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Adam Williams and Andy Cryer

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  1. Post update

    That is all from me on Sportsday for this evening. Thanks for your company, enjoy the football and see you all again tomorrow from 08:00 GMT.


  2. BBC coverage

    Liverpool and Arsenal's Champions League ties will kick off in an hour and a quarter with both still needing a positive result to help their progression from the group stages.

    Arsenal need a point at home to Borussia Dortmund to guarantee qualification, while Liverpool know the importance of victory in Ludogorets.

    You can follow on the live text commentary on BBC Sport from 18:30 BST and also listen live on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

  3. Ramsey still playing for Wenger


    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is adamant Arsene Wenger is still the right man to lead the club and believes the Frenchman should not be perturbed by criticism from the club's second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov.

    Russian billionaire Usmanov has voiced his concerns over Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season after four wins from 12 matches has left them eighth in the table.

    "With what he's (Wenger) done for this club and for us as a group of players, every time we go in we want to work for him and get results for him," Ramsey told Sky Sports News.

    "Everybody's in it together, and we know all about our qualities. Last season we had a great year, this season we wanted to build on that and hopefully we still can."

  4. Post update

    Borussia Dortmund

    Borussia Dortmund on twitter:Hello London, it's good to be back again!

    Looks like Dortmund have arrived at the Emirates ahead of tonight's Champions League tie at Arsenal.

  5. Gillingham sign QPR's Ehmer


    League One side Gillingham have signed Queens Park Rangers defender Max Ehmer on loan until 3 January.

    The 22-year-old German centre-back has previously had loan spells at Yeovil Town, Preston, Stevenage and Carlisle United.

  6. Murphy 'can lead Leicester Tigers'

    Rugby Union

    Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill says former captain Geordan Murphy is being developed to take over his role.

    Murphy, 36, retired from playing in 2013 to take up the role of assistant coach at Welford Road.

    While former Leicester centre Aaron Mauger starts as head coach next term, Cockerill insists the plan is for Murphy to be in control in the future.

    "I've said to Geordan that one day he will have my job," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester. "He will be running the club and we want that succession plan, whether that is in three years, five years or 10 years, who knows?"

  7. Lapthorne loses opening match

    Disability sport

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson: Britain's Andy Lapthorne has lost his opening round-robin match at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters in London.

    The US Open quad singles champion was beaten 2-6 6-4 6-4 by world number four Dylan Alcott of Australia.

  8. Nani enjoying Sporting spell


    Nani scores against Maribor

    Portugal winger Nani is enjoying his loan spell with Sporting Lisbon, the Manchester Evening News reports.

    The 28-year-old - back in Portugal for the season from Manchester United - has now scored six times for the club.

    The latest goal came in the Champions League on Tuesday against Maribor - his fourth of the campaign.

    "Things are going well for me at the moment," he told the Uefa website.

    "I'm very involved in the matches and that's what I want - to contribute to the success of the team.

  9. Post update

    Emirates Stadium

    Borussia Dortmund on Twitter: Turn on the bright lights: It's #afcbvb tonight!


    The Daily Mirror reports Luke Shaw is facing a two-week injury lay-off with an ankle injury suffered in Manchester United's win over Arsenal.

    Shaw turned his ankle in the first-half of United's 2-1 win and is reported to be sidelined for at least a fortnight with strained ligaments.

  11. Post update

    Borussia Dortmund

    Borussia Dortmund on Twitter: As for the bus.... it's ready

    It looks like Borussia Dortmund are ready to leave their team hotel ahead of tonight's Champions League tie at Arsenal.

  12. Pearson shoulders the blame


    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson tells the Leicester Mercury the pressure is on him, not his players.

    The Foxes have failed to win in their last seven games and have not scored in their last five fixtures.

    "Someone needs to take the responsibility and I am happy to do that, more so when things don't go well," he said.

    "I always feel it is beneficial for the players to have the freedom to play. I don't want them to feel any adverse pressure."

  13. Cricket

    England need 42 runs off 30 balls with two wickets remaining to win their first One Day International against Sri Lanka. Follow live text commentary here now and listen live on BBC Radio 5 live.

  14. Liverpool players haven't performed - Evans


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans spoke to Radio 5 Live earlier about Brendan Rodgers and his side's current form ahead of their crucial tie with Bulgarian champions Ludogorets tonight.

    Is Brendan Rodgers job under threat given their current form?

    Evans said: "We're in a results industry of course and if you don't get results in football, usually the end comes as a manager. After the success of last season, I think Brendan Rodgers' credibility is really high and obviously this season has been poor by the standards we set last year and somewhere along the line he has to start getting it right. But it's not just about Brendan Rodgers.

    "These days, whatever happens in a football club seems to go on to the manager and not the players. The players haven't performed."

  15. Wigan exit unexpected, says Rosler


    Former Wigan manager Uwe Rosler says he enjoyed working for chairman Dave Whelan despite being sacked by him earlier this month after less than a year in charge.

    "It was a blow, it was unexpected," the 46-year-old German, who has been replaced by Malky Mackay, told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "He gave me the job and then he took the job from me, but in general he's a football man and I really enjoyed working with him.

    "I was hoping to get a little bit more time but that chapter is closed now and I wish them all the best as a club."

  16. Post update


    Liverpool on Twitter: It's currently all quiet at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia ahead of kick off later this evening.

    You imagine it won't be very quiet later as Ludogorets bid to upset Liverpool in the Champions League.

