Sportsday - Thursday's sports news at it happened

Football match-fixing, seven Premier League news conferences, plus Spurs, Swansea and Wigan in Europa League.

28 November 2013 Last updated at 07:59

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  1. 1856: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That's it for Sportsday - it will return at 0800 GMT on Friday.

    In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all of the night's Europa League action on the BBC Sport website.

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Will Perry from 19:00 GMT features news of England's Ashes tour, rugby union chat with Dwayne Peel, Chris Jones and Paul Grayson and a look ahead to Saturday's rugby league World Cup final with Brian Noble.

  2. 1850: 
    HOCKEY

    England will hope to finally land gold when they line up among the top eight nations in women's hockey at the World League Final in Argentina.

    Coach Jason Lee's squad open against Korea in San Miguel de Tucuman on Saturday, with the Netherlands and Germany completing a daunting Pool A.

    England lost to Germany on penalties in the EuroHockey final in August.

  3. 1842: 
    BOXING

    The WBA and IBF super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch wants to round off his career by fighting in Las Vegas, with Andre Ward or Julio César Chávez Jr his preferred opponents.

    Froch stopped fellow Briton George Groves to retain his titles at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night and although Groves wants a re-match, Froch is keen for a different challenge.

    "Las Vegas is the fight capital," he told BBC East Midlands Today. "To finish in a massive fight would be better than going over old ground. I've boxed in America numerous times, but it would be an honour to fight somewhere like Las Vegas because I've never done that under the big lights with all the glitz and the glamour on the main stage."

  4. 1832: 
    SNOOKER

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the Barbican Centre, York: Barry Hawkins admitted he has struggled to get motivated following his superb run to last season's World Championship final.

    The world number eight cruised into the second round of the UK Championship, beating Alexander Ursenbacher 6-0.

    He said: "Hopefully I can have a decent run here. I haven't really done much since the Worlds. To be honest, I think I lost a bit of interest since then. It sounds a bit funny but I found it hard to get motivated at home. But I haven't really done as well as I would have liked so I have put some more hours in and hopefully things will kickstart from here."

  5. 1827: 
    FOOTBALL

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans have failed in their attempt to change the time and venue for their League Cup semi-final against Hearts.

    The match will be played on Sunday 2 February with a 12:15 GMT kick-off at Easter Road in Edinburgh.

    Inverness fans said the Scottish Professional Football League pledged to help with travel plans.

  6. 1817: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Mike Tindall has admitted he would retire at the end of the season if it becomes the "right thing" for Gloucester.

    The World Cup winner, 35, revealed his 17th top-flight campaign could prove his last, if he thinks calling it day would most benefit the Cherry and Whites but he confirmed he will seek to stay at Kingsholm next season, whether continuing his player-coach role or focusing on a full-time management brief.

    "It's tough at the moment, I still love playing and I've played 11 games this year already. I'm playing regularly and I feel good when I'm playing. But at the same time it's about what's right for the club. So it's finding that balance," he said.

  7. 1805: 
    MATCH-FIXING INVESTIGATION

    Two men have been charged with conspiracy to defraud as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into football match-fixing.

    The men, who are alleged to be members of an international illegal betting syndicate based in Singapore, are among six people arrested earlier this week as part of the investigation.

    A seventh man has since been arrested and he and four others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

  8. 1758: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has joined Championship club Middlesbrough on an emergency loan deal, subject to Premier League clearance.

    The 37-year-old has joined Boro, who are currently 19th in the Championship, until 29 December, and will be available for their home match against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

  9. 1751: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Robbie Savage tackles the week's football talking points in 'Savage Says' and gives his views on Manchester City's contrasting home and away form, Manchester United's Ryan Giggs turning 40, and discusses the pressure on Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.

  10. 1744: 
    FOOTBALL

    It is a busy night of Europa League football with Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan all in action.

    Spurs are first in action as they take on Norwegian side Tromso. Kick-off is at 18:00 GMT and you can follow the latest from all of the games on the BBC Sport website.

  11. 1738: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton has reprimanded striker Luciano Becchio for going public with his frustrations over a lack of opportunities, but maintains his "door is always open" for a private chat.

    The 29-year-old Argentine striker, signed from Leeds in January, spoke out over being "mystified" as to why he had not been given a chance to lead the Canaries' attack.

    "We have a policy here at the club, and Luciano knows that should not have gone out in the paper, but that is something between myself and Luciano," said Hughton. "He is a good lad and my door is always open. What he has done is make everyone aware of the frustrations he feels. What he has to do is make those clear through the appropriate channels."

  12. 1728: 
    SNOOKER

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the Barbican Centre, York: Jimmy White has gone 5-3 up against Michele Walsey and is just one frame from reaching the second round at York. The Whirlwind edged a tense eighth frame, potting blue, pink and black to win by a point.

  13. 1725: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Premiership Rugby - the umbrella body of the English top-flight clubs - have already said they will not participate in any tournament organised by European Rugby Cup, who run the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup. It is not yet know what the stance of the four Welsh regions will be.

    There is speculation that the English clubs could set up a tournament involving South African clubs, or even expand the number of teams in the Premiership.

    Premiership Rugby are set to release a statement on the matter.

  14. 1717: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Plans for a breakaway European club rugby union tournament to rival the Heineken Cup have received a significant blow following a change of mind by France's top clubs.

