Sportsday Live - Tuesday 2 October as it happened

Champions League build-up, World Twenty20 latest, Andy Murray wins first match since US Open, plus more.

2 October 2012 Last updated at 19:01

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  1. 0800: 

    There are still 230-odd days to go until the 2013 Champions League final, but the road to Wembley continues today for three British teams. While Celtic will look to make progress in Russia against Spartak Moscow, Manchester United face a trip into the unknown against Romania's CFR Cluj while Chelsea continue their defence away to Denmark's FC Nordsjaelland.

    In addition, the World Twenty20 continues in Sri Lanka with Australia facing Pakistan (1100 BST) and India against South Africa (1500 BST) while Andy Murray and Laura Robson are both in action.

    Good morning and welcome to another busy Sportsday Live.

  2. 0805: 

    We start with three items from our football gossip column.

    Former Celtic, Manchester United and Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson is the shock new name being considered by Blackburn to replace Steve Kean. (Daily Mail)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has warned Roy Hodgson that striker Andy Carroll is "woefully short" of match practice despite returning to action on Monday night. (Times)

    Sunderland are poised to sign 29-year-old Scotland forward James McFadden, a free agent since being released by Everton at the end of last season, after he impressed during a trial with the Black Cats. (Daily Mirror)


    So newly-promoted West Ham are now up to seventh in the Premier League table after a 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.

    We want to know who has surprised you so far this season? Which teams have done better than you imagined and which players have excelled more than you expected?

    Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  4. 0823: 

    England coach Andy Flower has been holding an inquest into the team's exit from the World Twenty20 tournament and tells BBC Sport more news on Kevin Pietersen's situation is imminent.

    "There's been a lot of formal communication between the ECB and Kevin and there will be a press conference, I imagine, in the next 36 hours enlighten you as little further," says Flower. "Did we miss him? Of course, but he wasn't available for this tournament."

  5. 0824: 

    Breaking news from the China Open where Britain's Laura Robson loses to Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the second round 5-7 3-6.

  6. 0832: 

    Andy Murray is in the early stages of his match with Ivo Karlovic at the Japan Open, the Scot's first return to action since winning the US Open.

    The first round match is currently 4-4 in the first set.

  7. 0836: 

    Promoted Yorkshire announce the signing of Liam Plunkett, 27, from Durham.

    "I felt the time was right for a new challenge in my career and the opportunity to join one of the biggest clubs in the country was too good to turn down," says Plunkett, who has played in nine Tests, 21 one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international for England.

  8. 0843: 

    More on Laura Robson's exit from the China Open at the hands of Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino. The 18-year-old went into the match as the higher-ranked player but a late break in a tight first set proved crucial as her 31-year-old opponent triumphed 7-5 6-3.

    The first set went with serve until the very last game, when Dominguez Lino finally forced the match's first break point and took it to win the set 7-5. Another break followed in game three of the second set and the Spaniard backed it up with a hold to lead 3-1.

    A further break for each player left Dominguez Lino with a 5-3 lead and she duly completed victory in an hour and 35 minutes.

  9. 0852: 

    England coach Andy Flower on England's demise at the World Twenty20 tournament tells BBC Sport: "We probably lacked a little experience - certainly in the batting department.

    "But some of the guys acquitted themselves very well, (Alex) Hales at certain times, Luke Wright was superb, (Eoin) Morgan was at times and yesterday we saw (Samit) Patel given one chance up the order and he showed skill against the spin. So these guys do have great futures ahead of them."

  10. 0854: 

    Britain's Andy Murray wins the first set against Croatia's Ivo Karlovic at the Japan Open 7-6 (9-7).


    West Ham are up to seventh in the Premier League table after victory over QPR, but who are the real surprise packages?

    Let us know at

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Everton have excelled so far this season with Baines and Pienaar the catalysts of their terrific start. Fantastic to watch."

    Ryan on Twitter: "Villa have suprised me, as soon as they start taking their chances better, teams will be in trouble, but they've played well."

    John Lawless on Twitter: "As a Liverpool fan, its been hard to watch just how good Moyes' boys have been so far this season. But there's a long way to go."

  12. 0911: 

    BBC Sport's George Riley on Twitter: "There's at least 1 new face in England RL squad for autumn internationals with Richie Myler recalled. Confirmed squad at 10am."

  13. 0915: 

    Andy Murray is going along nicely in his first competitive match since winning the US Open.

    After edging the first set against Ivo Karlovic at the Japan Open, the Scot is 2-2 in the second.

  14. 0917: 

    Jenson Button will drop five places on the grid for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix because McLaren need to change the gearbox on both their cars.

    McLaren discovered Button's car had the same problem that forced team-mate Lewis Hamilton to retire from the lead during the Singapore Grand Prix. The team will fit new gearboxes to both cars, but Hamilton will not be penalised because he failed to finish the race.

    The penalty hampers Button's hopes of winning back-to-back races in Suzuka.

  15. 0926: 

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes takes to Twitter to back manager Mark Hughes in the wake of Monday's 2-1 home defeat to West Ham United.

    "Mark will sort it out," tweets Fernandes. "Look at his record. We would have won if we didn't go down to 10. I am relaxed and confident. Let's get all our players back and in form and fit and then let's see."

    QPR are bottom of the Premier League after failing to win their first six games.

  16. 0931:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    "I just feel he has done everything he can to prove to England he is committed," former England captain Michael Vaughan tells BBC 5 live Breakfast - Your Call. about Kevin Pietersen.

    Join the debate before 1000 BST.

  17. 0936: 

    Lionel Messi does not deserve to win the next Fifa Ballon d'Or award as he has only won one minor trophy this year, his former Barcelona team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic says.

