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14 November 2013 Last updated at 10:02

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  1. 0800: 
    Glen Johnson and Wayne Rooney

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

    With the opening Ashes Test just seven days away England's batsmen enjoyed valuable time in the middle as the tourists impressed on day two of their final warm-up against an Australia Invitational XI.

    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 quotes from Roy Hodgson's news conference from 1330 GMT.

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

  2. 0807: 

    USA skipper Clint Dempsey, 30, is set to make a loan return to the Premier League from Seattle Sounders in January. Tottenham have first refusal on the midfielder but Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton are also in the hunt. (Daily Mirror)

    Celtic have agreed a £100,000 fee for the transfer of Fram Reykjavik's Iceland Under-21 striker Holmbert Fridjonsson, 20, his club chairman has claimed. (The Scotsman)

    AC Milan have turned to Newcastle full-back Davide Santon, 22, as the man they want to replace Ignazio Abate, 27, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal to replace Bacary Sagna, 30. (Daily Express)

  3. 0813: 

    Derby County are to rename Pride Park the iPro Stadium in a 10-year sponsorship deal worth £7m.

    The Rams claim the deal with the new sports drink company is the biggest of its kind in Football League history.

    Chief executive Sam Rush told BBC Radio Derby: "We are all aiming to take this club to the Premier League and to do that we need significant revenue to invest in the club and playing staff."

    The rebranding becomes official when Blackpool visit on 7 December.

  4. 0819: 
    Jonathan Trott

    England's batsmen impressed on day two of their final Ashes warm-up game against an Australian Invitational XI.

    Alastair Cook (81), Jonathan Trott (83) and Kevin Pietersen (57) scored half-centuries as England closed on 302-5.

    Ian Bell hit a classy 35, but Michael Carberry went cheaply in Sydney.

    Steven Finn (5-103) took three wickets in the morning session as the hosts lost their final five wickets for 33 runs to collapse to 304 all out.

  5. 0822: 

    Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes withdraws from the Scotland squad to face the USA after suffering an injury during training this week, reports BBC Radio Lancashire.

  6. 0827: 

    Fly-half Dan Carter will become the fifth All Black in history to win 100 caps, after being named in the New Zealand starting XV to face England on Saturday.

    Richie McCaw leads a vastly experienced side, while there is a return on the wing for Julian Savea, who scored twice in the defeat at Twickenham last year.

    Starting XV:

    Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Daniel Carter, Julian Savea, Ma'a Nonu, Ben Smith, Charles Piutau, Israel Dagg. Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty.

    The England team will be announced at 1000 GMT.

  7. 0832: 
    Posters of Sachin Tendulkar and India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru

    The 200th and final Test in the stunning career of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is under way in his home city of Mumbai.

    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 100 international hundreds in his 24-year career and helped India win the World Cup in 2011.

    India, who lead the two-match series 1-0, won the toss and chose to field.

  8. 0834: 

    Michael Schumacher has turned down an offer from Lotus to come out of retirement and drive in the final two races of the season.

    The 44-year-old, the seven-time world champion, declined the invitation to replace the injured Kimi Raikkonen.

    Raikkonen's place will now be filled by fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen, according to the Press Association.

    Lotus are set to make an announcement on Thursday morning in Texas ahead of Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

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    Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert

    With Southampton duo Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana called up to the England squad, a new face in charge of the Republic of Ireland team, questions over the future of Wales manager Chris Coleman and an international break this weekend what does the future hold for your home nation?

    Should England's future be based on bringing through youngsters? What would be the first job you would do if you were Martin O'Neill? Is Chris Coleman the right man to lead Wales?

    Just a few questions to get you started...

    But we want to hear from you.

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

  10. 0843:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Martyn Moxon - Yorkshire captain when Sachin Tendulkar arrived in 1992: "He was an outstanding talent at 19, but the thing that struck me was the maturity of him at such a young age. It was a massive thing, Yorkshire's first ever overseas player, but he just came in and handled it like he had been doing it all his life, so we saw then there was something special about him. He fitted in well, he was popular in the dressing room and popular with the fans as well.

    "It is remarkable, his career in all formats of the game. With the pressure he is under every time he goes out to bat, with the adoring billions of fans, it's unbelievable that he has been able to maintain that form for so long and have the desire and hunger to play the game for so long and keep himself fit enough. It's an unbelievable effort and I don't think it will ever be repeated."

  11. 0849: 

    West Indies are all out for 182 on the opening day of Sachin Tendulkar's final match in Mumbai. There are around 30 overs left for India to bat so the great man could make his way to the crease today. He is due to bat at his customary number four.

  12. 0855:  
    Eleanor Oldroyd, BBC presenterFROM BATTLEFIELD TO SPORTS FIELD

    "It's not often that Twickenham and Old Trafford are silenced. But as Remembrance Day approached, and a nation commemorated the sacrifices made by its troops in nearly a century of conflict, you could have heard a poppy pin drop at two of the weekend's biggest sporting events.

    "It wasn't just at England's autumn rugby union international against Australia on Saturday and Manchester United's Premier League meeting with Arsenal on Sunday that the silence spoke so loudly. The gesture was repeated at sports grounds across the country.

    "Sporting heroes and fans alike recognise the debt owed to those who fought in two World Wars, and to those servicemen and women who have died or been grievously wounded while representing their country in more recent conflicts."

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    Jack Cummins: It's all about youngsters, look at how well it's paid off for Germany after taking a young and inexperienced squad in 2010.

    Ben Hallett: its great to see Rodriguez and Lallana in the England squad. Fully deserved with how well Southampton have done this season.

    Andrew Priestley: The best news NI fans have had in recent months is that Michael O'Neill was given a new contract. He's moving us forward.

    We want to hear from you.

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  14. 0911: 

    Yanto Barker, British Cycling's top-ranked rider for 2013, says he is "very motivated" to repeat last season's success after joining Team Raleigh.

    The 33-year-old had been without a contract for 2014 after the demise of former employers Team UK Youth.

    "I'm grateful and satisfied, that's the best way to describe it," he told BBC South West Sport.

    "I'm very motivated to achieve some proper success and contribute something similar to this year."

  15. 0916:  
    Radio 4FOOTBALL

    After St Andrew's played host to Birmingham City Ladies for the first time last night in the Champions League, Birmingham and England winger Karen Carney has told the BBC that England's women "would love" to play at Wembley.

