Sportsday Live - Thursday 11 October as it happened

Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney on England's World Cup qualifier, reaction to the Lance Armstrong report, plus more.

11 October 2012 Last updated at 19:23

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  1. 1900: 

    That is it for another edition of Sportsday Live. Thank you for all your contributions, and this service returns as usual at 08:00 BST on Friday.

  2. 1858: 

    Finally, some more of your reaction to England opting to have Wayne Rooney as the team's captain on Friday against San Marino:

    Sam M on Twitter: "I think Rooney's a great idea. He's a great leader. Come on you England!"

    Richard Crowdy on Twitter: "He's never captain material. Should be Hart."

    Francois Salah on Twitter: "Good idea for Rooney to be captain if it will inspire him. I'm afraid it will be a distraction..."

  3. 1855: 

    Ashley Cole admits a Football Association misconduct charge.

    The Chelsea left-back, 31, was charged on Monday after using an expletive on Twitter to describe the governing body after the John Terry racism case.

    Cole, who quickly deleted the tweet and issued an "unreserved apology", has yet to discover his punishment but will not face a ban after personally apologising to FA chairman David Bernstein.

    "He showed real remorse. He is free to play for England," Bernstein said.

  4. 1851: 

    The Sportsday programme has now finished on the BBC News Channel.

  5. 1849: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist thinks the Ibrox club are on the road to recovery, but has warned fans to be patient.

    He was speaking as the Third Division club announced plans to float on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in the hope of raising up to £20m.

    "I'm excited because this has been the most dramatic six months for the club and its support," said McCoist.

    "I don't believe for a minute that we're out of the woods yet, but there is light at the end of the tunnel."

  6. 1841: 

    World super-middleweight champion Carl Froch says he is aware that his next opponent, Yusaf Mack, has "nothing to lose" when they fight for Froch's IBF title in November.

    The Nottingham veteran defends his belt for the first time after becoming a three-time world champion by beating Lucian Bute in May

    "I've got a feeling I'm going to stop him, move around, close him down then let some pretty heavy shots go," Froch predicted.


    More reaction to the news that Wayne Rooney is to captain England against San Marino on Friday:

    Jason McBride on Twitter: "I'm an Arsenal fan but as much as it pains me, Rooney's a good model for a captain!"

    Sam Pearson on Twitter: "Those saying Rooney's temper is questionable need to look at last season. How many other players only got one yellow in the Premier League?"

    Nick Robertson on Twitter: "It should have been Joe Hart. With his recent performances and his leadership qualities, he deserves it out of everyone."

    Join the debate, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  8. 1830: 

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  9. 1828: 

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says he will perform a "Gangnam Style" dance on the podium if he wins Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

    Rosberg made the promise after watching a performance by South Korean rapper Psy, whose song and horse-riding dance have made him an internet hit.

    Fans may be made to wait for this unique celebration though since Rosberg has only ever won one Grand Prix.

  10. 1824: 

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis admits work needs to be done to prevent wealthy players falling out of touch with ordinary fans.

    "The introduction of money and the extraordinary growth of revenues that we see in the game is a fantastic success story," he said.

    "But it clearly creates a lot of issues in terms of how our fans are able to feel that they're still connected with those players, who are earning enormous amounts of money.

    "That's something that we have to continue to work on to make sure that we can make fans still feel proud of their football clubs."

  11. 1819:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCYCLING

    In light of the latest Lance Armstrong developments, former team-mate Roger Hammond tells 5 live Drive: "This is pretty startling stuff. It is so disappointing to hear it.

    "Categorically, I was in Lance Armstrong's team for two years. I was never asked, was never given any idea of any doping. I saw nothing at all, but then I've never been asked for my opinion.

    "If other cyclists felt it was easier to cheat to win races, they put themselves in a position to be offered it and to take it. But to say to the world that everybody was involved is totally disgraceful."

  12. 1813: 

    The Uruguay Football Association write to Fifa complaining about vice-president Jim Boyce's comments in relation to Luis Suarez.

    "These expressions, refer to the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez, calling his conduct an act of 'cheating' and that such a situation is a 'cancer' for football," the Uruguay FA (AUF) said.

    "We understand that this kind of comment, coming from a person who holds the position of vice-president of Fifa - with specific reference to a football player and linking their actions to a disease that is a scourge on humanity - are at odds with the principles world football governing."


    Lance Armstrong tweets: "Hanging @LIVESTRONGHQ with the team talking about next week's events and plans for 2013. Can't wait to see so many friends and supporters."

  14. 1807: 

    Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckic is sidelined for the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate ligament.

    The 20-year-old Slovenia international was carried off on a stretcher after a challenge by Samir Carruthers during the Magpies Under-21s' 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Monday evening.

  15. 1802: 

    Ashley Cole admits an FA charge in relation to a Twitter comment which was "improper and/or brought the game into disrepute."

    Cole has requested a non-personal hearing, the date of which has yet to be set.

