Sportsday - Monday, 9 December as it happened

Man Utd and Man City news conferences, Australia v England, DJ Campbell arrested in football fixing probe.

9 December 2013 Last updated at 07:52

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    That's all from Sportsday for today folks, thanks for joining in all the sports discussions we've had. We will be back tomorrow bright and early from 08:00 GMT.

    Be sure to tune into the Monday Night Club with Mark Chapman, Steve Claridge and John Motson on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT, followed by full commentary of Swansea v Hull.

    And from 22:00 GMT they will have an Ashes phone-in as Chappers is joined by former England wicketkeeper, Paul Nixon, to take your calls following England's second test defeat to Australia in Adelaide.

  2. 1852: 

    Cambridge United boss Richard Money believes it is a "nonsense" that only two non-league teams go up into the Football League each season.

    Only the top Conference Premier side and the play-off victors are promoted.

    "Somebody somewhere must, must look at the rules. They are so outdated it is unreal," former Luton manager Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

  3. 1844: 

    Athletes will be warned not to make any political gestures or demonstrate at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Russia has been criticised for its human rights record and for passing a law banning gay "propaganda".

    But International Olympic Committee (IOC) boss Thomas Bach says athletes should avoid making any kind of statement during the Games. "As an athlete, you do not want to be confronted with any kind of political controversies at the Games."

  4. 1835: 
    Leonardo DiCaprio

    Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is to enter a team in the new electric motor racing championship Formula E.

    He has co-founded a Monaco-based team with Gildo Pallanca Pastor, owner of electric carmaker Venturi Automobiles.

    Formula E racing starts next year, with the declared aim of giving a boost to the electric vehicle market.

  5. 1830: 

    Watch Sportsday on the BBC News channel now as we hear all the latest on DJ Campbell as he is revealed as one of six people questioned by police in connection with allegations of fixing in football matches.

    We also head down-under as Australia secured a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series and we will have news from Celtic as they suspend 128 fans following damage to Motherwell's Fir Park, plus a look ahead to tonight's Premier League match between Swansea and Hull.

  6. 1828: 
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  7. 1819: 
    Manchester City training

    Former Bayern Munich defender and current Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis: "I played here for seven-and-a-half years and experienced a lot. Tomorrow is a very emotional day for me, in my career and in my life.

    "I think we're on a really good path; we're growing every week, every month. We've a great future ahead of us with Manuel and the club.

    "We have to play with real fire in our stomachs. It's a great team we're playing and this is great preparation for us."

  8. 1813:  
    Andrew Benson, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    "FIA says 'principle of a global cost cap has been adopted' for F1, to be applied in 2015 after details finalised by a working group. Other changes, from 2014, double points to be awarded at last race of season and drivers to pick their car numbers for entire career."

  9. 1806: 
    Manchester City press conference

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been speaking to the media ahead of his side's Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

    "It's an important game. We have qualified already, but it's important we improve from the home game against Bayern Munich. Gael Clichy has a problem with his foot. It's not serious, but he could not travel. I think he will be OK for Saturday.

    "Nastasic and Jovetic have also stayed behind, but all the other players are available for tomorrow-apart from Yaya Toure."

  10. 1801: 

    Manchester City will be without Yaya Toure and Gael Clichy for Tuesday's Champions League Group D away clash with Bayern Munich, but they do have David Silva back available.

    Midfielder Toure is suspended and full-back Clichy (foot) has joined an injury list also featuring striker Stevan Jovetic and centre-back Matija Nastasic (both calf) but no longer playmaker Silva, who could return to action at the Allianz Arena after missing six games due to a calf complaint of his own.

    With City hosting Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday, Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has indicated he may give some of his players some rest time this week, and it certainly appears goalkeeper Joe Hart will start against Bayern in place of Costel Pantilimon.

  11. 1754: 

    Torquay United have extended the loan deal of Leicester midfielder Jak McCourt for a second time, keeping him at the club until 4 January.

    The 18-year-old initially joined the Gulls on a month's loan in October but has impressed enough to earn two extensions from manager Alan Knill.

    McCourt has made six starts and one substitute appearance during his time at Plainmoor.


    Roy, a Dundee United fan, via text: This Manchester United squad is simply not good enough. The fact that they won the Premier League last year is more down to the failings of others. Sign Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, (and take a punt on Ryan Gauld), lock down Rooney and RVP and give Moyes some time. There needs to be a fairly brutal clear-out too - Nani, Anderson, Young etc are simply not good enough!

  13. 1740: 
    Gary Hooper

    Norwich striker Gary Hooper has said he still hopes to break into the England squad for next summer's World Cup.

    The 25-year-old laid out his international ambition when joining the Canaries in the summer from Celtic.

    And after scoring in Saturday's 2-0 win over West Brom, the forward was asked if going to Brazil was on his mind. "Yes. Everyone wants to play for their country. I've just got to keep doing it on the pitch and scoring goals," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  14. 1732: 

    Birmingham City youngster Demarai Gray has signed a two-and-a-half-year professional deal with the club.

    The 17-year-old winger has been at Blues since he was seven, and is now contracted until the summer of 2016.

    Gray made his first-team debut for Blues as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Millwall in October, before a full debut a month later against Charlton. He has made five appearances so far in 2013-14 for Lee Clark's side, who are 19th in the Championship table.

  15. 1724:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentFOOTBALL MATCH-FIXING CLAIMS

    Discussions are ongoing between Blackburn Rovers, their lawyers and representatives of DJ Campbell over the striker's future at the Championship club.

    Ex-Brentford, Leicester and QPR striker Campbell was one of six people arrested by the National Crime Agency in connection with a match-fixing investigation.

