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4 December 2013 Last updated at 08:00

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  2. 1800: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Man Utd v Everton (19:45 GMT)
    David Moyes and Roberto Martinez

    Manchester United's Phil Jones serves a one-game ban after amassing five yellow cards.

    Robin van Persie has "a chance" of recovering from a combination of groin and toe problems to play.

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has reported no fresh fitness concerns.

    Martinez says Leighton Baines is making a better than expected recovery from a fractured toe, although he won't predict when the left-back will return.

  3. 1758: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Hull (19:45 GMT)

    Hull manager Steve Bruce accepts few will fancy his side to upset Arsenal when they meet in the Premier League on Wednesday but reminded the Gunners that nothing can be taken for granted in English football.

    "We knew from the start of season we'd be underdogs. We were favourites in many people's eyes to go down and that's normal for a team coming up from the Championship," he said. "But we've been very consistent and played to a level that has given us a chance. We can't have many off days and we certainly can't have one on Wednesday.

    "The beauty of Premier League is nobody can predict it. We see the big teams in Spain or Germany just blow away the rest of the league, that's not the case here so far. Everybody has had a bit of a struggle and that shows the strength in depth of the league and that's why it is watched all over the world."

  4. 1756: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Sunderland v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    The last time Sunderland got anything out of a home game against Chelsea was on 9 December 2001 when they drew 0-0. Their last home win over the Blues was a 1-0 victory on 14 October 2000.

    Victory would give the Black Cats three successive home league wins for the first time since January-February 2012.

    They have registered 30 shots on target in top-flight matches this season, fewer than any other side. They managed only one effort on target against Aston Villa on Saturday.

  5. 1755: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton won both meetings with Aston Villa last season, with the 4-1 home win not only their biggest of the season, but also their first in the Premier League since April 2005.

    Saints are one of only four teams in the Premier League to remain unbeaten at home this season (along with Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton).

    The last time Southampton lost to Aston Villa, current first-team players Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse were still at primary school.

  6. 1754: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton have a glut of injuries, particularly with goalkeeper Artur Boruc out with a broken hand and fellow keeper Kelvin Davis also absent.

    French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has a groin injury, while the trio of Gaston Ramirez, Danny Fox and Guly do Prado are also unavailable.

    Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann is a doubt with a tight hamstring picked up in Saturday's draw with Sunderland.

    Otherwise Paul Lambert has no new injury concerns.

  7. 1753: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Fulham v Tottenham (20:00 GMT)
    Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen

    Rene Meulensteen will select the Fulham team for the first time after taking over as manager from Martin Jol, who was sacked on Sunday.

    Dimitar Berbatov should return after illness while Brede Hangeland could be back after a sciatic nerve problem.

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is still struggling with a groin problem so is doubtful.

    Midfielder Christian Eriksen (ankle), defender Danny Rose (toe) and striker Harry Kane (back) are all out.

  8. 1752: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Sunderland captain John O'Shea is expected to be fit despite suffering a muscle injury against Aston Villa.

    The Black Cats remain without Kieren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar because of respective shoulder and hip problems.

    Chelsea midfielder Oscar is ruled out after injuring his ankle against Southampton.

    David Luiz remains sidelined by a knee problem, but Samuel Eto'o is back in training following a hamstring strain and could feature.

  9. 1751: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Cardiff (19:45 GMT)

    Stoke defender Robert Huth will be out for at least three weeks after undergoing surgery to treat a knee cartilage problem.

    The Potters also remain without winger Marko Arnautovic because of a hamstring injury.

    Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is expected to rotate his squad for Wednesday's game.

    Peter Odemwingie, Craig Bellamy and Craig Noone could earn recalls to the starting line-up.

  10. 1750: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

    Forty four of the 69 games between Southampton and Aston Villa have produced three or fewer goals (64%).

    Villa have scored the first goal on fewer occasions than any other Premier League club this season (twice).

    Paul Lambert's side have failed to score in five of their last seven matches and Christian Benteke, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, has now gone seven games without a goal.

  11. 1748: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v Norwich (19:45 GMT)
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    Midfielder Philippe Coutinho is in line to start against Norwich after only being fit enough for the bench in the defeat at Hull on Sunday.

    Defender Daniel Agger and forward Iago Aspas could also start, having been overlooked for the Tigers defeat.

    Norwich have no fresh injury concerns for their trip to the Emirates.

    Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass are still sidelined and Ricky van Wolfswinkel expects to return for the game with Swansea on 15 December.

  12. 1747: 

    Mark Allen will face Ricky Walden in the quarter-finals of the UK Championship after the Northern Irishman saw off Judd Trump 6-4 in the fourth round. Defending champion Mark Selby also progressed with a 6-2 win over Graeme Dott.

    The evening session will see Ronnie O'Sullivan take on Robert Milkins and Neil Robertson face Joe Perry, with coverage on the Red Button and website from 1900 GMT.

  13. 1728: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup must decide whether first-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm is fit enough to return in place of Gerhard Tremmel.

    The Swans remain without top scorer Wilfried Bony, fellow forward Michu and defender Angel Rangel.

    Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has not reported any fresh injury concerns within the squad.