  17. White eases through


    Jimmy White

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the York Barbican: "Jimmy White wasted no time in closing out an impressive 6-2 win over Dave Harold in the first round of the UK Championship in York.

    White, who will now face Ding Junhui, said: "The first game was a bit scrappy until 2-2 then I played pretty well in the second half of the match.

    "I will have to play very well to beat Ding but on my day I can still beat anybody and those games are why I still play the game. I can still play."

  18. Football

    Messi v Ronaldo


    Barcelona are certainly making a fuss of their Argentine magician Lionel Messi after he broke the Champions League goal scorers record with a treble last night, as the above picture on their Twitter feed shows. I guess they should make the most of it as five goals for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo this evening will see him become the outright record holder...

  19. Rochdale sign Blackpool's Cywka


    The Football League loan window closes tomorrow, and League One side Rochdale have acted a day early by bringing in midfielder Tomasz Cywka from Blackpool.

    The 26-year-old former Poland Under-21 man has played seven times for the Tangerines this season, and has been reunited with Keith Hill, who was his manager while at Barnsley.

  20. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Everton and West Ham United have been charged by The FA following their game on 22 November 2014.

    It is alleged that in or around the 40th minute of the fixture, both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

    The clubs have until 6pm on 1 December 2014 to respond to the charge.

  21. In the balance in Colombo


    There's 11 overs remaining in Colombo and the opening ODI between Sri Lanka and England is tightly poised.

    Chasing 318 to win - England are 241-6 off 39 overs.

    They require another 71 runs to win off 66 balls.

    Moeen Ali earlier made 119. Follow all the latest here.

  22. Disability sport

    Scotland's Gordon Reid has made a losing start to his men's singles round-robin campaign at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Olympic Park in London.

    Reid, the world number three, was beaten 5-7 7-5 7-5 by Belgium's Joachim Gerard, ranked two places below him, in a tight encounter.

  23. Ibra's top XI



    Who would be in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's dream team? Yes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of course.

    The Paris St-Germain and Sweden striker has chosen his dream XI on the club's You tube channel, with himself partnering Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

    To be fair to 'Ibra' it isn't a bad side.

    Dream team
  24. Snooker

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the York Barbican: "It's not 1985 but snooker fans could be forgiven for thinking they had gone into a bit of a timewarp at the UK Championship at the Barbican in York.

    "The 1992 champion Jimmy White received a great reception from the crowd and he responded with a fist pump when introduced for his first-round match against Dave Harold and has just hit a century to go 4-2 up.

    "Tony Drago is 4-3 up on two-time ranking event winner Dominic Dale and Steve Davis, who won six World titles in the 1980s, in his action against Ricky Walden this evening."

  25. Milkins reveals vision problem


    Robert Milkins revealed he is struggling with a vision problem following his 6-0 thrashing of Michael Leslie in the UK Championship first round in York.

    The world number 16 made three 50-plus breaks, but said: "I've got something in my eye so my long game was a bit blurry. I felt OK in the balls, but couldn't do anything with my long game."

    He added: "I don't tend to go to the doctors, just like any other bloke I suppose. I'll see what I've got in the medicine cupboard at home. Hopefully it will be sorted by the weekend."

  26. Hain and Rankin sign long-term Bears deals


    Boyd Rankin

    Warwickshire have signed up two of their English-qualified players on long-term contracts.

    Exciting Hong Kong-born, Australia-bred batsman Sam Hain, 19, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, while former Ireland international fast bowler Boyd Rankin, 30, who switched to England in 2012, has signed a new three-year contract.

    Bears director of cricket Dougie Brown said: "Both Boyd and Sam made important contributions to our success in 2014 and will be key for our push for more silverware in 2015 and beyond.

    "Boyd's pace and bounce make him one of the most feared bowlers on the county circuit and, at his best, he is a match for any batsman in the world. Sam took his opportunity in first-class cricket last season and is now one of the most exciting prospects in the country."

  27. Champions League

    Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund (19:45)

    Shinji Kagawa
  28. Tottenham team news

    Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham are also in Europa League action on Thursday and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be without a host of key players for the match with Partizan Belgrade, although midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is once again available.

    Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue missed Sunday's win at Hull and remain sidelined along with Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose.

    Federico Fazio is suspended for the group match, while Kyle Walker is still a few weeks away despite having returned to first-team training after abdominal surgery. Algeria midfielder Bentaleb is back from an ankle injury, while youngsters Dominic Ball and Harry Winks are in the squad.

    Tottenham squad: Lloris, Vorm, McGee, Naughton, Dier, Davies, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Dembele, Winks, Stambouli, Mason, Paulinho, Ceballos, Lamela, Lennon, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado, Ball.

  29. Century for Moeen


    Moeen Ali reaches century against Sri Lanka

    Moeen Ali has scored his maiden one-day century as England continue their run chase in the first ODI against Sri Lanka.

    Moeen reached the landmark off just 72 balls with 10 fours and four sixes.

    England are 178-5 from 27 overs as they chase a target of 318 to win.

    Follow all the action on our live text page here.

  30. Martinez news conference


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is speaking to the media in Germany ahead of Thursday's Europa League tie at Wolfsburg:

    "It is great news on Arouna Kone, who came through 45 minutes really well with the U21s last night and will be in the squad tomorrow. Steven Naismith has a soft tissue problem, but we don't think it is serious. He has a 50-50 chance for the weekend.

    "We have massive respect for Wolfsburg. We know they are in good form, but the squad is ready for the challenge."