    A Great Britain team played at Wembley during the London 2012 Olympics, but the FA has never staged an England women's international there.

    "We played there with Great Britain at the Olympics and that was massive, we got 70,000 there. Of course an England team would love to play at Wembley and hopefully in the near future we definitely will but obviously that's something that we as players can't control," she said.

    "We'd never turn down the opportunity to play on our home pitch but fingers crossed, with the way the women's game is developing, and how men's teams and higher people in the organisations are coming on board, we'd love to play there."

  16. 0921: 
    Glasgow City v Arsenal

    Arsenal reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the 12th successive season as a 3-2 win at Glasgow City sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory last night.

    Suzanne Lappin headed in a second-minute corner for City before Arsenal's Rachel Yankey and Jordan Nobbs scored.

    City captain Rachel Corsie bundled in a header but Alex Scott fired in a stoppage-time goal for the visitors.

    Birmingham also made the last eight, beating Russians FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk 5-2 for a 7-2 aggregate win.

    Glasgow City, who trailed 3-0 after Sunday's first leg, were making their second appearance at this stage of the tournament and their performance marked a huge improvement on a 17-0 aggregate loss to Potsdam in 2011.

  17. 0926: 

    Wales coach Warren Gatland could hand a surprise first cap to Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen in Saturday's Test against Argentina in Cardiff.

    Allan, 20, is being tipped to take the place of injured Lions star Jonathan Davies.

    It is also being speculated that Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones will play tight-head in place of Adam Jones, who was also hurt in the 24-15 defeat to South Africa.

    Gatland names his team at 1300 GMT.

    The injuries to Davies (chest) and Jones (calf) mean that changes in the midfield and front row are inevitable.

  18. 0933: 
    West Brom protest to referee Andre Marriner at Stamford Bridge

    West Brom have written to the Premier League and its match officials asking for video reviews of penalty decisions.

    Baggies boss Steve Clarke was incensed by the awarding of a late penalty that allowed Chelsea to draw 2-2 with his team at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

    In his letter, chairman Jeremy Peace sets out four occasions on which he says his team were unfairly penalised.

    The club want the option for referees to review footage to be debated at a Premier League shareholders' meeting.

  19. 0937:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBOXING

    Boxing promoter Frank Warren on Mike Tyson's autobiography: "I'm pretty disgusted. When he fought here he was tested by UK Sport, who do all of the drug testing on boxers and certainly nothing came up to say that any drugs were in his system, but the claim that he used a prosthetic penis... I don't know whether I believe it or not, or whether it's one of those things that sells books."

    On Warren considering taking legal action: "I don't know whether whatever he was taking is a performance-enhancing drug, but the fact of the matter is boxing is a dangerous sport anyway and to be taking something they may cause your performance to be enhanced is a serious danger to your opponent."

    On what grounds would he take legal action? "There is a clause in the contract which states the fight takes place in these particular circumstances under BBBC rules and regulations, and those rules and regulations prohibit the use of drugs, so that would be a serious breach of the contract. I haven't seen the book yet, all I've done is heard about some of the extracts and when I've seen the book, I'll make my decision then. But I'm, sure the BBBC will have something to say about it as well."

  20. 0943: 
    Uruguay's defender Maxi Pereira (C) celebrates with his teammates Edison Cavani (L) and Luis Suarez

    Uruguay thrashed Jordan 5-0 to take control of their World Cup play-off tie and take a huge stride towards qualifying for next summer's finals last night.

    Maxi Pereira prodded in a rebound to open the scoring before Christian Stuani slotted in a second.

    Ahmad Ibrahim missed a glorious chance for Jordan and Nicolas Lodeiro sealed the result from 20 yards.

    Cristian Rodriguez added a fourth and Edinson Cavani a superb free-kick to all but eliminate Jordan.

  21. 0948: 

    BBC Humberside Sport: Hull Kingston Rovers award first professional contracts to academy youngsters Macauley Hallett and Steven Holker.

  22. 0953: 

    Sale sign Tonga international Viliami Fihaki on a three-year deal.

    The Sharks have been looking to sign a new number eight since the summer, following the departure of Andy Powell to rugby league side Wigan Warriors.

    That search was heightened when James Gaskell broke his foot in the early weeks of the Premiership season.

    Fihaki, 26, has agreed to move from New Zealand provincial side North Harbour and will immediately link up with Sale, who are eighth in the league table.

  23. 1000: 
    Dan Cole

    England make one change to their starting line-up for Saturday's match against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham.

    British and Irish Lion Dan Cole starts at tight-head prop in place of David Wilson, who drops to the bench.

    Wasps prop Matt Mullan is among the replacements, and is set to win his second cap. Ben Youngs returns for Danny Care as the replacement scrum-half.

    Hooker Dylan Hartley - man of the match in the victory against Argentina - will win his 50th cap

  24. 1001: 

    England's side to play New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday is:

    15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 8 Billy Vunipola.

    Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 David Wilson, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.

  25. 1006: 

    Manager Graham Alexander praises an excellent display by his team after Fleetwood Town beat Carlisle 2-0 in the Football League Trophy.

    Goals from David Ball and Antoni Sarcevic were enough for the Cod Army to register a fourth straight win.

    The League Two leaders have now beaten three League One sides on their way to the northern area semi-finals.

    "As a performance, that was as near to complete as possible," Alexander, 42, told BBC Radio Lancashire.

  26. 1010: 
    Indian Sachin Tendulkar fan

    Sachin Tendulkar is given a hero's welcome as he walks to the crease on the opening day of India's Test against West Indies in Mumbai.

    This is the last Test of Tendulkar's career and he comes in with India on 77-2, after West Indies were dismissed for 182.

    Tendulkar, 40, has scored 15,847 runs in his 199 Test matches, but how many will he score today?

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    Ex-Australia cricketer Shane Warne: Guard of honour for the little master #Sachin here in Mumbai.

    Tendulkar is off the mark with a run off his third ball.

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    Carl: Chris Coleman definitely isn't the right man to lead Wales. He seems to have lost the players. FAW Need a new face in charge.

    ToshFan: The last two Welsh performances have been outstanding. Coleman deserves one more qualifier in my view.

    Steve Price: First thing I would do is find out how many of the Brazilian squad had Irish ancestors.

