Sportsday Tuesday 5 November as it happened

Martin O'Neill set for Republic job, Champions League, AP McCoy stays on 3,998 wins & Nadal beats Ferrer.

5 November 2013 Last updated at 18:48

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  1. 1842: 

    If you are shivering in the cold outside at a fireworks display and in need of some football-related relief then good news because live text commentary is up and running. Pop it on your mobile and follow Manchester City's and Manchester United's fortunes. That is all for Sportsday though, join us again, 0800 GMT on Wednesday.

  2. 1837: 

    Catalan Dragons sign former Wigan Warriors prop Jeff Lima on a three-year contract.

    The 31-year-old will join the Dragons for the 2014 season from Australian NRL club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

    "He is a consistent and aggressive prop and a real leader on and off the field. The negotiations were hard but I'm delighted to sign a such quality player. He will bring us a lot during the next three seasons," says head coach Laurent Frayssinous.

  3. 1828: 

    This year's Soccerex Global Convention in Brazil has been cancelled following the withdrawal of support from the Rio de Janeiro State Government, organisers say.

    The Rio government did not immediately confirm whether it had withdrawn its support for the Convention, a meeting of 4,500 of football's most senior decision makers. It was due to take place from November 30-5 December at the Maracana Stadium in Rio ahead of the draw for next year's World Cup in Brazil. The World Cup final will be staged at the stadium.

    "With the ongoing civil unrest, the Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Sport took the political decision to withdraw their support from the Soccerex Global Convention," a Soccerex statement reads.

  4. 1822: 
    Manchester United programme

    An official programme from Manchester United's first FA Cup final has sold for £16,000 at Sotheby's in London.

    The programme from 1909, when Manchester United beat Bristol City at Crystal Palace, included team line-ups and a children's coupon worth one shilling.

    Graham Budd Auctions Ltd, who sold it, described the programme as "very scarce" and in good condition.

  5. 1817: 
    Manchester United

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT, build up to Tuesday's Champions League games, with Real Sociedad v Manchester United the main commentary game at 1945. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 1830.

  6. 1807: 

    Rafael Nadal gives his backing to Viktor Troicki after the Serb had his doping ban reduced from 18 months to 12 by the Court of Abrtitration for Sport.

    "It's a tough position for everybody because I believe in Viktor," says Nadal. "But at the end there is somebody that has to take the decisions. The doctor who accepted to make the control the next day, if that's that way, that's a big mistake from the doctor, too.

    "So at the end there is somebody that has to decide how many months are the sanction. That's 12. I am sorry for him. I know Viktor is a good guy. I hope to see him back on tour next year."

  7. 1801: 

    Arsenal will be without England midfielder Jack Wilshere for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

    Wilshere is struggling with an ankle injury and stayed behind in London when the rest of the squad travelled to Germany. He will be assessed again on Thursday to determine whether he will be fit to return against Manchester United on Sunday.

    Mathieu Flamini (groin), Theo Walcott (abdominal surgery), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) remain out, but Kieran Gibbs and Serge Gnabry should return after recent knocks.

    Provisional squad: Szczesny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Monreal, rteta, Giroud, Akpom, Bendtner, Fabianski, Hayden, Gnabry.

  8. 1751: 

    For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be taken on a spacewalk.

    The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station.

    It will also go to the bottom of Lake Baikal in southern Siberia.

    Lake Baikal
  9. 1744: 

    England coach Steve McNamara says he is not frustrated by Zak Hardaker's withdrawal from the World Cup squad.

    Leeds Rhinos full-back Hardaker, 22, pulled out of the tournament on Monday because of "personal issues". Hardaker's decision to withdraw has been described as "concerning" by Leeds boss Brian McDermott.

    But McNamara says: "When you coach or manage, you have all sorts of different situations to deal with. I'm really happy with the squad that we've got."

  10. 1740: 

    Keith Millen will continue in his role as Crystal Palace's caretaker manager for their weekend fixture with Everton, with the club's search for a successor to Ian Holloway ongoing.

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has been heavily linked with the role and a return to his former club, but the Football Association of Wales say they have received no approach for his services.

    Coleman's contract will expire with Wales following their friendly with Finland on 16 November. The FAW want to sit down and talk with him ahead of the Finland game to establish whether he wants to continue in his current role.

  11. 1735: 
    FOOTBALL- Arsenal
    Arsene Wenger and Oliver Giroud

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Olivier Giroud have been speaking in their news conference ahead of Wednesday's game against Borussia Dortmund.

    Wenger starts by addressing how the Gunners plan to deal with Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski. "Usually at home, Robert Lewandowski is quite dangerous," he says. "But the best way to keep him quiet is for us to have the ball."

    Wenger adds: "Jack Wilshere has not travelled. He has another test on Thursday if he does not pass that he is out for Sunday and for England."


    Rian Hoskins: I expect both Manchester clubs to win with City having a slightly easier game as Sociedad do have a lot of attacking talent.

    Sam Pennells: I think Manuel Pellegrini is doing a decent job so far. Questions over lack of defensive summer signings though may cost us PL title.

  13. 1720: 

    Former Brazil international Ronaldo believes the 2014 World Cup will provide a spark to help improve the cities of Brazil.

    "We see that people really believe this World Cup will benefit cities and states," he says. "We really believe the World Cup is a starting point. And the rest we really need to keep demanding from the government in all sectors."

    As for the Brazil national team, Ronaldo adds: "From now until the World Cup we won't be seeing many changes. I think [our strikers] will be Fred, Leandro Damiao and maybe Jo. These will be the strikers who will be available to Luis Felipe Scolari. And obviously alongside Neymar."

  14. 1710:  
    Azi Farni, BBC Sport pit-lane reporterMOTOGP

    Italian manufacturer Aprilia confirm it plans to return to MotoGP as a full factory team in 2016.

    Aprilia last competed as a full factory outfit in the premier class in 2004, but its engines have won the CRT category with Aleix Espargaro in the Aspar Team for the past two years.

    Roberto Colannino, chairman of parent company Piaggio, told RHO Italy: "In 2016 Aprilia will return to MotoGP to win and match the success it had in World Superbike."

  15. 1708: 

    Sir Ben Ainslie is entering a "critical period" in his attempt to launch a British challenge for the America's Cup.

    Having launched his own team, Ben Ainslie Racing, in January 2012, the 36-year-old is looking for funding to help mount his own challenge for the 35th America's Cup.

    "It is a tough challenge to raise that sort of money in a short period of time," Ainslie says. We really need to know we can move forwards as a strong campaign to attract the right sailors, the right designers. That is probably in some way the most critical time of the whole campaign, certainly the biggest decisions you'll make in terms of hiring the key personnel."


