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14 November 2012 Last updated at 18:06

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  1. 1806: 
    FOOTBALL

    Time for Sportsday to make way for the evening of international football which awaits us. Join Tom Rostance as he guides you through England's friendly with Sweden, Northern Ireland's clash with Azerbaijan and Scotland's match against Luxembourg.

  2. 1805: 
    FOOTBALL

    England team to play Sweden in Stockholm tonight: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines, Gerrard, Osman, Cleverley, Young, Sterling, Welbeck.

  3. 1801: 
    CYCLING

    Double Olympic champion Laura Trott is relishing a return to normality at this weekend's Track World Cup in Glasgow.

    Trott had 10 days off after the Games, two weeks on her bike, a week's holiday in Dubai and then returned to full-time training after the Olympic and Paralympic athletes' parade on 10 September.

    "I just wanted to get back on it; it was the only thing that felt normal," she says. "It was about going and doing what I enjoy most and that's riding my bike.

    "You could be on your own, you could be out there for three, four hours, not thinking about anything other than 'oh this is a nice day' or 'it's really windy down this road'."

  4. 1756: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsene Wenger may be coming under fire from disgruntled Arsenal fans but Jack Wilshere has praised his work in the transfer window.

    Wenger bought Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud in the summer and Wilshere told Arsenal Player: "It is strange because the last time I played was with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie.

    "Now there's the likes of Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Mikel Arteta. The boss has done excellently. He's bought well. These players are proper footballers - they understand the game and they've been around."

  5. 1748: 
    RUGBY UNION

    New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson has been banned for one week for "stamping or trampling" on the head of Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch.

    Thomson will miss the All Blacks' Test against Italy in Rome this weekend but he will be available for the fixtures against Wales and England.

    Thomson was yellow carded for the incident during New Zealand's 51-22 victory at Murrayfield and then cited for an alleged stamp or trample.

  6. 1743: 
    MotoGP

    Britain's Bradley Smith said riding a MotoGP bike for the first time during testing in Valencia was "better than I had ever dreamed of".

    Smith will partner fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow at Tech 3 Yamaha next season, which will be his first in MotoGP.

    Wet weather forced Smith to sit out the first day of testing on Tuesday but after completing 16 laps on Wednesday, he said: "I'm still buzzing. What a feeling to ride such an unbelievable motorcycle."

  7. 1733: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Gavin Henson says he would love to get back into the Wales squad and admits the prospect of a recall is driving him to succeed at London Welsh.

    "I suppose it is on the back burner but I'd love to try and get back into that Welsh team," said the 30-year-old.

    "That is the drive I have every day when I go into training I am thinking about trying to get back there. Can I do it? I am not sure yet. It is a big task to try and play every week for London Welsh and play at 10 and play consistently well.

    "In that respect, I am a million miles off Wales at the moment but I'll just keep going and see what happens."

  8. 1726: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England boss Fabio Capello has extended his unbeaten run as Russia coach as his side drew 2-2 with the United States in a friendly in Krasnodar.

    Anzhi Makhachkala forward Fedor Smolov and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Roman Shirokov both scored for the home side, while midfielders Michael Bradley and Mikkel Deskerud were on target for the visitors.

  9. 1723: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bradley Orr has revealed that off-the-field matters at Blackburn were the main reason behind his desire to join Championship rivals Ipswich on loan.

    The 30-year-old will stay at Portman Road until the end of January, and he has spoken about his relief at joining Mick McCarthy's men.

    He told the East Anglian Daily Times: "There were a few things going on in the upper echelons of the club at Blackburn and I wanted to get out on loan.

    "Once I heard of Ipswich's interest I was really keen to come down here. Thankfully we've managed to get something sorted and I'm absolutely delighted."

  10. 1712: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hartlepool chief executive Russ Green insists former Livingston manager John Hughes was the club's first choice to succeed Neale Cooper.

    Green, who confirmed Sven-Goran Eriksson had applied for the job, said: "The press picked up on Phil Brown coming and they shot themselves in the foot with it really because we'd already spoken to John on several occasions and as you can see, you know why we chose him. He's dynamic. He's the man."

  11.  

    Edward Manning on Twitter: "Everyone keeps forgetting RVP v Everton. You'll never see better technique, timing and placement than that."

    Lee Robson on Twitter: "Hatem's goal is by far the best individual goal I've seen! His one against Bolton too was special but this was something else!"

    Dan Vaughan on Twitter: "Puskas award has to go to Crouch for the City volley, because it's him! Either that or Cisse's wonder strike against Chelsea."

