Sportsday - Thursday 19 September as it happened

Uefa nations back winter Qatar World Cup, Andy Murray to have minor back surgery, Durham win title, Wiggins retains Tour lead.

19 September 2013 Last updated at 20:14

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  1. 0800: 

    Good morning from a breezy BBC Sport HQ in Salford. The fallout from this week's whirlwind Champions League continues after last night's results, which provided mixed results for British clubs. There will also be updates from the Tour of Britain stage five - stage four was won yesterday by Mark Cavendish - and the Tour Championship in Atlanta as Tiger Woods looks to take a $10m (£6.3m) bonus with victory.

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  2. 0804: 
    Fabian Frei

    The night promised so much for all three British teams, yet only one finished the evening happy. While Arsenal won 2-1 in Marseille, Chelsea suffered a shock home defeat to Swiss side Basel despite leading at half-time. There was also disappointment for Celtic, who held Milan for 80 minutes until an Emilio Izaguirre own goal and Sulley Muntari tap-in earned a 2-0 win for the Serie A side.

  3. 0808: 

    The transfer window may be closed but that doesn't stop the speculation ahead of the re-opening of business in January. Here are just a few of the stories making the BBC Gossip Column.

    Tottenham will make another attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, 25, in January but will face competition from Italian clubs Juventus and Napoli. (Daily Express)

    Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, 18. (Daily Mirror)

    Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland are all interested in signing Burnley striker Danny Ings, 21. (Daily Star)

  4. 0811: 

    So what now for Chelsea after their Champions League campaign started in the worst possible way? Jose Mourinho insists he is happy with his striking options despite only having three recognised strikers after loaning Romelu Lukaku to Everton.

    "When we lose I don't speak about the players or individuals. I speak about my responsibility," said Mourinho. "I'm happy with the three strikers for the rest of the season."

    New signing Samuel Eto'o started against Basel and Demba Ba was a second-half substitute, while Fernando Torres failed to make the bench as midfielder Oscar netted. Is that enough going forward - pardon the pun - both domestically and in Europe?

    Lionel Messi

    Strikers - or great goalscorers, to be precise - are the topic of today's #bbcsportsday debate. Yesterday, we asked who the game's greatest all-time goalscorers are. Lionel Messi provided a fairly compelling argument last night, scoring his fourth Champions League hat-trick - a new record - against Ajax in their 4-0 win. Is it Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo, and his own hat-trick on Tuesday against Galatarasay, would argue otherwise. And that's only considering the current crop.

    Is Messi the greatest goalscorer of all time? What of Raul, Gerd Muller and Dixie Dean? Get involved in the debate using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  6. 0824: 

    There was yet more success for British riders in the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday with Mark Cavendish sprinting to victory in an exciting climax. Team Sky's British duo Bradley Wiggins and Ian Stannard remain first and second in the overall standings after finishing in the main bunch.

  7. 0829: 

    Today's stage begins in Machynlleth and ends in Caerphilly - a distance of 177.1km - and represents the toughest day of climbing.

    BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener analyses stage five: "On paper, the toughest day of climbing, with four category one ascents for the riders to negotiate as the race heads south through mid-Wales and into the Brecon Beacons, where the riders will tackle the longest climb of the race at 6.7km to its highest point at around 439m. The race then heads down to the finish in Caerphilly via two ascents of the mountain named after the town it overlooks."

    The day-by-day guide is available on the BBC Sport website.

  8. 0834: 

    Lancashire release batsman Stephen Moore, a key member of their 2011 County Championship-winning squad.

    Moore scored over 1,000 runs two years ago as Lancs won the title for the first time since 1934, but the 32-year-old has made just two first-class appearances this season, prompting his club to opt against renewing his contract which expires at the end of the season.

  9. 0840: 

    The eyes of county cricket will fall upon the North East this morning as Durham need just another 62 runs to win the County Championship.

    They will begin day three on 7-0 in their second innings in search of their first County Championship title since 2009.

  10. 0845: 

    Tiger Woods is hoping to secure his sixth title of the year and take home a $10m (£6.3m) bonus with victory at the Tour Championship starting on Thursday.

    The world number one is one of five players who know a win in Atlanta would guarantee them the season-long FedEx Cup, while the remaining 25 players could also claim the bonus.

    Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar are the other players who know victory would secure them the big prize, while Woods could finish as low as 29th and still have a mathematical chance of winning.

  11. 0851: 

    Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is back in Australia's ODI squad for next month's tour of India, with captain Michael Clarke also included if he recovers from his back injury in time.

    Australia, ranked second in the world in one-day internationals, will play seven ODIs and one Twenty20 against India, who are ranked number one in the 50-over format.

    The series begins with the T20 international on 10 October and concludes on 2 November.


    Andrew Priestley: "Gerd Muller is the greatest ever goalscorer. Scored at every level, including 68 goals in 62 international matches. Phenomenal."

    Jimmy Cook: "In terms of clinical finishing it has to be Raul, although Ronaldo and Messi will both surpass 71."

    Peter A. McAllister: "The greatest goalscorer of all time has to be Celtic great Jimmy McGrory.... scored as many goals as he played games."


