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7 November 2012

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  1. 1845: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is challenging his fringe players to prove they are worthy of a place in his first-choice side.

    The Reds take on Russians Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League tomorrow without Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling and Nuri Sahin in their squad.

    He says: "Everyone wants to play in the Premier League but this is a real opportunity to shine and show you can get into that team."

  2. 1844: 

    Seems there are a few doubters out there. Maybe Manchester United are not nailed on for the win.

    Joshua Proffitt ‏on Twitter: "Can't see United winning tonight, they don't look good in Europe, United to fall 2-0 to Braga."

    Ryan Devine on Twitter: "Braga 3-1 United."

    Tony Hadfield on Twitter: "Where do people get this 4-0 Utd from??? They struggled to beat Braga at home and Braga have a great home record. 2-1 Braga."

  3. 1839: 

    Warrington secure the future of three promising players on new long-term contracts.

    Second row forward Ben Currie, 18, back rower, James Laithwaite, 21 and centre James Saltonstall, 19, all agreed long-term deals.

    Warrington coach Tony Smith said: "I'm really excited for all three players."

  4. 1834: 

    Craig Levein is taking legal advice about the process which saw him dismissed as Scotland manager.

    He says: "I note the position as stated by the SFA but do not concur and I am currently taking legal advice."

  5. 1832: 

    Not many of you can see Manchester United getting beaten at Braga tonight.

    Jack Spake on Twitter: "Come on utd tonight. Big big win. Make a statement. 4-0."

    Tom Baker on Twitter: "United to win comfortably, Chelsea and Celtic to struggle."

    Gary on Twitter: "Braga 1-3 Man Utd. Celtic 1-2 Barcelona. Chelsea 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk. I'll be better than Lawro."

    Tell us if you think Manchester United are dead certs via Twitter, using hashtag #bbcsportsday

  6. 1827: 

    Tottenham have been accused of "insulting people's intelligence" by attempting to justify the chanting of an anti semitic word by their supporters.

    Peter Herbert, of the Society of Black Lawyers, says: "Use of the word, even in this way, justifies other people using the term."

  7. 1817: 

    Forgotten man Xisco is back in the Newcastle squad for tomorrow's Europa League clash with Club Brugge.

    The striker, 26, has spent much of his four years at the club out on loan to Deportivo and Racing Santander.

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says: "I don't know how much pain he has gone though, if I am honest, I have not really sat down and spoken to him about that.

    "My purpose at this football club is to try to get the best out of every individual, and I am trying to do that with him."

  8. 1811: 

    Injured Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is helping his recovery from a thigh injury by re-living his team's recent glory nights.

    He says on Twitter: "Watched the highlights of the CL final LFCxMilan on sky. The commentator said after 3x0."I hate to say it but it is over" Unlucky lad haha."

  9. 1808: 

    Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter is named the NI Football Writers' manager of the month following his team's string of fine results in October.

  10. 1803: 

    More of your predictions ahead of the Champions League games.

    Daryl Curle on Twitter: "Would rather see Celtic do well than Man Utd or Chelsea."

    Adebisi Jonathan on Twitter: "Common you Reds.....United 3 Braga O!!!!"

    Nick on Twitter: "Don't forget to mention Arsenal Ladies 2 up in the 2nd leg of their champions league game!"

    Tell us how you think the English teams will get on using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  11. 1758: 

    Caretaker Billy Stark refuses to rule himself out of the running to replace Craig Levein as Scotland manager.

    Stark says: "I've been the Under-21 manager and I've thoroughly enjoyed that job. I don't think you rule anything out in football."

  12. 1756: 

    Andy Murray pinpoints the exact moment he knew defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic was inevitable in the ATP Tour Finals.

    He says: "The third set was tight and the last two minutes probably is what decided it. He broke from 15-40, and then I had 15-40 next game and didn't break. So that was the moment that decided the match."

    Murray lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and now needs to win his final group match against Jo-WilfriedTsonga on Friday to avoid an early exit.

