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England's national football centre opens, Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton, Laura Robson progresses, plus more.

9 October 2012 Last updated at 18:53

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  1. 1853: 

    It's time to wrap up today's edition of Sportsday Live. Don't forget you can listen to 'Big Jock' - a programme about legendary Scotland manager Jock Stein - on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 19:30 BST.

  2. 1849: 

    Rangers chairman Malcolm Murray insists his regime's plan to restore financial fortunes at Ibrox is on course despite warnings from an advisor to a rival bid to buy the club from administrators.

  3. 1843: 

    Amir Khan says he hopes new trainer Virgil Hunter will make him a complete fighter, while conceding "he has never really had a defence" in the ring.

    "Virgil made it clear he is going to be with me 100%," said Khan. "I'm an offensive fighter and I need my trainer to teach me about defence."

  4. 1837: 

    Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart is eager to work with Romain Grosjean and help prevent the accidents that are "jeopardising his career".

    Grosjean was called a "nutcase" by Mark Webber on Sunday following a collision.

    "I would love to help Romain, because I think he has enormous potential," said Stewart. "Any more accidents could jeopardise his chances of driving for Lotus next season, let alone the very best teams."

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    William Martin on Twitter: "Neither Brazil nor Italy have such football facilities, yet 9 world cups between them. How is this meant to make England win?"

    marnockSPURS on Twitter: "£105m on community pitches & coaches would be more likely to produce footballing success than this overblown white elephant."

  7. 1823: 

    The International Cycling Union has provisionally suspended French rider Steve Houanard. The UCI says Houanard tested positive for the banned blood-boosting hormone in an out-of-competition urine sample he gave on 21 September.

    The governing body says Houanard is suspended until the French Cycling Federation completes its disciplinary case.

  8. 1818: 

    Uefa has banned Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets for two Champions League matches after he was sent off for violent conduct during the 2-0 victory against Benfica last week.

    Busquets will miss Barcelona's home match against Celtic on 23 October and the return tie in Glasgow on 7 November. The midfielder has three days to appeal.

  9. 1811: 

    Lee Westwood is unsurprisingly backing his friend Darren Clarke to be Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

    "There are a lot of good candidates but if I was asked to pick I would pick Darren," Westwood said. "He's been a Ryder Cup stalwart for many years.

    "He's a major champion, he's a very good public speaker which I think has to be taken into account, tactically very astute. I think Darren has a lot of good things going for him."

  10. 1803: 

    Wales midfielder Joe Allen has given his backing to boss Chris Coleman, insisting it is the players who must feel the pressure to up their game going into the World Cup qualifying double-header against Scotland and Croatia.

    "Of course we are (all with him). He is a fantastic manager and preparations have been perfect for us," said the Liverpool midfielder.

    "It has all been set out the perfect way for us to play football, and as players we have to shoulder the responsibility now when we get out on that pitch and make sure our performance levels are at the standards they should be."

  11. 1755: 

    South Africa test captain Graeme Smith has denied recent suggestions that he or his team deliberately provoked England batsman Kevin Pietersen into sending "provocative" text messages to the Proteas players during the recent test series between the sides.

    "We play hard but we play fair and any suggestions that we did this as a tactic is totally unwarranted and unnecessary," Smith said in a statement released by the SA Cricketers' Association on Tuesday.

  12. 1749: 

    More from England captain Steven Gerrard on St George's Park: "The place has blown me away. It's my first time here and all the lads are buzzing to be here.

    "We are really lucky to have facilities like this. It's obviously a long-term plan and can hopefully bring success to the national teams."

  13. 1743: 

    Tiger Woods after his defeat by Charl Schwartzel at the World Golf Final in Turkey: "It means I now have to play 'Kooch' [Matt Kuchar] and try and win that match before facing Rory [McIlroy] in the afternoon.

    "Despite the outcome I really enjoy the format. It's not something we play very often. I had a three-shot swing go against me on nine and a two-shot swing in my favour at 17 when I birdied the hole and Charl bogeyed."

  14. 1736: 

    Former St Helens and England full-back Steve Prescott MBE has been admitted to hospital after taking part in a gruelling fund-raising challenge.

    The 48-hour Engage Mutual race, in which Prescott swam, ran, cycled and canoed his way from Hull to Manchester in time for last Saturday's Grand Final, left him significantly drained and complaining of severe stomach pains.

    Prescott, who was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer in 2006, was admitted to hospital on Monday evening and will remain there for several more days.

  15. 1730: 

    Castres coaches Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit have announced they will both leave the Top 14 club "by mutual agreement" at the end of the season.

    Travers and Labit, who have transformed Castres into a highly competitive outfit in the three years since they've been there, refused to say which club they would join next season.


    Dom Blampied on Twitter: "Looks like a long-term goal in the next 25-30 years to win a major tournament and I think this will pay off."

    Kevin Ebberley on Twitter: "Great to see St George's Park open in my hometown of Burton on Trent."

