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20 January 2014

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  1. 1510: 

    That is it from us for another edition of Sportsday. Don't forget to follow our live text commentary of West Brom v Everton from about 1830 GMT and listen to it on BBC Radio 5 Live.

    Join us again from 0800 GMT tomorrow where we will be building up to the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg between West Ham and Manchester City, with the Hammers trailing 6-0, and bringing you all the latest transfer news.

    Thanks for your company and see you tomorrow.

  2. 1501: 
    Football

    Property website Zoopla, the main sponsor of West Brom, will end its sponsorship at the end of the current season.

    Zoopla has been reviewing its position over the past few weeks in light of the actions of striker, Nicolas Anelka, during the match against West Ham over the Christmas period.

    Head of Communications for Zoopla, Lawrence Hall said, "In recent weeks we have decided to re-evaluate this sponsorship and as a result we will focus our attention on other marketing activities from the end of the season."

  3. 1453: 
    Premier League title race

    Opta Joe:

    - The only Premier League champions to finish outside the top six the following season were Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96 (7th).

    Blackburn Rovers win title

    - The biggest fall by champions in the post-war era is 16 places by Leeds in 1992-93 & Ipswich in 1962-63 (both finished 17th)

    Share your thoughts on this season's Premier League title race via Twitter on #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  4. 1448: 
    Winter Olympics
    Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay in Volgograd

    The Winter Olympics start in Sochi, Russia, in 18 days time with the torch relay today reaching Voldograd.

  5. 1443: 
    Winter Olympics
    Vanessa Mae

    Violinist Vanessa Mae is a step closer to competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after world governing body FIS published its Olympic points list and Olympic quota.

    This confirms Mae's eligibility. She now simply requires nomination by her national association, which should be a formality given the absence of any female Thai rival. Ana Jelusic, the FIS Alpine media co-ordinator, said: "She ticks all the boxes."

  6. 1438: 
    Football

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt for the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Manchester United on Wednesday. Manager Gus Poyet gambled with Fletcher's fitness during Saturday's 2-2 Stadium of Light draw with Southampton, with the 26-year-old named as a substitute due to him nursing an Achilles injury.

    Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Poyet revealed: "We were trying not to play him at all because he had a problem, a little injury. "We would not have involved him if we had been doing well but I asked him to take a risk for him and for his team-mates and, credit to him, he did."

  7. 1431: 
    Cricket

    Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final test to level the series 1-1 in Sharjah

    Azhar Ali hit 103 off 137 balls with six fours and captain Misbah-ul-Haq remained unbeaten on 68 as Pakistan notched 302-5 with nine balls remaining on the last day for its second best ever run-chase in test matches.

  8. 1424: 
    Athletics

    Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt will race at the Paris Diamond League meeting on 5 July. The world record holder will line up in the 100 metres at the Meeting Areva.

  9. 1418: 
    Changing codes
    Craig Pickering

    Former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering, who competed for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before switching to bobsleigh in late 2012, is now in line to become one of only a handful of British athletes to compete in both Summer and Winter Games after being selected for the four-man bobsleigh team for Sochi.

  10.  
    Get Involved
    Nemanja Vidic

    We asked you what you thought of the proposal by Fifa presidential candidate Jerome Champagne, who has suggested bringing in orange cards for sin-bin offences.

    Martin Thetford: Not sure about orange cards but sin bins and the other rugby ideas would all be good. Very refreshing, hope he beats Sepp Blatter.

    Jemmett Fox Media: Champagne not winning has nothing to do with Blatter - he's trying to turn football into rugby! 10 yards on a free kick???

    Bryan Cooper: Seems strange to admit that he couldn't beat Blatter. Maybe Champagne has lost his bottle.

  11. 1400: 
    Question of Sport

    Today's Question of Sport teaser was: Ronnie O'Sullivan has reached 10 Masters Finals, playing six different players, who are they?

    And the answers are: Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Paul Hunter, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby.

    Congratulations if you were right.

  12. 1353: 
    West Ham v Manchester City (Tuesday, 1945)

    West Ham captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Tomkins return from suspension and are available for the Hammers' Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City on Tuesday.

