Sportsday - Monday 23 August as it happened

Reaction to Paolo Di Canio's sacking and the Manchester derby, England Ashes squad and breaking news.

23 September 2013 Last updated at 19:17

As it happened


    Good morning and welcome to another edition of BBC Sportsday from our HQ in Salford. We have another busy day ahead including all the fall-out from Paolo Di Canio's sacking as Sunderland manager, the reaction from the weekend's Premier League action and the England squad announcement for the Ashes in Australia.

    First though here is a run through of the stories making the headlines over night.........

  2. 0804: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Sunderland have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio after a poor start to the season left the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League table.

    The 45-year-old Italian has won three of his 13 matches since being appointed in March and taken only one point from five league games this campaign.

  3. 0806: 

    So who next for Sunderland? Former Chelsea and West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is installed as one of the early favourites, with ex Brighton man Gus Poyet and former Aston Villa and Birmingham boss Alex McLeish also getting strong mentions.

    Coach Kevin Ball takes the reigns temporarily.


    What do you make of Paolo Di Canio's sacking as Sunderland boss? Should he have been given more time? Who should be next in the Stadium of Light hot seat?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday, go to the BBC Sport Facebook page or share your thoughts via text on 81111.

  5. 0817: 

    Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City beat Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

    Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were also on the target for the hosts, with Wayne Rooney scoring a late consolation for the visitors.

  6. 0822: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says the derby victory meant more to his team-mates than Manchester United.

    City crushed United 4-1 thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero and a goal apiece for Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri before Wayne Rooney's late consolation.

    "Maybe the game meant a little bit more to us than for them," said Kompany.

  7. 0825: 

    Meanwhile Manchester United boss David Moyes has demanded an instant reaction from his players after the derby humiliation at Manchester City.

    "I've made the players aware of how I expect them to respond," said Moyes.

    "If there was any group of players I would expect that from it would be Manchester United players. It is the way they have been brought up."

  8. 0829: 
    Laura Robson

    British number one Laura Robson suffers a first-round exit at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Monday after a straight sets loss to Ayumi Morita.

    Robson was meeting Morita for the third time in 2013, with both players having won one match each previously, but the British number one could not repeat her success from their last meeting at Carlsbad in July as she slumped to defeat.

    The Japanese edged the first set on a tie-break after both players had claimed two service breaks each before Morita took advantage of the only break point in the second set to claim the match 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 in one hour 26 minutes.

  9. 0833: 

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann has described England's brand of cricket as "dour" and is confident his side will regain the Ashes at home this winter.

    England claimed a 3-0 Test series victory this summer and begin the next series in Brisbane on 21 November.

    Asked about England's style, Lehmann said: "Dour. It's not the type of cricket I'd play. At times I'd like to see their over rates picked up."

    England's squad for the series will be announced today at 1200 BST and you can see it here on BBC Sportsday.


    Owen Cullen: They should have gave him at least till Christmas. ‏

    Andrew Priestley: Sunderland are right to sack Di Canio. It was always going to end this way. He just hasn't got what it takes to be a PL manager.

    Jay Smith: Was good fun for the mutual but can imagine it would have turned into a pantomime.

    Have your say on Paulo Di Canio's sacking as Sunderland manager at #bbcsportsday on Twitter, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or via text on 81111 (UK users only).

  11. 0838: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins added the Tour of Britain title to his collection after sealing an emphatic victory in London.

    Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and Olympic time trial last year, had led since winning the third stage and began stage eight with a 26-second advantage.

    British road race champion Mark Cavendish won the concluding stage, his third stage win in this year's race.

    But Wiggins, 33, negotiated the 10-lap 88km course along the Thames to retain his place at the top of the standings.

  12. 0847: 

    Sebastian Vettel again dominated the Singapore Grand Prix to edge ever closer to a fourth consecutive title.

    The Red Bull driver leads Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who finished second, by 60 points with only 150 still available in the remaining six races.

    Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen was third from Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

  13. 0854: 

    Johanna Konta upsets eighth seed Lauren Davis in a match lasting more than three hours to progress through to the second round of Yinzhou Bank International Women's Tennis Open in Ningbo, China.

    The British number three and world number 125, looking to build on her quarter-final appearance in Guangzhou last week, fired down nine aces compared to just one from her higher-ranked American opponent as she claimed a 6-4 4-6 6-3 win in the WTA 125K Series event.

  14. 0900:  

    "When Paolo Di Canio marched towards Sunderland's furious fans at West Bromwich Albion pointing at a chin jutting out in defiance, it was almost an open invitation for the decisive blow to be delivered.

    "And so it proved on Sunday evening as the circus that has been in residence in Sunderland for six months finally left town at the behest of American owner Ellis Short when manager Di Canio was sacked."

    More from BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland sacking.

  15. 0905: 

    Former England striker Alan Shearer on Paolo Di Canio's sacking at Sunderland: "I'm amazed, I really am amazed. Paolo Di Canio hasn't changed from the guy he was a year or two ago.

    "I assume, maybe naively, that Sunderland owner Ellis Short and his chief executive did their homework on Paolo before they went and hired him to do the job."

    See more reaction here.

  16. 0909: 

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson became the first European winner of both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup titles - almost doubling his PGA Tour career earnings in one tournament.

    Stenson carded a final round of 68 to win by three shots from United States pair Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.

    He claimed the first prize of £875,000 and a £6.3m FedEx Cup bonus.

  17. 0912: 

    Elsewhere in the Premier League, Mesut Ozil had a hand in all three Arsenal goals as they chalked up their seventh consecutive victory by comfortably beating Stoke.

    Aaron Ramsey notched his seventh goal in eight games by knocking in after Asmir Begovic saved Ozil's free-kick.

    Stoke equalised before the break when Geoff Cameron steered in after Marko Arnautovic hit the post.

    Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna then headed in Ozil set-pieces as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League.

  18. 0914: 
    Leroy Rosenior

    Leroy Rosenior - Torquay (Less than a day, 2007)

    The current holder of the record for shortest spell as manager, Rosenior was appointed Torquay manager while the club were being taken over by a local consortium.

    Rosenior was unveiled as the relegated League Two side's new manager and learned of the proposed takeover only 10 minutes later.

  19. 0918: 

    Paolo Di Canio's departure as Sunderland manager dominates the headlines on the back pages on today's newspapers. Here are some of the stories surrounding his departure.

    Daily Mirror: Manager Paolo Di Canio's departure from Sunderland came after a bust-up with two senior players.

    Daily Mail: Sunderland players turned on Di Canio after being called to a crisis meeting at the club's training ground on Sunday following the 3-0 defeat at West Brom.

    Northern Echo: Paolo Di Canio's turbulent six-month reign on Wearside came to an end last night after the controversial Italian lost the Sunderland dressing room and the club's owner Ellis Short decided to act.

  20. 0925: 

    Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman will be answering your questions today on BBC Sport. Ask him his views on Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome or the forthcoming world championships. Tweet your questions to #askboardman and you have until 1030 BST. His answers will be on BBC Sportsday later.

  21. 0928: 

    A selection of your comments from the BBC Facebook page on the departure of Paolo Di Canio:

    Lee Ward: Ridiculous. The players are responsible not managers, they're the ones earning the high tens of thousands. Don't see them sacking players!

    Chris Day-Kerry: Hmmm... Don't like to see a manager ousted so early but slating your players publicly, bringing in so many new faces and selling Sessegnon (who then scores against you) before telling the fans, in person, to keep their chin up, is probably as good a reason(s) as any to part company.

    Robert Bellinger: We all knew Di Canio was a hardliner but what sense does that make allowing him to sign these players and let him go? The real question is was it even right to let Martin O'Neill go? I think they got it wrong.

  22. 0932: 
    Dave Bassett

    Dave Bassett - Crystal Palace (4 days, 1984)

    Bassett never actually signed a contract at Selhurst Park. He put in four days work before returning to Wimbledon.


