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Summary

  1. Charlotte Dujardin is Sportswoman of the Year
  2. Gymnast Claudia Fragapane wins Young Sportswoman of the Year
  3. England women's Rugby Union team win Team of the year
  4. Steph Slater awarded Disability Sportswoman of the Year
  5. GET INVOLVED: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that's all for this evening. Thanks for your company and see you again for Sportsday from 08:00 GMT tomorrow.

  2. Winners reaction

    Sportswoman of the Year winner Charlotte Dujardin on Sky Sports: "I have an incredible relationship with Valegro working with him for eight years. He is like my dance partner and he should be receiving the ward with me but he is at home in his stable.

    "My next big competition is the World Cup final in Las Vegas next year and then the Europeans and the Olympics."

  3. Sportswoman of the Year awards

    Valegro

    All of Charlotte Dujardin's achievements have come on-board Dutch gelding Valegro, a 12-year wonder horse whom she refers to as "one in a million".

    Dujardin is the third horsewoman to win the main Sportswoman award. Pippa Funnell and Zara Phillips were crowned Sportswoman of the Year in 2003 and 2005 respectively.

  4. Sportswoman of the Year 2014

    Results

    1st: Charlotte Dujardin

    2nd: Lizzy Yarnold, the Sochi Olympic skeleton champion

    3rd: Middle-distance runner Jo Pavey, the 10,000m European champion.

  5. Sportswoman of the Year 2014

    Winner - Charlotte Dujardin

    Charlotte Dujardin

    The double Olympic champion has been recognised after maintaining her dominance of the dressage world throughout this year.

    The 29-year-old won two individual gold medals (in the special and freestyle dressage) and a team silver at this summer's world equestrian games in Caen in north-west France.

    The Gloucestershire-based rider currently holds freestyle and special titles at Olympic, European and world level. Elsewhere this year, Dujardin was victorious at the dressage World Cup finals in Lyon in April.

  6. Post update

    Lizzy Yarnold comes second in the Sportswoman of the Year awards.

  7. Post update

    Jo Pavey wins third place in the Sportswoman of the Year awards.....

  8. Sportswomen of the Year awards

    So a reminder of all the nominees for the Sky Sports and Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year awards:

    Charlotte Dujardin (dressage)

    Fran Halsall (swimming)

    Laura Massaro (squash)

    Jo Pavey (athletics)

    Joanna Rowsell (track cycling)

    Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton)

  9. Sportswomen of the Year awards nominees

    Lizzy Yarnold

    Lizzy Yarnold

    The final contender for the top gong is skeleton gold medallist at the Sochi Winter Olympics Lizzy Yarnold.

    'The Yarnold', as she calls her alter ego, led after every round in Sochi and become Britain's second successive Winter Olympic champion in the sport.

    The 26-year-old also won gold in the 2013/14 World Cup.

  10. Lifetime achievement award

    Winner - Louise Martin

    Louise Martin, vice-chair of the Organising Committee for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Born in Dunfermline in 1946, Martin (née Campbell) has had a long and on-going association with the Commonwealths as a competitor, team manager and administrator.

    She enjoyed a 10-year international career as a swimmer. The highlight was competing for Scotland at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia, making the swimming finals in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

    In November 2011, Martin was re-elected unopposed for a fourth term as Commonwealth Games Federation Honorary Secretary. She is the first woman to hold a position on their executive board. In addition, she is a member of the Commonwealth Advisory Board on Sport and the Board of UK Sport.

  11. Sportswomen of the Year awards nominees

    Joanna Rowsell

    Joanna Rowsell

    British track cyclist Joanna Rowsell has enjoyed a golden 2014.

    The 25-year-old was a double gold medallist in the World Championships, a European champion and a Commonwealth Games champion.

    Having already won Olympic gold in 2012, there is not much Rowsell hasn't done.

  12. Helen Rollason award for inspiration

    Winner - Mel Woodards

    Mel Woodards, chairman of Milton Nomads junior football club in Somerset, is awarded the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration.

    Over the past few years, Woodards from Weston-super-Mare has used volunteering as a way for her and her two children (a son aged 13 and a daughter aged seven) to overcome domestic violence.

    Most pertinently, the 40-year-old helped to set up a local league that now allows 900 children to take part in football within her community.

  13. Post update

    Former England and Tottenham defender Ledley King is up on stage to present the Helen Rollason award for inspiration.

    The Hellen Rollason award is named after BBC presenter Helen Rollason, who died aged 43 in 1999 after fighting cancer.

  14. Sportswomen of the Year nominees

    Jo Pavey

    Jo Pavey

    'Super mum' Jo Pavey has enjoyed a year to remember, having won a first major title at the age of 40.

    Pavey's European 10,000m gold came less than a year after giving birth for the second time, making her the oldest ever female Europe champion.

    She also won bronze in the Commonwealth Games 5000m in Glasgow.

  15. Post update

    Sportswomen of the Year nominee Laura Massaro on Sky Sports: "The World's were a big turning point for me and I am finding I am being recognised a bit more, but there is still a long way to go to catch up with other sports."

    You will see whether the world's number-two ranked squash player wins the award within the next 50 minutes.

  16. Team of the Year 2014

    Winners - England women's Rugby Union team

    England Rugby Union

    The England women's rugby union team ended a run of three successive final defeats to lift the World Cup in style in August.

    The Red Roses, three-time runners-up over the past 12 years, beat Canada 21-9 in Paris to win the trophy for the second time.

    Although the team were winners back in 1994, this achievement is undoubtedly the highlight of women's rugby in this country.

  17. Team of the Year award

    Nominees

    England cricket team: Led superbly by captain Charlotte Edwards, the England cricket team retained the women's Ashes following a 10-8 points victory over Australia. This was only the third time in 80 years that England had won the Ashes Down Under.

    England rugby union team: Having lost in the previous three finals, England made amends this year by lifting the rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years. They beat Canada 21-9 in Paris with top scorer Emily Scarratt playing a starring role in the final.

    Great Britain 4x100m athletics relay squad: Britain's leading female sprinters were one of the sporting success stories this summer. They became European champions in Zurich, won bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealths behind Jamaica and Nigeria - and twice broke the 34-year national 4x100m record.

    Rowers Helen Glover & Heather Stanning: The London Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning resumed their partnership this year - and once again it proved to be a winning combination with record-breaking consequences. The long-term rowing partners blitzed the coxless pairs field at the world championship in Amsterdam in August.

  18. Team of the Year award

    Now it's the turn of the Team of the Year award. World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward to hand this one out and there are some strong contenders. This is the only award to be voted for by the public...

  19. Sportswoman of the Year award nominees

    Laura Massaro

    Laura Massaro

    Chorley's Laura Massaro became England's first female squash world champion since 1999 in March with victory in Malaysia.

    The 31-year-old followed that up with two silver medals representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow during the summer.

    Massaro is ranked second in the world and that is an absolutely huge trophy. Are there many bigger awards in sport? Surely not.

  20. Winners reaction

    Community award winner Sue Frett said: "Jonathan, my youngest son, had measles when he was 13 months old which left him with a learning disability. It affected his eyes, his speech and left him with one leg shorter than the other.

    "But I realised from an early age that sport was to be his saving grace. He would never be an academic but he would play sport. His first major sport from the age of 10 was ten pin bowling, second was swimming and his third love was skiing.

    "In 1993 I started a local charity called 'Reach Out' to help adults with learning disabilities. I was chairperson of that until 2006. The year later I set up the Special Olympics in Surrey.

