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3 October 2012 Last updated at 18:44

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  1. 1845: 

    That is it for another canter through the day's sports news via Sportsday Live. We will return tomorrow, but in the meantime enjoy coverage of all this evening's footballing action via BBC Sport's live text commentary, courtesy of Mr Phil Dawkes.

    Thank you for all your contributions, and have a pleasant evening.

  2. 1844: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas does not understand why the Europa League is valued so poorly in England.

    "I respect the competition. I certainly think it is viewed as a punishment in England and I cannot understand why," said the Spurs boss, who won the competition when in charge of Portuguese side Porto.

    "It's full of tradition, particularly in England, so that's what surprises me even more."

  3. 1841: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says moves have been made to tie some of the club's youngsters to new deals.

    Teenagers Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom have broken into the first team this season, while other young players have also impressed.

    "It's [new contracts] something we'll look at between now and the next few months," said Rodgers.

    "There have been discussions with the club and with representatives, but it's at an early stage."

  4. 1836: 

    The Special Olympics GB 2013 National Summer Games will be held in Bath.

    The National Summer Games take place every four years, and 1,700 athletes will compete in the event between 28 August and 1 September 2013.

    "This will require a large amount of assistance and energy from the local population," Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB's CEO, said.

    The University of Bath will be the venue for the majority of the 12 sports which make up the event.

  5. 1829: 

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  6. 1826: 

    Clubs who exploit "back-door funding" should be expelled from European competition, says Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

    Uefa's new Financial Fair Play rules apply from the start of next season.

    On Wednesday Dortmund face Manchester City, who have been transformed since 2008 by owner Sheikh Mansour's wealth.

    "Uefa must find the thin line between sponsorship and excessive back-door funding - they must show strength to expel big clubs," urged Watzke.

  7. 1820: 

    Paul Lawrie says he wants to play in the 2014 Ryder Cup - not captain Europe in the match against the United States in his home country at Gleneagles.

    "I don't see that in two years time I will be any less competitive than I am now. I would like to think that I would be even more competitive and a better player," said the 1999 Open winner.

    "I am certainly going to be in all the top events for the next little while, so if I keep the performances up that I have had I am going to have a fair chance of getting in that team.

    "To play in your home country in a Ryder Cup would be pretty special, so I will still be trying my hardest."

  8. 1813: 

    An equaliser for Zenit St Petersburg, who have come from two goals down at home to AC Milan. Roman Shirokov converts and there are 40 minutes remaining.

  9. 1810: 

    Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye admits he is yet to replicate the form he showed in his first year on Tyneside.

    The France international, who has not scored in 2012-13, joined up with Newcastle four weeks late having played for his country during Euro 2012.

    "My pre-season wasn't very good," Cabaye told BBC Newcastle.

    "I need to keep working, keep playing and to be fit, because if you're not fit in England, it's really hard."

  10. 1806: 

    Hollywood star Bill Murray does not take kindly to reporters asking him questions at the Dunhill Links pro-am at St Andrews.

    "These idiot interviews are going to stop now," he tells assembled journalists on the putting green.

    "It's going to spoil my golf day if I talk to another moron. What's with you guys?"

  11. 1753: 

    Hulk scores for Zenit St Petersburg right on the stroke of half-time. 1-2 to AC Milan now, and a wide open second half expected in the early Champions League match of the day.


    England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad tweets: "Jet lag advice: keep busy. So I'm off to The City Ground for the Blackburn game! I think we're gonna score four! Come on boys!"

  13. 1749: 

    Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell has ruled out the possibility of Harry Redknapp replacing Paul Groves as boss.

    Groves lost his job as Bournemouth manager on Wednesday after winning just one league game this season.

    Redknapp is currently working for the club as an advisor but Mitchell says he is not in the running for the job.

    "There is no truth that I have offered him the job," Mitchell told BBC South. "His future is a lot higher, we are a Division One club."

  14. 1743: 

    Sixteen rivals remain at the latest entry stage for what is expected to be the unbeaten Frankel's final race, the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

    Sir Henry Cecil's four-year-old, rated the best racehorse in the world, will seek his 14th straight victory.

    Epsom and Irish Derby winner Camelot is still entered but runs in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

    Last year's winner Cirrus Des Aigles and Nathaniel, who has been ruled out of the Arc, are among potential rivals.

  15. 1737: 

    Carl Frampton's promoter Eddie Hearn appears to have ruled out any prospect of the Belfast fighter finally getting into the ring with Kiko Martinez.

    Frampton has been scheduled to fight European champion Martinez on two previous occasions only for the Spaniard to pull out because of injury.

