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Reaction to Tom Daley and the weekend football action, plus debate on latest managerial sackings.

2 December 2013 Last updated at 08:02

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  2. 1846:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 Live has a special 'Class of '92' programme this evening from 2000 GMT.

    It includes interviews with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, who give an insight into the group's unprecedented success at Manchester United and beyond.

  3. 1845: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts full blame for the surprise defeat at Hull but has called for his players to assume greater responsibility in general.

    Sunday's 3-1 loss at the KC Stadium was the first to the Tigers in the Merseyside club's history.

    "It was painful, that was the overriding feeling," he said. "When we lose a game we all get criticised but the criticism has to come to the manager, I am responsible because I pick the team.

    "The responsibility falls on everyone to keep up our performance level."

  4. 1841: 

    Samir Nasri knows the crunch could come for Manchester City this month as they look to reel in Premier League leaders Arsenal.

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated his desire to top the table by new year, an ambition that could hinge around the Gunners' visit to the Etihad Stadium on 14 December.

    But while City have a 100% home league record - maintained with a 3-0 defeat of Swansea on Sunday - they have lost four out of six on the road.

    "We have to mind the gap with Arsenal before we play them here and we have two games away from home," said Nasri "We have to show the same mentality and the same desire we have at home. We are a good team but now we have to show it away from home."

  5. 1837: 

    BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

    This week he takes on former Supergrass frontman and Manchester United fan Gaz Coombes.

    Take a look at how they think this week's Premier League action will go.


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  7. 1824:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentWINTER OLYMPICS

    The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) confirm that the Russian authorities have met a deadline (1 December) to provide information and a management plan with regard to their Moscow drug testing laboratory.

    WADA had last month threatened to revoke the lab's accreditation, which would have prevented testing taking place by the lab at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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    Andrew Priestley: It's time Mike Phelan was given a chance to manage a football club. He's bound to have picked up some of Fergie's knowledge.

    David Gale: If I was Dave Whelan, I'd be on the phone to Ian Holloway asap.

    Owen Coyle became the seventh manager to lose his job in the past eight days today when he left Wigan. Share your views on the spate of managerial departures via #bbcsportsday on Twitter or on BBC Sport Facebook.

  9. 1817: 
    Mitchell Travis

    Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis is looking forward to a day off work after extending his cherished run in the UK Championship limelight.

    Travis caused the shock of the tournament when he dumped out world number six Marcu Fu in the first round, and he followed that up on Monday with a 6-4 win over Norway's Kurt Maflin.

    The 21-year-old works full-time in a call centre as well as holding down a part-time job in his local snooker club.

  10. 1814: 

    Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo suffers sprained knee ligaments and Italian media predict he will be out for around 40 days.

    Juventus said in a statement that the 34-year-old Italian international, who limped off in the first half of Sunday's 1-0 win over Udinese, had undergone tests on Monday.

    "These findings have shown the player has suffered a grade two injury of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the right knee," the Serie A leaders added.

  11. 1806: 

    Newport County confirm they have turned down an approach from Portsmouth to talk to manager Justin Edinburgh.

    Portsmouth are seeking a new manager following Guy Whittingham's sacking last week after a year in charge at Fratton Park.

    Former defender Edinburgh made 34 league appearances for Portsmouth.

    But Edinburgh, who guided Newport to promotion to League Two last season, had already dismissed the possibility of taking over at Fratton Park.

  12. 1800: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert calls for a reality check after insisting every aspect of the club is improving following a difficult last season.

    He said: "It's about how you look at it. People can have a negative perspective of it but our points tally is a lot better than it was at this point last year.

    "Everything about us is better than it was last year.

    "We're sitting 11th at the minute and the crazy thing is that if you look at it, we're five points off Tottenham, who are regarded as one of the 'big ones' and expected to have a good go at winning the league."

  13. 1753: 

    The winners of the first round replay between Aldershot Town and Weston super Mare will host either Worcester City or AFC Telford United in the second round of the FA Trophy.

    Both first round replays are due to take place tomorrow night, after AFC Telford United drew 0-0 at Aggborough, Worcester City's temporary home, on Saturday.

    The second round tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday 14 December.

  14. 1745: 

    Hull City Official: Matty Fryatt has returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, and will join up with the squad before Wednesday's trip to Arsenal.

  15. 1740: 
    Yaya Toure

    Yaya Toure wins the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

    The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, who had had been nominated in each of the past four years, beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa to this year's crown.

    The 30-year-old told BBC Sport: "I think I've been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing."

  16. 1734: 

    Defending champion Mark Selby joins world number one Neil Robertson in the last 32 of the UK Championship, beating Tian Pengfei 6-3. World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan takes on Adam Duffy at 1900 GMT, live on the BBC Red Button and website.

  17. 1729: 
    Neil Robertson

    World number one Neil Robertson made short work of his UK Championship second-round match at York's Barbican Centre.

    The Australian beat Robbie Williams 6-1 to set up a clash with China's Li Hang.

    Robertson swept the frames before the interval, helped by breaks of 64 and 53, as Williams struggled to settle.

    The Wirral left-hander at least got on the board in the first frame after the interval, but breaks of 119 and 90 from Robertson rendered it academic.

    Watch the action live on BBC Two and see the latest scores on the BBC Sport website.