    Manchester United and Manchester City are in action later on Tuesday (1945 GMT). What are your predictions for the game. Can City seal progression to the next round? If they do, that will be one of the objectives achieved that manager Manuel Pellegrini will have been set. Is he doing a good job?

    What about United? They face a Real Sociedad side whose form has improved since they were beaten by David Moyes's side in the Champions League two weeks ago. Can they gain revenge?

    Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  17. 1654: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will continue to search for "brave" players with the right character as he looks to bolster his squad in future transfer windows.

    However, the courage the Reds boss wants to see is in terms of their mentality and not physicality on the pitch.

    "I think my history as a coach shows I like players who are gifted technically and have courage when it comes to being in possession of a football," he says.

  18. 1645: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle confirm they have granted boss Terry Butcher permission to speak to Hibernian over their managerial vacancy.

    Caley Thistle confirmed they had received an official approach from their Scottish Premiership rivals, who have been looking for a new manager since Pat Fenlon quit on Friday.

    Chairman Kenny Cameron says: "Terry has been informed of the situation and has expressed an interest in meeting with Hibs officials. The club has, with great reluctance, granted him permission to do so. We will, however, continue to do everything possible to ensure that Terry remains our manager."

  19. 1641: 
    Borussia Dortmund in training

    Head coach Jurgen Klopp looks on during a Borussia Dortmund training session ahead of the Uefa Champions League Group F match against Arsenal on Wednesday.

  20. 1637: 

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet calls for football's medical experts to be given greater respect as the debate over head injuries rumbles on.

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has been criticised for allowing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to remain on the pitch after a sickening clash with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku during Sunday's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Goodison Park.

    "I think there have been too many people talking about this," says Poyet. "My opinion is that we should respect the medical staff a little bit more and let the ones who know about it talk, and not the rest who don't have a clue about it."

  21. 1634: 

    Earlier on Tuesday Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup for Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse as British-trained runners Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos finished second and third.

    The 6-1 favourite, who was second last year, swooped late under Damien Oliver to beat the 2011 runner-up Red Cadeaux.

    Former Dr Who actress Waterhouse is the first female Australian trainer to win the race, while Oliver is back after a 10-month ban for a betting offence.

    Brown Panther, co-owned and bred by Michael Owen, finished eighth.

  22. 1629: 

    England's Dan Cole agrees that Argentina will provide stern opposition at Twickenham. He says: "Argentina is a nation that prides itself on the scrum, they've got some world class players the way they base themselves on the scrum and the set piece in general it will be a good physical challenge for us.

    "We've got some work to do, the line-out wasn't 100% where you want it to be, around the breakdown we were good but we weren't as dominant as we want to be. It's a start, we haven't played together as a pack since the Six Nations and Argentina tour but there are building blocks there to build on which we've done this week and hopefully we will take to Argentina."

  23. 1623: 
    Graham Rowntree

    England forwards coach Graham Rowntree is anticipating a tough physical battle up front against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

    "They are bigger men, with two of three key players out I think they will go back to a significant style of play through the forward pack, that's what we're preparing ourselves for," he tells BBC Sport.

  24. 1616: 

    Struggling Bury sign full-back Dean Howell on loan from League Two leaders Fleetwood Town until 5 January.

    It is the 32-year-old's second spell with the Shakers, having spent time at Gigg Lane during the 2008-09 season. Howell joined the Cod Army following their promotion to League Two in May 2012 and scored the Lancashire club's first goal in the Football League.

  25. 1614: 

    Northern Ireland will be without Kyle Lafferty, Corry Evans and Craig Cathcart for next week's friendly against Turkey in Adana.

    Palermo striker Lafferty is unavailable as his wife is due to give birth on the day of the game while midfielder Evans and defender Cathcart are injured. Midfielder Jonny Steele misses out on a first call-up as his Red Bulls side are involved in the MLS play-offs.

    Northern Ireland squad: Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Olympiacos), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone); Defenders: Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (Manchester United), Lee Hodson (MK Dons), Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Rory McArdle (Bradford City), Aaron Hughes (Fulham); Midfielders: Chris Baird (Reading), Steven Davis (Southampton), Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United - loan at Birmingham City), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United); Forwards: Billy McKay (Inverness), Martin Paterson (Huddersfield), Jamie Ward (Derby), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Will Grigg (Brentford).

  26. 1607: 

    Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood is rated as 50-50 for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup fourth round clash with Southampton.

    The Republic of Ireland international took a blow to the head during Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by Hull and Vito Mannone, who replaced him at the KC Stadium, is standing by to take over against the Saints.

    Midfielder Lee Cattermole and full-back Andrea Dossena both start three-match bans after being sent off in an eventful encounter with the Tigers, but manager Gus Poyet otherwise has no selection problems.

  27. 1604: 

    AP McCoy stays on 3,998 winners after failing to win any of the races he competed in today. Well Hello There fails to last the pace in the 1550 GMT, finishing fifth.

  28. 1600: 
    Ravel Morrison and Carlton Cole

    West Ham's Ravel Morrison and Carlton Cole have been getting in the Christmas spirit at training this morning it seems.

  29. 1556: 

    Nathan Cleverly is confident he could be a two-weight world champion before 2014 is out after branding his step up to cruiserweight "inevitable".

    The former WBO light-heavyweight champion appreciates the size of the gap he must bridge against Australian Daniel Ammann for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title in London on 30 November.

    "It was an inevitable process really, because I'm still young and naturally growing, so it was only a matter of time before moving up a weight," says Cleverly. "If there was a weight in between, that would be ideal, but because cruiserweight is such a big jump that's why it's such a big issue."

  30. 1554: 

    Coach Warren Gatland will ignore protocol and not meet referee Alain Rolland before Wales' match against South Africa on Saturday.

    Irishman Rolland will officiate his first Wales game since sending off captain Sam Warburton in their 9-8 2011 World Cup semi-final defeat by France.

    It is traditional for coaches to meet referees before a Test.

    But BBC Sport Wales understands Gatland, who said he was "gutted" by Warburton's dismissal, will not do so.

  31. 1549:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the O2TENNIS

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on six-time winner Roger Federer in a heavyweight clash at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday at 20:00 GMT, and the Serb has been giving his view of the Swiss star's difficult year.

    "From my point of view he hasn't been moving as well this year as he did the year before, and that's one of the reasons why he hasn't had much success this year," said Djokovic.

    "But he is Roger Federer, and he has achieved so much in his career. He is never to be underestimated as long as he plays tennis He has an incredible quality in his game."

  32. 1541: 

    England head coach Steve McNamara talks to the media at the Burghley Court Hotel in Loughborough. England play Fiji on Saturday.

  33. 1540: 
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer 6-3 6-2 in their Group A match at the ATP World Tour Finals.