    "It's difficult to build someone's career against somebody who is so unreliable," said Hearn.

    "There are a couple of other interesting fights out there."

  16. 1731: 

    Former England captain Alec Stewart writes in his BBC Sport column that England must learn from the Kevin Pietersen saga:

    "Whatever people may think of him as a person, and whatever they may believe or not believe about what has or hasn't happened, no-one can dispute that England are a better team with Pietersen in it.

    "The past few weeks have been ugly and unnecessary and have not done anyone any favours. Pietersen will and should take the majority of the blame, but at the same time the dressing room and the hierarchy need to ask themselves why it was allowed to get to this.

    "English cricket should learn a lesson from this sorry saga and ensure that nothing like this ever happens again."

  17. 1726: 

    Nottingham Panthers forward David Ling says he is still settling in despite hitting a hat-trick as his new side earned a 4-2 Elite League and Challenge Cup win over Cardiff Devils on Tuesday.

    Ling scored twice in the opening period and once in the third, with Matt Francis also on target.

    He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It was coming. I was getting the chances, but they weren't going in.

    "It was coming and it's nice to get the confidence rolling."

  18. 1721: 

    Minutes later AC Milan double their lead, Stephan El Shaarawi making it 2-0 in St Petersburg against Zenit.

  19. 1719: 

    In the early Champions League kick-off of the evening, AC Milan take the lead away to Zenit St Petersburg, and have Dutch winger Urby Emanuelson to thank for the goal: 1-0 to the Rossoneri.

  20. 1716: 

    Martin Kaymer, who holed the winning putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup on Sunday, hopes to continue his success in the Dunhill Links Championship starting on Thursday.

    "The first time I played in the Ryder Cup [in 2010] I came [to St Andrews] a week later and won the Dunhill Links, and it would be nice to do that again," Kaymer said.

    "After the wonderful ride and the journey last week it's time to focus on this week's tournament."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder about tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at 19:00 BST, which comes from the Etihad Stadium where we have live commentary on Manchester City's Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund. There are updates from Arsenal's game against Olympiakos at the Emirates and we also have reporters at the Championship fixtures between Middlesbrough-Derby and Nottingham Forest-Blackburn, the latter available as a live commentary on 5 live sports extra.

  22. 1702: 

    A new race in Texas has been confirmed on the MotoGP calendar for the weekend of 19-21 April 2013.

    The race will take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, which will host a Formula 1 race next month.

    Carmelo Ezpeleta, head of organisers Dorna, said: "We are excited to bring our series to an exceptional new facility in Texas."

    The announcement leaves just another proposed new race in Argentina to be confirmed on 14 April.

  23. 1654: 

    Stuart Pearce reveals Raheem Sterling was close to a full international call-up later this month.

    Pearce opted to select the 17-year-old Liverpool winger for the Under-21 play-offs against Serbia instead following lengthy discussions with Roy Hodgson.

    "Roy Hodgson and I have had a long conversation, last night being the last time, and he is more than aware of the under-21s' key players," says Pearce. "What's certain is the players are at the centre of the decisions both Roy and I make."

  24. 1644: 

    Brendan Rodgers reveals the club has opened talks with Suso and Raheem Sterling over new contracts, report BBC Radio Merseyside.

  25. 1642: 

    Hosts Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in the World Twenty20 semi-finals on Thursday with captain Mahela Jayawardene desperate to claim his country's first trophy since the 1996 World Cup.

    "Yes, we haven't won any of those - and it's a bit of a disappointment," says Jayawardene. "But we have to be in those big tournaments, and if we keep getting there we will win.

    "Still we are two games away from getting to that title. We are extremely proud to be a part of a group that has been consistent throughout the tournament."

  26. 1639: 

    Steven Gerrard insists he will never give up hope of winning the Premier League title with Liverpool.

    "I'm not really one who looks back, I look forward, and I am never going to give up fighting for the title," he says. "But I'm realistic about where the team is at the moment and how much hard work and improvement needs to be done if we are to compete for it.

    "Have I got the time on my side? No. Is it impossible? No. Let's just see how the next two or three years go.

    "I know I am good enough to play in a side to win the league and I know I am a good enough player to win the league but sometimes stuff is out of your control."

  27. 1632: 

    Peter Ridsdale insists his role at Preston will not be affected despite being banned from holding any company directorships for seven and a half years.

    "I can confirm that I have agreed a voluntary undertaking not to act as a company director as a result of ongoing issues with a personal matter which occurred in 2009," he says.

    "I am currently undertaking a role of 'Chairman of Football' at Preston North End but am not a director nor at any time have I sought to be one."

