Van Persie injury, League Cup, country cricket

Robin van Persie out for Man Utd & other League Cup news plus county cricket.

24 September 2013 Last updated at 18:53

As it happened

  1. 1852: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That's it for Sportsday. You can follow tonight's League Cup action via our text commentary which is live now on the football pages. There will be live coverage of Swindon v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live, with Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Sportsday will be back at 0800 BST tomorrow morning.

  2. 1850: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Hampshire opener Michael Carberry celebrated his call-up to the England squad to tour Australia for this winter's Ashes in style against Essex. The 32-year-old, part of England's 17-man Test squad, made 85 to dent Essex's slim hopes of promotion even further.

    Meanwhile, James Vince showed the form which led to his inclusion in England's winter performance squad with 82. Greg Smith (4-47) saw Hampshire's middle order collapse, but they recovered to close on a hefty 398-8.

  3. 1848: 
    FOOTBALL

    AC Milan have decided not to Mario Balotelli three match ban for using "intimidating and insulting" words to the referee after Milan's 2-1 defeat by Napoli. He was sent off at the final whistle after clashing with Napoli's Valon Behrami and arguing with the official.

  4. 1846: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: An engrossing day in which 14 wickets fell and Northamptonshire took a giant step towards clinching promotion. Bowling Worcestershire out for 163 was just what they wanted when Stephen Peters won the toss under misty, cloudy conditions.

    "David Willey's two wickets in the over caught the eye but Andrew Hall's accurate 5 for 30 tipped the balance on his former ground. If Essex fail to take maximum bowling points, Northants will need 200 to secure promotion. But whether it's 200 or 250, the party should begin at around lunchtime on Wednesday."

  5. 1844: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Gary Ballance celebrated his inclusion in England's Ashes squad by hitting 72 not out for Yorkshire against Surrey. He came to the wicket after Phil Jaques fell for 88 with the Tykes 169-4.

    In a dead rubber of a game - Yorkshire are confirmed runners-up and Surrey are relegated - Ballance batted with his familiarly belligerent panache.

    He hit 10 boundaries and passed 50 for the 11th time in this summer's County Championship as Yorkshire closed day one at the Oval on 316-6.

  6. 1841: 
    NETBALL

    Have you got a question for Anna Mayes, head coach of the England netball team? Tweet us using #bbcnetball.

    England are currently in the middle of a three-match series against South Africa. Mayes' team won the first game and meet South Africa again tomorrow. The third game is on Friday.

  7. 1835: 
    SPORTSDAY

    You can catch up with all the big sporting stories of the day with Sportsday on the BBC News channel right or online right now.

  8.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Scot&Scouse: The last time Everton won a major trophy, I was a baby. Would I like to see us lift the League Cup? You bet I would.

    Tunde Akere: For me as a Chelsea fan, I don't care what colour, worth, shape or name of the cup. I just want to celebrate winning a trophy.

    Tom Holmes: It can be an opportunity to blood young players and for smaller clubs to have a great chance of winning silverware!

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  9. 1832: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    There will be live text commentary of tonight's League Cup third round fixtures on the BBC football pages. Aston Villa host Tottenham while Nottingham Forest travel to Burnley. Hull host Huddersfield while Leicester welcome Derby.

    Wigan travel to Manchester City, while Southampton are at home to Bristol City. Sunderland host Peterborough, Swindon welcome Chelsea, Norwich travel to Watford and West Ham host Cardiff. All those games kick-off at 1945. Fulham play Everton at 2000.

  10. 1827: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson: "Derbyshire let the advantage slip in the final session as Chris Woakes guided Warwickshire to an above par 285 for 8 at the close.

    "At 148 for 7 the hosts had high hopes of skittling Warwickshire cheaply and setting about their innings, but Chris Woakes, ably supported by first Jeetan Patel (40) and then Maurice Chambers (14 not out) guided the visitors to safety.

    "Woakes, who was dropped on 84, finished 102 not out for his first Championship century of the season and Derbyshire will have to find a way of picking up the remaining two wickets quickly tomorrow, if their hopes of retaining Division One status are not to fade."

  11. 1820: 
    CRICKET

    Former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has signed a deal to join Hobart Hurricanes in Australia's Big Bash League this winter.

    Mascarenhas, Hampshire's Twenty20 captain, had announced he intended to retire at the end of the county season. But the 35-year-old, who was raised in Perth and holds an Australia passport, has changed his mind.

  12. 1812: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Look North's Simon Clark on Hull FC parting company with head coach Peter Gentle after two years in charge at the KC Stadium:

    "For those of us who had worked with Peter Gentle these past two years, the signs were ominous from the moment the final hooter sounded in Huddersfield last Thursday. The normally affable Gentle moved uneasily in the post-match news conference, still talking about the future with Hull FC, but perhaps dreading what was to come.

    "Certainly, once the owner Adam Pearson announced he was to make a wide ranging review of the coaching set-up Peter Gentle's cards looked marked. Pearson was never frightened to pull the trigger when he was in charge at Hull City and today he showed, that despite the switch in sports, his patience is still the same."

  13. 1805: 
    FOOTBALL

    Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has been banned for one Champions League match for an outburst that he himself described as "pathetic".

    Klopp was sent off during his side's 2-1 defeat to Napoli on 18 September after berating the fourth official for taking too long to allow defender Neven Subotic to return to the pitch.

    "I made myself look like a monkey out there and that's not on," said Klopp. "I overstepped the mark and it was really pathetic of me."

  14. 1758: 
    FOOTBALL

    Birmingham City boss Lee Clark is keen to tie up on-loan Manchester United midfielder Jess Lingard on a longer deal, following his stunning debut.

    Lingard scored all four in their 4-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday and Clark believes Lingard's remarkable introduction to Championship football may have helped their chances of a longer loan agreement.

    "United want him in a team that's doing well, and in helping us win, he ticked another box," Clark told BBC WM.

  15. 1750: 
    AMERICAN FOOTBALL

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, 32, has suffered a broken left arm in a one-car crash after being distracted by a slice of pizza falling off the front passenger seat, reports AFP.

    Police said alcohol was not a factor in the early morning accident in which Burleson's car struck the center wall on the interstate when driving home after watching an NFL game Monday night with friends.

  16. 1740: 
    FOOTBALL

    Millwall centre-back Mark Beevers is out for at least six weeks with knee ligament damage. The 23-year-old, who has been an ever-present this season, sustained the injury in the 1-0 win at Charlton.

    "It's obviously a blow for us and for Mark at a time when we appear to be turning a corner," said Lions boss Steve Lomas. "Fortunately surgery doesn't appear to be necessary. We are resigned to being without him for the next few weeks."

  17. 1732: 
    CYCLING

    Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands won the Road World Championships women's time-trial in Italy by 25.33 seconds earlier today.

    After claiming the world champion's rainbow jersey, Van Dijk said: "I dreamt of this jersey and I felt the pressure a lot in the last few days, so now I'm very happy.

    "I started very fast, I slowed down only in the last kilometres. I'd studied the course carefully, training at five in the morning to avoid traffic and watching videos to get to know the turns better."

  18. 1724: 
    CRICKET

    Owais Shah has announced his retirement from first-class cricket and will now concentrate his career on the shorter forms of the game. Shah, 34, has played 252 first-class matches, including six Test matches for England.

    He said, "I have really enjoyed my Championship cricket career. I started off playing four-day cricket for Middlesex and my main aim was to play for England. I have achieved this but now as time goes on I would rather concentrate on the shorter forms of the game.

    "It's time for the young guys at Essex to come through in the first team squad and it's important that I don't stand in their way."

  19. 1718: 
    NETBALL

    Have you got a question for Anna Mayes, head coach of the England netball team? Tweet us using #bbcnetball.

