Sportsday - Wednesday 27 November as it happened

Brazil World Cup stadium accident, Man Utd and Man City in Champions League action and Ashes latest.

27 November 2013 Last updated at 08:00

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  1. 1846: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    That is all from Sportsday Live for Wednesday but we will be back, as ever, at 0800 GMT on Thursday. Join us again then but goodbye for now.

  2. 1843: 
    BBC coverage

    There will be full match commentary on Bayern Leverkusen v Manchester United on BBC Radio 5 live (kick off 1945 GMT), with build up from 1900.

    You can also follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website right now and remember to download the BBC Sport App, where you can stream 5 live commentary while following the live text.

  3. 1841: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bayern Munich are on course for a comfortable win at CSKA Moscow, they currently lead 3-1 with around 10 minutes remaining. Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the first half before Mario Gotze made it 2-0 just after the hour.

    Keisuke Honda pulled one back from the penalty spot but a Thomas Muller penalty soon after restored Bayern's two-goal advantage.

  4. 1832:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Etihad StadiumFOOTBALL

    "At The Etihad for Man City v Viktoria Plzen. Games here more or less a guarantee of goals and entertainment these days ..cue drab 0-0 draw."

  5. 1828: 
    WORLD CUP

    Brazil's sports minister, Aldo Rebelo, was appointed in 2011 and recently vowed the World Cup stadiums in Brazil would be completed in time to satisfy world governing body Fifa.

    The ministry's official Twitter account carried initial reaction to Wednesday's accident at Arena Corinthians.

    "The ministry of sport profoundly laments the accident at the Arena @Corinthians and expresses solidarity with the families of the victims," it said.

  6. 1818: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE
    Old Trafford

    Australia captain Cameron Smith and Simon Mannering, the captain of New Zealand, talk on the Old Trafford pitch on Wednesday, ahead of this weekend's Rugby League World Cup Final.

  7. 1815: 
    FOOTBALL

    Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Celtic for an incident of "non-sporting nature" during the Champions League defeat by AC Milan.

    Banners with a slogan depicted Scottish warrior William Wallace and Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control and Disciplinary meeting on 11 December.

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell described the banner as "nothing more than clear disrespect for the club".

  8. 1808:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportWORLD CUP

    "A number of senior figures at Corinthians are now at the scene but they all say this will not prevent them from hosting World Cup matches.

    "Before the accident, the stadium was 90% complete with the deadline for completion set for the end of next month. That will now be revised back."

  9. 1804: 
    MANAGERIAL DEPARTURES

    Richie Barker's departure as manager of League One Crawley earlier on Wednesday takes the total number of managerial departures this season to 13.

    13 July - Kevin MacDonald (Swindon); 9 September - Greg Abbott (Carlisle); 22 September - Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland); 28 September - Nigel Clough (Derby); 11 October - David Weir (Sheff Utd); 13 October - Martin Allen (Gillingham); 14 October - Kevin Blackwell (Bury); 21 October - Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough); 23 October - Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace); 27 October - Chris Kiwomya (Notts County); 20 November - Brian Laws (Scunthorpe); 25 November - Guy Whittingham (Portsmouth); 27 November - Richie Barker (Crawley).

  10. 1755: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan hold on for a thrilling one-run win in the second one-day international to beat South Africa and secure an unassailable 2-0 lead in their one-day international series.

    Pakistan defended their 262 in a rain-shortened 45-over game by the smallest of margins as South Africa fell just short of the nine runs needed off the last over at St. George's Park to take the three-game series to a decider.

    A century partnership between Hashim Amla (98) and AB de Villiers (74) took South Africa to the brink of victory, but Amla's wicket fell off the last ball of the penultimate over.

  11. 1750: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bristol City's plans to redevelop Ashton Gate have been approved by the Council's planning committee at City Hall, reports BBC Points West reporter Alistair Durden.

  12. 1745: 
    WORLD CUP

    A few more details about the Arena Corinthians stadium, where two people have died following an accident.

    The venue is being built by Brazil's Odebrecht company, who recently said the arena was about 94% ready. This is the third accident that caused deaths in World Cup stadiums in Brazil, with two other construction workers killed over the past two years.

    Six of Brazil's stadiums are not yet ready for the World Cup next summer.

  13. 1741: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    Arjen Robben scores for Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow

    It is midway through Bayern Munich's Champions League game at CSKA Moscow. It is snowing, but the weather has not hampered Bayern's attacking intent as they lead 1-0 thanks to Arjen Robben. The Dutch winger fires home from Thomas Muller's cross.

  14. 1728: 
    WORLD CUP

    Corinthians, the club that will move into the Arena Corinthians stadium where the accident has occured, release a second statement, adding: "Because of the incident that occurred in work at Arena Corinthians on Wednesday afternoon, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista decreed seven days of mourning."

  15. 1724: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crawley Town confirm they have terminated the contract of manager Richie Barker with immediate effect.

    Barker, 38, moved from Bury to become Crawley manager in August last year and guided the West Sussex club to 10th last season. The Red Devils have not won in seven League One matches but had drawn their last three and currently lie a respectable 12th in the league.

    "The club will make an announcement as soon as possible on who will look after team affairs in the interim period and we ask our supporters to have patience while the process of finding a new manager is undertaken," a Crawley statement reads.

  16. 1717: 
    WORLD CUP

    Two people were killed and another injured by the collapse of a crane on the site of a Sao Paulo stadium that will host the opening game of next year's World Cup, authorities say.

    "The initial toll of three has been revised downward to two and one injured person was rushed to hospital," a police spokesman tells AFP.

    Police said a crane fell on workers rushing to complete the Arena Corinthians stadium, where the opening World Cup match is to be held next June.

  17. 1714: 
    FOOTBALL

    Head coach Rikard Norling quits Swedish champions Malmo just a month after leading them to their 17th league title.

