Sportsday - Thursday 8 November as it happened

Build-up to Sportswomen of the Year Awards, news from the World Tour finals and reaction to Bradley Wiggins' accident.

8 November 2012 Last updated at 21:21 GMT

As it happened

  1. 0801: 

    Good morning and welcome along to Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre. There is much to get through but we begin as usual with some stories from today's gossip column.

    Arsenal are lining up a bid for QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 23, if their chase of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 19, fails. (Daily Mirror)

    Liverpool have had to end their reported pursuit of Didier Drogba, 34, after the former Chelsea striker pledged his future to Chinese employers Shanghai Shenhua. (Metro)

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will ask director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign 29-year-old Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January. (Daily Mail)

  2. 0804: 

    So Celtic beat Barcelona, the team many consider to be the best of all time last night. Where does this rank amongst sporting achievements of recent years? There were important victories for Chelsea and Manchester United too. Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has damaged ribs after a collision with a car. Let us know your thoughts on that, on the Champions League or tonight's Europa League matches involving Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham, via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  3. 0805: 

    England captain Alastair Cook falls three short of a century on day one of his team's tour match with Haryana in Ahmedabad. His 115-ball 97 contained 20 fours and he shared 166 in 34 overs with new opening partner Nick Compton who is unbeaten on 74 in a total of 193-1 midway through the day.

  4. 0808: 

    The England squad for next week's friendly in Sweden will be announced at midday. Steven Gerrard is expected to be named as captain for what will be his 100th cap. Who else would you like to see in the party? Let us know via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  5. 0809: 

    Play has been suspended on day one of the Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club because of the threat of lightning. Thomas Bjorn is the clubhouse leader on five under, Paul Casey has posted a three under 68, Phil Mickelson a 73 and Rory McIlroy is level after eight holes.

  6. 0810: 

    Australia's team to play France on Saturday: Mike Harris; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Ben Tapuai, Pat McCabe, Nick Cummins; Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis; Nathan Sharpe (capt), Kane Douglas; Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson

  7. 0813: 

    Super League champions Leeds Rhinos are to give a three-month trial to Australian threequarter Joe Vickery, 23, who had his first training session with the Rhinos this week after joining them from Gold Coast Titans' feeder club Tweed Heads, where he scored 17 tries last season.

  8. 0820: 

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "An achievement to match the Lisbon Lions, well done to Celtic. Scottish football doesn't look so bad after all."

  9. 0822: 

    BBC Sport's Alastair Eykyn reports: "Wales centre Jamie Roberts will leave the Cardiff Blues when his contract expires at the end of the season. It's understood the British Lion will join Racing Metro in Paris.

    "The news will be a worrying development for the Welsh Rugby Union, with Roberts the latest in a string of big names to leave Wales in favour of a lucrative offer from France."

  10. 0826: 

    Hull KR have appointed scrum-half Michael Dobson as their new captain. Dobson succeeds Ben Galea with centre Kris Welham the new vice-captain for 2013.

  11. 0831:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Eleanor Oldroyd from 19:00 GMT comes live from the Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards.

    Eleanor will speak to some of the biggest achievers in Women's sport this year as they walk off stage holding their awards. Olympian Karen Pickering and sports writer Sue Mott will be alongside during the evening to add their views on the progress women's sport has made this year.

  12. 0838: 

    Kevin Pietersen is at the crease in England's final warm-up match before next week's first Test against India. Nick Compton was dismissed for 74 having shared 166 for the first wicket with skipper Alastair Cook, who made 97.

  13. 0840: 

    Nathan Forde on Twitter: "England friendly would surely the best place to see Celtic's Hooper and Crystal Palace's Zaha?"

  14. 0844: 

    The popular Ukrainian sports website describes FC Shakhtar Donetsk's injury-time defeat against Chelsea as "Willian's spoilt triumph" as the Shakhtar midfielder's two goals were not enough even for a draw. "The Donetsk footballers are going home empty-handed," says the website, "even though their play was not inferior in any way to the opposite side's; actually they even looked better."

  15. 0848: 

    Reaction to Celtic's victory over Barcelona. Keep them coming in please, via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Barry Whitcombe on Twitter: "Fantastic win for Celtic FC last nite, just proves that the only stat that matters is the scoreline."

    Macaulay Caulfield on Twitter: "Simply the best footballing moment in my life."

    Kieran Devlin on Twitter: "Hopefully last night put an end to this patronising 'brave' nonsense, and it's now clear that this is simply a good team."

  16. 0859: 

    This afternoon's big match at the ATP Tour Finals sees second seed Roger Federer against David Ferrer, seeded four. The match will not start before 13:45 GMT and we will have a live text commentary for you describing all the action in that contest, plus tonight's encounter between Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic.

  17. 0904: 

    Wycombe appoint Gareth Ainsworth as manager for the remainder of the season. The 39-year-old has been in temporary charge since Gary Waddock was sacked in September.

  18. 0908: 

    Jonathan Trott falls lbw for 46 and Kevin Pietersen is unbeaten on 18 as England reach 246-3 at tea on the opening day of their final warm-up match with Haryana in Ahmedabad.

  19. 0910: 

    We'll have news of the England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden around midday. We're asking who you would like to see in the party. Tweet them to us please using the hashtag, #bbcsportsday.

    Bob on Twitter: "I'd like to see Sterling, Shelvey, Smalling, Caulker, Ince etc in the England squad."

  20. 0916: 

    Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis is here at BBC Sport HQ this morning and, asked about Rio 2016 on BBC Breakfast, she said: "I'm definitely not ruling anything out. Four years is a long time and I'm just focusing on next year and then the next year."

  21. 0922: 

    The French team to face Australia in Paris on Saturday:

    Brice Dulin; Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Maxime Mermoz, Vincent Clerc; Frederik Michalak, Maxime Machenaud; Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Yannick Nyanga; Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape (capt); Nicolas Mas, Dimitri Szarzewski, Yannick Forestier.

  22. 0925: 

    David Gaffney on Twitter: "If Celtic hadn't let a goal in the last minute at the Nou Camp they would have taken four points off Barca in two games. That's a stat!"

    Daniel Straiton on Twitter: "How amazing were the Celtic fans and the atmosphere last night. Glasgow's Green & White. Forster for England - he was a giant!"

  23. 0930: 

    More from Jess Ennis on BBC Breakfast this morning: "When I picked up my injury in 2008, that was lowest part of my career. That created the journey that I had," she says.

    "If I hadn't experienced the lows, I wouldn't have experienced the highs this year. As an athlete you have massive highs, but the lows are the injuries. You can be at opposite ends of the spectrum so many times."