  17. 1720: 

    Scottish swimmer David Carry has announced his retirement from the sport, but the three-time Olympian aims to use his experience to inspire the next generation of Scots in the pool.

    "I'd love to be able to help Glasgow 2014. It's such an exciting moment in the history of our sport and our country," said the double Commonwealth gold medallist.

    "My big goal is to convert some of that excitement into actual participation and hopefully we'll see more [London 2012 silver medalist] Michael Jamiesons standing on that podium."

  18. 1715: 

    Captain Steven Gerrard says England's players can have no excuses if they fail to fulfil their potential after the opening of St George's Park.

    "We've got the best stadium in the world and now we have got the best training facilities," said Gerrard.

    "We are taking away all of the excuses the players may try to use in the future because this place is awesome."

  19. 1708: 

    Lee Westwood and Justin Rose both won their opening matches at the inaugural World Golf Final on Tuesday.

    Westwood beat Webb Simpson, taking charge of his match when he chipped in at the 17th.

    "I played a great shot there even though I did not have too good a lie," said Westwood. "The ball was sitting down where TV cables had been but it just came out perfect."

  20. 1702: 

    Hartlepool have completed the signing of Middlesbrough's 19-year-old striker Charlie Wyke on a one-month loan deal. "He's a good size, has good feet and has shown a great attitude to training," manager Neale Cooper told the club's official website.

  21. 1656: 

    Birmingham are set to sign experienced midfielder Papa Bouba Diop on a short-term deal. The 34-year-old has agreed terms with Blues and passed a medical but the club are waiting on a visa application before a one-month deal is completed.

  22. 1652: 

    Juan Monaco was surprisingly brushed aside by Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The seventh seed is in the running to qualify for the end-of-season ATP World Finals next month but was out of sorts today as Verdasco coasted to a 6-4 6-2 victory.


    So as the Football Association opens St George's Park, what is your views on the investment made? Will the senior teams benefit from it? What will be the best benefit? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  24. 1645: 

    BBC football pundit Pat Nevin profiles the legendary Jock Stein ahead of Friday's Wales v Scotland World Cup qualifier.

    "Jock Stein is a legendary figure in Scottish football - make that in Scottish life," writes Nevin.

  25. 1640: 

    If you want a look around the new St George's Park, the FA's national centre of excellence, which was opened today in Burton, check out this picture gallery on the BBC Sport website.

  26. 1635: 

    Italy veteran lock Marco Bortolami will be out for more than six months after undergoing surgery on his shoulder last month, meaning he'll miss the Six Nations tournament. Italy's 2007 World Cup captain dislocated his left shoulder in the loss to Argentina on 9 June and complications following two previous surgeries meant a third operation was necessary.

  27. 1630: 

    Sussex chief executive Dave Brooks will step down at the end of 2012 after four years with the county.

    Brooks said: "It has been a privilege to be part of cricket in Sussex for the last four years. As a team we can be proud of our achievements over that time, and in particular the most obvious improvement which is the new ground."

  28. 1626: 

    England women's coach Hope Powell has welcomed the opening of the new national football centre and believes they will be able to concentrate more on playing and less on travel. She also thinks the state-of-the-art facilities will reassure football clubs that their players are being treated well.

    "I think for me, the biggest factor is that everything's on site: the quality of the pitches, the accessibility to the rehab centre," she said.

  29. 1622: 

    Owen Coyle firmly believes he has left Bolton in good shape after he was sacked this morning.

    "It's a hugely disappointing day for everybody," Coyle told Sky Sports News. "Whoever comes in is going to be a very lucky person to come into a wonderful football club, which has a structure in place that will benefit the club for many years to come."

  30. 1617: 

    In case you missed it, the Football Association's new centre of excellence has been officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The St George's Park complex in Staffordshire cost £105m and will house all 24 England teams, from junior to senior levels. You can watch a video of their visit on the BBC Sport website.

  31. 1612: 

    Roy Hodgson does not think the opening of the new National Football Centre will automatically lead England to World Cup glory in the future but is confident the work that will be done at Burton can improve their chances.

    "There's no way of knowing how much better one could have done with or without the facility. The fact it's overdue is because the Football Association have invested a similar amount of money in Wembley," he said.

  32. 1607: 

    Everton boss David Moyes has his eyes firmly set on a return to Europe after the club's impressive start to the season earned him the Barclays' manager of the month award for September.

    "With the quality of the Premier League it is really hard to qualify for the Champions League but I wouldn't say we can't do it," said the Scot. "It is possible and you have to aim for that."

  33. 1603: 

    FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce has joined calls for players who dive to be punished retrospectively and claimed simulation is becoming a cancer within the game.

    "I have seen several incidents recently, And I watched the latest Suarez incident two or three times, and to me it is nothing less than a form of cheating," said Boyce.

    "It is becoming a little bit of a cancer within the game and I believe if it is clear to everyone that it is simulation then that person is trying to cheat and they should be severely punished for that."