  18. 1723: 

    2013 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez today had successful surgery to correct his nasal bridge in order to improve his breathing through the nose.

  19. 1714: 
    John Terry

    John Terry has vowed Chelsea will get better and better in the most open Premier League title race the Blues captain can recall.

    "The Premier League is more open than I've ever seen it," Terry told Chelsea TV.

    "We saw that with Hull beating Liverpool. It was important (to beat Southampton) with Manchester United and Liverpool dropping points. It was a chance to push on and pull away from them.

    "Ideally I'd like to be sitting top of the league. I feel as though it will come and we'll get better and better."

  20. 1708: 

    The ankle injury to Christian Wade is just the latest in a long line of injuries to England squad players, with the 6 Nations starting on 1 February.

    Ben Foden - out for around 12 weeks (knee), Brad Barritt - could be back "late 2013" (foot), Manu Tuilagi - out until mid-Feb (chest), Marland Yarde - out for 14 weeks (hip), Joel Tomkins - out for three months (knee), Tom Croft - out for the season (knee), Geoff Parling - out for 12 weeks (elbow), Alex Corbisiero - out for unconfirmed period after surgey (knee), Mako Vunipola - out for unconfirmed period (knee), Ugo Monye (NB: not currently in squad but could have been called in) - out for two months (abductor).

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    Andrew Davies: When to sack a manager? I changed my mind about Wenger but only when he first changed his policy on buying players.

    Jonathan Lewis: Wigan were always going to struggle this yr as they will play 60 games this season - most prem squads would struggle with that.

    Pc Plod: Unfortunately it is a multi millions pounds business. And if you fail to deliver then you will face the consequences.

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  22. 1655: 

    Four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, who came out as gay following his retirement in 1995, was among the first to pay tribute to British diver Tom Daley in an open letter linked to his official website.

    Louganis wrote: "I am so happy for you that you have someone, also for your mom, I am sure this will just bring you closer, and for your dad I am sure he is smiling down from heaven knowing his son is happy."

    Daley revealed earlier today he is in a relationship with a man.

  23. 1648: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson on seven managers sacked in a week:

    ''Alan Pardew is the second longest serving manager in Premier League. My sympathy is always with managers or coaches who lose their jobs, as chairman of LMA I can't possibly suggest that I'm anything other than disappointed or concerned for all these guys losing their job.'

    ''A major factor is there's so much money, the prizes are so high if any team falters slightly off the path there is a big temptation for the owner to say another man may alter our path.''

  24. 1642: 

    London Wasps and England winger Christian Wade faces up to six months on the sidelines following an injury to his foot sustained in last weekend's game against London Irish.

    Wade will have surgery to repair significant ligament damage to his mid-foot area.

  25. 1635: 
    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

    England manager Roy Hodgson on goalkeeper Joe Hart not playing at Man City:

    ''I believe in Joe Hart we won't lose faith in him but on the other hand he does need to play games and I can only hope the situation will resolve itself fairly quickly. There's a lot of time yet. I fully expect him to get back in the Man City team.'

    ''There are quite a few players who have done a good job for me and are not playing in their club side or are finding it hard to break in.'

    "'I am not bold enough to say I know my 30 man squad now but what I can say is I have a pretty good idea now.''

  26. 1628: 

    The Public Prosecutor's office in Estonia said on Monday it had charged 11 men for match-fixing in 2011 and 2012.

    The office said in a statement that the charges related to 12 domestic league games, three Europa League matches and a fixture each in Lithuania and Ireland.

    The 11 men approached footballers in Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine who were prepared to fix games for money, the statement read.

    The accused are alleged to have pocketed 108,000 euros from the scam.

  27. 1620: 

    England will play Spain on Thursday evening in the semi-finals of the women's under-17 European Championships.

    Manager Lois Fidler told BBC News School Reporters from John Taylor High School in Burton: "We are going to take a day off and then focus on the Spain game. We are now here for the duration of the tournament which was our aim at the start."

  28. 1611: 

    Australia have inevitably consolidated their position at the top of the international rankings after their World Cup victory at the weekend.

    New Zealand, runners-up to the Kangaroos, remain second with England and France still third and fourth respectively following the tournament, which concluded at Old Trafford on Saturday.

    Fiji are the most notable movers in the figures released by the game's international federation, climbing above Wales and Papua New Guinea to fifth after reaching the semi-finals for a second successive World Cup.

    Wales, who failed to win a match in a tournament they were co-hosting, have slipped to sixth.

  29. 1604: 

    The Rugby Football Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union announce the dates and venues for England's three-Test tour in June 2014.

    The Tests will be on 7, 14 and 21 June in Auckland, Dunedin and Hamilton, with a midweek game against the Crusaders between the 2nd and 3rd Tests.

    England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "To play the World Champions in their own back yard is the ultimate test. We saw in the Rugby Championship and the QBE Internationals what a formidable team and rugby nation New Zealand is. "

  30. 1601: 
    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he has recovered from a muscle strain and is ready to return to action.

    Ronaldo damaged a hamstring in Real's La Liga match at Almeria on 23 November and missed last week's Champions League win over Galatasaray and Saturday's La Liga success against Real Valladolid.

    "I no longer have an injury," Ronaldo said at an awards ceremony in Madrid.

  31. 1553: 

    Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has said he had no option but to sack manager Dave Jones.

