Sportsday - Monday 16 September as it happened

Red card for diving in football debate, Champions League team news, Di Canio fined and Marin Cilic banned.

16 September 2013 Last updated at 19:00

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  1. 1900: 

    That's all for Sportsday live. Tune in to BBC Radio 5 live now for football debate on the Monday Night Club followed by build-up and live commentary of Swansea v Liverpool. The live text is also up and running on the BBC football pages. Sportsday will return at 0800 BST tomorrow.

  2. 1855: 

    John Higgins and Shaun Murphy have secured first-round wins at the Shanghai Masters. Murphy beat Yu De Lu 5-4 while Higgins thrashed Mike Dunn 5-1. There were also wins for Martin Gould and Ryan Day but Joe Perry was a 5-3 loser to Wang Yuchen.

  3. 1853: 

    Kevin Pietersen has been run out for 0 to leave England on 1-1 as they chase 299 for victory against Australia in the one-day series decider. You can follow live text and radio commentary on the BBC cricket pages.

  4. 1849: 

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said it was a "special feeling" and an extra motivation knowing he is poised to become the first man to coach six different clubs in the Champions League.

    The 54-year-old will eclipse Spaniard Rafa Benitez, Dutchman Ronald Koeman and Italian compatriot Claudio Ranieri, who have all coached five sides in Europe's elite club competition, when he takes charge of Real in Tuesday's Group B opener against Galatasaray in Istanbul.

  5. 1841: 

    Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez finished quickest in Monday's post-race test at Misano. The championship leader headed Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. The test provided an opportunity to test new components both for the rest of this season and for 2014.

  6. 1833: 

    Swansea host Liverpool at Liberty Stadium tonight, with the visitors set to go top with victory.

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has the luxury of being able to pick from virtually a fully-fit squad.

    Former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey is available again after pulling out of England under-21 duty, leaving Neil Taylor as the only definite absentee.

    Liverpool's in-form striker Daniel Sturridge should be fit to start despite missing England's matches with a thigh problem. New signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are in the squad.

    There will be live text commentary on the BBC football pages with kick-off at 2000 BST.

  7. 1826: 
    AC Milan's Kaka

    AC Milan midfielder Kaka has asked to go without pay as he recovers from a thigh injury picked up in his first game since rejoining the Italian side.

    The Brazil international, 31, returned to Milan on a free earlier this month after leaving for Real Madrid for a world-record £56m in 2009.

    "I don't want anything from Milan, except for love and support, until I'm fully fit and ready to play," he said. "For this reason I have decided to suspend my current pay for this period of time. The only thing I ask is for the support and help to recover properly."

  8. 1820: 

    Australia are all out for 298 in 49.1 overs against England in the one-day series decider, with Shane Watson hitting 143 off 107 balls. You can follow text and radio commentary of England's reply on the BBC cricket pages.

  9. 1814: 

    Germany's Gerald Ciolek takes over the leaders jersey after taking victory in stage two of the Tour of Briton. The 26-year-old, who won the Milan-San Remo in March this year, came third on Sunday's opening stage.

    Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins crossed the line 17 seconds off the lead for Team Sky and is 12th overall.

    The third stage on Tuesday takes the riders on a 10-mile time trial starting and finishing at Knowsley Safari Park.

  10. 1804: 

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered officials to quickly overcome failures and delays in preparing the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and said he expected nothing less than a 'brilliant Games", reports Reuters.

    "Despite the large amount of work that has been done - it's a simply colossal amount - there are ongoing failures and delays which in general are normal for such a big job," Putin said with the Games just five months away and the venue still resembling a construction site.

    "But I want to draw your attention to the start date for the Games and the fact that we cannot move it. In order to cope with this problem, you need to work very effectively."

  11. 1756: 
    Stephen Lee

    Stephen Lee, the former world number five, faces a career-ending ban following the verdict after an independent tribunal held in Bristol last week.

    Lee, 38, had denied the allegations which involve games played in 2008 and 2009, including one in the world championship.

    His penalty will be announced on 24 September, with snooker's rulers expected to push for a lifetime ban.

    Lee, the winner of five ranking titles, was suspended pending a hearing staged by Sport Resolutions, since October 2012.

  12. 1753: 

    Snooker player Stephen Lee has been found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches.

  13. 1747: 

    A football match between Salisbury City and Chester was disrupted on Saturday when a parachutist landed on the pitch.

    The game at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium in Salisbury was stopped shortly before the final whistle, when the man who had been taking part in a charity skydive made an emergency landing. Check out the video on BBC Wiltshire pages.

  14. 1738: 

    Croatia's Marin Cilic has been suspended for nine months after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the International Tennis Federation has said. The ban has been backdated to 1 May, when he provided the sample, which rules him out until 1 February 2014.