    With goalscorers the hot topic today, just how badly do Chelsea need one of those strikers right now? Is the trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba enough to bring them success domestically and abroad?

    Send your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  14. 0857: 
    Serena Williams

    US Open champion Serena Williams pulls out of the Pan Pacific Open to recover from a busy summer playing schedule.

    "Unfortunately with the number of matches I have played throughout the summer, I need more time to properly recover," she said in a statement announcing her withdrawal.

    Williams, 31, expects to play in the China Open in Beijing which begins on 28 September.

  15. 0906: 

    England bowler Stuart Broad tells Australia coach Darren Lehmann that Australia could have lost this summer's Ashes 5-0.

    Lehmann has suggested in the wake of England's 3-0 victory that Australia were unlucky not to come away with at least two Test wins.

    "Lehmann said it could have been 3-2 to Australia, but it could have been 5-0 to us," said Broad. "And anyway, that's not how sport works, is it? It's a results-driven business.

    "Sure, Australia had chances to win Test matches in England, but they won none. That's the bottom line."

  16. 0919: 
    Lionel Messi

    How did Spain react to Lionel Messi's treble, a record fourth hat-trick in the Champions League?

    "If it wasn't for Leo Messi the feeling was that Barca and Ajax could have played for a dozen or so years without either team scoring," writes Santi Gimenez of AS. "Without the Argentine's special sauce the whole thing would be worryingly inoffensive."

    Gemma Herrero of Marca also notes how Messi lit up Barcelona's performance: "Messi delivered, as always, in an otherwise uninspired match for Barca. The striker scored three goals and tied up the game in which the side never really got into its stride."

    Messi, 26, is now just nine goals behind Raul's all-time Champions League goalscoring record of 71.


    Chris Sopp: "Chelsea's goalscoring dilemma could have been solved with one move over the summer. Not letting Lukaku go out on loan. Easy."

    Travis Bowland: "Chelsea need to go back to a traditional formation like we did for Drogba and eliminate this 'trying to be Barca' plan."

    Lurez Naidoo: "Mourinho should play Torres up front. He can hold the ball and get the attacking midfielders involved."

  18. 0929: 

    Three British teams are in action in tonight's Europa League including Championship side Wigan Athletic, who qualified for the competition with their FA Cup victory against Manchester City. Their first European game in their 81-year history will take place in Belgium against Zulte Waregem, who finished second in their regular season.

    "It's a great honour to be part of the European game. We've come a long way in the last 15 or 16 years from the old fourth division to be playing in Europe. It's fantastic," Wigan chairman Dave Whelan told BBC Radio 5 live.

  19. 0929: 

    Whelan also told 5 live: "It adds enormously to the prestige of the club. We've got to give a good performance and we've got to enjoy it. It's such a tough game when you're playing in Europe; you're playing some very good teams from across Europe and we're representing our country, but we're up for it and we're very honoured and delighted to be doing this.

    "This year we've got a minimum of 56 games, I think, so we have had to enlarge the squad and Owen [Coyle] has worked his socks off to get the squad big enough so we can compete in all the competitions we've got."

  20. 0938: 
    Jurgen Klopp

    Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp apologises for acting "like a clown" and being sent to the stands during his side's 2-1 defeat away to Napoli.

    "I apologised immediately after the game to my team, the fourth official and the referee as well," said Klopp.

    "I have to accept the consequences for my actions. I was like a clown out there. That was stupid. My emotions turned a well-run game into a hectic affair."

  21. 0940: 

    Danny Cipriani is praised for his professional attitude by Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond as the fly-half prepares to make a Premiership return.

    The 25-year-old was not involved in either of the Sharks' first two games.

    But Cipriani is expected to be named as a replacement when Sale take on his former club London Wasps on Friday.

    "Danny's trained well and we think he is a game-changer," said Diamond. "If we need that skill-set to come from the bench, we've got it in place."


    Thomas Wilkinson: "Messi can come into the argument once he beats Dixie Dean's record of 60 league goals in a season!"

    Blykk: "Miroslav Klose! He is absolutely clinical for Germany when they need him at the WC, can that be said of Ronaldo and Messi?"

    Graeme Kynaston: "All this talk of great strikers and no mention of the best we've seen on these isles...Ian Rush!"

  23. 0947: 

    In the aftermath of Chelsea's Champions League disappointment, BBC football pundit and former Blues player Pat Nevin tells BBC Radio 5 live that Jose Mourinho will sort out the problems at Stamford Bridge.

    "They were really disappointing and it's just not quite happened for the team yet since Jose came back. If there was a simple reason for that, Jose would have sussed it by now," said Nevin.

    "He will accept the pressure and he will take it, but it is really early to get too carried away and upset. They've not been good, but there is a good team in there somewhere and Jose will get that team out somehow."

  24. 1002:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveATHLETICS
    Tasha Danvers

    Tasha Danvers, bronze medallist in the 400m hurdles at Beijing 2008, reveals the emotional toil she felt after becoming pregnant before the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    "I don't think I felt much excitement. On the one hand, you want to carry on with your dream but, on the other, you're a married woman and, at the end of the day, the only thing that's going to last is life," says the 35-year-old former athlete, speaking as part of a BBC Radio 5 live programme on sportswomen and motherhood.