    Manager Sam Allardyce confirmed that striker Andy Carroll and midfielder Ravel Morrison will play some part in the match at Upton Park. Forward Ricardo Vaz Te could make his first appearance in three months following a shoulder injury whilst defender Winston Reid is unlikely to play because of an ankle problem.

  13. 1345: 
    Tennis

    Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska will face defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open quarter-finals after the Pole defeated Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-3 in the night session on Rod Laver Arena.

  14. 1340: 
    Football
    Jerome Champagne

    Asked if he could beat Fifa president Sepp Blatter, presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said at the launch of his campaign: "No I don't think so, he's someone of relevance. I don't know whether Mr Blatter will run or not. Of course as a matter of politeness I informed him what I was planning to do."

    Asked if he would stand against Blatter, Champagne said he would make a decision after the Swiss had decided whether to run.

  15. 1332: 
    Football

    BBC sports editor David Bond at the launch of the campaign for Fifa presidential candidate Jerome Champagne: "Champagne admits he wouldn't be able to beat Sepp Blatter if he stands....so what are we all here for?"

  16.  
    Get Involved

    We asked you who you think will win the Premier League and who will grab fourth spot.

    David Crutchley: I don't understand why anyone is tipping Arsenal. They've got as much chance of winning the premier league as United have.

    Colin Edmunds: love how everyone assumes Man U will get 4th spot - I think Spurs Liverpool & Everton may have a say in that!!

    Mike Curry: The Premier League is a completely different place to when Fergie was given time. Moyes cannot expect to receive the same.

    Keep your views coming on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  17. 1321: 
    Football

    A Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC) has fined Accrington Stanley £20,000 for breaching Football League Regulations after it found first-team manager James Beattie did not have the required coaching qualification, a Uefa B Licence.

    Of this amount, £15,000 will be suspended subject to the Beattie achieving the necessary qualification by 1st May 2014. League Two side Accrington Stanley have the right to appeal the decision of the FDC within 14 days.

  18. 1309: 
    Football

    Franck Ribery has claimed he deserved to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo because the Real Madrid forward won nothing in 2013. "I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing," the Bayern Munich forward told Munich's TZ newspaper. "I feel I had earned this award. It's all politics."

  19.  
    Get involved

    B'tunde Omo'oba: As a die-hard Arsenal fan, I still find it difficult to believe we can win this title. Chelsea or ManCity for me.

    Adam Singleton: Liverpool have played everyone in the top 8 away this season, bar Man Utd. Don't rule them out of top 4 and a push for title.

    Liam Kite: I still think man city will win the league! Arsenal will drop soon. Chelsea will need to step up to get a chance of the league.

    What are your thoughts on the title race? Share your views on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on BBC Sport Facebook.

  20. 1256: 
    The race for fourth
    Leighton Baines

    As the top three move away from the chasing pack in the Premier League, here are some more interesting insights from Opta regarding teams chasing a Champions League spot.

    Everton have the joint-tightest defence in the Premier League this season, allowing just 19 goals in 21 games so far.

    Manchester United boss David Moyes has never won away from home to one of the Premier League's traditional big four - Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal (P48 W0 D18 L30).

    Newcastle United's French players have scored 29 goals this season; the most by players of any one nationality at a single Premier League club.

  21. 1250: 
    Football

    Fifa presidential candidate Jerome Champagne believes 'orange cards and sin bins' should be introduced into football.

    The Frenchman, speaking at a news conference today, also believes dissent on the field should result in the ball being moved forward like in rugby.

    He said: "I believe we should have orange cards leading to sin bins for fouls that are more than yellow cards but not deserving a red one.

    "Why do we not consider adopting a rule similar to one in rugby, allowing only the captain to approach the referee. And another rule allowing the ball to be placed 10 yards further forward whenever the decision for a free-kick is disputed."

    Tell us your views on the proposed reform on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  22. 1241: 
    Football

    Blackburn Rovers Ruben Rochina is set to complete a move to La Liga side Rayo Vallecano for the rest of the 2013-14 campaign.