    "I have thought about it for a while and decided that it's impossible to continue without full energy," Norling says.

  18. 1704: 
    WORLD CUP

    A Fifa spokesperson responded to Wednesday's accident in a statement.

    "FIFA and the LOC (local organising committee) has learnt of the death of workers at the Corinthian's Arena site in Sao Paulo with great sadness," the statement read. "We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the workers who tragically died today.

    "The safety of workers is the top priority for Fifa, the LOC, the federal government. We know the safety of all workers has always been paramount for all the construction companies contracted to build the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums. The local authorities will fully investigate the reasons behind such a tragic accident."

  19. 1654: 
    WORLD CUP

    Jerome Valcke, secretary general of Fifa, says football's world governing body is shocked be the news but is awaiting further details.

    He tweeted: "Extremely shocked by the news from Sao Paulo. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this accident.

    "We are currently awaiting further details from the authorities, who are investigating this tragic accident."

  20. 1650: 
    WORLD CUP

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter responds to the news of the accident at the Arena Corinthians stadium in Brazil, tweeting: "I'm deeply saddened by the tragic death of workers Corinthians arena today. Our heartfelt condolences are with the families."

  21. 1649: 
    FOOTBALL

    Head coach Rikard Norling resigns from Swedish champions Malmo just a month after leading them to their 17th league title. "I have thought about it for a while and decided that it's impossible to continue without full energy," the 42-year-old tells a press conference.

  22. 1645: 
    FOOTBALL

    St Etienne fans are hit with an away ban until the end of the year after nine supporters were injured during disturbances at their match away to Nice on Sunday, the French League (LFP) announce.

    "The LFP's competitions commission has decided to close the visitors' stands during St Etienne's away games until the end of the year," the LFP said in a statement.

  23. 1638: 
    WORLD CUP

    BBC Brasil editor Gary Duffy: "The damage to the stadium will be reviewed, as well as options going forward. There is time clearly for more work to be done but the idea this stadium could be finished by December seems unrealistic now.

    "It [the World Cup] was the focus of a lot of protests on the streets. With so many services inadequate many felt so much money should not have been directed at a sporting event."

  24. 1627: 
    WORLD CUP

    Pictures from Brazilian media, including the website of newspaper Estadao, show structural damage at the Arena Corinthians, with part of a roof having fallen away to the ground and with a crane also felled and damage caused to another stand.

    Corinthians, the club that will move into the stadium, issued a short statement on their website that said: "The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista deeply regrets the accident earlier in Corinthians Arena.

    "(There is) no other information at this time." Estadao quoted a police officer, Mauro Lopes, as saying it was believed there were three fatalities.

  25. 1620: 
    WORLD CUP

    Construction problems and public protests about the money being spent have delayed Brazil's preparations for the World Cup, the BBC's Wyre Davies in Rio de Janeiro reports.

    On Tuesday, Danny Jordaan, who was behind South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup, said Brazil may have to start round-the-clock construction work if it was to get things ready for the tournament next summer.

  26. 1612: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: Terrible news from World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo. Thoughts with families but this will give those opposing World Cup more ammunition.

  27. 1609: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Radio Lancashire: Preston North End have informed the FA of their intention to appeal the red card handed to Neil Kilkenny at Port Vale. North End appealing on the grounds of mistaken identity for Kilkenny's red card. If a suspension is handed to Joe Garner instead of Kilkenny, the club will appeal on the grounds of wrongful dismissal.

    Garner scored twice in Preston North End's 2-0 victory over Port Vale on Tuesday after a case of mistaken identity saw him escape a red card.

  28. 1601: 
    WORLD CUP
    Brazil World Cup Stadium

    Two people have been killed in an accident at a Sao Paulo stadium that is due to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup.

    A senior local fire official said crews were called to the Arena Corinthians after reports of a collapsed crane. The crane fell on to the stadium, destroying parts of the stands.

    The arena was due to be completed at the end of December to meet a Fifa deadline. Brazil has admitted it is struggling to have all 12 venues ready.

  29. 1556: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup may have Pablo Hernandez available to face the winger's former club Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday.

    The Spaniard has played just 29 minutes since 1 September thanks to a thigh injury, but he is back in training and back in contention for the Group A meeting.

    Wayne Routledge is struggling with a calf problem, while Michu (ankle) and Garry Monk (knee) are also sidelined.

  30. 1551: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland sport reporter Alasdair Lamont: Uefa tells BBC Scotland disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Celtic for an "incident of non-sporting nature (illicit banner)".

  31. 1543: 
    FOOTBALL
    Child prodigy Claudio Nancufil said to be the next Lionel Messi

    Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing an eight-year-old Argentine dubbed the 'Messi of the snows'.

    Child prodigy Claudio Nancufil plays for the Martin Guemes club in the southern Andes ski resort of Bariloche. He has been signed up by a Barcelona-based PR agency run by Manuel Otero.

    "After the Christmas holidays, he will go to try out with these three Spanish teams and then we'll see what each of them offers us," says Otero.

  32. 1535: 
    CRICKET
    Red Simpson

    England's oldest surviving Test player Reg Simpson has died at the age of 93, his former county Nottinghamshire announce. Simpson made 27 Test appearances including an unbeaten 156 against Australia in Melbourne in the fifth and final Test of the 1950-51 Ashes tour.

    Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club chairman Peter Wright said: "Reg was a superb opening batsman who excelled against the fastest of bowlers. He was an excellent talent and would undoubtedly have achieved even more in the game if his career had not been put on hold for the outbreak of war in 1939."

  33. 1532: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton defender Phil Jagielka says the Toffees will cope without injured left-back Leighton Baines.

    England defender Baines has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, and Jagielka says: "When someone does get injured and you are going to miss him from between one and six weeks there is going to be a little bit of to-ing and fro-ing with who is going to play.