    James Fenwick: Harsh to sack him he was doing an outstanding job given the horrific standard of the team, 1 point was better then expected.

    Andy Ebdale: As a #NUFC fan I think it's a joke. Too many managers get sacked too early. His man management has let him down.

    Joshua Bunting: Hi I'm a Sunderland supporter I think the problems at our club are all down to Ellis short makes too many rash decisions.

    Have your say on Paulo Di Canio's sacking as Sunderland manager at #bbcsportsday on Twitter, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or via text on 81111 (UK users only).

  24. 0944: 

    Former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce believes Paolo Di Canio paid the price for an outdated management style after being ousted by the Black Cats on Sunday night.

    Di Canio's controversial reign proved a brief one as he parted company with the club after only 13 matches, his exit coming little more than 24 hours after a 3-0 defeat at West Brom left them rooted to the bottom of the table with one

    "You cannot manage in the Premier League these days through a fear factor," Bruce told talkSPORT. "You've got to be able to manage individuals."

  25. 0950: 

    Gareth Bale failed to make his home debut for Real Madrid on Sunday after suffering an injury in the pre-match warm-up at the Bernabeu.

    Bale, who signed from Tottenham for a world-record fee of £85m in the summer, was replaced by Isco minutes before the start of Real's 4-1 win against Getafe.

  26. 0957: 

    Dr Marwan Koukash has been asked to make his intentions clear for Oldham Athletic if he is serious about taking control of the League One club.

    Koukash, the owner of Super League side Salford Red Devils, has said he would like to purchase the Latics and another rugby league outfit, Oldham Roughyeds. But Oldham Athletic's board say the two parties have had little contact.

    "As such, what we've done is invited Mr Koukash to make a bid," Latics director Barry Owen told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "If he's serious about what he intends, all he has to do is arrange to meet the chairman and ourselves and make a firm bid. Then we'll look at it."

  27. 0958: 

    Martin Ling - Cambridge United (9 days, 2009)

    Ling was appointed manager at Conference National side Cambridge United after his predecessor quit because he couldn't get on with the club's chairman George Rolls. Just over a week later Ling quit, citing irreconcilable differences with the same man.

  28. 1004: 
    Roberto Di Matteo

    Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is the odds-on favourite to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager with most bookmakers this morning. Other contenders to have been linked include ex Brighton manager Gus Poyet, former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish and Stoke's old manager Tony Pulis.

    Who do you think should replace Di Canio? Please keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or, for UK users only, via text on 81111.

  29. 1014: 

    Manchester City's two-goal derby star Sergio Aguero claims praise for the 4-1 demolition of Manchester United must be shared around the team.

    The Argentina striker said: "The most important thing is that the goals gave us the win.

    "I'm very happy that we won three important points, especially against United.

    "All the team were brilliant, the defence as well. We're all one team. There are no individual heroes."


    What does Manchester City's thrashing of Manchester United mean in terms of the Premier League title race? Has Mesut Ozil's Arsenal arrival transformed the Gunners into realistic title contenders? Can Everton and Tottenham last the pace?

    Have your say at #bbcsportsday on Twitter, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or via text on 81111 (UK users only).

  31. 1020: 

    Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray admits he was taken aback by the decision to part company with Di Canio and feels the Italian should have been given longer to try to turn things round.

    "I'm surprised that Paolo's lost his job," Gray told Sky Sports News.

    "You obviously don't get time in the Premier League to let the players gel, you've got to hit the ground running and obviously they haven't done that. It's been a disappointing start but I still think he should have been given a lot more time than he has been."

  32. 1025: 

    Fernando Alonso believes only huge helpings of luck can help him win this year's Formula One world title.

    For the third successive race Alonso finished runner-up following Sebastian Vettel's latest masterclass performance under the lights of Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circui, leaving him 60 points with six races remaining.

    He said: "We have to be realistic. With a few races to go, the gap is still increasing every weekend and now it's 60 points.

    "We need to be honest with ourselves and know we need a lot of luck, not just in the next race in Korea, but in Japan, in India, in Abu Dhabi..."


    We're asking this morning for your thoughts on the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or, for UK users only, via text on 81111.

    Chris Parker: Unless an immediate replacement is found, we'll go the same way as Wolves and Blackburn. Who would wan the job now though?

    Freddy: You have to wonder why they hired PDC in the first place. Either give him time or appoint an experienced manager to start with.

    Fadipe Sulaiman: Di Canio at Sunderland was a disaster waiting to happen, only surprised it happened early. Both parties are never compatible.

  34. 1031: 

    Britain's world triathlon champion Non Stanford is in the BBC Sport Centre today. Put your questions to her via #asknonstanford. Some of her answers will appear here later.

  35. 1036: 
    David Beckham

    In 1992, Former England midfielder David Beckham made his Manchester United debut in a League Cup tie at Brighton.


    Your comments from the BBC Facebook page on who you think might replace Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland:

    Stephen McLean: Di Matteo is excellent at building a team spirit within a club. So yeah it would be a good call if the job interests him.

    Martin Brophy: Why should Di Matteo take that job after winning a Champions League. He could easily wait for a bigger club with better chances of winning silverware.

    Mike Fraser: Di Matteo would be a good choice but Pulis better to save them from relegation

  37. 1044: 
    Gus Poyet

    Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet refuses to comment on reports linking him to the vacant managerial post at Sunderland.

    Poyet - who was sacked by the Seagulls in June - is among the bookies' favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio. During a brief telephone conversation this morning, the 45 year old reiterated his desire to manage in the Premier League, but all he would say is "we'll see".

  38. 1047: 

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll may not have played 90 minutes for a while, but he will be hoping to have a winner this afternoon when his racehorse Ninety Minutes runs at Kempton.

    The England forward, who was signed by the Hammers for £15m from Liverpool in the summer, is on the sidelines with a foot injury and it is not known when he might return.

    He owns Ninety Minutes - trained by John Best at his stables in Hucking, Kent - along with team-mate Kevin Nolan and their agent Mark Curtis.

    The horse, who has finished fifth and fourth previously, will be ridden by Steve Drowne in the two-year-old maiden stakes at 1450 BST. He is rated about 8-1 fourth favourite in the 13-runner field.

  39. 1051: 

    Here are some statistics following Manchester City's 4-1 thrashing of Manchester United.

    • Manchester City have scored four or more goals against United three times in the Premier League - more than any other team.
    • Six of Manchester United's 13 Premier League titles have seen them win only two of their opening five games.
    • Wayne Rooney has now scored 11 goals in Manchester derbies - more than any other player in the fixture's history.
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    Alan in Birmingham via text on 81111: Yet again, defeat at 'little West Brom' is deemed sufficient indignity for a manager to get sacked. That's four managers in just 2 years who've lost their jobs after a defeat against the Baggies (two Chelsea managers, Mick McCarthy and now Di Canio). Given our next league opponents (and United's performance yesterday), David Moyes must be feeling nervous.

    James from London: After all the criticism that everyone at Swindon gave Di Canio for his management style ("management by handgrenade" etc) once he had left, it is surprising that anyone gave him any attention, never mind another job...

  41. 1053: 

    Henning Berg - Blackburn (57 days, 2012)

    Blackburn announced the sacking of manager Henning Berg and his coaching staff after less than eight weeks in charge of the club. Before accepting the job, the Norwegian had previously stated that "no real managers with credibility would accept a job like that."

  42. 1100: 

    Yorkshire appoint their former spinner Ian Fisher as one of two new strength and conditioning coaches.

    Fisher, who has held a similar role at Essex for the last two seasons, replaces the departing Tom Summers and will be assisted by 23-year-old Blaine Clancy.

    Martyn Moxon, director of cricket at Headingley, said: "We are delighted to appoint Ian and Blaine.

    "There was a lot of interest in the role and we feel we have recruited two excellent practitioners. They are both young and enthusiastic and understand the demands of county cricket."