    You can watch reaction on BBC Two and via the BBC Sport website now and share your predictions for the match on the BBC Facebook page. You can also follow all the action with our live text commentary.

  34. 1534: 

    British Athletics announce that a Scottish team will be represented at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match in January for the first time in the event's 23 year history.

    As Scotland prepares for the Commonwealth Games next summer, the Glasgow British Athletics International Match, which takes place on Saturday 25 January 2014, will be the first major international sporting event in the city in 2014. Scotland will go head-to-head with Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GB & NI), USA and a Commonwealth Select team.

    British Athletics also confirm that following the successful integration of four para-athletics events into the meet last year, stars from the London 2012 Paralympic Games will once again return to the Emirates Arena in January, and for the first time the events will contribute to the overall team points tally.

  35. 1529: 
    Sascha Riether

    Fulham's Sascha Riether has apologised to Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj on his Twitter feed after becoming the first player to be charged under a new retrospective action scheme.

    The defender, 30, appeared to stamp on Januzaj in Fulham's 3-1 loss last Saturday, but match officials did not see the incident.

    He tweeted: "I want to say I am sorry to Adnan Januzai. It was very unlike me and I can only say that frustration got the better of me.

    "I want the fans to know that I will be working hard to stay fit and will be ready to continue fighting for the Club as soon as I am able. I will accept the consequences of my actions, and hope to put it behind me when I return.

    "I also want to apologise to my teammates, fans and everyone at the club, for the ban incurred following Saturday's match."

    Under the new rules, a three-man panel of former elite referees looked at the incident and advised Riether committed an act of violent conduct. Riether has until 18:00 GMT today to respond to the charge.

  36. 1520: 
    O2 Arena

    Rafael Nadal has taken the first set 6-3 in his World Tour Finals match against David Ferrer, and currently leads 3-0 in the second.

    You can watch the game live on BBC Two and via the BBC Sport website now and share your predictions for the match on the BBC Facebook page. You can also follow all the action with our live text commentary.


    Sonja Hodgson: O'Neill + Keane= explosive combination! Will make Ireland games & interviews more interesting, but not sure it'll help the team!

    Andrew Priestley: O'Neill and Keane are two characters the Irish supporters can rally behind. They'll bring some back pride to the Ireland camp.

    Rian Hoskins: O'Neill-Keane is an interesting pair as the former is renowned for man management while the latter is known for confrontation.

    We want to hear from you so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

  38. 1508: 

    Captain Scott Brown is backing Celtic to perform well without him against Ajax in the Champions League.

    The midfielder is serving the second of a three-match European suspension as Celtic aim to repeat last month's 2-1 win over the Dutch side in Glasgow.

    Celtic sit third in Group H on three points, while Ajax have one point.

    "The lads are going to have to go there and try to get goals and I have faith they can do it," Brown told the club website.

    "It'll be difficult to watch but they've got a great chance.

  39. 1457: 

    Stephen Ireland says he might be enticed back to international football if Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane take charge, tweets Ivan Gaskell.

    He says: "I left the Republic of Ireland under bad circumstances. This new management (O'Neill/Keane) has excited me. We'll have to sit down and talk. It is something that appeals to me. To return and play a few campaigns (for Ireland).I'd like to go back & see how it goes."

  40. 1455:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    West Brom striker Saido Berahino

    "It would take Saido Berahino five years to earn Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure's reported weekly wage. Five years.

    "That the West Brom striker is still among the worst-paid players in the top flight is, in itself, a reflection of just how quickly his life has changed.

    "A few short months ago, he was a promising talent few outside the West Midlands had really heard of. He didn't have an agent and had been loaned out to Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough United. He was no more than a promising talent, one for the future.

    "Today, the 20-year-old is considered one of the game's rising stars, an explosive attacker whose surge to prominence has taken him to the brink of the England squad."

  41. 1447: 

    Rangers are boosted by the return of Ian Black for their Scottish League One game against Dunfermline at Ibrox.

    The midfielder was suspended for Friday's William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Airdrie but is back in contention for the visit of the Pars. Long-term casualties Ross Perry, Chris Hegarty and Dean Shiels remain on the sidelines.

    Provisional squad: Bell, Foster, Wallace, McCulloch, Mohsni, Macleod, Templeton, Law, Peralta, Aird, Hutton, Daly, Clark, Little, Simonsen, Crawford, Faure, Smith, Black.

  42. 1440: 

    Record-breaking jockey AP McCoy will have to wait until Wednesday to have another chance of reaching the milestone of 4,000 jump racing wins.

    The 18-time champion jockey moved on to the 3,998 mark at Kempton on Monday but failed to win the first two his three races at Exeter on Tuesday.

    McCoy, 39, was second on Flemenson in his opening ride before coming in seventh on Keen Eye. He now has two booked mounts at Chepstow on Wednesday.

  43. 1437: 

    AP McCoy was going for his 4,000th win at Exeter today and earlier we asked which FOUR other courses in England have six letter names?

    The answers to the Question of Sport Teaser are Hexham, Ludlow, Redcar, Thirsk.

  44. 1437: 

    Former Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale says a lack of logic has afflicted the club's recent running.

    An off-field controversy erupted when current owner Vincent Tan replaced head of recruitment Iain Moody with a 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, who has stepped aside temporarily over a visa issue. Ridsdale says Moody was boss Malky Mackay's right-hand man.

    "There doesn't appear to be a lot of logic," Ridsdale tells BBC Radio Wales Sport. "You've got the best young manager there, he's got his own staff - football managers need and want their own staff."

  45. 1430: 
    Tiger Woods

    United States golfer Tiger Woods poses during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open tournament, on the Bosphorus Bridge that links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul. The tournament gets under way on 7 November.


    Martyn Harmer: Ireland could have Mourinho and Sir Alex managing them, and they still wouldn't be any good!

    Scott Martin: My worry with Keane is that once something is decided he doesn't agree with, he won't let it lie and back O'Neill 100%.

    Patrick: Will Keane really enjoy playing second fiddle? Good appointment nonetheless.

  47. 1425: 

    Cardiff Blues have announced that backs/attack coach Gareth Baber will leave them at the end of 2013.

    Baber joined the Blues during former coach Dai Young's reign, which ended in June 2011 with his move to Wasps.

    Baber continued alongside Justin Burnell before Phil Davies took over as director of rugby in May 2012.

    Ex-Wales Sevens coach Baber, 41, is to take a head coach position overseas. "I see it as a progression for me in terms of the job specification," said Baber.

  48. 1419: 

    Flanker Willie Faloon signs a two-year contract extension with Connacht and the Irish Rugby Football Union.

    The 27-year-old, who joined the RaboDirect Pro12 club from Ulster at the start of last season, will now remain at Galway Sportsgrounds until at least the summer of 2016. Faloon is currently recovering from a broken foot he suffered against Ulster in September.

