Sportsday Monday 4 November as it happened

Champions League team news, Manchester City's Joe Hart on the bench again and concussion in football.

4 November 2013 Last updated at 18:58

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  1. 1854: 

    That is all for Sportsday on Monday. We will be back, as always, at 0800 GMT on the dot on Tuesday, rounding up all the news from the world of sport. There will be build up and previews for this week's Champions League games, news as jockey AP McCoy goes for his 4,000th winner and the latest from day two of the ATP World Tour Finals. But for now, it is goodbye.

  2. 1851: 

    Joe Hart earns backing from an unlikely source after David de Gea claimed the Manchester City goalkeeper will win back his first-team place.

    Hart will sit out his third game on Tuesday night when Costel Pantimilon plays in City's Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium. But Manchester United's De Gea, who had to overcome his own troubles before sealing his status as one of the Premier League's top goalkeepers, is certain Hart will not be out of the limelight for long.

    "Joe Hart is a great keeper," he says. "It's very complicated to play at the top level and never to make mistakes. I am sure he will work very hard to go back into the first 11 and sooner or later he will make it."

  3. 1845:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    CSKA Moscow

    At Etihad Stadium, where CSKA Moscow's news conference is about to begin. Should be interesting...

  4. 1840: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes demands more protection for teenage winger Adnan Januzaj.

    Januzaj appeared to be stamped on by Sascha Riether during injury-time in Saturday's 3-1 win at Fulham. The incident was not spotted by referee Lee Probert, with Moyes claiming immediately afterwards he had not seen it either.

    Having viewed the replays himself, the United boss feels Januzaj needs more protection than he is presently receiving, saying: "I had not seen it until after the game. The distance we were from the dug-out made it impossible to take it in. It is a bad stamp and it does look deliberate."

  5. 1836:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    At 1900 GMT, Mark Chapman hosts a special edition of the Monday Night Club with Sven-Goran Eriksson.

    The former England, Lazio and Manchester City manager will be in to talk about his long career, England's recent qualification for the 2014 World Cup and his thoughts on the Premier League so far this season.

    If you want to talk to Sven about football you can call 0500 909 693 from 1900 GMT, text 85058, or leave a comment on the BBC Radio 5 live Facebook page.


    A couple of late calls for Peter Schmeichel as a goalscoring goalkeeper, following Asmir Begovic's goal for Stoke against Southampton at the weekend.

    Andrew Priestley: Peter Schmeichel's equaliser v Rotor Volgograd (2-2) in 1995, keeping Man Utd's 39-year unbeaten European home record intact.

    Matt B-L: It would have been Peter Schmeichel's overhead kick against Wimbledon in '97 - if he hadn't been offside...

  7. 1822: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1989
    David O'Leary

    David O'Leary's 622nd game for Arsenal, a club record, was marred by a mass brawl with opponents Norwich at Highbury. Arsenal were awarded an injury-time penalty and won 4-3.

  8. 1815: 

    Novak Djokovic does not believe the ATP World Tour Finals should be kept in London after the contract runs out in 2015.

    The season-ending tournament has been held at the O2 Arena since 2009 and has been a huge success, with more than one million fans travelling to Greenwich, but Djokovic feels it is a tournament that should regularly move to different cities.

    "I think this tournament should definitely be organised at different places more often. Not to be held in one city for more than three years. This is my opinion.

  9. 1808: 

    Sheffield United extend Simon Lappin's loan stay until the new year.

    The versatile Cardiff man arrived at Bramall Lane at the start of October on a one-month deal and, having made five starts, will now remain until 1 January.

    "Simon is staying with us and we're pleased about that because he's done well since we've come in," Blades boss Nigel Clough says.

  10. 1759: 

    Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte is training with Millwall ahead of a potential loan switch to south London.

    The 28-year-old former Arsenal right-back has made two starts for Boro this season but has not featured in recent weeks.

    Hoyte was given permission to train with the Lions on Monday with a view to discussing a loan deal with boss Steve Lomas looking to bolster his defensive options.

  11. 1749: 

    Fulham defender Sascha Riether is charged with violent conduct following an incident during Saturday's Premier League game against Manchester United, the Football Association announces.

    "[It was] an incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video," writes the FA in a statement. "The charge is in relation to an incident involving Riether and United's Adnan Januzaj which occurred in added time of Saturday's match at Craven Cottage."

    Riether has until 1800 GMT on Tuesday 5 November to respond to the charge.

  12. 1748: 

    Scotland continued their preparations for this month's World Twenty20 qualifiers with a nine-wicket victory over Ragama in Sri Lanka on Monday.

    A five-wicket haul from seamer Safyaan Sharif put the hosts under pressure in Colombo and Scotland bowled them out for 107.

    Openers Richie Berrington (27) and Calum MacLeod (72 not out) helped put Scotland firmly on course for victory and they wrapped up the win in the 15th over.

  13. 1740: 

    David Moyes confirms both Jonny Evans and Rafael have not travelled to San Sebastian for the match against Real Sociedad. Evans has a back injury while Rafael has an ankle problem.

    Tom Cleverley also misses the game after suffering double vision during Saturday's victory at Fulham

  14. 1737: 

    David Moyes says he is happy with the direction Manchester United are heading in. "We are playing better and getting good results. Long may that continue," he says.

    The Manchester United boss adds that Adnan Januzaj "may need protection" by referees, saying: "He deserves a bit more than what he's getting at this moment in time."

  15. 1734: 

    Fiji centre Kane Evans is free to play against England in Saturday's World Cup Group A match at Hull after being given a caution for a high tackle.