    "I knew that if I went through with the abortion I wouldn't recover well emotionally and, as an athlete, your whole self needs to be in good shape; emotionally, physically and mentally.

    "If I was ruined emotionally, I probably wouldn't perform well anyway. As hard as it was, I had to do what felt right for me."

    Listen to Danvers talking about how the stresses and strains of training for London 2012 left her feeling suicidal, on BBC 5 live sport on Thursday at 2000 BST.

  25. 1005: 

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes his former club have been given a huge boost by signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

    Lehmann told BBC Radio 5 live: "He has shown a lot of strength by resisting all the challenges. I think he would have been offered plenty of players every day and there would have been a lot of temptation to go for one player, but because he wasn't 100% sure about spending money on a player he didn't really see fit to play for Arsenal, he finally went for Ozil.

    "Ozil is probably the best technical player in the German national team and he now needs to cope with the challenges of tough English football, but the whole club is thrived by the fact they finally bought a player for such a big amount of money [£42.4m]."

  26. 1010: 

    Former England bowler Ryan Sidebottom signs a one-year contract extension at Yorkshire, which will keep him at Headingley until the end of 2015.

    Sidebottom, 35, is in his second spell with Yorkshire, having begun his 16-year career there before joining Nottinghamshire.

    "There is no reason why I can't go on beyond 2015. I'm certainly not even thinking about retirement. It hasn't even crossed my mind," said Sidebottom. "I want to finish my career at Yorkshire."


    Emeka Callender: "Chelsea need an in-form striker.... Demba Ba and Eto'o aren't going to perform when necessary."

    Kelvin: "Should have kept Sturridge and Lukaku and given them a chance. When given a chance, they perform."

    Achilles C: "Short of strikers that can finish on a regular basis."

    Send your thoughts on whether Chelsea need more striking options using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  28. 1021: 

    Darron Gibson is ready to end his self-imposed Republic of Ireland exile following Giovanni Trapattoni's exit as manager.

    The 25-year-old Everton midfielder has made himself unavailable for his country since returning from the Euro 2012 finals without kicking a ball.

    "I'm ready (to come back) because Trapattoni is gone," Derry-born Gibson told the Irish Independent.

    "If I'm called up, I'll come straight back in," he added.

  29. 1031: 

    After the death of heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali, some of boxing's finest have paid tribute to him.

    George Foreman: "They called us all handsome. Muhammad they called pretty. But the fairest of them all Ken Norton."

    Larry Holmes: "My heart has been heavy since hearing the news earlier today. He was a good man."

    Larry Holmes: "My deepest condolences to Ken's family. He was such a great man and fighter and will be incredibly missed in the boxing world and by many."

    Mike Tyson: "Today a great man passed away. A legend in the boxing world and a good man. Condolences to Ken Norton's family on this very sad day."

  30. 1042: 
    Old Trafford

    Manchester United, Liverpool, Fulham and Wigan Athletic will receive awards for providing the best customer service to Premier League fans, as voted for by a panel of industry experts from the tourism, football and customer service industries.

    Manchester United were named VisitFootball Club of the Year for their "stand-out customer experience" while Liverpool received the Best Fan Innovation for their Family Park "which makes a day at the football much more than the 90 minutes in the pitch".

    Fulham's staff won the Warmest Welcome award for being "a club where all departments are working towards a common goal of improving every supporter's day out" and the fourth award, Unsung Hero, went to Wigan steward Jo Roberts for her dedicated work with disabled fans.

    VisitFootball, a joint venture between the Premier League and the national tourism board VisitEngland, has been assessing the care that customers receive at football grounds since August 2010.

  31. 1053: 

    Olympic downhill silver medallist Martina Schild of Switzerland retires from skiing just five months before the Winter Olympics in Sochi because of persistent back pains.

    "Mentally, I'm no longer ready to push myself to the limit," said Schild in a statement.

    Schild won silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but missed Vancouver four years later after sustaining a serious knee injury.

  32. 1058: 

    Durham's wait for the County Championship continues for now with persistent rain seeing no play so far today. It is forecast to clear by lunchtime however, offering hope of play late morning or early afternoon.

    The square and run-ups remained fully covered with no word of a revised playing schedule yet. The hosts, currently 7-0, need just another 62 to beat Nottinghamshire and clinch the title.

  33. 1110: 

    Kimi Raikkonen, speaking for the first time since announcing his move to Ferrari: "Most of the team is the same; I don't think this will be too different to go there. The car is different so that will be the hardest part."

  34. 1114: 

    Nico Hulkenberg on his future: "[Leaving Lotus] is not a priority - the priority is to find a good deal, good car, good package. Nothing is finalised or decided; I'm still trying to sort out options. There was a chance [to join Ferrari] but you look forward and move on."


    Dale Hawson: "Purely based on finishing ability it's hard to look past Van Nistelrooy. Proven goalscorer at every level."