  13. 1753: 

    Some interesting views coming in via Twitter on tonight's Champions League games.

    Soyoye Tunde on Twitter: Manchester united already in the knock out stage.UNITED!

    Will Simpson on Twitter: "I was at Camp Nou for the 1st fixture & the Celtic fans were impeccable - what an atmosphere. More of the same tonight please."

    Thomas Earl on Twitter: "Celtic never gunna win."

    Tell us what you think using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  14. 1749: 

    Phil Mickelson says banning long putters would be "grossly unfair".

    An announcement is expected soon from golf's ruling bodies - after growing concerns about the increasing use of belly and broomhandle putters.

    Mickelson says: "I understand both sides, it's just that I don't think you can take away what you've allowed players to use, practise and play with for 30 years."

  15. 1739: 

    England batting coach Graham Gooch reckons Kevin Pietersen is now settled back into Andy Flower's squad.

    Pietersen is expected to play his second and final warm-up match tomorrow before the start of the tough four-Test series against India.

    Gooch says: "All the things have been done and dusted. My conversations with Kevin, and from what I've seen the way he is working, he's looking forward to this tour."

  16. 1732: 

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he wants to stay at Liverpool despite not starting a Premier League game this season.

    He says: "I want my future to be at Liverpool so I'll give everything every day to make sure that happens."

    Former manager Kenny Dalglish paid Sunderland £16m for the 22-year-old.

    "I definitely think in the future, given the opportunity I will take it and become a first-team regular for Liverpool," he adds.

  17. 1722: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson identifies Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund as the main threats to Manchester United in the Champions League.

    He says: "Those three teams will have outstanding chances and I hope we can join them."

  18. 1716: 

    Roberto Di Matteo is calling on his Chelsea players to produce a "perfect game" in their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.

    "We need to be at our best," said the Chelsea manager. "We need a perfect game. Every individual player has to perform at the highest of their ability."

  19. 1705: 

    Lock Paul O'Connell is ruled out of the opening game of the Guinness Series against South Africa due to a back injury.

    The game is taking place in Dublin on Saturday.

  20. 1656: 

    There's more British interest at the O2 Arena this evening as Wimbledon champions Jonathan Marray of Britiain and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark take on number two seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in a men's doubles round robin fixture at the ATP World Tour Finals.

    They will be on court at 1800 GMT and will be followed by Tomas Berdych v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at approximately 1945.


    Will Simpson on Twitter: "I was at Camp Nou for the 1st fixture [against Barcelona] & the Celtic fans were impeccable - what an atmosphere. More of the same tonight please."

  22. 1647: 

    Uzbek wrestler Soslan Tigiev has been stripped of the bronze medal he won at this summer's London Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced.

  23. 1642: 

    Former Southampton defender Francis Benali is one who believes his former club's current boss Nigel Adkins deserves more time despite the team's disappointing start to the season. "It hasn't been an easy time for Nigel," he told BBC Sport. "But the success the club has enjoyed under him in the last few years has been incredible."


    BBC Sport tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Plenty of twists and turns in the final set but Djokovic come through: 7-5, finding big 1st serves from 15-40 in the last game."

  25. 1635: 

    Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray by two sets to one in their ATP World Tour round robin match at the O2 Arena.

  26. 1629: 

    Bristol City boss Derek McInnes helped out 17 stranded fans who had the tyres slashed on their minibus after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Birmingham by giving them £300 in cash.

  27. 1622: 

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes professional tennis players are right to be demanding more prize money. "These guys ranked 50 to 100 in the world work as hard as the top players," Cash told the Tennis Space. "It's really tough out there to make a living, really tough."

  28. 1616: 

    Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has been named in Nigeria's squad for the friendly against Venezuela on 14 November in Miami, Florida. He was cleared last November by Fifa to switch national allegiances and play for the Super Eagles after playing for England's under-21 side - but he has yet to play for Nigeria.

