out of St Johnstone about boss Tommy Wright. It follows speculation linking him to the vacant post at Dundee United.

  47. Ruddock gets Ireland call-up

    Rugby World Cup

    Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock will replace the injured Peter O'Mahony in Ireland's World Cup squad...

  48. Fifa suspend Thai FA chief

    Football

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway has this to say following news that Thai FA president Worawi Makudi has been suspended by Fifa for 90 days (13:35)...

  49. Grosjean's lucky break

    Formula 1

    Good to see Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is feeling perky today.

    If you're wondering why it's good, then watch what happened to him at the Russian Grand Prix over the weekend.

    RG

    A bad crash but thankfully he walked away unscathed and all is well now.

  50. Leuluai played with heart condition

    Rugby League

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai has revealed he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat midway through the 2015 Super League season.  

    The 37-year-old, whose final game before retirement was Saturday's Grand Final, told the Yorkshire Evening Post it had forced him to play for shorter periods of time, and added: "Having an irregular heartbeat takes 20% of the oxygen out of your blood, so it's been very tough for me physically and it has an effect mentally as well.

    "That's the reason why I've been playing shorter minutes. [Head coach] Brian McDermott and the club had an understanding and I don't think I could do longer than the stints I was doing because of the implications."

    Leuluai, who joined from Australian side Manly in 2006, does not have any fears over his long-term health and said medication had helped him control the condition. 

  51. Toure in frame for fifth Caf title

    Football

    Manchester City and Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure is in the frame for a fifth straight African Player of the Year award. 

    Toure has been included on an initial list of 37 names for the Confederation of African Football's annual award. 

    The Elephants' captain lead his side to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February in Equatorial Guinea.

    View the full shortlist here.

    Yaya Toure
  52. Fifa suspends Thai FA chief

    Football

    Fifa has said the move to suspend Thai FA president Worawi Makudi for 90 days was made "on the grounds that a breach of the Code of Ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough".

    It added: "This decision against Worawi Makudi followed a request from the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély. The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings."

    The ban covers all national and international activity and is effective immediately, it said.

    Worawi Makudi
  53. BreakingFifa suspends Thai FA chief

    Football

    President of The Football Association of Thailand, Worawi Makudi, has been suspended from all footballing activity for 90 days.

  54. No Dortmund raid - Klopp

    Football

    Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp has said he has no intention of poaching players from his former club Borussia Dortmund for the Reds.

    "That is in no way my approach," he told German newspaper Bild.

    Jurgen Klopp

    Asked if he had already secured commitments for spending cash the winter transfer window, Klopp said that was a subject "that does not interest me at all".

    "We are now in October and I still don't know how many games there are until winter," he added. "But there are a few, and we will first look at our own people,"

  55. Is this the tipping point for Fifa?

    Football

    BBC sports editor Dan Roan has been casting his eye over the ongoing crisis at Fifa following another turbulent week.

    It's an excellent read if the timeline of the biggest drama in world football is getting a little hazy for you.

    You can find it here.

    Sepp Blatter
  56. Watch Super League Grand Final highlights

    Rugby League

    Miss the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford as Leeds Rhinos beat Wigan Warriors 22-20?

    Fret ye not,we have the highlights here.

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    Despite twice trailing, the Rhinos fought back to win a terrific encounter 22-20, with Danny McGuire scoring two of four tries, the last of which was by 20-year-old Josh Walters.

    Brian McDermott's side completed a domestic treble, adding to the League Leaders' Shield and Challenge Cup.

  57. Platini ban appeal rejected by Fifa

    Football

    Michel Platini's appeal against his 90-day suspension from football activity has been rejected by Fifa's Ethics Committee, which said he was questioned by investigators for five hours in the days beforehand.

    He was given the ban on 8 October while an investigation into corruption allegations is conducted, however his lawyers claimed he had not had chance to defend himself. The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee said Platini had been interviewed for five hours on 1 October. 

