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3 December 2013 Last updated at 08:10

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  2. 1844: 
    BBC coverage

    There is plenty of live football action for you to get your teeth into this evening, with West Ham's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sheffield Wednesday's Championship home match against Leicester on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra.

    You can also follow tonight's football on the BBC Sport website.

  3. 1837: 
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United v Everton (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists champions Manchester United hold no fear for his players and he will not compromise his side's style at Old Trafford.

    "If we want to do something special this season we need to break that mentality of going to the big grounds and not being able to get good wins," he said.

    "If you look at the last 10 years we have never beaten Manchester United or Arsenal or Chelsea or Liverpool at their own grounds and that for us is something we need to address.

    "We need to make sure we are ourselves, we need to know exactly how we are going to play and who we are."

  4. 1831: 

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    Jordan Isaac: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Tottenham.

    Iyke Elumelu: We all know Arsenal ares gonna drop points later (so there's no point hoping they'll win the league), I'd go with Chelsea or Man City!

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

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  6. 1821: 
    FOOTBALL- Liverpool v Norwich (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)
    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton accepts Liverpool frontman Luis Suarez could well put Norwich "to the sword" once more on Wednesday night - but has challenged his defence to raise their own game at Anfield.

    Suarez has scored seven goals in his last three games against the Canaries.

    Hughton said: ""It is not only us. It seems like Suarez is putting everyone to the sword at the moment because he is a super player.

    "You have to have be on your game because he is as good as there is and we are talking about one of the top strikers in the country."


    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: ‏John Hughes will be unveiled as the new Inverness Caley Thistle manager at 11 am tomorrow morning at a media conference.

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    Will Spencer: If City can improve their away form, they are the favourites. Arsenal and Chelsea will be snapping at their heels all season.

    Ien Obik: Man City should be running away with the league ...they're bulging with talent.

    Idris Lawal: I can see Chelsea winning the title come may. Why? We have experienced manager and quality depth of players.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

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  9. 1803: 
    FOOTBALL- Sunderland v Chelsea (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is convinced Jose Mourinho's return has made Chelsea genuine Premier League title contenders once again.

    "They are different, they are stronger. The reaction at the weekend at half-time was all about the mentality of the team more than even the play or the technique or the ability.

    "I know him, Mourinho, and I admire him a lot. He's a different-class person and manager. I know him in football ways and as a person and I am looking forward to seeing him before the game."

  10. 1756: 
    FOOTBALL- Southampton v Aston Villa (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino warns his players not to let successive Premier League defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea derail what has so far been a promising campaign.

    "We don't have time to dwell on our two consecutive defeats because we are only thinking about tomorrow's game," he said.

    "All we can do is recover, to get our energy back and try to fix the mistakes we have made in the past to make sure they do not happen again."

  11. 1750: 
    FOOTBALL- Stoke v Cardiff (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay criticises "short-term" attitudes within football after seeing seven of his peers lose their jobs in the last week.

    He said: "I was at an LMA (League Managers' Association) event the other night and (chief executive) Richard Bevan told the assembled group that 27 coaches and managers in the last seven days had lost their jobs. That's really poor.

    "The short-termism has got worse.

    "If you are looking at somebody in a job in the Premier League for two or three years, they are one of the longest serving managers, which is crazy but it's the way it is."

  12. 1745: 
    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan played down his hopes of sweeping to a fifth UK Championship title despite beating Scotland's Marcus Campbell to reach the last 16.

    O'Sullivan said: "There's still a long way to go - hopefully!

    "There are so many good players in this event. The danger is everyone thinking me, Ding and Neil are the hot favourites. I believe the winner could come from someone who's just about coming into form now.

    "I'm not writing myself off, otherwise there's no point being here, I might as well pack up and throw a sicknote in."

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  13. 1738: 
    FOOTBALL- Liverpool v Norwich (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the side remain on track with his targets but knows they cannot afford to lose momentum in the crucial month ahead.

    He said: "In the time I've been here we've never lost two (league) games on the spin and that's really down to the positivity of the players and how they can bounce back and recover after a defeat.

    "It's that type of league; if you lose a game, you can drop a few places. If you win a couple of games on the spin, it will keep you up there.

    "Our idea was to get through to the midway point being in and around the top positions, which we have been until now."

  14. 1732: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Sheffield Wed v Leicester (1945 GMT)

    Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray will be without defender Lewis Buxton (groin) for his first game in charge of the Owls.

    Wednesday, who sacked Dave Jones on Sunday, are without on-loan striker Matty Fryatt, who has returned to parent club Hull City.

    Championship leaders Leicester have no fresh injury problems.

    Centre-half Sean St Ledger (groin) and young striker Tom Hopper (shin) are the only absentees for the Foxes.

    On-loan Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel, central midfielder Matty James and winger Anthony Knockaert are all available.

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    James Sebbymeister: Man City are my personal favourites for the league, due to money. Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool for the other top 4.

    Tom Filkins: Arsenal to win the title, strong squad that will only get stronger in Jan! Teams like city have abysmal away runs!

    Andrew Priestley: I only see Chelsea or Man City winning the PL title. Arsenal & Liverpool will soon fade away. Man Utd & Spurs are rebuilding.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

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  16. 1722: 

    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and in-form Ding Junhui made swift progress through to the fourth round of the UK Championship in York.

