Sportsday - Wednesday 13 November as it happened

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13 November 2013 Last updated at 18:51

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  2. 1849: 
    FORMULA ONE

    McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh thanks Sergio Perez for a statement he describes as "kind and gracious", as well as "for being a fine team member during the 2013 Formula One season".

    Perez confirmed in an open letter to his fans on Twitter he is to leave McLaren at the end of the season.

    Whitmarsh said: "There are still two grands prix yet to run this year, and our collective focus is on scoring as many points as we can in those two remaining races.

    "Checo has made many friends during his time at McLaren, and together as a team we intend to do our utmost to help him finish his year with us with two good results, especially here in Austin, where he has so many fans."

  3. 1844: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Sebastian Vettel's rivals have encouraged the booing of the four-time world champion.

    Vettel, 26, has been heckled by Formula 1 fans at many races this season.

    The German's domination and ignoring orders not to pass team-mate Mark Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix are cited as reasons for the booing.

    Horner said: "It is difficult for him to handle. Whilst he's not betrayed it, he's felt it and not understood it."

  4. 1841: 
    FOOTBALL - DONE DEAL

    League One side Gillingham sign Ipswich Town defender Elliott Hewitt on a 28-day loan deal.

    The 19-year-old right-back, who joined the Tractor Boys from Macclesfield in summer 2012, has made four appearances this season.

    The Wales Under-21 international will provide cover, with Matt Fish a long-term absentee and loanee Michael Harriman away on international duty.

  5. 1837: 
    FOOTBALL
    Manchester United's Michael Carrick

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick admits he will find it difficult to sit on the sidelines well into December as he recovers from injury.

    The 32-year-old has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an Achilles tendon problem, meaning he could miss at least six Barclays Premier League matches, two Champions League ties - one away to Bayer Leverkusen - and United's Capital Cup quarter-final at Stoke.

    "A few weeks out for me. Hate missing games!" the midfielder wrote on Twitter.

    "Not used to this injury business. Heal quick n come back stronger!!"

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    Greg Clarke: If you're one of three homegrown players and your place in the team is safe no matter what, are you going to work that hard?

    Siobhan Gallagher: The 'homegrown' quota should only include British players, not people like Januzaj who were bought at a young age.

    Oliver Viney: England way behind Germany, Spain, in helping homegrown players come through, it will bridge that gap. Yes, not all will be English but it helps.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Veteran South Africa lock Bakkies Botha is enjoying his mentoring role within the Springbok squad although he has yet to make up his mind on a long-term future with the team.

    The 34-year-old has hinted his commitments at French Top 14 side Toulon may be the deciding factor in whether his stay is a brief one or not, but for now he is revelling in his role as experienced leader.

    "Coming out of the Toulon set-up where they ask a lot of the player to here... I am just taking it week by week, I don't want to make any long-term decisions," Botha said at a press conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday."

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    SPORTSDAY

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    CRICKET

    Former England Test star Geraint Jones helped Papua New Guinea beat Ireland in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Twenty20 qualifiers.

    Papua New Guinea native Jones top-scored with 39 as they posted 161-8 from their 20 overs.

    After a decent start, the Irish innings got bogged down after the departures of William Porterfield and Paul Stirling.

    The Irish needed 24 off the last over but Gary Wilson's dismissal ended their hopes as they finished on 143-7.

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    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Kieron: If homegrown players are good enough they will break into the top EPL teams.Why dilute the quality of the league for England?

    Paul Gibbons: What is needed is better coaching at grass roots not constant blaming of foreign exports for our failures!

    Simon Aindow: If the HG players were good enough like Gerrard Owen Rooney etc they would be playing. BEtter coaching will eventually help.

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    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Glasgow City team v Arsenal: City - L Alexander, R Corsie, E Black, N Docherty, J Fishlock, S Lappin, S Crilly, D O'Sullivan, C Murray, J Love, J Nelson. SUBS: L Robertson, D Pagliarulo, L Crichton, R Littlejohn, L Ross & Danica Dalziel.

  12. 1818: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Birmingham City LFC: #BCLFC starting XI v FK Zorkiy: Spencer, Weston, Harrop, Bassett, Christiansen, Linnett, Carney, Potter, Moore, Lawley, Westwood. SUBS: Earps, Simpkins, Torkildsen, Mannion, George, Wilkinson, Haines.

  13. 1813: 
    CRICKET

    Scotland produce another comfortable warm-up victory ahead of the World Twenty20 qualifiers as they saw off Namibia with nine wickets and more than seven overs to spare.

    Calum MacLeod followed his score of 46 in the previous day's win over the United States with an unbeaten 62 to ease Scotland to victory in the United Arab Emirates.

    Scotland restricted the Africans to 116 for six in their 20 overs and recovered from an early blow in their innings when Richie Berrington was bowled out lbw for 10 runs.

    Matt Machan (43) joined MacLeod to confidently move Scotland to their target. The Scots open their qualifying campaign against Bermuda on Friday.

  14. 1804: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Arsenal FC: @ArsenalLadies team to play Glasgow City: Byrne, Scott, Houghton, Flaherty, Mitchell, Nobbs, Little, Chapman, Yankey, White, Carter.

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    FOOTBALL
    Wales manage Chris Coleman, flanked by CEO Jonathan Ford and FAW President Phil Pritchard Wales manage Chris Coleman, flanked by CEO Jonathan Ford and FAW President Phil Pritchard

    Manager Chris Coleman is the right man to lead Wales but needs the backing of the Football Association of Wales, says former boss Terry Yorath.

    It is understood Coleman, whose contract ends after the friendly with Finland on 16 November, is likely to sign a new deal.

    Yorath says Coleman should lead Wales in their 2016 Euro qualifiers.

    "Just get behind him. He is the man for the job and let him get on with it," said the former Leeds United player.

    The FAW has been in ongoing talks with Coleman, who has been linked with the vacant position at Crystal Palace.

