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Summary

  1. Price of Football revealed
  2. 70% of tickets are cheaper or the same price
  3. Ings out for season with cruciate ligament injury
  4. Howe signs new Bournemouth contract

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's your lot for Sportsday. We'll be back again at 08:00 BST for another edition, with more Premier League news conferences and the latest stories.

    Until then.

  2. Watford news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    "I'm expecting Valon Behrami to return to the Watford team for Saturday's tea-time kick off against Arsenal despite missing the last 3 games due to suspension. 

    "Ben Watson has been an able deputy and may also keep his place if Watford change their system slightly but Behrami's influence in the team was recognised by his manager Quique Flores today, who said: 

    "He's very important to the team and for the group because he's very professional. He always has very positive energy so I think it's very good we can count on the player for the future." 

    Fitness concerns Allan Nyom and Ikechi Anya are both expected to start."

  3. Watford news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford boss Quique Flores has been praising his striker Odion Ighalo who has been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month for September. "He is so fit. He is playing very well, scoring well and working hard for the team. It is not just an individual at work but about his full collective power." 

    Odion Ighalo

    Ighalo, who is set to feature against Arsenal on Saturday, did receive an offer to play in China in the summer so is his manager confident they can keep hold of him in January? 

    "I am confident. He respects Watford. He had a chance to go in the summer and he stayed here. He is a very important player for us. I'm not scared about (losing) Ighalo."

  4. Zut alors!

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  5. Van Persie set for shock move?

    Football

    There have been a couple of videos on social media recently showing an unenthusiastic looking Robin van Persie experiencing a nightmare first season at Turkish side Fenerbahce.  

    Robin van Persie

    But the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker's fortunes may be about to change, with La Liga champions Barcelona considering a cutprice £2.2m move for the Dutchman in January.

    The Daily Mail reports Van Persie's role would be to act as back-up for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

  6. Expensive round

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    50% of you say £21 to £30 is a fair price to pay for a football shirt.

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  8. Club return for England quartet

    Rugby union

    Ed Marriage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Four England players will be turning out for their clubs on Friday, less than a week after the national team bombed out of the World Cup.

    Kieran Brookes starts for Northampton against Worcester at Sixways, while Joe Marler, Nick Easter and Mike Brown will all be on the bench for Harlequins against Wasps at the Stoop.

  9. "I could never quit being an Arsenal fan"

    Price of Football

    Arsenal programmes

     Amanda Schiavi is an Arsenal fan who spends £1400 on a season ticket. She told BBC Radio Five live why she would never give it up.

    "I've been going since I was four and now I'm 46. There may come a time when I can't afford to anymore, but Arsenal are my team and I will follow them as much as I can."

  10. Cheap as chips

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  11. Why I quit Liverpool for non-league

    Price of Football

    Former Liverpool season ticket holder Dickie Felton spoke to BBC Radio Five live about why he gave up following the Premier League club in favour of non-league Marine FC.  

    Liverpool flag

    "It was a deeply emotional decision to make, but it was the feeling of year-on-year just being ripped off. The price of tickets kept going up and the commercialisation was taking over. For me, it didn't feel like my club anymore.

    "Now, my passion for Marine is even bigger. It's real life football."

  12. Just the ticket

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  13. The modern-day fan: Supporting from afar

    Price of Football

    Ralph Flores, 30, is from Los Angeles and supports Manchester United. He follows the games online and in the pub. He is travelling to a game at Old Trafford in February and expects to spend $6000 in 2016 on following his team.

    "Premier League matches have become so much more accessible to supporters like me who live so far away from the club they love.

    Man Utd fans in LA

    "I don't like the idea that supporters abroad aren't "real" supporters because they're not able to go to every match. I wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings every weekend at 0700, sometimes 04:45 or 05:30, to watch United. Living in Manchester and being able to go to Old Trafford should be viewed as a privilege instead of it being a point to bring down supporters living abroad."  

  14. The modern-day fan: Supporting internationally

    Price of Football

    Lars Olsen with former Man Utd captain Martin Buchan
    Image caption: Lars Olsen with former Man Utd captain Martin Buchan

    Lars Morten Olsen, 55, is from Norway and has been supporting Manchester United since the 1970s. He has attended nearly 250 games and spends around £600 a year on tickets alone.

    "I try to get to as many games as I can. With family, job and financial situation that means around 10 per season. Sometimes I go with friends, but many times on my own as I always meet other fans I know anyway. I follow United both home and away, but getting away tickets is very hard. When I am not at the match I see United on TV, either at home or in my local pub."

  15. BreakingStrachan staying on

    Football

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The BBC has learned Gordon Strachan is expected to stay on as Scotland manager. The 58-year-old failed to guide Scotland to the European finals in France next year but the Scottish FA made it clear they wanted him to stay on for the next World Cup qualifying campaign.   