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    Yorkshire CCC: The Little Master @sachin_rt walked out to the middle and from Dewsbury to Delhi the cricket world has gone mad. #thankyousachin

    Tendulkar became Yorkshire's first overseas signing when he played for the county in 1992.

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    Sachin Tendulkar in pictures from Test debut in 1989 to present present day

    Every run from Sachin Tendulkar gets a huge cheer from the Mumbai fans with the large crowd enthusiastically waving Indian flags.

    A short and wide delivery from Shane Shillingford is cut to the boundary for Tendulkar's first four of the innings.

    His second is not far behind as he drives another delivery to the rope only four balls later. Tendulkar has 12 runs off 14 balls already.

    India are on 99-2, in reply to West Indies' 182.

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    BBC World Service's Lee James in Mumbai: I don't think much more work will be done today here in Mumbai and across India and everyone has become very tense #ThankYouSachin

  32. 1032: 

    Northern Ireland striker Martin Paterson says every international game offers him an opportunity to continue improving.

    The Huddersfield Town forward will not be able to continue his burgeoning partnership with strike partner Jamie Ward against Turkey on Friday night, as the Derby County player misses the friendly because of injury.

    "When you are playing for your country there are no such thing as friendlies, you have to try your hardest and compete," said Paterson.

  33. 1035: 

    Ex-Australia cricket Shane Warne: #Sachin was the best batsman I've seen. @BrianLara second & outstanding too. These two were so much better than everybody else.

    Do you agree with Warne? Is Tendulkar the best batsman of all time? If not, who is and why? How much will he be missed from cricket?

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using the #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Tendulkar has already moved on to 18 from 21 deliveries, with India on 113-2.

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    Sachin Tendulkar

    The 200th and final Test in the stunning career of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is under way in his home city of Mumbai.

    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.

    What do you make of his career? Will it ever be matched?

    We want to hear from you.

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

  35. 1041: 

    BBC Sport's Anna Thompson: Bobsleigh season kicks off tonight with the America's Cup in Calgary. Good luck to @GBBobsleigh crews racing.

  36. 1042: 

    An emotional Nottingham Panthers captain David Clarke tells BBC East Midlands Today he lost some "man points" after crying at the end of his testimonial game at the National Ice Centre.

    Players past and present turned out for the Great Britain forward in a game watched by nearly 3,000 fans.

    Panthers coach Corey Nielson led the tributes. He said: "He's a good person and one of those men who inspires you to be a better person. I guess that is the biggest compliment I can pay about anybody."

  37. 1044: 

    BBC World Service's Lee James in Mumbai: "U R the sun - cricket revolves around you" and "Cricket is our religion and Sachin our god" - two banners which show you what this means to India. According to a poll on the TV here in India, 71% think Sachin will get a century. He's only scored one in his previous 19 innings at Mumbai.

  38. 1048: 

    Burnley confirm the signing of right-sided midfielder Micah Evans on a one-year professional deal.

    The 20-year-old joins the Clarets after spending several months with the club following his release from local rivals Blackburn Rovers, where he progressed through the youth ranks.

    While on Rovers' books, Micah enjoyed a loan spell at Accrington Stanley, where he made 24 appearances in the 2011-12 season and scored his first senior goal in November 2011.

    He later joined Chesterfield and Macclesfield Town on loan in the 2012-13 campaign.

  39. 1053: 

    Reigning Paralympic and six-time world champion Naomi Riches MBE announces her retirement from rowing.

    The 30 year-old is going out on a high having won her sixth world title at the 2013 Championships in Chungju, South Korea.

    "I feel that I have achieved everything that I wanted to achieve in the sport and what better way to finish than on the high of a home Paralympic Games gold medal in London , followed by the world title?" says Riches

  40. 1051: 

    There is a huge banner on one of the stands in Mumbai underneath a picture of Sachin Tendulkar that says "Legend. Cricket will never be the same," while another banner reads "Now only humans will play cricket".

    Tendulkar has already been involved in a 50-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who is very much out of the spotlight today.

    India are now on 128-2 and Tendulkar is on 24, one more than Pujara.

    Sachin Tendulkar

    Tendulkar has made 51 Test centuries during his career, the India crowd will go crazy if he makes it 52.

  41. 1056: 

    England batsman Ian Bell: The atmosphere in Mumbai right now must be immense!! #ThankYouSachin #LittleMaster

    The crowd are on their feet again as Tendulkar flicks one leg-side for another four, his fourth boundary of his innings. He is now on 29 not out.

  42. 1103: 
    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka

    Consistent. That is what Middlesbrough's attitude to managers has been.

    The club's previous three bosses all departed in the month of October, while every one of the 29 that have filled the hot-seat have been British, surely to be made aware of Cleveland's penchant for the 'parmo' soon after their appointment.

    It is doubtful Aitor Karanka has heard of the Teesside delicacy and Wednesday's news conference was far more straight-laced than when, in 1995, Dave Whelan famously encouraged a trio of Spanish signings including Roberto Martinez - nicknamed the "three amigos" - to tuck into some Wigan pies.


    Your thoughts on Sachin Tendulkar, who is currently batting in his last Test.

    Adu: I would love to see the god of cricket get a hundred on his 200th test match, hopefully the 16000 run milestone follows.

    Jay: Tendulkar the best batsman of all time? Any other day I might answer objectively but not today. Yes - he's definitely the best.

    Charlie Newman: Huge hole in cricket now Sachin is gone, such grace and perfection in his stroke making, no other sportsman like him.

    We want to hear from you.

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

  44. 1114: 

    Today's Question of Sport teaser: Which bowler dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on both his Test debut and his ODI debut?

    Tweet us your answers via #QSTeaser

  45. 1115: 
    Iceland celebrate their draw with Switzerland

    When Trinidad and Tobago featured at the 2006 World Cup, the Caribbean islands may have thought their record as the smallest nation to play at a finals would take some beating.

    But just seven years on another island nation with a population similar to Coventry is threatening to take that record as Iceland prepare to play Croatia in their World Cup play-off.

    The 9,800 tickets for Friday's first leg at the tiny Laugardalsvollur national stadium in Reykjavik sold out in three and a half hours - and as many as 35,000 applied, more than 10% of the population.

  46. 1119: 

    England bowler Stuart Broad: Remarkable achievement by a legend of the sport we love. #200 #ThankYouSachin.

    Australia bowler Brett Lee: All the best to the Little Master Sachin. A true legend of the game. Best ever!