    Evans was given the warning by an international match review panel for making dangerous contact with the head and neck of Australia centre Michael Jennings in the second half of his side's 34-2 defeat by the Kangaroos at St Helens on Saturday.

    The caution will remain on Evans' record for the duration of the tournament.

  16. 1729: 

    David Moyes is holding his news conference previewing Manchester United's Champions League game at Real Sociedad now. His quotes coming into Sportsday shortly.

  17. 1722: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon is convinced his side can create chances at the Amsterdam Arena in their "pivotal" Champions League clash with Ajax on Wednesday.

    Celtic moved above Ajax and into third place in Group H when they beat the Dutch side 2-0 at Parkhead in their most recent European encounter.

    Lennon says: "The game in Amsterdam is pivotal. It's a huge game and we started working on it - the team selection and the way we'll play - as soon as Saturday's game finished."

  18. 1713: 

    Manchester City trained on Monday ahead of their Champions League game against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. Here Yaya Toure and David Silva of Manchester City joke around...

    Manchester City

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a save as Costel Pantilimon looks on...

    Manchester City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini talks with his players during training...

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
  19. 1703: 

    Zak Hardaker withdraws from the England's Rugby League World Cup squad for "personal issues".

    The Leeds Rhinos player, 22, was not chosen for either of England's first two matches and was absent from the John Smith's Stadium for Saturday's victory over Ireland.

    An England Rugby League statement reads: "Due to personal issues, Zak Hardaker is unable to commit to the England Rugby League programme and has informed the England RL Management Team that he wishes to withdraw from the squad and will not play any further part in Rugby League World Cup 2013. No replacement has been called up."

  20. 1657: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is "delighted" to have Steven Fletcher back in his squad - but has warned the Sunderland striker he will have to be at his best to earn a place in the team.

    Fletcher has not played for Scotland since suffering an ankle injury in the opening minutes of the 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Wales at Hampden on 22 March.

    Strachan says: "Both of us need a good Steven Fletcher, which would add to our squad and definitely add to their squad as well. It's been a hard fight for him to get back but he has done great."

  21. 1649: 

    AP McCoy heads to Exeter for three rides on Tuesday on what could prove a landmark day in the record-breaking champion jockey's career.

    A double at Kempton on Monday courtesy of Captain Cutter and Foundation Man left McCoy on 3,998 career winners over jumps - and two successes at Exeter would see him reach the magical 4,000 at the track that saw him register his first British winner back in September 7, 1994, on the Gordon Edwards-trained Chickabiddy.

  22. 1646:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    At 2100 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live - an England coaches special, with interviews from director of coaching Andy Flower and fast bowling coach David Saker.

    In the show, Flower provides a fascinating insight into how he has planned for England's Ashes tour - right down to the sleep patterns of players' children.

    Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  23. 1641: 

    Stanislas Wawrinka beats Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7 6-3 in the opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Head to our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website for reaction.


    Impressively, you are still managing to find goals scored by goalkeepers over the years. Here are some more:

    Andres Palop

    Niklas Lanwehr: Andres Palop [pictured] scored an injury time equaliser in Uefa Cup last 16 to force extra time - Sevilla went on to win the competition.

    OJ Haigh: Adam Federici scored a 96th minute equaliser against Cardiff on Boxing Day five years ago.

  25. 1631: 

    Fernando Alonso is to have further medical tests after being released from hospital following a precautionary check on his back.

    A medical alarm was triggered in the Spaniard's Ferrari when it crashed down after hitting kerbs at more than 150mph during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Alonso said on Monday that he was still suffering discomfort in his back.

    "The night was so-so," he wrote on Twitter. "I will do more tests and try to be 100% as soon as possible."

  26. 1627: 

    Nottinghamshire and England opening batsman Alex Hales signs a new deal with his county which allows him to play in the Indian Premier League.

    The world's top-ranked T20 batsman, 24, was barred from playing in the 2013 IPL tournament by Notts.

    But the new contract, which runs until 2016, means Hales can play in the next three IPL tournaments if he secures a deal worth more than around $250,000 per year

  27. 1620: 
    ATP World Tour Finals

    Not much between Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych in their ATP World Tour Finals match. Wawrinka won the first set 6-3 but Berdych battled back to claim the second 7-6 (7-0) and we are currently in the third set, where is it is 1-1.

    Watch the action on BBC Two and online and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    Share your views on the action in London using #bbctennis or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  28. 1611: 

    Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes the time is right for the club to take the next big step in their development.

    Zabaleta has witnessed City's rapid progress over the past five years at first hand, having signed the day before the club's Abu Dhabi-funded takeover in 2008.

    "It is time for this club to take a step forward," says Zabaleta. "If we can qualify for the next round [of the Champions League], it will be great for this club. Hopefully in the next few years we can be one of the top clubs in Europe."

  29. 1606: 

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster gives Billy Twelvetrees a vote of confidence by revealing he will be retained for Saturday's QBE International against Argentina.

    Twelvetrees' place in the starting XV was under threat after he struggled within a misfiring centre partnership alongside Joel Tomkins in the weekend's 20-13 victory over Australia.

    "Billy is disappointed with one or two areas of his game, but a lot of areas were pretty good. We have to give him credit for that," Lancaster says. "We'll make the decision over the next 24-48 hours, but I'm not envisaging too many changes."

  30. 1603: 

    Mo Farah is one of the three finalists in the running for the men's 2013 World Athlete of the Year award, the IAAF announces.