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    Andrew Priestley: If preventing a goalscoring opportunity is a red card, why is trying to create one by diving not considered as a red as well?

    Jimmy Cook: Red cards for diving must got to a video ref or to many decisions will be wrong and ruin the game.

    Vikas Veja: There should be 15 minute sin bin for a dive or man handling in the box, followed by a red for a repeat offence.

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  16. 1727: 

    Aston Villa say defender Jores Okore could be sidelined for up to nine months after a scan showed he sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday.

  17. 1718: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined £8,000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his behaviour during his side's game against Arsenal on Saturday. The Italian was sent to the stand after arguing with referee Martin Atkinson over alleged Arsenal time-wasting.

  18. 1710: 

    Force India team principal Vijay Mallya thinks his team can beat McLaren to fifth place in the constructors' championship with the gap just five points.

    "It is going to be a close fight, but the good news is that McLaren still aren't that far ahead," said Mallya. "They only scored one point in Monza, so they are definitely catchable."

  19. 1705: 

    Shane Watson approaches his century as Australia reach 220-4 from 35 overs in their one-day series decider against England. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport cricket pages.

  20. 1700: 

    Ajax's players should perhaps be forced to hand over their mobile phones before Wednesday's Champions League tie at Barcelona so they do not act like overawed schoolboys, according to defender Niklas Moisander.

    "I thought it a bit awkward last year that before a match against Real Madrid the players were taking pictures and video clips of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium," he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

    "You can't do that. Of course we should be allowed to enjoy the atmosphere but you must not stand there like schoolkids."

  21. 1653:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at Ely CathedralHORSE RACING
    Ely Cathedral

    "The service to celebrate the life of legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil was a tribute worthy of the 10-times champion trainer, who died from cancer aged 70 in June.

    "More than 1,000 people, ranging from Newmarket trainers to punters who followed his record-breaking career, gathered at Ely Cathedral on Monday afternoon to pay tribute.

    "Cecil was best known in recent years for training the unbeaten champion racehorse Frankel, owned by Saudi prince Khalid Abdulla.

    "Abdulla's racing manager Lord Grimthorpe said: 'His closest friends were his horses. Perhaps his greatest friend was Frankel, with apologies to the others'."

  22. 1645: 

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar must switch to winter, according to Fifa's own medical chief. Michel D'Hooghe, the chairman of the Fifa's medical committee, will advise that the risks posed to supporters by extreme heat are too great.

    President Sepp Blatter already supports a move away from the traditional summer staging, when temperatures can reach as high as 50C in Qatar.

    "The World Cup is about more than games and players," said D'Hooghe. "I am sure the Qataris have the technical skill to organise a tournament where teams could play and train in a stable, acceptable temperature.

    "But it's about the fans. They will need to travel from venue to venue and I think it's not a good idea for them to do that in temperatures of 47C or more."

  23. 1635: 

    Australia have accelerated to 162-3 from 26 overs in the decisive ODI against England at Southampton.

    The tourists were pegged back by two wickets in two balls from Ben Stokes after a rain delay but in the sixteen overs since Shane Watson and captain Michael Clarke have added 113 runs. Watson has 70 of those, taking his total to 81.

  24. 1631: 

    England Twenty20 star Alex Hales is hopeful of playing in next season's Indian Premier League after initial talks with his team, Nottinghamshire.

    Hales was barred by the county from taking part in 2013 because it clashed with the start of the English season. But he expects permission to enter the next IPL player auction in February.

    "I'm in talks with Notts at the moment about how it's going to work but hopefully everyone comes out happy," Hales, 24, told BBC Sport.

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    GPatt10: I can recall Steven Gerrard diving and winning penalties for England and not a word said about it!

    Aaron Padgham: Contentious issues make football what it is. We don't want refereeing decisions any more robotic than they currently are!

    Joe Lawton: Retrospective punishment will mean less on-field dives being punished, as the ref knows it can be dealt with after the game.

  26. 1624: 

    Hull City say Egypt international striker Gedo has now obtained the necessary visa to rejoin the Premier League club. The Tigers re-signed Gedo on a season-long loan from Cairo side Al-Ahly earlier this month.

    The 28-year-old scored five goals in 12 games for Hull last season, after signing on loan in January. City manager Steve Bruce said Gedo would probably need two to three weeks to work on his fitness.

  27. 1616: 

    Everton defender Leighton Baines claims loan signing Gareth Barry's Manchester City team-mates were surprised he was allowed to leave the club.

    The 32-year-old had an impressive debut in Saturday's 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park and greater things are expected of the midfielder.

    "I've known Gareth through the England set-up and I've always rated him really highly," Baines told Evertontv.

    "Everyone rates him who he plays with and he has come in and shown what a great asset he is going to be for us."