  28. 1625: 

    Paul Lawrie reveals being heckled by the American crowd during last week's Ryder Cup win made the victory sweeter.

    "It's pretty tough when someone is screaming and blowing in your ear that you're a loser, but there's not much you can do," he says. "It makes it all the more satisfying on Sunday night when you're standing there with the Ryder Cup in front of you and they are not. I think it helps us, to be fair."


    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "If KP doesn't get picked for India because of "reintegration", what the hell is the point? A four month contract to not pick him?"

    R&K Robinson on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp returns to Bournemouth in September. Manager Paul Groves gets the sack today. Coincidence?"

    Rob on Twitter: "KP is a once in generation player, he has to play. The bores that don't like him obviously don't like entertaining cricket."


  30. 1615: 

    Raheem Sterling will have to wait for a first senior call-up as he is named in Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad for their play-off double header with Serbia. The 17-year-old has impressed for Liverpool and had interested Roy Hodgson.

    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend and Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell are also in the 26-man squad.


    Ben Amos (Hull City - loan from Manchester United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)


    Ryan Bennett (Norwich City), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Lees (Leeds United), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Danny Rose (Sunderland - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)


    Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough - loan from Chelsea), Nick Powell (Manchester United), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)


    Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool - loan from Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Wickham (Sunderland)

  31. 1612: 

    Charlton chairman Michael Slater lodges a formal complaint relating to the conduct of Spanish police after revealing he was knocked unconscious prior to last month's Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City.

    "I can confirm that I was assaulted by at least one police officer in Spain without any provocation at all," Slater, a Manchester City supporter, tells the Charlton Official Website.

    "I have been in contact with the FA, and I am expecting them to take the matter up formally with UEFA."

  32. 1609: 

    Frenchman Sebastien Loeb is using retirement from his home race in 2011 as extra motivation to win the Rallye de France-Alsace this year and could win a record ninth world title if he does so.

    "Like the fans who turned out to support me, I was disappointed to retire last year, but that kind of thing is also part and parcel of racing," he tells the team's

    "I feel that there is some sort of revenge to take."

  33. 1601: 

    Midfielder Yohan Cabaye urges Newcastle to use the Europa League as a stepping stone towards more success just like he did at Lille.

    "With Lille, we played for three or four years in the Europa League, and I think that competition helped us to win the French title and the French cup," he says ahead of the Magpies' match with Bordeaux on Thursday.

    "It's important to play 100% in this competition to get more experience for the future.

    "Now we have got the Europa League, so we have to play to win the game because we are playing at home."

  34. 1552: 

    Italian finance police raid Serie A club Napoli's head offices, taking away a number of documents in an investigation into possible foul play.

  35. 1545: 

    Valtteri Bottas is aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow Finnish countrymen Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen as the Williams test driver continues to impress.

    "I want to be the world champion some day," says the 23-year-old.

  36. 1531: 

    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismisses speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at Blackburn. Solskjaer, 39, is currently managing of Norwegian champions Molde.

    "It's the same as always - speculation," he says. "We have gone up this path before and it is only speculation.

    "It will happen when it happens, that I have to pick up the phone to (Molde owner) Kjell Inge Rokke regarding a job offer, but I have not spoken to Blackburn as yet. I can not say any more about Blackburn now."

  37. 1519: 

    Paul Lawrie wants to captain the European team in the Ryder Cup one day but not in the 2014 event.

    "I think the captain will be picked around February so by then I believe I will still be roughly where I am in the world rankings so I can't see them picking me as captain, and to be honest I'd rather play and give myself a chance of getting on the team," he says.

  38. 1510: 

    McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh does not believe Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes will give him a major performance advantage when new engine regulations are introduced in 2014.

    "Lewis knows that we are strong team if you measure us over the short, medium or long-term," says Whitmarsh.

    Hamilton worked with Ross Brawn, who helped designed the Mercedes car, prior to 2010.

  39. 1506: 

    Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare after Tuesday's 4-0 win in Nordsjaelland.

    "It is important now that, our next couple of games, we try and get wins again and then we will have that foot into the next stage," he says.

  40. 1505: 

    Patrice Evra wants Manchester United fans to remember they have Wayne Rooney as well as Robin van Persie up-front.

    "Robin's an amazing player and that's good but people mustn't forget what Wayne Rooney has done for this club," says Evra. "He's a big, massive player and looked really sharp last night.

    "When someone new comes, everyone is excited and forgets the old things. But Wazza will show it to everyone."

  41. 1501: 

    Novak Djokovic reaches the China Open quarter-finals after beating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-1, 6-3.

