Sportsday - Wednesday 18 December - as it happened

Man Utd and Tottenham in League Cup action, transfer gossip, Chris Froome Q&A, plus reaction to England's Ashes defeat.

18 December 2013 Last updated at 08:03

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  1. 1837: 

    That is your lot from Sportsday Live for today. There is live coverage of two all Premier League Capital One Cup quarter-finals, Stoke v Manchester United and Tottenham v West Ham, on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and BBC Sport website.

    We will be back from 0800 GMT tomorrow with all the latest breaking sports news. Bye for now

  2. 1826: 
    FOOTBALL
    Dani Osvaldo

    Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is charged with violent conduct following an incident at the end of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Newcastle at St James' Park.

    Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, who was sent to the stands following the incident, is charged with improper conduct.

    Neither club will face charges while Osvaldo and Woodman have until 23 December to respond to the charge.

  3. 1819: 
    FOOTBALL
    Neymar

    Barcelona are ordered by a Spanish court to provide evidence of where the£47.9m they spent on Neymar went.

    While £14.2m went to the Brazilian's former club Santos, the remainder was paid to a third party, prompting a request from Barcelona member that the court ensure a misappropriation of funds had not taken place.

    "It is a charge without basis. I am relaxed," Barcelona president Sandro Rosell told reporters on Monday.

  4. 1806: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former France manager Roger Lemerre, who took his country to success at the 2000 European Championships, is hired on a six-month contract by Tunisian club side Etoile Sahel.

    Etoile are sixth in the Tunisian league standings after eight matches of the season, six points off the leaders.

  5. 1756: 

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: Michael Dawson uses captain programme notes to apologise to #thfc fans for players' unacceptable performances against City & Liverpool

  6. 1753: 
    FOOTBALL
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi's doctor says that the Argentina and Barcelona star's recovery from a hamstring tear is on schedule.

    The 26-year-old, who has not played since 10 November, has returned to South America to recover his fitness.

    Club doctor Ricard Pruna said that the forward was "making good progress" without stating when they expected him to return.

  7. 1743: 
    BOXING
    Martin Murray

    St Helens's Martin Murray will have the third shot at a world title of his career when he faces Australia's Jarrod Fletcher in Monte Carlo on 1 February for the WBA middleweight title.

    Murray bounced back from a controversial loss to Sergio Martinez in his previous challenge for a world title to beat Sergey Khomitsky last weekend.

    Gennady Golovkin, the previous holder of the belt, has been upgraded to the governing body's 'super champion'.

  8. 1725: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We asked you earlier today whether, with five Premier League clubs having changed their manager before even the midpoint of the season, if top-flight chairman are becoming too trigger-happy.

    Michael Corkhill: Manager merry go round is result of transfer window. Chairmen are forced to gamble to allow new man to sign his own players.

    Gareth Whalley: Look at Liverpool. It was right for Kenny Dalglish to go but it is his players performing now. It'll end up being the same at Spurs

    #bbcsportsday or the BBC Sport Facebook page is the way to get involved

  9. 1707: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Northampton are fined £60,000 by Premiership Rugby for allowing George North to play for Wales against Australia last month.

    The match took place outside the International Rugby Board international window and Northampton admitted breaching policy at a code of conduct hearing.

    The club will not appeal the sanction.

    This case could have wider repercussions, with other Welsh internationals such as Richard Hibbard joining English clubs next season, and expecting full release for Wales matches.

  10. 1702: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Coming up later, there will be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website for Tottenham v West Ham and Stoke City v Manchester United in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

    Tim Sherwood takes charge of Spurs for the first time following Andre Villas-Boas's dismissal earlier in the week and you can listen to their game against the Hammers on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    If you are after audio commentary on Stoke v Manchester United, then you can listen to that game on BBC Radio 5 live. Then catch up on all the League Cup action with the highlights on The League Cup Show, on BBC One at 23:10 GMT.

  11. 1655: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Sevilla playmaker Ivan Rakitic, who has been linked with a possible January move to Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool, expresses frustration with his side's lack of progress.

    "Such is the nature of our business. I'm in Seville for three years now and in this time many things have changed," the 25-year-old told Slovakian website Nogomania.

    "If there is no success, if there are no trophies, frustration grows. Everything has changed."

    Sevilla are currently seventh in La Liga.

  12. 1645: 
    CYCLING
    Michael Rogers

    Former Team Sky rider Michael Rogers has been provisionally suspended following a positive test for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol.

    The sample was collected during the Japan Cup event on 20 October 2013.

    The 33-year-old left Team Sky at the end of the 2012 season to move to Team Saxo-Tinkoff.

    Rogers, who is yet to respond to the UCI findings, may request that his B sample is tested.

  13. 1640: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Are club chairmen too quick to sack managers? Have your say via #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andrew B B Willsher: It takes time to turn your team to think how the manger wants them to play. [The clubs] give them the money to bring people in and in most cases when they sack a manger its all the backroom staff who lose their jobs as well.

    Elvis Mumba: Stupid chairmen, Every manager needs time, even the best players needs time to settle.

    Mohab Shiddo: Not all managers are like Sir Alex Ferguson. Change of management in Man City, Southampton and Everton showed that sticking with a manager is not always the ideal case.

  14. 1638: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    Sports minister Helen Grant, who is also equalities minister, is expected to attend the winter Olympics in Sochi despite politicians from other countries boycotting the event because of Russia's recent legislation banning "gay propaganda".

    Germany's president Joachim Gauck, France's president Francois Hollande and European Union commissioner Viviane Reding have all announced they are boycotting the Games.