  29. 1611: 

    The takeover of Leeds United is expected to be concluded by the weekend, reports BBC Sport's Ian Dennis. The deal is believed to be worth in the region of £44m with GFH Capital. It follows lengthy and protracted talks with the private equity firm. It's now just a question of the formalities being completed ahead of the 15 November deadline when the exclusivity period for GFH Capital ends.

  30. 1607: 

    England bowler Graeme Swann has returned home from India to support his family and spend time with his daughter who is currently unwell, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced. Swann will return to India ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad which starts on 15 November.

  31. 1603: 

    Novak Djokovic leads Andy Murray 4-3 in the final set of their ATP World Tour round robin match at the O2 Arena. You can watch the action live or follow live text commentary of the conclusion of that match on the BBC Sport tennis pages.

  32. 1556: 

    Hearts have issued a "Call to Arms", asking fans to invest in the club by investing the share issue or buying a match day ticket. The club have been issued with a winding-up order by the Court of Session in Edinburgh after failing to pay a tax bill on time.

  33. 1548: 

    Ajax forward Ryan Babel believes the Dutch champions have made a "little statement" to Europe after a win and a draw against Manchester City in the Champions League group stages.

    Former Liverpool winger Babel said: "It was a statement to the other teams. We have to analyse what the gameplan will be for the next two games but I think these two games [against City] will give us confidence."

  34. 1542: 

    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 25, will not have an operation on his injured hip and could return for Tottenham's north London derby against Arsenal, according to Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.

    "We could either give him surgery immediately, but there is no certainty it will cure the problem, or he could rest, have manual therapy, train in the swimming pool," said Villas Boas.

    "That allows the player the possibility of return within 10-15 days, so we are taking that option at the moment, without having the surgery."

  35. 1538: 

    IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch tells BBC East Midlands Today that he is in great shape ahead of his fight against American Yusaf Mack but admits he is carrying a couple of injuries.

  36. 1532: 
    LONDON 2012

    London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has commenced the distribution programme of the handmade copper petals from the cauldron that held the Olympic flame in the Olympic Stadium for London 2012. Each of the copper petals will be given to each country who sent a team as a memento of their sporting achievements.

  37. 1527: 

    Jo Launchbury, 21, has signed a contract extension with London Wasps which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.

  38. 1523: 

    Novak Djokovic takes the second set 6-3 against Andy Murray with a love service game to level the match. You can watch the action live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport tennis pages.

  39. 1519: 

    Former Leeds and Wests Tigers second rower Gareth Ellis is relieved to have got the all-clear to play in Sunday's final of the autumn international series and is now hoping to keep his place in Steve McNamara's England team when they take on France at Salford City Stadium.

    "I've not played that many games this year," said Ellis. "I'll take any opportunity to play for England, it's the biggest honour you can get."

  40. 1514: 

    Antonio Felix da Costa has recorded the fastest time on the second day of the young driver test in Abu Dhabi. Driving a Red Bull, the Portuguese driver's time was two hundredths of a second slower than yesterday's fastest time, set by Kevin Magnussen in a McLaren.


    John Regan on Twitter: "It's gonna be a great night at Celtic Park. Nowhere else like it on European nights. Come on you boys in green."

    Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  42. 1510: 

    Manchester City Roberto Mancini boss has avoided disciplinary action for confronting a referee after his side's 2-2 draw with Ajax at the Etihad Stadium last night. A Uefa spokesperson said: "Nothing was reported, neither by the delegate nor by the referee. No disciplinary proceedings are opened."

  43. 1506: 

    Hearts have been issued with a winding-up order by the Court of Session in Edinburgh after failing to pay a tax bill on time. The matter is unrelated to a £1.75m tax bill Hearts are currently contesting. This latest order is understood to be for unpaid PAYE and VAT and BBC Scotland has learned the sum due is a substantial six-figure amount.

  44. 1501: 

    Russian long distance runner Inga Abitova, who won 10,000m European silver this year and finished second in the 2010 London Marathon, has been banned for two years for a doping offence, the country's athletics federation has announced.