    The 57-year-old left the club on Sunday after Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Blackpool left them level on points with bottom side Barnsley.

    "It's always a hard decision to make and I appreciate the efforts Dave made," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

    "It's a great club and we can't afford to go down so I had no choice but to make the decision I made."

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    Matt Plummer on Facebook: I think this emphasises how poor a manager Owen Coyle really is. One lucky season at Burnley is his only high point in football. When he came to jobs with more money and were 'bigger', he has shown that he can't handle it. A brilliant coach no doubt, but he doesn't have the complete package to be a manager at a decent level.

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    Tom Daley on Twitter: Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys.

  34. 1544:  

    Over the course of four days in two different cities, the six stellar names from Manchester United's now legendary Class of '92 explained the secrets behind their incredible success.

    David Beckham held court in a hotel in London's West End. Time was short but he was, as always, generous with his warmth and strong-willed when the subject of Sir Alex Ferguson arose.

    I saw Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt on home turf in Manchester. All are on the United staff but all spoke with a freedom and passion the years have not dimmed. I finished by speaking to Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, whose laughter echoed around the corridors of a Manchester hotel, like cheeky schoolboys on the last day of term.

    See the full interview here.

  35. 1541: 

    Hooker Matthew Rees is hoping to resume his rugby career after he has completed his cancer treatment.

    The former Wales captain was diagnosed with testicular cancer back in October and faces a spell away from the game.

    The 32-year-old said: "That is something I have in the back of my mind, getting back before the end of the season. But with this sort of diagnosis, I have to take one day at a time and see how it goes but, hopefully, I will be back sooner rather than later."

  36. 1536: 

    2004 Olympic silver medal-winning diver Leon Taylor, who mentored Tom Daley during his early years in the sport, says he's "proud" of the teenager for making a "very brave and courageous" decision to announce his relationship with a man to the world.

    Tom Daley

    "I think Tom is an inspiration to so many people for so many different reason and I think this is just going to add to the amazing influence that he has on so many people."

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    Tom Waugh: Sacking now allows a manager to get his team together and evaluate potential January transfer targets, better than after that!

    Do you think it is a sensible time of year for football clubs to sack their managers? Comment at BBC Sport Facebook or via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  38. 1521: 

    England are looking to recover from their collapse in their opening Ashes defeat in Brisbane when the Second Test starts at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

    BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener takes a closer look at the venue for their next Test.

  39. 1515: 

    Defending champion Mark Selby is in trouble against China's Tian Pengfei in the third round of the UK Championships, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-11 match. World number one Neil Robertson is in much better shape with a 4-0 lead over Robbie Williams. Follow the action live on the BBC Sport website.

  40. 1509: 

    Forward Philippe Coutinho will be available to face Norwich City on Wednesday evening, but Liverpool will need to check on the fitness of defender Kolo Toure ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash.

  41. 1502: 

    Sheffield Wednesday club captain Anthony Gardner has urged everyone at the Owls to rally together after Dave Jones was sacked as manager on Sunday.

    The Owls have lost their last three games, with Jones's final game in charge a 2-0 defeat by Blackpool on Saturday.

    "It's now up to the players, all of us, to go out and perform to the best of our ability moving forward," said Gardner.

    "All I would ask of our supporters is they stay with the boys, stay with the club, rally together and move forward as one, starting against Leicester."

  42. 1456: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson insists location rather than opposition is the biggest concern for him as he awaits Friday's 2014 World Cup draw.

    Hodgson will learn when and where England's group stage matches will be played when the draw takes place in Salvador, Brazil.

    Roy Hodgson

    "Maybe in terms of the teams you are drawn against some on paper look harder than others but I'm more concerned if anything by the venues than by the teams we draw," said Hodgson.

  43. 1448: 

    Defender David Alaba has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Bayern Munich until 2018.

    The 21-year-old Austrian international joined Bayern's youth team when he was 16 and has been a first choice for coach Pep Guardiola and predecessor Jupp Heynckes for the past three seasons.

    "David has undergone amazing development," chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement. "He is already among Europe's best and most successful full-backs."

  44. 1443: 

    Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has signed for Racing Metro, the French club have confirmed.

    Phillips was sacked by another French club, Bayonne, in October after allegedly turning up for a video analysis session under the influence of alcohol.

    Last week Racing denied reports they had offered the former Ospreys player a short-term deal until the end of the season.

  45. 1437: 

    Alloa v Dumbarton

    Clyde or Stranraer v Inverness

    Hibernian v Raith Rovers

    Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir

    Brechin or Forfar v St Johnstone

    Celtic v Aberdeen

    Dundee Utd v Queen of the South or St Mirren

    Rangers v Ayr United or Dunfermline

    The matches will be played on 8-9 February.

  46. 1433: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed he has had players knocking on his door desperate for a chance to force their way into his in-form team.

    A run of four successive Premier League victories has left the Magpies sitting inside the top six heading into difficult trips to Swansea and Manchester United over the next few days.

    Alan Pardew

    He said: "I have had a few knocks on my door this morning from players who want to play. Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez are all not playing at the moment, and they are desperate to play."

  47. 1426: 

    England are through to the semi-finals of the Women's Under-17 European Championships after beating Portugal 6-1.

    BBC News School Reporters from John Taylor High School in Burton described it as a "confident win" for England.