  49. 1418: 

    There is plenty of support for both Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in London today. You can watch the game live on BBC Two and via the BBC Sport website now and share your predictions for the match on the BBC Facebook page.

    You can also send your questions for Andrew Castle and Tim Henman, who will be commentating on today's game, using #bbctennis

  50. 1414: 

    Michael O'Neill agrees a two-year extension to his contract with the Irish FA to remain as Northern Ireland manager.

    The new deal will see O'Neill, who succeeded Nigel Worthington in December 2011, remain in charge for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

    The news came shortly before O'Neill was due to name his next squad for this month's friendly against Turkey in Adana.

  51. 1412: 

    Notts County are close to naming their new manager, with QPR midfielder Shaun Derry the favourite to succeed Chris Kiwomya, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.

    Derry, 35, who is on loan with QPR's Championship rivals Millwall, could be named player-manager within 48 hours.

    If ex-Notts player Derry is appointed, ex-Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott is expected to take over as his assistant.

    The Magpies were linked with several experienced bosses in Brian Kerr, Dean Saunders, Danny Wilson and Gary Rowett.

  52. 1408: 

    Watch live coverage of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals on BBC Two now and follow live text and audio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  53. 1406: 

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cut Viktor Troicki's 18-month ban for failing to provide a blood sample in Monte Carlo earlier this year to 12 months.

    The Court decided that although Troicki had committed an anti-doping violation, he was not at 'significant fault,' and that there is no suggestion he intended to evade the detection of a banned substance in his system.

    The panel also believes that the doping control officer on duty on the day should have informed the player 'in clearer terms' of the risks caused by his refusal to undergo a blood test. Troicki will be free to return on 15 July 2014, thus missing the first three Grand Slams of the year.

  54. 1404: 

    AP McCoy will have to wait a little longer to reach the landmark 4,000 wins. He loses out to Rydon Pynes in the first at Exeter to leave the champion jockey on 3,998. He has two more races today.

  55. 1356:  
    Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondentHORSE RACING

    "The sun's out now for [potentially] AP McCoy's big day, though more commonly known as Haldon Gold Cup day.

    "The historic race, Exeter's annual feature, has been won by a series of top steeplechasing names including Sabin Du Loir, Travado, Viking Flagship and the 3-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate. Popular West Country-based chaser Cue Card, the mount of Joe Tizzard, is fancied to win the race for the second year running at 2-50."

  56. 1354:  
    Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondentHORSE RACING
    AP McCoy

    "Bookmaker Andy Smith of Festival Racing is betting on the number of winners for AP McCoy today, with 0 the evens favourite and 1 at 6-4. But Smith reports most punters going for 2 (5-1) or all 3 (100-1). He said: "Zero or one are the only realistic options in my opinion, but they love McCoy here, and they're 100% behind him."

    AP McCoy is about to go in the 1350 GMT race at Exeter...

  57. 1350: 

    Commonwealth medallists Jazmin Carlin, Jemma Lowe and Georgia Davies have been named in a seven-strong Wales swimming squad for the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

    Commonwealth Games Wales and Swim Wales made the announcement on Tuesday, with Thomas Haffield, Robert Holderness, Ieuan Lloyd and Marco Loughran also named among the first athletes selected to represent the country next year.

    Carlin became the first medallist for Wales at the Delhi Games in 2010 when she claimed silver in the 200metres freestyle, and the Commonwealths in Glasgow will be her third Games, following the disappointment of missing out on selection for London 2012.

  58. 1343: 

    Arsenal will be without England midfielder Jack Wilshere in Germany as he remains in London to recover from an ankle injury, which sidelined him in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Liverpool.

    The 21-year-old missed Arsenal's training session on Tuesday morning due to the recurring problem but is expected to return for Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

    Full-back Kieran Gibbs is another not involved after he sustained a hip injury during the second half on Saturday. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is not yet expected back from his groin injury, while Theo Walcott may be available for Sunday's trip to Old Trafford as he steps up recovery following minor abdominal surgery.

  59. 1342:  
    Conor McNamara, BBC Radio 5 liveREPUBLIC OF IRELAND

    "Having Roy Keane as part of the Republic of Ireland set up is huge box office. One of the problems for the Republic of Ireland team lately is filling the stadium, Roy Keane will put bums on seats. Most Ireland fans would be pleased to have either Martin O'Neill or Keane as their manager, the fact they have both makes is an intriguing double act.

    "They have both worked under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, they both have a Celtic connection and both managed Sunderland, so there is more of a connection than we think."

  60. 1337: 

    There is plenty of support for both Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer in London today. You can watch their game live on BBC Two, from 1400 GMT, and share your predictions for the match on the BBC Sport Facebook page. You can also send your questions for Andrew Castle and Tim Henman, who will be commentating on today's game, using #bbctennis.

    You can also listen to the tennis on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online, while there will also be live text commentary available on the BBC Sport website.

  61. 1331:  
    Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondentHORSE RACING

    AP McCoy issues a warning about reaching the 4000 as he tells me: "It could drag out a bit. I'd be over the moon to do it here, but after that I have only so-so rides at Chepstow and only one or two at Towcester on Thursday."

    Asked about his growing media following, he added: "I could be costly for you [in terms of fuel]. Hopefully for all our sakes it can be as quick as possible."

    AP McCoy's will go for win 3,999 at 1350 GMT.

  62. 1329: 
    FOOTBALL- Arsenal training

    Arsenal have spent Tuesday morning training ahead of their Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Below the Gunners' players, including Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, are in good spirits as they take part in the training session at London Colney...

    Arsenal in training

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger watches on during the training session. Arsenal should be on their way to Germany any time now, with Wenger holding a news conference in Dortmund at 1700 GMT.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger watches on in training
  63. 1320:  
    Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondentHORSE RACING

    "If 4,000 wins for AP McCoy, should he win two more races today, sounds colossal, that is because it is - nearly 1,500 successes more than any other rider over jumps: once upon a time to get to 'a mere' 1,000 was considered something very special.

    "To an extent, as there's no question of him getting to the milestone and then abruptly retiring, this is just a number, but when you get to such a landmark, whether it be in sport or business or marriage, it's a good time to celebrate.

    "Nearly 4000 winners and 18 champion jockeys' titles over nearly two decades in - and this is crucial- the most perilous of sports where you 'play' not only with animals, but followed around by an ambulance, is indeed a colossal achievement."

  64. 1312: 

    Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott says he is "concerned" about full-back Zak Hardaker.

    The 22-year-old withdrew from England's World Cup squad on Monday because of "personal issues".