    "We've been fortunate that we have not had to do that so far so we will look at the positives in that respect and deal with what's to come."

  34. 1523: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Lee Camp extends his loan stay at Championship club Bournemouth until 1 January.

  35.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Best and worst value sporting events? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Nina Rutter: £10 for the fifth and final Ashes day at the Oval back in 2005.

    Dan Carter: Best value in sport? Watching Premier Division hockey at clubs like Wapping for free. Every week.

    Simon Crisp: Watch road cycling by the roadside - free, meet great people whilst you wait, always a pub nearby - even sunny sometimes!

  36. 1513: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United have two players - Liam Grimshaw and James Weir - sent off as they lose 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in an Under-19 fixture in Germany.

  37. 1502: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bolton Wanderers announce the loan signing of 22-year-old Joe Mason from Cardiff City until 5 January. Earlier this month Mason returned to Cardiff less than 24 hours after Bolton confirmed a loan move for the player.

    Wanderers announced that he had joined the Championship club until 5 January. However, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay decided that he would like to keep Mason as part of his squad.

  38. 1458: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ukraine will be made to play their first home qualifier for the 2018 World Cup behind closed doors after an appeal to overturn the decision is rejected by Fifa. World football's governing body handed out the punishment after incidents of racist behaviour in a 2014 qualifier against San Marino.

  39. 1454: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Manchester City v Viktoria Plzen (1945 GMT)
    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

    Joe Hart's future at Manchester City remains uncertain after manager Manuel Pelligrini refused to give him any assurances, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The 26-year-old England goalkeeper starts his first club game for a month when City, who have already qualified for the last 16, entertain Czech Republic champions Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad on Wednesday.

    Hart's form for club and country has come under intense scrutiny and Pelligrini is unable to give him any promises. The City boss says: "On Wednesday he will start then the next game we'll talk about who will start playing. The important thing for Joe is he will play on Wednesday and we hope he will have a very good performance."

  40. 1446: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Earlier, we asked the following Question of Sport Teaser: Since 2000, which six players have won their first and only UK Snooker Championship?

    The answers are: Peter Ebdon, Stephen Maguire, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Matthew Stevens and Judd Trump.

  41.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Derry Bannister: Cricket. £20 to watch England play Australia at Trent Bridge 6 hours cricket in the sun and the food is nice perfect.

    Barney Bracher: £40 table seat at the Darts. Best atmosphere in sport, fancy dress, beers, banter and Hawaiian shirts. Absolute bargain.

    Patrick Treanor: £20.12 for a seat at the London Olympic closing ceremony, once in a life time experience!

    What do you think are the best and worst value sporting events? Share your views using #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  42. 1441: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham and England player Andros Townsend: Just stepped off the plane. Total darkness at 3pm and snow everywhere!

    Spurs, who have already qualified from Group K, are away against bottom of the table Tromso in the Europa League in Norway on Thursday.

  43. 1431: 
    CRICKET
    Pakistan v South Africa

    Ahmed Shehzad's century powered Pakistan to 262 all out in the second one-day international against South Africa as the tourists looked to claim a series-winning victory in Port Elizabeth.

    In a match reduced to 45 overs per side due to rain, Dale Steyn starred for South Africa with career-best ODI figures of six for 39 but Shehzad's third century for his country helped put Pakistan in a strong position at St George's Park.

    The opener made 102 off 112 balls, striking eight fours and two sixes, before he was run out following a mix-up with Umar Akmal.

  44. 1427: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manager Owen Coyle will make four or five changes to the Wigan side beaten by Brighton for the Europa League clash with Belgians Zulte Waregem at the DW Stadium on Thursday.

    Goalkeeper Scott Carson is not yet match fit after a month out with an ankle problem so Lee Nicholls will keep his place, while Honduran defender Juan Carlos Garcia will miss at least six weeks after picking up an ankle injury on international duty.

    Wigan also have several long-term injury victims - Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell, Ali Al-Habsi and Shaun Maloney.

  45. 1424:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC SportWINTER OLYMPICS

    "Nick Buckland has a USB stick embedded in his chest.

    "At least, it looks like one. The 24-year-old figure skater actually sports a "reveal device" - an oblong, electronic slug sewn into his flesh to monitor his heart rate.

    "Buckland wears this because matters of his heart have come to a head, just three months before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. But his story began last time around, at Vancouver 2010."

    Read more on the remarkable story of Nick Buckland, who had heart surgery weeks before the Winter Olympics, on the BBC Sport website.

  46. 1417: 
    WORLD CUP
    2014 World Cup

    Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta holds the Fifa World Cup trophy, accompanied by Fifa representative Pekka Adriozola, on the day of its arrival in Kenya as part of its globe-trotting tour across nations in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    The trophy arrived in Africa a fortnight ago and has passed through Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Ghana. It will stay two days in Nairobi before departing to neighbouring Tanzania and then head to South Africa.

  47.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Prince Randle: £200 for 2 NFL Wembley tickets. Free entry to tailgate party. 3 hour match and saw Ne-Yo perform too. Bargain.

    Tim Ballantine: British Basketball. The London Lions play at the Olympic venue, the Copper box, at £12 for an adult ticket.

    Farran Whewell: The World Snooker Championships - biggest names - biggest stage - 3-4 hours - front row - £17.

    What do you think are the best and worst value sporting events? Share your views using #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  48. 1409: 
    SNOOKER

    Latest scores from Wednesday morning's first-round games at the UK Snooker Championship:

    Andrew Higginson (Eng) 6-2 Hammad Miah (Eng)

    David Gilbert (Eng) 4-6 Li Hang (Chn)

    Michael White (Wal) 6-0 Joe Swail (NI)

    Marcus Campbell (Sco) 5-5 Lyu Haotian (Chn)

  49.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The emergency loan window closes at 1700 GMT on Thursday, meaning Football League clubs have under 48 hours to make their moves for reinforcements before having to settle with the squad they have until the New Year.