    United States president Barack Obama is not attending either and he has former tennis great Billie Jean King, who is openly gay, will be on the official American presidential delegation.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Jack Stanley: Mark Hughes is a total hypocrite. Managers complain that they get sacked too easy but they're first to go following success.

    Shannon Hollis: Agree with Mark Hughes, clubs shouldn't dismiss managers so quick when form is poor. At least wait until the transfer window!

  16. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL
    Jordan Henderson

    Jordan Henderson was a "great buy" by Kenny Dalglish, says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    The 23-year-old, who joined the Reds from Sunderland in a deal thought to be worth £20m, has started all 16 of Liverpool's Premier League games this season and Rodgers says he deserves huge credit for the way he has improved.

    "It was a great buy by Kenny," says Rodgers. "Jordan didn't set the fee, for which he's taken a lot of criticism, but he's 23, he's six foot one, he can run all day and technically he's very strong."

  17. 1627: 
    CRICKET

    Ravi Bopara signs a new one-year extension with Essex that will expire at the end of the 2014 season.

    "We know that one of his key aims is to be playing International cricket with England but when he's in an Essex shirt, he has shown what a devastating player he can be," said coach Paul Grayson.

  18. 1622: 
    FOOTBALL

    Burnley appoint life-long fan Brian Nelson as a director of the Championship club.

    Nelson, 65, has followed the club since watching his first game at Turf Moor in the mid-1950s.

    Burnley co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz says: "He brings with him not just a wealth of business acumen and contacts, but also a passion for the club and the town - a vital combination in helping the board deliver our ambitious strategy."

  19. 1622: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes that Liverpool will be serious title contenders particularly if, as he expects, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers spends in the January transfer window.

    "Liverpool are fully deserving of being labelled title contenders," he blogged on Sportlobster.

    "The noises I am hearing are that Rodgers has money to spend this coming window and should he unearth another couple of gems, I certainly wouldn't back against them lifting some silverware come May."

  20. 1612: 
    BREAKING NEWS
    Swansea and Hull players fight

    Swansea City and Hull City are fined £20,000 following a mass confrontation between the two sides.

    "The clubs each admitted a charge of failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion," read a statement from the Football Association.

    "This follows an incident in the 80th-minute of their fixture on 9 December 2013."

  21. 1607: 
    CRICKET

    Virat Kohli struck 119 to help India to reach 255-5 after the opening day of the first Test with South Africa.

  22. 1603: 
    FOOTBALL

    Amid speculation that he could be a candidate for the vacant West Brom manager's role, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's chief executive at Molde has admitted that he has had approaches from foreign clubs for the former Manchester United striker.

    "I can confirm that we have received formal requests, but will not say when they arrived or where they came from," Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen told www.rbnett.no.

    "Ole has a name that will always make him attractive. And he has a standing in England that makes him often a candidate there."

  23. 1556: 
    LATEST GOSSIP
    Alen Halilovic

    Tottenham made a £10.9m bid for 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Alen Halilovic during the summer, but the player's reluctance to make the mover scuppered any possible deal report Inside Futbol.

    "I have the original contracts between Dinamo and Tottenham where the club would have received €13m, and the player €6m, but he was not ready for that step," Dinamo executive director Zdravko Mamic said.

  24. 1540: 
    FOOTBALL

    Carlisle's Courtney Meppen-Walter thanks the club's manager Graham Kavanagh for giving him a second chance in football.

    The 19-year-old defender signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Brunton Park on Saturday having originally agreed a one-month deal in November. As a Manchester City player, he was jailed in 2012 following a car crash which led to the death of two people.

    "I'll never forget what I did, but need to try and get on with my life. Kav put faith in me and I owe him," he says.

  25. 1536:  
    Tom Fordyce, BBC SportASHES

    "For a man who freely admits his partiality for a cold beer, Darren Lehmann's part in the Ashes victory celebrations in Australia's changing-room - being drenched with spraying lager by his celebrating players - was entirely appropriate. Perhaps the only problem was the danger of it putting his fag out."

    Coach Darren Lehmann can bask in Australia's glory after guiding his side to Ashes victory, says BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce. Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  26. 1528: 
    FOOTBALL

    New manager Mark Sampson includes Lianne Sanderson in his squad for the England training camp in La Manga next month.

    Striker Sanderson, 25, quit international duty in 2010 after falling out with former England boss Hope Powell but now returns. Rachel Yankey misses out, while Casey Stoney is injured.

    England play Norway on 17 January.

  27. 1519: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says the sackings of Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas by West Brom and Tottenham respectively are "a real shame" and believes clubs find it "all too easy" to dismiss their manager.

    Hughes believes Manchester United and Arsenal prove the theory that managerial continuity breeds success.

    Stoke, who have had just one defeat in their past eight games in all competitions, take on United at the Britannia Stadium in their Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

    Do you agree with Mark Hughes? Have your say via #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  28. 1513: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    Showjumper Ben Maher is named leading rider of the year by the British Equestrian Writers' Association.

    Maher, a member of Great Britain's London 2012 gold medal-winning team, enjoyed considerable success this year.

    He won European team gold and individual silver four months ago, landed the inaugural Global Champions Tour London grand prix and rose to world number one.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Gary Leung: Managers definitely need more time from their chairmen but it doesn't help that fans are so fickle as well.

    Peter Ansell: Some boards are too quick to sack managers while some give managers time needed, need coaches they trust to integrate.