    McDermott tells BBC Radio Leeds: "I've had a brief chat with him to arrange a quick meeting. I haven't spoken to him about what's happened yet but it is clearly concerning. We need to find out what has gone on."

  65. 1306: 

    Celtic midfielder Nir Biton will miss the next two Champions League games after being given a two-match ban by governing body Uefa.

    The Israeli international was sent off in last month's home win against Ajax.

    The automatic one-match suspension for receiving a red card has been extended to two, which means he will not be eligible until Celtic's final group match against Barcelona in December.

    Neil Lennon's side are in Amsterdam for Wednesday's match against Ajax.

  66. 1300: 
    FOOTBALL- Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho says he is not expecting an easy game against Schalke: "No. Not at all. First of all their record away is very good. Not just in the Bundesliga but in European competitions. Which means they feel much more comfortable playing away than they do at home.

    "Secondly, they are a very physical team, which is not our case. I don't know what they want from the group phase - to try everything to finish first or to try and finish second and progress in the Champions League. I have to prepare for both situations - if they come to here to go for the win or for the point. They are a difficult opponent. Our 3-0 win in Germany means nothing."

  67. 1259: 
    AP McCoy

    Stats show AP McCoy has ridden in 582 races at Exeter since 1994, winning 115, at a strike rate of 21.99%.

    There must be something about the Devon air, as nearby Newton Abbot has provided 264 successes (29.07%), one more than Worcester (26.65%).

    He's won races on every track in the country with Catterick, North Yorkshire providing the least, three, but from only 14 mounts.

  68. 1252: 
    FOOTBALL- Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho news conference

    Jose Mourinho confirms Fernando Torres is out injured, while Ryan Bertrand picked up a knock in training on Tuesday.

    "Ryan Bertrand is injured, today in training," he says. "I cannot say what it is but he is out of of selection. Fernando Torres is out, we need to wait for the scans tomorrow. It is easy to say he is out tomorrow and Saturday too and then comes the international break, let us see if he can recover in that period.

    "They [Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba] have their chance and the next game against West Brom. They have the chance in their hands to play up front. That has to be a good motivation for them and hopefully they can express on the pitch the way they work."

  69. 1251: 
    FOOTBALL- Chelsea

    More from Jose Mourinho: "My bad reaction with the players was not after the game, it was at half time. I was feeling at that stage the mentality was not the best. Sometimes when you win a lot, players forget why you win and probably the players forgot why the beat Schalke, Arsenal, Manchester City. They can think they win just because they are good but there are many other ingredients that make you a consistent winner. So I hope now they don't forget why they won a lot of matches.

    "When I said 11 changes of course I was exaggerating. I don't want to see the changes I make tomorrow is because someone is paying for the defeat to Newcastle. That is simply not the case. This is about seeing the characteristics of the opponent and to get the best team to try and win the game."

  70. 1250: 

    AP McCoy is going for his 4000th win at Exeter today, which FOUR other courses in England have six letter names?

    Tweet us via #QSTeaser


    Sam Pearce: O'Neill and Keano... The ultimate game of good cop, bad cop! I for one expect results.

    Andrew Priestley: O'Neill and Keane are two characters the Irish supporters can rally behind. They'll bring some back pride to the Ireland camp.

    Andrew Jones: Congrats to Martin O'Neill - from Grantham Town FC to Ireland. Quite a journey.

    We want to hear from you so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

  72. 1244: 
    FOOTBALL- Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho's news conference is under way, and he is still not happy about the way his side lost to Newcastle at the weekend.

    "I have had lots of time to watch the game and reflect about the game and I don't change my opinion. I don't want my team to be reactive, this is not the philosophy we are working with and I am not happy with the way we face that match. It is as simple as that.

    "My teams can lose, we are never unbeatable, but there is losing because the opponent was better, losing because you were unlucky and losing like we did against Newcastle."

  73. 1235:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the O2TENNIS

    Juan Martin del Potro won a three-set thriller against Richard Gasquet at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday evening, but then revealed the lingering hurt he felt after being the victim of a robbery in Paris on Sunday.

    The Argentine, 25, had his suitcase stolen at Gare du Nord station, and with it his passport, documents and a rosary given to him by the Pope.

    "It's tough to enjoy the fantastic tournament after my really bad Saturday," he said. "I like to play tennis. I enjoy a lot my work. But someone took some part of my life, you know. I really resent [that]. It's tough not to think about that."

    From 1400 GMT, the ATP World Tour Finals is live on BBC Two, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

  74. 1232: 

    Uncapped Ospreys wing Eli Walker is named in the Wales team to face South Africa on Saturday, while Rhys Priestland and Dan Lydiate are recalled.

  75. 1230: 
    Chelsea in training

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been putting his players through their paces in training on Tuesday morning, ahead of the Blues' Champions League game against FC Schalke on Wednesday. Mourinho said after his side's 2-0 defeat by Newcastle on Saturday that he would change 11 players if he could. Will he act out his words? His news conference coming up after 1230 GMT.

  76. 1226: 

    Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis admitted his time at Sunderland was one of the worst spells of his career, but says that he does not regret the move.

    Davis joined the Black Cats in 2005 for £1.25m but was part of the Sunderland team that was relegated and at one point was confronted by an angry fan.

    The Saints travel to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday in the League Cup.

    "I don't look back at it as a successful playing part of my career," Davis told BBC Radio Solent.

    "I look back at it as a learning part of my career," he said. "The lessons I learnt there I still use today and they make you stronger and give you different experiences for now and the future."

  77. 1221: 

    Blackpool and Blackburn are both fined £5,000 after admitting the Football Association charge for failing to control players in the game between the two clubs last month.

    A late challenge from Rovers striker DJ Campbell on home goalkeeper Matt Gilks sparked a mass brawl late in the match.

    Campbell was shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney, as was young Blackpool full-back Jack Robinson for his part in the resulting melee.

  78. 1218: 
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes has not had time to start Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography - but it is clear he has picked up valuable lessons from his fellow Scot.

    When he checked in at Manchester Airport for the flight to Spain ahead of Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Real Sociedad, Moyes was pictured with a copy of Ferguson's account of life in the Old Trafford hot-seat in his hand luggage.

  79. 1216: 

    Tim Darby, manager of Exeter racecourse, says the phones have been ringing hard and the track's Twitter account has been extra busy since news that AP McCoy has a chance of reaching his 4,000 wins milestone today.

    "It's hard to say how many people it will bring, but hopefully we'll have significant walk-up," says Darby, who would normally expect a crowd of about 3,000 for the Haldon Gold Cup (14:50) .

    "When we saw he couldn't do it at Kempton yesterday, there was a whoop of excitement in the office, especially as it was here that he rode his first British winner in 1994 [Chickabiddy].

    "Of course there's competition: every course wants to host the 4,000."

