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Andy Murray is beaten in the third round of the Paris Masters and all the rest of Thursday's breaking sports news.

1 November 2012 Last updated at 19:06

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  1. 1900: 

    That is all from Thursday's edition of Sportsday Live. We will be back at 0800 GMT with all of Friday's latest breaking sports news.

  2. 1858: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini considered quitting Eastlands to take up the reins at wealthy French side Monaco last season according to the Guardian newspaper.

    The Italian was reportedly offered a big-money contract by Monaco before agreeing a new five-year deal with Manchester City and leading them to their first league title in 44 years.

    City have declined to comment on the report.

  3. 1850: 

    Bath centre Dan Hipkiss is banned for a week after receiving two yellow cards in his side's win over Exeter on Saturday.

    Having been sin-binned for a technical offence, Hipkiss prevented Exeter taking a quick line-out prompting a referee Wayne Barnes to produce a second yellow card.

    He will now miss his team's visit to London Welsh on Sunday.

  4. 1845: 

    Your thoughts on the feasibility of recording or broadcasting the referees' microphones, and how to generally improve the relationship between referees and players in football, are continuing to come in via the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Ashley Kohler on Twitter: "If footballers respected referees as much as they do in rugby then having mics would be fine. The trouble is, they don't!"

    Femi Longe on Twitter: "By all means mike the referees. Introduce card penalties for all manner of dissent. And only captains should approach referees."

    Richard Finch on Twitter: "Listening to rugby referees is very off-putting. It's like listening in on a class of schoolchildren and the teacher."

  5. 1837: 

    Tottenham defender Adam Smith has joined Championship side Millwall on a three-month loan

    The England Under-21 defender has made 89 appearances in the Football League during previous loan spells with Wycombe Wanderers, Torquay United, Bournemouth, MK Dons and Leeds United.

  6. 1830: 

    Kimi Raikkonen says that he prefers to keep to one-year Formula 1 contracts as it is "less hassle".

    The Finn, who won the world championship in 2007, has extended his stay with Lotus for another season after making a successful comeback to the sport.

    "I don't see a reason why I should make long-term contracts," he said.

    "I try to do well enough that I don't have to worry about it when it comes to the time to sign, that I will have somewhere to race."

  7. 1823: 

    New Burnley manager Sean Dyche says that he had no hesitation in accepting the Turf Moor club's approach, four months after his dismissal as Watford boss.

    "I didn't need that rest, it just came because sometimes business changes," said Dyche.

    "If Burnley Football Club give you a phonecall, the answer's yes in my book. There was no messing around."

  8. 1818: 

    In today's other third-round matches at the Paris Masters, Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia overcame Juan Monaco 6-3 3-6 6-3 to book his place in the quarter-finals. France's Michael Llodra knocked out seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 6-3 to join him with Tomas Berdych seeing off Kevin Anderson 1-6 6-3 6-4.

  9. 1806: 

    Andy Murray says he is unsure how his and Novak Djokovic's early exits from the Paris Masters would affect their form at the World Tour Finals in London.

    "Obviously me and Novak lost early this week; Roger didn't play, and then I think the rest of the guys are still in here," said Murray.

    "You never know, maybe the guys that go deep here they'll have confidence from having a good tournament. But they may arrive a little bit later and might take a while to get used to the conditions."

  10. 1759:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Surrey team director Chris Adams tells 5 live Drive about the signing of South Africa captain Graeme Smith:"The schedules are very favourable for Graeme. It looks as if he will be able to play the first half of the Championship summer and the schedules beyond into 2014 and 2015 look very favourable. I must stress Graeme's commitment to South Africa is still full in all forms but in signing he wants to make a legacy at Surrey."

  11. 1758: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes that Stephen Caulker is focused on his football despite the threat of legal action being taken against him in Serbia for his part in a post-match brawl that was sparked by apparent racist abuse of England Under-21 players in the country.

    "I think he will be ready to play. I think he obviously has a good chance because he has been doing quite well to make selection," said Villas-Boas.

    "I am not worried yet with the consequences of what can happen."

  12. 1746: 

    You have been giving us your thoughts on whether Premier League referees should have their comments during a match recorded, or even broadcast, in light of the allegations made by Chelsea about Mark Clattenburg's conduct at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    HiedNips on Twitter: "If refs wear open mics will we here the abuse they get from players during a game. If so will that be used to punish players."

    Sid Jones on Twitter: "Hate to jump on rugby bandwagon, but what about sinbin in football. Instant retribution for acts of dissent and yellow card."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Miking a referee would not only prevent the mass dissent we see today, but also allow referee to explain decisons during game."

    #bbcsportsday is the place for your opinions.

  13. 1737: 

    Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson kicked all of Toulon's points in a 24-19 win at home to Stade Francais. The victory keeps Toulon, who last won the title in 1993 and were beaten by Toulouse in last year's final, top of the Top 14 table.

  14. 1731: 

    New Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is not looking beyond Championship survival at Portman Road. His side are four points adrift at the bottom of the table.

    "Getting out of the bottom three is the short-term aim for sure. We need six points to do that and we have two away games next. That might take a while," he said.

    "That will be a task in itself. Let's deal with the issue in hand, we are struggling like hell, let's sort that out."

  15. 1721: 

    Nico Hulkenberg has vowed to do his best to ensure that Force India leapfrog Sauber, the team he will be joining next season, in the constructors championships, even though it could cost his future employers millions of pounds.

    Force India are seventh overall in the constructors' standings, 23 points behind Sauber in sixth with three races remaining.

