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Build-up to this week's football internationals, John Terry scan latest, plus Federer v Djokovic

12 November 2012 Last updated at 19:06 GMT

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  1. 1903: 

    That is it for another Sportsday. Thanks, as always, for your company and remember there will be live text commentary of Novak Djokovic's eagerly-anticipated duel with Roger Federer in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals from 19:30 GMT. We will see you back here at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday for Sportsday.

  2. 1854: 

    Peterborough transfer-list and fine Gabby Zakuani, Tyrone Barnett, Emile Sinclair and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing for breaching club discipline. Two of the four players were cautioned by police for an incident in Peterborough city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police have not confirmed which two players were involved.

    A club statement reads: "Peterborough United are disappointed to report that Gabriel Zakuani, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett have been transfer listed and fined by the football club following an internal investigation into a breach of club discipline. The club will be making no further comment on the matter."

  3. 1845: 

    England Under-21s manager Stuart Pearce trusts UEFA to make the "right and proper decision" about how to deal with the controversial events at last month's 1-0 victory in Serbia. UEFA have charged the Serbian and English Football Associations over the behaviour of their players and the former for alleged racist chanting after trouble flared at the end of the Euro 2013 play-off second leg on October 16.

    UEFA's control and disciplinary body will convene on November 22 to deal with the case. Pearce says: "I trust UEFA to make the right and proper decision on what they have seen - on video evidence and with their assessor having being at the game, what he heard and saw."

  4. 1837: 

    Further to confirmation England captain Steven Gerrard is cleared to travel to Sweden, an FA statement adds the midfielder "is set to win his 100th cap on Wednesday evening in Stockholm."

  5. 1829: 

    Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli hopes Daniele De Rossi learns a valuable lesson after dropping the Roma midfielder from his 25-man squad to face France on Wednesday. The Giallorossi vice-captain fell foul of Prandelli's strict code of ethics when he punched Lazio captain Stefano Mauri during Sunday's Rome derby, which Lazio went on to win 3-2.

    Prandelli tells "I haven't spoken to De Rossi yet but I will in the next few hours. I have no doubt that he will be key for us at the World Cup. Therefore, this punishment will serve to teach him that he cannot repeat such behaviour at a World Cup.

  6. 1822: 

    Steven Gerrard is cleared to travel with the England squad to Sweden for Wednesday's friendly having undergone a precautionary scan on a knee injury suffered against Chelsea on Sunday, the Football Association confirms.

  7. 1817: 

    Graeme Souness believes fellow former Rangers manager Walter Smith's decision to join the Ibrox board as a non-executive director brings enormous credibility to the Charles Green regime.

    Souness, who managed Rangers between 1986 and 1991, says: "It's a good move. Walter is Mr Rangers in modern history and it can only be good for the club. I'm sure Walter has not taken that post on without doing some due diligence. Walter is very much his own man and the credibility that brings to Rangers now is enormous."


    Rob Paine on Twitter:‏ "I love Leon Osman's attitude, unlike some overpaid and over-rated players who think they are too good to even be back ups."

    Osman? Zaha? Sterling? Who are you most interested in seeing in England action this week? Get in touch using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  9. 1809: 

    Don't forget, from 18:30 GMT you can watch a Sportsday video round-up of the big sporting stories of the day.


    G Remon on Twitter:‏ "England need to develop youth for future tournaments: Jenkinson, Zaha, Ox, Cleverley, Shawcross and Wilshere will go to 2014."

  11. 1752: 

    Colt sides from Celtic and Rangers playing in senior football forms part of a proposal by Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir to reorganise the Scottish game from season 2015-16.

    The plan, to be discussed by its clubs on Wednesday, would result in the end of the Scottish Premier League. Instead, the present four tiers would be reorganised into three leagues of 16, 10 and 18 teams. Celtic and Rangers would provide the two extra teams.

  12. 1745: 

    Back-of-the-grid Formula 1 team HRT are put up for sale by their Spanish owners. Private equity firm Thesan Capital bought HRT last summer and this year moved it to new headquarters in Madrid.

