Sportsday - Tuesday 29 October as it happened

Capital One Cup fourth round previews, Ballon d'Or shortlist revealed, Rugby League World Cup.

29 October 2013 Last updated at 18:45

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    That is all from Sportsday for another day but there is plenty more live sport for you on the BBC Sport website this evening.

    Watch live text coverage of all the night's Capital One Cup matches, including Arsenal v Chelsea here.

    That is it from us though until tomorrow. See you then and thanks for your company. It has been a pleasure.

  2. 1842: 
    CRICKET

    England Cricket: #EngWomen v WI 1st ODI abandoned after 18 balls. Just too wet here. We'll try again on Friday.

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    Scott Lennon: If it's based on this calendar year I don't understand Sturridge not being on short list...

    TheoBond: Always the strikers on the Ballon d'Or list! Never a great midfielder who makes the difference. Where's Milner's nomination?

    Adam Leach: I don't understand why wenger and mourinho have been nominated when they won nothing last season!

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    CRICKET

    England Cricket: #EngWomen 5-0. Rain stopped play in Trinidad in 1st ODI. #frustration ‏

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    SPORTSDAY

    Watch Sportsday on the BBC News channel BBC Sport website live now - bringing you all the latest sports news from around the globe.

  6. 1825: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is aiming to improve further after casting aside all uncertainty over his future by signing a new three-year contract.

    Stokes, who has scored 53 goals in 120 games for Celtic, told the club's official website: "I'm absolutely delighted and I'm just looking forward to the next few seasons. I'm just glad to get it out of the way and I can concentrate on my football.

    "I've been happy enough with the way it's gone for me this season. I'd have liked a few more goals by now but that'll come."

  7. 1819: 
    HORSE RACING

    Forpadydeplasterer, winner of the 2009 Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, has been retired.

    Trainer Tom Cooper called time on the popular 11-year-old's career after he largely struggled to show his best form during the past few seasons.

    Cooper said: "He's retiring 100% sound, and that's the main thing. It would have been terrible if something had happened to him so I think it was the right decision and the right time to retire him."

  8. 1813:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter writes to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in an attempt to diffuse a growing row with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The dispute centres of apparently innocent comments Blatter made while speaking at the Oxford Union last Friday, when he was asked to compare Ronaldo with Lionel Messi.

    Earlier today Real Madrid said Blatter's comments lacked respect and that they were seeking a retraction. Ronaldo has since taken to his Facebook page to express his anger.

    Blatter has now written to Real Madrid to explain that his comparison of the players had been meant as an "amusing" aside and that he has "huge respect" for the former Manchester United forward.

  9. 1802: 
    LEAGUE CUP PREVIEW

    Tonight's Capital One Cup fourth round ties less than two hours away and you can follow live text of all the action, plus the build-up, on the BBC Sport website from 1830 GMT.

    In the game of the night, Arsenal entertain Chelsea, while Manchester United entertain Norwich City looking to build on their home Premier League victory over Stoke.

    Also in action, Stoke travel to Birmingham, Championship leaders Burnley host West Ham and Leicester entertain Fulham.

  10. 1750: 
    LEAGUE CUP PREVIEW- Newcastle v Manchester City (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is available after suspension to face Manchester City.

    Fabricio Coloccini will not be rushed back from a groin problem, while Steven Taylor is still out with a hamstring injury.

    Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is expected to replace Joe Hart, as he did for the previous round.

    Captain Vincent Kompany remains a doubt with a groin injury but Jack Rodwell is fit after hamstring problems.

  11. 1743: 
    CYCLING
    Cycling Filming for a feature on the Olympic champions women's Team Pursuit team as their event moves from 3 riders and 3km to 4 riders and 4km

    The track cycling World Cup takes place in Manchester between 1 November to 3 November.

    It will be live on the Red Button on 1 November from 19:00-22:00 and 2 November from 19:00-21:45 (continues online until 22.45). Coverage is also live on BBC Two from 14:30-17:30 on 3 November.

  12. 1733: 
    CRICKET

    England women's cricketers are due to start their delayed one-day international against the West Indies in Trinidad at 1800 GMT, subject to inspection at 1730 GMT. The rain-affected match will become 22 overs per side.

  13. 1723: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tranmere Rovers confirm they are in talks with several interested parties regarding the sale of the club.

    The Tranmere Rovers Trust - a supporters' group - is one of them, and is aiming to raise £500,000 by the end of the year to fund its bid.

    "The club is in communication with a number of interested parties, all of whom have entered into non-disclosure agreements," read a Tranmere statement.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    The United States are out to "shock the world" as they prepare to make their World Cup debut against the Cook Islands in Bristol on Wednesday night.

    "People are now looking at us a bit differently," said captain Joseph Paulo. "We are not just here to make up the numbers, we are here to compete.

    "For sure we can do something at this tournament. We really want to and our motto is 'shock the world'. We are just ready to do our thing when we can."

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    Ali Kane, Glasgow, on text via 81111: It should go to Schweinsteiger. He's currently the most complete midfielder in the world and the beating heart of both Germany and Bayern.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  16. 1703: 
    FOOTBALL

    FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke and Russia's Sports Minister pours cold water on plans from UEFA president Michel Platini to enlarge the World Cup to 40 teams.

    European football head Platini proposed for an extra eight teams to join the World Cup from the Russia 2018 tournament onwards.

    "Never say never, but it's unlikely," said Valcke, who is No. 2 to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, during a visit to the future Russian World Cup host city of Kazan.

  17. 1700: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Atletico Madrid Diego Costa

    Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa confirms his intention to play for Spain rather than Brazil, the country of his birth, according to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

    In a statement the RFEF says the player has stated "his desire to be at the disposition of the Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque" in a signed letter addressed to Julio Cesar Avelleda, secretary general of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

    "Therefore, Diego Costa can play with Spain in the upcoming games in November, if he is selected by the national team manager," the statement adds.