  31. Post update

    Tina Turner

    President of Fifa Sep Blatter ‏on Twitter: Very best wishes to fellow Swiss citizen Tina Turner on your birthday today. Many happy returns!

    Anyone got an image of Sep dancing around to Tina Turner's Simply The Best as he practices his acceptance speech ahead of being reappointed Fifa president? If you hadn't, you have now. It is Tina Turner's 75th birthday today.

  32. Vokes on road to recovery


    More good news for Burnley fans after the Clarets enjoyed back-to-back wins to revive hopes of Premier League survival.

    The Lancashire Telegraph reports striker Sam Vokes scored in his first appearance in a Burnley shirt for eight months as he made his comeback from the serious knee injury that has ruled him out since March.

    The former Bournemouth man was playing for the development side against Carlisle.

  33. Klopp: 'I could manage in England'

    Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund (19:45)

    Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp

    Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says he could see himself managing an English club because he can speak the language, but refused to confirm whether he has been approached by a Premier League side.

    Speaking ahead of Dortmund's Champions League match at Emirates Stadium later, Klopp wouldn't be drawn on his long-term future despite having previously been linked with a move to Arsenal.

  34. Coaching changes for Murray


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    Dani Vallverdu and Amelie Mauresmo

    "Andy Murray has decided to make some changes to his team for 2015.

    "Amelie Mauresmo remains as head coach, but her assistant Dani Vallverdu (pictured above left) - who has been with Murray for the past five years - and fitness trainer Jez Green will no longer travel with him.

    "Murray said in a statement: 'We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us.

    "My off season training and Australian Open preparations have already begun and I am very excited for the new year.

    "I thank Jez and Dani for all their hard work over the years and wish them the best for the future."

  35. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    The Serious Fraud Office wants anyone with information regarding alleged corruption in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to come forward.

    The SFO insists it currently lacks the relevant jurisdiction to investigate.

    But in a letter to Conservative MP Damian Collins, seen by BBC Sport, the SFO's general counsel Alun Milford admits the organisation is appealing for "whistleblowers" to get in contact.

    The development creates the possibility of Fifa facing a UK criminal probe.

  36. Rodgers could have another three weeks - Grobbelaar


    The last thing Brendan Rodgers needs is for former Liverpool players to be cranking up the pressure on him, but that is just what the Reds boss has got.

    Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar told BBC World's Seth Bennett: "I think he will have another three weeks. If he doesn't do anything in another three weeks then I think the American's could do something about it.

    "It could happen before Christmas. Whether or not it is going to happen I do not know. But I hope that he does get it right."

  37. England pegged back


    Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera celebrates after dismissing England cricketer Ian Bell

    England have lost a flurry of wickets in Colombo despite being well placed in their pursuit of 318 against Sri Lanka.

    England are currently 125-4 after 19 overs, but have lost Ian Bell, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan cheaply.

    Moeen Ali is not out on 74.

    Keep up to date with our live text here.

  38. Vergne to leave Torro Rosso

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    Jean-Eric Vergne

    Jean-Eric Vergne has been dropped by Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso for 2015, the Frenchman has announced.

    Vergne, 23, had hoped the team might find a place for him following the promotion of Daniil Kvyat to Red Bull to replace Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel.

    But he said on Twitter: "Despite a good season and 22 points, I'll not drive any more for Toro Rosso in 2015."

  39. UK Championship latest


    John Higgins

    A quick update on results from the first round on day two of the UK Championship at the York Barbican:

    John Higgins (Sco) 6-2 Lee Walker (Wal)

    Xiao Guodong (Chn) 6-1 Ian Glover (Eng)

    Matthew Stevens (Wal) 6-2 Allan Taylor (Eng)

    Gerard Greene (NI) 6-2 Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)

    Ben Woollaston (Eng) 6-4 Michael Wasley (Eng)

    Jamie Cope (Eng) 6-2 John Astley (Eng)

    Martin Gould (Eng) 6-4 Lee Page (Eng)

    Anthony McGill (Sco) 6-4 Michael Georgiou (Eng)

  40. Champions League

    Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund (19:45)

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal may not be having the best of the seasons domestically but a draw at home to Borussia Dortmund this evening will guarantee their qualifications in the Champions League with a game to spare.

  41. Get involved


    Dortmund train in Regent's Park

    We want to know of any strange places you have seen your team of favourite sportsperson on the back of Borussia Dortmund training in Regent's Park this morning. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

    Here's a couple of suggestions:

    Ian Wilkinson: Newcastle united training at Tynemouth beach.

    Craig Anderson: Bayern Munich trained at Showpark, home of Scottish junior side East Kilbride Thistle ahead of CL tie with Celtic in '03.

  42. Champions League

    Ludogorets v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool know a defeat in Ludogorets this evening would knock them out of the Champions League if Basel got anything against Real Madrid. Even victory for the Reds would need them leaving beat the Swiss side in the final match.

  43. Poulter would love Ryder Cup captaincy


    Mandeep Sanghera

    BBC Sport

    Ian Poulter

    Ian Poulter was in BBC Sport towers at MediaCityUK earlier and chatted all things golf as well as answering some of your questions on Twitter.

    Poulter revealed he would "love" to be Ryder Cup captain "one day".

    "Hopefully, I've got another 10 years in me before I ever get asked," he told BBC Sport.

    You can read his views on that, his ambition to win a major and his dream to compete at the Olympics.

  44. Tonev appeal set


    Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev

    Celtic midfielder Aleksandar Tonev will have his appeal against a charge of racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan heard on 4 December.

