Yaya Toure racism claim, Premier League, Europa League, cricket

CSKA Moscow reject racist chant claim, Europa League team news, Premier League latest, rugby league & cricket

24 October 2013 Last updated at 17:02

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  1. 1702: 

    That's it from Sportsday for Thursday and it will return on Friday at 08:00.

    You can follow the latest from Thursday night's Europa League matches with Marc Higginson on the BBC Sport website.

  2. 1654: 

    France's Patrice Evra has escaped punishment from the French Football Federation over his angry rant during a recent television interview and is available for next month's World Cup play-offs.

    During a television interview last weekend, Evra criticised commentators in the French media - including former France left back Bixente Lizarazu - calling them "tramps" and "parasites" and claiming they had tried to turn public opinion against him.

  3. 1639: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 by the FA after admitting to a charge improper conduct. It follows an incident during Saturday's win over Cardiff City where he was sent to the stand.

  4. 1631: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1857

    The oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC, were formed at a meeting of Cambridge University old boys.

  5. 1629: 

    British driver Max Chilton is confident he will be staying in Formula 1 with Marussia next season.

    Chilton, contesting his rookie season in 2013, has been faced with an uncertain future in the sport since team-mate Jules Bianchi was confirmed as staying with the team next year.

    "I think my chances are looking good," Chilton says. "Nothing's set in stone yet. I'd love to stay with Marussia again because you always get more out of yourself when you know the team, it's a natural progression."

  6. 1622: 

    Former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitaly Klitschko confirms he'll run for president in 2015 Ukrainian election

  7. 1619: 

    Emmanuel Adebayor is in line for his first Tottenham appearance of the season in the Europa League meeting with Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova later on Thursday (1800 BST)

    Striker Adebayor had been training with the reserves after turning down chances to leave the club in the summer, but he could start, as could winger Aaron Lennon after he recovered from a foot injury.

    Etienne Capoue (ankle), Danny Rose (toe) and Younes Kaboul (adductor) remain on the sidelines.

    Rickie Lambert

    Ben Radnedge: Has to be Rickie Lambert for Bristol Rovers vs Luton in the FA Cup one of the best goals I've ever seen.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to have been 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  9. 1603: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers dismisses Sir Alex Ferguson's assessment that Steven Gerrard was "not a top, top player" as not credible.

    Just a week ago Rodgers lauded Gerrard's contribution to Liverpool, the national team and the game in general ahead of the England captain's 100th Premier League goal at Newcastle last Saturday. Seven days on he found himself having to extol the virtues of the 33-year-old all over again after Ferguson said in his autobiography, released this week, that the Champions League-winning midfielder was not a great player.

    "He (Ferguson) is probably one of the few - if the only one - who does not believe he is a top, top player," says Rodgers. "I don't think it was credible really in terms of what was said. You only have to look at Steven's career since he has been here, the accolades he has received all his life not only from managers but former players."

  10. 1558: 

    Warrington centre Rhys Evans is set to make his Wales senior debut alongside twin brother Ben in Saturday's World Cup clash with Italy.

    Bridgend-born Evans, who turns 21 next Wednesday, played for England Knights last season but has switched his allegiance back to Wales for the World Cup. Rhys, who is set to line up at full-back, played alongside Ben, who is a prop forward with Bradford, for Wales at Under-18 level.

    The other uncapped players in coach Iestyn Harris' 19-man squad are Huddersfield prop Larne Patrick and St Helens forward Anthony Walker.

  11. 1554: 

    Uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against CSKA Moscow for the "racist behaviour of their fans" during the Champions League match against Manchester City on Wednesday.

    City defender Yaya Toure said he was subjected to racist chanting during his team's 2-1 win in Moscow.

    Uefa says the case will be dealt with by its control and disciplinary body on 30 October.

  12. 1547: 

    Tony Pulis is reluctant to join Crystal Palace because of the club's position in the Premier League, reports the Croydon Advertiser.

    The newspaper states that a source close to the former Stoke City boss says he rates and admires the way the club is run but is not keen to commit himself to taking the job, if it were offered, because of Palace's lowly points tally.

  13. 1541: 

    Dallas Cowboys will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of three International Series games at Wembley in 2014.

    The Oakland Raiders 'host' the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons face a 'home' game against the Detroit Lions.

    The Jaguars are scheduled to play an annual 'home' contest in London each year until 2016, starting with Sunday's meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.

  14. 1538: 

    Martin Jol does not regret his decision to reject Manchester United.

    Ferguson revealed in his autobiography, which was released on Thursday, that he wanted to make Jol his assistant at Manchester United when Carlos Queiroz left to take over at Real Madrid in the 2003/04 season.

    "I never wanted to [take the job]," the Fulham manager says. "I don't think I am someone who can work as an assistant."

  15. 1533: 

    Progress has been made "on a number of issues" in the ongoing tussle surrounding European club competitions, independent mediators Graeme Mew and Stephen Drymer said on Thursday.