  28. 1609: 
    Johanna Konta

    Britain's Johanna Konta wins her first round match against Richel Hogenkamp from Holland 6-3, 6-2. Laura Robson became the first British woman since 1990 to reach a main tour singles final at the Guangzhou Open last year and is seeded third this year. The Londoner plays her first round match on Tuesday.

  29. 1602: 

    Gerald Ciolek, a former under-23 champion, wins stage two of the Tour of Britain. The German caught Sweden's Thomas Lofkvist inside the final 500m to take victory in Kendal.

  30. 1553: 

    World Superbike title challenger Eugene Laverty says he is pushing hard to win a MotoGP contract for next season.

    The Northern Ireland rider won both races in in Turkey on Sunday to move into third place in the battle for the Superbike championship.

    Laverty, though, revealed his future was uncertain and that he was keen to thrash out a deal for 2014. "I want to be in MotoGP. It is where I feel my future lies. But I am not sure what Aprilia's plans are," he said.

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    Fraser Knox: What young did was so obvious, but he is not alone, Hazard did it this season against Utd, did not hear so much hype then?

    Tom Gartland: Docking points for diving is absurd. One game ban will see players stop when they start missing games regularly.

    Keith Hampson: The problem with red cards is differentiating between dives and going down easily when there is contact.

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  32. 1545: 
    Katie Chapman

    Arsenal Ladies have been deducted three points after fielding an unregistered player in the WSL.

    The charge relates to Katie Chapman, who appeared as a substitute for Arsenal during their FA WSL match against Liverpool on Saturday 3 August 2013.

    The League Management Committee ordered that the three points gained from the game on 3 August be deducted from the club's total as result of this breach.

    Arsenal Ladies have confirmed they do not intend to appeal the League Management Committee decision.

  33. 1537: 
    Louis Tomlinson - One Direction

    One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has pulled out of playing in Doncaster reserves match against Scunthorpe on Wednesday night.

    The 21-year-old was injured in a tackle by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor during a charity football match to raise money for the Stiliyan Petrov Cancer Foundation.

    He told his Twitter account: "Unfortunately due to injury I cannot play at this week's Doncaster Rovers match. I will still be attending the match on the bench.

    "I will play in another game in 2014, to be announced. Fans that have bought tickets for the match can apply for a full refund.

    "Fans who do not wish to attend may also keep their ticket and exchange it for the rescheduled match, again for a reduced price of £3.

    "I'm really sorry I can't play I'm gutted."

  34. 1524: 

    Movistar's Enrique Sanz Unzue has launched an attack and leads the way on stage two of the Tour of Britain. The Spaniard leads by 24 seconds with 26km remaining. Manxman Mark Cavendish is riding comfortably towards the front of the peloton, which is being pulled along by Team Sky.

  35. 1521: 

    Play is back underway in the deciding fifth ODI at Southampton and England's Ben Stokes has taken Australian wickets with the first two balls after the restart.

    Opener Aaron Finch drove into the hands of England captain Eoin Morgan at backward-point before Matthew Wade top-edged to fellow keeper Jos Buttler as he tried to pull a short ball. Australian captain Michael Clarke saw off the hat-trick ball leaving Australia 49-3 after 10 overs.

  36. 1514: 
    Warren Gatland

    Wales coach Warren Gatland could return to New Zealand if Wales have a successful 2015 World Cup, believes former Wales international Jonathan Davies.

    The New Zealander was appointed in 2008 and his contract with the Welsh Rugby Union ends after the 2015 tournament.

    WRU chief executive Roger Lewis says he is ready to open contract talks with Gatland about staying in Wales.

    "If he wins the World Cup, he can ask for what he wants," said BBC Wales Scrum V's Davies.

    "If, after 2015, he is still on that high and the All Blacks come knocking, it would be very difficult for him to resist."

  37. 1503: 

    Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey fears an official may take their own life if they do not get more help to deal with the pressures of the job.

    Halsey, 52, retired at the end of last season, and made the claim in his book, which is being serialised in the Sun.

    "It will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown," he said.

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    Robin Lupson: Diving is just the tip of the cheating iceberg. Charging the individual players won't work , fine the clubs in points.

    Robert Day: The only way to stop diving is with a points deduction. Red cards, bans and fines are not a strong enough punishment

    Thomas Hewitt: If every club had a policy where anyone caught diving is automatically dropped for the next game & fined players would stop.

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  39. 1447: 

    Rain has delayed the the deciding fifth ODI at Southampton, with Australia are 48-1 after 9.3 overs having won the toss and decided to bat.

    England debutant Chris Jordan took the wicket, bowling a difficult bouncer that saw Phil Hughes, making his first appearance of the series, top-edge to Michael Carberry at midwicket for 2. Aaron Finch and Shane Watson put on 35 before the rain came down hard.