    O'Sullivan saw off fellow Englishman Marcus Campbell 6-2, while China's Ding beat Irishman Fergal O'Brien 6-1.

  17. 1714: 
    James Roby

    England hooker James Roby signs a new five-year contract with St Helens.

    The deal means the 28-year-old could see out the remainder of his career with Saints and it ends any lingering possibility of a move to Australia.

    Roby, the 2007 Man of Steel, rejected an offer from NRL club Parramatta to stay with his hometown club two years ago.

  18. 1706: 

    Steve Cotterill believes Bristol City have the potential to become a Premier League club - but the new man in charge at Ashton Gate knows his short-term remit is to get the Robins climbing up the League One table.

    "Obviously, the first thing I need to do is turn it around," the 49-year-old said. "But I feel Bristol should have a Premier League club. It's a great city and it deserves to have one.

    "It has always been my ambition to manage in the Premier League and ambition burns as fiercely as ever."

  19. 1702: 

    New Zealand dominate the International Rugby Board awards with Kieran Read being crowned player of the year.

    The All Blacks, who won all 14 of their Tests in 2013, took team of the year and Steve Hansen was voted coach of the year to complete the World Cup holders' clean sweep.

  20. 1655: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Yeovil v Blackpool (1945 GMT)

    Yeovil's Liam Davis is likely to remain at left-back as Jamie McAllister is still out with a shoulder injury.

    Deadline day loan signings John Lundstram, Ishmael Miller and Adam Morgan could all make their home debuts.

    Blackpool full-back Jack Robinson could return after missing all of November through suspension.

    Barry Ferguson may feature following an ankle injury but Craig Cathcart's return is still a week away.

  21. 1649: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Bolton v Huddersfield (2000 GMT)

    Bolton manager Dougie Freedman could hand on-loan Cardiff forward Joe Mason his first start in Bolton colours following the defeat to Middlesbrough.

    Adam Bogdan, Marc Tierney, Mark Davies, Joe Riley and Stuart Holden remain long-term absentees.

    Huddersfield boss Mark Robins could name an unchanged starting line up for the third game in a row as his side search for their third win in a row.

    Captain Peter Clarke is out until February with knee ligament damage.

  22. 1644: 
    FOOTBALL- Fulham v Tottenham (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)
    Kyle Walker

    Kyle Walker challenges Tottenham to prove their top-four credentials over the festive period.

    The England and Spurs defender said: "The players in the dressing room know we have to dig deep, show why we are playing for Tottenham, why we are playing for such a big club, a top-four club and prove to the fans and the gaffer and the chairman why they put the faith in us."

  23. 1639: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Reading v Charlton (2000 GMT)

    Reading are without full-backs Chris Gunter and Chris Baird through suspension and injury respectively.

    Royston Drenthe and Mikele Leigertwood could feature after returning to fitness.

    Charlton are without keeper Ben Hamer, who is not fit to return from an ankle injury, so Ben Alnwick keeps his place.

    The game is likely to come too soon for Chris Solly to return from a knee problem, and fellow defender Leon Cort, who also has a knee problem, is out.

  24. 1630: 

    Day three of BBC Sport's 2013 advent calendar focuses on the hilarious moment a Coventry fan moans to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire about his side's goalless draw with Crewe - only to be told the Sky Blues actually won the match 2-0.

  25. 1627: 

    Friday's World Cup draw will be organised so that there will be no more than two European teams in any group of four countries, and all the South American teams will be kept apart.

    Pot One consists of the eight top seeds, one of each to be drawn in Groups A-H. The remaining pots are based on geographical criteria.

    A pre-draw will be held to move one of the nine European teams into Pot Two. That European team will then be drawn against one of the four seeded South American teams to preserve the geographical balance of the draw.

    The four South American seeds: Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina will form a temporary Pot X. The three teams not drawn against the European team in Pot Two will return to the main draw.

  26. 1622: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- QPR v Bournemouth (1945 GMT)

    QPR duo Junior Hoilett and Tom Carroll could return to the starting line-up after being on the bench for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Doncaster after injuries.

    Nedum Onuoha, Alejandro Faurlin and Bobby Zamora remain out through injury.

    Bournemouth's top scorer Lewis Grabban, who missed Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brighton because of illness, will be assessed on Tuesday before the game.

    On-loan Arsenal defender Nico Yennaris could make his debut after being an unused substitute at the weekend.

  27. 1615: 

    England have been placed in Pot Four for Friday's World Cup draw but could yet find themselves moved to Pot Two.

    The four pots for Friday's World Cup draw are:

    Pot 1: Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay.

    Pot 2: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria.

    Pot 3: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, USA.

    Pot 4: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia.

  28. 1614: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Millwall v Nottm Forest (1945 GMT)

    Millwall manager Steve Lomas could make changes following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Leicester.

    Nicky Bailey and Martyn Waghorn are available after being suspended and ineligible respectively, but Liam Trotter is a doubt with a groin injury,

    Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles is suspended.

    With three other defenders being long-term injuries, Greg Halford could be brought back sooner than expected following an injury of his own.