    Two days of meetings in Dublin, attended by representatives from the English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, French and Italian unions, ended with the two men issuing an upbeat statement confirming the support by consensus for a continuing existence of two European tournaments, each made up of 20 teams, and a possibility of a third-tier event.

    Crucially, though, top English and French clubs were not involved as they press ahead with plans for a Rugby Champions Cup next season that would replace the existing Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup tournaments.

  16. 1526: 

    Action continues at the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Thursday with former world number one Jelena Jankovic hoping to build on her victory over Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday when she takes on China's Li Na. World number one Serena Williams is up against Petra Kvitova while Agnieszka Radwanska takes on Angelique Kerber.

  17. 1523: 

    Wigan will be without midfielder Shaun Maloney for the Europa League Group D game with Russian side Rubin Kazan later on Thursday (20:05 BST)

    The Scotland international will be out for a further three months after being told he needs hip surgery. Defender Stephen Crainey could return after four games out with a neck injury, while striker Grant Holt is in line to make his European debut after a recovering from a knee injury.

    Rubin are top of the group with six points, with Wigan second.

    Hugo Almeida

    Shane: Hugo Almeida free kick for Porto v Inter in the Champions League a few seasons back. 35 yards and still nearly broke the net.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to have been 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  19. 1514: 

    Left-arm spinner Dean Cosker signs a contract extension that will see him through to his 20th season at Glamorgan.

    The 35-year-old, who took his 500th wicket for the county last month, commits his future for another two seasons.

  20. 1506: 

    South Africa skipper Graeme Smith passed 9,000 runs in Test cricket during his double hundred against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai on Thursday.

    The 32-year-old opener reached the milestone when making 200 on the second day, guiding South Africa to a commanding 460-4 at close on the second day at Dubai stadium.

    Smith is the 12th batsmen in history to reach 9,000 Test runs and the second South African behind team-mate Jacques Kallis, who has scored 13,140 runs in 164 Tests.

  21. 1459: 

    Inverness manager Terry Butcher believes the Highland derby matches any other he has been involved in for intensity and rivalry.

    The former Rangers and England captain has played on some of the biggest stages in football, but even he is left breathless after his side meet Ross County.

    Ahead of the first meeting of the teams this season, at the Global Energy Stadium on Friday, Butcher says: "They are very close games, very tense games, very hard-fought games. At the end of the game you are like, 'Phew, what a game that was', irrespective of whether it was 0-0 or 3-1 or whatever."

  22. 1453: 

    The Russian 2018 Fifa World Cup organising committee releases a statement following the allegations made by Yaya Toure of racial abuse during the CSKA Moscow v Manchester City Champions League match on Wednesday.

    It reads: "Whilst the alleged incidents are still under investigation by the relevant authorities, it is clear that all over the world a small minority try to ruin the wonderful experience of watching live world-class football for real fans. It is worth restating that all stakeholders in Russian football have made it clear that there is absolutely no place for any type of racial discrimination or abuse in our game.

    "What is clear is that football is uniquely positioned to educate fans in combating this global issue. The 2018 World Cup in Russia, in particular, can act as a catalyst to positively change the mindsets and behaviour across all involved in Russian football over the next four years.

    "The Fans Law, that was recently passed into legislation, shows Russia's determination to eradicate the problem for good. The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be a festival of football where talented athletes from every corner of the globe will be celebrated."

  23. 1445: 
    Graeme Smith

    Graeme Smith reaches his fifth Test 200 as South Africa close on 460-4 on the second day of the second and final Test against Pakistan.

    Opener Smith is unbeaten on 227 and AB de Villiers 157 not out as South Africa extend their lead to 361 runs with six wickets intact.

    The pair have so far added 326, a South African record for the fifth wicket.

    Pakistan were bowled out for 99 in their first innings. They lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning last week's first Test by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi.

  24. 1440: 

    Keith Millen is speaking in the Crystal Palace news conference ahead of Saturday's game against Arsenal.

    Millen is to take charge of the team on a temporary basis after Ian Holloway left as manager on Wednesday.

    "I'm not looking for the job. I'll do my duties until the chairman tells me otherwise," he says.

    On speculation Tony Pulis could take over, he adds: "I know Tony. He's got great experience with Premier League players but I don't want to speculate. He knows a good player - he signed me!"

  25. 1437: 

    CSKA Moscow issue a statement saying they are "surprised and disappointed" by Yaya Toure and Manchester City officials' allegations of racist chanting in Wednesday's Champions League game.

    "Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from fans of CSKA," reads the statement. "In many occasions, especially during attacks on our goal, fans booed and whistled to put pressure on rival players, but regardless of their race.

    "In particular, this happened with Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko. Why the Ivorian midfielder took it as all being directed at him is not clear."


    Daniel Rejan Mills: Liverpool's John Arne Riise had an absolute rocket of a left boot.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to have been 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  27. 1425: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is taking nothing for granted as he stands on the brink of sealing his fourth title at Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.

    The German has won the past five races and needs only a fifth-place finish to make sure of the championship.

