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Summary

  1. BBC Young SPOTY top three: Downie, Kearney & Marquand
  2. Benzema banned from France team over alleged blackmail
  3. Schweinsteiger gets three-game ban
  4. Nine Premier League news conferences
  5. Debate: Your best and worst sporting facilities #bbcsportsday

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By Patrick Jennings and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    That is all from Sportsday today. Go over to our BBC Football page for Europa League live text commentary.

    We will be back at 08:00 GMT on Friday.

  2. Japanese team reach Club World Cup quarters

    Football

    Japanese champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Auckland City 2-0 on Thursday in the opening game of the Club World Cup to book their place in the quarter finals.

    European champions Barcelona and Argentina's River Plate, the South American Libertadores Cup holders, join the seven-team tournament at the semi-final stage next week.  

    Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Yusuke Minagawa
  3. And the pitch, Aaron?

    Football

    We've been publishing pictures of some pitches that could do with more TLC.

    I'm sure the Hammers will be playing on something better when they move into the Olympic Stadium next season.

  4. Rousey v Holm II date set

    Ronda Rousey v Holly Holm

    UFC president Dana White tells the Los Angeles Times that "it’s Ronda Rousey" next for Holm, with a 9 July date pencilled in at the new arena in Las Vegas.

    Holm produced a shock second-round knockout to see off 28-year-old Rousey who was undefeated in her first 12 mixed martial arts fights, with 11 wins in the first round.

  5. Garry Monk statement

    Football

    Garry Monk

    Swansea and manager Garry Monk went their own separate ways on Wednesday.

    Monk, 36, had managed the club since 2014. One win in 11 league matches this year resulted in the Swans sacking their manager.

    Here are excerpts from his statement via the League Managers' Association: 

    "It's with great sadness that I am leaving this special club. "Over the last twelve years I have been part of the Swansea City family. It has been both an honour and a privilege to play for and manage this club.

    "I believe that whenever you join a football club, the supporters deserve your blood, sweat and tears. I can say for sure I gave all those things and more.

    "Everyone at the club from myself, my staff and the players themselves have been working tirelessly to change this loss of form, but unfortunately have not been able to in satisfactory time.

    "I feel truly proud of all we've done during my 22 months in charge. I would have liked to continue because I strongly believe we would have come through this period together and stronger but I will now use my time to reflect and improve, ready for my next challenge.

    "I would like to finish by thanking Huw Jenkins and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to manage this remarkable club and for their support throughout the whole of my journey at Swansea City."

  6. Jersey hopeful of Uefa membership

    Football

    The Jersey FA believes their hopes of Uefa membership may hinge on the outcome of applications for membership by Kosovo and Greenland.

    "If the application of Kosovo is to be dealt with on its merits, and it is expected that a future application by Greenland will be considered when it develops its facilities, then Jersey's application must also be dealt with on its merits," the island's bid document states.

    Current Uefa rules state that only sovereign nations can be admitted as members.

  7. One to digest

    Formula 1

  8. Hinch sharp before GB semi

    Hockey

    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter in Rosario

    GB keeper Maddie Hinch tells me the team spent most of Wednesday's training session, before Thursday's World League clash against New Zealand, working on their shootout skills.

    Hinch was the hero for England as they defeated world and Olympic champions the Netherlands in a shootout to claim European gold in August.

    "Obviously we want to win in regular time, but we know this game could be very tight so given our record we're confident if it does go to a shoot out that we can come out on top," she tells BBC Sport.

    Great Britain hockey
  9. Young Sports Personality of the Year

    The top three contenders for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2015 have been revealed on Blue Peter:

    Ellie Downie (Gymnastics)

    Tully Kearney (Para-Swimming)

    Tom Marquand (Horse Racing)

    The winner will be announced at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which comes live from The SSE Arena, Belfast on Sunday 20 December, 18:50 GMT, BBC One.

    Claudia Fragapane
    Image caption: Gymnast Claudia Fragapane won the award last year
  10. GB target World semi

    Hockey

    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter in Rosario

    The British women face world number four nation New Zealand at 19:00 GMT today for a place in the World League semi-finals.

    After a slow-start, which saw GB lose to hosts Argentina on the opening day, the team have been gathering momentum and defeated world number two side Australia on Tuesday.

    This is one of the team's final major events before next year's Rio Olympics and victory today would be a further sign of GB's progress in a year which saw them qualify for the 2016 Games and claim European gold.

  11. Sion v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)

    Europa League group match

    If you want to follow how Liverpool get on in their final group game then check out our Europa League live text. Celtic are at Fenerbahce.

    Tottenham host Monaco at 20:05 GMT.

    Both English clubs are through to the knockout stages.

  12. Reading Women switch grounds

    Football

    Reading FC Women will play their home games at Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers, next season.

    They were promoted to WSL 1 last season, but their groundshare agreement at Farnborough was not renewed.

    Adams Park has been Wycombe's home since 1990-91. 

  13. No Swansea pre-match news conference

    Man City v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Swansea were due to have their pre-Manchester City game news conference on Thursday, but delayed that until Friday.

    Now the Swans, who sacked manager Garry Monk on Wednesday, have cancelled Friday's news conference.

  14. Europa League: Sion v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)

    Football

    There will be live text coverage of the Reds' final Europa League group match on this website at 17:00 GMT.