  34. 1558: 

    Justin Rose offered his thoughts on Europe's next Ryder Cup captain, with Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke the current favourites.

    "I think we have three or four good options," Rose said. "I'm hearing Paul and Darren and maybe Paul Lawrie, but he is in the top 30 in the world and would probably want to play at Gleneagles."

  35. 1553: 

    The eagerly-anticipated clash between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods could be rendered meaningless after both lost their opening matches at the £3.2m Turkish Airlines World Golf Final today.

    McIlroy lost by six shots to Matt Kuchar after an amazing run of triple-bogey, double-bogey, double-bogey from the 15th, while Woods lost by one to Charl Schwartzel after a bogey on the 18th.

  36. 1549: 

    Kris Commons has been called into the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Belgium after Robert Snodgrass and Jordan Rhodes pulled out with ankle injuries, the Scottish Football Association confirmed.

  37. 1543: 

    Kettering Town's Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division match against Leamington tonight has been postponed due to the Poppies being unable to field a team, reports the Northants Telegraph.

    Kettering suffered a 7-0 defeat to Bashley as they were only able to put 10 players on the pitch.

  38. 1539: 

    David Miller's 39 not out helps Yorkshire to beat Sri Lankan side Uva Next by five wickets in their opening game of the Champions League T20 qualifier in Johannesburg.

  39. 1534: 

    More from England manager Roy Hodgson on Ashley Cole's apology: "No-one who is fair-minded could ever question his commitment to England and the England shirt. His contrition is the greater because he realises he may have put his position in jeopardy and I'm very grateful he hasn't done that."

  40. 1532: 

    Marco Tardelli has insisted the Republic of Ireland will set out determined to beat Germany to boost their hopes of World Cup qualification.

    Giovanni Trapattoni's injury-hit side could well be forgiven for heading into Friday night's showdown at the Aviva Stadium intent only on making life difficult for Joachim Low's side and emerging unbeaten with a valuable Group C point.

    Asked if he would be happy with a point, the Italian said: "We will try to win, it's normal for us. If we can win against Germany, it will be important for the team and for the country."

  41. 1528: 

    British boxer Amir Khan is looking to return to the basics under new trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of his first fight since splitting from Freddie Roach.

    Khan, who will meet Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on 15 December, severed his ties with Roach following back-to-back defeats and will now be aiming to return to winning ways against the unbeaten American.

    "I'm still not 100 per cent, I've still got room for improvement and it is maybe going back to the basics and looking at where I make mistakes and improving them," he said.

  42. 1524: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson on Ashley Cole apologising to Football Association chairman David Bernstein: "The chairman has gratefully accepted the apology. I am quite relieved as England manager that this has now been sorted out between the chairman and Cole."

  43. 1519: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard on the opening of St George's Park: "The players are really blown away by it. We have the best stadium in the world and now the best training facilities in the world."

  44. 1518: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson speaking at the opening of St George's Park: "Anyone who comes here cannot help but be inspired by the surroundings and the history. We are very happy to be here and we are also hoping to produce a new generation of players."

  45. 1510: 

    Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden on Owen Coyle's sacking via Twitter: "Want to wish Owen Coyle the best of luck in the future and thank him for believing in me. Forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me"

  46. 1507: 

    Charlie Adam believes stopping Gareth Bale will go a long way to helping Scotland beat Wales in their crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday night - but does not expect to tangle with his old foe again.

    The Scotland midfielder said: "Aaron Ramsay is a top player, there is Ashley Williams, and Joe Allen at Liverpool. I wouldn't just single out Gareth Bale. But he is a top player and if we can stop him it will probably enhance our performance and probably our chances of winning the game."

  47. 1502: 

    Gareth Ellis will throw his hat into the ring for the England captaincy, even though he fears he may be considered by coach Steve McNamara to be too old for the job.

    The 31-year-old former Wakefield and Leeds second rower, who will fly out with England to South Africa tomorrow for their high-altitude training camp, is one of the senior members of the squad.

    "Pulling on an England jersey is probably one of the proudest moments I've ever had and to lead the team would be fantastic," he said.

  48. 1457: 

    Newcastle will play their home games at St James' Park once again after payday loans company snapped up the naming rights to the stadium.

    A spokesman for Wonga said: "We listened over the last three days and we saw what really matters to the fans.

    "Football is an emotional sport and it is obviously really important to them. We listened to what they wanted and that is why we did it."

  49. 1454: 

    Tom Daley was delighted after he was victorious return to action by winning the three-metre springboard synchro alongside Jack Laugher at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide.

    "It was a crazy competition," Daley said. "I don't usually do springboard and Jack rarely does synchro so we weren't sure how we would get on beforehand.

    "We had a slightly easier list than some of our competitors but we executed all the dives well and steadily built a lead throughout the competition. It's my first gold medal at a junior worlds and it is great to say I am junior world champion."

  50. 1448: 

    The owners of Birmingham City Football Club say they are in talks to sell the struggling Championship club.