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    CRICKET

    Hampshire's James Vince says he is not surprised by the form of county team-mate Michael Carberry in Australia.

    Batsman Carberry, 33, could be named in the England team for the opening Ashes Test after impressing on tour.

    Vince and Hampshire team-mate Danny Briggs are part of England's Performance Programme in Australia and both are delighted for Carberry.

    "To be honest, it does not really come as too much of a surprise," Vince told BBC Radio Solent.

  17. 1749: 
    WORLD CUP PLAY-OFFS
    Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    With 48 goals and seven hat-tricks between them, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have arguably been European football's form players this season.

    But only one of the forwards will be able to represent their nation at next summer's World Cup finals after Portugal and Sweden were drawn against each other in the play-offs.

    Real Madrid's Ronaldo, 28, is hoping to steer Portugal to their sixth finals, while 32-year-old Paris St-Germain man Ibrahimovic is aiming for his third finals after Sweden missed out on a place at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

    "With the squad and the individuals they have, Portugal are naturally the favourites," Ibrahimovic said ahead of Friday's first leg in Lisbon.

  18. 1744: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Casey Stoney, of England and Lincoln: It's a pleasure and an honour to be the first ever female to be appointed on the @PFA Management Committee. It's great to be on board.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Uncapped teenage lock Jonny Gray joins brother Richie in Scotland's 23-man squad to face South Africa in Sunday's test match at Murrayfield.

    The 19-year-old is named among the substitutes but should he play he will become one of 47 sets of brothers capped by Scotland, who make six changes to the side that started last weekend's 42-17 victory over Japan.

  20. 1728: 
    ASHES

    BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold: "I've been watching Jonny Bairstow all day and he has been springing about in the field all day. It's been a hot day but he's kept very tidily. He's shown a lot of energy, despite it being a hard afternoon for England."

    England's bowlers were frustrated on the first day of their final Ashes warm-up match against an Australian Invitational XI in Sydney. Stuart Broad took three wickets and Steven Finn two as England reduced the hosts to 93-5.

  21. 1724: 
    ENGLAND
    England's Jay Rodriguez

    Jay Rodriguez wants to force his way into Roy Hodgson's World Cup plans by impressing the England manager over the next seven days.

    "I need to try and impress, work as hard as I can and see how this week goes and try to make an impression," the striker, 24, told FA TV.

    "Every player wants to work towards (an England call-up). To represent your country is the best thing to do in your career.

    "I just wanted to work hard, get my head down and try to improve and then my form would hopefully see me sneak in."

  22. 1716: 
    FOOTBALL

    Clarke Carlisle: "Thanks to all of the @pfa staff for their support over the last 3 years, some great people who I'm privileged to work with.

    "Best wishes to @ritchiehumphs as he begins his tenure as @pfa chairman. The game is in good hands! My phone is always on Mr. Chairman!"

    Chesterfield's Ritchie Humphreys will succeed Clarke Carlisle as chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association in November.

  23. 1708: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    Double Paralympic swimming champion Heather Frederiksen has retired at the age of 27.

    Frederiksen was a talented able-bodied open water swimmer but was left paralysed after an accident in 2004.

    The Lancashire woman returned to Paralympic competition in 2007 and won gold in the S8 100m backstroke in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 as well as five Paralympic silvers and a bronze.

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    Jay: Ironic that so many people want English players to develop but keep criticizing the most successful club that does it.

    Sam Cox: Homegrown quota is a terrible idea, will drag down Premier League quality rather than improve British players at all.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

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    FOOTBALL

    Wales add Lewis Price, Owain Tudur Jones and Emyr Huws to their squad for Saturday's friendly against Finland at Cardiff City Stadium.

    Crystal Palace goalkeeper Price and midfield duo Jones and Huws, of Hibernian and Manchester City respectively, have been called up after Boaz Myhill, David Vaughan and Andrew Crofts pulled out.

    West Ham midfielder Jack Collison was also drafted in on Tuesday.

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    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-5 Uruguay

    A brilliant way for the visitors to cap a dominating performance. Edinson Cavani fires a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to leave the second leg in Montevideo a mere formality.

    The final whistle goes to put Jordan out of their misery.

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    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL
    Karen Carney

    Birmingham midfielder Karen Carney: Me and the mascot are here.

    Birmingham City entertain Russian side FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk in their Uefa Women's Champions League last-16 second leg ti this evening. They are winning 2-0 after the first leg in Moscow.

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    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-4 Uruguay

    It gets worse for Jordan as Cristian Rodriguez is left unmarked to fire Uruguay into a 4-0 lead. There are still 12 minutes left for more damage to be done to the hosts.

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    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-3 Uruguay
    Egidio Arevalo

    Uruguay are surely Brazil-bound now.

    Edinson Cavani does well to round Jordan's goalkeeper before pulling the ball back from the bye-line. His pass misses Luis Suarez, his intended target, but finds Nicolas Lodeiro who curls his shot into the top corner from 12 yards.

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    FOOTBALL

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez warns striker Apostolos Vellios his reluctance to go out on loan has hindered his development.

    The 21-year-old made only six appearances last season, did not feature after 12 January and has not featured for either the first team or the under-21s this season.

    "Going out on loan is something we're going to assess but it comes down to if the player is open to do that and in the past it doesn't seem like that was something he was ready to consider," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

    "He's at the stage now where he needs to be playing 90 minutes and start developing his decision-making over 90 minutes. If he does that I could see him having a role in the first team."

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    CRICKET

    A bowler who breaks the stumps in their delivery stride will have bowled a no-ball under a new rule being applied to English domestic cricket next season.

    Previously, a dead-ball was called when the bails at the non-striker's end were knocked off by a bowler.

    The rule was changed from October 1 by Marylebone Cricket Club, which writes the laws of the game, after England's Steven Finn was repeatedly affected.

    It was applied to internationals by the International Cricket Council in April.

