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26 October 2012 Last updated at 19:12

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  1. 1903: 

    That's all from Sportsday for today, but if you still need a bit of live sport from the BBC, you can see Newport Gwent Dragons v Ulster on Scrum V. You can also listen to live commentary of Worcester v Sale online or BBC 5 live sports extra.

  2. 1848: 

    Adam Jones will miss all four of Wales' autumn internationals after a recurrence of a knee injury in Ospreys' Heineken Cup defeat away to Leicester.


    Andy Kidd on Twitter: "If, as Mancini says, tactics don't matter, what exactly is he being paid for?"

    Wil on Twitter: "Any team with that many experienced players should know how to switch systems, regardless! Very arrogant by City."

  4. 1836: 

    British Cycling's president Brian Cookson has applauded the UCI's decision to not reallocate the Tour , and to establish an independent external commission to look into the various allegations made about the UCI relating to the Armstrong doping scandal.

    "The UCI has taken another worthwhile step in its response to the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong.

    "I can assure everyone that my UCI management committee colleagues and I are unanimous in our determination that this independent commission will just be the start of the process and nothing will be off the agenda.

    "Cycling must and will learn the lessons of the Armstrong era."

  5. 1824: 

    BBC Sport's George Riley on Twitter about Billy Boston's worldwide recognition: "Sporting Equals Top 10 pioneering black athletes … RL's Billy Boston in rich company with Ali and Owens."


    Babajide on Twitter: "Richards should have discussed his concerns about tactics with the manager privately. His comments won't help him get games"

    What do you think of what Micah Richards and Roberto Mancini have had to say about City's tactical changes against Ajax? Join the debate at #bbcsportsday.

  7. 1804: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol is hopeful that defender Brede Hangeland will sign a new contract to stay at Craven Cottage for the long term.

    "We've been talking to him for the last five or six months. But we've made him a good offer so if he wants to stay that would be fantastic."


    Tommy Thomson on Twitter: "Mancini like kid with new game, mates better than him, so wants another new game. Acting like spoilt brat!"

  9. 1758: 

    Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas has joined New Zealand's set-up as bowling coach ahead of the forthcoming Test series in his home country.

    "I feel my recent experience as a player and understanding of conditions in the sub-continent will benefit the team," says Vaas, who took 355 wickets in 111 Tests.


    Roberto Mancini thinks that "top players" should be able to take tactical changes on board during a game, but Micah Richards voiced concerns about City's change to a back three during their defeat to Ajax.

    What do you think? Join the debate at #bbcsportsday.

  11. 1747: 

    Brendan Rodgers feels his Liverpool side are due to get a few refereeing decisions going their way in what will be his first Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.

    "We haven't got anything this year. I have got to be honest, that is incredible," Rodgers said.

    "The history of it (the derby) shows there has been a lot of red cards but I hope that this weekend we might start to get a decision that goes our way for once."

  12. 1737: 

    BBC Sport's News Correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Armstrong faces having to pay back approx €3m in Tour de France prize money, & bonus insurers SCA want $12m back His estimated wealth? $125m"

  13. 1733: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says any form of racist behaviour is "an instant sackable offence" at his club.

    "I have a zero tolerance rule. I have spoken to the players about this before," Lennon said.

    "Any sign of any sort of racism against colour, religion, background will be an instant sackable offence."

  14. 1727: 

    The all-Spanish quarter final in the Valencia Open ends with top seed David Ferrer beating Nicolas Almagro 6-3 7-5. Ferrer will play the winner of the Dodig-Cilic quarter final.


    Jack Quinn Stacy on Twitter: "British players can only play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 if played with foreigners. Remember McClaren's epic 3-5-2 against Croatia?"

    James Bunyan on Twitter: "Dear Mr Mancini, I have played in Goal, RB, CB, CM, LM and STR i will play for you + I am an Arsenal fan so you will want me"

  16. 1716: 

    Wigan legend Billy Boston has been named as one the 10 greatest black sportsmen in history. The Sporting Equals' top 10 list, announced to mark Black History Month, also includes Muhammed Ali, Jesse Owens, Pele and Daley Thompson.

    Boston will also be honoured ahead of the Wales v England international at Wrexham on Saturday.

  17. 1714: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins recites poetry when asked a question about how he relieves stress. You can watch the video on our website here.

  18. 1706: 

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers: 'I've seen the Merseyside Derby over the years and there have been some real firecrackers of games.' #EFC #LFC"

  19. 1702: 

    QPR boss Mark Hughes does not think that Anton Ferdinand will end his boycott of the Kick It Out t-shirt ahead of his side's game at Arsenal tomorrow.