  16. 1800: 

    Ross Fisher and Stephen Gallacher share the lead on six under par after the first round of the Portugal Masters at Vilamouva.

    Gareth Maybin lies four shots off the lead, with Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey both one shot worse off on one under.

  17. 1753: 

    Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins dismisses a national newspaper claim that there is a rift between manager Michael Laudrup and his players.

    The club released a statement denying their was disharmony at the Liberty Stadium.

    "Today's article trying to cause unrest at the club will only help to strengthen our resolve going forward," said Jenkins.

    "Michael Laudrup and his staff have the full support of everyone connected to Swansea City and will continue to do so during the long season ahead," insisted Jenkins.

  18. 1746: 

    Despite the Lance Armstrong revelations, the future of the sport is bright according to British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake.

    "We've got to learn the lessons from the past and focus on where we want the sport to be," said Drake.

    "It's no secret that it is hard work, it's training... the focus on performance, that means you can win things and win things clean.

    "Hopefully that's now showing everybody that we can take the sport to a better place."


    You're all still debating Roy Hodgson's selection of Wayne Rooney as his England captain for the game against San Marino:

    Jay Shaw on Twitter: "Rooney as captain? The guy that infamously launched a tirade at our fans in South Africa? What a joke - I've never forgiven him for that."

    Michael O'Dowd on Twitter: "Brilliant decision. Wayne Rooney deserves it - great professional and a class player. Is always going to be the future England captain."

    George on Twitter: "Rooney captain of England, eh? He can shout enough at the ref, why not the team? Should work..."

    Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  20. 1738: 

    Steve Davis says he could still be competing on the sport's professional circuit at the age of 60.

    The 55-year-old six-time World Championship is still ranked 50th in the world, and said: "If I was a boxer I would be advised on health grounds not to go any further. The only thing that gets hurt as a snooker player is your pride, so as long as you can handle that you can carry on for as long as you want.

    "Barry Hearn actually challenged me to make it until I'm 60 and that is a great target to aim for. Who knows, I could be the only player on the tour applying for a bus pass!"

  21. 1733: 

    He may have been revealed as England's captain for Friday's match at Wembley against San Marino, but Wayne Rooney admits he's still an unfulfilled talent at international level.

    "I haven't been at my best for England and that is something I'm desperate to put right," he said.

    "I think us as a team and as a country, we need to be more successful and better in tournament football."

  22. 1724: 

    Heather Rabbatts, the FA's first female board member, says racism in the game remains a "major issue" and a priority must be to eradicate it.

    "It is a matter for all of football and needs to be top of our agenda," she said.

    "Zero tolerance is as true today as it ever was."

  23. 1719: 

    Having suffered three straight league defeats, Swansea club captain Gary Monk insists the close-knit squad at Liberty Stadium will recover to secure mid-table Premier League status.

    "Every point in the Premier League is hard to come by,'' explained Monk on the club website.

    "But we've got eight so far, so we must be doing something right, and we are looking to push on."

  24. 1715: 

    Can anyone stop Leinster from becoming the first side to win three successive Heineken Cup titles?

    BBC Sport assesses the prospects for each pool and former England centre Jeremy Guscott gives his verdict as the 18th season of Europe's most prestigious club competition returns, in our comprehensive pool-by-pool guide.

  25. 1710: 

    Jenson Button admits this drivers' championship is beyond him, but insists he still wants to win the constructors' title for his McLaren team.

    "The constructors' is definitely on and that's the big aim I think," he said.

    "When I get out of the car at the end of the race and look at the points, that's the bit I really look at."

  26. 1702: 

    Piggy French, who missed out on the London Olympics because her horses were injured, is the highest placed Briton after day one of the Boekelo three-star event in the Netherlands. She and her mount West Side are fourth overnight with a score of 42.2 penalties, with 56 of a 113-strong field having completed dressage tests.

    Germany's Olympic champion Michael Jung leads the way following a brilliant performance on Halunke FBW that earned them a score of 32.0.

  27. 1652: 

    An alternative view on the England captaincy for the San Marino qualifier on Friday:

    Matthew Coote on Twitter: "You do realise we are playing San Marino not Spain."

    Marc de Weck on Twitter: "End of the day. Shouldn't matter who's captain vs San Marino as very poor side."

  28. 1641: 

    It will soon be time for the Young Sports Personality of the Year, someone who was 16 or under on 1 January, and you have the chance to nominate your favourite. Details of how to download your form, which must be received by 19 November, can be found on the BBC website.

  29. 1634: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist welcomes the club's plans to gain admission to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in the hope of raising up to £20m. "It's not going to be an overnight fix. We have to take a real, hard look at where we are and what's actually happened. I don't think the vast majority of our support know exactly what's happened to the club. We've lost 28 players in six months," he says.

    "I'm very confident that we'll get back to where we were. In fact, I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

  30. 1617: 

    Joe on Twitter: "Re Alex Lancaster (1524) Joe Hart can keep us in the game like he does for Manchester City - and I'm a Spurs fan."

