Sportsday - Wednesday, 25 September as it happened

Luis Suarez's Liverpool return, League Cup, Stephen Lee's 12-year ban, Sir Bradley Wiggins wins silver.

25 September 2013 Last updated at 18:56

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    Good morning and welcome to another edition of Sportsday from the BBC Sports Centre. We will bring you all the reaction from a busy night in the League Cup, plus all the news ahead of tonight's matches.

    We also have Sir Bradley Wiggins going in the cycling Road World Championships time trial, snooker player Stephen Lee waiting to hear his sentence for match-fixing, plus all the other breaking news.

    Stay tuned.

  2. 0805: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham powered past Aston Villa 4-0 and into the fourth round of the League Cup.

    Manchester City were also convincing winners, beating Wigan 5-0, with new signing Steven Jovetic scoring his first goals for the club.

    Other third round winners were Burnley, Hull, Leicester, Southampton, Sunderland, Chelsea, Norwich, West Ham and Fulham.

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    FOOTBALL

    Championship strugglers Morton took a famous scalp as Dougie Imrie's penalty knocked Celtic out of the League Cup.

    Despite building early pressure, Celtic failed to show composure in front of goal in a scoreless first 90 minutes.

    And the Greenock outfit made them pay, Imrie scoring from the spot in extra time after defender Efe Ambrose was penalised for handball.

    Celtic, second in the top flight, pressed for a leveller but Morton held on for a memorable win.

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    Morton's shock victory last night leads us to ask what is the greatest cup upset? Wrexham beating Arsenal? Bristol City beating Liverpool at Anfield? Sutton United knocking out Coventry? What other memorable giant killing acts have there been?

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

  5. 0815: 
    FOOTBALL - LUIS SUAREZ
    Luis Suarez

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has one more chance at the club, according to former Reds forward Robbie Fowler.

    Suarez could face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday after a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.

    But after a summer where the Uruguayan agitated for a move, Fowler thinks it is time Suarez showed loyalty.

  6. 0820: 
    CYCLING

    Sir Bradley Wiggins feels even better prepared for the Road World Championships time trial than he did for his win at the London Olympics.

    Wiggins, 33, secured an impressive time trial victory on the way to winning last week's Tour of Britain.

    He believes he is now ready to challenge for a first road world title in Italy today.

    "I'm as prepared as I'll ever be for a time-trial. I feel good, just focused and ready to go," he said.

    Watch the action Live on the red button from 1215 BST and on BBC 2 from 1340 BST. You can also watch live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    Former world number five Stephen Lee is expecting to hear his sentence for snooker match-fixing today.

    A hearing to consider punishment took place on Tuesday for what the sport's governing body has described as "the worst case of corruption" it has seen.

    Lee was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges following an independent tribunal chaired by Adam Lewis QC.

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    CRICKET
    Graeme Hick

    Australia appoint former England batsman Graeme Hick as high performance coach for their talent development programme, after employing the Zimbabwe-born 47-year-old as a consultant for the past four months.

    Hick, who played 65 tests for England from 1991-2001 for a batting average of 31.32, will be based at Australia's national talent academy, the Brisbane-based Centre of Excellence, Cricket Australia said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "His main role will be working with our development teams including Australia A, Under 19 players and those in our current pathway system," CA executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard said.

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    On text via 81111 (UK users only): For me it would be Barnsley knocking out both Liverpool & Chelsea in 08. Maybe that's a tad biased from a Tykes fan though... (names please)

    Morton's shock victory last night leads us to ask what is the greatest cup upset? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

  10. 0837: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi has responded angrily to reports that he made a gesture after being substituted in Barcelona's 4-1 win at home to Real Sociedad.

    The 26-year-old scored his seventh league goal of the season in the win but was taken off by coach Gerardo Martino with 10 minutes left.

    Madrid-based tabloid AS reported that Messi was unhappy with being replaced.

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    Here are some of the stories making the back pages of the newspapers this morning.....

    Daily Mirror: Wales winger Gareth Bale, 24, flew back from Spain and held talks with Manchester United before completing a world record £86m move to Real Madrid.

    Daily Mail: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham could be alerted by uncertainty of Andrea Pirlo's future at Juventus. The Italy midfielder, 34, could be allowed to leave in January if the Turin club decide against extending his current deal beyond this season.

    Daily Express: Athletic Bilbao could move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta in January. The Spanish right-back, 24, has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season.

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    Away from transfer news, today's newspapers are also full of speculation about who is going to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager.....

    Daily Telegraph: Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet has held talks with Sunderland owner Ellis Short about replacing Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light. Steve McClaren and Tony Pulis are also in the race for the job.

    TalkSPORT: Former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish, 54, says he wants the Sunderland job.

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    Meanwhile other managerial stories making the headlines are.....

    Daily Mirror: Norwich manager Chris Hughton could face the sack if the Canaries are beaten at Stoke on Sunday.

    Daily Mail: Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is in line to replace Fatih Terim as Galatasaray manager.

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    With the League Cup third round in full swing, the debate about the importance of the competition has started again. A host of Premier League teams rested their players, while even Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield opted for below-par selections.

    After Huddersfield's 1-0 defeat to Hull, boss Mark Robins said: "I wanted to go through, but needs must. It [the team selection] is no disrespect to the cup, it's a necessity. Our priority is staying in the Championship."

    While Hull manager Steve Bruce said: "It was more like a friendly than a cup tie. But that's what the early rounds of the cup have turned into now. It's a shame but there you have it."

    So what are your thoughts on the League Cup? How important is the competition in English football? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or join the debate on Facebook.

  15. 0900: 
    SAILING - AMERICA'S CUP

    The America's Cup has been taken into a winner-takes-all final race today,

    Oracle Team USA levelled at 8-8 against Team New Zealand on Tuesday to complete a stunning comeback from 8-1 down in San Francisco.

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    PAOLO DI CANIO REACTION

    Sunderland's caretaker boss Kevin Ball wants to be considered as a permanent successor to the recently sacked Paolo Di Canio.

    Ball guided the Black Cats into the fourth round of the League Cup with a 2-0 win over Peterborough on Tuesday.

    "Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it," said Ball.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Former captain Lee Radford is expected to be appointed as the new head coach of Hull FC at a press conference today.

    The 34-year-old Radford is set to succeed Australian Peter Gentle, who parted company with the club 24 hours ago, and could form part of an all-English backroom staff.

    Long-serving junior coach Andy Last is expected to become Radford's assistant and there could also roles for former half-back pair Richard Horne and Paul Cooke.

  18. 0914: 
    LEAGUE CUP REACTION- Swindon 0-2 Chelsea, League Cup third round
    Juan Mata

    Chelsea first-team coach Steve Holland:

    "Obviously a lot has been made of the Juan Mata situation because he's a high-profile player.

    "The message to all of our attacking players from Jose from day one has been they need to contribute offensively in terms of their production and of course they have to contribute out of possession and defend.

    "That's been the challenge not just to Juan but all of our attacking players. In Juan's case, if you look at his performance here, he made Fernando's chance and was involved in the goal. Those two moments - goal-making and goal-scoring actions."

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    LEAGUE CUP REACTION- Manchester City 5-0 Wigan, League Cup third round

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

    "We can change names but for me it was very important to see the same team we saw last Sunday, the same philosophy of football and the same high performance.