    "I've not discussed it with him this week. Obviously he didn't last weekend and nothing's changed to any great extent. Statements have been made," says Hughes.

    "I'm not sure if Anton or any of the other guys who felt that they didn't want to wear the t-shirt will wear it."

  20. 1659: 

    Wales coach Iestyn Harris sets an ambitious four-year target for the country to become one of the sport's international super powers. "We're breaking new ground and our ambition is get into the top group by 2016 or 2017," says Harris.

  21. 1653: 

    England cap Steffon Armitage must wait until next week to discover whether he will be banned by the French Rugby Federation for failing a drugs test. The Toulon flanker continues to maintain his innocence after testing positive for banned substance morphine following last season's Top 14 final defeat by Toulouse.

  22. 1649: 

    Championship side Nottingham Forest sign Norwich City defender Elliott Ward on loan with a view to a permanent deal. "We are little bit light defensively and Elliott gives us flexibility," Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll tells BBC Radio Nottingham.

  23. 1643: 

    Adam on Twitter: "Is Brendan Rodgers boring anyone else with his 'woe-betide-me' things about referee decisions?"

  24. 1636: 

    World number nine Mark Allen on Twitter: "So Ronnie pulls out of China again! Thoughts? Common theme is he can do what he wants. I'm not disagreeing but why enter?? He's far better in the tournaments than not!!"

  25. 1633: 

    Second rower Dave Allen signs a new contract to stay with Widnes Vikings until the end of the 2014 Super League season. "Widnes is my hometown team and I've never had any intention of moving elsewhere," says the ex-Wigan player.

  26. 1628: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Jamie Spencer to start a two-year contract on 1 January as retained jockey for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's Qatar Racing operation."

  27. 1624: 

    Brendan Rodgers airs his frustration at a series of refereeing decisions he feels have gone against Liverpool this season and expresses a hope that the club's luck will change during Sunday's Merseyside derby. "We haven't got anything this year. I have got to be honest, that is incredible," says the Reds boss.

  28. 1617: 

    Kev the Red on Twitter: "Re 1525. Mancini, if your reading this...I'll play anywhere you want for a £1,000 a week. We can even share lifts to training?"

    James Prowting on Twitter: "Mancini has only himself to blame, he assembled this team. Should've considered a players' verasatility before buying."

    Callan Rowland on Twitter: "Three at the back works, Roberto Martinez used it well at the end of last year, Wigan beat Man United and Arsenal so it works!"

  29. 1611: 

    The UCI also calls on Lance Armstrong and all other affected riders to return the prize money they have received.

  30. 1609: 

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) announce they will not award victories to riders, or upgrade other placings, in any events affected by the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. The UCI's management committee makes the decision at a meeting in Geneva.

  31. 1605: 

    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan pulls out of the upcoming International Championship in China. O'Sullivan, 36, was set to make his return to the baize after a self-imposed five-month absence.

    "I'm very sorry that I've had to officially withdraw from the International Championship, due to ongoing health problems," he says. "I would have loved to be fit to compete in Chengdu but I have been advised by my doctor not to travel."

  32. 1602: 

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins says club record signing Gaston Ramirez will miss Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

  33. 1555: 

    Debashish Sikdar on Twitter: "Re 1525. They make millions per year, yet they whine about something as trivial as a tactical change? They should be good everywhere."

  34. 1549: 

    Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald believes the punishment of a points deduction on the cash-strapped SPL club for failing to pay wages would be unfair to the players. "We're the ones already not getting paid and then to get a point deduction on top of that would be quite difficult to take," says MacDonald.

  35. 1544: 

    Alexandr Dolgopolov beats defending champion Marcel Granollers to reach the Valencia Open semi-finals. The Ukrainian wins 6-0 6-2 to set up a last-four encounter against Jurgen Melzer. Melzer, who hasn't dropped a set at the tournament, beat Belgium's David Goffin 7-6 (7) 6-4.

  36. 1539: 

    AC Milan president, and former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud.

  37. 1534: 

    Former Everton midfielder James McFadden targets an extended stay at Sunderland after agreeing a short-term deal with the Premier League club. "I'm delighted - this is a good chance to get back playing football and hopefully earn a longer-term contract," the ex-Scotland international tells Sunderland's official website.

  38. 1529: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon values Victor Wanyama at £25m after it was revealed the Kenya midfielder has rejected the offer of a new contract at Parkhead. "Wanyama has the world at his feet," says Lennon.