    A statement from HRT on Monday says Thesan was "in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team".

  13. 1740: 

    Goalkeeper Petr Cech is confident the absence of John Terry will not derail Chelsea's season. The defender faces "weeks rather than months" on the sidelines after scans revealed no significant damage to his cruciate ligaments.

    "We managed to play games without him and we have players who will have a chance to impress," Cech says. "I have confidence. Obviously, it's a pity we will lose him again but we have a large squad and quality defenders to deal with that.

    "It's important to have people who can step up. This is a chance for the others to shine and we are going to deal with his loss for him. He knows what it takes to come back in good shape and as soon as possible. He always heals well."

  14. 1733: 

    After thrashing Australia 33-6 at the weekend, France make no changes to their 24-man squad as they prepare to face Argentina on Saturday in the second of three international tests.

  15. 1730: 

    Stoke's Jonathan Walters is ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's game with Greece on Wednesday with a knee injury. The striker will return to the Potters for treatment. No replacement is to be called up.

  16. 1727: 

    Another line of note from Daniel Sturridge further to his comments earlier. The Chelsea striker describes contracting viral meningitis in the summer as the most challenging experience of his life.

    Sturridge says: "It has been a whirlwind 12 months. I've had highs, lows, everything thrown at me. It was hugely character-building. The meningitis was the hardest point of my life, the most emotional period I have had, but I am glad I recovered.

    "I am not one to try to give it the sob story about myself. I have recovered. People have had meningitis and been a lot worse than I was. It was something I was able to get over. I am moving forward now, getting stronger and feeling better every day."

  17. 1720: 

    British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton could return to work at the Glasgow Track World Cup this weekend, a week after being taken to hospital with a head injury following a crash while he was riding his bike.

    The 55-year-old, Dave Brailsford's right-hand man at British Cycling and Team Sky, suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain and a fractured cheekbone, but is recovering well. The Australia-born coach tells Cycling Weekly: "They were going to do surgery on the cheekbone but I've opted against that because it's not like I need it to be honest. It's a pretty clean fracture."

  18. 1706: 

    Chris Brunt calls for Northern Ireland to bring the good times back to Windsor Park. The national side have not won in their last five matches on home soil.

    "The nights when we have had good results at Windsor the fans have been our 12th man, as they say," midfielder Brunt says. "The last few home games maybe haven't been like that, maybe because we haven't provided the results. It's just about trying to win the game. You don't have to play well every time to win the game, but keeping the fans on board is a big part of it as well."

  19. 1655: 

    France head coach Didier Deschamps has hit out again at Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas. The row began when Deschamps criticised Villas-Boas for not choosing French international goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris more often, to which Villas-Boas replied: "It goes in one ear and comes out the other."

    Today, Deschamps told a French team news conference: "I have two ears as well. What he says has the same effect on me."

  20. 1644: 

    Stoke duo Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu, and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard are included in Jurgen Klinsmann's United States squad for a friendly international against Russia on Wednesday. Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey is not part of the squad, and the US all-time top scorer Landon Donovan is also absent, as he is playing in the Major League Soccer play-offs.

  21. 1636: 

    Robert Shenkman on Twitter: "With Oxlade Chamberlain, Sterling and Zaha potentially coming through for England - we might win World Cup 2020!!!"

  22. 1630: 

    Chelsea's official Twitter feed says an MRI scan into John Terry's knee injury reveals no significant damage to his cruciate ligaments and he will be out for "weeks rather than months."

  23. 1615: 

    Ireland's Paul O'Connell and Stephen Ferris will miss the deciding match of the Guinness Series against Argentina on 24 November because of injury.

  24. 1612: 

    Australia lock Rob Simmons is cited for a dangerous "tip tackle" on flanker Yannick Nyanga in the 33-6 defeat against France at the weekend.