    "I think it is very important for Stevan Jevotic. He wasn't playing normally because he had some physical problems but the last two weeks he has been working hard and I am sure he is going to be a really important player for us."

    Wigan manager Owen Coyle:

    "We worked ever so hard, playing against one of the elite clubs of world football, let alone English football.

    "They made 10 changes and their team was probably worth about £200m. There is no getting away from it, we knew it was a tough ask.

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    Ahead of today's winner-takes-all America's Cup race, after Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team completed comeback from 8-1 down, we ask you for other great sporting comebacks.

    Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or join the debate on Facebook.

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    FOOTBALL

    Morton manager Allan Moore says players have been rewarded for their effort as they stunned Celtic to reach the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals.

    "You need boys with desire and work rate and they had it tonight in abundance," he said after the 1-0 extra-time win at Celtic Park.

    "We said 'if you want to swap a Celtic jersey, make sure it is full of sweat so they know you have put a shift in'."

    "There are a lot of jerseys in there full of sweat."

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    SAILING - AMERICA'S CUP

    Skipper Jimmy Spithill insists his Oracle Team USA are still the underdogs despite recording their sixth and seventh straight wins to take the America's Cup to a decider against Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The defending champions are on the brink of one of the greatest comebacks of all time after levelling the competition at 8-8 in San Francisco Bay, having been 8-1 down after the 11th race.

    "I think we are the underdog and I'm going to keep running with that and use that energy," said Spithill.

    "The exciting thing for me is seeing how this team has gelled together."

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    BBC coverage

    England's netballers take on South Africa in the second of three tests tonight at Wembley, a match you can hear commentary of via the BBC Sport website from 1935 BST. After Sunday's win, England lead South Africa 1-0, so a victory tonight and they win the series. It's another important step towards next year's Commonwealth Games.

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    SAILING - AMERICA'S CUP
    America's Cup

    Only twice before in the 162-year history of America's Cup has there been a winner-take-all race, in 1920 and 1983 respectively.

    Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team, who have comeback from 8-1 down, however, is not thinking of the magnitude of the finale.

    "You just have to approach it like every other race," said the four-time Olympic gold medallist.

    "You really have to go out and go through the same preparations with the boat, the maintenance, in the morning meetings, and with the pre-start warm-up. And of course, like every other race, the guys will give it everything all the way to the finish."

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    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Priestley: Hereford United 2-1 Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup 3rd Round. Ronnie Radford and all that!

    Reed Wilkin: Probably non league Exeter going to Man United and getting a draw baring in mind Utd still had Ronaldo and Scholes!

    James Cook: Grimsby knocking out Liverpool, at Anfield in 2001, with an extra-time Phil Jevons wonder goal.

    Morton's shock victory last night leads us to ask what is the greatest cup upset? Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

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    LEAGUE CUP REACTION- Fulham 2-1 Everton, League Cup third round
    Scott Parker, Darren Gibson

    Fulham boss Martin Jol:

    "It's a big relief. It was a long time ago since our last win against Sunderland [on 17 August], and today we wanted to get back to winning ways.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Gerard Deulofeu:

    "He's a real threat. His play deserved more goals in the first half, and that would have been the difference.

    "Overall we had two or three great opportunities, but couldn't take advantage so that's a disappointment.

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    LEAGUE CUP REACTION- Watford 2-3 Norwich, League Cup third round

    Watford manager Gianfranco Zola:

    "It is a crushing feeling of course. We were winning a game and deserving to against Premier League opposition."

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton on Gary Hooper:

    "He is a finisher. I'm probably as delighted that he has got 120 minutes under his belt as I am with the goals."

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    LEAGUE CUP REACTION- West Ham 3-2 Cardiff, League Cup third round

    Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay: "We had a mountain to climb with the way we started.

    "I thought we were a shadow of ourselves in that first period but we scored a beautiful goal on the stroke of half-time to bring ourselves back into it.

    West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald:

    "It's always good to win and Sam is pleased we are through, although he's slightly disappointed with some aspects.

    "We probably thought it was too easy and took our foot of the pedal. And Cardiff scored a great goal just before half-time."

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager David Moyes admits "changes will have to be made" at the Old Trafford outfit.

    His United side were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City, ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool, featuring the return of Luis Suarez, but Moyes feels the pain may not be over just yet.

    "It was always going to be tough following such a great manager with a great team and I think people with real football knowledge will know there are probably some changes to be made," he said.

    "It is not going to be made in one fell swoop. It is going to be done in time.

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    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED
    Burnley's Brian Jensen

    Championship side Burnley stunned Premier League leaders Chelsea after a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup fourth round in November 2008.

    Burnley keeper Brian Jensen was the hero after he dived full-stretch to divert Jon Mikel Obi's decisive penalty to safety.

    Didier Drogba had given Chelsea a first-half lead with a sumptuous finish from a Frank Lampard pass.

    But a spirited second-half from Burnley saw Ade Akinbiyi sweep in an equaliser.

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

  31. 1016: 
    BREAKING NEWS
    Stephen Lee

    Snooker player Stephen Lee has been banned for 12 years and ordered to pay £40,000 costs after being found guilty of seven match-fixing charges.

    The former world number five had denied the allegations but the sport's governing body says it was the worst case of corruption it has seen.

    An independent tribunal ruled the 38-year-old had deliberately affected the outcome of matches, including one at the World Championship in 2009.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Huddersfield captain Danny Brough receives further recognition for his record-breaking season with his selection as the Rugby League Writers' Association player of the year.

    The goalkicking half-back, 30, who inspired the Giants to their first top-of-the-table finish for 81 years, finished just ahead of Leeds' former England captain Jamie Peacock in a poll carried out at the end of the regular Super League season.

    Other players in the running for the award were Warrington hooker Mick Higham and Huddersfield prop forward Eorl Crabtree.

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    Dan Roan, BBC SportSNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    On Stephen Lee: "It's a 12-year suspension so in effect it's a career-ending ban. He won't be able to play again until he's 50.

    "I think it will become as a relief for many in the game. A lot of people wanted to see a hefty punishment and that's what he's got.

    "It has been described by officials that it is the worst case of corruption the game has ever seen and this is certainly the heaviest punishment the sport has ever seen."

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    STEPHEN LEE - GET INVOLVED

    Bradley Stait: Stephen Lee will just write a book on why he fixed games and make back the £40,000 fine twice over.

    Thomas Cruxton: Nice to see a strong punishment given to a sportsman! Fixing matches is unfair on all involved from other players to fans.

  35. 1033: 
    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    Jason Ferguson, the Chairman of the WPBSA, on Stephen Lee ban: "We take no pride in having to deal with such serious issues. However this demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that snooker is free from corruption.

    "It is an important part of our anti-corruption approach that players found to be involved in fixing matches or any aspect of a match are severely dealt with. We work closely with partners globally and the message we are sending is that if you get involved in match fixing you will be found out and removed from the sport."

    Under the WPBSA Disciplinary Rules Stephen Lee has a right to appeal the finding and the sentence imposed.

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    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED
    Bradford players celebrate

    Bradford became the first fourth-tier side in over 50 years to reach the League Cup final as they secured a 4-3 aggregate victory over Aston Villa in January 2013.

    The Bantams bridged the gap between the bottom division of English league football and the Premier League to secure a place at Wembley, despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat.