    Five people have been bailed until April 2014, with the sixth person still being questioned by officers. It is thought there is no time-scale on the discussions between the club, who host Millwall on Saturday, and Campbell.

  16. 1717:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Oldham manager Lee Johnson speaking about match-fixing allegations in football: "I think it's had a big impact. It's been a massive shock, we're a proud club and to be tarnished is not something you want. You can't judge too much at the moment and just let the authorities do their job. It's very disappointing and it hurt us.

    "I think generally the FA are excellent on guidelines, Kick It Out and drugs awareness for example. But this has snuck up the rails a bit and while I've been in football I've not heard about it, and now it's become a massive issue. Now we have to educate the players as to how much you can get sucked into this thing."

  17. 1708: 

    Former Wigan Athletic right-back Mario Melchiot on Twitter: "There is a new chapter at #wafc. I don't know a lot about him yet but he's wearing trousers! Come on Uwe Rosler, get them to win games!"

  18. 1701: 

    Bath announce director of rugby Gary Gold has left the Premiership club with immediate effect.

    "The decision was taken following a re-structure in the rugby department and with the best interests of both Gary and the club in mind," says a club statement.

    Bath are currently third in the English top-flight with 30 points from their opening nine matches.

  19. 1658: 
    Sprinter Sacre

    Champion chaser Sprinter Sacre is on course to make his seasonal return at Kempton later this month.

    The highest-rated jumps horse in training, who is unbeaten in 10 races over fences, missed the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last weekend.

    Trainer Nicky Henderson said the horse was not 100% and it looked likely he would come back at Ascot next month.


    Sparky: Man Utd fans saying sign this player or that one. Remember the transfer window fiasco in the Summer? All Moyes.

    Garry Griffin: This was never going to be an easy first year for Moyes. We need to rebuild the midfield. Give it time. We will get back up.

    Peter Ratcliffe: Not Moyes' fault. Too many old players now past it and young players not good enough. He needs 2-3 years. (Arsenal supporter)

    How do Premier League champions Manchester United bounce back from their current slump?

    Do you agree with Robbie? Let us know using the usual methods of communication - #bbcsportsday on Twitter, 81111 on text and Facebook.

  21. 1640: 

    Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken will have to re-apply for his job after the club announced they are restructuring their management set-up.

    The implementation of a new "elite cricket performance model" in January comes after relegation from Division One of the Championship last season.

    All the coaching team will have to re-apply for positions and the club will also be looking at external candidates.

  22. 1632: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan: "I have followed Uwe's career closely. I had him in mind and in the interview he convinced me he was the man for the job. Football is a very difficult game and we all go in with one determination, our one aim is to get back in to the Premier League. Hopefully he will be the man to share in our dreams again.

    "We have had a fantastic progression from the old Division Four. I bought Wigan Athletic eighteen years ago and I had one ambition then which was to get to the Premier League it was our ambition then and it is our ambition again. We need to get back in to the Premier League."

  23. 1630: 

    Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson: "When we met Uwe Rosler we knew he was the man we wanted to get us back to the style of football we had enjoyed for eight years in the Premier League.

    "You can see straight away Uwe was the right fit for Wigan Athletic, he is a driven individual who has developed a style of football that has been very successful. It's important we return to the Premier League as soon as possible, to get someone as highly rated as Uwe was something we needed to do as soon as possible.

    "We have lost five games in a row and something needed to be done, it has given the whole club a boost."

  24. 1628: 
    Uwe Rosler

    Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler is holding his first news conference after being named as Owen Coyle's successor: "I wasn't expecting it. Brentford were very helpful and when a big club like Wigan Athletic have given me this opportunity I couldn't turn it down. Everything moved very fast and I met the players on Saturday and I have a very good feeling about this group of players.

    "It is very important you have a good relationship with a chairman and a short line of communication, I am looking for stability and continuity in the football club. Over time that will bring success, this is a perfect opportunity for me to fulfil my dreams and ambitions to return to where I was as a player - The Premier League."

  25. 1623: 

    Meanwhile, Guardiola has challenged his Bayern players to beat Manchester City and advance to the Champions League knockout stage with a 100% record in Group D.

    "We have to keep the positive tension high," says the Spaniard. "We want 18 points from the group stage for the first time in our history. That's a good target."

  26. 1618: 

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is expecting a "tight" game in their final Champions League group match against Manchester City.

    The European champions head into Tuesday's home tie on the back of a 7-0 drubbing of Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen at the weekend. They also cruised to a convincing 3-1 win in October's reverse fixture against City.

    "They have many, many, many top, top, top players," says the ex-Barcelona boss. "It starts again with the score 0-0. It doesn't matter what happened in the last few days."

  27. 1611: 

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to face the media in about an hour's time ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie at current holders Bayern Munich.

    Both teams have already qualified for the knockout stage, with Pep Guardiola's side needing just a draw to progress as Group D winners.

    You will be able to read all the key quotes from Pellegrini's news conference right here on Sportsday.


    Sophie Gayter: Sign two or three quality, creative midfielders and a left back. Stop playing Smalling at right back and lock Rooney into a new deal.

    Tony Kibble: How do Man U bounce back? By giving them time. Four years into Fergie's reign there was still unrest amongst the fans.

    Simon Wilson: Ask yourself this Utd fans - Barkley was at Everton the whole time Moyes was, yet hardly featured. What does that tell you?

  29. 1603: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane

    Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert "control and power" at Old Trafford despite retiring as manager in the summer.

    The Irishman, who was Ferguson's midfield driving force in a glorious spell for the club between 1993 and 2005, says the Scot has a "massive ego" and rated his former boss at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough, as the best manager he had worked with.