  30. 1502: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2006
    Australia win Ashes 2006

    England surrendered the Ashes after losing the third Test in Perth by 206 runs to hand Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

  31. 1452: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid and Barcelona are among seven Spanish clubs to be investigated by the European Commission (EC) over alleged irregular public funding.

    Fellow La Liga teams Osasuna, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Elche and second-tier Hercules are under investigation. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna are accused of a corporate tax advantage of 5%.

    Real are alleged to have sold training-ground land to the City of Madrid at an over-inflated price of 22.7m euros.

  32. 1448: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan make 322-5 in their allotted 50 overs in the first day-night international against Sri Lanka in Sharjah.

    Mohammad Hafeez strikes a brilliant 122 while debutant Sharjeel Khan makes 61 and Sohaib Maqsood 73 on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch. Shahid Afridi hits a fiery 12-ball 34, while paceman Suranga Lakmal takes two wickets.

    The five-match series follows a 1-1 drawn Twenty20 series. The two teams will also play three Tests.

  33. 1441: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper believes his side will gain confidence from their displays against Coventry.

    After drawing the original FA Cup second-round tie, the League Two side succumbed to a stoppage-time goal from Leon Clarke in Tuesday night's replay.

    Cooper tells BBC Tees: "We took a very good team, who play in a league above us, very close and often matched them. Obviously we're disappointed to lose so late but I believe in these players and they'll take a lot from the games."

  34. 1438: 
    CYCLING
    Chris Froome

    In the final part of his Q&A with BBC Sport, Chris Froome offers a short, succinct answer to claims that modern technology has taken some of the intrigue out of modern cycling.

    Are race radios making cycling boring?

    No

    Power meters, are they making cycling boring?

    No

    Was it strange to have [Sunday Times journalist] David Walsh hanging around the team last year?

    Not at all, just another thing the team is doing to try and be open. We can't open our doors to every journalist, but David has got a history in the sport and is definitely not all trusting as we've seen from his previous work, and I think it was pretty good having him around.

  35. 1432: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Leicester flanker Brett Deacon ends his playing career due to a blood condition. The 31-year-old, who has not played for the Tigers since their Premiership victory over Wasps in April, will take up a coaching role with the club's Academy.

  36. 1428: 
    FOOTBALL

    Spain international striker Laura Del Rio agrees a dual-role deal with Bristol Academy for the 2014 Women's Super League season.

    As well as playing, she will become under-18s head coach at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, where the Vixens are based.

    Del Rio signed for Bristol two years ago, having played professionally in Germany and America.

  37. 1426: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny has failed to reach agreement with Clermont Auvergne over wages ahead of a possible switch to France according to WalesOnline.

    A source told the website that "Clermont viewed the wage demands put forward by his management for Halfpenny's services to be excessive."

  38. 1422: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Are club chairmen too quick to sack managers? Have your say via #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    James Parsons: Why do clubs always give managers contracts that end in July? It would save the clubs a lot of money if their 'standard' contract expired in the autumn.

    Ian Robins: I think they are, there have been five sackings in the Premier League this season, after Arsene Wenger the longest serving continuous manager in the premiership is Alan Pardew, just three years, that says it all.

  39. 1420: 
    CRICKET
    Virat Kohli

    Batsman Virat Kohli completes his century as India advance to 186-4 in their first innings against South Africa in Johannesburg. The tourists were wobbling at 24-2 early on after Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay's dismissals.

    You can follow the match on the live scorecard on the BBC Sport website.

  40. 1409: 
    FROOME Q&A

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome continues his question-and-answer session with BBC Sport:

    If Richie Porte is going to ride the Giro who's going to be your main man in the mountains?

    We've got a couple of really good climbers and Richie is definitely going to double up and come and do the Tour after the Giro next year so I am going to rely on him being back there again but Sergio Henao could be a possibility and we've also got a new signing Mikel Nieve, the Basque rider, who should be with us in the mountains.

    Do you do any squats or weightlifting as part of your training?

    I do squats and lunges and a lot of core work but not much involving heavy weights

  41. 1404: 
    BOXING
    Vladimir Klitschko

    Wladimir Klitschko aims to unite the heavyweight division by winning the WBC crown vacated by brother Vitali's decision to focus on politics in their native Ukraine.

    "It is obviously my aim to bring the WBC title back into the Klitschko family," Vladimir Klitschko, who holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO titles, told Germany's Bild newspaper.

  42. 1357: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Stuttgart and Guinea winger Ibrahima Traore reveals he turned down a number of offers to move to the Premier League in the summer.

    The 25 year-old has made over 50 Bundesliga appearances, scoring six goals, since joining Stuttgart in May 2011.

    "I got offers in the summer from many English teams," Traore told BBC Sport.

    Traore is out of contract at the end of the season.

  43. 1340: 
    FOOTBALL

    Cristian Montano "vehemently denies" any involvement in spot-fixing after being sacked by Oldham on Monday.

    The winger, 22, was one of six people arrested and bailed as part of an investigation into spot-fixing by the National Crime Agency, which was acting on information from a Sunday newspaper.

    He was suspended by the League One club following the initial allegations, but Montano's solicitors have said he will appeal against his dismissal.

  44. 1334: 
    RUGBY UNION
    George North scores against Australia

    Premiership Rugby will confirm tomorrow whether Northampton Saints will be punished for allowing George North to play for Wales against Australia last month.

    The case is being heard later today.

    The English clubs have a policy not to release players for any Test matches that fall outside the IRB international window, but Northampton let North face the Wallabies on the 30 November.

    It is expected the Saints will be found guilty and fined.

