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Summary

  1. GET INVOLVED: Who has settled best into Premier League? #bbcsportsday
  2. Liverpool to begin expansion on Anfield on Monday
  3. Daniel Sturridge 'coming along well' - Brendan Rodgers
  4. Alastair Cook given one-match ban for slow over rate
  5. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates fined £5,000
  6. Wada to "fully investigate" Russia doping allegations

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  1. Post update

    Goodbye

    Right, that's all for another Sportsday. We'll be back tomorrow with eight more Premier League manager press conferences and all the build-up to the second round of the FA Cup. See you bright and early in the morning. Bye for now.

  2. Golf

    Woods tees off

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods has begun his latest comeback by hitting his first tee shot out of bounds.

    The 38-year-old 14-time major champion has started his opening round at the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, having not played since August's USPGA Championship.

    After finding the fairway with his second tee shot at the first, Woods then sent a wedge approach to two feet to limit the damage to a bogey.

  3. Athletics

    Meadows sickened by Russia drug claims

    Jenny Meadows

    British 800m runner Jenny Meadows has told the BBC it would be the "biggest doping scandal of all time" if allegations of widespread and systematic cheating among Russian athletes turns out to be true.

    Meadows, beaten to European gold by a Russian drug cheat in 2011, said the claims in a German television documentary broadcast on Wednesday, made her feel "sick".

    The documentary claimed to present evidence of systematic doping and corruption in Russian sport.

    Those claims have been rejected as "a pack of lies" by the president of Russian Athletics Federation, while the IAAF said it had "noted a number of grave allegations" and revealed that an investigation into some of the claims is "already ongoing".

  4. Football

    Nations League set for 2018 & 2019

    Uefa's new 'Nations League' - the competition being brought in to replace most international friendlies - will be played between September and November 2018, European football's governing body has confirmed.

    Each country will play six matches in the new tournament, which will see Uefa's 52 countries split into four divisions, each with four groups of three or four teams.

    The winners of the four groups in division A - which will be made up of the strongest teams - will play the semi-finals and final in June 2019 to determine the winner.

    The four semi-finalists will also qualify automatically for the finals of Euro 2020, which is being played in 13 countries across Europe with the final at Wembley Stadium.

  5. Snooker

    UK Championship latest

    Judd Trump is into the quarter-finals at the UK Snooker Championship in York after sealing a 6-3 victory over Rod Lawler.

    Shaun Murphy is currently a frame away from joining him, leading Marco Fu 5-4.

  6. Gloucester sign Tonga international

    Rugby Union

    Gloucester have bolstered their back-line options with the signing of Tonga's David Halaifonua, subject to visa approval.

    The 27-year-old, who can play wing or at full-back, returns to Kingsholm after playing there for his country against the United States last month.

    He comes in to replace Tom Isaacs, who has left to join Cardiff Blues.

  7. Formula 1

    McLaren still to decide on driver line-up

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson tweets: "McLaren board meeting has now concluded, and no decision has been taken with regard to the 2015 driver line-up, a spokesman said."

  8. Whelan given extra week by FA

    Football

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been given another week to respond to a Football Association charge over comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

    "Whelan, 78, had until 18:00 GMT on 5 December to answer the charge, but after taking legal advice he requested an extension and that has been granted by the governing body and the new deadline is 18:00 on Friday 12 December.

    It is alleged his original statements, published in the Guardian, were "abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute"."

  9. Matic out for Chelsea

    Football

    Nemanja Matic

    Chelsea will be without the suspended Nemanja Matic for their match against Newcastle on Saturday. The influential midfielder received a yellow card in Chelsea's victory over Tottenham, his fifth of the season, and as a result will miss his first minute of Premier League action since the season began.

  10. Bundesliga to use goal-line technology

    Football

    goal-line technology

    Goal-line technology will be used in the German Bundesliga from next season.

    The 18 top flight clubs turned it down last year but have now voted 15-3 in favour of the technology following a proposal by Bayern Munich.

    The league will adopt the Hawk-Eye system which has been used in the Premier League since 2013-14.

  11. Shipwrecked team rescued from shark-inhabited waters

    Sailing

    Team Vestas Wind

    A shipwrecked crew have been rescued from shark-inhabited waters during the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.

    The nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew were stranded after crashing on a remote coral reef, before being picked up by a coastguard boat and taken to Mauritius.

    Shore crew chief Neil Cox, said: "We've had nine guys sitting on a sand pit in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The coastguard was asking me to warn the guys that the reef is riddled full of sharks and barracuda."