  24. 0937: 

    There are 24 overs remaining on the opening day of England's final warm-up match before next week's first Test against India. The tourists are 271-3 against Haryana in Ahmedabad and Kevin Pietersen has 20 in partnership with Ian Bell, who is on 23. Skipper Alastair Cook struck 97 in an opening stand of 166 with Nick Compton (74), while Jonathan Trott made 46.

  25. 0946:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd was interviewed on 5 live this morning and said of last night's epic victory over Barcelona: "I think my ears are still ringing! that's what you get at Celtic Park.

    "Theres been a lot of knocking of Scottish football so what we've done is give everybody a big boost."

  26. 0951: 

    Bangladesh have included uncapped 21-year-old off-spinner Sohag Gazi in their squad of 14 for the first Test against West Indies in Dhaka on Tuesday.

  27. 0958: 

    Edidiong Linus on Twitter: "Barca got beaten because they have no plan B and that's why they are not the best team ever. Chelsea, Madrid & Celtic proved that."

    Kev the red on Twitter: "Well done to Celtic....but every good team loses. Don't get carried away!! If they played tomorrow you'd still back Barca."

  28. 1001: 

    Play is abandoned for the day at the Singapore Open because of the threat of lightning at the Sentosa Golf Club. Thomas Bjorn is the clubhouse leader on five under, with Englishman Simon Khan one of three players a shot behind.

    Phil Mickelson carded a 73, with Paul Casey on three under. Rory McIlroy is on level par after eight holes, and will be one of 78 players who will complete their first rounds early on Friday.

  29. 1009: 

    Arsenal have joined the pursuit of Burnley's 20-goal striker Charlie Austin, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

  30. 1011: 

    Samoa international centre George Pisi and Russian Test wing Vasily Artemyev have signed new contracts with Northampton.

  31. 1013: 

    Paul McGuiness on Twitter: "Barca might have had 90% of the possession but Celtic scored 67% of the goals (I rounded that up - it has a better ring to it)."

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "This wasn't just a win for Celtic- it felt like a win for all teams! Congratulations on a fantastic performance."

    Neil Howells on Twitter: "Celtic showed last night what team spirit and hard work can achieve. Hint hint Man City."


    England make five changes for Saturday's match against Fiji at Twickenham, the opening game of the autumn international programme. Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will make his debut in a side captained by Chris Robshaw, who missed the 14-14 draw with South Africa in June.

    Charlie Sharples replaces the suspended Chris Ashton on the right wing, Ugo Monye comes in for the injured Ben Foden on the left and Brad Barritt replaces Jonathan Joseph in the centres.

  33. 1015: 

    England team to play Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday:

    A Goode; C Sharples, M Tuilagi, B Barritt, U Monye; T Flood, D Care; J Marler, T Youngs, D Cole, T Palmer, G Parling, T Johnson, C Robshaw (c), T Waldrom.

    Replacements: D Paice, D Wilson, M Vunipola, J Launchbury, T Wood, B Youngs, O Farrell, M Brown.

  34. 1020: 

    What do you think of the England selection? Let us know on Twitter please, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  35. 1025: 

    Huddersfield have formed a partnership with neighbours Batley that will give the Championship club access to Giants players not needed for Super League matches under the dual registration scheme, plus immediate treatment for injuries to their part-time players.

  36. 1029: 

    Kevin Pietersen finds some impressive form in England's final warm-up match before next week's first Test against India. With 12 overs of the first day remaining he is on 86 from 76 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes.

  37. 1037: 

    Ian Bell becomes the third England player to reach his half century with a six on day one of the tour match with Haryana in Ahmedabad. The tourists are 368-3 in the final stages of the opening day.

  38. 1042: 

    Betfair will sponsor the Masters for the first time this season. The prestigious event at Alexandra Palace takes place from 13-20 January and will be live on the BBC.

  39. 1044: 

    A Lancashire police spokeswoman confirms to BBC Sport that Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is still in hospital following his collision with a car last night and has broken ribs, although she could not say how many. The driver of the vehicle is not injured and will be speaking to the police later on Thursday.

  40. 1046: 

    Kevin Pietersen completes an unbeaten century on his return to the England team in their final warm-up match before next week's first Test with India.

  41. 1055: 

    Spanish sports newspaper AS describes Celtic's tactics in their 2-1 win over Barcelona a "steamroller placed on the pitch to destroy any opposing intention to raise the tone of the game."

  42. 1058: 

    Opta Sports report that Celtic's 16.4% possession is the lowest ever to win a Champions League match.

  43. 1059: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins says he has been given no ultimatum by chairman Nicola Cortese despite being bottom of the Premier League after 10 games.

    "I am not on match by match basis," Adkins told BBC South.

    "I love being a Southampton manager, the chairman wants me to be the Southampton manager. We are all working for the same cause and that's to make sure Southampton football club keeps progressing and making sure that we stay in the Premier League and therefore we can keep kicking on.

    "We all want the same thing, we all share the same common cause and we are all striving to meet that common cause."

  44. 1103: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, who will take his team away for a training camp before the visit of Swansea on Saturday, admits his side are already in a "relegation dog fight" despite the season only being 10 games old.

    "The reality is, we are 10 games in, we have four points [and] we are bottom of the table," Adkins told BBC South.

    "We are in a relegation dog fight but we are going to fight and keep pushing everyone on."

  45. 1106: 

    Chief Sports Writer at The Daily Telegraph Paul Hayward on Twitter: "Celtic's keeper Fraser Forster is being called 'La Gran Muralla' (The Great Wall) in Spain. That nickname may stick in Celtic dressing room."

  46. 1111: 

    Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg says the form of Ruben Rochina has been a positive for him in his first week in charge of the Championship side.

    "I really look forward to working even more with him in the future," Berg told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "We have to find the right balance in the team and make sure we have the right players around him to complement his qualities, so we can get the best out of him and the other players."

  47. 1113: 

    The England squad to face Sweden in next week's friendly is announced.

    Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

    Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker(Tottenham Hotspur).

    Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

    Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

  48. 1119: 

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere returns to the England squad for next week's friendly with Sweden in Stockholm. The midfielder has not played for his country since making his fifth appearance against Switzerland in June 2011.

    Everton's Leon Osman is called up for the first time while Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is in line to win his 100th cap.

    Roy Hodgson has also included Liverpool duo Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling along with Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster fresh from his heroics against Barcelona.

  49. 1126: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson has made a few surprises in his squad for next week's friendly in Sweden. Let us know what you think of the squad via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jon Hacker on Twitter: "Leon Osman has deserved his England call up over the last few seasons! Massive unsung hero for Everton."