    "At present, Surrey has 75 athletes in weekly training. To see young men and women come to us as shy young people and then turn into confident athletes brings tears to your eyes. Not only do we encourage people to come on-board as athletes but we also encourage the parents to be involved. I get to know the families as well as the athletes."

  21. Community Award

    Winner - Sue Frett

    Sue Frett is the founder of the Surrey branch of the Special Olympics Great Britain, an organisation that provides sports training and competition in a variety of sports for people with learning disabilities.

    The 75-year-old from Epsom has helped children with learning disabilities for more than 50 years - ever since her own son, Jonathan, first attended the St. Philips School for children with intellectual challenges in Chessington, Surrey.

  22. Community award

    The next accolade to be handed out is the Community award. The nominees are:

    Emma Brown (member of Hat-Trick Project, Newcastle)

    Sue Frett (founder of Surrey branch of the Special Olympics GB)

    Esther Mathews (coach at Green Star Canoe Club, Doncaster)

    Nicole Napier (sports activities team leader, activeNewham, East London)

  23. Sportswoman of the Year nominee

    Fran Halsall

    Fran Halsall

    What a Commonwealth Games it proved to be for home nations athletes in Glasgow. Not least for English swimmer Fran Halsall, who returned home needing extra space on the mantelpiece for her silverware.

    After claiming gold in the 50m freestyle in Glasgow, the 24-year-old went on to double her medal haul by securing 50m butterfly gold, and rounded off her games by winning silver in the 4x100m medley for Team England.

    She also won three gold medals at the World Cup in Tokyo later in the year. Bring on Rio...

  24. Post update

    You can watch a video of Disability Sportswoman of the Year winner Stephanie Slater talking to BBC Sport's Kate Grey about her hopes for Paralympic glory in the swimming pool at the next games in Rio here.

    It's a good watch.

  25. Get involved

    Karen Lynch: Go @jopavey. Wonderful and awe inspiring achievement.

    c'est moi: Charlotte Dujardin has won everything going. She has raised the profile of dressage & now it's cool for kids to want to do it.

  26. Winner's reaction

    An emotional Stephanie Slater speaks to Sky Sports from Rio via a video message: "I feel so honoured to have won the award. The others are at such a high level I am totally blown away. I feel so honoured and I want to say a massive well done to the other sportswomen. I would like to say a massive thank you to my mum, dad and brother.2

  27. Disability Sportswoman of the Year 2014

    Winner - Stephanie Slater

    Stephanie Slater

    Stephanie Slater was the star of the IPC European swimming championships, winning an incredible seven gold medals over the course of seven days in Eindhoven.

    The 23-year-old S8 swimmer from Preston was victorious in five individual disciplines and in two relay events.

    Slater, who also won a S8 100m freestyle silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealths, was a talented able-bodied swimmer but suffered nerve damage to the left-hand side of her body that forced her to give up the sport momentarily.

  28. Disability Sportswoman of the Year

    Nominees

    The nominees are:

    Libby Clegg (athletics)

    Kelly Gallagher & guide Charlotte Evans (alpine skiing)

    Stephanie Slater (swimming)

    Jordanne Whiley (wheelchair tennis)

  29. Post update

    The second award of the night is for the Disability Sportswoman of the Year, to be presented by former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell.

  30. Sportswoman of the Year nominee

    Charlotte Dujardin

    Charlotte Dujardin

    Charlotte Dujardin seems to be enjoying success after success.

    The double Olympic dressage champion won two gold medals in the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August.

    The 29-year-old won also won a silver in the team dressage in Normandy.

    Dancing horses have never looked so impressive.

  31. Post update

    During the night we will look at the contenders for the Sportswoman of the Year awards. Starting with Charlotte Dujardin...

  32. Young Sportswoman of the Year 2014

    Winner - Claudia Fragapane

    The last person to achieve a similar feat at a Commonwealth Games was the swimmer Joyce Cooper at the inaugural Empire Games in Hamilton in 1930.

    Fragapane joins Cooper, the fencer Bill Hoskyns (1958 Cardiff Games) and shooter Michael Gault (1998 Kuala Lumpur) as the only four English competitors to win four golds at a single Commonwealths.

    A worthy winner.

  33. Winners reaction

    The Sky Sports and Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year Claudia Fragapane on Sky Sports: "I am so overwhelmed by it all. It has been an amazing year. It is lovely being a gymnast, being able to fly is amazing."

  34. Young Sportswoman of the Year 2014

    Winner - Claudia Fragapane

    Claudia Fragapane

    Congrats Claudia...

    Eight months after making her GB senior debut, the 17-year-old gymnast came away from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland with gold medals in the team, all-round individual, the vault and floor exercise.

    Victory on the final day of competition in the women's individual floor final meant Fragapane became the first English female to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealths in 84 years.

    The last person to achieve such a remarkable feat was the swimmer Joyce Cooper at the inaugural Empire Games in Hamilton in 1930.

  35. Young Sportswomen of the Year 2014

    The nominees are:

    Dina Asher-Smith (athletics)

    Claudia Fragapane (artistic gymnastics)

    Morgan Lake (athletics)

    Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (swimming)

    The award will be presented by World Cup winner, and member of Gareth Malone's All-Star choir, Maggie Alphonshi.

  36. Post update

    The first award of the night up for grabs is the Young Sportswoman of the Year award...

  37. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Before we get going with the awards for real, how about you let us know who your winners have been this year in women's sport in Britain?

    Okay, they won't get a shiny trophy for your thoughts but surely it's the thought that counts?

    Tweet your honourable mentions and the reasons for your nomination to #bbcsportsday to BBC Sport Facebook or text 81111 (UK users only).

  38. Sportswomen of the Year awards 2014

    An early speech from the Prime Minister David Cameron...

    He said: "Congratulations to all participants and finalists. I think it is really important we celebrate the great success of sportswomen right across our country. This really matters because we want to see great role medals recognised."

    Cheers David.

  39. Sportswomen of the Year awards 2014

    Christine Ohuruogo

    Previous winners of the Sportswoman of the Year accolade, include Paula Radcliffe, Sally Gunnell, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Zara Phillips, Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

    Christine Ohuruogu, the 400m world champion, was crowned the overall winner last December. and this year there are five contenders in with a chance of succeeding her.

    We will take you through the nominees and their achievements ahead of the big announcement.

  40. Sportswomen of the Year awards

    The whole list of awards to be handed out this evening are as follows...

    Team of the Year

    Sportswoman of the Year

    Young Sportswoman of the Year

    Disability Sportswoman of the Year

    Community Award

    Lifetime achievement award

    Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration

  41. Post update

    First of all, a little explanation to the structure of the awards.

    Now in their 27th year, they celebrate the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite performers, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational female figures.

    There are seven awards to be dished out as we look to recap the magic of 2014.

  42. Sportswomen of the Year awards 2014

    Good evening and, as an added treat, we are bringing you an extended Sportsday from the BBC HQ in Salford to celebrate everything that is great about female sport in Britain.

    The 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards will be announced and handed out tonight and we will bring you the results, reaction and analysis as they happen.

    Enjoy.

  43. Sportswomen of the Year awards 2014

    Fireworks

    What a year it has been for British sportswomen.

    An Ashes win, a World Cup triumph, national relay records, gold medals, and much, much more.

    Tonight sees the cream of the crop rewarded and all their achievements recognised.