  29. 1608: 

    England's women have beaten European champions Germany 3-1 to finish second in their group behind the Netherlands at the World League Final in Argentina.

    Two goals From Alex Danson and one Sophie Bray gave England their second win in three matches at the tournament for the top eight nations in women's hockey. They are through to the quarter-finals on Thursday, with their opponents to be decided when Pool B concludes later on Tuesday.

  30. 1600: 
    Yossi Benayoun and Eden Hazard

    Queens Park Rangers are set to complete the signing of Israel captain Yossi Benayoun on an 18-month deal.

    Benayoun is a free agent following his release by Chelsea last summer and has been training with the Loftus Road club.

    The 33-year-old former West Ham, Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder had offers from La Liga side Malaga and Reims in France.

  31. 1553: 
    Robert Milkins

    Robert Milkins secured his place in snooker's Masters for the first time with a third-round win over Matthew Stevens at the UK Championship.

    The ranking points gained from his run to the last 16 will lift the Gloucester player to 13th in the world.

    The top 15 after this week qualify in addition to world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and, with only Graeme Dott and Joe Perry able to overtake him, Milkins' place at Alexandra Palace next month is now assured. he said: "I've never played there and it's always been one of my aims to get there.

    "I'm really looking forward to that now. It's a big weight off my shoulders. It's nice just to watch the rest of them fight it out for themselves."

  32. 1547: 
    Fifa draw

    A news conference is being held in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, now, to determine the allocation of pots for the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals draw, which will be held on Friday.


    Josh Hopper: The top 3 only and if arsenal can get 4 points from their games againSt City and chelsea they will be strong favourites

    Peter Hunter: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. Liverpool will fall away eventually.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

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  34. 1541: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Burnley v Watford
    Sean Dyche

    Burnley striker Danny Ings is a doubt with a hamstring injury and Michael Duff is suspended as Sean Dyche goes head-to-head with his former side.

    The Clarets are not likely to risk Dean Marney (thigh) and winger Ross Wallace (knee) is still out.

    Watford trio Josh McEachran, Manuel Almunia and Gabriele Angella are all fitness doubts.

    Gianfranco Zola's squad is stretched as Lloyd Doyley, Essaid Belkalem, Ikechi Anya, Tommie Hoban and Almen Abdi are all definitely out.

  35. 1532: 
    FOOTBALL- West Brom v Manchester City (Wednesday, 2000 GMT)

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could be set to return to the first team against West Brom on Wednesday after being selected in the City squad.

    The Belgium defender has not played since picking up a thigh injury in the 3-1 win over Everton on 5 October.

  36. 1528: 
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United v Everton (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Robin van Persie could return from injury for Manchester United's Premier League game with Everton on Wednesday, having been out of action since 10 November.

    Manager David Moyes said: "Robin is OK. He has a chance of playing."

  37. 1525: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Ipswich v Blackburn (1945 GMT)

    Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is not expected to make any changes from the team who beat Charlton 1-0.

    Midfielder Luke Hyam could be on the bench after recovering from a back problem.

    Blackburn could hand a debut to Rudy Gestede, who joined on loan from Cardiff but missed the win over Leeds.

    Lee Williamson could return from a migraine but keeper Paul Robinson, Dickson Etuhu and Corry Evans are all still injured.

  38. 1518: 

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward hopes history will judge the Glazer family as better owners than most fans originally feared.

    The Glazers attracted massive criticism following their leveraged buy-out of the United in 2005.

    In an interview with the club's fanzine 'United We Stand', Woodward said: "I'm sensitive to the general feeling about being fearful about the future of the club under this ownership.

    "I can understand that the fans' distrust of the Glazers. Time will perhaps make them look better owners than some think, especially when they are compared to other owners."

  39. 1514: 
    Nico Hulkenberg

    Nico Hulkenberg joins Force India for the 2014 F1 season, the German driver confirms in a Sky Sports News interview.

  40. 1509: 

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has not ruled out attempting to make the England 4x100m relay squad at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

    "(It would be) great if I could run quick enough for that, I go out there to run quickly," he said.

    "It's whether that is quick enough with all the young sprinters we've got... and then the likes of Dwain (Chambers) and Harry (Aikines-Ayreetey).

    "Whether I could do that we will find out next year - I'm not going to say I want to go out there and be a member of the team."

  41. 1500: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Brighton v Barnsley (1945 GMT)

    Brighton will welcome back defensive duo Rohan Ince and Matt Upson following their recovery from respective cramp and shoulder injuries.

    Strikers Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) remain long-term absentees, though fellow striker Leo Ulloa could feature.

    Barnsley caretaker Micky Mellon will be without striker Chris O'Grady (calf) and goalkeeper Luke Steele (back).

    On-loan defender Peter Ramage (thigh) could feature after injury.

  42. 1452:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    New Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen challenges his team to stand up and take responsibility for their own form - starting against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

    Fellow Dutchman Martin Jol was dismissed by billionaire owner Shahid Khan following what was a sixth consecutive defeat as the 3-0 capitulation at West Ham left the Cottagers 18th in the Premier League.

    "We need to make sure the players take responsibility, with work-rate and their discipline," Meulensteen told BBC Radio 5 live.