  40. 1444: 

    David Moyes on the Champions League: "I think all groups are tough. You could always pick the winner out of it in the past, but it's become more difficult and more unpredictable now. I see it as a pretty tough, open group. Everyone wants to do well in it. This is a competition that the players are used to and enjoy playing in."

  41. 1438:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Well done Chris Jordan. He's come back from a difficult start to get his first wicket in international cricket. There was no letting up with the celebration either and you can't blame him."

    Australia are currently 38-1 against England in their fifth ODI in Southampton, follow all the action on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or via BBC Sport's live text.

  42. 1430: 

    David Moyes on Ashley Young and diving: "You can never be sure it won't happen again but I have had a word with him privately."

    "I said after the game and I have said for many years diving is something we should have retrospective video for. That would help referees no end.

    "It is really difficult at times. Moving from Everton to Manchester United doesn't change my views on that."

  43. 1426: 

    David Moyes on Shinji Kagawa: "He is feeling a bit better, he's had a little bit of flu. He did some work yesterday and a little bit today."

  44. 1421: 

    When asked about last season's Champions League exit versus Real Madrid, defender Rio Ferdinand said: "We were all disappointed, but we'll start afresh this season. New group, new season, new games. Last season is out of our minds and not something we need to use as motivation."

  45. 1417: 

    The Tour of Britain heads for the Cumbrian coast today, before heading inland and going through the heart of the Lake District. Stage two is under way, with the field currently tackling the big climb of the day, the 3.6km ascent of Honister Pass, which features brutal gradients of around 24%.

  46. 1414: 

    Manchester United boss David Moyes says he is "really excited" about his first Champions League match with the club. "Every game offers a new challenge. I'm looking forward to it". He added: "We've got a leading team from Germany and Spain to play, and have to go to Donetsk to play Shakhtar. It's a tough group."

  47. 1408: 
    Press conference

    Manchester United boss David Moyes will be joined by defender Rio Ferdinand in today's Champions League press conference, which has just got under way. We'll bring you the best quotes ahead of Tuesday night's game against Bayer Leverkusen.

  48. 1402: 
    Yohan Cabaye

    Yohan Cabaye has apologised to Newcastle's fans for confusion over his future at the start of the season.

    The France midfielder was the subject of a bid from Arsenal on the eve of the campaign and, while that was rejected out of hand, manager Alan Pardew kept him out of the side for the first two matches of the season.

    "If the fans were - or still are - mad at me for what happened then I understand and I apologise to them," he told the club's website.

  49. 1352: 

    Brent Hills is hopeful that the role he has played in developing England's players will help him become the next manager of the women's national team.

    The Under-23 coach has taken charge of the side on an interim basis following the sacking of Hope Powell in August. The Football Association is due to name Powell's successor in October.

    "I have applied for the job and I've had an ideal apprenticeship working not only with the seniors but also the Under-23s," said Hills.

  50. 1346: 

    Australia have won the toss and decided to bat in the one-day series decider against England. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC cricket pages.

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    Jon Szeto: Would a Wimbledon 'challenge' system work? Each team has 3 chances to replay decisions. Limit the delays and helps refs.

    Thomas Lawlor: As with most things in football, diving is only cheating when the opposition do it.

    Tom Holmes: A straight red card for a dive is a ludicrous idea, it would result in so many wrong sendings off. 1 match ban retrospectively.

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  52. 1338: 

    1937: The first football game to be seen on TV was a specially arranged match between Arsenal's first and second teams.

    2003: Athletics legend Sebastian Coe was named as one of three vice-chairmen of London's bid for the 2012 Olympics. He was later promoted to chairman.

    2010: Andrew Flintoff announced his retirement from all cricket after losing a long-standing battle with knee problems.

  53. 1331: 

    Last year's champions Czech Republic will be the top seeds when the draw for the 2014 Davis Cup is made in London on Wednesday. The Czechs have again reached the final and will play Serbia in Belgrade next month.

    Serbia are second seeds, followed by Spain and Argentina. France, United States, Canada and Kazakhstan make up the eight-seeded nations.

    The other eight teams in next year's World Group are Australia, Belgium, Germany, Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and Switzerland.

  54. 1326: 
    Didier Drogba

    Today, we're looking back at some memorable dives, following Ashley Young being cautioned in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

    Didier Drogba went down a number of times for Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona in 2012. The striker spent six-and-a-half minutes on the ground after collapsing in apparent agony.

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    Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan: Chris Jordan to make England debut today...

    England are set to play Australia in the deciding one day international at Southampton at 1400 BST.

  56. 1319: 

    Sunderland say they will make away trips for fans cheaper. The Black Cats have selected a number of away games where the club will subsidise the match ticket price for its season ticket holders by £10. It is part of a Premier League-wide initiative, with all 20 league clubs set to offer a similar scheme.

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    Dave Howarth: Not sure about a straight red because it's a difficult call for the ref sometimes, but they should be booked and/or sent off after the fact via video evidence after the game.