  42. 1500: 

    Ravi Bopara is the latest name to sign a new one-year contract with Essex, despite a poor season. Bopara has just returned from a disappointing World Twenty20.

    "It has been a tough summer for Ravi but we want to keep him at Essex for as long as we can because of the ability he possesses," says coach Paul Grayson. "He is able to give some massive performances for Essex next season and I'm delighted he has signed a new contract."

  43. 1458: 

    MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner confirms he will return from injury at the Japanese Grand Prix on 14 October. Stoner has missed the last three races after breaking his right ankle in a crash during qualifying at Indianapolis in August.

  44. 1457: 

    Burnley youngster Jack Errington will not play again this season after learning he faces surgery to correct a heart problem. The 17-year-old defender was found to have an enlarged aorta during routine heart screening and further tests confirm he will require an operation to safeguard his future well-being.

  45. 1448: 

    Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello, 26, is given a suspended 22-month prison sentence after admitting he deliberately scored an own goal to help local rivals Lecce avoid relegation from Serie A in May last year.

  46. 1446: 

    Castleford chief executive Steve Ferres is urging fans to attend "one of the most important events in their 86-year history" to detail the challenges the club are facing.

    "There isn't any doubt that the club is in a precarious position and one that cannot be resolved quickly or easily," he says. "It is now time to be honest with the fans."


    More from you on the Kevin Pietersen saga, via #bbcsportsday.

    Asim Zaman on Twitter: "What was all this fuss about KP then, if no derogatory texts..."

    Spencer Murphy on Twitter: "On a serious note, we all know KP was a naughty boy. However, the hierarchy forgave him. Please now get over it England fans!"

    Gethin Stone on Twitter: "Pietersen takes England from being a good team to a great one, no other batsman in the team with more experience or ability."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    Via Twitter: "ECB will claim overwhelming win. No IPL/Test clash. Available for ODI and T20. Short term contract to ensure KP works hard at team ethic."

  49. 1419: 

    Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke wants clubs that exploit "back-door funding" to be expelled from European competition. Watzke wants sponsorship deals investigated to ensure all clubs conform to the incoming financial fair play guidelines of European governing body Uefa. Dormund play Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

  50. 1416: 

    Preston chairman Peter Ridsdale is banned from acting as a company director for seven-and-a-half years, due to his conduct as a director of WH Sports Group Limited, according to a report on the Cabinet Office website. Ridsdale was previously chairman at Leeds United, Barnsley and Cardiff City.

  51. 1407: 

    Former England captain Bob Willis is surprised the ECB have accepted that Kevin Pietersen did not send derogatory texts about Andrew Strauss to AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn.

    "I find it flabbergasting that Pietersen can convince the ECB that he didn't say anything derogatory about the England captain," he tells Sky Sports News. "What on earth was all the fuss about? These texts were called "provocative" by the ECB. So if they're provocative there must have been some criticism of somebody."

  52. 1402: 

    Former England captain Faye White gives birth to her first child, an 8lbs boy called Lukas.

    "I'm really happy for her and (White's fiance) Keith. Faye had a fantastic England career and this is an exciting new chapter in her life. I know she will be a brilliant mum," says women's coach Hope Powell.

  53. 1357: 

    Frankie Dettori is delighted at the prospect of riding Camelot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.

    "What an opportunity and honour to be asked to ride the Guineas and Derby winner in the Arc - a couple of the main horses haven't made the race, so he's right there at the top of the betting. I've ridden in 25 Arcs in a row, which is a pretty good record, so I'm looking forward to it and am pretty excited. The Arc will be his absolute cup of tea," the jockey tells Racing UK.

  54. 1350: 

    Anton Ferdinand thanks QPR fans for their support during the recent Premier League match against Chelsea at Loftus Road.

    Ferdinand faced John Terry for the first time on a football field since the former England captain was cleared by Westminster Magistrates' Court of racially abusing the QPR defender during a match at Loftus Road in October 2011. "The club on the whole, the lads and all the fans have given me incredible support. The backing I've been given is something I will never forget," says Ferdinand.


    Sharkastic via Twitter: "This Pietersen saga has been going on for longer than a Test match. Typical cricket."

    Annie Avri via Twitter: "Oh, they handled it? Is that what it's called? Back in the day I thought it was called bottling it."

    Stuart Mitchell via Twitter: "Four months to reintegrate KP? Can't they just have an England team 'Come Dine With Me' instead?"

  56. 1337: 

    McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton refuses to discuss his high-profile move to Mercedes next year at a sponsor's event before this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

    He does tell the event in Tokyo that he is looking forward to racing at the figure-of-eight Suzuka track on Sunday: "It's one of the real racers' circuits. It's a track that I have not won on before so I'll try to get that win."