    England are currently in the middle of a three-match series against South Africa. Mayes' team won the first game and meet South Africa again tomorrow. The third game is on Friday.

  20.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Cameron K: As football fans surely winning the league cup is very important, its much better than finishing sixth.

    Dave Teagle: League Cup helped my club to be financially secure for years to come. How's that unimportant? I'm a Bradford City fan.

    Michael: Very important for the next generation of players to play for a competition and a place in Europe.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  21. 1711: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk says Hamburg are "very confused" after taking charge of the Bundesliga strugglers on a two-year contract.

    The 61-year-old Dutchman, who led his country to the final of the 2010 World Cup, has succeeded Thorsten Fink.

    "The team is very confused, it's not playing well and is letting in too many goals," said Van Marwijk. "We have to leave the bottom of the table as quickly as possible."

  22. 1704: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell says the club are keen to explore safe-standing areas at their Parkhead ground.

    The Scottish Premier League relaxed its rules on all-seater stadia in December 2011 to allow clubs to experiment with the modern standing areas which have been introduced in the Bundesliga among other places.

    No club has followed through on trying out the likes of rail seats, which can be converted from standing to sitting areas for European games, but Celtic are now close to becoming the first.

  23. 1656: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    Watch MOTD3 pundits Alan Shearer, Kevin Kilbane and Michael Owen discuss the sacking of Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio on the BBC football pages. The 45-year-old Italian won three of his 13 matches after being appointed in March and took only one point from five league games this campaign.

  24. 1653: 
    GOLF
    Paul McGinley and Tom Watson

    Tom Watson's first major move on being appointed United States captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup is to reduce his number of wild-card picks from four to three.

    "`If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks, no captain's picks, 12 players who qualify," he said. "That's the way I qualified... you had 12 players and no picks. Maybe that's the way it should go back to."

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    More League Cup comments from Facebook

    Serguey Kondrashov: It's all about the money,money,money...

    Charles Dave: As an arsenal fan, honestly any cup can be like going to champions league to me. anytime anyday cup is cup

    Noel Fitzgerald: The Europa League is worth more money than the League Cup so most chairmen would probably prefer to qualify for the Europa League but although it doesn't hold as much prestige as the FA cup, the league cup is a good way to give your fringe players some game time. Its better to win the League Cup than no cup at all though.

  26. 1645: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- Birmingham v Swansea, League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Neil Taylor will make his return from a thigh injury in Swansea's Capital One Cup clash at Birmingham but Ashley Williams and Pablo Hernandez are unlikely to be risked.

    Left-back Taylor has been on the sidelines since suffering a dead leg in the first leg of the Europa League play-off against Petrolul Ploiesti in August.

    Captain Williams and winger Hernandez have been carrying ankle and hamstring problems respectively, and Laudrup will not want to take any chances with their fitness ahead of the weekend meeting with Arsenal.

  27.  
    ATHLETICS

    On Sport Today on BBC World Service from 1630 we have a special programme looking back at what has been dubbed 'The Dirtiest Race in History'.

    On the Show:

    Bronze medallist Calvin Smith one of only two men in the race who has never failed a test. He says it was no surprise to him or other athletes that Ben Johnson tested positive. Says It was a matter of if and when.

    Also he doesn't think track and field is cleaner than it was 25 years ago. Believes a lot of current top athletes are using drugs - Says he didn't get the recognition he deserved because of people like Ben Johnson

    Richard Moore, the author of "The Dirtiest Race in History" tells us how the authorities "dropped the ball" and should have done more - not just make Johnson a scapegoat.

  28.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Liam Malorey-Vibert: The league cup allows teams with a diminished chance of hitting the top 5 (Swansea & Liverpool) to get European football.

    Rian Hoskins: It isn't taken that seriously but the League Cup does provide an opportunity to test fringe players and give youngsters a go.

    Ben Cripps: As a fan of a mid table premier league club Villa, why wouldn't you want to try and win the league cup?!

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  29. 1630: 
    FOOTBALL

    Juventus players will be fined and suspended for one month if they follow Andrea Pirlo's example by going straight to the dressing-room after being substituted, coach Antonio Conte said on Tuesday.

    Pirlo himself, however will not be sanctioned for his behaviour in Sunday's 2-1 win over Hellas Verona, when he walked straight past the team bench and into the tunnel after being replaced in the 65th minute.

    "No explanation is needed for the simple fact that Andrea could do it," Conte told reporters when he was asked about Sunday's incident involving the 34-year-old playmaker.

    "But now we have established a rule; when a player leaves the pitch, unless it is for medical treatment, they should watch for the end of the game with their team mates."

  30. 1627: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson: "Another even session as Warwickshire added 122 runs for the loss of four wickets.

    "Rikki Clarke fell to Tony Palladino for 22 second ball after lunch, and when Tim Groenewald dismissed both Ateeq Javid (46) and Stuart Poynter (0) in the same over, Warwickshire were in danger of outright collapse.

    "Keith Barker was caught by Tom Poynton off the impressive Groenewald for 14 with the score at 148, but an unbroken partnership of 62 between Chris Woakes and Jeetan Patel saw the visitors through to 210-7 at the interval."

  31. 1622: 
    RUGBY UNION

    The Lions captain Sam Warburton will start for the Cardiff Blues against Leinster this weekend.

    Warburton's return from the hamstring injury picked up in the Test series against Australia is slightly ahead of schedule.

  32. 1619: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Arsenal, League Cup third round, Wednesday

    West Brom striker Shane Long could return to the fold for Wednesday's Capital One Cup match at home to Arsenal following a recent knee injury.

    Republic of Ireland international Long is in contention along with captain Chris Brunt, who missed Saturday's win over Sunderland with a groin problem.

    Long-term absentees Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are nearing full fitness while striker Matej Vydra (hamstring) should be back in the next couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Ben Foster is continuing his recuperation after foot surgery.

  33. 1616: 
    CYCLING

    Sir Bradley Wiggins will begin his quest for a first world individual time trial gold when he competes in the Road World Championships in Florence, Italy, tomorrow. The Olympic champion is in good form, having won the time trial in the Tour of Britain last week on his way to the overall title.

    Wiggins won silver in 2011 in Copenhagen and is bidding to become the first Briton since Chris Boardman in 1994 - and only second ever - to win gold in the event. You can watch live online and the Red Button from 1215 BST and on BBC Two from 1340 with live text commentary starting at 1330.

    Wiggins is due out at 1409, with Alex Dowsett, the reigning British time trial champion, goes at 1352.

  34. 1611: 
    FOOTBALL
    Theo Walcott

    Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott will undergo a minor procedure on his abdomen on Wednesday which will keep him out of action until after next month's international break, the Gunners confirm on their official website.

  35. 1607: 
    FOOTBALL

    Boss Brian McDermott distances Leeds from speculation linking the club with a move for David Bentley.

    Free agent Bentley, 29, is still without a club having been released by Tottenham at the end of last season.

    Reports over the weekend linked Leeds with the former Arsenal, Blackburn and Tottenham midfielder but McDermott insists he already has enough cover in Bentley's position and he will not be signing players just for the sake of it.

    "You can't take someone just because they are an easy deal," McDermott told the club's official website.

  36.  
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    John: I would scrap it and use the spare fixture dates to play league football and then make time for a winter break.

    Paul Evans: The League Cup is a Mickey Mouse comp, that's why a lot of clubs don't take it too seriously.

    Andrew Priestley: The League Cup is always seen as the poor cousin of English football. It's the smallest in terms of competition & prestige.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  37. 1558: 
    FOOTBALL

    With Luis Suarez set to return for Liverpool at Manchester United tomorrows night, BBC Sport look into whether the Reds have missed the Uruguayan.