    Andrew Healey: Completely agree. It's embarrassing more than anything. The only way to stop players doing it must be to hit them where it hurts with straight reds, a ban and a fine. If Ashley Young feels like he's being made an example of then he should stop doing it.

    Silvia Kristina Tuson: I think that the ref should give a yellow card, then ask the 4th official to look at the video replay. If they then feel that the player "dived" then the ref should award a red card. The FA should then fine the player, give him a 3 match ban, then if the persist they should get a season long ban with no wages, then we'll see how many times they dive.

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  58. 1312: 

    British number three Dominic Inglot has reached the first round of the St Petersburg Open by beating home hopeful Alexander Kudryavtsev 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) in qualifying.

    The doubles specialist, 27, has never won an ATP Tour singles match and either Fabio Fognini, Horacio Zeballos, Denis Istomin or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will stand in his way of doing so when the first-round line-up is finalised later on Monday.

  59. 1306: 

    Great Britain have announced their team for the 2013 artistic gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, which start on 30 September.

    The six-strong men's team features double 2012 Olympic medallist Max Whitlock who this year won three European medals, Olympic team bronze medal winners Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas, Daniel Keatings, the 2013 European pommel horse champion and Ashley Watson.

    The women's team features Ruby Harrold who made the 2013 European Championships all-around, bars and beam final and Beijing Olympian Rebecca Downie, Hannah Whelan and Rebecca Tunney.

  60. 1300: 
    Viktoria Plzen

    Manchester City open their Champions League campaign on Tuesday against Viktoria Plzen. BBC Sport takes a closer look at the Czech champions who are competing in Europe's elite club competition for only the second time in their history.

    Domestically, Plzen have started the season well and are unbeaten in eight games - winning six - to sit top of the Czech league, a point ahead of Sparta Prague.

    And the Manchester Evening News reports that Plzen's stadium has a brewery attached to it, which can reportedly hold around 4,000 people.

  61. 1253: 

    Doncaster Rovers expect to complete the signing of Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on an initial one-month loan deal on Monday.

    The 22-year-old Italian could make his Championship debut for Rovers at Watford on Tuesday.

    Doncaster manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Sheffield it was "a massive coup" for the South Yorkshire club.

    He said: "We've got him for an initial month with a view to extending it to the 93 days, which is the maximum."

  62. 1249:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    "Hundreds of people are gathering at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire for a service to celebrate the life of racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died aged 70 in June.

    "The cathedral was chosen as it can accommodate more than 1,000 people and the 10-time champion trainer could see it on a clear day from the Newmarket gallops where he watched great racehorses like Frankel run.

    "The service, which starts at 1330 BST, will include the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful."

  63. 1240: 

    David Beckham on the England national side, speaking to BBC London: "England is in a transitional phase where older players have retired and Roy Hodgson has brought new players in, but we still need to perform."

  64. 1232: 
    Amir Khan

    Amir Khan's trainer has warned the former light-welterweight world champion he needs to knuckle down in order to maximise his potential.

    Khan is set to challenge IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in December as he bids to become a two-weight world champion and victory could give the Bolton fighter a lucrative bout against Floyd Mayweather next year.

    But Virgil Hunter, who has trained the Briton for his last two fights, thinks his charge needs to show a greater dedication to boxing before any possible showdown with Mayweather.

    "If he is going to be really competitive, he has to show the same dedication and desire Floyd Mayweather shows. If he doesn't he will have a tough night," Hunter said in the Times.

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    Kieran Taberner: They should be given a yellow card and then punished after the game with bans etc. If you send them off, its open to referees making mistakes, where the player hasn't dived and it totally changing the course of a game.

    Joshua Frederick Jeffries; Retrospective fines/bans for players that deceive the referee to benefit their team. Diving would stop if players knew that, even after the game, the FA would take action.

    Peter Cook: Yellow card but review it after game and if he has dived deduct the team 1 point for cheating. Soon stop diving then.

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  66. 1217:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    From 1000 BST on Tuesday, Victoria Derbyshire will talk to Stiliyan Petrov, the former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder, forced to retire from football after being diagnosed with leukaemia. You can get in touch with your questions by going to the 5 live website, or by emailing

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    Dizz...Doin It Again: If a cheat is caught after an exam he's still disqualified. Football should be no different. Set an example.

    DeathApeDisco: You cannot retrospectively change a ref's diving decision without voiding the result of a match won by the resulting penalty.

    Stoaty Moments: If it's an automatic red cad and ban for diving, how often will Bale and Ronaldo actually play for Real Madrid?!

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  68. 1154: 
    Michael Owen

    This morning, we're looking back at some memorable dives, following Ashley Young being cautioned in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

    Striker Michael Owen won penalties at successive World Cup finals against Argentina, the first of which happened in 1998. The 33-year-old went down after minimal contact from defender Roberto Ayala.