  45. 1455: 

    Celtic host Barcelona, Manchester United travel to Braga and Chelsea take on Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge tomorrow in the Champions League.

    Can Celtic stop Lionel Messi and Barcelona and take something away from tonight's game? Will United get the point they need to secure qualification to the knockout stages with two games to spare? Can Chelsea gain revenge on Donetsk after their defeat in Ukrainian side last month?

    Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  46. 1450: 

    London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe has been elected as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association. Lord Coe was unopposed for the election to succeed Lord Moynihan.

  47. 1447: 

    Andy Murray wins the first set 6-4 against world number one Novak Djokovic in his second round robin match at ATP World Tour Finals in London. You can watch the action live or follow text commentary on the BBC tennis pages.

  48. 1445: 

    Northamptonshire have named Stephen Peters as their Championship captain for 2013 following Andrew Hall's decision to step down from the role.

    Opening batsman Peters, 33, has hit 7,034 first-class runs at an average of 40.89 for the club and will lead the side in his testimonial year. Batsman Alex Wakely will be Peters' vice-captain but will skipper the side in the CB40 and T20 competitions.

  49. 1440: 

    Tottenham will be without midfield duo Sandro, who out with a calf injury, and Mousa Dembele who has a hip complaint for tomorrow's Europa League clash against Maribor. Midfielder Jake Livermore will have a test on his ankle injury.

  50. 1435: 

    The news that the ATP World Tour Finals will stay in London for another two years beyond the current contract, until 2015, was widely expected despite a significant presence here from Rio. The Brazilian city is among those thought to be in the running to take on the season-ending event, which has been held in 14 cities over 42 years. New York's Madison Square Garden was the venue for 13 years between 1977 and 1989. London's run will now stretch to seven years, with the one million-spectators barrier set to be broken this week.

  51. 1431: 

    Olympic rowing champion Heather Stanning, who won Britain's first gold of London 2012 with Helen Glover in the women's pair this summer, will spend two years in the army - which will include a stint in Afghanistan - before returning to training ahead of Rio 2016.

  52. 1426: 

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged Theo Walcott and Arsenal to come to a resolution which keeps him at the club after the forward helped them secure a 2-2 draw against Schalke last night, reports London's Evening Standard

    "Theo has been great," he said. "His future is down to him and the boss to sort out. I hope he does sign. He has been great for us. He's an English lad and great to have around."

  53. 1421: 

    Rory McIlroy has defended his decision to miss last week's WGC Champions tournament in China so he could watch his girlfriend play tennis in Bulgaria. Eyebrows were raised when the world number one, 23, skipped Shenzhen in favour of being with Caroline Wozniacki at the Tournament of Champions.

    "I think the criticism is fair. [Shenzhen] is a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones," he said. "It was a tough one to miss. But I can't play every week."

  54. 1416: 

    Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna defeated Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3 5-7 10-5 to keep their hopes alive of reaching the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

  55. 1412: 
  56. 1410: 

    Australia's Ricky Ponting is confident he will be fit enough to take part in the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane. The former captain tweaked his hamstring in a Sheffield Shield game for Tasmania last week.

    "I've done everything that's required of me over the last couple of days of training," he said. "I didn't feel anything today so I expect to be right. I'm right to go, right now."

  57. 1405: 

    Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will be Nico Hulkenberg's team-mate at Sauber next year according one of the team's sponsors Carlos Slim, the Mexican businessman regarded as the richest man in the world. "We are talking to Sauber for next season and we intend to continue together in 2013, obviously with a Mexican as a driver, which is Esteban Gutierrez," Slim said. Read more about that and other news in today's F1 gossip column.

  58. 1400: 

    England Women's head coach Gary Street has announced the squad to face reigning world champions New Zealand over three international test matches later this month.

    Bristol's Amber Reed and Worcester's Joanne Watmore, who made their debuts against France on Saturday, secure their places in the squad. Darlington Mowden Park Sharks' fly-half Katy McLean will captain the side. Street said: "Jo and Amber showed they are ready to step-up to the next level after making their debuts at the weekend."