    "I look forward to the new challenge, the new contract, but also I look forward to doing the last few races here. I am fully motivated and will give everything," said the German.

  16. 1713: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez congratulates Franco di Santo after the 23-year-old wins his first senior call-up for Argentina. The former Chelsea striker has been named alongside Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero in coach Alejandro Sabella's 23-man squad for the friendly against Saudi Arabia on 14 November.

    "It's been a target of his and it's an incredible journey he's been on. He arrived here as a young man with great potential, now he's a proper footballer, a top player," said Martinez.

  17. 1705: 

    Second seed Nadia Petrova beats fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the group stages of the Tournament of Champions in Sofia.

  18. 1657: 

    New Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy says he sees potential at Portman Road but must first drag the club away from a relegation battle.

    "This is a good football club, first and foremost, and it's sad to see it languishing where it is," he said.

    "When you look around the place, everything is here. It's just not happened on the pitch.

    "I want success here and I've got a good feeling about the place, that's why I'm here. I want to get Ipswich Town going in the right direction but make no mistake, at the moment the club is in a relegation battle and we've got to fight and scrap to get out of it."


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "The only players left in Paris who have won a Masters title are Berdych and Tsonga. They have won one each, both at this very tournament."

  20. 1652: 

    Tottenham announce midfielder Jermaine Jenas will remain on loan at Nottingham Forest until the new year.

    His stay has being extended until 2 January 2013.


    You're all still discussing whether in football referees' microphones should be able to be heard by the crowd:

    Peanut on Twitter: "Rugby refs were been respected long before mikes. Dissent has been allowed to become normal football - rugby always stamped on it."

    Euan Gregor on Twitter: "Please let's have a footy weekend free of bickering and complaints. It really is boring. Man-up and get on with the game!"

    Closetindie on Twitter: "Am I the only one who thinks football is fine as it is? Controversy is part of the game."

    Have your say, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  22. 1647: 

    The Rugby Football League pay tribute to Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract, president of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, who has died after a short illness at the age of 86.

    "On behalf of the RFL I would like to extend my sympathies to the family of Lord Lofthouse at this sad time," said chief executive Nigel Wood.

  23. 1640: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes the Mark Clattenburg affair has been allowed to drag on for too long.

    "If something has happened then they have to deal with it", he said.

    "The problem is we have let it go on too many days so there are too many times to talk about it. It happened Sunday, now it's Thursday and you are asking me about it.

    "It goes on and on and then people will ask on Saturday and Sunday, let's get things on the table and deal with it."

  24. 1633:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Surrey team director Chris Adams tells 5 live Drive about the signing of South Africa captain Graeme Smith: "We were faced with replacing Rory Hamilton-Brown and finding a captain. We drew a list up and right at the top was the name of Graeme Smith, some would argue one of the great captains of all time. Add to that his ability with the bat as an opening batsman and he was number one target."

  25. 1624: 

    The International Olympic Committee opens an investigation into Lance Armstrong, who could be stripped of the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Games in 2000.

    An IOC statement read: "The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance Armstrong, other riders and particularly their entourages with respect to the Olympic Games and their future involvement with the Games."

  26. 1617: 

    Robin van Persie was brave to move from Arsenal to Manchester United according to ex-France defender Mikael Silvestre.

    The two sides meet in the league on Saturday with striker Van Persie, 29, facing his old club for the first time.

    "You have to be courageous to make the move and Robin took the decision," said Silvestre, who made 326 appearances for United and 38 for Arsenal.

    "He is enjoying his football, and has been scoring. He has had a great start at the club."

  27. 1611: 

    The BBC resolves a dispute to allow it to broadcast from stadiums during England's upcoming Test series in India.

    There were fears that the BBC would be locked out of arenas for the four-Test series following an impasse in discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

    "We are pleased to confirm that Test Match Special will broadcast England's cricket tour of India from the grounds after agreement was reached with all parties," a spokesman said.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "With Murray's defeat, this is the first time in six years none of the Big Four are in the quarter-finals of a Masters tournament (Paris 2006)."

  29. 1606: 

    Kettering Town are reprieved by the Southern League and their transfer embargo has been lifted - but Saturday's game will not take place.

    The Evo-Stik Southern League say they will keep monitoring the club to ensure that the electricity is restored at Nene Park and they can play their fixtures for the rest of the season.

    But with only three players under contract, the Poppies won't make the trip to Barwell. It will be their fifth successive match to be postponed.

  30. 1600: 

    Arsenal Ladies, the last British team left in the Champions League, are taking on Potsdam at Boreham Wood, as BBC Sport's Kat Downes reports:

    "Arsenal Ladies 2-1 Potsdam at full time. Japanese international Yuki Ogimi spins away from the defence and lobs Emma Byrne in the Arsenal goal on 90 minutes, but it is not enough for the visitors."

  31. 1554: 

    Jerzy Janowicz, who has beaten Andy Murray 7-5 6-7 6-2 in Paris, on Sky Sports: "It's not easy for me to speak, I have a thousand different kinds of feelings in my heart. This is an unbelievable week for me, I could never have expected something like this. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say after this match, this is amazing.

    "At the beginning of the year I had so many changes in my life, I changed my racquet, and my new racquet is helping me in my game; I got a new fitness coach also and it worked. Now I'm playing the best tennis in my whole life."


    Still an ongoing debate as to whether football referees' microphones should be heard by crowds:

    Danny Puttock on Twitter: "Rugby referees wear microphones. Look at the respect they get."