    Vettel said winning the title, when it happens, "would be very, very special". But he adds: "I go into this weekend not expecting anything. I expect to be competitive but you can't expect to win or even to think further ahead."

  28. 1423: 

    Earlier we asked if you could name the six Formula 1 world champions since 1970 whose surname ends in a vowel?

    The answers are: Fernando Alonso, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna and Jacques Villeneuve

  29. 1414: 

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is speaking in his news conference ahead of Saturday's game at Manchester United. Here is what he has said so far:

    "I think David [Moyes] probably expected the reaction he has had because he has stepped into the shoes of a great footballing man. It will be difficult for any manager of Manchester United. He is a very experienced man, and I am sure that he will again continue to show how good a manager he is.

    "I would think that they will be there or thereabout come the end of the season. You have to be careful, though, because there are only a certain amount of games that you can lose if you want to win the league. They are a little bit adrift at the moment, but if you ever question Manchester United, more often than not they will hit back with the answers."

  30. 1410: 
    Keith Millen

    BBC London's Chris Slegg: "Following Ian Holloway's departure, Keith Millen is to take charge of Crystal Palace on a temporary basis and attend the Arsenal pre-match news conference, but will we get any clues as to the identity of the new Palace manager?"

  31. 1408: 

    Here is the England squad to face Australia in their World Cup opener: Carl Ablett (Leeds), George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Rob Burrow (Leeds), Josh Charnley (Wigan), Rangi Chase (Castleford), Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield), Liam Farrell (Wigan), Brett Ferres (Huddersfield), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington), Lee Mossop (Wigan), James Roby (St Helens), Kevin Sinfield (captain) (Leeds), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Kallum Watkins (Leeds), Ben Westwood (Warrington), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm).

  32. 1405: 

    England have named four uncapped players in their squad for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup opener against Australia. Twins George and Tom Burgess come in along with Huddersfield's Brett Ferres, who was called into the squad earlier this week after Gareth Hock's exclusion, and Wigan's Liam Farrell.

  33. 1404: 

    Britain's Aaron Heading finishes fourth in the men's trap at the Shotgun World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi. The 26-year-old narrowly missed out on reaching the gold-medal match, finishing third in a three-way shoot-off. He was then beaten 14-11 in the bronze-medal match by Italy's Massimo Fabbrizi. Slovakia's Erik Varga beat Valerio Grazini of Italy in a shoot-off to win gold.

  34. 1357: 

    Millwall recall midfielder Liam Feeney from his loan spell at fellow Championship side Bolton Wanderers. The 26-year-old impressed in four appearances for Dougie Freedman's side and was due to remain at the Reebok Stadium for another two months, but he will now return to The Den.

  35. 1349:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Ahead of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi next year, this evening from 2130-2000 on BBC Radio 5 live there will be a special programme presented by Eleanor Oldroyd with Graham Bell which will look at some of the leading British contenders for the Games and will be speaking to GB Free-Ski coach Pat Sharples.


    You are firing in plenty of your own suggestions for hardest shots in football. Continue to send your thoughts on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

    Andrew Priestley: Gabriel Batistuta could strike a football like few others. I have a feeling that 'El Batigol' ripped a few nets in his career.

    Duncan Murray: Johnny Metgod free-kick for Forest vs West Ham 1986!

    Mark Scales: Has to be Ashley Williams' shot at Van Persie. He was lucky not to have been killed...

  37. 1335: 
    Carles Puyol

    Barcelona captain Carles Puyol insists he is ready to face Real Madrid in Saturday's El Clasico.

    Puyol made his comeback after seven months out by playing 90 minutes in last weekend's 0-0 draw with Osasuna.

    Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano played in central defence in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League draw with AC Milan.

    But Pique is struggling with a hamstring injury and faces a race to be fit for the weekend.

  38. 1325: 

    So why are French footballers planning to go strike at the end of November?

    Under the government's proposals, companies, rather than individuals, will be liable to pay the 75% tax rate for the part of employees' annual salaries that exceed one million euros.

    The issue is to be discussed in parliament, but the fear among clubs is it will dissuade players from playing their football in France and they will instead seek employment elsewhere.

    The clubs had initially hoped they would be exempt, but Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron confirmed last month that would not be the case.

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    Hutchy: I'd love to see an average speed for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's shots. I'd sooner block a freight train than one of those.

    Stephen Bedford: Kevin Pressman's penalty v Wolves in penalty shootout!

    Aled Reed: Steven Reid against Wigan at the DW. Crash, Bang, Wallop.

    What is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  40. 1310: 

    Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham owner Shahid Khan says talk of an NFL franchise in London is premature.

    On Sunday, the Jaguars will call Wembley Stadium home in the first of four games over four years in the capital. Three regular-season games will be staged in London in 2014 but Khan feels the city is yet to prove it can support a club of its own.

  41. 1304: 

    Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons wants to see his side transfer their European form into their league displays.

    The capital club - bottom of the Pro12 table - put aside their poor start to the season to shock Munster in their first Pool 6 fixture before putting in a decent display as they went down 31-14 to Perpignan in France and Solomons now wants to see those improvements mirrored against Treviso on Friday night.