    Tendulkar is on 38 not out, with India on 155-2. There are two overs left in today's play for Tendulkar to reach his half-century.

  47. 1123: 
    Mexico coach Miguel Herrera celebrates with his players after a goal against New Zealand

    Mexico take a big step towards the World Cup finals with a 5-1 win over New Zealand in the first leg of their qualifying play-off.

    Oribe Peralta scored twice, with Paul Aguilar, Raul Jimenez and Rafael Marquez also on target for Miguel Herrera's team.

    Chris James grabbed a late consolation goal for the Oceania champions at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

    The return leg will be held in Wellington next Wednesday.

  48. 1128: 
    Sachin Tendulkar

    You know you have made it when you have a sculpture made in sand.

    Sachin Tendulkar reaches 38 not out at the close of play on the opening day of India's Test match against West Indies in Mumbai.

    He will resume on Friday morning aiming to reach a century in his 200th and final Test.

    India end day one on 157-2, after West Indies were earlier bowled out for 182.

  49. 1135: 

    Samoa's players danced in celebration in the dressing room after their 22-6 victory over France in the Rugby League World Cup.

    The video was posted on the Samoan Official Facebook page and features Wigan Warriors player Harrison Hansen.

    Samoa face their fellow Pacific Islanders Fiji for a place in the semi-finals on Sunday.

  50. 1142: 

    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.

  51. 1151: 

    Some more thoughts on Sachin Tendulkar, who scores 38 not out on the first day on his final Test against West Indies.

    Tanveer: Arguably the best batsman ever to grace the field. There was nobody like him and there will be nobody like him.

    Beau Edwards: People have short to non-existent memories. Sachin great undoubtedly but nowhere near the all-time greatest.

    Kiran: He is retiring from cricket but not from hearts of a billion Indians.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  52. 1152: 
    John McCririck

    I'm desolate and inconsolable," says horse racing pundit John McCririck, on Victoria Derbyshire's BBC Radio 5 live show.

    McCririck yesterday lost an age discrimination court case, which came after he lost his job on Channel 4 hosting their racing coverage.

  53. 1156: 

    International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt will stand unopposed for re-election next month after rival David Ward announced he was withdrawing his candidacy, reports Reuters.

    "It has not proved possible for me to secure the required number of regional Vice Presidents for Sport to ensure the eligibility of my list," he wrote in a letter to FIA member clubs.

    "I, therefore, would like to offer my congratulations to Jean Todt who will secure a second term uncontested if not unopposed."

  54. 1200: 

    Australia have called up prop Sekope Kepu in place of the rested Ben Alexander and recalled flanker Scott Fardy for Saturday's game with Ireland.

    Fardy's return means that Rob Simmons, who played at flanker in the 50-20 victory over Italy last week, returns to his normal place in the second row.

    Sitaleki Timani is named as a replacement, while Paddy Ryan could win his second cap from the bench.

    Returning hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will also take his place on the bench.

  55. 1204: 
    Jimmy Adams

    Batsman Jimmy Adams has confirmed he will continue to captain Division Two side Hampshire next term.

    Adams, 32, said towards the end of the season he would take some time during the winter to consider if carrying on was in the best interests of the team.

    Hampshire failed to gain promotion to Division One this year, an aim Adams held before the season began, ending the campaign in fourth position.

    "I feel I can take it on and give it a good go," he told BBC Radio Solent.

  56. 1210: 

    Britain's Francesca Halsall narrowly misses out on a medal at the latest Fina World Cup event in Beijing, China.

    Halsall, 23, came fourth in the final of the women's 100m freestyle in a time of 52.60 seconds, only 0.03 seconds behind Australia's Bronte Campbell, who took bronze. Cate Campbell, also of Australia, won the gold in 51.59 seconds with Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem claiming silver.

    Sophie Allen

    Britain's Sophie Allen (pictured) also reached the final in the women's 50m breaststroke, where she came sixth.

  57. 1215: 

    Within the next week we will know the full list of teams who will be involved at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Roy Hodgson's England team have qualified, but read our guide to find out who is already guaranteed to join them and which other countries are still hopeful of securing their places in Brazil.

  58. 1222: 

    Bradford Bulls centre Sam Wood signs a new three-year deal with the club.

    Wood, 19, had previously captained their academy side and played in three Super League matches for the Bulls' first team last season.

    "I am absolutely thrilled to have been offered a new contract to stay at Bradford," said Wood. "This is the club I want to be at and there was zero hesitation when it came to me re-signing."

  59. 1232: 
    Lance Armstrong

    Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban from cycling could be cut to eight years, according to the man who played a key role in proving he doped during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

    Travis Tygart, head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), said such a reduction is "technically possible" should the American, 42, agree to reveal all about his past.

    "He's had plenty of opportunities to come in before now and there's no sense that is actually now going to happen," Tygart told BBC Sport.

    "We'll see if there is still an opportunity for him to get any reduction."

  60. 1238: 

    Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says he is "excited" by BT Sport's deal for Champions League television rights.

    United's revenues rose by 29.1% to £98m for the first quarter of this financial year thanks to new sponsorship deals and the effect of the new Premier League TV rights deals.

    Woodward said BT Sport's success in outbidding Sky and ITV to land the 2015-2018 Champions League rights would see clubs' incomes increase further.

    "We are excited by the continuing rise in the value of sports content," said Woodward. "This deal represents a meaningful increase over the current arrangement, which should translate into higher broadcasting revenues for the participating clubs."

  61. 1245: 
    Steve Hansen

    BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Jones is at New Zealand's press conference previewing their match against England on Saturday.

    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen says Dan Carter's achievement in reaching 100 caps is "massive".

    "He's a special, special player and fully deserving of the honour," said Hansen.

  62. 1250: 

    Back-row forward Mark Cantoni is set to make his World Cup debut for the USA against Australia in Saturday's quarter-final in Wrexham, just a month after breaking his arm.

    Cantoni, 34, who is on annual leave from his surveying job in Queensland, suffered the injury in the Tomahawks' warm-up match against France in Toulouse.

  63. 1257: 
    Mike Tyson

    Promoter Frank Warren is considering legal action against Mike Tyson after the former champion said he fought while on drugs and avoided positive tests by using a fake penis.

    Tyson, 47, makes the claims in his new book, although Warren, who promoted some of Tyson's fights in Britain, said they might be designed to boost sales.

