MANNING SHINES IN BRONCOS WIN
Payton Manning was back doing what he does best for the Denver Brancos last night, throwing passes like there's no tomorrow in a 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers. Here's a round-up of the NFL highlights...
WALCOTT NEARING RETURN
Back to the Premier League and Phil Babb is currently discussing the weekend's games on the morning view so get on over to Sky Sports News HQ now to see what he thinks. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been first up with his press conference this morning, listen to what he had to say on Walcott's imminent return..
UEFA PUNISH SERBA & ALBANIA
Serbia have been given a 3-0 walkover but deducted three points and forced to play their next three games behind closed doors after their fans and stewards attacked the Albanian national team in a recent European qualifier. Both FA's have been fined £78k.
WENGER PRESS CONFERENCE
Arsene Wenger has been holding his press conference ahead of the trip to Sunderland tomorrow. Here's the Arsenal team news. Jack Wilshere is suspended and Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny are still not fit to return.
POCH LOVES LAMELA GOAL
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino also hailed Erik Lamela's special goal last night as one of the best he's ever seen (despite showing no emotion on the bench!). Here's what he said...
LAMELA STUNNER MAKING WAVES
EVERYONE is talking about Erik Lamela's wonder-goal for Tottenham last night and Guillem Balague will also be discussing the Argentine on the Morning View from 10am. Make sure you vote on whether you think it's the best goal EVER, and if you haven't seen it yet, scroll through the blog to watch it right here.
THE MORNING VIEW
The Morning View is coming up and we'll be talking at length about tomorrow night's massive El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which will see Luis Suarez make his Barcelona debut. Guillem Balague is in the studio with Rob Wotton and Terry Gibson from 10am - and you don't want to miss it!
LENNON PLAYS DOWN COMMONS MOVEFormer Celtic manager Neil Lennon travels to Brentford with his new Bolton team but he's been asked about whether he'd like to bring in Celtic star Chris Commons to the Reebok... so would he?
VAN DIJK COY ON ARSENAL LINK
While speculation has begun over Mario Balotelli's future at Liverpool, there is also some conjecture over the future of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. He's been linked with Arsenal and when asked by our reporters following the 2-1 Europa League win last night, he had some interesting things to say...
Police are investigating Mario Balotelli after a complaint was made of threatening behaviour by a woman in Manchester.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We are investigating a report of threatening behaviour following an incident in Pewsey Road, Wythenshawe. Officers will be speaking to all concerned in due course.”
LIVE PERTH INTERNATIONAL
Get yourself over to Sky Sports 4HD now if you want to watch the Perth International... here's the current leaderboard.
FALDO/ POULTER SPAT
Some golf news now and the president of the PGA, Ted Bishop, has called Europe's Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter a 'Lil Girl' on Twitter after his criticism of Nick Faldo. Bishop then deleted the tweet but, as we all know, if you post something on Twitter it gets around in seconds! And we saw it...(screengrab!). He also apparently said on Facebook that Poulter was like "a little girl screaming at recess" and then deleted that too..
FRIDAY PAPER TALK
Here are a few of the leading football stories making the back pages of today's morning newspapers...
- DAILY MIRROR report that Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has just 68 days to save his Anfield career, or he's off in January.
- Supporters of Torquay are in a right old flap about their club mascot, Gilbert the Gull. The giant seagull has been blasted for swearing at his own fans - and offering them out for a fight.
- THE SUN question the crux of the problem for Balotelli - is it his haircut? According to reports, he spends £500 a week maintaining his mohawk, having it clipped, patterned and dyed five times a week.
- An Alex Ferguson movie is in the pipeline. The idea is the brainchild of former New York Cosmos and USA star Werner Roth.
- And Arsene Wenger has issued a hands-off warning over Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.
- DAILY EXPRESS say Gonzalo Higuain is ready to reject the opportunity to replace Mario Balotelli at Liverpool and isn't interested in a move to Arsenal either.
- DAILY TELEGRAPH print Bayern Munich's former Chelsea wideman Arjen Robben admitting that "there is not even a one per cent chance" of him returning to play in England one day.
- DAILY MAIL claim Adel Taarabt may have talked his way into the QPR team after his clash with Harry Redknapp after training with the first team on Wednesday.
- Blackpool boss Jose Riga has put pressure on chairman Karl Oyston to strike a deal for Belgian midfielder Jonathan Legear.
COMING UP ON SKY SPORTS...
We've got plenty of live sport for you on Sky Sports today - the weekend starts now for us!
CELTIC STAY TOPCeltic retained top spot in Group D with a 2-1 win at home to Astra Giurgiu, thanks to goals from Stefan Scepovic and Stefan Johansen in the second half.
EVERTON DRAW IN LILLE
Everton were left frustrated with a 0-0 draw in Lille in Group H in a trip marred by fans clashing in the city centre with police. Everton stay top of the group but there will surely be yet more fallout after reports of police using tear gas in the main square.
WAS IT THE BEST GOAL EVER?
Jan Vertonghen seems to think so, but we want to know your thoughts for our poll this morning! Tweet into us @SkySportsNewsHQ using #SSNHQYES/NO.
LAMELA'S WONDER GOAL
Here it is... provided in a tweet by the man himself! This is Erik Lamela's superb 'rabona' skill to score the first of his two goals in the 5-1 win over Tripolis last night. His second was also brilliant, a fierce, first-time volley from tight angle.
KANE GOES IN GOAL
Well you've got to love it when one of your outfield players goes in goal haven't you? It doesn't happen very often! It was probably the last thing Harry Kane was expecting to do after scoring a hat-trick for Spurs and he conceded a late goal with butterfingers from a free-kick!
TOTTENHAM STEP IT UP IN EUROPELet's begin then with some Europa League reaction from last then and Tottenham ramped up their form with a 5-1 win over Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane. In was a memorable night to say the least, especially for striker Harry Kane, who bagged a hat-trick and was then forced to go in goal for the final few minutes after Hugo Lloris was sent-off for rushing out his area and fouling a Tripolis forward as the last man. Kane then fumbled a free-kick into his own net! But the night will be remembered for a momentous goal from Erik Lamela, who used the 'rabona' skill to beat the keeper from the edge of the box!
SKY SPORTS TODAY
Good morning you lovely people. It's Friday, and you know what that means... It's time to start building up to another packed weekend of football from across the divisions. We'll have reaction to last night's Europa League games before hearing from some of the Premier League club's managers, among others. So it begins...