    "I thought we played really well against Munster and had a good 40 minute spell against Perpignan, with more signs of improvement from the squad. Now we must bring that to bear in the Pro12."

  42. 1256: 

    Bobby Barnes, president of division Europe of world players' union FIFpro, claims Uefa's match officials failed to carry out their own protocol following alleged racial abuse suffered by Manchester City's Yaya Toure during Wednesday's Champions League clash away to CSKA Moscow.

    Barnes, who is also deputy chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), says: "I would certainly hope in line with the hard line stance that Uefa has stated and intends to use in these circumstances they will make a meaningful sanction in this case. It's important we send a message now.

    "We're very disappointed that a clear agreed protocol which is designed to deal with these situations was not effected."

  43. 1249: 
    Queues to get a signed copy of Sir Alex Ferguson's new book

    Thousands of people in Greater Manchester have been queuing to have a chance of getting a signed copy of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography.

    Ferguson is having a book signing at a supermarket not far from the club's Old Trafford stadium, with some fans waiting in line since Wednesday's European Champions League tie against Real Sociedad.

  44. 1242: 

    French football clubs will stage a strike at the end of next month in protest at the French government's super tax, the nation's professional clubs' union (UCPF) says.

    "There will be a weekend without a game at the end of the month (of November)," Jean-Pierre Louvel, the UCPF president, says.

    The strike will affect Ligue 1 and 2 matches on 29 November to 2 December.

  45. 1237: 

    Lizzy Yarnold and Donna Creighton join Shelley Rudman in the British Skeleton squad for the forthcoming World Cup races.

    Rudman had already been pre-selected while Ed Smith, Dominic Parsons and Kristan Bromley are named in the men's squad.

    The squad will have a training week in Sochi, which will host next year's Winter Olympics, from 8-19 November before races at Calgary (26-30 November), Park City (2-7 December) and Lake Placid (10-15 December)

    David Swift, Laura Deas and Rose McGrandle are selected for the Intercontinental Cup squads.

  46. 1234: 

    Tony Pulis is looking at getting back into football management after "a good break" but says his next job does not have to be at a Premier League club.

    The 55-year-old, who has been linked with Crystal Palace, has had numerous offers to return since leaving Stoke City, but "the job has to be right".

    "It was important to take a rest and I've enjoyed a good break. I've enjoyed doing what I've been doing. I'm really pleased I've had contact from other clubs but they didn't feel right," he says.

  47. 1228: 

    CSKA Moscow announce their Russian Premier League game against Krasnodar on Sunday will be moved due to the "dire state of the pitch" on which they hosted Manchester City on Wednesday.

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini and several of his players were strongly critical of the pitch at the Khimki Arena both before and after Wednesday's 2-1 victory in Group D of the Champions League, but the surface passed a Uefa inspection despite CSKA's own admission it was not up to standard.

    "Due to the dire state of the pitch at the Khimki Arena and based on the recommendations of the league, the match of the 14th round of the SOGAZ Russian Premier League will now take place at the Eduard Streltsov Stadium," says a statement on CSKA's website.

  48. 1223: 

    Bolton defender Cian Bolger joins Colchester on a one-month loan deal.

    The 21-year-old moved to the Reebok Stadium in January of this year from Leicester City, but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Championship side.

  49. 1222: 

    Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor is ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh injury.

    The 31-year-old Scot sustained the problem during last weekend's defeat at Everton, with Steve Harper likely to take over for Sunday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

  50. 1218: 

    Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock joins Leeds United on loan until 25 January.

    The former QPR and Southampton player, 27, has been with Forest since 2009, and scored seven goals last season but has found first-team opportunities limited in the current campaign.

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    Stuart Pearce

    Dwayne Martin: Some of Stuart Pearce's goals were frighteningly powerful! When he narrowly missed a free-kick once I remember it hitting the stanchion at the back of the old Trent End and thought the stand was going to collapse.

    Johnny Scanlon: Obafemi Martins for Newcastle at Tottenham was clocked at something round 84/85 mph

    Barry Punct: David Hirst for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal in 1996. His 114mph shot cannoned off the crossbar. It was also Arsene Wenger's first match in charge of Arsenal, and Patrick Vieira's debut.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to have been travelling at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  52. 1211: 

    Stoke winger Matthew Etherington, who reportedly lost £1.5m at the height of his gambling addiction, has revealed he would turn to "loan sharks" when his money ran out.

    Etherington, who began gambling as a young player at Tottenham, admitted to betting £40,000 a month on greyhounds, horse racing and poker. He finally received help in September 2009 when he moved to Stoke and his family intervened.

    He tells BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "It just snowballed... I was frequently spending my month's wages and then borrowing money off loan sharks and towards the end it got very, very bad."

  53. 1207: 

    Bangladesh lead New Zealand by 117 runs after day four of the second Test in Dhaka. The home side are 269-3 in their second innings with Mominul Haque unbeaten on 126 while Shakib Al Hasan is 32 not out. Earlier, Tamim Iqbal scored his second half-century of the match before being dismissed by Kane Williamson for 70.