    Alan Roper: "George Camsell: 59 goals in a season without the spoon-feeding of Dixie Dean, 18 in 9 for England, still has Boro record."

    Wulengme M Gonshing: "Why isn't any one mentioning the legendary Filippo Inzaghi of AC Milan!"

  36. 1128: 

    Leyton Orient launch the latest round of their battle for a share of the Olympic Stadium, with lawyers representing the club asking the High Court for the go-ahead to seek a judicial review of the London Legacy Development Corporation's decision to award sole tenancy of the stadium to West Ham.

    They began outlining arguments to a judge at a hearing in London at which lawyers representing the corporation and West Ham are expected to give their views.

  37. 1131: 

    European countries give their overall backing to moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, Britain's Fifa vice-president confirms.

    But Jim Boyce, from Northern Ireland, says the 54 Uefa associations meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, want Fifa to consult with the game's major stakeholders before making any decision about exactly when the tournament is staged.

  38. 1141: 

    More on the World Cup 2022, with Fifa's executive committee now expected to agree in principle to move the tournament to the winter at its meeting in Zurich on 3-4 October.

    Disagreements may yet arise as to whether it is played in January 2022 or November and December of that year.

    The British associations want to make sure that the Christmas week is protected for domestic football, while Uefa chiefs favour January so that it would not impact on the Champions League.

  39. 1146: 
    World Cup

    Confirmation of the latest 2022 World Cup developments from Northern Ireland's Jim Boyce, who says: "What has come out of this meeting, and what I think is sensible, is an agreement by the Uefa countries that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer. Everyone was certainly in agreement about that.

    "But what the 54 countries do not want Fifa to do is to make a decision yet on exactly when in the year it is going to be played."


    When do you think the 2022 World Cup should be played in Qatar? Is a summer event impossible? Please send in your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  41. 1150: 

    Former world champion John Higgins is beaten 5-1 by Mark Davis in round two of the Shanghai Masters. Young Englishman Kyren Wilson beats Marco Fu 5-3 and Xiao Guodong overcomes Peter Lines by the same margin.


    After Uefa countries back a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 we're asking when you think it should be played. Please keep your comments coming in to #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

    hammam ayoub: I went to Algeria in the summer last year and the heat was unbearable. Qatar's much hotter so no chance for it to be in summer.

    Dave Ward: Should be moved to another location, it's a Summer World Cup and that's how it should stay. That's what they bid for.

    Thom Rawlinson: It was a nice idea to give the World Cup to a Middle East country but the climate isn't adaptable & winter is a no go.

  43. 1200: 

    Michael Holt beats Martin Gould 5-4 in round two of the Shanghai Masters.

  44. 1219: 

    Hull captain Robert Koren is ruled out for five weeks with a fractured foot.

  45. 1225: 

    Ross County striker Orhan Mustafi, on-loan from Grasshopper Zurich, will be out for up to a month after suffering a broken toe.

  46. 1230: 

    A reminder that there is a special extended edition of Sportsday today to take in Usain Bolt's appearance on 5 live Sport tonight from 1900 BST. You can also post your questions to the great sprinter either on Twitter, using #bbcbolt, or on our Facebook page.

  47. 1236: 

    Durham require only 62 more runs to beat Nottinghamshire and win the County Championship for the third time in six years, but rain has delayed proceedings on the penultimate day at Chester-le-Street. An inspection is planned at 1250 BST.


    A selection of your comments from our Facebook page as we ask when you think the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played. Please keep your thoughts coming in; you can also use the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Lewis James Brown: I have no problem with a winter World Cup, if the right country wins and that is their season. Qatar, who have never qualified for the World Cup and have a population of barely more than 2 million are not the right nation.

    Alex Smith: Why did even Qatar get the World Cup, you don't have a footie league, if you don't have a footie league you cant host it simple as that's how it should be, let's give it to someone who does have a care for it.

    Dan Sykes: This will be the least successful World Cup there has ever been.

  49. 1300: 

    Jermain Defoe is likely to feature for Spurs in tonight's Europa League match against Norwegians Tromso at White Hart Lane, but he tells Football Focus he does not want to be regarded as an "impact player" coming off the bench. You can watch a segment of the interview on the BBC website now.

  50. 1303: 

    A further inspection at the Durham-Nottinghamshire match is planned for 1315 BST. Durham require only 62 more runs to secure the County Championship title.

  51. 1315: 

    Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen admits money prompted his switch from Lotus to Ferrari. "The reason why I left the team is purely from the money side - the thing is, I haven't got my salary. It's an unfortunate thing but I want to try to help the team as much as I can."

    The Finn will team up with Fernando Alonso next season at Ferrari, replacing Felipe Massa. Raikkonen was the last man to win the title for the Italian team, winning in 2007.

  52. 1320: 

    Durham's match with Nottinghamshire will begin at 1330 BST after rain washed out the morning session at Chester-le-Street. Durham need only 62 runs to win the match and clinch the County Championship.

  53. 1325:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFORMULA 1

    A reminder that BBC Radio 5 live have a one-to-one interview with Kimi Raikkonen in their Singapore Grand Prix preview show at 2130 BST tonight. You can hear live commentary of all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race on 5 live with James Allen, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson. First practice starts at 1100 BST tomorrow.