  31. 1606: 

    Unseeded Tommy Haas, 34, beats sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

  32. 1600:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    A reminder about 5 live Sport with Colin Murray at 19:00 BST, which tonight comes from Sheffield in the form of a Kicking Off special as the station continues its October fest. Guests include Brian Deane, Mark Bright, James Toseland, Hannah Cockcroft and England cricketer Jimmy Anderson, with music provided by another, the Graeme Swann band!

  33. 1549: 

    St Helens reserve coach Ian Talbot will take charge of Championship One club Rochdale Hornets after the two clubs agreed to form a partnership.

  34. 1548: 

    A late surge from Francesco Gavazzi saw him win the third stage of the Tour of Beijing, edging out Daniel Martin and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Defending champion Tony Martin still has a comfortable lead over Gavazzi, however - 40 seconds clear in the five-stage race.

  35. 1545: 

    Peter Doyle on Twitter: "Why do people overestimate the influence of a captain? This is not cricket or Rugby Union we're talking about."

  36. 1542: 

    Top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beats Romania's Simona Halep 6-1 6-1 in round two of the Linz Open.

  37. 1537: 

    Lee Westwood posts two eagles on the front nine and six birdies on an inward nine of 30 to record a stunning 61 for a six-stroke victory over South African Charl Schwartzel in the semi-finals of the World Golf Final in Turkey.

    In Friday's final he will play Justin Rose, whose round of 69 was enough to beat Tiger Woods by a single shot.

  38. 1531: 

    Davoir Jehovah Shaw on Twitter: "Re Alex Lancaster (1524) - Casillas, captain of the one of the most successful international sides ever."

  39. 1529: 

    Roger Federer came from a set down at the Shanghai Masters to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 in a match lasting nearly two hours. The 31-year-old ensured a 300th career week as world number one by reaching the quarter-finals.

  40. 1525: 

    Celtic are found not guilty by the Scottish FA on all four charges relating to an offensive banner displayed by fans during the pre-season friendly against Norwich at Parkhead.

  41. 1524: 

    Mixed reaction to Wayne Rooney being named England captain for Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino at Wembley:

    Tom Whall on Twitter: "Rooney is our best and most experienced player. I can't believe people wouldn't have him as captain."

    Robin ShepCap on Twitter: "He deserves the armband, he's come a long way since becoming a father and has enough passion to stop a train!"

    David Stott on Twitter: "Jack Hawkins - Rooney also got a red for kicking out at an opponent and was banned for 2 Euro 2012 games."

    GC on Twitter: "For me I would have picked J.Hart ahead of Rooney, because he can see the whole pitch."

    Alex Lancaster on Twitter: "Joe Hart is great but goalkeepers shouldn't captain a team - what can they do when things go wrong?"

  42. 1516: 

    Former Blackburn and Scotland defender Colin Hendry insists he has no intention of putting himself forward for the vacant manager's post at Ewood Park.

    "When you are looking at candidates for this position I don't think you need to look any further than the man in charge at the moment, Eric Black. He's got all the boxes ticked, that's for sure," he said.

  43. 1515: 

    More from former Brazil international striker Ronaldo, who told the BBC what he thought of the present day Brazilian team: "I'm sure it will be difficult, especially as we're going through a period of rejuvenation for the team. No doubt that playing at home will bring extra pressure but this could also become a great motivator. We're all going to be following events closely and the important thing is to put on a good competition."

  44. 1513: 

    Sir Chris Hoy was a guest on BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon programme and said of the Lance Armstrong furore: "It's frustrating and sad but at least we're naming and shaming people and it doesn't matter how big the names are…we're not afraid to do everything we can to prosecute them."

  45. 1511: 

    Former Brazil striker Ronaldo spoke to the BBC about whether the country would be prepared for hosting the 2014 World Cup and said: "Absolutely, Brazil will be ready - we're working very hard to ensure the World Cup hosting is perfect. Recently, since training started, there have been turbulent times in the local organising committee but lately there has been good collaboration between all parts of government in Brazil - whether it's national or local level - and along with Fifa, we have been doing a good job and I'm sure will host a fantastic World Cup."

  46. 1506: 

    The Republic of Ireland team to play Germany on Friday: Westwood; Coleman, O'Dea, O'Shea, Ward; McCarthy, Andrews, Fahey, McGeady; Cox, Walters.

  47. 1505: 

    Jack Hawkins on Twitter: "People under-estimate how much Rooney has matured recently. Only one booking last season wasn't it?"

  48. 1503: 

    The Marylebone Cricket Club plans to add two practice pitches at Lord's, one on each side of the existing square, which will bring the total number of wickets at the home of cricket to 21. The surfaces will be available for practice in 2013 with the hope that they can be used for competitive matches in 2015.

  49. 1459: 

    James Agar on Twitter: "Joe Hart should have been captain, better role model, better player and can string a proper sentence together."