    Are you happy with the quality in your squad as it stands? Do you need additions? If so, who would be your ideal signing and why? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  50. 1359: 
    FORMULA 1

    Ferrari say they expect "strong changes" at F1's governing body after criticising several recent decisions made by the FIA.

    Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo condemned penalties given to his driver Felipe Massa and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix, and criticised a lack of punishment for Mercedes for an illegal test in May.

    He says: "I expect strong changes. For too many years the FIA has always been the same and a change is required."

  51.  
    GET INVOLVED

    What do you think are the best and worst value sporting events? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Phil: Paid £40 for my ticket to be inside the Olympic Stadium on Super Saturday - £13.33 per GB gold medal.

    Grant Young: Watching Glasgow Rocks pro basketball. Great for the family and great value for money.

    Kieran May: Best value? Aegon International tennis at Eastbourne before Wimbledon. Always get to see some great players.

  52. 1348: 
    FOOTBALL

    "It seems strange to say it now, but there was a time when Sven-Goran Eriksson was famous for being a football manager," writes BBC Sport's Matt Slater.

    "This, of course, was before we knew about Nancy, Ulrika, Faria, Roxy, Graziella, Malin, Debora and "the other women" Eriksson casually mentions in Sven: My Story, his picaresque account of life as an international playboy and football coach.

    "But back then, before he became a full-time celebrity, the relationships the Swede was best known for were with Roberto, Marcelo, Pavel, Juan and Michael, because for three decades Eriksson coached some of the greatest footballers - and the best teams - of the modern era."

    Read more from Matt Slater's interview with Sven-Goran Eriksson on the BBC Sport website.

  53. 1337:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Manchester United player Will Keane

    BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington says Wigan expect to complete the loan signing of Manchester United's England Under-21 forward Will Keane in the next 24 hours.

    Coyle: "I would be very surprised if that is not concluded in the next day. I spoke again with David Moyes yesterday just before they were flying off to Germany. The paperwork and everything has just to be signed. We're confident that will certainly happen."

  54. 1333: 
    CRICKET

    Somesh Verma, associate editor of Republica, the national daily English-language newspaper in Nepal, says: "Nepal has never been to any kind of World Cup in a team game - this is the biggest moment, not only for Nepalese cricket but for Nepalese sport."

    Nepal have qualified for next year's ICC World Twenty20 for the first time.

  55.  
    GET INVOLVED

    After it was revealed that tickets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham will cost between £150-£715, which are the best value sporting event? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Dean Laccohee: The Tour de France - greatest sporting event in the world & completely free to watch.

    Jo Welford: +1 for RLWC. £20 for 2 semi finals at Wembley - per match that's similar to what I paid to go to the cinema last night.

    Will Wicks: RLWC semi-finals at Wembley, £60 for six of us to see the both matches.

  56. 1321: 
    CRICKET

    Nepal and UAE qualify for next year's ICC World Twenty20 for the first time - joining Ireland and Afghanistan who had already qualified.

    Nepal secured their place at the global event with a last-ball win against Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi, while UAE beat Netherlands by 10 runs.

  57. 1317: 
    BOXING
    Shane Mosley

    Former rugby league player Anthony Mundine scores a sixth-round technical knockout over Shane Mosley in their WBA international super welterweight title fight, the first time the American has been stopped.

    Mosley, 42, retired before the seventh round of Wednesday's fight because of back spasms. He said he would decide after he returns to the United States whether he would fight again.

    Former Brisbane Broncos player Mundine, 38, improved his record to 45-5 with 26 knockouts at Homebush in western Sydney.

  58. 1312: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan Athletic: Owen Coyle confirms that Marc Albrighton has been recalled by Aston Villa.

  59. 1310: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle is holding a news conference before Thursday's Europa League home tie with Belgian side Zulte Waregem.

    The Latics could qualify for the next stage of the competition with a win. They are second in their group, one point ahead of Zulte with two games to play.

    Coyle said: "We've got a fantastic opportunity tomorrow night. The players are looking forward to the challenge and they're very determined to qualify for the knockout rounds. Zulte are second in their league at the moment, they're a very good side and with a player like [Thorgan] Hazard, they can cause teams problems."

  60. 1300: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose

    Age: 33 Sport: Golf

    Emotional Rose won the the US Open to become the first Englishman to taste victory in one of golf's majors since Sir Nick Faldo in 1996.

    Rose's maiden major triumph also made him the first English golfer to lift the trophy since Tony Jacklin 43 years ago, and propelled him to a career-high of third in the world rankings. After tapping in his final putt, he looked up to the sky with tears in his eyes, and admitted later to thinking of his father and long-time mentor Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002.

  61.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jay Rossi: £150 cheapest ticket for 2015 Rugby Union World Cup final, try £6 for RLWC final on Saturday! Crazy value for money.

  62. 1250: 
    DON'T GET SHIRTY FLAMINI
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will not allow French midfielder Mathieu Flamini to cut the sleeves off his Arsenal shirt again, reports the Telegraph.

    It is a tradition at Arsenal that the entire team wear either long or short-sleeve shirts and Vik Akers, the Arsenal kitman, was unhappy that Flamini shortened the sleeves in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United earlier this month. Flamini, though, again cut the sleeves off for the Champions League game against Marseille on Tuesday night.

    Wenger has now intervened by telling him that he must not do so again. "I do not like that and he will not do that again," says Wenger. "I was surprised and we don't want that."

  63. 1246: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke chairman Peter Coates rules out talk of Manchester City signing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in January and says the Potters are determined to keep the Bosnia international until at least the end of the season.

