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11 November 2013 Last updated at 18:53

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  1. 1850: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That's it for Sportsday for Monday. You can watch coverage of the ATP World Tour final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on BBC Three from 1930 GMT and Sportsday will resume on Tuesday at 0800 GMT.

  2. 1845:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Coming up on the Monday Night Club from 1900 GMT, Mark Chapman, John Motson, Ian McGarry and Steve Claridge will be discussing the weekend's football including the Day Of The Underdog with Tim Krul inspiring Newcastle to victory over Spurs, Sunderland beating Manchester City (again) & Southampton still riding high.

    They will also be predicting who will be top and bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

  3. 1835: 
    FOOTBALL

    Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa has withdrawn from the Spain squad for their friendlies against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa after tearing a muscle in his right leg in La Liga action on Sunday.

    Costa has dual Spanish and Brazilian nationality and was the subject of a tug-of-war between both countries before he signed a formal letter last month stating his wish to play for his adopted country and was called up for the first time by coach Vicente del Bosque.

    Costa has been replaced in the Spanish squad by Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.

  4. 1821: 
    TENNIS
    Tim Henman

    A reminder that BBC commentator Tim Henman is now answering your questions on the BBC Sport Facebook page ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on BBC Three from 1930 GMT.

  5. 1815: 
    CRICKET

    South Africa have beaten Pakistan by 117 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Sharjah to finish the series as 4-1 winners.

    AB de Villiers smashed a 102-ball 115 not out to steer South Africa to 268-7 in their 50 overs before wrapping up Pakistan's innings for 151 in 35.3 overs.

    For Pakistan, Sohaib Maqsood top-scored with 53 while Umar Akmal made 30. Wayne Parnell took 3-36 for South Africa while Jean-Paul Duminy finished with 2-14.

  6. 1807: 
    TENNIS

    Chris Kermode, managing director of the ATP World Tour Finals, tells BBC London he is proud of what has been achieved since the season-ending tournament was moved to the O2 Arena in Greenwich in 2009.

    Novak Djokovic takes on Rafael Nadal in tonight's final which will be shown live on BBC Three from 1930 GMT.

  7. 1755: 
    SWIMMING

    Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin hopes she can complete her set of Commonwealth Games medals by securing gold in Glasgow next summer.

    In India, Carlin took silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 400m, but she missed out on the Olympics after a combination of injury and illness.

    "The Commonwealth Games in Delhi three years ago was so special and I came away with a bronze and a silver so it is obvious what I am aiming for this time, a gold is in my sights. I will do my best and if it happens I will be ecstatic," said Carlin, who will be appearing at her third Commonwealths and will race in the 200, 400 and 800m freestyle

    "It was a very tough year for me in 2012 with not qualifying for the Olympics but when you are injured or have illness it is out of your control and there is nothing you can do about it."

  8. 1746: 
    TENNIS
    Nuria Llagostera Vives

    Spanish player Nuria Llagostera Vives has been banned for two years under anti-doping rules.

    The 33-year-old tested positive for d-methamphetamine at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford this summer.

    She reached a career-high singles ranking of 35 in 2005 but has played only doubles in the last two years.

  9. 1736: 
    TENNIS

    BBC commentator Tim Henman is now answering your questions on the BBC Sport Facebook page ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on BBC Three from 1930 GMT.

  10.  
    GET INVOLVED

    You have been giving your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page about Lional Messi's chances of winning a fifth Fifa Ballon d'Or with the news that he faces eight weeks out with a hamstring problem.

    Barry Punct Şi Atât: Ronaldo's a tremendous player. He never lets his standards drop, and has got Real Madrid out of trouble so often. Barcelona are still effective without Messi. Real Madrid look average without Ronaldo. That's how important he is to them.

    Phil Sinclair: I think Bale should win it. He was outstanding at Spurs and was a one man team. Messi is amazing but he plays with a world class team.

    Bruce Clouston: Ronaldo all the way. Scored more, assisted more and all in a worse team. And Ribery might as well be a joke compared to Ronaldo.

  11. 1723: 
    TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic has won his last 21 matches and beaten Rafael Nadal along the way, but the Spaniard inflicted his most painful defeats of 2013 in the French Open semi-finals and on hard courts in the US Open final.

    "He has immensely improved on hard courts," Djokovic said ahead of the ATP World Tour final at 2000 GMT. "Compared to all the other surfaces in our sport, this is probably his least preferable, but not this year. This year he has had incredible success.

    "He's more aggressive. He's using his serve better. Of course, no clear favourites in the final. It's always expected that we go the distance. Let the better man win."

  12. 1715: 
    FOOTBALL

    Terry Butcher moves a step closer to becoming Hibernian's new manager after the Edinburgh club agreed compensation with Inverness.

    The Englishman has been tipped to replace Pat Fenlon at the Easter Road helm, following his departure on 1 November.

    Butcher, along with his number two Maurice Malpas, will now discuss personal terms with Hibs chiefs.

  13. 1713: 
    GOLF

    England's Richard Finch remains in contention after the second round of the European Tour's Qualifying School in Spain.

    The 36-year-old from Hull, who lays joint second after Sunday's first round, sits three shots off the lead after a score of 71 on day two in Girona, where the top 25 and ties will earn a place on the 2014 Race to Dubai.

    Finch started his round well but suffered three bogeys on the back nine, which left him on seven under par in a five-way tie for third alongside Scotland's Alistair Forsyth, South African Brandon Stone, Sweden's Jens Fahrbring and Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark.

  14. 1709: 
    TENNIS

    Ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals final on BBC Three at 1930 GMT, join our live Q/A session with Tim Henman from 1730 on the BBC Sport Facebook.

  15. 1704: 
    SPORT

    Jamaica's most senior drug tester says the country's recent rash of failed tests might be the "tip of an iceberg".

    Dr Paul Wright tells the BBC that up to now the Caribbean island's anti-doping regime had been woefully short of the international standards required.

    His comments come a week after the World Anti-Doping Agency visited Jamaica to investigate claims that the country's athletes were not being tested rigorously enough.