    Bradford may have lost on the night but they stubbornly protected a 3-1 first-leg advantage to emulate a feat last achieved by Rochdale in 1962.

  37. 1042: 
    ON THIS DAY
    Jonathan Edwards

    In 2000, Britain's Jonathan Edwards won gold at the Sydney Olympics in the triple jump.

  38. 1053: 
    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    Nigel Mawer, head of disciplinary for the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association:

    "We did say we were seeking a life ban because if it was seven matches that had been fixed including during the world championships.

    "But in effect it is a life ban because I think it is highly unlikely that Stephen Lee will be able to come back to the sport at this level."

  39. 1054: 
    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE- Career factfile

    Turned professional: 1992

    Ranking tournament wins: 5 (Grand Prix 1998; LG Cup 2001; Scottish Open 2002; Welsh Open 2006, PTC Grand Finals 2012)

    Highest tournament break: 145

    Highest world ranking: Five

  40. 1101: 
    FOOTBALL

    From European football expert Gabriele Marcotti: Gus Poyet takes over at Sunderland reports @dimarzio

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    GET INVOLVED

    Steven Crouch: York City going to Old Trafford & convincingly beating Manchester United 3-0 in the league cup in 1995.

    Mike Seaton: Disagree with Steve Bruce- 9,000 Coventry @emirates stadium last season will tell you its more than a friendly.

    Jack Faulkner: Cup Upset: Doncaster Rovers vs Aston Villa in 2005. That third Rovers goal will live in my memory forever, what a strike!

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

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    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED
    Phil Jevons

    Boyhood Liverpool fan Phil Jevons struck a sensational extra-time winner for Grimsby to knock the holders out of the Worthington Cup in October 2001.

    After a goalless opening 90 minutes, the Reds took the lead in added time through a Gary McAllister penalty - only for the Kop to be stunned by a Marlon Broomes equaliser.

    That goal saw a mad scramble for a winner in the closing stages - and it was former Evertonian Jevons who settled the affair with a scorching 30-yard shot in injury time.

  43. 1108: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull FC appoint former player and assistant Lee Radford as Peter Gentle's replacement as head coach.

    Gentle was relieved of his duties on Tuesday after the club suffered a 76-18 defeat by Huddersfield in the Super League play-offs.

    Radford, 34, spent two years on the coaching staff at the KC Stadium and made over 200 appearances for the club.

    After retiring at the end of the 2011 season he made a brief playing return in 2012 during an injury crisis.

  44. 1113: 
    RUGBY UNION

    One of rugby union's most senior officials, Alain Rolland, is to retire from refereeing at the end of the season.

    Rolland took charge of the 2007 Rugby World Cup final as well as two Heineken Cup finals during his career.

  45. 1119: 
    SNOOKER

    Willie Thorne talking about Stephen Lee's ban on Sky Sports: "While the door is open to this sort of thing at the end of the day any one who is found cheating should be banned.

    "At least now we're stamping it out. I was approached and someone offered me £20,000 to lose a match against Joe Johnson but I refused it.

    "Barry Hearn has got the game as squeaky clean as it can be now."

  46. 1126: 
    FOOTBALL

    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski confirms he will sign a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich in January.

    Lewandowski revealed his desire to join the German and European champions over the summer, but accepted he would have to remain at Dortmund until next year when his contract expires.

    The 25-year-old has reportedly already agreed terms on next summer's switch to the Bavarian club and had no reservations in making his intentions clear.

    When asked by German SPORT1 television channel whether he could announce his switch to Bayern, the Poland international responded: "Yes, because then I can officially sign a contract."

  47. 1125:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCOMING UP

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have radio commentary of the World Road Championships Elite Men's Time Trial in Italy today from 1400 BST.

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    CRICKET

    Northants are making heavy weather of the task of earning two more points to secure promotion to Division One of the County Championship. After bowling out Worcestershire for 163 at New Road, three wickets this morning by Alan Richardson have reduced to them to 143-7 in reply.

    Northants need to score 250 to earn two batting bonus points which will ensure rivals Essex cannot catch them in the race for promotion, irrespective of the eventual result of the game.

  49. 1141: 
    SNOOKER

    Stephen Lee's agent Adam Quigley confirms the 38-year-old will lodge an appeal against his 12-year snooker ban.

    The findings state: "These breaches occurred when Mr Lee was in a financially perilous state not entirely of his own making and was finding it difficult to obtain entry to enough tournaments.

    "As a weak man in a vulnerable position he succumbed to temptation. I consider it unlikely that he was the prime mover or instigator of the activity. It seems to me likely that advantage was taken of him."

  50. 1147: 
    FOOTBALL
    Michael Jackson statue

    The Michael Jackson statue outside Fulham's Craven Cottage is to be removed today.

    The statue will be returned to the club's former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, who was a friend of the late pop star.

    It was installed behind the Hammersmith Stand in 2011 as a tribute to Jackson, who visited the ground in 1999, but split opinion among fans.

  51. 1153: 
    CRICKET

    Yorkshire's Gary Ballance has celebrated his inclusion in the England squad for the winter Ashes series in Australia by reaching a century on day two of the county's Championship game against Surrey at The Oval.

    He reached his fourth Division One hundred of the summer off 194 balls with a square cut for four off Tom Jewell, the 14th boundary of his innings.

  52. 1155: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Bert Van Marwjk

    Here is a picture of Bert van Marwijk being presented as new head coach of Hamburger SV at a news conference in Hamburg today.

  53. 1158: 
    CYCLING - COMING UP

    Can Sir Bradley Wiggins win his first world title when he goes in the men's individual time trial at 14:09 BST?

    Coverage of the Road World Championships begins from 12:15 BST on Red Button and the BBC Sport website (UK only), and from 13:40 BST to 16:10 BST on BBC Two; Live text commentary available via the BBC Sport website.

  54.  
    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED

    Samuel Baldus: Mickey Thomas' thunderbolt of a freekick helping Wrexham beat league champions Arsenal in 1991-92 FA Cup.

    Jammo: Luton beating premier league Norwich.

    Liam Crook: It may not have been an upset but honourable mention goes to Havant & Waterlooville who took the lead twice v Liverpool in 08!

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

  55. 1208: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Premiership Rugby deputy chairman Bruce Craig has warned that Pro12 clubs face "financial oblivion" if administrators try to thwart the Rugby Champions Cup.

    Craig has been central to setting up an event intended to replace the Heineken Cup, which he claims is "finished".

    "If the competition is not approved then that would have absolutely catastrophic implications for Celtic rugby," Craig told BBC Sport.

    "Celtic teams would be without significant revenues."

    He added: "The Heineken Cup is finished, it's over. The Rugby Champions Cup is a way to save European rugby."

  56. 1216: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Edinburgh's rebuilding process continues with the signing of loose forward Mike Coman from New Zealand side Hawke's Bay.

    The 25-year-old has agreed a two-year contract, subject to a visa being granted and a medical examination.

    He will arrive in Scotland in October, once his current club's ITM Cup campaign is over.

    A former New Zealand under-19 international, Coman also has Super Rugby experience with Hurricanes.

  57. 1220: 
    SPEED SKATING

    Nine members of GB Short Track begin their World Cup campaign this week with the opening event in Shanghai, 26-29 September.