    The 24-year-old on-loan Aston Villa winger was handed a seven-match ban after being found guilty by the Scottish FA of "excessive misconduct".

    Celtic's appeal allowed Tonev to be available for selection, but he has not played since the appeal was lodged.

    The charge stems from the match against Aberdeen on 13 September.

  45. Moeen cuts loose


    Moeen Ali

    Moeen Ali has scored a half century off just 25 balls as England chase down 318 to beat Sri Lanka in the opening ODI.

    England are 86-1 after 11 overs - captain Alastair Cook has been dismissed for 10.

    Earlier Sri Lanka made 317-6 in their 50 overs after being put in to bat.

    Follow all the latest here or on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  46. Top stories at 3

    If you're just joining us for the first time this afternoon or have made it back to your desk after lunch, a reminder of the day's top stories:

    Football: Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar believes manager Brendan Rodgers could be sacked by Christmas if results don't improve.

    Cricket: Sri Lanka have set England a target of 318 to win the first ODI in Columbo.

    Football: Brighton have signed Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on a one-month emergency loan.

    Horse racing: The 2013 Grand National winning-jockey Ryan Mania says there is more to life than racing after retiring at the age of 24.

    And finally: Jurgen Klopp's put his Borussia Dortmund squad through their paces ahead of their Champions League clash with London's Regent's Park.

  47. Anyone for beach soccer?


    Manchester United train on Bondi Beach

    Here's an early contender for unusual training grounds - inspired by Borussia Dortmund's session in Regent's Park earlier.

    It's a short trip back to the summer of 2013 and Manchester United's tour of Australia.

    Then new manager David Moyes decided to put the squad through their paces on Sydney's Bondi Beach. Much to the interest of passing tourists.


    The Daily Mirror reports Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, who scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich to keep alive their Champions League hopes, has been omitted from UEFA's 40-strong shortlist for team of the year.

    They report of the 40 players nominated for the 2014 UEFA Team of the Year only seven come from the Premier League.

  49. Schalke's Chelsea loss "unacceptable"


    Schalke general manager Horst Heldt is not a happy man, describing his team's 5-0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League "embarrassing" and "unacceptable".

    "In the first half above all we did everything wrong that it's possible to do wrong," he told Schalke's official website. "You can lose against Chelsea - they are ultimately a very good team - but the way we lost is not acceptable."

  50. Parklife for Dortmund

    Borussia Dortmund

    Some more pictures of Borussia Dortmund, tweeted by the club, training at Regent's Park ahead of tonight's Champions League tie at Arsenal. Don't forget to let us know of any strange places you have seen your team of favourite sportsperson. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

    Borussia Dortmund
  51. Champions League


    So what do the English clubs have to do this evening with regards Champions League qualification?

    Arsenal will progress from their group with a draw at home to Borussia Dortmund or if the match between Anderlecht and Galatasaray is drawn.

    Liverpool can ensure a top-three finish with victory at Ludogorets, but even then they will definitely need three points against Basel on 9 December to have a chance of coming second.

    We will bring you all the build up this afternoon.

  52. Champions League



    Here is a quick look at tonight's Champions League fixtures. You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and follow live text on the BBC Sport website.

  53. Champions League

    Ludogorets v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

  54. Buckle appointed Cheltenham boss


    Cheltenham have appointed ex-Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle as their new manager, on a 12-month rolling deal.

    The 43-year-old replaces Mark Yates, who was sacked on Tuesday after five years in charge at the League Two club.

    Yates, a former Robins captain, led the club to two play-off campaigns but they are currently 18th in the table after four straight defeats.

    Buckle has been working as a technical director in the United States since quitting as Luton boss last year.

  55. Man Utd's James joins Rotherham


    Rotherham United have signed Manchester United left-back Reece James on an emergency loan deal until 10 January.

    The 21-year-old has only made one senior appearance for the Red Devils, coming in the League Cup, and also had a loan spell with Carlisle in 2013.

  56. Get involved


    On the back of Borussia Dortmund training at Regent's Park this morning ahead of their Champions League tie at Arsenal, it got me thinking about what strange places you've seen your favourite sports team or sportsperson? Let us know via #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

  57. Jumpers for goalposts


    Regents Park

    It appears as though Borussia Dortmund have been causing a stir in London today ahead of this evening's Champions League tie at Arsenal.

    The Bundesliga side have been pictured training at Regent's Park, causing much surprise on social media.

    Usually a venue for Camden and Regents Sunday League, Dortmund have been raising the standard. Imagine the surprise of the dog walkers...

  58. Many happy returns

    Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck

    Here's a few sporting names celebrating their birthdays today:

    Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck (24), QPR midfielder Karl Henry (32) and British former NBA basketball player John Amaechi (44).


    The Daily Star reports Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea rejected the chance to sign Sergio Aguero when he was a teenager.

    Chelsea are doing fine without him but there must be a few United and Liverpool fans casting an envious glance in Manchester City's direction at the moment.

  60. England to chase 318


    Tillakaratne Dilshan

    England will need to score 318 to beat Sri Lanka in the opening ODI in Colombo.

    Having been put in by Alastair Cook, Sri Lanka reached 317-6 in their 50 overs.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with 88.

  61. Batsman Hughes still 'critical'


    Australia batsman Phil Hughes remains in a "critical" condition in a Sydney hospital after he was hit on the head by a short-pitched ball.

    Hughes was wearing a helmet made by manufacturer Masuri.