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    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-2 Uruguay
    Uruguay

    Uruguay look on course for the World Cup in Brazil, with Christian Stuani doubling their advantage at Jordan.

  33. 1610: 
    ENGLAND
    Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend

    Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend warm up during a training session at Arsenal"s training ground, London Colney, ahead of Friday's friendly with Chile.

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    FOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace goalkeeper Lewis Price is called up to the Wales squad in place of the injured Boaz Myhill.

    West Bromwich Albion keeper Myhill withdrew from the squad on Tuesday with an Achillies injury.

    Wales play Finland at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

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    Jon Carter: Man Utd have had 4+ players eligible for England in their matchday squads in every Premier League game this season.

    Mistergoon: Instead of limiting foreigners, look at the problem internally. Grow youth to be better, it will change by itself on merit.

    Richie Mohanty: English youngsters should go abroad and expand their outlook. Just consider the case of Belgium, its players and its leagues.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  36. 1553: 
    ROY KEANE PRESS CONFERENCE

    Republic of Ireland manager Roy Keane: "We have got some really good players and sometimes the players themselves are the last to realise how good they are."

    "But obviously there is a way of speaking to people I understand that, there's a way of getting that message across and how you put the demands on them."

    "You have to speak to people with respect and hopefully the players from the last few days will appreciate that. But also knowing I need to step back as well and let Martin run the show. I am here to help. "

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    CRICKET
    Sachin Tendulkar

    Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is poised for an emotional farewell when his 200th and final Test gets under way in his home city of Mumbai on Thursday.

    The 40-year-old record run-scorer in Tests and one-day internationals will quit all cricket after India's second Test against West Indies.

    Tendulkar has scored an unprecedented 100 international hundreds in his 24-year career and helped India win the World Cup in 2011.

  38. 1537: 
    FOOTBALL

    Jamaica and Kenya risk being banned from future Olympic Games International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has warned.

    Both nations' testing is being examined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

    "The Wada code is very clear," Bach told BBC Sport. "Countries which are not compliant can be excluded from events including the Olympic Games."

    Sprinter Asafa Powell is one of several Jamaicans to test positive recently.

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    FOOTBALL

    With 48 goals and seven hat-tricks between them, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have arguably been European football's form players this season.

    But only one of the forwards will be able to represent their nation at next summer's World Cup finals after Portugal and Sweden were drawn against each other in the play-offs.

    Real Madrid's Ronaldo, 28, is hoping to steer Portugal to their sixth finals, while 32-year-old Paris St-Germain man Ibrahimovic is aiming for his third finals after Sweden missed out on a place at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

    "With the squad and the individuals they have, Portugal are naturally the favourites," Ibrahimovic said ahead of Friday's first leg in Lisbon.

  40. 1524: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-1 Uruguay

    Uruguay take the lead though Maximiliano Pereira's third international goal. The Benfica wingback tapped home from close range after Jordan's defence were caught napping. The home crowd have gone very quiet all of a sudden.

  41. 1521: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Steffon Armitage signs a contract extension with European champions Toulon until the summer of 2017.

    The flanker won the last of his 5 England caps in 2010, but as it stands Stuart Lancaster won't pick anyone playing overseas.

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    Juliette Ferrington, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Roy Keane

    "Roy Keane on very good form: 'Martin O'Neill makes me look like Mother Teresa!'".

  43. 1510: 
    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-0 Uruguay
    Jordan fans

    The Jordan fans are creating a good atmosphere at the start of this World Cup qualifying play-off at hom eot Uruguay. Suarez has blasted over from close range but the hosts are now over awed by the task ahead.

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    FOOTBALL

    Michael O'Neill believes Friday's friendly international in Turkey will give Northern Ireland's fringe players the chance to show what they can do ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Several established players, like Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty are missing from the game in Ardana.

    O'Neill said his young side would face a tough test against top-class opposition in Turkey.

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    WORLD CUP QUALIFIER FIRST LEG- Jordan 0-0 Uruguay

    Uruguay are kicking-off their World Cup qualifier first leg at Jordan now.

    The visitors boast Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in attack and are 50 places above their opponents in the Fifa rankings.

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    Daniel Bourn: Seems a bit strange that it has nothing to do with England players, but could stop Chelsea and Man city buying success.

    Adan Freeman: People aren't interested in the national teams because of the poor standard of Home Grown players. Fully behind 3 HG players.

    Bob Waters: Man Utd ARE doing this, Rooney, Welbeck, Jones, Smalling, Carrick, Cleverly all regulars in the team, with Zaha soon to follow.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

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    CRICKET

    Scotland open their World Twenty20 qualifying campaign against Bermuda on Friday, the first of seven group games in the United Arab Emirates.

    Six out of 16 teams in the tournament will progress to next year's finals in Bangladesh.

    Scotland warmed up by defeating the United States by seven wickets in Dubai on Tuesday and Namibia were beaten by nine wickets in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

    Opener Calum MacLeod made 46 and 62 not out, respectively, in those wins.

  48. 1451: 
    ROY KEANE NEWS CONFERENCE
    Martin O'Neill & Roy Keane

    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane: "I know how hard it is when you're a manager. My role is to assist Martin and to help him and that's the role I've got. I'm just focussing on the now.

    "The last few days have been amazing, the hotel has been great, we've had bibs and footballs so things are definitely on the up."

  49. 1444: 
    ROY KEANE NEWS CONFERENCE

    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane: "I think when you're a manager you are always learning. It will give me an opportunity of getting more hands on with players. Martin will ultimately pick the team but hopefully he will listen to my ideas.

    "Being more hands on obviously attracted me to the job. I'm under no illusions I have lots to learn and this gives me that as well as bringing something to the team.

    "I think it's frustrating for a lot of managers who are out of the game. I felt clubs should have given me an opportunity in England but a lot of coaches say that and I know you have to be patient.

    "I would have been crazy to turn it down. There was nothing to discuss."