    "Messi had a fantastic season but he has not won that much and he has already won the Ballon d'Or three times," Paris St Germain forward Ibrahimovic, who played with Messi in the 2009-10 season, tells Eurosport.

  18. 0938: 

    Andy Murray defeats Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 to reach round two of the Japan Open, the Scot's first match since his US Open triumph.

    Murray, the top seed, will now play Slovakia's Lukas Lacko.

  19. 0947: 

    More on Andy Murray's round one straight-sets win over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic ast the Japan Open. Karlovic entered the tournament as a lucky loser after Murray's scheduled opponent Gael Monfils withdrew due to injury.

    Murray failed to take any of his three break points in the first set but eventually prevailed in a tie-break 7-6 (9-7). The second set was progressing in a similarly serve-dominated manner until the 10th game, when Murray went up 0-40 to set up three match points. Karlovic saved two, the first with a second-serve ace, but Murray took the third to wrap up victory having not faced a single break point in the match.

    He will face Lukas Lacko in round two after the Slovakian overcame Spain's Albert Ramos 6-0 6-2.

  20. 0954: 

    The Champions League might be taking centre stage, but there are some intriguing games in the Championship later.

    Leaders Brighton entertain struggling Ipswich while Bolton, desperate for a win to climb the table, entertained Leeds. Other games include: Barnsley v Peterborough, Bristol City v Millwall, Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff v Birmingham, Charlton v Watford, Huddersfield v Leicester, Hull v Blackpool and Wolves v Crystal Palace.

    Keep up to date with all the latest scores.

  21. 0956: 

    Defending champion Danedream will miss the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. The four-year-old German filly is trained at Cologne racecourse which has been placed under strict quarantine following the detection of a case of the potentially-lethal swamp fever.

    Although Danedream is not affected by the condition, all equine movements have been halted, and she was not among 18 horses left in the race at the latest forfeit stage.

    Epsom Derby winner Camelot, who narrowly missed out on the Triple Crown, remains in the field.

  22. 1001: 

    Following her 5-7 3-6 exit at the hands of Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino in round two of the China Open, Britain's Laura Robson returns to action at next week's HP Open in Osaka, Japan.


    Guy Remon on Twitter: "Arsenal have exceeded expectation. Solid defence now and scored goals without RVP. Drew against City and good against Chelsea."

    Timilehin on Twitter: "I think Fulham has played well this season with Mladen Petric leading the line and a certain Berbatov too."

    Jonny on Twitter: "Everton are the obvious choice however, individually, I think Cazorla and Mertesacker have been the suprise for me."

    So who have been your surprise packages in the Premier League this season? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  24. 1016: 

    Warrington Wolves prop Chris Hill earns his first ever call-up to the senior squad as England coach Steve McNamara announces a 24-man squad for England's forthcoming high-altitude training camp to South Africa and the autumn international series against France and Wales.

  25. 1021: 

    Carlo Ancelotti says Chelsea's Ashley Cole, who is in the final year of his contract, is "the best left-back in the world" in an interview with ESPN STAR sports.

    Paris St Germain manager Ancelotti adds: "For this season, we have a very good squad but next year, I don't know what is going on. Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world at the moment."

  26. 1023: 

    England squad named by coach Steve McNamara for the autumn international series:

    C Ablett (Leeds), R Atkins (Warrington), T Briscoe (Hull), S Burgess (South Sydney), R Burrow (Leeds), J Charnley (Wigan), R Chase (Castleford), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs), R Hall (Leeds), Z Hardaker (Leeds), C Hill (Warrington), G Hock (Wigan), J Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), M McIlorum (Wigan), A Morley (Warrington), L Mossop (Wigan), R Myler (Warrington), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), K Sinfield (Leeds), S Tomkins (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), B Westwood (Warrington).

  27. 1029: 

    The 2012 autumn international series tournament schedule in full:

    20 October - France v Wales (Stade-Félix-Bollaert, Lens); 27 October - Wales v England (Racecourse Ground, Wrexham), 3 November - England v France (Craven Park), 11 November - Final (Salford City Stadium).

  28. 1038: 

    Paul Lawrie will be back in front of his home fans this week after playing his part in Europe's remarkable Ryder Cup victory.

    The 43-year-old Scot is one of three cup heroes who have moved straight onto the Dunhill Links Championship. Martin Kaymer is also schedule to play at St Andrews with Peter Hanson also featuring. The tournament takes place between 4-7 October.

  29. 1045: 

    Stoke's assistant manager Dave Kemp believes Luis Suarez is paying the price for earning a reputation going down too easily.

    Suarez was denied a penalty at Norwich last Saturday and Kemp tells the Stoke Sentinel ahead of Stoke's 7 October visit to Liverpool: "Maybe he is paying the price for falling over in the past and maybe referees are suspicious every time he goes down now.

    ""It was a blatant penalty at Norwich. If that had been us, I'd have been very annoyed."

  30. 1050: 

    Australia win the toss and bowl in their World Twenty20 tie with Pakistan. Keep up to date with all the action with BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt.

  31. 1057: 

    Michael Schumacher, who has been by Mercedes in favour of Lewis Hamilton, speaking ahead of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix: "My motivation is completely intact after the news last week, especially because Suzuka is one of the season's highlights for me.

    "Logically, it would also be nice to achieve a sporting highlight this weekend, although my chances are of course very limited because of my grid penalty. But I've always approached these things as a challenge."

  32. 1058: 

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has given his full support to manager Mark Hughes in the wake of Monday's 2-1 home defeat to West Ham United.