    English and French clubs gave notice 17 months ago to pull out of the Heineken Cup and organise a tournament to be called the Rugby Champions' Cup instead. The four Welsh regions later signalled their intention to join the new competition.

    But at a meeting on Thursday, the French Top 14 clubs voted to make a U-turn and remain in the Heineken Cup next season along with teams from Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

  15. 1706: 
    GOLF

    Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen has continued his good form into the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

    Madsen won last week's South Africa Open and leads by a shot from South Africa's Allan Versfeld and Ricardo Santos of Portugal after the first round at Leopard Creek.

    Defending champion and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is a further shot adrift.

  16. 1655: 
    FOOTBALL- Tromso v Tottenham (1800 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter: Our team tonight: Friedel, Naughton, Chiriches, Dawson, Fryers, Capoue, Dembele, Chadli, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Soldado. Subs: Archer, Fredericks, Vertonghen, Holtby, Lamela, McEvoy, Coulthirst.

    Michael Dawson and Roberto Soldado are the only survivors from Sunday's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City as manager Andre Villas-Boas makes nine changes to his starting side.

    Brad Friedel, Zeki Fryers, Nacer Chadli and Kyle Naughton are all given rare starts while Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend also come in with Spurs already qualified for the knockout stages, but looking for a victory which will guarantee them top place in Group K.

  17. 1653: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Radio Derby's Owen Bradley: Derby are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester United defender Michael Keane.

  18. 1651: 
    FOOTBALL

    After the earlier news that England striker Toni Duggan is to leave Everton, the 22-year-old has been announced as Manchester City's newest signing.

    Duggan joins on a three-year deal and follows in the footsteps of international teammates Jill Scott and Karen Bardsley.

    "I'm delighted to get the move finished," she said. "City have always been a big club and when I met with them, I found that their plans for the women's game are massive. They're looking to take the game to the next level and that's what it needs.

  19. 1647: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City striker Harry Bunn, 21, joins Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan until 6 January, the Premier League club announce.

  20. 1643: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE- Tromso v Tottenham (1800 GMT)
    Tromso v Spurs

    Tottenham are just over an hour away from kick-off in Norway and a snow clearing operation is taking place on the pitch at Tromso's Alfheim Stadium. It is going to be a night for gloves - for both fans and players.

  21. 1634: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller, 26, joins Championship rivals Yeovil Town on loan until 2 January.

  22. 1630: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke says he is confident 20-year-old England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino will sign a new contract within 24 hours.

    Clarke tells the West Brom website: ""It will be great for Saido because he's a young boy and he's maybe become a little bit distracted by the fact it's been going on for so long. That's been a little negative for the whole situation, but there are not too many negatives surrounding Saido this season."

    Berahino scored six goals in nine West Brom appearances this season, including the winner in a 2-1 win at Manchester United on 28 September.

  23. 1616: 
    SNOOKER

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the Barbican Centre, York: Last year's World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins looks well set to move into the final 64 at the UK Championship. Hawkins, who had a sniff of a 147 break in his match against Swiss star Alexander Ursenbacher, is 3-0 up and seemingly coasting into the second round.

    But the ever-popular Jimmy White, now ranked 60th in the world, is not having things all his own way against world number 74 Michael Wasley. White was 3-1 up but a half-century break has got Wasley to within a frame.

  24. 1611: 
    FOOTBALL

    League Two Scunthorpe United announce that caretaker manager Russ Wilcox will stay in charge until the New Year. The team have won twice away from home since the 49-year-old former defender was put in charge following last week's sacking of Brian Laws.

  25.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Tom Watson at Turnberry

    Who are the greatest long-serving sports stars? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Thomas Dodd on Twitter: Tom Watson almost winning the 2009 Open at Turnberry, aged 59!

    Nik King on Twitter: John McGuiness, king of the mountain is 41 and has 20 IOM TT wins and counting! True motorcycle legend.

    Gregory Leon on Twitter: Jose Luis Carranza, captain of Universitario de Deportes, 19 years at the club, 7 league titles! True Peruvian football legend.

  26. 1606: 
    FOOTBALL- Aston Villa v Sunderland (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet warns his side must "improve massively" if they are to avoid relegation, according to the Daily Mirror. The Black Cats are bottom of the Premier League table, three points from safety, after losing their last five away games.

    Poyet says: "I have been talking to the players. It doesn't look like it is psychological. But there is a time limit. It can't go on forever. Sendings-off, unlucky goals - I don't want any more excuses.

    "We need to improve away from home dramatically and keep the good home form going."

  27. 1556: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney admits his side are the underdogs going into Saturday's World Cup final against Australia, which is live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    "Looking at their team, we're well aware of the calibre of player they have," said Kearney, who is looking to become the first coach to retain the title in the 59 years of the World Cup. "We do start as underdogs but the lads are confident that, if they can bring their best performance on Saturday then we give ourselves a great opportunity."

  28. 1548: 
    FOOTBALL

    The red card mistakenly awarded to Preston's Neil Kilkenny instead of teammate Joe Garner in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Port Vale, has now been transferred to striker Garner, who went on to score both the goals in the match.

    Garner will now serve a three-match suspension.

  29. 1543: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    New Zealand have ruled second rower Frank Pritchard out of Saturday's World Cup final against Australia after the experienced Penrith forward failed to recover from the hamstring injury that forced him to sit out last Saturday's semi-final victory over England.