    Stick with us and we will bring you all the gongs as they happen and relive the sporting fireworks.

  44. Post update

    Now for a slight change of direction as we focus on the Sportswomen of the Year awards 2014........

  45. Fears for Fifa whistleblower

    Football

    Fifa whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid has said she will "look over my shoulder for the rest of my life".

    Al-Majid claimed she heard Qatari officials offer three African Fifa ex-co members $1.5m (£960,000) to vote for them as World Cup hosts in 2022.

    She said she was then coerced into signing a sworn, legal document retracting allegations of corruption.

  46. Post update

    Former Chelsea midfielder Salomon Kalou ‏on Twitter: Congrats Mr 100 cap #yayatoure u deserve it all.

  47. Yaya celebrates century

    Football

    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure helped Ivory Coast qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations on his 100th international appearance.

    Toure was presented with a commemorative shirt by his team-mates after a tepid 0-0 draw with 10-man Cameroon, who had ex-QPR man Stephane Mbia sent off.

  48. Post update

    BBC World's John Bennett on Twitter: BREAKING: The defending Champions #Nigeria have failed to qualify for #afcon2015. 2-2 draw in South Africa not enough. Congo go through.

  49. Federer back in training

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer has trained for the first time since pulling out of the World Tour Finals with a back injury as he tries to get fit for Switzerland's Davis Cup Final with France.

    He was well wrapped up against the cold as he made a late and relatively brief appearance for a leisurely practice session.

    The Swiss captain Severin Luthi says Federer didn't feel any pain. He must confirm his four man team at tomorrow lunchtime's draw.

  50. Miranda blow

    Football

    Bad news for Atletico Madrid fans. Centre back Joao Miranda will miss their La Liga match at home to Malaga on Saturday with a thigh injury.

    Atletico are fourth in Spain's top flight after 11 matches, four points behind leaders Real Madrid.

  51. Communication is key - Ford

    Rugby Union

    England fly-half George Ford believes his understanding with inside centre Owen Farrell can help Stuart Lancaster's men to their first win of the Autumn series when they face Samoa.

    "The communication from 12 to 10 is one that is massive in terms of the impact on the way you play," he tells England's official website.

    "My relationship with Owen means a lot to me because we understand each other's game and we've obviously done it before.

    "We both try and bring everybody up to that [level of] understanding so we can gel as a team and go out there and put our game on the pitch."

  52. Ford Farrell aiming to motor

    Rugby Union

    Owen Farrell and George Ford

    Teenage friends lining up together for their country is the stuff dreams are made of. And England pair George Ford and Owen Farrell will do exactly that at Twickenham on Saturday.

    The pair have been pals since meeting aged 13 and playing through the England youth ranks as a successful midfield partnership.

    Now they will line up for Stuart Lancaster's men against Samoa as Bath fly-half Ford makes his first Test start with Saracens' Farrell moving to inside centre.

  53. Fitness problems for Sire De Grugy

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    "Trainer Gary Moore says champion two-mile chaser Sire De Grugy has been diagnosed with a hip problem and will miss next month's Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown and possible Christmas targets.

    "The horse underwent a scan today and will have a further check-up in a month, but Moore is hopeful he'll return early in 2015 ahead of the defence of his title at the Cheltenham Festival in March."

  54. Aggers gets into the saddle

    Equestrian

    Test Match Special correspondent Jonathan Agnew will be commentating on equestrian events for BBC Radio 5 live at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

    To help him get a feel for his new sport, Aggers has jumped into the saddle for a series of horse riding lessons.

    But a video on the BBC Sport website shows it has not all been going completely to plan for the former England and Leicestershire fast bowler.

  55. Fifa 'ignored Qatar evidence'

    Football

    A former employee of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team claims the summary of Fifa's corruption report ignored FBI evidence that she provided to investigators.

    Phaedra Al-Majid claims she was coerced into signing a sworn, legal document retracting allegations of corruption against Qatar.

    Now she tells BBC Sport that she stands by her original allegation that Qatari officials offered to pay Fifa chiefs $1.5m in return for them agreeing to back Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

    See more on this breaking story across BBC outlets over the next few hours...

  56. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Find England's centre selection policy ever more muddled. Burrell shone throughout the Six Nations, he's back fit, yet doesn't get picked.

  57. Lancaster defends Farrell selection

    Rugby Union

    England

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster defends his selection of Owen Farrell after the fly-half was moved to inside centre to face Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Farrell has faced some criticism for his performances in the Autumn Test defeats by New Zealand and South Africa, with some questioning his fitness.

    "I don't think Owen was to blame for either performance," says Lancaster. "Owen's a great communicator, a great leader, a great option for us and also support for George Ford."

  58. Ford expects bumpy ride

    Rugby Union

    New England fly-half George Ford is confident he can handle any rough treatment from Samoa on his first Test start.

    Bath star Ford, 22, has been named in Stuart Lancaster's starting XV to face the Pacific Islanders at Twickenham on Saturday.

    "I presume they will be targeting me but I think it comes with the job title," he says.

    "Every time you step out there as a 10 the opposition team will target you so from that point of view nothing changes from my end."

  59. Tranmere bring in striker Madjo

    Football

    Tranmere Rovers sign striker Guy Madjo on a two-month contract.

    The 30-year-old from Cameroon has been on trial for the past month and knows manager Micky Adams from their spell at Port Vale together.

    Madjo began his professional career at Bristol City and has also played for Crawley, Shrewsbury, Stevenage, Aldershot, Plymouth and Macclesfield.

  60. Bony contract shows commitment - Monk

    Football

    Swansea striker Wilfried Bony's new contract showshe has bought into the direction that the club wants to take, says boss Garry Monk.

    Bony, 25, has agreed a new deal until 2018 after staying in south Wales in the summer, when he was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool.

    "It's great news for the club," says Monk, whose side are fifth in the Premier League. "I've spoken a lot about what Bony has brought to the club not just on the pitch but off it as well.

    "These types of players are ones that we do our best to keep at the club for a long time. But it's also important that we see commitment from that player towards the club, his team-mates and the fans."

  61. Bony gets his head around Swans contract

    Football

    Wilfried Bony

    Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has signed a one-year extension with the Premier League club.

    The Ivory Coast international, 25, is now tied down to a deal until 2018. He has scored four goals for the Swans this season after netting 25 times in his debut season last year.

  62. Stoneman ready for GP3 title battle

    Motorsport

    GP3 title hopeful Dean Stoneman says this weekend's Championship decider holds no fear for him - having fought back from testicular cancer two years ago.

    The 24-year-old is second in the standings, 48 points behind Alex Lynn with 49 points available this weekend. He has secured four victories in GP3 this year, including in Sochi last weekend.

    "It's great to be back on the podium after fighting testicular cancer," Stoneman tells BBC South Today. "That was the biggest race of my life.

    "I'm still struggling with side effects, that's the way it is," he said. "Driving the car is tough, but I have to deal with it and keep pushing on. "

  63. Akpan to miss Africa Cup of Nations

    Football

    Reading midfielder Hope Akpan is ruled out for three months with a dislocated shoulder.

    Akpan, 23, suffered the injury during Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Congo on Saturday.

    "It now looks like he will miss the Africa Cup of Nations which is due to take place in January in Equatorial Guinea," said a club statement.

  64. Wigan have Mackay contract clause

    Football

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "Wigan have written it into Malky Mackay's contract (as is usually the case with all staff and players) that if he is found guilty by the FA, the club are entitled to terminate his contract."