    Matthieu Debuchy will hope to retain his place after last weekend's return from suspension against West Brom.

  14. 1721: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Hull (19:45 GMT)

    Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has a hamstring injury and is set to be replaced by Carl Jenkinson.

    Lukas Podolski is expected back in training this week after a hamstring injury of his own but won't face Hull.

    Hull's James Chester could replace the suspended Curtis Davies for his first appearance since September while Matty Fryatt is back in the matchday squad after being recalled from a successful loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday.

  15. 1713: 

    The answers to today's #QSTeaser are Schalk Burger, Thierry Dusautoir, Richie McCaw and Keith Wood.

  16. 1706: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he is not concerned by his side's disappointing home form in the Premier League this season as they prepare to host Newcastle on Wednesday

    Swansea have only won once at home in the Premier League, beating Sunderland 4-0 in October.

    "A team like us should get the majority of our points at home, but we have won more games away than at home. Points are points," he said.


    Can anyone compete with Arsenal this season? Top of the Premier League table by four points from nearest rivals Chelsea. Who do you think will start to catch them tonight?

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  18. 1654: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Liverpool v Norwich (19:45 GMT)
    Norwich manager Chris Hughton

    Norwich's last win at Anfield came in April 1994 courtesy of a long-range Jeremy Goss shot. It was the last goal scored in front of the original Kop before it was demolished.

    Norwich have won just three of 25 Premier League away games under Chris Hughton (W3, D7, L15).

    Hughton's side have scored just eight goals in the last 14 away games and failed to score in eight of those 14 matches.

  19. 1644: 
    The draw for the final takes place in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, on Friday

    Confused about the World Cup draw? Want to know your Pot 1 from your Pot X's? Then head to the BBC Sport website as we give you a handy guide for all you need to know for Friday's World Cup draw.

    The 2014 Fifa World Cup takes place in Brazil, starting on 12 June and finishing on 13 July.

    The draw for next summer's World Cup finals takes place this Friday, 6 December, starting at 16:00 GMT and BBC Sport will have a live text commentary bringing you the draw itself, quotes and reaction as it happens from Rio.

  20. 1640: 

    Former Sheffield United and Leeds boss Neil Warnock is in contention for the vacant Sheffield Wednesday job.

    The Owls are looking for a new manager after Dave Jones was sacked on Sunday.

    Warnock, 65, spent seven years in charge of the Blades and has been out of work since leaving Leeds in April.

  21. 1630: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Liverpool v Norwich (19:45 GMT)

    Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches against the Canaries (W7, D1) but have won only one of their last four Premier League games.

    The Reds put five goals past Norwich in both league games last season, while Luis Suarez has scored seven in his last three games against the Canaries, including two hat-tricks.

    Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded three goals or more in successive games for only the third time in the Premier League era. They last conceded as many in three consecutive top-flight matches in 1954.

  22. 1628: 

    Latest scores from the UK Championship in York:

    Mark Selby (Eng) 6-2 Graeme Dott (Sco)

    Judd Trump (Eng) 4-2 Mark Allen (NI)

    You can watch the conclusion of the Trump v Allen match on BBC Two, via the Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.

  23. 1623: 

    British heavyweight boxer David Price has relinquished both his British and Commonwealth title belts as he bids to rebuild his career after successive stoppages.

    The Liverpudlian suffered the first two defeats of his career in 2013, both at the hands of American Tony Thompson.

    He faces Evgeny Orlov on 14 December in Germany, but the decision to give up his titles means an all-British fight with Derek Chisora will now be unlikely in the short-term.

  24. 1609: 

    Simon Dyson will discover on Thursday whether he faces further punishment, including a possible ban from the European Tour, following his disqualification from the BMW Masters in October for signing for an incorrect score in the second round.

    The 35-year-old failed to add a two-shot penalty to his card after an incident on the eighth hole, when he touched the line of his putt after marking his ball, appearing to flatten a spike mark and having reviewed the incident, senior European Tour officials concluded that an investigation into an alleged "serious breach" of the Tour's code of behaviour was required.

    Dyson, who released a statement saying it was 'simply an accidental mistake' and he would co-operate with the investigation, will appear before a three-person disciplinary panel at Wentworth on Thursday morning.

  25. 1600: 

    The new International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will visit Brazil next month after experts warned there is no time to lose in Rio de Janeiro's preparations for the 2016 Olympics.

    "We just had a project review last week in Brazil, our experts have been there, and they have reported there is good progress being made, that the organising committee is working well but on the other hand there is no time to lose," he said. "So this needs all the efforts of all the stakeholders, not only the organising committee but all the different levels of government.

    "The IOC is ready to ensure that seamless cooperation between all the stakeholders and this is why I intend to travel to Brazil within the next couple of months. The purpose is to demonstrate that the new president of the IOC is behind these Olympic Games and that we are all fully committed to make them successful."

  26. 1550: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Man Utd v Everton (19:45 GMT)
    Peter Beardsley

    Everton's last victory at Old Trafford came in the first Premier League encounter between the two sides in August 1992. The Toffees ran out 3-0 winners courtesy of goals from Peter Beardsley, Mo Johnston and Robert Warzycha.