    Farah is up against Usain Bolt and dominant Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko for the accolade, with the winner to be announced at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on 16 November.

  31. 1555: 
    Terry Butcher agrees to become the new Hibs manager

    Hibernian agrees personal terms with Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Terry Butcher to become their new manager.

    Caley Thistle say there has as yet been no contact between themselves and the Edinburgh club about the 54-year-old.

    Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron told BBC Scotland that it's "business as usual" and he insisted that "nobody has contacted the club".

  32. 1549: 

    Keith Earls will miss Ireland's opening autumn international clash with Samoa as he continues to battle a knee problem.

    But fly-half Jonny Sexton has fully recovered from the stiff hip that ruled him out of Racing Metro's shock 9-6 French Top 14 defeat at struggling Biarritz on Saturday.

    Captaincy candidate Paul O'Connell (calf) and flanker Sea O'Brien (ankle) are expected to resume full training on Tuesday, while Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick and Mike Ross are all now fully fit.

  33. 1545: 

    Hibernian challenge the two-match ban offered to midfielder Liam Craig for an alleged kick at Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson.

    Craig was accused of "kicking or attempting to kick" Hearts goalscorer Stevenson in the face during Hibernian's 1-0 Scottish League Cup quarter-final defeat last Wednesday. But Hibs have rejected the offer of a ban from Scottish Football Association compliance officer Vincent Lunny and will plead their case to a tribunal on Thursday.

    A statement reads: "Hibernian can confirm the club has appealed against the notice of complaint issued against Liam Craig on Friday 1 November."

  34. 1540: 

    Scottish football will be broadcast live in China for the first time after a 10-year rights contract was agreed with an online streaming provider.

    The deal, struck by the Scottish Professional Football League, covers the screening of 58 SPFL matches through PPLive TV. It is expected to generate £20m for the SPFL and its clubs.

    First Minister Alex Salmond, in Beijing for the announcement, said it heralded "a bright future" for the leagues. "There is clearly a growing appetite for European football coverage in China," he says.


    Barry Booth: Re goalkeepers scoring Artur Boruc scored an a penalty shootout against Dundee Utd in a league cup semi final!! great pen!

    Ian M: Colchester GK Scott Barrett hit an 89th min winner at Wycombe in 1991. Col U then beat WWFC to promotion on goal difference.

    Francois Bruwier: Sinan Bolat (Standard Liege/Belgium) scored an extra time header a few years ago against AZ in the Champions League!

  36. 1537: 

    Missed BBC Sport's coverage of the Track World Cup? Watch highlights on the Red Button now featuring Laura Trott and Martyn Irvine.

  37. 1535: 

    Jenson Button cannot wait for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign to start following a spate of incidents to further cast a cloud over the current campaign.

    As if struggling with a car that has lacked pace all season has not been bad enough for Button, he has had to endure the misery of being involved in turn one accidents in three of the last four races.

    "I can't wait [for 2014]," says Button. "I'm looking forward to next year but I still feel we can have some fun in the next two races - I've just got to get through turn one!"

  38. 1526: 
    Manchester United

    Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney of Manchester United arrive at Manchester Airport, ahead of their Uefa Champions League Group A match against Real Sociedad. Manager David Moyes will hold a news conference later to preview the game.

  39. 1522: 

    Everton drew 0-0 with Tottenham on Sunday and Toffees defender Sylvain Distin believes the result is a sign of the Goodison Park side's progress.

    "Right now we are in a spirit where we want to win every single game," he says.

    "When we draw at home against Spurs and feel disappointment, that shows where the team wants to go. It is great."

  40. 1516: 

    England opener Joe Root insists he will be ready for an examination of his technique and mental strength in the Ashes series down under.

    "I've just got to make sure I prepare my game for every possibility," Root told BBC Sport.

    "I need to cover all my bases and make sure I'm ready for anything."

  41. 1509: 

    Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales is granted permission to play in the Indian Premier League after signing an extension to his contract at Trent Bridge.

    Under the terms of the deal which runs to 2016, Hales, the top-ranked T20 batsman in international cricket, will be granted leave to feature in the next three editions of the lucrative tournament subject to him securing a top bracket contract worth in excess of $400,000 per year.

    Samit Patel has also been granted permission to enter the auction and will be given similar dispensation if he can secure a top bracket deal.

  42. 1503: 

    Scottish football will be screened live to up to 60 million television viewers in China as part of a long-term deal which is expected to bring in £2m a year to clubs.

    The Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster was joined in Beijing with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell to announce the deal.

    "This is a brilliant result for Scottish football and the Scottish Professional Football League," said Doncaster. "This deal will showcase the Scottish game to up to 60 million people across China and opens up a huge marketplace in the world's fastest growing economy."

  43. 1455: 

    Stanislas Wawrinka wins the first set 6-3 against Tomas Berdych in the opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. There is live coverage on BBC Two or you can follow the action with BBC Sport online's live text commentary.

  44. 1445: 

    Scrum-half Kieran Marmion signs a contract extension until summer 2016 with Connacht.

    The 21-year-old, who toured North America with Ireland in the summer, has not missed a game since making his Connacht debut 14 months ago.


    Are Arsenal realistic Premier League title contenders?

    Nick Uta: Arsenal usually start slowly and have a great end to the season. Either this is the opposite, or everyone else needs to worry.

    Andrew Watson: Arsenal are without doubt title contenders. Most consistent team at present. Though it's a marathon not a sprint...

    Liam Stones: No team that isn't Man Utd, Man City or Chelsea will be taken seriously as title contenders until they have won the trophy.