  12. More transfer activity at Blackpool

    Football

    Blackpool boss Lee Clark has been a busy man in the few weeks since he took charge at Bloomfield Road. He's taken his tally of signings to 10 with the arrival of Republic of Ireland defender Darren O'Dea on a short-term deal until 4 January.

  13. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Peter Whight: Sanchez not even the best this season, look at Costa?

    JustChuks: I think that would be @Azpilicueta. He really has gotten it right from the start in the league

    Ian Dobson: Kevin Phillips? Moved up from the championship scored 30 league goals. the only Englishman to win the European Golden Shoe!

    Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  14. Steve Davis goes backstage

    Snooker

    Rob Walker

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be six-time world champion Steve Davis, or any other professional snooker player? Why not check out backstage footage from the UK Championships, where you can experience a player's-eye-view of a snooker walk-on.

  15. 'Federer can play until he's 45'

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    Also on the agenda for Tim Henman, Andy Roddick and Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 live's a special report from the Masters Tennis tournament at the Albert Hall is Roger Federer.

    Pat Cash says: "Federer is moving unbelievably well, he doesn't need any more experience than he's got, as long as he can stay fit, he can play until he's 45."

  16. BBC Radio 5 live special

    Tennis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On BBC 5live tonight at 21:00 GMT tonight, Russell Fuller presents a special report from the Masters Tennis tournament at the Albert Hall with guests Tim Henman, Andy Roddick and Pat Cash. Among the topics of conversation is Andy Murray's decision to retain Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.

    Andy Murray (right) with Amelie Mauresmo

    Tim Heman says: "Andy Murray is not the type of guy to travel the tour, picking up some nice cheques and making up the numbers. He wants to win some big tournaments so next year is going to be a big year for him."

  17. Football

    Brunt to miss trip to Hull

    Baggies manager Irvine confirmed that skipper Chris Brunt will miss Saturday's trip to Hull City after limping off in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by West Ham with a hamstring injury.

    "I haven't decided who will replace him but he is not going to be able to play," he said.

    "It's a hamstring strain, it's not too bad but he's got no chance in playing in this game."

  18. Football

    Berahino goals will come again - Irvine

    Saido Berahino of West Brom

    West Brom boss Alan Irvine expects striker Saido Berahino to get back amongst the goals, having failed to register for the past five matches.

    Berahino, 21, was called up to the England squad for the first time last month but has not scored since October.

    Irvine said: "There's been a lot of focus on a young player and he has handled it well overall but I don't think anyone would have been surprised to see Saido dropping off a little bit, which is what has probably happened.

    "I believe he will come back, he's a good finisher and I really believe the goals will come again."

  19. Redfearn backs Leeds owner Cellino

    Football

    Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has given his support to the club's owner Massimo Cellino.

    Cellino, 58, was asked to resign from the Championship club by the Football League on Monday after breaching its "fit and proper" ownership test but he intends to appeal against the decision.

    Redfearn said: "Everything he's done is in the best interests of the club. Hand on heart, I honestly believe it.

    "We're fortunate to have an owner who's football daft and who loves the club."

  20. Golf

    Fisher leads in Sun City

    Ross Fisher

    It might be 4 December but the 2015 European Tour season began today and Englishman Ross Fisher leads after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

    Fisher opened with a six-under-par 66 to stand two shots clear of a three-way tie for second between South African George Coetzee, Germany's Marcel Siem and Frenchman Alexander Levy.

    Fisher, who last won on the Tour in South Africa in March, managed four birdies on the front nine and three coming home.

    Defending champion Thomas Bjorn was last following an error-strewn 80. US Open champion Martin Kaymer shot 74.

  21. Football

    Stoke can win against Arsenal - Hughes

    Mark Hughes, Stoke manager

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side can win against Arsenal on Saturday, if they start converting their chances.

    Hughes, who believes Stoke were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Manchester United on Tuesday, said: "We still showed character to keep going to the end and come the final moments, there were 75,000 fans screaming for the whistle

    "Over the years we've made it difficult for Arsenal to play their game. We're a different team now but we can still compete.

    "We are in a good frame of mind and have the belief that we can claim all three points on Saturday."

  22. Football

    Anfield expansion confirmed

    Anfield

    Meanwhile, Liverpool have officially confirmed they will begin construction work on expending their Main Stand (on the left of the picture) early next year (see earlier entry at 09:28).

    The work will add around an additional 8,500 seats, taking its capacity to over 20,000 and the overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000.

    It should be completed during the 2016-17 season and matches will continue to be played at Anfield during the construction works.

  23. Football

    Gerrard will 'always be part of Liverpool'

    Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain

    Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre says club captain Steven Gerrard "will always be part of this football club", whether he decides to accept a new contract offer or not.

    The 34-year-old's current deal runs out at the end of the season and Ayre is hopeful Gerrard will decide to stay at Anfield.