  15. Top English Premier League managers

    Football

    Roy Evans

    This is a bit of a surprise don't you think?

    Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has the best win percentage of any English manager in the Premier League.

    To see the top 10, watch this video.

  16. Bolton confirm winding-up petition

    Football

    Bolton Wanderers confirm that the club has now received a winding up petition from HMRC in respect of unpaid PAYE and VAT for the month of November.

    A statement from the club added:

    "Despite requests from the club to HMRC to give it further time to either conclude a sale or raise additional funds, HMRC has proceeded with due process and duly served a petition.

    Trevor Birch, advisor to the board and owner at Bolton Wanderers:

    "Quite clearly the club remains in a critical financial position. We will continue to try and finalise a sale or alternatively raise some short term funds needed to give the club a breathing space and time in which to consider its options."

  17. Schweinsteiger three-game ban

    Football

    Statement from The Football Association:

    "Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted an FA charge for violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

    "The Manchester United midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 40th minute of the game on Saturday 5 December 2015."

    Winston Reid and Bastian Schweinsteiger
  18. Schweinsteiger gets three-game ban

    Football

  19. BBC award announcement on Saturday

    Football

  20. Grosskreutz to Liverpool?

    Football gossip

    Is Galatasaray winger Kevin Grosskreutz on his way to Liverpool? 

    Turkish paper Takvim is reporting the former Borussia Dortmund man has already agreed personal terms on a move that will see him link up with Jurgen Klopp.

    Klopp
  21. Galloway signs new Everton deal

    Football

    A new deal for the youngster, who has done well at left-back in the absence of Leighton Baines.

    With Baines now close to a full return, will Galloway's run continue?

  22. Euro 2016 draw - this Saturday!

    Football

    Here's a random one for you...

    You can follow the draw from about 17:00 GMT this Saturday on the BBC Sport website!

    There's no David Guetta though. 

  23. Rossi withdraws appeal

    Moto GP

    Former world champion Valentino Rossi withdrew his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) after an initial demand to have a three point penalty overturned following the Malaysian Grand Prix in October.

    The nine-time champion was given the punishment following an incident on the track when he collided with Spanish rider Marc Marquez who crashed out of the race after contact with the Italian in the 25 October race.   

    Valentino Rossi
  24. Grassroots football - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?    

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.  

  25. 'Celtic out to spoil Fener party'

    Fenerbahce v Celtic (18:00 GMT)

    Celtic will finish bottom of Group A and cannot reach the last 32 of the tournament.

    But manager Ronny Deila says Celtic will do all they can to "ruin Fenerbahce's party" in Thursday's Europa League meeting.  

    Fenerbahce, who are second, are well placed to join current group leaders Molde in the next round but Ajax can overtake the Turkish side.

    "The motivation is to win and to perform," Deila told BBC Scotland.

  26. Townsend signs new contract

    Rugby Union

    Head coach Gregor Townsend signs a contract extension to remain at Glasgow Warriors until June 2017.

    The former Scotland fly-half, 42, has been in charge at Scotstoun since 2012 and led the club to their maiden Pro12 title success last season.

    "I'm very excited to be able to continue my role with the Warriors," said Townsend.

    "Being offered the job in 2012 was a huge honour and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at the club."

    Townsend
  27. Van Gaal v Moyes in Europe

    Football

    You know what they say about statistics, but still. 

    This can't be pretty reading for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, with his side condemned to the Europa League...

  28. Stoke news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City

    A final word from Stoke City boss Mark Hughes in his earlier news conference to bring you.

    "We're in good shape & most of the squad is available. We're hoping to get another good performance. The group is really focussed.

    "We're not used to all the compliments, normally we go under the radar! If the profile is raised we'll deal with that challenge."

  29. Benzema banned from France squad

    Football

    So in other words, Benzema cannot be called up by the national team until he is convicted or cleared of the alleged offence.

    In case you need a recap, this all relates to an alleged attempt to extort money from Benzema's fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video.

    Benzema denies wrongdoing, but if found guilty, could face a minimum of five years in prison.

    Benzema Valbuena
  30. Benzema banned from France squad

    Football

    Here's some more on the French Football Federation's [FFF] decision tosuspend striker Karim Benzemafrom the national team.

    "I have decided, it's a decision from the president of the French federation and not from the executive committee or the ethics committee," FFF president Noel Le Graet said. 

    "As long as the judicial system has not decided that everything that has been published on Benzema is excessive, the federation will not change its mind."

    Karim Benzema
  31. Europa League build-up

    Tottenham v Monaco (20:05 GMT)

    Monaco must beat Tottenham to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

    Spurs are already through but would win Group J with a draw. Will Mauricio Pochettino play the kids tonight? 

    They play at home to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday...

  32. Who's in and out

    Football

    The 12 UEFA Europa League groups end tonight and 20 teams are chasing the nine remaining round of 32 places still available alongside the 15 confirmed qualifiers and the eight clubs ending third in UEFA Champions League sections. 

    Already qualified: Molde, Liverpool, Krasnodar, Dortmund, Napoli (group winners), Villarreal, Rapid Vienna, Braga, Lazio (group winners), St-Etienne (group runners-up), Basel (group winners), Tottenham, Schalke, Sparta Praha, Athletic (group winners).

