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By Elizabeth Hudson, Michael Emons and Gemma Collis

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  1. Murray due on court shortly


    That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday.

    We'll be back at 08:00 BST on Friday but watch out this afternoon for Andy Murray, who is due to be in action later as he continues his bid to become world number one.

    The Scot takes on Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna with the winner to face American John Isner in the last eight.

    You can follow the latest from Austria here.

    Andy Murray
  2. Who next for the champ?

    BBC Radio 5 live from 20:00 BST

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Just who will IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua face next? Wladimir Klitschko is injured and a few other options are looking unlikely.

    BBC Radio 5 live will be discussing potential fights for Joshua and much, much more tonight from 20:00 BST.

    Anthony Joshua
  3. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Is the EFL Cup a rip-off? Does the competition need to change?

    Steve McDonald: It's not the EFL cup that's a rip-off, it's the disdain from the clubs that's the problem, it's a chance for silverware.

    Ethan Kirkham: No, we come to watch and support our football club, it doesn't matter if stronger players are left out.

    Tom Batten: I like getting the chance to see how squad players perform, if you loan them out instead you get stick for that too! 

    Thanks for all your responses. 

  4. Brothers Steven and Aaron Shingler meet as Cardiff Blues face Scarlets

    Rugby union

    Brotherly love might be thin on the ground for the Shingler boys as the Cardiff Blues square up to the Scarlets on Friday.

    Older brother Aaron will be lining up for the visiting Scarlets, while Steven will take his place as fly-half for the Blues.

    "He used to take my toys off me, being the older one," said Steven.

    The Shingler Brothers
  5. Messi meets Mickey Mouse


    Multi-millionaire footballer Lionel Messi had some downtime this week with Barcelona not playing a midweek match.

    So he took advantage by taking his family to Disneyland Paris.

    There's no detail on whether the Barca star made it to the "It's a Small World" ride...

    Lionel Messi
  6. Mexican Grand Prix Preview

    Formula 1

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There are three rounds of the Formula 1 season left and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is 26 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after the British driver's victory in the United States on Sunday.

    This weekend is the Mexican Grand Prix and BBC Radio 5 live's preview show will be on from 21:00 BST tonight.

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
  7. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Is the EFL Cup a rip-off? Does the competition need changing?

    Today we are asking if the EFL Cup is a rip-off, after former England winger Chris Waddle said he was unhappy with teams playing weakened sides.

    Here are some more of your comments.

    Just saying: With record attendances across the fourth round Waddle is wrong. Opportunity for some future stars to get proper experience.

    David Wynde: Don't agree. Spurs fielded Wimmer, Dier, Davies, Janssen - all internationals. And it is a chance to see youngsters.

    John Roullier: Can't stand this competition any more, extra fixtures for the sake of it. The only way to make teams take it seriously would be to offer the winners a Champions League place, which should be the same for the FA Cup. Top two in the PL plus both cup winners.

  8. Laws remains positive

    Road Cycling

    Former British champion cyclist Sharon Laws tells the BBC about the shock of being diagnosed with cervical cancer, which she says is "treatable but not curable".

    The 42-year-old, who rode for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, recently began a six-month course of chemotherapy.

    "It's trying to make the most of the time you have when suddenly you might not have as long as you thought," she says. 

    Sharon Laws
  9. Mazzarri not worries over Watford allegations


    Watford boss Walter Mazzarri insists he is not worried by any potential sanctions the club may face following allegations that they supplied false financialdocuments to the English Football League. 

    The Hornets are now under investigation and could face a fine or points deduction if the claims are proven to be accurate. 

    "I am not worried at all," said Mazzarri, confirming he had spoken with owner Gino Pozzo about the matter.

    "The club have already made a statement on this situation and I'm on line with the club. I know what the club is doing. I don't want to add anything else. Honestly it is something I am not interested in. The president has always done things in the right and correct way, that's enough for me." 

    Watford manager Walter Mazzarri
  10. Perez set to miss six weeks


    Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is set to miss six weeks after sustaining ankle ligament damage in their EFL Cup win over Reading earlier this week. 

    According to the IB Times, the forward, who was making a rare start on Tuesday, is expected to miss the whole of November including three key games against Spurs, Manchester United and PSG – the latter in the Champions League.

    Lucas Perez
  11. Get Inspired

    Scotland gets ready for #ActiveGirlsDay

    Active Girls Day logo

    On Friday it's Active Girls Day in Scotland and you can get involved too.

    Sport Scotland is encouraging women and girls to celebrate all the amazing work that goes on to get girls active, as well as inspire more girls to participate in sport and physical activity.

    All you need to do is post a photo on Twitter/Instagram. The pictures can be of yourselves (or younger selves) playing sport, or of your favourite female sporting role model.