  18. 1655: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

    England coach Steve McNamara defends the disciplinary record of star forward Sam Burgess after he was ruled out of Saturday's second World Cup Group A match against Ireland through suspension.

    McNamara said: "Anyone who understands Sam knows he's not that type of player.

    "We judged the incident. Sam has got to pay the price for his clumsy tackle and we've got to take that one on the chin. If you watch the tackle closely, Sam didn't go to maim anybody. He got his timing wrong."

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    CYCLING

    UCI president Brian Cookson will be paid an annual salary of around £235,000 around £76,000 less than predecessor Pat McQuaid, cycling's world governing body announces.

    Cookson was elected president last month and on Tuesday presided over the UCI management committee at an extraordinary meeting to discuss a range of issues.

    As part of a commitment to transparency, Briton Cookson pledge to reveal his remuneration, something Irishman McQuaid declined to do during his eight years in office.

  20. 1643: 
    FOOTBALL
    Celtic striker Anthony Stokes

    Celtic striker Anthony Stokes signs a new three-year contract.

    Stokes has been a key player for Celtic after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off towards the end of last season and contract negotiations have been protracted.

    "Celtic are delighted to announce that Anthony Stokes has today signed a new three-year contract with the club," the club tweeted.

  21. 1636: 
    CRICKET

    Former England captain Andrew Flintoff believes uncapped Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes should be given a chance to prove himself in the forthcoming Ashes series.

    Stokes, 22, was one of Durham's star performers in their County Championship title-winning campaign and impressed for England in the one-day international series against Australia.

    "I'd play him , I'd have him in the team," Flintoff tells Press Association Sport. "He can bowl at 90mph and can bat at six, it's a no-brainer for me.

  22. 1629: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Ireland prop Brett White is free to face England in Saturday's World Cup Group A match at Huddersfield.

    The Canberra Raiders front-rower was found guilty of a careless high tackle in Ireland's 32-14 defeat by Fiji on Monday.

    But White, who was making his Ireland debut, was issued with a formal caution rather than a ban.

  23. 1626: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Cheick Tiote was only guilty of a "misunderstanding" after avoiding jail for possession of a fake driving licence.

    The 27-year-old midfielder was handed a seven-month suspended sentence at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday after he admitted buying a fake Belgian licence for £12,800 and then attempting to swap it for a full UK licence.

    Pardew said: "There are times when international players come abroad and don't actually understand the rules."

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    Joe Blackmore: Antics aside, Luis Suarez has been the best player this year. His hat trick on Saturday was nothing short of sensational!

    Jason Harrison: Messi will win the Ballon d'Or yet again but I think Ronaldo deserves it this year. Ribery deserves to be in the top 3 as well.

    Loon and Asari: Franck Ribery should win, already won European footballer of the year. Integral part of the Bayern team that won the treble.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  25. 1617: 
    CRICKET

    Bangladesh clinch a 43-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method in their first one-day international against New Zealand in Dhaka.

    Mushfiqur Rahim (90) and Naeem Islam (84) helped the hosts to a total of 295 all out in 49.5 overs, before they bowled out the Kiwis for 162 in 29.5 overs. Rubel Hossain claimed 6-26.

    Here's the full scorecard.

  26. 1610:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    Champion jockey AP McCoy is nine off the 4,000 career winners landmark after a double at Ffos Las.

    The Northern Irishman guided home 4-9 favourite Taquin Du Seuil in the 3.30 novice chase after an earlier win aboard his Jonjo O'Neill-trained stablemate Minella For Steak.

    McCoy seeks a treble on the day when he rides Red Devils Lad, for trainer Rebecca Curtis, in the concluding 4.30 bumper.

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    CYCLING

    Lance Armstrong could form a key part of the independent commission into doping announced by the International Cycling Union (UCI) today, learns the BBC.

    Representatives of the disgraced American rider have been contacted by the UCI to gauge his willingness to speak to an inquiry president Brian Cookson hopes will rid the sport of its doping culture and restore trust.

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    Saad Ahmed Muzzammil: If Ballon d'Or means last year's best performer then Ribery deserves it most.

    Jordan McGregor: Bale!? Come on this year it's Zlatan's

    Barry Punct Si Atat: It has to be Franck Ribery. For club and country, he's been consistently brilliant this year.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  29. 1555: 
    FOOTBALL
    Celtic's Scott Brown

    Celtic captain Scott Brown will have his appeal against an extended Champions League ban heard on Friday.

    Uefa imposed an additional two matches on top of an automatic one-game suspension following Brown's red card for a foul on Barcelona's Neymar.

    He sat out the 2-1 win over Ajax and is set to miss the return in Amsterdam and AC Milan's visit to Glasgow.

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    FOOTBALL

    UEFA's disciplinary board meet on Wednesday to discuss whether CSKA Moscow's stadium should be partially closed for their next Champions League game because of alleged racist chanting towards Yaya Toure.

    Last Wednesday, during Manchester City's 2-1 win in the Russian capital, midfielder Toure claimed he was the target of monkey-chanting from the home fans inside the Khimki Arena.

    The 30-year-old reported the incident to referee Ovidiu Hategan during the Champions League tie, and UEFA responded by charging the Russian club with "racist behaviour of their fans" the following day.

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    Jack, Newcastle, on text via 81111: Of course Wenger deserves a nomination. His record since January has been excellent. Of course Bale deserves a shout he was the best player in the Premiership by a mile last season. Supporting Newcastle my non bias opinions are obvious unlike some of the ones I'm reading.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  32. 1540: 
    SNOOKER

    Ronnie O'Sullivan lets a 4-1 lead slip as he loses 6-4 to China's Liang Wenbo in the second round of the International Championship in Chengdu.