    Can qualify: Fenerbahce, Ajax, Sion, Rubin, Midtjylland, Club Brugge, Legia Warsaw, Marseille, Slovan Liberec, Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moskva, Sporting CP, Fiorentina, Lech Poznan, Belenenses, Anderlecht, Monaco, Qarabag, Partizan, Augsburg.

    Eliminated: Celtic, Bordeaux, PAOK, Qabala, Viktoria Plzen, Dinamo Minsk, Groningen, Dnipro, Rosenborg, Skenderbeu, Asteras, APOEL, AZ Alkmaar.

    Jurgen Klopp
  33. Stoke news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City

    Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes has been talking to the media ahead of Saturday's trip to West Ham

    On last weekend's win over Manchester City: "It was the level of performance we'd hoped we were capable of. The challenge is to replicate it on a consistent basis.

    "West Ham are hurting somewhat with the injuries they have. But you look at the players they have left & they're still a very good team.

    "West Ham in an away fixture is always a difficult game. As its their last season at the Boleyn Ground that will make it a challenge too."

  34. Wales resolve Euro bonus

    Football

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

    Wales' players and the Football Association of Wales have resolved the dispute about their bonus payment for qualifying for Euro 2016.

    There had been a disagreement after the FAW offered the squad a shared seven-figure bonus for qualifying which was lower than its pre-qualifying offer.

    A group of four senior players - including Gareth Bale - led the discussions with the FAW.

    It is understood the players had been unhappy with a revised bonus offer.

    Gareth Bale
  35. Benzema banned from France squad

    Football

    French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said Benzema's ban would include the 2016 European Championships unless the case was settled.

    "I have decided that he is not available for selection,'' added Le Graet, who had previously supported Benzema. He described the decision as "heart-breaking''.

    Benzema scored a hat-trick for Real Madrid on Tuesday, in an 8-0 win over Swedish club Malmo in the Champions League.

  36. Benzema banned from France squad

    Football

    Benzema, 27, is being investigated over a blackmail plot involving team-mate Mathieu Valbuena but denies wrongdoing.

    The former Lyon striker, who has scored 27 international goals, faces charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape.

    France are hosting this summer's European Championship, which gets under way in June. 

    Karim Benzema
  37. BreakingBenzema banned from France squad

    Football

    Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is banned from playing for the France national team because of his alleged involvement in a sex-tape blackmail plot, report AFP.

  38. The fish are found!

    Football

    Breathe easy fish fans!

    You may recall the that earlier today, Carlisle discovered three Koi Carp swimming in their goalmouth at Brunton Park.

    Well, the latest from the League Two club is they've now been claimed and rescued by their owner!..

    Groundsman Dave Mitchell was helping repair the damage caused by Storm Desmond, which began on 4 December, when he found the fish at the Waterworks End of the League Two club's ground.

    The storm flooded thousands of homes in Cumbria and Lancashire and causing widespread damage and power cuts.

  39. Hamilton to try Nascar?

    Formula 1

    Will Lewis Hamilton move to Nascar during his career?

    TMZ reports that the British world Formula 1 champion told them he was "intrigued" by the idea and would ask for the help of former Nascar driver Jeff Gordon he was interested.

    Lewis Hamilton
  40. Brain teaser

    We asked the above earlier.

    Drum roll please... the answers are.

  41. Costa admits bib error

    Football

    Chelsea strikerDiego Costasays he was wrong tothrow his bibtowards manager Jose Mourinho when he was left on the bench during the goalless Premier League draw with Spurs. 

    These quotes are from Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

    "The bib (incident) is in the past. I made a mistake but my relationship with Mourinho is amazing, we get on really well. 

    "There are things you need to control but the bib thing was an impulse."

    Is that an apology? I think so...

    Diego Costa
  42. Kuhl remains as Royals caretaker

    Football

    Reading caretaker boss Martin Kuhl has confirmed he will remain in charge for their next game against Preston.

    "I've been informed I'm taking charge of the team on Saturday," Under-21s manager Kuhl told BBC Radio Berkshire.

    Former manager Brian McDermott is understood to have held talks about a possible return to the club. 

  43. Euro 2016 - the stadia

    Football

    Seven months from now - to the day - Euro 2016 gets under way in France. 

    England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans - have you booked your tickets yet?

    We've put together a guide on the stadia that will be used at the tournament. Check it out over here.

    Stade Velodrome

    And don't tell me you'd forgotten the draw is this Saturday from about 17:00 GMT (we'll have live text coverage).     

  44. Grassroots football - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?    

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.

  45. Trouble at Swansea - who's to blame?

    Football

    Who's going to follow the work of Garry Monk at Swansea then? And Swans fans - are you happy to see him go? 

    Mark Lawrenson has been giving his view on what's been going at the Liberty Stadium, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live. 

    By the sounds of it, he's blaming the players for the Swans' poor league position. 

  46. GB cyclists gets four-year ban

    Road Cycling

    UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirm that British cyclist Andrew Hastings has been suspended from all sport for four years following an anti-doping rule violation

    Hastings tested positive for two anabolic steroids.

    The findings came as a result of an in-competition test at the 2015 Team Time Trial National Championship in Newark, Nottinghamshire on 30 May 2015.