    Coach Stephen Kearney has called up former Leeds second rower Greg Eastwood, who is one of four survivors from the Kiwis' World Cup-winning team from 2008, and he will be vying with Alex Glenn to replace Pritchard.

    Kearney has also included Jason Nightingale in his 19-man squad to provide cover for first-choice wingers Manu Vatuvei and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who have slight injury concerns.

    New Zealand: J Bromwich, G Eastwood, K Foran, A Glenn, B Goodwin, S Johnson, S Kasiano, K Locke, I Luke, S Mannnering, B Matulino, J Nightingale, F-P Nu'uausala, E Taylor, R Tuivasa-Sheck, M Vatuvei, J Waerea-Hargreaves, D Whare, S B Williams.

  30. 1538: 
    FOOTBALL

    New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis, whose team travel to Norwich on Saturday: "The reason I have joined is to stay in the Premier League, if I thought we'd just go down and try to come back up again I wouldn't have joined. The attitude of the players so far has been first class."

  31. 1533: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former England captain Steve Borthwick, who won 57 international caps and captained England 21 times, says he will retire on his "own terms" at the end of the season. The 34-year-old began his professional career at Bath in 1998 before moving to Saracens five years ago.

    "Very few players have the chance to retire on their own terms," he explains. "Saracens did ask me if I'd like to carry on but I feel that the time is right for me to finish playing at the end of the season."

  32. 1525:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Will Perry from 19:00 GMT features news of England's Ashes tour, rugby union chat with Dwayne Peel, Chris Jones and Paul Grayson and a look ahead to Saturday's rugby league World Cup final with Brian Noble.

  33. 1516: 
    FOOTBALL
    Andros Townsend

    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, as his side look to bounce back from Sunday's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City against Tromso in the Europa League tonight at 18:00 GMT and again against Manchester United this weekend.

    On the Spurs Twitter feed he says: "First and foremost it's important to bounce back from the poor result on Sunday. We're just looking to go out and win the game and hopefully put ourselves in good spirits come United on Sunday."

  34. 1508: 
    SNOOKER

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the Barbican Centre, York: "Ken Doherty's UK Championship is over. The former World Champion has just lost 6-5 to John Astley in a thrilling final-frame decider. Jimmy White, a man whose glittering career had almost everything except a world title crown, is one of the next men in action in this afternoon matches in York. White, who plays Michael Wasley, looked calm and relaxed as he waited for the morning games to conclude."

  35. 1500: 
    DIVING

    The world's leading divers will return to the UK next year for the Fina/NVC Diving World Series which will be the first international event to be held in the London Aquatics Centre since the 2012 Olympic Games.

    The event, which will take place from 25-27 April, will be the first international competition hosted by the venue since works to transform it from Olympic Games to legacy mode have been completed.

  36. 1452: 
    SNOOKER

    More first-round UK Championship scores from York, Nigel Bond beats Craig Steadman 6-3, Stuart Carrington beats Ben Woollaston 6-2 and Michael Holt sees off Lee Page 6-1.

  37. 1448: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth will be out for at least four months after he undergoes surgery next week for a foot injury. The 22-year-old second rower will have an operation on Monday and is unlikely to return before April.

    Etzebeth, who has been nominated for this year's IRB player of the year award, suffered the injury in South Africa's season-ending 19-10 win over France in Paris on Saturday.

  38. 1444: 
    SNOOKER

    Former world number two Ali Carter has complained about the new format and cramped conditions after making the second round of the UK Championship in York

    Carter said a first round with 128 players competing was not working.

    "It's not for me this flat draw. I don't think the venue can accommodate it," the Chelmsford man said. "When you are right on the side cushion, you cannot walk into your shot,"

  39. 1429: 
    WINTER SPORTS

    In this month's 'Inspire: The Olympic Journey', Katherine Grainger meets world skeleton bobsleigh champion Shelley Rudman and talks to her about how she is combining training for the Winter Olympics in Sochi with home tutoring her six-year-old daughter Ella.

  40. 1418: 
    SNOOKER

    Former world champion Graeme Dott moves into the second round of the UK Championship in York after a 6-2 win over Scotland's Fraser Patrick. Ali Carter is also through after a 6-1 victory against Thailand's Ratchayothin Yotharuck while Ireland's David Morris beat Jamie Cope 6-4 and Jimmy Robertson was a 6-3 winner over China's Li Yan.

  41.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan

    As Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs prepares to celebrate his 40th birthday on Friday, who are your favourite long-serving sports stars? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook Page.

    Wasim Khan: Imran Khan. Captained Pakistan to a World Cup victory in 1992 at the age of 39 and scored 72 in the final.

    Tom Gooch: Kevin Poole, still making the bench for Burton Albion at 50.

    Chris Shenton: How has no one mentioned the American football legend that is Brett Favre yet? 297 consecutive starts over 18.5 seasons and played into his 40s.

  42. 1411: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Billy Slater has been included in Australia's 19-man squad for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final against New Zealand at Old Trafford.

    Slater suffered a knee injury in the quarter-final win over the United States and a final decision on his fitness will be made on the day of the match

    Squad: Cameron Smith, Greg Bird, Darius Boyd, Daly Cherry-Evans, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Fifita, Jarryd Hayne, Paul Gallen, Greg Inglis, Brett Morris, Nate Myles, Josh Papalii, Corey Parker, Matthew Scott, Billy Slater, James Tamou, Brent Tate, Sam Thaiday, Johnathan Thurston.