    Gordon Strachan

    Strachan himself said he wanted to take time to think about his future. It's understood the SFA are expected to make a formal announcement before the end of the week

  16. Hey big spender...

    Football

    Angel Di Maria

    In 2015, nine clubs in England's top four divisions broke their own transfer records as big spending reached new levels.

    Now, the Daily Mail has taken a look at the record transfer fee paid by every club in the top four flights of English football?

    You may know who the most expensive player in history is, but which club hasn't broken their transfer record since 1979?

    Read the piece in full here

  17. Food for thought

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  18. The modern-day fan: Supporting in the Premier League

    JB, 23, is from north London and is an Arsenal season-ticket holder. He goes to all home matches, some away and some abroad.

    "The tickets alone come to around £3,000, and following Arsenal is now much more expensive as we seem to be keen on playing three extra games at Wembley each season. It probably reaches £4,000-£5,000 over the course of a season when you factor in merchandise, TV subscriptions and travel. I’m aware of people who will spend a lot more."

    JB - Arsenal Fan
  19. The modern-day fan: Supporting your local club

    Price of Football

    Alice

    Alice, 25, supports hometown club Bristol City and has been a season ticket holder for five years. She even went on their pre-season tour of Portugal this summer.

    "I was about 16 and my older brother took me to my first live game at Ashton Gate watching Bristol City from the Eastend. Before this, football was always a Sunday viewing from the sofa watching which ever team were playing that day. But attending that match changed everything. The rest is history. 

    "Last year I spent approx £1500 on supporting my club."

  20. 'We have a very close relationship'

    Football

    More on the news that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has signed a new contract with the club.

    “I am delighted that Eddie has committed his future to the club,” said owner Maxim Demin.

    “Eddie and I have a very close relationship, we speak everyday and we trust each other implicitly when making decisions that affect the football club. 

    “The mutual respect we have for each other has helped create a unique bond at the top of the club and has acted as the foundation for all of our recent successes."

  21. BreakingNew contract for Howe

    Football

  22. Platini given support

    Football

    Last week, Fifa provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Platini for 90 days.

    The punishments were handed out by the ethics committee of football's world governing body, which is investigating the three over corruption allegations.

  23. Sherwood under pressure

    Football

    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tim Sherwood

    Aston Villa did not hold a crisis meeting behind manager Tim Sherwood's back after the side's poor start to the season.

    Speculation about Sherwood's future increased when owner Randy Lerner met club officials in the United States last week, with the Villa boss absent.

    Sherwood chose not to attend as he wanted to work with his squad, who have four points from eight league games.

    But the 46-year-old and the side's style of football are under scrutiny.

    Villa travel to Chelsea on Saturday before a home game against Swansea.

  24. How much do you spend on your club?

    Price of Football

    Tweet

    Jordan's worked the cost of following Barnsley....

    How much do you spend? Try our Price of Football calculator here.

  25. League Two headlines

    Price of Football

    Bristol Rovers fans

    What's the ticket news from the fourth tier of English football?

    • £15: A match-day ticket at Wycombe. The best deal in the league.
    • £18.50: The average price of the cheapest match-day ticket
    • £180: Leyton Orient's cheapest season ticket
    • £260.63: The average price of the cheapest season ticket
    • £540: Bristol Rovers' dearest season ticket

    Full League Two stats and facts can be found here

  26. Watford news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat 17:30 BST)

    While we're waiting for the Quique Flores embargo to pass, here's a Watford stat to keep you going...  

  27. Eadie banned for referee push

    Rugby union

    Mitch Eadie

    Bristol forward Mitch Eadie has been banned for six weeks after being cited for "intentionally or recklessly" pushing the referee "or otherwise making contact with him" during last Saturday's game against Ealing Trailfinders.

    The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of acts contrary to good sportsmanship. 

  28. Inspiring words from Adkins

    Football

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Thursdays are always a busy day for the sports team here at BBC Radio Sheffield. Numerous press conferences to attend with the hope of some unique or interesting insight into the world of football management….but usually it is a lot of injury updates and many a cliche. Not today...

    I asked Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins about they can get the best out of their young striker Che Adams. As part of his answer, he came out with this...

    Adkins: "What's the biggest room in your house?"

    Me: "Eh, the living room?"

    Adkins: "The room for improvement."

  29. Gleneagles fit for Ascot?

    Horse Racing

    Gleneagles

    Gleneagles has been declared to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Saturday's Champions Day but is not certain to take part in the Ascot race.

    The colt, winner of the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, prefers fast ground and has been a late withdrawal from several races over the summer.

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien says he will walk the Berkshire track on Friday evening.

    If Gleneagles was to run, it would set up a fascinating clash with leading French contender Solow.

  30. Pie chart

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  31. League One headlines

    Price of Football

    Wigan fans

    Here's what we found out about ticket prices in English football's third tier

    • £15: A match-day ticket at Gillingham and Wigan
    • £20.27: The average price of the cheapest match-day ticket
    • £149: Bradford's cheapest season ticket - the best offer in the league
    • £285.81: The average cost of the cheapest season ticket
    • £530: Chesterfield's priciest season ticket

    Want to know more about prices in League One? Click here

  32. Cambridge sign Sesay from Leicester

    Football

    Cambridge United have signed defender Alie Sesay from Premier League side Leicester City on a one-month loan.