    Following reports that ex-Queens Park Rangers chairman Gianni Paladini was leading one bid, it is understood that there are now two separate contenders.

    "The company has been approached by two prospective buyers to explore the possibility of buying Birmingham City FC," said chief executive Peter Pannu.


    So now that St George's Park is officially opened, what do you think of it? Will it help England go on to future success?

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  52. 1437: 

    David Sheepshanks, the chairman of St George's Park, said at the official opening: "We are investing in the future and the long term success of the England side with St George's Park.

    "Now is just the beginning. We hope for quicker returns but this is an investment for the long term. The full benefits will be seen in a decade or so. That is what we have to believe and it comes down to better coaches making better players."

  53. 1432: 

    Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy game between Torquay and Yeovil has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at Plainmoor.

  54. 1428: 

    Pakistan cricket chiefs Tuesday ordered veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq to explain himself after he publicly criticised skipper Mohammed Hafeez for dropping him for the World Twenty20 semi-final.

    The 32-year-old was replaced by fast bowler Sohail Tanveer for Pakistan's semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka last week, a decision which Hafeez said was unanimous.

    "I was disappointed sitting outside while the team was losing the match," Razzaq said. "I know the team management didn't drop me, it was Hafeez who left me out. He should speak up and admit his decision."

  55. 1423: 

    The Duke of Cambridge has given the royal seal of approval to the new National Football Centre at Burton which it is hoped will help delivery long term glory to the England team.

    "It gives me great pride we have created in this country facilities that are beyond compare anywhere else," said Prince William, who is president of the Football Association.

    "St George's Park is a concept totally new. It will provide more than just world class facilities for our national team and more than a university from which hundreds of coaches will graduate."

  56. 1415: 

    More from former Bolton boss Owen Coyle, who was sacked today but remains on good terms with the club.

    "When one door closes, another opens. We wish them all the best. My staff were ready to keep scrapping," Coyle told Sky Sports News.

    "Tough decisions have to be made every day in football. The decision has been made, it has happened and we take it on the chin and move on."

  57. 1408: 

    Newcastle today announced a four-year sponsorship deal with loans company

    Wonga will become the club's new shirt sponsor from the 2013-14 season and will invest £1.5m in the club's academy and in the Newcastle United Foundation Enterprise Scheme, which seeks to helps teenagers find employment by developing their skills and experience through practical and educational courses.

  58. 1405: 

    The absence of Juan Mata from Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad is proof of the quality the world and European champions can draw on, midfielder Javi Martinez said on Tuesday.

    Mata has been in sparkling form for European champions Chelsea in recent weeks but was overlooked for the World Cup qualifiers in Belarus on Friday and at home to France four days later.

    "That a player like Mata is absent shows how hard it is to get into the squad," Martinez told a news conference as the players gathered at their training camp outside Madrid.

  59. 1359: 

    Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has demanded more respect for the national team's performances after reaching the Euro 2012 semi-finals in June.

    "(Semi-final finishes) should not be taken for granted," the holding midfielder told reporters on Tuesday. "We did not drop a point in the qualifiers, we beat top 10 teams in our group and then lost just one game."


    Here are some of your thoughts from #bbcsportsday on Owen Coyle's sacking by Bolton.

    Simon Lowther on Twitter: "Owen Coyle should of gone when they got relegated, fresh start needed."

    David Brookes on Twitter: "I wonder if Bolton fans would welcome back Gary Megson? Could do a reasonable job for them"

  61. 1345: 

    Everton manager David Moyes has been named the Premier League's manager of the month for September. Everton defeated Swansea City and Southampton, drew against Newcastle and lost to West Brom.

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher wins the player of the month award for scoring five goals in four matches.

  62. 1336: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar: "New Sec of State for Culture Media and Sport [Maria Miller] speaking at opening of St George's Park. Mentioned their £3m contribution..fair enough."

  63. 1329: 

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy made two eagles in five holes, but he was still two shots behind opponent Matt Kuchar of the United States going to the 12th on the first day of the World Golf Final.

    Multiple-major winner Tiger Woods was three shots down to 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel after 10 holes.

    Europe Ryder Cup player Justin Rose was level par and two ahead of United States player Hunter Mahan at the turn, while another Ryder Cup-winning player Lee Westwood was two over and two behind American Webb Simpson after eight holes.

  64. 1321: 

    Hibernian midfielder Gary Deegan, 25, has undergone surgery on a broken jaw after being attacked in Edinburgh city centre on early Sunday morning.

  65. 1315: 

    Skipper Robbie Keane and winger Aiden McGeady trained with their Republic of Ireland team-mates early on Tuesday after flying into Dublin.

    The pair arrived from Los Angeles and Moscow on Monday and were out on the training pitch at Gannon Park for the day's first session.

    Ireland play Group C favourites Germany in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.

  66. 1309: 

    England Sevens coach Ben Ryan has played down Sir Clive Woodward's suggestion that Test stars such as Wales' George North could be drafted in to help Great Britain win Olympic gold.