    Statistics show that since Suarez joined the club in January 2011, Liverpool's win ratio drops from 61% when Suarez is on the sidelines to 39% when he is playing, and that Sturridge has a better strike-rate when he plays without the former Ajax forward.

  38. 1554: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Arsenal, League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Arsene Wenger will make changes for Arsenal's Capital One Cup clash at West Brom.

    Striker Nicklas Bendtner is likely to make his first appearance for the club since August 2011 while youngsters Serge Gnabry and Hector Bellerin could feature.

    Santi Cazorla (ankle), Theo Walcott (stomach), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all out.

  39.  
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    Balaji CLN: With no Capital One cup, a winter break can be afforded. English players won't be so jaded at a tournament, right?

    Dan Fearon: FA Cup is more important because it gives non-league teams the chance to participate themselves against the big teams.

    Keith J Last: FA Cup is the most important by far, the League Cup was only started to give clubs a chance to use their floodlights.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  40. 1545: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Worcestershire v Northamptonshire

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    Worcestershire 163 all out.

    Northamptonshire are 250 runs from promotion after dismissing the home side for just 163 on the stroke of tea. Andrew Hall took figures of 5 for 30 with the last two wickets in successive balls. The visitors have made the most of cloudy overhead conditions though they look far the lethargic of the sides in this game with three Worcestershire batsmen bowled while not playing a shot. Only 38 overs remain so it looks unlikely that promotion will be confirmed today but tomorrow morning may see the start of a big claret party.

  41. 1535: 
    CYCLING

    Ellen van Dijk won the women's time trial in a time of 27 minutes and 48.18 seconds at the Road World Championships with New Zealand's Linda Villumsen taking the silver and Carmen Small of the United States pipping Evelyn Stevens by 0.04 seconds to take bronze. It was the Dutchwoman's 13th victory of the year.

  42. 1532: 
    CYCLING

    Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands wins gold in the women's time trial at the Road World Championships in Florence, Italy.

  43. 1528: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    Television audiences in the United States will be able to follow the Paralympics more closely than ever before after the International Paralympic Committee announce enhanced live coverage for the 2014 Winter Games and 2016 Summer Games.

    The Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games will receive an unprecedented 116 combined hours of coverage in the USA after NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee combined to acquire the US media rights to the next two Paralympics.

    American broadcasters were criticised for their miniscule level of coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics, but from Rio, in September 2016, NBC and NBCSN will show 66 hours of coverage - an increase of 60.5 hours from the coverage of the London Games.

  44. 1525: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob, Wales, on Twitter via 81111: Hopefully Moyes continues United's tradition of playing youngsters in league cup tomorrow! Don't be tempted to put out the big guns because of the city result, because if he loses it'll look even worse and if he wins it's only the league cup! Ashley Young deserves a place in there as punishment though, dreadful performance!

  45.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Gregory P: Ask any Bradford fan if they think the league cup matters. It buoyed them on to promotion.

    Andy Davies: I personally think the league cup should have limits on foreign players, help nurture British players...

    Anywayrantover: I would rather arsenal challenge for the league with a thin squad even if we miss out than win the league cup at its expense.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  46. 1520: 
    GOLF

    Europe captain Paul McGinley believes next year's Ryder Cup will be a heavyweight contest which will again be decided by the narrowest of margins.

    Europe have won seven of the last nine biennial contests, including the 'Miracle of Medinah' comeback from 10-6 down last year, causing the PGA of America to ask Tom Watson to reprise his role as captain at The Belfry in 1993, the last time the USA tasted success on European soil.

    But although McGinley accepts Watson's assertion that the home side will be favourites at Gleneagles, he is not expecting a repeat of the record nine-point wins he was part of as a player in 2004 and 2006.

    "The margin between the two teams is so slight. It has been for a number of years," said McGinley, who was a vice-captain to Jose Maria Olazabal at Medinah.

  47. 1515: 
    CYCLING

    All the riders have started the women's time trial at the Road World Championships. Germany's Trixi Worrack is currently fastest with a time of 28 minutes and 19.84 seconds. You can watch live coverage online and on the Red Button right now.

  48. 1514: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Sussex v Durham

    From Martin Emmerson, BBC Radio Newcastle:

    There's certainly an end of term feeling about this match, particularly the way Durham have batted here. But having won the title last week you can perhaps forgive that.

    They were all out for only 164, losing 7-83 after lunch as James Anyon took 5-44, his best figures of the season. Chris Jordan also weighed in with 4-50.

    But, and here is the big but, I believe Durham will end up with a first innings lead. Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth are on fire at the moment and Durham bowled a slightly weaker Sussex side out for just 112 and 116 three weeks ago, which was their lowest combined first class score since 1926!

  49. 1510: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Salford Red Devils have signed Brisbane Broncos prop Lama Tasi, their 13th new arrival for the 2014 season.

    The 23-year-old, who has been included in Samoa's initial squad for the upcoming World Cup, only joined the Broncos from Sydney Roosters in June.

    England internationals Rangi Chase, Gareth Hock and Adrian Morley have already sealed moves to the Red Devils, who finished bottom of the Super League in 2013.

  50. 1507: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- Tranmere v Stoke, League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes will again make a number of changes in the Capital One Cup, with his side facing League One outfit Tranmere away in the third round on Wednesday night.

    Hughes made eight adjustments to his starting line-up for the second-round home 3-1 victory over third-tier Walsall and there looks set to be another considerable reshuffle from Sunday's Premier League defeat at Arsenal.

    Striker Kenwyne Jones scored a hat-trick in the Walsall game after being promoted to the first XI for it and, having also started all three of Stoke's matches since, may be rested on this occasion.

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    Andy Gove on Facebook: The League Cup is only worthy until teams get knocked out and they pretend it doesn't matter.

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or on text via 81111.

  52. 1456: 
    BOXING

    Former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye will now face unbeaten Tyson Fury on Saturday, 8 February, at Manchester's Phones 4u Arena, following the postponement of their original date in September.

    The outspoken heavyweight pair were scheduled to box at the same venue this Saturday, in what was billed as the British fight of the year, but a cut to Haye's left eye, picked up in sparring last Friday, scuppered the fight and the entire event.

    "News of the date in February is music to my ears," said Haye. "I was absolutely devastated this weekend, and felt as though I'd let a lot of people down. But now, with this new date, I couldn't be happier."

  53. 1453: 
    Tennis
    Johanna Konta

    Johanna Konta's impressive form in Asia continues on Tuesday as she cruises into the third round of the Yinzhou Bank International Women's Tennis Open.

    The Sydney-born British number three reached the quarter-finals in Guangzhou last week, beating former world number 14 Shuai Peng along the way.

    And she was too strong for Poland's Katarzyna Piter today in Ningbo, winning 6-1 6-1 in just 65 minutes.

    Next up for the 22-year-old is a clash with Sweden's Johanna Larsson, who beat third seed Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

  54. 1450: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- Manchester United v Liverpool League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Striker Luis Suarez returns to face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup after his 10-match ban but manager Brendan Rodgers has yet to decide whether he will start.

    Centre-back Daniel Agger is unlikely to be risked as he is still struggling with a side strain which forced him off in Saturday's defeat to Southampton.

    Kolo Toure seems the obvious choice to take his place, meaning Rodgers has decisions to make at full-back with Jose Enrique looking to return on the left and Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly vying for a place on the right.

  55. 1447: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- Newcastle United v Leeds, League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns to the Newcastle starting line-up for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup third round tie against Leeds.

    The Ivory Coast international, who has been kept out of recent Barclays Premier League games by Vurnon Anita, will play, as will full-back Paul Dummett and midfielder Sammy Ameobi.