  43. 1359: 
    MATCH-FIXING ALLEGATIONS

    The BBC understands that one of the six men arrested as part of the football match-fixing investigation is Delroy Facey, aged 33.

  44. 1357: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    New Leeds signing Andy Yates will miss the start of the 2014 Super League season after rupturing his Achilles just four weeks into his career at Headingley.

    The St Helens-born prop, who has joined the Rhinos from Hunslet, is facing a six-month lay-off after undergoing surgery

  45. 1352: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE- Tromso v Tottenham (1800 GMT)

    Tottenham's Andros Townsend says he is confident the team will deal with Tromso's artificial playing surface.

    Speaking ahead of Thursday's tie, the 22-year-old says: "I think we've all dealt with it before - we've been out to places like Russia so we know how cold it's going to be.

    "Their synthetic pitch is the main worry but we're footballers, we're all professionals so it's something that we can deal with and hopefully we can get the three points."

  46. 1345: 
    ROWING

    Double Olympic champion Tom James retires from professional rowing to focus on a career in business consultancy. The 29-year-old Briton won gold in Beijing and London in the coxless fours.

  47. 1341: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea FC on Twitter: All at Chelsea wish former Arsenal assistant Pat Rice a very speedy recovery from cancer. One of football's finest.

  48. 1327: 
    WINTER SPORTS

    GB bobsleigh pilots John Jackson and Paula Walker tell BBC Sport that the Sochi Olympic sliding track is more technically challenging than at Vancouver 2010.

    The pair completed their final training runs in Russia earlier this month and will not be allowed back on until the Winter Games commence in February.

    "With Vancouver I clicked straight away, but with this [Sochi] I have struggled," says Walker. "It's incredibly difficult to be quick on the track because of the three uphill sections, which can be challenging and if you make a mistake you're not losing a couple of hundredths of a second, like on other tracks, you're talking tenths of a second - which in bobsleigh is catastrophic."

  49. 1325: 
    FOOTBALL

    Some more on the latest Fifa world rankings. Scotland move up two places to 33rd but Wales drop 12 to 56th. Northern Ireland remain at 90th while the Republic of Ireland fall seven places to 67th.

  50. 1320: 
    MATCH-FIXING ALLEGATIONS

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calls for the allegations of match-fixing in English football to be investigated.

    Clegg tells LBC Radio: "It needs to be looked at. Like any person who follows football I've read accounts of football match fixing in other countries and thought there by the grace of god go we.

    "To hear that it's now being investigated here, there have been arrests in the Midlands, is very worrying. I hope that's the sum total of it. It would be terrible if we look back in months and years to come and discover this is the tip of (the iceberg)."

  51. 1309: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: And.....we have landed! Phew.

    Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing 400m above the runway as they flew to Germany for Wednesday's Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen, which they won 5-0.

  52. 1306: 
    GOLF

    English teenager Charley Hull is three shots off the lead after the opening round of the Hero's Women's India Open in Delhi.

    The 17-year-old rookie sank four birdies, with a dropped shot on the par-four 13th her only error. "Overall I'm happy because three under on this course is good," she says.

  53.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Rubens Barrichello

    Apart from Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, who turns 40 on Friday, which other sporting stars have or are currently proving age is no barrier? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Michael Edwards on Twitter: Rubens Barrichello. Compteted at the highest level for 18 years until he was 39.

    Alex Lea on Twitter: Boxer Bernard Hopkins, 48 and recently defended a world title belt.

    Carl Hughes on Twitter: Roger Milla, the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history.

  54. 1259: 
    CRICKET

    Scotland have missed out on a place at next year's World T20 finals after losing their final qualifier to the Netherlands by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi.

    The Scots made 147/6 after winning the toss and opting to bat but Netherlands started their innings strongly with Ben Cooper making 40 while Michael Swart (30 not out) and Wesley Barresi (75 not out) combined for a stand of 80 to guide their side to 149/2 with 13 balls to spare.

  55. 1250: 
    ATHLETICS

    The 2014 Diamond League series will start in Doha on 9 May, with London hosting a two-day event on 11 and 12 July and Birmingham on 24 August before the season climax in Brussels on 5 September.

    The series showcases 32 event disciplines which are distributed among the meetings.

  56. 1243: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest on Twitter: Striker Marcus Tudgay has joined Barnsley on loan until 3 January."

  57. 1242: 
    FOOTBALL

    England striker Toni Duggan is to leave Everton Ladies.

    The 22-year-old has rejected a new contract offer from the Blues and has decided to move on.

    "Leaving Everton is by far the hardest decision I have ever had to make," she said. "As hard as it is, I just feel now is the time to move on and continue to challenge myself to become the best player I can be."

  58. 1234: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes Reds manager Brendan Rodgers will sign another left-back in January after Jose Enrique underwent knee surgery.

    In his Liverpool Daily Post column, Lawrenson says: "Aly Cissokho isn't good enough. But Liverpool wouldn't necessarily have to go out and buy a left-back, especially if Rodgers wants to stick with Enrique. Another loan deal would be ideal, although it's never easy to sign players in the January transfer window."

  59. 1234: 
    CRICKET

    Netherlands are 95-2 after 12 overs of their World T20 qualifier against Scotland, chasing the Scots' total of 147-6.