    "We have made an offer to Steven and we have to be respectful to him and where he is in his career. There is no pressure from our side," said Ayre.

    "He is an iconic part of this football club and we want to see him here for many years - and that is not just about his playing career."

  24. Rugby Union

    All-Ireland Rugby World Cup bid

    Aviva Stadium, Ireland

    An all-Ireland bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be officially unveiled on Friday, reports the Press Association.

    Officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) will join representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish government to outline their ambition to jointly host the event.

    It is understood an all-Ireland bid will be given the go-ahead at an event in Armagh on Friday morning.

    England stage next year's event with Japan the hosts in 2019.

  25. Wolves press conference

    Football

    Wolves are without three injured players - striker Nouha Dicko and defenders Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Scott Golbourne - for Saturday's Championship home game against fourth-placed Bournemouth, reports BBC WM's Mike Taylor.

    Midfielder Jack Price is available after being recalled from loan at Leyton Orient as Wolves bid to end a run of four straight defeats.

  26. Sturridge 'coming along well'

    Football

    Daniel Sturridge

    On striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not played since suffering a thigh injury with England in September, Brendan Rodgers said: "He has gone away to get some work in, with some of our staff, doing specific work. He's coming along well."

  27. Magnificent response from players - Rodgers

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers

    The Liverpool boss says he is very pleased with the way his side have responded since their 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on 23 November.

    "We've had a reaction after Crystal Palace. The players have showed their character that I've always said they have," said Rodgers.

    "The players deserve great credit and have responded magnificently well over the last three games."

  28. No offers for Lucas

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool have not had any offers for Brazilian midfielder Lucas. "He was always an important member of the squad. He's in a good moment and long may it continue," he said.

  29. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Colin Groom: Best start in the PL has to be @RvWolfswinkel9 at Norwich. Cracking header in first game. Never played to his strengths after.

    Steven McNamara: Papiss Cisse made a bigger first impact than Sanchez easily, he was absolutely lethal in 2012. Hopefully he gets back to that.

    Warren Fiveash: Jurgen Klinsmann scored 29 goals for Spurs during the 94/95 season. The dive celebration had an impact all of its own!

    Grant Guntrip: Grazianno Pelle! He's gone of the boil of late, but such a deadly start.

    Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  30. Balotelli injured, but Coutinho fit

    Football

    Philippe Coutinho

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Mario Balotelli is still injured and "still very much a Liverpool player" and adds that he expects playmaker Philippe Coutinho to recover from a knee problem for Saturday's match against Sunderland.

  31. Alpine Skiing

    Violinist Mae to appeal against skiing ban

    Vanessa-Mae

    Violinist Vanessa-Mae has officially confirmed she will appeal against a four-year skiing ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    The International Ski Federation (FIS) imposed the punishment after ruling she helped "manipulate" results to ensure her place at February's Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Mae, 36, and five officials were banned after an investigation into four races in Slovenia, taking place just before the January qualification deadline.

    The Singapore-born British violinist competed in the giant slalom at Sochi for her father's nation - Thailand - under his surname 'Vanakorn'.

  32. 'Discussions' over McCoist future

    Football

    Ally McCoist, Rangers manager

    BBC Scotland has learned discussions between senior figures at Ibrox have taken place over the future of Ally McCoist but his position as Rangers boss is not under immediate threat.

    Some Rangers fans have called for the manager to stand down following Wednesday night's defeat to Alloa in the Petrofac Cup semi-final, but McCoist himself says he has no intention of resigning.

    It's understood sacking McCoist and his management team would cost Rangers around £1.4 million, but with the club struggling to pay wages beyond December, any move to change the management team is off the table for now.

  33. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will face the media at 14:00 GMT ahead of his team's Premier League tie against Sunderland on Saturday. Will Sunderland be the focus or will it be the Mario Balotelli and Steven Gerrard show perhaps? Whatever is said, we'll have it covered.

  34. Ward suffers ankle ligament damage

    Football

    Burnley FC
  35. Pardew hoping to 'exploit' Chelsea weakness

    Football

    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been giving his thoughts on Saturday's Premier League match against league leaders Chelsea.

    "Mentally we are in a strong position and our confidence is high. We have good spirit and are learning lessons along the way," said the Magpies boss.

    "We need to threaten Chelsea because they look terrific. They are a great team who are strong and organised.

    "Somewhere along the line Chelsea will slip up and hopefully we can exploit any weaknesses they have."

  36. Johnson & Brown in line for Liverpool

    Football

    Adam Johnson of Sunderland

    Sunderland's Adam Johnson and Wes Brown are pushing for returns ahead of Saturday's trip to Anfield.