    The four-day event consists of qualifying rounds for each discipline on days one and two, followed by World Cup sessions on days three and four.

    Performance director Stuart Horsepool said: "We have selected an additional two skaters to compete at the World Cups this season, giving us a squad of nine. This was done with the aim to qualify both a men's and women's relay for Sochi."

  58. 1222: 
    CYCLING
    Bradley Wiggins

    Can Sir Bradley Wiggins win his first world title when he goes in the men's individual time trial at 1409 BST?

    Coverage of the Road World Championships has now started on the Red Button and the BBC Sport website (UK only), and from 1340 BST to 1610 BST on BBC Two. Live text commentary is also available via the BBC Sport website from 1330 BST.

  59. 1227: 
    TENNIS

    Johanna Konta misses out on a first WTA Tour semi-final after withdrawing from her last-eight encounter against Johanna Larsson in the Yinzhou Bank Cup International Women's Tennis Open.

    The Sydney-born British number three has been in impressive form - and took the first set against her Swedish opponent in Guangzhou last week.

    Larsson levelled to take the match to a decider but Konta withdrew with the score at 6-2 3-6.

  60.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Joe Karmali on text via 81111: York City winning 3-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 1995 League Cup 2nd round.

    Perry Chance on 81111: Has to be league one Leeds United at Old Trafford. Beckford 1-0. Best day of my life.

    Morton's shock victory last night leads us to ask what is the greatest cup upset? Wrexham beating Arsenal? Bristol City beating Liverpool at Anfield? Sutton United knocking out Coventry? What other memorable giant killing acts have there been?

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

  61. 1236: 
    NETBALL - ENGLAND HEAD COACH ANNA MAYES Q&A
    Anna Mayes

    England's netballers take on South Africa in the second of three tests tonight at Wembley, a match you can hear commentary of via the BBC Sport website from 1935 BST. Ahead of the match, we spoke to England netball coach Anna Mayes and asked her the questions posed by you on Twitter.

    Claudia: What is @England_Netball working on between the 1st and 2nd tests of the south Africa series?

    Anna Mayes: We had a de-brief on Sunday and scrutinised the game - like we always do. Then we trained well on Monday and Tuesday just like normal. Win or lose we try to be consistent and do the same things, execute our game plan; defend with conviction and let the ball go in attack.

    Caty Surtees: What's your pre-match ritual?

    Anna Mayes: In the day I like to exercise and de-stress. Go the gym or something to clear my mind. Then I like to be organised and have an hour and 15 minutes with my assistant going through tactics. We then have a team meeting and try to leave for the match in a relaxed frame of mind.

  62. 1240: 
    CRICKET

    Northants have reached lunch on 191-8 in their LV County Championship Division Two match at Worcestershire and are just nine runs away from their fourth bonus point of the game.

    If they reach 200, they could only miss out on promotion by losing the game and Essex winning their match against Hampshire with maximum points. However, should Northants reach 250, they would earn an extra batting point and promotion will be guaranteed.

  63. 1245: 
    SNOOKER

    Speaking for the first time since he was found guilty of match-fixing, snooker player Stephen Lee says he "absolutely" intends to appeal against his 12-year ban.

    Lee told BBC Points West: "I'm absolutely devastated. I've done nothing wrong. I'm totally innocent of this and I will be making a public statement later on, I've just seen my lawyer."

  64. 1249: 
    FOOTBALL

    League Two club Bury terminate the contract of experienced defender Adam Lockwood by mutual consent.

    Lockwood joined the Shakers on a free transfer from Doncaster in July 2012 and made a total of 20 appearances.

    But after a huge revamp of the Bury squad by manager Kevin Blackwell during pre-season, the 31-year-old has found first-team opportunities limited.

    His only start this season came in a 3-0 victory against Accrington Stanley at Gigg Lane on 17 August.

  65. 1254: 
    NETBALL - ENGLAND HEAD COACH ANNA MAYES Q&A

    Joe Andrews: Highlight and lowlight of your career?

    Anna Mayes: Highlight would have to be our series win over the world number ones Australia this year. We demonstrated psychological strength and belief.

    The lo-light is jut whenever we lose in the red & white dress really, as we've set such high standards. Specifically losing the Fast5 World Series Final against New Zealand in 2012 as there was a lot of expectation on us.

    Liz Littlewood: Do you think enough is done to promote netball & girls sports especially at primary school level? What could be done?

    AM: I think we've been quite fortunate this year and we've worked well with the media to promote a fantastic sport.

    We could definitely do more to promote netball within the media and through the governing body. Using ambassadors for the sport to inspire others.

    There was added interest in sport in this country around the Olympics. Unfortunately we didn't benefit directly from that as we weren't in it. But we're in the Commonwealths and I think that netball is now viewed in a more positive manner.

  66. 1257: 
    FOOTBALL

    Derby County midfielder Paul Coutts will be out of action at least four months with a knee injury, reports BBC Radio Derby.

    Coutts damaged his kneecap in Tuesday's Capital One Cup Cup defeat by East Midlands rivals Leicester City and is set to have an operation on Wednesday.

    Fellow midfielder Jeff Hendrick is also sidelined at present after suffering an ankle injury against Yeovil last month.

    Rams boss Nigel Clough has said he will now look to bring in cover.

  67. 1301: 
    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED
    Southend

    Southend pulled off a massive shock by dumping holders Manchester United out of the Carling Cup at Roots Hall in November 2006.

    The Championship strugglers progressed to the quarter-finals thanks to a stunning first-half 30-yard free-kick from top scorer Freddy Eastwood.

    United responded but winger Cristiano Ronaldo was denied by two magnificent saves from Darryl Flahavan.

  68. 1307: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Bradford Bulls owner Omar Khan has announced he is leaving the club because of ill health.

    Khan's consortium took over the club, who finished ninth in Super League this year, last September after a period in administration.

    Ryan Whitcut and Mark Moore will take over at Odsal, subject to Rugby Football League approval.

    "The club is in a much stronger position and the time is now right to move it forward," said Khan.

  69. 1309: 
    CRICKET

    The morning has belonged to Sussex, who have a 145-run lead at lunch on 309-8.

    However, both Luke Wright and Ben Brown are out. Wright went in the fourth over of the morning as he was bowled by Chris Rushworth for 87, while Brown departed the over before lunch for 64, caught by Ben Stokes in the covers off Scott Borthwick's bowling.

    On a misty morning in Hove, the wicket has offered little to the bowlers and champions Durham are flat in the field. Sussex still have third spot to aim for, a position which would net their player's pool a nice £87,000.

  70.  
    GET INVOLVED

    James Bene: Shrewsbury beating Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup 2003. Drama of the last minute goal that dumped Rooney and co out in disgrace.

    Ben Newbon: Being from Hereford the greatest cupset would have to be in 72 when they beat Newcastle 2-1.

    Oliver Jones: Vauxhall Motors beating QPR in an FA Cup replay a few years back. We were awful that night, and deserved to lose.

    Morton's shock victory last night leads us to ask what is the greatest cup upset? Wrexham beating Arsenal? Bristol City beating Liverpool at Anfield? Sutton United knocking out Coventry? What other memorable giant killing acts have there been?

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

  71. 1322: 
    SNOOKER

    Stephen Lee says he is "totally innocent" and has "done nothing wrong" after being banned for 12 years for match-fixing.