  46. 1437: 

    Reports in the Dutch media say Ajax defender Niklas Moisander will play a reserve match to test his knee ahead of a possible return for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Celtic.

  47. 1429: 

    Sebastian Vettel's run of seven grand prix wins in a row may be even more impressive than Michael Schumacher's similar streak in 2004, according to his Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

    Vettel, already the sport's youngest quadruple world champion at 26 years old, was utterly dominant in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as he chalked up his seventh successive victory with almost embarrassing ease.

    "It's always difficult to compare generations with generations but the level at which he's performing, I don't have words to describe how phenomenal it is. It's just truly impressive," says Horner.

  48. 1423: 
    AP McCoy

    AP McCoy secures his 3,997th career victory over jumps as Captain Cutter survives a less-than-fluent round of jumping to ultimately run out a comfortable winner at Kempton.

    Nicky Henderson's Punchestown bumper runner-up was the 4-11 favourite for his debut over timber in the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle and moved sweetly enough in the hands of the 18-times champion jockey.

    There was a slight moment of concern for his supporters as the six-year-old made a mistake four flights from home and he was also less than convincing at the final obstacle, but his class advantage was clear as he came home 10 lengths clear of Fine Words.

  49. 1416: 

    Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will return to the scene of his gold medal triumph when he has his fourth professional fight at London's ExCel Centre on 14 December.

    Joshua will fight Welshman Dorian Darch on a packed card which includes Lee Purdy's European welterweight title challenge against unbeaten Leonard Bundu, plus West Ham lightweight Kevin Mitchell.

    Joshua, who claimed his Olympic title with a countback victory over Roberto Cammarelle last year, scored his second professional win with a second-round stoppage over Paul Butlin late last month.

  50. 1406: 

    Players who suffer severe head injuries or loss of consciousness should automatically be removed from the field of play, Professional Footballers' Association deputy chief executive John Bramhall says.

    Earlier on Monday, Tottenham confirmed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has shown no signs of concussion after colliding with Everton's Romelu Lukaku on Sunday. The France international, 26, suffered a head injury late on in the game, which finished 0-0.

  51. 1405: 
    Manchester City

    Starting now on BBC Two, live coverage of the ATP World Tour Finals as Tomas Berdych takes on Stanislas Wawrinka in London. There is also live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    Share your views on the action in London using #bbctennis or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  52. 1401: 
    Joe Hart

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirms Joe Hart will remain on the bench for the Champions League match against CSKA Moscow, with Costel Pantilimon set to continue in goal.

    "Joe has reacted very well," he says. "For him this is a good thing after playing so many matches over the past two or three years. He has been working no problem, supporting Costel. Nobody wants to be out but he thinks a rest will be useful for him too."

  53. 1355:  

    "Manuel Pellegrini was called Mr Mancini by one journalist and asked how much a win would mean to Manchester United by another today."

  54. 1354: 

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini warns CSKA Moscow fans against repeating their racial abuse of midfielder Yaya Toure when the sides meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    Uefa ordered the partial closure of CSKA's stadium during the club's next Champions League tie after the chanting at the Arena Khimki during City's 2-1 win on 23 October - and Pellegrini says Russian fans made an "important mistake" and have a responsibility to behave properly with the country due to host the World Cup in 2018.

    "The fans of CSKA made an important mistake," he says. "I don't know why CSKA denied it at the beginning, I don't know what their reaction is now. Uefa acted and gave them punishment it deserved. Hopefully we can leave this is in the past, hopefully it will be an example for Russian fans because they have a World Cup in their country."

  55. 1352: 

    Queens Park Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is ruled out for up to nine months after scans reveal he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Saturday's home win against Derby County.

    The 27-year-old landed awkwardly in the 77th minute and left the pitch on a stretcher.

    QPR's head of medical services, Peter Florida James, tells the club's website: "It's a really nasty cruciate injury. We're all desperately disappointed for Ali, but he is a great professional and I'm sure he'll work just as hard at recovering from this injury as he did from his previous ACL rupture."

  56. 1345: 

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is speaking at a news conference, previewing his side's Champions League game against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

    He confirms Vincent Kompany, Richard Wright and Stevan Jovetic are out injured but all his other players are okay.

    "It would be a great achievement to qualify for the next round. For a team that is trying to grow every day, it is very important," Pellegrini says.


    GKNeil: Cant see how Scott Fox has appeared in the Scotland Squad. Disappointed no Aberdeen players are in, especially Mark Reynolds.

    Ewan Hogg: Would like to see Leigh Griffths and Ross McCormack in the squad but great to see Darren Fletcher back.

  58. 1332:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage
    Sven-Goran Eriksson

    At 1900 GMT, Mark Chapman hosts a special edition of the Monday Night Club with Sven-Goran Eriksson.

    The former England, Lazio and Manchester City manager will be in to talk about his long career, England's recent qualification for the 2014 World Cup and his thoughts on the Premier League so far this season.

    If you want to talk to Sven about football you can call 0500 909 693 from 1900 GMT, text 85058, or leave a comment on the BBC Radio 5 live Facebook page.

  59. 1328: 

    Norwich club captain Russell Martin says boss Chris Hughton has the squad's backing after Saturday's "humiliating" 7-0 loss to Manchester City.

    "We're all behind the gaffer. That still remains the same," Martin tells BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "We haven't been good enough and he will get a lot of stick for that and so will we. It's up to us to take some responsibility and accountability for what's gone wrong."