    However, Tiote's central partner last season, Yohan Cabaye, will be rested after limping out of the 3-2 defeat by Hull on Saturday with a sore groin, while striker Shola Ameobi (flu) and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring) will also miss out.

  56. 1444: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- Manchester United v Liverpool League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Robin van Persie misses Manchester United's Capital One Cup third-round tie with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

    Van Persie has not recovered from the groin injury that kept him out of Sunday's Premier League defeat at Manchester City.

    Manager David Moyes is expected to make changes, with Javier Hernandez, Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa, Wilfried Zaha and Anders Lindegaard amongst those hoping to be involved.

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    Tom Minton: Of course, it's a day out at Wembley and potentially another trophy, what team wouldn't want that?

    Len M: I think some Arsenal fans would like them to win any trophy, even the League Cup just to end the trophy drought.

    Anthony Orrell: As a Wigan fan winning a trophy is the best thing that can happen. Everyone will remember that day for life.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  58. 1435: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup match against Aston Villa:

    "Villa is a difficult game with a team on the back of the motivation of a great result against Norwich.

    "They have some wonderfully gifted footballers coming through, still learning and that's why I value Paul Lambert's work even more.

    "The amount of players he has brought through is something remarkable, with results too."

  59. 1432: 
    BOXING

    Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans leads a 14-strong squad selected by Great Britain Boxing to the World Amateur Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan next month.

    Evans, the only 2012 medallist still remaining on the men's programme, has reconfirmed his commitment to the amateur programme since returning from a short break after the Games.

    The 22-year-old Evans will represent Wales along with fellow Olympian and double European champion Andrew Selby.

    Also included are Leeds teenager Jack Bateson and London flyweight Charlie Edwards, who will be eager to make amends after narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Games in his home city.

  60. 1428: 
    DAVID MOYES NEWS CONFERENCE- Manchester United v Liverpool League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Manchester United boss David Moyes refuses to comment on claims from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that United made a massive late bid to snatch Gareth Bale from under the Spanish giants' noses.

    "If I was I wouldn't tell you," said Moyes. "We don't talk about it.

    "We only talk about the players we think there is a reason to talk about and I wouldn't comment on that."

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    Cal, Chester, on text via 81111: Well Everton finished 6th last season and didn't qualify for the Europa League, so its not a given, winning a trophy is by far the best way to qualify for the Europa League, all us Everton fans would rather have a Wembley trip and some silverware in the cabinet than come 6th.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  62. 1422: 
    DAVID MOYES NEWS CONFERENCE- Manchester United v Liverpool League Cup third round, Wednesday
    Luis Suarez

    David Moyes on Luis Suarez's Liverpool return:

    "I think it means Liverpool have a really good player, so does it change the complexion? I don't know. I'm not looking at Liverpool too much except that i know the qualities of Luis Suarez is very good.

    "I think my idea this season was to focus on every competition. I think that it's always been here to win. But I think the Capital Cup in many ways is always a route to try and give as many young players an opportunity as we can. Obviously this was a really big tie that came out of the hat for us."

  63.  
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    Al: FA Cup winners should be upgraded to a Champions League place and League Cup to Europa group stage.

    AJPS: League Cup gives your team some midweek action which we all enjoy, unless already in Europe in which case it becomes a burden.

    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  64. 1414: 
    DAVID MOYES NEWS CONFERENCE- Manchester United v Liverpool League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Is it good to have big game next?

    David Moyes: "Well i think to get back on and play again is best way - you can't dwell too long on it. So I'm looking forward to getting the next game started and hopefully trying to win.

    "I'm still getting to know all the players here. And I've had a chance to get a few more of them this week. And hopefully we'll show what we can do.

    "I think it's always a big game when you play any cup tie. I think when you play Liverpool, which is a big rivalry, against Manchester United, it could take on a bigger significance than people would expect. But in the end of the day it's another game and you take the next game that comes."

  65. 1411: 
    DAVID MOYES NEWS CONFERENCE- Manchester United v Liverpool League Cup third round, Wednesday

    Have you got Sunday's defeat in perspective now?

    David Moyes: Well it's gone now so I can't do anything about it. Moved on and get ready for the next game.

    Did it shock you?

    DM: Yes, it did. When you're a football manager for the length of time I've been you're always going to have shocks. I've had lots and i've got no doubt there will be more in the future. That's the way football is.

  66.  
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    How important is the League Cup to your team? Would you rather qualify for the Europa League finishing in the top six in the league than winning the League Cup? Is the League Cup as important as the FA Cup?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  67. 1400: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United will be without striker Robin van Persie for their Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool tomorrow night, as the 30-year-old is still recovering from a groin injury.

    United boss David Moyes said: "I don't think he will play on Wednesday, but I think there's an outside chance for Saturday."

  68.  
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    Andy, Glasgow, on text via 81111 (UK users only) Di Canio was a big name in a small club at Swindon. His style and ambition were tolerated because of who he was. At Sunderland the club is bigger than the Di Canio name and subsequently his style wasn't tolerated. Di Canio should of been more aware of his new surroundings and adjusted his behaviour accordingly. He'll be back, maybe a championship side before another premiership.

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  69. 1355: 
    CYCLING

    Olympic and world champions Jason Kenny and Laura Trott are among the riders competing at this week's British National Track Championships, which start on Wednesday at Manchester Velodrome.

    Kenny, 25, won the men's individual and team sprint gold at London 2012, while Trott, 21, won women's omnium and team pursuit gold at the Olympics.

    Paralympic medallists Jody Cundy, Neil Fachie, Helen Scott, Aileen McGlynn and Jon-Allan Butterworth are also racing.

  70. 1350: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson: "Honours even at the end of the morning session as Warwickshire reached 88 for 3 having been asked to bat by Derbyshire.

    "Mark Footitt struck twice early on to remove Varun Chopra for 6 and Ian Westwood for 2, while Tim Groenewald pinned Laurie Evans leg before wicket for 11 with the score at 50.

    "Ateeq Javid was dropped twice by Tom Poynton but survived to reach the interval 35 not out, with Rikki Clarke alongside him on 22."

  71. 1345: 
    TENNIS

    American Venus Williams upset top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-4 to advance to the third round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Williams next faces 13th seed Simona Halep of Romania, who defeated Germany's Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

  72.  
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    Eric Cantona

    Daniel Turner: How about Eric Cantona's "foul" on that Crystal Palace fan? Above the waist, cynical. (pictured)

    Tyler Mitchell: Nigel De Jong on Xabi Alonso World Cup Final 2010.

    Dan Hayes: Has to be Roy Keane's hatchet job, but as a Villa fan - Shearer on Ehiogu in '99 I still blame him for out collapse after xmas.

    It is 30 years to the day that former Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Diego Maradona had his ankle broken by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea in one of the most famous football fouls of all time. What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles?

    Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  73. 1340: 
    GOLF

    United States captain Tom Watson wants his team to draw on the memory of their painful 'Miracle at Medinah' defeat when they attempt to win the Ryder Cup back from Europe in Scotland next year.

    Holders Europe, galvanised by an inspirational effort from Ian Poulter, produced a spectacular comeback from 10-6 down to win the trophy by 14-1/2 to 13-1/2 points last September.

    "From my conversations with last year's captain Davis Love, he said how depressed the players were at the loss," said Watson. "I hope that feeling remains for some of those players who will remain on our team and they can use that as a motivator."

  74. 1332: 
    LATEST FOOTBALL GOSSIP

    Birmingham City hope to extend loan star Jesse Lingard's stay at St Andrew's after his four-goal debut against Sheffield Wednesday, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    The Manchester United striker impressed for United in pre-season and proved his goal-scoring prowess with a stunning show against the Owls.