  45. 1329: 
    FOOTBALL

    Leeds boss Brian McDermott confirms striker Max Gradel would be on a "list of players we like" - but warns: "I won't sign players out of sentiment", reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    United have opened talks with Gradel's current club St Etienne about the possibility of bringing the 26-year-old, who previously played for Leeds, back to Elland Road.

    The Leeds boss says: "Max Gradel would be on a list of players we like, no doubt about that. But he plays for St Etienne and he's been unfortunate with a couple of operations. What you can't do is go on sentiment. Sometimes that's dangerous.

  46. 1326: 
    FROOME Q&A
    Konstantin Siutsou and Chris Froome

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome's Question and Answer session with BBC Sport continues:

    Who's your funniest teammate?

    Kanstantsin Siutsou, Kosta we call him, he doesn't know it, he's not trying to be funny but he certainly is.

    Who would win in a fight between a tiger and a lion?

    Got to say a lion.

    Any chance of going for an hour record or a classic?

    I'd be much more likely to go for a classic, something like Milan-San Remo which has got quite a tough finish next year or even something like Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

  47. 1319: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Following Andre Villas-Boas's sacking as Tottenham boss on Monday, you have been discussing whether club chairmen should give manager's more time.

    Jack Wheaton: If players are given a season to settle shouldn't the manager be given the same time, or are players like Soldado going to get sold in January for underperforming?

    Jamie Smith: Whether we class this as ruthless, ambitious, or both, Levy has made a very bold call. But then, To Dare is To Do. I for one admire his guts.

    Rob Jackson: How accountable are the people who employ them in the first place. Shouldn't they shoulder some responsibility?

    Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  48. 1319: 
    LATEST GOSSIP
    Diego Costa

    Arsenal will send scouts to watch Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in his next two games as they consider a £30m bid in January according to Goal.com.

    Arsenal have apparently been alerted to a buy-out clause in the contract the 25-year-old signed in August and his relatively low wages at the Vicente Calderon.

  49. 1309: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says that it is just as important that the Reds' star striker Luis Suarez commits emotionally to the club as signs a new contract.

    "He could sign a new contract now, take the £200,000 a week, the team finishes outside the top four and you have the same shenanigans," Hamann told Talksport.

    "I want him to stay, but there needs to be clarity. He has got to understand what it means to commit."

  50. 1303: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid's world-record signing Gareth Bale may be fit to play against Valencia on Sunday after a scan revealed a knock the Welshman suffered in training resulted in only an inflamed calf muscle.

    "His participation in Sunday's match against Valencia has not been ruled out," Real Madrid said.

    Bale, signed from Tottenham for £85.3m in September, has scored nine goals in 15 appearances for Real since his arrival. Real are third in the Spanish top-flight, five points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

  51. 1255: 
    FOOTBALL
    Pope Francis and San Lorenzo

    Pope Francis is presented with a San Lorenzo shirt following their Argentina championship title victory on Sunday. A small group of the team's managers and players met with the Pope on the steps of St Peter's Basilica, presenting him with the replica of the title trophy and a red and blue team jersey with "Francisco Campeon" written on back. A clearly pleased Francis raised the trophy for all to see.

  52.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Plenty of views still coming in regarding managerial sackings, and whether club chairmen are too impatient. Here are a few more thoughts from #bbcsportsday

    Allen Martin: How do you expect managers to give youth a chance when they could be sacked within half season? Need time.

    Alistair Anderson: Often yes, but sometimes they're far too slow too - like Venkys stubbornly sticking with Kean when he was getting us [Blackburn] relegated.

    Chris Parker: Most of the time chairmen are too quick to hire managers as well though; Hughes at QPR, PDC at Sunderland, wrong choices.

  53. 1254: 
    FROOME Q&A
    Chris Froome wins Tour de France

    Chris Froome has had a 2013 to look back on with pride after the Team Sky rider followed in Sir Bradley Wiggins' tracks by winning the Tour de France. At the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, he gave us an insight into the the lighter side of his life.

    What are you doing for Christmas?

    Easy day at home, switch off the phones, no emails, nothing, just a nice relaxed day at home and definitely get out on the bike for a few hours' training.

    What's your favourite cheese?

    Camembert

    Number one aim for next year?

    Trying to win the Tour de France again.

  54. 1245: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Today's Question of Sport teaser has arrived from @QofS_Official.

    They ask: "As its Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's birthday, who are the three players she beat in Grand Slam singles finals?"

    Send your best guesses to #QSTEaser and we will reveal the answer later today.

  55. 1241: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Stoke v Man Utd (1945 GMT)
    Shinji Kagawa plays against Stoke

    Stoke City last faced Manchester United in the League Cup 20 years ago, beating them 2-1 on home soil in the first leg but losing 2-0 at Old Trafford to go out 3-2 on aggregate.

    The Potters have never lost a home cup tie against United, and beat the Red Devils on their run to the 1972 League Cup final.

    United have won the last four meetings between the two sides - all of which have come in the Premier League. The last was a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford in late October.

  56. 1235: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter believes centre Jonathan Davies' move to France will make him a better player for Wales.

    The 25-year-old, currently sidelined with injury, will join Clermont on a two-year contract next season. Davies' current employers the Scarlets lost to the Top 14 leaders in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

    "He'll still play for Wales and hopefully he'll be a better player for Wales as well," Cotter says.

  57. 1232: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ex-Cardiff City striker Nathan Blake says it is essential Vincent Tan and Malky Mackay hold talks to improve the situation at the club.

    Mackay has said he will not resign as manager despite owner Tan criticising his recruitment hopes. Tan is said to be "extremely upset" that Mackay had gone public with his desire to strengthen in January.