  25. 1609: 

    Groupe Bel, one of the boats competing in the solo, non-stop round-the-world race the Vendee Globe, was forced to pull out of the event on Monday after a collision with a trawler.

  26. 1606: 

    For the third week in succession, referee Mark Clattenburg will not officiate in any of the Premier League matches this weekend, as investigations into Chelsea's accusations of "inappropriate language" towards their players continue.

  27. 1600:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    The England squad is certain to be discussed in tonight's Monday Night Club on 5 live from 19:00 GMT. Regulars John Motson, Steve Claridge and Ian McGarry join Mark Chapman to discuss the latest football issues.

    From 21:00 GMT it will be time for Tuffers and Vaughan, as the former England Test players look ahead to England's first Test in India on Thursday.

  28. 1558: 

    Hearts utility man Darren Barr is the second player to be added today to Billy Stark's injury-hit Scotland squad for Wednesday's friendly in Luxembourg.

  29. 1555: 

    Tunisia's Interior Ministry, which has confined most professional football to behind closed doors over the last year, has granted permission for the selling of only 35,000 tickets in Sunday's African Champions League final between Esperance and Al Ahli at the 65,000 seater Rades Stadium in Tunis, because of concerns of stadium violence and civil unrest.

  30. 1549: 

    Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik names Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak in his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Uruguay.

  31. 1547: 

    New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson is cited for stamping on Scotland forward Alasdair Strokosch during yesterday's Test match at Murrayfield.

  32. 1545: 

    Matthew Harrison on Twitter: "It's great to see Osman finally get the England call. It is, however, five years overdue."

  33. 1538: 

    The McLaren team will provide the engine, transmission and electronics for cars that will compete in a new Formula E electric series due to start up in 2014.

  34. 1525: 

    Another young winger in the England squad for Wednesday's friendly in Sweden is Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Everton midfielder Leon Osman tells a press conference in Manchester: "He has been a breath of fresh air, but it's not surprising to see him get in the England squad at such a young age."

  35. 1520: 

    More from Everton's Leon Osman on his first inclusion in the England squad at the age of 31: "I seem to have developed late in the game. I didn't make my debut until I was 21. And I wasn't a regular until I was 23.

    "I've done everything late so it doesn't surprise me that I'm here now."

  36. 1519: 

    PJ Lopez on Twitter: "Zaha will just get better & better. He deserves call up & if he stays at Crystal Palace he'll be a Premier League player next year anyway."

  37. 1517: 

    Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retains her place at the top of the women's rankings.

  38. 1516: 

    The ATP season comes to a conclusion at London's O2 Arena tonight when world number one Novak Djokovic takes on world number two Roger Federer for the Tour Finals title. Tim Henman tells the BBC website that beating Djokovic is "the toughest challenge in tennis right now."

    Live coverage of the match can be found on BBC3, HD, online and 5 live sports extra from 19:30 GMT.

  39. 1511: 

    Play has been abandoned because of rain in the final one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota. It is the second match to be lost to the weather, with Sri Lanka winning the series 3-0.

  40. 1509: 

    Meanwhile, Swansea's Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out for up to 10 days with a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday's stalemate against Southampton.

  41. 1508: 

    Phil Waring on Twitter: "Senior squad and under 21 squad. Use them properly. Develop the under 21s to push up to the senior squad when time is right."

  42. 1507: 

    Leon Osman is asked at the England press conference about exciting Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who has been called into the national team squad for the friendly with Sweden: "We have all been hearing about him for a year or so now. He came and trained this morning and looked the real deal. He was direct, skilful and committing people."

  43. 1505: 

    Everton's Leon Osman is asked about the prospect of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's 100th international cap: "It is fantastic. There is only a select band that has managed to do it and he deserves to be in that crew. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic leader of men. We first played against each other when we were 12-13 years of age on Merseyside."

  44. 1502: 

    England's new recruit Leon Osman, the Everton midfielder who played for the international youth team with Joe Cole, talks of his role models and hopes for the future: "I always followed John Barnes and Peter Reid. Growing up in that area they were the two great players I always wanted to emulate.