  48. 1424: 

    Great Britain's leading figure skating pair insist their preparations for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi will not be affected by a shock defeat in the national championships.

    The pair were denied a ninth domestic title in Sheffield last Friday when they were surprisingly beaten by novice pair Christopher Boyadji and Amani Fancy.

    Kemp said: "Obviously it wasn't a great performance but we know what we've got to work on and we will just focus on that.

    "We took the opportunity to try out some more difficult elements and we're still working on them and peaking for the big competitions."

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    Tom Lanyon: If a team is playing bad enough to have to sack a manager when it happens wouldn't make a difference.

    Rhys Chesters-Lewis: I'm neither pro or anti Owen Coyle but surely 6 months isn't enough time to work out whether he is doing a good job or not.

    Grant Shipcott: I would like to see players taking more responsibility. When was the last time a player was sacked for poor performance?

    Do you think it is a sensible time of year for football clubs to sack their managers? Comment at BBC Sport Facebook or via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  50. 1415: 

    Fulham appoint former Manchester United academy coach Jonathan Hill to work alongside new manager Rene Meulensteen.

    Meulensteen, a former first-team coach at United under Sir Alex Ferguson untilthe Scot retired in May, was appointed Cottagers boss on Sunday night after Martin Jol was sacked.

    Fulham have confirmed that Jol's brother Cornelis, who worked as football operations manager, plus coaches Michael Lindeman and Billy McKinlay have also left the club. Kit Symons, who is the current development team manager, will also be assisting with first-team training.

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    Sam Frampton: With the thick-and-fast fixtures at this time it lets the new manager build momentum after his 'honeymoon' match.

    Thomas Stirk: Holloway or Mowbray are the perfect fit for Wigan, Coyle tried and failed he's still a top manager.

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  52. 1405: 
    FOOTBALL- Liverpool v Norwich City (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)
    Norwich manager Chris Hughton

    Norwich City FC on Twitter: ‏"Chris Hughton confirms that there are no new injury worries following Saturday's win over Palace.

    "We're on the back of a good win, so there's a nice feel around the place at the moment," said Hughton.

    "We have to concentrate on what we have to do as a team. It's always tough at Anfield but it's also a great place to play."

  53. 1358: 

    England are playing Portugal in their final group game in the Women's Under-17 European Championships knowing they just need to avoid defeat to reach the semi-finals.

    There is more drama as Portugal keeper Catarina Barradas is sent off for fouling Chloe Kelly. Alice Hassall puts the penalty past substitute keeper Ana Oliveira to make it 5-1 in the 52nd minute, before Lucy Porter makes it 6-1 soon after. School Reporter Lucy says: "England look energetic and look ready to win."

  54. 1355: 

    England are playing Portugal in their final group game in the Women's Under-17 European Championships knowing they just need to avoid defeat to reach the semi-finals.

    England are surely through now as Evie Clarke makes it 4-1 against Portugal. BBC News School Reporter Frankie says it is just reward for England's "strong start" to the second half.

  55. 1346: 

    Former Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Burnley manager Steve Cotterill remains the bookies' favourite for the vacant role at Bristol City, following Sean O'Driscoll's departure last week.

    Cotterill was much loved at his former club Cheltenham, where he started his managerial career in England, after leading them to two promotions in four years.

    And Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker has told BBC Radio Bristol the 49-year-old could be the perfect fit for Bristol City, who are in the League One relegation zone.

    "He galvanized our club. He's incredibly hard working and focused and has fantastic attention to detail," he said.

  56. 1340: 

    Wales rugby fan Steve Richards lost £30,000 by betting on Wales beating Australia on Saturday.

    The roofing contractor won £39,000 by predicting 12 football results on a £10 bet and then wagered most of it on the rugby at the Millennium Stadium which Wales lost 30-26.

    "It looked like a good bet to me," he said. "I couldn't see Wales losing."

  57. 1332: 

    England are playing Portugal in their final group game in the women's Under-17 European Championships knowing they just need to avoid defeat to reach the semi-finals.

    On the stroke of half time Portugal pull one back through Leandra Pereira. Charlotte reporting for BBC News School Report said "that goal was unstoppable." It was also the last kick of the first half.

  58. 1326: 

    Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak signs a new three-and-a-half-year deal.

    The Australia international, 29, joined Palace in July 2011 and is approaching 100 appearances for the Eagles.

    He told the club website: "I'm ecstatic to put pen to paper on a new contract, I've been a part of this football club for two and a half years and I've enjoyed every moment of that."

  59. 1322: 

    Mousa Dembele insists the Tottenham squad are fully behind manager Andre Villas-Boas.

    Asked if the recent criticism of Villas-Boas had been fair, the Spurs midfielder said: "No, of course not. The manager is working hard to give everyone confidence.

    "The Man City result was not only embarrassing for the manager, but for us as well. People were laughing at us after that performance."

  60. 1316: 

    Charlotte from John Taylor High School in Burton reports for BBC News School Report from the Women's Under-17 European Championships: "England score twice in a minute to go 3-0 up against Portugal with goals from Evie Clarke and Atlanta Primus."

  61. 1312: 

    Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen's night out in Adelaide days before the second Ashes Test did not breach team protocol, the England and Wales Cricket Board has said.