    Does that make Hughes' P45 all but inevitable, or will some other Premier League manager get the sack before him? Let us know who you think will be the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season, via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  33. 1101: 

    Women will be able to box for medals at the Commonwealth Games for the first time at the 2014 Games in Glasgow. The decision means Britain's Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams can now fight for Commonwealth gold.

    "Women boxers have reached world-class levels," said Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, president of the International Amateur Boxing Federation.

  34. 1109: 

    Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher is named in Scotland squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Wales and Belgium.

    Fletcher fell out with national team boss Craig Levein over his availability for a friendly against Northern Ireland in February 2011. His last appearance for his country was against Sweden in August 2010.

  35. 1114: 

    chris_newt129 on Twitter: "I disagree with Tony Fernandes saying they would have won if they had not gone down to ten men. With Hughes in charge QPR will go down."

    John Oliver on Twitter: "Hughes 'QPR will never be in a relegation drama on the last day of the season ever again' - yeah, they'll be gone by Christmas."

    Rosie47 on Twitter: "There'll be no managerial casualties. Everything will be rosy, and you'll have to find something else to write about."

  36. 1118: 

    Captain Darren Fletcher also returns to the Scotland squad to face Wales on 12 October and Belgium on 16 October, after a year out with illness.

    Scotland squad: Adam (Stoke), Berra (Wolves), Brown (Celtic), Caldwell (Wigan), D Fletcher (Man Utd), S Fletcher (Sunderland), James Forrest (Celtic), Fox (Southampton), Gilks (Blackpool), Hanley (Blackburn), Hutton (Aston Villa), McArthur (Wigan), McGregor (Besiktas), Mackie (QPR), Maloney (Wigan), Marshall (Cardiff), Martin (Norwich), Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps),Morrison (West Brom), Mulgrew (Celtic), Naismith (Everton), Phillips (Blackpool), Rhodes (Blackburn), Snodgrass (Norwich), Webster (Hearts).

  37. 1122: 

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Levein: 'I phoned Steven yesterday, we'll speak face-to-face through the week. I'm delighted he wants to come back & is part of the squad.'"

  38. 1132: 

    Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal is holding a news conference in London after guiding his team to a 14½-13½ Ryder Cup victory over the United States at Medinah.

  39. 1133: 

    Jose Maria Olazabal: "I'm still riding the wave. It was an emotional week and a tough one to begin with but the outcome was wonderful and while the phone has been really hot, out of all the messages there is one that stunned me.

    "The King of Spain called me and he was over the moon like me, so that was a nice one."

  40. 1137: 

    What do Scotland fans thinks about the return of the two Fletchers? Let us know via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  41. 1140: 

    Jose Maria Olazabal: "Saturday afternoon was crucial. Those last two matches were crucial for the outcome of the cup. On Sunday there was a moment that was quite special. I was on the 12th tee waiting for Lee Westwood to come on to the tee and I looked at the board and all five matches had been won by Europe. I looked at the rest and there was a little gap where everything was red but we were doing OK. All square or maybe one up.

    "Lee came on to the tee and asked me how I was doing - I had done my maths and thought we still had a chance of winning and I had to walk away. He realised that I was very emotional at that time and when he was stood over his ball he was thinking: 'Wow I need to win my point'."

  42. 1142: 

    Jose Maria Olazabal on whether he wants to be Ryder Cup captain again: "Yes in a way but I can assure that is going to be a no. First of all it's a lot of work. It takes a lot of you during the stretch of time from when you're named captain to the playing of the Ryder Cup.

    "On top of that there are a lot of players that should have the opportunity to be in my spot - it's played once every two years and there are a big number of players that have the chance to be in my position, so clearly I won't do it again."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The top quality live football continues on 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch tonight from 19:00 BST. We have live commentary on Manchester United's Champions League match in Romania against CFR Cluj. Senior football reporter Ian Dennis is your commentator, with former England international Danny Mills providing the summaries.

    David Oates is in Denmark to bring you updates on Chelsea's game with Nordsjaelland, and we also have reporters at the Championship matches between Bolton-Leeds, Cardiff-Birmingham, Wolves-Crystal Palace and Brighton against Ipswich, the latter available as a live commentary on our sister station sports extra from 19:30 BST.

  44. 1145: 

    Craig Rothnie via Twitter: "Glad to see both Darren and Steven Fletcher in the Scotland squad, but where can Steven Fletcher play in a 4-6-0?"

    Ryan Smith on Twitter: "Great to see FletcherS back! Both are our top players and who knows, if they can stay fit, Rio is a possibility."

    Chris Martin on Twitter: "Steven Fletcher back in at long last, but where is Kris Commons? Does Levein have a problem with him?"

  45. 1148: 

    Jose Maria Olazabal on who might be Europe's next captain: "I think (Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke) deserve a chance. Thomas (Bjorn) deserves a chance and Paul Lawrie deserves a chance. Once they do it there is Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington. There is a list of eight or nine guys that have a chance of doing it.

    "It would be unfair for me to just name one and I will leave that to the PGA but all of them deserve that position."

  46. 1155: 

    Nicolas Colsaerts on Jose Maria Olazabal: "He's got an unbelievable size of a heart, he lived for this game all of his life and he made clear to us that this thing was going to be very special to him so everyone looked at each other and understood the importance of the cup in this man's life.

    "When you look in this guy's eyes, it's pretty intense, just as much as he showed when he played."

  47. 1201: 

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 29, believes the Premier League holders can win the Champions League this season.

    "I have that experience (of wining the Champions League in 2009 with Barcelona) and it is good to have big players like Maicon and Mario Balotelli (winners with Inter Milan in 2010). It is not easy to win the Champions League, but we have a very good team and with a team like this we can go very far in the competition," he says.