    Birmingham manager Lee Clark said: "What we have got to try and do is continue to win games and for Jesse to enjoy his football to make the stay longer.

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    Tom, Leicester, on text via 81111: I keep reading about how Di Canio's methods worked at lower league level but not in the PL. Few seem to be discussing Di Canio's huge financial advantages at Swindon... They spent more on agent's fees than most clubs did on wages in his L2 season!!

    He continually fell out with and ditched players and wasted huge transfer fees, mistakes he couldn't have got away with at any other lower league club. I'm sure players being paid five times their worth in wages were far more forgiving too! Plenty of managers could have got Swindon to the top of L1 with Di Canio's budget, and carried out a better job at Sunderland to boot.

    What are your thoughts on Paolo Di Canio's sacking as Sunderland boss? Who should replace him at the Stadium of Light Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  76. 1325: 
    CYCLING

    Coverage of the women's time trial at the Road World Championships is live online, in the video player at the top of the page and on the Red Button now.

  77. 1319: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "It has been a memorable season for Durham, not least with their third title in six years. There is still much to play for though. They can become the first team since the two division split in 2000 to win 11 in a season.

    "The backbone of the team is local and it is fitting Newcastle-born Mark Stoneman and Sunderland-born Scott Borthwick both passed the 1,000 championship run mark in a season for the first time today.

    "Stoneman needed 14 to do it and was eventually out for 20, while Borthwick needed 15 and will resume on 30 after lunch with Durham on 75-2. Will Smith, a winner of four championship medals, is playing his last game for Durham. His contract will not be renewed. he has 9."

  78. 1314: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Manu Tuilagi

    England and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi could be out for two months with a torn pectoral muscle, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

    Tuilagi sustained the chest injury in the win against Newcastle on Saturday and Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said the British & Irish Lions back may require surgery.

    If he is out for two months, he will miss England's Autumn Internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

  79. 1307: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gianfranco Zola has ruled himself out of the running to become Sunderland's new manager and committed his long-term future to Watford instead, reports London's Evening Standard.

    Sunderland sacked Paolo Di Canio on Sunday night after a poor start to the season and Zola was put on the short-list of candidates to be interviewed for the job.

    But Zola said: "Of course I am flattered to have been considered but I am really happy here and like what I am doing.

    "I think my growth as a manager has been massive and so I want to fulfil this task."

  80. 1302: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Somerset enjoyed the better of things on the first morning of their match against Notts at Trent Bridge.

    After putting the home side in, Somerset picked up the early wicket of Riki Wessels, through Jamie Overton and then had Steven Mullaney and James Taylor both out through not playing a shot at Lewis Gregory.

    Samit Patel fell to Alfonso Thomas for 16 but Michael Lumb, who passed 1000 for the season, and David Hussey, on his final appearance for Notts, steadied the slide to reach lunch on 115-4.

  81. 1257: 
    CYCLING

    Igor Decraene of Belgium wins the junior time trial at the Road World Cycling Championships, beating favourite Mathias Krigbaum of Denmark.

    The 17-year-old, the Belgium national champion, won in 26 minutes 56.83 seconds over the flat, 21.8km course, 8.66 seconds faster than Krigbaum. Zeke Mostov of the United States was third.

    Live coverage of the women's time trial begins at 1330 BST online and on the Red Button.

  82.  
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    Paul Gascoigne

    Rob: Gazza's 2 lunges in 1991 FA Cup Final - the amazing thing was he got all the sympathy. (pictured)

    Tom Heath: One of the worst fouls in memory when Alan Shearer kicked Neil Lennon full in the face.

    Kate Hall: Worst tackle - Boris Johnson's infamous "rugby tackle" against Maurizio Gaudino... very wrong but very funny.

    What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  83. 1250: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "The morning session could not have gone better for Northants, with two of the five bonus points required for promotion safely in the bag by lunch.

    "With very cloudy overhead conditions, all of Northants' seamers have exploited them successfully - David Willey trapping both Mitchell and Ali plumb LBW inside the first four balls of the match, then the rest of the seamers kept the pressure on.

    "It is not impossible that Northants could bowl Worcestershire out and make the 250 they need to seal promotion today but the champagne will be on ice for soon after start of play tomorrow."

  84. 1244: 
    CYCLING

    The women's time trial at the Road World Cycling Championships takes place today in Florence, Italy. It will be live online and on the Red Button from 1330 BST.

    On Wednesday, Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins will race in the men's individual time trial along with three-time British champion Alex Dowsett.

  85.  
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    Tom Heath: Worst foul: Agbonlahor on Louis from One Direction, my girlfriend tells me. Or Williams kicking the ball against Van Persie he could've died...

    Nick Hendry: If we're debating worst fouls, top of the list has to be Duncan Ferguson on John McStay.

    Stuart Latarche: Dan Smith on Diaby has got to be up there. I know he's made of glass and tissue paper but still an awful challenge.

    It is 30 years to the day that former Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Diego Maradona had his ankle broken by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea in one of the most famous football fouls of all time. What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles?

    Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  86. 1237: 
    SWIMMING

    Jon Rudd has been named as the head coach for the England swimming team at next summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    Rudd is the head coach of Plymouth Leander Swimming Club and coached Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte to her Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games.

    "It will be my job up to and including the summer of 2014 to find every means possible to aid the English athletes in producing true world class performances in Glasgow next year," he said.

  87. 1231: 
    ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

    1776: The St Leger, the oldest of the five Classic races, was run for the first time at Doncaster. The race, which had only five runners, was won by the 2-1 favourite Allabucilia.

    1988: At the Seoul Olympics, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won gold in the 100m in a world record time of 9.79 seconds. The time was removed from the records and the gold medal taken from him when drug tests proved he had taken performance-boosting anabolic steroids.

    1989: Europe retained the Ryder Cup following a 14-14 draw with the United States at The Belfry - only the second tied match in the cup's history.

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    Flemming Jensen: Nothing wrong with a good, hard tackle. Football was a contact sport last time I checked. However, people do seem to forget that some tackles, no matter the outcome, are by definition dangerous and should be penalised. As for the worst tackle I've seen, gotta go with Keane on Haaland. An absolute disgrace.

    Laura Ann Taylor: Taylor on Eduardo was reckless and mistimed, but still an accident. Keane intended to injure Alf-Ing Haaland and ended his career! Easily worse!

    Lee Daniel: Roy Keane on Alfie Haaland or Duncan Ferguson on Mcstay are the worst most have ever witnessed in football.

    What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  89. 1222: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION
    Gus Poyet

    Former Brighton boss Gus Poyet has emerged as Sunderland's number one target to replace Paolo Di Canio, reports the Daily Mirror.

    It is reported that Sunderland held a board meeting on Monday night and they have decided to make former Brighton boss Poyet their top priority.

    Bookies have also slashed Poyet's odds, with the Mirror reporting that it is his job to turn down.

  90. 1217: 
    BIRTHDAY
    Victoria Pendleton

    Britain's Olympic keirin and world sprint champion, Victoria Pendleton, who retired after the London 2012 Games, was born on this day in 1980.

  91. 1214: 
    GOLF

    Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley are currently holding their first joint news conference at the Ryder Cup "Year to Go Celebration" in Gleneagles, Scotland.

    "The teams are very well-match in terms of playing ability," said European captain Paul McGinley. "And when put the fact Tom Watson is captaining them, I'm under no illusion that the Americans have put together a very strong package."

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    Tim, Bristol, on text via 81111: Dirtiest tackle ever is by Graeme Souness playing for Rangers against Steaua Bucharest still makes me wince to look at.

    It is 30 years to the day that former Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Diego Maradona had his ankle broken by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea in one of the most famous football fouls of all time. What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles?

    Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  93. 1206: 
    CRICKET

    Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry says he was "surprised" to be selected for England's Ashes 17-man squad this winter. Carberry, 32, has played only one Test match for England, back in March 2010 against Bangladesh.

    "When I look over the course of the season I have played well so I'm delighted," he 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."

  94. 1158: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club did not pay over the odds for Gareth Bale despite the Welshman costing a world-record fee. The 24-year-old moved to Real from Tottenham earlier this month for a world-record fee of £85m.

    Perez told Cadena SER radio: "Bale has come cheaply. Signing the best players out there is Madrid's philosophy and Bale was the best available player on the market this summer. We had been following him for two years."

  95. 1152: 
    FOOTBALL

    The weekend saw Arsenal go top of the Premier League, Manchester City thrash Manchester United 4-1 and Chelsea return to winning ways.

    Missed any of the weekend action? Catch up with @BBCMOTD and #MOTD2 on BBC iPlayer now.

  96. 1145: 
    FOOTBALL

    Argentinos midfielder Gaspar Iniguez certainly took the saying 'putting your body on the line' literally on Sunday. Iniguez lost three teeth in making a 'head-first' tackle at the feet of Boca Juniors' Cristian Erbes and you can see the challenge here.

    He dived to head the ball when it was barely a few centimetres off the ground, believing he could get there before Erbes two minutes from the end of the 0-0 draw in the Argentine "Inicial" championship on Sunday.

    Erbes went to kick the ball as Iniguez made his dive. The Boca Juniors player also suffered a minor leg injury.

  97.  
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    Ross Bligdon: Kevin Nolan's challenge on Victor Anichebe. Terrible, could've ended his career.

    Simon Barbato: Roy Keane on Alfi-Inge Halaand was an absolutely disgraceful and pre-meditated foul which ended Halaand's career.

    TheTAEO: Shawcross on Aaron Ramsey, Taylor on Eduardo...And imo, tougher measures should be taken against dangerous tacklers.

    What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  98. 1139: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gareth Bale should be fit for Real Madrid's match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti. "Today he trained apart from the rest of the squad and I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem," he said.

    Bale, who signed from Tottenham for a world-record fee of £85m in the summer, was set to make his Bernabeu debut against Getafe on Sunday, but pulled out of the starting XI after injuring his thigh in the pre-match warm-up.

  99. 1133: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn claims the Black Cats' dressing room revolt, which saw Paolo Di Canio lose his job, should be praised rather than criticised.

    "Player power will get criticised but in this particular incident they felt they were going into battle with a leader who wasn't with them", Quinn told TalkSPORT.

    "When you're in a battle you need a leader who you all look up to and want to go into a fight with you.

    "Paolo Di Canio was ducking out of the battle by blaming the players and saying what a great manager he was."

  100. 1127: 
    TENNIS

    Marin Cilic's announcement during Wimbledon that he was pulling out of the tournament due to a knee injury was not true, the International Tennis Federation's independent anti-doping tribunal has said.

    Croatia's Cilic had actually pulled out of his match against France's Kenny de Schepper having accepted a provisional suspension for a positive drugs test. The reason was given to avoid "adverse publicity". Cilic, the number 10 seed at Wimbledon, was banned for nine months last week.

    The 24-year-old was one of seven players to withdraw - such a high number led to an inquest into the state of the courts.

  101. 1119: 
    FORMULA 1
    Felipe Massa

    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is working hard to ensure Felipe Massa - the only Brazilian driver currently on the grid - does not drop out of Formula 1, reports Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo.

    Massa lost his seat at Ferrari for next season, having been with the Italian outfit since 2006. Manager Nicolas Todt is working hard to tap into the Brazilian sponsor market to ensure Massa is in contention for the rides at Lotus, Williams, Force India and Sauber.

    Ecclestone says Massa needs sponsors, adding: "A strong economy like the one in Brazil is in a good position to invest in a driver."

  102. 1112: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Division Two champions Lancashire release wicketkeeper Gareth Cross, 29, and have lined up England international Jos Buttler, 23, as a replacement.

    BBC Radio Lancashire reports that Buttler, who is approaching the end of his contract at Somerset, has been in talks over a move to Old Trafford. He has played 19 one-day internationals and 25 Twenty20 matches for England.

  103. 1106: 
    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE
    Stephen Lee

    Snooker player Stephen Lee must wait until Wednesday to find out his sentence for match-fixing after a decision by tribunal chairman Adam Lewis QC was deferred. Lee was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges.

  104. 1059: 
    TENNIS

    BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller: LTA reveal that Downey will receive an annual salary of £300,000 plus a chance to earn up to 30% more in performance bonuses.

  105. 1055: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson will return to Yorkshire next season after agreeing to extend his stay as the county's overseas player.

    The 23-year-old Black Caps batsman arrived at Headingley in August and is playing his fifth match for the club at Surrey this week, averaging 53 in his first four outings.

    "I have only been at the club for a short period of time and already it feels like I have been playing here for many years," said Williamson.

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    Paul Thorne: Player power does seem to have much more influence these days. For me man management is the key for success at a club.

    Bejilee: Like any job if the boss isn't a good one you won't work for him, the same will go for football.

    Christian in Sittingbourne, Kent, via text: If the players got Di Canio the sack then I am afraid it is absolutely disgraceful. These pampered, over paid men should be prepared to take criticisms what will their lavish lifestyles. I am currently out of work and would happily take £30k plus a week to have Di Canio criticise me.

    So how strong is player power? Do the clubs have the ultimate say? Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111. Please put your name on text messages.

  107. 1050: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    British Cycling's world-leading GB Para-cycling team launches a talent identification drive to find new female Paralympic champions for the Rio 2016 and Toyko 2020 Paralympic Games.

    The drive, aimed at filling the potential medal gaps that currently exist among the current female para-cycling squad, is being backed by Paralympic medallist, Karen Darke.

    UK-passport holding sporty women and girls with a desire to be the world's best are being invited to contact British Cycling. Talent assessment events will take place in October.

  108. 1047: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull KR centre Liam Salter extends his contract with the Robins until 2017.

    The 20-year-old made 23 league appearances for Craig Sandercock's side in the 2013 season, scoring five tries.

    "I've coached many young kids during my time and his attitude is as good as any that I've come across previously," coach Craig Sandercock told the club website.

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    On Facebook:

    Fayeun Oyindamola: Birmingham's Martin Taylor, his dirty foul on Eduardo da Silva in 2007 remains the dirtiest, not forgetting Shawcross lunge on Aaron Ramsey in 2010.

    Nishak Jesse Semshak: McManaman on Newcastle's Haidara premeditated, expertly carried, not even penalised. Football turned rugby.

    Michael Salt: Roy Keane on Alfie Haaland. Premeditated and down right dirty!

    What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

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    Roy Keane

    Many of you have pointed to Roy Keane's foul on Alf-Inge Haaland in the Manchester derby of 2001 at Old Trafford, which ended 1-1, as the worst foul of all time. Haaland would play just 48 minutes of football after the tackle.

    Keane said in his autobiography that the knee-high tackle was motivated by revenge, after spending a year on the sidelines recovering from an injury suffered while he tried to trip Haaland in a previous match. Keane was given a five-match ban and a fine.

    What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  111. 1039: 
    ATHLETICS - BEN JOHNSON
    Ben Johnson

    It is 25 years to the day that Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won 100m Olympic gold in Seoul in 1988, before having the medal stripped from him after being found guilty of using steroids.

    Six of the eight finalists would eventually be implicated in doping scandals.

    Johnson, 51, told AFP: "I was nailed on a cross, and 25 years later I'm still being punished. Rapists and murderers get sent to prison, but even they get out eventually.