  43. 1445: 

    England's women are playing Germany in their final group game at the World League Final in Argentina, with Jason Lee's side hoping to secure second in Pool A and a possible quarter-final against China.

    England beat Korea 6-2 in their opener before conceding two late goals to lose 3-2 to the Netherlands, and they now face a rematch of this summer's EuroHockey final, which they lost on penalties to Germany. Follow live video of the match.

  44. 1444: 
    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Latest scores from the third round of the UK Snooker Championship in York.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 1-0 Marcus Campbell (Sco)

    Neil Robertson (Aus) 2-1 Li Hang (Chi)

    Mark Selby (Eng) 3-0 Stuart Carrington (Eng)

    Fergal O'Brien (Ire) 0-3 Ding Junhui (Chi)

  45. 1436: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS- Birmingham v Doncaster (1945 GMT)

    Birmingham are unlikely to make changes after beating Barnsley 3-0.

    Defender Kyle Bartley (hamstring) is not likely to return, while David Murphy, Matt Green, Neal Eardley, Jonathan Spector and Akwasi Asante are all out injured.

    Doncaster defender Reece Wabara will not play again until 2014 after fracturing a toe.

    He is one of seven Rovers players injured, although Harry Forrester and Chris Brown could return this month.

  46. 1424: 

    Champion mare Dancing Rain, who is carrying a foal by the prodigious Frankel, has sold at auction for four million guineas (£4.2m).

    The retired 2011 Oaks winner was sold in Newmarket to John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor for Sheikh Mohammed who owns the town's Godolphin stables.

    Frankel, the world's top-rated racehorse, has been in stud after his 14th straight win last year.

    Ferguson said: "Sheikh Mohammed felt that she's a jewel."

  47. 1416: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v West Ham (2000 GMT)
    Tony Pulis

    New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis must decide whether to make changes to the side beaten 1-0 at Norwich for his first home game in charge.

    Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome were paired up front at Carrow Road and both may be retained.

    West Ham striker Carlton Cole is pushing for his first start of the season after scoring at the weekend.

    Ravel Morrison is also in line for a recall, but George McCartney has been left out of the squad.

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    Gav Sanders: As it stands I think it's five teams, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool or Man United for the title. Still too early.

    Tomid: Top 3 teams will compete for the title, and 3 others will be competing for 4th-6th. Newc, Soton and ManU will miss out.

    Brett Mills: If Arsenal can get 3 points at The Etihad they will be favourites for me. They are beating the lower table teams with ease.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

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  49. 1404: 

    Manchester United boss David Moyes: "I had a great time at Everton, they were fabulous to me. Overall we had a level of consistency.

    "I think it will be a mixed reception tomorrow night. The Everton fans understand their football and I think they'll understand I brought in a lot of good players there."

  50. 1400: 
    David Moyes and Roberto Martinez

    David Moyes has paid tribute to Roberto Martinez as he gets ready to face Everton for the first time since leaving Goodison Park.

    Manchester United boss Moyes said: "He is doing a very good job. He has very good players there. I always told them they could play without a manager because they are very well organised. But Roberto is doing a really good job keeping it going."

  51. 1347: 
    David Healy

    Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy hopes he can continue to contribute to the national side as a coach after announcing his retirement from playing.

    Healy's status as one of his country's finest ever players is already assured thanks to a tally of 36 goals - 23 more than Billy Gillespie and Colin Clarke, who share second place on the all-time scoring list.

    "It has been an absolute honour and privilege to wear the Northern Ireland shirt, to represent the people of our proud wee country and I hope to continue in whatever way I can, in my new career in coaching, to help Northern Ireland succeed," said Healy in a statement.

  52. 1338: 

    Uefa president Michel Platini says the choice between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery for the Ballon d'Or "is the most difficult in the history of the trophy".

    In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner from France also joked about Fifa's decision to extend the voting deadline by two weeks to 29 November.

    He says "it happened to coincide with Portugal reaching the World Cup thanks to three goals from Ronaldo".

    The Ballon d'Or will be awarded on 13 January.

  53. 1327: 
    Neil Robertson

    World number one Neil Robertson of Australia takes on China's Li Hang in the UK Championship, while 'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Scotland's Marcus Campbell.

    The winner of this year's event will take home a top prize of £150,000.

    Latest Scores from the UK Championship:

    Neil Robertson (Aus) 0-0 Li Hang (Chi)

    Mark Selby (Eng) 0-0 Stuart Carrington (Eng)

    Fergal O'Brien (Ire) 0-0 Ding Junhui (Chi)

    Mark Allen (Ire) 5-5 Michael Holt (Eng)


    Ricky Walden (Eng) beat Mark Williams (Wal) 6-5

    David Morris (Ire) beat Mitchell Travis (Eng) 6-1

    Robert Milkins (Eng) beat Matthew Stevens (Wal) 6-2

  54. 1320: 

    Everton have warned supporters who bring smoke bombs to matches will face lengthy bans.

    The warning comes as the Premier League, Football League and Football Association launch a supporter education campaign on pyrotechnics, following a research project involving fans up and down the country.

  55. 1313: 

    The Czech Football Association says the new coach of the national team will be given a four-year contract.