  12. 1659: 
    BOXING

    Ricky Hatton is ready to take out his frustrations on his Ukraine rival Vyacheslav Senchenko when he returns to a boxing ring for the first time in more than three-and-a-half years on Saturday 24 November in front of a sell-out Manchester Arena crowd.

    "I think he will feel the brunt of it," he said. "There's been a lot of problems.

    "I've had a lot of family problems, several things that have added to my downfall, if you like, in that three-year period when I've been off.

    "I'm going to throw it all at Senchenko on the night and that could be a painful night for him."

  13. 1656: 
    FOOTBALL

    New Hartlepool manager John Hughes says he is at the club "for the long term" and believes the squad are good enough to avoid relegation from League One.

    Hughes, who left his post as manager of Livingston for the role at Victoria Park, takes over a side nine points adrift at the foot of the table.

    "I'm excited by the challenge in front of me. It might frighten some people off," .

  14. 1646: 
    GET INVOLVED

    You are giving your views on Fifa's Puskas Award for the best goal of the season. Have your say via #bbcsportsday

    Jack Quinn Stacy on Twitter: "Ramires vs. Barcelona for the Puskas. Amazing Technique. Not just one of those "hit it from 30 yards and hope it goes in"

    Yamin Chowdhury on Twitter: "Just voted for Ben Arfa to get the Puskas award! That goal was quality."

    Chris Binding on Twitter: "Suarez at Norwich, Pap Cisse at Chelsea, Crouch vs City come to mind in PL. Got to be Gaston Mealla though - ridiculous goal!"

  15. 1635: 
    FOOTBALL

    After Society of Black Lawyers representative Peter Herbert earlier told BBC Radio 5 Live that he believes the FA is "institutionally racist" , FA chairman David Bernstein has responded to his comments.

    "These ill-informed and unhelpful remarks are at odds with the progressive and responsible approach being followed by the game with the support of Government to deal with these serious issues," said Bernstein.

    "The FA will continue working to strengthen processes to eradicate all forms of discrimination in football."

  16. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL

    Northern Ireland take on Azerbaijan in tonight's Group F qualifier at Windsor Park with Michael O'Neill keen to get his first win after three draws and three defeats in his first six games in charge. Kick-off is at 19:45 GMT and there is live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster along with text commentary on the BBC Sport website. There will also be highlights on BBC One Northern Ireland at 23:15.

  17. 1618: 
    OLYMPICS

    Three men have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation over allegations of spying during the bid for the Olympic Stadium.

    West Ham United and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) alleged information was unlawfully obtained.

    The charges come after allegations that Tottenham Hotspur FC spied on Olympic officials during the bidding process. The club has denied the claims.

  18. 1615: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who made his England under-21 debut in Tuesday night's win over Northern Ireland, tells BBC Sport he hopes he can force his way into manager Stuart Pearce's plans for next summer's European Championships.

    "I just wanted to make an impression and put a thought in the manager's mind come the summer," he said. "I am a bit unfit but I showed glimpses of what I can do. Hopefully if I am given a chance I can impress further."

  19. 1609: 
    GET INVOLVED

    After the news that Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa's goal against Blackburn in the FA Cup in January has been nominated for Fifa's Puskas Award for the best goal of the season, what other goals from 2012 should be on the shortlist. Have your say via #bbcsportsday

  20. 1601: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin: "Scottish Football League clubs have unanimously voted to propose a new structure for Scottish football involving a 16 team top league, a 10 team championship and an 18 team third division. The plan involves the Scottish Premier League merging with the Scottish Football League.

    "Chief Executive David Longmuir says he hopes the SPL will see the benefits of the new system as he doesn't want to continue managing decline. The proposals will need the agreement of the SFA and the SPL and if approved would come into play in 2014-2015.

    "The SFL are also proposing a new format for the Scottish League Cup, based on a seeding system similar to the Champions League system.

  21. 1556: 
    TRIATHLON

    Britain's Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee tells BBC Sport he would "love" to run a 10,000m in the future.

  22. 1550: 
    FOOTBALL

    With only a couple of hours until kick-off in Stockholm, there are still plenty of opinions on Roy Hodgson's selection for the game. Have your say via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

    Pete Stanford on Twitter: "As an Englishman living in Jamaica I am pleased to see Sterling playing so the debate of who he will play for can finally stop."

    Simon Jupp on Twitter: "Nice to see some youngsters (and Osman) given a chance."

  23. 1534: 
    FOOTBALL

    Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle defends Chelsea and the Football Association following criticism from Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers over the Mark Clattenburg affair.

    "I think it would have been better if it remained within the remit of Chelsea and the FA to put any subsequent case to the Met Police," said Carlisle. "It is an allegation they are currently investigating themselves.