    A spokesperson said: "The argument put forward by Michel Platini’s lawyers that their client had not had the possibility to defend himself before the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee before his suspension is not valid. 

    "After the Investigatory Chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee had heard him for more than five hours on October 1, 2015 (with the hearing documented on more than 50 pages), the chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert, did not see a need for a second hearing with Mr Platini."

    Michel Platini
  58. 'I'm homesick'

    Football

    Get ready for a tear-jerker of a tale...

    Teenage striker Ivan Toney has admitted he struggled with homesickness following his summer move from home-town club Northampton Town to Newcastle United.

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    "It was my first time away from home. My mum's not there to do everything for me, so I've got to be a big man for myself," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "The football's obviously a bit different tempo-wise but I've managed to adapt to it and I'm enjoying it.

    "A little bit (of homesickness), missing my family a lot but other than that it's alright."

  59. Pools' Magnay accepts six-game ban

    Football

    Hartlepool defender Carl Magnay will serve a six-game ban for spitting, but has denied he did anything wrong.

    Magnay, 26, scored and was sent off in the 2-1 loss to Wycombe on 5 September and later charged with misconduct for spitting at a fan as he left the field. 

    The former Chelsea trainee denied the Football Association charge, but was found guilty after a personal hearing. 

    "I categorically deny spitting on anyone and find the allegation made against me inaccurate," he said.

  60. Nice spelling

    Football

    From the sports reporter on the South Wales Argus...

  61. Knock-on effect?

    Cricket

    That news concering AB de Villiers could, of course, affect England.

    South Africa host Alastair Cook's men this winter, the Test series starting on Boxing Day in Durban, the ODI series beginning 3 February in Bloemfontein.

  62. South Africa fined for playing slow

    Cricket

    South Africa have been fined for a slow over-rate during their first one-day international in India.

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    Match referee Chris Broad of England found the tourists fell two overs short in the stipulated time during their tense five-run win at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur on Sunday.

    Proteas captain AB de Villiers was fined 40% of his undisclosed match fee and the rest of the team 20%.

    De Villiers faces suspension if he is again found guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate over the next 12 months.

  63. I'm back - Mulumbu

    Football

    Things are looking up for Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu if this picture is anything to go by. Looks for all the world like he's had a rawl plug inserted into his toe.

    The summer signing, a Democratic Republic of Congo international, suffered a broken metatarsal in a pre-season friendly against Brentford earlier in the year. 

  64. My biggest achievement - Coleman

    Wales v Andorra, Tue 13 Oct, 19:45 BST

    Wales manager Chris Coleman is beaming after their Euro 2016 qualification, describing it has his "biggest achievement in football".

    "I'm the proudest I've ever been in my life," he says.

    Chris Coleman
  65. Wales expects success - Coleman

    Wales v Andorra, Tue 13 Oct, 19:45 BST

    Chris Coleman, fresh from guiding Wales to Euro 2016, has been speaking to the media ahead of their final - and now redundant - qualifier against Andorra on Tuesday.

    He says he has "never had a feeling like this" and praised his team's commitment to the cause.

  66. Konta crashes out in Linz

    Tennis

    Well there was a comeback, it just wasn't from Johanna Konta. She's lost in her final-round qualifier in Linz to Klara Koukalova, despite being 4-2 up in the final set.

    Johanna Konta
  67. Smith to continue at Wakefield

    Rugby League

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Brian Smith has signed a one-year contract extension.

    The 61-year-old joined the Wildcats on a deal until the end of the season in May, with the club having lost 12 of their 13 Super League fixtures.

    Smith guided them to fourth in The Qualifiers and helped them retain their Super League status with victory over Bradford in the Million Pound Game.

  68. So much respect for Coleman - Williams

    Wales v Andorra, Tue 13 Oct, 19:45 BST

    Wales captain Ashley Williams is speaking ahead of Tuesday's final Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra. 

    The Football Association of Wales' official Twitter feed notes a "huge smile" on the Swansea defender's face as he enters the room.