  43. 1103: 

    Micky Adams - Swansea (13 days, 1997)

    A period of six managers in 18 months for Swansea included Micky Adams lasting less than two weeks in Wales.

  44. 1106: 

    Manchester City defender Micah Richards could make his first appearance of the season in tomorrow's Capital One Cup third-round tie against Wigan.

    Richards, 25, has missed the start of the season with hamstring trouble but was an unused substitute in the weekend derby win against Manchester United.

  45. 1113: 

    George Groves announces that Irishman Paddy Fitzpatrick will take over training duties ahead of his WBA and IBF world title fight against Carl Froch in Manchester on 23 November.

    "Paddy and I have worked closely together in the past and already have a very good relationship, one built over many years. Not only has he worked my corner for important fights, we have also spent a lot of time together when abroad on training camps, where Paddy has overseen a number of significant sessions," says Groves, 25, who parted with trainer Adam Booth this month.

  46. 1120: 

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Twitter responding to Australia coach Darren Lehmann's comments about Alastair Cook's team playing a dour brand of cricket. "I can't remember the score line in Ashes.. 3-0 or almost 4-0??" Pietersen writes.

  47. 1125: 

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, tells MUTV of yesterday's 4-1 defeat at rivals Manchester City: "It is not good enough. We know we have to improve and stop giving these sloppy goals away.

    "It is not nice to lose to City. It was a bad result and we are all extremely disappointed."

  48. 1131: 

    Dimitar Berbatov, Aaron Hughes and Bryan Ruiz could all return for Fulham's Capital One Cup third-round clash with Everton at Craven Cottage tomorrow, having missed Saturday's defeat at Chelsea through injury.

    Matthew Briggs (hernia) and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (shoulder) are out.


    Edward Oluwaseun: Di Canio was never going to last at Sunderland, he passed as too dictatorial in style to me. People don't thrive on dictatorial.

    James Bene: He's always been one to be the centre of attention. Now Paolo Di Canio is stealing all Man City's headlines!

    We're asking this morning for your thoughts on the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or, for UK users only, via text on 81111.

  50. 1136: 

    The world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale, faces a wait to see if he can make his Real Madrid home debut in next weekend's derby against Atletico Madrid after tests taken on Monday morning reveal he is suffering from "muscle fatigue" in his thigh.

    The 24-year-old had been due to make his Bernabeu bow in last night's match with Getafe but felt a tweak in his left thigh during the warm up.

  51. 1145: 

    Since 2010, five Premier League managers have lost their jobs following defeats to West Brom.

    Chris Hughton was dismissed as Newcastle manager after a 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns in December 2010, with Mick McCarthy (Wolves), Andre Villas-Boas (Chelsea), Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea) and now Paolo Di Canio suffering a similar fate after losing to the Baggies.

  52. 1156: 
    Paolo Rossi

    On this day in 1956, former Italy striker and World Cup winner Paolo Rossi was born.

  53. 1206: 

    Alastair Cook (captain), Matt Prior (vice-captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott.

  54. 1207: 
    Gary Ballance in action for Yorkshire

    Born: Harare, 22/11/89, current team: Yorkshire

    ODIs: 1 v Ireland September 2013, runs 0.

    2013 Division One record: Matches 13, runs 995, 100s 3, highest score 141, average 52.37

  55. 1208: 
    Boyd Rankin on England duty

    Born: Londonderry, 5/7/84, height: 6ft 7, current team: Warwickshire

    ODIs (for Ireland): Matches 37, wickets 43, average 32.34, best figures 3-32.

    ODIs (for England): Matches 5, wickets 9, average 16.88, best figures 4-46.

    First-class matches: 62, wickets 203, average 27.55, best figures 5-16, 5-wicket innings 6, runs 345, highest 43, average 8.41.

    Division One record 2013: Matches 8, wickets 28, average 24.50, best 4-29.

  56. 1209: 
    Ben Stokes on England ODI duty

    Born: Christchurch, New Zealand, 4/7/91

    ODIs: 10, runs 87, highest 27, average 14.50, wickets 6, average 36.66, best figures 5-61.

    Division One 2013 record: Matches 12, runs 563, highest 127, average 28.15, wickets 40, average 24.82, best figures 4-49.

  57. 1211: 

    England national selector Geoff Miller: "Balance has performed extremely well for Yorkshire, he was introduced to the Lions and performed well and has justified his selection.

    "Monty [Panesar] has had his problems but he has worked hard, he is a proven international bowler, who knows what he is capable of. He knows what is expected of him."

  58. 1217: 

    Hampshire's Michael Carberry and uncapped Gary Ballance are chosen ahead of Nick Compton as the extra batsmen, Monty Panesar is named as the second spinner, Chris Tremlett selected ahead of Graham Onions in the pace bowling department and uncapped all-rounder Ben Stokes included, with Tim Bresnan not part of the official squad, but travelling with the squad to continue his rehabilitation from injury. The Ashes starts on 21 November.

  59. 1220: 

    National selector Geoff Miller on overlooking Nick Compton: "He has done partly what he needed to do, a difficult decision, a lot of players don't quite make it. Unfortunately for him, he was disappointed but we can only select the ones we think are right. He's not out of the picture though."

  60. 1222: 

    England national selector Geoff Miller on the selection of Gary Ballance: "The beauty is we have a lot of players knocking on the door and we have to make the decisions we think are right. We have seen a lot in the quality of Gary and unfortunately for James [Taylor] it was Gary we chose."

  61. 1224: 

    National selector Geoff Miller on the omission of seamer Graham Onions: "If Jimmy [Anderson] is going to be playing we have got the kind of attack that is going to cause them problems. If we have a problem Graham is out in South Africa and we can call him over."

  62. 1228: 
    Monty Panesar playing for his new county Essex

    Hugh Morris, England managing director of cricket, on the selection of Monty Panesar, who left Sussex after personal problems: "The support that Monty needs he is getting.

    "We have had long discussions with PCA [Professional Cricketers' Association]. Contracts go until the end of month and we hope to be able to give further announcement this week. When you deal with long term contracts you want to get them right.

    "Australia is a fantastic place, we are looking forward to going there. I am always chatting with Andy Flower. Andy is focused on this series, he never looks too far forward and this is where his focus is lying."

  63. 1230: 

    Alastair Cook: Age 28, Tests 97, runs 7,801, 100s 25, average 47.03, record in Australia: Tests 10, runs 1,042, 100s 4, average 65.12.

    Joe Root: Age 22, Tests 11, runs 763, 100s 2, average 40.15.

  64. 1233:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES SQUAD REACTION

    "Ballance suggests number 6 still an issue. Compo very unlucky."

  65. 1237: 

    Jonathan Trott: Age 32, Tests 48, runs 3,744, 100s 9, average 47.39, record in Australia: Tests 5, runs 445, 100s 2, average 89.00.

    Kevin Pietersen: Age 33, Tests 99, runs 7,887, 100s 23, average 48.38, record in Australia: Tests 10, runs 850, 100s 2, average 56.66.

    Ian Bell: Age 31, Tests 93, runs 6,487, 100s 20, average 46.66, record in Australia: Tests 10, runs 660, 100s 1, average 44.00.

  66. 1242: 

    England spinner Monty Panesar on Twitter: "Absolutely thrilled to be in Ashes squad #cantwait #excited #positivity #workhard."

  67. 1250: 

    Matt Prior: Age 31, Tests 72, runs 3,813, 100s 7, average 42.36, catches 207, stumpings 13, record in Australia: Tests 5, runs 252, 100s 1, average 50.40, catches 23, stumpings 0.

    Jonny Bairstow: Age 23, Tests 12, runs 203, highest 67, average 29.00.


    Neon Cricket: What more does poor Graham Onions need to do? Has been picking up wickets for fun this season!

    Chinyanta Kabamba: Compton should have been selected just in case something bad happens to the openers otherwise we will still win 5-0.