    "Everything is about control and power. He's still striving for it now even though he's not manager. There's massive ego involved in that," Keane says of Ferguson, now a director at United, in a documentary 'Keane and Vieira - Best of Enemies' to be shown on ITV4 tomorrow night.

  30. 1555: 

    Former Hull Stingrays captain Matt Suderman denies that he quit the Elite League side because of abuse directed at him on social media.

    The 30-year-old Canadian left the Stingrays last week.

    Coach Sylvain Cloutier said at the time that "keyboard warriors had got to him", while Suderman was quoted as saying that "some of the fans are the worst I've played in front of". He has since joined Brampton Beast in his home country.

  31. 1546: 

    European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp is still waiting for her gold medal - six months after being awarded it.

    The Scot finished second behind Yelena Arzhakova in the 2012 European Championships final, but the Russian rival was then banned for doping.

    In June, European Athletics amended the records to show Sharp as the winner. "I've heard nothing from European Athletics, not even to do with the ban or being upgraded," she tells BBC Scotland.


    Josh Coleman: Give any other manager this United squad and they won't do better, perhaps only Jose/Pep. Moyes just needs time and money.

    Dominik Ral: Half the players mentioned today wouldn't even think about moving to United with Moyes in charge.

    Phil Broeders: Moyes left Martinez a better squad than Ferguson left Moyes?! So better than the team that won the Premier League last year??


    How do Premier League champions Manchester United bounce back from their current slump? Boss David Moyes could build a new back-line around Phil Jones. He could buy Southampton's Adam Lallana. These are just two of the suggestions being offered by ex-Wales midfielder, and Old Trafford youth-team graduate, Robbie Savage in his latest BBC Sport column.

    Do you agree with Robbie? Let us know using the usual methods of communication - #bbcsportsday on Twitter, 81111 on text and Facebook.

  34. 1534: 

    Barcelona trio Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cristian Tello all resume training with the Spanish leaders ahead of Wednesday's home Champions League tie against Celtic.

    Barca skipper Xavi has been suffering from a calf strain in his right leg, which kept him out of Sunday's Copa del Rey win against Cartegena. Fellow midfielder Iniesta also missed the match with a hamstring problem, while pacy forward Tello has missed the last four games with an ankle sprain.

  35. 1528: 

    We have been leaving you in suspense for the past few hours...but now we can reveal the answers to today's Question of Sport teaser.

    Earlier we asked - after a wintry round of games in the NFL, which six teams have the letters SNOW in their names?

    The answers are Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Redskins.

  36. 1524: 
    Sergio Aguero

    No last-minute dashes to the check-in gate for the Manchester City players, including striker Sergio Aguero, as they arrive for their flight to Germany for Tuesday's Champions League tie against European champions Bayern Munich.

    City's travelling party also includes Spain midfielder David Silva, who has been missing since early November with a calf injury.

    "Back in the squad for the first time since my injury, very happy to be back with the team," tweets Silva.

  37. 1520: 

    Scottish Premiership side Celtic ban 128 fans after smoke bombs and flares were thrown during Friday's 5-0 win at Motherwell.

    "Following events on Friday evening at Fir Park Stadium, the club has issued precautionary suspensions against 128 individuals preventing them attending matches involving Celtic, pending further investigation. These suspensions will cover matches at Celtic Park and away matches.," says a Celtic statement.

    "Events such as those on Friday night do not represent the Celtic support or the Club. These events were an embarrassment to our great football club and are absolutely indefensible. It is clear that there is an element which has no hesitation in bringing Celtic's name into disrepute. This is something the Club will not tolerate and we therefore have no other option but to take this action."


    simon wilson: To be fair Moyes did leave Martinez a much better squad than Sir Alex Ferguson left him. Imagine Martinez taking over David Moyes' first team squad from 2002.

    John Ghoti: If you have Moyes as manager and want to improve hire a better one. Martinez has proven Moyes was overrated at Everton.

    Carl Slocombe: 1. New contract for Rooney. 2. Sign Shaw, Cesc, Michu & Benzema. 3. Dump Young, Anderson, Cleverly & Nani.

    How do Manchester United bounce back from their current slump? Let us know using the usual methods of communication - #bbcsportsday on Twitter, 81111 on text and Facebook.

  39. 1502: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes the way his team beat Manchester United has shown they have enough quality to dominate possession against any side.

    The Magpies had won four of their last five Premier League matches heading into Saturday's trip to Old Trafford.

    In those games Pardew used a 4-4-2 formation, but against the champions he switched to a five-man midfield. "United were shocked by our quality. I asked the lads to dominate the ball and they were good enough to," said Pardew.

  40. 1455: 

    A Rangers fans group that organised a red-card protest at Ibrox is writing to the club's top 50 investors appealing for their help to force board changes.

    The Sons of Struth led the display against the current directors during Saturday's 3-0 win over Ayr United.

    It wants the investors controlling around 90% of Rangers shares to vote for changes at the annual meeting. Spokesman Craig Houston said: "We're saying to the major investors: 'Don't turn your backs on the fans'."

  41. 1449: 
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes has been speaking to the media ahead of United's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

    "It's important to give ourselves the best possible chance that we have in the next round. But the big job was to qualify in the group and that's already been done," he said.

    "We've been inconsistent at times and we've played very well in the Champions League, not so well in the Premier League. We've lacked a bit of good fortune which could have made all the difference.

    "It's tough because the expectancy is to win all the games. I think we'd like to generally play better so I think it's all-around we're trying to improve."

  42. 1440: 

    Swansea City's Neil Taylor insists there are no barriers to stop British Asians getting into English football.

    The Football Association is to publish plans later this year on how it hopes to get more Asians into the game.