  54. 1204: 

    Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Maria Miller MP say it is important Uefa fully investigates claims by Manchester City's Yaya Toure that he was the subject of racist chanting in the Champions League win at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

    Miller tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Any form of racism in sport is absolutely unacceptable and I think any allegation of this sort needs to be investigated in full and Uefa needs to take it very seriously indeed.

    "When countries like Russia are going to be very shortly hosting the World Cup it's important that we know a tough line is going to be taken."

  55. 1156: 

    British shooters Lesley Baldwin and Karen Butler win silver and bronze respectively in the 50m rifle three-positions competition at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Alicante, Spain.

    Baldwin, from Scotland, had qualified fourth for the final while London Paralympian Butler was seventh, but both upped their game in the final with Baldwin finishing with 436.3 while Butler scored 419.6.

    Gold went to Slovakia's Veronika Vadovicova, who shot a new European finals record of 442.4.

  56. 1154: 

    After Yaya Toure said he was the subject of racist abuse during Manchester City's Champions League game at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night, CSKA striker Seydou Doumbia is quoted in Russian newspaper Sport Express saying: "I didn't hear anything like that from the CSKA fans...

    "Yes, they're always noisy in supporting the team, and try to put as much pressure as possible on our opponents, but they wouldn't ever allow themselves to come out with racist chants. So my Ivory Coast colleague is clearly exaggerating."


    Andy Lade: Hardest shot I've seen was Alex's free kick against Liverpool. Reina dived out of the way for safety.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to have clocked at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  58. 1143: 

    Uefa says it is investigating allegations racist chanting was aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Toure in Wednesday's Champions League game against CSKA Moscow.

    The organisation's communications director David Farrelly says: "In relation to the Uefa Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City, we are waiting for the reports from the referee and the match delegate as they are our eyes and ears at the match."

  59. 1140: 

    Of the vast array of footballers from over the decades to have hit shots on goal, Julian Dicks has been one of the most mentioned by you so far for the hardest shot you have seen. Any others out there?

    Join the discussion on the BBC Sport Facebook page or use #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  60. 1132: 

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says there is a lack of balance in the squad he inherited at the Stadium of Light.

    Poyet replaced Paolo Di Canio as boss earlier this month, with the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League, and lost 4-0 in his first game in charge.

    "Individually, I have no doubt at all - the players at this football club are good enough," he tells BBC Newcastle. "But there just has not been balance to the team. It might mean I drop players who are the best or the favourites."

  61. 1130: 

    Italy coach Carlo Napolitano names 10 of the starting line-up who beat England last weekend for his side's Rugby League World Cup opener against Wales on Saturday in Cardiff. Chris Centrone, Ben Falcone and Cameron Ciraldo will all start.

    Match-winner Josh Mantellato retains his place on the wing for the second lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

  62. 1126: 

    The referee for Manchester City's game against CSKA Moscow should not officiate again after failing to deal with racist abuse, says Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley.

    City's Yaya Toure complained to Ovidiu Hategan about racist chants from CSKA fans during the Champions League win.

    "The referee should not be refereeing again," Ouseley tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He failed to do his duty last night and that is a clear issue that Uefa should be dealing with."

  63. 1124: 

    India's Supreme Court will hear a petition on Friday which is seeking the cancellation of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

    The petition was filed on the grounds that the organisers have allegedly not paid taxes for a previous event.

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel could clinch his fourth title on Sunday.

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    Peter Lorimer

    Sean Healy: Peter Lorimer for Leeds United v Man City in 1973. Boom!

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to have clocked at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  65. 1117: 

    Norway's Suzann Pettersen makes a good start to the defence of her title in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, claiming a three-shot lead after the first round in Taoyuan.

    Pettersen cards six birdies and two bogeys in an opening 68, four under par, as just five of the 78 players break par in tough scoring conditions.

  66. 1113: 

    Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen becomes technical director of the Qatar Football Association.

    He tweets: "[It is] a venture I have given much thought to. Thanks again for your support and kind words."


    Today's Question of Sport teaser: Can you name the six Formula 1 world champions since 1970 whose surname ends in a vowel?

    Send your answers to #QSTeaser and we will reveal the six after 1400 BST.

  68. 1057: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto: "The race for the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship will almost certainly be concluded at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Red Bull's reigning champion Sebastian Vettel is 90 points clear of Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso with just 100 remaining.

    "To keep the title alive going to Abu Dhabi, Alonso must win at the Buddh International Circuit with Vettel sixth or lower. It's a big ask considering Vettel has finished 14 of this year's 15 races in fourth place or higher and has led every racing lap in the two previous grands prix in India.

    "You can follow live text commentary of first practice from 0500 BST with TV coverage starting at 0525 on BBC Two and online."