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "There wouldn't be such controversy and pointed fingers if football was up-to-date with other sports. Use the technology available!"

    Nathan Appel on Twitter: "There are a fair number of situations where [moving the ball forward after dissent] would actually encourage dissent..."

    Join the debate, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  33. 1547: 

    Arsenal Ladies, the last British team left in the Champions League, are taking on Potsdam at Boreham Wood, as BBC Sport's Kat Downes reports:

    "Arsenal Ladies 2-0 Potsdam. Substitute Ellen White skips round her defender to push the ball into the Potsdam net. Two goals in 10 minutes for the hosts."

  34. 1542: 

    Fernando Alonso says his Ferrari team need to be "perfect" for the remaining three races of the season for him to have any chance of winning the title.

    He added Ferrari will probably not be able to challenge Red Bull for victory in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

    "We don't think we will close the gap completely from India to five days later in Abu Dhabi to be competing with them," Alonso said.

    "There is no magic button. But we try to get closer to put on some pressure."

  35. 1535: 

    Andy Murray is out of the Paris Masters in the third round, beaten 7-5, 6-7 6-2 by big-hitting Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

  36. 1529: 

    WBO world lightweight title holder Ricky Burns admits the promise of high-profile unification fights will prevent him from falling victim to huge underdog Liam Walsh on 15 December.

    "People are writing Liam off saying he's got no chance, but I can't look at it like that. This will be trickier than people think," Burns insisted.

    "Liam is a good boxer, but I've had these big unification fights dangled in front of me and that will give me a bit of extra incentive."

  37. 1523: 

    Andy Murray is broken twice in the third set in the Paris Masters. Jerzy Janowicz now leads 1-4, which may well be enough of an advantage to carry the Pole through to the last eight of the tournament.

  38. 1520: 

    Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn says the side's League Cup quarter-final tie with Arsenal at Valley Parade is a deserved reward for the club's fans.

    The Bantams took 5,000 supporters to Wigan for their fourth-round win on Tuesday and Lawn told BBC Radio Leeds: "The fans deserve this after the way they backed us on Tuesday.

    "In extra-time the players were dead on their feet and speaking to them afterwards they all said it was the fans that got them through those last few minutes."

  39. 1514: 

    London Irish announce a three-year contract extension for prop forward Leo Halavatau.

    The Tongan joined the Premiership club 18 months ago and made his return from a calf muscle injury against Harlequins last weekend.

  40. 1510: 

    Arsenal Ladies, the last British team left in the Champions League, are taking on Potsdam at Boreham Wood, as BBC Sport's Kat Downes reports:

    "Half-time. It has been tight, as expected. What sets the two teams apart is defence. Potsdam are tidy and organised. Arsenal have made some fumbles, but have kept a clean sheet so far. It is still 0-0."


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweets: "Great to see Mick McCarthy back in management at Ipswich Town! Also hope it goes well for Henning Berg at Blackburn. Football family..."

  42. 1505: 

    Andy Murray loses the second set tie-break against Jerzy Janowicz 4-7 in their Paris Masters third round tie. The match goes to a third and final set.

  43. 1500: 

    Arsenal Ladies, the last British team left in the Champions League, are taking on Potsdam at Boreham Wood, as BBC Sport's Kat Downes reports:

    "A hairy moment for Arsenal Ladies with 10 minutes to half-time. Keeper Emma Byrne comes out of her box to meet the Potsdam attack, but she's beaten and can only watch as the ball is chipped over her head. Luckily for the hosts it has too much weight on it and bounces on the roof of the goal."

  44. 1456: 

    Worcester Warriors lock James Percival signs a new long-term contract at the Sixways club, believed to be for three years, reports BBC Hereford and Worcester.

    Percival has made a total of 33 club appearances for Warriors since rejoining them from Harlequins in 2011.

  45. 1450: 

    Andy Murray is broken in the third round of the Paris Masters, and the world number three is having to dig deep against Polish opponent Jerzy Janowicz.

  46. 1445: 

    Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish does not believe his handling of the Luis Suarez racism row cost him his job, but admits he would do things differently in a similar situation.

    "I can go to sleep at night knowing what I did I did to the best of my ability and if that does not come up to their expectations or they want to go in another direction - they own the club," he told talkSPORT.

    "If it ever came up again I would do it differently - I would be less helpful and less forthcoming, and I think that is sad."

  47. 1438: 

    Andy Murray is a break up in the second set in Paris. The score is 5-3 on the serve of his opponent, Jerzy Janowicz.

    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Mark Chapman presents 5 live Sport tonight at 19:00 GMT. From 19:30, on the fourth anniversary of the final between England and the Stanford Superstars, the 20 million match, there's a special programme examining the Stanford Super Series cricket tournament in the Caribbean, which was funded by disgraced tycoon Allen Stanford.

    From 21:00 it's a replay of a 5 live Sport Special, 'On the Ropes - Life after Boxing' - Barry McGuigan and Mike Costello talk to former fighters, including Frank Bruno and Nigel Benn, and find out how they coped with life after they finally hung up their gloves and from 22:00 it's 5 live Formula 1 - a preview of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Jonathan Legard as the season nears its conclusion.

  49. 1429: 

    Lennie Lawrence leaves Crystal Palace to link up again with new Bolton boss Dougie Freedman at the Reebok Stadium.

    The 64-year-old, who was placed in caretaker charge of Palace following Freedman's departure, has become Wanderers' new assistant manager.