    Woodward said selecting players for GB would be like picking a Lions team as sevens makes its Olympic bow in 2016.

    But Ryan believes different fitness levels and issues around integrating 15-a-side players means it is unlikely.

    "It would be a really hard ask for them to come in," Ryan told BBC 5 live.

    "As far as the way our leagues are set up in the UK and how the game is played and structured, it has taken our players a long time to get to the conditioning levels you want.

  67. 1303: 

    US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray has set his sights on the world number one spot in 2013.

    The 25-year-old Scot is currently third in the world behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but has an outside chance of finishing 2012 as the top dog.

    "I'll try to do as well as I can between now and the end of the year," he said.

    "If I do that, there's a possibility to get to number one next year.

    "I think getting to number one in the world, that's more a reward for playing very good tennis throughout the whole season at pretty much every tournament you play."

  68. 1257: 

    Michael Kightly says the actions of players like Liverpool's Luis Suarez are ruining the game.

    Uruguay's Suarez was criticised by Stoke boss Tony Pulis who has called for divers to be handed a three-match ban, after the forward's performance in Sunday's goalless draw at Anfield.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers responded by saying the vilification of 25-year-old Suarez was wrong and unfair.

    "When you get a little touch and he is screaming like he has broken his leg you do think 'is he hurt?' but nine times out of 10, he's not," Stoke winger Kightly told The Sentinel.

    "It is something we are trying to get out of the game. Referees have to try to stamp down on it."

  69. 1251: 

    St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean will be out for a further six weeks with a dislocated elbow.

    MacLean, 30, who is under contract until the end of January, suffered the injury in the league victory over Dundee on 29 September and missed Saturday's win over St Mirren.

  70. 1248: 

    Bologna could be without central defender Cesare Natali for several months because of an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

  71. 1243: 

    More F1 - Pastor Maldonado is open to offers despite being in negotiations with current employers Williams over a deal for 2013.

    "At the moment there is a chance to go to other teams but we are considering remaining here, but it is still too early," said the 27-year-old Venezuelan.

    "The team usually confirm their drivers at the end of the season but we are talking, negotiating."

  72. 1231: 

    A major analysis of referees' decisions in the Premier League has shown that officials are around 15% more likely to book foreign players who are from the same background as the most sizable ethnic minority groups in the United Kingdom, according to a study by the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge.

    The analysis by researchers used the extensive in-match dataset collected by Opta Sportsdata for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons covering 760 games in total.

  73. 1226: 

    Football Association general secretary Alex Horne on the possibility of short-term loans company Wonga becoming Newcastle United's new stadium and shirt sponsor.

    "The Football Supporters' Federation of Britain told us in no uncertain terms it's not appropriate, [Sunderland non-executive vice president] David Miliband has told us he does not think it is appropriate," Horne told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "We are talking to the leagues about it, but on the one hand it's a legislative issue.

    "If these companies are charging the wrong rates of interest then legislation should help us out. The leagues have clear rules about certain inappropriate advertising for children.

    "We are talking to the leagues on Friday about it. If you consider it as in the category of things that are inappropriate for children like gambling and alcohol, it feels like it is in that category to me."

  74. 1217: 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently enjoying a tour of the Football Association's new centre of excellence, which officially opened today. There will be regular live updates from the FA's £105m facility on the BBC News Channel.

  75. 1213: 

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Chelsea's Frank Lampard missed England's morning training session at their new centre of excellence at St George's Park.

    The veteran midfielders took part in a warm-up, then performed fitness sessions alone ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley.

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe did gym work while his team-mates trained, while Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand, called up on Monday, has a sore throat and was confined to his room.

  76. 1205: 

    Sauber chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn hopes a meeting between the FIA (motorsport's governing body), Formula One team bosses and Bernie Ecclestone in Paris on 23 October will provide some clarity on the new Concorde Agreement.

    The Concorde Agreement governs the future of the sport and the new deal is set to run until 2020, as opposed to the usual four-year period.

    Although most teams have agreed commercial terms with F1 supremo Ecclestone, there are concerns over a potential significant increase in entry fees and the FIA's role in governing the sport.

    "I think it [the October 23 meeting] is very important because we have to understand a few developments and know where we are standing right now because there is so much being said and written," said Kaltenborn.

  77. 1157: 

    It is the first day of the World Golf Final in Turkey - eight players playing for a top prize of £935,000, with £620,000 for the runner-up down to £187,000 for seventh and eighth - good work if you can get it.

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is playing American Matt Kuchar, who was on the losing USA Ryder Cup team.

    The world number one managed an eagle three on the 531-yard third to lead Kuchar by one.

  78. 1145: 

    Germany players will earn 20,000 euros (£16,000) for every World Cup qualifier they have played in if they make it to the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

    "I am happy with the speed and problem-free procedure that this agreement was reached," said Wolfgang Niersbach, the president of the country's football federation.