  16. 1658: 
    FOOTBALL

    An investigation has begun after an Italian third division match was called off amid allegations of death threats and a team being reduced to six men.

    Salernitana were hosting Nocerina on Sunday in the game in question. The away team's fans were banned and reportedly threatened their own players about taking part.

    Nocerina made three substitutions in the opening two minutes and five players went off injured before the match was called off after 21 minutes.

  17. 1649:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live - Monday Night Club: Chappers presents with Motty, Ian McGarry & Steve Claridge from 1900 GMT.

    Discussing the 'day of the underdog' - with Newcastle beating Tottenham, Sunderland beating Manchester City & Southampton still riding high - the team will also predict who will be top & bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

    Listen on the radio and online.

  18. 1642: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS
    Winter Olympic Torch

    A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Above, Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds the torch as he begins a spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

  19. 1634: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ireland flanker Chris Henry will miss the games against Australia and New Zealand because of a hamstring injury.

    Henry is expected to be out for six weeks although fellow Ulster player Tommy Bowe should recover from a calf injury in time to face the Wallabies. Shane Jennings replaces Henry in the squad while wing Luke Fitzgerald has been called up as cover for Bowe.

    Meanwhile, fly-half Jonny Sexton is expected to replace Paddy Jackson for Saturday's game in Dublin.

  20. 1626: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England Under-18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter joins Carlisle United on a two-week trial.

    Meppen-Walter, 19, was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment in February following a road traffic collision which led to the deaths of two people. The defender has linked up with the League One side after being released.

    "We have all done things in our past that we could reflect on and change. We all deserve a second chance," manager Graham Kavanagh tells BBC Radio Cumbria.

  21. 1617: 
    FOOTBALL
    Hugo Lloris

    Hugo Lloris will resume full training for France on Tuesday and coach Didier Deschamps expects the goalkeeper to play against Ukraine in the first match of their World Cup playoff on Friday.

    Lloris was rested by Tottenham for Sunday's home game against Newcastle, having also sat out Thursday's Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol after being knocked unconscious late in last Sunday's match against Everton after his head collided with Romelu Lukaku's knee. Wayne Diesel, Spurs' head of medical services, said that Lloris wanted to play against Newcastle.

    Deschamps says that "there are no worries with Hugo" and "he'll take part in training as normal" on Tuesday after undergoing some training on his own.

  22. 1611: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is released from hospital after suffering concussion during Sunday's Premier League encounter with Arsenal.

    Vidic left the field shortly before half-time after colliding with team-mate David de Gea. The Serbian was clearly dazed and was sent to hospital for examination by the club before later returning home.

    "Nemanja Vidic has been released from hospital after suffering concussion," says a United statement.

  23. 1607: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic are close to a deal for Iceland Under-21 striker Holmbert Fridjonsson, according to his club chairman.

    The 20-year-old recently spent time on trial with Celtic and Fram chairman Sverrir Einarsson is waiting for the Scottish champions to match his valuation to set up a January move.

    Einarsson tells STV: "We have received an offer. We responded to Celtic last night and we are waiting to hear again from them. They are not far away."

  24. 1603: 
    2014 WORLD CUP

    Below is a general view of the Arena Pantanal stadium - still under construction seven months before the Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup - in Cuiaba, state of Mato Grosso.

    Brazil stadium

    ...inside, a worker levels the ground at the Arena Pantanal stadium.

    Brazil World Cup Stadium
  25. 1555: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swindon's players and staff plan to reimburse travelling fans who saw them lose 4-0 at Macclesfield in the FA Cup, boss Mark Cooper has revealed.

    The Conference Premier outfit convincingly beat League One Swindon on Saturday to reach the second round.

    Cooper apologised to supporters after the game and tells BBC Wiltshire: "We've agreed to cover the cost of the fans that travelled. Not because we're creeping, it's a gesture of appreciation."

  26. 1550: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Scotland are set to be without Huddersfield second row forward Dale Ferguson for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against holders New Zealand after he was given a two-match ban for a grapple tackle on USA hooker Tui Samoa. Ferguson has until 1100 GMT on Tuesday to accept the suspension or lodge an appeal.

    Tomahawks hooker Joel Luani is facing a one-match ban after being found guilty of a dangerous throw in the same match but he will fight the charge at a hearing on Tuesday. If he fails to overturn the suspension, he will miss America's quarter-final against Australia at Wrexham on Saturday afternoon.

    England second rower Ben Westwood was cleared of any wrongdoing after being put on report for allegedly using his forearm during his side's win over Fiji in Hull on Saturday but Fiji forward Korbin Sims will miss his side's quarter-final at Warrington on Sunday after being given a two-match suspension for a dangerous throw in the same game.

  27. 1542: 
    FORMULA 1

    Fernando Alonso decides to race in this weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, despite a back injury.

    He suffered the problem when his Ferrari bounced over kerbs at more than 150mph during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    "Packing the bag for Austin, with some pain, but eager and confident to help the team. I will try to give 100% as always," the Spaniard said on Twitter.

  28.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Felipe Massa will drive for Williams next season and a few of you have been giving your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Izidor Volf Nice that he is staying in F1. Good choice, Felipe!

    Martin Smith It is a drive and he could help Williams development and set up.

  29. 1533: 
    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal has won 10 titles, two Grand Slams and regained the number one ranking in 2013, but he still has one major objective to achieve.

    The Spaniard has never won the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, and will appear in his second final when he takes on Novak Djokovic at 2000 GMT.

    Nadal says: "The most important thing for me is that on the toughest surface for me to play, the most difficult one, I was able to win four matches against top eight players. That's great news for me. It's a very good way to finish the year. Now remains the last match. I hope to be ready for that."

  30. 1526: 
    GOLF

    England's Lee Westwood hits a shot during a challenge game prior to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which gets under way on Thursday...

    England's Lee Westwood

    ...it proved good preparation for Lee Westwood, as he won. "It was great fun," he says. "I like challenges like this at the start of a week and today's one certainly focused the mind with such a small target in the lagoon. I was fortunate to get the right club - a seven iron - and I manage to catch it perfectly."