  57. 1327: 

    Seven Essex players sign new contracts with the club, including all-rounder Graham Napier, batsman Mark Pettini and fast bowler Maurice Chambers.

    "Successful teams flow in cycles and we now have an amazing crop of talented youngsters maturing together. I believe they provide the platform for us to achieve many honours in the years to come," chief executive David East says.

  58. 1319: 

    South African Ernie Els admits that the Presidents Cup is behind the Ryder Cup in terms of prestige and interest. The Presidents Cup is a team tournament between the United States and international golfers outside of Europe.

    "I think even non-golfers watch the Ryder Cup - it's really on a very different platform than the Presidents Cup at the moment," he says.

  59. 1313: 

    Bournemouth part company with manager Paul Groves and assistant Shaun Brooks. The south-coast club have won just one of their 10 league games this season.


    Mark Costin via Twitter: "Did Pietersen add 'honest guv' at the end of his sentence about not saying anything derogatory in the deleted texts?"

    Gavin Harris via Twitter: "Answer to the Pietersen saga is easy. Give the rest of the squad his mobile number and let them text their 'thoughts' to him."

    Ian Blake via Twitter: "Can we go back in time a couple weeks and reintegrate him into the T20 team?"

    Let us know your thoughts on Kevin Pietersen's 'reintegration' via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  61. 1300: 

    Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says Tom Ince would feature regularly for England team if he was playing in the Premier League.

    "Lord knows what he could do with an England shirt on his back now. His end product is absolutely top, top drawer."

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    Via Twitter: "Reintegration is (not) a word I thought I would ever hear around the England cricket team...."

  63. 1252: 

    Olympic gold medallist Peter Charles withdraws from this week's Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham after groin surgery.

    "I have to give my injury time to heal following surgery, which is going to require a few weeks' rest," he says.

  64. 1248: 

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer keeps faith with the same starting team for the meeting with newly-crowned Rugby Championships winners New Zealand in the final round.

    Centre Jaco Taute continues in the No. 13 jersey after making his debut in the 31-8 win over Australia in Pretoria. Prop Coenie Oosthuizen in on the replacements bench after recovering from a neck injury.

  65. 1242: 

    Andy Murray will face Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open after the Swiss number two beat France's Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (6-7) 7-5.

  66. 1234: 

    Barcelona say captain Carles Puyol will be out for eight weeks with an elbow injury suffered in the 2-0 Champions League Group G win against Benfica on Tuesday.

  67. 1229: 

    Somerset spinner Abdur Rehman receives a 12-week suspension from the England and Wales Cricket Board after testing positive for cannabis.


    Rav Sunda via Twitter: "ECB have bottled it and shown us that KP is bigger than the national team #jokers."

    Neil Marshall via Twitter: "Is KP's reintegration process like induction? He's got to sing karoke and spend half an hour in a cupboard with Boycott?"

    Bibhash Dash via Twitter: "ai ai ai...never before have I seen so many cricket updates on the Sportsday feed! Football must be feeling quite lonely today."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    Via Twitter: "In 35 years in cricket I have never heard of the need for a 'reintegration process'."

  70. 1215: 

    Should Kevin Pietersen be reintegrated back into the England cricket team, and should he play in the Test series in India? Have the ECB dealt with what Pietersen calls a "horrible situation" well? What does KP need to do to "reintegrate" himself?

    Let us know via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    Via Twitter: "So a 4 month plan to reintegrate KP to England team. Process to be overseen by Flower. Odds are KP will be in India. Commits till 2015."

  72. 1203: 

    ECB chairman Giles Clarke says England team director Andy Flower led the process of Kevin Pietersen's reintegration into the squad: "The England team director has himself determined the start of this process.

    "We would not be entering into this process if the England team director, the England team management and everyone at the ECB was not as fully committed to this process as Kevin is."

  73. 1158: 

    ECB chairman Giles Clarke: "Kevin has signed a contract with the ECB today which is a central contract. That central contract is for a period of time and that central contract on the completion of the reintegration programme will then be extended until the 30th September this coming year."

  74. 1152: 

    Kevin Pietersen apologises again for his behaviour, but reiterates that he did not share sensitive tactical information with the South African players: "I'd like to take this opportunity to apologise to my team-mates, all England supporters and the ECB for the situation that has arisen over the last couple of months.

    "Thankfully we have drawn a line under it and can move forward. Although it has been made clear in the statement, I'd like to make it clear that at no time did I share tactical information with any of the South Africans."