    Chris Mitchell: Disappointed at selections of Carberry & Ballance over Compton & Taylor. Stokes a good wildcard. Good luck England.

    What are your thoughts on England's Ashes squad? Tweet #bbcsportsday, have your say on Facebook or text via 81111.

  69. 1256: 

    Stuart Broad: Age 27, Tests 62, runs 1,855, 100s 1, average 24.73, wickets 217, average 30.58, best figures 7-44, record in Australia: Tests 2, not batted, wickets 2, average 80.50, best figures 1-18.

    Graeme Swann: Age 34, Tests 57, runs 1,334, highest 85, average 23.40, wickets 248, average 28.55, best figures 6-65, record in Australia: Tests 5, runs 88, highest 36*, wickets 15, average 39.80, best figures 5-91.

    James Anderson: Age 31, Tests 87, runs 787, highest 34, average 10.49, wickets 329, average 30.11, best figures 7-43, record in Australia: Tests 8, runs 34, highest 11, wickets 29, average 35.79, best figures 4-44.


    More of your comments from the BBC Facebook page:

    Chris Cook: Can't believe there's no Bres' even though he's in recovery right now; and would have had Compton in front of Carberry any day - we want the occasional big score to help win games - not a sloggy 40 on the way to a loss. Nevertheless going in with an opening team of Cook, Root, Trott, Bell, Pietersen, Prior, Broad, Swann, Tremlett, Anderson and Finn (Bres'?) wouldn't be too bad if they play to their potential would it.

    Shaun Tunstall: Can't believe Onions has been left out for Finn.

    Jim Abraham: No Compton or Bresnan?? Crazy....

  71. 1259: 

    Steven Finn: Age 24, Tests 23, runs 169, highest 56, average 11.26, wickets 90, average 29.40, best figures 6-125, record in Australia: Tests 3, runs 3, highest 2, average 3.00, wickets 14, average 33.14, best figures 6-125.

    Chris Tremlett: Age 32, Tests 11, runs 98, highest 25*, average 10.88, wickets 49, average 26.75, best figures 6-48, record in Australia: Tests 3, wickets 17, average 23.35, 5-87.

    Monty Panesar: Age 31, Tests 48, runs 216, highest 26, average 5.26, wickets 164, average 33.78, best figures 6-37, record in Australia: Tests 3, runs 35, highest 16*, average 7.00, wickets 10, average 37.90, best figures 5-92.

  72. 1310: 
    Michael Carberry in England ODI action

    Age: 32, team Hampshire

    Tests: 1, runs 64, highest 34, average 32.00

    ODIs: 5, runs 108, highest 63, average 21.60

    Division Two 2013 record: Matches 10, runs 602, 100s 1, highest 154, average 40.13.

  73. 1312: 

    Lewis Hamilton says it is wrong for fans to boo Sebastian Vettel on the podium after grands prix.

    "No-one should be booed for their success, no matter how easy or hard it has been for them to get there," Hamilton says. "Booing is so negative, especially when someone works so hard to be a success."

  74. 1324: 
    Mark Cavendish wins the final stage of the Tour of Britain yesterday

    Mark Cavendish, who won the final stage of the Tour of Britain for the third successive year in London yesterday, is looking forward to his support role for Tour de France winner Chris Froome at the Road World Championships in Italy this week.

    Froome is seeking to become the first man to win the yellow jersey and rainbow jersey in the same year since Greg LeMond in 1989 and Cavendish says: "I think he has got a super good chance. We're going in with that plan. If we didn't think he had a really good chance, we'd be going in with more than one plan.

    "We're going with just one plan and that's to set Chris up. It's a hard course, he's in good form, he's won the Tour de France and we've got eight guys. We're in a good position to try to challenge for the win."

  75. 1328: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce gives his views on Paolo Di Canio's departure from Sunderland: "They've been pretty quick at pulling the trigger recently, in the last three managers (Steve Bruce, Martin O'Neill, Paolo Di Canio). If it doesn't go well they seem to be making a knee jerk decision to change the manager.

    "I find it very difficult to see where the logic lies in it, particularly when there has been a full clear out (of backroom staff). To go through that process in a particular season which has got underway is a huge task for whoever is going to be the next head coach.

    "The manager who they select has a massive job on his hands. Not only does he have to deal with a new group of players that he doesn't know that well, but also a new group of players that don't know each other that well."


    Mike Fisher: What on earth does James Taylor have to do to play for England, has done everything asked of him and still he gets nothing.

    Mike Wren-Kirkham: England are so stubborn and refuse to accept that they made a mistake by dropping Compton. He's scored stacks of runs in Div1.

    Keely Mcdonough: Finn did well in the ODI so understand the choice but Onions has also done well in County and deserved the chance.

  77. 1336: 
    Owais Shah

    Former England batsman Owais Shah retires from four-day cricket to concentrate on his one-day career.

    The 34-year-old Essex player, who made six Test appearances for England from 2006-2009, scored his 45th first-class century in last week's draw against Glamorgan, in what will be his last County Championship appearance.

    "He's had a marvellous career," head coach Paul Grayson tells BBC Essex. "We're keen to sit down with him and discuss options for one-day cricket next year. We'd like him to sign for us in the T20s and 50-over cricket."

  78. 1352: 

    Essex coach Paul Grayson with his thoughts on Monty Panesar's inclusion in the England Ashes squad and the future for the left-arm spinner who joined his side on loan this season: "Six or seven weeks ago it would have been very doubtful that he'd get in the squad.

    "But Essex have played a small part in helping him get on the Ashes tour and it's been a worthwhile exercise bringing him to the club. I don't think he's quite bowling at his best yet, but I don't think he's too far away.

    "He was delighted with the news. I think he was a little it nervous about whether he'd get back in. But there's no doubt about his ability. He's a quality spin bowler."

    Grayson added that Essex would "sit down" with Panesar to see about signing him for next season.

  79. 1357: 

    25 October - England arrive in Australia, 31 October-November 2 - Three-day warm-up v Western Australia, WACA, Perth, 6-9 November - Four-day warm-up v Australia A, Blundstone Arena, Hobart, 13-16 November - Four-day warm-up v New South Wales XI, Sydney Cricket Ground, 21-25 November - First Test, The Gabba, Brisbane, 29-30 November - Two-day warm-up v Chairman's XI, Traeger Park, Alice Springs, 5-9 December - Second Test, Adelaide Oval, 13-17 December - Third Test, WACA, Perth, 26-30 December - Fourth Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 3-7 January - 5th Test, Sydney Cricket Ground

  80. 1403: 

    12 January - First one-day international, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 17 January - Second ODI, The Gabba, Brisbane, 19 January - Third ODI, Sydney Cricket Ground, 24 January - Fourth ODI, WACA, Perth, 26 January - Fifth ODI, Adelaide Oval, 29 January - First Twenty20 international, Blundstone Arena, Hobart, 31 January - Second T20I, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 2 February - Third T20I, Stadium Australia, Sydney

  81. 1408: 

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who reaches 100 games in charge of the Hammers in the Capital One Cup match against Cardiff at Upton Park tomorrow: "What you fear for is the sack, obviously, and it is a survival game. Particularly the young managers who come in, you've to learn how to survive and then evolve.

    "When it is seen to be 100 games well done, it really does worry me. If it's 300 games or 400 games, fine. But 100 games? This should be more often across the board than it is now because of the constant changing of managers and coaches that we are now faced with, that 100 games is now something of an achievement. For me, I think that is pretty disappointing."

  82. 1415: 

    Chris Boardman has been answering some of the questions you sent in on Twitter.

    D.J. Tall: "Hi Chris, how many hours training a week and how long for would you need to compete in a grand tour?"

    Chris Boardman: "You'd need to do about 15 to 20 hours a week of utterly quality training. But in terms of the psychological side, you need years and years of experience and learning to go with it. That's the bit people often forget. It's more lifestyle, commitment and focus than it is pure physiology."