    The former world number five was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges and has also been told to pay £40,000 costs.

    Speaking outside his house, Lee says he is "absolutely devastated" with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's decision and confirms he will be making a public statement later on Wednesday.

  72. 1331: 
    SWIMMING

    Double Commonwealth Champion James Goddard will not defend his titles in Glasgow next summer after deciding to retire from the sport following an international swimming career spanning 12 years.

  73. 1333: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Sale will be without James Gaskell for at least two months because of injury.

    The number eight was hurt in the warm-up prior to Sale's 26-22 win against Wasps on 20 September and scans have revealed he broke a bone in his foot.

    Former Sharks captain Gaskell, 23, had started the club's first two games of the Premiership season.

    But there is better news for Sale regarding centres Johnny Leota and Sam Tuitupou, who are expected to be fully fit within the next week.

  74. 1338: 
    CRICKET

    Northants have been bowled out for 202 on the second day of their Championship game against Worcestershire at New Road, 48 runs short of the total that would have clinched promotion to Division One.

    However, they will still go up if they win or draw the game. Essex can only pip them to the second promotion spot if they beat Hampshire with maximum points and Northants lose.

  75. 1344: 
    ON THIS DAY
    Fernando Alonso

    In 2005, Spain's Fernando Alonso became the youngest Formula One world champion at the age of 24 after finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  76. 1350: 
    FOOTBALL

    Teenage Norwich City prospect Josh Murphy will not be thrown into Premier League action, despite his impressive debut in Tuesday's win over Watford.

    The 18-year-old winger scored a stunning goal as his side came from 2-0 down to win the League Cup tie 3-2.

    "We're aware of the ability he has got and we'll harness that in the right way," Hughton told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  77.  
    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED

    Eddie Powell, Stockport, on text via 81111: Stockport County in the 96/97 coca cola cup Beat West Ham 2-1 after replay beat Blackburn 1-0 Then beat Southampton 2-1 after replay,but lost to Middleborough 2-1 in the semi final.But won the 2nd leg at Middleborough 1-0.

    Niall from Glasgow: The mighty part time Caley Thistle beating Celtic 3-1 at Parkhead in 2000. Coining the immortal headline supercaleygoballisticcelticareatrocius. Surely the greatest cupset for that alone!

    Morton's shock victory last night leads us to ask what is the greatest cup upset? Wrexham beating Arsenal? Bristol City beating Liverpool at Anfield? Sutton United knocking out Coventry? What other memorable giant killing acts have there been?

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

  78. 1400:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCYCLING
    Alex Dowsett

    Can Sir Bradley Wiggins win his first world title when he goes in the men's individual time trial at 1409 BST?

    Coverage of the Road World Championships is live on the BBC Sport website (UK only) and BBC Two; Live text commentary available via the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra also has radio commentary of the World Road Championships Elite Men's Time Trial.

  79. 1408: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Chris Hill says Warrington's players did not care who the club selected as their play-off semi-final opponents.

    With the use of Club Call, the Wolves chose to face Huddersfield - the League Leaders' Shield winners - on Thursday for a place in October's Grand Final.

    But the England international said that any of the other three remaining teams would have provided a stiff test.

    "We just get on with it. You have to beat the best to win the Grand Final," prop Hill told BBC North West Tonight.

  80. 1411: 
    NETBALL - ENGLAND HEAD COACH ANNA MAYES Q&A

    PE Tideway: Have you any words of wisdom to motivate my girls at school?

    Anna Mayes: Ensure that it is fun first and be the best that you can be. We need to strive for excellence but also get the balance right and have fun.

  81. 1413: 
    CUPSETS - GET INVOLVED

    Joel Miles: Tranmere Rovers coming from 3-0 down at half time vs Southampton to win 4-3. FA Cup 5th round 2001!

    Andrew Parrington: Would any discussion about cup upsets be complete without mentioning Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup final win vs Leeds?

    Danny Saunders: Chelsea being 2 up against Scarborough and losing 3-2! Still pains me to this day!

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

  82. 1414: 
    LEAGUE CUP - LUIS SUAREZ

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has one more chance at the club, according to former Reds forward Robbie Fowler.

    Suarez could face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup tonight after a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.

    But after a summer where the Uruguayan agitated for a move, Fowler thinks it is time Suarez showed loyalty.

  83.  
    LUIS SUAREZ - GET INVOLVED

    Have your say on Luis Suarez's possible return in tonight's League Cup third round tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    How important is Suarez to Liverpool? Where does the Uruguayan rank in terms of the world's greatest players? Would you welcome Suarez back into the fold if he played for your team?

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

  84. 1424: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Javier Mascherano

    Barcelona face a defensive crisis ahead of next week's Champions League trip to Celtic after Javier Mascherano was ruled out for "10 to 15 days" with a hamstring injury.

    The Argentina international suffered the problem in Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Real Sociedad and joins fellow defender Jordi Alba on the sidelines.

  85. 1428: 
    SNOOKER

    Snooker player Mark King says Stephen Lee has been "let off really lightly" after he was banned for 12 years for match-fixing.

    The former world number five was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges, and has also been told to pay £40,000 costs.

    King says he "hasn't got any sympathy" for Lee, and feels a lifetime ban would have been a better deterrent.

  86. 1433: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Midfielder Jill Scott says England must not underestimate the challenge of Turkey when they continue the 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign at Portsmouth on Thursday evening.

    England recorded a 6-0 victory over Belarus in Bournemouth on Saturday which was the first match since finishing bottom off their group at the European Championships and saw long-serving head coach Hope Powell leave her post, with former assistant Brent Hills promoted to caretaker manager.

    While Turkey may only be ranked 65 in the world, Everton Ladies midfielder Scott insists England must be fully focused on delivering another composed display as they target qualification for a third successive World Cup.

    "We will not underestimate any team in our group and we know we are not entitled to win any game," Scott said.

  87.  
    LUIS SUAREZ - GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Anderson: Match-winner, high work rate, influential, versatile, eye for goal, creative. - pretty important in my opinion.

    Incisive Sport: As a L'pool Red it's time for our talented , toothy (!) talisman to repay Brendan's and the fans' faith.

    Andrew Priestley: Suarez's problem is that he isn't a likeable person. Fans love him at their club, but hate him otherwise. Tevez was the same.

    How important is Luis Suarez to Liverpool? Where does the Uruguayan rank in terms of the world's greatest players? Would you welcome Suarez back into the fold if he played for your team?

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

  88. 1443: 
    FOOTBALL - DONE DEAL
    Javier Chevanton

    Uruguay striker Javier Chevanton signs a short-term contract for QPR.

    The experienced frontman - a free agent following his release from Italian side Lecce at the end of last season - has been training with the Loftus Road club in recent weeks and puts pen to paper on a three-month deal.

    Chevanton, 33, has won 22 caps for his country, scoring seven goals.

    Manager Harry Redknapp said: "With the injuries we've had to Bobby [Zamora] and AJ [Andy Johnson], we're really short of options in that department."

  89. 1453: 
    FOOTBALL

    Charlton goalkeeper Nick Pope signs a new three-year contract with the Championship club.

    The 21-year-old, who joined from Bury Town in 2011, made his debut for the Addicks as a substitute in the final game of last season.

    "Good young British goalkeepers are few and far between," Charlton boss Chris Powell told the club's website.