  75. 1147: 

    Kevin Pietersen on his hope of representing England in the future: "I am committed to completing the reintegration process we have agreed over the coming weeks and resuming my England career in all formats, hopefully until the World Cup in 2015, as long as my body allows.

    "I want my son growing up seeing me playing for England and I hope one day he will put an England shirt on himself."

  76. 1143: 

    US Open champion Andy Murray maintains his impressive form in the defence of his Japan Open title with a straight-set victory over Lukas Lacko.

    Murray, 25, needs 57 minutes to beat his Slovakian opponent 6-1 6-2. He will play Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.

  77. 1142: 

    ECB chairman Giles Clarke: "Kevin has signed a central contract today. Andy Flower will determine the progress of the reintegration process. It could be soon, it could be much later."

  78. 1139: 

    Kevin Pietersen: "It's been a horrible situation for all involved, but it is time to move forward. All being well I'll be back in an England shirt as soon as possible."

  79. 1133: 

    BBC Racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "The Epsom Derby winner Camelot has been confirmed as a definite runner in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Frankie Dettori riding."

    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match Special

    "Kevin Pietersen and Giles Clarke have arrived. Press conference live on BBC 5 live shortly."

  81. 1125: 

    A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the future of Kevin Pietersen: "ECB and Kevin Pietersen confirm that agreement has been reached concerning a process for his reintegration into the England team during the remainder of 2012. Upon completion of the programme, the England Selectors will consider Kevin for future matches.

    "Kevin Pietersen has apologised to Andrew Strauss and wishes to express to all those who support England his regrets at the impact the recent controversies have had on the England Team. He now wishes to put the events of the summer behind him and to focus on regaining his place in the England Team."

  82. 1122: 

    Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello reaches a plea bargain for a 22-month suspended sentence for match-fixing after admitting that he scored an own-goal to help Lecce stay in Serie A.

  83. 1114: 

    Andy Murray wins the first set of his round two match against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko at the Japan Open.The US Open champion takes the set 6-1 in just 25 minutes.

  84. 1108: 

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy: "It had been thought that Pietersen may be drafted back in to the squad for the Test series in India, but it's looking more likely that his return - when confirmed - would be for the T20 matches there.

    "Pietersen will be given the chance to state his case for a return to the England Test squad, when the players gather at a holding camp in the United Arab Emirates later this month."

  85. 1105: 

    Kevin Pietersen is due to appear at a news conference at 11:30 BST on Wednesday where his England future is expected to be outlined.

    The 32-year-old batsman was dropped for sending "provocative" text messages to opposing players during the Test series against South Africa.

  86. 1101: 

    Andy Murray has only been on court 17 minutes but the Scot is already 5-0 ahead in his round two match against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko at the Japan Open.

  87. 1059: 

    Kettering Town attracted the lowest crowd in the team's history last night.

    Thirty-four people attended their 2-0 win over Peterborough Northern Star in the Northants Hillier Senior Cup - a competition for local sides. The Poppies, who were relegated two divisions in the summer from the Blue Square Bet Premier to the Southern League Premier amid financial problems, have been attracting crowds of around 400 for league games.

  88. 1052: 

    Andy Murray races into a 3-0 lead in the first set of his round two match against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko at the Japan Open.

  89. 1050: 

    Adrian Morley says he intends to savour the experience of captaining Warrington Wolves in Saturday's Grand Final against former club Leeds Rhinos (1800 BST) as he approaches the end of his career.

    The 35-year-old will play on for the Wire next season but is aware his time at the top is nearly at an end. "Everyone enjoys them but I think I savour these occasions more because I am at the end of my career," he tells BBC North West Tonight. "I really will soak it up this week."

    Match coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Leeds; highlights on BBC Two on Sunday 17:00-18:00 BST; score updates on BBC Sport website.

  90. 1046:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at 1900 BST comes from the Etihad, where we have live commentary of Manchester City's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund from Mike Ingham, with Mark Lawrenson providing the summaries.

    Darren Fletcher is at the Emirates to bring you updates on Arsenal against Olympiakos and we also have reporters at the Championship matches between Middlesbrough-Derby and Nottingham Forest-Blackburn, the latter available as a live commentary on 5 live sports extra.

  91. 1036: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez fined £10,000 by Football Association after he admits a charge of misconduct in relation to media comments made after his side's game against Manchester United on 15 September.

    Martinez, who requested a personal hearing, is also warned as to his future conduct.

  92. 1034: 

    Andy Murray is about to start his round two game with Slovakia's Lukas Lacko at the Japan Open. Stay here for all the latest news.