  48. 1203: 

    Jose Maria Olazabal says that he will not captain Europe again, after guiding his team to a 14½-13½ Ryder Cup victory over the United States at Medinah.

    The Spaniard also believes that there are "eight or nine" creditable candidates to replace him as Europe captain for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.

  49. 1214: 

    Samuel Eto'o returns to the Cameroon national soccer team for the decisive African Nations Cup qualifier against the Cape Verde Islands.

    The four-times African Footballer of the Year has made himself available for the national side again following a meeting with Prime Minister Philemon Yang. He refused to play in the first leg after calling the the set-up around the team "amateurish".

  50. 1222: 

    England women's football manager Hope Powell recalls Kelly Smith to the squad to face France in a friendly in Paris on 20 October.

    Smith missed the European Championship qualifier win over Croatia in September that ensured England's qualification to Euro 2013. Ellen White is also in the squad after missing the Croatia game through suspension.

  51. 1227: 

    Arsenal reserves coach Terry Burton is happy with Jack Wilshere's "first step" towards a first-team return after 14 months on the sidelines with injury. Wilshere, 20, played 63 minutes of the Gunners' Under-21 game at West Brom on Monday.

    "What you can't duplicate in training is that match sharpness and players coming in at you, so he will have benefited from that in this match," Burton says.

  52. 1238: 

    Pakistan finish on 149-6 in their World T20 Super Eights game against Australia in Colombo. George Bailey's team require 150 at a run-rate of 7.50 an over. Nasir Jamshed hit 55 off 46 balls, while Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers with 3-20 from his four overs.

    If Australia win, they go through to the semi-finals automatically. If they score 112 in their innings, they will also progress, as Pakistan will not be able to overhaul their net run-rate. Keep up with all the action from the R. Premadasa Stadium here.

  53. 1246: 

    Troy Perhaps on Twitter: "Good to know Ashley Giles called Olazabal to congratulate him on Ryder Cup win.

    Awooga Cougar on Twitter: "Nice of Ashley Giles to call and congratulate Olazabal. Top bloke."

    Scott Clark on Twitter: "Wow Olly got a call from Ashley Giles? Doesn't get any better than that!"

    ..and for anyone mystified about the Ashley Giles/King of Spain references, all is explained here.

  54. 1253: 

    Stephen Lee will not face criminal proceedings over allegations of match-fixing from February 2010.

    "The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has been informed by the Gambling Commission that the Crown Prosecution Service will not be taking further action in relation to the match-fixing allegations against Stephen Lee, made in 2010. The Commission has decided not to commence criminal proceedings under the Gambling Act 2005," a WPBSA statement reads.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    There is live Twenty20 commentary now of the match between Pakistan and Australia on 5 live sports extra, and the India-South Africa match following on from that will also be live. You can access sports extra via the website, on freesat and freeview TV or on DAB digital radio.

  56. 1308: 

    World number two Novak Djokovic, 25, defeats qualifier Michael Berrer of Germany in three sets in the China Open in Beijing on Tuesday.

    The Serbian, playing his first match since losing to Andy Murray in the US Open final last month, progresses to the second round with a 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 victory.

  57. 1314: 

    Kaspars Gorkss tells BBC Radio Berkshire he feels Premier League new boys Reading are improving, and that their first win will come soon. The Latvian central defender was encouraged by the draw against Newcastle on Saturday and is now looking forward to Saturday's trip to the Liberty Stadium to play Swansea.

    "I think the last two games have been pretty good because obviously everyone knows we didn't perform against Tottenham and West Brom," says Gorkss. "We played much better on Saturday and we will take the positives and now against Swansea we go again."

  58. 1317: 

    We asked earlier who you feel are the surprise packages of the Premier League season so far. Let us know what you think via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Albrighton on Twitter:"Scoring a total of 13 and conceding just four in all competitions, Arsenal are certainly the surprise of the season."

    Emma Sanders on Twitter: "Arsenal have surprised me so far actually. I expected them to really struggle after losing RVP but they're playing pretty well."

    Jason Goodman on Twitter: "Southampton. They have played outstanding football and have only been unfortunate to come up against last season's top three so early on."

  59. 1325: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Olympiakos that Mikel Arteta will undergo a late fitness test on an ankle injury. Arsenal will be without Abou Diaby for the game at the Emirates after the French midfielder suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

    Wenger expects goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to return to action from an ankle injury in "two to three weeks".

  60. 1342: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Blackburn's search for a new manager following the resignation of Steve Kean: "Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh says that he has received 18 applications already and the chief executive has received another '5 or 6'.

    "Eric Black will definitely be in charge for next two games and then there is an international break."

  61. 1344: 

    South Africa captain Steven Pienaar retires from international football just three months before his country hosts the African Cup of Nations.

    "He's given us 10 years of service and his body is tired," the newly-appointed South Africa coach Gordon Igesund says.

  62. 1351: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater says Blackburn coach Eric Black was taken by surprise by the resignation of Steve Kean last week: "Steve Kean called him to tell him he was leaving at 7pm on Friday and then told players three minutes later.

    "Black is comfortable with the caretaker role, as he has done it twice before, but hasn't decided whether he'll apply for the permanent position yet."

  63. 1357: 

    Russia manager Fabio Capello omits Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin from his 24-man squad to play the 2014 World Cup Group F qualifying matches with Portugal and Azerbaijan in Moscow later this month.

    There is no place for Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak either with Lokomotiv Moscow's Maxim Grigoriev, 22, instead called up.

  64. 1403: 

    Nicolas Colsaerts on the European team celebrations:

    "I was the last man standing so I haven't lost it. Poulter didn't have a chance. His performance took a lot out of him!"