    The winger missed Wednesday's 4-1 defeat to former club Manchester City after picking up a knock against Chelsea but, like captain Brown, he could return to face Liverpool.

    Speaking to safc.com, manager Gus Poyet said: "Adam had a problem with his quads at the end of the game the other day and he didn't train for one minute with us, so there was no chance. I think we have a great chance to recover him for Saturday, but let's see."

  37. Skier breaks back in training

    Alpine Skiing

    Charlie hospital

    One of the UK's top female skiers has suffered a broken back while training in Sweden.

    Charlie Guest, the UK number one female alpine slalom skier, fractured vertebrae in her spine after falling and landing on a boulder.

    The 20-year-old, from Perth, spent eight hours strapped to a backboard during the 250km (155 mile) journey to hospital from the remote slope.

  38. Brentford's Hogan on road to recovery

    Football

    Brentford say Scott Hogan is recovering well from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in August.

    The 22-year-old striker underwent knee surgery and faces a long spell on the sidelines, but Brentford's head of medical Neil Greig told the club website Hogan is "very much on track" with his recovery.

  39. England Women to face US & France

    Football

    England Women

    England Women will play the United States and France at home as part of their preparations for next summer's Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada.

    They will face the USA, ranked the world's best team by Fifa, on 13 February with France on 9 April. Venues and kick-off times are yet to be announced.

    Last month Mark Sampson's side lost 3-0 to Germany in front of a record crowd of 45,619 at Wembley.

    The draw for the World Cup takes place in Ottawa on Saturday.

  40. SA skipper hopeful for World Cup

    Rugby Union

    Jean de Villiers, South Africa captain

    South Africa captain Jean de Villiers says he is hopeful of being fit for the Rugby World Cup in England next September after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee.

    De Villiers dislocated his kneecap in the 12-6 defeat by Wales in Cardiff on Saturday and early estimates suggested he would be out of action for at least eight months.

    The 33-year-old centre said: "My focus will now be on the arrival of our third child in the coming days.

    "Thereafter it will be about recovering as soon as possible so I can start with my rehabilitation. I will do everything in my power to get to England."

  41. New BBC app for Windows users

    (If you haven't got a Windows phone then now is a good time to make yourself a brew).

    Dear Windows phone users, we've launched a new app for you today which means you won't miss out on any of the great content across BBC Sport. The app will bring the 'BBC Sport experience' to users of Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 and can be downloaded here.

  42. Yuvraj left out of India World Cup squad

    Cricket

    Yuvraj Singh

    All-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been left out of India's provisional 30-man squad for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    Yuvraj, 32, was player of the tournament in 2011 when India won the tournament on home soil but has not featured in recent one-day squads.

    Gautam Gambhir, who top scored for India in the final against Sri Lanka, was also omitted, as were fellow 2011 squad members Virender Sehwag, paceman Zaheer Khan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

    Yuvraj returned to international cricket this year following cancer treatment but has struggled to regain his form.

  43. Gerald Davies appointed Pro12 chairman

    Rugby Union

    Gerald Davies

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions wing Gerald Davies has been appointed chairman of the Pro12.

    The 69-year-old, who won 46 caps for Wales and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 1968 and 1971, succeeds former Scotland full-back Andy Irvine.

    It was the WRU's turn to nominate the next chairman of the Pro12, which is made up of professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales

  44. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Gary McQuillan: Eric Cantona - first two seasons in the Premier League, major influence in both Leeds and Man Utd winning the league title!!

    Howie Bellafonte: Michu. Torres. Suarez. I don't think UK based players should be counted.

    Jamie Davison: Papis Cisse? 13 goals. 12 games goal of season as well

  45. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Tom Richards: Van Nistelrooy. 23 league goals, record for scoring in 8 games in a row and PFA Players Player of the Season. Some impact!

    Matthew Harmonyx: Has to be Papiss Cisse's first six months in English football. Shame about the two odd years since then though.

    Oliver Craig: Hard to look past Torres. 24 Premier League goals in his first season and 33 in all competitions, including four hat-tricks

    Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, who scored his ninth league goal in his club's 1-0 win over Southampton. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  46. Liverpool should have signed Long - Nicol

    Football

    Shane Long

    Former Liverpool midfielder Steve Nicol has said Southampton striker Shane Long would have been a better signing for his former club than Mario Balotelli.

    Balotelli joined Liverpool for £16m in the summer, while Long went from Hull to the south coast for £12m.

    Nicol told talkSPORT: "They spent £16m on Balotelli but I would prefer to have signed someone like Shane Long. He's someone who will come on the field and throw his guts into a game and give you everything he's got.