    The former Spanish youth international has returned to his homeland and will link up with the Madrid-based club on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

  23. 1238: 
    Football

    Richard Conway, BBC Sports News Correspondent, on Twitter: ‏"Jerome Champagne plays video revealing backing from Pele for his campaign. "I trust him... he worry about the future of football."

    Frenchman Champagne, 55, declared his bid to succeed his ex-boss Sepp Blatter as FIFA president at a news conference today.

  24. 1231: 
    The race for fourth
    Luis Suarez

    As the top three move away from the chasing pack in the Premier League, here are some interesting insights from Opta regarding teams chasing a Champions League spot.

    Liverpool have failed to score in just two of their Premier League games this season. Only Manchester City (63) have scored more than Brendan Rodgers's side so far this season (53).

    Yesterday's victory over Swansea City means that Tottenham Hotspur have won five away league games in a row for the first time since 1960.

  25. 1226: 
    Rugby Union

    Leicester and England number eight Thomas Waldrom signs a three-year deal to join Exeter Chiefs from the start of next season.

    Waldrom, 30, has been with the Tigers for four years since arriving from New Zealand and has won five caps, having qualified via an English grandmother.

  26. 1221: 
    Football

    Millwall coach Marc Bircham believes the Lions and their recently appointed manager Ian Holloway are a perfect fit.

    Bircham started his playing career with Millwall before being signed for QPR by Holloway in 2002.

    "Ian Holloway is made for this club. The supporters will love him," Bircham told BBC London 94.9.

  27. 1213: 
    Football

    BBC Radio Solent report:

    "Southampton football club owner Katharina Liebherr has been addressing the staff of the club this morning, and she's been assuring them that there are no plans to alter course.

    "Liebherr, who has taken on the role of non-executive chairman, has told staff today that there are no plans to sell the football club.

    "She's also said that the club will continue on the same path it's already set on."

  28. 1204: 
    Football
    Jerome Champagne

    Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Champagne declares his bid to succeed his ex-boss as Fifa president at a news conference on Monday.

    Frenchman Champagne, 55, a former diplomat, worked at Fifa for 11 years between 1999 and 2010 and is a former deputy Secretary General of world soccer's governing body.

    The presidential elections will take place in June 2015.

  29. 1159: 
    Rugby Union

    Samoa centre Isaia Tuifua, 26, joins Cardiff on an immediate short-term deal from Taranaki.

  30.  
    Get involved

    Peter Ahmed Conteh: Man City are not as consistent as everyone thinks and the amount of goals they score are fooling the pundits. Arsenal for me.

    Oshka: I don't think Man Utd have a chance for the title. Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea are in great form. Utd should go for top four spot.

    Charlie Stebbings: Arsenal's season to be defined in February. Chelsea and Man City to continue their dominant form. End up being a 2 horse race.

    What are your thoughts on the title race? Share your views on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on BBC Sport Facebook.

  31. 1144: 
    West Ham v Manchester City (Tuesday, 1945)

    Midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Stevan Jovetic are in the frame for Manchester City for the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at West Ham.

    The pair have both been hampered by injuries all season but are now reportedly close to fitness and the trip to Upton Park, with City holding a 6-0 aggregate lead, could be a good chance to return.

    Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Hart, Richards, Zabaleta, Huws, Nastasic, Lescott, Kompany, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Navas, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Garcia, Rodwell, Lopes, Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko, Negredo.

  32. 1140: 
    Changing codes
    Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams

    Former hurdling champion Lolo Jones and London Olympics 4x100m relay team gold medallist Lauryn Williams are included in the United States bobsleigh team.

    They are not the first people from sport to have changed codes, but who can you think of that has shifted sport?

  33. 1130: 
    Premier League title race
    Santi Cazorla

    With the race for the Premier League title in mind, Opta have sent us some key stats which offer insight into the contenders.

    Arsenal have kept 10 clean sheets this season; more than any other Premier League team. They have conceded just two goals in the six games since their 6-3 defeat by Manchester City.

    Manchester City have the best shot conversion rate in the league, scoring with 21.21% of their chances so far this season.

    Jose Mourinho's first and 100th Premier League wins as Chelsea manager have come against Manchester United. The London club are yet to lose a home league match under the Portuguese manager (W56 D15).