  60. 1231: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson says the squad "can never forget" their 6-1 mauling by Aston Villa in April.

    The Black Cats travel to Villa Park on Saturday, their first visit since a second-half collapse saw then-manager Paolo Di Canio suffer the first loss of his ultimately short reign.

    "We still remember the pain as a squad, an experience like that won't go away quickly," Larsson told BBC Newcastle.

  61. 1223: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Real Madrid 4-1 Galatasaray

    Gareth Bale says Real Madrid have all it takes to end a 12-year Champions League title drought after a convincing win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.

    Former Tottenham forward Bale, who scored in the game, adds: "There are no limits to what we can achieve in the competition. We have a good chance of winning the Champions League this year."

  62. 1219: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crawley Town have placed chief scout Martin Hinshelwood and striker Gary Alexander in "interim charge" after sacking Richie Barker yesterday.

  63. 1215: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Watch as New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams receives an impromptu haka from his Kiwi team-mates after winning the Rugby League International Federation's player of the year award.

  64.  
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    Steve Menzies

    It is an early Happy Birthday to Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs who turns 40 on Friday. But which other sporting stars are proving age is no barrier to success? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Conor Morgan on Twitter: Jens Voigt has been a cult hero in cycling for many years and is still controlling the Peloton at 42!

    Andy Pearce on Twitter: Phil Taylor...at 53 yrs old, still top of the world & has been for 20 years. Outlasted all other pretenders to the throne

    Anthony Creasey on Twitter: Steve Menzies is up there! Has only just retired from rugby league at 39, and all this after a knee reconstruction in his 20s

  65. 1204: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bolton Wanderers striker Craig Davies will not be joining Wolves on loan reports BBC Radio Manchester.

    Club manager Dougie Freedman says the League One leaders have pulled out of the deal to sign the 27-year-old who has played eight times for Bolton this season, without scoring a goal.

  66. 1200: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barcelona have given an update on the condition of star player Lionel Messi, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

    The Argentine will travel to Buenos Aires on Friday and will be joined by a club doctor and physical trainer in mid-December for the final phase of his recuperation, which is expected to require six to eight weeks in total.

    "The latest tests on the player have shown that the recovery programme is going to plan," says the club website.

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  68. 1155: 
    MATCH-FIXING ALLEGATIONS

    Following the earlier news that six men have been arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency investigating alleged match fixing in English football, the Football Conference has issued a statement.

    It says: "The Football Conference has become aware of a story published today concerning arrests being made over alleged match fixing.

    "The Football Conference takes all matters relating to the integrity of the game very seriously but it cannot make any comment on today's story as it would be inappropriate to do so."

  69. 1150: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic fans in the Green Brigade have defended their actions despite a Uefa disciplinary charge over a banner display.

    Banners with a slogan depicting Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands and Scottish warrior William Wallace in the AC Milan game have fallen foul of Uefa.

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell accused the fans of damaging the club's reputation but the fans defended their right to "cultural and political expression".

  70. 1142: 
    WINTER SPORT

    Eve Muirhead's Scotland rink have ended the round-robin stage at European Curling Championships in Norway with nine wins from nine matches.

    They top the standings after sweeping aside Switzerland, who finish in second place in the round-robin table, 13-3 and the two sides will meet again in Friday's first versus second play-off for a place in the final.

    The Scotland men face Denmark in Thursday's 3-4 page play-off.

  71.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Former Liverpool player Ian Callaghan

    Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs turns 40 on Friday. Which sporting stars have defied the odds to carry on when their rivals packed in long ago? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Noz on Twitter: Former Liverpool player Ian Callaghan. 983 games, 5 league titles, 2 European Cups, 2 FA Cups, 2 Uefa Cups, 1 World Cup, 23 years a pro.

    Leo on Twitter: 6ft 2,eyes of blue, he's coming after you...Billy Bonds.

    David Hodson on Twitter: Paolo Maldini is a legend. 24 years at the heart of the Milan defence - playing into his 40s.

  72. 1134: 
    CRICKET

    Scotland make 147-6 from their 20 overs in the must-win World Twenty20 qualifier against the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi, Matt Machan making 61 and Michael Leask striking five sixes in 58.

    The winner goes through to next year's finals in Bangladesh.

  73. 1127: 
    ATHLETICS

    World triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho of France undergoes surgery after fracturing his left shinbone in a training session. It is not yet clear how long the 24-year-old will be sidelined for.

  74. 1125: 
    FOOTBALL

    Football Association on Twitter: #EnglandU19s will play Ukraine, Montenegro and Scotland in their Euro Elite qualifying round in May. Hosts TBC.

  75. 1123: 
    FOOTBALL

    Premier League bosses confirm the appointment of Dan Hunt as its new head of elite performance. Hunt switches to football from cycling, having previously been the sports director at Team Sky.

    Hunt says: "It is clear that the delivery of the Elite Player Performance Plan is a huge priority for the Premier League and for clubs.

    "I am looking forward to helping at this very exciting time, using the knowledge and skills I have gained from working with some of the top athletes and coaches in cycling, and from being involved in global competitions like the Tour de France and two Olympic Games."

  76. 1117: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United on Twitter: Jesse Lingard's loan deal at Birmingham City has been extended until 1 January 2014. He's scored six goals in seven games so far.