    The Toffees have allowed fewer shots on target against them away from home than any other team in the top flight this season (16).

    Romelu Lukaku is one of three players to have scored a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United (along with Dirk Kuyt and David Bentley).

  27. 1545: 

    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says he would welcome a return to Barcelona next summer.

    Reina, who is on a season-long loan at Serie A side Napoli, has been strongly linked with a move to the Primera Division giants at the end of the campaign to replace the outgoing Victor Valdes, who will be leaving the Nou Camp at the end of this season.

    "I would love to return to Barcelona. But I imagine that my name is on a list with others. I was fortunate to play there once and I consider myself privileged to have done that. The important thing is that I continue to do well at Napoli," Reina told El Mundo Deportivo.

  28. 1537: 

    Latest scores from the UK Championship in York

    Judd Trump (Eng) 3-1 Mark Allen (NI)

    Mark Selby (Eng) 4-2 Graeme Dott (Sco)

    You can watch all of the action on BBC Two, via the Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.

  29. 1530: 

    With the second Ashes Test against Australia due to start in a matter of hours, BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce looks at the changing fortunes of the Australia and England sides and previews the Adelaide test and what England can expect having lost the opening game so heavily.

  30. 1524:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentOLYMPICS

    "UK Sport say there will be no post-London 2012 slump in performance and are 'confident' that Team GB can win more Olympic and Paralympic medals at the Rio 2016 Games.

    "No nation in recent times has exceeded the number of medals won at their host event, with UK Sport's director of performance, Simon Timson, believing that the organisation has set a "unique challenge". He also believes that while London 2012 was a great success "assumption is the enemy of excellence" and "we must not assume replicating what we did for Beijing and London, because it produced incredible results, will work for Rio.""


    Andy Murray on Twitter: Going to try and play points today for the first time since surgery.... #rusty

  32. 1515: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Man Utd v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United have won 16 of their 21 Premier League home games against Everton, with four matches drawn, and have scored more goals against Everton (84) than they have against any other Premier League side.

    United's tally of 22 points after 13 matches is their lowest since 2004-05 (21 points). They went on to finish that season third.

    Wayne Rooney is one shy of 150 Premier League goals for Manchester United. Only Thierry Henry has scored more for a single club (175 for Arsenal). Rooney has been directly involved in 59% of United's league goals this season, scoring eight and assisting five.

  33. 1503: 

    Ricky Walden was happy to see Ding Junhui miss a regulation pink that allowed the Englishman to clinch a 6-4 victory at the UK Championship.

    "I couldn't believe it," Walden told BBC Sport. "I thought we were definitely in for a decider and luckily for me I got my chance.

    "It was a tough game. He's flying at the moment, scoring so heavy and he's the man to beat, so when you do get your chance and you feel like you've blown it, there's nothing worse. I didn't play my best but I stuck in there."

  34. 1459: 

    Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello has returned to the British Athletics fold, one year after losing his job as Olympic coach.

    Despite being a key figure in Ennis-Hill's gold medal triumph in the heptathlon at London 2012, Minichiello became the highest profile casualty of the restructuring plan around a single High Performance Institute in Loughborough.

    But Minichiello, who has continued to work with his star protege in the intervening months, has returned to British Athletics as an athlete based support coach. "It offers the perfect opportunity for me to fulfil this ambition with like minded colleagues whilst putting back into the sport," Minichiello said.

  35. 1455: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Stoke v Cardiff (19:45 GMT)

    Prior to the latest round of matches, only Fulham (83) had allowed more shots on target against them than Cardiff this season (81).

    The victory against Swansea is Cardiff's only win in their last seven league games (W1, D2, L4).

    The 3-0 loss to Arsenal was Cardiff's heaviest top-flight home defeat since a 4-0 loss to Leicester in April 1962.

  36. 1445: 

    Brentford will find out on Thursday evening whether their planning application for a new stadium at Lionel Road has been successful.

    Hounslow Council planning officers have recommended approving the scheme, subject to referral to the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State.

    The Bees, who have played their home games at the 12,763-capacity Griffin Park since 1904, submitted a proposal for a 20,000-seater stadium and up to 910 residential apartments in May.

  37. 1437: 
    Korean GP

    Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea have been dropped from Formula 1's official 2014 calendar, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22.

    All three grands prix had been listed provisionally, with asterisks against them, on a previous calendar published in September by the sport's governing International Automobile Federation (FIA).

    None appeared however on the final version issued on Wednesday after a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sports Council in Paris.

  38. 1421: 
    David Moyes and Roberto Martinez

    As Roberto Martinez's Everton visit Manchester United later tonight for the first time since David Moyes' exit, we look at how the two managers match up.

    - Games - both 13

    - Won - both 6

    - Drawn - Moyes 4-6 Martinez

    - Lost - Moyes 3-1 Martinez

    - Scored - Moyes 22-21 Martinez.

    - Conceded Moyes 17-13 Martinez

    - Win rate - both 46%

    - League position - Moyes 8th Martinez 5th

  39. 1414: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Arsenal v Hull (19:45 GMT)

    Arsenal have won eight of the last nine matches against Hull in all competitions (W8, L1).