    Broad and Pietersen were pictured - reportedly in the Zhivago nightclub - late on Sunday evening before preparations begin in earnest for the second of five Tests, which starts on Thursday.

    When asked about the players' late night out, an England spokesperson made it clear Broad and Pietersen had not broken any curfew rules.

    Stuart Broad

    "They are free to do as they please - they are grown men," she said. "There has been no breach of team protocol."

  62. 1301: 

    Following Tom Daley's announcement this morning, British Swimming have issued the following statement:

    Chief executive David Sparkes said: "Everybody within British Swimming supports Tom and his announcement. It's a very private matter and doesn't change the very positive way in which we will continue to work with Tom.

    "Tom is one of the world's leading athletes and has achieved success at every level of competition including Olympic bronze and World gold.

    "I hope the media will give Tom the privacy he deserves to allow him to continue to focus on performance as he continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions around the globe."

  63. 1256: 

    England play Portugal in their final group game in the Women's Under-17 European Championships knowing they only need to avoid defeat to reach the semi-finals.

    Charlotte from John Taylor High School in Burton reports for BBC News School Report: "England take a 10th minute lead against Portugal through Mollie Rouse in a bit of a scramble."

  64. 1252: 

    West Brom striker Saido Berahino signs a new and improved contract which commits him to the club until June 2017.

    The Baggies academy graduate, who made his eighth Premier League appearance by coming off the bench at Newcastle on Saturday, put pen to paper on his three-and-a-half-year deal at the club's training ground this morning.

    Sporting & technical director Richard Garlick: "It was always our intention to reward Saido for the huge strides he has made over the past few months."

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    Daniel McGloin: It is with January transfer market around the corner it gives a new manager a chance to view the team before buying.

    Austin: There is never an 'ideal' time to sack a manager during the season but with the transfer window soon probably not the worst.

    Jamie Smart: Sackings should be done at the end of the season or near an international break...definitely not near busy Xmas!

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  66. 1245: 

    Sheffield Wednesday confirm that first-team coach Stuart Gray takes charge for Tuesday's Championship clash with Leicester City at Hillsborough.

    Following the departure of Dave Jones as manager, the club also confirm that assistant Paul Wilkinson has left.

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    Peter Neate: Tis the season for boards to panic fala la la la! On the first day of' Christmas my chairman gave to me a P45.

    Kevin Howe: Yeah why not they might go into Jan and sign wrong players, football is business.

    Jakar Torino Vuo: When the team performs badly, the manager are always the scapegoats.

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    BBC Radio 5 live
    Anthony McGrath, Natasha Dowie and Adrian Morley

    Former Yorkshire and England cricketer Anthony McGrath, England and Liverpool striker Natasha Dowie and Salford rugby league player Adrian Morley are on BBC Radio 5 live now talking about all the weekend's action.

  69. 1236: 

    Organisers of the Race of Champions have been forced to postpone this year's event due to the current political unrest in Thailand.

    The annual end-of-season motor sport jamboree involving a host of stars was due to take place at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium on 14-15 December.

    But due to violent anti-government demonstrations that have taken place in the Thai capital in recent days, the organisers have been left with no choice but to put the event on hold.

  70. 1231: 

    The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday.

    The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced two weeks ago.

    African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages.

    You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website.


    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on his ankle injury via Twitter: "I'm gutted right now man, keeping it real. Thanks for all the kind words. To all my fans thanks for the support. Means a lot to me. Daniel."

  72. 1226: 

    Liverpool, as well as Manchester United, have sent their scouts to to watch one of Brazil's most highly-rated players, Everton Ribeiro, according to the Daily Mail.

    The 24-year-old Cruzeiro player was named Brazil's player of the year on Friday and a big-money move to Europe beckons for the attacking midfielder.

  73. 1224: 

    Sheffield Wednesday captain Anthony Gardner urges Owls fans to 'rally together' and move forward as one ahead of Tuesday night's clash with leaders Leicester at Hillsborough.

    The club captain was speaking to the club website following the departure of manager Dave Jones.

    He said: "Results have not gone well this season and this is a results-based business. The chairman has made the decision and as players, we have to respect that decision and now the focus has to be moving forward under a new manager."


    Former England striker Gary Lineker on Twitter about Tom Daley announcing he is in a relationship with a man: "Delighted that @TomDaley1994 is happy in his new relationship. Well done for sharing it. Good luck to them both."


    Anthony Orrell: Owen Coyle was the wrong choice from the start. No pattern to the play and no influence when things were going wrong.

    Benjamin Watts: With January around the corner & the busiest fixture period of the year, now seems to be the fashionable time to gamble.

    With Owen Coyle becoming the seventh manager to lose his job in the past week, we are asking whether this is a good time for clubs to make a change? Who do you think could be next?

    Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

  76. 1206: 

    Sam Allardyce challenges his players to win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

    "There is still pressure on me because I put pressure on myself," the Hammers boss told West Ham's website. "It's just a small contribution to help the situation we're in at the moment. We've got to progress now. We can't sit back and not try to win at Crystal Palace. If we can't win, we've certainly got to get a result.

    Sam Allardyce

    "They are below us at this moment in time and Saturday will have been a waste if we lose to Crystal Palace, because they'll gain three points on us."

  77. 1201: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has displayed "immaturity" for reacting to criticism in the media.