    But he said, if they were true, he was "disgusted", adding: "British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) rules prohibit the use of drugs, so that would be a serious breach of the contract."

    In 1987, aged 20, Tyson became the youngest boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF world titles and the first heavyweight to unify them, but five years later was sentenced to six years in prison for rape.

  64. 1304: 

    Serbia will be without Janko Tipsarevic for this weekend's Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic in Belgrade.

    Tipsarevic, the world number 36, is out because of a heel injury and has been replaced by Dusan Lajovic, who is 117th in the rankings.

    The Czechs, bidding for their second successive Davis Cup title, are led by world number seven Tomas Berdych, while six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will lead the Serbia side.

  65. 1309: 

    Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins will win his 100th cap for Wales on Saturday in their match against Argentina.

    Jenkins will become only the fourth Welsh player to reach the milestone after Stephen Jones (104 caps), Martyn Williams (100 caps) and Gareth Thomas (100 caps).

  66. 1312: 
    Gordon Strachan

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is speaking to the media ahead of their match against the USA on Friday.

    He said: "I hope it's a good one. We wanted to put on a friendly that is attractive to the fans and the players. We are looking ahead to our long-term future as a group now.

    "We've got one or two systems and it's cracking. We have to use our time effectively. We'll try and give players game time, but we don't want to devalue the match."

    On Steven Fletcher's return: "He looks excited and happy. He adds that class to the training and the games."

  67. 1315: 

    Winger Tom Briscoe believes that the knockout stages of the Rugby League World Cup will bring out the best in England as they prepare for their quarter-final against France at the DW Stadium, Wigan, on Saturday (20:00 GMT).

    After qualifying for the last eight with a strong performance in defeat to Australia and two impressive victories over Ireland and Fiji, Briscoe feels that England have improved immensely from the start of their campaign.

    "It is getting to the exciting part of the tournament now and we thrive off that," said Briscoe.

    "From where we started against Italy in the warm-up match and going into the Australia game we have definitely improved leaps and bounds. There is still a lot that we can do better and by building steadily we have reaped the benefits of working hard."

  68. 1319: 
    Matt Phillips

    Manager Gordon Strachan on injured Matt Phillips: "Matt has gone back to QPR. That's unfortunate, he's had some strange injuries in the past year.

    "I've seen him recently and he's so determined. I was hoping to get him in and try him. He felt a bit of tightness but it's grown into a hamstring strain."

    On Jordan Rhodes's injury: "He was unfortunate to go out injured, it was bizarre to go over on his ankle when there was no one else near him."

  69. 1325: 

    Bristol City midfielder Neil Kilkenny has joined League One rivals Preston on loan until January.

    Kilkenny, 27, played under Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson during their time at Leeds United.

    The Australia international left Elland Road to join City in June 2011 but has made only five appearances this term.

    And head coach Sean O'Driscoll has confirmed Kilkenny's contract will be "compromised" so he can leave Ashton Gate in the new year.

  70. 1331: 
    Cory Allen in action for the Wales sevens team against Fiji

    Wales coach Warren Gatland has made four changes to his team for Saturday's Test against Argentina in Cardiff.

    Uncapped Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen, 20, replaces injured Scarlet Jonathan Davies with Dan Biggar in for Rhys Priestland at 10 on rotation.

    Scarlet Rhodri Jones replaces injured tight-head Adam Jones (calf) and Justin Tipuric comes into the back row with Dan Lydiate (ankle) ruled out.

    Loose-head prop Gethin Jenkins will win his 100th Wales cap.

  71. 1337: 
    Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster ahead of their match against New Zealand on Saturday: "Dan [Cole] has been around the team with every game I've been involved in.

    "We've got a great opportunity now to test other players at the biggest level at the world against the best in the world. It's going to be a tough examination.

    "To go into any game you have to believe in yourselves as a group and this game is no exception to that. The challenge remains the same you're playing the best team in the world. You know it's going to be a formidable challenge but it's one that we're excited about."

  72. 1344: 
    Stuart Lancaster

    Stuart Lancaster: "We're about building a team for the long-term. Our options will expand again further down the line but it's about the here and now.

    "The whole context of building a team to win the World Cup is about momentum, and it's about putting the jigsaw pieces together - it takes time. We still have a fair way to go to reach that stage. It's not about 2015 on Saturday, it's just about Saturday.

    "Privately you talk about building a long-term successful team. New Zealand went through a period of transition and now they've gone on to become probably the best team in world sport. That's the long-term but for us it's about the here and now."

  73. 1346: 

    Uncapped Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen will make his Wales debut against Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday.

    Allen, 20, takes the place of British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies who has been ruled out of the autumn series with a chest muscle injury.

    Cardiff-born Allen tells BBC commentator Huw Llywelyn Davies that he still can't come to terms with being named in the team.

  74. 1351: 
    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen

    Kevin Magnussen will join Jenson Button as a McLaren Formula 1 race driver for 2014.

    McLaren have chosen to promote the 21-year-old in place of Sergio Perez, who joined ahead of the current season, after conducting extensive analysis.

    The Dane, who was not even born when Nigel Mansell won his title, won the Formula Renault 3.5 feeder series this year, and is set to be the first rookie driver to be taken on by McLaren since Lewis Hamilton in 2007.

    He told McLaren's website: "I'll put it simply: this team is the best. It's been my dream to drive for McLaren ever since I was a small kid, and it's no exaggeration to say that I've dedicated almost every day of my life to achieving the goal of becoming a McLaren Formula 1 driver."

  75. 1358: 

    England captain Kevin Sinfield thinks falling short of the Rugby League World Cup final would represent failure.

    Sinfield's men lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals in 2000 and 2008, and will face the Kiwis again if both teams win their quarter-final matches.

    England meet France on Saturday, with New Zealand facing Scotland on Friday.

    Asked if a semi-final exit would be a failure, Sinfield told BBC Sport: "I think it probably will, yes. I think we would have to make the final."

  76. 1407: 

    Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen will join Lotus F1 Team for the final two races of the 2013 season as a stand-in for regular race driver Kimi Raikkonen, who is currently undergoing back surgery.

    Kovalainen is a veteran of 109 Grand Prix starts - has previously driven for Renault F1 Team, McLaren, and Caterham F1 Team.

    Over the course of his six seasons in Formula 1 to date, Heikki has scored 105 World Championship points.

    "It is a fantastic opportunity for me to join Lotus F1 Team for the final two races of 2013," Kovalainen said.