    "He might hot have the ability or the CV of Balotelli but the fans would love him. Instead, you've got a guy who is not producing on the field and who's making a mockery of the club off the field."

  47. Zigic rejoins Birmingham

    Football

    Nikola Zigic

    Serbian striker Nikola Zigic has rejoined Birmingham after the club's work permit appeal proved successful.

    The 34-year-old left the Blues at the end of the 2013-14 season and has been without a club since.

    He has signed a contract that will keep him at St Andrew's until the end of this season, but will not be eligible for Saturday's Championship match at Blackpool.

  48. Bianchi crash Q&A

    Formula 1

    Jules Bianchi

    BBC Sport chief Formula 1 writer Andrew Benson has compiled a Q&A that analyses the key findings from the FIA report into Jules Bianchi's crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October.

    As well as looking into the factors that contributed to the accident, which left the Frenchman with severe head injuries, Andrew also looks ahead to the 21-race calendar for 2015, which was announced yesterday.

    Find out why the Korean Grand Prix, dropped for 2014 but back on the schedule and provisionally fixed for 3 May, is a "fantasy race".

  49. Stoke's Coates fined for comments

    Football

    Stoke chairman Peter Coates has been warned about his future conduct, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs by an independent regulatory commission hearing over comments implying bias by referees.

  50. Koeman targets new faces at Saints

    Football

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton have arguably been the story of the first few months of the Premier League, but Wednesday's late loss to Arsenal was their second in a row, putting their top-four place under pressure.

    Saints boss Ronald Koeman says he will be looking to bring in some reinforcements in January, with several players out with injury including Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork and Toby Alderweireld.

    "A lot of midfielders are injured and that creates a lot of problems," Koeman told BBC Radio Solent.

    "You have to be prepared every game and you can't play on 70%. You have to be 100% and that's difficult for us, because we need everybody to be fit. We don't have the numbers and players that the big teams have, and that's difficult."

  51. Tour de France in UK was a hit

    Road Cycling

    The Tour de France in the Yorkshire Dales

    What looked like a huge success at the time has now been officially confirmed: this summer's Tour de France Grand Depart was a smash hit for Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London.

    A 64-page report, "Three Inspirational Days", details the benefits of staging the start of the three-week race.

    Roadside crowds for the three English stages totalled 4.8m with £102m of the £128m revenue flowing to Yorkshire.

  52. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Andrew Priestley: Sanchez has adapted to the fast pace of the English game remarkably well, but when you spend £30m on a player you expect that.

    Mr T: This constant Sanchez one-man team is so boring. Aguero 45% and Costa 33% of team goals this season but no mention of them.

    Dele Ayoko: Sanchez is as important as Aguero and Costa. Wrong to say Arsenal is over-dependent. Isn't that why they were bought?

    Kassim Olanrewaju: It has to be Aguero. First game against Swansea, came from the bench, two goals, one assist.

    Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, who scored his ninth league goal in his club's 1-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  53. Watson sets sights on top spot

    Tennis

    Heather Watson
    Image caption: Heather Watson's last singles title came at the Prague Open in May

    British number one Heather Watson says she is aiming to become the number one tennis player in the world.

    The 22-year-old from Guernsey ended the season ranked 49th after when she had reached a career-high 39 in the world.

    "I definitely want to go all the way. I wouldn't be playing if I didn't think I could," she told BBC Radio Guernsey.

  54. Suarez bites again

    Football

    Luis Suarez bite

    Every day in this festive month is a treat and today the BBC Sport advent calendar brings you one of the most memorable moments from this year's World Cup.

    Yep, that moment when Uruguay's Luis Suarez bites Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Still incredible, still unbelievable.

    Luis Suarez
  55. Leadbitter extends Middlesbrough contract

    Football

    Grant Leadbitter

    Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship club.

    The 28-year-old joined Boro from Ipswich Town in May 2012 on a deal that was set to expire next summer. He has scored nine goals in 20 games this season and also captained the side.

  56. Football

    Away form not good enough - Redknapp

    QPR boss Redknapp is heartened by his side's form at Loftus Road, but says they have to improve on the road where they have failed to find a win so far.

    "Our away form has not been good enough but at home we have been excellent.

    "We've played good teams away. When you look at them they have all been against the top sides. We've tried a couple of systems and formations and it hasn't worked. It will turn probably when you least expect it."

  57. Football

    Big month ahead - Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp

    Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp says his side faces a "big month" as they prepare to face teams who are also struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League.

    West Brom and Crystal Palace are to come, but first up at Loftus Road on Saturday is Burnley, who are a point ahead of QPR in 18th.

    "We have teams who are down there with us so it's important we pick up points," said Redknapp. "Burnley have goals in them. But we're at home and we've been very good at home."