    Send your thoughts on the England captaincy, or the Lance Armstrong controversy, or any topical sporting issue, via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  50. 1453: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith, again gathering information from the Leaders in Football conference: "Nasser Al-Khater also says that Qatar bid for a summer World Cup and are proceeding on that basis. But he adds that if the football authorities decide the World Cup should take place in the winter they will abide by that. Al-Khater adds that the air conditioning in the stadiums will be a lasting legacy for the world of sport and not just in football.

    "He says: 'You are always better able to plan more easily if a decision is made earlier but we are not in a position to force that. It is down to the governing body.'"

  51. 1447: 

    More from the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge and BBC Sport's Ben Smith with this: "Nasser Al-Khater, marketing director of Qatar 2022, says preparations are going very well. 'We have been busy making sure we plan it right, that we have the right structure in place,' he states.

    "He says more details will be released on the stadiums shortly and that work will begin on the first stadium in 2013."

  52. 1442: 

    Adam Priestley on Twitter: "Is Lance Armstrong a "legend" the same way John Terry's a "legend"?? Somewhere along the line the word has been skewed!"

  53. 1439: 

    Veteran striker Alessandro Del Piero, the former Italian international now with Australian club Sydney, has admitted he would not have joined Liverpool because of the Heysel disaster in 1985. The 37-year-old, who spent 19 years with Juventus, was linked with a move to Anfield but said: "The negotiations with Sydney were already at an advanced stage and then I thought about what happened at Heysel.

    "Juve and Liverpool have worked hard to mend their relationship, but for a lot of people it's something that can never be forgotten."

  54. 1431: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "Ole Gunnar Solskjær has pulled out of a scheduled appearance at Leaders today amid speculation over his future."

  55. 1428: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at the Leaders in Football conference: "Ronald De Boer is among those on stage to discuss the Middle East's growing influence on the modern game.

    "The Dutchman played out the final four years of his glittering career in the the region and will discuss the relatively new UAE Pro League. Nasser Al-Khater, the communications and marketing director of the Qatar 2022 World Cup will also speak.

  56. 1427: 

    The International Olympic Committee issue a statement in response to the allegations surrounding Lance Armstrong: "The IOC has taken note of Usada's report and is currently reviewing it together with all related documentation. It would be premature at this stage to say whether the IOC is contemplating any action.

    "Should we come across any evidence that would justify opening a disciplinary procedure, we would of course act accordingly."

  57. 1423:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport comes from Sheffield as 5 live continues its October fest with a Kicking Off special hosted by Colin Murray. Guests include Brian Deane, Mark Bright, James Toseland, Hannah Cockcroft, Jimmy Anderson, with music provided by the Graeme Swann band!

  58. 1421: 

    England boss Roy Hodgson gives his thoughts on Twitter in the final response at the press conference: "Twitter is part of life. It would be foolish of me to try to turn back tides. We live in a world where social media and Twitter are important.

    "One would prefer where there were no situations where people make mistakes but we have to make certain we are careful about what we do, then it will be up to the FA to deal with situations which they deem have gone too far."

  59. 1418: 

    Asked about becoming a father again, and also for his thoughts on Twitter etiquette, Wayne Rooney says: "Me and my wife are delighted we are having another child.

    "Players have responsibilities, whether on social network sites or in life. We have to live up to those expectations. There have been isolated occasions this week but we are well aware how we need to conduct ourselves. Whatever I tweet goes out to the world. I try to say what I'd say in a TV interview."

  60. 1415: 

    Sitting alongside Roy Hodgson at the press conference is Wayne Rooney, who is to become a father for the second time and who has been awarded the captaincy for Friday's match. "The fans since I've been involved with England have been fantastic. It's a great honour, something I'm really proud of and a big challenge for myself and hopefully we'll cap the day off with a good victory."

  61. 1414: 

    Asked about Friday's match being a 90,000 sell-out at Wembley against lowly San Marino, Roy Hodgson says: "I think it's magnificent, it shows how fantastic the support is, we are very happy with it and concerned not to let them down."

  62. 1412: 

    Roy Hodgson keeps his England selection for Friday under wraps at the press conference: "I guess Wayne Rooney knows he's starting because he's captain of the team but I've not told any of the other players yet so I cannot divulge who is playing. It might be a question of utilising the squad in a different way because we have Poland away next week."

  63. 1411: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson on Ryan Bertrand, who sent a tweet containing a swear word earlier today: "It's a reminder. His sentiments were laudible. He was a little irritated but his choice of words was wrong but it reminds us how unbelievably careful the players have to be.

  64. 1409: 

    England boss Roy Hodgson at the press conference ahead of Friday's match with San Marino, explaining the injury to Frank Lampard that will keep the veteran midfielder out of that match.