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "This England team actually looks quite refreshing and lively. Good team for the future here."

    Gareth McCarter on Twitter: "No room for Jermain Defoe in the England squad even though he is the top English scorer in the Premiership? Welbeck? Crazy."

    Josh Davis on Twitter: "As a Liverpool fan, happy to see 4 players called up into the squad, but also the inclusion of Leon Osman, truly deserves it."

  50. 1130: 

    Brighton striker Will Hoskins says he has a "lot to prove" after finally making his comeback from a broken foot.

    "All you can do is keep pushing, never give up. I've got a lot to show and a lot to prove. And to do it on a big stage, there's nothing better," the 26-year-old told BBC Sussex.

  51. 1135: 

    England finish on 408-3 on day one against Hayana on their final warm-up match before their Test series against India.

    Kevin Pietersen (110 retired out), Alastair Cook (97), Nick Compton (74) and Ian Bell (57 not out) all passed 50.

  52. 1139: 

    Championship side Hull City sign Sunderland midfielder David Meyler on loan until 1 January.

    The 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international played under Tigers boss Steve Bruce when he was in charge of the Black Cats.

  53. 1145: 

    More of your reactions to Roy Hodgson's England squad for next week's friendly in Sweden. Keep your comments coming on Twitter using the hashtag #BBC Sportsday.

    Tom Sizeland on Twitter: "I disagree with Wilshere's inclusion. Give him a chance to get some domestic form back. No good can come of overplaying him."

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "People who think the England side is getting better post-Terry & Ferdinand are in denial. Our squad's becoming very average."

    Andy Ferrari-Bradley on Twitter: "Great squad, but I want to see players like Osman given pitch time rather than just on the bench watching the regulars."

    Victor Chatfield on Twitter: "Ferdinand omitted again, and only centre backs are Cahill, Caulker, Jagielka and Shawcross?! Mystifying!"

  54. 1149: 

    Double Commonwealth gold champion and three-time Olympian Ross Davenport retires from swimming.

    The 28-year-old made his debut for Great Britain at the World Championships in Barcelona 2003 as part of the 4x200m relay team and went on to win four Commonwealth Games medals - including individual gold in the 200m freestyle in Melbourne 2006.

    "It has been a privilege and honour to represent my country in a sport that I love," he told Radio Derby. "But it is time to move on."

  55. 1153: 

    Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc is available for selection against Swansea City on Saturday after an internal investigation into a water bottle incident against Tottenham ended with no further action.

  56. 1158: 

    Australia's National Rugby League wants an immediate explanation from the Newcastle Knights over an announcement that Danny Buderus would assume a coaching role with rugby union side Brumbies while continuing to play for the Knights.

    "Neither Danny Buderus nor the Knights have sought permission from the NRL to enter into a third party agreement as his playing contract requires and as the club is required under the Salary Cap Rules," NRL Interim Chief Executive Mr Shane Mattiske said.

  57. 1203: 

    Everton's Phil Neville on Twitter reacts to team-mate Leon Osman receiving an England call: "Congratulations Ossie a reward for determination perseverance-great moment when gaffa announced on the training ground he was in the squad!"

  58. 1207: 

    Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson says that despite having some memorable occasions during his time with the club, the victory over Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League was the best night ever at Celtic Park.

  59. 1210: 
  60. 1215: 

    England coach Roy Hodgson has included Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Everton's Leon Osman and Liverpool pair Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling into his squad for next week's friendly in Sweden. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #BBC Sportsday.

    Ryan Langdon on Twitter: "Why put Wilshire in, he is good but is only just back from injury let him recover his fitness and perform for Arsenal first."

    Will Simpson on Twitter: "Leon Osman gets an England call-up at last!! Only about 8 years overdue."

    Simon Jupp on Twitter: "We should be looking at building a team for Rio 2014 and I won't be alone in thinking Osman won't be on that plane."

    Simon Daplyn on Twitter: "Sterling, Shelvey and Welbeck in ahead of Noble, Dyer/Routledge and Defoe? To be fair Liverpool are flying in the league."

  61. 1221: 

    Everton's Leon Osman, 31, revealed in September that he had not given up of getting a call for England.

    The midfielder, who made his Toffees debut in 2000, said: "I wouldn't say I have accepted getting called up for England is going to elude me. It is what it is.

    "I am an Everton player and try and give my best for them and if I was to ever get called up then that would be great.

    "As you start to get 30-plus the chances start to diminish but as an English lad you still keep going for your club and if it ever happens that would be great. If it doesn't, I am not going to get too disappointed."

  62. 1225: 

    The takeover of Leeds United by a Middle East-based private equity group is expected to be completed imminently.

  63. 1230: 

    Nottingham director of rugby Glenn Delaney said in May he was proud of the part the Green & Whites have played in Tom Youngs' career.

    Having made his Premiership debut as a centre, Leicester decided Youngs was more suited to the front row.

    "It was a time when we had the view to improve players because we were not in a financial situation that we could buy the completed article. And so we went about developing them," Delaney said.

    "When Leicester asked if we would help Tom become a hooker, it was a great chance to become involved with him and a lot of work went in. The thing with Tom is that he had always been a hooker, just one playing out of position."

  64. 1233: 

    England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce gives first call-ups to Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, Chelsea defender Nathaniel Chalobah, Leicester defender Liam Moore, Derby midfielder Will Hughes and Bolton's on-loan Arsenal striker Benik Afobe for Tuesday's friendly with Northern Ireland.

  65. 1236: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott says goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will face a spell on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder when he collided with a post at the end of Sunday's QPR clash after Djibril Cisse's shot flew wide.

    "Alex has seen a consultant, he has a shoulder joint problem and will be out for a little while," said McDermott.

  66. 1242: 

    England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, who has bought a number of new faces into his squad, told the FA website: "This will be an opportunity for a number of younger players, and those who have not had much game time, to impress.

    "There are young players within this group who will be able to go again with the Under-21s for the 2015 campaign, so every chance to play for England will give them experience they will no doubt call upon in the future."

  67. 1249: 

    More reaction on Twitter to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the friendly in Sweden next week.

    Matt Rooney on Twitter: "Nice to see the younger players being brought in to the England side, building a team long term is the way forward."

    Sandra Zak on Twitter: "Where is Carrick? The only England player who can consistently pass the ball to his team! Absolutely ridiculous!"

    Rotji Golu on Twitter: "Arsenal's manager will be furious at Roy...after letting the England boss know Wilshere is not 100 per cent fit."

    Elliot Hackney on Twitter: "If Hodgson is ok with taking players over 30 still then where is Crouch?"