    Masuri helmet modifications

    The company has modified its design between 2013 and 2014, but Hughes was wearing a helmet made before the modifications as the graphic above shows.

  62. Villa fans unhappy with Bent move


    As we reported earlier, Darren Bent has completed a loan move to Brighton but the Birmingham Mail newspaper reports the move will disappoint many Aston Villa fans.

    The newspaper asked fans whether they would want him in the Villa starting line-up and 80% of Villa supporters filling in the poll felt the former England man should be given a starting role at Villa Park.

    Brave move by Paul Lambert?

  63. The world's best defenders


    Bayern Munich's defence is unsurprisingly well represented in the nominations for Fifa's World XI 2014, with three of their back four shortlisted.

    Philip Lahm, David Alaba and Jerome Boateng are all included in the list of 20 defenders, which has been released two days after the five nominated goalkeeepers were unveiled. The World XI is decided by the players and involves votes from tens of thousands professional footballers worldwide.

    The full defender shortlist is: David Alaba (Austria / Bayern Munich); Jordi Alba (Spain / Barcelona); Dani Alves (Brazil / Barcelona); Jerome Boateng (Germany / Bayern Munich); Daniel Carvajal (Spain / Real Madrid); David Luiz (Brazil / Paris St-Germain); Filipe Luis (Brazil / Chelsea); Diego Godin (Uruguay / Atletico Madrid); Mats Hummels (Germany / Borussia Dortmund); Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia / Chelsea); Vincent Kompany (Belgium / Manchester City); Philipp Lahm (Germany / Bayern Munich); Marcelo (Brazil / Real Madrid); Javier Mascherano (Argentina / Barcelona); Pepe (Portugal / Real Madrid); Gerard Pique (Spain / Barcelona); Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid); Thiago Silva (Brazil / Paris St-Germain); Raphael Varane (France / Real Madrid); Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina / Manchester City).

  64. Dad Selby out to cap 'momentous' year


    Mark Selby

    Mark Selby hopes to end a momentous year by improving on finishing runner-up at last season's UK Championship.

    Selby won the World Championship for the first time in 2014, but said that was eclipsed by then becoming a father.

    His wife Vikki gave birth to daughter Sofia Maria on 11 November and Selby said he has barely stopped smiling since, despite the sleep deprivation.

    "It's been a great year and hopefully I can cap 2014 off by having a good run in the UK," he told BBC Sport.

    "I didn't sleep much for the first five or six nights but from Monday I started practising again and have been sleeping in a different room trying to catch up on my sleep a little bit. "

  65. Get involved


    Is Sergio Aguero the third best player in the world? If not, who is?

    John: #thirdbestintheworld Iniesta. Getting older yes but no less of a genius. And has all the attributes you want in a role model.

    Chris Readman: #thirdbestintheworld At the present time, Robben. Unchallenged.

    Manuel Neuer

    Matthew Reid: #thirdbestintheworld Probably should be Neuer who has won everything over the past two seasons.

  66. On this day

    Justin Rose

    - In 2006: Justin Rose won his first European Tour event in four years at the MasterCard Australian Masters in Huntingdale after carding a 12-under-par 276.

    - In 1997, Newcastle's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League ended with a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.

    - In 2009: Portsmouth announced Avram Grant as their new manager, replacing Paul Hart at the helm.

  67. Double strike for England


    England have taken two quick wickets as Sri Lanka enter the closing overs of their innings in the first ODI in Colombo.

    James Tredwell took two wickets in an over to leave Sri Lanka on 253-5 after 43 overs.

    Keep up to date with the latest on our live text and with ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  68. UK Championship latest


    A quick update from the York Barbican where the first round of the UK Championship continues:


    Xiao Guodong (Chn) 6-1 Ian Glover (Eng)

    Gerard Greene (NI) 6-2 Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)

    Matthew Stevens (Wal) 6-2 Allan Taylor (Eng)

    Latest Scores:

    John Higgins (Sco) 5-2 Lee Walker (Wal)

    Martin Gould (Eng) 5-2 Lee Page (Eng)

    Anthony McGill (Sco) 3-4 Michael Georgiou (Eng)

    Jamie Cope (Eng) 4-2 John Astley (Eng)

    Ben Woollaston (Eng) 5-4 Michael Wasley (Eng)

    All first round matches are a best of 11 frames

  69. Post update


    Didier Drogba on Twitter: On the way back to london city home of the blues!!!! Great win and on to the next one!!!!

    On the back of trebles for both Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Chelsea's 5-0 win Schalke is easily overshadowed. The Blues are looking ominous though after qualifying out of the group stages with a match to go.

  70. Prolific Aguero



    That is the face of a happy man. And, with stats like that, it is easy to see why. Prolific.

  71. Top stories at 1

    If you're just joining us on your lunchbreak, here's a run-down of the day's top stories:

    Football: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and captain Vincent Company have called Sergio Aguero "a special player".

    Cricket: Australia batsman Phil Hughes remains in a "critical" condition in hospital after being struck on the head with a ball.

    Football: Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has joined Championship side Brighton on a one-month loan deal.

    and finally: Give yourself a spare two minutes to watch this video featuring aspiring poet Chris Eubank.

  72. Watford sign Palace's Guedioura


    Championship side Watford have signed midfielder Adlene Guedioura from Crystal Palace on loan until 1 January.

    The 29-year-old Algeria international joined Palace in the summer of 2013, but has only made six appearances in all competitions so far this season.

  73. Wanyama's home broken into


    Victor Wanyama

    The home of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama was burgled while he was away with his club.