    Yaya Toure thinks Manchester City can win the Champions League this season but do you? Can Chelsea retain their crown? What do you think are the chances of the other English teams? Or will it be a case of Barcelona or Real Madrid going all the way?

    Let us know your thoughts on the Champions League at #bbcsportsday..

  66. 1406: 

    Nathaniel, the leading British challenger for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, is out of the race. Trainer John Gosden told the Racing Post newspaper the four-year-old colt had a high temperature this morning. His absence follows that of last year's winner Danedream, because of a quarantine issue in Cologne, Germany, where she is trained.

  67. 1407: 

    Domenico Di Carlo became the second coaching victim of the Serie A season on Tuesday when he was fired by Chievo and immediately replaced by Eugenio Corini.

    After winning their opening game of the season, Chievo have lost five in a row and were hammered 4-1 by previously winless Palermo on Sunday.

  68. 1410: 

    Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck is back in competition after four months out with a fractured pelvis.

    "I'm still in pain but I refuse to quit," said Schleck ahead of the Binche-Tournai-Binche race in Belgium, where he was taking part after four months out of the saddle.

  69. 1411: 

    Julian Dollar, general manager of Newsells Park Stud which part-owns Nathaniel, was cursing bad luck after the colt was ruled out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. "I'm using every profanity I know right now, plus a few I've just invented," he said.

  70. 1412: 

    Northamptonshire duo David Murphy and Con de Lange have signed extended deals with the county.

    South African De Lange has proved himself an adept limited-overs bowler since arriving in the winter, while wicketkeeper Murphy was recently called up by Scotland following some impressive outings.

  71. 1413: 

    Australia have reached the World T20 semi-finals by moving past 112 runs in the final over against Pakistan.

  72. 1417: 

    Pakistan beat Australia by 32 runs and also look set to qualify for the World T20 semi-finals, with South Africa eliminated.


    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "I think our English contingent will go deep in the Champions League this season. Very much (more of) a possibility than in recent years."

    Let us know what you think about the Premier League sides' Champions League chances at #bbcsportsday. Do you think City can qualify for the knock-out phase for the first time and go all the way?

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder about 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch tonight from 19:00 BST. After a round-up of all today's sports news we preview tonight's Champions League fixtures, with live commentary to follow on Manchester United's match in Romania against CFR Cluj and updates from Chelsea's visit to Nordsjaelland.

    We also have reporters at the Championship games between Bolton-Leeds, Cardiff-Birmingham, Wolves-Crystal Palace and Brighton-Ipswich, the latter available as a live commentary on 5 live sports extra from 19:30 BST.

  75. 1423: 

    Former Brazil striker Adriano has returned to training with Flamengo.

    The 30-year-old former Inter forward joined his teammates on Tuesday, a day after he received his third warning for missing a training session and said he had doubts about whether he wanted to keep playing football professionally.

  76. 1424: 

    Head to our live text commentary for all the reaction you need to Pakistan's win over Australia, which is likely to be enough for both teams to progress to the last four.


    Michael Long on Twitter: "Can lightning strike twice? Chelsea to retain CL crown!"

    Chris Brown on Twitter: "Gooners to win Champions League this year. By the way, pay no attention to me, I've said it every year for the last 15 years."

    Sir Alex Ferguson is set to field strong teams throughout the group stage and Yaya Toure thinks City can win the Champions League in just their second attempt. Can Chelsea retain the trophy and can Arsenal finally do the business? Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1433: 

    Joey Barton believes he is ready to make his mark at Marseille after settling into French life.

    "I thought that integration would be more difficult in French football, the French culture and way of life, but it was facilitated by the club," he told the Marseille's official website.

    "The staff and players have been incredibly welcoming. It's like a family. Everyone helps everyone, people talk, say hello, are kind and friendly. Many clubs are not like that. Where I come from, there are many clubs where the players and the staff are separated from the rest."

  79. 1436: 

    Micky Higham and Kevin Sinfield will meet in Saturday's Grand Final, more than two decades after they played against each other as juniors.

    "My first game against Kev was probably at under-eights or under-10s," Higham told BBC Radio Merseyside "He had everything as a kid. He had the attitude, the skills, he could kick and he was a big lad as well."

  80. 1441: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein has been looking at why Manchester City should fear Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.


    Niklas Lanwehr on Twitter: "Bayern top favourites to me. They should have won last year and improved their squad with Martinez, Shaqiri, Mandzukic and Dante."

    Wayne Booker on Twitter: "I think the English teams will do well in CL. I fancy Real Madrid to win it, beating Chelsea in the final."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  82. 1443: 

    Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro says his new-look side still have plenty to improve upon despite two wins from their opening two BBL fixtures.

    Paternostro told BBC Radio Leicester: "We're battling a little bit of inconsistency.

    "But we've been fortunate in that when we have been great, we have been able to give ourselves some distance."


    Michael Curley on Twitter: "Celtic to win the CL!"

    Rory Wheble on Twitter: "People are ignoring Chelsea's consistent quality performers this year, such as Hazard. Speaking of Arsenal - no CL chance."

    Andy Nolan on Twitter: "Real Madrid v Barcelona final. Man City will get the furthest of the British sides."

    Give us your thoughts on the Champions League at #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1446: 

    Wakefield have completed the signing of goalkicking stand-off Paul Sykes from Bradford.

    The 31-year-old amassed 155 points in 22 matches for the Wildcats after joining them on loan from the Bulls in March and has now signed a contract for 2013.

  85. 1450: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to make amends for Saturday's defeat to Chelsea when the Gunners take on Olympiakos in the Champions League tomorrow.