  68. 1256: 

    Roger Federer will qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-sets victory over David Ferrer this afternoon at the O2. That match is live on BBC Two, online and 5 live sports extra from 13:45 GMT.

    Andy Murray has been scheduled for the evening match on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and there are 10 different qualification scenarios in that group. For Murray, a straight-sets win over the Frenchman would keep things simple.

  69. 1302: 

    Ireland announce their team to play South Africa on Saturday with Leinster's Jamie Heaslip as captain.

    Ireland: Simon Zebo, Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls, Gordon D'Arcy, Andrew Trimble, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip (captain), Chris Henry, Peter O'Mahony, Donnacha Ryan, Mike McCarthy, Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy.

    Replacements: Sean Cronin, David Kilcoyne, Michael Bent, Donncha O'Callaghan, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O'Gara, Fergus McFadden.

  70. 1308: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy will start level after eight holes in the Singapore Open on Friday after the play is abandoned on the opening day.

    Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who completed his round, leads on five under par - one shot ahead of Britain's Simon Khan, Spain's Pablo Martin and Chinnarat Phadungsil, from Thailand.

  71. 1314: 

    British Cycling director Martin Gibbs says the country should look to Amsterdam and Copenhagen for how to safely integrate bikes into the transport system in the wake of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins being knocked off his bike close to a petrol station near his home in Lancashire.

  72. 1319: 

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at the O2 Arena: "Roger Federer will qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-sets victory over David Ferrer and he will certainly not lack support. No player has a following like the Swiss star and they are out in force again at the O2."

  73. 1324: 

    England batsman Ian Bell says the side will gain confidence after finishing day one of their final warm-up match against Haryana on 408-3.

    "To score 400 in a day is not going to do us any harm and it's just trying to create good habits," the Warwickshire batsman told BBC Sport.

    Asked about Kevin Pietersen, who retired after scoring 110, Bell quipped: "I think he was just trying to get away from running quick singles. I think he's fine and he'll be really happy with the way he played today, I know the team is, and it's a really happy camp."

  74. 1330: 

    More reaction on Twitter to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the friendly in Sweden next week. Get involved by adding the hashtag #BBCSportsday.

    Matt Spurs on Twitter: "Since when does playing average & getting sent off earn you a recall to the national squad? Wilshere doesn't deserve it."

    Glen Humphries on Twitter: "This is a really poor squad selected by Hodgson. Too many not deserving of their place, whilst others left out must be fuming."

    Simon Hallwood on Twitter: "Leon Osman deserves his chance in the England squad. No Mark Noble though? What does the lad have to do?"

    Matt Bichard on Twitter: "Charlie Austin 20 goals this season. Rooney Welbeck and Sturridge have 6 between them. Austin not in the England squad??"

  75. 1336: 

    Drivers are warned told not to swear during media interviews. Governing body the FIA issued the demand after both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen swore, live on air, while on the podium after last Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  76. 1342: 

    Head Coach for the Great Britain Cycling Team Shane Sutton was involved in a crash on his bike this morning in Manchester.

    Sutton, who was wearing a helmet, was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.

    The incident happened after Tour de France winner bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike near his home in Lancashire last night.

    A spokesperson for British Cycling said: "It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery."

  77. 1347: 

    Bradley Wiggins returns home after being released from hospital following his bike accident. The 2012 Tour de France winner has sustained a fractured rib and broken his index finger.

  78. 1351: 

    Starting on BBC Two, online and Radio 5live sports extra, Roger Federer is aiming to secure a semi-final place in the ATP World Tour Finals with a victory over David Ferrer.

  79. 1355: 

    Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch says Michael Appleton's exit as manager was inevitable because of the circumstances he had to work under.

    "It is not altogether surprising that he has left but still disappointing and just another hurdle for us to get over," Birch told BBC Radio Solent.

    "It was very difficult for Michael and not the job he signed up for so you have to have some sympathy there. In very difficult circumstances he did a good job."

  80. 1358: 

    Captain Sam Warburton says Wales must target four victories this autumn if they have serious aspirations of winning the 2015 World Cup.

    "If you look at the great northern hemisphere sides like England in 2003, they beat the big three [New Zealand, Australia, South Africa] on the bounce," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "That is the standard, really, if we want to be contenders in 2015."

  81. 1402: 

    British Cycling director Martin Gibbs on the incidents involving Bradley Wiggins and head coach Shane Sutton: "These incidents do remind you that we've got a long way to go we need to look to our cousins abroad and Copenhagen and see what they've done.

    "30% of people making journey there do so on their bike. We need the Department of Transport to stop thinking of cycling as an add-on.

    "Nine out of 10 British cycling members have a car it has to be about more mutual respect looking out for each other. We mustn't make this a sort of tribal battle."

  82. 1408: 

    Caterham have appointed the youngest team principal in F1 as the successor to Tony Fernandes. Frenchman Cyril Abiteboul, 35, was appointed chief executive officer in September and will move up to his new role with immediate effect.

  83. 1413: 

    World number two Roger Federer leads David Ferrer 2-0 in their round robin ATP World Tour finals match at the O2 Arena. You can watch the action live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport tennis pages.

  84. 1419: 

    Brazil have been granted permission by Fifa to host the Confederations Cup with six venues as originally planned. Football's governing body said the northeastern cities of Salvador and Recife will be part of the World Cup warm-up tournament next year. Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Salvador and Fortaleza will also host matches.

  85. 1425: 

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has said his side can't keep relying on luck to stay in the Champions League after another piece of fortune helped to a 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk to put their title defence back on track.

    Torres said: "This kind of situation cannot happen again because, especially in the Champions League, at times like these you can be out."

  86. 1431: 

    Three British clubs are in action in the Europa League tonight. Liverpool travel to Anzhi Makhachkala (1700), Newcastle travel to Club Bruges (1800) and Tottenham welcome NK Maribor (2005). You can follow live text commentary of tonight's action on the BBC Sport football pages.

  87. 1436:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveAWARDS

    The 25th running of the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards takes place tonight with BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd hosting the prestigious event. There are 10 awards categories, including Olympian of the Year and Paralympian of the Year, with the main award - Sportswoman of the Year - bringing the evening to an end. All will be revealed in a BBC Radio 5 live special.

  88. 1439: 

    We'll be running an extended Sportsday live, which will run until 2100 GMT, bringing you all the news and interviews from the Sportswomen of the Year Awards. But before that, we'd like to hear who you think deserves to be crowned Sportswoman of the Year after a stunning year for British women.

    Tweet us using the #bbcsportsday hashtag and we'll use a selection of the best.

  89. 1447: 

    Great Britain's women enjoyed huge success at London 2012, with female Olympians bringing home 25 gold medals and female Paralympians winning 19.