  33. 1534: 
    COMMONWEALTH GAMES

    The security company criticised for failing to provide enough staff for the London Olympics make a bid to be part of the Commonwealth Games when they are staged in Glasgow next year.

    G4S bosses admitted the company's handling of London 2012 was a "humiliating shambles".

    It had to pay £70m in compensation to organising committee Locog, which used about 3,500 soldiers to plug the gaps.

  34. 1530:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    Champion jockey AP McCoy is now only 10 away from the milestone of 4,000 career winners after his mount Minella For Steak won the 3.00 at Ffos Las.

    McCoy won by one-and-three-quarter lengths on the 7-4 favourite, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, to bring up victory number 3,990.

    The Northern Irishman has two more booked rides today - odds-on favourite Taquin Du Seuil in the novice chase at 3.30 and Red Devils Lad in the concluding buper (4.30).

    You can follow all the latest results on the BBC Sport website.

  35. 1524: 
    ASHES BUILD-UP
    England's Stuart Broad

    Former England captain Andrew Flintoff can not understand the controversy that has engulfed Stuart Broad but has backed his old team-mate to shine in the forthcoming Ashes series Down Under.

    Broad has been under fire ever since he stood his ground despite clearly edging an Ashton Agar delivery that was caught at first slip in the first Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge in July.

    "I can't believe that people have got on their high horses about it, players, ex-players, everyone. It happens every day in county cricket, every day in professional cricket," Flintoff said.

  36. 1519: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Football League will discuss the prospect of goal-line technology with Championship clubs but admits the associated costs are 'significant'.

    Watford manager Gianfranco Zola leads the calls for the technology to be introduced in the second tier after his side were denied what he felt was a definite goal in Monday night's 1-1 draw at Brighton.

    "While the Football League supports the principle of goal-line technology, we also recognise that the cost of implementation across the Championship would be significant," a spokesman for the Football League said.

  37. 1511: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England forwards coach Graham Rowntree backs maturing prop Mako Vunipola to thrive against Australia in Saturday's opening international at Twickenham.

    Vunipola's scrummaging was exposed by the Wallabies during last summer's British and Irish Lions tour and, with Alex Corbisiero sidelined by a knee injury, he will start the Cook Cup clash at loosehead.

    "Now everything in the scrum is closer and the pre-binding has really aided Mako, like it has with a lot of other props. I'm delighted with how everyone has got to grips with it," Rowntree said.

  38. 1505: 
    ATHLETICS

    World 1,500 metres record holder Hicham El Guerrouj calls on athletics' world governing body to bolster public interest in middle-distance running which has been overshadowed by Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt.

    El Guerrouj said: "Usain Bolt is doing a great job for track and field, but he's casting a shadow over other races, which is very hard for those athletes, so it's the role of the IAAF to promote these to be more in the limelight."

  39. 1501: 
    LEAGUE CUP PREVIEW- Newcastle v Manchester City (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)
    Pablo Zabaleta

    Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes last season's shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final has provided extra motivation to impress in the domestic cups.

    He told the club's website: "Last season hurt us. We finished second to (Manchester) United and lost the FA Cup final and this club cannot accept silver medals.

    "The experience against Wigan has made us more focused. This time the manager has told us that we must aim to win all four competitions that we are in."

  40. 1456: 
    SNOOKER- International Championship, China

    More Second round results:

    Mark Davis (Eng) beat Stuart Carrington(Eng) 6-3, Mark Allen (NI) beat Dave Harold (Eng) 6-4, Matthew Stevens (Wal) beat John Higgins (Sco) 6-2, Joe Perry (Eng) beat David Gilbert (Eng) 6-3.

  41. 1455: 
    SNOOKER- International Championship, China

    Second round results:

    Neil Robertson (Aus) beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha) 6-1, Zhao Xintong (Chn) beat Barry Hawkins (Eng) 6-1, Kurt Maflin (Nor) beat Mark Williams (Wal) 6-2, Graeme Dott (Sco) beat Kyren Wilson (Eng) 6-1, Ding Junhui (Chn) beat James Wattana (Tha) 6-3, Marco Fu (HK) beat Xiao Guodong (Chi) 6-4, Ryan Day (Wal) beat Alan McManus (Sco) 6-4

  42. 1447: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

    The Prince of Wales talked for an hour on Tuesday with players and officials taking part in the Rugby League World Cup.

    Representatives of all 14 nations and tournament organisers attended a reception at Clarence House.

    "It was quite surreal," said World Cup general manager Sally Bolton.

  43. 1442: 
    BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

    Tickets will go on sale at 09:00 GMT on Friday for the star-studded 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year show, in Leeds on 15 December.

    Priced at £40, £50 and £60, they will be subject to a 10% service charge (except for cash payments) with a limit of four per person.

    Tickets can be booked by phoning 0844 248 1585 or going to the venue website www.firstdirectarena.com. Full information is available at www.bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.

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    Mr J, Harlesden, on text via 81111: This year should be Ronaldo's. Individually he sparkles brighter than Messi in any team he features in and he's long overdue the recognition.

    Jonny: Pablo Zabaleta should be in there, best and most consistent right back in Europe.

    Joe: All these people saying Bale shouldn't be nominated are probably the same people who said spurs were a one man team last year. Think about it.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  45. 1435: 
    SQUASH

    Two-time champion and fourth seed Nick Matthew of England is the first man into the last 16 at the World Championship with an 11-7 11-6 11-6 win over Hong Kong's Max Lee in Manchester. Top seed Ramy Ashour of Egypt and England's third seed James Willstrop are in action later on Tuesday.

  46. 1432: 
    TENNIS

    Reigning US Open women's doubles champions Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic are splitting after five successful years together.