    The association announced last month that Pavel Vrba, who led Viktoria Plzen to the Champions League twice in the last three years, will take over the team on 1 January.

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

    Jeremy Cooper: No way of telling - many factors, e.g. injuries, could affect it. It'll go to the wire, maybe another "AGUEROOO!" moment.

    Victor Ajayi: I tip City for the title. Great squad but Kompany must stay fit. Chelsea won't be far behind ready to pounce.

    Joe Dowley: I think Chelsea will win it because we have the best squad. We are not playing well, just grinding out results.

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  57. 1259: 

    BBC Oxford Sport: Oxford United have granted permission to manager Chris Wilder to speak to Portsmouth FC about their vacant manager's job.

  58. 1251: 

    Miguel Herrera will remain in charge of Mexico at next summer's World Cup after steering them to Brazil.

    Herrera oversaw a 9-3 aggregate win over New Zealand last month after he was brought in as Mexico's fourth coach for the two-legged play-off following an otherwise fraught qualification campaign.

    The Mexico Football Federation (FMF) confirmed the 45-year-old would be retained on a permanent deal following a meeting of the Liga MX owners on Monday.

  59. 1245: 
    Sportsday Beta

    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.

    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 the page - you can provide feedback by completing an online survey.

  60. 1242: 

    London's O2 Arena is confirmed as one of four bidders to host the FEI Equestrian World Cup finals in 2017.

    Both London and Omaha, Nebraska have applied to stage both the FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage finals.

    Hong Kong and s'Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands, have applied to host one final each.

    The winners of the bidding process will be announced during an FEI Bureau meeting in June next year.

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season?

    Ross Bordon: Arsenal if they keep playing the way they are playing.

    Chelsea Smilers Sone: Chelsea are better than the other five teams, because they have the best squad to win PL. If not, I think Man City.

    Arsene The 16th: Arsenal will. From last round of fixtures, Arsenal were the only team in the EPL with an away win. Resolute team. Tough League.

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  62. 1229: 
    Hampden Park

    Work to turn Hampden Park into an athletics arena for the Commonwealth Games begins with the lifting of the stadium's turf.

    The venue is being temporarily transformed to host the stars of track and field as they compete for gold in Glasgow next summer.

    The playing surface of the stadium is being raised by around 6ft (1.8m), on a grid of steel stilts, to create the width and length required for an International Association of Athletics Federations-approved athletics track.

    During the Games the stadium will seat 44,000, returning to its 52,000 capacity at the end of the event.

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes six teams could win the Premier League this season. What do you think? Who do you think will be crowned champions by the end of the season.

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  64. 1221: 

    Former Croatia left back Robert Jarni takes over as coach of Bosnian first division side FC Sarajevo.

    Jarni, one of the key players in Croatia's run to the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, replaces Husref Musemic after the former Sarajevo striker stepped down for health reasons.

    Sarajevo are second in the Balkan country's 16-team first division at the winter break, two points behind champions and city rivals Zeljeznicar.

  65. 1217: 

    Everyone likes a teddy bear don't they? Well ice hockey fans in Calgary certainly seem to anyway.

    A goal for the Calgary Hitmen against the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Canadian Western Hockey League was celebrated by 26,000 teddy bears being thrown onto the ice.

    Pavel Padakin's goal triggered the celebrations in the 19th annual Teddy Bear Toss Game between the two sides. Each year fans bring stuffed animals to the game to throw onto the ice when the Hitmen score their first goal. All of the toys are then donated to local charities.

    See the video here

  66. 1209: 

    Ross Brawn will wait until the summer before deciding whether to return to Formula One.

    Mercedes confirmed last week Brawn would be leaving his role as team principal at the end of the year.

    He said: "I really, genuinely, will see how things pan out in the next six, 12 months and make a decision."

  67. 1201: 

    The MCC releases plans for the first major phase of its redevelopment of Lord's - a replacement for the Warner Stand.

    The stand is designed to improve the views from 600 seats and provide a new state-of-the-art match control and match officials' facility. It also includes a 135-seat restaurant with views over the Ground.

    The new stand has been designed by Populous - the architects of venues such as the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, Emirates Stadium and the redevelopment and roof of the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

  68. 1151: 

    Wales centre Jamie Roberts on Twitter: Big moment here as @mikephillips009 signs his contract over lunch....

    Mike Phillips
  69. 1146: 
    FOOTBALL - MOURINHO NEWS CONFERENCE- Sunderland v Chelsea (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "There is a lot to play for in December and January, we will see if one of the top six opens a real gap (at the top).

    "We can't speak about favourites but all the six teams are title contenders.

    "In my career I've only finished first and second and if I'm not there I don't feel comfortable.

    "There is still a lot of progress to be made, we need to make the pressure of fighting for the title natural."

  70. 1141: 

    Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will return to training this week after more than three months out with a left hamstring injury.

    Olivier Giroud has been shouldering the attacking burden for Arsenal since Podolski was hurt during the Champions League playoff win over Fenerbahce at the end of August.

    Lukas Podolski

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Podolski will be back in training after Wednesday's match against Hull, adding "it will take at least a week with normal training to consider him fit for the squad."

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    England manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not sorry for playing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the friendly against Germany with a thigh problem.

    Sturridge is now facing up to two months out with an unrelated ankle injury.