    Reports suggest City are keen on signing 26-year-old Begovic, but Coates tells the Stoke Sentinel: "He is a top goalkeeper, so this kind of thing [speculation] is going to happen. We are just concerned that he concentrates on playing for us and doing what he has been doing up to now.

    "It is important we keep him for the rest of the season."

  64. 1240: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Christine Ohuruogu

    Christine Ohuruogu

    Age: 29 Sport: Athletics

    Ohuruogu timed her run to perfection as she stormed to gold in the 400m at the World Athletics Championships for a second time.

    The Londoner triumphed in a photo finish to became the first British female athlete to claim two world titles. Her time of 49.41 seconds eclipsed Kathy Cook's national record that had stood since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

  65.  
    GET INVOLVED

    After it was revealed that tickets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham will cost between £150-£715, which are the best and worst value sporting events? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Aidan Dewar: Best value sporting event in recent years is the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. My Dad, brother and I saw the opening ceremony, Eng v Aus & Wales v Italy all for £120. I feel like I've robbed their ticket office.

    Gabriel Josef Heidler: Try and get a ticket to the World Cup final in Brazil next year for £150. Or one at all for that matter once the corporate seats are taken. £715 is a bit much but a lot of rugby fans will pay that.

  66. 1232: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has not given up hope of making Uruguay's World Cup squad, despite being out for most of the season.

    The 23-year-old has yet to feature for the Reds this term after suffering a knee injury while on international duty in August. But Coates is confident of making a full recovery and hopes to feature at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

    He adds: "I'm making progress, slowly but surely. It's been going very well. You always think positively - I think that's the most important thing. In my case, I keep myself going by focusing on getting back as quickly as I can, and with the national team, the World Cup is another goal to help me with my recovery."

  67. 1224: 
    BOXING

    Liverpool heavyweight David Price will return to the ring for the first time since his consecutive stoppage defeats to Tony Thompson when he fights in Germany next month.

    Price, who has signed a deal with Sauerland Promotions, will take on Russian Evgeny Orlov in Neubrandenburg on 14 December.

    The 30-year-old says: "I am excited to be starting this new chapter in my career. My training has been going really well. We have made some changes in the gym and come fight night people will see this in my performance."

  68. 1220: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray

    Age: 26 Sport: Tennis

    The Scotsman ended Great Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion with victory over Novak Djokovic in a gripping final on Centre Court.

    It was his second Grand Slam victory to add to the US Open title he won last year. Murray lost to Djokovic in the 2013 Australian Open final and his Wimbledon win came in the seventh major final of his career.

  69. 1216: 
    FOOTBALL
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Should you choose to watch Real Madrid's Champions League game against Galatasaray on Wednesday night, you could be in for a shock, as 45,000 Cristiano Ronaldo's stare back at you from the Santiago Bernabeu stands, reports the Independent.

    Real have accepted the proposal put forward by two of the largest supporters groups of the La Liga side, and they will hand out the lookalike face masks before the start of the Champions League Group B encounter to allow fans to show support for the Portuguese forward to claim a first Ballon d'Or crown since 2008.

  70. 1212: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Wolves and Scotland midfielder Colin Cameron, 41, departs as manager of Scottish Championship strugglers Cowdenbeath by mutual consent.

  71.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Earlier this morning, ticket prices were announced for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, with the cheapest for the final costing £150 and the most expensive £750.

    What do you think are the best and worst value sporting events? Let us know via #bbcsportsday and have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  72. 1202: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    AP McCoy

    AP McCoy

    Age: 39 Sport: Horse racing

    McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when he triumphed on Mountain Tunes at Towcester in November. The Northern Irishman's landmark is almost 1,500 more than the next most successful rider, Richard Johnson.

    McCoy, voted Sports Personality in 2010, won an unprecedented 18th consecutive champion jump jockey title and is on course for a 19th just months after a fall left him in intensive care.

  73. 1201: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says wingers Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass will be missing through injury "for a number of weeks".

    Scotland international Snodgrass, 26, did not feature at all in last Saturday's defeat at Newcastle because of a knee problem, while Pilkington, 25, was substituted just after half-time with a hamstring strain.

    Hughton says: ""Anthony has had a scan which shows a grade two strain which usually means five or six weeks out." The Canaries are 16th in the Premier League table, one point above the relegation zone.

  74. 1153: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Brom striker Shane Long says there has been no progress on his contract talks but is confident his situation will sort itself out.

    The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland forward is out of contract next summer, with a further year in the club's favour.

    Long tells the Birmingham Mail: "There are no developments yet but there is plenty of time left on my contract. I'm sure the club will think about what's best for them and me and we'll see what happens."

  75.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Have Celtic overachieved in the Champions League? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    John Campbell: Everyone knew we needed a quality striker and playmaker but as usual we signed "projects", we were badly let down again.

    Robbie Stewart: Celtic crying out for a quality striker. Only get a few chances at this level and need to take them.

    Mister P: Celtic were fourth seeds and finished fourth, disappointing after last year's run but wouldn't say it's underachieving

  76. 1140: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Leigh Halfpenny

    Leigh Halfpenny

    Age: 24 Sport: Rugby union

    The Cardiff Blues full-back has starred for Wales and the British and Irish Lions during 2013.

    He was named man-of-the-series in the victorious Lions tour of Australia, where his 21 points in the deciding third Test win was an individual record, and helped him overhaul the series record previously held by his kicking coach Neil Jenkins. Before that, Halfpenny picked up the player of the tournament award in the Six Nations as his 74 points helped Wales retain the title.

  77. 1138: 
    GYMNASTICS

    British Gymnastics appoint Roy Headey as its new head of performance sport. British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen says: "Roy has been head of sports science at the Rugby Football Union for more than 10 years and the extensive knowledge he has gained in this role and others held within the sector will be put to good use in leading our high performance programme."