    Villas-Boas responded angrily to the recent negative press he has received after Spurs drew 2-2 with Manchester United on Sunday.

    "You have to use the criticism as a motivational drive to show these people that they are wrong. You've got to take it on the chin," Allardyce told Talksport.

    "You and your players have got to do your talking on the field. I think he's just shown a little bit of immaturity."

  78. 1153: 

    Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes his side's 3-0 win at Cardiff sent out a statement to the Gunners' Premier League title rivals.

    "Every away game in the Premier League is very tough," Arteta told his club's website. "Considering they beat Man City here and they drew against Man United, just shows you what a tough place this is.

    "For us it's a big statement to come here and get the points, to score three goals away from home is very important. We got another clean sheet as well so we're full of confidence.

    "I think we looked really solid again, we kept another clean sheet which is very important for us because up front we know we have the ability to score. It's a great three points - we are delighted."

  79. 1147: 

    A motion has been tabled in the UK Parliament calling the Rugby League World Cup "spectacular", "thrilling" and a "testament to the appeal of international rugby league".

    The 2013 Rugby League World Cup has set records throughout the tournament, with sell-out crowds and a world record attendance for international rugby league of nearly 75,000 at the final.

    The motion was tabled by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, who said: "The Rugby League World Cup has been an amazing spectacle of sport."

  80. 1141: 

    It is that time of day again where you can take a break from your screen, grab a brew and get your thinking caps on for today's Question of Sport teaser.

    Rene Meulensteen is Fulham's seventh manager in the Prem League (not inc caretakers) who are the others?

    We will reveal the answers a bit later.

  81. 1132: 

    Gareth Bale scored the 'perfect' hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

    The Wales international, 24, scored with his head, left and right foot and also provided an assist for Karim Benzema.

    One Spanish newspaper likened Bale to Welsh singer Tom Jones in what the Telegraph describe as an "excitable piece" in the national daily ABC.

    "He's from Wales," ABC wrote, "from the mines, where almost from birth, everybody is smeared in coal. They are born strong. Just look at Tom Jones, with his golden voice."

  82. 1127: 
    Alastair Cook and Matt Prior

    England batting coach Graham Gooch hints Joe Root will take Jonathan Trott's place at three for the second Test against Australia as Tim Bresnan was declared fit for selection.

    Bresnan has been officially added to the touring Ashes squad and may well play ahead of Chris Tremlett as England look to fight back from the 381-run defeat in Brisbane.

    Root's move up the order is expected to leave room for Gary Ballance to make his Test debut, although Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are also in the frame.

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    Benjamin Watts on Twitter: Sexuality has been a massive taboo in professional sport for decades. Fairplay to Tom Daley for his honesty

    Craig Harrison on Twitter: Good on Tom Daley, sexuality has no baring on talent, but it'll hopefully encourage more people who are struggling to come out

  84. 1111: 
    RUGBY UNION - PHILLIPS RUMOURS reports that Wales and Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips will confirm later today that he is joining Racing Metro.

    "I'm going somewhere tomorrow. I don't want to say anything yet, but I'm away somewhere tomorrow and I'm happy enough," he said at the weekend. "I'm hoping to play next Saturday.

    Mike Phillips

    "I will look to surround myself with the best. I am just looking forward and as it stands I am pretty happy."

  85. 1104: 

    "It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen," continues Daley.

    "But it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought 'OK'. And my whole world changed there and then."

  86. 1059: 

    More from Olympic diver Tom Daley who has revealed he is in a relationship with a man.

    In a YouTube broadcast, the 19-year-old London 2012 bronze medallist said: "In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy."

  87. 1055: 

    Former British number two Melanie South, 27, has decided to retire from tennis to focus on a career within coaching.

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    Dawree on Twitter: As a Wigan supporter, glad to see Coyle go. He might be a nice guy, but his team selections were very ordinary.

    Joe Owen on Twitter: coyle had lost three in a row with awful football, no game plan, loss of dressing room and bizarre team selections. Untenable

    We are asking whether now is a good time for struggling clubs to get rid of their manager before the busy Christmas period and who will be next? You can get involved by tweeting #bbcsportsday.

  89. 1040: 

    Niki Lauda expects departing Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn to return to Formula 1 in some capacity once he has gone fishing and taken time out.

    Triple world champion Lauda, who is non-executive director of the British-based team, said he had tried hard to convince the 59-year-old to stay in charge but would keep in close contact with him anyway.

    "I'm very sad about it because I wanted him to stay another year," said Lauda. "But he says he wants to go fishing. So I really tried hard but he stays a consultant to me which I think is very good and important."

  90. 1031: 

    The announcer sacked on the spot by Cricket Australia at the weekend has denied making a racist slur towards England spinner Monty Panesar.

    David Nixon was accused of pronouncing Panesar's name in a mock Indian accent during the tour match between England and a CA Chairman's XI in Alice Springs.

    CA said Nixon, who works for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) but had been hired by the sporting body for match-day duties in Alice Springs, was dismissed for "inappropriate conduct".

    However, the announcer defended himself on Monday and repeated to ABC what he claims he said during commentary.

  91. 1025: 

    Former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who guided the Latics to FA Cup glory over Manchester City in May, has been speaking about Owen Coyle's departure from his former club.