  54. 1334: 

    The new England rugby union sevens coach, Simon Amor, has been speaking to BBC Sport today about his new role and the prospect of the sport being part of the Olympics for the first time in 2016.

    "My focus is 100% on England and making the England sevens programme reach its potential and making it as good as it possibly can be," he says. "But of course everyone wants the GB team to be incredibly successful and there are a number of ways that can be looked at.

    "What is critical is that whatever plan is decided upon, that gets put in place pretty quickly and that gives us the best opportunity and the most amount of time for a GB programme to be put together, to be successful, and to win medals in the men's and women's programmes."


    More of your thoughts about when the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be staged. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday or our Facebook page.

    Andrew Priestley: Qatar bid for the 2022 WC without any mention of staging it in winter.

    Kelvin Amata: It should be staged when it is convenient for the hosts as earlier agreed. Fifa should be fair to Qatar.

    Felix Edwards: Have it during winter break they normally have on the continent if it has to go ahead.

  56. 1407:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveUSAIN BOLT

    Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is at the BBC in London today and he will be answering questions in 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 1900 BST.

    You can post your questions either on Twitter, using #bbcbolt, or on the BBC Sport Facebook page and in the meantime UK users can watch some video of his many great moments on the BBC website now.

  57. 1412: 

    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan issues a statement playing down the allegations he made on Twitter about match-fixing, which World Snooker boss Barry Hearn asked him to explain.

    He writes: "I would like to clarify the comments that I made on Twitter 17th September as they were an instant reaction to an issue which I feel strongly about, namely the integrity of my sport.

    "The news about Stephen Lee's match-fixing case was eye-opening to all players on the circuit, and sends out a clear message to any would-be cheats.

    "I fully support this decision and commend the WPBSA for taking positive action in this case.

    "My reference to players throwing matches was out of context in that I was referring back to rumours from many years ago when there were only a few tournaments on the circuit."

  58. 1417: 
    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan

    More from the Rocket, Ronnie Sullivan: "The snooker circuit calendar is now full of tournaments all year round and has undoubtedly been cleaned up since World Snooker was taken over by Barry Hearn, and I do not want my comments to leave a damaging mark on the game.

    "These days, players are aware that procedures are in place for monitoring and identifying unusual betting patterns, and combined with the Stephen Lee decision, these act as a significant deterrent to potential cheats.

    "If I were aware of match-fixing, I understand that it would be up to me to report any fears to the Association."

  59. 1421: 

    The final part of today's statement from world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, playing down the allegations he made on Twitter about match-fixing which World Snooker boss Barry Hearn has asked him to substantiate.

    He concludes: "I have no intention of undermining the integrity of the sport that I love and enjoy participating in so much and firmly believe that my tweets were taken out of context.

    "Now let's play snooker!

    "Regards, Ronnie - The Current World Champion of Snooker!!!!!"

  60. 1423: 

    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard joins Birmingham on a one-month loan.

  61. 1428: 
    Durham celebrate with the County Championship trophy

    Durham complete an eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street and win the County Championship for the third time in six years.

  62. 1442: 

    British number one Laura Robson, the third seed, loses to 6-1 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 to unseeded Zheng Jie of China in the quarter-finals of the Guangzhou Open in China.

  63. 1445: 
    Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage

    Fulham are to return the statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage back to the club's former owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

    The sculpture was installed at the back of the Hammersmith Stand in 2011, in tribute to the late entertainer, whom Fayed insisted was a fan of the west London club.

  64. 1453: 

    A football pitch has been marked out at Buckingham Palace where a special match will take place as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

    A Southern Amateur League fixture will take place on 7 October between two west London clubs, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC.

    Civil Service are the sole surviving football club from the 11 teams who founded the FA in the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen Street, central London, in 1863 and later drafted the 13 original laws of association football. Polytechnic FC were formed in 1875.


    We're asking today what time of year you think the 2022 World Cup should be played. Please send in your thoughts using #bbcsportsday or our Facebook page.

    Martin James Stroud: I think Fifa only weighed up the pros when giving Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

    Andrew David: At night when the temp is 30 degrees. Turn the country nocturnal for the tournament.

    Sam Grimes: I don't even feel like playing during an English 'Summer'. Can't imagine what the heat in Qatar would be like.

  66. 1503: 

    Leyton Orient fail in their latest bid to challenge the London Legacy Development Corporation's decision to award sole tenancy of the Olympic Stadium to Premier League side West Ham.

    Lawyers representing Leyton Orient asked a High Court judge to allow them to pursue a judicial review of the corporation's decision. They outlined arguments to Mr Justice Lewis at a hearing in London but the judge, who also heard arguments from lawyers representing the corporation and West Ham, refused.

  67. 1519: 

    Kilmarnock offer contracts to former Rugby Park winger David Silva, the Cape Verde international, and ex-Hearts defender Ismael Bouzid after both impressed on trial with Allan Johnston's squad this week.

  68. 1540: 

    Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey, 23, signs a new three-year contract.