  60. 1323: 

    The decision to allow Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on after he lost consciousness in Sunday's game against Everton goes against international medical advice, says world players' union Fifpro.

    "Fifpro condemns that the health and safety of players are left to coaches/trainers or even to players themselves," says Fifpro medical adviser Vincent Gouttebarge.

    "Medical professionals should be aware of any relevant medical guidelines and apply them in order to empower the health and safety on the field. The health and safety of the players should be the number one priority and should prevail against any other matters."

  61. 1320: 

    Earlier we put to you the following Question of Sport Teaser: Since the ATP World Tour Finals moved to London in 2009 which six players have made the Singles Final?

    The answers are: Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Martin Del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


    We asked for your reaction to the latest Scotland squad.

    Neil Hepburn: Ridiculous that Scott Fox is picked ahead of Jamie Langfield. Eight clean sheets for the Aberdeen keeper against Fox's one? Great form not!

    Jamie Clow: Why is there no Jamie Langfield, Ryan Jack or Ross McCormack in the Scotland team?

    Rian Hoskins: It's only in defence that Scotland look short at the moment. They do have three Premier League standard right backs though!

  63. 1312: 
    A FOX IN HIS BOX- Scott Fox factfile

    Age: 26

    Born: Bellshill, Scotland

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Clubs: Celtic, East Fife (loan), Queen of the South, Dundee, Partick Thistle

    Partick Thistle appearances: 91

    Scotland U20 appearances: two

  64. 1308: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1991
    Bryan Robson

    England midfielder Bryan Robson announced his international retirement after being left out of the squad for a game against Poland. He won 90 caps for his country.

  65. 1304: 

    Reading captain Sean Morrison criticises the way his side performed in Saturday's 5-2 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

    It was Wednesday's first victory of the season, while Reading lost ground on the automatic promotion places.

    "It wasn't good enough and we are going to put it right for the fans who travelled up because we owe them one," Morrison tells BBC Radio Berkshire.


    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan calls up Partick Thistle goalkeeper Scott Fox to his squad for the first time. He will become the first Firhill player to play for the senior international side since Nicky Walker in 1996, if he is called into action against either the United States or Norway.

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is also in the squad. What are your thoughts on Strachan's selection? Are there any glaring omissions? Let us know your thoughts #bbcsportsday

  67. 1251: 

    Both Manchester City and Manchester United will hold news conferences on Monday ahead of their respective Champions League games against CSKA Moscow and Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

    City are first up at 1300 GMT where Manuel Pellegrini will likely field questions on Yaya Toure and goalkeeper Joe Hart, as well as the game itself. All the quotes will be right here in Sportsday.

  68. 1246: 

    Jose Mourinho says he made "11 mistakes" in his team selection as Chelsea lost to Newcastle United on Saturday and will not want to get it wrong again when Schalke 04 visit Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    The Blues won 3-0 at Schalke two weeks ago and are top of Group E by virtue of that win, with both teams on six points from three games.

    But they lost 2-0 at St James' Park at the weekend and Mourinho says: "I made 11 mistakes, 11 mistakes. I should have picked another 11 and not this one."

  69. 1240: 

    Partick goalkeeper Scott Fox is named in the Scotland squad for the friendlies against the United States and Norway.

    Fit-again Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is also selected by Gordon Strachan. The Scots welcome Jurgen Klinsmann's USA on 15 November before a trip to Molde four days later.

    Scotland squad: Goalkeepers: Scott Fox, Matt Gilks, David Marshall; Defenders: Christophe Berra, Gordon Greer, Grant Hanley, Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Charlie Mulgrew, Lee Wallace, Steven Whittaker; Midfielders: Charlie Adam, Ikechi Anya, Barry Bannan, Scott Brown, Craig Bryson, Chris Burke, James Forrest, James Morrison, James McArthur, Robert Snodgrass; Forwards: Steven Fletcher, Steven Naismith, Matt Phillips, Jordan Rhodes.

    Scotland's friendly in Norway will be broadcast live on BBC television, radio and online.

    GET INVOLVED- Goalscoring goalkeepers
    Alex Stepney

    Mark Lawford: The year Man Utd got relegated (1974) their keeper Alex Stepney was joint top scorer with two goals (penalties) at one stage.

  71. 1229: 

    Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge tells BBC Radio 5 live that he fears the psychological impact of Hugo Lloris' knock to the head in Tottenham's game against Everton on Sunday could be more damaging long term than anything physical.

    Aldridge says: "You expect it to happen again, it is at the back of your mind. That happened with Chelsea's Petr Cech and I don't think he has got back to the heights he was before he got the knock to his head."

  72. 1220:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    John Aldridge

    On BBC Radio 5 live right now, former Liverpool striker John Aldridge, England women's rugby union player Tamara Taylor and former Wales international Jason Perry join Shelagh Fogarty's Sports Team. Listen to the show online.

  73. 1212: 

    Tottenham confirm goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has shown no signs of concussion after colliding with Everton's Romelu Lukaku on Sunday.

    The France international, 26, suffered a head injury late on in the game, which finished 0-0.

    Tottenham head of medical services Wayne Diesel says: "Once the relevant tests and assessments were carried out we were totally satisfied that he was fit to continue playing."

  74. 1206: 
    Champions League Group D

    Defending champions Bayern Munich put their six-match winning streak on the line against Viktoria Plzen in Group D of the Champions League on Tuesday.

    Also, Manchester City host CSKA Moscow, the team they beat 2-1 on the road last week.

  75. 1157:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "Some people might argue that the goalless draw at Everton was a good result for Tottenham: they moved level on points with second-placed Chelsea after keeping a clean sheet and drawing away from home, against another team that is in touch with them near the top of the table.