    Mackay, who was appointed Latics boss earlier today, is still being investigated by the Football Association following allegations he sent texts of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature while manager of Cardiff City.

  65. McGugan joins Sheff Wed

    Football

    Championship side Sheffield Wednesday sign Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan on loan until 1 January.

    The 26-year-old former Nottingham Forest man has made seven appearances for the Hornets this season but has only featured twice since 16 September.

    "I want to score goals and help add points on the board," says McGugan.

  66. Get involved

    #dressingroomtales

    Ahead of tonight's 'Inside the Dressing Room' programme on BBC Radio 5 live, we have been asking for your 'clean' #dressingroomtales.

    Joe Wedgwood: Stormed into dressing room as captain, laid into players for losing 2-1, only to find out we'd actually drawn 2-2!!

  67. Kick it Out criticises Mackay appointment

    Football

    Football anti-racism group Kick It Out criticises the appointment of Malky Mackay as Wigan manager.

    "The Football Association began investigating in August alleged racist, antisemitic, sexist and homophobic comments made by Malky Mackay and Iain Moody," says a statement.

    "We are still yet to hear whether this is near to reaching its conclusion almost three months on. Where does the case now lie and how close are we to seeing whether the FA will take the appropriate action?

    "Wigan Athletic have disregarded the ongoing investigation being undertaken by the FA, and any potential punishment Mackay may face, by taking the decision to appoint him.

    "We need to see leadership, and a respect for the processes in place, shown by football club owners to demonstrate how seriously they take tackling issues of exclusion, prejudice and discrimination."

  68. Ford 'bossing the show' in England camp

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster

    England fly-half George Ford's first Test start against Samoa is an exciting prospect for head coach Stuart Lancaster.

    "Coming into this series, he was playing well for Bath but it was a big step to face New Zealand," says Lancaster.

    "He has been in the camp for two weeks and has been bossing the show, which is what you want from a fly-half.

    "It is a really exciting selection. We are all really looking forward to seeing him play."

  69. Collins announces retirement

    Basketball

    Jason Collins

    Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, announces his retirement.

    The 35-year-old played 22 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season but was not on the squad this season.

  70. Ford deserves chance - Lancaster

    Rugby Union

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster says Bath fly-half George Ford "deserves his opportunity" ahead of his first Test start.

    Ford, 22, starts at number 10 ahead of Owen Farrell, who moves to inside centre.

    "We would have liked to play him before now," says Lancaster. "We had him pencilled down to start in the first Test against New Zealand in the summer but unfortunately he got that shoulder injury and prevented him getting that experience."

  71. Lancaster wants to study other options

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on making five changes to his starting XV for Saturday's match against Samoa: "On the back of the previous two games (New Zealand and South Africa) I want to look at some of the other options.

    "Some of the lads have been close to playing and have been showing good Premiership form going into the Tests.

    "I think this is the right time to give them the opportunity, for the Samoa game and the Australia game (on 29 November) as well."

  72. Blatter rejects Dyke's call

    Football

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected FA chairman Greg Dyke's call to publish ethics investigator Michael Garcia's report into allegations of corruption in World Cup bidding.

    Blatter has replied to a letter from Dyke, saying publishing the report would break Fifa's rules and Swiss law but every person in the report would have to give consent to publication.

    "Fifa would violate not only its own rules and regulations but also Swiss law by making public the report in question," said Blatter

    "We have been advised that publication of the report might be permissible if the persons and entities included in the report consent to such publication and waive any legal action they might be entitled to bring."

  73. England XV to face Samoa

    Rugby Union

    England XV: 15 Mike Brown; 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May; 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs;

    1 Joe Marler, 2 Rob Webber, 3 David Wilson, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 James Haskell, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 8 Ben Morgan.

    Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 George Kruis, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Marland Yarde.

  74. Ford to make first England start

    Rugby Union

    George Ford

    The breaking news is arriving thick and fast - here's the England XV to face Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday...

    Bath fly-half George Ford will make his first Red Rose start as head coach Stuart Lancaster makes five changes from last weekend's defeat by South Africa.

    Ford takes the number 10 jersey from Owen Farrell, who moves to inside centre in place of Kyle Eastmond.

    Hooker Rob Webber, blindside flanker James Haskell, No 8 Ben Morgan and scrum-half Ben Youngs replace Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood, Billy Vunipola and Danny Care respectively.

  75. Liverpool confirm Sturridge injury

    Football

    Liverpool have confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge suffered a new thigh injury in training on Tuesday.

    The club says he will remain unavailable for selection but will be monitored and assessed during his recovery.

    The 25-year-old, who scored 25 times last season, has played just three Premier League games this term and only returned to full training last week.

    He suffered a thigh strain while with England in September before picking up a calf strain in training in October.

  76. Bianchi out of coma but remains critical

    Formula 1

    "We are able to announce that Jules has made an important step," say Philippe and Christine Bianchi.

    "Jules is no longer in the artificial coma in which he was placed shortly after the accident, however he is still unconscious. He is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable, but his condition is still classified as 'critical'. His treatment now enters a new phase concerned with the improvement of his brain function.

    "We are thankful that the next phase of Jules' treatment can continue close to home, where he can be surrounded and supported by his wider family and friends."

  77. Bianchi out of coma but remains critical

    Formula 1

    The family of Jules Bianchi have released a statement saying that the driver is no longer in an artificial coma but he remains unconscious and in a critical condition following his crash at last month's Japanese Grand Prix.

    They add that the 25-year-old Marussia driver has been moved from a hospital in Japan to Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU) in France.

  78. Mackay unveiled as Wigan boss

    Football

    Malky Mackay

    Former Cardiff boss Mackay is still being investigated by the Football Association after claims he sent texts of a homophobic, racist and sexist nature while at the Welsh club.

    "I'm very proud the chairman has given me the honour of managing his football club," says the 42-year-old.

    "I am very respectful of the FA investigation and transparent going forward. I have apologised for my mistakes."

  79. Mackay unveiled as Wigan boss

    Football

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and new manager Malky Mackay

    New Wigan manager Malky Mackay is facing the press after his appointment was confirmed earlier....

  80. Inside the dressing room

    #dressingroomtales

    So, building up to tonight's programme, we want to know your #dressingroomtales. And keep them clean...

    Ever been in the same team as someone who you simply couldn't stand? Or been forced to complete an embarrassing initiation ceremony in front of your new team-mates? Let us know...

  81. Inside the dressing room

    "What happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room." Not always.

    From Fergie's flying boot at David Beckham, to Kevin Pietersen's recent claims of bullying within the England camp, tales of warring team-mates often leak into the public domain.

    But how do relationships between those supposedly fighting for a common cause break down? Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, with help from Sean Dyche, Lawrie Sanchez and Matt Dawson, explores the dynamics of driven and dysfunctional dressing rooms in a BBC Radio 5 live Sport special later.

    Read our piece to whet your appetite ahead of tonight's programme, which starts at 19:30 GMT.

  82. Ex-Rangers striker Lovenkrands retires

    Football

    Peter Lovenkrands

    Former Rangers, Newcastle and Birmingham striker Peter Lovenkrands has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34. He scored 91 goals for British clubs and once in 22 international appearances for Denmark.

  83. Peacock's 'shock' at difficult 2014

    Athletics

    Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock says he has learned lessons from his battle for form this year.