  39. 1525: 

    Steven Atkinson on Twitter: "Re 1428. Mancini is right, UK players struggle tactically. Three at the back allows more attacking intent."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Too many players are one footed, can only play in one position and are unable to adapt to the ebb and flow of a game."

    Do you agree with Manchester City boss Mancini, who says "top" players should be able to switch between tactical systems during games? Or does Micah Richards, who voiced concerns about City changing to the three central defenders, have a valid point?

  40. 1520: 

    France's Richard Gasquet clinches his place in the ATP Swiss Indoors semi-finals in Basel by beating Mikhail Youzhny. The tournament's third seed wins 6-2 7-6 (7-5) against the Russian.

  41. 1515: 

    Great Britain hockey player Hannah Macleod's stolen Olympic bronze medal has been recovered after being posted anonymously to England Hockey's head office. It was stolen, along with rower Alex Partridge's medal, from a London nightclub earlier this week.

  42. 1509: 

    Northern Ireland international Sammy Clingan joins League One play-off hopefuls Doncaster Rovers on a rolling month-to-month deal. The midfielder, 28, has been without a club since leaving Coventry in the summer.

  43. 1505: 

    Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko criticises the nation's sporting bosses for the country's "complete failure" at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    "Belarus people will no longer tolerate such a disastrous showing," Lukashenko, who also serves as president of the Belarus Olympic Committee (BOC), tells delegates at the annual BOC convention. Belarus won 12 medals including two golds.

  44. 1459: 

    Rob Elliot on Twitter: "Re 1428. How many different positions did Gerrard play in the Champions League final! CM, CF, RW and I believe he ended at RB."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Agree with Mancini, if footballers want to maintain the sort of money they are getting then they need to improve basic skills."

  45. 1454: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Liverpool's Melwood training ground: "A typically eloquent performance from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who spoke of his respect and admiration for the Merseyside derby throughout his press conference. There was good news with the anticipated return of Pepe Reina but Rodgers went on to bemoan his side's luck with the officials this season.

    "There is a growing sense that Liverpool are gradually adjusting to the Rodgers style of play. Three clean sheets on the spin would suggest that but the Merseyside derby tends to throw form and everything else out of the window."

  46. 1453: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says injured goalkeeper Pepe Reina has returned to training ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton.

  47. 1449: 

    Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan looks set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after he undergoes a knee cartilage operation, the Championship club tweets.

  48. 1443: 

    Kingsbarns is the favourite for Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster as trainer Aidan O'Brien seeks his seventh win in the race. The big Town Moor race is the last Group One contest of the British Flat season.

  49. 1438: 

    Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is ruled out of Saturday's Scottish Premier League clash against Kilmarnock at Parkhead. The Greece international limped off in the first half of the Hoops' Champions League defeat in Barcelona with an ankle injury.

  50. 1433: 

    Ferrari deny they are courting political controversy by carrying a flag of the Italian navy on their cars throughout this weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Two members of the Italian navy's vessel protection department are awaiting trial following the death of two Indian fishermen.

    "We just wanted to pay tribute to all the Italian navy which is one of the excellences of Italy, and it's just a sign of hope that a solution can be found about the case that involves two Italian sailors," says a Ferrari spokesman.

  51. 1428: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says "top" players should be able to seamlessly adapt to tactical switches. His comments come after right-back Micah Richards raised concerns over the Italian's liking to play with three central defenders.

    Is Mancini right? Do English players lack tactical flexibility compared to players from other countries? Or does Richards have valid concerns? Let us know by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  52. 1422: 

    McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button admit they are struggling for pace at the Indian Grand Prix. They were sixth and seventh fastest in Friday's second practice - almost a second off Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

    "The Red Bulls are just too quick - the Ferrari is very quick," says 2008 world champion Hamilton.

  53. 1417: 

    Chris Fleming on Twitter: "Although he's a good player, I don't think United will miss Kagawa too much."

  54. 1412: 

    Olympic champions Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis are named Athletes of the Year by the British Athletics Writers' Association. Farah did the distance double at London 2012, winning the 10,000 and 5,000 men's metres titles, while Ennis clinched women's heptathlon gold.

  55. 1408: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson demands football chiefs work harder to eradicate racism from the game. "The Professional Footballers' Association is doing its best but Uefa, Fifa and the Football Association have to do more," says Ferguson.

  56. 1404: 

    Match of the Day on Twitter: "Ahead of the football, @bbcstrictly stars Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe attempt to predict the results for Focus."

    You can watch the predictions made by the ex-England cricket captain and his dance partner as they try to beat Mark Lawrenson.

  57. 1400: 

    Your reactions to legendary trainer Manny Steward's career and thoughts on his finest fighter have continued to come in.