    "If we reported all incidents from third-party evidence, there would be many investigations the police would have to go through.

    "We have to have faith Chelsea have reported the incidents in good faith and that the FA will deal with it accordingly, and report it to the police if necessary."

  24. 1527: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hatem Ben Arfa's goal for Newcastle against Blackburn in January is among the 10 goals nominated for Fifa's Goal of the Year. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Falcao are also among those on the list.

    If you need reminding of what happened in the FA Cup tie which Newcastle won 2-1, picking up the ball just inside the Rovers half, the Newcastle playmaker twisted and turned, shrugging off the challenges of five defenders as he bore down on goal, before finishing the move with a sublime drag-back and shot high into the roof of the net.

  25. 1522: 
    FOOTBALL

    Keiren Westwood has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Greece in Dublin later this eveing with a groin injury. The Sunderland man will be replaced in goal by Millwall's David Forde.

  26. 1511: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Samoa include Ospreys scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i, Worcester wing David Lemi and Harlequins flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu in their side after making six changes for Friday's clash with Wales in Cardiff. The South Sea Islanders will be looking to build on their 42-12 win over Canada in Colwyn Bay last Friday, and gain revenge for their World Cup defeat at the hands of Wales in New Zealand last year.

  27. 1509: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool and England player John Barnes has warned against plans by human rights barrister Peter Herbert to set up a black footballers association: "I will never let ignorant people affect me," he said. "But it is very divisive to set up a black footballers association. We are going to alienate and distance people if we say there is racism where it does not exist. The only way to tackle racism in football is to tackle it in society."

  28. 1447: 
    CRICKET

    Ahead of the first Test between India and England which gets under way at 0400 GMT on Thursday, former England captain Alec Stewart picks out some of the players to watch on both sides.

  29. 1444: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    London Broncos halfback Craig Gower signs a contract extension at the club and will remain at the Super League club until the end of the 2014 season. The 34-year-old former Italian rugby union international joined the Broncos last season on a two-year deal.

    He made 28 appearances in 2012 scoring four tries and 27 goals.

  30. 1414: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Argentina veteran Felipe Contepomi will miss this weekend's match against France after being ruled out for up to four months with a knee ligament injury. The 35-year-old sustained the injury early in his side's 26-12 victory over Wales on Saturday.

  31. 1408: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland have made two changes from their starting XV and a further four alterations to their bench for Saturday's Test against South Africa at Murrayfield.

    Tighthead prop Euan Murray comes back in having missed the New Zealand game due to his religious observance, with Geoff Cross moving to the bench. Elsewhere in the pack, Edinburgh's David Denton, who replaced the injured Ross Rennie against New Zealand, retains his berth in the back-row with captain Kelly Brown confirmed at openside.

    On the bench, Dougie Hall is preferred to Scott Lawson while Cross takes the place of his Edinburgh colleague Allan Jacobsen, who is unavailable for personal reasons. The experienced John Barclay returns to the match-day squad and there's a first involvement in a Scotland squad for the uncapped 26-year-old Peter Murchie in place of Max Evans.

  32. 1400: 
    HORSE RACING

    After being retired as the world's top-rated racehorse in October, Frankel's stud fee is set at £125,000.

    He is due to start breeding duties next year and could generate more than £12m in his first year and well over £100m overall during his stud career.

    Philip Mitchell, a spokesman for Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, said: "The fee for Frankel reflects his merits as being perhaps the greatest racehorse we have ever witnessed."

  33. 1357:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Peter Herbert, the chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers chairman, which made a complaint to police over alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg, has stepped up his criticism of the Football Association.

  34. 1352: 
    FOOTBALL

    Japan are closing in on their fifth consecutive World Cup appearance after winning 2-1 win in Oman.

    Striker Shinji Okazaki scored in the last minute for Japan, who are eight points clear at the top of Asia's Group B qualifying group.

  35. 1346: 
    GOLF

    World number five Adam Scott wants to end 2012 on a high at the Australian Masters.

    The 32-year-old is winless this year after letting a final-round lead slip at the Open in July to finish second behind South Africa's Ernie Els.

    "In some ways it has been a really good year as I have played a lot of really good golf," Scott said.

  36. 1341: 
    FOOTBALL

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Andrew Shinnie will make his Scotland debut in tonight's friendly in Luxembourg.

    Strikers Kenny Miller and Jordan Rhodes both start along with goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

    The Scottish Football Association named the team on their official Twitter account: "Gilks, Dixon, Hanley, Berra, Whittaker, D Fletcher, Mulgrew, Shinnie, Naismith, Miller, Rhodes."