    The 21-year-old, capped twice by Sierra Leone, is yet to appear for the Foxes' first team, but made three appearances on loan with Colchester in 2014. 

    The U's are without four defenders for Saturday's League Two match against Northampton.

  33. Ings out for season

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Danny Ings suffered the knee injury in training at Melwood on Wednesday. He has since had a scan which revealed the extent of the damage. 

    It was Ings' first session back with the club after being away on international duty and, of course, making his England debut. A source at the club described it as an innocuous challenge.     

  34. What is a fair price for a football shirt?

    Get Involved

    We've got another vote coming up for you. This afternoon we want to know what you reckon is a fair price to pay for a football shirt.

    You can access the vote - when it goes live at 15:30 BST - in the vote tab, or on the right-hand side of the page.

  35. Watford news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    As you can see, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has already faced the questions from the assembled media but what he has said is a big secret.

    The quotes are embargoed until 18:00 BST this evening, so you'll have to wait until then to find out what he said.

    The suspense!

  36. Grab a bargain

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  37. Stoke news conference

    Swansea City v Stoke City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Mark Hughes says striker Mame Biram Diouf will miss the trip to Swansea after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother in the Hajj crush in Mecca last month.

    He'll return early next week. Shay Given also misses Monday's game through injury, but Xherdan Shaqiri and Marc Wilson are both available.

  38. Stoke news conference

    Swansea City v Stoke City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Jack Butland

    Better late than never, we bring you some of the best bits from Mark Hughes's press conference ahead of Stoke's match against Swansea on Monday.

    Hughes says he's delighted for goalkeeper Jack Butland on his England appearance against Lithuania.

    "He's been fantastic for us and it was great to see him recognised internationally by Roy Hodgson," he says. "He deserved the chance."

  39. Vince named Hampshire skipper

    Cricket

    Batsman James Vince has been confirmed as Hampshire's new club captain and signed a contract to run until the end of the 2019 county season.

    The 24-year-old, who made his England one-day debut earlier this year, led Hampshire for part of the summer after Jimmy Adams gave up the role.

  40. Footitt agrees Surrey deal

    Cricket

    Mark Footitt

    Pace bowlerMark Footitthas signed a four-year contract withSurreyafter leaving Derbyshire.

    The 29-year-old left-armer, who has taken 158 first-class wickets in the last two seasons, was a member of England's Ashes series squad this summer without making his Test debut.

  41. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Norwich (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Tim Krul

    Steve McClaren admits it is a "massive, massive blow" to lose Tim Krul. His season-ending injury - suffered while on international duty with Holland in Kazakhstan - is just another headache for the Newcastle manager to deal with.

    "You talk about one of our best players in the team," he said. "To lose that is devastating. We've had a couple of days to get over it. He'll recover and we wish him well. We'll certainly look after him."

  42. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Norwich (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Sounds like Newcastle could be a busy in the next transfer window.

    "January has become a very important window for us," said manager Steve McClaren. "There's a lot of work in background and in one respect we are working towards that."

  43. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Norwich (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Steve McClaren

    Winless in the Premier League and without a win at St James Park for five months. Steve McClaren faced the media with a mug of tea and a smile as he looks to try and get his and Newcastle's first three points of the season.

    The former England manager said he won't look at the Premier League table until at least 10 games in. 

  44. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Jack Richardson: Is it me or are ACL injuries becoming much more common, don't remember there being so many in the past?  

  45. Ings out for season

    Football

    The injury to Danny Ings leaves Divock Origi as Liverpool's only fully fit striker, with Christian Benteke still recovering from a hamstring injury and Daniel Sturridge working his way back to full fitness.

    Ings previously suffered a serious knee at the start of the 2012-13 season.

  46. Ings out for season

    Football

    Danny Ings

    It's Liverpool's second season-ending cruciate knee injury in a matter of days after Joe Gomez was sidelined with a similar injury on Wednesday.

    Ings moved to Anfield in the summer after impressing in Burnley's relegation fight last season.

    The news is a big blow for new Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, who must now rejig his plans for Liverpool's attack.

  47. BreakingIngs out for season

    Football

    More breaking injury news to bring you, and it's bad news for Liverpool fans.

    It looks like Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury. The forward was injured in training on Tuesday - Klopp's first session in charge.

    Ings had made a fine start to the season, scoring three goals and earning his first England call-up. The injury almost certainly rules him out of Euro 2016.

  48. Leicester news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Ranieri on continuing their strong start against Southampton: "Now it's a new restart for us. It'll be a tough match for us and them. Southampton has a very good project. Slowly, slowly they want to arrive. We are starting a little behind but we want to achieve. The chairman is very happy. He wants us to continue to fight, enjoy and take points."