  50. 1440: 
    ROY KEANE NEWS CONFERENCE

    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane:

    "It's a big commitment. You have to focus, watch lots of matches in different environments.

    "Everyone needs a bit of luck, but you need to get the results too. Sometimes players need new ideas, a new voice, a change of environment and that's our job now.

    "We're certainly not a pals act, but working with Martin will be a good experience for me. Some would see me as a threat or a troublemaker but Martin has seen something in me that can help him."

  51. 1434: 
    ROY KEANE NEWS CONFERENCE
    Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

    More from Roy Keane's news conference as Republic of Ireland assistant manager:

    "I can bring lots of experience, lots of knowledge , I set high standards. Hopefully the players will enjoy working with me, I've played at a decent level and managed at a decent level.

    "We can do something with this group of players, I've managed quite a few of them. We are trying to get a winning team together. If we don't get the results then we know what's coming, that's the nature of the game."

    "We're certainly not buddies but we will work well together."

  52. 1432: 
    ROY KEANE NEWS CONFERENCE
    Roy Keane

    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at a news conference:

    "I've always had an open mind. It fell in nicely it was with Martin O'Neill and being back involved with the Irish team. Too good to turn it down.

    "One of my strong points is when I meet up with people, I have had disagreements with in the past, I am happy to move on pretty quickly.

    "We wanted what was good for Irish football, the past is the past. Very, very straight forward. It is about the future, today. If we can do our jobs properly hopefully people will get behind the team. I am not here to change anyone's opinions about me. "

  53. 1423: 
    ENGLAND
    England's Phil Jones

    Manchester United's Phil Jones feels his versatility can only help his England World Cup dream.

    The 21-year-old former Blackburn trainee has this season been utilised in both his prefered central-defensive role and also as a holding midfielder by new United boss David Moyes.

    "I can play in a number of positions, so it is up to the manager to decide that," he said.

    "I see it as an advantage that I can play in a few positions. Hopefully I can make use of that."

  54. 1418: 
    FOOTBALL

    Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi has tonsillitis and is expected to miss the friendly against Germany in Milan on Friday.

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    Paul Ashley Briggs: The influx of foreign juniors has undermined English youth who are lost from the system disheartened.

    Alex Shilling: Premier League has been great for years- England national team has been below par for years. Time may have come to choose between them.

    Jacob Savage: Homegrown means nothing regarding England. Szceszny, Rafael, Weimann, Clichy, Bendtner are 'homegrown'. How does that help England?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  56. 1415: 
    CRICKET

    Nottinghamshire sign Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the 2014 season.

    Siddle has no conflicting international commitments and will be available for all of Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship and 50-over matches but won't feature in twenty20 games.

    He has taken 167 wickets in 46 Test Matches for Australia and will go head to head with Nottinghamshire duo Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad when the battle for the Ashes resumes next week.

  57. 1410: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Glasgow City captain Rachel Corsie is hopeful they can progress to the last eight of the Champions League with a comeback against Arsenal at Petershill tonight.

    City trail the 3-0 from the first leg of their last 16 tie at Barnet and Corsie feels the Scots need to prove they belong in the competition.

    "I think it's possible," said Corsie. "It's a big ask, they're a good side. To score four goals against them will be extremely tough, but it's something we have to believe in."

  58. 1408: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aberdeen midfielder Willo Flood faces up to six weeks out with a hamstring tear.

    Flood went off in the first half of his side's 3-1 defeat by Hearts on Saturday and scans showed he had suffered a "small tear to his hamstring" that will keep him out for four to six weeks.

    The Irishman has already had a similar lay-off this season with a hamstring injury, missing the whole of September.

  59. 1404: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fifa's secretary general Jerome Valcke, the man charged with leading the review into whether the World Cup in Qatar should be moved to November and December, has met with the Premier League.

    Valcke is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: "I can tell you that, with the Premier League, we are close to an understanding."

  60. 1357: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Midfielder Jill Scott has decided to leave Everton following the expiration of her contract.

    As captain, Jill made 20 appearances during the 2013 campaign, while also participating in the European Championships for England.

  61. 1352: 
    FOOTBALL
    Republic of Ireland

    More from Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman on the new management team of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane ahead of Friday's home friendly against Latvia:

    "We were delighted. Their reputations speak for themselves. They are two great people, great managers and I am really looking forward to it."

    "I think everyone will probably remember his (Keane's) game against Juventus where he got the yellow card and he dragged them through to the final. I suppose that's the one that stands out, but nearly every game he played he was brilliant. It's just great to have someone like that we can learn from."

  62. 1346: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rene Meulensteen is appointed Fulham's head coach alongside manager Martin Jol.

    Fulham's chief executive officer, Alistair Mackintosh said: "We're all delighted to welcome Rene to Fulham. There was always going to be a battle for Rene's services and, with the assistance of our chairman Shahid Khan, we've been able to bring one of the best coaches in the world to Fulham."

    Meulensteen added: "I was impressed by the vision of Shahid Khan and Alistair Mackintosh. I've spent many hours talking with Martin Jol and we share a vision of how football should be played and how players should be developed. It's our job to make sure we can bring this vision to life on the pitch for the fans."

  63. 1342: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen is appointed Fulham's head coach.

    Meulensteen joins the club with immediate effect working alongside manager Martin Jol.

    Meulensteen had worked at Manchester United for more than a decade and alongside Sir Alex Ferguson during a second spell at Old Trafford between 2007 and last summer.

  64. 1339: 
    FOOTBALL

    Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman on the new management team of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane ahead of Friday's home friendly against Latvia:

    "We all have a point to prove and hopefully can impress them and stay in the team," he told BBC Sport.

    "Just like any manager and assistant manager, they have both taken part in their own bits of the session. Roy has taken part in some and Martin so I'm sure it will be good.

    "Over the coming months we will learn a lot from them."

  65. 1333: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    The 2013 Rugby League World Cup is shaping up to be a success on and off the field.

    The quarter-finals start on Friday, with holders New Zealand taking on Scotland before England meet France the following day.