    Here are some of your thoughts from #bbcsportsday on Owen Coyle's sacking by Bolton.

    Joshua King: "Sacking Coyle is a miscalculated overreaction. Won't get anyone who loves the club more & the initial bounce won't last long."

    Graeme Elms: "Pretty sure Coyle wouldve been sacked earlier if it wasn't for the Muamba incident. Sad for him though."

    Jack Butcher: "Redknapp to Bolton? Would be a challenge for 'Arry getting Bolton playing like Brazil. Samba style football at the reebok..."

  80. 1131: 

    BBC football reporter Juliette Ferrington: "No Gareth Bale, Adam Matthews & Joe Ledley at Wales training this morning due to second day recovery."

  81. 1130: 

    Sticking with British tennis, it has been a good day for British number one Laura Robson.

    Having defeated Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the Japan Open, the 18-year-old came out with 42-year-old Japanese partner Kimiko Date-Krumm to defeat Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and American Alexa Glatch 6-3 6-2 in their first-round doubles match.

  82. 1121: 

    Former British number one Elena Baltacha posts a picture of her latest injury - despite the obvious disappointment, she did not forget to paint her nails.


    The Football Association open their £105m centre of excellence and Bolton sack manager Owen Coyle. Plenty to debate at #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1111: 

    Andy Murray tells BBC Sport his US Open victory means he can play with a bit less pressure to win.

    Q. How has the US Open win changed your approach to the game?

    I think there is certain things it would have helped with, probably a bit less pressure I'll be putting on myself for every single match game I play. For example, I lost in Australia and straight away I'd be thinking about the French Open and Wimbledon, which wasn't necessarily the best thing for the tournaments I had coming up. You know, I'm hoping to be focused a lot more and not just looking at the next grand slam. I need to try to play well in all the tournaments I'm in - that's hopefully something that will change.

    Q. After achieving a goal you worked so hard to achieve, is it hard to motivate yourself for smaller tournaments?

    No not really. I tried very very hard last week, I played some tough matches. I haven't had perfect preparation because I took a lot of time off after the US Open. I am very motivated to finish well this year. I didn't finish last year how I would have liked. I want to make sure I'm fully fit for it I'm looking forward to it.

  85. 1059: 

    China faces a tough task to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup after being drawn in the same group as three-time champions Saudi Arabia and 2007 winner Iraq.

    Two teams from each of the five, four-team groups are guaranteed of qualifying for the finals, which will be staged in Australia in January 2015.

    Defending champions Japan, 2011 runner-up Australia, South Korea and North Korea all qualified automatically for the finals, leaving 20 nations competing for the other 11 spots.

  86. 1055: 

    Formula 1 commentary legend Murray Walker looks at the career of four-time world champion Alain Prost, who has been voted number five in BBC Sport's greatest driver series. Watch the video on the BBC Sport website.

  87. 1050: 

    Eighth-seed John Isner reaches the third round of the Shanghai Masters by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (7-8) 7-6 (7-6).

    Neither player was able to break serve in the match, the first at the tournament to go to three tiebreakers. Isner saved three break points and Anderson saved four.

  88. 1044: 

    Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, speaking about the departure of Owen Coyle: "Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off the pitch, and he led our club with great dignity during some very challenging times.

    "It is the right time for a change. We set a target at the beginning of the season and want to get back on track."

  89. 1041: 

    Owen Coyle on his sacking at Bolton: "I have always been driven to act in the best interests of the club and care passionately about it. I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager.

    "I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned, the chairman Phil Gartside and the owner Eddie Davies for their support and friendship and the club's staff and players for all their effort and commitment.

    "I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the very best."

  90. 1030: 

    Bolton Wanderers announce that Owen Coyle has been relieved of his duties as manager.

    Coyle became Bolton manager in January 2010, days after leaving Burnley. The Trotters were relegated from the Premier League last season and are currently 18th in the Championship.

    Academy manager Jimmy Phillips and head of academy coaching and development Sammy Lee take temporary charge of the first team squad.

  91. 1027: 

    British rider Andrew Fenn - of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team - finishes second on the opening stage of the Tour of Beijing, won by Italian rider Elia Viviani of the Liquigas team.

    Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen finishes third in a scrappy sprint finish after British team-mate Alex Dowsett hit the front inside the final 5km and forced the other teams to chase him down.

    The five-stage Tour finishes on Saturday.

  92. 1020: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Had a full tour of FA's new National Football Centre at Burton recently. Magnificent facility for all England teams and game in this country."

  93. 1019: 

    Tom Daley makes a victorious return to action by winning the three-metre springboard synchro alongside Jack Laugher at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide.

    In his first appearance since winning an emotional bronze medal at the London 2012, Daley secures his first junior world title and continues a stellar year that has also seen him crowned European and World Series platform champion.

    Daley and Laugher scored 338.85 to secure victory, with Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov their closest challengers at 30.83 behind.