    The Gunners have taken 36 points from a possible 48 (W11, D3, L2) at home in 2013, including 15 from 18 (W5, L1).

    Arsene Wenger's men have kept four clean sheets in their last five league games; they conceded just once in the other match (0-1 at Manchester United) and six of the last 13 league goals scored by the Gunners have come in the last 10 minutes of matches.

  40. 1405: 

    Ding Junhui's hopes of winning a fourth consecutive ranking title have ended with a 6-4 defeat by Ricky Walden at the UK Championship in York. Stephen Hendry was the last man to win four in a row back in 1990.

    You can watch coverage from York now as Judd Trump takes on Mark Allen and Mark Selby faces Graeme Dott on BBC Two, via the Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.


    Martin Gordon: Of course he can discipline the players, he may not be setting a good example but his boss should discipline him over his behaviour too.

    Brenda K: It is a case of "Do as I say not as I do." He is doing the right thing.

    William Harradine: Ince has been a hypocrite all his career, so no he doesn't have the right to discipline his own players.

    If a manager has been disciplined himself does he have any right to discipline his own players? GET INVOLVED and tell us your thoughts: Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook

  42. 1344: 
    BBC Sports Personality 2013 contenders

    You can vote for this year's BBC Sport Personality of the Year during the BBC1 show on Sunday, 15 December, either by phone or online.

    In order to vote online you will need to register, which you can do at any time. Find out more via the BBC Sport website.

  43. 1336: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Man City (20:00 GMT)

    West Bromwich Albion should have Zoltan Gera and Billy Jones available after both returned from injury in last weekend's defeat by Newcastle United.

    The game is likely to come too soon for goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is close to fitness after being out since August with a fractured foot.

    Manchester City have named captain Vincent Kompany in the squad after a two-month absence with a thigh injury.

    Belgium defender Kompany has missed the last 10 games in all competitions.

  44. 1328: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Stoke v Cardiff (19:45 GMT)

    Stoke and Cardiff have only met four times before in the top flight, with the most recent encounter a goalless draw at Stoke's Victoria Ground on 14 February 1953.

    Stoke have only won one of their last 10 Premier League games (W1, D4, L5).

    They are one of three teams yet to score a headed goal this season, along with Tottenham and West Ham.

  45. 1320: 

    Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards will present 200 hours of action on the BBC from the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

    Live action, interviews and highlights will be shown on television, six online streams, mobile devices and connected TV during the 17 days of the Games.

    BBC Radio 5 live will also broadcast regular updates with live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website, mobile website and BBC Sport app.

  46. 1311:  
    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES
    Adelaide Oval

    "Close encounters of the Adelaide Oval kind. Here is how the ground looks 11 hours from the first ball of the second Ashes Test."


    Papa Delta: Ince won't learn his lesson, I was at the game last night & he was on the officials back all game. The team represent him.

    Ben Powell: As a Blackpool fan, they need disciplining after that shambles of a performance.

    Steve Norris: Regardless of whether a manager is disciplined for his own actions, he still has to keep his own players in check.

    If a manager has been disciplined himself does he have any right to discipline his own players? GET INVOLVED and tell us your thoughts: Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook

  48. 1301: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Sunderland v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)
    Fernando Torres

    Chelsea are looking to record back-to-back away league wins for the first time since Jose Mourinho rejoined the club, and for only the second time in 2013.

    No striker has scored an away league goal for Chelsea in 2013. Fernando Torres was the last centre forward to net on the road for the Blues, doing so in a 3-1 win at Sunderland on 8 December 2012.

    Chelsea have been caught offside more often than any other Premier League side this season (43 times).

  49. 1258: 

    Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan fails to make contact with a decisive black at the UK Championships, handing Marcus Campbell the second frame of their third-round match. The miss - from under an inch away - came at the end of an extended period of safety play at the Barbican in York.

    BBC experts Stephen Hendry and John Parrott struggled to make sense of the error, but O'Sullivan recovered to win 6-2 and seal a place in the fourth round against Robert Milkins.

    You can watch coverage from York from 13:00 as Judd Trump takes on Mark Allen and Mark Selby faces Graeme Dott on BBC Two, via the Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.

  50. 1250: 
    Brazil training base
    England training base

    Wondering where the England team will train at the 2014 Brazil World Cup? In the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio that's where.

    For more photos head over to BBC Sport's official Instagram.

  51. 1248: 

    Scotland's top referees have expressed "deep dissatisfaction" with the suspension handed out to Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci who was banned for two matches for manhandling an assistant referee in a game in October.

    The Scottish Senior Football Referees Association said the punishment sends out "completely the wrong message" and it now wants talks with the Scottish Football Association and a review of the governing body's duty of care responsibilities to match officials.

    Ciftci was initially cited for "seizing hold" of official Gavin Harris "by the throat" after being sent off following a mass brawl on the pitch. But the 21-year-old player was later charged with "placing an open hand into the lower area of the assistant referee's throat".

  52. 1240: 
    World Cup football

    Are you the king or queen when it comes to keepie-uppies? How would you fare against football freestyler Dan Magness as he tests the ball that will be used for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Magness, who holds the world record for keeping the ball off the ground the longest, says he likes the ball because of its texture and shape.