    The son of former England cricketer and current international umpire Peter Willey, he helped the county win the Friends Life t20 title - their first silverware in 21 years - by scoring 198 runs at an average of 33 in the competition and also took 43 Championship wickets at an average of 25.

  69. 1554: 

    Slovenia are through to next year's World Cup after beating Serbia 92-74 at the European Championship.

  70. 1607: 

    Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond hopes Danny Cipriani will make headlines for the right reasons after being named on the bench for Friday night's Premiership clash with Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium.

    Cipriani was knocked down by a bus while on a night out with his team-mates in Leeds in April and tabloid stories about his personal life appeared during the summer but Diamond said: "When it comes to Danny, I've coined the phrase 'let's see him on the back pages, not the front pages'.

    "He's knuckled down and what goes on in his private life is up to him, though I do think things were sensationalised over the summer. But he's kept a low profile at work, he's trained hard and has looked forward to getting a chance. When that comes, hopefully he'll take it."

  71. 1608: 
    Stage Five of the Tour of Britain

    Ireland's Sam Bennett wins stage five of the Tour of Britain, the first stage victory of his career, and Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins retains his overall race lead.


    Another selection of your comments from our Facebook page after Uefa nations back calls to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in winter.

    Alfa Yusuf: Nooooooo! leave it in summer. We Africans have got hot weather too, perhaps it will be our turn to win in Qatar hot weather. NIGERIA.

    Leslie Fuller: Location of Qatar is all wrong even in winter. I don't know what FIFA are thinking here. Australia should be given the chance.

    Kev Budd: This will impact three seasons in Europe. Crazy decision.

  73. 1624: 

    Uefa orders Legia Warsaw to play their Europa League match with Apollon Limassol on 3 October behind closed doors following racist incidents involving their supporters.

  74. 1642: 

    Scotland appoint former scrum-half John Duffy to their coaching team for the World Cup, which starts next month.

    Duffy is Scotland's youngest-ever international, having won his first cap at the age of just 16 in 1997 but retired a year ago following a persistent back injury.

    BBC Radio 5 liveCOUNTY CRICKET

    Durham director of cricket Geoff Cook talking to BBC Radio 5 live on his team's Championship win, achieved without an overseas player. "We haven't had an overseas player for two or there years, part policy part finance, it certainly gives the young lads an opportunity to push forward."

  76. 1709: 
    Durham captain Paul Collingwood with the Championship trophy

    More from Durham chief Geoff Cook, talking to BBC Radio 5 live, saluting veteran skipper Paul Collingwood. "Paul has been outstanding, we were having a bit of a rough period, the ship was rocking a bit halfway through last year, Paul took charge of the team and brought his qualities to the XI, his calmness his experience, it settled a lot of people down and young players have really responded to him and the confidence he has shown in them."

  77. 1711: 

    Swansea team to face Valencia: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Dyer, Michu, Bony.

  78. 1712: 

    Wigan team to play Zulte-Waregem: Carson; Boyce, Shotton, Perch, Crainey, McArthur, McCann, Gomez, McManaman, Powell, McClean.

  79. 1717:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOUNTY CRICKET

    Durham chief Geoff Cook tells 5 live how he has fully recovered from his heart attack scare in June. "It was a bit of unscheduled mid-season break, I was jogging around and the next I knew three weeks later I woke up in hospital. The team has been fantastic since. Somebody was jogging behind me, he must have been going really slowly, but he tried to bring me round and called for an ambulance.

    "The doctors were fantastic said hopefully it was a freak accident, I've absolutely fine now, I've got a little mechanism inside me but other than that I'm absolutely fine, there was no damage to the heart so I was very fortunate."

  80. 1721: 

    Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is punished for his refusal to play for the club during Arsenal's attempt to sign him last month in which a £10m bid was tabled.

    "He has also been disciplined for his actions this week and he accepted that in good faith, and therefore we move on now," Magpies boss Alan Pardew confirms.

  81. 1722: 

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is unlikely to play again this season after deciding to undergo minor back surgery next week in an attempt to clear up his long-standing problem.


    More of your thoughts on what time of year the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played.

    Kim Harris: I think it should be played in Summer during the night under floodlights.

    Daniel Freer: Play 2022 in NOV-DEC. Will not disrupt club fixtures much... not lose many players with 20-22 on natl team rosters.

    Lauren Sasha: Qatar's winter doesn't sound much better, sorry for them, but it does need to go somewhere else. Bad planning all around.

  83. 1738: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he has faith in defenders Ciaran Clark, 23, and Nathan Baker, 22, to cover Denmark international Jores Okore, who could miss the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

    "They're young so they're going to make mistakes," he says. "But towards the end of last season they were great and now they've had a year at it, playing consistently, they'll be better for it. I don't have any problems with Ciaran and Nathan at all and I don't need to think about bringing in any loan signings."

  84. 1744: 

    Regulators say Floyd Mayweather's victory over Saul Alvarez last weekend drew the biggest gate ever in Nevada.