  94. 1014: 

    In case you missed last night's BBC Radio 5 live Sport Special on St George's Park, featuring interviews with Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville, you can download the podcast on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

    You can also take a tour of the FA's new state of the art centre of excellence with former England defender Martin Keown on the BBC Sport website.

  95. 1006: 

    Former sprinter Iwan Thomas, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Usain Bolt's plans to defend his Olympic sprint titles at Rio 2016: "He will definitely be able to do it at 30, he is a guy with incredible talent, and the pressure will be off.

    "He wanted to become a living legend and he has done that by defending his titles. If he keeps healthy and keeps injury free, he always seems to pull it out of the bag.

    "If Usain Bolt can keep fit and keep at this level, I can't see anyone beating him, maybe Yohan Blake can get close to him. When I hear he is going to defend his titles in four years, I have a little smile on my face because I think he can do it."

  96. 1001: 

    England women's coach Hope Powell believes St George's Park will help improve the development of the next generation of English footballers.

    "I honestly do think it will make a difference," she tells BBC Radio 5 live. "The first time the girls came to the centre, they were taken aback by the quality of the pitches. The week we were here, the standard of the pitches, everything was great.

    "You can be training alongside a Steven Gerrard or a Casey Stoney, for those young players coming through that is an incentive."

  97. 0954: 

    England women's team captain Casey Stoney welcomes the opening of St George's Park and believes having all the facilities needed to train on site will be key in improving the senior England teams.

    "It is fantastic," she tells BBC Radio 5 live. "You don't have to travel back and forth on a coach to training pitches all the facilities are on site, so there is nothing you have to worry about.

    "The word aspiration is key and this [St George's Park] is something to motivate people and a massive carrot for them to train and be here as part of England teams."

  98. 0946: 

    More from the FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, who says the focus at St George's Park should be on improving English players in their early years.

    He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "There are three key age groups - 5-11, 12-16 and 17-21. We have to focus on those first two age groups and produce quality England players who are good enough to break into a Premier League club's first team at the age of 18 or 19."

  99. 0937: 

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will make his Hopman Cup debut in Perth at the end of the year in what organisers say will be the strongest-ever field assembled for the mixed international tournament.

    The Frenchman will join world number two Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic for the tournament at the new Perth Arena from 29 December to 5 January.

  100. 0932: 

    Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development, says coaching of children at St George's Park will focus on developing their technical ability, rather than on the importance of results at that stage in their development.

    "Everyone likes to be top of the league, but not at eight years old. They are not that interested yet," Brooking tells BBC Radio 5 live. "So we are trying to get the coaches to think about whether they have improved the youngsters technically rather than where they are in the league."

  101. 0924: 

    David Sheepshanks, chairman of St George's Park, says the FA's new centre of excellence is an "investment in coaches" that will ensure England are winning things from 2020 onwards.

    "This place is a place to inspire young people and young coaches to invest in themselves and go beyond just getting the badge," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "The teachers of the game have the defining influence. We are investing in the teachers so that we can get ahead of what they are doing in France and Spain. Really it is the investment in coaches that is crucial and from 2020 onwards we will have winning England teams."

  102. 0914: 

    "Our England players are simply not motivated like Nobby Stiles or Bobby Charlton were". Interesting discussion on BBC Radio 5 live's Your Call about St George's Park and whether the FA's new state of the art centre of excellence will improve English football.

    Listen now on the radio and online.


    Matt Hakes on Twitter: "Is it not fatigue and style of play, rather than quality of players that has let us down at major events? #winterbreak."

    Elton George Lewis on Twitter: "Like school lessons, St George's seems a superb stimulus for learning, but it won't inspire a sporting generation just being there."

    Josh Orwin on Twitter: "The FA don't need a centre of excellence, they just need 11 players who will sing the national anthem loud and proud."

    What are your thoughts on St George's Park and the impact the FA's new centre of excellence will have on English football? Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  104. 0906: 

    Former England manager Graham Taylor says the opening of St George's Park is an important step in improving the quality of English footballers.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Taylor says: "This is a great chance to get everyone together. It's a good step for the FA, I've no doubt about that - not just for the men's football but all the way through.

    "It'is a great facility. You can have great facilities but you have to get the end product. All the other countries have football centres. I can't see it being anything other than a positive."

    Read more about the new facility on the BBC Sport website.

  105. 0900: 

    Your Call is on BBC Radio 5 live, where they are talking about St George's Park - the FA's new centre of excellence. Listen live on the radio or online now.

  106. 0858: 

    FA general secretary Alex Horne says it unlikely that there will be a men's Great Britain team again in the future, but would not rule out the possibility of a women's Team GB.

    Both the men's and women's teams reached the quarter-finals of London 2012.

    "I don't think we will do it again for the men's team," Horne tells BBC Radio 5 live. "For the women, we will keep talking to people about it. We are not ruling it out completely, we went through a lot of politics to get here."