  59. 1355: 

    The London Olympic Stadium will not reopen until August 2015 at the earliest, Dennis Hone chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation confirms.

    Football is still the front runner in taking over the stadium, with four bids on the table for its future use. Hone confirms an American football team is not among them.

    Hone says: "We have no formal bids outside of the competition or otherwise by American football to go in to the stadium."

  60. 1342: 

    Andy Murray resumes his World Tour Finals campaign against Novak Djokovic in London.

    You can follow the game here with BBC Sport's live text commentary.


    We are asking for your views on Manchester City's impending Champions League exit on Twitter:

    Jk on Twitter: "Looking at Man City's Champions League Group objectively, it was always going to be a MASSIVE ask for any teams 2nd CL season."

    Peter Hickford on Twitter: "City have been unlucky with the Champions League draw the last two seasons. Which English team would get through their group?"

    Steven Kaye on Twitter: "The difference between Manchester City and Ajax is that while one team have the star individuals, the other has a terrific team workrate."

  62. 1317: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers leaves out Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez from the squad that faces Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday.

    Experienced players Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Daniel Agger, Jose Reina, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and Jose Enrique have not travelled, ahead of Liverpool facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

  63. 1309: 

    Leicester Tigers and England centre Mathew Tait will start his first Tigers game for 13 months when he lines up in Friday's LV= Cup tie against Saracens.

    Tait, 26, has had a groin injury and has only played three games for the club.

    Director of rugby Richard Cockerill tells BBC Radio Leicester: "Mathew Tait is fit to play, so he will play."

  64. 1307: 

    The ATP also announces that the World Tour Finals will remain at London's O2 Arena until 2015.

  65. 1301: 

    Andy Murray resumes his ATP World Tour campaign within the next hour when he faces Novak Djokovic.

    Murray says he is looking forward to their seventh encounter this year:

    "We've played each other enough to know what to expect. We do practise with each other quite a lot too, but it's never quite the same as matches, that's for sure."

    You can watch the match from around 1345 GMT on the BBC Sport Website.


    We've been asking what you think of the Society of Black Lawyers's demand that footballers guilty of racist abuse should be sacked by their clubs and banned for up to nine months?

    Terry Deller on Twitter: "Unfortunately players are an asset with a resale value, so clubs will never sack them as it equates to throwing money away."

    Thomas Ferguson on Twitter: "I'm sorry but the society of black lawyers are deluded! If Rooney makes abusive comments united or any club wouldn't sake him!"

    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "It is not football or a clubs fault if a player is racist. It is societies fault that players and fans don't know better!"

    Let us know your thoughts #bbcsportsday

  67. 1255: 

    Interim Scotland manager Billy Stark on leaving out a number of experienced players for Scotland's friendly against Luxemburg next week:

    "For a November friendly, a lot of football has already been played and some players will have niggles they would love the opportunity to shake off.

    "Allan McGregor and Gary Caldwell, in particular, have been real stalwarts and terrific players for the national team in recent years.

    "There is nothing more to it than that."

  68. 1244: 

    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba commits his future to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

    The Ivory Coast international tells the Shanghai Morning Post: "I hope next season I can start again from the beginning with Shenhua.

    "Because I joined relatively late, I didn't prepare with the team early in the season, so our results were not very good.

  69. 1241: 

    England batting coach Graham Gooch admits there is a "big question mark" over whether Stuart Broad and Steve Finn will be fit for next week's first Test against India after both were ruled out of tomorrow's final warm-up game.

    Gooch says: "It's not ideal... It puts a big question mark that's fairly obvious."

  70. 1232: 

    Caterham owner Tony Fernandes will quit his role as team principal at the end of the season

    Fernandes says: "It was right for us to lead the team initially and set a template of how it should be."

  71. 1226: 

    Interim Scotland manager Billy Stark names his squad for next week's friendly against Luxembourg.

    Stark leaves out experienced players Gary Caldwell, Scott Brown, Allan McGregor and Alan Hutton.

    Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan earns a recall, full-backs Steven Whittaker and Phil Bardsley also return following ankle injuries.


    Millwall ban a 13-year old for the "foreseeable future" after he admitted to abusing Bolton's Marvin Sordell.

    Tommy Lawn on Twitter: "Good for Millwall for actually trying to change a young lads outlook on racism, rather then just a ban!"

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "Sorry but racism has to be stopped from a young age. And Millwall banning 13 year-old just proves that it starts at a young age."

  73. 1208: 

    Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson has been ruled out for around six weeks. The former England number 10 fractured his cheekbone in the win over Wasps on Sunday and has had surgery.

  74. 1200: 

    Millwall ban a 13-year-old fan for "the foreseeable future" after he admitted verbally abusing Bolton's Marvin Sordell in a Championship match last month.

    Millwall say they have offered the teenager a place on a 'Millwall for All' educational program "in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general."


    The Society of Black Lawyers demand that footballers should be sacked by their clubs and banned for up to nine months. Do you agree?

    James Hunter on Twitter: "Absolutely right that those guilty of racist abuse be sacked. Why should football be any different from any other workplace?"

    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "You can ban clubs for months, sack players for years. Won't stop racism. That has to be taught from a young age."

    Jordan Wheawall on Twitter: "Society of black lawyers has no place in sport & should have no input in football matters. After free publicity & its working."

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  76. 1151: 

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty takes a look at Manchester City's Champions League crisis as they are on the brink of exit from the competition.

    McNulty says: "City will never have a bigger opportunity to prove they still believe than when Real Madrid come to Manchester later this month - but Mancini's anger may just have betrayed his own belief that their chance has come and gone."

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter #bbcsportsday

  77. 1146: 

    The International Cycling Union asks the Court of Arbitration for Sport's board president to help choose a team investigating the governing body's links to the Lance Armstrong doping case.

    The inquiry is seen as a key stage in restoring the UCI's damaged credibility following the Armstrong affair.

  78. 1131: 

    Bowlers Stuart Broad and Steve Finn will not play in England's final warm-up match on Thursday.

    Broad has bruising on his left heel, whilst Finn is recovering from a thigh strain. Neither player has been ruled out of the first Test, which starts on 15 November in Ahmedabad.

  79. 1127: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will not face disciplinary action after confronting the referee following City's 2-2 draw with Ajax on Tuesday.

    Governing body Uefa confirms the incident was not reported by the referee or their match delegate.

  80. 1116: 

    Theo Walcott hopes he can get himself back in the Arsenal's starting line-up after scoring in the Gunners' 2-2 draw against Schalke last night.

    Walcott says: "It is nice to be back playing with the guys, that is all I want to be doing now."

    The 23-year-old is in the final season of his contract with the club and says he wants to play as a striker rather than out wide.

  81. 1102: 

    Former Bolton manager Owen Coyle tells BBC Radio Scotland he would be "open" to an approach about the vacant Scotland job.

    Coyle says: "I'm always open to hearing what someone has to say. It's a great job, that's for sure."


    What do you make of the Society of Black Lawyers's demand that footballers guilty of racist abuse should be sacked by their clubs and banned for up to nine months? Is this punishment fair or too severe? Would stronger bans help stop racism in football?

    Let us know on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday.

  83. 1057: 

    Lampre suspend 2011 Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi for visiting banned doctor Michele Ferrari.

    The Italian admitted visiting Ferrari, who is banned for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), on 25 October. Usada claim the doctor masterminded Lance Armstrong's doping programme but Ferrari has denied any wrongdoing.

    "The team doctor has suspended the rider for violation of the internal code of the team," Lampre spokesman Andrea Appian says.

  84. 1051: 

    Nathan Cleverly feels WBO world light-heavyweight title challenger Shawn Hawk is a perfect opponent as the Welshman looks to "make a statement" in America.

    "Hawk is a tough and strong come-forward fighter," he says "But one I think I can look good against."