  69. Durrant wins World Masters title

    Darts

    Glen Durrant

    Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant defeated Larry Butler of the USA 7-3 in the final to win the BDO World Masters title in Hull.

    The 44-year-old will be the number one seed for the 2016 World Championships at Lakeside in January, and will face Dean Reynolds of Wales in the first round.

  70. Full line-up...

    FA Cup draw

    The draw for the FA Cup fourth qualifying round is complete. Here's who's playing who on or around October 24:

    Gateshead v Solihull Moors or Worcester City; AFC Fylde v Barrow; Wrexham v Gainsborough Trinity; Marine or Northwich Vic v Chorley; Harrogate Town v Grimsby Town; Barwell v AFC Rushden & Diamonds; Salford City or Bradford Park Ave v Southport; Sporting Khalsa or Spalding Utd v FC utd or Buxton; Chasetown or Stalybridge Celtic v North Ferriby Utd; FC Halifax v Guiseley; Tranmere Rovers v Lincoln City.

    Stourbridge v Kidderminster Harriers; Macclesfield Town v Alfreton; Brackley or Rugby v Kettering or Bamber Bridge; Altrincham v Chester; Whitehawk or Gosport Borough v Poole Town; Maidenhead United v Woking; Basingstoke Town v Torquay United; Grays Athletic v Welling United; Boreham Wood v AFC Hornchurch; Wealdstone v Bognor Regis Town; Didcot Town v Hoddesdon Town or Brentwood Town; Eastbourne Borough v Dover Athletic; Chesham Utd v Enfield or Hitchin; Staines Town v Gloucester City; Aldershot Town v Hemel Hempstead Town or Sutton United.

    Bromley v Eastleigh; Margate v Forest Green Rovers; Braintree Town v Harlow Town or Bath City; Havant & Waterlooville v Cheltenham Town; Chippenham Town v Maidstone United; St Albans City v Weston-super-Mare.

  71. Konta takes second set

    Tennis

    What did I say at 10:50? It looks like Johanna Konta may have been reading Sportsday during her break, because she's just levelled up her qualifier in Linz against Klara Koukalova. It's now 2-6 6-2.

    Is the comeback on?

    Johanna Konta
  72. 'It was like World War Three'

    Football

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    Cambridge United manager Richard Money said his side's League Two 3-1 loss to Portsmouth was like "World War Three".

    Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: “It’s that what it takes to win football matches, I may as well pack it in.

    "It's horrible to see and if I'm honest, it's not something I want to be involved in."

    Full story on the battle here.

  73. De Angelis to have further tests after crash

    Moto GP

    Moto GP rider Alex de Angelis is expected to have further medical tests following a crash in practice for the Japanese GP that left him with bleeding on the brain.

    The San Marino racer, 31, is still in a critical condition in hospital but is able to talk to doctors, a statement read. He also sustained bruising of the lungs, broken ribs, vertebrae and collarbone in the Saturday's crash.

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  74. Get Involved - My Best Coach

    Tweet #mybestcoach or post on BBC Sport Facebook page

    Ir Mbonimpa Aimé Emmanuel: Rafa Benitez for the comeback of three goals against AC Milan in Istanbul, I cannot forget that night, YNWA.

    Paul Merv Gaile: A recent one has to be Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill.

    David Robinson: Bill Shankley/Bob Paisley. If you have to ask why then there really is no hope for you.  

    Rafa Benitez
  75. Allardyce 'still dreams of England job'

    Football gossip

    Sam Allardyce, the new Sunderland boss, says he would still like to manage England, according to The Sun.

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    Meanwhile, the Daily Star reports that Allardyce, 60, is planning a return to one of his former clubs to sign West Ham centre-back James Tomkins.

  76. BreakingVettori hired by England

    Cricket

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    A spot of breaking news for you... Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori is to work with England's Performance Programme spinners in Dubai

    Seven promising spinners will follow Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Samit Patel to the United Arab Emirates, when they will be coached by Vettori under the guidance of coach Andy Flower.