    The 21-year-old, who won T44 100m gold at London 2012, went into the season recovering from a back problem and registered his only notable victory at the European Championships.

    "It was a lesson. Coming back from my back injury was a struggle," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "I lost a few races last year which was difficult for me. It was a shock, but it brings you back down to earth."

  84. Henderson offered new deal by Liverpool

    Football

    The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have offered Jordan Henderson an improved contract worth £80,000-per-week.

    Henderson, who joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, has just over 18 months left to run on his existing deal - which is worth in the region of £65,000-per-week.

    But the Anfield club want to tie the England international down to new terms after fully-establishing himself as an integral member of Brendan Rodgers' first-team.

    The new deal is understood to be a five-year contract, worth just over £4m per season.

  85. Southport FA Cup win 'no fluke'

    Football

    Away from last night's international football, there were a number of FA Cup ties taking place and Conference side Southport caused an upset by beating 10-man Dagenham and Redbridge 2-0 to seal their spot in the second round.

    Manager Gary Brabin says their victory was deserved, telling BBC Radio Merseyside: "It was no fluke.

    "I thought we defended resolutely, worked hard, had some good passages of play and looked really exciting. From minute one I thought we were on the front foot, played some great stuff and in control, even against 11 men."

    Watch highlights of Southport's victory and the rest of last night's FA Cup games here.

  86. Scotland v England reaction

    Football

    England midfielder Jack Wilshere is confident that he will continue to improve in the deep-lying role given to him by Roy Hodgson.

    "It's new to me, I'm willing to learn and we've got great coaches here who are talking me through it," says the 22-year-old Arsenal player.

    "We've also got a few players here that have experienced that side of the game. So, I'm learning all the time and I'm happy. I'm going to get better and better in this role."

  87. Woods seeks apology

    Golf

    Tiger Woods

    Former world number one Tiger Woods has asked for an apology from veteran golf writer Dan Jenkins after being made the subject of a parody interview.

    Jenkins, 84, who has covered golf for more than 60 years, wrote the spoof for Golf Digest, stating its fictitious nature. In it he ridiculed the 14-times major winner's failed marriage and joked that the 38-year-old enjoyed firing people and disliked paying tips.

    Woods described it as a "grudge-fuelled piece of character assassination."

    Jenkins, 84, who has reported on more than 200 majors, said he wrote the piece because he has never been granted an exclusive interview with Woods, who has not played since August because of injury.

  88. Federer misses another Swiss training session

    Tennis

    Roger Federer's hopes of being fully fit to play for Switzerland in Friday's opening two rubbers of the Davis Cup final against France have lessened even further when he missed training on Wednesday.

    The 17-time major winner, who has never won the Davis Cup, injured his back playing in the semi-finals of the World Tour Finals in London on Saturday.

    Since arriving in Lille on Monday he has been unable to practise on the indoor clay court the French have chosen for the final.

  89. Cox defiant after Stags Cup draw

    Football

    Paul Cox insists he has no intention of quitting as manager of League Two strugglers Mansfield Town.

    The Stags have gone nine games without a victory and were booed following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Conference South club Concord Rangers in the FA Cup first round.

    "People are asking me to pull rabbits out the hat. We've had to cut the cloth accordingly," Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    "We've got to work hard with the youth. Just because we've had a bad run doesn't mean I'm a bad manager."

  90. Whiteside reaches World quarter-finals

    Boxing

    Preston boxer Lisa Whiteside has progressed to the quarter-finals at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Jeju City, South Korea.

    Whiteside, who won world bronze at 55-57kg two years ago, beat Thailand's Sopida Satumrum in the 49-51kg division and will now take on Canadian Mandy Bujold on Friday.

    However, in the 65-69kg class, Lauren Price of Wales was beaten while Ireland's Claire Grace was forced to withdraw from her last-16 bout with a cut eye.

  91. Cricket legend D'Oliveira dies

    On this day

    Basil D'Oliveira

    On this day in 2011, South Africa-born former England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira died at the age of 83 after a long battle against Parkinson's disease.

    D'Oliveira played 44 Tests for England after a lack of opportunities for non-white players in his home country.

    He made headlines in 1968 when he was included in the England squad for the tour of South Africa which had to be called off as the South African government refused to accept his presence.

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    Will Davis: Dave Kitson and favourite player Glen Little returning on loan to Reading in 2009 to help secure promotion. We didn't get promoted and they never played for Reading again.

  93. Pakistan chase down New Zealand

    Cricket

    Pakistan are 281-6 in reply to New Zealand's 403 at close of play on day three of the second Test in Dubai.

    When stumps were drawn, Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah not out while earlier, Azhar Ali scored 75 and Younis Khan made 72.

    Ish Sodhi was the pick of New Zealand bowlers with 2-65 as his side try to level the series.

  94. Mackay appointed by Wigan

    Football

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan believes Mackay can lead the Latics, currently third from bottom in the Championship, back to the Premier League and says that the club have nothing to hide over his appointment.

    "Malky made a mistake, he knows that, we know that and we have discussed this issue at length face to face," said Whelan. "He apologised publicly for what happened at the time and has paid for what he did in terms of the bad publicity he has received since and will no doubt continue to suffer in the future.

    "But I believe that it is now time to move on. Contrary to the way he has been portrayed in recent months, the Malky Mackay I met this week, and who has been vouched for by the many different people from whom we have sought advice before making this appointment, is an honourable man.

    "He is a committed family man with decent values and is a professional who has worked and thrived for over 20 years in the multi-cultural world of modern football. There is nothing more to say about this subject, and as far as I am concerned we draw a line under it from today."

  95. Mackay appointed by Wigan

    Football

    Mackay has been out of football since being sacked by Cardiff City last December.

    The 42-year-old Scot came close to taking over at Crystal Palace in August, only to see that possibility dashed when details emerged of text messages, sent by Mackay, which he later admitted were "disrespectful of other cultures".

    Last week, news of Mackay's potential employment prompted Wigan MP Lisa Nandy to write a letter to club chairman Dave Whelan which expressed her concerns over the Scot's link to the position.

  96. Mackay appointed by Wigan

    Football

    Malky Mackay has been appointed as the new manager of Wigan.

  97. Women's Champions League draw

    Football

    Quarter-final draw: (21-22 & 28-29 March)

    Frankfurt (Ger) v Bristol Academy

    VfL Wolfsburg (Ger) v FC Rosengard (Swe)

    Glasgow City v Paris St-Germain (Fra)

    Linkopings (Swe) v Brondby (Den)

    Semi-final draw (18-19 & 25-26 April)

    Wolfsburg/Rosengard v Glasgow/Paris St-Germain

    Frankfurt/Bristol Academy v Linkopings/Brondby

  98. Women's Champions League draw

    Football

    Bristol Academy and Glasgow City are the only British representatives left in the last eight of the Women's Champions League and the pair have just found out who they will need to beat to reach the Berlin final on 14 May.

    Bristol, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time by beating Barcelona, face German side Frankfurt, while Scottish champions Glasgow take on Paris St-Germain.

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    Inspired by Eidur Gudjohnsen's return to training with Bolton (see 12:19), we have been thinking about our footballing heroes going back to their old stomping grounds. Tweet your examples (good, bad or ugly) using #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

    Steven Todd: Ian Rush's return to Liverpool from Turin after one season with Juventus - arguably better second time around.

  100. Scotland v England reaction

    Football

    Darren Fletcher

    Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher says his team did not do themselves justice in the 3-1 home defeat by England.