    England's Lee Westwood
  31. 1516:  
    Andrew Benson, BBC SportFORMULA 1- Felipe Massa

    "Williams have signed Felipe Massa, who is leaving Ferrari after eight years in which he won 11 grands prix, to add experience as they attempt to rebuild the team. They have suffered what is set to be the least successful season in their history in 2013.

    "The team, who dominated F1 for large portions of the 1980s and '90s, have so far scored only one point and lie ninth of 11 teams in the constructors' championship with two races to go.

    "Massa hopes a restructure and recruitment programme at the team under their new technical director Pat Symonds - who has won championships with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso at Benetton/Renault - will lead to an upturn in fortunes next season, when new engine and chassis rules ensure all teams start again almost from scratch."

  32. 1511: 
    FOOTBALL

    Left back Danijel Pranjic has been recalled for Croatia's World Cup playoff against Iceland on Friday and next Tuesday after first choice Ivan Strinic suffered an abdominal injury.

    Striker Ivica Olic is doubtful for the first leg in Reykjavik after scoring and then limping off in VfL Wolfsburg's 2-1 Bundesliga home win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday but should be fit for the return match in Zagreb's Maksimir stadium.

    "The situation is complicated with Strinic and we won't know the extent of his injury before a scan but Olic should be fit for the return leg because it looks like a strain rather than a torn muscle," coach Niko Kovac says.

  33. 1505: 
    CRICKET

    Captain AB de Villiers hit 115 not out as South Africa set Pakistan a target of 269 in the fifth one-day international in Abu Dhabi.

    The Proteas had already wrapped up the five-match series, holding a 3-1 lead before the start of play.

    And while their top order largely failed to fire, De Villiers ensured his side reached a similar mark to their previous two wins on this ground with 268 for seven.

  34. 1500: 
    BREAKING NEWS
    Felipe Massa

    Ferrari driver Felipe Massa will move to Williams next season, signing a three-year deal.

    The 32-year-old Brazilian will replace Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado as team-mate to Finn Valtteri Bottas.

    "When I was a kid, I always dreamed of racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I'm glad to be signing with another icon of the sport after Ferrari," says Massa.

  35.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dan: Messi should not have won the Ballon d'Or anyway, Ronaldo has been better this year and so has Franck Ribery.

    Tunde Akere: Lionel Messi has always been on top, the injury is a temporary setback and like taking a rest, he will come back stronger.

    Andrew Blewden: With Messi injured, only one winner of Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo. He'd win it even if Messi was fit the way he's playing right now.

  36. 1443: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland stand-off Ruaridh Jackson admits they will have to hit the ground running against South Africa on Sunday after getting a fright against Japan in their first viagogo Autumn Test.

    Scotland struggled to get into a rhythm for much of the first half of the clash with Japan on a heavy Murrayfield pitch which has been hit by a worm infestation. Their 11-3 half-time lead was cut to one point within three minutes after Kenki Fukuoka crossed for the first of two quickfire tries. Scotland hit back almost immediately both times before taking advantage of two yellow cards in the final quarter to grab three more tries and claim a 42-17 victory.

    "It was a solid start," says Jackson. "It was our first game so there is maybe going to be a bit of rust. They came at us pretty hard, especially at the start of the second half, but once we ironed out a few problems we played some really good stuff and scored some great tries."

  37. 1436: 
    FOOTBALL

    Peter Taylor is appointed permanent Gillingham manager on a contract until the end of 2013-14.

    "The players and I are delighted that Peter has agreed to stay on at the club and we wish him every success in his on-going efforts to push the team up the table," says the club's chairman Paul Scally.

  38. 1431: 
    RUGBY UNION
    England coach Stuart Lancaster

    England coach Stuart Lancaster is happy with how his side are progressing ahead of Saturday's autumn Test against New Zealand.

    Lancaster's side beat Australia 20-13 on 2 November, before securing a 31-12 win over Argentina at the weekend.

    "I thought the Argentina performance was much improved in the areas we had been working on," says Lancaster. "The way we managed the middle area of the field was much improved, the defence was strong. Where we perhaps lacked a bit of composure was in our patience. The players have recognised that, we have had a good chance about it. We move on now to preparing for New Zealand."

  39. 1428: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

    Italian second rower Cameron Ciraldo is set to have surgery after he suffered a lacerated pancreas in his side's Rugby League World Cup defeat at the hands of Tonga in Halifax on Sunday.

    The game was due to be his last before he takes up a position in coaching and development at the Penrith Panthers.

    The 29-year-old was rushed to hospital by ambulance after complaining of back and stomach problems after the match at the team's Leeds hotel.

  40. 1422: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Earlier we asked the following Question of Sport Teaser: Which six players whose surnames END in a vowel have been number one in the ATP World Tour Rankings?

    The answers are Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, John McEnroe, Carlos Moya, Ilie Nastase and John Newcombe.

  41.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Does Lionel Messi's injury make someone else favourite for the Ballon d'Or? Let us know #bbcsportsday

    Ben Bolderson: Messi hasn't done enough this year to deserve the Ballon d'Or. Same situation as 2008 when Messi was injured and Ronaldo won.

    Tunde Akere: Messi is a born footballer, he is a top top player, the injury is a setback but he will come back stronger because its in him.

    Humza Ahmed: I would say Ribery, mainly due to the fact of how he contributed to Bayern's terrific season in winning the treble.

  42. 1406: 
    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the 39th time in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals at 2000 GMT, extending the longest rivalry - in terms of matches - in the modern men's game.

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

    Nadal leads their overall head-to-head 22-16 and has won three of their five matches in 2013, including the French Open semi-final and the US Open final.

    Djokovic, however, is the defending champion in London and on a superb run of 21 matches unbeaten. "I bounced back in a great way after US Open defeat," said the Serb. "Over 20 matches won. I won against him also in the finals of Beijing tournament. It's already behind me."

  43. 1400: 
    TENNIS

    The BBC will continue broadcasting the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from the O2 in London in 2014 and 2015 after extending its contract with the ATP.