    "It was Andrea's decision... she told me she wanted to play with Lucie Safarova next year and focus on singles," the 28-year-old Hradecka tells www.tennis-arena.cz.

    "I don't think it will be a problem to play in the Fed Cup together." The Czech Republic won the Fed Cup in 2011 and 2012.

  47. 1425: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has joined a UN campaign against poaching, warning the slaughter of elephants threatens their existence.

    Toure said there were only 800 of the "magnificent creatures" left in his country, Ivory Coast, whose national team is known as "The Elephants".

    He has been appointed a goodwill ambassador by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep).

  48. 1417: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former England fly half Jonny Wilkinson says winning the 2003 World Cup created a celebrity burden that changed his rugby career and left him feeling fragile.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 20-17 final triumph over Australia in Sydney, a victory Wilkinson sealed with a drop goal in extra time, he said "life stopped being simple" from that point on.

    "I wouldn't swap it for anything in my career but that one night changed everything," said the 34-year-old who now plays for French club Toulon.

    "I have a very unhealthy fear of being celebrated. It doesn't feel right. If I had my time again after the World Cup I would face up to it more."

  49. 1410: 
    FOOTBALL - GHOST GOALS- Coventry v Crystal Palace (6 September 1980)

    Crystal Palace's Clive Allen smashed a free-kick that hit the back stanchion and bounced out - without the officials spotting it had gone in. Palace lost 3-1.

  50. 1405: 
    GOLF
    Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

    Tiger Woods believes Rory McIlroy is slowly getting his golf game back on track and predicts that the former world number one would claim a breakthrough first victory of the year by the end of December.

    McIlroy was on top of the world at the end of 2012, having won the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic, but he has had a turbulent season this year on and off the course.

    "He is playing better and swinging a lot better," 14-times major champion Woods said. "You can seethat some of the stuff he and his coach are working on are starting to come together. I can definitely see him winning sometime this year because his game has come around.

    World number one Woods had a close-up view of McIlroy when he lost to the twice major winner in a lucrative head-to-head exhibition match on China's Hainan Island on Monday.

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    FOOTBALL
    Michah Richards

    England defender Micah Richards tells the Manchester Evening News he wants to spend another 10 years at the club.

    The 25-year-old, who made his City bow at 17, said: "I'm not leaving City it's my club and I love it here. Ten more years - that's my aim.

    "I am back fit now and I believe when I am playing fit I am as good as anyone in the division playing that role. It's about keeping fit and getting some games in. I felt I played well in the three games.

    "Brazil would be nice. I've never been."

  53. 1342: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Xabi Alonso is set to play his first game since last season when Real Madrid host Sevilla on Wednesday in the Spanish league.

    The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasn't played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries.

    Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says: "Xabi is available. He's training and I think that tomorrow he will be on our bench and I'll try to give him a few minutes."

    Alonso had back surgery and after recovering from the operation he broke his foot, prolonging his time out.

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    Amin Elhassan: LionelMessi. Again. I am unable to think of any other player that consistently performs at a world class level every year.

    Sean Fleming: Suarez should win it. His antics aside, he's been by far the best player in the world this year. His goals tally is immense.

    Oli Parkes: The ballon d'or favours managers who manage the top teams. Not the weaker teams who play above their ability. I.e. Southampton.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

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    Gus Hayward, via text: Re Ballon d'Or. Despite being fifth in the European Golden Shoe above Ibrahimovic, Bale and Suarez, Porto striker Jackson Martinez doesn't get nominated. Fifa only care about big names.

  56. 1328: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    Great Britain's eventer Tina Cook says she has a renewed determination to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    The 43-year-old helped Great Britain to team silver at London 2012, having won team and individual bronze in Beijing.

    "After London I wasn't sure. So much went into it that, mentally and physically," she tells BBC Sussex.

    "This year has been a good one. All the horses that I have ridden have met their targets and I feel as keen and as driven as ever."

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    Kartik Malhotra: Lionel Messi. Because he is clearly the best player on the planet & the award is for the best player not for the winner of most trophies with team.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  58. 1320: 
    HORSE RACING

    Former world champion horse Frankel's jockey Tom Queally is leaving his job as stable jockey at the Cecils' Warren Place yard to ride as a freelance.

    Queally, 29, secured a total of 21 Group One wins for the late Sir Henry Cecil, who died in June this year.

    "I feel this is the right time to pursue new challenges." Queally told the Racing Post.

    Prince Khalid Abdullah, the principal owner at Warren Place, appointed James Doyle as his retained rider in August.

  59. 1315: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti calls FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments on Cristiano Ronaldo's demeanour on the field disrespectful.

    Blatter, 77, described the Portuguese as being "like a commander on the pitch" and joked he spent more money on his hairstyle than Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in an audience with Oxford University students last week.

    Ancelotti confirms that Real president Florentino Perez has sent a letter to FIFA asking them to rectify Blatter's comments.

    "It seems to me like a lack of respect," Ancelotti said. "I haven't spoken with Cristiano about it. Today he trained very well as he always does."

  60. 1308: 
    CRICKET

    The start of England women's One Day International against the West Indies in Trinidad has been delayed due to rain with an inspection due at 1245 GMT.

  61. 1302: 
    FOOTBALL - GHOST GOALS- Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen

    Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling headed the ball through a hole in the side of Hoffenheim's net in his team's 2-1 away win earlier this month.

    Referee Felix Brych did not spot that Kiessling's effort missed the target.

    But, despite Hoffenheim's protest, the German Football Association (DFB) insists the result will stand.

  62. 1258: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gianfranco Zola calls for goal-line technology to be introduced in the Championship after Watford had what he felt was a definite goal ruled out in the 1-1 draw at Brighton.