    "Frank had a scan earlier in the week. He tried to train apart from the team on Wednesday morning and he still felt a problem with his calf. There has been a slight tear. It's not a major problem but the best thing if for him to go back to his club and receive treatment on a daily basis. We will reassess the situation on Sunday."

  65. 1407: 

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "@AshWills84 on captaincy: 'I spoke to @aaronjramsey and he said congrats. We both laughed and there's no big deal about it.'"

  66. 1401: 

    The England press conference with Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney which was scheduled for 13:30 has been delayed but is due to start shortly.

  67. 1352: 

    The Football Association confirm that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will captain England in Friday night's World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

  68. 1340: 

    BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce looks at the career of Lance Armstrong and how the seven-time Tour de France champion fell from grace.

  69. 1333: 

    Lee Westwood is six under par over 11 holes and leads Charl Schwartzel by three strokes in their semi-final at the World Golf Final in Turkey. In the other contest Tiger Woods and Justin Rose are level at one over par after nine holes.

  70. 1328: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson is getting ready to face the media ahead of Friday night's international against San Marino at Wembley.

  71. 1320: 

    There are plenty of views coming in on Team Sky rider Alex Dowsett's description of Lance Armstrong as "a legend".

    Ridwan Khonat on Twitter: "Lance Armstrong is a legend for battling cancer and raising awareness. All his sporting integrity has gone out of the window."

    Paul Pharoah on Twitter: "Alex Dowsett's loyalty is touching but misplaced. Would he condone other forms of cheating if people can get away with it?"

    Tom Edwards on Twitter: "There's being a Legend 4 the right reasons & then theres being a Legend 4 the wrong reasons. I know which he goes in."

    To get involved, send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag: #bbcsportsday

  72. 1312: 

    Four British Paralympians have qualified for next month's Invacare Doubles Masters, the year-end highlight for the world's top doubles players.

    London 2012 bronze medallists Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley will compete in the women's doubles with different partners - Shuker will team up with Belgium's Annick Sevenans while Whiley will partner Germany's Katharina Kruger.

    In the men's doubles, British number one Gordon Reid will partner Dutchman Ronald Vink while Marc McCarroll will play with Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland.

  73. 1310: 

    Head of MotoGP organisers Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta, has been explaining last week's announcement that the company are taking over the World Superbike series. He says "the main aim of both championships are to reduce costs and increase the show."

  74. 1302: 

    Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is set to return to the club if the Cherries can agree a compensation package with Burnley.

    Howe managed Bournemouth for two years, leading them to promotion in 2010, and has been in charge of Burnley after nearly two years. Bournemouth sacked previous boss Paul Groves earlier this month.

  75. 1301:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "As expected, Wayne Rooney will captain England v San Marino at Wembley tomorrow night."

  76. 1254: 

    The BBC Sport website will have coverage of Roy Hodgson's England press conference at 13:30 BST ahead of tomorrow night's international against San Marino at Wembley. The subject of who will be captain and a reaction to Ryan Bertrand's tweets regarding his withdrawal from the squad are set to be up for discussion.

  77. 1241: 

    Team Sky's Alex Dowsett says Lance Armstrong remains "a legend" despite allegations Do you agree? Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  78. 1237: 

    On the subject on who should be the England captain for Friday night's game against San Marino:

    Callan Rowland on Twitter: "Captain should be Joe Hart, sees everything on the pitch and is a guaranteed starter unlike some defenders, plus he's good."

    Sir Benjamin Lee on Twitter: "Hart should be captain, 10+ years left it him as England #1, Rooney has only 5-6 years left playing for England."

  79. 1237: 

    The New York Times has an excellent graphic highlighting the extent to which the Tour de France has been blighted by drugs in recent years. More than a third of the top finishers in the race in the last 15 years have either admitted using performance-enhancing drugs or been officially linked to doping. All those pictured have either tested positive, admitted to doping or been officially sanctioned.

  80. 1228: 

    It's the early stages in the semi-finals of the World Golf Final in Turkey and South African Charl Schwartzel is level par after four holes, one ahead of Lee Westwood. In the other match Tiger Woods is level par and one shot ahead of Justin Rose after three.

  81. 1217: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein is at the Leaders in Football conference where an interesting debate on football governance comes to an end: "SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster has praised Scottish clubs for their response to the Rangers situation.

    "There was a fear last summer over the financial situation of the game in Scotland," he said. "Everyone thought it was all about the Old Firm. The game and the club have shown themselves to be resilient."

    FA non-executive director Heather Rabbatts accepts the "perception" of the FA and its processes must improve and become more transparent to the public. "We've got to get better at using social media ourselves," she says. "Perception is key."

    When asked if there should be a British women's team in future Olympic Games', Rabbatts adds: "Yes I do. Seeing the success of London 2012, the more we can build engagement around the world the better it [women's football] will be seen."

  82. 1207: 

    Andy Murray beats Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2 6-2 to ease into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters. He will face Radek Stepanek in the next round after the experienced Czech Republic player beat American eight seed John Isner 6-4 6-7 6-3.