    The deal gives non-exclusive television and full radio commentary rights, with eight singles matches on television, including a semi-final and the final.

    The BBC has also secured non-exclusive live radio and online rights to all ATP World Tour Masters 1,000 matches.

  44. 1353: 
    AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR

    A reminder that the five candidates for the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award have been revealed on the BBC's Newsday programme.

    Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure has made the shortlist for the fifth consecutive year and is joined by Nigerians Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi, Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon. The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 1800 GMT on 25 November to vote for their choice.

    You can either vote via this page or by sending an SMS from your phone to +44 7786 20 20 08:

    Text 1 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Text 2 for Victor Moses

    Text 3 for John Mikel Obi

    Text 4 for Jonathan Pitroipa

    Or Text 5 for Yaya Toure

  45. 1345: 
    TENNIS

    Vladimir Safarik will replace Czech Republic Davis Cup team captain Jaroslav Navratil for this weekend's final in Serbia.

    Navratil, 56, who led the Czechs to the trophy in 2012 with a final win over Spain in Prague, has been hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism.

  46. 1337: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel was full of praise for his opposite number Tim Krul after the Newcastle man pulled off a string of spectacular saves to deny Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

    "Krul was outstanding today," said Friedel. "We were very poor, to our standards, in the first half but we still carved out two or three decent chances and he made two great saves in the first half.

    "In the second half there were consequences of balls just hitting him or him making great saves, and it's a day that he'll remember I'm sure.

    "As a goalkeeper we've all had them. He's had one here so he is going to go home feeling a million dollars, that's for sure."

  47.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Lionel Messi and his four Ballon D'Or awards

    A big blow for Barcelona and Lionel Messi as the mercurial forward is ruled out for up to two months with a hamstring injury. It is yet another set back for the Argentina star, who has suffered a number of injuries this season and has yet to match the heights he reached in the previous campaign.

    How big a loss will he be to Barca, and how will these injuries affect Messi? Will he be able to match his stunning achievements of the last couple of years?

    Also, how seriously will this damage his chances of landing a fifth consecutive Ballon d'Or? If he is not favourite to win it, who is? Let us know, #bbcsportsday and have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  48. 1329: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass believes Saturday's 3-1 win over West Ham could spark a repeat of last season's unbeaten run.

    The Canaries went 10 games without defeat between the end of October and mid-December in the 2012-13 campaign.

    "It was this time last year, against Arsenal, that was a turning point in our season," Scotland international Snodgrass told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  49.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ayodele Oyewale: "I'm sure the winner of the league this season won't have more than 80 points."

    El Presidente: "It always amuses me when people write a team off after a month, but now look, Manchester United now back in the thick of it!"

    Ross Parker: "Frightening how Chelsea & Man Utd have been fairly poor so far, yet sit only 4 and 5 pts behind leaders Arsenal respectively."

  50. 1319: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Vunipola started in England's win over Australia but the knee ligament strain meant he missed Saturday's success over Argentina and Wasps prop Matt Mullan was added to the squad on Sunday.

  51. 1314: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England prop Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of Saturday's game against New Zealand with a knee injury.

  52. 1309: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Northampton Saints coach Alex King says centre Dom Waldouck is an "integral" part of their squad this season.

    The 26-year-old made his first start of the season against Gloucester in the LV= Cup where he captained Saints to victory.

    King told BBC Radio Northampton: "He just needs to play some games. I know the class he has. He works incredibly hard at his game and he's probably one of the best players in the game in terms of intelligence and his decision making. He's an integral part of this team going forward."

  53. 1302: 
    FOOTBALL

    Germany forward Miroslav Klose could miss the friendly international against England next week after suffering a shoulder injury.

    Miroslav Klose

    Klose, 35, who is Germany's joint all-time top scorer with 68 goals, was injured in Lazio's 1-1 Serie A draw against Parma on Sunday and taken off six minutes from time.

    He had only returned to action in October after undergoing foot surgery that had ruled him out for a month.

    Germany will play Italy in Milan on Friday before the meeting at Wembley four days later.

  54. 1254: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

    The 26-year-old pulled up as he tried to accelerate with the ball at his feet after only 18 minutes of the weekend game against Real Betis.

  55. 1248: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley says the number of surprise results in the Premier League this season made it even more important for his side to beat Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    "Seeing the weekend's results, we knew it was an extra important three points," said Cleverley.

    "We didn't want the league leaders to go 11 points ahead of us. Now we are back in the mix.

    "We are ahead of City and not far behind Chelsea. We have also played some very tough games out of our opening 11. I am sure now we can get a run together and get right up to the top again."

  56.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Andy Robinson: "Think Southampton are the Swansea of last season and will possibly get Europa League! Great to see someone different up there!"

    Ed Barrett: "Southampton's next 6 games will tell everyone whereabouts they will be this season."

    Tom Croft: "Arsenal are strong, Utd have luck, City and Chelsea cash to burn, Spurs inconsistent, Liverpool look the part, will be close!"

  57. 1238: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andros Townsend is looking forward to building on the promising start to his England career in the Wembley friendlies against Chile on Friday and Germany next Tuesday.

    "I had a fantastic first two caps for England," said the 22-year-old Spurs star. "Now it is a chance for me to go away again and prove myself in front of the manager.

    "There aren't too many opportunities now to play for England between now and when he picks the squad so I have two games where I have to force my way on to the plane and that is what I will look to do whenever I am given the chance."

  58. 1230: 
    OLYMPICS

    Stockholm will announce their plans to bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics later on Monday.

    The deadline for applicant cities to present their bids is Thursday with the host city to be decided in July 2015.

    Beijing, Lviv (Ukraine), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Krakow (with events held in other Polish locations and in neighbouring Slovakia) have already said they will be bidding while Oslo is also set to bid.

    Stockholm hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics.

  59. 1219: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2008
    John Metgod

    Dutchman John Metgod was unveiled as Portsmouth's first-team coach. Both he and manager Tony Adams were dismissed less than four months later.