    "It is great to be here and hopefully I can get one cap. The type of character I have got I will want more caps. Hopefully I will get the chance to maybe do that."

  45. 1500: 

    At the England press conference in Manchester ahead of Wednesday's friendly in Sweden, Everton's 31-year-old midfielder Leon Osman talks about the number of young players involved: "It is great. It is a strange situation to come in as a rookie but be more experienced in the game than most of the players. It is a strange position but one I am enjoying so far."

  46. 1457: 

    Everton's Leon Osman tells the England press conference he always retained hope of making the national team, despite passing 30: "I said I'd never give up hope and as an English lad I always had that desire to play for my country. I did not give up hope."

  47. 1455: 

    More from Everton's Leon Osman, enjoying his first call-up to the England squad: "I am feeling good. My football seems to be going ok and I am enjoying it. I am pleased the form I have shown for Everton has been recognised.

    "To find ourselves fourth in the league and playing probably the best football we have played as a club for a good number of years and to be part of that has probably played a big part."

  48. 1453: 

    Alan Carr (not that one) on Twitter: "People moaning about Zaha not being in the Prem but Sturridge and Welbeck barely ever start matches. Zaha plays every week."

  49. 1451: 

    Also taking questions at the England press conference ahead of Wednesday's friendly in Sweden is Everton midfielder Leon Osman, who has been called up for the first time at the age of 31.

    He recalls the moment he was told the news: "We were out the training pitch and I saw a lot of staff start to filter to the side of the pitch. The next thing the manager called us into a circle and announced I was in the squad. I got a big cheer from the side, lots of head ruffles and kidney punches. It was a great moment."

  50. 1449: 

    Daniel Sturridge is asked about his lack of first-team opportunities at Chelsea and tells the England press conference: "It's not all about the players who are starting for their teams. It's irrelevant. If the England manager believes in you, he will choose you for his squad."

  51. 1448: 

    Daniel Sturridge says of Steven Gerrard's imminent 100th international cap: "It's an unbelievable achievement. He is a great player and has been fantastic with me when I've been involved in the England squad."

  52. 1446: 

    Scotland flanker Ross Rennie is undergoing assessment by a specialist surgeon after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the 51-22 loss to New Zealand yesterday.

  53. 1444: 

    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has guided his Norwegian side Molde to their second successive league title.

  54. 1442: 

    An update on John Terry's injury is expected this afternoon but Daniel Sturridge says of his Chelsea teammate: "I haven't really heard anything since it happened. I spoke to him after the game and he wasn't too sure what the situation was.

    "He was going to have a scan, but I wish him a speedy recovery. It will be a blow (if he is out for a prolonged spell) because he is the captain of the club, but I wish him a speedy recovery."

  55. 1439: 

    British heavyweight Tyson Fury will fight American Kevin Johnson in Belfast on 1 December. Fury has been searching for a new opponent after Russian Denis Boytsov withdrew last week.

  56. 1437: 

    More from Daniel Sturridge at the England press conference: "It would be fantastic for the manager to choose me to play from the start. If I could showcase my abilities it would be fantastic and hopefully I would be as sharp as I possibly can be. If I don't start it would not be a huge blow. Any minutes would be welcome for me."

  57. 1436: 

    Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is asked at the England press conference about Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha's call-up to the national squad for Wednesday's friendly with Sweden. "I have watched him play a few times and he is a talented player. He looked sharp in training today. He has a lot of skills and can bring a lot to the table and I am looking forward to playing with him.

    "I know Didier [Sturridge's former Chelsea teammate Drogba] has been trying to get him to play for the Ivory Coast because every country wants the best players and we want him to play for England. The manager has picked him to be involved in the squad. He has been here, he told me, since he was four years old. Whichever decision he makes is up to him. It is fantastic for him because he is not playing in the Premier League."