  80. 1212: 
    SCOTTISH CUP- Fourth-round draw

    Alloa Athletic v Sterling Albion

    Ross County v Hibernian

    Dundee v Raith Rovers

    St Johnstone v Livingston

    Partick Thistle v Aberdeen

    Hearts v Celtic

    Ayr United v Dunfermline Athletic

    Inverness CT v Greenock Morton

    Ties to be played on the weekend of 30 November and 1 December

  81. 1208: 
    SCOTTISH CUP- Fourth-round draw

    Falkirk v Rangers

    Albion Rovers v Motherwell

    Culter or Berwick Rangers v Dumbarton

    Clyde v Stranraer or Auchinleck Talbot

    Dundee United v Kilmarnock

    Queen of the South v St Mirren

    Stenhousemuir or Annan v Fraserburgh

    Brechin City v Forfar Athletic

  82. 1206: 

    The draw is being made in Aberdeen, the team Sir Alex Ferguson managed to four Scottish Cup victories.

    "Four titles in five years is fantastic," says the former Manchester United boss. "I was impressed with Aberdeen last night. They are not giving goals away. As with any cup draw, getting a home one is important."

  83. 1203: 

    The Scottish Cup fourth-round draw is about get under way, with Sir Alex Ferguson conducting it. We'll have updates here in Sportsday.

  84. 1202: 
    Pablo Zabaleta and Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned CSKA Moscow fans against repeating their racist abuse of City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday.

    The sides meet again in the Champions League two weeks after Toure was targeted during City's 2-1 win, leading to Uefa punishing the Russian club.

    "The CSKA fans made a mistake," said Pellegrini. "Uefa acted and gave them the punishment it deserved.

    "I hope we can leave this in the past and it will be an example for them."

  85. 1158: 

    Georgios Samaras, Kris Commons and Mikael Lustig travel with Celtic ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game against Ajax.

    Samaras (knee) and Commons (hamstring) both missed Saturday's Scottish Premiership game against Dundee United, while Lustig came off the bench having been troubled by a hip problem.

    The trio will be assessed at training on Tuesday evening ahead of the clash in Amsterdam.


    Fahad Khan: Keane and O'Neill? These two volatile characters together means only one thing: A tasty recipe for disaster.

    Rian Hoskins: Neill-Keane is an interesting pair as the former is renowned for man management while the latter is known for confrontation.

  87. 1153: 

    John Delaney concludes his interview with Newstalk by hailing a new era in Irish football.

    "It is a board decision; I just hope everybody gets behind us, this is a team effort," the Football Association of Ireland chief executive says.

    "Life is not black or white; it is always a bit in between. It will be a new era of Irish football, it will be exciting, and will probably be a little difficult at times too. That is football, it is a rollercoaster."

  88. 1144: 

    Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney says there are no issues with Roy Keane, despite the former Manchester United midfielder quitting the Republic squad before the 2002 World Cup after falling out with manager Mick McCarthy.

    "Roy and I would not have had much contact in the past. We met last week and there were no problems whatsoever," Delaney tells Newstalk. "It [the meeting] was absolutely brilliant from my point of view and I think from his as well. It was all about the future, not about the past. Anything that happened previously from my point of view is now irrelevant.

    "Irish football and our country is bigger than anything. Two icons of Irish football can work together with us. The past is in the past."

  89. 1140: 

    Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney tells Irish radio station Newstalk: "We have had a detailed discussion with Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane for some time. I don't see any impediment to it being confirmed. By Saturday we hope to unveil our new management team.

    "The documents have to be signed yet, but there is nothing in principle that will be impediment to the signing."

  90. 1136: 

    Norwich are fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of failing to control their players during the Premier League game against Cardiff on 26 October, the Football Association announces. Cardiff also admitted the charge but rejected the penalty.

  91. 1135: 

    Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney confirms to Irish radio station Newstalk that Martin O'Neill will be the new Republic of Ireland boss, with Roy Keane as his assistant.

  92. 1132:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the O2TENNIS
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal will play his first match for two years at the ATP World Tour Finals when he takes on David Ferrer at 1400 GMT.

    The world number one missed the O2 last year as he recovered from a serious knee injury, but since returning in February, a first-round loss at Wimbledon has been the only real blemish on his record.

    "It's true that when the bounces are lower for me, today it's a little bit tougher," Nadal told BBC Sport. "The knee is not 100% but it's not the moment to think about that.

    "What was great is that I was able to play with free movements during most of the season, even if in Wimbledon the conditions were a little bit too much for me. I keep trying to play well at Wimbledon the next couple of years - I need to find a solution for that, and I am confident that we can."

    From 1400 GMT, the ATP World Tour Finals is live on BBC Two, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

    Martin O'Neill (left) and Roy Keane

    The Football Association of Ireland confirms talks with Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane to become their new management team are at "an advanced stage".

    O'Neill, 61, who won 64 caps for Northern Ireland, has been out of football since being sacked by Sunderland in March.

    Are they the right duo for the job? Would you have chosen them? Were there any better options out there?

    We want to hear from you so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our official Facebook page.

  94. 1121: 
    ROY KEANE- Managerial factfile
    Roy Keane

    2006: June - Announces his retirement from football

    August - Confirmed as new manager of Sunderland

    2007: April - Earns automatic promotion to the Premier League for Sunderland

    2008: May - Sunderland finish three points clear of relegation zone

    December - Leaves Sunderland

    2009: Appointed manager of Ipswich

    2011: Sacked by Ipswich

    2013, 5 November: Set to be appointed assistant to Martin O'Neill in new Ireland set-up

  95. 1113: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy: "The Martin O'Neill-Roy Keane Republic of Ireland dream ticket could prove fascinating to observe. I think it wouldn't be the nightmare many sceptics forecast.

    "O'Neill's undoubted man-management skills also extend to backroom staff over a few decades and he knows how to get the best out of an unfulfilled managerial talent, 19 years his junior. He has massive respect for Keane's playing career and the drive that still sees him out watching games live when he could be sat at home, watching the same match on TV.

    "O'Neill knows that Keane has re-assessed the methods that alienated so many players during his fledging career at Sunderland and Ipswich. At the age of 42, Keane now has to row back to more conventional shores if his management ambitions are ever to be satisfied."

    Read more from Pat Murphy in his piece, written on Saturday, on the BBC Sport website.

  96. 1109: 
    MARTIN O'NEILL- Managerial record
    Martin O'Neill to be named Republic of Ireland boss

    - Guides Wycombe Wanderers to back-to-back promotions in 1993 and 1994

    - Quits as Norwich City boss after six months

    - Wins the League Cup with Leicester City in 1997 and 2000

    - Wins the domestic treble in his first season in charge of Celtic in 2000-2001

    - Guides Celtic to Uefa Cup final in 2003

    - Takes Aston Villa to League Cup final in 2010, losing to Manchester United

    - Sacked as Sunderland manager in March 2013 after failing to win any of his last eight games in charge

  97. 1103: 

    The Football Association of Ireland confirms the "management appointment process with Martin O'Neill & Roy Keane is at an advanced stage".