  77. 1413: 
    Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton

    Ireland make six changes to their starting line-up for Saturday's Test against Australia at the Aviva Stadium.

    Skipper Paul O'Connell, Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien are named in the side after coming on as replacements in the 40-9 win over Samoa last weekend.

    Fit-again Jonny Sexton replaces Paddy Jackson at fly-half, with Eoin Reddan coming in for Conor Murray at scrum-half for the clash with the Wallabies.

    Ulster's Luke Marshall is preferred to Gordon D'Arcy at inside centre.

    GET INVOLVED - #bbcsportsday

    EnglishableOscar: Gerrard / Carrick injured... surely now is the time to give Barkley a go! Should be moulded to England's style for the future.

    Andrew Priestley: It's great to see new faces in the England camp, but with the World Cup so close, is this really the time for experimentation?

    Senthi Desikan: Roy Hodgson is just not keen on experimenting with new players. He is doing this just to buy time with the press & the nation.

    Should England's future be based on bringing through youngsters? What would be the first job you would do if you were Martin O'Neill? Is Chris Coleman the right man to lead Wales?

    Just a few questions to get you started...

    But we want to hear from you.

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

  79. 1423: 

    Chris Coleman signs a contract extension to remain in charge of Wales for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Press Association Sport understands.

  80. 1430: 

    Partick Thistle midfielder Gary Fraser has been handed an additional seven-match suspension following violent conduct in an under-20s game.

    The 19-year-old, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, has already served an automatic two-game ban.

    Fraser had been accused by the SFA compliance officer of punching Dunfermline's Chris Kane and kicking him repeatedly on the head and body.

    He will be free from his ban three days before his loan ends on 4 January.

  81. 1436: 

    Swindon striker Nile Ranger has failed to report to training after being given a period of leave by the club.

    Manager Mark Cooper confirmed to BBC Wiltshire on Thursday that the 22-year-old was given time off last weekend to deal with "personal issues".

    But the Town boss went on to say Ranger had not turned up to training prior to Saturday's game with Colchester.

    When asked about the player's whereabouts, Cooper responded: "I don't know. That's all I'm prepared to say."

  82. 1440: 
    Graeme MCDowell

    Graeme McDowell lies six shots off the lead after the first round of the DP World Tour Championship finale as he chases the Race to Dubai title.

    McDowell carded four birdies and four bogeys in a level-par 72 to lie in 27th spot, with Rory McIlroy one shot better off after an opening one-under 71.

    Henrik Stenson, who leads the European Tour going into the final tournament, is tied for fourth on four under.

    Alejandro Canizares leads by one from Kiradech Aphibarnat and Marcus Fraser.

  83. 1442: 

    England Under-19s lead 2-0 at half-time in their friendly away in Hungary.

    Noel Blake's England side hold the advantage after goals from Norwich's Josh Murphy and Paul Digby of Barnsley.

  84. 1444: 
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson speaking ahead of their friendly with Chile on Friday night: "I don't intend to reveal the team but it's a pleasure to say that frank will be leading the team out, but he'll be receiving his 100th cap from his father and Sir Geoff Hurst.

    "For the players who are selected they have to work very hard if we are to maintain our unbeaten record. It's going to be an exciting couple of games.

    "We've lost Rickie Lambert to a muscle problem, it will keep him out of the game on Friday and possibly out of the Germany game."

    His Southampton teammates Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana will "play some part" against Chile.

    "Joe Hart won't be starting the game tomorrow night but I'll let you work out yourself who will."

  85. 1450: 
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I think we have got to put the performances ahead of the good run. I think in these games I have to take a look at certain players who are knocking at the door.

    "I can't dismiss playing time and an unbeaten record for the chance to give those players who are knocking at the door a chance. In Chile and Germany they are two teams who are more than capable of beating us."

  86. 1453: 
    Frank Lampard

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who will captain England in their friendly against Chile on Friday, has been talking at a media conference. Lampard, who will playing for England for the 103rd time, will be handed a gold cap for reaching three figures for the national side.

    He said: "It will be a very special moment for me. To win 100 caps was a long time coming and I've seen gold caps given to Stevie (Gerrard) and Ashley (Cole) and the idea of Sir Geoff being involved came from the FA, but it's one I'm very happy with. I requested my dad was involved as well and he will be very proud."

  87. 1455: 
    Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson: "I don't think there are headaches for the game, but I do think there are important decisions to make. I think I'd have more problems if I couldn't find a left-back. I'd rather have the problem I have, having four to choose from."

    Hodgson also confirmed that Steven Gerrard will return to lead the side against Germany on Tuesday.

  88. 1457: 

    Asked how difficult it will be to keep his place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer, Frank Lampard replied: "It's going to be very tough. It's a great position for the manager to be in.

    "A couple of years ago we were saying 'where is the youth' and 'where are the exciting players' but the young players that have come in have stepped up and are playing without fear.

    "Every player is in the manager's thoughts but it's up to everyone to stake their claims.

    "There is a big gap from these two matches to the next games so you have to put everything into it, then get back to our clubs and play well for them."

  89. 1500: 

    Britain's top super-combined skier TJ Baldwin says not qualifying for the Winter Olympics would be a failure.

    The 23-year-old from Tharston has until 20 January to meet the standard for Sochi 2014 in Russia.

    "I'm nervous but I'm confident. I've had a really good summer training," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "If I don't qualify I would see myself as underachieving. I've always had my dream of going to the Olympics. It's always been the main goal."

  90. 1501: 

    More from Frank Lampard ahead of England's friendlies against Chile on Friday and Germany next Tuesday: "We all want to be involved in these two very exciting friendlies, which will both test us.

    "What more could an England player want than to play against the old rivals Germany?"

  91. 1510: 
    Wales manager Chris Coleman

    Chris Coleman has signed a contract extension to remain in charge of Wales for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, BBC Wales Sport understands.

    The Wales manager is believed to have signed a two-year deal with the Football Association of Wales, ending weeks of speculation.

    Coleman will confirm he is staying with Wales at a media conference in Cardiff on Friday afternoon.

    He had been linked with the vacant manager's role at Crystal Palace.

  92. 1519: 

    With the news that Daniel Sturridge is doubtful for England's game against Chile on Friday, while fellow striker Rickie Lambert is set to miss the match because of a muscle injury, who should play for Roy Hodgson's side?