    "I know what I did was wrong. Rules are rules. But the rules should be the same for all. But politics always plays in sports,"

  112. 1031: 
    TENNIS

    Some questions will be asked about the non-British appointment of Michael Downey as the new chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, but LTA chairman David Gregson describes Downey as the outstanding candidate for the role.

    He said: "We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis.

    "Michael demonstrably fits the bill perfectly and was the unanimous choice of our recruitment panel."

  113. 1026: 
    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    Watch action from the match Stephen Lee fixed at the World Snooker Championship.

    The 38-year-old from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is facing a life ban on Tuesday after being found guilty of seven match-fixing charges.

    One of the games in question was his first round match at the Crucible against Ryan Day in 2009. Lee was beaten 10-4 - one of the three possible scores that he had agreed to lose by in that match. It meant associates made thousands of pounds through betting.

    The footage highlights a number of misses by Lee during the later stages of the match. However it is not known whether these were genuine mistakes or points at which Lee was fixing the outcome.

  114. 1024: 
    TENNIS

    Neil Harman, tennis correspondent for the Times newspaper: Mike Downey, Canadian CEO confirmed as LTA CEO. Must say he has not crossed my radar before.

  115. 1021: 
    TENNIS

    New Lawn Tennis Association chief Michael Downey has been president and CEO of Tennis Canada for the past 9 years.

    Prior to Tennis Canada, he held a series of executive positions including regional president for Canada's largest brewery, Molson Canada.

    He said of his appointment: "This is a huge privilege for me, at a fantastic time for British tennis. We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us, and it is an honour to be able to lead the work of the LTA in getting more people playing tennis."

  116. 1015: 
    TENNIS

    Michael Downey of Tennis Canada is the new Lawn Tennis Association chief executive.

  117. 1014: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones admits he was looking to leave the club last season and suggested several of his team-mates were too, such was the dissatisfaction in the squad at life under then-manager Tony Pulis.

    The Trinidad and Tobago international has been linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium on various occasions and asked if he had wanted to depart last season, Jones told Sky Sports News: "Yes, of course, because the atmosphere at the job wasn't good, and the entire squad can testify to that.

    "Coming into work and the things we were doing, the way we were playing football - it was very discouraging for a lot of us and I think not only myself but a lot of players you would probably not have seen at the club come this season if the situation had remained the same."

  118. 1010: 
    FORMULA 1
    Derek Warwick and Gerhard Berger

    Red Bull's Mark Webber says the reprimand he was given for hitching a lift on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari after the Singapore Grand Prix night race as "comical", via his Twitter account (@AussieGrit).

    It was his third reprimand of the year, triggering a 10-place grid penalty for the next race, which takes place in Korea.

    Webber also tweeted a picture of Derek Warwick, a former grand prix racer who was one of the stewards in Singapore, hitching a ride on the back of Austrian Gerhard Berger's Ferrari at the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix as well as other photographs of similar incidents over the years with the quote: "Looks like even one of the Singapore stewards has done it...#C'estlavie.

  119. 1005: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former Australia captain John Hipwell, who played 36 Tests for the Wallabies, has died at the age of 65.

    "The Australian Rugby community is mourning the sudden death of former Wallaby captain and Hall of Famer John Hipwell," the Australian Rugby Union said.

  120. 1000: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    Sunderland are looking for a tracksuit manager to replace sacked Paolo Di Canio, reports the Sunderland Echo.

    The Echo reports that the club plans to continue with the new continental system of management pioneered with the arrival of the former Swindon boss in April.

    And for that reason they are looking for a head coach to work with the players on the training pitch while player recruitment is left in the hands of director of football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentin Angeloni.

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alan Simon: PDC can be a clown but he hasn't become an overnight waster. He was facing up to the fans not seeking sympathy. He'll be back.

    Beckwith: I would rather have Di Canio madness than Kevin Ball's outdated, long ball, aggressive out of date football methods.

    Michael Bright: Football managers should know that whatever they do behind the doors they have the players to appreciate them on the field of play.

    So how strong is player power? Do the clubs have the ultimate say? Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.‏

  122. 0952: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    From BBC Sport's Brendon Mitchell:

    "With Durham having already secured the County Championship title last week, all eyes are now fixed on the race to stay in Division One. Bottom-club Surrey are already relegated, but any one of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Somerset could yet join them.

    "Eighth-placed Derbyshire, who face Warwickshire at home, know anything less than victory will see them go down. But if they do topple last year's champions, with Somerset and Nottinghamshire, who occupy the two spots immediately above them in the Division One table, playing each other at Trent Bridge, the losers of that match could still accompany Surrey in the second tier next season.

    "In Division Two, Northants look strong favourites to join champions Lancashire in winning promotion. If they pick up five points or more from their match against Worcestershire they will go up, while Essex, who are 20 points adrift, need a maximum-points victory against Hampshire and to hope Northants receive a hammering in order to pip them at the post."

  123. 0948: 
    CRICKET
    Ryan Harris

    Injury-plagued Australia paceman Ryan Harris is aiming to stay fit for the entire duration of the return Ashes series against England after recovering from his latest hamstring problem.

    Harris has been in and out of the team due to injuries, managing 16 Tests since his 2010 debut.

    He played in four successive Tests for the first time in his career in the recent Ashes series but injured his right hamstring during the latter part of the fifth match.

    "When I went to England, I was aiming to get through five and I got through four," Harris, 33, said. "Hopefully this time I'd like to get throughfive but we'll see how we go."

  124. 0943: 
    FOOTBALL

    Derby County goalkeeper Adam Legzdins is expected to be out of action until the middle of November after rupturing ankle ligaments.

    The 26-year-old was hurt in training and he has not been involved in any of Derby's last three matches.

  125. 0939: 
    FORMULA 1

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso thinks his title hopes were effectively ended by the decision to change the design of Formula 1's tyres mid-season.

    Alonso can still win but said he needs to be "very, very lucky" to overhaul Sebastian Vettel's 60-point lead.

    Ferrari have lost competitiveness since more durable tyres were introduced in July following several failures.

  126.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alan, Horsham, on text via 81111: The top players have all the power. That said, Sunderland's players aren't top players yet they had enough power to force the sacking of a manager. If things aren't going well I'd say players have immense power.

    On the back of the news that Sunderland players approached the club's chief executive Margaret Byrne to complain about manager Paolo Di Canio before the Italian's sacking, we are asking who holds the power in modern day football? The clubs or the players?

    So how strong is player power? Do the clubs have the ultimate say? Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  127. 0930: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Middlesex announce that Tom Smith will leave the club at the end of the 2013 season to play for Gloucestershire.

    In four seasons with Middlesex Smith played 77 times, taking 68 wickets and scoring 473 runs. Smith, a left-arm spinner, has spent much of the 2013 season on loan to Gloucestershire CCC, who he has signed a three year contract with.

    Commenting on Smith's departure managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser said: "Releasing a player is never easy but everyone at Middlesex CCC is delighted that Tom is able to continue his cricket career at another county.

    "Tom is a cracking young man and a good cricketer, and it has been a pleasure to work with him during the past four years."

  128. 0927: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Here are some of the stories making the headlines overseas this morning (sourced by BBC monitoring).

    Lequipe: PSG manager Laurent Blanc says his players are "simply frustrated" after their 1-1 draw against struggling Monaco, reports Lequipe. (In French)

    Lemonde: Monaco captain and former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal says his return to football has been a "miracle" after he underwent a liver surgery, French daily Lemonde reports. (In French)

    Corriere: Rafa Benitez says Napoli's strong start to the season "does not surprise" him, after his team registered a win over AC Milan in Monday's match. The paper adds that AC Milan relies too heavily on Mario Balotelli, who "masks the collective flaws" of his team. (In Italian)

  129. 0923: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hamburg appoint Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk to replace the fired Thorsten Fink.

