It's another bumper evening of World Cup qualifying action across Europe, as 18 sides continue their campaigns. Belgium host Bosnia-Herzegovina, while France entertain Bulgaria in two of the biggest matches of the day. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to inspire Portugal to victory over minnows Andorra after the European Champions lost their opening qualifier to Switzerland. Join Sportsmail's SAM MORSHEAD for all the latest news from all nine ties as it happens.
Michael Bisping was at his provocative best as he came face to face with Dan Henderson for the final time before their highly-anticipated middleweight title fight at Saturday's UFC 204 showpiece.
Football's furry friends! From awkward embraces to affectionate hugs, we celebrate mascots in brilliant poses with managers
Life on the touchline is much more than just frantic gesturing and barking orders, the manager has to deal with the players, owners, the fans and the media. But there is one other matchday experience, something that can sometimes take a manager by complete surprise at a time he least appreciates it: The club mascot.
Italy forward Graziano Pelle has been removed from the team's squad for refusing to shake coach Giampiero Ventura's hand after a substitution. The incident occurred on Thursday in the second half of Italy's 1-1 draw with Spain in a World Cup qualifier. The Italian soccer federation says Pelle has been sent back to his club Shandong Luneng in China, where he earns an estimated £260,000 a week, and will therefore miss Sunday's qualifier at Macedonia.
Watch out, boss! England players give Southgate the runaround ahead of his debut at Wembley as Antonio even crunches in on manager with two-footed challenge
England interim manager Gareth Southgate picked up 57 caps for the national side during his career and appears happy to return to the fold in training. Southgate was active in Friday's training session at St George's Park, getting stuck into passing and defensive drills with the current crop of players. The former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender is gearing his Three Lions up for Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley against Malta.
Now that's what you call passion! Italian mascots join stars to belt out the national anthem ahead of facing Spain
Passion flared as the Italian national team faced Spain this week in their World Cup qualifying clash. The two giants of world football came head-to-head in what was a rematch of their Euro 2016 last 16 match in France. But it was the Italian players and their mascots who caught the eye after belting out the national anthem of Italy with patriotic fervour.
JOE DOWNES AT SUZUKA: Nico Rosberg survived a scare before topping both of the first two practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix. The German's 1:32.250 saw him head Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by less than a tenth of a second in the afternoon running at Suzuka. But there was concern at the start of that second session for Rosberg when he stopped at the end of the pit-lane with smoke pouring out of the back of his car.
Wearing an oxygen mask, on a stretcher... and chased by police! Watch Valencia being followed by officers during match amid claims he didn't pay £13,000 child support
Enner Valencia's child support row appeared to take a new twist on Thursday as reports suggest police chased the Premier League star off the pitch. Valencia is said to owe the mother of his daughter £13,000 in child maintenance bills and police even turned up to Ecuador's training session ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying clash with Chile. And the local police in Quito, according to reports in Argentina, went one step further during the clash at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa after Valencia was forced off with altitude sickness in the 82nd minute.
'If you come to the Premier League, you have to earn respect': Bradley relishing being trailblazing American at Swansea
Bob Bradley will be blazing a trail for his country as the first US manager in one of Europe’s five major leagues and started his hearts and minds mission on Friday. There has been a degree of scepticism among supporters over a manager who impressed at international level with the USA and Egypt, but who has spent the majority of his club career at lesser lights.
Argentina captain Agustin Creevyhas challenged his side to secure a second Rugby Championship victory this weekend, to avenge their World Cup semi-final defeat to Australia at Twickenham. The former Worcester hooker also insisted that Argentina are keeping their eye on their world ranking ahead of May's pool draw for the 2019 World Cup.
An all British affair at the quarter-final of the China Open was tightly contested and Kyle Edmund forced Andy Murray into a first-set tie-break. Murray edged out his Davies Cup teammate 11-9 to take control of the match which he said before the contest would make him 'uncomfortable'. The second set saw Edmund exhibit impressive resilience but the Wimbledon champion eventually had too much for him.
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They may now be one of Europe's forces, but as this picture shows, Wales need to step up when it comes to team photos!