  78. 1134: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Leigh Halfpenny [Wales], Ben Smith [New Zealand] and Kieran Read [New Zealand] are shortlisted for inaugural International Rugby Players Association player of the year award, voted for by top international players.

  79. 1129: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey: Two years on and it's still so shocking. RIP Gary Speed.

    Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the death of the former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton, Sheffield United and Wales player.

  80. 1123: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    OK, we have Wednesday's Question of Sport Teaser for you: Since 2000, which six players have won their first and only UK Snooker Championship?

    Have a think and fire over your answers to #QSTeaser, we will reveal the six this afternoon.

  81. 1120: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome

    Age: 28 Sport: Cycling

    Chris Froome made it back-to-back British victories at the Tour de France with a stunning win in the 100th edition of the race.

    Emulating the achievement of compatriot Sir Bradley Wiggins, he took the title by more than four minutes and wore the yellow jersey from stage eight onwards. He won three stages along the way on the gruelling 3,404km course.

  82. 1117: 
    2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP

    Daily Telegraph sports news correspondent Ben Rumsby: Appears to be no child ticket prices for any knockout match bar the third-place play-off - so kids pay £95+ after pool stage.

  83. 1115: 
    SNOOKER

    Latest scores from Wednesday morning's first-round games at the UK Snooker Championship:

    Andrew Higginson (Eng) 2-1 Hammad Miah (Eng)

    David Gilbert (Eng) 2-1 Li Hang (Chn)

    Michael White (Wal) 3-0 Joe Swail (NI)

    Marcus Campbell (Sco) 0-1 Lyu Haotian (Chn)

  84. 1111: 
    COMMONWEALTH GAMES
    Commonwealth Games

    New Zealand Commonwealth Games athletes Joelle King and Nikki Hamblin with Chef de Mission Rob Waddell behind the wheel during the arrival of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton on a power boat at Auckland Harbour on Wednesday.

  85. 1106: 
    2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP

    Organisers of the next rugby World Cup in England in 2015 announce the kick-off times and ticket prices for the tournament. All England's pool matches will kick off at 2000 BST, including the opening match on 18 September against a qualifier to be confirmed at Twickenham.

    The final on 31 October - also at Twickenham - will kick off at 1700 BST.

    The highest price for a ticket at the final is £715 with the lowest £150. The cheapest tickets available during the pool stage is £7 for several matches involving less popular teams.

  86. 1102: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    2015 Rugby World Cup organisers say highest ticket price for the Twickenham final will be £715. Cheapest tickets for the pool stage £7.

  87. 1100: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY- The contenders
    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah

    Age: 30 Sport: Athletics

    Farah became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' in the distance running events.

    He followed the great Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele by managing the feat in the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the World Athletics Championships. Earlier in the year, he also broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old British record in the 1500m.

  88. 1057: 
    FOOTBALL

    Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin tells BBC Radio Solent the League Two club already has a shortlist of potential targets for sacked manager Guy Whittingham.

    Whittingham was dismissed on Monday after just over a year in charge. Pompey want applications over the next week and Catlin hopes to be "blown away" by the interest.

    He says: "People like a challenge, and there is no bigger challenge than getting Portsmouth to where they should be in four to five years."

  89. 1054: 
    FOOTBALL

    The French-Algerian player unable to leave Qatar because of a contractual dispute with his club has been granted an exit visa, according to his brother.

    Zahir Belounis had not been allowed to leave Qatar, where the World Cup is being held in 2022, because of the country's "kafala" employment system as he is suing his club Al-Jaish, where he is under contract until 2015.

    Mahdi Belounis tweeted: #zahir has his exit visa. He should be in Paris Friday morning at CDG airport.

  90. 1050: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is clinging to his job after Sunday's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City prompted the north London club's hierarchy to question whether he remains the manager to establish them in the Premier League's top four, according to the Guardian.

    The report adds: "The embarrassment at the Etihad Stadium was keenly felt by the club's chairman, Daniel Levy, and the owner, Joe Lewis, who had initially been angry after the 3-0 home defeat by West Ham United on 6 October and Villas-Boas's hard-luck-story when he read of the defeat.

    "Most alarmingly, Villas-Boas has struggled to get the best from the new signings, particularly Erik Lamela who, at nearly £30m from Roma, is the most expensive in Tottenham's history. Given his difficulty in adapting, it was a surprise that Villas-Boas introduced him for his full league debut at City."

  91. 1042: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Hannah Cockroft

    Hannah Cockroft

    Age: 21 Sport: Athletics

    Paralympic gold medallist Cockroft followed up her success at London 2012 with the sprint double at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon.

    She won the T34 100m and 200m titles and set a new championship record of 17.88 seconds in the T34 100m. The 'Hurricane' also won the T33/T34 100m race at the Anniversary Games in London, setting a new stadium record.

  92.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Have Celtic overachieved in the Champions League? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Reece: I don't believe Celtic are any better than Norwich, for example. I think they have done as good as they could.

    Diegwu: The SPL is just a one man show now.

    Tanzim: Celtic's problem is they always rely on their home form to get them out of jail. Think Lennon will leave next year.

  93. 1031: 
    ASHES
    England cricketers

    Graeme Swann, Jonathan Bairstow and Monty Panesar of England pose for a photograph with Wakagetti cultural dancers during a team visit to Uluru in Australia.

  94. 1028: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool and Nigeria international Victor Moses: Proud and honoured to win the Nigerian Footballer of the Year award for 2013. Is a dream come true to play for my country so thank you everyone.

  95. 1024: 
    ASHES

    More from Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson, who says captain Michael Clarke was within his rights to sledge England's James Anderson as he did during the first Test.

    Johnson says: "We know there is definitely tension there - there always has been. I thought it was really good what Michael did, as a captain. That's what you want your captain to do - stand up for the players - and that's what he did.