    Australia face the USA earlier on Saturday, with South Pacific neighbours Samoa and Fiji meeting on Sunday.

    Here commentator Dave Woods, Salford coach Brian Noble, former New Zealand international Robbie Hunter-Paul and Eorl Crabtree, of Huddersfield Giants, give their verdicts on the competition so far.

  66. 1327: 
    RUGBY UNION

    The International Rugby Board announces that head of Rugby World Cup Kit McConnell is to leave the global governing body to join the International Olympic Committee as sports director.

    McConnell says: "It has been a wonderful 10 years at the IRB and it has been an honour and a privilege to have worked alongside so many talented and dedicated people to help deliver some very special Rugby World Cups in Australia, France and New Zealand that have played a major part in the growth and profile of rugby worldwide."

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    jason gathry: Homegrown player rule would bring the quality of the football down. We can't even find 11 good players for the national side.

    Allen Green: Stop panicking, the academies of Saints, Leeds, Everton, West Ham, Man Utd & Man City have always served us well, give it time.

    Adan Freeman: People aren't interested in the national teams because of the poor standard of homegrown players. Fully behind three HG players.

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  68. 1315: 
    CYCLING

    British Cycling launches its four-year strategy detailing its ambitions through to 2017.

    The main commitments are:

    A push for greater sustainability with an increased volunteer workforce and continuing to grow the membership.

    To increase the medal tally of the British team's performance in London - a feat not achieved by a host nation to date in the history of the Games.

    By 2017, increasing once-a-week participation by 125,000.

    Addressing the gender gap in cycling with an ambitious target of getting one million more women cycling by 2020.

  69. 1310: 
    FOOTBALL
    Aitor Karanka and Steve Gibson

    New Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka believes the time is right to step out of Jose Mourinho's shadow after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Tony Mowbray at the Riverside Stadium.

    Karanka worked for three years under Mourinho at Real Madrid before leaving the club when the Portuguese departed to rejoin Chelsea in the summer.

    "I have been three years with Jose Mourinho and he was supporting me every day. I learned from him and his staff and I think I am ready to start," he said.

    "You can learn everything from him on the pitch and off the pitch and in the training room, he's great - he's the one."

  70. 1305: 
    COUNTY CRICKET

    Kent Cricket: We are delighted to announce the 2014 club captain is Rob Key, with Sam Northeast as vice-captain.

  71. 1302: 
    FOOTBALL

    Al Ahly announce they will sell Ahmed Abdul Zaher after the striker's gesture of support for ousted Egypt President Mohammed Morsi.

    Zaher had already been suspended by the club for making a four-fingered salute after scoring in Sunday's 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the Champions League final second leg in Cairo.

    Ahly have also fined Mohammed Aboutrika for not collecting his winner's medal.

    The midfielder has been told to pay 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($7,250).

  72. 1256: 
    WORLD CUP PLAY-OFFS

    With the group stages of qualifying over, the final 11 teams at next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil will be decided this week in the play-offs.

    Next summer's tournament will feature 32 teams, with the draw for eight groups of four to take place at the Costa do Sauipe resort in the Brazilian state of Bahia on 6 December.

    BBC Sport takes a look at the definite qualifiers and the play-off contenders across the six Fifa confederations.

  73. 1252: 
    FOOTBALL

    Forward Miroslav Klose is ruled out of Germany's upcoming friendlies against Italy and England while defender Per Mertesacker will also miss the game in Milan on Friday but will be fit for their trip to London next week.

    Klose, who returned to action in October after a month-long injury break, picked up a shoulder injury in Lazio's 1-1 draw against Parma in Italy's Serie A on Sunday.

  74. 1247: 
    ENGLAND

    Southampton striker Rickie Lambert thinks Chile striker Alexis Sanchez has done England's team-talk for them by branding Roy Hodgson's squad "soft".

    Sanchez, who plays for Barcelona, suggested in an interview with the Daily Express that England players are "soft" because of their pampered lifestyles.

    Lambert said: "You can't really buy motivation like that to be honest.

    "It is his opinion, and we will take it on board. We will be looking forward to the game on Friday."

  75.  
    GET INVOLVED- BBC Sport Facebook

    FC Barcelona Global Fans: Football is a Universal sport - Everyone one should have the right to play regardless where there are from!

    Lucas Meagor: Agree. Football has become too commercial - the club should reflect its nationality and don't find the champions league of interest as its full of clubs who aren't champions! Liverpool haven't won the title in 20years yet have won the champions league! Makes no sense.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  76. 1233: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United forward Will Keane could join Wigan on loan before the visit of Brighton in 10 days' time, reports the Wigan Evening Post.

  77. 1227: 
    ASHES

    England bowler Stuart Broad: Shark Diving. Speak to me Aussies?! Worth a go? @MattPrior13 trying to convince me....

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior: @StuartBroad8 You made me jump off a flipping bridge in New Zealand...we're going swimming with great whites Stuart...deal with it!

  78. 1220: 
    CHILDREN IN NEED
    Test Match Special

    The Test Match Special team invite you to eat cake with the stars of the iconic radio programme at a Test match.

    This is the chance for you and one guest to enjoy a day at a UK Test with complimentary tickets, visit the Test Match Special box to meet some of the commentary team, including Jonathan "Aggers" Agnew, enjoy a slice of cake with the team and receive a signed memento of the day and take home a Radio 4/Children in Need souvenir.

    You can bid for the prize via ebay with 100% of the final sale price supporting BBC Children in Need.

  79. 1213: 
    FOOTBALL- World Cup play-offs

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Paris St-Germain's Edinson Cavani are expected to spearhead Uruguay's attack in this afternoon's World Cup qualifying play-off first leg in Jordan (kick-off 1500 GMT).

    The other qualifying action today is New Zealand against Mexico (kick-off 2000 GMT).

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    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Matthew Harmonyx: If this homegrown quota thing happens, Southampton might very well become the dominant force in European football.