  37. 1335: 
    CYCLING

    Former Olympic champion Jason Queally is to return to the British Cycling Paralympic squad as a tandem pilot.

    The 42-year-old, who won kilo gold in Sydney in 2000, worked with Paralympic champion Anthony Kappes in the build-up to the London Games but left the squad to try to claim a place in the GB Olympic team pursuit squad.

  38. 1328: 
    GET INVOLVED

    England's team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young. We have asked for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection, here are some:

    Colin Fletcher on Twitter: "Not a stokie, but caulker starting ahead of shawcross is typical of any england manager."

    Sam Pardey on Twitter: "I don't care who plays tonight, it's just good to see an England team without Milner and Barry anywhere near."

    Tom Cannon on Twitter: "Most important thing is experience in a friendly. About time we've had a team that isn't dominated by the same old big names."

    Fayaz Adam on Twitter: "After the Euros we should have done a Germany, dropping the old and getting the youngsters ready for next 2-4 tournaments!"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  39. 1322: 
    FOOTBALL

    Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston calls for an independent body to lead league reconstruction in Scottish football.

    The Scottish Football League are discussing proposals that would see a change from four leagues to three.

    "It may be that we need an outside committee to make the recommendations," said Yorkston.

  40. 1317:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    You can listen to Test Match Special's ball-by-ball coverage of the the First Test in Ahmedabad, on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 long wave and online with text commentary on the BBC Sport website, tablets and mobiles. A highlights and analysis podcast will be able after the close of play.

  41. 1313: 
    CRICKET

    England fast bowler Tim Bresnan on Twitter ahead of the First Test against India: "Boys have worked hard and really well prepared for this series. It's going to be a cracker. Can't wait now. Early start though 7.30 leave."

  42. 1310: 
    RUGBY UNION

    The Wales starting line-up to play Samoa at the Millennium Stadium on Friday is:

    L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, A Beck, J Roberts, G North; D Biggar, M Phillips; P James, R Hibbard, A Jarvis, B Davies, I Evans, R Jones (captain), J Tipuric, T Faletau.

    Replacements: K Owens, G Jenkins, S Andrews, L Charteris, S Warburton, T Knoyle, R Priestland, S Williams.

  43. 1305: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Wales captain Sam Warburton is dropped to the bench for Friday's match with Samoa in Cardiff.

    Justin Tipuric replaces Warburton at open-side flanker, while Ryan Jones takes over as captain on his return to the side at blind-side flanker.

  44. 1259: 
    RUGBY UNION

    National Two South club Redruth says there is concern that his players may not get paid unless they can find extra funds to service the club's debts.

    "We're working to pay off significant debt from years gone by," secretary Roger Watson told BBC South West Sport.

  45. 1255: 
    BASKETBALL

    Governing body the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to extend the men's event by four teams taking it to 16 for the 2016 Olympics.

    It also wants to introduce the three-on-three game as a medal event at the Rio Games.

  46. 1248: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Work on the major redevelopment of Ulster's Ravenhill is to start later this month.

    New stands at the Memorial and Aquinas ends are to be completed by June 2013 and then the old main stand will be replaced during the 2013-14 season.

  47. 1242: 
    FOOTBALL

    Watford midfielder and Switzerland international Almen Abdi has suffered a dislocated shoulder.

    However, the club are confident the 26-year-old, on loan from Italian club Udinese, does not face a lengthy absence.

  48. 1237: 
    SNOOKER

    World number one Judd Trump should remain focused on claiming his maiden world title, says former winner Ken Doherty.

    The 1997 winner said: "It's the one you're going to be remembered for.

    "World number one is nice, don't get me wrong, but I think all the great players have lifted that championship."

  49. 1233: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United's gross debt is reduced to £359.7million after the club's owners 'retired' a further £62.6million-worth of bonds during the first financial quarter.

    A 32.4% increase in sponsorship revenues, underpinned by that massive shirt deal with Chevrolet, contributed to commercial revenues rising by 24% to £43m over the quarter and an overall profit of £20.5m.

    Matchday revenues were up 13.3%, a figure helped by Old Trafford staging nine Olympic games.

  50. 1229: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wales and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey suffers a major setback in his return from the cruciate ligament surgery he underwent seven months ago.

    The 25-year-old injured the knee in training on Monday and MRI scans confirm that he has disrupted the repair and may need further surgery.

  51. 1224: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We are asking for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection for tonight's friendly with Sweden. The team is believed to be: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young.

    Sir Ryan Osborne on Twitter: "The England team looks solid but I'd start with Zaha instead of Young. A chance for us to build for 2014."