  47. Grassroots football - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?    

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.

  48. Champions League hat-trick heroes

    Football

    Tino Asprilla

    Olivier Giroud's treble for Arsenal against Olympiakos last night saw him join a select group of Champions League hat-trick scorers from the Premier League.

    We are taking a look at a few throughout the day...

  49. Newcastle news conference

    Tottenham v Newcastle (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Short and sweet from Steve McClaren.

    How they could do with a second win in succession.

  50. Newcastle news conference

    Tottenham v Newcastle (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

  51. Newcastle news conference

    Tottenham v Newcastle (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has been talking to the media ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham.

    He said: "We need to follow the Liverpool win up at White Hart Lane. We need to put in a performance if we are to get anything.

    "Spurs are a good team. They have a good squad of players and they play with a very high intensity.

    "If Spurs weren't in the Europa League they would be title contenders."

    Steve McClaren
  52. Southampton news conference

    Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton

    And a last word from Southampton managerRonald Koeman on the sacking of manager Garry Monk from Swansea. 

    "It is strange in my opinion. It isn't the right decision, looking from the outside, because Garry Monk did a fantastic job. 

    "He put the club in their best ever position and now after a good start they are struggling a little bit - only a little bit. 

    "I don’t understand these decisions. It will happen again but I don’t agree."

    Ronald Koeman
  53. Watmore is first class

    Football

    Duncan Watmore
  54. Fury summoned by GB boxing chiefs

    Boxing

    Tyson Fury, 27, has been asked to attend a meeting with the British Boxing Board of Control in the new year in relation to recent comments he has made in the media, the governing body has said.

    Tyson Fury
  55. Southampton news conference

    Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton

    More from Ronald Koeman on how he rates Southampton's season so far: 

    "We had not a good run in our results but you now look to the table and if you win next weekend then maybe you are sixth.

    "This season everybody is being close to each other. You say maybe Crystal Palace are having a better season [than Southampton] but maybe after Saturday not. 

    "Our position is still to aim for the highest place in the table but first of all I would like to play football – then we know we can beat everyone."

  56. Southampton news conference

    Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton

    What are the aspirations for the rest of the season, Ronald? 

    Koeman says: "We have to show more consistency. We have to finish more chances and then we can show we have a strong team."

    And what about signings in the transfer window?  

    "We are looking always to see what we can do to make the squad stronger but it is not about doing many changes in the team. If we need somebody it will be an offensive player and the rest I think we have really good competition." 

    Will there be any outgoings? "We also know that nobody is for sale."

    Ronald Koeman
    Image caption: Wears a polo neck well, don't you think?
  57. Southampton news conference

    Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton

    First up a bit of an injury update, from Ronald. In short, there are no new problems.

    Koeman says: "Fraser is back in some sessions but needs still more time to be ready and Jay is recovering from the surgery. 

    "It will take more than three or four weeks for him to return to training and the rest are OK."

  58. Rowett's Blues tackles 'rough patch'

    Football

    Gary Rowett

    Birmingham City's players say they must get over a "rough patch" which coincided with speculation about the future of manager Gary Rowett.

    He was linked with the posts at Fulham and QPR, prompting the Blues board to issue a statement confirming he was not leaving.

    "When a manager is linked to another club, there is some difficulty," defender Jonathan Spector told BBC WM. "We're delighted he's staying and maybe we can push on now."

  59. 'Swansea interested in Avram Grant'

    Football

    Sky Sports are reporting that Swansea have former Chelsea boss Avram Grant on their shortlist to fill the vacant manager's role.

    The Swans sacked Garry Monk on Wednesday.

  60. Southampton news conference

    Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is due to speak to the media shortly - we'll be bringing you the best lines right here. 

    Stay tuned Saints fans...

  61. Grassroots football - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?    

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here. 

  62. Cambridge thrash Oxford

    Rugby Union

    The Light Blues ran out 52-0 winners.

    The men's match gets under way at 14:30 GMT - with coverage startingnowonBBC Two andlive text commentary here.

  63. Koi Carp in the goalmouth?!

    Football

    This really is unbelievable...

    Two days after Carlisle United staff began the clear up of flooded home ground Brunton Park, the club have made their most bizarre discovery yet - three Koi Carp swimming in the goalmouth.

    Groundsman Dave Mitchell was helping repair the damage caused by Storm Desmond, which began on 4 December, when he found the fish at the Waterworks End of the League Two club's ground.

    The storm flooded thousands of homes in Cumbria and Lancashire and causing widespread damage and power cuts.

  64. Latest gossip

    Football

    This from Talksport: Striker Daniel Sturridge is "a luxury Liverpool cannot afford", according to former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann who played with the 26-year-old England international at Manchester City.   

    Daniel Sturridge
  65. Are you for Real?

    Football

    No-one seems to have told Real Madrid that they have been kicked out of the Copa Del Rey.

    At least that’s how it seems – the club are still advertising their second leg tie against Cadiz game despite being expelled for fielding an ineligible player in the first leg.

    Real Madrid

    They have lodged an appeal but...

  66. Latest gossip

    Football

    How good is Everton striker Romelu Lukaku?

    Good enough for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to want to sign him in the January transfer window, according to the Sun.

    And if you haven't given it a read-through yet - today's gossip column is over here.