    Has Jay Rodriguez done enough to earn a starting spot, will Hodgson turn to Jermain Defoe, even though the Tottenham striker has struggled to play in the Premier League, or will the England boss need to change his formation?

    Does Hodgson need to call up another striker? If so, who and why?

    Let us know your thoughts and reasoning on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  93. 1527: 

    England Under-19s win their last match of the year as they beat Hungary 4-1.

    Goals from Josh Murphy (Norwich), Paul Digby (Barnsley), Mason Bennett (Derby) and Callum Robinson (Aston Villa) see Noel Blake's England side end the year in winning fashion.

  94. 1533: 

    Argentina have made four changes to the side which was beaten by England to face Wales in Cardiff.

    Santiago Cordero will be handed his second cap for the Pumas in place of Juan Imhoff on the wing.

    While there are also call ups for lock Manuel Carizza, scrum-half Martin Landajo and full-back Joaquin Tuculet into the starting line-up.

    Gabriel Ascarate and Tomas Lavanini join Worcester Warriors' Leonardo Senatore as the new faces on the bench.

  95. 1539: 

    Some thoughts on who should play for England against Chile on Friday after Roy Hodgson said Daniel Sturridge was an injury doubt, while Rickie Lambert will miss the game because of a muscle injury.

    Jack Cummins: It's a friendly - now is the time to experiment. We know what Defoe can offer so Roy should give Rodriguez the nod.

    Tunde Akere: This is a friendly match, it's a great opportunity for Roy to feature some youths to show their potentials, with the big boys out.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  96. 1552: 
    Hannah Miley

    Hannah Miley wins a silver medal in the women's 400m individual medley at the latest Fina World Cup event in Beijing, China.

    However, it is a frustrating day for a number of other British swimmers, who fail to claim top three finishes.

    Roberto Pavoni finished fourth in the men's 200m individual medley event, with Sophie Allen also narrowly missing a medal in the women's 200m breaststroke.

    Siobhan-Marie O'Connor came fourth in the women's 100m individual medley and fifth in the 50m butterfly, one place behind Francesca Halsall. Miley also competed in the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly finals, finishing in sixth position on both occasions.

  97. 1558: 

    Former Ipswich Town and Sunderland keeper Marton Fulop is cleared to return to football after having a tumour removed from his arm.

    The 30-year-old underwent successful surgery in June and has since been receiving post-operative treatment.

    He played for Greek club Asteras Tripoli last season but has been a free agent since the summer.

  98. 1606:  
    Andrew Benson, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    Take a look ahead to the US Grand Prix with the BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 team, join them on @bbc5live at 21.30 GMT on Thursday.

    Click here to see BBC Weather's Ian Fergusson's forecast for the US Grand Prix in Austin.

  99. 1613: 

    Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o urges his national side to unite to earn qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Chelsea striker Eto'o, 32, had claimed his team-mates failed to pass to him when he was in a good position during their goalless play-off first leg match in Tunisia.

    "Let's bury our differences to qualify the team for the World Cup", said Eto'o ahead of the second leg on Sunday.

    "The game has to do with Cameroon and our country, let us forget our differences."

  100. 1620: 

    Championship side Millwall have signed Nottingham Forest midfielder Guy Moussi on an emergency loan deal.

    The 28-year-old, who has featured four times for Forest this season, joins the Lions until 2 January.

    "Shaun Derry left us last week for Notts County and we wanted some competition," assistant manager Mick Harford told the Millwall website.

    "Guy is big, strong and athletic, and that's exactly the type of player we've been looking for."

  101. 1626: 

    Debut-making Wales centre Cory Allen is "born for the big time", according to international captain Sam Warburton.

    Allen, a Cardiff Blues team-mate of the 2013 British and Irish Lions skipper, comes into a revamped midfield against Argentina on Saturday amid injuries to regulars Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts.

    Warburton says the 6ft 3in, 15st 10lb player is different in his playing style to Lions duo Davies and Roberts.

    "Cory's only 20 so he's got a bit more growing to go, but I think from a distribution point of view he's very skilful so he's got that going for him," says Warburton.

    "So he's sort of a combination of the two, really, which is a nice luxury to have."

  102. 1631: 
    Tottenham Hotspur logo and Fleet Spurs logo

    A non-league football club have been forced to change their badge design after Tottenham Hotspur complained that it was too similar to theirs.

    Lawyers for the Premier League side wrote to Fleet Spurs, from Hampshire, telling them to drop their crest.

    The Wessex League Division One club said it was "heavy-handed" and changing their badge would cost them between £3,000 to £4,000.

    Tottenham said they had to protect the club's identity.

  103. 1635: 

    Tottenham and England Under-21 striker Harry Kane: Good luck to England U21s today. Hope they get the win. Gutted I can't be there with them. #EnglandU21s.

    England play Finland in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier tonight in Milton Keynes, but Kane is missing because of injury.

    Group One table

    England will go three points clear at the top of Group One if they win tonight.

  104. 1640: 

    Durham wicketkeeper Phil Mustard has targeted a contract for the upcoming Twenty20 Big Bash in Australia.

    The competition includes eight teams, each allowed two overseas players in their 18-man squad, while a further two can be used if they become unavailable.

    Contracts must be agreed by 6 December and the tournament starts on the 20th.

    "Quite a few English lads have played in it these last few years so hopefully someone looks at my CV and decides it's good enough," he told BBC Newcastle.

  105. 1646:  
    Juliette Ferrington, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Republic of Ireland forward Robbie Keane has confirmed verbally that he has agreed a two-year contract at LA Galaxy, saying: "At the moment, I feel good."

  106. 1653: 
    Anthony Joshua

    Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua says he is not getting carried away by the praise he has received since turning professional.

    Heavyweight Joshua, 24, who has won his opening two bouts, fights for the third time as a professional tonight when he meets Croatian Hrvoje Kisicek at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

    "I am not happy with my performances just yet because there is a lot to work on," Joshua told Matchroom Boxing. "The only thing I listen to about my prospects is what my coach tells me, and he tells me I am rubbish and have a lot to work on.

    "He tells me I have to keep my feet on the ground, that there are a lot of people out there who are better than me; that is why I need to keep on grafting in the gym."

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    Some more of your thoughts on who should play for England against Chile tomorrow night.

    Keith Hampson: Henderson and Barkley to join Lampard in midfield. Both been in excellent form this season. Deserve a chance.