    "In football you get that sort of situation where if the results don't go right they are going to take big decision," the Everton boss said.

    "All I want is the best for Wigan. I always keep a close eye on them and I hope everything can have the effect that is needed.

    "Owen worked really hard to try to achieve promotion and now the change has been confirmed hopefully everything works for the best for the football club."

  92. 1019: 

    The Olympic diver Tom Daley has said he is currently in a gay relationship. Speaking on his own "You Tube" channel, he said: "Of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier".

    Tom Daley
  93. 1014: 

    Old friends walked down the red carpet in London for the premiere of The Class of '92, a British documentary movie on the rise to fame and fortune of six young Manchester United players called David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.

    According to the Daily Mail, original WAG Victoria Beckham "smouldered" in a little black dress.


    Kabenuka Munthali on Twitter: Only Arsene Wenger is immune to being sacked, so if you are not Arsene Wenger do your job well.

    Tony Ross on Twitter: Silly season now on with the sacking of Owen Coyle. Judge the manager after a season not just 23 games!

    Tom Waugh on Twitter: Have to sympathise with Coyle, juggling the Europa League and fighting for promotion back to the Prem can't have been easy!

    We are asking whether now is a good time for struggling clubs to get rid of their manager before the busy Christmas period and who will be next? You can get involved by tweeting #bbcsportsday.

  95. 1007: 

    In his BBC Sport column on football tactics, Robbie Savage looks at Chelsea's fightback to beat Southampton.

    Mauricio Pochettino's side dealt well with Chelsea in the first half, but Blues boss Jose Mourinho changed from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 formation at half-time, opting for a more direct style, and it worked.

    "Mourinho gave up trying to pass round Southampton's well-organised banks of players and decided to go over them instead," says Savage. "Having two men up front meant that, straight away, Saints centre-backs were far busier."

  96. 1000: 
    FOOTBALL - EVERTON PRESS CONFERENCE- Manchester United v Everton (1945 BST)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We've not won away at Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool for 10 years. We need to address that.

    "Football is not about managers, it's about players and football clubs with incredible traditions.

    "When you visit the champions, you know you have no margin for error. But I think we're ready for that type of test."

  97. 0955: 

    Former Arsenal striker and BBC pundit John Hartson: Gutted for Owen Coyle losing his job at Wigan. One of the nicest men in football. Wigan's loss will be someone else's gain.

  98. 0950: 

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announce the 2013 Groundsman of the Year Awards.

    Matthew Merchant from Old Trafford wins the four-day category with Andy Fogarty from Headingley taking the runner-up prize. In the one-day category, the winner is Andy Ward from Grace Road with the runner-up prize awarded to Durham's David Measor.

    Commendations go to Stuart Kerrison (Chelmsford), Steve Birks (Trent Bridge) and Mick Hunt (Lord's) in the four-day pitch category, while Andy Fogarty (Headingley) and Simon Lee (Taunton) are commended in the one-day category.

  99. 0946: 
    jOHN tERRY

    John Terry marked his 400th Premier League appearance with a crucial goal as Chelsea recovered from conceding inside 13 seconds to beat Southampton 3-1 and go second in the table.

    An inexplicable Michael Essien volley allowed Jay Rodriguez to run through and put the visitors ahead.

    However a vastly improved second-half performance, full of purpose, saw Chelsea take the lead through headers from Gary Cahill and his centre-back partner Terry.

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    Tunde Akere: Football management is a job like others, if you don't do it well you get the boot, but having a replacement is the best.

    Richard Knight: The next manager at risk has to be Mark Hughes, especially after Stoke's crushing defeat at Everton.

    Chris Parker: Fulham done it right, don't sack you're manager unless you have someone to come in. Look what happened to Wolves and Blackburn.

    We are asking whether now is a good time for struggling clubs to get rid of their manager before the busy Christmas period and who will be next? You can get involved by tweeting #bbcsportsday.

  101. 0930: 
    Former Wigan manager Owen Coyle

    Owen Coyle becomes the seventh manager to have lost his job in the past week after leaving his post at Wigan by "mutual agreement".

    Coyle said: "It is with great sadness that we have made this decision and I would like to thank all my football staff and the staff at the club, who have been very supportive of me in my time here. I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction."

    First-team coach and former manager Graham Barrow and assistant manager Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team for the visit to Leeds United on Wednesday evening.

  102. 0925: 

    Wigan Athletic confirm manager Owen Coyle has left the club by "mutual agreement" after Sunday's Championship defeat by Derby.

  103. 0917: 

    Two members of the Eritrean national team have disappeared in Kenya while playing in a regional tournament, a senior regional soccer official has said.

    The disappearance raises suspicions the pair will seek asylum in the east African country.

    Last December, 17 players and the team doctor claimed asylum in Uganda, eighteen months after 13 players from an Eritrean club side sought refuge in Tanzania. In 2009, a dozen members of the national team disappeared in Kenya.

  104. 0913: 

    There was an injury scare for the Australia captain Michael Clarke who twisted his ankle during practice at the Adelaide Oval

    Clarke was seen limping heavily for a few minutes although he did later bat in the nets.

    Australia all-rounder Steve Smith said: "I think he's OK. Looked like he batted pretty well in the nets so I think he's good to go. Haven't seen him yet but I think he's OK."