    The ball has been called the Brazuca, a colloquial phrase that references something intrinsically Brazilian in style.

  53. 1236: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Sunderland v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    The last time Sunderland got anything out of a home game against Chelsea was on 9 December 2001 when they drew 0-0. Their last home win over the Blues was a 1-0 victory on 14 October 2000.

    Victory would give the Black Cats three successive home league wins for the first time since January-February 2012.

    They have registered 30 shots on target in top-flight matches this season, fewer than any other side. They managed only one effort on target against Aston Villa on Saturday.

  54. 1228: 

    However, Butler later admitted to seven charges, with the most serious related to his failure to look after the interests of four horses in his care, and he will be banned from the sport until 2018.

    In their verdict, the BHA panel summarised that Butler's actions were "an appalling breach of his duty to look after the interests of the horses in his care and amounted to conduct that was seriously prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain".

  55. 1224: 

    Trainer Gerard Butler has been disqualified for five years following a British Horseracing Authority inquiry into nine horses testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid in February.

    Butler, 47, had admitted injecting horses with the Sungate product for injured joints, but said vets assured him the substance did not breach rules.

  56. 1216: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Swansea v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)
    Loic Remy

    Newcastle have won four games in a row for the first time since April 2012, when they won six consecutive games en route to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League.

    Alan Pardew's side have taken the lead in nine of their 13 Premier League games this season, going on to win seven of them.

    Six French players have accounted for 18 of Newcastle's 19 league goals this season: Loic Remy (eight), Yoan Gouffran (four), Hatem Ben Arfa (two), Yohan Cabaye (two), Matthieu Debuchy (one) and Moussa Sissoko (one). Wales defender Paul Dummett scored the other.

  57. 1212: 

    Seven Premier League players have been included among the 20 defenders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013. The England pair of Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines are joined by Chelsea pair Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz, Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic and the Manchester City duo of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta.

    The full list is: David Alaba (Austria, FC Bayern München); Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona); Dani Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona); Leighton Baines (England, Everton FC); Jérôme Boateng (Germany, FC Bayern München); Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea FC); Dante (Brazil, FC Bayern München); Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund); Branislav Ivanović (Serbia, Chelsea FC); Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern München); David Luiz (Brazil, Chelsea FC); Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City FC); Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid CF); Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid CF); Gerard Piqué (Spain, FC Barcelona); Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid CF ); Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris St-Germain FC); Raphaël Varane (France, Real Madrid CF); Nemanja Vidić (Serbia, Manchester United FC); Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina, Manchester City FC).

  58. 1206: 

    Latest from the fourth round matches at the UK Championship in York:

    David Morris (Ire) 1-5 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

    Ricky Walden (Eng) 3-3 Ding Junhui (Chn)

    At 13:00, Judd Trump takes on Mark Allen while Mark Selby faces Graeme Dott.

  59. 1156: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Swansea v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    Swansea and Newcastle have only met four times in the top flight, with Swansea winning two to Newcastle's one victory.

    Only one of Swansea's four league wins this season has come at the Liberty Stadium but they have scored more goals (17) than any other side in the bottom half of the table.

    Swansea have not lost this season when scoring first - picking up four wins and a draw. However they have failed to win any of the seven matches in which they conceded the opening goal.

  60. 1150: 

    Watch as ice hockey fans in Canada celebrate a goal by throwing 26,000 teddy bears onto the ice during the game between Calgary Hitmen and Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League.

    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.


    Lewis Powell: Ince is the manager, if he feels his players have acted unprofessionally of course he can! Regardless of his past!

    Steve Norris: Regardless of whether a manager is disciplined for his own actions, he still has to keep his own players in check.

    Andrew Priestley: Ince has to be careful, he's disciplining players over something he's been found guilty of himself. Practice what you preach.

    If a manager has been disciplined himself does he have any right to discipline his own players? GET INVOLVED and tell us your thoughts: Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook

  62. 1140: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Fulham v Tottenham (20:00 GMT)
    Dimitar Berbatov

    Fulham won the most recent match between the sides, 1-0 at White Hart Lane in March. Former Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov scored the only goal.

    But Fulham are on a run of five league defeats in a row and it is their joint-worst start in the top flight. They had an identical record after 13 matches in 1967-68 (W3, D1, L9). That season, they finished bottom of the old Division One that season - it was their most recent top-flight relegation.

    They are yet to score more than one goal in any league game at Craven Cottage this season. They didn't manage a single shot on target against West Ham at the weekend.

  63. 1136: 

    Latest scores from the fourth round matches at the UK Championship in York

    David Morris (Ire) 1-4 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

    Ricky Walden (Eng) 3-1 Ding Junhui (Chn)

  64. 1135: 

    Wales manager Chris Coleman on Sky Sports talking about Rene Meulensteen's first match in charge of Fulham tonight: "It's a great club Fulham is. I hope and pray that they get out of the bottom three and Rene keeps them up.

    "They need to get that first win and be patient with him at the beginning. You need to find that confidence again and once you get that first win build on it."

  65. 1127: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- Fulham v Tottenham (20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham have won on their last three league visits to Craven Cottage but they are without a win their last four league matches.