    Romelu Lukaku
  67. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?  

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here. 

  68. Ranieri goes global

    Leicester v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    "This was the busiest press conference I remember with Claudio answering questions in his native tongue as well as fielding interest from our friends in Australia.

    "The Foxes boss confirmed he is without Ritchie De Laet who has an ankle problem as well as the long term knee injury which sees midfielder Matty James continues his rehabilitation.

    "Clearly many of the questions were about Claudio’s former employers and Monday’s opposition Chelsea. He said he believes Jose’s men will finish in the top 4 and admitted he won’t entertain talk of anything but 40 points for the table toppers.

    "When asked whether fun is important to his approach as a manager (given he recently bought the players pizza for their first clean sheet and the stars themselves enjoyed a couple of days off in Copenhagen at the weekend dressed as Ninja Turles) the Italian put it beautifully ‘you see me smiling but also I can (gestures his fist) – there are two hands, one hand I am careful and with the other I am very strong’."

    Claudio Ranieri
  69. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?  

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here. 

  70. 'First-class' Watmore graduates

    Football

    Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore has thanked his club after becoming only the second player in the Premier League to graduate with first-class honours.

    The 21-year-old balanced training sessions with long hours of study in the evening.

    Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce allowed him a day off training to collect his first in economics and business management at Newcastle University.

    After the the graduation ceremony, he said: "It's a really nice feeling. It has been a lot of hard work in the past three years. It is good to get it done.

    "It was hard at times but the club at Sunderland were awesome with me, and so were Newcastle University. They were both always willing to compromise to help me to get through, they were massive in what I achieved and so I'm very grateful for that." 

    Duncan Watmore
  71. Bolton seek to avoid administration

    Football

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton Wanderers have considered a number of ideas to prevent the club going into administration, says boss Neil Lennon.

    To do so would mean an automatic 12-point penalty and Lennon admitted they would also inevitably be a "League One team" next season as a result.

    "It's not ideal for a manager obviously for the position that we're in, but the club's future is the priority rather than the present," the 44-year-old told BBC Radio Manchester.

  72. Watford news conference

    Sunderland v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Etienne Capoue

    Watford head coach Quique Floresbelieves inFrenchman Etienne Capouehe has one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. 

    The former Tottenham midfielder has been instrumental in the Hornets fine start to the season.

    “For me he is one of the best midfielders in the league in terms of the quality he's showing this season," said Flores.

    The most important thing for a midfielder is the capacity to control the midfield. Capoue in every performance is a very, very expensive, very, very important player….physically, technically and mentally. We are very happy with Capoue."

    Capoue has yet to score but Flores feels the goals will come:  "He has opportunities because (out) of the midfielders he is one of the players to connect with the strikers. He is always around the box and some day the goals of Capoue are coming."

  73. WSL cup format to change

    Football

    Next year’s FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup will move to a knock-out format for the first time in the competition’s five-year history.

    This year's format began with a group stage - with three groups - before the knock-out began with the quarter-finals.

    Arsenal won this year’s final, beating Notts County 3-0.

    Arsenal
  74. Watford news conference

    Sunderland v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford head coach Quique Floresisn’t looking up just yet despite his side’s fabulous start to the Premier League season. 

    The Hornets are 10th in the table and with 22 points are closer to a Champions League position than the relegation zone. But at the moment it means nothing to Flores: 

    "The objective is the same; to stay in the division. That way we can grow a lot in the future. The sum of the points we have now is very nice, it's giving a lot of confidence to the players but we need to keep on. 

    "It’s very important we don't change, so at the moment it’s necessary to keep the target.”

    Quique Flores
  75. Happy birthday

    Jahangir Khan (squash) - winner of six World Open titles, 52 today

    Charlie Adam (football) - Stoke and Scotland midfielder, 30 today.

    Gonzalo Higuain (football) - Napoli and Argentina forward, 28 today. 

    Wilfried Bony (football and pictured below) - Manchester City and Ivory Coast striker, 27 today.

    Wilfried Bony
  76. Mahrez-Williams: FA to take no action

    Football

    Sky Sports reports that the Football Association will take no action on Leicester's Riyad Mahrez and Swansea City's Ashley Williams, who were involved in a post-match bust-up last weekend.

  77. On this day

    1982: Michael Dokes won the WBA heavyweight title by stopping the defending champion Mike Weaver after just 63 seconds of their bout - one of the shortest world heavyweight title fights on record.

    1998: The Champions League was formally increased to 32 teams by Uefa, who also confirmed the Uefa Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup would be merged into one tournament from the start of the 1999-2000 season.

    2009: Three-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins signed for Team Sky on a four-year deal ahead of their debut season in cycling.

    Sir Bradley Wiggins
  78. Neymar suffers groin strain

    Football

    This just in from Barcelona:

    "Neymar Jr has a minor groin strain, as had already been diagnosed on Tuesday. The Brazilian’s presence in the next few matches will depend on how the injury progresses. The player suffered the injury during the training session at the BayArena prior to the Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen."

    Neymar is top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals. Barca host Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. 

    Neymar
  79. Stalybridge to share with rugby league side

    Football

  80. Happy birthday Charlie Adam

    Football

  81. Prudhomme backs four-day Yorkshire race

    Road Cycling

    Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme is backing plans to expand the Tour de Yorkshire into a four-day race and believes the event already ranks alongside some of cycling's major races because of the huge crowds it has attracted.