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    Get involved- BBC Sport Facebook

    Aidan Sparkes on Facebook: Give Moyes time, there was a period where everyone wanted Fergie out and look what happened there.

    Ahmed Khalil Jamil: As a big fan of The Gunners I think we can cope with the pressure put on us by Manchester City and Chelsea but somehow i guess the title will be Manchester City's.

    Ian Taylor: Liverpool won't get Champions League place either so will lose Suarez, so am gutted but something to cheer the Manchester United fans up.

    Give us your thoughts on the Premier League title race and who will challenge for the Champions League places. Tweet via #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  35. 1123: 
    Football

    Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke is touring Brazil 2014 host cities and stadiums this week - starting in Sao Paulo.

    Valcke visits Manaus on Tuesday, where England play their first match against Italy.

  36. 1119: 
    Question of sport

    It is that time of day again for you to put the kettle on, take a break from work and ponder over our latest Question of Sport teaser.

    Today's question is Ronnie O'Sullivan has reached 10 Masters Finals, playing six different players, who are they?

    We will reveal the answers later.

  37. 1113: 
    Cricket
    Pakistan bowler Abdur Rehman celebrates dismissing Sri Lankan batsman Rangana Herath.

    Pakistan need to score 302 in the last two sessions of the match to win the third Test and salvage a draw from their series against Sri Lanka after fighting back on the final morning in Sharjah.

    Sri Lanka boasted a lead of 220 with five second-innings wickets in hand, while only needing a draw to win the three-match series 1-0.

    But after taking the field on 133-5, they were bowled out for 214 on Monday morning as Pakistan gave themselves hope.

  38. 1106: 
    Tennis

    Roger Federer beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the Australian Open to set up a quarter-final meeting with Andy Murray.

    Murray beat Stephane Robert in four sets earlier today. Follow BBC Sport's live text commentary for all the reaction here.

  39. 1102: 
    Cricket
    Mitchell Johnson

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has won the Allan Border medal for Australia's player of the year.

    He took 168 of the votes made by the media, players and umpires to beat captain Michael Clarke by 12, with James Faulkner a distant third.

  40. 1055: 
    Netball

    England's match against New Zealand at the Copperbox in the Olympic Park tonight has been cancelled because of damage to the floor. The first match of their Tri-Series is off because of a fitness exhibition and the World's Strongest Woman event held on Sunday which left 64 holes in the multi-million pound floor.

    The game has been moved to Crystal Palace and England Netball will be refunding all spectator tickets.

  41. 1050: 
    Cycling
    Geraint Thomas

    Britain's double Olympic track champion and Team Sky road cyclist Geraint Thomas starts his 2014 season in the Tour Down Under in Australia this week. See his latest BBC column here.

  42. 1043: 
    Football

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage says that Chelsea's 3-1 win over Manchester United was a "classic performance" under Blues boss Jose Mourinho. Read more in his tactics column.

  43.  
    Get Involved

    The weekend's results in the Premier League have put a six-point gap between leaders Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, and the chasing pack of Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, Manchester United and Newcastle.

    So who do you think will take the title and who are the favourites for fourth?

    Glory glory Man Utd: Tim Sherwood has admitted that #Tottenham have to qualify for the #UCL, or else it's 'Goodbye Charlie'.

    Darren Fraser: @MCFC will win the league hands down, they will out score any other team in the league, arsenal are the main threat!!

    Alex Lewis: Arsenal for the title, Chelsea, Man City & Tottenham top 4. With Everton 5th.

  44. 1030: 
    Football

    Pepe Mel has his first game as West Brom head coach against Everton this evening but his replacement at Real Betis is already looking for a new job.

    Juan Carlos Garrido was sacked after a month and a half in charge and is replaced by Argentine Gabriel Humberto Calderon.

  45. 1026: 
    Premier League title race
    David Moyes

    Manchester United boss David Moyes insists his team are not out of the Premier League title race, despite losing seven games already this season.

    Opta tell us that Blackburn Rovers (1994-95) are the only team to win the Premier League having lost seven league matches. That was during a 42-game season.