    Phill Arrowsmith on Twitter: "Hearns was Manny's best fighter but Wlad is his best work. Hearns was destined for greatness, Manny taught Wlad to be great."

    Dom Brandon on Twitter: "Manny Steward trained some great fighters - Hearns and Lewis were his stand-outs - but they were all greater because of him."

    Mattofyork on Twitter: "Hard to say who Mannys Steward's best fighter was. They are all good and special in their own way due to one thing - Emanuel steward."

  58. 1353: 

    Former England striker Emile Heskey's fine form for A League's Newcastle Jets continues as he scores both goals in his side's 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

    The 34-year-old has scored four goals in four games for the Jets since joining on a one-year deal in the summer.

  59. 1343: 

    Angusss on Twitter: "Arsenal fans should be happy, consistently in the top four and the only one of the top clubs thats close to be financially stable."

    Antony Miles on Twitter: "Kroenke, clueless, Gazidis, money orientated, these people dont care about the fans, all motivated by the money."

    After a stormy annual shareholders meeting in which chairman Peter Hill-Wood, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all were the target of Arsenal fans unhappiness, what do you think?

    Get involved on #bbcsportsday.

  60. 1335: 

    Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is hopeful that he will overcome the hip injury that he suffered in the defeat to Norwich to take his place in the match-day squad to face QPR on Saturday.

    Jack Wilshere, who was on the bench at Carrow Road, could appear amongst the substitutes again as he makes his recovery from long-term injury, but Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and Theo Walcott (chest) remain out.

  61. 1325: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists that he will not be distracted by his own acrimonious departure from Norwich in the summer when the Canaries play his new employers this Saturday.

    The Scot and Norwich are both suing each other for breach of contract and the matter will ultimately be decided by a Premier League managers' tribunal.

    "It's just another game. I had a great three years there and if people want to deflect on to something else then I can't help that," he said.

    "There's some things that have been said which have been disappointing."

  62. 1318: 

    Lincolnshire golfer Holly Clyburn, the highest placed amateur at September's Women's Open at Hoylake, has turned professional.

    The 21-year-old was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland squad which beat the USA in June to win the Curtis Cup, the women's equivalent of the Walker Cup.

  63. 1309: 

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is ruled out for two weeks with a calf strain.

  64. 1307: 

    Associated Press reporter Rob Harris at Chelsea press conference: "Di Matteo asked if players found guilty of racial abuse should be sacked: 'If the majority believes we need a law like that we will obey it.'"

  65. 1305: 

    With 12 matches of the season gone, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his players have "hit the wall" with successive defeats to Norwich and Schalke in their last two games.

    The Frenchman is confident that his side will return to winning form soon however.

    "We have hit the wall a little bit in the last two games, and just did not find our rhythm," he said.

    "But we have to just focus again on the quality of our game, the way we want to play, and not concede too much against who we play. With the quality we have, the results will come back."

  66. 1257:  
    Jake Humphrey, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    BBC Formula 1 presenter Jake Humphrey on Twitter: "Just interviewed Bernie E he warned there 'maybe' LESS F1 races in Europe in years to come. See it on Inside F1 at 6.45pm BBC News Channel."

  67. 1252: 

    Force India have no plans to recruit Narain Karthikeyen despite Lewis Hamilton's comments earlier in the week suggesting that the 35-year-old HRT driver would do well at the team.

    Force India deputy principal Robert Fernley said that Karthikeyen was not at the level to compete with current partnership Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenburg.

    "With all due respect to Narain, can he compete with and outperform our drivers? It is not his fault because he's not had the opportunity that our drivers have had. Unfortunately that is the way it is," added Fernley.

  68. 1245: 

    Robert Garrigus leaves fellow American Tiger Woods trailing five strokes behind after shooting a second successive 64 at the CIMB Classic at The Mines in Malaysia.

    In-form Garrigus, three times a runner-up on the PGA Tour this season, reaches halfway 14 under par and two in front of South African Jbe Kruger as Woods moved up only from seventh to fifth with a 67.

    "No disrespect to anybody on the PGA Tour - they're all great players - but I feel like I can beat anybody in the world," said Garrigus, who is hunting only his second career victory.

  69. 1242: 

    The New England Partriots meet the St Louis Rams on Sunday in the latest NFL regular season game to be staged at Wembley. How do you see the game panning out, will the New England offensive sweep all before them? And, do you welcome the chance to watch the world's best in other sports on British soil or should stadiums like Wembley be saved for the showpiece domestic events?

    Join the debate on #bbcsportsday.