    The Nevada Athletic Commission says 16,146 tickets sold for just over $20 million for the bout at the MGM Grand Garden arena, eclipsing the $18.4m earned from 17,000 tickets for Mayweather's super welterweight victory over Oscar De La Hoya at the venue in May 2007.

  85. 1749:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Russell Fuller with more on Andy Murray's decision to have minor back surgery: "It seems as if we have seen the last of the Wimbledon champion for this year, but it will be a major boost if he can return pain free and mentally refreshed in Melbourne in January.

    "His lower back is undermining him on both hard and clay courts, and with another four or five potential Grand Slam winning years ahead of him, this seems like the perfect time to undergo what is expected to be relatively straightforward surgery. His absence from the World Tour Finals would be a huge shame, but Murray does hope to be training hard in Miami from the middle of November, with the Australian Open the next goal."

  86. 1758: 

    More scores to complete round two at the Shanghai Masters, Mark Selby beats Robert Milkins 5-4, Barry Hawkins defeats Ryan Day 5-2, Ding Junhui overcomes Shaun Murphy 5-4 and Neil Robertson sees off Mark King 5-3.

  87. 1805: 
    Nicolas Colsaerts in first-round action at the Italian Open

    Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts is one of three first-round leaders after a seven-under-par 65 at the Italian Open at the Torino Golf Club.

    Colsaerts began from the 10th with a bogey but then birdied seven of the next eight holes. Former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal posted a 71.


    We're asking today what time of year you think the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played.

    John Nicol: USA networks who've paid millions for Qatar coverage won't be pleased with it going up against NFL. Can see some objections .

    Dale Wright: We cope without African stars in January for 2-3 weeks so why not have it in January 2022? Plenty of planning time!

    Simon Merwood-Palmer: Time to look for Qatar winter WC positives. Provided we qualify, the old excuse that our players are tired is no longer valid.

  89. 1838: 

    We'll be with you until 2000 BST today and will have quotes from sprint superstar Usain Bolt who is the special guest on 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 1900 BST.

    As we wait for the great man UK users can watch a compilation video of his many outstanding moments.

  90. 1843: 

    Joint Italian Open first-round leader Nicolas Colsaerts thanks his mother for helping him overcome the illness which saw him withdraw from last week's KLM Open after an opening day 73.

    "Nothing beats a couple of days at home with your mum looking after you!" Colsaerts, 30, admitted. "I was sitting at home on the sofa watching the golf in Holland and was quite happy to be there getting looked after."

  91. 1848: 

    Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson are the early leaders at the elite 30-man Tour Championship in Atlanta, the final event of the lucrative FedEx Cup play-offs. World number one Tiger Woods leads the race for the $10m bonus prize for finishing top of the standings and he tees off at 1900 BST.

  92. 1850: 

    It's half-time in the early Europa League matches involving British clubs, Wigan drawing 0-0 with Zulte-Waregem from Belgium and Swansea 1-0 up in Valencia courtesy of a Wilfried Bony goal after 14 minutes. You can follow the BBC live text with Emlyn Begley now.


    Do you think that Usain Bolt is the greatest ever athlete? Go to the BBC Sport Facebook page to share your views

  94. 1900: 

    Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tells the club's TV channel MUTV that he was impressed with striker Wayne Rooney and the team performance in beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 on Tuesday.

    "I thought they were terrific on Tuesday," he says. "Wayne's performance was fantastic, and I was pleased to see that. He has got his energy back. As a director, I was delighted to see him back to what we always remember him.

    "What is important and key to the team is if Vida [Nemanja Vidic] stays fit. And then you look at the forwards, you have got Rooney and Van Persie both scoring, and Valencia looks back to his best. It's amazing how a shirt number can affect a player.

    "Michael Carrick's form has continued from last season, David De Gea is maturing. Patrice Evra is at his normal level. There lots of plus points. I thought it was going to be a difficult game but they made it easy for themselves. They dominated."

  95. 1906: 

    What does England mean to you? "England is where I train, this has been my base for seven years now I really enjoy coming here - most of the time - because it's always raining!"

  96. 1908: 

    "When I started I was pretty lazy. I remember going to the Jamaican trials and won easily and thought it would be easy on the circuit but I couldn't win a race. Then I got more experienced and listened to my coach and got better over the years."

  97. 1912: 
    Usain Bolt at his book signing in London today

    What's the best thing about being the most famous sportsman? "I get to do cool things, I always get to go to Manchester United, Formula 1, French Open, and it's kind of cool to experience these things and meet stars."

  98. 1915: 

    Routine on the day of a big final: "I try to sleep as late as possible, everybody knows I sleep late. If I have to do interviews it has to be in the evening, races, flights, have to be in the evening."

  99. 1917: 

    "Some people are not made for the Championships. I talked to my coach and he said you and Justin Gatlin are the two who are always ready. Gatlin lives for the big occasions. Asafa Powell has been through a lot and it's getting harder and harder for him to just go and compete."

  100. 1919: 

    "I've learned over the years not to panic - the last part of my race is always the best."

  101. 1923: 

    Why not 400m? "I'm not a fan, I think I've passed the age of doing 400m. When I was young I had to do it because I wasn't good at the 100m but now I can do the 100m there is no reason to run the 400m."