    AJ Johnson: We should work on making players good enough to play rather than forcing clubs to play them, cream rises to the top.

    Luke Sivers: Don't agree with homegrown quota. Players should make it into a team by being good enough, not their nationality.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  81. 1205: 
    CRICKET
    Tendulkar

    BBC World Service's Lee James is in Mumbai for World Service for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test against West Indies on Thursday.

    He has interviewed Tendulkar's mother-in-law Annabel Mehta (above) and visited his old school (below).

    Sachin Tendulkar's old school

    Sportsworld on the BBC World Service comes live from Mumbai on Saturday from 1500 GMT-1800 GMT & Sunday 1600 GMT-1900 GMT.

  82. 1159: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies backs the Barbarians to survive for many years to come, despite the demands of the professional era.

    Davies coached the Baa-Baas against a Combined Services team on Tuesday, but his side lost 34-28 at Brickfields.

    The Baa-Baas are one of rugby's oldest institutions but heavy defeats by the British and Irish Lions and England led to speculation over their future.

    "There's a place for them as much as ever," he told BBC South West Sport.

  83. 1151: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Captain Kelly Brown drops out of the Scotland squad for Sunday's Test against South Africa.

    Greig Laidlaw will take the armband as John Barclay comes in at flanker and Brown is left out of the 23.

    Duncan Taylor replaces the injured Matt Scott while props Alasdair Dickinson and Moray Low come into the pack along with lock Jim Hamilton.

  84. 1149: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    It is that time of day again when we test your sporting knowledge.

    Today's Question of Sport teaser is: Who were the five try-scorers when England played New Zealand last year at Twickenham?

    The answers will be revealed later.

  85. 1144: 
    WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Glasgow City v Arsenal (1900 GMT)

    Glasgow City captain Rachel Corsie is hopeful they can progress to the last eight of the Champions League as they face Arsenal at Petershill.

    City trail 3-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie at Barnet and Corsie feels the Scots need to prove they belong in the competition.

    "I think it's possible," said Corsie. "It's a big ask, they're a good side.

    "To score four goals against them will be extremely tough, but it's something we have to believe in."

  86. 1134: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    England captain Steven Gerrard and defender Kyle Walker will miss England's friendly against Chile on Friday through injury.

    Midfielder Gerrard aggravated a hip injury in Liverpool's win over Fulham on Saturday, while Spurs right-back Walker was missing from England training on Wednesday.

    But Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who had been feeling unwell, has trained with his international team-mates.

    Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck have already withdrawn from the squad.

  87. 1130: 
    ENGLAND
    Joe Hart, John Ruddy and Fraser Forster

    The FA: England's three keepers Joe Hart, John Ruddy and Fraser Forster prepare for training at London Colney.

  88. 1123: 
    ENGLAND

    BBC News Sports Correspondent Natalie Pirks: "Lampard has a cold confirms Hodgson - but not the dreaded St George's bug! He won't complete full training."

  89. 1117:  
    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live commentatorFOOTBALL

    "England captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Kyle Walker missed training this morning."

  90. 1113: 
    FOOTBALL- Who is Aitor Karanka?
    Aitor Karanka

    The new Middlesbrough boss was born in Vitoria, Spain in 1973.

    A defender, he won one cap for Spain and played primarily for Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, also having a spell with Colorado Rapids.

    Karanka served as Jose Mourinho's assistant at the Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013.

  91. 1109: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi on being ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury:

    The Argentine said on his Facebook page: "As many of you know, over the next few weeks I will be working full-time on the recovery of this new injury, for me it is a pity not to play with my team right now... Now the most important is to be recovered well for helping my team-mates and for giving back all the support you've given to me in the best way I know how to do, playing football. Thank you for your messages!"

  92. 1101: 
    FOOTBALL
    Ireland fans

    Republic of Ireland fans wait outside the team's training base to greet new assistant manager Roy Keane.

  93.  
    GET INVOLVED- BBC Sport Facebook

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Simon Jordan: That is easy for Southampton FC to do, Lambert, Lallana, Clyne, Shaw, Ward Prowse, Rodriguez all started last Saturday along with Chambers and Cork on the bench. If the PFA are serious about this how about making it 7 in the match day squad!

    Christopher Victor Taylor: Nonsense, if we are being honest International football is now a big turn off and the FA needs to realise that club football is a bigger draw. I certainly have no interest in International football so this idea for me is a non starter.

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  94. 1052: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Jonathan Davies Wales

    Wales will benefit from Jonathan Davies's move to France, says his international team-mate Luke Charteris.

    British and Irish Lions centre Davies is out of contract with the Scarlets at the end of the season and has signed a two-year deal with Clermont Auvergne.

    Charteris, who joined Perpignan from Newport Gwent Dragons in 2012, believes the 25-year-old will thrive.

    "I think a season over there [in France] and he'll come on leaps and bounds again," said lock Charteris.

  95. 1046: 
    FOOTBALL

    Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson: "Football isn't foreign anymore - it's global. We're searching for a first-class coach and that can't be in our backyard."

    "I was very fond of Tony [Mowbray] and I knew his attributes, but in this game you're driven by results and there became an inevitability about it."

  96. 1045: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aitor Karanka, after being named as the new head coach of Championship side Middlesbrough: "It is a very important day for me. It's my first job and it's the best thing I can do to find a club that feels like a family with big facilities, stadium and supporters.

    "It's my time. I have been three years with Jose Mourinho and he was supporting me every day and I learned along with him. You can learn everything from him - he's great, he's the one.

    "He is the person who has supported me and I have spoken with him and he recommended me to come here and he believed in this project like me."

  97. 1044: 
    ENGLAND
    Rickie Lambert

    England striker Rickie Lambert on his Southampton team-mates Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana being included in the squad for friendlies against Chile on Friday and Germany on Tuesday:

    "They have been superb. Rightly deserved. I am sure they will get a cap sooner than later. "

  98. 1036: 
    FOOTBALL

    Middlesbrough confirm the appointment of Aitor Karanka as their new head coach.