    "It just happened to be that the stump mic was up at that time. It's nothing unusual, but I was really happy with how he stood up for the team."

  96. 1020: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Ian Bell

    Ian Bell

    Age: 31 Sport: Cricket

    Batsman Bell was named man-of-the-series after the summer Ashes showdown in which he was a key figure in England's 3-0 defeat of Australia. His tally of 562 at an average of 62 from the middle order equalled the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes, set by Denis Compton back in 1948.

    The Warwickshire right-hander also became only the fifth Englishman to score three consecutive centuries in Ashes Tests.

  97.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Have Celtic underachieved in the Champions League this season? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Nick Buck: Celtic haven't underachieved they have overachieved in the previous years. Should be happy to get in the group stage.

    Scott McRobb: They play in an inferior domestic league and are always punching above their weight in the Champions League.

    Ashleigh Meikle: You have to look at the money Celtic have spent compared to others in the group. So no, we just overachieved last season.

  98. 1010: 
    ASHES
    Mitchell Johnson

    Bowler Mitchell Johnson is unrepentant about Australia's hard-nosed Ashes tactics, and has defended his captain Michael Clarke over his behaviour in the first Test.

    Clarke has been fined 20% of his match fee for using an obscenity while warning James Anderson to expect a broken arm.

    Johnson says: "Obviously their [England] coach has come out and wanted a truce from what I've heard. That's not going to change from our end. I definitely think they're rattled by it. They don't like it at all."

  99. 1006: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe has agreed an incredible £90,000-a-week move to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, according to the Daily Mirror.

    The report adds: "The 31-year-old has shattered the hopes of domestic clubs bidding to land him in January by accepting a stunning four-year offer to move to Canada. Defoe said yes to the deal, also worth £6m to the White Hart Lane club, last week.

    "It is understood he will discuss the implications for his World Cup prospects with England boss Roy Hodgson."

  100. 1000: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013- The contenders
    Sir Ben Ainslie

    Sir Ben Ainslie

    Age: 36 Sport: Sailing

    The most decorated sailor in Olympic history fulfilled a childhood dream in 2013 as part of a winning America's Cup team.

    He was drafted in as tactician and helped mastermind an unlikely victory for Oracle Team USA as they fought back from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8. Ainslie, who was knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours, is the first Briton in 110 years to be on board a winning America's Cup boat.

  101. 0958: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013

    To see a Vine announcing the 10 nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013, as well as celebrating the winners of the previous 59 editions, click here. For all the latest BBC Sports Personality of the Year news, we would also recommend following @bbcspoty.

  102. 0953: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Ajax 2-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona's first defeat of the season has led some players to question the squad's hunger. Defender Gerard Pique called it "the worst first half of football" the club has played this season as the Spanish champions lost in Amsterdam.

    Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was more critical of the Spanish leaders, saying: "It didn't look like we were there in the first half. There was a lack of intensity, a lack of hunger.''

    Pique says "the horrible" image Barcelona gave off was "unacceptable," while Fabregas says the Spanish league leaders were not prepared when their Dutch opponents started the game with such intensity.

  103. 0940: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY 2013
    BBC Sports Personality 2013 contenders

    Ten contenders have been shortlisted for next month's 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

    Athletes Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Hannah Cockroft are included along with tennis star Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Froome.

    Golfer Justin Rose, sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, jockey AP McCoy, cricketer Ian Bell and rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny also make the list. The public will vote for their favourite on Sunday, 15 December.

    Sportsday Live will feature each nominee as the day progresses.

  104.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Have Celtic underachieved in the Champions League this season? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook Page.

    Jack Newsome: Celtic are victims of their own success from last year so expectations were too high.

    Sam Carruthers: The loss of Wanyama/Hooper was a big blow and now they're rebuilding. Also, it's a tough Champions League group.

    Ben de Souza: They were just out played and well beaten by world class sides.

  105. 0930: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish winger Topsy Ojo signs a three-year contract extension and will remain with the club until the end of the 2016-17 season.

  106. 0927: 
    CRICKET

    Nepal qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 after defeating Hong Kong by five wickets

  107. 0924: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Celtic 0-3 AC Milan

    BBC Scotland senior football writer Alasdair Lamont: "Shorn of three of their stand-out players from last season's Champions League run - Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper and Kelvin Wilson - Celtic manager Neil Lennon wasn't allowed to replace like-for-like.

    "That trio left for a combined total of more than £20m, while Celtic accrued in excess of £22m as a result of their European success last time round.

    "Yet, their outlay on players this summer was less than £10m, not a sum to be sniffed at in Scottish football terms, but when it comes to trying to emulate last year's achievements, spending that amount on five players - Teemu Pukki, Derk Boerrigter, Virgil van Dijk, Amido Balde and Nir Biton - means you are asking the squad to overachieve."

    The Hoops beat Barcelona on their way to reaching the last 16 last season before losing to Juventus 5-0 on aggregate.

  108. 0921: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Celtic 0-3 AC Milan
    Celtic v AC Milan

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon after his team's home defeat means they will finish bottom of Group H: "We've competed again but that quality at the top end of the pitch has caught up with us.

    "Some of the players have covered themselves in glory, but it's mainly in the defensive end of the pitch that we're talking about here. I'm really disappointed with the two goals we've conceded from corners because we take a lot of pride in that. We lost our concentration.

    "Big moments in the game changed the course of the game. Milan took their chances when they came along, albeit we were contributors to our own downfall.

  109. 0912: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Radio Sheffield sports editor Paul Walker: I understand Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall is joining Coventry on loan until 4 January.

  110. 0909:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    More from England bowler Stuart Broad to BBC Radio 5 live: "Touring Australia we know how pro-Australia their media is, we saw that before the first Test match, but I think we have to be smart with that as a team.

    "I think we're very good at not letting that affect us."