    "If you want to solve the situation, solve the situation with dialogue," Blake says. "When you look at the situation they've achieved a great deal in a short space of time together, Mr Tan and Malky. If neither party wants to talk or the other party doesn't want to come to the table and sort it out then it's obviously not going to get fixed."

  58. 1223: 
    CYCLING
    Ottilie Quince

    "She said she created me, she wanted to fix me."

    Read about how transplant cyclist Ottilie Quince became a world champion with the aid of her mum's kidney on the BBC Sport website.

  59. 1220: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says that owner Roman Abramovich's investment in the club has taken it to a "world level".

    "When I came, the team was strong - OK, so we weren't quite in first place but we weren't far away, but he took us to a world level," said the 35-year-old, who arrived from West Ham in 2001.

    "He's in the dressing-room with us and is genuinely interested in what the players think about the games we play, how we're playing and the players' views on all things Chelsea."

    Lampard's comments are part of a new book, Making History Not Reliving It, A decade of Roman's rule at Chelsea.

  60. 1215: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Scotland defender Gary Naysmith is appointed manager of East Fife.

    The 35-year-old was given the role of caretaker boss after Willie Aitchison resigned last month with the side sitting bottom of League One.

    Naysmith left Aberdeen in the summer, and, after a spell training with Hearts, moved to New Bayview. He has agreed an 18-month contract, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.

  61.  
    GET INVOLVED

    You have been debating whether club chairmen are too quick to sack managers. Here are some of your comments from #bbcsportsday

    Adam Jake Perr: Chairmen are without a doubt too hasty with their decisions to dispense managers left right and centre.

    Seamus in Warsaw: Every player gets time to settle with a new team, from Sep-Dec and Feb-May they can't be sold. Managers deserve the same deal.

    Ashley Randall: Yes. It needs to change. No team is going to win with no stability at a club. They should all look at Sir Alex!

  62. 1208: 
    BOXING
    Nicola Adams

    After becoming the first female boxer to win Olympic gold in 2012, Leeds's Nicola Adams wants to make more history as the first female winner of a Commonwealth boxing title.

    "I love being a role model and it just makes me even more determined to go out and keep making history every time I fight," she said.

    "Next year is going to be a big year for me because there will be the opportunity to make more history in Glasgow by becoming the first women's boxing gold medallist at a Commonwealth Games."

  63. 1157: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bury manager David Flitcroft confirms that Chris Brass will be his number two at the League Two club.

    Brass has left his role as assistant manager of Torquay United to take up a similar role at the JD Stadium. The 38-year-old spent 18 months as a player at Bury and was also part of Alan Knill's coaching staff while Knill was in charge of the Shakers.

    "Chris will be an incredible ambassador for our football club," Flitcroft tells BBC Radio Manchester.

  64. 1154:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "By Novak Djokovic's extremely high standards, 2013 was a disappointing year. He won the Australian Open in January, but then lost to Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals at Roland Garros and in the final of the US Open, as well as losing to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final.

    "He added Wotjek Fibak to his team as a consultant, but has now taken the much more radical step of appointing Boris Becker as his head coach, in the hope that he will be able to offer the same sort of input as Ivan Lendl has to Murray.

    "But the move is certainly not without risk. Will [former coach] Marian Vajda be genuinely happy playing second fiddle to Becker?"

  65. 1153: 
    SAILING

    Dutchman Conny van Richtschoten, the only skipper to have won the Volvo Ocean Race twice in its 40-year history, has died aged 87.

    Van Richtschoten claimed the second and third editions of offshore sailing's leading round-the-world professional race in 1977-78 and 1981-82 on board Flyer I and Flyer II.

    He triumphed in the latter despite suffering a heart attack in the Southern Ocean - an incident he kept secret from his rivals, refusing shore assistance, in case they sensed they could take advantage.

  66. 1146: 
    SNOOKER

    Stephen Lee's appeal against his 12-year ban for match-fixing is scheduled to begin in January.

    The former world number five was found guilty of seven charges after a tribunal hearing in September.

    Lee, 39, is to claim that the tribunal chairman Adam Lewis QC was not independent.

  67. 1144: 
    TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic is named as the International Tennis Federation's world champion for 2013 despite finishing the year ranked second in the world behind a resurgent Rafael Nadal.

    According to the ITF, its world champion awards are based on "an objective system that considers all results during the year, but gives special weight to the Grand Slam tournaments, the Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas."

    American Serena Williams won the women's award.

  68. 1135: 
    GOLF

    The leadership of Japan's Professional Golf Association will resign en masse according to the country's Jiji Press news agency after two of its executives were found to have played and dined with an organised crime boss.

    "We take the matter very seriously. We want to do our utmost to prevent a recurrence of such a case," the PGA current vice chairman Nobuyuki Abe, who is not one of the two men accused of meeting a head of a yakuza group, told Jiji.

  69. 1127:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    What connects the phrases "More brains than a pork pie", "That was like my mum hanging out the washing" and "played down Piccadilly and it went down Bakerloo"?

    They are just three belting one liners spoken by Geoff Boycott, and you can listen to 60 seconds worth of them criticising England's poor performance in the Ashes series in Australia on the BBC Radio 5 live website. Late morning gold.

  70. 1126: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackpool offer a new deal to Thomas Ince, although chairman Karl Oyston says the club are expecting more interest in the winger in January.

    The 21-year-old, who rejected a £8m move to Cardiff in July, is out of contract at the end of the season. Should Ince leave next month, Oyston does not believe he will move overseas.