    Ed Jervis on Twitter: "Shawcross has been his club captain for 3 years now. Caulker has played for Spurs SEVEN times."

    Valentine Kidd on Twitter: "it's a friendly, you don't expect the best XI to start against sweden."

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "Cleverley, Welbeck; yet more proof that if you play for a top English club, you've got a foot, hand, and head in the door."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  52. 1217: 
    CYCLING

    United States rider Timmy Duggan and Evgueni Petrov, of Russia, sign with Denmark-based Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank while Japan's Takashi Miyazawa had renewed his contract for another year.

  53. 1210: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League Magic Weekend will return to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium over the May bank holiday in 2013 (25-26 May).

    The occasion will also be at the same venue in 2014 after a record crowd of 63,716 attended this year's Magic Weekend.

  54. 1203: 
    FOOTBALL

    Australia beat South Korea 2-1 in an international friendly in Hwaseong thanks to Robert Cornthwaite's winner in the 87th minute.

  55. 1158: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United midfielder and Scotland captain Darren Fletcher backs interim manager Billy Stark to become the next international manager.

    The under-21 boss is in charge for tonight's friendly with Luxembourg and Fletcher said: "If Billy can get a victory and a manager isn't appointed before the next game, then he throws his name into the hat. It'd be a choice backed by me."

  56. 1153: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Widnes Vikings establish a partnership with Championship side Workington Town from the 2013 season.

    With the under-20s and under-18s leagues now merged into an under-19 division, Vikings will send players Town to gain first-grade experience.

    "It is great to be involved with a team that is growing," said Widnes coach Denis Betts.

  57. 1149: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England will return to the top four in the world rankings if they beat Australia by any margin in Saturday's international at Twickenham.

    The rankings have particular significance this year because the seedings for the Rugby World Cup draw will be based on the standings at the end of the autumn internationals.

  58. 1144: 
    SPORT

    BBC One announces it is to revive the popular sporting entertainment show Superstars for a one-off spectacular Olympic special - Superstars 2012 - to be broadcast this Christmas.

    Among the competitors are London 2012 gold medallists Mo Farah, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams, Peter Wilson, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Katherine Grainger and Jade Jones.

  59. 1137: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Twitter: "Good luck to Steven Gerrard on his 100th cap tonight...fantastic achievement."

  60. 1132: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barnsley sign 29-year-old striker Marcus Tudgay on loan from Nottingham Forest until January with a view to a permanent deal.

  61. 1129: 
    PARALYMPICS

    London mayor Boris Johnson submits a bid to bring the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships to the capital.

    The bid, sent to the International Paralympic Committee, is to stage the championships in the Olympic Stadium in July 2017.

    London has already won the right to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships in August and, if this second bid is successful, the city would become the first to stage the two championships side-by-side.

  62. 1123: 
    GET INVOLVED

    England's team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young. We have asked for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection, here are some:

    Gareth Parry on Twitter: "Good to see a young vibrant looking England team being led out by the experienced, head strong 100 cap Gerrard!"

    Matt Jenkins on Twitter: "We all know how capable Hart is! Like to see John Ruddy start been immense for Norwich! England need a suitable deputy."

    Ben Jamin on Twitter: "Not sure why everyone is complaining about whose starting tonight, half the team will get subbed after 45 mins!"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  63. 1118: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull FC prop Mike Burnett retires from the sport at the age of 24.

    Burnett missed the whole of last season after having his appendix removed and suffering two prolapsed discs in his lower back.

    "The injury's really interfering with my everyday life. I'm struggling to do normal things let alone start rehab," he said.

  64. 1114: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich Town sign Blackburn Rovers right-back Bradley Orr on loan until 26 January.

    The 30-year-old has not featured in any of Rovers' three games under new boss Henning Berg.

  65. 1110: 
    FOOTBALL

    Northern Ireland take on Azerbaijan with manager Michael O'Neill under pressure to avoid ending his first year in charge without a victory.

    "It is time for us to put three points on the board. The players know that and I know that," he said.

    "I am desperate to get my first win as manager and with these players."

  66. 1105: 
    CRICKET

    Bangladesh reach 164-3 at the close of the second day in the first Test against West Indies in Mirpur. The tourists declared on 527-4 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 203 not out and Denesh Ramdin 126 not out.

  67. 1059: 
    RUGBY UNION

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has recalled Gurthro Steenkamp and Juan de Jongh to his starting XV to play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday in two changes to the side that beat Ireland.

    Steenkamp replaces CJ van der Linde at loosehead prop after the latter took over as late replacement for Tendai Mtawarira, who has since returned home following the heart problems that saw him miss the 16-12 win over Ireland in last weekend. De Jongh has replaced Jaco Taute at outside centre.