  107. 0849: 

    The FA's director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking, hopes St George's Park will improve the technical ability of aspiring English footballers so that there is a larger percentage of home-grown players in the first team of Premier League clubs in the future.

    Speaking to BBC One at the official opening of St George's Park this morning, Brooking says: "About 35% of the English Premier League are English players, so we need to get that to 70-75%.

    "We need to produce young English players and also use the facility to get coaching structure in place that can develop better technical players who can break into the first team."

  108. 0843: 

    Hull KR sign Batley winger Alex Brown on a one-year contract, with a further 12-month option.

    The 25-year-old former Huddersfield player, who had a brief spell in rugby union with Sale, becomes the Robins' sixth new recruit for 2013 following the capture of Evarn Tuimavave, Cory Paterson, Sean Gleeson, Travis Burns and Omari Caro.

    Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock says: "I saw quite a lot of Batley this season and Alex was a stand out for them on the wing. He has good speed and is a powerful runner."

  109. 0836: 

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein tells BBC Radio 5 live that while Ashley Cole is free to play for England should manager Roy Hodgson choose to pick him, he says it is unlikely the left-back will be captain if and when he wins his 100th cap.

    "We've made it clear on previous recent occasions that the standard we expect from our captains are very, very high indeed so I think that's unlikely," he says.

    "I'm not going to rule anything out, but unlikely."


    Callan Rowland on Twitter: "The facilities may improve them but it is about the talent which counts."

    Zak Brockman on Twitter: "This is the start of something big! Let's be patient and reap the rewards in the years to come."

    Nathan Cooper on Twitter: "It won't improve the England teams, just a whole waste of money which could have been spent elsewhere."

    What are your thoughts on St George's Park and the impact the FA's new centre of excellence will have on English football? Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  111. 0826: 

    Alex Horne, general secretary of the Football Association, is also at St George's Park and says that while it will be the home of English football, the facility will also be open to teams from other countries.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Horne says: "I think it's perfectly possible. We have had Celtic here, Craig Levein has been down to have a look at it and we are open to everybody, first and foremost for England but we expect lots of travelling teams here."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live on the radio or online for all the latest from St George's Park.

  112. 0818: 

    David Bernstein, chairman of the Football Association, says St George's Park will mark the start of the journey for aspiring footballers on their path to becoming future England internationals.

    "We have to get more and more players through who can become full England internationals and this is where it will happen," Bernstein tells BBC Radio 5 live, who are at St George's Park throughout this morning.

    "It feels quite historic. I had the pleasure yesterday standing on the elite pitch watching England senior players train here for the first time. So much work has gone into this for so long and to see it now is fantastic."

  113. 0818: 

    British number one and eighth seed Laura Robson sees off Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the HP Open in Osaka.

    Robson, seeded in a WTA tournament for the first time, appeared to be letting her opponent back into the match when Daniilidou came back from 3-0 down in the second set to the brink of levelling at 3-3.

    But Robson held a tough service game, re-established her double break at 5-2 and served out at the first attempt to join compatriot Heather Watson in the second round, where she will face either Japan's Kurumi Nara or Zhou Yimiao of China.

  114. 0808: 

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein tells BBC Radio 5 live that Ashley Cole apologised to him personally last night over his offensive Twitter message, and that the Chelsea left-back is free to play for England.

    Cole was yesterday charged with misconduct by the FA over his Twitter outburst on Friday. Bernstein, speaking at today's official opening of the National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton, says Cole had followed up his apology to the FA on Friday with a personal apology last night.

    "He apologised immediately on Friday and he came to see me last night and apologised to me personally," says Bernstein. "He said he was really sorry. He is free to play for England over the coming matches. It is up to the manager to decide whether he plays or not."


    St George's Park, the Football Association's new £105m state-of-the-art centre of excellence, opens today. The FA hopes it will help raise standards in playing and coaching at all levels. It will also be the base for all 24 England teams, from the senior men's side to the junior girls' team.

    Does this herald the dawn of a new era for English football? Do you believe we will see significant improvement in the quality of home grown players, which will in turn improve England's performances in major tournaments?

    Have your say on Twitter, #bbcsportsday

  116. 0804: 

    First, though, we start the day with three of the top lines from our football gossip column.

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was in Spain to watch £45m-rated Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, just hours after striker Mario Balotelli's latest strop. (Daily Mirror)

    Arsenal are emerging as serious contenders for the signature of Crystal Palace's forward Wilfried Zaha. Former assistant manager Pat Rice, who still works for the club, watched the 19-year-old score twice in Palace's 4-3 win over Burnley on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

    Juventus are interested in Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski, 24, scorer of 30 goals for Borussia Dortmund last season as the German club won the league and cup double. (talkSPORT)

  117. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's edition of Sportsday Live. It is a landmark day in English football, with St George's Park - the Football Association's new centre of excellence - officially opening.

    There is also news this morning on Ashley Cole, who was charged with misconduct yesterday, plus Laura Robson at the HP Open in Osaka.

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