    "We feel we've got one who will develop into a very good goalkeeper and have a good career in the game."

  90.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Connor, Portadown, via text on 81111: If bale was worth over £80million and Suarez had arguably an overall better season than bale then if the right price had come in for him he would have been sold. Completely contradictory to speak of the attitude that our club expects of our players and then repeatedly back a player that continually displays the wrong attitude on the pitch. No player is bigger than our club.

    How important is Luis Suarez to Liverpool? Where does the Uruguayan rank in terms of the world's greatest players? Would you welcome Suarez back into the fold if he played for your team?

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

  91. 1501:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty on Stephen Lee's 12-year ban for match-fixing:

    "A 12-year ban is the biggest ban that's been handed down by world snooker. It's effectively a life ban because he's not going to be able to play until 2024.

    "He'll be 50 years of age by then, so realistically he won't be able to come back and compete on the world snooker circuit."

  92. 1503: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Arsenal, League Cup third round, Wednesday 20:00 BST

    Nicklas Bendtner is set for his first Arsenal appearance since August 2011 against West Brom.

    Arsene Wenger will rest some of his key players, including Jack Wilshere, while Theo Walcott needs stomach surgery.

    West Brom's second-round hat-trick hero Saido Berahino is pushing for a start, having come off the bench in Saturday's win over Sunderland.

    His cause will be strengthened by the expected absence of injured strikers Shane Long and Matej Vydra.

  93. 1507: 
    FOOTBALL

    David Luiz feels he has no point to prove at Chelsea and admits he respects Jose Mourinho's rotation policy.

    The Brazilian centre-back, along with Juan Mata, was omitted altogether from Mourinho's matchday 18 for the weekend's Premier League win at Fulham but returned for their League Cup win at Swindon last night.

    He said: "It was just one game. Sometimes when other players go out of the team, people don't say anything.

    "I don't need to prove anything. Everyone knows who David Luiz is, I want to play football and enjoy myself on the pitch so when I have an opportunity to play, I want to enjoy just that."

  94. 1510: 
    LEAGUE CUP - LUIS SUAREZ
    Luis Suarez

    Liverpool record since Luis Suarez's ban:

    - Games: 10

    - Won: 7

    - Drawn: 2

    - Lost: 1

  95. 1514: 
    COUNTY CRICKET
    Sussex

    Fog halts play at Sussex with Durham 2-0 in their second innings after Sussex were bowled out for 328 in their first innings response to the hosts' 164.

  96. 1517:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    More from former world snooker champion Ken Doherty on Stephen Lee's 12-year ban for match-fixing:

    It is a career ender?

    Doherty: "Absolutely, I don't think he can come back from this. He can keep playing and play money matches. But how long can you keep doing that? He's 39 years of age and has got a family to support.

    "I think all the players would be in agreement that they feel sad for his family, but let this be a lesson to any player, not only in snooker but in any sport.

    "World Snooker are working in conjunction with the gambling commission because we want this stamped out. Let this be a lesson and a deterrent to any player who may succumb to the pressure financially and may succumb to the temptations of trying to earn a fast buck."

  97. 1520: 
    CYCLING

    Sir Bradley Wiggins wins silver in the Road World Championships time trial.

  98. 1526: 
    CYCLING
    Tony Martin

    German Tony Martin (pictured) retains his time trial title at the cycling world championships.

    Martin, the 2011 and 2012 champion, clocked one hour 05.36 seconds over 57.9 km from Montecatini Terme, according to provisional results.

    Briton Bradley Wiggins was second and Swiss Fabian Cancellara finished third.

  99. 1529: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong and Paris St Germain's Gregory van der Wiel are among five players recalled to the Dutch squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Turkey.

    A pre-selection of 25 players was named by coach Louis van Gaal for the matches against Hungary in Amsterdam on 11 October and away in Istanbul four days later.

  100. 1532: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    From Simon Clark, BBC Look North, on Hull FC's appointment of Lee Radford as Peter Gentle's replacement as head coach.

    "For those who have known 34-year-old Lee Radford for some time, today's appointment as head coach of Hull FC is no surprise. Radford has always had a passion for coaching.

    "A decade ago could be found on a small recreation ground passing on his knowledge to the amateurs of East Hull rugby league club. This was no passing fancy.

    "He progressed from youth coaching to running the seniors for most of his playing career spent mainly at Bradford Bulls before a switch to Hull FC in 2006. East Hull won the National Cup for amateur sides that season and Hull FC hope some of that success rubs off on them."

  101. 1536: 
    TENNIS
    Venus Williams

    Venus Williams follows up her victory over Victoria Azarenka by edging out another seed in Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

    Williams, who beat world number two Azarenka on Tuesday, was made to work harder by Romanian 13th seed Halep in the last 16.

    The veteran American lost the first set and was a break down on three occasions in the second before eventually forcing a decider, where she trailed 2-0 but bounced back again to record a 4-6 7-5 6-3 win in two hours and 25 minutes.

    She will next face Eugenie Bouchard, who produced the shock of the day by comfortably defeating sixth seed and former world number one Jelena Jankovic in straight sets.

  102. 1540: 
    LEAGUE CUP - LUIS SUAREZ

    The Daily Mail has printed an open letter to Luis Suarez on their website ahead of the striker's possible Liverpool return in tonight's League Cup third round tie at Manchester United.

    It reads: "Dear Luis, Welcome back. It's been a while. The season is already in full swing but English football will be all the richer for your return.

    "You have made it very clear you feel persecuted in this country but you should know that we have missed you. Well, we have missed some of you.

    "We have missed Suarez the footballer. A footballer of extraordinary talent. But we haven't missed what comes with all that."

  103. 1543: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Nottinghamshire v Somerset

    In difficult, overcast conditions, with the floodlights on throughout, Somerset reached tea on 72-2, replying to Nottinghamshire's 406 all out at Trent Bridge.

    Marcus Trescothick again missed out, falling to Harry Gurney for 2 and Chris Jones was dismissed by Luke Fletcher for four.

    Nick Compton, omitted from the Ashes tour party, is unbeaten on 24, with James Hildreth on 33 not out.

  104. 1544: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Worcestershire v Northants

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    Worcs 57/0, a lead of 18 over Northants

    "Anti-climax here for Northamptonshire who began the day hoping to seal promotion and failed to do so. Rob Keogh's run out - which looked a wholly unnecessary lack of communication between him and David Murphy - effectively ended their chances of reaching the 250 mark which would have clinched a Division One place.

    "Good Worcestershire bowling seemed to make it a big ask anyway but now Northants thoughts are turning to the Ageas Bowl. If Essex fail to reach 400 in their first innings, Northants will be finally put out of their agony and it could happen today."

  105.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jason McKinney: Suarez had a great partnership with Sturridge before the ban let it continue! As long as he's a red LFC are behind him.

    Alexander Shahbazi: Us LFC fans know how important Suarez is, huge reception at Gerrard's testimonial. Starts knocking them in and all's fine.

    Sean White: Suarez is amongst the very best in the world. Massive for Liverpool that he's back. Ability doesn't excuse his antics though.

    How important is Luis Suarez to Liverpool? Where does the Uruguayan rank in terms of the world's greatest players? Would you welcome Suarez back into the fold if he played for your team?