  58. 1433: 

    Daniel Sturridge again at the England press conference, hoping to face Sweden on Wednesday, the team he made his international debut against at Wembley last year. "It was a long time ago. I played on the wing then but I don't know if I will play as a striker or a winger this time. Hopefully I have improved over the 12 months and that I'm a better player."

  59. 1430: 

    More from Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge at the England press conference prior to the friendly in Sweden, on the subjects of England failing to dominate their World Cup qualification group and of his own struggles for first-team football.

    "I feel in this day there is not a huge gap between the so-called smaller nations as people say. You can see there are always two or three players in every team that are capable of playing for a top club. A lot of nations have very good players these days and I don't think any team should be underestimated."

  60. 1428: 

    Daniel Sturridge at the England press conference ahead of Wednesday's friendly in Sweden: "It is a huge opportunity for me. The manager has showed faith in me to pick me so it will be a huge opportunity.

    "I think it is a lot more difficult when you are not playing regularly but I try and train as hard as I possibly can and wait for the opportunity and I am thankful for the England manager choosing me for this friendly."

  61. 1424: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster warns his team to expect an Australian backlash in Saturday's international at Twickenham after the Wallabies were beaten 33-6 by France in Paris at the weekend.

    "They are a side with character and resilience," said Lancaster, whose England side beat Fiji 54-12 on Saturday. "I am sure if they have got a few players coming back as well they will be a different animal on Saturday. We need to make sure we are ready."

  62. 1420: 

    The FA Cup first round replay between AFC Wimbledon and York takes place tonight at 19:45 GMT and you can listen to live commentary on the BBC London website.

  63. 1416: 

    The Los Angeles Lakers appoint Mike D'Antoni as their new coach on a multi-year contract.

  64. 1415: 

    ElliotHackney on Twitter with an alternative view: "Stuff these young players, Heskey has scored six in five games for Newcastle Jets, recall is surely imminent."

  65. 1410: 

    Leroy Lita's loan spell at Birmingham is cut short by a thigh injury as Swansea call the striker back to the Liberty Stadium.

  66. 1407: 

    Uncapped St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson plus Dundee United's Paul Dixon are the latest additions to caretaker Billy Stark's Scotland squad for Wednesday's friendly in Luxembourg.

  67. 1403: 

    GBD on Twitter: "Re Rob (1322) what about Wales? when there aren't enough players in the top flight? We just don't play?"

    Paul Day on Twitter: "It's irrelevant if Zaha and/or Sterling play to keep them from other countries clutches - friendlies don't count."

    Adam Harvey on Twitter: "If you can't use youth and Championship players for friendlies, then when can you? Besides Zaha will be a Prem player soon."

  68. 1359: 

    The Football Association say England captain Steven Gerrard is to have a precautionary scan on his knee injury this afternoon but is still expected to travel to Sweden for Wednesday's friendly, when he is set to win his 100th international cap.

  69. 1357: 

    Peterborough's Gabriel Zakuani, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett have been transfer listed and fined following an internal investigation into a breach of club discipline.

  70. 1356: 

    Malcolm Lochead on Twitter: "All these top players pulling out of national squads this week, I bet they all play for their clubs at the weekend!"

  71. 1345: 

    Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, who ended his 18-year playing career in July, has been offered the position of Ukraine head coach, the country's football federation said.

    The position is vacant following Oleh Blokhin's departure to take over Dynamo Kiev.

  72. 1340: 

    Tottenham captain William Gallas says his team need to improve for Saturday's north London derby with Arsenal after seeing a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat at champions Manchester City yesterday. "It is the big derby. We need a good result there," Gallas said. "We have to do something.

    "After what we did at Manchester United (winning 3-2 in September) we have to believe we can win anywhere. We played very well there, now when we play away we have to be convinced we can do something and come back to London with three points."

  73. 1332: 

    Rain has caused a delay of more than two hours at the fifth one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The covers have now come off in Hambantota and if there is more play we will keep you updated. The Sri Lankans, who lead the series 3-0 with one match abandoned, were 123-8 in the 29th over when the rain came.