  70. 1228: 

    Dundee United sign former Hearts playmaker Rudi Skacel on a short-term deal, despite speculation linking the 33-year-old Czech international to a third spell at Tynecastle.

    "Within 10 minutes of meeting the manager, I had decided I wanted to come here; it was an easy decision," said Skacel, who is contracted to United until the end of January.

    "I have kept fit training with a few of my previous clubs over the last few months so it is just match fitness I have to get up to speed with."

  71. 1213: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Javier Hernandez's fine form is the pay-off for the striker missing Mexico's victorious London 2012 campaign.

    The 24-year-old scored twice as Manchester United bounced back from two goals adrift to beat Braga 3-2 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    "The thing that is making the difference is he got a proper rest in the summer," said Ferguson.

    "It wasn't exhausting in the way it had been in the previous three years."

  72. 1206: 

    Rory McIlroy is poised at 12 under, two shots off leader Peter Hanson, at the end of the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

    Ireland Shane Lowry, Wales' Jamie Donaldson and England's Justin Rose are in a share of fourth place on eight under.

  73. 1155: 

    Fulham left-back Matthew Briggs has joined Bristol City in a one-month loan deal.

    The England Under-21 international, who has previously spent loan spells at Leyton Orient and Peterborough United, could make his City debut in Saturday's Championship home game against Hull.

  74. 1151: 

    A cyclist has been banned from the sport for 18 months for refusing to take a drugs test because he wanted to get home to his sick children.

    Marcel Six, riding for the Metaltek Scott team in an event at Canary Wharf in May, told the tester he was unable to provide a sample as his wife was anxious about his children - an excuse collaborated by his text messages and phone calls.

    "To be blunt, even if he agreed to race only at the last minute and under pressure, the fact of the matter is that, if he had time to compete in a cycle race, he had to make time to take the test," said the independent anti-doping panel ruling on the case.

  75. 1141: 

    Jenson Button is pessimistic on his and McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton's chances of imposing themselves on their Red Bull rivals in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday.

    "I'm not sure that our race pace is that good actually," he told Sky Sports.

    "If you look at Lewis's run he was about three tenths off Sebastian and that is not where we want to be. There is a lot of work we need to do to get the tyres working."

    Hamilton and Button were sixth and seventh fastest in second practice in Noida.

  76. 1135: 

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says he has become a fan of Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua because of Didier Drogba's presence in the side.

    Both Drogba and fellow former Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka are both doubts for Shenhua's match this weekend.

  77. 1130: 

    Reda Hmeid on Twitter: "Best of Manny Steward's champs - easily Tommy Hearns. Not even close."

    Hearns was one of just 43 world champions trained by Emmanuel Steward, who has died at the age of 68. Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Oscar de la Hoya and Naseem Hamed also had Steward in their corner. Which of his boxers was the best? Let us know on #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1124: 

    Fulham winger Kerim Frei joins Cardiff on a month's loan.

    The 18-year-old made 25 appearances after breaking into Fulham's team last season, but a pelvis injury has hampered his chances this term.

  79. 1116: 

    Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone insists that Ferrari's decision to include the Italian naval flag on its cars at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix is not a matter for him to comment.

    Ferrari are carrying the ensignia in support of two Italian naval marines who are standing trial in India for shooting two fishermen in the Indian Ocean.

    ""We'd look at the national sporting authority here to have a look at that...we are not political," Eccelstone told the Indian Express.

  80. 1101: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed Pablo Zabaleta will miss tomorrow evening's encounter with Swansea after suffering a hamstring injury during the international break. David Silva, Javi Garcia, Maicon and Jack Rodwell remain on the injured list.

  81. 1057: 

    Bolton confirm Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby will take charge of the team for this weekend's game at Middlesbrough despite Dougie Freedman being confirmed as Owen Coyle's permanent replacement on Thursday.

  82. 1052: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is adamant top players should be able to fit into any system - and insisted only weak teams would collapse after one defeat.

    City's Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a chaotic encounter with Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday, which the Blues lost, despite taking the lead, amid recriminations over Mancini's formation.

    "If you are a top player it is not important what system you use," said Mancini. "If you don't understand a system like that, you cannot play for a top team."


    Manny Steward, who trained legendary fighters Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko among many others, has died at the age of 68. We want to know which of his 43 world champions was the best? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  84. 1040: 

    James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract. Manager Martin O'Neill revealed yesterday the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed he has now done that as the attempts to rekindle his career.

  85. 1035: 

    Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital are poised to complete their takeover of Leeds, the two parties have said today. GFH Capital have provided Leeds owner Ken Bates with the necessary proof of funds to complete the transaction, which has been in the pipeline since May when talks between the two first began.