    The Hornets were leading through Sean Murray's early deflected strike and were convinced they had scored another just after the interval through Fernando Forestieri.

    Brighton captain Gordon Greer miscontrolled the Italian's shot and sent the ball rolling towards goal, the defender eventually hacking it clear from behind the line.

    "In a championship in which so much money is involved - they say it's £120million for the teams that go up - it (technology) would help the officials keep everything under control. If it is something we can use to make the game better why not? After today I would like it to be at least considered."

  63. 1257: 
    FOOTBALL

    Thomas Emery: Will you be mentioning the disallowed goal at the Amex yesterday or do we save our indignation for the Premier League only?

    Goals that should or shouldn't have been disallowed have certainly been at the heart of much debate this weekend, with Gianfranco Zola adamant goal line technology should now be introduced into the Football League......

  64. 1247: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
    Gorillas at Bristol Zoo Kukena the baby Western Lowland Gorilla & mum Salome

    Ever seen gorillas playing rugby? Nor had I until Bristol Zoo posted these pictures on their website.

    Keepers at Bristol Zoo have given rugby balls to the gorillas to play with, donated by Bristol Rugby Club, to mark the city hosting a Rugby League World Cup game between The Cook Islands and the USA at the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

    It is also part of their enrichment programme, where they are given things to stimulate and encourage playful behaviour. Seeing as it's not every day you see a gorilla playing rugby, here is another picture.....

    Gorillas at Bristol Zoo Komale the Western Lowland Gorilla
  65. 1242: 
    LEAGUE CUP TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Hull (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to rotate his side meaning club-record signing Erik Lamela is likely to start.

    Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul are nearing full fitness but may miss out.

    Hull boss Steve Bruce is still without the injured first-team regulars that were absent for the league defeat to Spurs on Sunday.

    Jake Livermore is again ineligible to face his parent club due to the terms of his loan deal.

  66.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    UnSimpleSimon: Wenger for FIFA coach of the year? Was Arsenal so bad that their manager had to pull out heroics to get where they were?

    Tunde Akere: FIFA and there ways! If Hazard was shorlisted last season, no one would have complained, but this season? No. Ribery to win it.

    Andrew Priestley: Ribery to end Messi's monopoly. Heynckes deserves to be named Coach of the Year, but it'll be Fergie for sentimental reasons.

    After today's release of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, who do you think is the world's best. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  67. 1230: 
    JAMES WOODS Q&A
    James Woods

    Great Britain skier James Woods is one of the nation's greatest medal hopes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And we are giving you the opportunity to quiz the Sheffield slopestyle competitor when he visits BBC Sport on Wednesday.

    You may want to know how he is preparing for Sochi, how a kid from South Yorkshire ends up on the slopes or what inspired his recent Union Jack haircut (see above)?

    Tweet your questions using #bbcsportsday and we will put a selection of the best questions to James.

  68. 1224: 
    INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

    Northern Ireland will visit Turkey for an international friendly to be held on 15 November.

    Michael O'Neill's men - who recently finished fifth in World Cup qualifying group F, winning only one of their 10 games - face Turkey in the southern city of Adana during the next international break.

    A statement from the Irish FA confirmed the game would take place at the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium with a kick-off time of 1900 GMT.

    Northern Ireland have lost their last three meetings with Turkey, the most recent encounter a 2-0 defeat for Nigel Worthington's side in Connecticut in May 2010. Turkey won 3-0 both home and away during qualifying for the 2000 European Championships.

  69. 1219: 
    FOOTBALL
    Former England manager Bobby Robson

    A charity auction set up in memory of former England manager Sir Bobby Robson helps to raise around £350,000 for cancer services.

    Big names from the world of sport, including former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and England cricketer Graeme Swann, supported the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough online auction by donating prizes and experiences.

    Robson died of cancer in 2009. The 2013 auction total will top the 2011 fund-raiser by more than £150,000, organisers said.

    All the funds raised will go the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and two Suffolk hospitals in the fight against cancer.

  70. 1210:  
    Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondentHORSE RACING

    "Wednesday's fixture at Ayr has been abandoned because the course is waterlogged."

  71.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Rossa Kabwine J: Why Manuel Neuer is the only goalkeeper there... where are (Juventus's Gianluigi) Buffon and (Chelsea's Petr) Cech...

    Brian Curran: Can't believe Bale is a serious contender. Can you imagine what would happen if he won it over Ronaldo?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  72. 1201: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland wing Tim Visser announces on Twitter he will be out for four months with a broken leg.

  73. 1157: 
    INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

    Gibraltar are to make their debut as a fully recognized senior international team against Slovakia next month.

    The Slovakia Football Association says on its website it will play Gibraltar in a friendly on 19 November in Faro, Portugal.

    Gibraltar's own stadium is being renovated to the standards of UEFA, which it joined as the 54th full member in May.

    UEFA finally accepted Gibraltar as a member after long-standing opposition led by Spain, which disputes sovereignty with Britain.

  74. 1153: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    We have left you hanging long enough. For those of you struggling on the latest #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official, here are the answers to the question since 1970, eight players have won the Ballon d'Or whilst playing for a Spanish team - who are they?

    Answers: Cruyff, Messi, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Stoichkov with Barcelona: Cannavaro, Figo and Ronaldo with Real Madrid

  75. 1146: 
    CRICKET
    Bangladeshs Naeem Islam (R) and New Zealand"s Nathan McCullum Bangladesh's Naeem Islam (R) and New Zealand"s Nathan McCullum

    Bangladesh are 265 all out in 49.5 overs in the first one-day international against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.

  76. 1141: 
    FOOTBALL

    Football chairmen think black players are not "educated enough" to become managers, says Birmingham academy coach Michael Johnson.

    Chris Kiwomya's departure from Notts County leaves only three black managers in the Premier and Football Leagues.