    Edward Manning: Push Rooney up and play Barkley in his place. Rodriguez on the left, Wilshere & Lamps midfield. Townsend/Lallana right.

    Hеnry Nott: The England men's team is bordering on pathetic, the amount of "injuries" is astounding.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  108. 1714: 

    Earlier today we asked "Which bowler dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on both his Test debut and his ODI debut?"

    The answer is Pakistan's Waqar Younis. Congratulations to everyone who got it correct.

  109. 1720: 
    Ian Poulter

    England's Ian Poulter is three shots off the lead after the opening day of the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

    Poulter is in tied seventh after he carded a three-under-par round of 69 at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, although Spain's Alejandro Canizares holds an early lead on six under.

    English duo Justin Rose and Lee Westwood are a shot behind Poulter in tied tenth, with Ireland's Shane Lowry, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and England's David Lynn on one under.

  110. 1729: 

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: Lots of talk of Ribery winning Ballon d'Or. He's had a great year but I think Ronaldo should win. It's for the best player not the best team.

  111. 1734: 

    Ian Poulter: Playing really lovely golf. Some slippery putts today sliding past today. Take a few chances over the next few days and it will be exciting.

    Poulter is three shots off the lead after the first day of the World Tour Championship in Dubai [see 1720].

  112. 1742: 
    Nick Matthew

    England's Nick Matthew moves into the final of the World Series Qatar Classic in Doha after beating Spain's Borja Golan 11-8 11-6 11-5 in the semi-final.

    Matthew, 33, is seeded third for the competition and has continued his good form after winning the World Championship in Manchester earlier this month.

    Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt, the tournament's fifth seed, will play Matthew in the final later this week.

  113. 1749: 

    Phil Simmons is confident he can guide Ireland to the 2014 World Twenty20 competition.

    Ireland are one of 16 teams competing at a qualifying event in the United Arab Emirates, with six places available for the main tournament, which is due to be held in Bangladesh in March.

    "We have a lot of experience with the guys having accumulated a lot of caps over the years," said 50-year-old Simmons, whose Ireland side play their first match against Namibia on Friday.

    "The players have always risen to the occasion and I have no doubt that will be the case again over the next two weeks," added Simmons.

  114. 1754: 

    Ex-Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey will miss America's match against Scotland on Friday because of a calf injury.

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will captain the USA team in Dempsey's absence.

    GET INVOLVED - #bbcsportsday

    More thoughts on Roy Hodgson's options for England's match against Chile tomorrow.

    Siddharth Vinay: How do you expect to motivate your players when you announce you have no chance of winning, even before the WC starts.

    Mountysaurus Rex: 4-5-1. Forster. Baines, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson. Lallana, Lampard, Barkley, Henderson, Townsend. Rooney. Simple.

    Jonathan Matthews: Gerrard out, Sturridge doubtful. Liverpool worried about the derby? I appreciate Gerrard in an England shirt when he plays.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  116. 1808: 
    Alex Corbisiero

    England prop Alex Corbisiero will undergo surgery on the knee injury that has forced him to miss Saturday's international against New Zealand.

    Corbisiero will have a cartilage operation on his left knee and a date has yet to be set for his return.

    The 25-year-old missed the autumn opener against Australia with the injury he sustained on club duty on October 11 and then aggravated the problem when he made his comeback against Argentina on Saturday.

  117. 1815: 

    QPR and England Under-21 midfielder Tom Carroll: All the best to the lads against Finland tonight. Love playing for my country so gutted to not be fit.

    England Under-21s play Finland in an Under-21 European Championship qualifying match at Milton Keynes tonight.

  118. 1824: 

    Fernando Alonso: Happy to have the "OK" from doctors and race this weekend. Last day to recover and do my best to help the team.

    The United States Grand Prix on Sunday is the penultimate race of the 2013 season.

  119. 1831: 

    Southampton midfielder Steve Davis praises the ambition of Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Nicola Cortese.

    Davis, who will captain Northern Ireland in their friendly in Turkey on Friday night, has helped Southampton up to third in the Premier League.

    "You can see we're ambitious and you can see how the manager sets us up to be brave and attack," said Davis.

    "A lot stems from the chairman as well. When I signed, what they portrayed to me in the talks has been backed up."

  120. 1838: 

    The FA: ‏England U21s line-up versus Finland: Butland, Jenkinson, Shaw, Chalobah, Stones, Keane, Zaha, Ward-Prowse, Berahino, Ravel, Sterling.

    Substitutes: 12. Robinson, 13. Long (GK), 14. Dier, 15. Hughes, 16. Lingard, 17. Ince, 18. Ings.

  121. 1843: 

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald will try to extend Gary Fraser's loan spell despite his seven-match ban.

    The Bolton midfielder was suspended for an additional seven matches by a Scottish Football Association disciplinary tribunal on Thursday following his red card for violent conduct in an under-20s match against Dunfermline.

    Fraser, 19, was found guilty of excessive misconduct by "seizing a player on the opposing team, thereby causing him to fall to the ground, and thereafter kicking him repeatedly on the head and body".

  122. 1847: 
    Andy Turner

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft in connection with a break-in at the family home of Olympic athlete Andy Turner.

    The 33-year-old athlete, who took bronze in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, was left "devastated" after burglars broke into the house in Hucknall, Nottingham, while he attended the funeral of his mother, Yvonne.

    Nottinghamshire Police said a 21-year-old man from the Nottingham area was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of burglary and theft and released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

    A force spokeswoman said investigations are continuing into the burglary, which is believed to have taken place between 2pm and 8.30pm on Thursday November 7.

  123. 1853: 

    More thoughts on Roy Hodgson's selection problems ahead of England's game against Chile tomorrow.

    Patrick: Surprise, surprise the injury list grows and grows days before an international friendly. English players are a joke.

    Jim Cornall: Regarding international "injuries" - maybe a new rule - pull out and you must miss two weeks to 'recover'.

    Oliver Viney: If the Under-21s did not have important qualifiers, then Saido Berahino would be a good call. A great finisher and it would be good experience for him.

  124. 1900: 

    That is everything from today's Sportsday Live. Thank you for joining us and for all your excellent contributions.

    We will start again at 0800 GMT on Friday as Sachin Tendulkar will be aiming to make a century in his final Test match and we will have all the build-up to a busy night of international football.

    Bye for now.

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