    The 40-year-old former Real Madrid defender, and Jose Mourinho's former assistant at Real, takes over from Tony Mowbray who left the club in October.

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    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Ayodeji Oluyede: Ever wondered why English players are avoided by big teams? So overated, expensive and less committed after hype by the media.

    Josh Davies: Man Utd could meet these PFA guidelines by playing Evans, Fletcher and Januzaj. Exactly how would that help England?

    Mark Hibbitt: National football is dead. Look at the withdrawals at friendlies. Players only play WC to increase resale value and wages.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  100. 1029: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish stalwart Declan Danaher says he is now ready to contemplate retirement and no longer dreads the day when his 14-year career ends.

    The 33-year-old is set to play his 270th game for the Exiles this weekend.

    And he has hinted this will be his last season before he takes up a full-time role coaching the Exiles academy.

    "I'm not dreading it. I think in my mid-20s, or heading towards my 30s, I was in denial, but I've come to terms with it now," he told BBC Berkshire.

  101. 1024:  
    Juliette Ferrington, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Roy Keane

    "Roy Keane is up and about early at the Republic's training camp once again. He's got his news conference later but was happy to sign autographs and have pictures taken with fans at the training ground this morning."

  102. 1016:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "As England's players trained on the Copacabana sands and soaked up the history of Rio's iconic Maracana Stadium in the May sunshine, the idea of not returning to Brazil a year later for the 2014 World Cup grew ever more unthinkable.

    "The departing Football Association chairman David Bernstein also looked out across the sprawling city that so many regard as the game's natural home and admitted it would be "a huge national disappointment" should England fail to reach next summer's showpiece.

    "Bernstein's words can be taken as an understatement. They certainly would be by more than 54,000 English people who have already applied to Fifa for World Cup tickets.

    "And yet, as manager Roy Hodgson's side prepare for their two final qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley, no firm plans can yet be made for next summer."

  103. 1008:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES
    Steven Finn

    "Steven Finn doesn't look rhythmic to me, he's down on pace. If you compare him with Stuart Broad, he's found a really nice rhythm. It's really hard to call who will get that third seamer's spot. You feel that nobody has staked their claim yet and one good spell could propel Finn, Boyd Rankin or Chris Tremlett into the team."

    England's bowlers were frustrated on the first day of their final Ashes warm-up match against an Australian Invitational XI in Sydney. Stuart Broad took three wickets and Steven Finn two as England reduced the hosts to 93-5.

  104. 1000: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Manchester United confirm midfielder Michael Carrick will be out for four to six weeks with an Achilles injury.

  105. 0956:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis on international friendlies:

    "I'd have one weekend a month off free to allow Roy Hodgson to have the players off for at least three days, instead of playing what are real, real friendly games I don't think you get anything out of."

  106. 0950: 
    WINTER SPORTS

    British figure skater Nick Buckland has a heart operation only three months before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Buckland, who is set to compete in the ice dance alongside Penny Coomes, revealed earlier this month he required surgery.

    "They found readings that I was told were potentially dangerous," the 24-year-old wrote in his Metro column.

    "I was amazed at how soon I was able to get back on the ice."

  107. 0946: 
    BASKETBALL

    Harlem Globetrotters' Bull Bullard accidently brings down the basket and shatters the backboard in an accident at an exhibition in Honduras.

    The 6ft 4in guard cut his forehead in the injury but left the court unaided after treatment and later return to courtside. See the video clip here.

    Available to UK users only.

  108. 0940: 
    SWIMMING
    Keri-Anne Payne

    Former world champion Keri-Anne Payne and European gold medallist Elizabeth Simmonds lose their personal funding for 2014.

    Simmonds failed to qualify for this year's World Championships, while Payne was 14th in the 10km open water event.

    Only 62 swimmers will get funding, compared to 97 who were supported in the build-up to London 2012.

    Swimming received a £4m cut to its Olympic funding by UK Sport after failing to meet its medal target.

  109. 0934: 
    GOLF

    Australia's Adam Scott believes he can follow his breakthrough Masters victory by becoming the dominant player in the world.

    Speaking ahead of his defence of the Australian Masters title at Royal Melbourne, world number two Scott says winning the event at Kingston Heath last year was an important step in his rise to becoming a major champion in Augusta last April.

    "People say you haven't achieved everything in golf unless you've won the Open at St Andrew's," Scott said.

    "But for an Australian I think to win a tournament at Royal Melbourne is the same kind of thing and I'd love to do that."

  110. 0926: 
    FOOTBALL
    Alexis Sanchez

    Chile forward Alexis Sanchez hits out at the culture of football in England and believes Roy Hodgson's men have no chance of glory in next year's World Cup.

    Sanchez will be the star player in the South American side's line-up when they face England in a friendly at Wembley on Friday.

    The 24-year-old recently passed 100 appearances for Spanish giants Barcelona, but says he has had to work hard to rise to the top from the streets of Chile.

    "We are a tougher team than England," he said in the Daily Express. "The problem for teams like England is that everything is so easy for them.

    "If I had failed, I would be working 15-hour days on construction sites and still not be earning enough to live. Football saved me, and I don't think any England players could say that."

  111. 0920: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barcelona midfielder Alex Song hopes his old club Arsenal have found the missing ingredient for success this season and says he would love to see them win a trophy.

    The Cameroon international would not rule out returning to the Gunners, but says he is enjoying life in Spain.

    Song's national side face a crucial World Cup qualifier against Tunisia this week, and the midfielder is desperate to qualify to make amends for a disappointing campaign in 2010.

  112. 0909: 
    WORLD CUP PLAY-OFFS- Ukraine v France (15 November)

    Ukraine manager Mykhaylo Fomenko calls the forthcoming World Cup play-offs against France the 'games of his life'.