  83. 1201: 

    LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Germany on Friday with an Achilles injury but will hopefully be fit for Tuesday's match against the Faroe Islands, the Football Association of Ireland has said.

  84. 1156: 

    Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, who was forced to pull out of the England squad with what was described as a 'sore throat', has taken to Twitter to explain exactly what his ailment is: "Just to clarify...Its not a "sore throat" Im ill. Swollen glands in my neck...And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold. Do you think a "sorethroat" could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country? This is what every boy dreams of."

  85. 1140: 

    Team Sky rider Alex Dowsett has come out in defence of Lance Armstrong after the American was accused of "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

    "I don't think it matters, he is still a legend of the sport," said the 23-year-old who is participating in the Tour of Beijing. "All I know is that we all are racing clean. It was a different sport back then."

  86. 1137: 

    Andy Murray wins the opening set of his third-round match at the Shanghai Masters against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2. The US Open champion and third seed looks strong as he aims to join Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. You can follow the latest scores on the ATP website.

  87. 1131: 

    Heather Watson will face unseeded Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open after Parmentier beat second seed Zheng Jie. Fellow Briton Laura Robson's reward for beating Chinese qualifier Yi-Miao Zhou is a last-eight tie against Taiwan's Kai-Chen Chang.

  88. 1123: 

    Andy Murray has just gotten underway against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in their third round match at the Shanghai Masters. Murray, the defending champion, had a walkover from injured German Florian Meyer in the second round and leads 3-1 early on.

  89. 1119: 

    The Leaders in Football conference resumes at Stamford Bridge and BBC Sport's David Ornstein is in atttendance again. "If the second day of the conference makes as many headlines as the first - Michael Owen on diving, Lord Triesman on John Terry - we should be in for a treat.

    "First up is a discussion on football governance, featuring Heather Rabbatts (non-executive director at the FA), Neil Doncaster (chief executive of the Scottish Premier League) and Karen Espelund (executive committee member at Uefa).

    "The likes of former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier and Arsenal chief executive David Dein are in attendance, as is West Brom sporting director Dan Ashworth, who will take over as director of elite development at the FA next summer. And TV presenter Vernon Kay is here again too as he looks for partners to help with a new sporting venture."

  90. 1115: 

    Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio denies claims he is in line for the Bolton job but admits he is happy to be linked with other clubs. Bookmakers have placed the 43-year-old Italian among the favourites to replace Owen Coyle, who was sacked by the Championship outfit on Tuesday.

    "It's better than not reading your name," Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire. "We can joke about it but it doesn't change that I am working for Swindon, so there's no need to think about it."

  91. 1113: 

    Edinburgh reject an approach by Saracens to play a Heineken Cup pool game between the teams in South Africa. The Scottish side's managing director Craig Docherty said the proposal was not "commercially compelling". The sides meet at Murrayfield on Saturday in the opening Pool One fixture of this season's tournament. But the English club were keen to play the return fixture - scheduled for January 20 - in Cape Town.

  92. 1100: 

    Another plug - this time to remind you that the Korean Grand Prix is live across the BBC this weekend. There will be live coverage on the BBC Sport website with Lawrence Barretto providing live text commentary of the opening practice session on Friday at 0130 BST.

  93. 1055: 

    A quick plug for a special in-depth BBC Radio 5 live sport investigation on Monday, 15 October at 1900 BST. "Peddlers - Cycling Dirty Truth" will focus on drugs in cycling through the Lance Armstrong era. You will hear an exclusive interview with one of Armstrong's former team mates, Tyler Hamilton, as well as interviews with Dick Pound, the former head of World Anti-Doping Authority, Dr Michael Ashenden, the world's leading authority on blood doping and British cyclist David Millar who was banned for two years after admitting taking performance enhancing drugs.

  94. 1051: 

    In the absence of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on Friday, who should captain England in their World Cup qualifer against San Marino?

    Mark Hughes on Twitter: "Captaincy should pass to younger hands non safer than Joe Hart's. Guaranteed a place, young and passionate. And i'm a LFC fan."

    Scotty on Twitter: "Wayne Rooney to be captain then? Time for him to shine on the international stage."

    Jay on Twitter: "Joe Hart should be given the armband - and not just while Gerrard & Lampard are unavailable but permanently."

    And on Ryan Bertrand pulling out of the England squad, Nick Young on Twitter says: "Who pulls out of England duty with a sore throat, 36 hours before the game?! Take a Strepsil, man up and put your shorts on."

  95. 1043: 

    The San Francisco 49ers will take on Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in the 2013 NFL game. Jacksonville have already been designated the home team for the fixture in London between 2013-16. This year's Wembley game will see the St Louis Rams play the New England Patriots on 28 October.

  96. 1040: 

    Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand has pulled out of the England squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino due to a sore throat, the Football Association has confirmed.