    Like Fulham, Spurs have scored just 11 goals in this season's Premier League. Only two teams (Sunderland and Crystal Palace) have scored fewer.

    They are one of only three clubs (along with Arsenal and Man Utd) to have reached double figures in away points won this season. Spurs have won three of their six league games away from White Hart Lane. However, their last away game saw them thumped 6-0 by Man City.

  66. 1124: 

    Durham head coach Geoff Cook says he is ready to resume his duties after making a full recovery from a heart attack.

    The 62-year-old was in a critical condition last June before returning to work with a restricted role in August as Durham won the County Championship.

    "I feel absolutely, 100% fine and now I'm looking forward to getting back into cricket," he told BBC Newcastle. "Obviously what happened came as a real shock to my family. But cricket's in my blood and I'm planning for next year."


    QPR midfielder Joey Barton: Good, solid home win again for us last night. Referee was lucky his major mistake didn't come back to cost us. I clearly heard lineman say, 'Austin was through on goal, their player has denied him a scoring chance.' Not even given a yellow card?

    He must not have seen which player it was because it took him ¾ mins to make a decision. Instead of admitting he didn't see the culprit.

    Got to get big decision right. I know its a difficult job. I am not blaming him for one minute because he's human and we all make errors.

  68. 1116: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- West Brom v Man City (20:00 GMT)
    Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City have lost four games away from home, equalling their tally on their travels for the whole of last season.

    City are the division's top goalscorers, with 37 in 13 league games. Sergio Aguero (10) and Alvaro Negredo (6) have netted more between them than West Brom's entire league tally of 15.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side have won five of six matches against top-half opposition, but have lost three of seven against sides in the bottom half.

  69. 1115: 

    John Hughes has been named as the new Inverness manager.

    Caley Thistle held a news conference on Wednesday morning where the former Falkirk and Hibernian manager was announced as the replacement for Terry Butcher on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    Hughes has been without a job since being sacked by Hartlepool at the end of last season.

  70. 1109: 
    World Cup football

    We've had a visitor to the BBC Sport Interactive office this morning here in Salford Quays... only a first-look at the footballs that will be used at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

  71. 1103: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD- West Brom v Man City (20:00 GMT)

    West Brom are without a win against Manchester City in seven games since winning at The Hawthorns in December 2008.

    The Baggies are unbeaten in the last four home league games (W1, D3) and are currently unbeaten against three of last season's top four - beating Manchester United and drawing with Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Steve Clarke's side have dropped points from winning positions on three occasions this season, more than any other Premier League club.

  72. 1100: 

    Time to put your brain cells to work with the daily teaser from A Question of Sport @QofS_Official

    New Zealand's Kieran Read is the fifth forward to win the IRB Player of the Year award, who are the other four to win it?

    We will give you the answer later on Wednesday.

  73. 1053:  

    "For those of us travelling to Old Trafford to see Manchester United manager David Moyes face former club Everton for the first time since he left Merseyside, there will be plenty of sub-plots to examine.

    "Moyes never won at United in his 11 years at Everton and perhaps gave an insight into his mindset in opposition when he took over this summer and stated his attitude was "you want to get out of Old Trafford alive."

    "Roberto Martinez, his successor at Everton, insists his team will go eye to eye with United - but this may not make it any easier for this most positive of managers to achieve the result that eluded Moyes throughout his lengthy Goodison Park career."


    Tunde Akere: Ince can punish his players if they erred. How many managers have escaped FA punishment, even if they are right? It's no criteria

    Fahad Khan: Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland and AVB at Chelsea tried to discipline their players. Look at what happened to them.

    Andy Harris: Ince is a hypocrite. He sets his teams up in his own style. How many have been sent off in his managerial career?

    GET INVOLVED and tell us your thoughts: Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook

  75. 1043: 
    The draw for the final takes place in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, on Friday

    Confused about the World Cup draw? Want to know your Pot 1 from your Pot X's? Then head to the BBC Sport website as we give you a handy guide for all you need to know for Friday's World Cup draw.

    The 2014 Fifa World Cup takes place in Brazil, starting on 12 June and finishing on 13 July.

    The draw for next summer's World Cup finals takes place this Friday, 6 December, starting at 16:00 GMT and BBC Sport will have a live text commentary bringing you the draw itself, quotes and reaction as it happens from Rio.

  76. 1039: 

    Lions coach Warren Gatland has admitted that he would be tempted to have another chance at coaching the tourists in the future.

    "It was an incredible experience to be involved, very humbled, very privileged. I suppose, for me, going to New Zealand, it would be a great opportunity in 2017 but there's a huge amount of water to pass under the bridge before that.

    "For me the focus is the next couple of years doing well for Wales and if Wales do well in the 6 Nations and the World Cup then you put yourself in the frame and hopefully get asked again. You never know and if I was asked to do it again and particularly back in my home country I think it would be something I would relish."

    Paul Ince

    Blackpool manager Paul Ince has said he will discipline three players who were sent off in their 1-0 defeat at Yeovil last night.

    Kirk Broadfoot, Gary MacKenzie and Ricardo Fuller were all shown red cards in the closing stages.