    Freedman revealed earlier this week that Bolton's approaches for Lawrence and coach Curtis Fleming had been rejected by their Championship rivals.

    Fleming has now taken temporary control of first-team affairs at Selhurst Park.


    You're still debating whether football referees' conversations should be able to be heard by the crowd via a microphone:

    Adam Harris on Twitter: "Football is so far behind other sports, especially when it comes to technology and attitude."

    Colin Bundred on Twitter: "It's only common sense to restrict access to the officials to the captain. It would stop a lot of the nonsense happening now."

    Ian Stanley on Twitter: "Whatever happened to moving free-kicks forward ten yards for dissent?"

    Join the dicussion, via #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  51. 1420: 

    Arsenal Ladies, the last British team left in the Champions League, are taking on Potsdam at Boreham Wood, as BBC Sport's Kat Downes reports:

    "A spirited performance on the drums from the few Potsdam fans who have made the journey from Germany for this match. Arsenal Ladies have never beaten German opposition, and Potsam are formidable foe. They have won the Champions League twice, Arsenal only once. The sun is out for what they are calling the Clash of the Titans."

  52. 1415: 

    It is going with serve in Paris as Andy Murray, already a set up on Polish opponent Jerzy Janowicz, makes it 2-2 in the second set.

  53. 1413: 

    New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen announces the squad for the All Blacks tour to Britain and Italy with two new players, Dane Coles and Tawera Kerr-Barlow, selected.

    "I would like to congratulate Tawera and Dane on their selection," said Hansen.

    "It is always a special occasion when you are picked for the All Blacks and we look forward to welcoming them into the All Blacks family. They are young and exciting players and have shown this year that they look more than capable of stepping up to Test match rugby."

  54. 1405: 

    Kettering Town are set to find out whether or not they can stay in the Evo-Stik Southern League this afternoon. They have had four matches postponed because of their off-field issues but staff at the club are confident they will be reprieved.

  55. 1358: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains Saturday's match at Manchester United will not just be about trying to get one over on former captain Robin van Persie.

    "For us, what is important is the result at the end of the game, and the quality of our performance. We do not even talk about that [van Persie]," said the Frenchman, whose former captain switched to Old Trafford in the summer.

    "I hope it [the reception] is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, and he has done very well for us. We campaign against discrimination, it was still the case last week so why should it not be the case this week?"

  56. 1355: 

    Andy Murray notches two break points and grabs his opportunity against 22-year-old Jerzy Janowicz, breaking serve and going on to secure the first set 7-5.

    The Scot beat the Pole in straight sets in their previous meeting and will play Janko Tipsarevic or Juan Monaco should he overcome his third-round opponent at the Paris Masters.


    Matthew Coote on Twitter: "Everyone saying how badly footballers treat refs, but there are more mistakes made in football than rugby.".

    Calum Joseph Lewis on Twitter: "Villa to win the League Cup and get relegated a la Birmingham City couple of years ago."

    Nikinj on Twitter: "Back in India were football is catching up, recent ugly issues drive us back to cricket."

  58. 1347: 

    Andy Murray looks to be wobbling at 0-30 in his third-round match against the 6ft 8in Jerzy Janowicz at the Paris Masters, but the Briton goes on to win four points on the trot to hold serve and level the first set at 5-5.

  59. 1345: 

    Statement from the police on their investigation into alleged racist behaviour by a supporter during Chelsea's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United: "[The] police have received a complaint regarding alleged racist behaviour at Stamford Bridge. An investigation has been launched. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue."

  60. 1342: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hopes his players have learned from their 2-1 defeat at Wigan last weekend as they prepare to face Premier League champions Manchester City at Upton Park on Saturday.

    "It gives the players a warning sign that anything less than 100% when you're newly-promoted means it will reflect on you in terms of the result and it did," said Allardyce, whose team are 10th in the table.

    "I can only hope it is a one-off in the type of performance that we gave and even after all that we nearly sneaked a draw at the end with a few chances we did create."

  61. 1339: 

    US Open champion Andy Murray is out on the court and his third-round encounter against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in the Paris Masters is currently on serve at 4-4.


    Chris27 on Twitter: "Judging by Ray Wilkins interview. He completely missed the Olympics over the summer."

    Sean Nisbet on Twitter: "Football should take notice from other sports. the ref's word is final, and only captain can address him. Should respect ref."

    Join in the debate on bad language in sport and chat on last night's League Cup action at #bbcsportsday.

  63. 1333: 

    Scott Sinclair has said he does not regret leaving Swansea for Manchester City this summer, despite making just three appearances for the Premier League champions.

    "When you come to a big club there are going to be times when you are not playing. I knew that and when I do get my chance I've got to give it my all and make sure I stay in the team," said the forward.

    'I'm still young and I want to be a part of a great club. I am learning every day, every training session and every game."

  64. 1328: 

    The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they have launched an investigation into alleged racist behaviour by a supporter during the Chelsea-Manchester United Capital One Cup tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

  65. 1323: 

    Jessica Ennis will compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, her coach Toni Minichiello has confirmed.

    The Olympic champion needs a Commonwealth gold to complete the set of major championship titles.

    "Jessica will be at Glasgow 2014, definitely," said Minichiello. "That is absolutely the competition plan for us looking ahead. She has not won the Commonwealth title before.

    "She was the bronze medallist in Melbourne in 2006 when still quite young and didn't travel to Delhi two years ago. It will not be easy in Glasgow, either. There are Canadians and Australians who can step up to the mark there so it will be good competition."