    Let them know your own sporting experience, and don't forget to use the hashtag #ActiveGirlsDay

  12. 'Homophobic flyers' at West Ham investigated


    West Ham's London Stadium

    Claims that homophobic anti-Chelsea song sheets were distributed at West Ham's London Stadium are being investigated.

    Hammers fan Nadeem posted an image of one of the flyers, urging fans to sing homophobic lyrics about Chelsea captain John Terry, on social media.

    Nadeem told BBC Radio 5 live that the leaflets were being handed out before the home side's 2-1 EFL Cup win.

    "It was quite idiotic and a bit disgusting," he said.

  13. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Is the EFL Cup a rip-off?

    Our story concerning Chris Waddle's quotes that the EFL Cup is a rip-off has got you talking.

    Bill Neicho: Totally agree, if you're putting out reserve or fringe players then charge as you would for a reserve fixture. Absolutely ripping off the supporters. 

    Sami Zaatari: I went to Nottingham for the Arsenal away cup tie knowing we were most likely going to a field a weakened side, but I still went, and was still excited and up for the game, so no, not really. 

    Meryl Winter: Every fan knows their team field different players for EFL cup games and ticket prices are normally reduced to encourage other fans to attend - so how on earth can it be a rip off?

  14. Pop star Bieber trains with Manchester team

    Ice hockey

    Pop star Justin Bieber cooled down after heated shows in Manchester by making a surprise appearance at an ice hockey game.

    The music sensation put the puck in the back of the net during a practice session with Manchester Storm. The Toronto Maple Leafs fan was presented with his own Storm jersey and a spot in the locker room by the team's equipment manager who had an inkling he would turn up.

    The 22-year-old had asked if he could skate with the team at Silver Blades ice rink in Altrincham on Tuesday and went for a pint with the team afterwards. It came after the chart-topper walked off stage in Manchester when he asked fans to stop screaming between songs.

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    Video caption: Justin Bieber scores in a game with Manchester Storm ice hockey team
  15. Three Kazakhstan weightlifters stripped of London 2012 golds


    Svetlana Podobedova
    Image caption: Svetlana Podobedova set three Olympic records on her way to gold in London

    Three weightlifters from Kazakhstan have been stripped of Olympic gold medals won at London 2012 after new tests found them guilty of doping.

    Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Maiya Maneza and Svetlana Podobedova were all caught when samples from 2012 and the 2008 Games in Beijing were retested.

    Chinshanlo won at -53kg, Maneza at -63kg and Podobedova at -75kg and all tested positive for steroid stanozolol.

    It has not been confirmed if their golds will now be re-assigned.

  16. England 'won't be sipping beers' during training camp

    Rugby union

    Coach Eddie Jones says England need to continue training with intensity ahead of the autumn internationals, despite already missing 11 players through injury.

    England will face South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia on successive weekends, starting with the Springboks on 12 November. 

    England Rugby team
    Image caption: Coach Eddie Jones has recently come under criticism by Premiership Rugby for putting the England squad through judo sessions as part of training

    "We won't be sipping beers in Portugal. There is nothing to change - injuries are part of rugby," the former Japan and Australia coach said. 

    "We want to train with intensity and need to do so. We need to be able to play against their brutal, go-forward type of game. South Africans don't mind you having the ball and they don't mind hurting you."

  17. Barton arrives at Ibrox


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    As confirmed by Alasdair Lamont, talks have begun between Rangers and Joey Barton in a bid to sort out the midfielder's future at Ibrox.

    The Englishman has been suspended since a training-ground bust-up in September.

    It is extremely unlikely that Barton will play for the Scottish Premiership club again.

    The 34-year-old, who joined Rangers in the summer after leaving Burnley, is also facing Scottish FA charges relating to a breach of their betting rules.

  18. Vitalini could play against Wales

    Rugby league

    He was born and raised in Newport but when Wales line up against Italy in Monza on Saturday, Chris Vitalini will not be pulling on a red jersey.

    The South Wales Ironmen second rower is of Italian heritage and was included in Italy's 22-man squad for their 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Wales.

    "I feel a mix [of Welsh and Italian]. I was born in Wales so I grew up Welsh but the more I learned about my heritage, the more I also felt Italian," Vitalini told BBC Radio Wales.

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    Chris Vitalini
  19. Kerber wins again


    Angelique Kerber made it three wins out of three at the WTA finals after a 6-3 6-3 win over Madison Keys.

    Kerber's win and Dominika Cibulkova's earlier victory over Simona Halep means they are the two qualifiers from the Red Group.

    In the semi-finals, Cibulkova will face White Group winner Svetlana Kuznetsova while Kerber will take on the winner of Friday's clash between Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova. 

    Angelique Kerber