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Summary

  1. England/Wales/Ireland kept apart in 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup
  2. Watching England is 'purgatory' - Butcher
  3. All-time low crowds and record penalties in Checkatrade Trophy
  4. Two-time Olympic rowing champion Stanning retires
  5. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Matthew Henry and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from us

    That's all from us at BBC Sportsday for the day.

    Don't worry we'll be right back here from 08:00 GMT tomorrow to talk you through all of Thursday's news. 

    See you then. Goodbye!

  2. Wigan to honour Whelan with statue

    Football

    Dave Whelan

    Wigan Athletic will build a statue at DW Stadium to commemorate president David Whelan's 80th birthday, the club have announced.

    Whelan bought Wigan in 1995 when they were in the fourth tier of English football and his investment, including the building of the DW Stadium, saw them reach the Premier League in 2005 where they played for eight years before relegation in 2013.

    The bronze statue will be of Whelan holding the FA Cup which the Latics won in 2013 by beating Manchester City.

  3. Lampard backs Southgate as England manager

    Football

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    Video caption: Frank Lampard backs Gareth Southgate for England managers job

    Gareth Southgate is the "common sense" choice for the permenant England manager's job, according to Frank Lampard. 

    And the former Chelsea man should know. 

    He played 106 times for England and made his England debut alongside Southgate back in 1999.

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    Image caption: Sadly the only picture I could find of the pair (numbers three and four) is of their backs...
  4. Hearth takes second five wicket haul in two days

    Cricket

    Rangana Herath

    Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is the leading wicket-taker in Test matches in 2016, ahead of the likes of India's R Ashwin, Pakistan's Yasir Shah and England's Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.

    It is little wonder though.

    Today the left-armer took his second five-wicket haul in as many days against Zimbabwe. 

    Herath now has 51 wickets in just eight matches this year.

    Impressive.

  5. Post update

    Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger is looking very dapper today.

    No wonder he's smiling, he returned to training with the United first team last week.

  6. Stoney leaves Arsenal

    Football

    Casey Stoney

    Casey Stoney has left Arsenal Ladies bringing to an end her second spell at the club.

    The defender, 34, said she is "looking forward to her next chapter" and said a record 14th Women's FA Cup trophy for Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in May will "forever be etched in her memory".

    She started her career at Arsenal in 1999 before spells with Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and Lincoln before rejoining the Club in January 2014.

    Stoney also has 129 caps for England and also captained Team GB at London 2012.

  7. More injury worries for Arsenal?

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    The Spanish speakers among you will know this tweet means Arsenal's Hector Bellerin has been replaced in Spain's under-21 squad by Sunderland full-back Javier Manquillo.

    Bellerin was unable to finish training on Wednesday, a day after reportedly sitting out a session on Tuesday.

    An injury would add to Arsene Wenger's worries as the Frenchman is already nervously awaiting news of forward Alexis Sanhez's muscle injury.

    Bellerin
    Image caption: Bellerin only returned from injury for the Gunners on Sunday against Tottenham
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  9. Ainslie prepares for GB America's Cup bid

    Four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover team are bidding to be the first British team to win the America's Cup in 165 years. 

    Ainslie was part of Oracle Team USA, who won the last edition of sailing's famous trophy in 2013. 

    In 2017, he hopes to lead a British team to victory when the series concludes in Bermuda. 

    BBC South Today went behind the scenes of the Land Rover's BAR base in Portsmouth to see the meticulous preparation. 

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    Video caption: America's Cup: Behind the scenes with Ben Ainslie Racing
  10. Wales training ahead of Serbia test

    Football

    Wales are preparing to face Serbia on Friday in a World Cup qualifier.

    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is "talking tactics" here. A future manager of the future perhaps?

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  11. I will win Premier League at United - Zlatan

    Football

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will win the Premier League with Manchester United.

    The 35-year-old has scored six league goals this season, including two against Swansea City on Sunday ending a two-month league drought. 

    United have made an inconsistent start to Jose Mourinho's reign at Old Trafford and are sixth in the table.

    "Hopefully I can win it, and I will win it," Ibrahimovic told the club's website.

     "We have been a little bit unlucky in certain games, but we believe. When you believe it will come."

  12. Autumn internationals preview

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  13. 'Brazil, we are here'

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton has arrived in Brazil ahead of this week's Brazilian Grand Prix, a race which may well decide the driver's championship.

    If Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg wins on Sunday, the Briton's hopes of a fourth world title would be over and the German will be confirmed as the 2016 champion.

    We have taken a look at Rosberg's chances of winning the title this weekend and the history behind championship crowns sealed in Brazil.

    Read it here.

  14. 'We've got a chance going down there'

    Former Scotland captain Paul Lambert expects the team to rise to the occasion in Friday's meeting with England at Wembley.

    "I guarantee their performance level will raise because of the atmosphere and because of the game that they're playing in," said the Wolves boss.

    "I think it's going to be a lot closer than what people think. Scotland-England, in any sport, you're never quite sure."

    Read more here.

    Paul Lambert
  15. Amos faces surgery and long-term absence

    Rugby Union

    Hallam Amos

    Wales back Hallam Amos has been ruled out until at least the New Year with a shoulder injury, his club Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed.

    The 22-year-old was replaced by Keelan Giles in Wales' squad for the autumn internationals on Tuesday after being injured during the second half of Wales' 32-8 loss to Australia. 

    Newport said Amos will undergo surgery next week.

  16. Sanchez facing six weeks out

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    Alexis Sanchez

    Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will reportedly be out for six weeks with an injury picked up on international duty with Chile.

    Sanchez picked up a "low grade muscle injury" ruling him out of Chile's World Cup qualifier in Colombia on Thursday.

    Originally Chile's medical staff said he could return for the home game against Uruguay next Tuesday but the Sun say Sanchez could be out long-term.

    A six-week absence would rule him out of Arsenal's Champions League match against PSG on 23 November and Premier League games with Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham, Stoke and Everton.

  17. McClean returns to training

    James McClean's prospects of playing in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Saturday have improved.

    After missing Tuesday's session because of a back problem, the West Brom winger trained today alone under the supervision of a fitness coach.

    All other members of the squad trained together in preparation for Saturday's Group D qualifier in Vienna.

    McClean could be an option for a striker's role with Shane Long missing.

    James McClean
  18. Bale wins Wales player of the year for sixth time

    Football

    After being a key player in Wales' run to Euro 2016 and becoming a Champions League winner for the second time, it is hard to argue with this award for Gareth Bale.

    Last night he was named Wales' player of the year for the sixth time and for the fourth year in succession.

    Today, the players have reacted to the night.

    Bale said it was an honour to receive the award...

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    While Tottenham's Ben Davies is focusing on his recovery from injury...

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  19. Yorkshire fear loss of internationals at Headingley

    Cricket

    Headingley

    Delays in redevelopment may lose Headingley the chance to host international cricket for four years, Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur has warned. 

    Rugby league club Leeds Rhinos, who share the use of one stand with Yorkshire, announced that a planned £38m upgrade, to begin in January, was being put back because of "complex planning matters".

    The Rhinos are able to continue has normal but improved facilities were key to Yorkshire's hopes of hosting England fixtures between 2020 and 2024, which are awarded next year.

    Arthur believes the county could miss out on the fixtures all together and not be chosen to host matches at the 2019 ICC World Cup in 2019.