  68. 1052: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has spoken of his delight that team-mate Leon Osman was called-up to the England squad for Wednesday's friendly in Sweden.

    "Fingers crossed he gets an England cap because there have been a heck of a lot less deserving guys down the years to get caps," Howard told Everton's official website.

    "He's just so fantastic and he's been a rock for this club. I was delighted for him; so, so happy."

  69. 1047: 
    FORMULA 1

    Daimler AG's chief executive says the Mercedes Formula 1 team must improve quickly but his company does not plan to increase its funding.

    Mercedes, which is owned by Daimler, announced in September that Lewis Hamilton will join the team next season.

    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche was quoted on Wednesday as telling the German weekly Die Zeit: "We certainly must become better quickly. We do not plan to increase our budget."

  70.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The England team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be as follows: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young. We have asked for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection, here are some:

    Edward Manning on Twitter: "Thought it would be a good opportunity to give Walcott a chance to prove himself up front...maybe 2nd half"

    Jamie on Twitter: "In my opinion Welbeck and Cleverley are massively over rated, only in the starting 11 because they play for [Manchester] United"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  71. 1034: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull KR have solved their full-back problem by signing Huddersfield's Greg Eden on a three-year contract.

    Craig Sandercock's side have had a vacant number one shirt ever since Shannon McDonnell chose to move to Hull and teenager Louis Sheriff headed to live in Australia.

    "It was a pretty big decision for me to leave Huddersfield as I thought I was settled there for the next couple of years," Eden said.

  72. 1029: 
    GOLF

    World number one Rory McIlroy could prove to be one of the best players of all time, his Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia said, hailing the Northern Irishman's all-round game.

    "Obviously he's a great player," said Garcia. "He hits the ball far and quite straight for the distance. His ground play is good, his chipping and putting is solid. That's why he's number one in the world and that's why he's won what he's won.

    "He's going to win many, many more tournaments and definitely he'll be within the best in history," added Garcia, speaking on the telephone from Spain, ahead of the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia next month."

  73. 1023: 
    CYCLING

    Team Sky have appointed Shaun Stephens as performance coach for the 2013 season. The 37-year-old Australian is regarded as one of the world's best triathlon coaches and recently worked as head coach to the Australian national team at the London Olympic Games.

    Team Sky team principal Dave Brailsford said: "Shaun's appointment continues Team Sky's commitment to assembling the very best coaching and support staff in the world, without being afraid to look beyond the arena of cycling."

  74. 1018: 
    OLYMPICS

    UK Sport has announced a campaign to bring 36 World and European championships to Britain. The Gold Series Event will use £27m of Lottery money over the next six years to attract top sporting events to the country.

    The campaign aims to bring more than 70 sporting events in total to the UK, including the 36 world and European championships.

    Liz Nicholl, UK Sport chief executive, said: "In developing the Gold Event Series, UK Sport is building on the success of London 2012 and supporting the UK's ongoing legacy goals."

  75. 1016: 
    FOOTBALL

    AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson has called for Milton Keynes to drop the word Dons from their name. AFC Wimbledon will meet MK Dons for the first time on the weekend of 1 December in the FA Cup second round, after both clubs came through first-round replays.

    Pete Winklelman remains as chairman of the Milton Keynes club and Samuelson told Sky Sports News: "If he offers me his hand, as long as it's got a letter in it saying that they agree that what they did was wrong and that they're going to drop the name Dons, I'll shake it. Otherwise I think we'll just move on."

  76. 1010: 
    FORMULA 1

    Lewis Hamilton feels Formula 1 can finally start to put down some roots in the United States from this weekend. The sport has led a nomadic existence over the years in the States as it has struggled to capture the imagination of an American public.

    F1 now has its own purpose-built facility - the multi-million pound Circuit of The Americas just outside Texas state capital, Austin.

    "I have to admit, I'm absolutely made-up that we're going back to the States," said Hamilton. "It's a fantastic country and a place where our sport truly deserves to be. I think the Circuit Of The Americas looks like it could also be the place modern Formula 1 finally calls home."

  77. 1005: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    The Super League players' association has called on the sport to learn the lessons from the fall-out which followed the financial crisis at Bradford by implementing a series of reforms.

    1eagu3, formed in July 2011 to represent the views of Super League players, has warned that the trauma experienced by the Bulls players this year could be repeated if preventative action is not taken.

    "Super League is the most vibrant and exciting elite sporting competition in the country yet the men who make it such a spectacle feel under-appreciated, under-valued and under-represented," the statement read.