  97. 1035: 

    Here's more from Yates: "There was always a certain amount of speculation surrounding Lance but I believed he was a superb athlete and we were a well-drilled team. He was very, very determined and this damning report bears that out in varying degrees."

  98. 1034: 

    Team Sky sports director Sean Yates is on BBC Radio 5 live talking about the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Yates, who worked with Armstrong in 2005, said: "It's all pretty damning for Lance. My opinion is one of disappointment at the depth of the whole system. I worked with Lance but never saw any indication this practice was going on. I never saw any indication of anything dodgy going on, never saw anything untoward."

  99. 1029: 

    Monisha Kaltenborn, 41, becomes the first female team principal in Formula 1 taking over at Sauber. Outgoing boss Peter Sauber, who entered F1 in 1993, will remain as Sauber group's president of the board.

  100. 1025: 

    Britain's James DeGale says his European title defence against Hadillah Mohoumadi on Saturday represents a "new start" and that he will be ready to take on IBF super-middleweight title-holder Carl Froch in a year's time.

  101. 1018: 

    Oisin Gregorian on Twitter: "Watching clips of Lance celebrating his 7 tour victories. What must he have been thinking whilst atop of those podiums!?"

    Kemisola on Twitter: "One athlete, good or bad, does not a sport make or break."

  102. 1014: 

    British Cycling boss Dave Brailsford believes Lance Armstrong has made it hard for anyone to trust cycling in the wake of the American being accused of being involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

  103. 1012: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy loses by six shots to Tiger Woods and bows out of the World Golf Final in Turkey. Woods will play Justin Rose in the semi-finals later this afternoon, with Lee Westwood and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel contesting the other match in the last four.

  104. 1010: 

    Hannah Starling has won Great Britain's first ever World Junior medal in the Girls A Springboard category at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide. Fewer than six points separated the top four and 17-year-old Starling, who was 13th in the same event at the London 2012 Olympics, said: "It was so unexpected so I'm delighted."

  105. 1007: 

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round of the Shanghai Masters after beating Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3 6-3. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also through after victories over Sam Querrey and Marcos Baghdatis respectively. Andy Murray's third-round match against Alexander Dolgopolov is scheduled to start at 1100 BST.

  106. 1002: 

    France coach Aurelien Cologni has included 14 players from Catalan Dragons in his 19-man squad for the game against Wales in Lens on Saturday, 20 October. France also play England at Hull KR's Craven Park on Saturday, 3 November.

  107. 1000: 

    Former India captain Anil Kumble has been unanimously elected as the new chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, replacing Clive Lloyd.

  108. 0958: 

    Another Englishman is also through to the semi-finals of the World Golf Final in Turkey, Lee Westwood shooting a 64 to beat Hunter Mahan of the United States.

  109. 0957: 

    Adam Forster on Twitter: "If Lance Armstrong really is a cheat then I think my whole belief system is messed up, always been an idol and legend for me."

    Dan Gardner on Twitter: "Regardless of the outcome of Lance Armstrong, the work for charity over the years is undeniable."

    Aaron Jackson on Twitter: "Two ways to look at Armstrong findings: either 20 plus people are all repeating the same lie, or one person is."

  110. 0954: 

    Frank Lampard's withdrawal from the England squad to face San Marino in Friday's World Cup qualifier leaves manager Roy Hodgson with a decision to make over who will captain the side. Steven Gerrard is suspended and Lampard, as his deputy was in line to step up. Manchester City keeper Joe Hart believes Wayne Rooney should be given the armband - who do you think should be captain? #bbcsportsday

  111. 0950: 

    England's Justin Rose cards a nine-under-par 62 to beat Webb Simpson by five shots and qualify for the semi-finals of the inaugural World Golf Final in Turkey.

  112. 0948: 

    Former England captain Andrew Strauss has joined the International Cricket Conference Board to replace Ian Bishop, as the representative for former players.

  113. 0943: 

    Britain's Laura Robson joins Heather Watson in the third round of the Japan Open after beating China's Yi Miao Zhou 6-4 6-4.

  114. 0941: 

    Lewis Hamilton has been talking to BBC Sport about his Twitter misunderstanding with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button. He said: "It was an experience which I'll hopefully learn from. Maybe Twitter and me don't go too well at the moment. I need to step back and think about how I try and improve that."

  115. 0933: 

    Frank Lampard has been ruled out of England's squad to face San Marino in Friday's World Cup qualifier. The Chelsea midfielder will return to the England squad on Sunday for assessment ahead of the away qualifier with Poland on Tuesday.

  116. 0929: 

    Adam D'Arcy on Twitter: "In a sport that was dominated by drugs and cheats during the 00's how were we to believe the best rider wasn't cheating?"

    Joseph Beeby on Twitter: "I'm still (naively) hoping #lancearmstrong didn't cheat. He was and in a way still is, one of my all time heroes. It was probably the most excited I've ever been about seeing a sportsman when I saw #lancearmstrong 2ft from me in the tour."