    The Bundesliga clubs says on its website that the former Netherlands coach will sign a deal through to June 2015. The 61-year-old Van Marwijk will be assisted by Roel Coumans.

    Hamburg fired Fink last Monday after a disappointing start to the Bundesliga, including losses to Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim. They only have four points from six games.

    Van Marwijk led to the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final but resigned from the national team after a disappointing Euro 2012.

  130. 0920: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead has completed 40 marathons in 40 days.

    The Nottinghamshire born athlete, who is a double amputee, set off from John O'Groats in August and headed into Land's End on Monday.

    The 37-year-old 200m sprinter, who began his career as a marathon runner, said the task had been five years in the planning.

  131. 0915: 
    ATHLETICS
    Ben Johnson

    Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson has returned today to Seoul's Olympic Stadium - 25 years to the day after the steroid-assisted 100m final victory that destroyed his career and reputation.

    The runner revisited the site of his triumph and downfall to bring an anti-doping message for a sport still struggling to rid itself of banned substance use.

    "It feels good to be back," he said as he stepped out onto the track where on 24 September, 1988, he lined up for a 100m final that would become known as the "dirtiest race in history".

  132. 0905: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    After Paolo Di Canio's success at Swindon was followed by the sack at Sunderland, BBC Sport asks whether he can still thrive in English football?

  133. 0900: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Italy include former London Broncos captain Craig Gower in their 24-man World Cup squad.

    The 35-year-old Gower, who has played for the Kangaroos and for Italy in rugby union, left the Londoners in June to take up a short-term deal with Newcastle Knights.

    There is also a place for St Helens' experienced prop Anthony Laffranchi, Warrington's teenage centre James Saltonstall and former Manly prop Vic Mauro, who was released by Salford towards the end of the season.

  134. 0857: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on why he thinks Sunderland's players were right to lead a revolt against manager Paolo Di Canio.

    He said: "Sunderland players should be applauded. They did what was best for them - of course, they are players - but they also did what was right for the club.

    "And not just the club. These wealthy Wat Tylers of Wearside have done all of football a favour in ousting a manager with a big name, average résumé and pantomime-act propensities.

    "Sunderland's stars stood up not just for players' rights but also for all those honest managers who do not belittle their players in public, who do not shift blame elsewhere and who do not stand shamelessly in front of fans seeking sympathy."

  135. 0849: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    This morning's newspapers are also full of speculation about who is being lined up to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager.

    Daily Mirror: Sunderland want Watford boss Gianfranco Zola to succeed fellow Italian Paolo Di Canio as manager.

    Daily Mail: Blackpool manager Paul Ince could also be looked at by Black Cats officials as Di Canio's successor.

    Guardian: Unemployed duo Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, also contenders to replace Di Canio, have serious reservations about taking the job.

  136.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Davey R: Goikoetxea - the 'Butcher of Bilbao' - he wouldn't make 10 minutes of any game now, but the game needs pantomime villains!

    Kevin Richards: Toni Schumacher on Patrick Battiston was the worst foul never given. Refs should penalise serious foul play but not overprotect.

    Ross Dixon: Ben Thatcher on Pedro Mendes. Easily the worst tackle ever.

    It is 30 years to the day that former Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Diego Maradona had his ankle broken by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea in one of the most famous football fouls of all time. What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles?

    Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  137. 0839: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Here are some of the stories making the newspapers this morning:

    Daily Mirror: Everton have 'put aside' a new deal for Manchester United target Leighton Baines, 28, but manager Roberto Martinez promises a contract will be sorted for the defender.

    Metro: Arsenal are set to sign Basel defender Fabian Schar, 21, in January as boss Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his backline.

    TalkSPORT: Italian champions Juventus will provide stiff competition for Liverpool to sign Xabi Alonso, 31, should the Real Madrid midfielder fail to extend his contract beyond next summer.

  138.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Priestley: I don't ever remember managers like Sir Alex or Mourinho having a problems with player power. They rule with an iron fist!

    Mike Spence: Club always has final say but I think if players can't follow a manager, it'd be counterproductive to keep them on.

    So how strong is player power? Do the clubs have the ultimate say? Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  139. 0832: 
    FOOTBALL
    Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli has been banned for three matches after using "intimidating and insulting" words to the referee after AC Milan's 2-1 defeat by Napoli.

    He was sent off at the final whistle after clashing with Napoli's Valon Behrami and arguing with the official.

  140. 0828: 
    TENNIS
    Andy Murray

    British number one Andy Murray has tweeted a picture of himself with his thumbs up, in his hospital bed, after minor surgery on his troublesome back.

    The 26-year-old Scot says the first thing he said when he came round from the operation, was "Did I win?"

    Murray is unlikely to play again this season, but does hope to begin his pre-season training in Miami in November.

    The world number three underwent surgery in an attempt to sort out a disc problem in his lower back.

  141.  
    GET INVOLVED

    It is 30 years to the day that former Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Diego Maradona had his ankle broken by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea in one of the most famous football fouls of all time. What are the worst fouls of all time? Is football a better game for cracking down on hard tackles?

    Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, on Facebook or via text on 81111.

  142. 0823: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League side Hull FC have "parted company" with coach Peter Gentle.

    The Black and Whites reached the Challenge Cup final and finished 6th in Super League before being knocked out of the playoffs at Huddersfield last week.

  143.  
    GET INVOLVED

    On the back of the news that Sunderland players approached the club's chief executive Margaret Byrne to complain about manager Paolo Di Canio before the Italian's sacking, we are asking who holds the power in modern day football? The clubs or the players?

    On the other side of the coin, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to make his return in tomorrow's League Cup tie against Manchester United after the club refused to sell the Uruguayan this summer, despite the player's wishes.

    So how strong is player power? Do the clubs have the ultimate say?

    Share your thoughts on Twitter to #bbcsportsday, on BBC Sport Facebook or via text on 81111.

  144. 0818: 
    FOOTBALL

    Republic of Ireland have named Noel King as their interim manager following the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni.

    Under-21 boss King was asked to step up as the Football Association of Ireland considers its options.

    Trapattoni, 74, left by mutual consent after defeats by Sweden and Austria earlier this month which effectively ended their World Cup hopes.

  145. 0815: 
    SNOOKER
    Stephen Lee

    Snooker player Stephen Lee is waiting to find out his punishment after being found guilty of seven match-fixing charges.

    The sport's governing body has described his actions as "the worst case of corruption" it has seen and is pushing for a lifetime ban.

    Lee, 38, denied the allegations and said he had too much to risk by deliberately losing frames or games.

    But the former world number five was found guilty after a tribunal.

  146. 0812: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Football Association believes Istanbul is the "front runner" to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020.

    The governing body says the Turkish bid is the main rival to Wembley to stage the fixtures after 32 Uefa members expressed an interest in hosting games.

    Istanbul lost out to Tokyo in its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

  147. 0809: 
    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    Sunderland players approached the club's chief executive Margaret Byrne to complain about manager Paolo Di Canio before the Italian's sacking.

    Di Canio held a heated team meeting on Sunday following the 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

    Afterwards senior players told Byrne that the situation had become untenable because of the Italian's "brutal and vitriolic" criticism of the squad.

  148.  

    Good morning and welcome to another edition of BBC Sportsday. We have a busy day of action ahead, including this evening's league cup third round ties, all the latest on the fall-out to Paolo Di Canio's sacking as Sunderland boss and snooker player Stephen Lee facing a possible lifetime ban for match fixing charges.

    First though we will take you through the stories making the news over night......

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