    Vettori took more than 700 wickets in international cricket.

  77. Konta loses first set in Linz

    Tennis

    Johanna Konta has lost the first set of her qualifier in Linz 6-2. The world number 47 is playing Klara Koukalova of Czech Republic in Austria.

    But as we know, she's earning a reputation for being queen of the comeback.

    We'll bring you score updates as they drop.

    Johanna Konta
  78. I do not need to be worried - Giroud

    Football

    Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud says it is a new experience for him to be the second choice behind Theo Walcott - but the Frenchman believes manager Arsene Wenger still has faith in his abilities.

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    "At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change," Giroud said.

    "Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to harden myself mentally.

    "It has been for several matches now that I have played less, that is for sure, but I do not need to be worried."

  79. FA Cup final qualifying draw - 11:00 BST

    Football

    FA Cup

    The fourth and final qualifying qualifying round draw for the FA Cup is due to take place at 11:00 BST.

    Two tier nine teams - Sporting Khalsa, based in Willenhall, West Midlands, and Hertfordshire-based Hoddesdon Town - are still in but both are facing replays, as are Salford City and FC United of Manchester. 

    The lowest-ranked teams definitely through are tier eight sides AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Didcot Town and AFC Hornchurch.

    We'll bring you the draw as it's made here at Sportsday.

  80. Get Involved - My Best Coach

    Tweet #mybestcoach or post on BBC Sport Facebook page

    Some nice early entries for our 'My Best Coach' topic today. Keep them coming...

    Tolousain Andreu: Johan Cruyff for getting the ball rolling on Barca's tiki taka and Spain's eventual realisation of its footballing potential.  

    Rahin Lamin: Arsene Wenger because of his ability to bring the best out of youngsters and Jose Mourinho because of his tough coaching style.

    Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho
  81. Alastair Cook news conference

    Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

    And that's it from the England skipper. The first Test, remember, starts  at 07:00 BST on Tuesday. There will, of course, be ball-by-ball commentary on Test Match Special (on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW and online), and live text commentary right here on the BBC website.

  82. Alastair Cook news conference

    Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

    "It's a bitter blow for Steven Finn," added Cook. "He bowled really well in that warm-up game, and over the last 12 months he's made huge strides back to where we'd like him to be.

    "We'll monitor him, and hope he could be right for the second Test - but we'll have to wait and see."

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    Cook also confirmed that Finn had been very much in contention to face Pakistan, after impressing with figures of four for 16 against the second string.

    "Absolutely, he was," he added. "His performance in that warm-up game was good. But after that game, he complained of a pain in his foot and obviously it's got worse."

  83. Alastair Cook news conference

    Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

  84. Konta ready for final test in Linz

    Tennis

    Johanna Konta

    An in-form Johanna Konta will play her final qualifier for the WTA event in Linz against Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic at around 10:00 BST (in other words, now).

    Victory for the new British number one would make it 24 wins in 25 matches, following her second-round qualifying win against France's Julie Coin on Sunday.

    We'll bring you score updates as they drop from Austria.

  85. O'Connell in hospital

  86. O'Mahony ruled out

    Confirmation about O'Mahony...

  87. BreakingO'Mahoney out of World Cup

    Rugby Union

    Bad news for Ireland. Peter O'Mahony, who suffered a knee injury in the win over France, has been ruled out of the World Cup.

    Skipper Paul O’Connell - who is retiring after he World Cup - is in hospital awaiting a scan.

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    Johnny Sexton, who suffered a groin injury, is also awaiting a scan but Ireland are " hopeful” he will be OK.

  88. Alastair Cook news conference

    Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

  89. Moeen to open

    Pakistan v England (Tues, 07:00 BST)

  90. Cruel for Krul

    Football

    Just when Newcastle fans thought things couldn't get worse, keeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

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    Krul ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during theNetherlands' 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Kazakhstan on Saturday.

    He posted on Twitter:  "I'm devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear . . . My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover."

    Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been added to the Netherlands squad for their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Czech Republic on Tuesday.

  91. Quarter-final line up

    Rugby Union

    And while we're on rugby - and just so you can plan your weekend in advance - here's when and at what time the games are taking place.

    BBC
  92. Making history - the wrong way

    Rugby Union

    Japan - the team that lit up the World Cup with their thrilling win over South Africa - made unwelcome history as the first team to exit the tournament having won three matches after beating the United States.

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    After beating South Africa, Japan went on to add the scalps of Samoa and the US.

    But their heavy defeat by Scotland left them third in the group, and they miss out on a place in the last eight.

    Japan, who got a standing ovation after beating the US 28-18, host the competition in four years' time.

  93. BreakingFinn out of Pakistan Test

    Cricket

    The Test series against Pakistan - being played in the United Arab Emirates - starts on Tuesday at 07:00 BST.

  94. Blow for Pakistan

    Cricket

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    Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah has limped away from practice on the eve of the first Test with a suspected back problem.

    Shah was expected to be Pakistan's major bowling threat in the series against England, which starts on Tuesday (07:00 BST).

    He is the fastest Pakistan bowler to reach 50 Test wickets.    

  95. Sainz - like father, like son

    Formula 1

    Carlos Sainz Jr

    Lewis Hamilton may have got the headlines for Sunday's win at the Russian Grand Prix, but BBC Sport also thought Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz Jr staked his claim for the gutsiest shift over the three-day race weekend.

    Following a sickening crash in practice that left him in hospital, he rallied himself to take part in the race and climb up the grid, only to have his brakes give out. Even then he tried to continue. 

    Here's Alan Jewell's assessment of how the 21-year-old, son of former world rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr, aka 'El Matador', more than lived up to his father's nickname.

  96. 'Mourinho right to drop me'

    Football

    Chelsea's Eden Hazard cannot explain why he is struggling for his club this season - and says manager Jose Mourinho has been right to drop him from the starting line-up.

    Hazard

    The Belgium, the Premier League's best player last season, said: "This is the first time in my career that I have had such a difficult spell like this.

    "I can't really explain it. All I know is that I will need to work hard in order to bounce back. At Chelsea we have concerns both as a team and individually.

    "But Mourinho is the best coach in the world when it comes to dealing with pressure. I am an optimist, and I know I can learn a lot from tough spells."

  97. Get Involved

    #mybestcoach

    Which leads us to today's talking point.

    We want to know what coaches have you most admired during your life and why.

    It can be a professional manager, an Alex Ferguson or a Clive Woodward, or it can be your favourite PE teacher.

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    Just tell us who and why.

    Tweet us now at #mybestcoach or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page. We'll publish the best.

  98. Wenger anniversary

    Football

  99. Still going strong

    Football

    Now then, here is a sporting anniversary to take note of.

    19 years ago today, this man became boss at what was then Highbury.

    He has not changed a bit has he?

    Happy anniversary Mr w, the longest-serving manager in English football by some distance.

  100. Proving a point

    Football

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    Northern Ireland - already qualified of course - conceded a late equaliser away to Finland but the point means they finish top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

    Michael O'Neill's men had looked like ending a triumphant campaign with a win having led for most of the match through a Craig Cathcart header, the defender's first goal for this country.

    Central defender Paulus Arajuuri got Finland's equaliser in the 87th minute.

    "I'm disappointed not to win the game but we're delighted to top the group and everyone in the dressing room feels exactly the same," said O'Neill. "We've certainly not got there by any good fortune."

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  101. Playing footsie

    Formula 1

    Meanwhile, if you're a fan of Hamilton's feet, this is for you.

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    We've no idea why this photo was taken but we're sure you'll be delighted that we've shared it with you...

  102. Nice headwear

    Formula 1

  103. Hamilton on the brink

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton looks nailed-on to win a second successive Formula 1 drivers title - but, wisely, he's taking nothing for granted, at least publicly.