    Bates said: "It's been a long road, but we are in a good place. Both sides have been in talks over the last few days to finalise this deal. We are keeping focused and hope to complete very soon."

  86. 1031: 

    Gregor Townsend is looking for his Glasgow Warriors side to make it five RaboDirect Pro12 wins in a row when they tackle Benetton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo tomorrow. In their last four league games the Warriors have beaten Ospreys and Cardiff Blues on the road, and Connacht and Zebre at home, and have the opportunity to build on their current placing of third in the table.

    "We've achieved some good results of late in the RaboDirect PRO12, and after two defeats in the Heineken Cup, it's vital we get back on track," he said.

  87. 1027: 

    Ex-heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis has spoken of his devastation at the death of long-term trainer and close friend Manny Steward. The 68-year-old former coach's death from cancer was announced on Thursday.

    "This has been a very tragic year for the boxing world, but today we've truly lost one of its crown jewels," Lewis wrote on his official website.

  88. 1022: 

    Following the retirement of team-mate Jamie Peacock from international rugby, Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has the chance to transfer his talismanic leadership qualities from club to country as England coach Steve McNamara's chosen leader for the autumn series and beyond. BBC Sport spoke to Sinfield, and figures from his personal and professional life, to find out what has enabled him to be such a success.

    Speaking about his influences, one of which is Roy Keane, Sinfield said: "He has had his run-ins with authority, but he was the best at getting the very best out of the people around him. I'd like to think I can do a similar role."

  89. 1017: 

    Scott Cardle will make the step-up to an eight-round bout for the first time next month. The light-welterweight has been added to Carl Froch's undercard in Nottingham, and will put his 7-0 record on the line against Joe Elfidh.

    "I am learning every time I fight," said Cardle. "When I am facing six rounds I train for eight and now I am fighting eight rounds I am training for 10."

  90. 1012: 

    More from Sir Alex Ferguson as he reveals defender Phil Jones will return to training soon. "Phil Jones should start [training] a week on Monday," said Ferguson. Jones suffered a knee injury in training last month.

  91. 1008: 

    Romain Grosjean has thanked Lotus for the "faith and support" shown in the Frenchman following his first-corner disasters this season. Lotus are expected to announce in the near future their retention of Grosjean and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for next season.

    "We have been analysing everything together," said Grosjean, ahead of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. "They have been supporting me, so I'm very glad and very happy to be here. I think we want to go a long time together - that's the idea."

  92. 1005: 

    Former Barcelona star Bernd Schuster has criticised Celtic for their tactics in the 2-1 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night and claimed the Hoops do not deserve to be in the competition.

    Celtic were widely praised for their display but Schuster was quoted in the Scottish Sun as saying: "I'm fed up of seeing these type of matches. There should not be teams like Celtic in the Champions League.

    "We saw it last year with Chelsea. It was a very bad example for football and it is regrettable that they became European champions."


    Following on from our Rugby League Q&A with Wales coach Iestyn Harris and England boss Steve McNamara, we want your views on next year's Rugby League World Cup. Who do you think will win it and why?

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  94. 0957: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed that he and the Norwich chairman did not speak to each other for the last two years during Lambert's time in charge at Carrow Road. Alan Bowkett, the chairmain, criticised Lambert at a Norwich fans' forum for leaving the club to join Aston Villa. It is now the subject of a Premier League arbitration tribunal.

    On the eve of Villa's home game against Norwich, Lambert said that although Bowkett was the chairman who signed him from Colchester, the pair had not spoken for years.


    Manny Steward, who trained legendary fighters Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko among many others, has died at the age of 68. We have asked which of his 43 world champions was the best, here are some of your views:

    Paul Daley on Twitter: "Thomas "Hitman" Hearns - first fighter in history to win five world titles in five different divisions."

    Dom Brandon on Twitter: "Manny Steward trained some great fighters - Hearns and Lewis were his stand-outs - but they were all greater because of him."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  96. 0949: 

    Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa is out for three to four weeks with a knee injury, says Sir Alex Ferguson. Defender Chris Smalling has returned to full training.

  97. 0948: 

    If you won the World Cup next year, how would you celebrate?

    IH: "If either home nation got the chance to win the World Cup you would celebrate outstandingly well. It would put rugby league on the map in the country, which we're always striving to do. A successful World Cup for a home nation would spread the world naturally."

    SM: "The way to celebrate it would be to expose everyone to the game. The players and staff would embrace getting out there and telling the story. The best way of celebrating the success would be to enhance what we've done and make it stronger for the coming years."