    Paracyclist Sarah Storey won four golds, bringing her overall total to 11, while rower Katherine Grainger finally won gold, having won three successive silvers, in the women's double sculls.

    Jessica Ennis won heptathlon gold in the Olympic Stadium, Jade Jones won Britain's first taekwondo gold and Nicola Adam's became the first British female boxing champion.

  90. 1452: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes his team's start to the season will begin to change the way the Latics are viewed:

    "Hopefully people that follow the team and see us week in, week out can see that we've improved a lot and we're a team that deserve to be taken seriously, not just small Wigan," he said.

    "In the last nine games of last season we would have been top of the league and you don't do that unless you've got something special. We've got that family feeling following the football dream of the chairman, keep the standards and hopefully change the perception."

  91. 1458: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis is hopeful defender Ryan Shawcross, who has 18 months remaining on his contract, will stay at the club.

    "We took Ryan as a young lad and he's grown with the club and been fantastic for us but the club has been fantastic for Ryan as well," said Pulis. "We're hoping and praying that Ryan will be a Stoke player for the rest of his life.

    "There's no way in a million years we would stop a top three or four club coming in if they paid the money and stop Ryan from going there. That's natural progression for every top sportsman but we want to have him for the rest of his career if that doesn't happen."

  92. 1503: 

    Roger Federer wins the first set 6-4 in his ATP World Tour Finals round robin match against David Ferrer at the O2 Arena. You can watch the action live and follow live text commentary on the BBC tennis pages.


    Oliver Lines on Twitter: "Sportswoman of the Year is Jess Ennis. Absolutely hammered the competition, and set the Heptathlon record in the 100m Hurdles."

    Ed Buckley on Twitter: "Kath Grainger for STSWotY.Trailblazer/role model for women's rowing; glittering career, paving way for all Olympic successes."

    Have your say on who you think should be Sportswoman of the Year on Twitter, using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  94. 1510: 

    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado insists that he could have finished as high as second in Abu Dhabi, had he not been hampered by a Kers problem, plus more on Thursday's F1 gossip column.

  95. 1517: 

    Davis Cup captain Leon Smith is confident Andy Murray will return to the Great Britain team in 2013 after missing both of Britain's matches this year as he concentrated on his bid to win a grand slam.

    Smith said: "I had a really positive conversation with him just before he left for Asia (last month) and we talked about all things Davis Cup, not just about that tie itself.

    "I would say I left there positive about it and clear on some of the things we can look at to help it fit with his schedule in a more appealing way."

  96. 1524: 

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster is seeing a specialist in Germany to determine the extent of his recurring groin problem which has prevented him from kicking with his preferred left foot.

    West Brom head coach Steve Clarke said: "We are waiting on the diagnosis. Fingers crossed, it is positive and I'm hopeful he is available to play again at the weekend, kicking with his right foot."

  97. 1532: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson says Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson will be drafted into his squad for next week's friendly with Sweden, providing Fifa clearance is received on time. Clearance is required because Jenkinson made an appearance at youth level for Finland.

  98. 1536: 

    Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry says Ronnie O'Sullivan's decision to pull out of the 2012-13 season is a "massive blow" for snooker. "In snooker we have very few superstars and Ronnie was a superstar. The crowds that came to watch him were larger than for any other player," said Hendry.


    Jane Betterton on Twitter: "Katherine Grainger has to be sportswomen of the year without a doubt. She reaped her hard work at last this year."

    Chris McHugh on Twitter: "Jessica Ennis - sportswoman of the year without question. This women is inspirational to millions."

    Chris Williams on Twitter: "Sarah Storey for Sportswomen of the year, golds in velodrome and on road. Amazingly talented, inspirational."

    Have your say on who you think should be the Sportswoman of the Year via Twitter, using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  100. 1541: 

    Rangers fans have been offered the chance to buy into the club's upcoming share issue through a collective purchase scheme. Fans can invest £125 and up to £20,000 in the scheme with the trust then buying blocks of shares in the club's planned £20m initial public offering.

  101. 1545: 

    England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has made a series of changes for Tuesday's friendly with Northern Ireland at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road.

    Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone, Chelsea defender Nathaniel Chalobah and Leicester defender Liam Moore have all been selected for the first time.

  102. 1550: 

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have said Paul Scotney is to leave his full-time role as director of integrity services, compliance and licensing.

    The move takes place against the backdrop of an ongoing restructure of the BHA led by Chief Executive Paul Bittar.

  103. 1555: 

    Ricky Hatton will win his comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko with ease, according to the only British boxer to face the Ukrainian. Stuart Elwell, 34, fought the then WBA intercontinental welterweight champion in 2008 and lost in the second round.

  104. 1559: 

    Roger Federer beats David Ferrer 6-4 7-6 in his ATP World Tour Finals match at the O2 Arena.

  105. 1605: 

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "The unbeaten Frankel has left the Newmarket stables of his trainer Sir Henry Cecil ready to start a new life as a stallion at the Banstead Manor Stud of his owner prince Khalid Abdullah.

    "The colt, himself foaled at Banstead Manor, is valued at more than £100m after winning fourteen races from 14 starts, ending his career with success in last month's Champion Stakes at Ascot."

    Keep up to date with all the latest results on the BBC Sport horse racing pages.

  106. 1611: 

    Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy has said he has only recently looked at a replay of his outburst at London 2012, admitting it was "sad to watch".

    "What happened in my head and what happened on camera all seemed very similar," he told BBC Radio Norfolk. "But it was quite sad to watch and know how it all happened."

  107. 1615: 

    Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has spoken to BBC Radio 5 live about how outgoing UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee tried to get her to move from Sheffield to London prior to the Olympic Games.

  108. 1620: 

    Just a reminder that the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards takes place tonight with BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd hosting the prestigious event.

    There are 10 awards categories, including Olympian of the Year and Paralympian of the Year, with the main award - Sportswoman of the Year - bringing the evening to an end.

    All will be revealed in a BBC Radio 5 live special. Sportsday live will run until 2100 GMT, bringing you all the news and interviews from the awards ceremony in London.

    Keep your thoughts coming on who you think should be voted Sportswoman of the Year, via Twitter using the #bbcsportsday.


    Sunny Chan on Twitter: "GB Sportswomen of the year Ellie Simmonds, Laura Trott or Jessica Ennis based purely on Olympic heroics."

    Jay on Twitter: "Sportswoman of the Year for me is Laura Trott. 2 golds and a great person."

    Simon on Twitter: "Sports Woman of the Year? Absolutely no contest @LauraTrott31 all the way!"

    Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag

  110. 1625: 

    Greece's Olympic Committee says new deep funding cuts in the 2013 state budget will hamstring sports federations - less than a decade after hosting the 2004 Games, reports AP.

    Committee officials say federations will be unable to function next year, as their share of state funding will shrink to about 15m euros (£12m), from 35m euros (£28m) in 2012.

  111. 1630: 

    Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo is looking to enjoy the final race of the season in Valencia having already claimed the title.

    "This is the last round of the season, it's a great feeling to be coming home to my Spanish fans as the world champion," he told

    "It's been a long, tough year and we have all worked so hard to get here, now this weekend will be one to enjoy for all of us with less pressure.

    "I will of course still be pushing for the top step of the podium; it would be amazing to end the year with a victory."

  112. 1635: 

    Bradley Smith, 21, is looking forward to getting his first taste of MotoGP when he test's a Tech 3 Yamaha ahead of his debut with the team next season.

    "I've known for over a year about the test but suddenly the day has arrived and I can't wait," said Smith. "It's a massive opportunity starting on Tuesday and I can't wait to start a new chapter in my career."


    John Bradley on Twitter: "What about Laura Robson, Olympic Silver, won first tournament, in worlds top 50. Only 18 too."

    Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  114. 1642: 

    Bolton have completed the signing of midfielder Jacob Butterfield on a month's loan from Norwich City. Butterfield, 22, is the first new arrival at the Reebok Stadium since new boss Dougie Freedman was appointed.

  115. 1647: 

    Live text commentary for tonight's Europa League action is up and running with Liverpool taking on Anzhi Makhachkala, Newcastle travelling to Club Bruges and Tottenham hosting Maribor.

  116. 1653: 

    Juan Martin del Potro takes on Janko Tipsarevic in the evening session of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC tennis pages.

  117. 1700: 

    Reigning GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi, driving a Lotus, topped the timesheets on the final day of the young driver test in Abu Dhabi. The Italian clocked 86 laps, two tenths quicker than Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren.

  118. 1702: 

    The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards takes place tonight with BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd hosting the prestigious event.

    There are 10 awards categories, including Olympian of the Year and Paralympian of the Year, with the main award - Sportswoman of the Year - bringing the evening to an end.

    All will be revealed in a BBC Radio 5 live special. Sportsday live will run until 2100 GMT, bringing you all the news and interviews from the awards ceremony in London.

    Keep your thoughts coming on who you think should be voted Sportswoman of the Year, via Twitter using the #bbcsportsday.

  119. 1707: 

    Liverpool are under way in Russia in the Europa League against Anzhi. Newcastle face Bruges and Tottenham are hosting Maribor and you can stay across the action on our live text commentary.

  120. 1712: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo concedes he has a "bad image" but remains hopeful of being voted as this year's Ballon d'Or winner.

    Asked on CNN World Sport whether that had been an issue in the past, he said: "I don't want to cry about that, but sometimes I think yes.

    "Why? It's question that I never give the 100% right answer, because sometimes I really don't know. Maybe I agree, I have bad image on the pitch... because I'm too serious, but if you really know me, if you are my friend, if I leave you inside my house, if you share the day with me, you will know I hate to lose."

  121. 1716: 

    Team Sky's Dr Richard Freeman has been speaking for the first time about Bradley Wiggins being released from hospital after a bike crash.

    He said: "Bradley has been discharged from hospital after suffering minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs, but is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. He is now going to spend the weekend at home convalescing with his family."

  122. 1719: 

    France midfielder Yann Mvila has been banned from all national teams until June 2014 after an unauthorised night out while on under-21 duty.

    The sanction means the 22-year-old Mvila, who has 22 caps and played three games for France at the Euro 2012 finals in June, will miss the 2014 World Cup if the team qualify.

  123. 1721: 

    Dani King on Twitter: "Gutted I can't make @thesundaytimes awards tonight! In full time training for Glasgow World Cup next week!!"

  124. 1725: 

    Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama can become one of the best African footballers ever seen in Europe, the coach who gave him his national debut tells BBC Sport.

    The 21-year-old, who opened the scoring in Wednesday's famous 2-1 defeat of Barcelona, was just 15 when he played his first game for Kenya.

    "I think he is going to be one of the top African players that has ever featured in European football," former Harambee Stars coach Jacob Mulee said.

  125. 1729: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has no issues with Jack Wilshere's call-up to the England squad.

    He said: "We have a compromise agreement [with Roy Hodgson]. Physically he is there, he is stronger in every game. But you must rest when you accumulate games."

  126. 1734: 

    Shelley Rudman on Twitter: "Wow! Good to get the first race day of the season out of the way. It was very eventful! Very nearly crashed in the first run. Hope it made for good viewing! Nice to have made tomorrow's final one-race heat! Nothing to lose and everything to gain."

  127. 1735: 

    Arsene Wenger has reiterated his intention to persuade Theo Walcott, whose contract expires in the summer, to stay at Arsenal.

    He said: "My desire is to keep Theo and we will do the maximum we can to keep him."

  128. 1738: 

    The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards takes place tonight with BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd hosting the prestigious event.

    There are 10 awards categories, including Olympian of the Year and Paralympian of the Year, with the main award - Sportswoman of the Year - bringing the evening to an end.

    The results will be revealed in a BBC Radio 5 live special. Sportsday live will run until 2100 GMT, bringing you all the news and interviews from the awards ceremony in London.

    Keep your thoughts coming on who you think should be voted Sportswoman of the Year, via Twitter using the #bbcsportsday.

  129. 1743: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith has been looking at the background to Leon Osman's England call-up and you can check out his feature on our football page.

  130. 1748: 

    Hearts have reported an "encouraging response" from supporters following their plea for emergency backing. The board yesterday warned the club's home game against St Mirren on November 17 could be their last after being presented with a winding-up order over a £450,000 tax bill.

    Director Sergejus Fedotovas said: "The demand for the tickets for St Mirren has picked up and the priority is to sell this game out as well as Celtic and Aberdeen. There has also been a lot of business done in the shares department, which again is great to see."

  131. 1750: 

    Lacina Traore has put Anzhi 1-0 up just before half-time against Liverpool. You can follow all of the Europa League action with our live text commentary.

  132. 1755: 

    Louis Saha on Twitter: "To know that a top player like @realflorentm (Florent Malouda) is still training with youngsters is so sad. Respect to him because he doesn't make a big deal. Here football players can't speak about anything link(ed) with money or show sign of fatigue, especially when they are not Messi or Zidane."