  69. 1051: 

    Anti-racism group Kick It Out releases a statement after Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said he was on the receiving end of racist chanting from home fans during his side's Champions League Group D victory at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

    The Kick It Out statement reads: "First and foremost the support of Kick It Out is with Yaya and everyone associated with the club. He has been brave and proactive not only by speaking out after the game, but by reporting it to the referee too. It was the referee's role to then stop the game which would have dealt with the problem instantly. This was a key failing of last night.

    "When abuse is officially logged like this, the offending club should be charged and an automatic partial stadium closure by Uefa can be explored. A second offence could mean a full stadium closure. Things are not perfect in this country. But this type of abuse is a depressing throwback and raises questions around the suitability of Russia as World Cup hosts."

  70. 1046: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- News conferences

    We have already had Everton's news conference this morning but there are six more to come, while Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will preview Sunday's game against Hull after Thursday's Europa League match at Sheriff Tiraspol (1800 BST)

    Norwich: 1300

    Fulham: 1300

    Liverpool: 1400

    Southampton: 1400

    Sunderland: 1400

    WBA: 1500

  71. 1041: 

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance: "The penultimate round of the MotoGP world championship takes place in Japan this weekend, with rookie Marc Marquez in with a chance of sealing the title.

    "Marquez - who was disqualified in Australia last weekend - will take the championship if he takes eight points more than defending champion Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday. Should Marquez win the race and Lorenzo finish third or lower, then Marquez will be champion.

    "In the Moto2 class, British rider Scott Redding will hope to keep his title fight alive after passing a medical. Redding will ride in practice on Friday six days after breaking his wrist in Australia."


    George: Nathan Chalobah v Leicester last year, Kasper Schmeichel didn't move an inch and the camera barely caught up with it.

    Jake Wiggins: Hulk once hit the ball so hard that when it hit his team mate Mariano Gonzalez he was out for a month with a dead leg.

    Tom Harris: Any penalty by then Argyle skipper Paul Wotton in the early noughties. Lower league keepers used to dive out the way!

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot said to travelled at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  73. 1037: 

    Derbyshire batting coach David Houghton leaves the club as part of cost-cutting measures following a management review.

    The 56-year-old former Zimbabwe captain was Derbyshire director of cricket from 2003-07 and rejoined in 2011.

    Head coach Karl Krikken praises Houghton for his "magnificent service". "We have been extremely lucky to have someone with David's experience and everyone who has worked with him will have benefited," Krikken adds.

  74. 1032: 
    Luke Guthrie

    Luke Guthrie shoots a seven-under 65 to hold a three-stroke lead after the first round of the BMW Masters.

    The American hit birdies at the second, third and seventh to reach the turn in 33, before also picking up shots on the 13th and 14th and chipping in for an eagle on the par-five 15th.

    Graeme McDowell and Paul Casey are among a group five shots off the pace on two under.

  75. 1023:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY LEAGUE

    At 1930 BST, BBC Radio 5 Live will broadcast a sport special Rugby League World Cup Forum ahead of the tournament, which gets under way this Saturday.

    Mark Pougatch will be joined by Brian Noble, Jonathan Davies and former World Cup stars.

  76. 1020: 

    McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has moved himself and his drivers out of the hotel plagued by mosquitoes during last year's Indian Grand Prix, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's dominance of Formula 1 is not eroding television audience ratings and India's Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition seeking the cancellation of this Sunday's race.

    Those stories and more in today's F1 gossip column.

    Steven Reid

    Joe Owen: Steven Reid against Wigan for Blackburn in 2006/7. Best goal I have ever seen at the then JJB.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot clocked at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  78. 1011:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    On BBC Radio 5 live right now: Manchester City have complained to Uefa over racist chanting aimed at Yaya Toure. What more should Uefa do to tackle racism? Listen to the Victoria Derbyshire show online.

  79. 1008: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez gives his thoughts on racism in football after Manchester City's Yaya Toure said he was subjected to racist chanting in Wednesday's game against CSKA Moscow in Russia.

    "It is a real shame," says Martinez. "It is important for Fifa and the football authorities to do something about it and not just let it go or just accept it or brush it aside. It is time to make a strong stand on the issue and make sure it doesn't happen.

    "We shouldn't see this happening season after season. We should be talking about a very good victory for a British club travelling away and fighting a good game against a Russian team."

  80. 1002: 

    British rider Scott Redding is passed fit to ride in this weekend's penultimate Moto2 race in Japan after passing a medical.

    The 20-year-old broke his wrist in a crash in qualifying in Australia last weekend and missed the race. He had surgery in Melbourne and had a plate and six screws inserted.

    He says: "I have to undergo another assessment after practice on Friday, but I'll know straight away whether it's possible to race."

  81. 1000: 
    David Hirst

    So who officially hit the hardest shot in the history of top-flight football in England? According to the Guinness World Records, that record belongs to David Hirst.

    "The fastest shot on goal during an English Premier League game was recorded at 183 km/h (114 mph), when a football kicked by David Hirst, playing for Sheffield Wednesday, hit the crossbar from 13.5m (14.8 yards; 44 ft), during their match against Arsenal at Highbury, London, UK on 16 September 1996," they state in their entry.