  98. 1101: 
    Michael Owen

    Former England striker Michael Owen is all smiles at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, but there was no success for his highly rated Brown Panther, who finished eighth in the prestigious race.

    "Eighth out of 24 is pretty respectable. Proud of him. Just hope he is ok as he has been struck into during the race," Owen tweeted.

    He later tweeted a scan on the cut Brown Panther suffered came back clear.

  99. 1056: 

    There are a number of pre-Champions League news conferences coming up for the games to be played on Wednesday. Here is the schedule as it stands.

    Chelsea: 1230 GMT

    Arsenal: 1700 GMT

    Celtic are also up at some point on Tuesday, but their time is still to be confirmed. All the quotes and team news will appear right here in Sportsday.

  100. 1052: 

    Sussex sign all-rounder Steffan Piolet on a one-year contract after he is released from the final year of his deal at Warwickshire.

    The Redhill-born 25-year-old, who moved to Edgbaston in 2008, had a brief loan spell at Hove last season.

    Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said: "We're really excited at the prospect of having Steff on board.

    "Being a local lad, having played youth and second-team cricket with us, he is somebody we know really well."


    Former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has written off England's chances of winning the 2014 World Cup. We're asking for your thoughts.

    Rian Hoskins: Even 2018 is optimistic. We have some very good youngsters but they don't match the quality of youngsters from other nations.

    Paddy Emmerson: Eriksson is right we don't stand a chance in Brazil. In fact reaching the quarter finals will be an over achievement.

    Jack Cummins: Who thought Chelsea would win the Champions League in 2012? Why couldn't England win a cup competition?

    We want to hear from you today so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our official Facebook page.

  102. 1041: 

    Katy McLean will captain England Women for the first time in 12 months as they begin their autumn fixtures against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old Darlington Mowden Park fly-half, who has 62 caps, will lead the team as Sarah Hunter is injured.

    Margaret Alphonsi returns having been out since March 2012 through injury.

    Emily Scarratt, Katherine Merchant, Danielle Waterman and Heather Fisher are injured and will also miss the match against Canada on 13 November.

  103. 1033: 

    England took part in a nets session earlier ahead of their pre-Ashes warm-up match against Australia A, which starts at 2300 GMT. Here, England captain Alastair Cook takes a slip catch alongside Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Joe Root and James Anderson at Blundstone Arena...

    England nets session

    Kevin Pietersen of England takes a break from nets to watch the Melbourne Cup horserace on the big screen during England's nets session...

  104. 1029: 

    Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae believes Manchester United youngster Tyler Blackett will benefit greatly from his loan spell with the Seasiders.

    Defender Blackett, 19, made his debut in Saturday's 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest, a result that lifted Paul Ince's side up to fourth in the Championship table.

    "We asked him to play left-midfield initially and then he went to left-back," Rae told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "It's a different level to what he's been used to but he'll learn and grow."

  105. 1022: 
    Sven-Goran Eriksson

    Former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has written off England's chances of winning the World Cup next summer.

    The 65-year-old Swede, now coach of Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, led England to the quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't believe they can win the World Cup in Brazil. Maybe in Russia in 2018. There are a lot of young players coming in.

    "I think it's easier to win it there than in Brazil."

    But what do you think? We want to hear from you today so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our official Facebook page.

  106. 1015: 

    Luis Suarez plays down speculation linking him with a January transfer to Real Madrid by insisting he is happy at Liverpool.

    "I know nothing of any interest from Real Madrid, and I am happy with Liverpool," Suarez tells Uruguayan radio station Sport 890. "In the team we are all really excited, and looking forward to a good season. We have been at the top so far and we are still aiming at the top."

  107. 1009:  
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Shane Warne has started the traditional pre-Ashes war of words by claiming that England will lose the series down under unless Alastair Cook captains the team in a more imaginative manner.

    "While I have the utmost respect for one of Australia's finest cricketers, I prefer to judge people on outcomes rather than methods and England's results since Cook succeeded Andrew Strauss suggest he is doing a very good job.

    "The England opener is fortunate enough to have a very strong group of players at his disposal, allowing him to continue with a method that is tried and trusted.

    "It may not always produce the most thrilling cricket, but who cares about that if it results in a victory?"

  108. 1004: 

    Statement from easyJet after a flight travelling from Moscow to Manchester was forced to divert to Denmark to eject drunken passengers on Sunday.

    An easyJet spokesman told the BBC: "We can confirm that flight EZY1872 flying from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester on November 3 diverted to Copenhagen airport due to the disruptive behaviour of a passenger on board. One passenger was immediately offloaded on arrival.

    "Unfortunately, prior to take off, it was necessary for the captain to take the decision to offload a further six passengers. The aircraft then continued towards Manchester where it landed with a short delay.

    "The safety and welfare of its passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and easyJet would like to thank the passengers for their understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

    The Manchester Evening News reported that the flight was carrying Russian football fans to Manchester for Tuesday's Champions League clash between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow.

  109. 0956: 

    Hull FC release half-back Daniel Holdsworth from his contract at the KC Stadium, allowing him to join Cronulla Sharks in his native Australia.

    The 29-year-old, who joined the Black and Whites from Salford at the start of the 2013 season, had a year remaining on his deal with the Super League club.

    Holdsworth started Hull's Challenge Cup final defeat by Wigan in August.

    "It hasn't quite worked out for him at Hull FC," the club's football manager Motu Tony told their official website.

  110. 0950:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET
    Ian Botham and Shane Warne

    Sir Ian Botham dismisses Shane Warne's comments about England captain Alastair Cook as "banter" and believes it is all good-natured fun in the build-up to the second Ashes series of the year.

    Warne called Cook "negative, boring and not very imaginative", but Botham tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I've seen all of the baiting and all of the stuff going on, but to be honest, I'd expect that and if I was an Australian, I would be worrying more about what's going on in my own back yard than worrying what England are doing.

    "I can't see how Australia are going to take 20 wickets at the moment, they are struggling in the bowling department, so it is all looking good for England. I like the banter. If Warney [Shane Warne] didn't come out with something I'd be very disappointed and if it's not Warney, it is Glenn McGrath. I think it's great."


    Jonny Christmas: Eriksson is right in his judgement as we lack world class players to survive the latter stages. It's a bitter comment though.

    DebÖzil: England are too far behind in terms of quality to stand a chance in 2014. Only a massive overhaul gives them a chance in 2018.