    Sam Payne: Sturridge said he wanted to play in the game! So how can people criticise Hodgson for playing him?

    Max Reading: Sturridge should have said he didn't feel 100%. The club pay him handsomely so club over country! Especially over friendlies.

    Tunde Akere: Hodgson shouldn't have played an unfit Sturridge at all knowing it will ultimately have effect on club and country.

    What do you think? Was Hodgson right to gamble with the striker's fitness? Does international football come before club football? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

    FOOTBALL - MOURINHO NEWS CONFERENCE- Sunderland v Chelsea (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    Chelsea FC on Twitter: Jose: "David Luiz is not back in training yet, he's still with the medical department, I hope to have him back soon so I can rotate.

    "Ashley Cole will start one of these next two games, or against Steaua. Professionally he's a team player so he deserves to play."

    Mourinho also says Samuel Eto'o is back in training and could feature at Sunderland but Oscar is unavailable tomorrow.

  73. 1127: 

    A mare carrying the foal of British racing great Frankel has been bought at auction by Godolphin owner Sheik Mohammed for more than £4m.

    John Ferguson, the bloodstock advisor for Sheik Mohammed, bought 5-year-old Dancing Rain at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket.

    Ferguson said: "She is a jewel and you need jewels to breed champions."


    BBC Sports editor David Bond ‏on Twitter: "Was filming yesterday near England's Rio training base. Amazing setting but it's a long drive in horrendous traffic from their likely hotel."

  75. 1122: 

    Leading players have lent their support to a possible switch of venues for two of the highest-profile events on next year's snooker calendar.

    An expanded first-round field of 128 players at the UK Championship has tested the constraints of York's Barbican Centre, leaving many players unhappy at the table set-up and practice facilities.

    The Ricoh Arena in Coventry has emerged as a likely alternative, having successfully staged the recent Champion of Champions.

    And that tournament could fill the void in the schedule at the Yorkshire venue, whose contract to host the UK Championship expires this year.

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    England manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not sorry for playing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the friendly against Germany with a thigh problem.

    Sturridge is now facing up to two months out with an unrelated ankle injury.

    Aadil: Not right due to the fact that he was already injured and the importance of the game which was a friendly.

    Noz: It doesn't take a genius to know playing with an existing injury raises the risk of other injuries. Club always comes first.

    Offor Ikechukwu: He was right. Country comes first before club.

    What do you think? Was Hodgson right to gamble with the striker's fitness? Does international football come before club football? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

  77. 1114: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is confidently expecting to be fit for the second Ashes Test, despite missing training on Tuesday because of his sore right ankle.

    Clarke went over awkwardly on his leg during fielding drills at the Adelaide Oval on Monday, but was able to bat in the nets afterwards.

    He sat out morning practice a day later, but is planning to resume his preparation on the eve of the match.

  78. 1106: 

    Bristol City confirm the appointment of Steve Cotterill as manager.

    The 49-year-old signs a three-and-a-half year contract with the League One strugglers.

  79. 1102: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on buying a striker in January: "I am not concerned about that. We have at the moment Yaya Sanogo who is a striker we brought in during the summer, who is coming back from injury in January. Hopefully he will help us in the second part of the season."

  80. 1056: 

    Manchester United coach Phil Neville believes Marouane Fellaini needs to experience winning and scoring at United after failing to impress since his £27.5m move from Everton in the summer.

    "What is important for Marouane now is to play well in a match we win and he scores a goal," Neville told the Manchester Evening News.

    "He needs to experience that feeling when you are part of a team that wins. It is fine having that feeling when you are part of a squad but it is great to have it when you are part of a team that wins."

  81. 1048: 

    All-rounder Tim Bresnan is ready to return on schedule as England bid to bounce back in the Ashes at Adelaide.

    Bresnan's timetable for recovery from a stress fracture of the lower back always contained a best-case scenario of him being fit again for this second Test.

    "I'm excited to be back amongst it. I'm available for selection," he said. "It's been quite frustrating travelling with the guys and doing all the prep, but knowing I probably wasn't going to play any of the warm-up games. But I'm relishing the chance if I do get one at Adelaide."

  82. 1043: 

    As has already been reported, Northern Ireland's all-time leading goal-scorer David Healy has announced his retirement.

    "David Healy was assured of his place in Northern Ireland sporting folklore the instant his winning goal against England hit the back of the net at Windsor Park on 7 September, 2005," writes BBC Sport's Richard Petrie.

    "David Healy was assured of his place in Northern Ireland sporting folklore the instant his winning goal against England hit the back of the net at Windsor Park on 7 September, 2005.2

  83. 1037: 
    Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay

    Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay ahead of his side's trip to Stoke City on Wednesday:

    "It's a club in transition but Mark (Hughes) is a very experienced manager. Stoke are an established Premier League club.

    "We're certainly competing at this level and have been competitive away from home all season.

    "Any points you can pick up on the road certainly come at a premium."

  84. 1029: 

    Crawley announce the appointment of John Gregory as manager.

    Former Aston Villa manager Gregory, 59, has signed an 18-month contract with the League One club, having last managed in England in 2007.

    More recently, Gregory has managed in Kazakhstan and Israel.