    Taylor, 24, is one of eight British Asian players with a professional contract in English football and said: "Hopefully, we'll see more Asian players in the next few years, but I don't think there's anything out there stopping people."


    Thomas: It's funny how people's solution to United's troubles is to buy other teams' talented youngsters. Maybe they'd rather stay put.

    Tom Prickett: Some of the January targets being touted by some United fans shows their arrogance. Barkley and Pogba are not going to happen.

    Asika Mac Chukwudi: Bring Fergie back from retirement for the next six months with Moyes as his understudy.

    How do Manchester United bounce back from their current slump? David Moyes could build a new back-line around Phil Jones. He could buy Southampton's Adam Lallana. They are just two of the suggestions being offered by ex-Wales midfielder, and Old Trafford youth-team graduate, Robbie Savage in his latest BBC Sport column.

    Do you agree with Robbie? Let us know using the usual methods of communication - #bbcsportsday on Twitter, 81111 on text and Facebook.

  44. 1429: 

    Super League referee Thierry Alibert leaves his role to take up a position as head of match officials with the French Rugby League Federation, the Rugby Football League confirms.

    Frenchman Alibert, 42, returns to his home country after officiating in the Super League since June 2008. He has also refereed at the 2000, 2008 and 2013 World Cups.

  45. 1424: 

    David Moyes says he takes "complete responsibility" for United's recent results and says he is confident they will improve.

    "The players are hurting because they are used to winning. When we don't win that hurts. They'll respond in the right way," Moyes said.

  46. 1418: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes confirms defensive trio Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling could miss Tuesday's Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk through injury.

  47. 1415: 
    Portsmouth manager unveiling

    BBC Sport commentator Tony Husband at Richie Barker's unveiling as Portsmouth manager.

    "The club doesn't need building from the bottom up, it's from the bottom of a bomb crater up," says chairman Iain McInnes.

    "There is no glass ceiling," Barker says on his own hopes and aspirations of the job.

  48. 1411: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "It's important to [finish top of the Champions League group] and give ourselves the best possible chance in the next round."

    Moyes also said his side must improve in a number of areas, including passing, creating chances and defending.

  49. 1408: 

    Glen Chapple is reappointed Lancashire skipper for their return to County Championship Division One.

    The 39-year-old seamer is approaching his 23rd season, and sixth as captain, with the Red Rose county. Opening batsman Paul Horton is named as vice-captain.

  50. 1400: 

    And finally here are the 15 forwards hoping to be named in the Fifpro XI. England striker Wayne Rooney is on the shortlist along with team-mate Robin van Persie, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

    Sergio Aguero (Manchester City and Argentina); Mario Balotelli (Manchester City/AC Milan and Italy); Edinson Cavani (Napoli/Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay); Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid and Spain); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal); Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua/Galatasaray and Ivory Coast); Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Monaco and Colombia); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden); Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund and Poland); Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich and Croatia); Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina); Neymar (Santos/Barcelona and Brazil); Wayne Rooney (Manchester United and England); Luis Suarez (Liverpool and Uruguay); Robin van Persie (Manchester United and Netherlands).

  51. 1355: 

    Fifteen midfielders, including Wales' Gareth Bale, England skipper Steven Gerrard, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Manchester City's Yaya Toure, are aiming to be named in the team of the year:

    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid and Spain); Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur/Real Madrid and Wales); Sergio Busquets (Barcelona and Spain); Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England); Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain); Isco (Malaga/Real Madrid and Spain); Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/Arsenal and Germany); Andrea Pirlo (Juventus and Italy); Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund and Germany); Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich and Netherlands); Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich and Germany); Yaya Toure (Manchester City and Ivory Coast); Arturo Vidal (Juventus and Chile); Xavi (Barcelona and Spain).

  52. 1350: 
    Robin van Persie and David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is speaking to the media in 10 minutes time.

    We'll bring you all the key quotes here on Sportsday ahead of United's Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

  53. 1348: 

    Twenty defenders, including seven Premier League players, in the running are:

    David Alaba (Bayern Munich and Austria); Jordi Alba (Barcelona and Spain); Dani Alves (Barcelona and Brazil); Leighton Baines (Everton and England); Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich and Germany); Ashley Cole (Chelsea and England); Dante (Bayern Munich and Brazil); Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund and Germany); Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea and Serbia); Vincent Kompany (Manchester City and Belgium); Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany); David Luiz (Chelsea and Brazil); Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil); Pepe (Real Madrid and Portugal); Gerard Pique (Barcelona and Spain); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain); Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain and Brazil); Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France); Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United and Serbia); Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City and Argentina).

  54. 1344: 

    Five goalkeepers are nominated to be named in the team of the year:

    Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)

    Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain)

    Petr Cech (Chelsea and Czech Republic)

    Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)

    Víctor Valdes (Barcelona and Spain)

  55. 1340: 

    While Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo battle it out for the Ballon d'Or, the unlucky two losers should at least be able to console themselves with being named in the Fifpro XI.

    Fifa announce the 55-man shortlist for the team of the year, which will also be announced at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in January. We'll start at the back with the goalkeepers battling for the number one shirt...

  56. 1334: 

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann, captain Michael Clarke and highest wicket-taker Mitchell Johnson talk about their preparations for the next Ashes Test in Perth that starts Friday on the BBC Sport website.

    The home side lead 2-0 in the series after they beat England by 218 runs in Adelaide.

    Lehmann and Clarke both want to continue playing the same "brand of cricket" that has been so successful in the series so far.

  57. 1328: 

    In addition, Fifa announce three nominees for the Puskas Award - given to the "most beautiful goal of the year" according to the world governing body. Quite...