    What is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  82. 0951: 

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) says it will offer central contracts to help keep leading Welsh players in Wales.

    The ongoing uncertainty over the European Cup has left the regions unable to offer high-profile players - such as Lions stars Sam Warburton and Leigh Halfpenny - new contracts. Both are out of contract in the summer and are attracting attention from overseas. But the WRU says it will contract "all of the regions' leading Welsh-qualified players who are out of contract at the end of the season".

    Once the European negotiations are finished, the contracts would be reassigned back to the regions. The WRU offered this solution to the regional chairmen on Monday, and chief executive Roger Lewis says he expects a positive response.

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    Tony Yeboah

    Michael Smith: The man mountain known as Tony Yeboah surely has a shout for hardest shot ever?! He terrorised the Premier League in the 90s!

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot clocked at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  84. 0942: 

    Castleford prop forward Ryan Boyle signs a two-year contract extension.

    The 26-year-old, who rejoined the Tigers from Salford in mid-season, was under contract until the end of next term but has now extended his stay until the end of 2016.

    Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "Ryan was one of the form props in Super League at the end of last season so I'm absolutely delighted that he's agreed to extend his contract at Castleford for a further two years. I am sure that there is further improvement in him and I look forward to working with him in the coming seasons."

  85. 0938: 
    FOOTBALL- Europa League

    Swansea City will once again be without defender Ashley Williams for Thursday's Europa League game against Kuban Krasnodar (2005 BST)

    Williams has missed Swansea's past five games and has been unable to train because of an ankle injury. The Wales captain is also doubtful for Sunday's home Premier League game against West Ham.

  86. 0936: 

    Australia opener David Warner falls three runs short of the first double century in domestic one-day cricket, continuing a rich run of form which could earn him an international recall for the Ashes series next month.

    Playing for New South Wales against Victoria in the semi-final of a provincial one-day tournament at North Sydney Oval, the 26-year-old hammers 197 off 144 balls before being caught on the boundary.

    The innings, which included 20 fours and 10 sixes, was the highest one-day domestic individual score, beating the 187 Jimmy Maher scored for Queensland against Western Australia in 2004.

  87. 0931: 

    Former England international Gary Lineker condemns the "utterly depressing behaviour" of ambitious parents who rant and rave on the touchline trying to turn their children into football stars.

    The 52-year-old Match of the Day presenter says in an article in the New Statesman their behaviour is wrecking their children's confidence and stifling their development.

    "The competitive nature of most mums and dads is astounding," says Lineker. "The fear they instil in our promising but sensitive Johnny is utterly depressing."

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    Julian Dicks

    Matt Earl: Julian Dicks hardest shot I have ever seen. Penalty against Manchester United nearly took Peter Schmeichel in the net with it.

    After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a shot clocked at 93mph against Anderlecht on Wednesday, what is the hardest-hit shot you have seen in football? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  89. 0918: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith hits his 27th Test century as the Proteas stretch their lead to 99 runs in the second Test against Pakistan.

    Smith's unbeaten 107 off 216 balls with six boundaries guides South Africa to 198-4 at lunch on the second day, nightwatchman Dale Steyn the only one to fall in the morning session.

    AB de Villiers was dropped by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off the first ball and has moved to 26. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan took the only wicket when Steyn offered no shot to a delivery that knocked out his off stump. Smith, 67 overnight, used his feet well against both spinners and seamers and reached his century with a straight driven boundary off Saeed Ajmal.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals as Paris St-Germain beat Anderlecht 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, with one of his strikes clocked at a stunning 93mph.

    David Beckham was able to hit shots with a fair bit of venom, while Roberto Carlos was famed for his powerful shots. What is the fastest shot you have seen in football? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  91. 0905: 

    Bangladesh lose two early wickets before Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque steer them to lunch on 87-2 as the home side look like making New Zealand bat for a second time in the second Test in Dhaka.

    Bangladesh trail by 68 runs with eight wickets remaining at lunch on the fourth day after the tourists are finally out for 437. With Ish Sodhi run out for 58 and Trent Boult lbw to Abdur Razzak for four, Bangladesh needed 155 to make New Zealand bat again when their second innings began.

    BJ Watling was unbeaten on 70 at the end, while Shakib Al Hasan finished with figures of 5-103.

  92. 0855: 

    Leeds give centre Jimmy Keinhorst a new three-year contract that will keep him at Headingley until the end of the 2016 season.

    The 23-year-old Germany international, who played for the Rhinos in the 2012 Challenge Cup final at Wembley while still a student at Leeds Metropolitan University, spent much of the 2013 season on a dual registration at Hunslet, where he scored 13 tries in 15 appearances, but remains firmly part of Leeds coach Brian McDermott's plans.

    "We are delighted that Jimmy has agreed the new deal and I look forward to seeing him develop even further over the next three years," McDermott says.

  93. 0850: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke could return from injury as early as next week in a major boost on the eve of England's arrival for the Ashes series.