    "We could have been more patient and passed it better and I think the occasion got the better of us," says the Manchester United player, 30.

    "It was a derby match and we wanted to do everyone proud. We lost goals at bad times. Maybe it shows the character from England."

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    Keith Webb: Re. Should you ever go back? Best example to me is Dean Windass going back to Hull City, helping to keep them in the Championship in year one, then scoring the winner at Wembley to help get us into the Premier League for the first time. He was 39. You couldn't write it!

  102. Shawcross should play for Wales - Pulis

    Football

    Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross has been urged by former manager Tony Pulis to switch his international allegiance and play for Wales.

    The 27-year-old centre-back has made just one appearance for England in the 4-2 defeat to Sweden, but as that was only a friendly he is still eligible to represent the country for whom he played as a schoolboy.

    "I'm convinced he should be in the England squad and if that's not going to happen then my attentions would be turned to crossing the border," the former Potters boss told The Sentinel.

    "If England don't think he's good enough, Wales certainly do. I know that for a fact. He would be joining a Wales team with a genuine chance of qualifying for Euro 2016, so there's some big games to be had if he made that choice."

  103. Scotland v England reaction

    England skipper Wayne Rooney: Great result last night. Always great to play at Celtic Park. England fans were great thanks for your brilliant support.

  104. It's neigh joke for Aggers

    Cricket

    Aggers

    You will usually find Test Match Special correspondent Jonathan Agnew sat in the commentary box, not sat in the saddle.

    But Aggers, who will be commentating on equestrian for BBC Radio 5 live at the Rio Olympics in 2016. has been taking horse riding lessons to get a feel for his new sport.

    It has not all been going completely to plan for the former England and Leicestershire fast bowler, as this video shows...

  105. Little's new role 'a waste of money'

    Football

    Former Aston Villa, Stoke, West Brom and Leicester manager Brian Little's appointment as Jersey director of football is a "waste of money", according to Guernsey FC's assistant manager.

    The 60-year-old's role with the Jersey FA is being financed by a sponsor, but Colin Fallaize tells BBC Guernsey: "They may as well just pay one of their real local lads a bit of cash to put some time into their game, who knows the game inside out."

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    Alex D: Duncan Ferguson's glorious return to Everton, scored 31 goals in 140 games on his return from Newcastle.

  107. Burnett accepts Daggers fans' anger

    Football

    Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett can accept the frustration of supporters following a run of one win in 10 matches in all competitions.

    The Daggers, who are three points above the League Two relegation zone, were knocked out of the FA Cup by Conference side Southport on Tuesday.

    "Why would you be happy?" Burnett told BBC London 94.9. "They want to put their anger towards someone and that is me as I pick the team. I have to get over it."

  108. Terry grabs winner for England

    On this day

    John Terry celebrates his winning goal

    Let's rewind to 2008. Because on this day, six years ago, captain John Terry headed home a late winner as England beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Berlin.

    Terry nodded in Stewart Downing's free-kick as Fabio Capello's side earned their fifth win in a row.

    Matthew Upson had put England ahead after a Downing corner, before Terry was involved in a defensive mix-up with goalkeeper Scott Carson which led to German substitute Patrick Helmes equalising.

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    Inspired by Eidur Gudjohnsen's return to training with Bolton, we have been thinking about our footballing heroes going back to their old stomping grounds. Tweet your examples (good, bad or ugly) using #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

    Alex Sexton: Super Jurgen Klinsmann returning to White Hart Lane in 1998; scored 9 goals in 15 games and saved us from relegation.

    David Bagshaw: Stuart McCall returning as Bradford manager. Unfortunate timing as we were on the down...

  110. McCarthy injury concerns

    Football

    James McCarthy

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he may have to take a closer a look at James McCarthy's workload to solve the midfielder's fitness issues after the latest in a series of niggles.

    The 24-year-old was sent home by the Republic of Ireland last week after complaining of a hamstring problem and is a doubt for Saturday's visit of West Ham.

    "We need to find the right formula because we need to make sure we don't get these sort of injuries on a regular basis," Martinez tells the Liverpool Echo.

    "James has played a huge amount of games and is still a very young man. He's a super fit boy and he shouldn't be picking up these sort of knocks."

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    Daggers fan: At Dagenham and Redbridge John Still returned to manage and got the club from Conference to League 1. He only tainted his reputation with how he left for Luton...

  112. Scotland v England reaction

    Football

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    England skipper Wayne Rooney is "an inspiration" who leads by example, says Three Lions team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Rooney scored twice, after Oxlade-Chamberlain put England ahead, to help Roy Hodgson's men win 3-1 at old rivals Scotland on Tuesday.

    "He's been doing it ever since I came into the squad, so it's not just since the captaincy that he's been doing that," says Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    "Even when Steven Gerrard was the captain Wayne was a big member of the squad and was a big help to myself personally and a lot of the other young lads I'm sure. We can all take a leaf out of his book."

  113. Exiles backed to respond at Bath

    Rugby Union

    Director of rugby Brian Smith has backed London Irish to bounce back this weekend after suffering their heaviest Premiership defeat of the season.

    The Exiles face Bath on Saturday having lost 36-8 to Sale last weekend.

    "We got a good old fashioned hiding but we've got a chance to bounce back. That's the beauty of sport," Smith tells BBC Radio Berkshire.

    "We've got a chance to bounce back against a very tough team and we wouldn't want it any other way. If we get the performance right, we've got a great chance to get a result."

  114. Get involved

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    Inspired by Eidur Gudjohnsen's return to training with Bolton, we have been thinking about our footballing heroes going back to their old stomping grounds.

    Should a player or manager ever go back? Who has been your club's most successful comeback kid? And the one who tainted their previous golden reputation by returning as a shadow of their former self?

    Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

  115. The Wanderer returns

    Football

    Eidur Gudjohnsen

    Eidur Gudjohnsen playing for Bolton seems just a distant memory, doesn't it football fans? Now the ex-Chelsea, Barcelona and Monaco striker could appear once again in the white shirt of the Wanderers - almost 14 years after his last appearance for the club.

    The former Iceland forward, 36, has been training with the Championship side since last week and boss Neil Lennon has not ruled out offering him a short-term deal.

  116. Grosjean to stay with Lotus

    Formula 1

    Romain Grosjean

    Lotus have confirmed that Romain Grosjean will stay with the team next year. The 28-year-old Frenchman will continue to partner Pastor Maldonado, who was confirmed for 2015 earlier this year.

  117. World Tour Finals refunds announced

    Tennis

    The ATP say that customers who bought tickets for Sunday's ATP World Tour Finals will get a 60% refund after the singles final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic was called off because of Federer's back problem.

    According to the ATP website: "All ticket holders who purchased regular tickets through authorised ticketing channels will receive an automatic 60% refund. Customers will be contacted directly via their respective ticketing outlets with specific details on how they will receive their refund.

    "Ticket holders for the 2014 final will also receive advanced access to purchase tickets for the 2015 tournament. Further information on how to take advantage of this offer will be sent out to all applicable customers in February next year."

  118. Murray to take planned break

    Tennis

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    Andy Murray

    "Andy Murray has resisted the temptation to return to training earlier than originally planned.

    "After winning just one game against Roger Federer in his final match at the World Tour Finals, Murray suggested he might need extra time to make some changes to his game.

    "But after performing the best man's duties at Ross Hutchins' wedding this weekend, and then taking part in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League in Manilla, he will join up with coach Amelie Mauresmo in Miami in early December."