    Owen later admitted that he went down to win the penalty. "I was running flat out, got a nudge, went down," he said. "Could I have stayed up? Yeah, probably."

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  69. 1146: 

    The draw for the play-offs to decide the African representatives for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil:

    - Ivory Coast v Senegal

    - Ethiopia v Nigeria

    - Tunisia v Cameroon

    - Ghana v Egypt

    - Burkina Faso v Algeria

    First legs between October 11-15, second legs between November 15-19.

  70. 1139: 

    Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale believes there could still be a thrilling finale in the County Championship title race.

    The White Rose county head into this week's penultimate game of the season against Middlesex at Headingley, 27.5 points behind leaders Durham.

    Gale told BBC Radio Leeds: "It's professional sport, there's always a twist in the tale.

    "We have two games we think we can win, and while it looks like Durham's title to lose, you never know."

  71. 1131: 

    Reading duo Chris Gunter and Jason Roberts have defended striker Pavel Pogrebnyak after he was sent off for diving on Sunday.

    The Russian, who was making his first start of the season, was given a second yellow for throwing himself to the ground while battling for possession.

    "It didn't look like he dived, more like he just fell over," Gunter told BBC Radio Berkshire.

    Roberts added: "I thought it was a little bit harsh."

  72. 1123: 

    Great Britain won one gold and three bronze at the Rijeka Grand Prix in Croatia at the weekend. Faith Pitman won gold in the -63kg category, with Colin Oates, the world number 18, taking bronze in the -66kg category.

    Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons continued her comeback from injury with bronze in the -78kg category, with Natalie Powell winning GB's third bronze.

  73. 1118:  
    Juliette Ferrington, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Manchester United training

    "Wayne Rooney trained without protective headgear ahead of Manchester United's Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen.

    There was no Danny Welbeck in the open training session but Shinji Kagawa joined in with the group after missing Saturday's win over Crystal Palace with a mild case of flu."

  74. 1112: 
    Chris Horner

    American rider Chris Horner, who became the oldest ever Grand Tour winner with victory in the Vuelta a Espana at the age of 41 on Sunday, has missed a random anti-doping test today, reports Reuters.

    His RadioShack team said Spanish Anti-Doping Agency officials came to the wrong hotel. "Horner was not there, he was in the hotel where his wife was staying," a RadioShack press officer said.

    "It's mentioned in the whereabouts form, they got the wrong hotel. Horner had changed his hotel. It was the Spanish agency that came on behalf of USADA (the US Anti-Doping Agency)."

  75. 1104: 

    Sheffield Wednesday have secured the services of defender Roger Johnson on a three-month loan deal from Wolves.

    The 30-year-old moved to then Premier League side Wolves in July 2011, where it was announced he would be club captain ahead of their forthcoming top tier campaign.

    In total, the towering stopper has racked up 478 appearances in his career to date.

    Manager Dave Jones said: "We are pleased that Roger is here because he is a fantastic talent."

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    Jonathan Acheson: World Cup semi-final England v Germany, games 1 each in the 89th minute and Ashley Young dives and wins a penalty which England convert and win the game! I do wonder what everyone will be saying then.

    Steve Morris: If its a red card for a foul preventing a goal scoring opportunity, then it should be a red card for a dive trying to create a goal scoring opportunity.

    Gareth Phillips: Retrospective punishment may be the best course of action initially, so that we know that the right result is achieved - after all, Danny Welbeck was suspended from the Ukraine game for a booking for diving when the ref made a bad call. The main problem though is that it needs to be a worldwide rule, and not just an English one.

    You can also have your say in the diving debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  77. 1045: 
    Felipe Massa

    Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season after eight years with the team, says he is in talks with Lotus about a seat next season.

    "We are negotiating," he told Globo Esporte. "In my opinion, the Lotus has a competitive car, which is what I want." The Brazilian, who agonisingly missed out on the title to Lewis Hamilton at the final race of the season in 2008, added that he has also talked to McLaren about a drive next season.

  78. 1038: 
    Salisbury City and Chester

    A Skrill Conference Premier match was halted at the weekend when a parachutist landed in the middle of the pitch.

    To the amazement of the Salisbury City and Chester FC players and the 1,000 fans inside the stadium, the airborne invader touched down in the second half.

    He then calmly packed up his chute and walked off to applause from the supporters.

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    IG: pem_e5: Managers need to stop playing players that have no skill on the ball and rely on penalties and free kicks to win games

    alan hunt: Three game ban and a fine and dock clubs points if they don't clamp down on repeat offenders, stop the cheats ruining football.

    Crippy Cooke: We pondered the idea about a red card for diving when Young did this last season. So why has there been no progress since?