  77. 1115: 
    ASHES

    More from Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is pushing to make his Test debut for England in the second match of the Ashes series starting in Adelaide on 5 December.

    "There are three guys who have the chance to get into that number six spot," the 22-year-old Stokes tells reporters ahead of the team's two-day practice game in Alice Springs on Friday.

    "Whether it's me, or Gary Ballance or Jonny Bairstow... we've got the next two days to go out there and put our hand up."

  78. 1110: 
    FOOTBALL- Newcastle v West Brom (Saturday, 1730 GMT)

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew on the futures of France midfielder Yohan Cabaye and captain Fabricio Coloccini: "If you want to ask me if I want to play in the Champions League I do, absolutely and Yohan wants to play in the Champions League.

    "But we want him to do that here, we are trying to build that but it is difficult and it is only players like Yohan Cabaye who will get us there. For him to have ambitions to play in the Champions League, I have absolutely no problem with that, none whatsoever and we have geared him up to have a fantastic World Cup so he is in great shape at the minute.

    "As far as Colo is concerned, he is our captain, and of course it is well documented that last year the pangs of home were pulling on him. But he is a professional, he has been brilliant for us."

  79. 1102: 
    ASHES

    All-rounder Ben Stokes, 22, says he has learned from his last time in Australia in February when he was sent home from the England Lions tour for disciplinary reasons.

    Stokes, back in Australia with the England Test squad, says: "I did set myself out to change it all around and get [team director] Andy Flower thinking 'this guy's serious in what he wants to do'.

    "You put in the hard work and you get rewards. I looked at the bigger picture and thought 'I'm in this profession to play at the highest level'."

  80. 1058: 
    CYCLING

    Tour de France organisers Amaury Sports Organisation say that the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France will be a 13.7km individual time-trial.

  81.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Greg Hancock

    Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs turns 40 on Friday. Which sporting stars have defied the odds to carry on when their rivals packed in long ago? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Simon Mignolet on Twitter: Greg Hancock - still a speedway legend after 20-plus years service.

    Alan Hill on Twitter: Glen Little (38) Scott McGleish (39) at Wealdstone FC.

    David Ingham on Twitter: Steve Redgrave at 38 - competing and winning at the highest level in an unbelievably hard physical sport for 20 years. Legend.

  82. 1044: 
    CRICKET

    Scotland are in action in the final World T20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi and having won the toss and electing to bat, are 68-2 against the Netherlands after 10 overs

    Matt Machan (38) and Michael Leask (27) have steadied the ship after openers Richie Berrington and Calum McLeod were both dismissed for ducks.

    The winners of the match will qualify for next spring's finals in Bangladesh.

  83. 1043: 
    SWIMMING

    Michael Phelps's long-term coach Bob Bowman says the 28-year-old American can challenge for medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics if he decides to return to competitive swimming.

    Phelps retired after winning an unprecedented 22nd Olympic medal at the London Games last year but he signed up for drug-testing in May, which would make him eligible for competition in March 2014.

  84. 1039: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle United defender James Tavernier, 22, joins League One Rotherham United on loan until 2 January.

  85. 1035: 
    FORMULA 1

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone may face a fresh court battle over the sport's bribery scandal. German bank BayernLB have applied for access to documentary evidence used in the ongoing High Court civil lawsuit against the 83-year-old.

  86. 1033:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport2014 WORLD CUP
    World Cup stadium accident

    Fifa insists it has no plans to move the 2014 World Cup away from Brazil after the latest setback to preparations for next summer's tournament.

    Senior sources within world football's governing body continue to insist 'there is no plan B' for the World Cup as investigations continue into the fatal accident at one of the stadiums on Wednesday.

    Two workmen were killed as a crane collapsed onto the stadium that is due to host the opening match of the World Cup in less than 200 days. An investigation into what caused the accident is expected to begin today.

  87. 1027: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Widnes head coach Denis Betts is handed a two-year extension to his existing contract at the club. The 44-year-old has been in charge since May 2010 and the new deal will see him there until at least 2016.

  88. 1025: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from Bristol City vice-chairman Jon Lansdown on Sean O'Driscoll's departure as manager: "The league table does not lie. We are currently in the relegation zone and have been there for most of the season.

    "This is not acceptable and the board feels that it needs to take action to try and rectify this. We need to move to ensure that results on the pitch keep up with progress off the pitch."

  89. 1021: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England and Tottenham striker Gary Lineker on Twitter: Very sorry to hear that Pat Rice is unwell. A great man of football and Arsenal. Wish him all the very best.

  90. 1018: 
    FOOTBALL

    John Rooney, the younger brother of Manchester United and England striker Wayne, joins Conference side Chester on a one-month loan deal from Bury.

    The 22-year-old forward signed a 12-month contract with Bury in July following a trial at Gigg Lane but has only made four appearances for the League Two club, three of them as a substitute.

  91. 1017: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign hooker Paul McShane from Leeds Rhinos on a two-year contract. The 23-year-old was on the transfer list after not playing for Leeds in the final five games of last season.

  92.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall

    Which sporting stars have defied the odds to carry on playing when their rivals packed in long ago? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Michael Hewitt on Facebook: Neville Southall was playing in the Premier League at 41/42 (played for Bradford City against Leeds). Diego Ormaechea played in the Rugby Union World Cup at age 40 in 1999.