    Only twice (2003-04 and 2001-02) have Manchester United lost more games in a complete Premier League season. They lost nine games in both seasons mentioned.

    What are your thoughts on the title race? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  46. 1021: 
    West Ham v Manchester City (Tuesday, 1945)

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce ahead of his side's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City. They are losing 6-0 from the first leg.

    "Frustrated is an understatement in the amount of deals we've tried to do in the last six to eight weeks. There are very few deals happening across the board at the moment because it's difficult to get the right players at this time.

    "Later in this window things generally get a bit easier in financial terms, in that clubs want to move the players on. Our need is to produce a really good signing that can hit the ground running and have an impact right away."

  47. 1016: 
    West Ham v Manchester City (Tuesday, 1945)

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce ahead of Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City, with his side trailing 6-0.

    "It's about playing a competitive game of football tomorrow and trying to win it. We're playing for pride and we want to play well.

    "Hopefully we can give Manchester City a really tough game tomorrow night."

  48. 1011: 
    Cycling

    Cycling's Tour de San Luis starts today in Argentina, with Britain's Mark Cavendish keen to record his first wins of the season in the sprints.

    Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez and Nairo Quintana are also in action in the seven-day race.

  49. 0958: 
    Rugby Union

    Leicester fly-half Toby Flood has admitted he agonised over a move to France that could spell the end of his England career. The 28-year-old told the Leicester Mercury he had "sleepless nights" before opting to move to the French Top 14 for next season, with Toulouse his expected destination.

  50.  
    Get involved

    With Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all winning at the weekend, we are asking your thoughts on the Premier League title chase and the battle for the Champions League Places. Is the title between three teams? Are Manchester United out of it? Who is challenging for the top four?

    UnSimpleSimon: Now that the Chelsea monster has begun to score, humble Jose won't let the title slip away. Ade will get Spurs to 4th.

    Si Hawkes: Arsenal just don't have the power up front to compete with Man City. Everyone can see this. Think it's City's for the taking.

    Tommy Stubbs: United are out of the title race as surely as they are out of the FA Cup. Other teams will beat them.

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  51. 0951: 
    Rugby Union

    The IRFU and Munster announce that Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has signed a new two-year contract with the IRFU, which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2016.

  52. 0947: 
    Latest gossip

    Liverpool will step up their pursuit of FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah this week, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    They report the Reds held initial talks with the Swiss outfit before Christmas but were put off by the £12m asking price for the Egypt international.

    Mohamed Salah

    But amid fears Lucas Leiva is facing months on the sidelines after he suffered a knee injury in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, the Echo reports a formal offer in now expected.

  53. 0941:  
    Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondent

    "Tuesday's planned racing fixtures at Leicester and Wetherby are both subject to 8am inspections because of the threat of frost."

  54. 0936: 
    Tennis

    "He's a fun player to watch but not fun to play against," said Britain's Andy Murray, after he beat Stephane Robert to book an Australian Open quarter-final against either Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. "He made it very tricky for me, he plays very unorthodox shots ."

    Federer and Tsonga are battling it out right now in Melbourne and you can follow all the action via our live text commentary.

  55. 0930: 
    Winter Olympics

    Violinist Vanessa Mae is set to ski for Thailand at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which start next month.

    Mae, a keen skier since childhood, has been competing as Vanessa Vanakorn using her father's surname.

  56. 0923: 
    Football
    West Ham

    It is a wintry scene at West Ham's Chadwell Heath training ground this morning. Stay tuned to Sportsday for the latest from this morning's news conference ahead of the Hammers' Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City.

    It is pretty much mission impossible for Londoners on Tuesday, trailing 6-0 after the first leg, but what sort of team will manager Sam Allardyce field?

  57.  
    Get involved

    With Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all winning at the weekend, we are asking your thoughts on the Premier League title chase and the battle for the Champions League Places. Is the title between three teams? Are Manchester United out of it? Who is challenging for the top four?

    Gaurav chhetri: Its certainly between three most likely City or Chelsea but Arsenal still in the mix is better for the competition.

    Rian Hoskins: It is a three horse race for the title between Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea while Man Utd are still in the race for top four.