    Thieves broke into the home when Kenyan midfielder Wanyama was away for the game at Aston Villa on Monday night.

    When the 23-year-old returned he found his Range Rover Sport, electrical items and jewellery had been stolen from his home in Winchester. The vehicle was later found in Iver, Buckinghamshire.

  74. Team news is in......

    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    Dan Walker

    Yes, it's that time of the week - Dan Walker's Tuesday Team News is announced. This week, Dan asked for your suggestions for a #CanineXI and the above graphic reveals his selections.

  75. Moses faces up to eight weeks out


    Victor Moses

    Stoke City's on-loan Chelsea striker Victor Moses faces up to eight weeks out with a thigh injury, reports BBC Radio Stoke.

    "It's bad news on Victor Moses," said Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen.

    "A problem with his thigh.

    "He will be out with anything up to six to eight weeks. It's a big hit. He had a scan yesterday and it wasn't good news. At the moment we're deciding with Chelsea whether to go back and have the rehab there or stay with our team"

  76. Ribery questions Ballon d'Or


    Cristiano Ronaldo a shoe-in for the Ballon d'Or? Not according to Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery - far from it in fact.

    The France winger believes the winner should be either goalkeeper Manuel Neuer or forward Arjen Robben - both his teammates - but fears politics will work against then

    He told Sport Bild: "Manu has won everything, is a good person, not arrogant. Arjen played an unbelievable last Bundesliga season and after that an excellent World Cup. But I fear that there is still a lot of politics.

    "The Golden Ball for the best player? I don't believe that any more. In 2006 (Italy defender Fabio) Cannavaro won - because he was world champion, that's all."

  77. Sri Lanka eye-up big total


    Sri Lanka are looking well set for an imposing total in the opening ODI against England.

    England did take two quick wickets earlier but after 34 overs, the home side are 183-2.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan is unbeaten on 82.

    Follow the latest on our live text or listen to ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  78. You'll be a man my son


    Chris Eubank

    "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

    "If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;"

    If you don't do anything else today, get yourself on the BBC Sport website and watch Chris Eubank's recital of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' during an interview about his son, Chris Eubank Jr here.

    Eubank Jr, 25, challenges for Billy Joe Saunders' British, European and Commonwealth middleweight titles at London's Excel arena on Saturday and we will have live text commentary.

  79. Bent agrees Seagulls loan


    Darren Bent joins Brighton on loan

    Darren Bent has joined Championship side Brighton on loan from Aston Villa.

    The club tweeted to say the deal is for one-month initially until the end of December and the 30-year-old striker will wear the number 39 shirt.


    Raphael Varane

    The Daily Star reports Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane after he admitted he is unhappy at the European champions.

    The 21-year-old France international has been touted as one of the best defenders in the game but often finds himself behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe in Carlo Ancelotti's team.

  81. Get involved


    Emon Khan: Robben is #thirdbestintheworld, however it shows how great #messi and #CR7 are that 1 and 2 have been locked for years. Btw #CR7 is no.1 imo.

    James: #thirdbestintheworld Bale no contest. He is the ultimate big match player

    Djethro Colmer: ‏Why should #thirdbestintheworld be a forward?? Matic for me, he is playing faultless football. An utter beast in midfield.

    Fair point Djethro. Although Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been suggested by many as the third best player in the world.

  82. UK Championship latest


    A quick update from the first round matches in the UK Championship at the York Barbican:

    John Higgins (Sco) 3-1 Lee Walker (Wal)

    Matthew Stevens (Wal) 3-2 Allan Taylor (Eng)

    Xiao Guodong (Chn) 5-1 Ian Glover (Eng)

    Martin Gould (Eng) 3-1 Lee Page (Eng)

    Anthony McGill (Sco) 2-2 Michael Georgiou (Eng)

    Jamie Cope (Eng) 3-1 John Astley (Eng)

    Gerard Greene (NI) 3-2 Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)

    Ben Woollaston (Eng) 3-3 Michael Wasley (Eng)

    All first round matches are best of 11 frames.

  83. 'Future is bright'

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton ‏on Twitter: Young Harley moved me y'day. Took me back to when I was his age!. His future is so bright, and so is yours!

  84. Lewis Hamilton meets 9-year-old racer

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Lewis Hamilton

    Newly-crowned Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton surprised 9-year-old karting champion Harley Haughton in the 5 live studio.

    On the same day that Hamilton secured the 2014 Formula 1 championship Horton won the Manchester and Buxton Kart Club Honda Cadet Championship at the Three Sisters circuit near Wigan.

    Hamilton also met Harley's father and mechanic Dave, and talked about the influence of his own father Anthony on his career.

    Watch the clip from 5 live Breakfast here.

  85. More questions for Poults

    Ian Poulter took time out to answer some of your questions on Twitter this morning using #bbcpoulter

    Here's a couple you sent in:

    Joe Pye: Quite an obvious question, but what is your favourite Ryder Cup moment that you played in?

    Ian Poulter at Medinah

    "Saturday afternoon at Medinah is probably going to be no surprise to nobody. To play in the last match of the afternoon - when the matches were 10-4 down and Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald winning their point to get it to 10-5 - Rory and I closed out our match on the last hole. That was a pretty special moment."

    Robert Gray: When was the closest you felt to landing a major?

    Ian Poulter at Royal Birkdale 2008

    "I would say when I finished runner-up in 2008 at Birkdale when I think Padraig Harrington birdied four of the last five holes or was four under for the last five holes to beat me by a couple of shots. To post the clubhouse lead, at that point, I felt I had a chance to win.