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    You can also have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page

  80. 1026: 

    Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has waded into the debate over diving by saying Ashley Young is a cheat and calling for him to be banned for five games.

    Writing in his column in the Daily Mail, Poll says: "This time Young's duplicity did not fool the referee but it will in other games.

    "Players diving also has a knock on effect in that it creates greater uncertainty if a referees mind as to whether there has been a foul or not and therefore perfectly legitimate penalties are being turned down."

  81. 1019: 
    Jurgen Klinsmann

    This morning, we're discussing the subject of diving, following Ashley Young being cautioned in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

    So we're looking back at some memorable dives, starting with Jurgen Klinsmann's acrobatic tumble in the 1990 World Cup final. Collecting the ball on the right, the German arched through the air as Argentina defender Pedro Monzan approached before burying his face in the turf. Monzan was sent off, the first red card in a World Cup final, and Germany went on to win.

    Keep your thoughts on diving coming using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  82. 1011:  
    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Blue skies and sunshine in Southampton at the moment with an improving weather forecast for later. @bbctms on air 1345 BST for a 1400 BST start."

  83. 1008: 
    Joey Barton

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton has backed the campaign addressing homophobia by wearing rainbow laces in his boots.

    Laces have been sent to all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs, plus the 42 professional teams in Scotland, by gay rights charity Stonewall.

    The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign wants players to wear the laces in games on 21 and 22 September.

    He told Twitter: "Show that peoples sexuality shouldn't be an issue. Join the rainbow laces movement. Sexuality in sport should not be an issue in the 21st century."

  84. 1000: 
    Gareth Bale

    Today we want to know your thoughts. Should diving be punished more by referees? What do you make of David Moyes' quotes? Have you seen any dives over the weekend that are Tom Daley-esque? What do you think needs to happen for players to stop diving?

    Here is a list of players to have 2+ booking for simulation in the PL since 2009-10:

    Gareth Bale 6

    Fernando Torres 3

    Ashley Young 2

    Emmanuel Eboué 2

    Luis Suárez 2

    Daniel Sturridge 2

    Mario Balotelli 2

    Javier Hernandez 2

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  85. 0956: 

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his side's performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Blackburn proves they are bridging the gap to their local rivals.

    Since Rovers were relegated in 2012, all three meetings between the two clubs have ended in stalemate.

    "There's a big gap financially, when you look at the players they've brought in again this year," Clarets boss Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "But when you look at the gap between the quality of the sides, I think so."

    The 42-year-old continued: "Most neutrals would be amazed how we haven't won any of the three games we've had against them. There will be another day - it's 9 March [the date of the return fixture at Ewood Park]."

  86. 0948: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is willing to let striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29, go out on loan - to save him from playing with the reserves. QPR are tipped as the most likely destination for the Togo striker. (Daily Mirror)

    Cristiano Ronaldo's new five-year contract at Real Madrid has ended Manchester United's hopes of luring the 28-year-old back to Old Trafford. (The Sun)

    Ronaldo's deal will see him earn around £15m a year, nearly twice as much as new team-mate Gareth Bale, to underline his importance to the Spanish club. (Daily Mail)


    Nick Duly: Greater action on diving required but are referees best place to decide? Too many decisions wrong already!

    Zeeshan: Simulation should be punished with a straight red. You could argue it would spoil the game. Diving itself is spoiling the game.

    William Davison: Hypocritical for #cpfc to criticise diving - they had one of the Prem's biggest ever divers in Andy Johnson. #whatgoesaround

  88. 0938: 

    The draw for the final African World Cup play-offs takes place in Cairo today at 1100 BST.

    There are 10 nations left battling it out for the continents 5 places in Brazil next year.

    Last week's Fifa world rankings determined that Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Tunisia are the seeded sides and will be in Pot 1 - leaving Egypt, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia will be in Pot 2. Seeded and unseeded sides will be paired, creating five two-leg ties with a separate draw determining which country plays at home first.

    Matches are scheduled for 11-15 October and 15-19 November and the five overall winners qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Only Burkina Faso and Ethiopia have never played at the World Cup before.

  89. 0931:  
    Conor McNamara, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Manchester City plane

    "I'm on the Manchester City plane to the Czech Republic. Interestingly Vincent Kompany has boarded the plane. City's captain may have a chance of making his return from injury against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League tomorrow night."

  90. 0926: 

    Today we want to know your thoughts. Should diving be punished more by referees? What do you make of David Moyes' quotes? Have you seen any dives over the weekend that are Tom Daley-esque? What do you think needs to happen for players to stop diving?

    Here are the results from the past five seasons of Premier League:

    - 2013-14: Bookings for Simulation: 1

    - 2012-13: Bookings for Simulation: 34

    - 2011-12: Bookings for Simulation: 20

    - 2010-11: Bookings for Simulation: 8

    - 2009-10: Bookings for Simulation: 23

    Get involved and tweet us via #bbcsportsday

    You can also have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page

  91. 0918: 

    Footballers in England and Scotland have been invited to support a campaign addressing homophobia by having rainbow laces in their boots next weekend.