    "We get compensation if he goes abroad, but I think it's more likely a domestic club will make an offer in January," Oyston tells BBC Radio Lancashire.

  71. 1121: 
    WINTER SPORTS
    Lindsey Vonn

    American Lindsey Vonn finished 12th on her return to World Cup action in Val d'Isere, 1.23 seconds off the lead time set by Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

    Vonn has not raced in the World Cup since reconstructive surgery on her knee after a crash in February. She reinjured the joint in November but hopes to defend her Olympic title in Sochi in February.

  72. 1116: 
    TENNIS

    World number two Novak Djokovic says that by appointing six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker as a coach he will benefit from the German's experience as well as tactical acumen.

    "He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the grand slams and other tournaments," said Djokovic.

    "Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way."

  73. 1113: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Fahad Anwar: People don't seem to realise it's not just results which cost AVB his job, it's the manner in which we lost those games.

    Jay: Managers are paid obscene amounts of money to get results quickly. They even get paid when they're fired. What's the big deal?

    Kyle Barber: David Moyes is currently the 11th longest-serving Premier League manager! Just shows how crazy football management is now.

  74. 1112: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Basel president Bernhard Heusler claims that there has been no contact with Tottenham over manager Murat Yakin, who has been linked with the vacant manager's job at White Hart Lane.

    "There has been no contact between the clubs," Heusler told Swiss newspaper Blick.

  75. 1107: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wins the toss and elects to bat first against Sri Lanka in their sides' first one-day international at Sharjah. Sharjeel Khan has scored the hosts first run as they move to 1-0.

  76. 1100: 
    WHO IS THE NEW WATFORD BOSS?
    Giuseppe Sannino

    Giuseppe Sannino is a 56-year-old Italian coach who played as a midfielder for several minor Italian teams. He retired from playing in 1988 and took his first steps in management with lower league Italian side Oltrepo.

    Sannino managed in Serie A for the first time in 2011, replacing Antonio Conte at newly promoted side Siena and he kept the club in the top flight, as well as guiding them to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

    He took charge of Palermo in June 2012 but after managing to pick up just one point from three games, he was sacked in September that year but returned this March. He became Chievo boss on 1 July, but was sacked last month.

  77. 1059: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton's on-loan playmaker Gerard Deulofeu will spend Christmas in his native Spain as he continues his recovery from a hamstring tear, however manager Roberto Martinez says that the injury is less severe than he first feared.

    "We don't think he's going to be out for too long, probably the best part of five weeks," said Martinez.

    "Obviously he was disappointed, but we were probably a little bit fearful that it could have been a bit more than it is."

  78. 1051: 
    CRICKET
    India v South Africa

    Opting to bat first, India were 70 for two at lunch on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers. A live scorecard is available on the BBC Sport website Cricket pages.

  79. 1045: 
    GET INVOLVED

    You have been debating whether chairmen are too quick to get rid of managers on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Here are some more views:

    Okolo Nathaniel: No they are not, with the astronomically high salaries coaches are being paid this days, they should be fired immediately they start showing incompetence.

    Michael Smith: Yes, they are because they never give the managers enough time to sort the team out and never give the players a chance to sort themselves out.

  80. 1045: 
    TENNIS
    Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker

    2011 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic appoints Boris Becker, a three-time champion at the All England Club, as his new coach. Becker will join Djokovic's existing coach Marian Vajda as he prepares for the Australian Open.

  81. 1038: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Watford appoint former Cheivo boss Giuseppe Sannino as head coach. The 56-year-old takes up his post immediately and will be joined by assistant coaches Francesco Troise, Giovanni Cusatis and Paolo De Toffol.

  82. 1036: 
    ASHES

    Australia bowler Peter Siddle admits that he enjoyed his dominance over England batsman Kevin Pietersen as Australia won the first three Tests to regain the Ashes in emphatic style. The 29-year-old dismissed Pietersen for the 10th time in Test cricket in the first innings in Perth.

    "He's obviously inflicted a lot of pain on us over the years, so to see the back of him is always nice," Siddle said.

    "To be the one to get him, it does bring a lot of joy to myself personally, but also the team."

  83. 1026: 
    NOT SO SILLY SAUSAGES
    Uli Hoeness

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness reveals he convinced Pep Guardiola to become the European champions' new coach during a trip to sell sausages in the United States, and was almost accidently found out by Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Hoeness held talks with the former Barcelona coach last year in the USA, although only after first flying out as part of a private business venture for the family's business.

    "It was partly a business trip for my company," Hoeness, who runs his family's sausage factory, tells Bild. "I knew that Pep was about to fly to Barcelona for his holidays...so we decided I would meet him in the States, where the risk of being spotted was smaller. I wanted to take him out for a meal, but that night, Alex Ferguson was dining in the very same restaurant. It certainly would not have been funny had he seen me and Pep together."

  84.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sean Patrick: I really liked AVB, I am really sad to see him go, but I understand why and we will see if it was a good call soon...

    Mark Howarth: 7th in the League, Knockout stages of Europa League and last 8 of League cup. As a Spurs fan I've seen worse

    Daniel Hykin: People saying Liverpool have given Rodgers time where as Spurs didn't give AVB time. Weren't they employed at the same time?

  85. 1015: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Fijian international forward Apisai Naikatini joins French Top 14 side Brive until the end of the season.

    Naikatini will fill in for lock Olivier Caisso, who is currently fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    The 28-year-old Naikatini, who has previously played for Toyota Verblitz in Japan and the Wellington Hurricanes in New Zealand, has been capped 12 times by Fiji.