  60. 1217: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andros Townsend is certain Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham side will improve as the new players continue to settle in to the squad.

    Spurs lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle on Sunday despite dominating for large periods of the match.

    Townsend says: "We are a relatively new side, we are a young side and we are still getting to know each other and learn each other's games. Goals will come I'm sure of it - hopefully sooner rather than later."

  61.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Lots of you have taken to Facebook to give your views on the Premier League season so far, and just how unpredictable it has been.

    James Alexander Barlow: It's a far cry from 5-6 years ago. It is much better, the other leagues in England are the same too.

    Allan Ace Zamaronavich: Southampton dark horses of the season...I was so impressed with them. Those English youngsters are a force to be reckoned with but it Is sad to see that it took a non English speaking foreign manager to find the best English talent.

    Jason Darroch: It pains me to say it but if anyone finishes above chelsea they will win it.

  62. 1157: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England Women's head coach Gary Street has made a number of changes for Wednesday's Autumn International clash against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop.

    After Saturday's impressive 40-20 defeat of France at Twickenham Stadium, Street has chosen to rotate his squad significantly giving starts to Worcester's Lydia Thompson and Wasps' Michaela Staniford on the wings.

    Richmond's Abigail Chamberlain comes in at centre and Natasha Hunt at scrum-half. Bristol's Amber Reed also moves to fullback to cover for the injured Kay Wilson whilst Claire Allan is unavailable for selection because of work commitments.

    England Women starting XV: Backs: Reed, Thompson, Chamberlain, Burford, Staniford, Mclean, Hunt; forwards: Purdy, Fleetwood, Hemming, Taylor, Burnfield, Gallagher, Packer, Millar-Mills. Replacements: Croker, Clarke, Acheson, Essex, Alphonsi, Mason, Large, Laybourn.

  63. 1152:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "Against the Arsenal, Manchester United had the least possession (39.87%) and worst passing accuracy (75.87) of any of their Premier League games this season.

    "United also played their lowest number of passes (344) in any league game at Old Trafford for seven years, since a draw with Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash in November 2006, when they played 310.

    "So the question is, how did they still manage to get their most significant win since David Moyes took charge against the most in-form team in the country, who were fresh from beating Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday and had won 14 of their last 15 away games in all competitions?"

    Find out how United beat leaders Arsenal with so little possession on Sunday in Robbie Savage's tactics column on the BBC Sport website.

  64. 1146: 
    MOTOGP
    Marc Marquez makes his mark in MotoGP

    BBC Sport looks back at Marc Marquez's incredible 2013 season, as he won the MotoGP title in his rookie year to become the youngest ever champion.

    The 20-year-old Spaniard won six races with Repsol Honda, breaking multiple records in the process. Marquez secured the world championship at the final Grand Prix of the year in Valencia and became the first rider to win the title in his debut season since American Kenny Roberts in 1978.

    Watch a video looking back at his season, and read about the rise of motorcycling's 'smiling assassin' on the BBC Sport website.

  65. 1141: 
    FOOTBALL

    Harry Kane withdraws from the England Under-21s squad ahead of their European Championship qualifiers against Finland and San Marino due to injury.

    The 20-year-old forward featured for Tottenham as a 69th-minute substitute in their Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday but he is not fit enough to join up with the national team.

    In an unconnected move prior to Kane's withdrawal it was revealed that head coach Gareth Southgate had invited Manchester United youngster Will Keane to join the squad at the St George's Park training base at Burton-upon-Trent.

  66. 1137: 
    TENNIS

    This weekend's Davis Cup final between Serbia and the Czech Republic in Belgrade will be played on a hard surface in the 15,500-capacity Belgrade Arena Hall.

    Serbia will be led by world number two Novak Djokovic while the team also includes world number 36 Janko Tipsarevic and world number 13 doubles player Nenad Zimonjic.

    The Czech team, who will be playing in a third final in five years, will be made up of world number six Tomas Berdych as well as Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek and Jan Hajek. But their captain Jaroslav Navrail will miss the game after the 58-year-old was hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism.

  67. 1131: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE
    Rugby League

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright: Watching the USA train ahead of their Rugby League World Cup quarter-final with Australia. They're not taking it easy!

  68. 1127: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nobody can stop Southampton's run towards the top of the English Premier League, except perhaps the Saints themselves says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    The unfashionable club from England's south coast thumped Hull City 4-1 at the weekend to go third in the league. It was a fifth consecutive home win, and one which extended their unbeaten run in the top flight to eight matches.

    "The only thing that can stop us... is ourselves," Pochettino says. "We could be our own worst enemy. We need to keep working with the same work ethic and humility because we will probably be getting a lot of compliments due to how we played."

  69.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Edward Reynolds: So now that Manchester City are eighth are they in danger of dropping out of the Top four?? No, they're still title favourites!! Confused.

    Christopher York: We're a spontaneous combustion away from it being the most unpredictable season in history - money on Luis Suarez.

  70. 1116: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former assistant manager John Hartson believes Chris Coleman will sign a new contract to remain as Wales boss.

    It is understood Coleman, linked with the vacancy at Crystal Palace, is likely to continue in his Wales role.

    And Hartson, who stepped down as Wales assistant manager last week, says: "I personally think he will sign an extension with the Welsh team."

  71. 1112:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    On BBC Radio 5 live right now, Victoria Derbyshire broadcasts live from one of Rio's biggest favelas to discover what England football fans can expect at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

    Listen on the radio and online

  72. 1106: 
    ASHES- Menu mocking
    England cricket team menu

    Some section of the Australian media has taken delight in poking fun at the England cricket team's diet for the Ashes.

    The health-conscious menu includes pumpkin seed and goji berry breakfast bars or sandwiches filled with avocado, raw slaw and butterbean.

    The Sydney Morning Herald writes: "Not since Mariah Carey switched on the Christmas lights at west London's Westfield shopping centre in 2009 and demanded an accompanying fleet of 20 fluffy white kittens has there been such a fabulously risible set of demands. It's quite possible that the Poms demanded kittens too, though on available evidence one assumes they would need to be slow-baked in pomegranate molasses and forked lightly through some steamed freekeh."