    Louis Strong: "Do you think Wiggins and Froome will race against each other at next year's Tour de France?"

    CB: "I think Dave Brailsford has got to find a way of making them work cohesively together. It's natural that there's friction when you have two leaders in a team but only one person can actually lead.

    "A winner is a winner. They're constantly looking for ways to win not ways to support. It's a fantastic problem to have but if you can't get them together it can be destructive."

  83. 1419: 
    Ryder Cup

    The Ryder Cup captains tee off a series of celebrations to mark one year until the start of the golf tournament.

    European captain Paul McGinley and US leader Tom Watson travelled on a specially-commissioned steam train from Edinburgh to Gleneagles, Perthshire, where next year's contest will take place.

    The team competition starts on September 26 2014 but the players will be practising on the course in front of fans three days earlier.

  84. 1423: 

    You put your questions to Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman on Twitter.

    Tom Baits: "The obvious question, Froome or Wiggins for next year's Tour?"

    CB: "It'll depend on the course but right now I'd say Froome. It think Bradley took advantage of a course that was right for him and that could happen again.

    "But the way Froome rode in the summer - if you had to make a ruthless choice, not an emotional choice, it would be him."

    Paddy Levin: "How important for cycling in the UK is the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire next summer?"

    CB: "I think it keeps the momentum going of what we started back in 2008. We'd had success before but that was the year we really started to become dominant in the public's eye.

    "Having the Grand Depart in Yorkshire is all part of the chain of critical events needed to keep the focus on the sport."


    Scott Cairns: PDC gets sacked for saying what the fans think about player performance. He had a tough start to the season.

    Adam Winstone: Why any surprise at PDC sacking? Not getting results and drawing negative attention to the club. Cut it out early.

    What do you make of Paolo Di Canio's departure as Sunderland manager? Who should replace him? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.


    From Joel, on text via 81111 (UK users only): Glad to see the back of Di Canio. Should never have replaced O'Neill anyway.

  87. 1433: 
    Zoe Gillings

    Great Britain snowboarder Zoe Gillings has had her own starting gate built, with funding from UK Sport, to boost her chances of winning a medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi early next year.

    The portable piece of equipment is currently in a friend's garden as the boardercross rider waits for her next trip to the mountains.

    "The start is only a small part of the race, but it's a very important part," the 28-year-old from the Isle of Man told BBC Sport. "It can make all the difference, maybe the difference between winning a medal or not."

  88. 1435: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says a decision will be made in the next 24 hours whether Luis Suarez will start in the League Cup at Manchester United.

    "It's been a really difficult time for him not playing games. How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic. He's really chomping at the bit to help the team," he said.

    "Everyone knows the depth of his quality and attitude."

    Asked whether Suarez had learned his lesson - the manager replied with a smile: "We will see."

  89. 1439: 

    World Cup winner Juan Mata and Brazil defender David Luiz will feature as Chelsea travel to Swindon in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday.

    Manager Jose Mourinho has told Mata, who has made two starts this term after being near ever-present in his first two seasons at Chelsea, to prove his worth at the County Ground.

    Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, left-back Ryan Bertrand and midfielder Michael Essien are in line to feature for a Chelsea side with no fitness concerns.

  90. 1442: 

    Paris St-Germain are without captain Thiago Silva for an unknown period after the Brazilian defender limped out of Sunday's clash against Monaco with a thigh injury.

    "The MRI test carried out on Thiago Silva confirmed a muscle tear in the left thigh," read a statement on the club website on Monday.

    "The length of his absence will be revealed at a later time depending on the evolution of the injury."

    The centre-back was substituted in the 16th minute of the 1-1 draw at Parc des Princes which kept Monaco two points clear of PSG and Saint-Etienne.


    Gareth Hern: Feel sorry for Onions and Compton but biggest shock is no-one questioning the inclusion of Prior.

    James Hunter: Very strong squad. Only change I would make: take out Carberry and bring in James Taylor as backup in the middle order.

    Ben Houghton: Very surprised Kerrigan has not been selected thought it would be great experience for him.

    Have your say on England's Ashes squad. Tweet #bbcsportsday, share your thoughts on Facebook or on text via 81111.

  92. 1446: 

    You put your questions to Britain's Olympic gold medal cyclist Chris Boardman on Twitter:

    Sam Levey: "Should there be a full women's Tour de France?"

    CB: "A tour for women is a great idea. But you have to find the right format because the same format doesn't necessarily work for both genders. The women's road race at the 2012 Olympic Games was arguably more exciting than the men's so women's racing can look great.

    "There's only so many things people can sponsor so it's going to take time to bring up something else that requires funding. But I think that investment will happen."

  93. 1447: 

    Olly Stevens: "Do you feel angry you competed in the EPO era and weren't able to fulfil your grand tour potential against dopers?"

    CB: "I've answered these questions for 20 years. You can get bitter and twisted if you keep looking backwards so I'm always someone who looks forward. So no, not really. You deal with the hand you're dealt."


    James Buchanan: Criticism of PDC is harsh. Being honest about player performance, both to them and the media, pro players need pushing.

    What do you think about the decision to sack Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager? Who should replace him? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111 or on Facebook.


    Jakey, Oxfordshire, on text via 81111: Sunderland took a massive risk in taking PDC. Before this he had only won promotion with an average Swindon side that was bankrolled unsustainably by the board before they ran out of money. Why replace someone of Martin O'Neill's character and record in the first place? What did he think he would achieve by facing his own supporters?

  96. 1456: 
    England players sport new collection

    Official RFU on Twitter: "First look at England's new alternate kit and the 1871 collection from Canterbury, looking good lads."

  97. 1501: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has a near full-strength squad to choose from ahead of Tuesday's Capital One Cup third round match against Bristol City.

    Danny Fox is the only injury absentee with an ankle knock, though fellow left-back Luke Shaw may also be given the night off after passing a fitness test ahead of Saturday's 1-0 win at Liverpool.

    Saints made nine changes to their starting XI for their previous appearance in the competition, a 5-1 win at Barnsley, and Pochettino could again be tempted torotate against Sky Bet League One opponents.

  98. 1503:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES SQUAD

    You can listen to analysis of the England Ashes squad in tonight's Tuffers and Vaughan, which also features Australia coach Darren Lehmann's criticisms of the England team, tonight from 21:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live.

  99. 1505: 

    Midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes club-record signing Mesut Ozil could prove to be the missing ingredient which helps end Arsenal's long quest for silverware.

    "Eight years without winning anything is not easy for anyone, for the fans, for the players, for the club or the coach, but the quality is here. Maybe it was missing just a few things," said Flamini, who left Arsenal in 2008, but returned this summer.

    "This year it was important that nobody left and then we got new players with a lot of quality and what is most important is the team spirit.

    "We knew Mesut was a big player - he proved it at Madrid. For us, it is a great boost because he is a great player and knows how to make the difference."

  100. 1508: 

    Andre Villas-Boas believes his Tottenham side face an impossible task against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup, and that they have not been given a fair crack at the competition due to fixture congestion.

    Spurs travel to Villa Park on Tuesday for the third-round clash, barely 48 hours after their 1-0 Premier League win at Cardiff.

    "This is an impossible game for us to play, but hopefully our team spirit and motivation can get us through," he said.

    "It (the Capital One Cup) is not our absolute number one priority but I don't think we have been given a fair chance to play in this competition this year."

  101. 1512: 

    Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has admitted Sunday's loss at Manchester City was a painful experience.

    "It is horrible to lose the derby game," he said. "It hurts. Trust me, no-one will want to remember this.

    "It doesn't matter whether we are losing or winning you will always go back to that question, is the manager good? Are the players good?

    "I am not looking at it that way at all."

  102. 1515: 

    Hull manager Steve Bruce makes no apologies for using his squad players in the Capital One Cup as he keeps his eyes on remaining in the top flight.