  98. 0946: 

    Which trophy in rugby league means the most to you?

    IH: "The Challenge Cup. That has been the biggest trophy since I was young. That has been the one everyone wanted to win. The Super League trophy only came in later in 1998 but the Challenge Cup has that steeped history and it's a great day out at Wembley."

    SM: "The World Cup would be the one. It's been 1971 since we managed to win the World Cup and not many know much about the trophy. It's been too long. We need to pick that one up."

  99. 0944: 

    What one thing would you do to make rugby league more popular than it is?

    IH: "I would like to see some of our individual players become more 'celebrity' if you like. People would see what they are like as people and the game would grow naturally because of that. I don't think we've got enough celebrities in our game like other sports have got."

    SM: "Success at international level for one of the separate home nations or Great Britain as a whole. That would put the game more on the map."

  100. 0942: 

    With one year to go until the Rugby League World Cup, BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko asks Wales coach Iestyn Harris and England boss Steve McNamara to tell us more about their sport.

    Which rugby league player, past or present, do you particularly admire? Why?

    IH: "Sam Tomkins. He's the best rugby player I've seen."

    SM: "A guy called Des Hasler, who is coaching at Canterbury Bulldogs now. I was very fortunate to play alongside him early in my career at Hull FC. His attitude and application rubbed off on everybody. And it's doing the same as a coach now."

  101. 0940: 

    Rory McIlroy fires a 65 to move into second place on -12 behind leader Peter Hanson (-14) after second round in Shanghai.

  102. 0939: 

    Two-time open water world champion Keri-Anne Payne will not retire from the sport after the disappointment of finishing fourth at the London Games, but will switch to pool swimming in the build-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Payne has relocated to Edinburgh and admits that the disappointment of missing out on a medal at London 2012 as left her with a 'hunger to carry on', but is yet to make a decision whether she will return to the open water events or continue swimming for another Olympic cycle.

  103. 0935: 

    If you could take the game of rugby league and make it a success anywhere in the world, which country would you pick and why?

    IH: "America. I think the Americans love a physical game and they would love the game of rugby league if we could get it in to America."

    SM: "I've got to agree with that. America is the biggest sporting place in the world and the exposure that would give rugby league would be huge."

  104. 0933: 

    What is the one skill/attribute that all rugby league players need?

    IH: "Desire."

    SM: "Attitude."

  105. 0930: 

    With one year to go until the Rugby League World Cup, BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko asks Wales coach Iestyn Harris and England boss Steve McNamara to tell us more about their sport.

    Three words to describe rugby league?

    IH: "Fast, ferocious, skilful."

    SM: "I was going to use those three as well! Competitive, explosive and dynamic."

  106. 0927: 

    Stoke striker Cameron Jerome could be set to move to Championship side Blackburn on a short-term loan. The 26-year-old has only made three appearances from the bench this season and could now move to Ewood Park for a three-month loan spell.

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who earlier this week said he would not let Kenwyne Jones or Wilson Palacios leave the club on loan, confirmed he had been in touch with Blackburn's caretaker boss Eric Black.

  107. 0921: 

    Following the retirement of team-mate Jamie Peacock from international rugby, Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has the chance to transfer his talismanic leadership qualities from club to country as England coach Steve McNamara's chosen leader for the autumn series and beyond. BBC Sport spoke to Sinfield, and figures from his personal and professional life, to find out what has enabled him to be such a success.

    Older brother Ian Sinfield said: "I can remember his first game. I came home and said that the Under-Nines were short. I asked him if he wanted to play, but he didn't have any football boots, so we had to borrow some from a friend and put newspaper in the front of them because his feet were so small."

  108. 0917: 

    Reading forward Noel Hunt could make his comeback from a heel injury in tomorrow's Premier League game against Fulham.


    Manny Steward, who trained legendary fighters Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko among many others, has died at the age of 68. We have asked which of his 43 world champions was the best, here are some of your views:

    Sunny Limp on Twitter: "Boxing lost a colossus in its history last night. Steward and Lewis were a great team, but Hearns was where it really began."

    Haroon Munir on Twitter: "It has to be the great Wladimir Klitschko holding three belts and beating the best of British David Haye"

    Steve Elson on Twitter: "Best world champion Steward coached? 'The Hitman' [Hearns] - he's awesome and first boxer in history to win world titles in 5 divisions"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  110. 0905: 

    BBC Sport's live text commentary of the second practice at the Indian GP is back under way, you can follow all the action on the website here.

  111. 0901: 

    Full-back Bacary Sagna could return to the Arsenal squad for tomorrow's Premier League clash against QPR after recovering from a broken leg. England midfielder Jack Wilshere also played for the under-21s earlier in the week and may be on the bench as his rehabilitation from ankle and knee injuries continues.