    "There's no pain in that at all. I loved every minute of it. There's too many ifs and buts and you can go through your whole life saying 'if, if, if'. It was a great week and finishing second was pretty special."

  86. A Question of Sport

    Right, get your thinking caps on - it's quiz time.

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport is...

    Since 1980, which six snooker players have won the UK Championship on more than one occasion?

    Stay tuned and we'll have the answer a little later....

  87. 'He's no Gazza,' says Gazza


    Ross Barkley

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has enjoyed rich comparisons to former players this season, but he will never make another Paul Gascoigne, according to Gazza himself.

    As the Liverpool Echo reports, Gascoigne said: "Ross has everything at the moment ... power, strength, size and he is confident.

    "There will never be another another Gazza, but there is a Ross Barkley who can become one of the country's best players."

  88. Wolves' Woffinden will not ride in Elite League


    Tai Woffinden

    Former world speedway champion Tai Woffinden has announced that he will not ride for Wolverhampton in next season's Elite League as his schedule will keep him too busy.

    Woffinden, 24, has ridden for Wolves for his whole career in the British top flight, helping them to the Elite League title in 2009.

    But during his defence this year of the world title he won in 2013, Woffinden's packed schedule of racing became too much, and he had to take time off in July, suffering from exhaustion.

    He has opted to ride in the Polish and Swedish Leagues in 2015, as well as the World Championship, but drop the British Elite League from his schedule.

  89. Sri Lanka dominance continues


    Kusal Perera and Dilshan

    Sri Lanka are continuing to rack up the runs against England in the opening ODI in Colombo.

    Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera have both made half centuries.

    Sri Lanka are 119-0 after 22 overs.

    Keep up with all the latest with our live text and also with ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  90. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Want to listen to something good? This is the podcast for you.

    You can hear all the latest football news from BBC Radio 5 live with results, analysis, debate & exclusive interviews, on the daily podcast here.

  91. UK Championship latest


    A quick update from the York Barbican of the morning session matches in progress on day two of the UK Championship:

    John Higgins (Sco) 2-1 Lee Walker (Wal)

    Matthew Stevens (Wal) 3-0 Allan Taylor (Eng)

    Xiao Guodong (Chn) 4-0 Ian Glover (Eng)

    Martin Gould (Eng) 3-1 Lee Page (Eng)

    Anthony McGill (Sco) 1-2 Michael Georgiou (Eng)

    Jamie Cope (Eng) 2-1 John Astley (Eng)

    Gerard Greene (NI) 2-2 Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)

    Ben Woollaston (Eng) 2-2 Michael Wasley (Eng)

    All first round matches are best of 11 frames.

  92. Hatchett signs new Sussex contract


    Sussex seam bowler Lewis Hatchett has signed a new two-year contract, keeping him at Hove until the end of 2016.

    The 24-year-old took 22 wickets at an average of 44.27 in eight County Championship appearances in 2014.

    The Shoreham-born left-hander was also a regular in one-day competition, taking 20 wickets in total.

  93. Get involved


    You have sent more of your views about whether Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is the third best in the world or not.

    Arjen Robben

    Darryl Alderton: #thirdbestintheworld in my opinion is Arjen Robben! the guy is a wizard! ‏

    David Akehurst: Aguero is a top player; but #thirdbestintheworld must be Bale, Neymar or Hazard. These players shine in teams filled with quality.

    Jamie Russell: Nobody was talking about Aguero being #thirdbestintheworld last week. One game shouldn't change how he's rated. He's class, but not top 3.

    Tweet #thirdbestintheworld, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  94. Top stories at 11

    In case you've just joined us, here's a reminder of the morning's top stories:

    Football: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini hails striker Sergio Aguero as "one of the best players in the world".

    Football: West Brom defender Jonas Olsson is ruled out until the new year as he undergoes an Achilles operation.

    Cricket: Australia batsman Phil Hughes remains in a "critical" condition in hospital after he was hit on the head with a ball.

    Cricket:Sri Lanka are batting first in the opening ODI against England.

  95. Stat attack


    Sergio Aguero became only the second player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Bayern Munich. The first was?

    It is a tough one, granted. but the man is question is Deportivo's Roy Makaay who scored a treble against the Bavarians in 2002. It could well be another 12 years before it happens again.

  96. Back pages



    Across the English Channel now and....Zlatan is back!

    L'Equipe's front page says it all as Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns from injury to score against his former club Ajax last night. Paris St-Germain's 3-1 win was their fourth straight Champions League victory.

    Read more about his goals and the other headlines from Tuesday's Champions League action around Europe here.

  97. Back pages


    Sergio Aguero

    While Lionel Messi is the papers' darling in Spain, Sergio Aguero's exploits put him on the back of all the England press this morning. The Daily Express uses the phrase "our special one", while the Independent goes for "Amazing Aguero".

    His treble against Bayern Munich for Manchester City last night has certainly given the blues massive hope of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage.

  98. Steady start for Sri Lanka


    Tillakaratne Dilshan

    Sri Lanka have made a positive start in the opening ODI against England in Colombo.

    Alastair Cook won the the toss and put the hosts in to bat earlier.

    After eight overs, Sri Lanka are 46-0.

    Keep up to date with all the action in our live text as well as ball-by-ball coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  99. Xavi sets Champions League record



    The Barcelona midfielder Xavi jumped above Iker Casillas's 144 appearances in last night's win over Apoel Nicosia but the Real Madrid stopper will hope to get back on level terms against Basel this evening. This could be an ongoing battle...