    Asked how he intends to handle Les Bleus, particularly winger Franck Ribery, he says: "If it were possible, we would prefer to play the French reserves."

  113.  
    GET INVOLVED - #bbcsportsday

    Ben Rogers: Homegrown players don't have to be English so it won't necessarily increase the amount of young English players in the Premier League.

    Jack Cummins: Homegrown players should play if they're good enough, not because anybody says they should.

    Tunde Akere: Yeah, it will help. Its all about the manager having faith in his players, those that have there chances are doing great now.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  114. 0857: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Alex Corbisiero

    England prop Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out of Saturday's match against New Zealand after a reoccurrence of a knee injury.

    Corbisiero joins fellow loose-head Mako Vunipola on the sidelines with wings Christian Wade and Marland Yarde also out.

    Another loose-head, Joe Marler, will have to prove he has recovered from concussion in order to be considered.

    Marler was taken off at half-time in England's win over Argentina and will have to pass cognitive tests to play.

  115. 0849: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has angrily dismissed the efforts of fans to dissuade him from renaming the club.

    Supporters' organisation City Til We Die has voiced hope that the Football Association can stop the club name changing to Hull Tigers.

    "I honestly don't know why the fuss, why a small group are making all this fuss," Allam told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Nobody in the world will decide for me how I run my companies, certainly not a few hundred people."

  116. 0841:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC SportMOTORSPORT
    Amy Williams

    "One minute Amy Williams is telling me she's becoming more sensible the older she gets, the next she's telling me of her plans to sail round the world in a rib boat.

    "Which is "a bit like a dinghy". Although she's not quite sure.

    "I get sea sick and I don't particularly like water," says former skeleton star Williams, who became the first Briton to win individual gold at a Winter Olympics for 30 years in Vancouver in 2010. "But when someone asks me to do something and it interests me, why on earth would I say no?"

    "'Just Say Yes' could be Williams's motto. Perhaps better to be almost involved in a 100mph pile-up with a colossal stag in the wilds of Scotland than sitting on your settee, piling food into your face and watching Strictly."

  117. 0835: 
    FOOTBALL
    New Hibernian manager Terry Butcher

    As you can see, new manager Terry Butcher looks rather excited as he aims to get his Hibernian players performing like the Inverness Caledonian Thistle team he has left behind.

    Butcher, 54, looked on from the stand on Saturday as his former charges eased to a 2-0 win at Easter Road.

    And he andassistant Maurice Malpas completed the switch after compensation was agreed on Monday.

    "If you look at the way Caley Thistle played on Saturday, that's the way we want to get Hibs playing," he said.

  118.  
    GET INVOLVED - #bbcsportsday

    Andrew Priestley: Big clubs aren't going to like or want to be restricted in terms of who they can & can't play. There's too much money invested.

    Free Frimpong: The term 'homegrown' is so broad it won't really make a difference to most teams.

    Oliver Viney: If England harbour any ambitions to challenge on the world stage in the next decade and beyond it has to happen.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  119. 0824: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    England coach Steve McNamara is taking nothing for granted when his side face France as favourites in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final in Wigan.

    A 22-6 defeat against Samoa meant the French face England for a place in the Wembley semi-finals, after finishing third in their group.

    England beat France 44-6 and 48-4 in last year's autumn internationals.

    But McNamara said: "They have got a lot of spirit within their team, so they're dangerous opposition for us."

  120. 0818: 
    CRICKET

    India batsman Sachin Tendulkar deserves to be remembered as the greatest cricketer in history, says West Indies great Brian Lara.

    The 40-year-old will start his 200th and final Test match in his hometown of Mumbai against West Indies on Thursday.

    Tendulkar is the highest runscorer in international cricket, with 15,847 runs in 199 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals.

    "Tendulkar has had the greatest cricket career of anyone who has ever played the game," said Lara.

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED - #bbcsportsday
    England Under-21 players

    The Professional Footballers' Association plans to send proposals to Uefa calling for European teams to use at least three homegrown players in starting XIs.

    The union will discuss the issue at its annual general meeting on Wednesday amid concerns that BT Sport's record £897m European TV deal could increase pressure on managers to use "ready-made" players rather than youngsters.

    BBC Sport has revealed the number of English under-21 players in the Premier League has dropped to a new low.

    But the PFA hopes a Europe-wide plan for the inclusion of three players educated by the club between 16 and 21 would avoid legal problems.

    Do you agree with the PFA? Should European teams have to use three homegrown players? Would it help youngsters to break through into the top teams in the Premier League?

    Tell us what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or via Facebook.

  122. 0809: 
    CRICKET

    England's bowlers were frustrated on the first day of their final Ashes warm-up match against an Australian Invitational XI in Sydney.

    Stuart Broad took three wickets and Steven Finn two as England reduced the hosts to 93-5.

    But an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 178 between Ryan Carters (94no) and Peter Nevill (76no) helped them close on 271-5.

    The first Test against Australia in Brisbane starts on 21 November.

  123. 0804: 
    LATEST FOOTBALL GOSSIP

    Chelsea skipper John Terry, 32, is wanted by Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini with the Turkish club willing to match his current wages of £150,000 a week. (The Sun)

    Manchester City plan to buy a new defender in January. Manuel Pellegrini's side have struggled without injured captain Vincent Kompany in recent weeks. (Daily Mail)

    Malaga have told former boss Pellegrini they are not interested in selling goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 32, and midfielder Sergi Darder, 19, to City. (Daily Mirror)

  124.  
    Alastair Cook

    Good morning sports fans and welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday.

    We're another day closer to the first Ashes Test on 21 November as England's bowlers were frustrated on the first day of their final warm-up match against an Australian Invitational XI in Sydney overnight.

    The Premier League is taking a break but England's footballers are in action on Friday in a friendly against Chile and we'll bring you all the news from the England media conference at 1100 GMT.

    We'll also have news ahead of Saturday's eagerly awaited rugby union international between England and world champions New Zealand at Twickenham.

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