  111. 0906: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Ajax 2-1 Barcelona

    An Ajax fan suffers "serious head injuries" after falling from the stand during his team's game with Barcelona on Tuesday.

    The man was taken to hospital in Amsterdam after falling around five metres from section 126 behind the goal into the moat towards the end of the first half.

    Ajax tweeted: "After 39 minutes in block 126 [south 1st ring] from row 1 a supporter fell in the moat. He was badly injured and taken to hospital."

  112. 0900: 
    CRICKET

    Scotland beat Italy by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi to reach the next stage of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying competition. Replying to Italy's 125-8, Scotland reach 126-3 with 15 deliveries to spare.

  113.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Following their early exit from the group stage, have Celtic underachieved in the Champions League this season? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Josh Briant: Celtic overachieved last year. The squad simply isn't good enough.

    Nathan Maxwell: Celtic don't have the quality to mirror the level of support they have and people need to realise this.

    Josh Barton: With the other teams in that group they were always going to finish last. Their league is part of the problem.

  114. 0849:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    England bowler Stuart Broad has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live. Asked about Australia captain Michael Clarke's sledging of England bowler James Anderson, Broad says: "The crime there really was the stump mic picking it up. I mean there's certainly been worse things said on a cricket field I'm sure.

    "I suppose with the TV cameras and the stump mics picking it up so clearly the ICC felt like they had too take action, but certainly back on the field there's a lot of respect between the two sides. You are playing country v country and you're in a battle and passions run high and it can go overboard from time to time.

    "It is up to the players to take responsibility and make sure it doesn't go too far. Just from a personal point of view, I thought this Test match was hard fought and aggressive but from my experience being out in the middle it didn't feel like it was over the top."

  115. 0842: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Basel 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after his team's 1-0 defeat to Basel on Tuesday: "A bad performance, a deserved defeat but because of other results, we qualify. That is the only positive thing from this night.

    "I did not like anything from the first minute. We started with a defensive mistake. The team only had a bit of stability and control in the second half. I felt the team was tired, they paid the price of the international break and a crucial match against West Ham.

    "There was no reaction from the players, and wrong decisions. I am not sad with them, as I understand they were not fresh. Maybe I should have made more changes, but after playing so well against West Ham, there was the temptation to play the same team."

  116. 0836: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Basel 1-0 Chelsea
    Basel v Chelsea

    Chelsea qualify for the knockout stages despite suffering a late 1-0 defeat in Basel on Tuesday.

    Mohamed Salah's goal three minutes from time earned victory for the Swiss side but Schalke's goalless draw with Steaua Bucharest means the Blues cannot slip to third in Group E.

    They will be disappointed by their display in Switzerland as they did not register a shot on target. Petr Cech made several saves before Salah steered in to seal the win.

  117. 0830:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    More from England bowler Stuart Broad on Jonathan Trott's early Ashes exit: "Trotty's obviously been around the England set up for the last four or five years and is a hugely popular member.

    "First of all he knows he's got all the support of everyone out here. I don't suppose the squad were overly aware of the trouble he had, but it all turns to making sure he gets right now. Everyone over here in Australia is hoping he does that as soon as he can."

  118.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Celtic are out of the Champions League after losing four of their five group games. Hoops manager Neil Lennon reacted to Tuesday's 3-0 home defeat to AC Milan by saying: "If we're going to look to the future and continue to play in the Champions League, we have to improve with the squad we have now and we have to improve on recruitment as well for next year."

    Have the champions of Scotland under-achieved or was it always going to be a struggle for them to progress in a group also containing Barcelona and Ajax?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  119. 0817:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    England bowler Stuart Broad says the gruelling schedules players face may have exacerbated the problem that led to Jonathan Trott's early Ashes exit.

    Batsman Trott, 32, has flown back to the UK from Australia because of a long-standing stress-related condition.

    Broad tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We can do 270 or 280 nights a year in hotel rooms, which can get quite hard, especially with guys missing their families. The most important thing is that players recover and get right again."

  120. 0813:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerCHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille
    Arsenal players congratulate Jack Wilshere after the midfielder scored against Marseille

    "Jack Wilshere has inevitably been paying the price for a career so often unfortunately interrupted by injury and it is clear England manager Roy Hodgson will have him in mind for a starting role in Brazil if he puts a sequence of his best form together.

    Hodgson, like Arsene Wenger, will want goals from midfield as he surveys his options for Brazil."

    Read more of Phil's blog on the BBC Sport website.

  121. 0809: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team face a tricky game against Napoli but demanded that they "finish the job" to progress in the Champions League.

    The Gunners are three points clear at the top of Group F after their comfortable 2-0 win over Marseille. It means Wenger's men only need to avoid a three-goal defeat in Naples in December to reach the knockout stages.

    Wenger says: "It would be a mistake to think we just don't have to lose big." Jack Wilshere scored both of Arsenal's goals.

  122. 0805: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    We start with three stories that make the Gossip page from Wednesday's national newspapers:

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, has agreed a £90,000-a-week January switch to Major League Soccer side FC Toronto. (Daily Mirror)

    Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is on the brink of losing his job after spending big in the summer but making a less than impressive start to the season. (Guardian)

    Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27 has opened the door for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal by saying he will assess his Newcastle United future in the summer. (Daily Star)

  123. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE
    Celtic fans at the end of their team's Champions League home defeat to AC Milan

    Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We reflect on a mixed night of fortunes for British clubs in the Champions League.

    Chelsea lose but edge through, Arsenal win but still have work to do while Celtic bow out with a game to go. Will Manchester United join neighbours Manchester City in the last 16? Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia might have something to say about that as his Bayer Leverkusen prepare to host United. Will Joe Hart make a successful return to City's line-up against the Czech Republic's Viktoria Plzen?

    In addition, we will run down the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013 and bring you all the breaking news from across the world of sport.

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