    Justin Mabla Karimatseng on Facebook: Look no further than Floyd Mayweather, definition of the word 'legend'.

  93. 1012: 
    GOLF

    Masters champion Adam Scott fires a course record 62 to for a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Australian Open in Sydney.

    The home favourite started with six successive birdies and had 10 in total to beat the record at Royal Sydney by three shots and lead American John Young Kim and Canadian Ryan Yip.

    Rory McIlroy suffered from putting troubles and is in a share of 16th place, seven shots off the lead, after a 69.

  94.  
    NEW BBC SPORT LIVE PAGE
    New BBC live page screengrab

    BBC Sport is changing the way it covers live events online. As part of this change, we have launched an early beta version of our new live page.

    The new approach is part of a BBC-wide plan to improve coverage of Britain's biggest social and cultural events.

    Over the coming weeks and months, we will be enhancing these new live pages with improved integration of video, audio, text commentary and data across mobile, tablet and desktop.

    Please have a look at a beta version of today's Sportsday. You can tell us what you think of the page by completing our online survey.

  95. 1007: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Brendon Mitchell on Twitter: Bristol City part company with Sean O'Driscoll. In the overall context, it's not that surprising - but personally find the timing bizarre.

  96. 1002: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sean O'Driscoll leaves League One strugglers Bristol City.

    The 56-year-old was appointed in January on a 12-month rolling contract but could not save the club from relegation from the Championship. City are currently 22nd in the table - two points from safety.

    In an e-mail to supporters revealing the news, the club's vice-chairman Jon Lansdown writes: "We have given the situation as much time as we could to improve but have become increasingly concerned about the club's league position and have decided that a change of head coach will give the club the best possible chance of improving this."

  97. 1000: 
    FOOTBALL

    Despite securing World Cup qualification, England's two friendly defeats by Chile and Germany see them drop three places to 13th in the latest Fifa world rankings.

    Spain are still top ahead of Germany, Argentina and Colombia but Portugal have moved up to fifth after their two play-off wins over Sweden.

  98. 0951: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal full-back and assistant manager Pat Rice, who served the Premier League club for 44 years, has been admitted to hospital with cancer.

    The 64-year-old was manager Arsene Wenger's right-hand man from 1996 before leaving the Gunners in May 2012.

    An Arsenal statement reads: "We can sadly confirm Pat Rice is in hospital receiving treatment for cancer. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends him our best wishes. Our thoughts are with Pat and his family."

  99. 0945: 
    FORMULA 1

    Following the news that Ross Brawn will be leaving Mercedes at the end of the year, executive directors Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe will take over the running of the team.

    Brawn says: "The succession planning that we have implemented during this year means we are now ready to conduct the transition from my current responsibilities to a new leadership team composed of Toto and Paddy."

    The 59-year-old has yet to announce any future plans and insiders believe he will take a break while he considers his next move.

  100. 0942:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerCHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Manchester City 4-2 Viktoria Plzen

    Manchester City survived anxious moments before the power of their attacking play secured another Champions League win. The result is unlikely to help City hit top spot in Group D - with a three-goal margin of victory required in their final game against holders Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

    But City once again demonstrated their capacity to score goals which will make them very dangerous opposition as they enter the knockout phase for the first time, having scored 41 goals in 10 games at home this season.

    It was a good night for recalled goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was blameless for Plzen's goals and distinguished himself with a couple of fine saves when they did get through.

  101. 0936: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Fly-half Quade Cooper will play his 50th Test for Australia on Saturday after being named in the Wallabies side to play Wales in the final match of their European tour.

    Adam Ashley-Cooper returns at centre alongside Christian Leali'ifano while Nick Cummins is named on the wing.

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has also reshuffled his bench with hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, prop Benn Robinson, lock Kane Douglas, back rower Dave Dennis and centre Mike Harris all included.

  102. 0934: 
    CRICKET

    Hong Kong qualify for next year's World T20 finals, beating Papua New Guinea by 29 runs in their qualifier in Abu Dhabi.

    After making 137 in their 20 overs, they restricted PNG to 108-9.

    The final place at the tournament in Bangladesh is up for grabs later as Scotland take on the Netherlands.

  103.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Sir Stanley Matthews

    With Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs on the eve of his 40th birthday, we want your suggestions of other sporting stars who have defied the odds to carry on when their rivals packed in long ago. Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Timothy Baker: It wouldn't surprise me to see a lot of mentions for Stanley Matthews.

    Mark Jeavons: 40-year-old Javier Zanetti can't go unmentioned. Been at Inter Milan since 1995 and made 33 league appearances last year.

    Karthik: Sachin Tendulkar is possibly the only one who can match Giggs in terms of longevity combined with performance.

  104. 0921: 
    Everton v Stoke City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

    More from Everton manager Roberto Martinez on new signings and keeping key players: "We want to have Leighton [Baines] for the long term and that will never change. Tony [Hibbert] is someone we want at the club as long as we can have him.

    "We will be linked with many players. We will look at opportunities but now is not the time to talk about these things."

  105. 0919: 
    FOOTBALL- Everton v Stoke City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

    Everton FC on Twitter: Martinez admits he will consider using the January transfer window if the right players can be identified.

  106. 0917: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Ahead of Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, former England captain Jamie Peacock tells BBC Sport why he believes the Kangaroos will emerge victorious at Old Trafford and why England's last-gasp defeat by the Kiwis in the semi-final was an opportunity missed.