    Laces have been sent to the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs, plus the 42 professional teams in Scotland by gay rights charity Stonewall.

    The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign wants players to wear the laces in games on 21 and 22 September.

  92. 0910: 
    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is a doubt for the deciding one-day international in his side's five-match series against England.

    Clarke has a recurrence of a back injury ahead of the game in Southampton and will have a late fitness test.

    Australia are already without Shaun Marsh, who has a hamstring injury, and he is expected to be replaced by Phil Hughes.

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    Peter Willum: Tough one to call, players should get a worse punishment, but then again if the ref gets the decision wrong...

    Connor: 3-5 match ban with a reasonable fine. That would help stop it.

    Denver Kekana: Football Federations should implement a law whereby players who are found guilty of diving be suspended or banned.

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  94. 0858:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    Anabolic steroids are to be banned in Australian horse racing, with officials pledging zero tolerance of performance-enhancing drugs.

    The move comes five months after a drugs scandal in the UK highlighted anomalies in worldwide rules.

    Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was banned for eight years in April for doping horses.

    Zarooni claimed to be unaware that the use of anabolic steroids was prohibited out of competition.

  95. 0852:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish: "I think the referee was very brave on Saturday. He made some big calls. Giving a yellow card to a player at Old Trafford for diving is a massive call."

    "Sometimes the so-called leg breaking tackle can be in the heat of the moment. It's not intended and yet you get a straight red for it. There's a certain cynicism to diving in the penalty area which is surely worse because there's an element that's so premeditated in trying to con the referee.

    "Personally, I think these things are worse than a full blooded challenge that is not intended to hurt somebody but is just a competitive challenge in the spur of the moment."

  96. 0845: 
    Craig Bellamy

    Manager Malky Mackay expects Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy to make a decision on his playing future at the end of the season.

    After helping the Bluebirds in to the Premier League he could retire when the current campaign finishes.

    The 34-year-old Wales striker is out of contract with Cardiff City at the end of the 2013-14 season.

  97. 0839:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "The calls for greater punishment for diving are growing after Ashley Young's yellow card in Manchester United's win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    "It is, however, a notoriously difficult offence for a referee to call instantly and correctly in the high tempo of a match unless it is an open and shut case - as Young's was.

    "There may be a stronger case for inflicting increased retrospective punishment on the offender when it is an obvious dive, as Young's was and which brought him a public rebuke from his manager David Moyes."

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    Chris Routledge: Impressed by Moyes' words re: diving - hope his actions back that up if one of his players dives again.

    Andrew Priestley: Diving should be punishable by a yellow card & a 10 min sin-bin period. The player must leave the pitch, team down to 10 men.

    Fidel: I remember SAF warned him. Young should be banned, He has perfected it into an art. Dives that make Daley proud.

    Tweet us your thoughts via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  99. 0819: 

    Red Bull driver Mark Webber insists the timing is right for him to leave Formula 1 at the end of the season.

    The Australian is joining Porsche's new sportscar programme and will compete in the classic Le Mans 24 Hours race for the German manufacturer.

    Webber says he has "known for a while" that he would be ending his F1 career, and that making his decision public is "liberating".

  100. 0813: 

    The service to celebrate the life of Sir Henry Cecil will take place at Ely Cathedral at 1330 BST.

    Cecil, 10-time champion Flat trainer, died at the age of 70 in June.

    Responsible for 25 British Classic winners, Scottish-born Cecil was also the leading handler at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes.

    Lady Cecil said: "After Henry died, the response from friends and the general public was overwhelming. Therefore, we felt it would be the right thing to do to hold a service where everyone was welcome to come and remember him."

  101. 0808:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Ashley Young

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish emailed 606 last night during a debate on diving in football to say this.

    "Great debate guys, Hi Wrighty

    "The only player in the incidents yesterday that was honest was Kagisho Dikgacoi and he's sent off and banned for the next match .

    "Ashley Young's dive and the appeal before put pressure on the ref to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn't even a foul.

    "Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game.

    "For me if preventing a goalscoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also .

    "Might have cost us a point that might keep us up .

    Need to get some momentum behind a straight red for a dive. :)"

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has warned his players he will not tolerate diving following the incident which led to winger Ashley Young being cautioned in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    Young tumbled over after a challenge by Kagisho Dikgacoi in the first half but replays suggested the England international initiated the contact.

    Today we want to know your thoughts. Should diving be punished more by referees? What do you make of David Moyes' quotes? Have you seen any dives over the weekend that are Tom Daley-esque? What do you think needs to happen for players to stop diving?

    Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday


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