    Max Reading: England probably won't win the World Cup. But Greece in Euro 2004. Surprises happen! No need for complete pessimism.

    We want to hear from you today so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our official Facebook page.

  112. 0936: 

    Dan Walker was joined in the studio by Robbie Fowler and Mark Lawrenson for the latest Football Focus Forum, where they discussed Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

    Speaking before City's 7-0 win over Norwich, both pundits said they believe Hart will come back stronger after being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini.

    Both Fowler and Lawrenson agree it also makes sense not to play Hart in England's forthcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany.

  113. 0929: 

    Pakistan recall veteran all-rounders Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik for the team's two Twenty20 internationals against South Africa in Dubai next week.

    Razzaq, 33, last played for Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, while former captain Malik, 31, returns to the national team for the first time since being dropped after the Champions Trophy in England this year.

    Dubai hosts the Twenty20 matches on November 13 and 15 and Pakistan will then make a short tour of South Africa from 18 November to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

  114. 0919: 
    Zak Hardaker

    Zak Hardaker on Monday withdrew from England's Rugby League World Cup squad because of "personal issues".

    The Leeds Rhinos full-back, 22, is the second player to exit Steve McNamara's squad after Salford's Gareth Hock was thrown out for disciplinary reasons.

    Hardaker was not chosen for either of England's first two tournament matches.

    An England Rugby League statement read: "Due to personal issues, Zak Hardaker is unable to commit to the England Rugby League programme."

  115. 0914: 

    A flight carrying Russian football fans to Manchester for Tuesday's Champions League clash between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow had to divert to Denmark to eject drunken passengers, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    The Sunday service from Moscow was forced to land at Copenhagen Airport in Denmark at 1515 GMT amid reports someone had taken too much drink and had started pushing staff on board.

    It was met by Danish police who are reported to have taken the passenger in question away, but just before take-off the plane was delayed again - when friends of the ejected passenger complained about his treatment and were also removed from the flight.

  116. 0908:  
    Iain Carter, BBC SportGOLF

    "Open champion Phil Mickelson will play in the European Tour's Abu Dhabi Championship next January. The American has added the tournament to his schedule despite announcing plans to cut the number of events he will play next year."

  117. 0905: 
    AP McCoy

    AP McCoy, who is two away from the 4,000 winners milestone, has three booked rides at Exeter this afternoon.

    He tells BBC Breakfast: "If I had one winner, I'd be delighted. Two would be amazing."

    A double at Exeter would bring the 18-time champion jump jockey's career full circle.

    "Exeter was my first winner in England [Chickabiddy in 1994] so it would be very fitting," said the Northern Irishman.

    McCoy's booked Tuesday rides, Exeter (all times GMT)

    13:50 Flemenson (Trainer Jonjo O'Neill) Forecast price: 5-2

    14:20 Keen Eye (Jonjo O'Neill) Forecast price: 14-1

    15.50 Well Hello There (Jonjo O'Neill) Forecast price: 7-2


    Tunde Akere: There are lots of teams head and shoulders above England, we've no chance of winning the World Cup in 2014. Quarter finals is the best bet. Any fair football analyst knows England do not stand any chance, definitely not in 2014. Maybe 2018, Eriksson is right.

    stevoo: Definitely right. England needs creativity in the middle and very good technical midfielders like Carrick to win Brazil 2014.

    Senthi Desikan: Eriksson has reached his sell-by date. He is a journey man of football management. His views only sell newspapers.

    Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has written off England's chances of winning the World Cup in Brazil next summer before a ball has even been kicked. But what do you think?

    We want to hear from you today so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our official Facebook page.

  119. 0843: 
    Sven-Goran Eriksson

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson on BBC Breakfast: "My only advice to Roy [Hodgson] would be prepare for the penalty shootouts in Brazil."

    England holds you hostage and spits you out? Was it really like that? "You sit there and you can't stop the job because then you betray England and you're sitting there just waiting for England to sack you. But I don't want to be negative, it's a beautiful job and the biggest job you can have in football."

    "I was very proud every day that I had the England job."

  120. 0832: 

    Former finalist Juan Martin Del Potro won a terrific contest against Richard Gasquet in the opening night session at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Monday.

    Del Potro, seeded fourth, came back from a set down to win 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-5 and take an early lead in Group B.

    In front of a near-capacity crowd of about 17,000, the Argentine took his record since the US Open to 16 wins in 18 matches.

    Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet in the same group this evening. You can watch live coverage from the O2 in London on BBC Two from 1400 GMT.

  121. 0826:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveHORSE RACING

    Gordon Edwards, trainer of AP McCoy's first-ever winner, Chickabiddy: "We will always remember that day. For me, a small trainer, it was a special moment for us. Tony came highly recommended and luckily he was on our horse on that day.

    "Mick Fitzgerald would have normally ridden for us but he was injured the day before, but he said a new lad had come over from Ireland and he thought that it wouldn't be long before he got a winner and luckily he got it for us."

  122. 0821: 

    Former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has written off England's chances of winning the World Cup next summer.

    The 65-year-old Swede, now coach of Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, led England to the quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006.

    He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't believe they can win the World Cup in Brazil. Maybe in Russia in 2018. There are a lot of young players coming in. The quarter-finals would be very good. It is time for a semi-final or final," Sven-Goran Eriksson. "I think it's easier to win it there than in Brazil."

    Sven Goran Eriksson and David Beckham

    So... former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has written off England's chances of winning the World Cup in Brazil next summer before a ball has even been kicked.

    Do you agree with him? Do England stand any chance of bringing home the trophy? What needs to be done for that to happen?

    We want to hear from you today so GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a comment on our official Facebook page.

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    Rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are preparing bids of around £17m for Barcelona's 21-year-old midfielder Sergi Roberto. (Daily Star)

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, says he knows nothing of any interest from Real Madrid and insists he is "comfortable and happy" at Anfield. (Daily Mirror)

    Newcastle United's France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, is wanted by Serie A leaders Roma. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)

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    AP McCoy

    AP McCoy is two victories away from the historic 4,000 winners milestone after a double at Kempton on Monday.

    The Northern Irishman had three rides and scored on favourites Captain Cutter and Foundation Man to reach the 3,998 mark.

    McCoy, 39, who has been champion jockey 18 years running, has three rides booked at Exeter on Tuesday.

    He rode his first winner in England at Exeter on Chickabiddy in September 1994.

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    GOOD MORNING and welcome to another edition of Sportsday.

    We've got a busy day today folks, what with all the Champions League build-up, news from tennis' ATP World Tour Finals, Ashes build-up, Europa League previews and reaction from the Melbourne Cup, as well as the rest of the day's breaking sports news as it happens.

    Stay with us throughout the day for all the latest.

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