  73. 1058: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    OK we have Monday's Question of Sport Teaser for you: Which six players whose surnames END in a vowel have been number one in the ATP World Tour Rankings?

    Fire over your answers to #QSTeaser and we will reveal the six at around 1400 GMT.

  74. 1050: 
    CRICKET

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers wins the toss and opted to bat in the fifth and final day-night international against Pakistan in Sharjah.

    With an unbeatable 3-1 lead, South Africa rested pace spearhead Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel as well as spinner Imran Tahir. They were replaced by Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell and Robin Peterson.

    Pakistan, who lost the first match here by one run, brought back Umar Amin in place of Asad Shafiq.

  75. 1046: 
    FOOTBALL

    Romania face Greece in the 2014 World Cup play-off without key defender Vlad Chiriches after the influential Tottenham defender suffered an injury in his club's 1-0 home deefeat to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.

    "Chiriches will miss both legs of the play-off," the Romanian Football Federation confirms.

    Romania coach Victor Piturca plans to replace the absent 23-year-old with Dragos Grigore of Dinamo Bucharest.

  76. 1041: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gareth McAuley,Chris Brunt and Michael O'Connor have been forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad for the friendly against Turkey. McAuley has withdrawn for personal reasons while Brunt (groin injury and tendonitis in knee) and O'Connor (thigh injury) are injured.

    The game against Turkey will be played on Friday 15 November at the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium.

  77. 1037: 
    TOP 10 GOALS

    The race to determine the winner of the Fifa Puskas Award for the "best goal of the year" has started, meaning fans from across the world can decide which of the 10 goals selected by Fifa will be the winner of this award.

    The 10 goals are: Peter Ankersen (10 August 2013 - Esbjerg fB v. Aarhus GF - SAS Ligaen); Lisa De Vanna (1 June 2013 - Sky Blue FC v. Boston Breakers); Antonio Di Natale (7 April 2013 - Udinese Calcio v. AC Chievo Verona - Serie A); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (13 November 2012 - Sweden v England); Panagiotis Kone (16 December 2012 - SSC Napoli v. Bologna FC 1909); Daniel Luduena (27 July 2013 - Pachuca CF v Tigres UANL); Nemanja Matic (13 January 2013 - SL Benfica v FC Porto); Louisa Necib (17 March 2013 - Olympique Lyonnais v. AS Saint-Etienne); Neymar (15 June 2013 - Brazil v Japan); Juan Manuel Olivera (28 August 2013 - Nautico v. Sport Recife)

    Videos of the 10 goals, as well as the list of scorers and the voting tool, can be found on the Fifa website.

  78. 1030: 
    DONE DEAL

    Peterborough United complete the signing of non-league hot-shot Kyle Vassell.

    The Bishop's Stortford striker has scored 16 times at Conference South level this season and the 20-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal at London Road, with the club paying an undisclosed transfer fee.

  79. 1022: 
    ASHES
    England cricketer Graeme Swann

    England players have spent part of Monday having a headshots photography session in Sydney as they build up to the second Ashes series against Australia.

    Graeme Swann is not taking quite it so seriously as his team-mates as he takes the opportunity to pull a funny face.

  80.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tony Ross: Thought Arsenal were the better side for much of the game in my view. Any talk of Man U challenging for title is premature.

    Adam Gough: Just shows that passion and belief are just as much a factor as anything else, Southampton have been fantastic so far.

    Daniel Were: Amazing how the manchester clubs switched positions.

  81. 1014: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

    The line-up for the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals will be decided later this evening when France take on Samoa in Perpignan.

    Both teams are guaranteed places in the knockout stages but the losers of the game will face a quarter-final against England in Wigan, with the winners handed the easier tie against Fiji in Warrington - and French captain Olivier Elima believes his side have a point to prove.

    "People wrote us off from the start of the tournament," he said. "The first game against Papua New Guinea we won but we didn't feel we played too well and then we lost to New Zealand. We feel like we need to go out there and show people what we can do."

    France coach Richard Agar has recalled William Barthau in place of Salford scrum-half Theo Fages for the game.

  82. 1010: 
    FOOTBALL

    Lionel Messiwas again taken off with a leg injury in Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Real Betis on Sunday.

    The 26-year-old pulled up as he tried to accelerate with the ball at his feet after only 18 minutes of the game. The Argentina international and World Player of the Year also came off in August against Atletico Madrid with a hamstring problem and injured his thigh against Almeria in September.

    "The injury to Messi doesn't have anything to do with the previous ones because it is in the other leg," says Barca coach Gerardo Martino.

  83. 1004: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manager Jim Bentley was furious with his side's sloppy start as Morecambe tamely went out of the FA Cup.

    The Shrimps were beaten 3-0 at home by fellow League Two club Southend. Bentley, whose team are fifth in the league table, tells BBC Radio Lancashire that poor preparation for the first-round tie contributed to their exit.

    "We didn't go about our business the right way from quarter past two. They steamrolled us in the first 10 minutes," says Bentley.

  84. 1001: 
    WHEELCHAIR TENNIS

    British pair Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid reach their respective finals at the end-of-season Doubles Masters in California.

    Whiley and Yui Kamiji of Japan reached the women's doubles final after beating Britain's Lucy Shuker and Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands 6-2 6-3 and will play Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa in Monday's final.

    Reid and partner Stephane Houdet from France will play in the men's doubles decider. The top seeds defeated the all-Dutch pair of Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink 6-2 6-3 in the last four and they will meet French pair Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer for the title.

  85. 0957: 
    SOUTHAMPTON FOR TITLE?
    Match of the Day 3

    MOTD3 pundits Martin Keown and Alan Shearer debate whether there could be surprise winners of this year's Premier League title.

    The unpredictable nature of the season continued this weekend with title contenders Manchester City losing 1-0 to Sunderland, while Chelsea could only salvage a point from their 2-2 draw with West Brom.

    Third-placed Southampton have taken advantage of the teams around them dropping points and Shearer says that there is a new "respect" for Saints, with Keown adding that they could have a "huge say" in deciding who will eventually become champions.