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

  106. 1551: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Gennaro Gattuso

    Former AC Milan and Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been sacked by Serie B side Palermo after just six league games as manager.

    The 35-year-old took charge in the summer after being sacked by Swiss side Sion but won just two games and has been replaced by Giuseppe Iachini.

    President Maurizio Zamparini said: "His first serious coaching position was perhaps too big a responsibility at a club as demanding as Palermo.

  107. 1555: 
    BOXING

    Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua will face unbeaten Italian Emanuele Leo when he makes his professional boxing debut at the The O2 on Saturday 5 October.

    The 32-year-old from Southern Italy has won all eight of his pro bouts including three by knockout, and will fight the Olympic Super Heavyweight gold medallist in a six round fight.

  108. 1604: 
    LEAGUE CUP - LUIS SUAREZ

    So have Liverpool missed Luis Suarez?

    The 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.

    Have your say on the Uruguay striker's possible return in tonight's League Cup third round tie against Manchester United. Share your views on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

  109. 1610: 
    SNOOKER - STEPHEN LEE

    Speaking to reporters, including BBC Points West, Stephen Lee said he is contacting a QC and is in talks to have his "exclusive" story published by a national newspaper.

    "It's just absolutely outrageous. I am absolutely devastated at what's happened here," Lee said.

    "I'm going to be with a QC on Friday morning and we are going to look at the whole picture and start making some big holes. They've got no facts.

    "It's just unbelievable. Eleven months of this is outrageous. My kids are getting picked on at school. It's totally outrageous what I've been put through. Snooker is all I know, it's a game that I love. My career's over. My dad could beat me if I'm 50."

  110. 1613: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Worcester Warriors have signed Exeter fly-half Ignacio Mieres.

    The 25-year-old, who is halfway through a two-year deal at Sandy Park, will move to Sixways in the summer.

    "He wants to play a bit more rugby than he's playing this year," said Exeter assistant coach Ali Hepher.

    "He's an ambitious guy and wants to play for Argentina, and realises that with the lack of game time he's going to struggle to push on into that international team."

  111. 1621: 
    CYCLING
    Bradley Wiggins

    Here is a picture of Bradley Wiggins collecting his silver medal from today's cycling road world championships. German Tony Martin won gold with Swiss Fabian Cancellara in third.

  112. 1625: 
    COMING UP
    Oracle Team USA

    Briton Sir Ben Ainslie and his Oracle Team USA are one win away from one of the great sporting comebacks as the America's Cup goes into a winner-takes-all final race this evening. Having been docked two points before racing began, Oracle were 8-1 down, but on Tuesday they sealed their sixth and seventh straight wins to level at 8-8.

    Catch highlights tonight on BBC Two at 2350 BST or the repeat is on at 1330 BST tomorrow on BBC Two. There will also be updates on TV and 5 live news bulletins, the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

  113. 1628: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Northants are promoted to Division One of the County Championship after Essex fail to take maximum batting points in their game against Hampshire.

  114. 1635: 
    CYCLING

    Sir Bradley Wiggins speaking to BBC Two about winning silver in the cycling road world championships:

    "I executed it (the race) perfect to be as fast as possible.

    "I could feel I was still strong in that final 20 minutes and I knew it would be close but Tony Martin was on a different level today.

    "He's had a great season and he's finished it off with a world title."

  115.  
    LUIS SUAREZ - GET INVOLVED

    supreme: Last season Luis showed how important he is when he single-handedly won matches for Liverpool I would definitely welcome him.

    Wizard of Özil: Of course you welcome him back, he is a rare breed, you don't cast out a player of that ability.

    Erdei Patrik: He's very important for us. He brings quality, pace, goals and enthusiasm into the team.

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

  116. 1639: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Newcastle United v Leeds

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits he is still seething over his team's performance in the defeat against Hull on Saturday.

    He told BBC Newcastle the result makes Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie against Leeds United even more important.

    "I'm absolutely livid over Saturday, I can't tell you," he said.

    "You don't get many opportunities to get into the top four of the Premier League, and to all intents and purposes we let ourselves down."

  117. 1644: 
    CYCLING

    More from Bradley Wiggins on winning silver in the cycling road world championships:

    "I was really just focused on my own effort. I had no idea until I finished and collapsed in the tent as to where I was.

    "In the final 20 minutes I was pretty oblivious to everything and you are just trying to get home.

    "I love the sport and it is nice and an honour to be on the podium with those two guys. It will be something to show the kids when I'm older."

  118.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tim York: LFC need him but they should have sold him in the summer, no place for him as a player or role-model to kids in this country!

    Dom Casey: He is a world class striker, scores goals, but troublemaker at the same time, should have sold him when he wanted away.

    chantuelle: A volatile player but clearly feared for his brilliance. He truly is a wonderful player. Technique, Movement, Desire!!

    Have your say on Luis Suarez's on Twitter #bbcsportsday, via text on 81111, or on Facebook.

  119. 1649: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist admits defeat in his bid to sign Lithuania centre-back Marius Zaliukas.

    The former Hearts captain has failed to accept a contract offered to him by chief executive Craig Mather following a trial at Murray Park more than two weeks ago.

    McCoist told RangersTV: "Sadly, that deal has gone dead at the moment and I think Marius has one or two other options.

    "Craig effectively put an offer to him which wasn't met so we're just about closing that one off at this moment in time."

  120. 1653: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Wolfsburg forward Vieirinha is sidelined for several months after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

    The Bundesliga club says the Portugal international was injured in the 2-0 victory over Aalen in the German Cup on Tuesday.

    Vieirinha was taken off the field on a stretcher.

  121. 1701: 
    WEIGHTLIFTING
    Zoe Smith

    London Olympian Zoe Smith has been left out of the GB squad for the World Weightlifting Championships in Poland after failing to recover from injury.

    Smith, 19, won bronze at the 2010 Commonwealths, but has struggled with a back problems for the last two years.

    "We wanted her to rehab properly rather than rush it to make the Worlds," said GB performance director Tommy Yule.

  122. 1710: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Gillette are to sponsor the England team for two more years after signing a new deal with the Rugby Football League.

    The agreement, which takes the partnership into a second decade, comes on the eve of the Rugby League World Cup with a fresh focus and significant investment from Gillette into coaching at grassroots level in the UK.

    England coach Steve McNamara said: "I am absolutely delighted that Gillette has extended its partnership for a further two years because they have become an important part of all we are trying to achieve in 2013 and beyond."

  123.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Coutinho-o-o: Won't welcome Luis back just yet, he's got a bit of redeeming to do first, goal or two tonight would do.

    Robert Daly: No matter what he's done what it comes down to is that he is a world class player and every team would love him.

    kevin: Suarez's importance has diminished since the rise of Sturridge & Continho but he still has that X-factor.

    How important is Luis Suarez to Liverpool? Where does the Uruguayan rank in terms of the world's greatest players? Would you welcome Suarez back into the fold if he played for your team?

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

  124. 1720: 
    CYCLING

    British Cycling has been awarded the 2016 Track World Championships to be staged at the London velodrome.

    The decision, made by the UCI management committee in Florence means many of Britain's track cyclists will have the chance to compete at a venue where they enjoyed amazing success winning nine Olympic medals in 2012. The 2016 Track Cycling World Championships will take place between 24-28 February.

    Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, said: "This is another great coup for British sport and a real legacy from London 2012. The capital's velodrome is a stunning, world-leading venue and I am sure the 2016 Track World Championships will have capacity crowds supporting our best cyclists ahead of the Rio Games."

  125. 1724:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    On Luis Suarez: "He's a wonderfully gifted footballer, there's no doubt about that. But he's got that dark side that emerges every now and again. You just hope that he learns really, you sort of doubt he will, but we'll have to wait and see.

    "The one thing you can never question is his work-rate, he gives absolutely everything and there's never a dull moment."

  126. 1731: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fulham boss Martin Jol says the Capital One Cup win over Everton has convinced him his side will improve.

    The Cottagers have not won a Premier League game since the opening day of the season and have only scored three league goals.

    He told BBC London 94.9: "I thought at the start of the season we did not have enough goals in us.

    "This game showed me, with Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov on the scoresheet, that we have got enough quality."

  127. 1739: 
    FOOTBALL
    Coventry vs Manchester United

    Manchester United defeats in the League Cup Third Round:

    - 1994: Newcastle lost 2-0 (A)

    - 1997: Ipswich lost 2-0 (A)

    - 1999: Aston Villa lost 3-0 (A)

    - 2001: Arsenal lost 4-0 (A)

    - 2007: Coventry lost 2-0 (H)

  128. 1742: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chesterfield boss Paul Cook signs a new contract extension to keep him at the club until 2016.

    The 46-year-old took over at the Proact Stadium last October and led the club to eighth place last season.

    The Spireites have made a great start to the campaign and sit top of League Two with seven wins and one draw from their first eight league games.

    "From the chairman down, everyone here has been really supportive," Cook told the club website.

  129. 1745: 
    FOOTBALL

    A Football League tribunal has instructed Brentford to pay Walsall an initial fee of £325,000 for Will Grigg.

    The striker, 22, moved in the summer after turning down a new contract.

    Walsall are also due £30,000 for every 20 competitive games Grigg plays, up to a maximum of 100, and will receive 20% of any future transfer fee.

  130. 1749: 
    CRICKET

    Derbyshire are on the verge of dropping back to Division Two after being outplayed for the second day running by 2012 county champions Warwickshire.

    Chris Woakes completed a career-best 152 not out, sharing a county record ninth-wicket stand at Derby of 166 with on-loan Maurice Chambers (58), as the Bears declared on 391-9.

    The hosts then buckled in reply, being reduced to 44-5 before an early close.

    Keith Barker bowled unchanged to take 3-21, backed by Chambers (2-21).

  131. 1752: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Tranmere v Stoke

    Tranmere will rest 40-year-old defender Ian Goodison for the visit of Premier League Stoke.

    Rovers are also without injured quartet Jason Koumas, Andy Robinson, James Wallace and Jake Kirby.

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes brought in eight new faces for the second-round win over Walsall and is again expected to make wholesale changes.

    Kenwyne Jones scored a hat-trick in that tie and is likely to be rested, having since started all three matches.

  132. 1759: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Birmingham v Swansea
    Jesse Lingard

    Birmingham will be without loan signings Jesse Lingard and Kyle Bartley due to the conditions agreed with their parent clubs.

    Left-back David Murphy will be rested, having only returned at the weekend from 10 months out with a knee injury.

    Swansea's Neil Taylor will return from a dead leg that has kept him out since last month.

    But captain Ashley Williams (ankle) and Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) are unlikely to be risked.

  133.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mfreke smith: Suarez is now like a fresh signing for Liverpool. His energy and pace will help Liverpool go a long way.

    Siggsy: Yes I have already forgiven him, when someone has that much talent you have to forget what he has done!

    Dylan: Suarez scores goals but he's also a liability & Liverpool have proven they don't need him!

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

  134. 1809: 
    CRICKET

    A very good day for the Surrey opening pair of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley.

    After Yorkshire were all out for 434 with Gary Ballance making a majestic 148 the Surrey opening pair put on 171 in excellent fashion. Burns played in typically punchy fashion and 18-year-old Sibley showed a fine temperament and technique. Sibley moved to his maiden First Class fifty with a six and it looked as if both openers would be there on the third morning.

    But in the penultimate over of the day Burns fell for 82 leaving Sibley to make his way back to the dressing room at stumps unbeaten on 81.

  135. 1812:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportCOMING UP - SNOOKER

    "Coming up in a few minutes on the on the BBC News at 6, my report on snooker's worst ever match-fixing scandal as Stephen Lee is banned for 12 years."

  136. 1818: 
    FOOTBALL

    Southampton can follow in Swansea's footsteps and win the Capital One Cup, according to defender Jos Hooiveld.

    In just their second season in the Premier League, the Welsh side lifted the cup at Wembley after romping to a 5-0 win against Bradford.

    It capped quite a rise for the Swans and it is success Hooiveld is confident Southampton can replicate this season.

    "I think we know have a great team and whatever they throw at us we have to deal with, because we want to get there in the end," Hooiveld said.

    "What Swansea did last year, we want to do this year."

  137. 1824: 
    FOOTBALL
    Javier Mascherano

    Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano will miss next week's Champions League trip to Celtic as well as two league games with a hamstring injury.

    The Argentina international, 29, had to be substituted after half an hour of the Spanish champions' 4-1 win against Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

    Medical tests on Wednesday confirmed the ex-West Ham and Liverpool player has strained his right hamstring.

    "He will be sidelined for 10 to 15 days," said a Barcelona statement.

  138.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Kinnaird: Liverpool will do well without Suarez but will do even better with him! Glad to have him back.

    Andrew Priestley: Suarez is without doubt a world-class footballer, one of the world's top five. It's a pity his reputation and past goes before him.

    Tayo: Is he important for Liverpool? Absolute no brainer. He'd walk into Madrid or Bayern. Right up there with the best.

    Manchester United take on Liverpool in the League Cup at 1945 BST tonight.

  139. 1833: 
    SPORTSDAY

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  140. 1837: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    England will not underestimate minnows Turkey when the teams meet in Thursday's World Cup qualifier, insists Lionesses midfielder Jill Scott.

    England thrashed Belarus 6-0 in their opening qualifier on Saturday - the first match since Hope Powell was sacked as coach last month.

    Turkey are 54 positions below 11th-place England in the world rankings.

    "We will not underestimate any team in our group and we know we are not entitled to win any game," said Scott.

    You will be able to watch the game live on BBC Three from 1900 BST on Thursday.

  141. 1844: 
    GOLF
    Rory McIlroy

    Scotland's Paul Lawrie has criticised six of his Ryder Cup-winning team-mates - including Rory McIlroy - for opting out of next week's Seve Trophy.

    Lawrie is part of the Great Britain and Ireland team that will aim to record a seventh consecutive win over Europe.

    But as well as McIlroy, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood will not play at St-Nom-La Breteche Golf Club in Paris.

    "I don't quite understand it and it's extremely disappointing," said Lawrie.

  142. 1848: 
    FOOTBALL

    Striker Luis Suarez will start for Liverpool in tonight's Capital One Cup third round match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  143.  

    Thank you for joining us on Sportsday today, you can now head over to our football live text commentary to follow coverage of all the League Cup action from tonight including Manchester United v Liverpool - and the return of Luis Suarez, and Tranmere v Stoke.

    Join Sportsday again tomorrow from 0800 BST.

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