    Bruce made a full 11 changes for the second-round success over Leyton Orient - though he did need Robbie Brady to come from the bench to score the winning goal - and is ready to make widespread alterations again when Huddersfield visit the KC Stadium on Tuesday.

    He said: "We're not going to be disrespectful to the competition but we made a lot (of changes) last time and we'll certainly do that again."

  103. 1516: 

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on Paolo Di Canio: "The man says he's not going to change and I think you are what you are. You've got to be true to yourself; if that's your style, that's your style.

    "If it doesn't work you've got to hold your hands up and say, it might have worked at Swindon but in the Premier League it hasn't worked. You have to look at yourself and say, if I get the next job do I do it like that or don't I?"

  104. 1521: 
    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan Warriors and England full-back Sam Tomkins will leave the Super League club to join NRL side New Zealand Warriors at the end of the season.

    The 24-year-old's future has been the subject of speculation for several months, with a switch of codes to rugby union a rumoured destination, but Tomkins has chosen to remain in rugby league and join a club that finished 11th of 16 teams in Australia's domestic league in 2013. He has agreed a three-year contract.

  105. 1524: 

    Lady Cecil is to continue to train from the historic Warren Place stables in Newmarket next season.

    Lady Cecil took over the licence on a temporary basis following the death of Sir Henry on June 11, and saddled her first winners just a few days later.

    More success followed at Royal Ascot, with Riposte an emotional winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at the meeting where Sir Henry was the leading trainer by some way.

    More big-race glory came last month at York, with the Henry Ponsonby-owned Tiger Cliff winning the Betfred Ebor.

    Ponsonby said: "It's very good news. I'm delighted for the team at Warren Place. It was a great day when Tiger Cliff won the Ebor for us all and it's fingers crossed for the Cesarewitch."

  106. 1528: 

    Speaking about Sam Tomkins' move to New Zealand Warriors at the end of the season, Wigan owner and chairman Ian Lenagan says: "We are extremely disappointed to be losing a player of Sam's talent and ability.

    "But Sam's determination that now is the time for him to be taking up the personal challenge of playing in the NRL, is the driver of this deal at this time.

    "When we realised that Sam was not able to be persuaded to stay a further year at Wigan, we have had an open dialogue with him about New Zealand Warriors and other NRL clubs' interest in him. This agreement between the two Clubs was signed 10 days ago and sees Sam returning to Wigan if he ever returns to Super League.

    "Sam is still only 24 years of age and is determined to return to Wigan in the future. If he does, he will do so an even better player than he already is and he will still be at the peak of his career."

  107. 1531: 

    Wigan Warriors: New Zealand Warriors to pay Wigan a World record transfer fee for the 24 year old England Fullback Sam Tomkins.

  108. 1532: 

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay believes his side's experiences in the Championship mean they will cope better than most with any fixture congestion when they meet West Ham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

    "I think it is easier for us to retain that work-rate when we have a number of games as there are slightly fewer games than in the Championship, where we regularly played Tuesday and Saturday," he said.

    "You now have more time to recover and we have a lot of good people here in terms of our sport science and medical people who help the players recover."

  109. 1534: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol is seeking a morale-boosting Capital One Cup victory in the all-Premier League clash with Everton at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.

    The Cottagers will bid to respond from Saturday's 2-0 west London derby loss at Chelsea by ending a six-match winless run at home.

    "We need a win," said Jol. "It's good for the spirit of the team if we get back to winning games.

    "We played three away matches in the first five in the league. That wasn't easy."


    Have your say on England's Ashes squad. Tweet #bbcsportsday, share your thoughts on Facebook or on text via 81111.

    Barry Williams: I'm a fan of Panesar (got a signed ball) but is he really the second best spinner available given the flaws in his game?

    John Coote: The treat of Graham Onions is scandalous. Maybe if he had been born outside the UK.....

    Sam Price: Disappointed with England's Ashes squad selections. Onions and Compton desperately unlucky not to get a call-up.


    More Facebook comments on who you think should replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager.

    Dave Thompson: Has to be Di Matteo, the thought of Pullis, Mclaren etc is scary and would be the end for many Sunderland supporters. PDC had obviously lost dressing room, some of his views many could agree with, more discipline etc but too extreme.

    Charlotte Taylor: Gus Poyet could be quite good but Di Matteo is a great manager also

  112. 1542: 
    Sam Allardyce

    Sam Allardyce is proud of his record as West Ham manager as he prepares to take charge of the club for the 100th time.

    The former Bolton and Blackburn boss reaches his century of Hammers games as Cardiff visit Upton Park in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

    "If you look at the stats for how many teams are promoted the season after they were relegated you'll find that there are very few, around 20 per cent who actually manage it.

    "We've done everything that we said we would do, not just me and the backroom staff, but also the chairman and the vice-chairman and everyone else behind the scenes."


    Ian Stoddart: Dear Mr AVB please stop moaning. You are the manager of a SQUAD, so manage it - thank you.

    Gareth Tipton: AVB moaning about the C1 Cup...Spurs want Champions League, forget domestic cups, send the kids to Villa, bigger fish to Fry!

    Sam Grimes: AVB buys how many new players this summer? And they're getting paid how much to play 3 times a week maximum? Bless them.

  114. 1547: 

    Striker Gary Hooper will make his full debut for Norwich in Tuesday's Capital One Cup third-round clash at Watford.

    Team captain Sebastien Bassong limped out of the Canaries' defeat to Aston Villa with a hamstring problem and will therefore not feature against the Championship side.

    Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) is unavailable and Elliott Bennett is out with cruciate ligament damage, but 18-year-old forward Josh Murphy could make his debut for Chris Hughton's side.

  115. 1550: 

    Sam Tomkins will leave Wigan at the end of the Super League season to join NRL side New Zealand Warriors.

    They have paid a world-record fee for Tomkins, eclipsing the £450,000 that Wigan paid for Stuart Fielden in 2006.


    1989: Born on March 23 in Milton Keynes, moving north to Warrington at the age of seven due to his father's work as a policeman.

    2007: After coming through the club's academy, signs full-time contract with Wigan.

    2008: Bursts onto the scene in May, at the age of 19, scoring five tries on his senior debut in Wigan's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Whitehaven.

  116. 1553: 
    Sam Tomkins

    2009: Makes his Super League debut for the Warriors against Harlequins, going on to score 15 tries in 27 appearances playing at stand-off to earn a place in the Super League dream team and being named the club's player-of-the-year. Scores a hat-trick of tries on his England debut against Wales.

    2010: Switched by coach Michael Maguire to full-back and is an ever-present as Wigan win their first league title since 1998, scoring 21 tries in 34 matches including one against St Helens in the Grand Final.

    2011: In November signs a 12-month contract extension, taking him through to the end of 2016, on the day brother Joel switches codes by joining Saracens. The agreement includes a clause preventing him from speaking to either rugby union or Australian NRL clubs for three years. Later that month, he makes a one-off rugby union appearance for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham, playing on the wing and scoring a try in his side's 60-11 defeat.

  117. 1555: 

    2012: In October is named Man of Steel after scoring 28 tries, surpassing a career total of 500 Super League points and helping Wigan claim the League Leaders Shield. In November scores two tries for England in a 44-6 win over France to become England's all-time leading try-scorer and goes on to score twice more in the final of the triangular tournament against the French.

    2013: Signs three-year deal with New Zealand Warriors after NRL club agree world-record fee with Wigan.


    Have your say on England's Ashes squad. Tweet #bbcsportsday, share your thoughts on Facebook or on text via 81111.

    Chris Parker: With the batting paradises down Aus Stokes might end up batting 6, as it gives a proper 5th bowling option, over part timers.

    Mr Chris Evans Esq: All these people moaning about onions and Finn, you all realize that Australia has hard bouncey pitches?

    jack alhadeff: Think Gary Ballance's inclusion is well merited. Great stroke maker and scored at an average of over 50 for Yorkshire this season.