    "The players are focused and disappointed that we lost the game," the Arsenal manager said today. "They are still down of course, but we have a Champions League game in front of us at home and we want to put things right.

    "I believe the championship is long, but we have to make sure the Champions League is long as well. It is about how we respond."

  86. 1451: 

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and put India in to bat in the last Super Eights match of the World Twenty20.

  87. 1454: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was guarded when discussing midfielder, Jack Wilshere, who came through his first match in 14 months yesterday.

    "He came through it all right," Wenger said. "There was no reaction. We are pleased but it is now down to taking the right time to ease him slowly back.

    "We are all very happy, and he especially must be exceptionally happy, but he has been out for 14 months."


    Robert Haggerty on Twitter: "Celtic to scrape through the group with a couple of massive CL nights at Parkhead."

    Celtic had a steady start but can they really qualify? Let us know your thoughts on the Champions League at #bbcsportsday.

  89. 1459: 

    The Stobart Super League Grand Final between Warrington and Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday will be refereed by Mirfield's Richard Silverwood, who was also in charge of this year's Challenge Cup final between the same teams.

  90. 1502: 

    Spain have vowed to use all legal means available to block Gibraltar's bid to join UEFA, after European football's governing body granted provisional entry for the contested British territory.

    "We are going to exhaust all legal means," Spanish culture and sports minister Jose Ignacio Wert said on Telemadrid television. "We are reasonably optimistic that this provisional membership will not become definitive."

  91. 1506: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini feels his team must improve quickly if they are to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds but believes they do have it in them to go on and win the competition.

    Mancini said: "Like we have improved (over the years) in the Premier League, we need time to improve in the Champions League, but we don't have a lot of time - only five more games, and we need to improve quickly.

    "I hope I can improve my record in the Champions League, and I think we have arrived at the time where we can win the Champions League."


    Paul Odusi on Twitter: "People are forgetting Juventus. They will win the CL unbeaten."

    After failing to get out of the group for just the third time in Manchester United's history, Sir Alex Ferguson is selecting full-strength sides from the start of this season's competition. Can they reach a fourth final in six years?

    Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  93. 1510: 

    Ricardo Vaz Te insists West Ham's fine start to the season will mean nothing unless Sam Allardyce's side maintain their form.

    "It is a great start but we just have to keep it going. I mean, we haven't achieved anything," Vaz Te said. "We have to make sure our objectives are reached and we have to make sure we don't get carried away."


    Shrek Mutwol on Twitter: "Manchester United all the way to the finals: Experience and tradition count. Fergie's retirement gift."

    Alex Lawson on Twitter: "Celtic won't make it out the group stages. None of the English sides to make the semis."

    Positive stuff from Mr Lawson. Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  95. 1520: 

    Check out our column with London 2012 taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones, who discusses how life has changed since the Olympics.

  96. 1524: 

    Andy Carroll admits he had been "dying to get back" after his surprise return from a hamstring injury in West Ham's win at QPR.

    Carroll told West Ham TV: "I have been dying to get back. I was devastated when I got injured, but I've worked hard and I've been in the gym every day.

    "As soon as I stopped feeling the hamstring a week or two ago, I wanted to get back on the pitch, but they wouldn't let me because they told me it wasn't right. I've had to keep working on it and I've got it right. I'm absolutely fine."


    Dominic Crimmings on Twitter: "I think Man Utd will do well. Along with Robin van Persie, CL experience and not making same mistakes as last year they could go a long way."

    Chibuzor Czar on Twitter: "So because Arsenal lost to Chelsea everyone is now writing them off? Arsenal will go the furthest of all English teams."

    Conor Garrett on Twitter: "I think Celtic can definitely get a result in Moscow."

    Do you agree? And if not, why not? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  98. 1528: 

    Newly-crowned Man of Steel Sam Tomkins is determined to shake off a knee injury to play in England's autumn internationals.

    "I'm proud to play for my country and I'll jump at any opportunity," Tomkins said. "In our sport you don't get to represent your country that many times so you can't afford to miss opportunities like this.

    "We're building as an international side. We've got a World Cup next year that we want to win and we've got to have the best preparation possible. The games against Wales and France are a vital part of that."

  99. 1531: 

    South Africa has secured the hosting rights to golf's new, £5.2m Tournament of Hope for 10 years. The event, announced in February and sanctioned by the world's leading tours, will have a prize fund second only to the Players Championship, which offers £5.9m.

    The tournament had been moved forward a week from the date originally planned and would be held from 21-24 November next year on a course yet to be determined.

  100. 1533: 

    India are 45-3 against South Africa. Do not forget you can follow all of the action on our live text commentary.


    Ben Bronx on Twitter: "No foreign team looks dominant. Every chance for English teams to go a long way."

    Mark on Twitter: "Chelsea were lucky last year and there are better teams on the continent than the British ones!"

    Patrick Holland on Twitter: "Can't see an English team winning it this year. Real Madrid with Mourinho will do it."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Just to remind you that live commentary of the ICC World Twenty20 match between South Africa and India is on 5 live sports extra now.

  103. 1541: 

    Bobby Zamora has claimed "the vast majority" of Fulham's squad do not get on with Martin Jol, suggesting that was partly behind the exodus of players from the club.

    Asked by the Evening Standard whether he felt the trend of high-profile exits was due to an issue in the squad, Zamora said: "Yes. I left because I didn't see eye to eye with Martin Jol.

    "I think that is the case with the vast majority of players there now. A lot of the lads aren't happy. But that's that. There were a few bits and pieces but we just didn't see eye to eye."

  104. 1545: 

    Boaz Myhill has been ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers with Scotland and Croatia.