  49. Leicester news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Claudio Ranieri has taken his seat...

    "The international break was good for my players," the Leicester manager declares. "Many achieve Euro 2016. I will check on the condition of my players. I will check again some tomorrow." 

  50. BreakingLong out for up to four weeks

    Southampton news conference

    Ronald Koeman confirms that Shane Long picked up an ankle injury on international duty and will miss the next "two to four weeks".

    The news cast doubt on his participation in Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off, which takes place over two legs in mid-November.

  51. England wobble before close

    Cricket

    England have lost a couple of quick wickets late on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

    It's Wahab Riaz who has done the damage, getting Ian Bell caught at point for 65 and then bowling nightwatchman Mark Wood for 4.

    England are now 287-3, with Joe Root joining captain Alastair Cook - who is unbeaten on 167 - at the crease.

    Follow the live text here.

  52. League of Legends

    BBC Three

    League of Legends

    Are you into computer games? Well, this might be of more interest to you than it is to me...

    From 17:00 BST, BBC Three are streaming live coverage of "the League of Legend quarter-finals". That's people playing a computer game competitively. For money. In front of an audience. 

    Don't ask. Best just click this link...

  53. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Manager Ronald Koeman has some positive words for the new Liverpool manager.

    "Jurgen Klopp has a lot of experience with Dortmund but he is a good coach and his history is positive. It is a great club to be at and they have good players."

  54. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Boss Ronald Koeman says midfielder Jordy Clasie could make his Premier League debut at the weekend.

    "He needs to be 100% fit. He brings cleverness to the team and that is what we need. He is not ready for 90 minutes but he needs game time."

  55. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Manager Ronald Koeman has been reflecting on Netherlands' exit from Euro 2016 qualifying:

    "We have to take it and learn. We have to give a reaction. We need to change something. I was in Holland when we had a meeting and we still don't have a footballing man in the board of the football organisation and that is crazy. 

    "But that is Holland and I am happy at Southampton."

    Asked if he will take the Netherlands job: "Maybe in the future."

  56. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Tony Husband

    BBC South Today sports editor

    Southampton

    Standing by to hear from Ronald Koeman ahead of the visit of Leicester City...

  57. New job for Rodgers

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers

    He hasn't been out of work too long, after being sacked as Liverpool manager, but it looks like Brendan Rodgers is eager to get involved in football straightaway.

    The Independent are reporting that the Northern Irishman has been signed up by Qatari-owned television network BeIn Sports as a pundit.

    Anchor Richard Keys was asked on Twitter whether his current employers would be bringing Rodgers in, to which he replied:

  58. Embargo close to end for Blackburn?

    Football

    Good news for Championship side Blackburn Rovers. They are one big sale away from getting out of their Financial Fair Play embargo, says managing director Derek Shaw.

    The Championship club have been unable to buy players since December 2014 for not meeting the Football League's Fair Play Requirement.

    "We're probably one sale away, one asset sale away from coming out of FFP," Shaw told BBC Radio Lancashire. "Which would probably be a player for under £5m."

  59. McParland swaps Championships

    Football

  60. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Wayne Finley: Jurgen Klopp will turn Liverpool into a Premier League powerhouse that will light up the world of football for years to come.

    Early in the day to be taking a drink, Wayne...

  61. Norwich news conference

    Newcastle v Norwich (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    'Football cliches' bingo being played at the Norwich news conference.

    "Any three points is a big three points and we'll be fighting tooth and nail to get the win on Sunday," says manager Alex Neil.

    Let's see if he rolls out anymore.

  62. Norwich news conference

    Newcastle v Norwich (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Alex Neil

    Manager Alex Neil reports a clean bill of health for Norwich's international players. 

  63. Wales news conference

    South Africa v Wales (Sat, 16:00 BST)

    Chris Jones

    BBC Sport

    Sam Warburton

    Wales captain Sam Warburton now addressing the media, along with Alun-Wyn Jones, who wins his 100th international cap this weekend.

    Warburton said: "I'm always the optimist. It's just the way I am."

  64. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    As you may well know by now, BBC Sport have done their annual Price of Football study. We found out that a pie a Selhurst Park costs £4.00, which is the joint most expensive in the Premier League.

    "They must be really good," said manager Alan Pardew. "I'll try one Saturday and tell you next week."

  65. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Will Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew be the new England manager when Roy Hodgson leaves?

    "The only reason I keep getting linked to the England job is because you keep asking me about it. I haven't brought it up once."

  66. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been heaping praise on West Ham ahead of the sides' meeting at the weekend.

    "They have a fantastic chance of gaining a European place," he said. "West Ham's results have been very strong against the best teams. They have a very good squad. 

    "I expect us to get a grasp on the game and dictate proceedings. But we need to be organised, otherwise they'll counter really quickly."

  67. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Tottenham will be without midfielder Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb for the visit for Liverpool, while forwards Son Heung-min and Alex Pritchard are also injured. Eric Dier misses out through suspension.