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden v England in November 2012)

    Nemanja Matic (Benfica v Porto, Liga in January 2013)

    Neymar (Brazil v Japan in June 2013)

  58. 1324: 

    And in the running for the Fifa World Coach of the Year for Women's Football award are....

    Ralf Kellermann (VfL Wolfsburg)

    Silvia Neid (German national team)

    Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Swedish national team)

  59. 1321: 

    But is it not only the players who will be honoured at a glittering ceremony in Zurich on 13 January. A trio of bosses are battling to be named as Fifa World Coach of the Year for Men's Football award.

    Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United former coach)

    Jupp Heynckes (FC Bayern Munich former coach)

    Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund)

  60. 1318: 

    As well as the men's award, three stars will compete for the Fifa Women's Player of the Year:

    Nadine Angerer (Germany)

    Marta (Brazil)

    Abby Wambach (USA)

  61. 1314: 
    Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)

    Hold on to your hats - there is a major shock in the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or. OK, there isn't....

    Here is the trio vying to be named as the world's best player:

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)

    Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France)

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)


    Amy Jean: Moyes needs time. Man Utd did not have a strong squad last season, we were lucky to win the league. When Fergie left it was never going to be an easy transition. He needs time, new defence and he needs Wayne Rooney not to be the only player performing.

    Idongesit Essien: Moyes should re-sign Pogba, Ravel Morisson, and Daehli. Splash the cash for Barkley and with Januzaj & Zaha, MUFC will be fine. If he is eyeing the long term.

    Mo Elgouhari: I think he needs more time with the team that's all!


    Oldham manager Lee Johnson on Sky Sports discussing the current football fixing probe: "We were all disappointed and of course it hurts but we have a football club to run.

    "I think you go through a run of emotions you feel anger and hurt and I'd be lying if I didn't shed a tear. But then you look and say well what's gone on here?

    "We don't know the full facts so we can't really make a decision. We've suspended him [Cristian Montano] but now it is in the hands of the law and they'll obviously get to the bottom of it."

  64. 1304: 

    In October, world governing body Fifa announced the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or prize which is awarded to the planet's best player.

    Wales forward Gareth Bale and five Premier League players - Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure and Robin van Persie - were all nominated.

    Now the shortlist is being whittled down to just three men. Anyone betting against Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to be the final three?

  65. 1258: 

    How can England turn round the Ashes series? That is the question on the lips of every England fan after a second humiliating defeat by Australia.

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce discusses how Alastair Cook and his team can recover from their 2-0 deficit.

  66. 1252: 
    Sam Warburton

    Wales captain and Cardiff Blues star Sam Warburton could join the nation's player exodus.

    The open-side's contract expires this summer and amid uncertainty over the future of Welsh domestic rugby, he wants his playing future settled.

    Blues are among the four Welsh regions contemplating legal action against the Welsh Rugby Union over the sport's future. Warburton wants a deal to stay in Wales secured by Wednesday, 11 December.


    Redd Arrow: Moyes can forget Lallana and Shaw. The days of Saints being a selling club are over. It's a move down for the two of them.


    How do Manchester United bounce back from their current slump? David Moyes could build a new back-line around Phil Jones. He could buy Southampton's Adam Lallana. They are just two of the suggestions being offered by ex-Wales midfielder, and Old Trafford youth-team graduate, Robbie Savage in his latest BBC Sport column.

    Do you agree with Robbie? Let us know using the usual methods of communication - #bbcsportsday on Twitter, 81111 on text and Facebook.

  69. 1240: 

    Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua pulls out of Saturday's heavyweight bout against Dorian Darch with a shoulder injury.

    Joshua, 23, was set to return to London's Excel Arena - where he won gold at London 2012 - for his fourth professional contest.

    But, after consultation with medical staff, it has been decided he will now meet Darch in Cardiff on 1 February.

  70. 1236: 

    Everton midfielder James McCarthy will be suspended for next week's home Premier League game against Fulham after collecting his fifth booking of the season in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

    "It's one of those situations you have to cope with," Toffees boss Roberto Martinez tells Everton's official website. "It's the month of coping with the five bookings."

  71. 1228: 
    Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson

    Charges against England all-rounder Ben Stokes and Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson have been dropped by the International Cricket Council.

    The pair exchanged words and barged shoulders as Stokes ran a single before being separated by umpire Kumar Dharmasena on the fourth evening of the second Test in Adelaide.

    They were charged with "inappropriate and deliberate conduct". Both pleaded not guilty and could have faced a one-Test ban or a fine.

  72. 1224:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Blackburn, Newcastle and Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher on the issue of match-fixing in English football: "I never saw it. Nobody ever approached me. But hearing about it makes me angry because it is cheating the public."

  73. 1216: 

    Earlier today it was revealed Blackburn striker DJ Campbell had been arrested as part of a football spot-fixing investigation.

    This afternoon the National Crime Agency released a statement on its inquiry:

    "The NCA can confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency. An active NCA investigation is now underway and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.

    "Five people were arrested on Sunday morning, and bailed that evening until April 2014. A sixth individual was arrested on Sunday evening and is being questioned by NCA officers. No further detail is available at this stage."

  74. 1209: 

    Manchester United could be facing a personnel problem for their final Champions League group match against Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

    David Moyes' side have already booked their place in the last 16 but require apoint against the Ukrainian title winners to seal top spot in Group A and avoid most of Europe's heavyweights in next week's knock-out round draw.

    However, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini were all missing from the open section of this morning's session at the Aon training complex.


    ScotScouse: In David Moyes' first full season at Everton, we finished 17th. But the next year, we were 4th. Patience is vital.

    Martin Hill: Moyes needs to invest in youth. Bring back Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba, with Januzaj and Zaha on the wings.