  100. Your questions answered


    As you may have seen earlier, Ian Poulter dropped in to MediaCityUK this morning for a round of interviews.

    We put some of your questions on Twitter to him using #bbcpoulter

    Here's a couple of his answers:

    Ian Poulter

    Dominic Clemons: When did you start playing golf? And who got him into playing it?

    "I started playing when I was about five. My dad cut an old three wood down - took off the sole plate, pulled out the lead weight that was in the bottom in those days and taped up where the grip should be with pipe tape and that was my starting club."

    Ian Poulter

    Jacob Cutts: What's your favourite major and why? Also what do you believe is the best part if your game?

    "My favourite major would be the Open championship. Every Englishman is obviously going to want to put their hands on that Claret Jug. In respect to the best part of my game, I would think mentally I am pretty strong. That's always been a very strong part of my game. I've always felt in certain situations I have been able to pull on mental strength."

    We'll share a few more of your questions later.

  101. Get involved


    Soccer Bob: Aguero is a better finisher than Suarez and he's not a liability. Top 5 are Messi, Ron, Bale, Aguero, Modric.

    William Swayne: #thirdbestintheworld is quite obviously Zlatan.

    Ryan McDermott: Aguero scores 1 Hatrick vs Bayern and now he's #thirdbestintheworld ? People seem to forget about Robben, Ibra, Iniesta , Di Maria, Suarez!

    After Sergio Aguero almost single handedly guided Manchester City to a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night, we are asking where he ranks in terms of the world's best? With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seen by many as the top two, is the Argentine the third best? If not who is? Tweet #thirdbestintheworld, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  102. UK Championship latest scores


    It's day two of the action in snooker's UK Championship at the York Barbican and the latest scores from the morning session are as follow:

    John Higgins (Sco) 1-0 Lee Walker (Wal)

    Matthew Stevens (Wal) 2-0 Allan Taylor (Eng)

    Xiao Guodong (Chn) 2-0 Ian Glover (Eng)

    Martin Gould (Eng) 1-1 Lee Page (Eng)

    Anthony McGill (Sco) 0-1 Michael Georgiou (Eng)

    Jamie Cope (Eng) 1-0 John Astley (Eng)

    Gerard Greene (Eng) 0-1 Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)

    Ben Woollaston (Eng) 0-1 Michael Wasley (Eng)

    All first round matches are best of 11 frames.

  103. Studio selfie

    Ian Poulter in the BBC 5 live studio

    A little weird @georgeyboy loved my smell.... Great to be on the show with @NickyAACampbell & @rachelburden #NoLimits

    Sports reader George Riley seemed to take a bit of an interest in Poults' scent during his appearance on 5 live breakfast earlier.

  104. Grobbelaar criticises Mignolet


    Bruce Grobbelaar gives his verdict on current Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet

    Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar says Simon Mignolet is the main reason the Reds are struggling to get results this season.

    In an interview with BBC Sport, he said Liverpool's problems in defence were glossed over last season by the free-scoring exploits of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

    He likened Mignolet to "worse than Dracula" because the Belgian "stays on his line".

    "At least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then," he said.

  105. South Africa name team

    Rugby Union

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer names the following team on Wednesday to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

    15-Willie le Roux, 14-Cornal Hendricks, 13-Jan Serfontein, 12-Jean de Villiers (captain), 11-Lwazi Mvovo, 10-Pat Lambie, 9-Cobus Reinach; 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Teboho Mohoje, 6-Marcell Coetzee, 5-Victor Matfield, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Coenie Oosthuizen, 2-Bismark du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira

  106. Back pages


    Lionel Messi

    No surprises what - or who - dominates the front and back pages in Spain, with Lionel Messi's latest record taking all the headlines. The Barcelona man scored a hat trick in last night's win over Apoel Nicosia to became the Champions League's all-time top scorer with 74 goals.

    Mundo Deportivo's front page above says it all, while the Sport calls the little magician "out of this world". They have got a point...

  107. Get involved

    Sergio Aguero

    "Aguero is Suarez without the baggage and now belongs in that elite group comprising Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the brilliant, maverick Uruguayan."

    The words of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini last night after Aguero's hat-trick against Bayern Munich.

    Do you agree with his rating?

    Is Sergio Aguero #thirdbestintheworld? If not, who is?

    Tweet us or get in touch on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  108. England team news


    Alex Hales

    England have left out batsman Alex Hales while bowler Steven Finn has failed to come through a fitness test.

    It means Moeen Ali will open with captain Alastair Cook.

    England: Cook, Ali, Bell, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Stokes, Woakes, Tredwell, Gurney.

  109. England win toss


    News from the middle in Colombo and England have won the toss and elected to bowl in the first ODI.

    Our live text page is also up and running and you can keep up with the action with Sam Sheringham and the team here.

  110. Burgess set for Bath debut

    Rugby Union

    Sam Burgess

    Sam Burgess could make his much-awaited rugby union debut for Bath against Harlequins in the Premiership on Friday.

    Cross-code signing Burgess may be among the replacements for the match at the Rec, according to Bath head coach Mike Ford.

    The 25-year-old has only recently resumed training after fracturing a cheekbone.

    "It might be a possibility," said Ford. "We haven't decided on the team for Friday yet. We will keep a close eye on him to see where he is."

  111. Covers off, toss to come


    Some encouraging news from the cric