  68. Paying for the jersies

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  69. Get shirty

    Price of Football

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport

    You may have noticed within Price of Football 2015 that the Premier League has seen a 4.8% rise in replica shirt prices this season. Did you know the Premier League clubs brought out 50 kits between them in one summer?

    German PR firm PR-Marketing helped the BBC with some of the figures and told us 13.7m shirts are sold across Europe. 

    For more stats, including when replica shirts first became available to the public, watch our video here. It will also tell you which club brought out three kits in the same colours this summer.

  70. Alli Dele-ighted

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    The full news conference with manager Mauricio Pochettino is coming up, but before that, Spurs midfielder Dele Alli has been reflecting on a dream start to the new season.

    Not only has the 19-year-old been a regular in the Premier League side startling eleven, the youngster also earned his first cap for England in their Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Dele Alli

    “It was obviously really exciting to play for England and I’m happy I got some minutes,” Alli told the club's website.

    “Now we’ve got Liverpool at home and I’m really looking forward to it."

  71. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Lee Jackson: I'm not one for press conferences but I couldn't wait to see Jurgen Klopp's. The man has charisma and a certain comedy about him.  

  72. 'We've not been good enough'

    Arsenal AGM

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    To his credit, manager Arsene Wenger has returned to that Champions League question.

    "I agree the performances have not been good enough but we have played over 150 games in Europe and you've picked three. Our percentage of wins is in the top five."

    Again applause. Sir Chips take note...

  73. Wales news conference

    South Africa v Wales (Sat, 16:00 BST)

    Chris Jones

    BBC Sport

    Warren Gatland

    Packed out media conference as Wales head coach Warren Gatland takes centre-stage. Says the decision to pick the inexperienced Tyler Morgan at outside centre "wasn't tough at all".

  74. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Jurgen Klopp

    And there goes Jurgen Klopp after another pretty entertaining news conference. 

    He was asked about his look-a-like that has been doing the rounds in the city, admitted he had been forced to ask people to stop taking pictures in restaurants and even had one Norwegian journalist hold up a Liverpool shirt with the word Normal on the back, over the No 1. 

    He urged his players to fight for everything to play like "our best dream" and to be brave in everything they did. 

    You get the feeling very few of this man's press conferences will be mundane. Normal, you could say.

  75. Pistorius to be released next week

    Athletics

    Oscar Pistorius will be released on Tuesday 20 October on correctional supervision.

    The 27-year-old killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. He says he shot her by mistake, fearing there was an intruder in his house in Pretoria.

    Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, reality TV star and law graduate, was hit three times by bullets fired by Pistorius through a toilet door.

  76. 'It's just noise'

    Arsenal AGM

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    The mood turned as we got to the open questions.

    An irate fan asked about poor away performances in the Champions League this season, to applause from the floor.

    Sir Chips Keswick - Sir John Chippendale Lindley, if you were wondering - dismisses the question, "I’m not answering that, it’s just noise." 

    Surely deserved an answer?

  77. Talking tactics

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Mike Hughes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    At Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp was clearly a devotee of a 4-2-3-1 formation. While there's no reason to suggest that he will change that at Liverpool, he may decide to take his time in introducing it.

    Trying to accommodate Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and the wonderfully relentless Danny Ings in the same team would prove problematic, while a three-man central defensive system might not find favour, either. That said, Liverpool have looked more solid since it was reintroduced. 

    Spurs at White Hart Lane is the start of interesting times for this new Liverpool.

  78. BreakingPistorius to be released next week

    Former Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be released from jail in South Africa next week.

    He was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide in September last year after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

  79. Wales news conference

    Wales v South Africa (Sat, 16:00)

    There's a Wales news conference coming up ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa on Saturday.

    Want to hear what Warren Gatland has to say about making three changes? You can watch it by clicking on the Live Coverage tab above.

  80. Bell reaches 50

    Cricket

    England are cruising along in Abu Dhabi. Ian Bell has just brought up his 50, and skipper Alastair Cook is still there, unbeaten on 133.

    England are 234-1, still 289 behind Pakistan's first-innings score of 523-8 declared.

    Keep up with all the action in our cricket live text here.

  81. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    During his presentation, Klopp declared himself "the normal one", referencing Jose Mourinho's "Special One" comment from 2004.

  82. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp on his first few days: "We had three very good training [sessions] - the boys are really willing to listen and understand what we want. Everything would be better if we worked together for six weeks but it's not a perfect world. It's no problem. It's not important how many faults you make in a game, it's important that nobody remembers after."

    The Liverpool manager also confirmed that Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are close to returning but are both unlikely to feature at Spurs. 

  83. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:15 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp on his look-a-like, who has been spotted in Liverpool. "No I haven't seen him. A lot of people look like me. Not best shaver in the world. Funny glasses.

    "With all these pictures on Twitter, it always looks like I am in restaurants and bars. I am not that type of guy."  

  84. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp on making an immediate impact: "Some things you can change like this [snaps his fingers]. But to get tuned as a team? That takes time. I want the players to trust themselves. I have told the players I am here because of them."  