  133. 1800: 

    Wales star Jamie Roberts, who is poised to join international colleagues Mike Phillips, James Hook, Gethin Jenkins and Luke Charteris in France says he is "absolutely certain" the time has come for him to sample a new rugby environment after rejecting a new deal with Cardiff.

    Roberts said: "This has been an extremely difficult decision, but I am absolutely certain it is the correct time for me to enter a new stage of my career. My intention is to emerge from the experience of playing for a new team as a better rugby player and to broaden my personal horizons in a new environment."

  134. 1804: 

    England will learn who their opponents are for the group stage of Euro 2013 when the draw is made on Friday.

    Hope Powell's side, runners-up in 2009, finished top of their qualifying group to reach the tournament in Sweden.

  135. 1809: 

    Ulster second row Dan Tuohy has agreed a two-year contract extension which will see him remain at the Irish province until June 2015.

    The 27-year-old is currently with the Ireland squad ahead of the autumn internationals against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.

  136. 1812: 

    Irish golfer Mark Murphy on Twitter: "Tore ligaments in my right wrist hitting a shot today. European tour school over for me. Absolutely gutted."

  137. 1814: 

    Do not forget the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards is taking place tonight with BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd hosting the prestigious event.

    There are 10 awards categories, including Olympian of the Year and Paralympian of the Year, with the main award - Sportswoman of the Year - bringing the evening to an end.

    The results will be revealed in a BBC Radio 5 live special. Sportsday live will run until 2100 GMT, bringing you all the news and interviews from the awards ceremony in London.

    Let us know who you think should be voted Sportswoman of the Year, via Twitter using the #bbcsportsday.

  138. 1815: 

    St Helens winger Jamie Foster is set to move to Bradford Bulls. BBC Radio Leeds understands that the 22-year-old will sign a deal with the Odsal side on Friday.

  139. 1818: 

    Karen Pickering on Twitter: "Quickest turnaround ever from tracksuit on poolside to little dress for the @ST_Sport Awards #swoty."

    Coverage of the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards is available on this page and on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT.

    Let us know who you think should be voted Sportswoman of the Year, via Twitter using the #bbcsportsday.

  140. 1822: 

    England captain Kevin Sinfield insists they will not take France lightly in the Autumn International Series final.

    Despite thrashing France 44-6 in Hull last weekend, the Leeds Rhinos forward is guarding against any complacency at the City of Salford Stadium on Sunday.

    He said: "It's important, when you're given an opportunity to end your season, you try to do it in style and to perform to the best you can."

  141. 1828: 

    John McGlynn claims he has no regrets about leaving Raith and taking over as Hearts manager in the summer despite the financial crisis now engulfing the club.

    He said: "I could not turn the job down. If I pop my clogs tomorrow, then I will go as someone who has managed Heart of Midlothian Football Club. There's not many people who can say that.

    "I'm very proud to manage Hearts. I wish it wasn't in this situation but I would never regret taking the job."

  142. 1832: 

    Martin Jol has told Arsenal fans it was no longer realistic for them to expect regular trophies as he looked to add to their "frustration" ahead of Fulham's trip to the Emirates Stadium.

    He said: "I don't think you have to be angry. Frustrated is probably the better word. Angry with Wenger? Wenger created the new Arsenal, almost. Maybe in three years' time, they will hope and pray to get someone like Wenger."

  143. 1835: 

    Olympiakos and Montpellier will both face a UEFA disciplinary hearing over the crowd trouble which marred their Champions League match on Tuesday.

  144. 1837: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton is pleased his side have managed to turn performances into points in recent matches.

    Hughton said: "The biggest frustration for us earlier in the season were games we felt we could have got more than what we did we didn't get those valuable three points.

    "At the moment we're on a decent run and what is has done is give us that little bit of confidence. More importantly it has given us points on the board."

  145. 1841: 

    Brazilian full-back Wallace is on the brink of signing for Chelsea, according to current club Fluminense.

    Fluminense director Rodrigo Caetano claimed the European champions were close to tying up a deal for the 18-year-old, who has also been linked with Manchester City.

    According to reports, Chelsea have held 40% of Wallace's economic rights since 2010 following Deco's free transfer from Stamford Bridge to Fluminense and were ready to pay £4.4m for him.

  146. 1847: 

    You can follow all of tonight's Europa League matches on our live text commentary.

  147. 1854:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveAWARDS

    Coming up from 1900 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live, Eleanor Oldroyd presents live from the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards in London, plus a round-up of all the day's sports news.

  148. 1856: 

    Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League hang in the balance after a 1-0 defeat by Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala.


    Claire Headridge on Twitter: "Sportswoman of the Year = Laura Trott for me. Two golds and still so young, such an inspiration for young girls everywhere."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  150. 1903: 

    Super League clubs have set up a working party to look at bringing back automatic promotion and relegation.

    The 14 clubs discussed the competition structure during a two-day conference chaired by Rugby Football League's interim chairman Maurice Watkins in the Lake District which ended today.

  151. 1905: 

    From Anna Thompson, BBC Sport at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards:

    "The great and good of women's sport are in attendance, all dressed up in their finery to celebrate women's achievements in what has been a fantastic year. Jade Jones has opted for a long and white dress while Heather Watson is in a short, sequinned harlequin dress. I've probably just done fashion journalists a great disservice! Champagne is flowing and there is a lot of chatter. The awards are now underway."

  152. 1909: 

    Former freestyle swimmer Karen Pickering speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "There's something about Olympic year. The achievements of the men and the women are equal and that rarely happens in other years. Women really have the chance to shine and it's a special time for the women. Every Olympic and Paralympic year is special and there were so many amazing achievements in 2012 by the chicks. I loved it."

  153. 1911: 

    Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton speaking to BBC Radio 5 live at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards: There's such a range of female role models out there.

    "That can only be a positive thing and as the years tick by after 2012 there will be a lot more positive female athletes really making the headlines. Going into 2012 I thought this would be the year for the girls and it definitely was. We must capitalise on this."

  154. 1916: 

    Victoria Pendleton admits training is dangerous for cyclists in the wake of Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton suffering separate crashes on their bikes.

    She told BBC Radio 5 live: "It is really surprising and unusual to have two incidents in such a short period. Training on the road you do feel vulnerable and I used to train on the quietest road possible.

    "I was lucky not to have more near scrapes and we were fortunate there wasn't a major incident on the roads in the run up to the Olympics."

  155. 1924: 

    Former freestyle swimmer Karen Pickering tells BBC Radio 5 live it will be harder than ever to decide the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year:

    "It's so hard because I had a different favourite each day. At the Olympics it was Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, after all of their separate trials and tribulations, getting in the boat together and being unstoppable was incredible. At the Paralympics Ellie Simmonds in the 400m freestyle, I get goose bumps just talking about it. She had huge pressure and she delivered."