  85. 1043: 

    Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton tells BBC Radio Solent he has not had any discussions with Blackpool regarding the managerial vacancy at Bloomfield Road.

    "I've not heard anything from Blackpool or the administrators so I'll just carry on doing my job here," the 36-year-old says.

    "The only link between me and Blackpool is what you see and read in the media."


    We are asking for your views on Manchester City's impending Champions League exit on Twitter:

    Emery That's Me on Twitter: "Man City don't have the right attitude for the Champions League, it's all new experience for them, give them three years, winners."

    Sheldon W. Serrao on Twitter: "Mancini's mistakes this season began with the sale of Nigel De Jong. They conceded fewer goals with him on the pitch."

    SecretNonFootballer on Twitter: "City not in crisis, but if you spend the money they have and don't qualify from group two years in a row, then questions are asked."

    Get involved in the debate on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday.

  87. 1029: 

    Tottenham Hotspur issue a response to the Society of Black Lawyers's threat that it will make a complaint to police unless action is taken against what it says is anti-Semitic abuse taking place at White Hart Lane.

    "Our position on this topic is very clear," a spokesperson told BBC Sport. "The club does not tolerate any form of racist or abusive chanting."

  88. 1022: 

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at the O2 Arena: "All eyes will be on London's O2 Arena at 13:45 GMT when world number one Novak Djokovic meets US Open champion Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals. The winner could qualify for the semis today, depending on the outcome when Tomas Berdych plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 19:45. Murray v Djokovic will be live on BBC Two, online and 5 live sports extra."

  89. 1018: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are his club's main threats in the Champions League.

    "Those three teams will have outstanding chances and I hope we can join them," the 70-year-old says.

  90. 1012: 

    Renault's head of trackside operations Remi Taffin tells Autosport he believes a calibration problem with fuelling equipment is the most likely explanation as to why world championship leader Sebastian Vettel did not have enough petrol in his Red Bull car for qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  91. 1004: 

    From South Africa to Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson's "hairdryer" to Nicky Butt's sense of fun, BBC Sport puts Quinton Fortune, 35, under the 'Sporting Spotlight'.


    We are asking for your views on Manchester City's impending Champions League exit on Twitter:

    Dayveetee on Twitter: "City remain unbeaten in the league and CL results are largely down to preventable defensive slip-ups yet they are in crisis?"

    David E on Twitter: "Is everyone forgetting that City are in the toughest group with each team the champions of their country?"

    Robert Haggerty on Twitter: "Mancini embarrassed himself last night! Outsider for Harry Redknapp to come in. Did well with Spurs when they got into Europe."

    Get involved in the debate on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday.

  93. 0949: 

    World number one Rory Mcllroy justifies his controversial decision to skip last week's WGC Champions by saying he had to avoid burning out.

    "It's a World Golf Championship, it's a big event, it was a tough one to miss, especially watching it on TV," the 23-year-old says.

    "But I can't play every week. If I'd played that, I would have played five in a row to finish the season, after playing in Turkey and playing the Ryder Cup and all the FedEx Cup stuff. It's just too much, and that was the one I cut."

  94. 0944: 

    Chelsea ban a fan from Stamford Bridge pending a police investigation into a racially aggravated offence during last week's League Cup victory over Manchester United.

    Pictures taken during the fourth-round tie showed a fan making a "monkey" gesture. Gavin Kirkham, 28, was bailed after being questioned by police on Monday.

  95. 0939: 

    Sponsor Jaimie Fuller says Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen, the two men in charge of world cycling, must stand down if the sport is to recover from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

    Fuller's sportswear firm Skins is suing cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), for at least £1.25m for "reputational damage".

    "We've had two presidents sat atop the global body for 22 years," Fuller says. "But if you look at the results it is embarrassing and we should be ashamed."

  96. 0932: 

    The latest Fifa world rankings show England dropping one place to sixth, Northern Ireland climbing 17 places to 100th, managerless Scotland falling 14 places to 70th and Wales sliding from 57th to 66th.

    Spain remain in first place ahead of Germany, 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil move up one spot to 13th and the Republic of Ireland fall back eight places to 36th.