  85. Everton news conference

    Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    More from Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who says full-back Leighton Baines is not far away from a return to full fitness.

    He says: "Leighton is not far off at all. We had a very good two weeks work and he is ready to rejoin the group. I'd say two weeks more."  

    He adds that John Stones will train with the squad and a decision will be made on whether to select him for the Manchester United game.

  86. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp on defender Joe Gomez, who has suffered a serious knee problem playing for England's under-21 side:  "You are always nervous waiting for the players after the game. We did not have perfect information for Joe Gomez. What a wonderful young boy, muscles in all the right places. But he has an ACL injury."  

  87. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp on Tottenham: "We play against a very good Premier League team in Spurs. They are fine tuned. We know how they want to play. I know how I want to play. 

    "At the end it is only football. Now we have to open our chests, run and fight and shoot. We have to play like our best dream."

  88. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp on being centre of attention: "I don't like being photographed all the time. Who does? Everybody tells me this will cool down in the next few weeks. I hope it isn't because of the results. My pressure comes from myself. I am not interested in expectations from the outside." 

  89. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Here we go...

    Jurgen Klopp on making changes: "This is not the time to change so much, just to turn the screws a little bit in the right ways. It is not so interesting what happened a week ago or two weeks, only what the players can do now." 

  90. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Shorts? Bold call, Jurgen. It's pretty brisk out there...

  91. Not everyone's cup of tea

    Price of Football

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  92. 'Impressive Wenger'

    Arsenal AGM

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    More from manager Arsene Wenger: "We are not scared to spend, I know I have that reputation. If the player has quality we spend money."

    "I'm more motivated than ever, I'm more committed than ever."

    Very impressive performance from Wenger, speaks with passion, determination and warmth. Gone down very well with the shareholders. Long applause.

  93. Everton news conference

    Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Meanwhile back at the Everton news conference, Roberto Martinez is paying plenty of respect to the Toffees' next opponents.

    He says: "We respect this Manchester United side. When they hit top spot a few weeks ago it was a statement. But we want to be as good as we can.

    "They have got a settled starting XI. Apart from the first half hour against Arsenal they have been very strong."  

  94. 'We have a good chance for the title'

    Arsenal AGM

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    Manager Arsene Wenger is now addressing those that are gathered:

    "First quality of a club is to be consistent. We have been in the Champions League for eighteen successive years. I understand that is not enough, we want more. It is difficult to stay at the top. We are at ease financially."

    He is then asked about winning the title... "We are back in contention and we have a good chance."

  95. 'It is talent not money led'

    Arsenal AGM

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on the transfer market:

    "The last few years, we have transformed and rejuvenated the squad. We have young talented players and a deep squad.

    "We have invested record sums in the last few seasons, we are disciplined in strategy, it is talent not money led."

    There is then a round of applause from the floor."

  96. Liverpool news conference

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool

    Standing room only at Liverpool's Melwood training ground and that, as you might have guessed, is all down to the Jurgen Klopp factor. 

    At 12:30 BST, the new Liverpool manager will begin his first weekly press conference, seven days after arriving in the city to sign a three year-deal. Of course, he will preview the trip to Spurs but there will be many more questions besides. 

    It has been a long time since I saw as many camera crews and journalists at a press conference here at Melwood. Three times as many as were here a fortnight ago, for what would prove to be Brendan Rodgers' last.

  97. Vote result

    Get involved

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    A more detailed breakdown can be found by casting your eyes to the right, or by clicking the 'vote' tab above.

  98. 'Why the £3m payment?'

    Arsenal AGM

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    Stan Kroenke owns 67.3% of Arsenal and a payment of £3m has been paid to his company Kroenke Sports Entertainment for the last two season.

    A fan submitted a question asking what this was for, to which chairman Sir Chips Keswick replied:

    “I felt it was right to pay for wide range of services, we should not be in position to ask for these services for nothing. We have a majority owner who is very supportive.”

    The Arsenal supporter who submitted the question walked to the front and told the board his question had not been answered, to cheers from the fans. Lively start.

  99. Arsenal AGM

    Football

    The annual general meeting for Arsenal shareholders is up and running. We'll be bringing you a few entries from this, if only as an excuse to mention the name Sir Chips Keswick.

  100. Everton news conference

    Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Martinez says Phil Jagielka being handed the England captaincy against Lithuania was a "fitting reward".

    He also praises Ross Barkley, who scored in that match, calling him "a sensational prospect" who can play "anywhere on the pitch".

  101. Everton news conference

    Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez is speaking to the media now ahead of Everton's clash with Manchester United on Saturday...

  102. Upper crust

    Price of Football

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  103. Just the ticket

    Price of Football

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport

    Speaking to 20 different BBC local stations in places such as Jersey, Newcastle and Scotland first thing on Thursday made the size and reach of Price of Football hit home.