    "But, if they are serious about winning the title, then Tottenham have got to win these sort of tight games."

    Read more from Robbie Savage in his column on football tactics on the BBC Sport website.

  76. 1152: 

    Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is poised to miss Saturday's Premier League game at home to Cardiff with a hamstring injury.

    Weimann limped off with the problem just before the hour mark of Saturday's goalless draw at West Ham and is now a major doubt for the clash with the Bluebirds.

    "It looks like a hamstring at the minute. I don't know how severe it is," says Villa manager Paul Lambert.

  77. 1147: 
    Manchester United training

    Manchester United trio Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans and Rafael are not involved as the team train prior to their Champions League trip to Real Sociedad.

    Midfielder Carrick missed the weekend's Premier League win at Fulham with a calf problem while defenders Evans (back) and Rafael (ankle) left the field injured. Striker Danny Welbeck (knee) did train with the squad at the Aon Complex at Carrington ahead of the lunchtime flight to Spain.

    Midfielder Tom Cleverley also trained after going off with double vision at Craven Cottage, as did defender Patrice Evra, who played on with a minor knock. Playmaker Adnan Januzaj also appeared to have suffered no bad reaction following his clash with Sascha Riether.

  78. 1144: 

    Winter sports federations are is urged to fight any plans to move the 2022 football World Cup to the winter.

    Football governing body Fifa has set up a taskforce to consider alternative dates after concerns over high summer temperatures in host country Qatar. But the International Ski Federation (FIS) fears its sport could suffer.

    "FIS will submit a proposal to the six winter sports federations to sign a resolution against organising the World Cup during the winter," it says.

  79. 1141: 

    Lotus are poised to recruit Nico Hulkenberg to replace Ferrari-bound Finn Kimi Raikikonen next season, according to the head of the team's new investors.

    "As the incoming owners and shareholders, we have made it clear what our preference is," says Mansoor Ijaz, head of Quantum Motorsports, a consortium that has reportedly agreed to buy a 35% stake in Lotus from Genii Capital.

    "I wish the transition had been smoother between Kimi and the next driver - who we believe will be Nico - but sometimes in life things don't happen so clearly, or as nicely, as you want."

    GET INVOLVED- Goalscoring goalkeepers
    Rogerio Ceni

    Surely Rogerio Ceni has to be the king of goalscoring goalkeepers? The Brazilian, who has played for Sao Paulo for all of his career to date, has scored at least one goal in each of the past 11 seasons. In 2005, he made 77 appearances, scoring 21 goals.

    He is still going too, at the age of 40, and has five so far this season.

    Can you think of any other goalscoring goalkeepers? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  81. 1129: 

    Lewis Hamilton is bemused by his disappointing recent form after finishing seventh in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    His Mercedes team-mate German Nico Rosberg was third.

    Briton Hamilton says: "Even if I was ahead, I would have been overtaken. I just wasn't good overall. It was like I had another 50kg in the car, I was just too slow. Just no pace."

  82. 1126: 

    Manchester United have a new official partner, signing an agreement with a company to become the club's official 'Personal Care and Laundry Partner' in South East Asia.

  83. 1116: 
    Track Cycling World Cup

    Faster feet than a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing? Watch a video on the BBC Sport website [UK users only] as an official at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester demonstrates some agile footwork to sidestep a three-bike crash in the final of the men's scratch 15km race.

  84. 1109: 

    BBC Sport Northern Ireland understands Michael O'Neill agrees a new two-year deal with the Irish FA to remain as Northern Ireland Manager. The details are still to be formalised but a deal has been agreed in principle.

  85. 1103: 

    A tennis-themed Question of Sport Teaser for you to have a ponder over today. Since the ATP World Tour Finals moved to London in 2009 who are the six players to have made the singles final?

    Have a think and fire over your answers on Twitter to #QSTeaser. All will be revealed later this afternoon.

  86. 1100: 

    Ian Bell believes England's varied warm-up schedule in Australia could prove to be the perfect preparation for their defence of the Ashes.

    The batsman made a bright start to his Australian tour, hitting 115 against a Western Australia Chairman's XI in Perth last week on a pitch that offered little help to the bowlers. England begin their second tour match against Australia A in Hobart on Wednesday on a surface that is expected to provide more of a challenge for the batsmen and Bell is happy to be playing in different conditions.

    "Obviously we'll see how it plays and obviously last time we were here we got a good four days out of it and I was lucky enough to spend some time in the middle as well, so I know there are some runs to be had out there and that's a good challenge," he says.

  87. 1053: 

    Simon Kerrigan's recovery from the tough time he had on his international debut against Australia will continue in the United Kingdom as the England and Wales Cricket Board announces he will not fly to Australia with the England Performance Programme (EPP).

    Kerrigan, who remains part of the EPP, will work with his county Lancashire while the rest of the party spend two weeks each in Brisbane and Perth from later this month.

    The 24-year-old left-arm spinner leaked 53 runs in eight overs and was not used in the second innings of the fifth and final Investec Ashes Test during August.

    Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann

    We've been asking for your most memorable goalkeeper goal.

    Adrian Connolly: Paul Robinson for Leeds v Swindon, extra time bullet header, one most strikers would have been proud of!

    Martin: Jens Lehmann's [pictured] legendary header in 1997 in the last minute for Schalke against Dortmund.

    Robert Procter: Steve Mildenhall for Notts County in the derby match vs Mansfield Town. Free kick from the edge of his own box!