  119. Sussex trio sign new contracts

    Cricket

    Sussex spinner Will Beer, wicketkeeper Callum Jackson and all-rounder Steffan Piolet have signed new one-year deals.

    Beer and Piolet, both 26, were regulars in one-day competition last season but Jackson, 20, did not feature despite making seven appearances in 2013.

  120. Scotland v England reaction

    Football

    Jack Wilshere

    Hell hath no 'five-yard fury' than an England player scorned. Or something like that. Three Lions midfielder Jack Wilshere says Roy Hodgson's hungry side have been focusing on hunting down the ball more since their disappointing World Cup campaign.

    "We've been working on closing down the ball more since the World Cup. We're not where we want to be yet, but we're on the right path and before the Euros we've got a lot of work to do.

    "But we talk about the five yards fury a lot. We've been talking about the first five yards when we lose the ball, the way we hunt it down, and we did that well against Scotland.

    "If you win it in the opposition half you're always going to be a bit more dangerous."

  121. Ohuruogu questions Doha decision

    Athletics

    World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu has questioned the decision to give the 2019 World Athletics Championship to Doha.

    Ohuruogu believes the heat in the Qatari city could put the health of endurance athletes at risk.

    "To have the extra pressure of your body having to work against that heat, I just wonder how many people will manage," she told the Guardian.

    "It's a concern. Maybe the sprinters can get away with it because they are not out there for that long but for the guys who are running laps and laps, they are pushing their bodies to the limit anyway.

    "To add the extra ingredient of extreme heat, I would be worried about what would happen to them and their health."

  122. Australia get past South Africa

    Cricket

    Aaron Finch

    Australia have beaten South Africa by 73 runs in Canberra to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day international series.

    The home side hit an impressive 329-5 in their 50 overs with Aaron Finch scoring 109.

    Hashim Amla also hit a ton for South Africa, making 102 before being dismissed, but his side could only get to 256 in their 44.3 overs with Mitchell Starc (4-32) and Josh Hazlewood (3-51) leading the Australian bowlers.

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    Jon Parsons: Loving the ambition shown by the FA in their friendly choices. Some real tests after an easy autumn.

  124. Germany/France are Hodgson's cuppa

    Football

    Roy Hodgson

    These England matches will take place ahead of Euro 2016, with France set to visit Wembley on 17 November next year and the Germany game being held in March 2016.

    The FA has already announced fixtures against Italy on 31 March and Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 7 June.

    "It's very encouraging that our search for opposition in the international weeks has led to quality teams such as France, Spain and Germany - with Italy and the Republic of Ireland already announced for 2015," says England boss Roy Hodgson.

    "They will complement the important Euro qualifiers which remain the top priority and we are taking nothing for granted."

  125. England to play Germany/France

    Football

    Patriotic passions still stirred by Scotland v England, Three Lions fans? Now you can get excited by the prospect of another adrenaline-pumping clash against Germany.

    The Football Association announces England will face the world champions, along with Euro 2016 hosts France, as part of their preparations for the continental tournament (assuming they don't suffer a Devon Loch-style collapse in the qualification stage).

    The FA is also hopeful of arranging further games against European title-holders Spain and World Cup semi-finalists the Netherlands.

  126. Bland's year a 'big step forward'

    Golf

    Hampshire golfer Richard Bland says his success on this year's European Tour has been a "big step forward" for him.

    The 41-year-old, who finished fourth at October's Portugal Masters, earned more than £368,000 - his best-ever haul - but just missed out on qualifying for the lucrative Race To Dubai season finale.

    When asked how he reflected on the past year, Bland told BBC Radio Solent: "With a lot of positivity. "I was a little disappointed I didn't make top 60 (qualifying for Dubai)."

    He continued: "However, a year ago I was lying on an operating table having a knee operation and missing the first part of the season. I probably played more consistently this year. I've had more top fives so it was a big step forward."

  127. England drop trio for Samoa game

    Rugby Union

    Danny Care

    England will name their starting XV to face Samoa later - but Billy Vunipola, Danny Care and Kyle Eastmond are not going to be hearing their names read out by head coach Stuart Lancaster.

    The trio have been sent back to their clubs after failing to make the 23-man squad for Saturday's match at Twickenham.

    Lancaster has brought in James Haskell, Richard Wigglesworth and Billy Twelvetrees instead following defeats by New Zealand and South Africa.

  128. Palmer to get test opportunity

    Formula 1

    GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer will be a test driver for Sahara Force India in Abu Dhabi next Tuesday.

    The 23-year-old has already wrapped up this year's GP2 title, which has been won in the past by Nico Rosberg (2005), Lewis Hamilton (2006) and current Lotus duo Pastor Maldonado (2010) and Romain Grosjean (2011).

    "Sahara Force India have shown their faith in me by offering this opportunity and I am looking forward to repaying their trust in Abu Dhabi," says Palmer. "I have worked very hard for a chance like this and I want to help the team get the most from this test session."

  129. Scotland v England catch-up

    Football

    Scotland v England

    Missed any of England's 3-1 win in Scotland? Then let BBC Radio 5 live talk you through the goals in this handy catch-up. All 90 minutes rolled into under 90 seconds. Bitesize.

  130. Davies agrees new Surrey deal

    Cricket

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Davies has signed a new contract with Surrey to run until the end of the 2016 season.

    The 28-year-old, who has played eight one-day internationals and five T20 matches for England, joined Surrey from Worcestershire in 2010.

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    Andrew Neill: England had an easy win against unspectacular opposition. Judge them against better teams who we should be playing in friendlies.

  132. Mackay to get interview for Wigan job

    Football

    Malky Mackay

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says he will interview Malky Mackay for his club's managerial vacancy despite the furore which followed his departure from Cardiff.

    The Latics are in the bottom three of the Championship and manager Uwe Rosler was sacked last week.

    Mackay was dismissed by Cardiff last December and came close to taking over at Crystal Palace in August, only to see that possibility dashed when details emerged of text messages, sent by Mackay, which he later admitted were "disrespectful of other cultures".

    "I can confirm Malky Mackay has applied and we will speak to him," Whelan told the Daily Telegraph. "I believe he deserves a fair hearing."

  133. Scotland v England stat attack

    Football

    England have won six games in a row. They last won six internationals in a row back in June 2006 (eight wins in succession).

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    Gareth Wilkinson: N. Ireland aren't losers for sitting second in their group with more points than Wales.

  135. We will bounce back - Brown

    Football

    Scott Brown

    Scotland captain Scott Brown insists the 3-1 defeat by England will not harm his side's Euro 2016 qualification prospects.

    Brown does not expect the disappointment to affect Gordon Strachan's team when they meet Gibraltar in March.

    "The lads will be hurting from this but the main thing is the qualifiers. We have games to look forward to and we'll bounce back," he tells BBC Scotland. "We let ourselves down against England, we weren't positive enough."

  136. Briscoe named as Chef de Mission

    Disability Sport

    The British Paralympic Association has announced Penny Briscoe as the Chef de Mission for the GB team at the Rio Paralympics.

    Briscoe, who is the BPA's Director of Sport and did the same role at the Sochi Winter Paralympics, will be responsible for all aspects of the team in the build-up to and during the Games.

    BPA chief executive Tim Hollingsworth will be the Secretary General, focussing on the off-field activities, while chairman and former Paralympic medallist Tim Reddish will be the President and Head of Delegation.