    "You have to have the hills, that is the essence of the race, but it means you can have only one stage for the sprinters and then two for the attackers to try to win the general classification.

    "With four stages, you would have more balance in the race and I hope we can do it in 2017." 

  82. What's been going on?

    News round-up

    Here's a quick round-up of the biggest stories of the day so far as you tuck into your fish finger sandwiches.  

    Football:

    Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez says the Premier League leaders cannot win the title.

    West Ham have suffered an injury setback with Winston Reid and Victor Moses facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with hamstring problems.

    Formula 1: 

    Nico Rosberg says he does not know how he managed to turn the tables on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and end the season with a run of success.  

    Cricket:

    AB de Villiers will keep wicket for South Africa in the first two Tests of the home series against England.

    Riyad Mahrez
  83. Will Naismith be moving on?

    Football

    BBC Sport Scotland have caught up with Everton striker Steven Naismith today. 

    Asked about his future with the Toffees he said: "If something comes up in January and the manager thinks it's best for me to move on then that's something for me to think about.

    "But it’s got to be the right thing to do. Everything I've done in my career so far has felt right, so it’s got to be the same feeling."

    Steven Naismtih
    Image caption: If he continues to be overlooked at Goodison, will Naismith have to be moved on?
  84. Leicester can't win the league - Mahrez

    Football

    Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has dismissed his team's chances of winning the Premier League, despite being top.

    The Foxes narrowly avoided relegation last season but are two points clear at the summit after 15 games.

    But Mahrez, who took his goal tally to 11 with Saturday's treble at Swansea, is more concerned at getting the eight more points needed to reach 40, a total usually enough for survival.

    "I don't think we can win the league," the 24-year-old told BBC World Service.

    "We just need to get the 40 points and then after that we will see."

    Riyad Mahrez
  85. Making a song and dance of it

    Football

    QPR

    This is brilliant.

    QPR may not be having the best of seasons in the Championship, but their Christmas efforts are absolute top notch.

    If you want to see a bunch of footballers miming badly, dressed in shocking jumpers and dancing around - this is for you.

  86. Buffalo update

    Football

    Earlier we asked if any of you out there knew why Belgian club Gent are known as the Buffalos.

    Quite a few of you have sent us in this information from Wikipedia:

    Buffalo Bill

    That's one explanation then, but we'd really like an expert on Native American - Belgian relations to send us in some more detail. If that's you, you know what to do.

  87. Champions League hat-trick heroes

    Football

    Yossi Benayoun

    Olivier Giroud's treble forArsenalagainstOlympiakoslast night saw him join a select group of Champions League hat-trick scorers from the Premier League.

    We are taking a look at a few throughout the day...

  88. Mourinho-Casillas feud continues?

    Football

    Not one to let things lie, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered a parting shot to Porto keeper Iker Casillas after his side's 2-0 win which dumped the  Portuguese side into the Europa League.

    The coach dropped Casillas during his time at Real Madrid, and there followed reports of a feud.

    Mourinho told Spanish television there was "no problem" regarding his relationship with the keeper.

    He added: "I've done my job and he has done his, and he has done well.

    "Now Casillas can win the only trophy he hasn't won. The Europa League." 

    Jose Mourinho
  89. Latest gossip

    Football

    Have you perused this morning's gossip column already?

    Scotland midfielder Steven Naismith, 29, says he may have to leave Everton if he cannot force his way back into Roberto Martinez's team. (Liverpool Echo) 

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is keen on signing Porto's French midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 23, with the future of Kenya international Victor Wanyama, 24, still undecided. (Daily Mirror) 

    Ronald Koeman
  90. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?   

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here. 

  91. Olivier Giroud and who?

    Football

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Olivier Giroud became the fourth player to score a Champions League hat-trick for Arsenal in last night's 3-0 victory over Olympiakos. 

    Name the other three.

    The answer will appear on this very page later on.

    Olivier Giroud
  92. Benzema decision to be announced at 15:00 GMT

    Football

    France's football federation will announce later today whether Real Madrid strikerKarim Benzemais to be suspended by the national team over his involvement in asex-tape blackmail scandal.

    Federation president Noel le Graet is to hold a press conference at15:00 GMT, amid calls for a tough line to be taken on the case involving a tape of France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

    Karim Benzema
  93. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?   

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.

  94. Edwards signs new Wales deal

    Rugby Union

  95. Villa news conference

    Aston Villa v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde:

    "I played for Arsenal. Everything has probably changed there - except one. It’s a very good football club."

    On Sunday's match:

    "We need the collective spirit - this attitude - on Sunday to have an opportunity to get points."

  96. Essex name Silverwood as new coach

    Cricket

  97. Setting his sights

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    Irish golfer Rory McIlroy posted the above picture on Instagram, after undergoing eye surgery...

  98. Hasselbaink: I always wanted to manage QPR

    Football

    QPR's new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he always wanted to manager the Hoops...

  99. Aston Villa team news

    Aston Villa v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Manager Remi Garde says right-back Leandro Bacuna and forward Rudy Gestede are fit to face Arsenal.

    There are doubts over defender Micah Richards, who has a sore knee.