  74. 1322: 

    The England press conference is coming up and we're asking your thoughts on the squad for the match against Sweden on Wednesday, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha called up with five players having already withdrawn.

    Rob on Twitter: "Players outside a top Euro league shouldn't get in the squad. They're not used to playing against top level players every week."

    Samuel Hodge on Twitter: "Well done Roy on calling up Zaha. Shame Capello didn't do the same with Moses, they'd be a great double act for England."

    Sam Harper on Twitter: "Zaha is the in the England squad over Tom Ince because he is the best player in the Championship."

  75. 1315: 

    Newcastle striker Demba Ba is one of six regular players who have withdrawn from the Senegal squad for Wednesday's friendly international against Niger.

  76. 1309: 

    Wales will delay their team announcement for Friday's game against Samoa by 24 hours because of ongoing injury problems.

    Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones is to undergo a scan on a shoulder injury later on Monday while centre Jamie Roberts suffered mild concussion against Argentina and his availability is uncertain.

    Ospreys back row Ryan Jones and centre Ashley Beck are hoping to be fit after shoulder and hip injuries. Perpignan lock Luke Charteris has now joined up with the squad for training after being released to play for his club last weekend while Ospreys second row Lloyd Peers has been called in to train with the squad this week as temporary cover for Jones.

  77. 1258: 

    Warrington forward Chris Hill wants to repeat his successful 2012 campaign and earn a place in the England squad for next year's World Cup. The 25-year-old played for Championship side Leigh Centurions in 2011 but since joining Warrington has won the Challenge Cup, played in the Super League Grand Final and won three international caps.

    "It's another challenge for me. I want to maintain this. I don't want to be out of this setup," he told BBC Sport.

  78. 1253: 

    Robin van Persie and Gael Clichy will miss their country's respective friendlies on Wednesday night.

    Manchester United's Van Persie has a thigh injury and it means Klaas Jan Huntelaar will start up front for the Netherlands against Germany. Clichy picked up a lower back injury in Manchester City's 2-1 win over Tottenham has pulled out injured and will miss France's game against Italy in Parma. He has been replaced by the uncapped Benoit Tremoulinas.

  79. 1247: 

    You are still giving your views on the England squad for Wednesday's friendly international against Sweden. Have your say on Twitter using #bbcsportsday

    George Samuels on Twitter: "Zaha in the England squad but probably won't play anyway and why Jenkinson over Clyne?"

    Simon Daplyn on Twitter: "Blooding kids ok but surely the first team needs game time to build cohesive unit and patterns of play, then subs at 60 min."

    Matt Green on Twitter: "How Zaha is in the squad and Tom Ince isn't baffles me."

  80. 1242: 

    Peterborough midfielder Grant McCann withdraws from the Northern Ireland squad for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijian for personal reasons.

    McCann's wife is heavily pregnant and McCann has returned home to be with her. No replacements have been called up to replace him.

  81. 1229: 

    Joey Barton on the England squad on Twitter: "Good to see Leon Osman get a call up, about time. My brain is asking why no Kevin Nolan? Surely, he warrants a call up more than most? On Premier League goals alone, consistently for the last 8 yrs, he deserves at least a call-up. Not a fan of the latest craze, giving caps out so as players don't go and play for other countries. Doesn't sit well with me that..."

  82. 1222: 

    Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's friendly against Gabon in Libreville after sustaining a cut above his left eye in Sunday's 2-1 La Liga win at Levante. Ronaldo was caught by David Navarro's elbow in the opening minutes of the match in Valencia and after being patched up on the side of the pitch returned to score Real's 21st-minute opener.

    Real coach Jose Mourinho said after the match Ronaldo's vision in both eyes was affected by the blow, which left one side of the Portuguese international's face covered in blood.

  83. 1213: 

    A group of former Hearts players including Gary McKay and Paul Hartley are setting up a fighting fund to help safeguard the club's future amid their financial problems.