  58. Steenson signs new Exeter Chiefs deal

    Rugby Union

    Gareth Steenson

    Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson has signed a new three-year deal with the club, keeping him at Sandy Park until 2018.

    The 30-year-old is the Premiership's top point-scorer this season and equalled the top-flight record for penalties in a single match by kicking nine in his side's 27-19 win over Saracens.

    "You can see where the club are going and it's great to be part of it all," said Steenson, who has helped the Chiefs to third place in the table.

  59. Heskey 'no-gamble stuff'

    Football

    It could be a real Dad's Army up front at Bolton Wanderers with manager Neil Lennon also considering signing another 36-year-old forward, Emile Heskey.

    Heskey played alongside Lennon at Leicester and was invited to train at Bolton by the manager, who said: "He may be coming to the end of his career but he still has very good attributes. It's no-gamble stuff for us. We're just bringing him in and going to have a look over the next 10 days, two weeks - see if he's got something to offer.

    "If he has we'll look at it. If he hasn't we'll say, 'thanks for coming in but we're not going to pursue this'."

    Emile Heskey
  60. Football

    Palace lacking firepower

    More from Palace manager Neil Warnock, who feels his side is struggling because of a lack of cutting edge up front.

    "I think we know we haven't got enough firepower," said Warnock, whose team are 15th in the league and one point above the relegation zone.

    "When you look at the other teams they have all got main strikers to select from. I think the lads are doing as well as they can. We do need improvement in that area and we are looking to address that in January."

  61. Kane extremely able, says Warnock

    Football

    Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has revealed he tried to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane on loan in August, as he prepares to take his side to White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday.

    Warnock is a big admirer of the 21-year-old, who has already scored 11 times this season.

    "I tried to get him a few times when I came here," said the Palace boss.

    "At the time, he was not involved and we felt there was a chance of getting him on loan. But unfortunately they were in that horrible cup on a Thursday night."

    Harry Kane of Tottenham
  62. Cipriani 'needs to play better' for England recall

    Rugby Union

    Danny Cipriani

    Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani believes he needs to improve his form to get back into the England squad.

    Cipriani made his first international appearances since 2008 during England's summer tour of New Zealand, but missed out on a place in Stuart Lancaster's squad for the autumn internationals, with Owen Farrell, George Ford and Stephen Myler selected.

    "I think I need to play better to get into the England squad," the 27-year-old told BBC North West Tonight.

    "I didn't quite make it this time round and there's still bits for me to keep working on, and the two-way communication with England coaches does make you feel more involved."

  63. Football

    Gudjohnsen to sign - Lennon

    Bolton are going back to the future with manager Neil Lennon confirming he expects Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen to sign for the club before the weekend.

    Gudjohnsen, 36, played for Wanderers between 1998 and 2000 before joining Chelsea and has been training with the Championship side for the past month.

    "I'm assuming everything's agreed. If there's any hold-ups it'll be a minor thing and I'm hoping to have him in the squad for the weekend," said Lennon.

    Eidur Gudjohnsen
  64. Life without Sanchez

    Football

    And so the talk of 'where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez' begins. The Gunners' summer signing scored a late winner against Southampton, taking his tally to 14 goals in 18 games.

    The Daily Telegraph have done the sums and if you take out Sanchez's contributions, Arsene Wenger's side would be 14th in the league. But Sanchez is in the side. He's scoring. And the Gunners are sixth.

    Mocked-up Premier League table
  65. Lisowski seeks Trump inspiration

    Snooker

    Cheltenham-born Jack Lisowski hopes to take inspiration from friend and practice partner Judd Trump as he looks to break in to snooker's elite.

    World number 39 Lisowski bowed out of the UK Championship with a third-round loss against in-form Shaun Murphy.

    Lisowski, 23, told BBC Sport: "Consistency is the name of the game and it's something I struggle with. I think it's just experience. Hopefully, the same as it did with Judd, one day it will just click."

    Trump is in fourth-round action at the UK Championship this afternoon - watch live coverage from York on BBC Two and online from 13:00 GMT.

  66. Cricket

    A Cook conspiracy?

    Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann is a big cricket fan and thinks one of Alastair Cook's biggest critics may be behind the decision to ban the England captain for one match (see 10:03).

    Dietmar Hamann
  67. Latest Gossip

    Football transfer gossip

    Sevilla are monitoring Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata with a view to a January move for the 26-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

    Liverpool's players have joined forces to plead with captain Steven Gerrard, 34, not to leave at the end of this season. (Guardian)

    AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini, 30, is being offered to Premier League clubs - with Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Aston Villa all interested. (Daily Mirror)

  68. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Paul Rainford: Fernando Torres, his first two seasons he was class!