  86. 1007: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says the Black Cats' surprise victory against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.

    Ki Sung-Yueng scored in extra time to send Sunderland into the semi-finals and Poyet says: "We are trying to play a game because I believe it works, and now we have to do that every week, every game.

    "It doesn't matter who you play against at every level, if it's Norwich or if it's Carlisle in the FA Cup, every single day, and the more we do it, the more difficult we are going to become to play against, I am sure."

  87. 1002: 
    FOOTBALL

    A businessman who owned Rangers Football Club has lost the latest round of a High Court fight with a ticket-buying firm.

    Craig Whyte appealed after being ordered to pay more than £17m to Ticketus earlier this year. He asked Deputy High Court Judge David Halpern QC to overturn the ruling, made by a more junior judge, at a hearing in London. But on Wednesday Judge Halpern dismissed his appeal.

    Ticketus said Mr Whyte fraudulently or negligently made representations which induced the company to enter into agreements related to the sale or purchase of Rangers season tickets, and claimed damages. Mr Whyte disputed the claim.

  88. 0958: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says he would consider loaning out Wilfried Zaha, although he has not had any offers for the 21-year-old.

    Zaha, capped twice by England, signed for United from Crystal Palace in January for £15m, but remained at the south London club until the end of the season. Since returning to United, the Ivory Coast-born winger has struggled for first team opportunities with the Premier League champions, having only appeared four times and only twice in the league.

    "I did say to Wilf if I didn't feel he was getting enough games, I would consider it," Moyes tells MUTV. "But the truth is we haven't had anybody phoning up and wanting to do that at the moment. While it's like that, I am fine."

  89. 0953: 
    ASHES

    Former England coach Peter Moores backs incumbent Andy Flower to continue in the role - provided he has the hunger to do so.

    Speculation has surrounded Flower during England's dismal Ashes display in Australia, with the Zimbabwean refusing to be drawn on his long-term future.

    But Moores, asked whether Flower is the man to turn things around, tells BBC Radio Five Live: "If he's hungry, yes. He's the same as the players, you've got to have the hunger and desire in this job, you're representing the country."

  90.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Christopher Maher: You have to remember that at the end of the day managers aren't on the pitch. Why are footballers not axed sooner?

    Ryan Smith: Managers should be given at least 2 seasons. The first season is about transition - example is Liverpool under Rodgers

    David Fleming: Even on my computer game I got sacked twice in the same season - virtual chairman have no patience now.

    Are chairmen too quick to get rid? Is there too much desire for instant results over building for the future? Are fans too impatient? Have you say via #bbcsportsday, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  91. 0944: 
    THEY URN-ED IT?
    Ashes

    England fan trying to banish the Ashes defeat from your memory? Avert your eyes now. Here are some of the front and back pages of Wednesday's Australian newspapers.

    The Australian media wallowed in the Ashes humbling of old enemy England, saying 'they urn-ed it' and the glory days are back.

  92.  
    GET INVOLVED

    fqiren: Arsenal has taken only one point out of their last nine. According to the current trend, surely it's time for Wenger to go?

    Yikawe Bitrus: Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd and Brendan Rodgers's work at Anfield is a perfect example of "patience" paying at the end instant success does not work now

    albertann: It is either Abramovich is more tolerant or Mourinho is doing a good Job. No excuses, a defeat is a defeat & it's unbecoming.

  93. 0933: 
    ASHES

    There are one or two opinion pieces from prominent writers in the national newspapers on Wednesday reacting to England's Ashes defeat in Australia.

    Oliver Holt, chief sports writer of the Daily Mirror, writes: "Men like Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior have been heroes to many of us.

    "Fantastic cricketers with guts and talent in bucketloads. Men to admire. Men who won a Test series for England in India for the first time in 28 years. Men who restored the swagger to English cricket.

    "But to be here in Australia these past few weeks has been to witness the curtain coming down on all that. The end of an era, analysts like the BBC commentator Jonathan Agnew called it - and they were right."

  94. 0929: 
    FOOTBALL

    Olympiacos will be forced to close part of their stadium for February's Champions League visit of Manchester United after being punished by Uefa for incidents during the match against Anderlecht, including racist conduct by their supporters.

    The Greek club must close the lower tier of the north stand at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium for the last-16 first leg against United on 25 February and have also been fined 30,000 euros (£25,000).

    Uefa imposed the penalties following incidents during Olympiacos' home Champions League Group C game against Anderlecht on 10 December.

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Si Hawkes: When a club spends £100+m in a short space of time, they've every right to expect instant results. If they 'drip feed' signings in to the club along with youth players brought through, then they (managers) need to be given time

    Asika Mac Chukwudi: AVB is two points better off than Moyes. It's not the fans. It's all about business. Some investors need instant returns.

    Are chairmen too quick to get rid? Is there too much desire for instant results over building for the future? Are fans too impatient? Have you say via #bbcsportsday, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  96. 0917: 
    WHO IS TIM SHERWOOD?
    Tottenham Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham caretaker boss Tim Sherwood is a former midfielder who played at clubs including Norwich, Blackburn and Spurs.

    He won the Premier League with Blackburn in 1995 during a seven-year spell at Ewood Park before spending nearly four years at White Hart, making more than 100 appearances.

    Sherwood joined Spurs's coaching staff in 2008 under former boss Harry Redknapp.

  97. 0911: 
    FOOTBALL
    Tim Sherwood

    Caretaker boss Tim Sherwood hopes to make an immediate impact as Tottenham take on West Ham in the Capital One Cup quarter-final later on Wednesday.