    "The stats are alarming. There does seem to be a trend that we are not getting opportunities," Johnson told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I think it's a lack of education from the guys upstairs, the board members who seem to think that black players are OK to go and play for their club, but when it comes to managing or stepping upstairs into the boardroom, that might be a problem."

  77. 1135: 
    RUGBY UNION
    London Irish's James O'Connor

    Australia international James O'Connor views his move to London Irish as critical to his "personal development"

    "Away from the field I need to find balance in certain ways. I've been in bit of a bubble in the last six years," he said.

    "I've enjoyed it and wouldn't take anything back, it's been an amazing ride. Every opportunity to pull on that gold jersey has been awesome.

    "But I've been protected quite a lot. I've made mistakes and haven't dealt with them in the way I'd like to. This opportunity gives me the opportunity to become my own man and work on that. It's a good environment to do that."

  78.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Blykk: How has Juan Mata been overlooked?! I think Schweinsteiger should win it with the way he''s been playing, truly underrated.

    Vasu Tyagi: If Wenger is nominated then surely Laudrup deserves to be nominated. Don't know who decides the nominations.

    Thomas Adoyi: Jose deserves a mention with his run in the UCL, ultimately can't see past Heynckes.

    What do you think about the Ballon d'Or shortlist released this morning? Who is the best in the world? Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  79. 1128: 
    CRICKET

    Graeme Swann - spinner, singer and showman. On the eve of his fourth Ashes series, BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham has traced the England bowler's life from childhood, speaking to those who know him best and have influenced him through his career.

  80. 1120: 
    FOOTBALL

    Many of you will have seen former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown shooting wide of an empty net at St George's Park on Saturday's Football Focus.

    You won't be surprised to hear the BBC pundit had a second attempt off air, filmed by presenter Dan Walker. See Keown's reaction to a successful attempt here.

  81. 1112: 
    LEAGUE CUP PREVIEW- Manchester United v Norwich City (Tuesday, 1945 GMT)

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says Wilfried Zaha will be given opportunities to prove his worth despite overlooking the England international winger in the season to date.

    Zaha linked up with United during the close season after signing from Crystal Palace in a deal worth up to £15 million but he has still to make his Premier League debut.

    The 20-year-old could be handed a start against Norwich City in the League Cup later on Tuesday, but Moyes has admitted that he may be loaned out during the January transfer window.

    Moyes told the United website: "We don't want to put him in too quickly. We want to make it the right time. I've said I would look at (a loan) in January as I wanted to have him here for six months to see how we work."

  82. 1106: 
    LEAGUE CUP PREVIEW- Burnley v West Ham (Tuesday, 1945 GMT)
    West Ham United

    West Ham United FC: Touchdown in Manchester ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Burnley.

  83. 1101: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan boss Owen Coyle says the Championship club are close to agreeing a 28-day loan deal for Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton.

    "I wouldn't rule out, depending how today goes, that we might be able to get Marc Albrighton involved against QPR on Wednesday," says Coyle.

  84.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt, Durham, via text: The Ballon d'Or shortlists seem ridiculous! They've shortlisted 23 players when only four or five are genuine contenders to actually win and they've included managers - such as Wenger and Mourinho - who achieved nothing of note this year. Why such large shortlists full of people who won't win?

  85. 1052: 
    FOOTBALL

    Cape Verde lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the ruling that disqualified them from Africa's 2014 World Cup play-offs.

    Fifa found that Cape Verde had fielded an ineligible player during their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Tunisia. The match was instead awarded 3-0 to Tunisia, which sent them through to the play-offs as Group B winners.

  86. 1043: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    Time for a cup of tea? Why not have a break and think over the latest #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official. The answer will be in Sportsday a bit later.

    Since 1970, eight players have won the Ballon d'Or whilst playing for a Spanish team - who are they?

  87. 1038: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    La Liga club Elche denounce their own fans who racially abused Granada's French defender Allan Nyom in Saturday's La Liga game at their Martinez Valero stadium in Alicante.

    Nyom reacted to a chorus of racist chants from one section of the crowd in the 89th minute by angrily booting the ball towards them and was booked.

    The official then ordered an announcement to be made telling the Elche fans to stop.

    "The club repudiates in the strongest possible terms the racist chants directed at the player Nyom that came from one very small section of the crowd," Elche said on their website.

  88.  
    RUGBY UNION

    Opta Jonny: New London Irish signing James O'Connor beat more defenders (32) and made more offloads (17) than any other Rebels player in Super Rugby 2013.

  89. 1026: 
    CRICKET

    England bowler Stuart Broad: Thanks for the great feedback on this interview. Enjoyed speaking to an ex team mate who knows about the game.

  90. 1025:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been opening up about his private life and THAT 'walking' incident in the Ashes during a special interview with Michael Vaughan.

    Former Ashes-winning England captain Vaughan asks Broad about the subsequent criticism he received from the fallout at Trent Bridge and his thoughts on the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

    You can listen again to 'Stuart Broad - Uncovered' in our podcast.

  91. 1021: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish announce they have signed Australia back James O'Connor on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 23-year-old, who has played 44 Tests for the Wallabies, is expected to make his Premiership debut when Irish host Northampton Saints this weekend.

  92. 1016: 
    ASHES BUILD-UP
    Australia captain Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke says Ricky Ponting will have to make the first move in order to settle the feud sparked by comments the former skipper made in his autobiography.

    The pair have not spoken since Ponting criticised Clarke's performance as vice-captain as well as his former relationship with model Lara Bingle in his recently released book, 'At the Close of Play'.

    "I've said what I had to say on that issue," Clarke, who is hopeful of making his return from a back injury for New South Wales on Wednesday, said when quizzed on Ponting's remarks. "Ricky has my number."