  93. 1031: 

    Patrice Evra tells Manchester United's in-house television channel MUTV that's the team's habit of conceding first in games is a "bad habit".

    "We just need to be focused on trying to score first and making sure we control the game," says the full-back. "It's not a worry (conceding first) but I will say it's a bad habit."

    Looking ahead ot Sunday's game at Newcastle, Evra adds: "I think last year was a disaster at Newcastle. We played very badly and lost 3-0. This year it's going to be really important. We've already lost against Tottenham and have to react. We must have a big reaction against Newcastle but it's not an easy game."

  94. 1019: 

    Maria Sharapova eased into the last 16 at the China Open with a straight sets victory over Sorana Cirstea. The 25-year-old second seed beat the world number 29 6-2 6-2 to set up a meeting with Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

    Switzerland's Romina Oprandi beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-3 to reach the last eight.

    Ivanovic said: "I struggled to find my rhythm, especially on the forehand. The ball was coming without much pace. Unforced errors made a difference."

  95. 1017: 

    As news is awaited of whether Epsom Derby winner Camelot will run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, stablemate Imperial Monarch has been withdrawn by trainer Aidan O'Brien at the latest forfeit stage.

    Sixteen horses remain in Sunday's race at Longchamp. Camelot was due to have a gallop on Wednesday at his Ballydoyle training base in County Tipperary before a decision about his participation is made.


    Best football strike partnership in the world? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

    Gerald on Twitter: "Wayne & Robin? Nothing compares to the front of Barca. But let's see in the future."

    Edson Madeira on Twitter: "Perhaps not a strike partnership but the Podolski + Carzola partnership looks very good."

    Niken Patel on Twitter: "Rooney and RVP link up was good to see, but I doubt anyone will ever be able to emulate the partnership of Cole & Yorke."

  97. 1000: 

    There was jubilation in Belarus after underdogs BATE Borisov staged a second straight upset in the Champions League on Tuesday night, BBC Monitoring reports.

    "Europe is shocked!" said a headline on Belarusian sports website after the club defeated last year's runners-up Bayern Munich 3-1 in Minsk. "It's a new reality," proclaimed Pressball. "This is fantastic," said BATE coach Viktar Hancharenka. "We must have been born under a lucky star."

    Two weeks ago, BATE scored its first-ever win in the Champions League by defeating Lille, also 3-1. The club play their European matches in the capital Minsk due to the low capacity of the City Stadium in Borisov.

  98. 0953:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards believes she has the side to beat New Zealand on Thursday and progress to the World T20 final for the second time in its three-year history.

    "We've worked towards this for 18 months," says Edwards. "We want to be in that final on Sunday and we know that if we play our best cricket we should be there. But we all know about the T20 format and we're going to have to play 120 balls in both innings better than the Kiwis, which I believe we can do."

    Coverage: Test Match Special on air with ball-by-ball commentary from 0945 BST on 5 live sports extra.

  99. 0947: 

    Managerless Blackburn can go second in the Championship table if they win at Nottingham Forest later. A second league victory on the road will equal the total Rovers achieved in the whole of last season's ill-fated Premier League campaign.

    In Tuesday's action, Cardiff beat Birmingham to go top which brought this reaction from Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay: "On another night we should have been out of sight.

    "We had four or five chances flashing across their goals that we should have despatched and made it a comfortable last 20 minutes, as opposed to where a hopeful ball into our box could have caused a problem."

  100. 0932: 

    Andy Murray will be on court at the Japan Open following the conclusion of Jeremy Chardy's game with Stanislas Wawrinka. Switzerland's Wawrinka took the first set 7-6 before Chardy hit back to edge the second 7-6. The third has just started.

  101. 0925: 

    Roberto Di Matteo warns Chelsea they face an uphill battle to retain their Champions League crown after they left it late to take control of Group E.

    Despite seeing off FC Nordsjaelland 4-0, manager Di Matteo says: "There are no pushovers in the Champions League - look at Bayern losing, and United having to come back."

  102. 0916: 

    England fall two places down the Fifa world rankings to number five. Spain still head the rankings as South American teams surge into the top 10 after playing 2014 World Cup qualifiers last month. Scotland drop to 56th with Wales one place below. NorthernIreland are 117th.


    Best strike forces in world football right now after Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie hit it off from the start in the Champions League? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

    AJ Morley on Twitter: "Look no further than Barca's front 6. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Pedro, Cesc. Yes please!"

    Jackson Shuttleworth on Twitter: "The striking partnership is becoming a dying force with more and more teams favouring to play one up front."

    Francesco Vernava on Twitter: "Tevez and Aguero? Deadly at the back end of last season."