  76. 1200: 
    Paul Ince

    Blackpool manager Paul Ince believes unrealistic player expectations are the source of his side's disciplinary woes.

    Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez were sent off in Saturday's 5-1 loss at Derby County - four days after three of Ince's men saw red against Yeovil.

    "It might be frustration. [We] were up in the top six and the [players] think, 'we should be winning'," he said.

  77. 1154: 

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he is content with the 1-1 home draw against Everton which put his side five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

    "I think before the game you would take a point considering the weekend [results]," Wilshere tells Arsenal's official website.

    "If you can't win the game, don't lose the game. But when we go 1-0 up we expect to win the game, especially when there is eight or so minutes to go. We're disappointed with that, but overall we'll take a point."

  78. 1150:  
    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES

    England are facing "annihilation" in the Ashes because they lack the "desire and heart" to compete with Australia, says former batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

    Boycott believes England's "glory days" are over after they lost by 218 runs in Adelaide to go 2-0 down in the series.

    "We have won three series comfortably, but we are going to get annihilated in this one, because their minds are not right," Boycott tells BBC Sport.


    Steven Gilroy: Man Utd don't need to panic buy, Lallana, Luke Shaw and Ryan Gauld in January. Hummels, Gundogan and Koke in the summer.

    Tunde Akere: Everyone praises Moyes in Everton, and his appointment was hailed by many. He can still do the job for Man Utd. Give him time.

    Adam Taylor: Moyes gets too much criticism, SAF left an average, ageing squad only champions due to poor opponents. Needs time to rebuild.

    United are ninth in the Premier League after suffering successive home defeats - for the first time in 11 years - by Everton and Newcastle. What's going wrong at Old Trafford? Is Moyes still the right man for the job? You know the drill. Sound off on Twitter using #bbcsportsday, on text via 81111 or by posting on our Facebook page.

  80. 1138: 

    Time for a tea break? Yup. Go and grab yourself a hot drink and then mull over today's #QSTeaser from our pals at Question of Sport.

    After a wintry round of games in the NFL, which six teams have the letters SNOW in their names?

    We will reveal the answers later.

  81. 1136: 
    Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich players

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he could not take all the credit after their 7-0 victory at Werder Bremen.

    The European and German champions are now unbeaten in 40 Bundesliga matches, including all of Guardiola's 15 in charge.

    "I'd like to say a big thank you to my team, because they were very, very good," he told the club website. "The club brought this team together. And the coach is good when he has good players. I'm honoured to be coach."

  82. 1128: 

    Lock forward Hayden Smith has rejoined Saracens following an 18-month spell playing American Football in the NFL with New York Jets.

    The 28-year-old, who initially joined Sarries in 2008, made five appearances in the NFL as a tight-end.

    "I learned a huge amount in the NFL and various elements that will help me become a better rugby player. "There is nothing like the Saracens environment. It's fantastic to be back," he said.

  83. 1122: 

    A football match in southern Brazil was suspended for an hour after a violent brawl broke out between rival fans. Three people are believed to have been critically injured. The match between Vasco da Gama and Atletico Paranaense was being broadcast live.

    A helicopter landed on the pitch to rescue the injured.

  84. 1114: 

    London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist Ben Quilter announces his retirement from competitive judo.

    The 32-year-old - who won an Olympic medal last summer despite having snapped the cruciate ligament and ruptured medial ligaments in his knee just seven weeks before the Games - intends to continue within the visually impaired sport, having been recently elected to the ParalympicsGB Athletes' Commission.

    "My circumstances have changed a lot since the Games, and to get myself back to my best and compete at the top level for Rio 2016 would need total commitment in time and effort," said the Dartford judoka.


    Mark, Kingston, via text: This is not the golden generation of players as everyone thought, merely the result of a drop in standard of test cricket, and the team policy never to drop anyone. Can we retain Ashes? Yes. Do we deserve to? No.

    Tom, Liverpool, via text: Time for Cook to step down, make Ian Bell captain and groom Joe Root to be the future one, Cook's tactics and field settings are negative and don't lose attitude.

  86. 1054: 

    Promoter Eddie Hearn says Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight title against Terence Crawford in February.

    The unbeaten American will come to fight in Glasgow as Burns attempts the fifth defence of his belt.

    Hearn tweeted: "Delighted to confirm we have agreed terms with @trboxing for @ricksterko to face @budcrawford402 in Glasgow in February."

  87. 1049: 
    Mitchell Johnson

    Mitchell Johnson says he is relishing his intimidating bowling, which has rattled England, earned him two man-of-the-match performances and brought Australia to the brink of winning back the Ashes.

    Johnson backed up his nine-wicket haul in the opening Brisbane Test victory with another eight scalps in Adelaide to have 17 wickets for the series at the stunning average of 12.50.

    "I guess having that intimidation factor is definitely a bonus. Look in the past and it wasn't probably quite there in the last couple of Ashes series for me," Johnson said. "So to be able to come out, just back my ability, and know what I wanted to bowl, I have just really enjoyed it, so I will continue to do that throughout the series."


    Rubyshakes: Mitch didn't fire and England scored runs. 312 is a decent 2nd innings total on any pitch. Keep positive.

    Richard Mills: Cook is a lightweight as captain, but obviously an intelligent guy who can improve. The question is, do England have the time?

    Mike Oxbig: Cook just doesn't seem like a leader to me. I'd rather someone with anger was in charge like Broad. Fire with fire.

  89. 1041: 

    Russia manager Fabio Capello says he considers his team to be the favourites in Group H of the 2014 World Cup - ahead of Belgium, South Korea and Algeria.

    Capello said that Group H contained four strong teams and that he would not underestimate them.