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    FOOTBALL

    Just two points from three World Cup qualifiers and a manager without a win in his first six games.

    You would expect the Northern Ireland faithful to be a miserable lot with such a poor record heading into their home tie with Azerbaijan tonight. But a 1-1 draw with group favourites Portugal last month, recalling the halycon days of the 1980s when Northern Ireland specialised in giantkilling acts in qualifying games, has given them some optimism.

    BBC Sport's Alvin McCaig looks at why this is a critical qualifier for manager Michael O'Neill in this feature on the BBC Sport website.

  79.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The England team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be as follows: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young. We have asked for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection, here are some:

    Simon Newport on Twitter: "Definitely a gamble with the team selection, it'll be interesting to see what the debutantes can do, not sure about Sterling."

    Paul Lewis on Twitter: "So glad to see Caulker get a call up. Was immense player for Yeovil on loan and has kept up the great work"

    Kieran Riley on Twitter: "Really surprised Defoe is not in the starting 11, especially with his current form!"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  80. 0947: 
    FOOTBALL

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has reported no fresh injury concerns for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan in Belfast.

    Jonny Evans, Andrew Little, Jamie Ward and Alex Bruce all pulled out injured and Grant McCann is also unavailable. Gareth McAuley is available again after suspension and is set to come in for Evans in the centre of defence.

  81. 0938: 
    FOOTBALL

    Raheem Sterling looks set to make his England debut tonight and at 17 years and 342 days, he will become the fifth youngest player. Here are the current youngest five:

    Theo Walcott: 17 years and 75 days (v Hungary, May 2006); 30 caps, 4 goals

    Wayne Rooney: 17 years and 111 days (v Australia, Feb 2003); 78 caps, 32 goals

    James Prinsep: 17 years and 252 days (v Scotland, Apr 1879); 1 cap, 0 goals

    Thurston Rostron: 17 years and 311 days (v Wales, Feb 1881); 2 caps, 0 goals

    Clement Mitchell: 18 years and 23 days (v Wales, Mar 1880); 5 caps, 5 goals

  82. 0927: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from Zlatan Ibrahimovic on England captain Steven Gerrard:

    "I would like him move also for England because it is very exciting when someone goes abroad and shows who he is in another competition.

    "For me, a fantastic player can make the difference in every country wherever he plays. I'm pretty sure Steven would do that also."

  83. 0926: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Steven Gerrard that he should move to a bigger club as the Liverpool midfielder prepares for his 100th England cap.

    "Steven Gerrard is respected throughout Europe and is always the player the coach says to be careful with because he is the one that makes the difference," said Ibrahimovic. "But, although of course Liverpool is a big club, I would like to see Steven at a big international club."

  84. 0919: 
    HORSE RACING

    Frankie Dettori's solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore has refused to specify which banned substance the jockey has tested positive for, but says it is not 'performance enhancing'.

    He would not confirm on which day the France Galop inquiry would be held next week. "There are a large variety of substances which are banned by France Galop. We are not going to say which substance he has tested positive for as that would be in breach of their rules, but it's not a performance-enhancing drug," said Mr Stewart-Moore.

  85.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The England team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be as follows: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young. We have asked for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection, here are some:

    Andy Dixon on Twitter: "Sterling doesn't deserve a start just yet. He has looked average in a bad team. He doesn't impact games enough."

    Matthew Riordan on Twitter: "From a Liverpool fan perspective, great to see Sterling win his 1st cap alongside his 100th cap team-mate Gerrard"

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "Ashley Young? That's a bold choice. Done nothing for Man Utd this season. Baines instead of Cole at LB should be the norm now."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  86. 0904: 
    CRICKET

    England cricket captain Alastair Cook has welcomed Kevin Pietersen back into the fold after his controversial absence over the summer.

    "It's good to have him back," Cook said. "He's a guy who can change games very quickly, like he did in Columbo, and he can win matches for us.

    "It's great to have Kev back. The whole side have adapted the situation that's happened over the last few months and we've drawn a line under it and moved on. He's moved on and the lads have moved on."

  87. 0857: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier on BBC Radio 5 live speaking about Steven Gerrard:

    "His achievement is massive. There are three things that characterise Stevie - first of all his passion, his great desire of the game, his will to win has never waned; second he's very intelligent, he's got a heart; and three, he's got outstanding skill, and he could play many roles in a team. But he's got an eye for a pass that I've never met with another player."

  88. 0850: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Reds and England captain Steven Gerrard who will win his 100th international cap against Sweden on Wednesday.