  104. 0900: 

    Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner will return from injury at the Japanese Grand Prix on 14 October. Stoner, 26, has missed the last three races after breaking his ankle in a crash in qualifying in Indianapolis.

    The Australian says: "It's been another quiet week here in Australia. I've been resting, having some physio and following doctor's orders to recover. The good news is that I feel I can race in Motegi and will be rejoining my team next week - I can't wait."

  105. 0854: 

    Liverpool defender Daniel Agger says he is happy to keep playing with a minor fracture in his kneecap.

    "I feared the worst when it happened," Agger tells the Liverpool Echo. "I thought it was a bad one and that I would be out for months. But, thankfully, it was just a really hard knock to the knee. I've got a small fracture in the bone but it's only a minor thing. It's not a problem."

    The Denmark international suffered the injury in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on 23 September but recovered to play in Liverpool's 5-2 win at Norwich six days later.

  106. 0845: 

    Third-seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia rallied to beat Gilles Simon of France 4-6 6-3 6-1 in round one at the Japan Open. Andy Murray is due on court later to face Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in round two.

  107. 0841: 

    Leeds player Carl Ablett says he still gets excited about the Super League Grand Final despite the success the team has enjoyed down the years at Old Trafford.

    "Being back at Old Trafford is brilliant and you can sense it is a big week," adds Ablett. "We had a great win against Wigan last week but we know we face a really tough test against Warrington this week."

    Leeds face Warrington at 1800 BST on 6 October.

  108. 0836: 

    Wayne Rooney warns his team-mates they must stop falling behind in games after Manchester United suffer another scare.

    Sir Alex Ferguson's side conceded the first goal in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League win over CFR Cluj - the sixth time this season it has happened.

    "It is not nice and it is something that we have to stop because we cannot afford to keep letting teams get a head start on us, especially in the Champions League because it is difficult to win the game anyway," says Rooney.

  109. 0830: 

    Andy Murray is due on court later Wednesday morning to face Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in round two of the Japan Open. Stay here for all the latest from the match.

  110. 0825: 

    Batsman Wes Durston, 31, commits to Derbyshire after signing a three-year contract with the second division champions.

    "This is as tight-knit a squad as I've known throughout my career and I'm delighted to be remaining a part of it for the foreseeable future," says Durston.

    Durston's Derbyshire team-mates Ross Whiteley, Tony Palladino and Jonathan Clare also penned three-year deals this week.

  111. 0822: 

    "People underestimate Celtic. I don't think we get the respect we deserve but that might change a few attitudes." So says manager Neil Lennon after his team's excellent 3-2 victory over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.

    On former Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper, 24, who scored the Scottish club's first goal: "I thought he was world class. I thought he was just magnificent and the catalyst for a lot of good things we did.

    "People keep asking me about him playing for England. Well, I think he showed how good he is."

  112. 0815: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson left Transylvania a happy man after Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney hit it off from the start to earn Manchester United a 2-1 win against Cluj

    Rooney - starting with Van Persie for the first time - set up both goals for the Netherlands striker. So can the Rooney-Van Persie partnership flourish to become the best in the world? What is the best strike force in world football right now?

    Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  113. 0810: 

    BBC cricket producer Adam Mountford reports: "Kevin Pietersen and the ECB chairman Giles Clarke are expected to appear at a press conference in Colombo today where details of Pietersen's return to the England fold will be revealed. It is possible Pietersen could be added to the England squad for the tour of India starting later this month."

  114. 0805: 

    We start with three stories which have made it into our football gossip column.

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson plans to watch Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, in action against Manchester City on Wednesday ahead of a potential summer move. The Scot is considering selling winger Nani, 25, and centre-forward Javier Hernandez, 24, to fund the deal. (Daily Telegraph)

    Manchester City football development executive Patrick Vieira scouted striker Stevan Jovetic, 22, during Fiorentina's 2-1 defeat by Inter Milan on Sunday. (talkSPORT)

    Carlo Ancelotti renews speculation that Ashley Cole could move Paris Saint-Germain next summer. (Guardian)

  115. 0800: 

    It might be rest day at the World Twenty20 tournament, but another busy day lies ahead in the sporting calendar.

    As well as reaction to Celtic's remarkable Champions League victory in Russia against Spartak Moscow - along with victories for Manchester United and Chelsea - we set the scene as Manchester City welcome German champions Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium while Arsenal host Olympiakos.

    Andy Murray is in round two action at the Japan Open, details of Kevin Pietersen's return to the England fold are set to be revealed and we have all the breaking sports news. Welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday Live.

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