    But after Ince himself was handed a five-match stadium ban in October, for his conduct towards a match official following his side's 2-1 win at Bournemouth do you think he has the right to now discipline his own players?

    GET INVOLVED and tell us your thoughts: Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook

  78. 1025: 

    Former England loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan may be forced to retire because of a neck injury, Toulon coach Bernard Laporte has warned.

    Sheridan, who played in the 2007 World Cup final and toured with the British and Irish Lions two years later, has a long-standing issue in the neck/shoulder area and suffered a fresh setback during Toulon's Top 14 match against Perpignan last month.

    "He has always had a problem between his neck and his shoulder," Laporte told French radio station RMC. "He will now have a month of complete rest and, if the pain does not go away, he will have to stop playing."

  79. 1016: 

    Former Inverness CT midfielder Barry Wilson thinks John Hughes will be a success at the Caledonian Stadium, if he does not tinker too much.

    Hughes inherits a side sitting second in the Premiership and in the last four of the League Cup, following the departure of Terry Butcher.

    "I don't think there is anything that needs changed," Wick Academy manager Wilson told BBC Scotland. "It's not often you get the chance to manage a club that are going so well."

  80. 1006: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW- Arsenal v Hull (19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger has shrugged off claims by Match of the Day pundits Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer that Arsenal will fail to win this season's Premier League title.

    The Gunners are four points clear at the top of the table and face Hull on Wednesday but they are still viewed by bookmakers as second favourites behind Manchester City to reclaim a crown they last seized in 2004 and although Wenger listens to the pundits' views, he dismisses them if they are unsupported by facts.

    "Sometimes I watch it [Match of the Day), sometimes not," Wenger said. "I have enough experience to analyse what we do and how well we play. I don't need someone else to tell me. I'm not upset by that at all. I take anything from anybody. I just try to analyse whether he has a point or not. Sometimes it's just someone saying their opinion without an argument on something that makes sense."

  81. 0957: 
    Dave Whelan with the FA Cup

    Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan, former manager Roberto Martinez and Wigan Warriors owner Ian Lenagan will be added to Wigan's 'Walk of Stars' later to celebrate the town's year of sporting success.

    The honour marks the football club's FA Cup victory and the rugby league side winning both the Rugby League Challenge Cup and the Super League and other groups and individuals will also be recognised at the ceremony.

    Whelan, Martinez, who is now manager of Everton, and Lenagan will be added to a Hollywood-style walk of stars in the town which already includes rugby league giant Shaun Edwards, broadcaster and journalist Stuart Maconie and heart specialist Dr Nayyar Naqvi.

  82. 0949: 

    Blackpool manager Paul Ince says he will discipline Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie after the trio were sent off late in their 1-0 defeat at Yeovil.

    "They've let everyone down," said Ince, who has himself just served a five-match stadium ban. "They've let the fans down and the club down. Our main two centre-halves, our stalwarts, are now out for Derby and Ricky [Fuller] did something stupid."

    "They are experienced players and they've cost me here and for the next couple of games. They've got to understand the problems it caused given how well we've done this season and with the games we've got coming up. We should know better and they'll be dealt with. I will take further action with them for sure. I think they need to be [dealt with]. I took action against myself when I got banned."

  83. 0941: 

    A celebration by football fans in the US city of Seattle grew so loud on Monday evening it registered as a minor earthquake, a research group has said.

    Raucous fans jumped up and down during an early first-quarter touchdown in the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.

    The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network detected the vibrations, measuring between a magnitude 1 and 2 earthquake.

  84. 0933: 
    Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones

    Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones tells the BBC about how she stopped enjoying the sport, less than a year after winning gold at London 2012.

    "I had fallen out of love with Taekwondo and I didn't understand why. I just wasn't enjoying it anymore," she said. "I used to jump out of bed and go running to training and I got to a place where I didn't want to go to training. I stopped loving the sport. I do well when I'm enjoying it and thriving off it. That's where I am again, so I'm looking forward to competing again."

    Jones will be fighting at the Manchester Grand Prix on 13 December.

    Have you ever fallen out of love with a particular sport? If so we want to know why? Tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment on Facebook

  85. 0926: 

    After the excitement of the Rugby League World Cup, tournament semi-finalists Fiji will face a play-off against Samoa on 4 May to finalise who will join England, New Zealand and World champions New Zealand in next autumn's Four Nations series down under.

  86. 0922: 

    Toulon coach Bernard Laporte has warned that former England loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan may be forced to retire because of a neck injury.

    Sheridan, who played in the 2007 World Cup final and toured with the British and Irish Lions two years later, has a long-standing issue in the neck/shoulder area and suffered a fresh setback during his side's Top 14 match against Perpignan last month.

    Now Laporte has revealed that the 34-year-old former Sale player has been ordered to rest for four weeks, after which doctors will assess whether he can return or have to retire.

  87. 0917: 

    Ahead of the second Ashes test in Adelaide, which gets underway at midnight on Wednesday, BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce looks at one of the city's most famous sons, Sir Donald Bradman and finds out more about the man who was one of the greatest cricketers in the world and made a massive impact on the game.