  66. 1313: 

    Lincoln City goalkeeper Paul Farman says he will be glad to play in the FA Cup against Walsall on Saturday as he won't have to play with the "comical" footballs which are used in the Blue Square Premier.

    "They're not the best of balls and you will hear people complaining about them," said Farman. "I think even some of the refs think they're a bit comical in this league compared with the balls we had a few years ago.

    "It's a shame we have to use balls like this in our league to be honest."

  67. 1303: 

    Former Leeds United defender Nigel Worthington believes the current side could shock Chelsea in their League Cup quarter-final.

    Worthington, who was in the Leeds squad that reached the final of the competition in 1996, told BBC Radio Leeds: "Regardless of what side Chelsea send I think Leeds will give them a game at Elland Road.

    "Under Neil Warnock they'll be really up for it and with a full house behind them I wouldn't be surprised if they could get a very good result."


    Paul Ebrey on Twitter: "0904 Wilkins is wrong. Referees mic'd up works in rugby, cricket, NFL etc. It would work in football by embarrassing players."

    Henry France on Twitter: "Proud of the lads last night. Wootton & Keane had major task and performed well 4 long periods of the game against top players!"

    Simon Phillipson on Twitter: "The question you have to ask is, of the 22 CFC and MUFC players on the pitch during ET, how many will start at the weekend?"

  69. 1258: 

    Judd Trump booked a semi-final against Peter Ebdon after edging out Mark Allen in a thrilling 6-5 victory at the International Championship in Chengdu.

    Trump was on the brink of victory at 5-3 up before Allen hit back to level at 5-5, forcing the world number two to compose himself and see out the final frame.

    "It was a good game, we both played well," Trump told "I had a good lead then I was just trying to finish it off. I kept going into the pack and landing on nothing so I was getting frustrated. But I just had to try to stay patient and wait for a chance."

  70. 1253: 

    League Two side Accrington Stanley have appointed Leam Richardson as manager. The 32-year-old was in caretaker charge following Paul Cook's departure to Chesterfield last week, having been Cook's assistant at the Crown Ground.

  71. 1250: 

    India and Pakistan will resume bilateral cricket ties with a Twenty20 international in Bangalore on Christmas Day. The two teams will play a second T20 match in Ahmedabad before taking part in three one-day internationals in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.

    Bilateral cricket between the nuclear-armed neighbours were suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.


    Isaac Ogabu on Twitter: "ManUtd fans moaning bout team selection, blame Fergie He Picked the team not CFC!"

    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "Is rugby a reminder of our country 50 years ago? Everything and everybody was more polite and decent then."

    Scott Thorne on Twitter: "This is quickly becoming a rugby vs football issue There is bad language used by all, just rugby players don't direct at ref."

    Keep sending us your thoughts on last night's Carling Cup action and the use of bad language in sport.

  73. 1241: 

    England bowler James Anderson on Samit Patel's century during the tourists' draw with India A: "I thought he was outstanding in this game, showed great temperament and just looked calm and controlled.

    "He played at his own tempo - Cooky [Alastair Cook] at the other end, playing at his, which is very different to Samit's - and I thought they complemented each other very well.

    "He's a very good all-round player. He plays spin very well. He was very controlled and composed out there, and that's what you need in these conditions.

    "Often the crowd can be noisy out here, and there are a lot of distractions and pressure created by men around the bat. That's what you have to overcome."

  74. 1234: 

    Former Notts County, Birmingham and Derby defender Michael Johnson tells BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan he a wants level playing field for black coaches.

    Johnson, who worked under Keith Alexander and Ince at Notts County, said: "I wouldn't say football clubs are racist; there is a fear of whether black managers are good enough.

    "I don't believe black British managers get the opportunities and I think there is a lot of ignorance flying around."


    Phil Stephen on Twitter: "Re 0904. What's Wilkins on about? Bad language used in every sport? Absolute drivel, rugby players even backchat to ref and get penalised."

    Ryan Greenway on Twitter: "Will someone show Wilkins a rugby match. A game of far higher intensity yet language to ref is 95% clean. Excuses won't help."

    Do you agree with Ray Wilkins' belief that bad language is a part of every sport? Send us your thoughts at #bbcsportsday.

  76. 1225: 

    Nick Evans on signing a new deal with Harlequins: "There is no limit to what this team can achieve and I am excited to have an influence both on and off the field.

    "My decision was made easy by the ambition of this great club, the success we have had and the hunger to want more. The support I have had from the supporters has been amazing and I will do my best to help the club stay one of the major forces in English and European rugby."

  77. 1220: 

    Heavy rain prevented any play in the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Pallekele. A one-off Twenty20 international between the two sides on Tuesday at the same venue was also affected by bad weather and ended in a no-result with only 16 overs possible.

  78. 1214: 

    Harlequins have announced outside-half Nick Evans has signed a new three-year deal with the Premiership champions, ensuring the All Black will remain with the London club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

    "There is not a player, supporter or coach in the game in England, let alone Harlequins, who will not be delighted that Nick Evans has agreed to stay with us for another three years," Conor O'Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, told the club's website.

  79. 1211: 

    Keegan Bradley has warned of a players' revolt if officials go ahead with rumoured moves to outlaw long putters.

    The Major winner and Ryder Cup player stopped short of threatening legal action, but said he would do "whatever it takes" to prevent a ruling which could put his career at risk.