    Watch the full video on the BBC Sport website and have your say #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  86.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Gareth Lewis: Title race will take shape by new year, expect arsenal to drop away now like usual. City/Chelsea/United top 3

    Antony Gray: From the beginning of the season I said wait till 15 games to judge the premiership. 11 down it's starting to take shape.

    kDamo: Bar Southampton's continued success, haven't these other results been reasonably common in recent years?

  87. 0944: 
    CYCLING

    Cycling Australia (CA) appoint Gerry Ryan as its new president, entrusting him with the job of restoring public faith in the governing body and the sport in the wake of high-profile doping scandals.

    Owner of the professional Orica-GreenEDGE team, Ryan replaces Klaus Mueller, who stepped down in August after a tumultuous three-and-half years at the helm.

    During Mueller's time in charge, cycling grew in Australia but its image was tarnished by the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. While American Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and handed a life ban last year, Australian duo Matt White and Stephen Hodge admitted to doping during their cycling careers and quit their CA posts.

  88. 0940: 
    AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
    African Football of the Year 2013 candidates

    The five candidates for the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award have been revealed on the BBC's Newsday programme.

    Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure has made the shortlist for the fifth consecutive year and is joined by Nigerians Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi, Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon. The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 1800 GMT on 25 November to vote for their choice.

    You can either vote via the story on the BBC Sport website or by sending an SMS from your phone to +44 7786 20 20 08:

    Text 1 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Text 2 for Victor Moses

    Text 3 for John Mikel Obi

    Text 4 for Jonathan Pitroipa

    Or Text 5 for Yaya Toure

  89. 0936: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Manchester United manager David Moyes is bringing the best out of strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

    Rooney was involved in almost everything United did in their 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday, while former Gunners striker Van Persie got the decisive goal.

    Keown tells the Daily Mail: "He [Rooney] was like two players for them. He was everywhere. David Moyes has settled him down and dealt with a difficult situation. Manchester United are now getting the best out of Rooney and Van Persie and that wasn't always the case last season. The manager deserves credit for that."

  90. 0930:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    Batsman Nick Compton believes Michael Carberry will open for England in the first Ashes Test in Australia.

    Hampshire's Carberry has played a solitary Test, making 30 and 34 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2010. The left-hander scored 78 in the absence of injured Alastair Cook in the first tour match against Western Australia Chairman's XI, and 153 not out in the rain-affected second game.

    Compton tells BBC Radio 5 live: "He has deserved it, there is no doubt about it. He has had a very good career, he has a fantastic record and there is no doubt knowing him as well as I do, he will relish the chance at this age. I think there comes a time where you haven't got a lot to lose and that's probably the way he will go about it. I think he will give it everything and it sounds like he is in great form, so it sounds good for England."

  91. 0926: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Bradford agree to release Australian hooker Heath L'Estrange on compassionate grounds.

    L'Estrange, 28, who has spent the last four years with the Bulls and had another 12 months left on his contract, recently became a father for the first time and wants to bring his daughter up in Australia.

    "I would like to thank Bradford Bulls for allowing me to be released from my contract," he says.

  92. 0920: 
    FOOTBALL
    Tim Krul makes another save against Manchester City

    Tim Krul is "one of the best" Premier League goalkeepers, says Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after his Dutch stopper produced a superb display to deny Tottenham in Sunday's 1-0 victory.

    The Netherlands international, 25, made 14 saves in the match - more than any keeper in the top-flight this season.

    "He has done a few good ones for us, Tim," says Pardew. "I think he is the best Dutch goalkeeper for sure and I think he is one of the best in the league."

  93. 0918: 
    MOTOGP

    Silvano Galbusera joins Yamaha as crew chief for rider Valentino Rossi for the 2014 MotoGP season.

    The appointment follows the announcement that Jeremy Burgess would no longer continue with team following the Valencia Grand Prix weekend.

    Silvano has previously worked as crew chief and technical director in World Superbike and World Supersport, guiding riders including Troy Corser, Noriyuki Haga, Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies to multiple race wins and of course the 2009 World Superbike Championship title. For 2012 and 2013 Silvano worked with Italian Marco Melandri in BMW's World Superbike team.

  94.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alan Simon: As long as AVB insists everything's fine, Spurs are doomed. You've got to accept your shortcomings if you want to progress.

    Jack Cummins: All neutrals want to see Southampton stay in the top four, it's great to see a challenge from a team with an English core.

    Is this one of the most unpredictable Premier League seasons in history? Have your say #bbcsportsday or join the discussion on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  95. 0909: 
    TENNIS- Tim Henman Q&A

    BBC commentator Tim Henman will be answering your questions on the BBC Sport Facebook page on Monday just after 1730 GMT ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, live on BBC Three from 1930.

  96. 0905:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentTENNIS- Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal

    "This will be episode 39 of a series that doesn't look like being cancelled any time soon. It's too wonderfully unpredictable for that.

    "Nadal lost six finals in a row to Djokovic in 2011 before finding a way, either side of injury, to wrestle the tie in his favour. An improved serve, a position closer to the baseline, and a resolve to hit more rally-shortening winners have all paid dividends. His victory in this year's French Open semi-final hit Djokovic very hard, while the defeat in the US Open final made the Serb realise it was time for a change of tack.

    "So far so good - Djokovic took a lot of encouragement from winning their final in Beijing last month, and was in formidable form against Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's semi-final. That's why, indoors, he must start favourite to end the season by notching a 22nd win in a row."

  97. 0902: 
    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal will try to cap an incredible year by winning his first ATP World Tour Finals title when he meets Novak Djokovic in Monday's final (2000 GMT).

    The world's top two players will play each other for the sixth time this year and the 39th time in their careers. Nadal has won all four Grand Slams, the Davis Cup and Olympic gold, but has yet to land the season-ending title.

    "It's true that this tournament is special and I never had the chance to win here," says the Spaniard, 27.

  98. 0900: 
    ASHES

    James Anderson of England takes a catch during a nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday...

    England nets session

    ...England captain Alastair Cook waits to bat during the session.