    "Everybody is saying that Belgium are the favourites in our group, but I feel that it's Russia who are the true favourites," Capello was quoted as saying by Sport Express daily. "Belgium are an excellent team consisting of young and skilled players."

  90. 1034:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES

    "A second crushing defeat by Australia has left England at their lowest ebb for many years.

    "This actually feels more deflating than the 5-0 whitewash in 2006-07, or even the countless thrashings in the 1990s, because England arrived in Australia as favourites to win the series.

    "Instead they have been been blown away by an irrepressible force, first on a bouncy track at the Gabba that played to Australia's strengths, and then, inexplicably, on one of the flattest pitches you could wish to see here at Adelaide."

  91. 1026: 

    Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen says Everton's attacking midfielder Ross Barkley has the ability to reach the highest levels in the game.

    Barkley, 20, has won three England caps and has been tipped for a place in the squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    "I don't think there's any doubt that if Barkley doesn't injured he's going to be top of the tree," said Match of the Day's Hansen, who won eight league titles with Liverpool from 1978-90. "He has got absolutely everything."

  92. 1019:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentFOOTBALL

    Speaking on BBC News on football match-fixing allegations: "It will be of grave concern to the authorities. These allegations look at the second and third tiers of the game.

    "Blackburn Rovers have this morning confirmed the arrest of their striker DJ Campbell.

    "There has been an assumption that British football is immune to the issue; that English football has remained untouched. But these allegations show that all leagues need to be wary and be alert to the problem."

  93. 1010: 
    Richie Barker

    Portsmouth appoint Richie Barkeras their new manager, with Steve Coppell also arriving at the club in a director of football role.

    "This is a fantastic opportunity for me," said Barker. "I'm very excited to be at this club with its great history."

    The League Two club sacked previous boss Guy Whittingham on 25 November.


    Thirumur David Kiran: MUFC need to invest in youth to improve the aging team. Would love a midfield of Januzaj, Zaha, Barkley, Defoleu behind Rooney.

    Andrew Neill: Kagawa, Fellaini and Rooney are all best as AMCs and Wayne wins that place easily. Moyes needs someone like Yaya or Cabaye.

    United are ninth in the Premier League after suffering successive home defeats - for the first time in 11 years - by Everton and Newcastle. What's going wrong at Old Trafford? Is Moyes still the right man for the job? You know the drill. Sound off on Twitter using #bbcsportsday, on text via 81111 or by posting on our Facebook page.

  95. 0959: 
    DJ Campbell

    Statement from Blackburn Rovers following the arrest of their player DJ Campbell.

    "Following reports in today's national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested.

    The club will be making no further comment on what is now an ongoing legal matter."

  96. 0952: 

    Guy Whittingham says he was "shocked" and "disappointed" to be sacked as manager of Portsmouth last month.

    The 49-year-old was in charge when Pompey ended a 14-month spell in administration in April and were taken over by the Pompey Supporters' Trust.

    "You always hope that you're going to get a bit of time to get things right. It was gutting, but you have to move on," Whittingham told BBC South Today. The League Two club are set to appoint Richie Barker as his successor later this afternoon.

  97. 0945: 
    Graeme McDowell

    Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell carded a three-under-par final round of 69 to finish in sixth place at the World Challenge in California.

    McDowell, the winner in 2010 and 2012, ended eight shots behind Zach Johnson who finished on 13 under par before beating Tiger Woods in a play-off.

    Portrush man McDowell was the highest-placed European in the 18-man event. Rory McIlroy had a 70 for his second straight under-par round to finish level for the tournament.

  98. 0936: 

    The West Indies Under-19's team withdraws from their tour of Bangladesh due to safety concerns just three months before the Twenty20 World Cup is staged in the country, the West Indies Cricket Board announces.


    Rian Hoskins: Midfield is the main problem not just down to creativity but Moyes doesn't know how to get the best out of Kagawa/Fellaini.

    Jay: There's a reason Moyes was given a six-year contract. It takes time to rebuild and get over the loss of someone like Sir Alex Ferguson. I have no doubt that Moyes and United will emerge stronger eventually. In the meanwhile, it's important for fans to be patient.

  100. 0928: 

    Up to 10 players could leave Manchester United during the January transfer window as David Moyes looks to turn around the fortunes of the ailing Premier League champions, according to the Manchester Evening News.

  101. 0923:  
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES REACTION

    "It's the worst case scenario, a horrible environment to be in when you start losing. But the senior lads have to step up to the plate - Joe Root as a young player almost pointed the finger at the senior players and said 'lads, this is how you do it'. The senior players are the ones who have to get England out of the mess they're in, you can't expect the young players to be doing it."


    David Lovell: The signs were there in the summer. England have made little effort to prevent the signs turning into the slaughter we see now.

    Good Lad: England must win at Perth. They have pulled off wins against better teams in more challenging conditions.

    Thomas Stirk: Finn is the answer, I'd rather he took 7-100 then bowl 20 tight wicketless overs he's the only genuine quick we have.

  103. 0915: 

    England win bronze in the World League Final in Tucuman after beating hosts Argentina in a dramatic shoot-out.

    Laura Unsworth's opener was cancelled out when Sally Walton deflected into her own goal. But, after Julia Gomes Fantasia had her shot saved in the shoot-out, Walton scored the winner as England won 4-2.

  104. 0911: 

    Former Masters champion Zach Johnson beats world number one Tiger Woods in a play-off to win the World Challenge in California.

    In a remarkable conclusion, Johnson found water with his approach at the 18th before holing from the drop zone. Playing partner Woods then put his bunker escape to within four feet and made par to force a play-off.

    At the first extra hole, again the 18th, Woods found sand once more with his approach and missed a par putt from five feet to hand Johnson victory.