    The 29-year-old has had minor surgery on a thumb injury and will not be fit to face the Scots at home on 12 October or Croatia away four days later.


    Thomas Ross on Twitter: "Any person who thinks a English team won't make it to the CL semis is deluded about football, just look at the last 10 years."

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "If France goes through with this 75% tax, no footballer is going to want to go/stay there. Even PSG will be pushed for players."

    John McNeil on Twitter: "I am slowly growing in confidence regarding Celtic's chances in Moscow tonight, think we might just sneak a result."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  106. 1549: 

    Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has retired from all football, according to reports in the German media on Tuesday.

    Having turned 36 at the end of last month, Ballack has been without a team after his two-year deal at Bayer Leverkusen expired in May.

  107. 1558: 

    Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson insists club football remains his main focus as questions over his international future begin to mount.

    "To be honest I'm just concentrating on my club football, that's my bread and butter," he said. "I think I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I'm just focused on the here and now and the next game and that's tomorrow with Olympiakos."

  108. 1601: 

    Sean Morrison has penned a contract extension with Reading to keep him at the club until 2016.

    The 21-year-old defender arrived at the Madejski Stadium from Swindon in January 2011 and spent a successful loan spell with Huddersfield last season.


    Dan Butler on Twitter: "People seem to be forgetting about PSG as potential CL winners, they've invested enough money to win it."

    Andrew McFarlane on Twitter: "Barca, Madrid and Bayern are favourites but in a knock out competition it means nothing. Chelsea/ United for me."

    Fahad Khan on Twitter: "Teams calling Chelsea lucky still have not learned their lesson. Just ask Napoli, Benfica, Barca and Bayern - and now Arsenal."

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

  110. 1610: 

    London Wasps prop Tim Payne has been suspended for two weeks after pleading guilty to a charge of striking with the knee during the Aviva Premiership match at Northampton Saints on 28 September.

    Payne was cited for striking Vasily Artemyev following a report from RFU citing officer Shaun Gallagher. His suspension runs out on 16 October.

  111. 1613: 

    Manager Craig Levein described Steven Fletcher's dramatic return to the Scotland fold as "a no-brainer" after the player indicated his desire to end his international exile.

    Levein said: "I got a text saying he was willing to have a chat about it so I called him last night and, as he said to that person, he was desperate to come back and play.

    "For me, then, it's a no-brainer. This was the right thing for Scotland and for our chances of winning the next match. That's why I did it."

  112. 1614: 

    Scotland manager Craig Levein admits his stand off with striker Steven Fletcher was helping no-one.

    "His willingness to come back and play, which I hadn't had indication of other than rumours - that was hugely important," Levein said. "And the fact is, the longer I thought about it, I thought we were in a situation where nobody was winning.

    "So I bit the bullet, phoned him and had a chat and everything is resolved."


    Tom Bailey on Twitter: "Such a shame about Ballack. Always thought he could have had a few more years at Chelsea."

    Rob on Twitter: "Bobby Zamora clearly upset Jol thought he wasn't good enough. Zamora or Berbatov, tough choice, not."

    Mr LoIE on Twitter: "Perhaps Bobby Z might regret not getting on with Martin Jol when he's playing championship football next season."

  114. 1622: 

    Bolton winger Martin Petrov has been left out of the Bulgaria squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and the Czech Republic.


    Zanussi on Twitter: "Why do people think Man U will do well? They seem to be struggling in the league and face better quality in Europe."

    Eze Onyedika "I think a British team can go all the way and win the Champions League. Chelsea, Cit and United can do it."

    Do you agree? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  116. 1628: 

    The teams are in for Celtic's match against Spartak Moscow.

    Spartak Moscow: Pesiakov, Makeev, Insaurralde, Pareja, Dmitri Kombarov, Ari, Kallstrom, Rafael Carioca, De Zeeuw, McGeady, Emenike.

    Celtic: Forster, Ambrose, Wilson, Wanyama, Izaguirre, Lustig, Brown, Commons, Mulgrew, Samaras, Hooper.

  117. 1631: 

    India have finished their innings on 152-5 against South Africa. You can keep up with all of the action on our live text commentary.

  118. 1635: 

    Former Scotland manager George Burley believes the return of Steven Fletcher will be a major boost for the country.

    "I think it is great for Scotland as Steven is one of our top strikers," Burley told BBC Radio 5 live. "The last three years he has shown he is one of the top strikers in the English Premier League. He is a player Scotland needed badly.

    "I had no problems with him when I was Scotland manager. At the moment, things are looking difficult for Scotland to qualify [for the 2014 World Cup] and we need players like Steven."

  119. 1640: 

    Celtic kick off in the Luzhniki Stadium at 1700 BST and our live text commentary is already up and running.


    Sam Lloyd on Twitter: "Chelsea retain the CL. Better squad than last year and experience of winning it."

    Gideon Koech on Twitter: "If United are to win the CL, Fergie should let go of the old and embrace the new in midfield."

    Do you disagree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  121. 1649: 

    Wicketkeeper Ben Scott has retired from professional cricket after being released by Worcestershire.

    The 31-year-old arrived at New Road on loan from previous employers Middlesex in 2010 and went on to make 33 first-class appearances for the Pears.

  122. 1655: 

    Rafa Nadal is scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in December.

    The world number four has not played since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June and has been suffering from a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation of the left knee.

  123. 1704: 

    The Football Association rescind the red card given to Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez in Saturday's defeat to Sunderland.

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says: "It does not bring back the time lost when Jordi had to leave the field but I am delighted that we can draw a line under this incident and that Jordi is available for us Saturday."

  124. 1712: 

    Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman is facing a suspension after failing a doping test during his stint with Somerset.