    One thing that stands out is the fact most of our audience are shocked by the complexity of ticket pricing. Senior rates, student rates, kids prices, early bird prices, different prices depending on the opponent, it’s tough to get your head around, even when you’ve stared at a spreadsheet for six weeks.  

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    And of course, we encounter clubs defending their prices fiercely. One club were quick to tell me their pie price was up a bit because you get peas and gravy too. Another said their pie was made by an ‘artisan baker’.

    Luke is one of the BBC Sport journalists who researched the study.

  104. Cook and Bell going strong

    Cricket

    It's been a very good day for England in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

    At tea, the tourists are 197-1, with Alastair Cook on 116 and Ian Bell 31. Pakistan racked up 523-8 in the first innings of the match.

    You can follow our cricket live text here.

  105. Bouchard sues USTA over fall

    Tennis

    Eugenie Bouchard

    An interesting tale to bring you from the world of tennis now.

    Canadian 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has begun legal action against the United States Tennis Association after she slipped in the locker room at the US Open in September.

    She withdrew from the tournament prior to a fourth-round match and pulled out of her comeback event at the China Open on 5 October because of dizziness.

    The lawsuit alleges the 21-year-old world number 39 slipped on "a foreign and dangerous substance" in New York.

  106. France change three for NZ clash

    Rugby union

    France

    France have made three changes to their side to take on New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

    Morgan Parra replaces Sebastien Tillous-Borde at scrum-half, Alexandre Dumoulin gets the nod over Mathieu Bastareaud at outside centre, and Bernard Le Roux ousts Damien Chouly in the back row.

  107. Eastleigh to appoint Todd

    Football

    Adam Blackmore

    BBC Radio Solent sports editor

    On the day that it was revealed that Eastleigh have the cheapest season ticket in the top five divisions of English football, it has also emerged that the National League club are set to announce interim manager Chris Todd as their new full-time boss, succeeding Richard Hill.  

    The Welshman has picked up three wins from four games in temporary charge, including victories over Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers this month.

  108. What is a fair price to watch a football match?

    Get Involved

    We want you to tell us how much you reckon is a reasonable price to pay to watch a UK football match.

    Have your say and join the vote on the right side of the screen or by clicking on the 'vote' tab above. 

    You have got until 12:00 BST to have your say and we'll reveal the results shortly afterwards.

  109. French fancy

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  110. Championship headlines

    Price of Football

    Brentford fans

    How's England's second tier performing when it comes to ticket prices?

    • £10: A match-day ticket offered byDerby, Reading and Huddersfield - the cheapest in England's top five leagues.
    • £20.90: The average cost of the cheapest match-day ticket
    • £135: Reading's cheapest season ticket - the best offer in the league
    • £330.17: The average price of the cheapest adult season ticket 
    • £839 - Fulham'smost expensive season ticket 
  111. Boris does a Lomu

    Rugby Union

    Here's another disciplinary matter for World Rugby to consider: Boris Johnson absolutely steamrollering a small Japanese child during an impromptu game of rugby.

    The Mayor of London sets off down the wing and barrels into his pint-sized opponent like a freight truck hitting a traffic cone. Luckily the child was reportedly unhurt.

    Eight-week ban minimum, we'd say...

  112. 'A huge battle ahead'

    South Africa v Wales (Sat, 16:00 BST)

    Wales progressed to the last eight alongside Australia, after knocking out hosts England.

    “After coming through an incredibly tough pool, we are excited to be in the quarter-finals and returning to Twickenham," said head coach Warren Gatland.

    “The physicality and intensity of the matches so far will stand us in good stead for what is going to be a huge battle against the Springboks.They have grown game on game in this tournament and we know the challenge that faces us."

  113. BreakingWales name team for SA quarter-final

    South Africa v Wales (Sat, 16:00 BST)

    Wales have made three changes for their World Cup quarter-final meeting with South Africa.

    Tyler Morgan is back at outside centre - with George North moving to the wing - Dan Lydiate returns on the flank and Gethin Jenkins is recalled at prop.

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  114. 'Nothing to do with us...'

    Rugby World Cup

    Brett Gosper, the chief executive of World Rugby, has distanced his organisation from the citing controversies around the World Cup... 

  115. Hunger games

    Price of Football

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  116. Bridge 'not a sport'

    It's official. Sorry bridge lovers, but your game is not a sport - the High Court says so.

    The English Bridge Union mounted a challenge to Sport England's refusal to recognise bridge as a sport, but a judge ruled against them after a hearing in London.  

    That means this will probably be the last time you see bridge mentioned in Sportsday. Sorry.

  117. Arsenal news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    Arsene Wenger warmed up with the media before the club's AGM with shareholders at 11:30 BST. 

    He expressed a disappointment that Alexis Sanchez played for Chile after picking up a groin injury against Manchester United and confirmed he will assess the forward when he arrives back later on Thursday.

    Alexis Sanchez

    Midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be back for at least a month and it will be January at the earliest for forward Danny Welbeck.