    Rudy Gestede
    Image caption: Not Rudy's best side this...
  100. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?   

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.  

  101. Gent make Champions League last 16

    Football

    Another interesting tale from the Champions League last night - Gent have qualified for the knockout stage for the first time.

    The Belgian side - whose nickname is for some reason The Buffalos - beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 to secure their place in the last 16.

    Hopefully we can do some digging and find out what the Native American association is all about. Anybody know?

    Gent players celebrate
    Image caption: Does anybody know what the association is with Native Americans?
  102. The Age of Denmark

    Football

    Former Malmo boss Age Hareide is appointed as Denmark's new national team head coach.

    The 62-year-old Norwegian's final game in charge of the Swedish side ended in an 8-0 defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League.

    Age Hareide
  103. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?   

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.   

  104. The man after Monk

    Football

    Who's going to be the next Swansea manager then? 

    David Moyes is also available. But Dennis Bergkamp has to be my favourite to be linked with the job.

    Marcelo Bielsa
    Image caption: Is Marcelo Bielsa in the running too? The former Marseille and Chile coach is brilliant, mad, and knows how to perch on an ice cooler
  105. More Swans depart

    Football

    More departures from Swansea after manager Garry Monk was sacked on Tuesday.

    Looks like a new broom in South Wales...

  106. And Javier Hernandez is quite good, too

    Football

    Elsewhere in Champions League football last night - a certainJavier Hernandezcontinued his fine form with an equaliser for Bayer Leverkusen in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona. 

    Hernandez -sold by Manchester Unitedthis summer of course - has scored 12 in his last 11, and was the Bundesliga's player of the month for November.

    Just saying.

    Javier Hernandez
  107. Wenger's Houdini impression

    Olympiakos 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Wenger hailed a "complete team performance" as the Gunners beat Olympiakos 3-0 on Wednesday.

    Can they go all the way? Is Joel Campbell actually quite good?

  108. Oh. My. Word.

    Basketball

    This is truly spectacular. And there are some really, really brilliant scenes of madly incredulous people gaping in wonder. The video's got it all. 

    Check it out over here as American high school basketball player Oman Oman scores a ridiculously good winning shot from absolutely miles away - right under his own basket. 

    The three points gave the Austin High Packers a 56-55 victory over rivals Northfield.

    Basketball
  109. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?   

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.  

  110. Champions League hat-trick heroes

    Football

    Mike Newell

    Olivier Giroud's treble for Arsenal against Olympiakos last night saw him join a select group of Champions League hat-trick scorers from the Premier League.

    We are taking a look at a few throughout the day...

  111. West Ham rush Rush Green move

    West Ham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says the club will leave their Chadwell Heath training ground and move to Rush Green ahead of schedule, which might help halt the injury problems.

    "We were planning on moving the training ground to Rush Green at the end of the season, now we are moving that forward," he said.

    "We will be training at Rush Green from Monday. The pitches here at Chadwell Heath are soft on top, but hard underneath which is the worse combination. So I have made the decision to go to Rush Green where the pitches are better.

    "This is not the fault of the groundsmen or the medical staff, it is just a fact."

    Slaven Bilic
  112. Sport participation figures on the rise

    More reaction to the results of Sport England'sActive People Survey- whichshow a risein the number of people participating in sport. 

  113. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Is your Sunday League home pitch a nightmare of divots and dips? Or are the preconceptions outdated and you play on a turfy green dream?   

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories using#bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.  

  114. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on the club's injury situation:

    "We are now missing six very important players, but we can't complain. We need to get over it and do well with the players we do have.

    "We have a very good medical team here so hopefully some players will come back quicker than first expected.

    "Of course it will be difficult without players like Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho, but we played without all of them at Manchester United.

    "Now it is about the squad and the character of the players we have, it is time for them to step up and help the team."  

    Slaven Bilic
  115. Sport participation figures on the rise

    Matt Slater

    BBC Sport

    "Sport England has just released the latest numbers from its Active People Survey and they're pretty good. 

    "Participation is on the up again after a dip last time. The number of people playing regular sport in England rose 245,000 in year to September. 

    "The number of women playing regular sport rose 150,000, which Sport England claims is a result of its This Girl Can campaign."    

  116. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on defender Winston Reid, who has suffered a hamstring injury:

    "Winston's injury doesn't look good. We don't know how long he'll be out for yet, we'll know more tomorrow after the scan.

    "He slipped early on in the training session, it looks like a rupture. He'll definitely be out of the Stoke game and a few more games." 

  117. Platini decision expected on Friday

    Football

    Michel Platini

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) will announce a decision on whether Michel Platini's suspension from football should be lifted on Friday at about 09:00 GMT.

    If they rule in Platini's favour, he'll be able to run for Fifa president.

    The Frenchman has been named in a Swiss criminal investigation into Fifa leader Sepp Blatter. He received a two million Swiss franc payment from Fifa which is under investigation.

    Both men, who were suspended for 90 days by football's world governing body, deny wrongdoing.

  118. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    Manager Slaven Bilic is ready to give his thoughts on Saturday's home match against Stoke.

  119. Villa news conference

    Aston Villa v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    We will have more from Garde very soon.

  120. Grassroots - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories of grassroots football using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.  