    Diegwu: I wonder what prompted Wenger to make that statement considering that Torres and Costa have adapted quickly too to the EPL

    Christopher Jones: Don't be too hasty to judge a player - Andrey Arshavin had a great start for Arsenal and look how he turned out

    Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, who scored his ninth league goal in his club's 1-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  69. Russia allegations prompt Wada inquiry

    Athletics

    Drug testing

    The World Anti-Doping Agency said it will "fully investigate" after a German TV documentary alleged that Russia was funding a systematic doping programme.

    The documentary, broadcast by Das Erste on Wednesday, also claimed that a leading sports governing body was implicated in covering up the abuse.

    Wada said on its website the claims would be "carefully scrutinised".

  70. Cricket

    Slow over rates 'an area we've got to get right' - Moores

    England coach Peter Moores says his team have to improve their over rates, following the one-match ban handed to skipper Cook.

    Moores said: "It's an area we've got to get right, get our heads round, and make sure we do.

    "We knew Cook was on the verge of a ban, the bonus is that it wipes the slate clean before the World Cup."

    Moores confirmed that Eoin Morgan will take over as captain for Sunday's fourth ODI against Sri Lanka.

  71. Cricket

    Cook banned for one match

    England captain Alastair Cook has been banned for one match after his side was found guilty of a slow over-rate following the third one-day international in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

    England won by five wickets in Hambantota, but Sri Lanka's 35 overs went more than 20 minutes over time.

    He will miss Sunday's fourth ODI to be played in Colombo.

    Cook was fined for a similar offence after an ODI against India in August, and told he would be banned for any repeat within 12 months.

    England cricket captain Alastair Cook
  72. Get Involved

    Mick Gates: Costa. Modern day, Zola and Cantona at the beginning

    Dan McAllister: Ruud Van Nistelrooy! Started scoring straight away and was constant!

    Ràzno Xylem Makiyi: Diego Costa because he showed his brilliance in the very first match of the league...

    Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

  73. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Geoff Naylor: Patrick Vieira, Ruud van Nistelroij, Jaap Stam, Suarez, Schmeichel, Drogba, Aguero; all were, like Sanchez, an instant success

    David Swaden: Not often £35m can be claimed as a bargain. But if Sanchez had cost Arsenal double that he'd still seem value on this form

    Amr Mahmoud: Agree. Costa found himself surrounded by Hazard, Oscar and Cesc. Alexis fought without Theo, Ozil and Giroud.

    No player has settled into the Premier League quicker than Alexis Sanchez, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Do you agree? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  74. 'Allardyce should replace Wenger'

    Football

    Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce

    Were Arsenal to get rid of their manager Arsene Wenger who would replace him? Pep Guardiola? Jurgen Klopp? Erm, Sam Allardyce?

    One Arsenal fan told BBC Radio 5 live that Wenger should be replaced by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. You can listen to the disgruntled Gunners fan on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  75. Are Arsenal fans greedy?

    Football

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer in Brazil

    Arsenal fans at The Hawthorns

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty asks: Are Arsenal fans right to complain or are they greedy?

    "One FA Cup in the last nine years - won against Hull City at Wembley in May - is a poor return for a club of Arsenal's status and aspirations," says McNulty.

    "Yes, they have an opulent stadium and great tradition - but the recent past has been short on serious title challenges and they have regressed as Champions League contenders."

  76. Harris wants to play for Australia in first Test

    Cricket

    Ryan Harris, Australia fast bowler

    Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris says he wants to play in next week's first Test against India, following the funeral of batsman Phillip Hughes on Wednesday.

    Some of his team-mates have yet to decide whether they'll be ready for the first game of the four-match series in Adelaide on 9 December, but Harris, 35, wants to get back on the field.

    Writing in a newspaper column, he said: "One thing I noticed late on Wednesday was how the mood in the group had begun to shift. There were a few conversations about getting back to playing. The funeral was a bit of a milestone. As well as to pay your respects, it gives you a bit of closure."

  77. Anfield redevelopment to begin next week

    Football

    Anfield expansion plan artist's impression
    Image caption: The redeveloped Anfield would feature a three-tier Main Stand

    The Liverpool Echo reports that construction work will begin on redeveloping Anfield stadium on Monday.

    Liverpool revealed plans to increase the ground's capacity from 45,500 to 58,800 in April, including a new Main Stand.

  78. Nothing compares... to Spurs' record

    Football

    Sinead O'Connor

    In the words of Sinead O'Connor, it's been 24 years and 10 months since Tottenham won away at Sta-a-a-mford Bri-i-i-idge. Incidentally, the Irish songstress was number one in the charts when a Tottenham side, managed by Terry Venables, last came away from Chelsea with a victory.