  119. 1601: 

    Former England and Tottenham midfielder Paul Gascoigne has described "the pain" of knowing he might start drinking again even though he recognises it might kill him.

    "I hope I don't die through it. Because I won't get any sympathy...because well he was warned. At least I know if I did pass away through it I wouldn't be in this pain all the time," he said for ITV documentary 'Being Paul Gascoigne', which airs on Tuesday at 2130 BST.

    "The pain's like I know probably in the future I am going to drink again. I know in a year's time I am going to have hassle again."

  120. 1604: 
    Christian Benteke

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is still waiting for the scan results of star striker Christian Benteke's hip injury. "I'm no medical expert so can't guess how long he'll be out. We'll just have to wait and see," Lambert says.

  121. 1609: 

    Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance admits he has been taken aback by his inclusion in England's squad for the forthcoming Ashes tour of Australia but insists he is prepared for the challenge ahead.

    "I wasn't expecting it and I was surprised when I got the call," Zimbabwe-born Ballance said in a Yorkshire statement.

    "I am looking forward to it. It will be a great lifetime experience. It will be an honour to represent England at the highest level and it will be extra special in an Ashes Series.

    "It will be a little daunting playing with some of the best players in the world but I know that I'll be made welcome."

  122. 1611: 

    Celtic made a pre-tax profit of almost £10million last season after a near 50 per cent jump in revenue.

    The Scottish champions have announced a profit before tax of £9.74million in the year to the end of June 2013.

  123. 1615: 

    Belgian top-flight club Mons sack national team midfielder Enzo Scifo as head coach on Monday following a poor start to the season.

    The board said a change was needed with the side languishing at the foot of the table, adding on the club's website that they had "taken the decision to put an end to the partnership with their coach Enzo Scifo".

    Mons' awful start to the campaign has seen them collect just two points from eight matches.


    More of your facebook comments about Paolo Di Canio leaving Sunderland:

    Jamesk Woods: RDM not good enough. This is a team that needs 36 pts from 33 games to beat the drop. Yes, the league is even more competitive this season. They need a miracle.

    Brendan O'Donnell: As others have said, I can't see RDM wanting to take a step down to come to Sunderland. Personally I would love to see Solskjaer come over if he can be convinced to leave Molde.

  125. 1623: 
    Novak Djokovic

    Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is marking his 100th week at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

    The 26-year-old Serb is the ninth player to reach the milestone, joining Andre Agassi (101 weeks), Rafael Nadal (102), Bjorn Borg (109), John McEnroe (170), Jimmy Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and Roger Federer (302).

    Djokovic reached No. 1 in July 2011. He lost the top spot to Federer for three months in 2012 but regained it in November of that year.

  126. 1628: 

    Formula One driver Fernando Alonso's plans to buy Spanish cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi have collapsed, sponsors Euskaltel say in a statement.

    "We could not reach a definitive agreement. Euskaltel is now obliged, regrettably, to return to the process of an orderly and responsible closure of the project.

    "For Euskaltel and the team this is sad news after the hope generated by the initial agreement reached at the end of August and public declarations at that time by Alonso and his representatives."

  127. 1632: 

    Graham Onions on his Ashes squad omission: "I know I can be immensely proud of my efforts & what Ive achieved this yr,I pride myself on my county performances & will keep doing that.

    "Disappointed is a understatement, absolutely gutted."

  128. 1637: 

    Premier League leaders Arsenal are prepared to spend more on their squad after the record signing of German playmaker Mesut Ozil, says the club's chairman Chips Keswick.

    "With the Ozil transfer I believe we have made a significant statement and when Arsene decides the time is right to invest again, Stan Kroenke, myself and the rest of the Board will be delighted to support him," Keswick said in a statement.


    We're asking for your thoughts on the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport's Facebook page or, for UK users only, via text on 81111.

    switchpt: I spent 2 years working for Di Canio & I can say I have never seen a man so dedicated. Lots of managers leave at 2pm. Him; 7pm.

    Adam Priestley: PDC kept Sunderland up, so job done and I think it was always a short term view. The 14 players brought in were by De Fanti.

    Jake Mourinho: Di Canio bought way too many players in my opinion, really hurt his chances. Won't be last we see of him in the PL though...

  130. 1643: 

    England batsman Nick Compton on his omission from the Ashes tour party, writes on Twitter: "Congrats to all selected for Ashes. Disappointed to miss out. Honoured to have been apart of a successful year for England cricket #onwards."

  131. 1649: 
    Michael Carberry

    Hampshire's Michael Carberry on his inclusion in England's Ashes squad:

    "I'm obviously delighted," Carberry told BBC South Today.

    "It was a nice end to the season for me being included in the one day and T20 squads and to make a major Test squad for an Ashes series is a dream come true.

    "Initially I was surprised. When I look over the course of the season I have played well so I'm delighted."

  132. 1651: 

    More from Michael Carberry, 32, on his Ashes inclusion:

    "There are not a lot of guys starting a Test career at my age, so it's a bit of a rarity, but as people say if you're old enough, you're good enough," he told BBC South Today.

    "I'm not sure what my role will be. I'll bat anywhere, for me it's about enjoying the challenge of being out there against the best in the world and pitting my skills against theirs.

    "It will be nice to get Test number two, it's been well documented that my last Test was three years ago, so to potentially add to that in a big series, the challenge will be to prove myself. I'm looking forward to it.

    "I love playing cricket, I've been around the block, I'm not going to try and be something I'm not. It's about doing it against better bowlers and opposition and doing it in Australia's back yard."

  133. 1655: 

    We put your questions to Britain's triathlon world champion Non Stanford:

    Jacob Shannon: How old were you when you started triathlon, and how did you get into it???

    Non Stanford: I was 19 at University in Birmingham. I'd had series of running injuries so decided to do some training with the swimming team and it went from there really.

    Chris Trevelyan: Which is the toughest, the swim, bike or run?

    NS: For me the swim is the hardest as it can be quite physical & unpredictable. But then to do a 33 minute 10k run at the end can be pretty hard too!

    Matthew Davis: What do you think about drafting on the cycling leg - good or bad thing that it is allowed?

    NS: It's what our sport is and it makes the race more entertaining and more dynamic. Otherwise you're all just sat doing your own thing. I can understand why people say it should be non-drafting to favour the stronger cyclists but I think it makes it more challenging.


    More of your facebook comments about the England Ashes squad:

    Craig Philipson: Onions treated shoddily again, however if Anderson picks up an injury, we'll be desperate for him to be called over. Compton very harshly treated as well. Despite being a Durham fan, I'm not convinced Stokes is ready but we look short in that area.

    Matthew Lavender: I think James Taylor can feel very unlucky to have missed out; I'd have selected him ahead of Ballance. And I think the choice to omit Onions is ridiculous...he would have given the bowling attack more balance. Finn, Broad, Rankin and Tremlett are all too similar.

    Kev Gribble: No Compton, and no place for the best all rounder in the country. Shame David Willey doesn't play for one of the "in" counties!

  135. 1707: 
    Mario Balotelli reacts after being sent off

    AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is given a three-match ban for his sending-off at the end of Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Napoli.

    The 23-year-old former Manchester City forward missed a penalty and scored a late goal in the game, and was given a second yellow card after the final whistle for arguing with match officials.

    In addition to the automatic one-match ban, he was given an additional two games for "directing insulting and intimidating expressions to the referee at the time of the sending-off," the Italian League confirmed.

  136. 1717: 

    World number one Tiger Woods, Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters winner Adam Scott, Fed Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, third in the FedEx standings, are the five nominees for the PGA Tour's Player of the Year.

    The winner of the award, which will be decided by a member vote from PGA Tour members who played in at least 12 official money events in 2013, will be announced on Friday.