    The star batsman was ruled out of Australia's one-day tour of India this month with a long-standing back problem, and feared he could miss the first Test against England starting on 21 November. But after intensive treatment on a degenerative disc problem, which has been an issue since he was a teenager, the prognosis is good.

    "Michael is progressing well and recently recommenced batting in the nets," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris says.

  94. 0845: 
    Nigel Martyn

    Former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Nigel Martyn says he is sad to see Ian Holloway leave the London club, but is excited by the prospect of Tony Pulis becoming manager.

    "I think [Holloway] is probably a victim of his own success," Martyn tells BBC Radio 5 live. "I don't think he had to go, but he probably felt, because of the type of guy he is, that if he wasn't helping the club anymore, he would walk away from it.

    "Tony is going to have to come in and evaluate the players he has and play a style of football according to the players he has. It's no good if they are all silky smooth players then trying to play a different style of football. But Tony liked to play with wingers as well and he liked to the ball in the box, so I think from Crystal Palace supporters' point of view it could be exciting."


    Jay: Allow only away fans in for the next 10 matches after such an incident - without any 'away fan quota' restrictions.

    Amrit: Uefa need credible sanctions for racist chanting. Speeding fines don't stop motorists speeding, bans do!

    Andrew Priestley: Sickening to think that Russia were awarded the 2018 World Cup over England. Their record in relation to racial abuse is awful.

  96. 0834: 

    Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney says he has been given a "new lease of life" under manager David Moyes.

    The England international looked set to leave United after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson, who has since retired. Ferguson wrote in his new autobiography that Rooney lost his "old thrust" in his final season in charge because he was not fit enough.

    "That's the past, I'm looking to the future," says Rooney after the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.

  97. 0831: 

    Footballers are resorting to payday loans to fund their gambling habits, according to charity Sporting Chance.

    Players are so desperate to bet they are taking out short-term loans before turning to the charity for help, chief executive Colin Bland tells BBC Radio 5 live. The charity, which helps sportsmen and women deal with addiction, has dealt with one footballer who has lost an estimated £7m in three years of gambling.

    "It's not uncommon for us to have a footballer who has turned up that's in a circle of payday loans and gambling," says Bland.

  98. 0826:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball in Moscow: "There have been fairly high profile instances [of racism in football] down the years, I can remember a set of fans waving a banana at Roberto Carlos when he played in Russia, Peter Odemwingie when he joined WBA had some fairly horrendous stories of playing in Russia, Christopher Samba was another one. The great point Yaya Toure made was that this a country that is going to be hosting the World Cup, the pinnacle of all football events, in 2018 and yet the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better."


    Midfielder Yaya Toure says he was the target of racist chants during Manchester City's 2-1 victory at CSKA Moscow in a Champions League game in Russia on Wednesday night.

    The Ivory Coast international wants Uefa to take action, suggesting a stadium ban for a number of months or even years might be necessary.

    What do you think Uefa should do to tackle racism in football? How much of a concern is it, especially with the World Cup in Russia five years away? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, #bbcsportsday


    Sir Alex Ferguson's former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan claims the champions would have made "a star signing - one of the absolute best players in the world" in the summer if the Scot and chief executive David Gill had not left the club. Full story:

    Chelsea and Manchester City are competing to sign Paris St-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 26, on a free transfer. The France international's contract expires in the summer. Full story: Daily Express

    Southampton will renew their interest in Cagliari's Italy international centre-back Davide Astori in January. The Saints considered signing the 26-year-old in the summer. Full story: Daily Mirror

    Read more gossip stories in Thursday's column.

  101. 0807: 

    Stuart Lancaster says Chris Robshaw was right to step away from rugby over the summer even though it threatened to cost him the England captaincy.

    Robshaw opted to rest rather than tour Argentina with Lancaster's squad. But he has been reinstated as skipper for the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand after holding off Tom Wood's claims.

    Head coach Lancaster says: "It was the right thing to do. The pressures of captaining club and country are big."

  102. 0804: 

    Crystal Palace will approach former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis as they seek Ian Holloway's successor as manager, according to chairman Steve Parish.

    Holloway, 50, left the Eagles by mutual consent on Wednesday, with the club 19th in the Premier League table. Pulis, 55, established Stoke in the top flight before leaving in May, and Parish wants to appoint a manager with experience at that level.

    "He's never been relegated and he's out of work. We'll look," he says.

  103. 0802: 
    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is "furious" and wants Uefa to act on racist chanting after claiming he was targeted by home fans during his side's 2-1 victory at CSKA Moscow.

    The Ivory Coast international says he told referee Ovidiu Hategan about the chants as City came from behind to win the Champions League Group D tie. City, for whom Sergio Aguero scored twice, will make a complaint to Uefa.

    Toure says: "I'm not just disappointed, I'm furious."

  104. 0800: 

    Good morning! Welcome to another edition of Sportsday Live - the penultimate one of the week.

    We'll be rounding up all the news from Wednesday's Champions League action and looking ahead to this weekend's football. There are eight Premier League news conferences coming, with Everton kicking things off at 0900 BST.

    First, we'll take a quick look at the top three stories on the website...

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