    As the Guardian also points out, that 2-1 Tottenham win was the same day President FW de Klerk announced Nelson Mandela was to be released from prison.

    Nelson Mandela
  79. Tottenham's wait continues

    Football

    OptaJoe
  80. In the papers

    Football

    The Guardian

    "Ruthless Drogba delivers to keep Chelsea clear at top," says the Guardian as they lead their back page with a report on Chelsea's 3-0 win over Tottenham.

    Daniel Taylor writes: "This one was classic Tottenham in many ways: starting encouragingly, threatening sporadically to create a story but then playing a considerable part in their own downfall and reminding us of the gulf that exists between a side with authentic title aspirations and one in a game of catch-up."

  81. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    So, given that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says no player has settled into the Premier League quicker than Alexis Sanchez, we want to know whether you agree with the Frenchman.

    Who has settled best into the Premier League? Has Sanchez adapted to life in the English top flight quicker and better than Diego Costa, or perhaps Luis Suarez or, going back a decade or two, Eric Cantona?

    Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post your comments on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  82. Wenger hails 'fabulous' impact

    Football

    Alexis Sanchez (left) and Arsene Wenger

    No player has settled into the Premier League quicker than Alexis Sanchez, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    The Chile forward, who joined from Barcelona in July, scored his ninth top-flight goal of the season in the Gunners's 1-0 win over Southampton.

    "It is difficult to find examples of people who have settled so quickly," said Wenger. "Quicker, you cannot. He has such a will to win, which is why he always finds something special."

  83. Sanchez to the rescue. Again.

    Football

    Alexis Sanchez

    Arsenal were also winners on Wednesday evening, thanks to Alexis Sanchez's late goal against Southampton. The former Barcelona forward struck two minutes from time to secure a 1-0 win with his 14th goal of the season.

    The victory, coming on the heels of the win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, pushes Arsenal into the top six, while Saints stay third despite a second successive defeat following their home loss against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

  84. In the papers

    Football

    Daily Star

    The back page of the Daily Star leads with Manchester City's victory over Sunderland. "Sergio Kicks Cats" they say as "two-goal Aguero is classy City hero".

  85. Aguero surging

    Football

    OptaJoe
  86. Easy win for Man City

    Football

    Sergio Aguero equalises for Manchester City at Sunderland

    The Daily Mirror has ruined the surprise but, nevermind, we'll carry on regardless. It was an easy 4-1 win for Manchester City over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with Sergio Aguero taking his season's tally to 19 goals.

    The reigning Premier League champions remain six points behind leaders Chelsea, but have found their form.

    "I can't have too many complaints - they were better than us in every aspect of the game," said Sunderland manager Gus Poyet. "Sometimes you cannot complain too much - they were quicker and they were better technically."

  87. In the papers

    Football

    Daily Mirror

    "Child's Play" is the Daily Mirror's headline as they reflect on easy victories for the Premier League's top two, Chelsea and Manchester City, and the paper declares the title chase a two-horse race.

  88. Football Daily podcast

    BBC Radio 5 live

    If you missed any of Wednesday night's Premier League action, listen to BBC Radio 5 live's Football Daily podcast, featuring reaction from Jose Mourinho, Stefan Jovetic and Arsene Wenger. It also includes an "outlandish" suggestion from one Arsenal fan concerning a replacement for Arsene Wenger. I'll leave it with you.

    BBC Radio 5 live
  89. A job for one of the boys

    Football

    Didier Drogba, Chelsea

    Speaking of Didier Drogba, the Ivorian won't have to worry about life after football because his manager Jose Mourinho says he will have a job at Stamford Bridge when he retires from playing.

    "The important thing is he is here and will finish his career with Chelsea," said Mourinho.

    "It looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career."

  90. Life in the old Drog

    Football

    Didier Drogba & Branislav Ivanovic

    Can anyone beat Chelsea? With their leading scorer Diego Costa suspended, Didier Drogba rolled back the years as he scored and created in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Tottenham.

    "They started better than us and should have scored before us, but after our first goal our team became more stable and confident and we controlled the game," said Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after a match in which Eden Hazard and Loic Remy also scored.

    "I'm really happy with the points, performance and spirit of the players. It's too heavy a result, though, for Tottenham."

  91. Post update

    Football hitting the net

    Goals, goals, goals. Hello and welcome to Thursday's edition of Sportsday. The Premier League isn't short of swashbuckling strikers and three of them shone on Wednesday night, with Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Didier Drogba all starring as their teams won. You've got to love the sight of the ball hitting the back of the net.