  107. 0917: 
    FOOTBALL- Everton v Stoke City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It's still too early to know how long Leighton [Baines] will be out. We've had three very good performances but we need to add points.

    "All the points we've had this season, we've deserved. None of our points have been fortunate. At times we've suffered the opposite."

  108.  
    NEW BBC SPORT LIVE PAGE

    BBC Sport is changing the way it covers live events online. As part of this change, we have launched an early beta version of our new live page.

    The new approach is part of a BBC-wide plan to improve coverage of Britain's biggest social and cultural events.

    Over the coming weeks and months, we will be enhancing these new live pages with improved integration of video, audio, text commentary and data across mobile, tablet and desktop.

    Please have a look at a beta version of today's Sportsday. You can tell us what you think of the page by completing our online survey.

  109. 0904: 
    FORMULA 1

    Ross Brawn is to step down from his position as Mercedes team principal at the end of the year, the team confirm.

  110.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Ole Einar Bjorndalen

    With Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs on the eve of his 40th birthday, we want to know which other sporting stars have defied the odds to carry on when their rivals packed in long ago? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Aaron Nicholson: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, 39, a true hero from the world of biathlon. There may be people a lot younger and fitter but he has the heart.

    Tunde Akere: He may not be the oldest but I can't look beyond Gianluigi Buffon, he has been consistent for club and country, and he's 35.

    Jack Cummins: Steve Ogrizovic! 16 years at Coventry retiring at 43 and always a favourite when swapping stickers in school.

  111. 0851: 
    ASHES
    England cricketer Jonathan Bairstow with coach Andy Flower

    England coach Andy Flower speaks with Jonathan Bairstow during a nets session at Traeger Park on Thursday ahead of the second Ashes Test. Bairstow, 24, is in the running to make the team following Jonathan Trott's early Ashes exit.

  112. 0843: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Sale Sharks announce new contracts for fly-half Nick Macleod and prop Ross Harrison.

  113. 0840: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United
    Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United

    Manchester United boss David Moyes says thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in the Champions League was his side's best display since he joined the club.

    Moyes took over as manager in July and, after a stuttering start, has overseen United's qualification for the last 16 with a game to spare.

    He adds: "It's the best we've played in my time here and there's more to come. To score five goals, we haven't done that, and to do it away is special."

  114. 0832: 
    MATCH-FIXING ALLEGATIONS

    Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey: "The threat of corruption is something that the Football League and the other football authorities treat with the utmost seriousness. The integrity of our matches and our competitions is the bedrock of the domestic game."

  115.  
    GET INVOLVED

    As Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs prepares to celebrate his 40th birthday, we want the names of your favourite long-serving sports stars. Who has defied the odds to carry on when their rivals packed up long ago? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  116. 0823: 
    FOOTBALL
    Macnhester United's Ryan Giggs (right)

    Denis Irwin does not believe the records of Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, who turns 40 on Friday, will ever be broken.

    Giggs reaches the latest milestone of his spectacular career on Friday having helped United to 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.

    His appearance in United's 5-0 Champions League win at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday means he has now represented the club 953 times. Former Untied defender Irwin says: " "That volume of medals will never be broken. The number of games? That would take some beating as well. What he has done is unbelievable. That kind of longevity at such a top club."

  117. 0815: 
    ASHES

    Bowler Tim Bresnan pushes his claims for a place in England's team for the second Ashes Test with figures of 4-31 for the England Performance Programme against Queensland 2nd XI.

    The 28-year-old Yorkshire all-rounder, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back, is playing his first match since the fourth Ashes Test in August.

    England's Test squad have travelled to Alice Springs for their two-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, which starts on Friday. The second Ashes Test begins in Adelaide on 5 December.

  118. 0810:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentMATCH-FIXING ALLEGATIONS

    This is an issue that has been on the minds of the world football authorities for a number of years, but up to now the issue has touched lightly on the British game.

    Nevertheless the National Crime Agency has now said that six men have been held in the past two days and at least three are footballers that we know. What the BBC understands is that none of the arrested men are linked to professional clubs.

    This is very much an active investigation. It does seem that these allegations do touch on the potential for match fixing that we have seen in other parts of the global game. We know that the Football League have issued a statement saying they haven't been contact in relation to this so it would appear these games are towards the non-League end of the scale.

  119. 0806: 
    MATCH-FIXING ALLEGATIONS

    We start with the overnight news that six men have been arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency investigating alleged match-fixing in English football.

    At least three footballers are reported to be among those held across the country, but the BBC understands that none is linked to professional clubs.

    The NCA said the focus of the operation was a suspected international illegal betting syndicate. The arrests come after an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

  120. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY
    England bowler Tim Bresnan

    Good morning and welcome to a busy Thursday Sportsday Live. We will bring you up to date with the overnight news that six men have been arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency investigating alleged match-fixing in English football.

    We'll bring you the latest from Brazil where the stadium due to stage the opening match at next summer's World Cup will be the subject of urgent safety checks after two construction workers died in an horrific accident.

    We have overnight news from Australia where Tim Bresnan has pressed forward his claims for a place in England's team for the second Ashes Test. And we will reflect on successful nights in the Champions League for both Manchester clubs and Gareth Bale, and look forward to Thursday's Europa League action.

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