  97. 0928: 

    A report from accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers says some of the four Welsh regions may not survive their financial plight and criticises "poor management".


    We are asking for your views on Manchester City's impending Champions League exit on Twitter:

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "All that money & they haven't got a clue - Mancini looks like he's lost the plot, maybe lose his job next? Embarrasing."

    Tatenda Chiheve on Twitter: "If City want the Champions League they should not look further than Rafa Benitez, plenty of European pedigree."

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "I think CL success comes down to something intangible. Nobody gave Spurs a chance and we got to the quarters on our first try!"

    Get involved in the debate on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday.

  99. 0908: 

    Bolton Wanderers announce Curtis Fleming has joined the club in the role of first team coach.

    The 44-year-old worked at Crystal Palace with new Bolton manager Dougie Freedman and his assistant Lennie Lawrence.

  100. 0902: 

    The International Sailing Federation names Ben Ainslie Sailor of the Year for the fourth time.

    "Winning the World Sailor of the Year award is a huge honour, especially for everyone who has helped me," the 35-year-old says.

  101. 0856: 

    Hull KR make Huddersfield prop Adam Walker their seventh recruit for the 2013 season.

    Rovers coach Craig Sandercock says: "Adam fits the profile that we're looking for in that he's young, he's English and he's very keen to learn and improve as a player."

  102. 0847: 

    Australian side Adelaide Strikers announce the signing of Pakistan's world No. 1 Twenty20 offspinner Saeed Ajmal for their upcoming Big Bash campaign.

    "I am really excited about playing for the Adelaide Strikers and really happy that I will get the chance to show my talent in BBL," the 35-year-old says.


    Manchester City's draw with Ajax means their Champions League campaign looks set to end at the group stage for the second successive year.

    On Sportsday, we are asking why are they continuing to struggle in Europe? Is manager Roberto Mancini to blame? Should the players do better in a tough group? What does it mean for the overall quality of the Premier League if the champions cannot progress into the knockout rounds?

    Get involved in the debate on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday.

  104. 0830: 
  105. 0825: 

    Head of Team Sky Dave Brailsford says the team's anti-doping policy will hurt them in the short-term - but it will get them where they want "to be for the long term."

    The Tour de France winning outfit asks its riders and management to sign a pledge declaring they have never doped. Since then, sports director Steven de Jongh and coach Bobby Julich have quit.

  106. 0820: 

    Former England captain & Surrey executive director Alec Stewart says the county's capture of Graeme Smith on a three-year deal "is the biggest signing in county cricket since Shane Warne went to Hampshire in 2000."

    The 31-year-old South African set a record for 94 Tests as captain in the final match against England in August, and has scored 8,314 runs at an average of 49.78 in 102 Tests, including 25 centuries.

  107. 0815: 

    The Society of Black Lawyers puts out a 10-point plan to tackle racism in football.

    The body, who are behind plans for a black players' union, also says footballers guilty of racist abuse should be sacked by their clubs and banned for up to nine months, as well as arguing that referee Mark Clattenburg be suspended while claims he made racial comments to Chelsea players are investigated.


    Manchester City's draw with Ajax means they look set to drop out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive year.

    On Sportsday, we are asking why are the Premier League champions continuing to struggle in Europe? Is it because of the officials, like manager Roberto Mancini says? Is it their tactics, are the players to blame, or is it something else?

    Get involved in the debate on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday.

  109. 0805: 

    As usual, we start with three snippets from our football gossip column.

    Tottenham want to sign Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in January (the Independent), Manchester United must pay £36m to buy Porto winger James Rodriguez (Daily Mail) and referee Mark Clattenburg will not be interviewed by FA officials investigating allegations that he racially abused John Mikel Obi until next week (Daily Telegraph).

  110. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to another edition of Sportsday Live. We will be bringing you the build-up to tonight's Champions League action, discuss why Manchester City continue to struggle in Europe and bring you updates from the ATP Tour finals tennis.

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