  88. 0912: 

    Play resumes in the UK Championships in York at 09:30 with David Morris up against Stuart Bingham and Ricky Walden taking on Ding Junhui.

    In the afternoon session, it is Judd Trump versus Mark Allen and Mark Selby against Graeme Dott while the two games in the evening session are Robert Milkins taking on Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertson v Joe Perry.

  89. 0904: 

    You can watch as Stephen Maguire builds a break of 142 on his way to beating fellow Scot John Higgins 6-3 in the UK Championship.

    Maguire's break was the tournament's biggest so far and it helped him become the first man to reach the quarter-finals in York.

  90. 0859: 

    Leicester fly-half Toby Flood, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is considering effectively ending his England career by moving abroad after being linked with a move to Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon.

    "I would never leave Leicester for another English club but I know I have to make up my mind as it affects other people and their livelihoods," he told the Daily Telegraph.

    "I have spoken to Stuart [Lancaster] and tried to be as open and honest as I can be. But, no, I haven't been on the phone yet to Jonny. I imagine a move [overseas] would probably rule me out of England. For me, it is no longer about whether a move might further my career. "It is about where I feel comfortable, about who I enjoy hanging out with and where I'm living."

  91. 0852: 
    Warren Gatland

    Wales and Lions coach Warren Gatland has been named UK coach of the year at the 2013 UK Coaching awards.

    The 50-year-old New Zealander, who also won the high-performance coach of the year prize, beat rivals including Lloyd Cowan, coach of world 400m athletics champion Christine Ohuruogu, and England netball coach Anna Mayes.

    He led the British and Irish Lions to their first Test series win in Australia in 16 years and Wales to back-to-back Six Nations titles.

  92. 0845: 

    French newspaper L'Equipe reports that Chelsea's 33-year-old defender Ashley Cole may move to the US to join New York Red Bulls, where his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry plays.

    Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, 26, hopes Juventus fans will be happy after the club decided to extend his contract till 2018, reports Italian daily La Stampa.

    English side West Ham have shown interest in signing Pepe Mel as the manager after he was sacked by Spanish side Real Betis following the team's poor performance, reports Spanish website

  93. 0837: 

    Australia have put seam bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Doug Bollinger on standby for next week's third Test in Perth.

    The uncapped Coulter-Nile and Bollinger, whose last Test was a tiring and fruitless experience against England in Adelaide three years ago, have been withdrawn from selection for the next round of Sheffield Shield matches.

  94. 0831: 

    England captain Alastair Cook has admitted player behaviour went "over the top" in the first Ashes Test and has urged both sides to improve their conduct.

    Cook and Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who was fined 20% of his match fee after a row with Jimmy Anderson, met match referee Jeff Crowe after a bad-tempered series opener.

    "It's important we both realise it went a little bit over the top at times in Brisbane and we'll hopefully get it right here in Adelaide," said Cook. "The majority of that game was played in a pretty tough atmosphere and it was probably only the last little bit where it got a bit ugly and there were scenes that you don't really want to see on a cricket field. We recognise how big the series is for the game of cricket and have to make sure we conduct ourselves in the right way."


    So after two wins in three games and moving off the bottom of the Premier League table, can Tony Pulis save Crystal Palace from relegation?

    Send us your views using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  96. 0823: 

    Manager Tony Pulis has praised Crystal Palace's "unbelievable" effort in their 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham which lifts them off the bottom of the table.

    Pulis says there is a long way to go but was happy with the Eagles' second win in three games.

  97. 0819: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was left frustrated after the Hammers lost out 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday to leave them in 15th, just three points above the relegation zone.

    Allardyce said a mistake by Joey O'Brien allowed Marouane Chamakh space to head in the winner and criticised the referee for disallowing a Stewart Downing goal.

  98. 0812: 

    Ahead of Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup, England are in an unseeded pot of European countries but they could still be moved into a different pot which would pit them against one of the four South American seeds.

    If you are confused, you can read more on the BBC Sport website.

  99. 0807: 

    Some of the stories from today's gossip column:

    Liverpool are considering a move for 21-year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings as Brendan Rodgers looks to add cover for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in January. The England Under-21 forward has scored 15 goals this season. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester United manager David Moyes could include wingers Nani and Antonio Valencia in a potential bid for Galatasaray's Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 29. (Daily Express)

    Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants the promise of a fair opportunity of first-team football before he will agree to return to Chelsea. Courtois, 21, is in a third season on loan at Atletico Madrid and does not want to return to Stamford Bridge to provide back-up to Petr Cech. (Daily Mail)

  100. 0805: 

    The Premier League takes centre stage later with nine games this evening but there is plenty to keep you busy before then. First of all, here are some of the stories you may have missed overnight:

    New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis earned his first win as a rare Marouane Chamakh goal helped the Eagles beat West Ham 1-0 in the Premier League.

    England captain Alastair Cook and Australia skipper Michael Clarke have met with match officials to discuss player behaviour during the upcoming second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

    And Ross Taylor hit a maiden double century as New Zealand reached 609-9 declared in the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin. In reply, the tourists are 67-2 at the close.

  101. 0802: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre where there is another busy day of sport on the horizon.

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