    Colin, Wirral, via text: From his comments, Cook doesn't know what's happening to him - struggled as a skipper and opener for last 12 months - time to stand down now.

    Mat Harris, Cornwall, via text: How can people say Cook isn't the man for the captaincy? By far our best option at the moment. Leave them rebuild once we go 3-0 down. Still a chance until the Ashes have certainly gone.

    Two wildly different opinions on Captain Cook. Are you Team Colin or Team Mat?

  106. 0902: 
    David Moyes

    How do Manchester United bounce back? David Moyes could build a new back-line around Phil Jones. He could buy Southampton's Adam Lallana. They are just two of the suggestions being offered by ex-Wales midfielder, and Old Trafford youth-team graduate, Robbie Savage in his latest BBC Sport column.


    Can't imagine Manchester United manager David Moyes is jumping out of bed with a spring in his step today. In fact, I'm sure he would have wanted to turn off his alarm, roll back to sleep and forget about the woes being suffered by the Premier League champions. But even then he would probably have nightmares of Sir Alex Ferguson.

    United are ninth in the Premier League after suffering successive home defeats - for the first time in 11 years - by Everton and Newcastle. What's going wrong at Old Trafford? Is Moyes still the right man for the job? You know the drill. Sound off on Twitter using #bbcsportsday, on text via 81111 or by posting on our Facebook page.

  108. 0852:  
    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES REACTION

    "England's batting in Adelaide has been as abject as it was in Brisbane. It's nothing new for people listening to BBC radio to hear me say that if you can't bat, you can't win Test matches, it's as simple as that. You have to do better. You can get away with moderate bowling, but you can't get away with moderate or poor batting because you've no runs to play with."

  109. 0846: 

    We all love a good bit of tittle-tattle don't we? Here are three whispers from Monday's gossip column for you to tell your mates.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is unlikely to bring in multiple reinforcements during the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce's job is at risk and the club's next game against Sunderland, who are bottom of the Premier League, could be key to his future. (Daily Telegraph)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised his strikers and said the Blues would be top of the league if they had scored as many goals as forwards at rivals clubs. (Daily Star)

  110. 0839: 

    Blackburn striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as six people are being questioned by police as part of a match fixing probe.

    The 32-year-old, who has played for a host of English clubs including Brentford, Leicester and QPR, has not been charged. Police are continuing to question the six after ex-Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje told a reporter he was involved in fixing matches.


    Will Whipple: The Ashes are gone now- more important we rebuild this team and give the new players experience and solidarity with Stokes at six.

    Mark Stevens: Can't see England doing other than losing 5-0. They are uninspired and have a captain who is incapable of leading them.

    Scotty Reynolds: Here's some reassuring news for English folk. the next time u look up at the full moon, the Ashes urn could be in Aussie hands.

  112. 0833: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he hopes to keep on-loan Barcelona teenager Gerard Deulofeu for another season after the forward's brilliant strike earned the Toffees a 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal.

    "We have an agreement to extend the loan for an extra year if Barcelona don't need Deulofeu," said Martinez. "You've got certain players with raw talent who can create from nothing with a special touch and he is one of them."

  113. 0828: 
    Neil Robertson

    Let's step away from the crease for a moment and recap on the other big overnight stories which you might have missed.

    On the baize, Neil Robertson became only the eighth player in snooker history to win the 'Triple Crown' with a 10-7 victory over Mark Selby at the UK Championship.

    Robertson staged a remarkable comeback having been 5-1 down, and his win goes with the World title and the Masters. "To become the first overseas player to win all three is a fantastic feeling," the Australian told BBC Sport.

  114. 0822: 

    While England try to work out what is going wrong, Australia are understandably revelling in their success. Baggy Greens captain Michael Clarke says his side's 2-0 lead in the Ashes is deserved after putting in the graft following the 3-0 defeat in England last summer.

    "In England we were closer than the score showed," says Clarke. "This isn't a fluke, this is reward for hard work over a long period of time."


    Ben Pathe: Why did England go out all guns blazing in less than an hour when they were meant to be battling to save the game?


    Sport manages to stir wide-ranging emotions in even the most emotionless of people - and that's why we love it, right? And there must be plenty surrounding yet more embarrassment for England down under. Anger? Shock? Hope (maybe)? Here's your opportunity to sound off.

    Can England salvage the Ashes? Or is it all over already? Tell us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, via text on 81111 or by posting on our Facebook page.

  117. 0810: 

    How do England recover from their second straight thumping in Australia? With some deep soul-searching, according to captain Alastair Cook. The opening batsman insists his battered side can fight back into the Ashes despite going 2-0 down in the series.

    "The Ashes are not gone," he says. "If we believe they are gone they might as well be gone. We have to look deep into our inner souls to drag something out."

  118. 0805: 

    Good morning folks and welcome to Monday's Sportsday. For those waking from your sleepy slumber, we will be telling everything you need to know about England's overnight thrashing. Once you have dissected BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce's match report (if you can bring yourself to do so England fans), we have reaction from the key men on the field and from our expert pundits.

    But it is not all about cricket. We have all the fall-out from another exciting weekend of Premier League action, plus the latest news about claims of football match fixing in England. So make sure you stay with us throughout the day...

  119. 0800: 
    Australia v England

    That horrible sinking feeling after a comprehensive thrashing is not something England's cricketers have experienced very often against Australia in recent years. But there are some miserable faces in the England camp today. Very miserable.

    Alastair Cook and his troops, after holding the Ashes for three consecutive series, are trailing 2-0 in the latest instalment after slumping to a humiliating 218-run defeat in Adelaide. Things can only get better - as D:Ream famously once sang....

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