    "I'm very focused on what's in front of me and making sure I'm as well prepared as I can be for this first Sheffield Shield game and then obviously a huge (Australian) summer ahead."

  93. 1010: 
    FORMULA 1
    Ross Brawn

    Ross Brawn will leave his position as Mercedes team principal at the end of the Formula 1 season.

    Brawn and Mercedes have failed to reach an agreement on a role in which he would have been happy to stay at the team, say sources close to Mercedes.

    Mercedes will now be run in tandem by their two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, along with non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. Both Mercedes and Brawn refused to comment on the development.

  94. 1006: 
    FOOTBALL

    Cardiff defender Kevin McNaughton extends his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers by another two months.

    Right-back McNaughton, 31, has made four appearances for the Championship club and is yet to be on the losing side.

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    David Reynolds: Ribery for Ballon D'or. He has been Bayern Munich's best player, and Bayern Munich have been the best team in Europe.

    Jawad Kayani: Ribery & Jupp Heynckes should be the winner of awards. Bayern was unstoppable last year.

    Scott Nelson: Hazard has had no where near the effect Benteke, Aguero, Baines, Zabaleta etc have had on their clubs. How is he shortlisted?

    What are your thoughts on the Ballon d'Or shortlist released this morning? Who is the world's best? Tweet #bbcsportsday, text via 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  96. 0957: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Wales coach Warren Gatland does not believe that scrum-half Mike Phillips' sacking by French club Bayonne will affect his form for the autumn Tests.

    "He's got a couple of issues that he needs to address and sort out, but he's not the only one in sport that has things that need to be addressed, and we will continue to support him as much as we can," Gatland tells BBC Radio Wales.

    Wales kick off their autumn campaign against South Africa on November 9, when Phillips is expected to wear the number nine shirt.

    Phillips, who was accused of turning up to training drunk, is planning to take legal action against Bayonne.

  97. 0953: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Coach Costinha leaves Portugal's bottom club Pacos de Ferreira after losing 3-1 to Vitoria de Guimaraes, their sixth defeat in eight matches this season.

    The former Monaco player took over at the northern club at the start of the season, succeeding Paulo Fonseca who moved to FC Porto.

    Fonseca led Pacos to third place in the Portuguese top flight last year, their best-ever showing.

    But Costinha struggled to maintain the momentum, losing out to Zenit St Petersburg for a spot in the Champions League and then making a poor start to the league campaign.

  98. 0948: 
    CRICKET

    Northamptonshire sign Australia paceman Jackson Bird for next season.

    The 26-year-old played has played three Tests, the last of which came at Durham in this summer's Ashes series.

    He was then sent home with a suspected stress fracture of the back and although the problem was not as bad as initially feared he has yet to play competitively since.

    Bird, who has 109 first-class wickets at an average of 20.77, will be available for 10 LV County Championship matches and seven Friends Life T20 fixtures.

  99.  
    GET INVOLVED

    What do you think about the Ballon d'Or list which was announced earlier? Who is going to be crowned the world's best player? Here's a selection of your thoughts from our Facebook page.

    Saad Ahmed Muzzammil: If Ballon d'Or means last year's best performer then Ribery deserves it most.

    Jordan McGregor: Bale!? Come on this year it's Zlatan's

    Barry Punct Si Atat: It has to be Franck Ribery. For club and country, he's been consistently brilliant this year.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or go to BBC Sport's Facebook page to have your say on the debate.

  100. 0938: 
    CRICKET
    Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook and bowler Stuart Broad both miss practice in Australia with sore backs.

    It was described as purely a precautionary measure, but the pair may not be risked for England's opening tour game on Thursday. Monty Panesar also missed practice with a stomach illness.

    Find out everything you need to know about England's winter tour here.

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    Gareth, Fareham, via text: I struggle to see what Eden Hazard has done this year that tops the quality and influence Zabaleta, Baines, Benteke and Aguero have had.

  102. 0931: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has made a return to competitive action, playing 67 minutes for the club's under-21 team as he battles back from a chronic illness.

    The 29-year-old Scotland captain announced in November 2011 that he was taking an extended break from the game after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a bowel condition.

    He made his latest comeback in a 2-2 draw against Fulham's under-21 team on Monday.

    "It's been a long time so it's good to get back tonight," Fletcher told the Manchester United television channel.

  103. 0923: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We are talking about the world's best this morning after the Ballon D'Or shortlist was released this morning. Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook, on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or text on 81111.

    Chris Parker: Heynckes should win the coach award for his treble but unfortunately I can see them giving it to Fergie because he's retired.

    Ian Brennan: Got to be Jupp Heynckes for Fifa coach of the year. Not sure why Mourinho is on the shortlist, what did he do?

    Dr. Sam: Why is Mourinho shortlisted? Ferguson too? winning a league doesnt mean you are best in the world. Pellegrini should be there.

  104. 0915: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti calls for patience as the Spanish club's fans wait to see the best of Gareth Bale following his record-breaking summer move to the Bernabeu.

    Bale has yet to set the Primera Division alight following his 100million euros transfer from Tottenham and, with the Wales forward battling to return to full fitness, he is also still to complete a whole match for his new club.

    "It's true that in the last few games he hasn't done extraordinary things, but a player who arrives at a new team, in a new culture, needs time to adapt," Ancelotti told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

    "The problem the player has is of adaptation. It's not the same to play in Spain as in England."

  105. 0910: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Football Association is to publish plans later this year about increasing the number of British Asian players and coaches in the English game.

    Only eight homegrown Asian players currently have professional deals across England's top four divisions.

    "There are some specific targets around Asians in football," says FA inclusion projects co-ordinator Kevin Coleman.

  106. 0905: 
    BALLON D'OR

    Chelsea FC: Congratulations and good luck to Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard and Rafa Benitez, all nominated for FIFA awards this morning.