  156. 1926: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: "Great guest list for the Sunday Times Sports Women of the Year Awards including @LauraRobson5 & @HeatherWatson92."

  157. 1929: 

    BBC Sport's Anna Thompson at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards: "The awards are being hosted by BBC cycling presenter Jill Douglas and there's a round of applause as a 60-second clip is shown highlighting female sporting achievements over the last year to the tune of M People's 'proud'."

  158. 1932: 

    Joey Barton has scored a remarkable goal - directly from a corner - for Marseille against Borussia Monchengladbach. Follow the Europa League action with our live text commentary.

  159. 1936: 

    Great Britain's Womens ice hockey team lost their first game at a Sochi 2014 Olympic pre-qualifier event in China on Thursday.

    GB were beaten 7-0 by a France side ranked 16th in the world. Their next game is at 11:00 GMT on Friday against hosts China. The men's team also get their qualifying campaign under way tomorrow against South Korea at 05:00 GMT.

  160. 1939: 

    Everton coach Alan Stubbs speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about Leon Osman's England call-up: "I was surprised when I heard it but really happy for Leon and it's fantastic for him. He's not a spring chicken but Roy Hodgson's done it well. He's brought youngsters in but you still need experience and Leon brings that to the table.

    "He's done really well for us as an Everton player. Technically he's very good on the ball very difficult to get the ball off , never gives it away. Finally it's come to fruition."

  161. 1940: 

    BBC Sport's Anna Thompson at Sunday Times Sportswomen of the year awards: "There's a standing ovation from the 300 assembled guests as Baroness Sue Campbell is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SWOTYs."


    Nirav Bhuva on Twitter: "Surely can't look beyond @LauraTrott31 for sports woman of the year two golds at 20. Inspiration."

  163. 1943: 

    Sue Campbell speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about her lifetime achievement award at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards:

    "I've still got plenty of energy and I'm still passionate about sport for young people. My term at UK Sport comes to an end in March but I'll continue to push for youth sport for as long as I'm able to."


    Daniel Day on Twitter: "Due to the pressure she was under to win gold and her amazing composure, I think Jessica Ennis should be crowned #SWOTY 2012."

  165. 1958: 

    Jenny Archer wins coach of the year for her work with David Weir, who won four gold medals at the Paralympics: "I looked at his Wikipedia page the other day and finally realised what he's done.

    "Being by his side it's been a rollar coaster ride and it's been lovely. We've just got a really good relationship. I am called the beast. I've got a group of juniors that come down and work with myself and David and once they come in they know they're there to train and they train for an hour and then I give them an hour if they I can be brutal but we get results."

  166. 2001: 

    Karen Pickering collected Ellie Simmonds' Young Paralympian of the Year award at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards: "As a fellow swimmer it was wonderful to collect it for her.

    "It seems like she's been around for so long but coming up to 18 in the next few days and has achieved so much."

  167. 2008: 

    Anna Watkins tells BBC Radio 5 live about her rowing gold medal with Katherine Grainger: "We had three years together leading up to the Olympics and we managed to remain unbeaten in that time.

    "Whatever emotional stories were being presented nothing else would have justified it and we had to finish off that story on the right note. There was a huge amount of attention and pressure but also warmth from the crowds and we felt the country was on our side. She gave me the belief and I brought the technical grounding. We had the ingredients between the two of us."

  168. 2021: 

    Great Britain captain Kate Walsh tells BBC Radio 5 live about winning bronze at London 2012: "Hockey goes over the whole two weeks and we came back from the disappointment of the semi-final. It was 'We are not going home without that bronze medal'."

  169. 2022: 

    Steffon Armitage has been cleared of doping charges by a French Rugby Federation disciplinary panel, the player's representatives have confirmed.

    The Toulon flanker tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, following last season's Top 14 final defeat by Toulouse but he had always vehemently expressed his innocence.

  170. 2030: 

    Sarah Storey wins Paralympian of the year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.

    She tells BBC Radio 5 live: "This year was incredible. Someone said to me the other day that the timing was perfect to have the best performances at home and it was the most enjoyable experience I could have imagined. Once I got into the Velodrome and then out to Brands Hatch I couldn't believe how many people were out there to watch."

  171. 2039: 

    You can stay across the ATP World Tour Finals tennis on our live text commentary.

  172. 2044: 

    British disability rights campaigner and fundraiser Claire Lomas, who was paralysed five years ago in horse riding accident and completed this year's London Marathon in a "bionic suit", wins the Helen Rollason award for inspiration at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year award.

  173. 2048: 

    Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones wins young Olympian of the year at Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.

  174. 2052: 

    Jade Jones speaks to BBC Radio 5 live after winning her award: "I like kicking people in the head. I love all the kicks and spins and the adrenaline buzz.

    "I'm from Flint and it was bonkers. Everyone got in this big pub altogether and they were there until 2230 BST at night bouncing everywhere. Someone showed me a video and I couldn't believe how mad and happy everyone was."

  175. 2057: 

    Heather Watson and Laura Robson share young sportswoman of the year award at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.

  176. 2100: 

    Heather Watson speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about winning the young sportswoman of the year award with Laura Robson: "We're both very happy top receive the award. We've had amazing years andhope it continues next year. To have each other on the tour, we're friends off the court but we're competitive and we push each other along."

  177. 2103: 

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis wins sportswoman of the year at the Sunday Times sportswomen of the year awards.

  178. 2107: 

    To recap, Katherine Grainger won Olympian of the year and cyclists Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell also won team of the year at the Sunday Times sportswomen of the year awards for their team pursuit gold at London 2012.

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    Katherine Grainger speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about her Olympian of the Year award: "It means masses especially this year because it's been such a phenomenal competition for all the women competing, So many role models and I feel a cheat because I am part of a team."

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    Katherine Grainger speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about whether she will carry on until Rio: "I'm not looking at any statements, I don't know. I' m enjoying living one day at a time. I can't really think straight about what's coming next."

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    Jessica Ennis, winner of the sportswoman of the year at the Sunday Times sportswomen of the Year awards: "It means so much. It's been a fantastic year.

    "It was an amazing feeling to step out in front of 80,000 people and win. It's been a brilliant year for womens' athletics and female sport so to win this award with so many amazing women out there is an amazing honour."

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    So after a great night at the Sunday Times sportswomen of the year Awards, that is your lot for Sportsday Live for Thursday. Thank you for all your contributions and join us again from 0800 GMT tomorrow for all of the latest sports news.

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