    "I think we all would be together on this. We're all in the same boat. A lot of us feel strongly about the hours of practice we've put in that they're saying is basically for nothing now," said the 26-year-old.


    Ryan Doherty on Twitter: "United's 14 players last night started 27 PL games, compared to Chelsea's 62, so please don't claim the sides were even."

    Sir Ryan Osborne on Twitter: "I don't remember players like Giggs, Fletcher, Anderson and Hernandez being part of Utd's reserve team."

    Mathew Coombes on Twitter: "If Chelsea continue to field strong squads in the following rounds then I can only see them winning the League Cup!"

  81. 1200: 

    England draw with India A in their opening tour match in Mumbai. All-rounder Samit Patel scored 104 as the tourists were bowled out for 426, a lead of 57, before the hosts replied with 124-4 in their second innings.

  82. 1151: 

    Fifteenth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan has pulled out of his third round match against Gilles Simon at the Paris Masters because of a recurrence of his right ankle injury.

    Nishikori, who missed last week's Swiss Indoors with pain in his ankle, beat Benoit Paire of France in the second round to set up Thursday's match with Simon.

  83. 1145: 

    Police are also aware of the photograph of the Chelsea supporter making an apparent racist gesture but have not yet received a formal allegation on which to open a criminal investigation.

    Concerning the photograph, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "We are aware of the picture but we have not received a complaint."

  84. 1143: 

    Frankie Gavin wants to "make up for lost time" when he fights British welterweight champion Junior Witter for the title at York Hall on Thursday.

    "I've got my shot the hard way and am going to take it," said Gavin. "I've been patient, kept my head and I'm going to make up for lost time.

    "I wanted to be here in this position at least a year ago but for whatever reason it didn't happen for me."

  85. 1139: 

    Russia captain Igor Denisov has begged Zenit Saint Petersburg for forgiveness after walking out on the club for a month in protest at the salary paid to Brazilian new signing Hulk.

    The influential midfielder has not played for Zenit since late September after refusing to train because of the reported 100m euros (£80m) the team paid for the striker and Axel Witsel of Belgium.

    Denisov was in the process of renegotiating his own contract, which runs through to 2014, and felt that the club was disrespecting players who had won the championship for the second year running last year.

    On his protest, he said: "I was wrong in this situation. I was driven by my emotions, and in the end failed to help my team-mates."

  86. 1128: 

    Chelsea launched an investigation after a supporter was photographed making an apparent racist gesture towards a Manchester United player.

    A statement from the club read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm we are investigating an incident involving a member of the crowd at last night's game against Manchester United.

    "The club will be examining all available footage and asks anyone who can identify the individual to contact the club. Chelsea FC is committed to removing all forms of discrimination and if we have sufficient evidence we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution."

  87. 1121: 

    Chelsea have confirmed they are investigating an apparent racist gesture made by a supporter during Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United.

  88. 1119: 

    South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith on signing a three-year deal with Surrey: "I am excited about what we can achieve at Surrey going forward and would like to state very clearly that I will balance my new role alongside my continuing commitments to the Proteas and I look forward to continuing to represent my country for many years to come."

  89. 1109: 

    The Football Association is still awaiting formal notice of any charges reportedly levelled at England Under-21 players Steven Caulker and Tom Lees and coach Steve Wigley by the Serbian police.

    "The FA continues to remain in close contact with the UK Government regarding the continued media reports of Serbian police charging England U21 players and staff," said an FA statement.

    "There remains no formal communication of any charges to the FA or the Government. However, we understand there has been a verbal communication of the names of the individuals concerned, which we now believe to be England players Steven Caulker and Tom Lees, and coach Steve Wigley."


    Chelsea winger Victor Moses on Twitter: "Brilliant game last night, fans were amazing, great to get the win and go through to quarter finals. Never say die attitude."

  91. 1059: 

    Great Britain rider William Fox-Pitt retains his number two spot in the latest world eventing rankings. Fox-Pitt is second behind New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson, who recently won successive four-star events at Burghley and Pau.

  92. 1055:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Good luck to Mick McCarthy at Ipswich. Very sound appointment. Top man!"

  93. 1052: 

    Arsenal compete in the Uefa Women's Champions League later when they host German champions Potsdam in a last-16 first-leg clash (14:00 GMT).

  94. 1049: 

    Surrey team director Chris Adams says the signing of Graeme Smith is a "massive coup" for the club. "As well as being one of the best captains in the modern game, he is a phenomenal opening batsman and will lead by example from the top of the innings," says Adams.

  95. 1045: 

    Surrey confirm the signing of South Africa Test skipper Graeme Smith on a three-year deal. "I am excited to be joining such a professional and talented team, during what will hopefully prove to be a rewarding and successful period for Surrey CCC," Smith tells the club's official website. "When you consider the ambition shown it was an easy decision for myself and my family."

  96. 1042: 

    Sam Lloyd on Twitter: "Re 09:29. The point proved is that MUFC only just scraped past CFC due to poor officiating."

    Nsikan Matthew on Twitter: "Apart from United's two centre halves, who else was a reserve/youth in that team. We're talking of Giggs vs Piazon here."

    Omar Mahamed on Twitter: "I didn't know that Giggs, Nani, Hernandez, Anderson, Fletcher, Lindergaard and Welbeck were part of the United youth team."

  97. 1038: 

    England's James Willstrop remains world number one for a 10th successive month, following the publishing of the latest men's world rankings by the Professional Squash Association.

    Willstrop, 29, maintains his lead over world number two and compatriot Nick Matthew, who celebrates his 35th consecutive month in the world's top three.