    The left-arm spinner was left out of Pakistan's ICC World Twenty20 campaign, but remains a member of their Test and one-day squads.

  125. 1715: 

    Celtic take the lead against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League following a sharp finish from striker Gary Hooper. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Scotland website.


    Anthony Horn on Twitter: "Chelsea and City to reach semi finals of Champions League, Madrid to win it, Man U out in the last-16 to a better continental midfield!"

    Who do you think will win the Champions League? Let us know your thoughts by using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  127. 1722: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports that representatives of former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are expressing an interest in the vacant manager's position at Blackburn Rovers.

    Solskjaer won the Norwegian league title in his first full season with Molde and his contract expires in 2014.

  128. 1731: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "70.5% - Only Vidic (73.7%), Ferreira (71.9%) & Makelele (70.8%) have a better win % (100+ games) than Michael Ballack in PL history."

    Reports in the German media say ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is to retire from football.

  129. 1742: 

    Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy becomes the first cyclist to ride in the new Glasgow velodrome which bears his name.

    Sir Chris tweets: "Brilliant to be riding on the boards today in Glasgow at the new velodrome. A world class facility, it'll be massive for cycling in Scotland!"

  130. 1750: 

    India must limit South Africa to 121 to reach the next stage of the World Twenty20. After 14 overs, it is not looking good for Duncan Fletcher's side as the Proteas are 104-4. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and listen to the action on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.


    Toby Warner on Twitter: "Arsenal to surprise a few with Wilshere leading us to victory."

    Who do you think will win the Champions League? Let us know by using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  132. 1758: 

    England spinner Samit Patel signs a new three-year contract at Nottinghamshire.

    "We fully expect he will spend some time with England but we are definitely a better side when he's around," Notts director of cricket Mick Newell says.

  133. 1805: 

    Felipe Massa intends to finish the season with Ferrari without "worrying" if he has a future with the Italian team, after reports link Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta with his position.

    "Of course my future is important, but right now it's the results that are the most important thing," said Massa ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

    "The best plan is to race without worrying about the future."

  134. 1810: 

    A gloved single from Robin Peterson puts South Africa past the 121-run mark they need to eliminate India from the World Twenty20. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and listen to the action on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  135. 1817: 

    Celtic go 2-1 down against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League thanks to a brace from Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Scotland website.

  136. 1823: 

    BBC Sport's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "It looks increasingly likely that Epsom Derby winner Camelot will line up in Flat racing's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris on Sunday.

    "His trainer Aidan O'Brien has said he's 'looking ahead very strongly' to the colt joining stablemate St Nicholas Abbey in the race from which Nathaniel became the latest big name non-runner today."


    Shayan Eshraghi on Twitter: "All this talk of Chelsea getting to the end of the Champions League again, serious flukes don't happen twice."

    Chikaodinaka Bernard on Twitter: "Teams calling Chelsea lucky still have not learned their lesson. Just ask Napoli, Benfica, Barca and Bayern - and now Arsenal."

    Who do you think will win the Champions League? Let us know by using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  138. 1835: 

    Swimmer Rebecca Adlington tells BBC Sport "we'll have to see" when asked whether she will take part in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

    Adlington, who won two bronze medals at London 2012, says her future in the sport is tied to coach Bill Furniss, who has been linked with the British Swimming head coach role vacated by Dennis Pursley.

    She says: "If I was going to carry on I would only want to be coached by Bill.

    "We need to sit down, see whether he thinks I have more in me and what he wants to do as a coach."

  139. 1839: 

    India beat South Africa by one run in their Super Eight match but go out of the World Twenty20 competition on net run-rate. That means the semi-final line-up looks like this: Sri Lanka v Pakistan in Colombo on Thursday and West Indies v Australia in Colombo on Friday.


    The live text commentary on the BBC Sport website for the evening's Champions League action is up-and-running. Holders Chelsea face a trip to Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland, and Manchester United are playing in Transylvania against Romanian side CFR Cluj.

  141. 1848: 

    Northampton Saints hope England forward Dylan Hartley will return from a hairline fracture of his right eye socket within two weeks.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget to join Mark Pougatch for 5 live Sport at 19:00 BST. Senior football reporter Ian Dennis is your commentator for Manchester United's Champions League match in Romania against CFR Cluj, while David Oates is in Denmark to bring you updates as Chelsea face Nordsjaelland.

    We also have reporters at the Championship matches between Cardiff-Birmingham, Wolves-Crystal Palace, Bolton-Leeds and Brighton-Ipswich, the latter available as a live commentary from 19:30 BST on 5 live sports extra, which you can access on the website, on freesat and Freeview TV and DAB digital radio.

  143. 1855: 

    Talking about his retirement from football, former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says: "The last few months without playing football have shown me that the time had come to give it up.

    "I am now looking forward to the next chapter in my life and would like to thank my family and all the amazing people who have supported me, pushed me and accompanied me.

    "They have made a major contribution to my success."

  144. 1900: 

    That is it for Sportsday live, but there are plenty of other things going on tonight on the BBC. The live text updates service on the BBC Sport website for the evening's Champions League action features Chelsea's trip to Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland and Manchester United's game in Transylvania against Romanian side CFR Cluj.

    BBC Radio 5 live are also present at both matches, while reporters are stationed for the Championship matches between Cardiff-Birmingham, Wolves-Crystal Palace, Bolton-Leeds and Brighton-Ipswich, the latter available as a live commentary from 19:30 BST on 5 live sports extra, which you can access on the website, on freesat and Freeview TV and DAB digital radio.

    Sportsday live will be back at 08:00 BST tomorrow for the usual updates of the latest sports news.

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