  137. 1722: 

    Aston Villa are certain to make changes for tomorrow's Capital One Cup match with Tottenham, with eight players, including striker Christian Benteke, likely to be absent. Gabriel Agbonlahor (ankle) and midfielder Ashley Westwood (thigh) are highly unlikely to be risked.

    Fabian Delph and Antonio Luna are struggling with knocks while Jores Okore (knee), Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) and Gary Gardner (back) are long-term casualties. Jed Steer is set to replace Brad Guzan in goal.


    Your comments from the BBC Facebook page on Sunderland's decision to part company with Paolo Di Canio.

    Chris A: Stupid decision! They have a new squad, it takes time for them all to gel. How on earth can you invest so much in players (showing trust in a manager) only to sack him shortly afterwards? Idiotic decision

    Kevin Mcleod: Absolutely shocking di canio talented and passionate man just like mourinho and the media love him!

    Luke Gowen: Definitely should have stayed. So close to beating Arsenal.. It's unlucky for him to have such a bad run of games but he didn't help himself either by first; asking the ref to send him off last week, and secondly; going over to the supporters after the game! Ha! Anyways, keep your 'chin-up' di Canio..

    Ronnie Nicolson: If you make a mistake its better to own up and put it right..but after so few games this season it does not look good for the original decision.

  139. 1729: 

    Sunderland development coach Kevin Ball is confident he can fulfil the role of caretaker manager for a second time following the departure of Paolo Di Canio.

    The 48-year-old took the role for 10 games in 2006 following Mick McCarthy's departure and said: "I enjoyed it last time and I hope I feel the same way about this one as well. I have been a player for 20 years, I have coached for 10 years, so within that, you do so many things that a manager would do anyhow, it's not a fantastically, unbelievable step."

  140. 1737: 

    Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan says their rules on gambling will not change following the case of Rangers midfielder Ian Black, who was banned for three matches - with a further seven suspended until the end of the season - and fined £7,500 after admitting to breaching betting regulations.

    "We've got some very clear, very robust rules and having them in place makes it easy for players to understand what is and isn't allowed," Regan says. "At the moment, there are no plans to change our processes."

  141. 1745: 
    Nicklas Bendtner warms up for Arsenal against Stoke last weekend

    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is set to play his first competitive game for Arsenal in more than two years as Arsene Wenger rotates his squad for Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie at West Brom.

    Bendtner, 25, who has spent loan spells at Sunderland and Italian champions Juventus, last played for the Gunners in a 2-0 Premier League defeat by Liverpool in August 2011 and has not scored for the club since bagging a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Leyton Orient 30 months ago.

  142. 1749: 

    Former Sunderland midfielder John Oster on BBC Radio Newcastle phone-in now about the departure of Paolo Di Canio: "If the results aren't right then things are going to have to change, [chairman] Ellis Short has wielded the axe quite early.

    "The performances have been sub-standard. I think the players do care - you can't have a manager come into a club and tar everyone with the same brush, some need an arm round the shoulder, some need a kick up the backside."

  143. 1755: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton insists Ricky van Wolfswinkel will take future penalties after Robert Snodgrass's miss against Aston Villa. "We all know if the penalty is scored then we're not even talking about it," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.


    Have your say on England's Ashes squad. Tweet #bbcsportsday, share your thoughts on Facebook or on text via 81111.

    Simon Aindow: No Big Brez? That's a strange one. I even had faint hopes of him becoming a no.6 after this summers nightwatchman batting.

    Jonathon Squires: Lack of Onions shows that the ECB have their favourites. He's been the best bowler in the Championship!

    Matt Wallis: Delighted for Monty but what no Onions?! What does he have to do?

  145. 1800:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live football reporter Ian Dennis: "More details have emerged this evening of events that led to Paolo di Canio's sacking by Sunderland.

    "He met the players yesterday - following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at West Brom - and his criticism of them at times is said to have been "brutal and vitriolic". Some senior players then went to see the club's chief executive, Margaret Byrne - and the decision was then taken to sack Di Canio."

  146. 1808: 

    London Irish sign former Wales lock Ian Gough on a short-term deal. The 36-year-old forward, who won 64 caps, was a free agent after leaving the Ospreys in the close season.

  147. 1814: 

    Another former Sunderland player, Michael Gray, joins the Paolo Di Canio debate on BBC Newcastle: "He kept us in the Premier League and this was his first full season. I don't understand why Ellis Short backs him and lets him bring in 14 players and then only gives him five games. He's made a very rash decision in my eyes. There's no stability at the club any more."

  148. 1818: 

    The LPGA announce that the 2017 Solheim Cup will be held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.

    Europe are the holders of the biennial event after winning 18-10 in Colorado. The 2015 competition will be staged at the St. Leon-Rot course in Germany.

  149. 1824: 

    Inverness manager Terry Butcher, who has named the same starting XI for each Scottish Premiership game this season, is set to have an unchanged squad for tomorrow's Scottish League Cup third-round clash at Dundee.

  150. 1829: 

    Cardiff Blues backs coach Gareth Baber is to leave his position at the end of this year. The 41-year-old, who has been with the club for seven years, will take up a new head coach position overseas.

  151. 1835: 

    Former Sunderland midfielder John Oster is part of the BBC Newcastle debate on air now about the situation at the Stadium of Light: "Someone said to me if Paolo Di Canio was English and he'd done the job at Swindon and left the trail of destruction that he did, would he have got the chance at Sunderland with that record, and I don't think he would."

  152. 1839: 

    Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry, 33 next week, says of his inclusion in the England Ashes tour party having played only one Test in Bangladesh in March 2010: "It is a bit unexpected, but I am delighted. It is a great thrill to get another go at international cricket.

    "It is my beyond my wildest dreams and another challenge I am looking forward to."


    Many thanks for your comments on the England Ashes squad, tune in from 0800 BST for another topic.

    The Beast: Assume Lehmann will be piping up about another 2 non-English born players added, he has a point though.

    Nick Stapley: I'm not sure Onions is really suited to Aus pitches. If Bresnan regains fitness perhaps he'll rejoin squad.

    Scott Thompson: Over the top with tall pace bowlers, Onions should have been picked. It should have been a choice between Finn and Tremlett.

  154. 1842: 

    Edinburgh sign Argentina international back-row forward Tomas Leonardi, 26, from South African outfit Southern Kings on a three-month contract.

  155. 1845: 

    More from former Sunderland player Michael Gray on the BBC Newcastle debate about the situation at Sunderland. "We've tried Martin O'Neill who everyone wanted, then we go for a passionate man like Paolo, I don't know where we go now. Maybe we should stop pointing the finger at the managers and start on the players, they are just not doing it.

    "It's going to be an uphill battle to stay in the Premier League again and it shouldn't be like that for Sunderland. Player power in this day and age is more powerful than any manager."

  156. 1851: 

    Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit is unsure if Jose Mourinho will be able to repeat the achievements of his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge when two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup was won.

    "I have my doubts. Not because of his quality, I have my doubts that you can go to a team a second time and that you can do the same things," Gullit says. "If he proves me wrong that will be an unbelievable achievement because I don't often see success in a second spell happening."

  157. 1856: 

    Hibernian will make a late decision on Jordan Forster ahead of tomorrow's Scottish League Cup tie against Stranraer. Forster missed Saturday's win over St Mirren with a dead leg but could come back into contention for the fixture at Easter Road.

  158. 1859: 
    Richard Whitehead

    A remarkable, inspirational story to finish and Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead has completed 40 marathons in 40 days.

    The 37-year-old set off from John O'Groats in August and headed into Land's End on Monday after running a phenomenal 977 miles. "Despite the constant aches, pains and endless hills there was one thought that kept me going," he says. "That thought was a determination to prove that anyone and everyone can live a life without limits. Once you have accepted this, you can push the barriers as far as they can go."

  159. 1900: 

    On that humbling note it's time for us to end the Sportsday marathon for today, many thanks for being with us and please join us again from 0800 BST on Tuesday.

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