  98. 1033: 

    Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is confident Brendan Rodgers will prove to be the right manager to bring success back to Anfield. "You need to give him time," Houllier tells BBC Radio Merseyside. "He's starting a new cycle with the team. If the owners are patient, it will come good."

  99. 1028: 

    The proposed takeover of League Two side Port Vale moves a step closer with preferred bidder Alchemy Investment Group, fronted by Wirral businessman Paul Wildes, set to meet with the Football League on Friday to begin the process of finalising a deal.

  100. 1023: 

    Chris Smith on Twitter: "Tie of the round has to be Bradford City v Arsenal. Waited years for a plum tie and the Gooners have every reason to worry."

    Viv Connett on Twitter: "Leeds v Chelsea - major domestic as he is Leeds and I am Chelsea."

    GaMuGaZa on Twitter: "What a beauty for the two West Yorkshire clubs at home. But Arsenal v Chelsea for the final."

  101. 1018: 

    New Blackburn manager Henning Berg on returning to the Lancashire club: "It's fantastic. I have had some great memories of my time as a player. It is always a great feeling driving into the town again. It's different coming back as a manager but it's a challenge I really look forward to."

  102. 1014: 

    Surrey are set to confirm later today that they have signed South Africa Test skipper Graeme Smith as their captain on a three-year deal. Smith will still be available to play for South Africa.

  103. 1011: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in Mumbai: "India A are now 98/3 as Yuvraj mis-pulls Bresnan to Bell at mid on. Raina has come in but not long left in the match for him to make an impression to aid his Test bid...and he's in fact dropped second ball by a diving Jimmy Anderson at second slip."

  104. 1006: 

    Sam Ince on Twitter: "Good to see Mick McCarthy back in management with Ipswich. If anyone can turn it around for them, it's him."

  105. 1002: 

    The Rugby Football Union announces it will invest £26m at grassroots level to capitalise on predicted increased interest in the 2015 World Cup in England.

    "This is a great opportunity for English rugby," says former England prop Jason Leonard. "I think this will be the best ever World Cup and we have got to make sure we push that all the way through."

  106. 0958: 

    The British Basketball League reinstate the Cheshire Jets after taking over the franchise on a short-term basis. Jets were thrown out of the league after new owner Haydn Cook asked to postpone this weekend's game against the Mersey Tigers due to ongoing financial problems.

  107. 0954: 

    Arsenal, ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, tweets: "Wenger on RVP: 'I hope he gets a respectful [reception]. We campaign against discrimination, it should not be different this week'."

  108. 0949: 

    Daniel Collins on Twitter: "Re 0913. Echoes of Wolves 2006, a club at the peril of relegation. Good luck Mick and Terry - none better at Championship level."

  109. 0945: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reiterates his desire for Theo Walcott to sign a new long-term deal at the Emirates. The north London club is tweeting from the Frenchman's pre-Manchester United media conference: "Wenger on Walcott: 'I want it resolved by Christmas. His right position is through the middle in the future'."

  110. 0940: 

    Former jockey Mick Fitzgerald on Kauto Star being dubbed "the Cristiano Ronaldo" of horses: "He wouldn't fall over as much as Ronaldo," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "I think Messi would be a better comparison."

  111. 0937: 

    Kauto Star's former jockey Mick Fitzgerald, talking about the record-breaking steeplechaser's retirement, on BBC Radio 5 live: "He wasn't just Kauto Star - he was a superstar. People say winning five King George's will never happen again - it won't. To be a Gold Cup loser and win it back tells you the horse had a massive heart and a bigger engine."

  112. 0933: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in Mumbai: "James Anderson has picked up a second wicket as this match heads towards the inevitable draw. Murali Vijay attempted a cut shot and only succeeded in edging to Graeme Swann, who was standing very wide at slip. India A are 69/2 in their second innings, a lead of 12."

  113. 0929: 

    Rob Easton on Twitter: "Not sure what Di Matteo thinks he has proved - maybe that his expensive stars are only just better than United's second team?"

    Daniel McLaughlin on Twitter: "What point did Chelsea prove last night? That they needed extra time to beat Manchester United's second team? Credit to our lads. Superb effort."

    Jason Drawmer on Twitter: "What's Di Matteo on about? Win proved nothing considering it was nearly Chelsea first team v United reserves/youth."

  114. 0924: 

    Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg on Mick McCarthy's appointment: "I am delighted to welcome Mick and Terry to Portman Road. We are under no illusions of the challenge ahead for this club given our position in the table but we feel we have the right manager to lead that challenge."

  115. 0920: 

    Mick McCarthy signs a contract with Ipswich until the summer of 2015. His assistant will be Terry Connor who also worked with his fellow Yorkshireman at Wolves.

    "While the long term ambition is to take the club back into the Premier League, it's clear that the first priority is to get some confidence back into the team and start climbing the table," McCarthy tells the Suffolk club's official website.

  116. 0913: 

    Championship side Ipswich Town announce the appointment of former Republic of Ireland and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy as their new manager through their official Twitter account.

  117. 0908: 

    Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE dismiss director Matt White after he admits to doping during his racing career. White, formerly professional men's co-ordinator with Cycling Australia, confessed to doping following the release of evidence in the Lance Armstrong scandal.

  118. 0904: 

    Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins, talking about whether referees' microphones should be broadcast, on BBC Radio 5 live: "The language of players will never change because they get into situations on the pitch where emotions run extremely high. The same language is used in every sport. People want to win - industrial language is heavily used in football."