    Spurs lost 3-0 to West Ham in October, one of several disappointing home results which led to the sacking of former manager Andre Villas-Boas.

    "When you lose your manager it's a change and you've got to listen to a different voice," Sherwood, 44, says. "But I'm hoping to get a few messages across in a short space of time."

  98.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Scott Cairns: Anyone else in charge of Chelsea right now would have been sacked. If Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge Chelsea would be 12 points off the top.

    Is Scott right? Does seven defeats in 26 games warrant Jose Mourinho feeling under pressure at Chelsea? Are the club being more patient with him than they would any other manager? Have your say #bbcsportsday

  99. 0859: 
    FOOTBALL
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he was concerned about his team's lack of goals as their profligacy in front of goal proved costly in their Capital One Cup exit to Sunderland.

    Chelsea lost 2-1 in extra-time despite dominating the quarter-final tie.

    "The quality of football we produced is amazing," says Mourinho. "We never lost a match because we didn't play or that the opponent was stronger, it's just we don't kill opponents and we give them life."

  100. 0849: 
    CRICKET

    India win the toss and chose to bat in the first Test against the top-ranked side South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

    India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to front up to South Africa's pace attack on a traditionally quick, bouncy pitch on the opening morning of the two-test series between the number one and number two ranked teams.

    South Africa cannot be overtaken at the summit of the rankings but India can close the gap to one point with a 2-0 series win.

  101. 0846:  
    David Bond, BBC Sport

    "The record [number of managerial departures in the Premier League] for the first five months of the season is seven and that has happened twice - in 2007 and 2004.

    "So before everyone gets carried away with the idea that being a top-flight manager is more precarious than ever before, it's worth considering that the Premier League dugout has never been a place associated with job security.

    "Nevertheless, it does look like chairmen and chief executives are returning to old habits after a few years of preaching stability in the dressing room."

    Read more from BBC Sports Editor David Bond in his piece on managerial departures on the BBC Sport website.

  102. 0843: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton believes there is pressure on Sam Allardyce to pick up wins ahead of the Hammers' Capital One Cup quarter-final against Tottenham on Wednesday.

    The Hammers are 17th in the Premier League and the three clubs below them have changed managers this season.

    "West Ham as a club and the West Ham fans certainly expect a lot more from the team and don't really want to be in a relegation battle. I'm pretty sure there's quite a bit of pressure on Sam," Ashton, who played for West Ham from 2006-09, tells BBC Radio 5 live.

  103.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Andre Villas-Boas became the 19th manager to leave a club this season when he was sacked by Tottenham on Monday. His departure came after 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday - Spurs' worst at White Hart Lane in 16 years.

    But, Villas-Boas left with a win percentage of 53.7% in the league, which is the highest of any Spurs manager since the Premier League era began in 1992.

    He was the fifth Premier League manager to depart this season, stark contrast to the end of December 2012 when only two managers had gone - Mark Hughes at Queens Park Rangers and Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea - and there are undoubtedly others in the Premier League who will be glancing nervously over their shoulders.

    So are chairmen too quick to get rid? Is there too much desire for instant results over building for the future? Are the fans to blame for being too impatient? Have you say via #bbcsportsday, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  104.  
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Manchester United are pondering a move for Porto left-back Alex Sandro, 22, as a long-term successor to Patrice Evra. (Metro)

    Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 32, as the Spaniard continues to find himself marginalised at the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)

    Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement with Inter Milan for Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, 27. (London's Evening Standard)

  105. 0814: 
    FOOTBALL
    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be out of action for up to eight weeks, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

    The Argentine, City's leading scorer this season with 19 goals, injured his calf during Saturday's 6-3 victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal. It was originally thought he would be out for a month but Pellegrini revealed the latest prognosis after the 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Leicester.

    "The doctor has said he has at least one month or eight weeks," he says.

  106. 0809: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland progressed to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday with a thrilling extra-time victory over Chelsea.

    Chelsea dominated the majority of the 90 minutes, though their goal was fortuitous, with Lee Cattermole poking the ball into his own goal. The Blues seemed to be heading to the last four until a late Fabio Borini equaliser took the match to extra time.

  107. 0807: 
    CRICKET

    England coach Andy Flower refuses to comment on his future following the loss of the Ashes series in Australia.

    A third successive win saw Australia take the urn for the first time since 2007, with two matches still to play.

    "We have Two tests and I am hungry to do well in those," Flower said. "That's as far as I am looking at the moment. We need to decide whether we're merely focusing on these two games or looking further and exposing other players but we haven't had those meetings yet."

  108. 0803: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. Tim Sherwood takes charge of Tottenham for the first time later on Wednesday as Spurs face West Ham in the League Cup quarter-finals, while David Moyes takes his Manchester United side to Stoke City.

    Meanwhile, Sunderland produced a shock win against Chelsea to send Jose Mourinho's side out of the competition on Tuesday, and we will be looking back at that game, as well as the reaction to the result.

    Away from football, there is overnight reaction to England's loss of the Ashes series in Australia to bring you up to date with and, as always, we will have all the rest of the day's sports news.

    To kick things off, a look at the top three stories on the website...

  109. 0800: 
    Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

    It seems we can barely go a week these days without a manager being said to be under pressure. Just two days ago, Andre Villas-Boas paid the price for one too many disappointing results at Tottenham, and his former club face a side on Wednesday's whose manager is also under pressure to get results. West Ham have won just one of their previous seven games, and defeat to Spurs in the League Cup quarter-finals could increase the pressure on manager Sam Allardyce.

    Who'd be a manager, eh?

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