Wales might be good at football but they are terrible at team photos. To be fair to manager Chris Coleman, there are many more important things to work on behind-the-scenes - and evidently the Welsh did so prior to their run to the last four at Euro 2016 - but their pre-match snap ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Austria on Thursday was utterly dire. Abandoning the traditional six up, five down formation for an innovative and totally ridiculous seven-strong front row with four stood up, the Red Dragon players produced a masterclass in how not to do it.
Icardi's new contract has a buyout clause of 110 million euros (£99million), which can only be activated by non-Italian clubs, and the striker will earn close to £5million per season.
If his arms are moving Pep Guardiola is engaged and that was the case when the Manchester City manager spoke at length about the late, great Johan Cruyff on Thursday. Sat downstairs in a London bookshop as Cruyff's posthumous autobiography, 'My Turn', was unveiled, Guardiola looked alive when talking about how his own career was shaped.
Neymar left in a bloodied mess as superstar is flattened during Brazil's 5-0 romp with Coutinho and Firmino both scoring
Brazil hammered Bolivia 5-0 in World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, giving coach Tite his third successive win in the most convincing performance from the five-time world champions for some time. Bolivia had not won a World Cup qualifier away from home since 1993 but Brazil were still excellent, particularly in the first half, when they scored four of their five goals. Neymar, who was substituted late on after receiving a nasty blow to the side of the head from a flailing elbow, opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when he dispossessed Ronaldo Raldes on the halfway line and then worked a one-two with Gabriel Jesus, who left him with a simple tap in.
Argentina were held 2-2 by Peru in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, their second successive away draw without injured talisman Lionel Messi, which dropped them to fifth in the South American group. Defender Ramiro Funes Mori put Argentina ahead after 15 minutes but was responsible for Peru's late penalty equaliser that was converted by Christian Cueva. In between, Peru's veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalised early in the second half and Gonzalo Higuain restored Argentina's lead in the 77th minute.
Gareth Bale revealed the long throw he produced in the 2-2 draw with Austria has been in his locker for some time and described it as a 'nice surprise' to utilise for Wales. The Real Madrid star cut an unusual figure in Vienna by repeatedly launching balls into the area from the touchline but it paid off as he created his team's second goal in the process. Sam Vokes flicked on Bale's second throw of the night to tee up James Chester for a header that was saved before going in off Kevin Wimmer.
Stars of the Erie Otters ice hockey team revealed a little more than they expected during their recent OHL clash, after inadvertently lining up with the rink-side advertisements with perfect precision. After leaving the ice and heading to the replacement bench, Patrick Fellows, Allan McShane, Carson Edwardson and Shaun Bily found themselves in direct alignment with an advertisement for childrens' nappies. Watching on from rink-side the quartet made for quite the surreal site, appearing at first glance as a small group of hockey-clad babies.
British No 1 Johanna Konta advanced to the China Open semi-finals after fighting back in remarkable fashion from 4-0 down in the first set to clinch victory over home favourite Zhang Shuai. Konta, the world No 14, bounced back emphatically from her slow start, winning the next 12 games in a row for a 6-4, 6-0 triumph.
George Groves will face Germany's Eduard Gutknecht next month knowing that his opponent once recorded a rare victory over the fearsome Gennady Golovkin. The Wembley SSE Arena fight on November 18 was announced on Thursday. Super-middleweight Groves will continue building towards an expected fourth world title fight when he meets an opponent who has already defeated one of the finest boxers of the modern era.
What happens when you LEAVE Barcelona? From Eto'o to Figo, Sportsmail assesses how shipped-out stars follow up success
Some say the only way is down once you leave Barcelona. But then try telling that to Samuel Eto'o who joined Jose Mourinho and won the treble in Italy, Luis Figo who joined Real Madrid was thrown a pig's head but won the European Cup, or to Yaya Toure who missed out on a birthday cake and some Champions League glory but won two Premier League titles at Manchester City. Sportsmail looks at what happens when players walk away from, or are ushered out of, the most successful club of the 21st century.