  119. 0857: 

    Timi Stark on Twitter: "Cupsets still on the cards, Leeds United to get to the semi-final, Aston Villa and Paul Lambert to win it."

    Fahad Khan on Twitter: "Went to sleep with a heavy heart seeing Chelsea trail 3-2 on the 90th minute. Woke up with the biggest grin seeing the result."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "The League Cup? That Mickey Mouse Trophy that no one is interested in? No, I don't bother watching that rubbish. Oooops!!"

  120. 0852: 

    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen names two uncapped players in his squad for the world champions' autumn European tour. Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow and and hooker Dane Coles make Hansen's 32-man group for the Test matches against Scotland, Italy, Wales and England.

  121. 0847: 

    BBC Sport football writer Ben Smith at new Blackburn manager Henning Berg's first media conference: "Berg: 'It has been a frustrating time (for Blackburn). But owners are ambitious. They want to put the club back in PL. My criticism was me looking from the outside, now I have spoken to the owners I am confident. Promotion is all we are thinking about. That's all we want this season.'"

  122. 0843: 

    BBC Sport football writer Ben Smith at new Blackburn manager Henning Berg's first media conference: "Early start for a new manager. He has called an 8.30am presser because he wants to get to training. Berg: 'I am happy with the club and with the direction it is going in.'"

  123. 0839: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in Mumbai: "Samit Patel has been given a bowl ahead of Graeme Swann. It makes sense to get overs under his belt if he's going to be bowling plenty in the Tests. India A 42/1 in 2nd innings, 15 behind." You can see the full scorecard here.

  124. 0837: 

    Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins, talking about the Mark Clattenburg race row, on BBC Radio 5 live: "I haven't heard anything coming out of Stamford Bridge about the matter - it's very in-house. That's the way they will deal with the situation. The allegations are there and it will get sorted out. But it's a very sad situation.

    "Robbie [Di Matteo] has been in a very difficult situation and has handled himself impeccably. The one who has suffered is John Obi Mikel. He didn't play well against United and played with a grimace on his face. That's not John Obi."

  125. 0834: 

    Bankole on Twitter: "Fergie's gamble almost paid off last night. Giggs was class as usual. Credit to the lads."

  126. 0829: 

    Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins on BBC Radio 5 live: "This week's League Cup games have been extremely exciting. Though it seems we have lost the art of how to defend in this country. To see so many goals in the games between Reading and Arsenal and Chelsea and Manchester United has been incredible.

    "The Capital One Cup gives both teams the opportunity to play some of their younger guys. But it is a very good trophy to win amd it is one a lot of clubs can win.

  127. 0824: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in Mumbai: "England all out for 426 (with Finn being injured). And now England have an early wicket as opener Abhinav Mukund gets a leading edge to Bell at mid off, off the bowling of James Anderson. Got the feeling that England wanted to bat as long as possible today, to give everyone a go, but maybe also to restrict the amount the work the bowlers will have to do, what with being a man down."

  128. 0821:  
    David Pleat, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "I thought a young Manchester United side did very well against Chelsea - especially the two young centre-halves. But United tired towards the end and the quality of Chelsea took over. The experience has been terrific for the youngsters playing at Manchester United, but Chelsea had that extra quality, extra speed and extra stamina."

  129. 0817: 

    Sweden's in-form Peter Hanson is one shot off the early lead at the WGC Champions in China - which is bad news for the absent Rory McIlroy. Hanson cards a first-round 66 as he looks to overhaul McIlroy at the head of the European Tour money list. South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Australia's Adam Scott are the clubhouse leaders after opening rounds of 65. You can see the latest scores from Dongguan here.

  130. 0812: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in Mumbai: "Warm applause from the spectators as Samit Patel reaches three figures for the first time in an England shirt with a controlled pull through square leg for a single. His hundred has come from 161 balls, with 14 boundaries, and as he bats on, it's going to be very difficult for either Bairstow or Morgan to challenge him for the number 6 spot for the Tests. Particularly given that he offers a spin option."

  131. 0808: 

    As always, we are keen to hear what you think about sport's burning issues. So why don't you get involved? Let's reflect on this week's League Cup action - which tie stands out in the quarter-final draw? And who will go on to lift the trophy? Tell us your thoughts by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  132. 0805: 

    Samit Patel cements his claims for a Test return by completing his maiden England century against India A. BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell is providing regular updates from the Brabourne Stadium.

  133. 0802: 

    To kick off things off, we will take a look at three stories from today's BBC Sport gossip column.

    England goalkeeper Jack Butland admits he could be sold by Birmingham City in January, with Everton reportedly interested in signing the 19-year-old. [Daily Mirror]

    Manchester United join the list of clubs scouting Crystal Palace's 19-year-old winger Wilfried Zaha. [Daily Mail]

    Arsenal winger Theo Walcott hands back the match ball from the Gunners' 7-5 League Cup win over Reading, after crediting his hat-trick goal to defender Carl Jenkinson. [Metro]

  134. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. We'll be bringing you all the latest from Mumbai, where England continue their preparations for the upcoming four-Test series against India. Day three of their opening tour match against India A is under way, while later Andy Murray faces qualifier Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the third round of the Paris Masters. Elsewhere, Championship football clubs Blackburn and Burnley are set to unveil their new managers.

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England in India 2012-13

India's Mahendra Dhoni and England's Alastair Cook

Reports and scorecards from England's one-day tour of India, which includes five ODIs.

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