    England nets session
  99. 0857: 
    GOLF

    European money-list leader Henrik Stenson is concerned about a nagging wrist problem and may dial down his workload ahead of this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

    The 37-year-old Swede has been troubled by the injury for three weeks and could withdraw from the pro-am in Dubai in order to make sure he is ready for the first round of the tournament on Thursday.

    "I'm going to speak to my physio and see what he wants," Stenson says.

  100. 0852: 
    FOOTBALL

    Martin O'Neill brands Paolo Di Canio, his successor as Sunderland manager, a "managerial charlatan" and mocks the Italian's bizarre attempts at man management, reports the Northern Echo.

    "Paolo stepped in there and basically, as weeks ran on, he ran out of excuses. I had a wry smile to myself. It was like a 27-year-old manager stepping in, and the first thing you do is criticise the fitness of the team beforehand," says O'Neill.

    Certain condiments were banned from the training-ground canteen by Di Canio, and O'Neill adds: "I'm hoping that at some stage or another, when John O'Shea asks me at the dinner table to pass him the tomato sauce, I will be able to dispose of it immediately. But then if I feel you can't win games without tomato sauce, I will empty it on his plate with the chips."

  101. 0846: 
    ASHES

    Michael Clarke was "devastated" by Australia's lack of success in England this summer - but will be sticking nonetheless to his same attacking instincts again in the imminent Ashes rematch.

    Clarke maintains, despite his big hundred in the drawn third Test at Emirates Old Trafford, he did not perform as well as he should last time round. His captaincy, however, drew praise from many - even on the way to Australia's 3-0 defeat.

    He says: "I understand there are times and places to put fielders on the boundary and be a little defensive throughout the game. But that doesn't mean my mind-set changes. I will be trying to win as many games as possible - and sometimes you risk losing."

  102.  
    GET INVOLVED

    ACW: It might go to the wire but United won't be involved. Goal from a set piece & holding on for the 1-0, they're still very poor.

    Chris Parker: Whoever loses out of Spurs v City will pretty much be out of it, too competitive this year - nine points is a huge margin.

    Paul Thorne: Everybody beating each other means the team that puts a run of games together is in pole position. Could be one of about six!

  103. 0837: 
    GALLAS GOING FOR GLORY
    William Gallas

    New Perth Glory A-League recruit William Gallas was presented to the media in Perth earlier on Monday morning.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea defender, 36, has officially completed his move to Glory, signing a one-year deal. "When I was with Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham, I always played with my heart. I always gave everything," he said.

    Huge crowds gathered at the airport at the weekend to welcome Gallas's arrival.

    William Gallas
  104. 0831:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Manchester United did not make a complete case for normal service being resumed by beating Arsenal - but a glance at recent results and the Premier League table suggests the obituaries can stay locked in the drawer.

    "As the title race takes shape in a season of inconsistency and unpredictability, it can be said with certainty that United have joined the battle. They are now fifth and five points behind leaders Arsenal, unbeaten in nine games in all competitions.

    "They may not be moving with the menace of old but United still sense opportunity and their own undistinguished start has not been fully punished by those they would regard as their rivals. Six points separating the top eight teams tells the tale."

    Read more from Phil McNulty in his article on the BBC Sport website.

  105.  
    GET INVOLVED

    There were some dramatic and some surprise results in the Premier League at the weekend as leaders Arsenal lost 1-0 to Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham both lost while Chelsea failed to win. Southampton, meanwhile, continued their superb start to the season with a 4-1 win over Hull, which means they are just three points behind Arsenal.

    How do you see the Premier League title race unfolding? Which teams are the genuine contenders and which will fall away? Do Arsenal have the strength in depth to challenge at the top throughout? Can Southampton sustain a top-four place all the way to the end?

    Manchester United manager David Moyes thinks this season's title race will go to the wire. Agree? Let us know your thoughts #bbcsportsday and have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  106. 0819: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Australia full-back Billy Slater was detained but released without charge by police in Manchester following a nightclub incident in the early hours of Monday morning, team management confirm.

    The Australian management are satisfied that Slater was the victim of the incident, which comes as the team prepare to begin their preparations for Saturday's quarter-final against USA in Wrexham.

  107.  
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 26, is facing an exit from Etihad Stadium as the club line up a move for Barcelona's Victor Valdes, 31. (Daily Star)

    Liverpool have joined the chase to sign Fulham's emerging French striker Moussa Dembele. The 17-year-old, signed from Paris St-Germain, is also a target for Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

    Fulham midfielder Josh Pritchard, 21, will snub a permanent move to Norway despite impressing while on loan at Tromso. (Daily Express)

    There is plenty of more gossip for you to get your teeth into on the BBC Sport website.

  108. 0812: 
    ASHES

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is a doubt for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane after scans revealed a low-grade tear in his calf.

    Prior, 31, will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow against a New South Wales XI this week as he continues his recovery ahead of the first Test on 21 November.

    He was injured in the warm-up match against Australia A on Saturday.

  109. 0809: 
    CYCLING

    Disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong tells the BBC he will testify with "100% transparency and honesty" at any future inquiry into doping.

    But the American, 42, wants assurances he will be treated fairly after admitting in January he took performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

    He argues some of those involved in cycling's culture of doping have been given "a total free pass", while others have received "the death penalty".

  110. 0806: 
    FOOTBALL
    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is predicting a close battle for the Premier League title after seeing his team beat early pacesetters Arsenal.

    United's 1-0 victory at Old Trafford moved them within five points of the Gunners, while Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all dropped points.

    "I don't think anyone's going to run away with it," says Moyes. "I think there [will be] a lot of ups and downs. It's a close-run league this year. There will be a few shocks."

  111. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Good morning! A new week and a new edition of Sportsday to brighten up your start to the day. Lots of reaction to the weekend's football to get through, while there are also a number of rugby union news conferences coming up. We'll also have the latest news from Australia ahead of the Ashes and then later Novak Djokovic takes on Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals final. First, let's have a look at the top three stories on the BBC Sport website.

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