    After Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored at the weekend, what is the most memorable goal you can remember being scored by the person whose job it is to keep the ball out of the net? Let us know using #bbcsportsday

  89. 1039: 

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness will go on trial next March on tax evasion charges.

    The state court in Munich says judges have decided to send the case to trial. Proceedings are scheduled to start on 10 March.

    Prosecutors filed the charges in July - months after Hoeness reported himself to authorities over a previously undeclared Swiss bank account. News of the case against Hoeness, one of the most prominent figures in German football, emerged in April.

  90. 1035: 

    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin: "The organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games announce that 92% of all tickets for next year's event have now been sold. Just 76,000 from around one million are left and will go on public sale tomorrow. The breakdown of ticket sales also shows that 57% were bought by people in Scotland with a further 40% going to the other home nations."

  91. 1032: 

    Fifa's chief medical officer says Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should have been substituted after being knocked unconscious during Sunday's Premier League match against Everton.

    Professor Jiri Dvorak said Fifa's guidelines state if there is any doubt about concussion then the player should be removed from the field of play.

    "The player should have been substituted. The fact the other player [Romelu Lukaku] needed ice on his knee means it's obvious the blow was extensive," says Lloris.

  92. 1029: 

    Some typically flamboyant quotes from Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp in the Guardian, with the German saying he prefers to watch Arsenal than Barcelona.

    Ahead of Dortmund's Champions League game against the Gunners, Klopp says: "He [Wenger] likes having the ball, playing football, passes... it's like an orchestra. But it's a silent song, yeah? I like heavy metal."

    He adds: "If Barcelona's team of the last four years were the first one that I saw play when I was four years of age... with their serenity, winning 5-0, 6-0… I would have played tennis. When I watch Arsenal in the last 10 years, it is nearly perfect football."

  93. 1022: 

    Former England coach David Lloyd has been appointed as the president of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

    Lloyd, who is now best known for his work as a television commentator, takes over from Chris Broad, whose two-year term has come to an end.

    "I was the Lancashire PCA representative back in the 1970s and little thought I would one day be asked to take on the role of president - a role I am delighted to accept," says Lloyd.

    Jose Luis Chilavert

    Chris Parker: Jose Luis Chilavert, pictured, always comes to mind when people talk about goal scoring keepers. More international goals than Emile Heskey!

    Grumpy Felix: Brad Friedel for Blackburn to make it 2-2 against Charlton at 90mins. They scored the winner from the restart.

    Dan Vasey: Has to be Mart Poom for Sunderland v Derby. He rose like a salmon.

    What is the most memorable goal you can remember being scored by the person whose job it is to keep the ball out of the net? Let us know using #bbcsportsday

  95. 1012: 
    ATP World Tour Finals

    A beautiful autumn morning in London as the O2 prepares to host the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

    Watch coverage of the tournament on BBC Two and online from 1400 GMT, with Stanislas Wawrinka up against Tomas Berdych. Live text commentary will also be on the BBC Sport website.

  96. 1006: 

    Boris Becker says Roger Federer is still capable of brilliance, despite the 32-year-old enduring his worst season for more than a decade.

    Federer secured his place in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals only last week as the sixth of eight qualifiers.

    Former world number one Becker tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm a big fan of his, and he is probably the greatest tennis ambassador we have ever had. Having said that, he is not playing as well any more. Why? With age, more injuries come in, you recover much slower after long matches. But on the other hand, once he is on he is a genius and he has won 17 Grand Slams, so there is no reason why he shouldn't have another remarkable week or two."

  97. 0958: 

    Russia manager Fabio Capello says he will discuss the details of a new contract on Tuesday with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.

    "I was flattered by the fans' desire to see me at the helm until the 2018 World Cup. But I think we shouldn't make plans too early because it's a very long term," Capello tells the daily Sport Express.

    "Currently I want to focus on my team's immediate problems."

  98. 0950: 

    Non-league side Chelmsford City part company with manager Dean Holdsworth.

    The 44-year-old former Bolton and Wimbledon striker had been in charge of the club since May this year but, after nine defeats in 15 games, has decided to leave the club.

    "I'm very disappointed that we haven't been able to complete the challenge on and off the pitch," Holdsworth says. "I have come to an agreement with them to cancel our agreement. The club need to move on and I do to as a manager and pro licence football coach. I wish them well for the future."

    Jimmy Glass

    Asmir Begovic's first-minute goal for Stoke against Southampton grabbed the headlines over the weekend - but he is far from the only goalkeeper to have hit the back of the net.

    What is the most memorable goal you can remember being scored by the person whose job it is to keep the ball out of the net? To kick things off, how about Jimmy Glass in May 1999?

    With Carlisle facing relegation from the Football League on the final day of the season and only seconds left on the clock, Glass - on loan from Swindon - went up for a corner and smashed home to seal a 2-1 win over Plymouth - saving the Cumbrians' league status in the process. Let us know your most memorable goalkeeper goal on Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  100. 0937: 

    Former England striker Michael Owen expects the Three Lions to be competitive at next year's World Cup.

    Roy Hodgson's side made certain of their place at the tournament in Brazil next year with victory against Poland last month, but expectations have largely been kept in check.

    "I don't think we're in a vintage era of English football, it's not our greatest team ever, but like every English team it's always competitive," Owen tells "I still believe we are far away from Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, teams like that; they're all better than us at the moment. But we are very competitive."

  101. 0929: 

    Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell praises Laura Trott after the Briton claimed the omnium title at the Track Cycling World Cup on Sunday, just weeks after returning from injury.