  85. 1028: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton is set to abandon the 400m hurdles and concentrate on the 400m sprint, according to her coach.

    The 24-year-old suffered posterior cruciate ligament and cartilage tears in the final of the 400 metres hurdles at August's World Championships in Moscow.

    And coach Chris Zah believes, after consulting former Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Tony Jarrett - who suffered the same injury - the hurdles may be a thing of the past for Shakes-Drayton.

    Zah told the Daily Telegraph: "He came back from the same injury but his trail leg was never the same. He found he couldn't really use it as he was using it before.

    "It also affects the speed at which hurdlers can pull their trail leg through. That's really important for a speedster like Perri."

    Perri Shakes-Drayton
  86. 1024: 

    BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden on Twitter: "Steve Cotterill has just arrived at Ashton Gate. Formally announced as new #BristolCity head coach at 11am."

  87. 1017: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino admits it is "difficult to analyse" how long his team must do without goalkeeper Artur Boruc because of a broken hand.

    The 33-year-old suffered the injury during the 3-1 Premier League defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.

    "It is difficult to analyse how many weeks Artur will be out for," said Pochettino at a press conference reported on the club's official Twitter feed.

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    England manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not sorry for playing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the friendly against Germany with a thigh problem.

    Sturridge is now facing up to two months out with an unrelated ankle injury.

    Wayne Jones: Yes he was wrong. It is reckless to endanger one if your leading players for a friendly.

    Julie Joyce: He was wrong. He knew that Sturridge was carrying a niggle. He shouldn't have played him for the full 90mins.

    Aufa Ahdan: The key factor is the player, not the country nor the club.

    What do you think? Was Hodgson right to gamble with the striker's fitness? Does international football come before club football? Share your views on BBC Sport Facebook or tweet #bbcsportsday.

  89. 1009: 

    Swindon Town release a statement regarding the state of ownership of the club.

    In it, Director of Football Lee Power is confirmed as the new owner of the Robins after a transfer of shareholding to his company, Swinton Reds 20 Ltd.

    The statement reads: "The change of ownership signals no fundamental changes in the Club but has been executed post the completion of the audit in line with the intent of the consortium led by Mr Jed McCrory who acquired STFC."

  90. 1000: 

    Bristol City are set to name their new head coach on Tuesday, with Steve Cotterill the overwhelming favourite.

    The Robins have called a press conference for 11:00 GMT.

    Cotterill, 49, has been out of management since leaving Nottingham Forest in July 2012.

  91. 0955: 
    Mark Cavendish

    British cyclist Mark Cavendish is targeting winning the yellow jersey at the first stage of next year's Tour de France in Harrogate.

    "It's going to be incredible. I'm so excited. My mum comes from Harrogate and I know the finish straight is going to be a sprint and it's a chance to win the yellow jersey. To be able to do that in my mum's home town will be quite sweet," Cavendish told BBC Sport.

  92. 0948: 

    Mark Cavendish on competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016: "I'm a professional road rider, that's where I earn my money. If it ties in I would love to do it but I'm a road rider first and foremost. I would love to do it out of my patriotism."

  93. 0941: 
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the Gunners' visit of Hull City on Wednesday night:

    "What is important is to be at our best in the next game, I don't see beyond that.

    "I feel that all the players have done well. Of course Aaron Ramsey has done exceptionally well.

    "Hull are very dynamic going forward and on set-pieces they look strong as well."

  94. 0935: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the Gunners' visit of Hull City on Wednesday night:

    "Hull have done very well and they have nothing to lose when they come to us. We have a warning from the Liverpool game.

    "It's a bit early to make a prediction on the title. If we can maintain our concentration, we have a chance."

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    England manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not sorry for playing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the friendly against Germany with a thigh problem. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was left angered with Hodgson but the England boss said he was right to "test his resolve a little bit".

    Sturridge is now facing up to two months out with an unrelated ankle injury.

    What do you think? Was Hodgson right to gamble with the striker's fitness? Does international football come before club football?

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

  96. 0923: 

    BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against former Supergrass frontman and Manchester United fan Gaz Coombes for this week's midweek Premier League predictions.

    "This is a big night for new Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis, and Selhurst Park will be revved up and will give him a big welcome for his first home game in charge," Lawro says of Tuesday night's match between Crystal Palace and West Ham, which he predicts will finish 1-1.

    "He lost his match as Eagles manager at Norwich on Saturday and, if he didn't already know beforehand, he will know what he has got in his team and what is missing."

  97. 0915: 

    Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad says he has a "score to settle" with British rival Aaron Cook.

    The 22-year-olds are competing at -80kg in the Manchester Grand Prix later this month, and could meet in what would be one of the most highly anticipated fights in the sport's history.

    The pair were embroiled in a bitter appeals process after Muhammad was controversially selected ahead of then world number one Cook for London 2012.

    "He took it too far," said Muhammad. "It was quite clear that GB Taekwondo was firm in its stance and I think the constant appeals were nasty and unnecessary."

  98. 0908: 

    Manchester City have apparently won the battle for Brahim Abdelkader Diaz, the 14-year-old dubbed 'the new Messi'.

    City have paid £300,000 up front for Diaz, with the final deal worth £2.4m depending on what he achieves at the club.