  117. 0923: 

    The MotoGP season is drawing to a close with Jorge Lorenzo holding a 33-point lead over Dani Pedrosa at the top of the standings with four races to go. However, BBC motorcycling commentator Steve Parrish, in his latest column, suggests the race for the title is far from over. Japan hosts the next race this weekend.

  118. 0919: 

    Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso has also been talking about Lance Armstrong at a news conference ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix: "I love cycling, I love bicycles and sure Lance was more than another rider, he was some kind of idol for many people and inspiration for many of us and many media people in the world. It's not easy and I think he will remain an inspiration for many people, whatever happened, whatever the result."

  119. 0914: 

    Mike Fisher "Still find it hard to believe but truely sickening to think Armstrong cheated his way throughout, he has inspired so many."

    James Ash on Twitter: "We all remember the yellow wristbands. We all wanted to Livestrong. Now we must Liveright, rather than Livewrong." #bbcsportsday

  120. 0911: 

    Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, a friend of Lance Armstrong, has told BBC Sport: "It is very very very disappointing. All you can say is karma catches up with you every now and then. It's just the way it's gone for him and it's over his eyeballs now and let's see what will hold in 10 years time and what people really think of him."

  121. 0909: 

    Stoke striker Michael Owen has defended comments he made on the subject of diving at the Leaders in Football conference on Wednesday. Owen admitted to winning penalties for England on two occasions against Argentina when he "could have stayed on feet".

    However, he tweeted on Thursday: "To clarify, I have never won a penalty through diving and didn't say so yesterday, despite what the headlines say. I have, however, gone down, WHEN FOULED, when I could have stayed on my feet."

  122. 0859: 

    What do you make of the United States Anti-Doping Agency labelling Lance Armstrong a "serial" cheat who led "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen"? Has the revelation changed your outlook on Armstrong and the sport of cycling? Tweet us #sportsday

  123. 0850: 

    David Price defends his his British heavyweight crown against Audley Harrison on Saturday. Liverpudlian Price has told BBC Sport's Ben Dirs: "It's unfortunate he's become a bit of a joke character who's gone from hero to zero. But I can't afford to let that get in the way of business. Fact is, because of the way the public perceive him, I've got a massive amount to lose in this fight. If I was to lose to him, how would that make me look?"

  124. 0844: 

    England play minnows San Marino in a World Cup qualifier on Friday at Wembley. The last time the teams met, in 1993, Davide Gualtieri shocked everyone by scoring the fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup match, be that qualifiers or the finals. BBC Sport's Chris Bevan has spoken with Gualtieri and the then England manager Graham Taylor.

  125. 0834: 

    Rory McIlroy's hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the inaugural World Golf Final in Turkey are not looking good. The Northern Irishman, who needs to beat Tiger Woods to advance, is two over after six holes, five shots behind Woods who has birdied three holes.

  126. 0828: 

    On suggestions that cycling's governing body the UCI colluded with Armstrong to cover up tests, Bruin added: "I hope it's not true. Because if that's true, it's the end of the UCI. Please, please, let's hope it's not so."

  127. 0826: 

    Martin Bruin, a former chief doping inspector at the Tour de France from when Lance Armstrong was competing has told BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm speechless, I've just heard the whole story and the proof is there.

    "We are only human beings, we did our best to test and bring samples to labs according to rules but I'm speechless about the systematic use, very disappointed.

    "It's terrible for sport in general, for riders, I'm really disappointed. You are always running behind the facts.

    "You're always trying your very best to clean up the business, to achieve and do what is possible. But what can you do?"

  128. 0819: 

    Scotland midfielder Kim Little hit a late winner as Arsenal retained their Continental Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City on Wednesday evening.

  129. 0811: 

    Great Britain's Heather Watson has defeated sixth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach the third round of the Japan Open.

  130. 0809: 

    Rangers will seek admission to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the Stock Exchange with a view to raising £20m, the club has confirmed.

  131. 0807: 

    We start though with three transfer tales from Thursday's football gossip column.

    Manchester City and Chelsea have been told they can have Atletico Madrid's 26-year-old striker Radamel Falcao next summer - but the bidding starts at £48m. (Daily Mirror)

    Arsene Wenger, 62, has £35m to spend in January and the Arsenal manager will attempt to buy a striker with Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez, 24, and Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, 27, his leading targets. (Daily Mail)

    Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has told Wilfried Zaha, 19, to snub Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and stay at Selhurst Park. (Daily Star)

  132. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live. Lance Armstrong's reputation lies in tatters after the United States Anti-Doping Agency labelled him a "serial" cheat. We will have updates to the story.

    Andy Murray, targeting a third straight Shanghai Masters title, takes on Alexander Dolgopolov in round three.

    The inaugural World Golf Final continues in Turkey with Rory McIlroy taking on Tiger Woods.

    In addition, we build up to Friday's World Cup qualifiers as England prepare to host San Marino and Scotland get ready to visit Wales, plus all the breaking sports news.

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