    Max Reading: As an Arsenal fan I find it hard to consider us contenders. February is usually the month we implode. Chelsea or City for me.

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  58. 0910: 
    Football
    Opta

    The Premier League title chances of Manchester City and Manchester United have swung in different directions this season and perhaps it comes as no surprise that both teams are top and bottom of the mini-league table between the top eight. United have played a game more than their rivals, too.

  59. 0907: 
    Football
    Lacina Traore

    Monaco striker Lacina Traore is set to have a medical ahead of a proposed loan move to Premier League club Everton.

    It was believed the 23-year-old was going to move to West Ham, who had applied for a work permit for the 6ft 8in Ivory Coast international.

    The striker would be tallest outfield player in the Premier League, who would be the next tallest?

  60. 0859: 
    Tennis

    After losing the third set, Andy Murray quickly whistles through the fourth to seal a quarter-final spot at the Australian Open after a 6-1 6-2 6-7 6-2 win over Stephane Robert.

    Stay across all the reaction on our live text commentary.

  61. 0856: 
    Football

    New West Brom head coach Pepe Mel has his first game in charge this evening against Everton at the Hawthorns. The Toffees know a win will take them into the top four while the Baggies are just three points above the relegation zone.

    Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from about 1830 GMT and also listen on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  62.  
    Get involved

    After the weekend's action we are asking for your thoughts on the Premier League title race. Is it now between three teams? Who do you think will win the title? Who is challenging for the Champions League places?

    Share your views on Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  63. 0846: 
    Tennis

    Amid the flurry of activity in the Andy Murray-Stephane Robert fourth-round match, Rafael Nadal managed to move through to the Australian Open last eight after a hard-fought victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-6 7-5 7-6.

  64. 0841: 
    Cricket
    Alastair Cook

    Staying with cricket and Alastair Cook admits he could resign as England one-day captain after Australia won the limited-overs series.

    Having lost all five Ashes Tests, England suffered their third successive one-day defeat on the tour as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead.

    "I think English cricket needs a little bit of a change," Cook said.

  65. 0834: 
    Cricket
    Andrew Gale

    Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has extended his contract with his home county. The 30-year-old has signed a one-year extension to keep him at Headingley until 2016, with the option for a further year.

    Gale told Yorkshire CCC's website: "I am delighted to sign a contract extension with Yorkshire. Playing cricket for Yorkshire has never been a job to me, but a passion. I could never see myself playing for anyone else."

  66. 0831: 
    Tennis

    Incredibly, Stephane Robert saves four match points and wins the third-set tie-break against Andy Murray in their fourth-round match at the Australian Open. The Scot still leads 2-1.

    Follow all the action in our live text commentary.

  67. 0821: 
    Latest football transfer gossip

    Paris St-Germain are set to offer Newcastle up to £26m for Yohan Cabaye. (Daily Telegraph)

    Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, has ruled out moving to Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham in January. (Daily Express)

    And Stoke and Fulham both want to sign Aston Villa's Scotland international right-back Alan Hutton. (The Sun)

    Read all the stories doing the rounds in our gossip column.

  68. 0816: 
    Football

    Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal remained top of the table with a 2-0 home win over Fulham, while Manchester City beat Cardiff 4-2 to stay in second.

    Cardiff, Sunderland and West Ham currently sit in the relegation zone but there are only six points separating the bottom 10.

  69. 0809: 
    Football

    Manchester United manager David Moyes refuses to give up on retaining the Premier League title, despite a defeat at Chelsea that left them 14 points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

    A Samuel Eto'o hat-trick guided Chelsea to a comfortable 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge and handed United a seventh league defeat of the season.

  70. 0804: 
    Tennis
    Andy Murray

    Britain's number one Andy Murray is in action now in the Australian Open although he may not be for much longer as he leads Stephane Robert by two sets. Robert is serving to stay in the match. Follow live text coverage of all the action from Melbourne here.

  71. 0759: 

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Sportsday. After a busy weekend in the Premier League, we will bring you all the reaction as well as the breaking transfer news.

    We will also talk about Alastair Cook's future as England one-day international captain, Ronnie O'Sullivan's Masters triumph and all the other breaking news.

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