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    The Brit needs to beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by nine points and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by two in the US on 25 October to seal a third title.

    "I've never felt it's ever been done and dusted. There are still a lot of points available," Hamilton said.

    "I'm going to take my time and, at the next race, work as hard as ever."

  104. How it finished

    Football

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    And some quotes from Republic boss Martin O'Neill: "It is disappointing because beating Germany gave us a run at it.

    "We maybe did not have the same energy in this match, but it was always going to be difficult with the short turnaround.

    "We had a chance to score with Richard Keogh (a header, 10 minutes from time, put straight at Poland keeper  Lukasz Fabianski) But we didn't take it, it is gone and we move on."

  105. Into the play-offs

    Football

    The result means Poland qualify automatically behind Germany with the win - but a Republic of Ireland victory or draw of 2-2 or higher in Warsaw would have put the visitors through instead.

    The Republic will learn their play-off opponents when the draw is made on 18 October.

    The Irish reached Euro 2012 via the play-offs, Giovanni Trapattoni's side beating Estonia 5-1 over two legs.

  106. Close but no cigar

    Football

    Switching sports, and over in Poland, the Republic of Ireland fell one goal short of automatic qualification for Euro 2016 and will now have to enter the play-offs.

    Grzegorz Krychowiak gave Poland an early lead with a fine strike but Jon Walters quickly equalised with a controversially awarded penalty.

    In-form Robert Lewandowski powerfully headed in what proved to be the deciding goal late in the first half - parking celebrations like this.

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    Worse still for the Republic, skipper John O'Shea was sent off late on for a second booking.

  107. Problems

    Rugby Union

    The Irish picked up what looks like three serious injuries in the win over France.

    Paul O'Connell's international career may be over after the captain was forced off with a hamstring injury.

    Irish

    Fly-half Johnny Sexton is also set for a scan on a groin strain, while Peter O'Mahony suffered a suspected knee injury.

    In addition to the injury worries for next Sunday's quarter-final against Argentina in Cardiff, flanker Sean O'Brien could face a citing for an alleged punch on Pascal Pape.

    Not good news.

  108. Victory, at a price

    Rugby Union

    Let's talk Ireland for a few moments though because, boy, what a day Sunday was for that nation.

    At the rugby World Cup, Joe Schmidt's side produced a heroic performance to beat France 24-9.

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    It was a crucial victory for it ensures Ireland, as group winners, set up a quarter-final against Argentina, while France - as a result of losing - must meet favourites New Zealand next ... a tough ask in anyone's book.

    Victory for Ireland, though, came at a serious cost...

  109. Coming up later...

    Football

    England aren't the only ones inEuro 2016 qualificationaction today. Here's the full fixture list.

    BBC
  110. Perfect 10?

    Lithuania v England (19:45 BST)

    So, England play tonight (19:45 BST). You might not be aware of this for two reasons - one, it's been buried under a deluge of much more exciting sport and, two, it doesn't really matter.

    Roy Hodgson's men are, of course, already safely qualified for next year's Euro's in France but they can do something special this evening in Lithuania - namely make it 10 wins from 10 and complete a clean sweep.

    England

    It will be a much-changed team,Everton defender Phil Jagielka captaining England for the first time with Jack Butland, Phil Jones and Jonjo Shelvey all starting.

    We will build-up to the match during the course of the day...

  111. Monday's papers

    The Mirror

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  112. Monday's papers

    The Times

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  113. Monday's papers

    The Sun

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  114. Monday's papers

    The Guardian

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  115. Monday's papers

    Independent

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  116. Monday's papers

    Daily Express

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  117. Mixed fortunes

    We all turned Irish on Sunday (unless you were previously already Irish, in which case you didn't need to).

    Glorious triumph for these boys, though it came at a cost...

    Ireland

    Oh so close for the football lot (though they still have a chance in the play-offs).

    Republic

    We'll reflect on all that, plus look ahead to another bustling, busy day of sport.

    First, Monday's papers...