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    Martin McHugh: Great Home Nations game! Not one player rolling on pitch crying for sympathy. Once again, this is FOOTBALL!

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    That leads us nicely into asking for your thoughts on the winners and losers of the international week.

    Is Wayne Rooney a winner - after going from people questioning his England selection to being a two-goal, 100-cap hero? Are Scotland winners - for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifying win against the Republic of Ireland? Can Wales be classed as winners - even though they earned a draw, a very credible one at that, against Belgium?

    And what about losers? Northern Ireland - for failing to continue their unbeaten start? Already-depleted Manchester United - as three more of their players, David De Gea, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria, picked up injuries? Or those fans who shelled out £40 or more to watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at Old Trafford - only to see the pair depart after 45 minutes?

    Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, via text on 81111, or by posting on our Facebook page.

  139. Who starred for England and Scotland?

    Football

    Scotland v England

    The dust has settled on England's 3-1 win over Scotland in their friendly international in Glasgow on Tuesday night.

    But who was man of the match and who disappointed?

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty & Alasdair Lamont have rated the players from both sides - see if you agree with their assessments?

  140. Scotland 'spooked' by England

    Football

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says England 'spooked' his players who may have been mentally fatigued in Tuesday's 3-1 friendly defeat in Glasgow.

    Strachan added that the past ten days overall was a success with the defeat of the Republic of Ireland in the European Championship qualifier on Friday.

  141. Leeds and Bradford to meet in Peacock testimonial

    Rugby League

    Matches between Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls are always raucous affairs - but their only scheduled meeting in 2015 (after the Bulls were relegated from Super League) will be more celebratory.

    That's because the West Yorkshire rivals are taking part in England legend Jamie Peacock's well-earned testimonial.

    Jamie Peacock

    Peacock, 36, helped Bradford win three Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and two world club titles between 1999 and 2005 before joining his hometown club Leeds in 2006.

    Jamie Peacock

    During his time at Rhinos, he has continued his success with five more Grand Final wins, two World titles and last year's Challenge Cup Final win. His testimonial will take place at Headingley on 25 January.

  142. Concord flying high in FA Cup

    Football

    In the FA Cup last night, Conference South side Concord Rangers held Mansfield Town, 44 places above them in the pyramid, 1-1 away from home in their rearranged first round game.

    Concord boss Danny Cowley was clearly pleased with his side's display, telling BBC Essex: "The boys have put a colossal effort in. I'm so proud of them. For the players to put the energy and the commitment that they did throughout the game was testament to their fitness and their will.

    "We got a standing ovation from their whole support and that means everything to us. We're a small club, we have a small support ourselves. We're not used to getting too many pats on the back, so tonight's a special night for everyone."

    You can watch Concord's spectacular 30-yard equaliser here (UK users only).

  143. Australia make strong total against South Africa

    Cricket

    Opener Aaron Finch hit 109 off 127 balls as Australia made an impressive 329-5 off their 50 overs in the third one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday in Canberra.

    Finch hit nine fours and three sixes before he was dismissed by part-time bowler AB de Villiers in the 41st over.

    Fellow opener David Warner scored 53 off 50 balls with six fours and two sixes in a first-wicket stand of 118 in 20 overs.

  144. Nadal hopes to be fit for Melbourne

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal says it is his goal to be fully fit for the Australian Open and competitive enough to challenge for a 15th Grand Slam title after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix.

    The 28-year-old has also battled knee, wrist and back problems, with doctors confirming his rehabilitation included stem cell treatment.

    "I have a month before Australia to get to my best level," said Nadal. "I hope to be healthy enough to work as much as I need and want, and if that happens I really feel confident I can come back strong."

  145. James' memorabilia sold off

    Football

    Former England goalkeeper David James' football memorabilia has been auctioned off after the star went bankrupt.

    The 44-year-old who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, was declared bankrupt in May despite earning around £20m.

    An England shirt the player wore in the Three Lions' 1-0 World Cup win over Argentina in 2002 fetched £672.

    A Liverpool FC goalkeeper's jersey worn during the Reds' 1995/96 season sold for more than £160 while a Portsmouth No 1 top James wore in 2008 went for £480.

  146. Wednesday's football gossip

    Football

    The Daily Mirror says that defender Glen Johnson is set to quit Anfield in the summer after being offered a new two-year deal on half of his £120,000 a week wages while, according to the Daily Telegraph, Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is determined not to be forced out of White Hart Lane if, as has been reported, Spurs look to sell the 30-year-old Togo international in January.

  147. Wednesday's football gossip

    Football

    In today's gossip column, the Daily Star reports that Manchester United plan to beat Arsenal to the capture of Borussia Dortmund and Germany centre-back Mats Hummels while the Manchester Evening News says that Manchester City are tracking Juventus' Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and could let Matija Nastasic go the opposite way.

  148. Injury concern for Di Maria

    Football

    Angel di Maria

    Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was sent for x-rays after suffering a foot injury during Argentina's defeat but La Albiceleste boss Gerardo Martino said the problem was "nothing serious".

    Di Maria was caught on the top of his right foot by a challenge from Portugal counterpart Nani - who is on loan from United at Sporting Lisbon - during the first half of Tuesday's match at Old Trafford and needed treatment but was able to continue before being replaced around the hour-mark.

    "We don't think it is anything serious. It was quite a tough blow that he took," said Martino. "We are having a look at some X-rays, some images that have been taken but in spite of that we don't think it is too serious."

  149. Argentina v Portugal

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

    Elsewhere, the atmosphere at Old Trafford was somewhat muted with a total of just over 41,000 spectators in attendance at the friendly between Argentina and Portugal.

    Although Lionel Messi outshone his Ballon d'Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the first 45 minutes before both men were substituted at the break, it was Portugal who took the honours with a 1-0 win.

  150. Sturridge faces injury setback

    Football

    Daniel Sturridge

    But one England player not involved last night has suffered more disappointment.

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered a new injury setback in training and will have a scan on his thigh problem today.

    Sturridge has not played for his club since 31 August after which he injured his thigh on England duty. His first comeback was scuppered by a calf problem as he attempted to rejoin full training in October and could now face another spell out.

  151. Hodgson happy with England display

    Football

    Afterwards, England boss Roy Hodgson said he believes his young side can improve ahead of the 2016 European Championships.

    "We know that in France we'll have to be every bit as good as this, if not better," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "We can get better, not least because so many players are so young."

  152. Wednesday's back pages

    Football

    The Scotsman

    The Scotsman's verdict on England's win is a bit more refined with the paper saying that the intensity of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier win over the Republic of Ireland taking its toll on Gordon Strachan's side.

  153. Wednesday's back pages

    Football

    The Sun

    The Sun, predictably, also goes for a pun-tastic back page and they also pay tribute to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who opened the scoring for Roy Hodgson's side at Celtic Park

  154. Football

    Daily Mirror

    Wayne Rooney's acrobatic goal celebration at Celtic Park makes the back page of Wednesday's Daily Mirror after the Manchester United man hit two goals in England's 3-1 win.

    The double - his 45th and 46th international strikes - sees him edge closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record of 49 goals.

  155. Sportsday Live

    Welcome to another day of sport from Sportsday Live.

    So, what have you missed over the last 12 hours or so?

    Wayne Rooney scored twice as England beat Scotland 3-1 in their friendly international at Celtic Park.

    Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge faces another spell out injured.

    Roger Federer has played down his spat with compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals semi-final.