  99. 0902: 

    Ten contenders have been shortlisted for the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year 2013 award.

    Athletes Dina Asher-Smith, Jessica Judd and Isaac Towers feature along with swimmers James Guy and Amy Marren.

    Shooter Amber Hill, golfer Charley Hull, footballer Adnan Januzaj, weightlifter Rebekah Tiler and canoeist Kimberley Woods also make the list.

    The top three will be named on Blue Peter on 12 December, three days before the awards night takes place in Leeds.

  100. 0854: 

    Roberto Soldado admits his goal return for Tottenham is much less than he would have hoped for following his big-money move from Valencia - but he is confident of better times to come.

    The £26m signing has scored six goals in all competitions this season, but half of those have come from the penalty spot.

    "I want to score more goals than I am doing at the moment. That is why they signed me. I have been doing it all my career," said the 28-year-old. "I haven't done so far here, but I am convinced I will get there."

  101. 0846: 
    David Healy

    More from Northern Ireland's David Healy on his retirement: "I didn't enjoy my last six months at Bury because of a number of circumstances.

    "I still thought in the summer that I was capable and would be fit enough if I got a good pre-season under my belt.

    "But that didn't happen and it's hard going down to the gym and doing 20 or 30 minutes of aerobic stuff on your own.

    "It would have been great to have achieved 100 caps but at the same time I didn't want to be getting token caps."

  102. 0843: 

    Northern Ireland's all-time leading goal-scorer David Healy has announced his retirement.

    The striker, who scored 36 goals in 95 international appearances, has been without a club since leaving Bury at the end of last season.

    "I don't think too many people will be surprised. I have been without a club for five months," said Healy, 34. "It's dawned on me that it's time for a new challenge. The career is over and it's time to move on."

  103. 0839: 

    The Premier League-commissioned survey of 1,635 supporters found more than half of fans had witnessed pyrotechnics at a match, 24% had had their view obscured, 10% had suffered from smoke inhalation and 2% had been affected by heat from a flare.

    "It's the biggest concern we've got among fans at the moment," Cathy Long, head of supporter services at the Premier League, told BBC Sport.

    "There have been incidents across the world where people have had bad injuries or died. We've been lucky that our leagues haven't had such major issues yet, but we want to stop that from happening."

  104. 0835: 

    Children as young as eight are being used as "mules" to smuggle flares and smoke bombs into Premier League matches, according to new research.

    A survey found a third of supporters have been directly affected by pyrotechnics at a stadium and that 86% are concerned for their safety.

    Use or possession of such devices in grounds can lead to bans or prison, and an education drive has been launched.

    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure on Twitter: Thank you for your votes, I feel so blessed!

  106. 0830: 

    Yaya Toure has won the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

    The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, who 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."

  107. 0825: 
    Alastair Cook

    The ICC also announced its Test and ODI teams of the year on with Alastair Cook making the Test side for the third successive year and is named as captain.

    He is joined in the side by two other members of England's Ashes-winning line-up from this summer, Anderson and Graeme Swann. Anderson is England's only representative in the ODI line-up.

    Test Team of Year: Cook (Eng, captain), Pujara (Ind), Amla (SA), Clarke (Aus), Hussey (Aus), De Villiers (SA), Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper), Swann (Eng), Steyn (SA), Anderson (Eng), Philander (SA). 12th Man: Ashwin (Ind).

    ODI Team of Year: Dilshan (SL), Dhawan (Ind), Amla (SA), Sangakkara (SL), De Villiers (SA), Dhoni (Ind, captain and wicketkeeper), Jadeja (Ind), Ajmal (Pak), Starc (Aus), Anderson (Eng), Malinga (SL). 12th Man: McClenaghan (NZ).

  108. 0821: 

    England's Joe Root is in the running for the Emerging Cricketer of the Year award while three members of England's women's team are up for honours.

    Charlotte Edwards and Anya Shrubsole have been shortlisted for the Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year while Sarah Taylor is in contention to be Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year.

    Ireland pair Kevin O'Brien and Ed Joyce, along with Scotland's Kyle Coetzer, are on a four-man list for the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year.

  109. 0817: 

    Arsenal have agreed to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, on a six-month loan deal in January. Full story: Daily Express

    Brazilian club Corinthians have rejected a £6m bid from Arsenal for striker Alexandre Pato, 26, who is also said to have been a target for north London rivals Tottenham. Full story: Daily Star

    Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is an early favourite to succeed Owen Coyle as Wigan manager. Full story: Independent

  110. 0810: 

    First to cricket because England captain Alastair Cook and fast bowler James Anderson have been named on the six-man shortlist for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award for 2013.

    The England duo are joined on the list of nominations by South Africa's Hashim Amla, Australia's Michael Clarke, Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara.

    Anderson, Amla and Clarke are also among the six players in the running for the Test Cricketer of the Year, along with India pair Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin, plus South Africa paceman Dale Steyn.

  111. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Tuesday's edition of Sportsday. This morning we'll be talking about flares in football, the Young Sports Personality shortlist and we'll also look ahead to a host of Premier League matches and the second Ashes Test down under. There's lots to talk about so let's get going.

    Manchester United fans light a flare during their team's match at West Brom in May 2013

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