  107. 0904: 
    BALLON D'OR

    Fifa coach of the year shortlist:

    Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid CF), Rafael Benitez (Napoli), Antonio Conte (Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain), Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United's former coach), Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich's former coach), Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).

  108. 0902: 
    BALLON D'OR

    We are discussing the merits of the Ballon d'Or shortlist, with Gareth Bale the only Briton named alongside a galaxy of international stars. But it is not just the players who are being lauded.

    Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, Chelsea's Jose Mourinho and Napoli's Rafael Benitez, who guided Chelsea to the Europa League, are also part of the 10-man list in the running for coach of the year.

  109. 0856: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    England decide not to appeal the one-match ban handed out to forward Sam Burgess for his high tackle during Saturday's 28-20 opening World Cup defeat by Australia.

    The South Sydney star, 24, was placed on report by referee Henry Perenara after he caught Sam Thaiday in the head with a swinging arm during the second-half.

    He will miss Saturday's second Group A game against Ireland in Huddersfield.

  110.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Scott Cairns: Hazard shouldn't be there. Ozil's there for his Madrid efforts. Should be three because the Premier League isn't as good as people think it is.

    Ryan Turner: No stand out British performers to go on that list, likewise with Premier League players, they won't win it. Zlatan deserves it this year.

  111. 0849: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "AP McCoy has five decent chances of moving closer to his 4,000th career victory when he rides at Ffos Las in Wales this afternoon.

    "The 18-time champion jump jockey, who is 11 away from the milestone, had a rare day off on Monday when racing at Bangor-on-Dee was abandoned because of a waterlogged track.

    "At Ffos Las, McCoy rides Gate Please (1330), Captain Moonman (1400), Minella For Steak (1500), Taquin Du Seuil (1530) and Red Devils Lad (1630).

    "The Northern Irishman is averaging a victory every four rides so far this season, although he rode 10 winners over four days from Thursday to Sunday."

    You can follow all the latest racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  112. 0845: 
    HORSE RACING
    Leicester racecourse

    Today's Flat racing fixture at Catterick goes ahead after officials cancelled a planned precautionary inspection. So, following a blank day on Monday because of the heavy rain across the UK, racing is back to normal.

  113. 0841: 
    CRICKET

    Lancashire head coach Peter Moores signs a one-season extension to his current contract.

    Former England head coach Moores, who guided the Red Rose to their first outright County Championship title for 77 years in 2011, has committed himself to the club until the end of 2015.

    Moores, who also coached Sussex to their first ever Championship in 2003, arrived at Old Trafford in 2009 following his spell with England.

  114. 0836: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Who loves good bit of gossip? Here's three footballing whispers from our Gossip Column for your eyes only.

    Monaco are interested in Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and could make a move for the 27-year-old in January. (Daily Express)

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez will stay at the Reds beyond the end of the season, despite his summer flirtations with Arsenal and Real Madrid. (Metro)

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is likely to be dropped for the Premier League game against Norwich City on Saturday amid growing ­concern about his form. (the Times)

  115.  
    GET INVOLVED

    We're talking Ballon d'Or today after the revealing of the 32-man shortlist. And we want your thoughts.

    Mike Davies: It's no surprise only one Brit on the list, the British brand of football has been left behind by the rest of the world.

  116. 0826: 
    OVERNIGHT

    Wales international Mike Phillips is planning to take legal action against Bayonne following his sacking.

    Scrum-half Phillips, 31, said he was "disappointed and frustrated" by the club's decision. He was accused of turning up for training drunk.

    "As a result of discussions with my legal team in France I have now instructed them to issue proceedings against Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club," he said in a statement.

  117. 0821: 
    OVERNIGHT
    Fiji

    Fiji began their Rugby League World Cup in style with a comprehensive 32-14 win over Group A rivals Ireland at a sold-out Spotland in Rochdale.

    The Pacific Islanders were celebrating their 52-year association with Rochdale, forged by the influx of Fijian signings at Rochdale Hornets during the 1960's, and did not disappoint a partisan stadium-record crowd with a powerful display.

    If you haven't read about the relationship between Rochdale and Fiji, then I urge you to click the above link. It's a cracking story!

  118. 0815: 
    OVERNIGHT

    Here's a few stories you might have missed if you're making your way into the office.

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says the team can overturn a poor start to win the Premier League, despite being eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

    Two wins in the last three games means that David Moyes's side have recovered from United's worst start in 14 years.

    "We had bad starts to the season many times," said the 71-year-old, speaking at the first in a series of Q&A sessions following the release of his autobiography. "We are the only club in that league that can come from behind to win the league because of our history."

  119.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So let's have an early call for your thoughts. Bale - has he got any chance whatsoever? Do any other British players deserve a place on the list? And why are only five Premier League players - Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure and Robin van Persie - included?

    You know the drill. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or write on our Facebook wall. We will publish a selection of your views - so make them good.

  120. 0805: 
    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Good morning sports fans! That's right only Gareth Bale, or the World's Costliest Footballer as it may or may not also say on his passport, is the only Briton in with a chance of winning the Ballon d'Or. But he ain't gonna win at the expense of the mighty Messi or the rampaging Ronaldo, is he??

    Bale's chances, and the Ballon d'Or list generally, is high on the list of our talking points as we negotiate our way through another bright and breezy Sportsday. On a day when a large portion of the UK recovers from the effects of St Jude, why don't you stay indoors and stay with us all day? You know it makes perfect sense.

  121. 0800: 

    You can't have the best league in Europe as well as a strong national side, they cry. Well, according to the latest Ballon d'Or list, the UK has neither. Only one British player is named on the 23-man shortlist in the race to be named the 2013 World Player of the Year. And just five Premier League stars make the cut.

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