  112. 0855: 

    Bernie Ecclestone feels Lewis Hamilton will serve as an inspiration to Mercedes when he joins the German manufacturing giant next year.

    Asked for his thoughts on Hamilton's move, F1 boss Ecclestone said: "I think it's good for Mercedes.

    "If they are really going to get their act together they need someone like Lewis who is going to do a bit of inspiring for people that want to go and work there."

  113. 0851: 

    Manny Steward, who trained legendary fighters Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko among many others, has died at the age of 68 and BBC Sport boxing commentator Mike Costello gives his view:

    "Steward's links with Tommy Hearns in the Kronk gym forged his reputation as a legend of the ring," Costello said.

    "In the 1980s, the Kronk became the most feared production house in boxing. Lennox Lewis linked up with Steward after being knocked out by Oliver McCall in 1994 and went on to dominate the heavyweight division. More recently he did a similar restoration job with Wladimir Klitschko, a man different in personality and style to Lewis, but Steward could work with them all."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  114. 0846: 

    Rory McIlroy is now just two shots off leader Peter Hanson at the BMW Masters in Shanghai. The Northern Irishman is seven under for the day through 17 holes while Hanson is eight under through 16.

  115. 0842: 

    Alan Pardew said Newcastle owed Gabriel Obertan a "big debt" after his goal was enough to see off Club Bruges and move the Magpies three points clear at the top of their Europa League group.

    The French winger scored three minutes after the break after good work from the Ameobi brothers, Shola and Sammy.

    "He's still only 23. He has a fantastic future," said the Magpies boss. "We owe him a big debt for the last two European games because we wouldn't have won without him."

  116. 0838: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says his side are in "a good position" to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League despite the 1-1 draw with Maribor.

    Spurs have drawn all three of their games in Group J, and are in third place behind Lazio and Maribor.

    Villas-Boas said: "The group is completely open. What we face now is two games at home and I think we are in a good position in the group. You see the group - it is very tight."

  117. 0832: 

    A rare Stewart Downing goal secured Liverpool a Europa League victory over Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala last night and lifted the Reds to the top of Group A.

    "It's been a tough time but he's a good guy. He's had a rough ride but he's an important member of our team," Brendan Rodgers said of the match winner who has been on the fringes at Anfield this season.

  118. 0826: 

    Hull have made former Hull KR full-back Shannon McDonnell their seventh new signing for 2013. The 25-year-old, who left Rovers after just one season at Craven Park, has signed a two-year contract with the Black and Whites to plug the gap created by the departure of another Australian full-back Wade McKinnon.

  119. 0821: 

    Lennox Lewis has spoken of his devastation at the death of long-time trainer Manny Steward. Lewis went to Steward's Kronk Gym in Detroit after losing his WBC heavyweight title to Oliver McCall in 1994, reclaimed his title in 1997 and went on to have a spell as the undisputed champion before retiring in 2004.

    "I'm completely devastated by the passing of my long-time friend, mentor and trainer Emanuel "Manny" Steward," Lewis wrote on his official website.

    "Manny has helped me get through some of the biggest fights in my career and I only regret that I couldn't return the favour and see him through his biggest fight."

  120. 0816: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel headed McLaren's Jenson Button and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in first practice at the Indian Grand Prix.

    The German, who took the world championship lead with victory in the last race in Korea, ended up 0.310 seconds clear of Button.

    Alonso was 0.435 seconds behind his main title rival, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton 0.002secs behind the Ferrari.


    Manny Steward, who trained legendary fighters Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko among many others, has died at the age of 68.

    The American handled more world champions than any other trainer, 43 in all, and was working with heavyweight champion Klitschko in July.

    We want to know who you think was the best world champion Steward coached and why? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  122. 0805: 

    As usual we start the day with the top three stories from BBC Sport's football gossip page.

    West Ham could offer Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 33, a return to London when his contract at Old Trafford ends next summer. (Daily Mirror)

    West Ham are also interested in signing Lokomotiva striker Andrej Kramaric, 21, who has scored eight goals in just 12 league starts while on loan from Dinamo Zagreb. (talkSPORT)

    Manchester City are close to persuading former Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain to join the club, after the 48-year-old also attracted the interest of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. (Daily Mail)

  123. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday Live. Today we bring you all the reaction from last night's Europa League action, views on the sad passing of Manny Steward while also taking a look at the launch of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 as it is one year exactly until the event kicks off. Plus, all the breaking sports news as it happens.

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