  102. 1923: 

    Long Jump? "I really wanted to try but my coach said 'you're way too tall and you're going to have knee problems.'"

  103. 1927: 

    Cricketing interest and comparisons with West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh's bowling action: "I never really watched myself bowl but Courtney Walsh was one of the best so that's a compliment. I used to love cricket a lot, not so much now, I really like Twenty20 cricket but Test matches not so much."

  104. 1927: 

    "I supported Pakistan instead of West Indies. From when I was five years old I liked Pakistan and liked them until I realised I was supposed to be supporting West Indies. Waqar Younis was always my favourite bowler ever, no-one else can do it like him, even now."

  105. 1930: 

    Football skills? "I'm pretty good, left winger. Last season I was pretty much banned from playing but this season I won't be so stressed."

  106. 1931: 

    Breaking away from Usain Bolt for a few minutes, Jamie Baker, Andy Murray's friend and former Davis Cup team-mate, talking about the Wimbledon champion's decision to have minor back surgery next week.

    "People will be surprised to hear he's out for so long. Andy does have a knack of always looking in pain, but obviously he feels this is the right thing to do and we have to trust him on that.

    "We can't underestimate how tough emotionally it has been with winning the Olympics, losing Wimbledon last year, winning the 2012 US Open and winning Wimbledon this year, so it's understandable if he is a little bit burned out and this break will give him the best chance of picking up more major titles next year."

  107. 1933: 

    More from Jamie Baker on the significance of Andy Murray's back injury: "With Andy the major thing is the impact on solid surfaces. A massive part of his game is his movement and we've seen in big stadiums how much of back of court uses. One of his trademarks is you can't get the ball past him, which is an indicator how much of ground he is covering."

  108. 1935: 

    Jamie Murray on his brother Andy's potential to reach world number one: "We've seen in major tournaments in the last year that his good results have been as good as any. That is his focus.

    "To be number one he might have to be more consistent in the Masters events, but it is a tough balance. It is such a gruelling sport you can't peak 12 to 15 times a year. He is very aware that he will be remembered by how many Grand Slam titles he's won."


    More of your thoughts on what time of year the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played. Many thanks for your comments, tune in tomorrow for another debate.

    Gooner Barry: A lot of people saying play during winter break. It wont be a break for players, time either side of WC will be needed.

    Oliver Michaelson: These footballers are professional athletes, surely they can adapt their fitness to suit the conditions they'll be playing in.

  110. 1936: 

    Favourite Man Utd players? Wayne Rooney has shown he is a real leader in the team, Patrice Evra is one of my favourites also, he never gets injured and always gives his all."

  111. 1940: 
    Usain Bolt at the BBC

    Differences between sprint distances: "The 100m is for the fans. What everyone wants to see. But for me I work so hard on the 200m.

    "I have perfected the art of running the curve. My coach never tells me anything, he just lets me go out and run it. The 100m for the fans, the 200m is the one I work really hard on."

  112. 1942: 

    What's the most embarrassing thing to happen to you? "My dad came to my school when I was in fifth form and disciplined me in front of everybody. He said sorry after but it didn't really help."

  113. 1944: 

    Facing Mo Farah over a possible distance of 600m? "I don't know. It would be something good to happen but I would have to train for that. I can't say yes or no but it would be fun, I know Mo very well."

  114. 1947: 

    Responsibility to athletics: "A lot of people put a lot of pressure me saying I'm the one that's carrying the sport but it also takes other athletes. I definitely try to put the sport in a good light, make more people come to the sport and invest in it."


    Some of your Facebook comments on the question of whether Usain Bolt is the greatest athlete of all time.

    Web J Sunil: He surely is the best. Just lights up the place wherever he performs. l am glad to be witnessing this sporting sensation during my lifetime.

    Lee Kennedy: No not the greatest athlete by any stretch of imagination! Would love to have seen him against Michael Johnson in his heyday! Bolt should do a 400m and go for the Olympic 200 and 400 double rather than 100 and 200m.

  116. 1955: 

    Can you break your own world record? There's a possibility. Last season I said I wanted to but I started slowly and I got injured. The older you get the harder it is to come back from injury.

  117. 1956: 

    Commonwealth Games next year? "It's on my to-do list but I never try to go against my coach. We're going to discuss it, we're not fully sure. It's unlikely I'll run both, I'll probably be running the 200m if I go."

  118. 1957: 

    Future? "I wanted to retire after Rio [2016] but my fans are saying go one more year so I think I might go one more year, my coach says it can be done."

  119. 1959: 

    Would you have beaten Michael Johnson? "lt would have been good to compete with him, I think he would have pushed the level a bit more."

  120. 2002: 

    Private life? "I'm dating right now. I like a certain lady. I'm taking my time, don't want to rush. Don't want to say yes and then it goes wrong, so we'll see."


    On that disappointing note for the ladies it's time to end this extended edition of Sportsday. Many thanks for being with us, don't forget to tune in again from 0800 BST on Friday. The 5 live coverage continues now with a programme about the difficulties top female sportswomen have trying to balance careers and families.

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