    David Marrison: Changing in your car as no changing rooms, taking your bags onto sidelines as no locks for changing rooms and my favourite. unofficial officials e.g subs for linesman and dogwalker for referee

    Lisa Draycott Fry: Our pitches are immaculate. Manorcroft United JFC.

    Paul Wainman: No changing rooms unless privately owned. Council pitches never cut or marked out . Hull men's Sunday league has gone from 19 leagues down to six in 10 years.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.

  121. Grassroots football - the state of play

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Back onto the subject of the state of football pitches and coaching standard and news the FA will invest a record £260m into grassroots over the next four years.

    "Addressing the problem of poor quality facilities is one of the areas where we have earmarked significant additional investment," said FA director for participation and development Kelly Simmons.

    She told BBC Radio 5 live that introducing new all-weather 3G artificial surfaces, particularly in cities, was "integral into everything we want to achieve".

  122. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri managed Chelsea between 2000-2004 - and he closes with his fond memories of his former club.

    "Chelsea for me means a lot. They were my first team here and for me I was very proud to be their manager," he said.

    "Chelsea are Chelsea, Mourinho is Mourinho and I’m sure they will be near the top at the end of the season  

    "I respect Chelsea a lot. I watched last night. They played very well and moved it quickly. They are the champions."

  123. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Claudio Ranieri

    More from Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, talking about Riyad Mahrez's hat-trick at the weekend.

    "I’m very happy. Until now I'm always asked about Vardy, now we talk about Mahrez," he said.

    "Mahrez is a good player and he’s still improving. His potential is very, very high.

    "It’s not important who scores, it’s important that the team scores and that the team plays well."

  124. Everton news conference

    Norwich v Everton (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Everton

    And with that Roberto was whisked away. Back to the training pitch?

  125. Leicester City news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is talking to the media - and he is loving life at the top of the Premier League.

    "Everybody knows us a little more. It’s good for the Club, the city and the fans," he said."

  126. Everton news conference

    Norwich v Everton (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is also asked about the sacking of Garry Monk at Swansea.

    Martinez played for the Swans of course, and managed them between 2007 and 2009.

    "What he has achieved there is nothing short of remarkable," Martinez says.

    "What he achieved last season will be in history for a long time. I am sure he is going to have a refreshing break period and will be ready to come back.

    "Ideally you want to see long-term projects and managers being able to put things into place but it's not a subject of debate. It's what happens now in the game and you have to accept it.

    "He was my captain at Swansea. We have a really good professional relationship and I respect him a lot. He should feel very proud of what he has achieved."

    Garry Monk
  127. Everton news conference

    Norwich v Everton (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton

    And the aim for Everton more generally? "To be as good as we can be. I feel this team is ready to reach real strong heights," Martinez says. 

    "We've had two defeats in 16, and only one in 11 away from home. But the only focus we have until the end of the season is to get better as a group."

    "This season was always about having a group that know each other really well. We want to carry on with that." 

  128. Everton news conference

    Norwich v Everton (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton

    Romelu Lukaku

    A word from Roberto Martinez onRomelu Lukaku. 

    "He is as good as it gets in the league. Only Sergio Aguero has had a similar impact in the last three years. 

    "It has been great to see that consistency - 27 goals in a calendar year is impressive, but we want him to carry on wanting more. At 22, that should be the drive and focus."

  129. Everton news conference

    Norwich v Everton (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is here! And first he gives a bit of an injury update. 

    He says midfielder James McCarthy is a slight doubt for Saturday's game with Norwich - he will have a fitness test.

    There's also news on Leighton Baines - who Martinez says is getting closer to lasting 90 minutes. "We must be measured in our approach," he adds. Quite sensible.

  130. Everton news conference

    Norwich v Everton (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    It's an early start for Everton this Saturday - a 12:45 GMT kick-off away to Norwich City. 

    What kind of a mood will manager Roberto Martinez be in today? We will be finding out very soon...

  131. Grassroots football - the state of play

    #bbcsportsday

    Good or bad, send in your photos and share your stories of grassroots football using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.  

    Ali Jenkins: Rubbish pitches, poor organisation from the leagues & too expensive. Some home games cost over £80 for pitch & ref. 

    Kevin Banting: Have coached a group of lads from U7 to U18 and the biggest barrier to development is the state of pitches.

    You can also text us on 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will publish them right here.

  132. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00)

    We will bring you what Claudio has to say when we have it...

    Can the Premier League league leaders stay there?

  133. Hasselbaink's first QPR match

    Football

    The newQPR managerfaces Burnley in the Championship on Saturday - in a15:00 GMT kick-offat Loftus Road.

  134. Roberts to start Varsity match

    Rugby Union

    Another one for later this - and you can watch it all live on BBC Two from 14:00 GMT.

    Wales and British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts will become the first current international since 2009 to play in the Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match at Twickenham.

    Roberts, studying for a Masters degree in medical science at Cambridge University, will join Premiership side Harlequins after the match.

    Oxford University are seeking their sixth consecutive Varsity victory.

    Jamie Roberts
  135. Premier League news conferences

    Football

    There are a total of nine Premier League news conferences today - and we'll be bringing you the best lines from each one. 

    Just marking your card here - first up are Watford, Everton and Leicester City, at 09:00 GMT.