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    Chris Parker: Fulham done it right, don't sack your manager unless you have someone to come in. Look what happened to Wolves and Blackburn

    Fahad Khan: Clubs like West Ham needs to start shaking their management NOW. Adkins and Redknapp took over lost causes too late last season

    Sam Frampton: Any player who played under him at United knows Meulensteen is a great coach. He'll keep Fulham up.

    Have Fulham done the right thing in getting rid of Martin Jol before the busy Christmas schedule and which manager will be next? You can join the debate by tweeting #bbcsportsday.

  106. 0905: 

    "The good thing for Villas-Boas was the way his team allied speed and decisiveness in possession to their intensity and, above all, earned their applause from the crowd at full-time," writes David Hytner in the Guardian.

    Sam Wallace in the Independent says: "Villas-Boas is learning that English football is not a game that can always be won or lost with hours on the training pitch, or time spent trawling through data and scouting reports. Occasionally a manager needs to impose himself when he feels that the criticism might be overwhelming him."

    And the Daily Mail's Neil Ashton, the man who has apparently annoyed Villas-Boas, says: "Spats with managers are part of the 'noise of football', but the Villas-Boas furore has a mind of its own."

  107. 0855: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's chief football correspondent Mike Ingham: "I talk from the relative comfort of a commentary box, but I think a manager at this level of the game has to have thicker skin. I do not think there is anything to gain from an outburst.

    "It was never the same for Rafa Benitez after his famous rant at Liverpool, for example. There is only one way to react, and that is on the field.

    "Villas-Boas's relationship with [director of football] Franco Baldini will be crucial."

    Andre Villas-Boas
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    Rian Hoskins: While they beat Fulham on Saturday, Allardyce is still under a lot of pressure. Like Jol, he hasn't warmed to the club's fans

    Ramesh Bala: AVB gets support from player (Bale). Reliable sign that sacking is eminent.

    Andrew Priestley: The writing was on the wall for Martin Jol when Meulensteen came in as his 'assistant'. But is it a step forward or backwards?

    We are asking whether now is a good time for struggling clubs to get rid of their manager before the busy Christmas period and who will be next? You can get involved by tweeting #bbcsportsday

  109. 0847: 

    Many have predicted that Andre Villas-Boas will follow in Martin Jol's footsteps, but the Tottenham boss feels the recent criticism he has received is "aggressive and agenda driven" and does not reflect his side's league position.

    "I am very fortunate to have a great group of players that responded in this fashion to show the unity of the team," said Villas-Boas after Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

    "We have to remind people that we are on the brink of the semi-finals of the League Cup, the last 32 of the Europa League with 15 points and in a position in the League that is not decisive yet. So at the moment there should be some respect."

  110. 0837: 

    Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey returned to competition with an impressive win in the Paracycling International Cup in Newport.

    The 11-time gold medallist, who gave birth to daughter Louisa in June, was victorious in the 3km pursuit.

    "It was good to be back racing. The time isn't so bad but I definitely need to get fitter - it hurt at the end," she told BBC Sport.

  111. 0833: 

    The Rugby League World Cup ended over the weekend with Australia thumping New Zealand in the final. BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher says the tournament was a "huge success" and that the momentum it generated must be used to boost the domestic and international game.

    BBC Sport rugby league commentator Dave Woods has picked his team of the tournament. Did Sonny Bill Williams make the cut? Of course he did. But who joined him?

  112. 0826: 

    Let's move away from football for a bit because Tim Bresnan has been added to England's squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia which begins in Adelaide on Thursday.

    Tim Bresnan

    The 28-year-old bowler, who has recovered from a back injury, produced a solid display against Queensland Second XI last Thursday to push for a Test place.

  113. 0820: 

    It's understandable if you've been unable to keep apace with the comings and goings in the football world over the last few days so here is a list of the latest managerial departures.

    Martin Jol - Fulham (1 December)

    Dave Jones - Sheffield Wednesday (1 December)

    David Flitcroft - Barnsley (30 November)

    Sean O'Drsicoll - Bristol City (28 November)

    Richie Barker - Crawley Town (27 November)

    Guy Whittingham - Portsmouth (25 November)

  114. 0816: 

    Arsenal are planning a January move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 26, as the Premier League leaders look to strengthen their ranks. Full story: Metro

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is remaining calm over Wayne Rooney's future, despite the 28-year-old England international's contract expiring at the end of next season. Full story: Sun (subscription required)

    Former Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, 24, has backed Spurs boss Andre-Villas Boas to pull through a tough period after calling him a "great manager". Full story: London Evening Standard

  115. 0810: 

    There are a few football managers who won't need to worry about going to work this morning. One is Martin Jol after Fulham sacked the Dutchman following five successive defeats which left the Cottagers 18th in the Premier League table.

    Rene Meulensteen has been placed in charge and he says Fulham must spend in the January transfer window to give themselves a chance of staying in the Premier League.

    Is now the right time for a struggling club to get rid of a manager and who will be the next to land on the so-called managerial scrapheap? You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  116. 0800: 
    Martin Jol

    What a sporting weekend it was. One, two, three... and the numbers kept rising. Seven football managers were shown the door over the past week, while another is showing signs of pressure. The usual suspects Chelsea and Manchester City are now dangerously lurking behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and we've yet to mention the cricket, the rugby (union and league), the cycling...

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