    Rowsell tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Sometimes she does well, sometimes not so well, but she had a really good ride there and then went into the lead with one event to go, so that was a fantastic ride.

    "I know just two weeks ago, it was the European Championships and she crashed quite badly then and had stitches in her legs, so only two weeks later, to come back and win against international competition was really, really good."


    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will vie for the year-end number one ranking as London hosts the ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time.

    Who do you think will win this week's title in London? Have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  103. 0919: 
    Roger Federer being interviewed by Russell Fuller

    Six-time champion Roger Federer goes into this week's ATP World Tour Finals in the relatively lowly position of world number seven, but the Swiss tells BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller he believes he can still win Grand Slams.

    "The French Open is always going to be hard as long as Rafa Nadal is around," says the 32-year-old. "But on the other surfaces, if I am playing well, it's more in my racquet than in anybody else's racquet."

    Live coverage from the O2 Arena begins at 14:00 GMT on BBC Two, online, 5 live sports extra, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV.


    We're asking if Arsenal, who lead the Premier League by five points, are genuine title contenders.

    Cihan: We are five points top with a long injury list. Everyone is scared of being proven wrong after all the criticism since 2011.

    Will Spencer: I would love to see Arsenal maintain this run, but after 8 years of agony, who can blame me for not holding my breath?

  105. 0905: 

    Sarah Taylor scored a century on Sunday to help England's women secure a one-day international series victory over West Indies at Port of Spain.

    The wicketkeeper followed up her 55 in the second game with 100 as England won by 89 runs, taking the series 2-0.

  106. 0900: 

    Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is confident he will be available for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane despite injuring his hamstring over the weekend.

    Shane Watson

    The 32-year-old was playing in the final one-day international against India on Saturday when he aborted his run-up for the opening delivery of his sixth over before immediately leaving the field.

    "It's not too bad," says Watson. "I've had a few niggles like this even over the last eight or nine months, so hopefully it won't be too bad at all."


    We're asking if Arsenal, who lead the Premier League by five points, are genuine title contenders.

    Stuart Mitchell: Arsenal are contenders, if only because they have a manager that has won it before, be interesting how they go after Christmas.

    Latex Zebra: It feels like Arsenal have to perform three times better than other teams to be taken seriously.

    Mike Davies: Arsenal have won 8 of 10 PL games, 5 points clear and a superior goal difference. Of course they are genuine title contenders.

    Let us know what you think about Arsenal's title credentials using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or posting a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  108. 0846: 

    Tottenham drew 0-0 at Everton on Sunday and Spurs are being criticised for allowing keeper Hugo Lloris to play on after the France international suffered a head injury when he collided with Romelu Lukaku's knee late in the game.

    Brain injury charity Headway says the club showed an "irresponsible and cavalier attitude" to Lloris's health.

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas had earlier stated: "Hugo seemed assertive and determined to continue and showed great character and personality. We decided to keep him on based on that."


    Apart from Cardiff's win, Arsenal were also victorious in the top flight at the weekend as they beat Liverpool to increase their advantage at the top of the Premier League to five points.

    There have been plenty of predictions that the Gunners will falter, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of that at the moment.

    So, can we now say Arsenal are genuine title contenders? Or, as they have yet to play Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United in the league, should we hold fire on that?

    Let us know by tweeting #bbcsportsday or posting a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  110. 0825: 

    What's that? What's going on in the world of football gossip, you ask? Well you can go to BBC Sport's dedicated page on the subject but here are a few snippets:

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is given permission to bring in another striker in January after just one goal apiece from Samuel Eto'o, 32, and Fernando Torres, 29, in the club's first 10 Premier League games. Full story: Daily Mail

    West Ham are preparing a bid for 28-year-old striker Chelsea striker Demba Ba. Full story: Daily Mirror

    Arsenal and Tottenham could be ready to step up their efforts to buy Alexandre Pato, 24, after Brazilian club Corinthians said they would be prepared to sell the striker in January. Full story: Daily Star

  111. 0818: 

    London is hosting the ATP World Tour Finals, which gets under way at the 02 Arena today.

    The tournament sees the world's top eight players split into two groups, with the top two from each progressing to the semi-finals.

    The tussle for the world number one spot between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal provides the event some extra spice and a match between Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka gets the competition under way at 14:00 GMT.

  112. 0813: 

    There seems to be no stopping Laura Trott. The 21-year-old double Olympic champion kept up her spectacular form in the six-event omnium with victory at track cycling's World Cup in Manchester.

    Things didn't go so well for 25-year-old Jason Kenny though. The Olympic champion was fourth in Saturday's men's keirin and was eliminated in men's sprint qualifying - normally considered a formality for top British riders.

  113. 0809: 

    In Formula 1, it was same old, same old as Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his seventh victory on the trot.

    The German led every lap of the race, while Briton Lewis Hamilton was seventh and says the lack of race pace of his Mercedes car is "very confusing".

    Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso is cleared following a check on his back after bouncing over kerbs at high speed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  114. 0800: 

    There is nothing like a derby win over your local rivals. The pride. The joy. The bragging rights.

    Cardiff defender Steven Caulker celebrates his winner against Swansea

    Cardiff fans will be going about their Monday with a spring in their step after their side's win over Swansea on Sunday. Swans supporters, on the other hand, will be hoping not to come into contact with their Cardiff counterparts as they keep their heads down.

    Welcome to Sportsday Live on this Monday morning and, along with the latest football news, we'll also be keeping you up to date with the rest of the world of sport.

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