    "First of all I think on the whole he has done well for England," said Houllier. "He will probably qualify for Rio which is another feat. He has qualified for many tournaments.

    "With the England team sometimes he was unlucky and sometimes he under-performed going by his huge talent. But he was not the only one. In club football, he has a tremendous record. Apart from the title, he has won everything."

  89. 0846: 
    CRICKET

    West Indies have declared their first innings at 527-4 on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

  90.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The England team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be as follows: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young. We have asked for your views on Roy Hodgson's selection, here are some:

    James Johnson on Twitter: "It's great to see Osman being given a chance. He has been good enough for years! Shame its a bit part role in a friendly."

    Sam Ince on Twitter: "Ashley Young potentially starting tonight. Why? He is inconsistent, no league form, lacks confidence..Why not play Walcott?"

    John Mothershaw on Twitter: "No Shawcross. Absolute disgrace"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  91. 0837: 
    GOLF

    Matteo Manassero, 19, is aiming to emulate the consistency of Rory McIlroy, as the teenager attempts to follow up his Barclays Singapore Open victory with a strong showing in this weekend's Hong Kong Open.

    "Every week he's able to concentrate and score well, which is a difficult thing. That's why he's number one in the world. His game has been number one in the world for a while now but he's been able now to get the scores every week," said the Italian.

    "That's what's really good about him and what every player should look up to him for. It's the consistency."

  92. 0831: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from former Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about the vacant manager's job following Craig Levein's departure:

    "There's no doubt about it that the experience guys such as Gordon Strachan and Joe Jordan carry is phenomenal. With Gordon, I thought managing Celtic would be the stepping stone to the Scotland job.

    "Joe is a fantastic coach and a great lad, but he's been away from the Scottish game for a while. That's why I would put Gordon Strachan at number one, with Billy Stark in there as well."

  93. 0827: 
    CRICKET

    Former Test batsman Stuart Law will step in as interim batting coach for Australia after Justin Langer stepped down to take up the head coach position for his native Western Australia state.

  94. 0823: 
    FOOTBALL

    Scotland take on Luxembourg at 19:15 GMT and former Kevin Gallacher, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about the vacant manager's job following Craig Levein's departure:

    "A lot of people want Gordon Strachan to get the job, a lot of people want Joe Jordan, but Billy Stark is the man holding the key. He's in charge of the Under-21s, and he's in charge of the senior team tonight. He's knows a lot of the players, because he's had them in the Under-21s. He's been in and around the Under-21 squad for a few years now, and he knows the international game."

  95. 0817: 
    CRICKET

    Lancashire have signed Australian batsman Simon Katich as their overseas player for the 2013 season. The 37-year-old spent a brief spell at Old Trafford during 2010 and will be available for the entire County Championship season as Lancashire bid for a return to Division One.

  96. 0813: 
    FOOTBALL

    Who'd be your footballing Newcomer of the Season? Who has sprung from relative obscurity to outright celebrity? No doubt the likes of Michu, Santi Cazorla, Kevin Mirallas and Raheem Sterling would all receive plenty of votes.

    But surely none has had a greater, more sudden impact on the current footballing landscape, nor inspired as many column inches, than a certain Peter Herbert.

    Read all about the chairman of The Society for Black Lawyers, in this feature on the BBC Sport website by Dan Roan.

  97. 0809: 
    CRICKET

    Steven Finn has been ruled out of England's first Test against India by a thigh strain. England captain Alastair Cook confirmed that Finn would miss out in a news conference in Ahmedabad.

    "Steven will not be available for tomorrow's Test", said Cook. "It would be too big a risk."

  98.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The England team for tonight's friendly with Sweden is believed to be as follows: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley, Osman; Sterling, Welbeck, Young.

    That would mean debuts for Tottenham's Steven Caulker, Everton's Leon Osman and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. What do you make of the team chosen by Roy Hodgson? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  99. 0804: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    We start with three pieces from Wednesday's football gossip page.

    AC Milan have intensified their efforts to beat Chelsea and Manchester City to sign Pep Guardiola as their next manager. (Daily Mail)

    Liverpool have approached Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala over a deal to sign 6ft 8in striker Lacina Traore, 22, who scored against the Reds in the Europa League last week. (Metro)

    QPR want to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to help them out of the Premier League relegation zone. (the Sun)

  100. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday Live. We will have all the build-up to tonight's football internationals including Sweden v England, Luxembourg v Scotland and Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

    In cricket, England take on India in the first Test on Thursday and there will be the latest news as Steven Finn is ruled out with injury while, in boxing, Ricky Hatton holds a news conference ahead of his return to the ring on 24 November.

    There will also be all the latest breaking sports stories throughout the day.

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