    Wenger also said that "five or six" clubs can win the Premier League and that Arsenal are back in the fight because financially they can buy the best players. I'm off to the AGM, I wonder if the shareholders agree?

  118. Arsenal news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    It's the big news of the day and even Premier League managers are talking about it. What does Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger think about BBC Sport's Price of Football study?

    "My job is to do that (provide value), there's a concerted effort at board meetings to block increases and in seven of the last ten years there haven't been increases in ticket prices. There is a will to make tickets affordable."

  119. Century for Cook

    Cricket

    It's smooth sailing for England in the first Test against Pakistan. Skipper Alastair Cook has just brought up his 100 - that's his 28th Test ton.

    With Ian Bell still going at the other end on 22, England are 169-1 in reply to Pakistan's 523-8 declared.

    You can follow the action from Abu Dhabi in our cricket live text here.

  120. Swansea duo make Uefa team

    Football

    Swansea duoAshley Williams(Wales) andGylfi Sigurdsson(Iceland) have been named in Uefa's All-Star team of top performers in Euro 2016 qualifying.

    Chelsea pairThibaut Courtois(Belgium) and Gary Cahill(England) also made the cut, along with Wales'sGareth Bale. 

    Southampton's Northern Irish midfielderSteven Davisand Manchester United's Italian full-backMatteo Darmianare also in the team.

  121. West Ham news conference

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Rob Nothman

    BBC Sport

    Slaven Bilic says he is not under pressure to play in "the West Ham way".

    He was responding to comments from former manager Sam Allardyce in his autobiography that some Hammers fans were "deluded" about the club's playing style. Bilic says the fans are great - "they're behind us - they're with us." 

    Allardyce also questioned the dedication of striker Andy Carroll. Bilic did not want to comment directly, but said since his arrival at the club, Carroll's approach to training and rehab had been "top class".

  122. Get Involved

    #PriceofFootball

    Philip Usher: If you only had £3 would you have 3 cups of tea or 1 pie? asked a few people and it is a pretty polarising question it seems!

    Edgar Allan Noe: A season watching West Bromwich Albion or 23.00 hours of trumpet lessons?

    These are the important existential questions we should all be asking...

  123. Happy Birthday

    Born on 15 October

    Mesut Ozil

    And while we're on the subject of Mesut Ozil, well done to those of you who divined that the Arsenal player is the man celebrating his 27th birthday today.

    He is one of three World Cup winners born on this day - Didier Deschamps (1968) and David Trezeguet (1977) were both part of France's 1998 team.

    Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson (1979) and striker Andy Cole (1971) are also celebrating. They didn't win the World Cup though. But you knew that.

  124. Arsenal news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Mesut Ozil

    Arsene Wenger seems happy with Mesut Ozil at the moment: "What you want from Mesut is to score in the big games. He did against Manchester United."

  125. West Ham news conference

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    A final word from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. What does he think of this weekend's opponents Crystal Palace?

    He says: "Palace are a good team - good in defending and great on counter-attacks. Every one of their attackers runs behind without the ball.

    "Big credit to Alan Pardew, because he's doing a great job. Add to that [Yohan] Cabaye, who can do special things. He's a top class playmaker. We're looking forward to the game. It will be a difficult test for us."

  126. Arsenal news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal trounced Manchester United in their last game to move up to second in the table, so who does Arsene Wenger think can win the title this year? "The top eight can compete for the Premier League. It is difficult to rule anybody out."

    That rules out the likes of Southampton, Liverpool and Chelsea. Then again, he wouldn't have a kind word to say about the Blues anyway.

    He added: "You can compete for the championship if you turn up and fight for every game. We need to show the same quality."

  127. Arsenal news conference

    Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Finally, Arsene Wenger has arrived for his news conference ahead of Arsenal's trip to Watford on Saturday.

    He says defender Laurent Koscielny faces a fitness test before kick-off and added "we have three players that could come back."

  128. West Ham news conference

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Dimitri Payet

    More from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, who says he's confident that Dimitri Payet can cope with being a marked man after his early-season exploits.

     "I think teams have given Payet attention already. Maybe he was unknown to some of the fans, but everybody involved in football knew Dimitri Payet before he came to West Ham. 

    "He plays in a position where you have to close that space, whoever plays there. So I have no worries that there'll be extra attention on him. He's got the quality that teams are trying to mark him." 

  129. Sherwood out?

    Chelsea v Aston Villa (SAt, 15:00 BST)

    Defeats brings pressure and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has plenty of it. Six defeats in eight league games this season (just one victory) means his side are in the relegation zone, so is it time for Tim to go?

    “It would be a huge mistake, as far as Tim is concerned," assistant manager Ray Wilkins told TalkSport.

    Tim Sherwood

    “He’s an up and coming manager who did extremely well at Tottenham and let’s not forget it was only six or seven months ago we were in the Cup Final and staved off relegation.

    “The lads are working hard it’s embarrassing. We’re having to cut sessions down as they’re putting so much in. They want to succeed."