  84. 1203: 

    England assistant coach Richard Halsall thinks team director Andy Flower should take a break next year to help him cope with the team's busy schedule. England face India in Test and one-day series either side of Christmas. They then play New Zealand home and away before the Champions Trophy and back-to-back series against Australia.

  85. 1200: 

    Model and activist Heather Mills has been telling BBC Sport's Nick Hope about her bid to qualify for the GB ski team for the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi. The 44-year-old ex-wife of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney had her left leg amputated below the knee after a collision with a police motorbike in 1993 and is determined to make her Games debut in Russia.

  86. 1152: 

    You are giving us your views on whether Roy Hodgson should look to youth and start with Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling in Wednesday's international against Sweden. Keep giving your views at #bbcsportsday

    Thomas Sutton on Twitter: "Zaha and Sterling should start on Wednesday because they are the future of english football."

    Oscar on Twitter: "Osman deserves his first start - he's been outstanding for Everton and would be the perfect balance to Gerrards long balls."

    George Dobson on Twitter: "Even if they don't start, sterling and zaha must feature to keep them from the clutches of jamaica/ivory coast!!"

  87. 1145: 

    Rain stops play in the fifth ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota with Sri Lanka on 123-8 after 28.3 overs. Upul Tharanga is dismissed for 60 after making his 28th ODI half-century.

  88. 1140: 

    According to stats from Opta Sports, so far this season, 29.4% of Premier League points have been won from losing positions.

    In the whole of the 2011-12 campaign, 19.2% of points were won from losing positions,compared to 22.6 the previous season.

  89. 1128: 

    Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness says he is not interested in the vacant Scotland manager's job and says it should go to Joe Jordan.

    "He's an obvious candidate. Everyone knows the passion that Joe showed when he was a player. He would be perfect. He fits the bill," said Souness.

    Gordon Strachan is currently the boomakers' favourite to replace Craig Levein and he also meets with the support of Souness.

    "He's another real genuine candidate," added Souness. "In fact, him and Joe would be the outstanding candidates."

  90. 1121: 

    Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose and opening batsman Ian Westwood have signed new contracts with the 2012 County Championship winners. Ambrose signs a three-year deal with the Bears while Westwood signs a two-year contract. In addition, second eleven skipper Ateeq Javid has also signed a two-year contract.

  91. 1117: 

    British Cycling say academy riders Elinor Barker and Joe Kelly will replace Joanna Rowsell and Steven Burke in the Glasgow round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup series which takes place from 16-18 November at the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

  92. 1108: 

    Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga makes his 28th ODI half-century in the fifth one-dayer against New Zealand in Hambantota. Sri Lanka, who lead the series 3-0, are 119-7 after 28 overs and you can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  93. 1059: 

    Bradford City have cancelled training ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup first round replay with Northampton Town to prevent a sickness bug spreading. The Bantams, who are set for their 24th competitive fixture of the season, drew 1-1 at Sixfields in the first tie. The winners entertain Brentford in the second round.

  94. 1054: 

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill hopes Niall McGinn can continue his recent goalscoring form in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

    Aberdeen winger McGinn has found the net once in each of his club's last seven league matches and also scored in the 1-1 draw with Portugal in October. "Niall is an example of what regular first-team football does for a player," said O'Neill.

    "He has the belief of his manager and he's repaid that trust by scoring goals - he has been excellent."

  95. 1050: 

    Glasgow Warriors announce the loan signing of centre Mark Bennett until the end of the season. The 20-year-old from Ayrshire joined Clermont Auvergne in the summer of 2011, but his progress has been curtailed by a knee injury.

  96. 1044: 

    Prop Tendai Mtawarira has returned home from South Africa's tour following his withdrawal from Saturday's Test with Ireland due to heart palpitations. Mtawarira, nicknamed 'The Beast', had travelled with the Springboks squad from Dublin to Edinburgh on Sunday ahead of Saturday's Test with Scotland.

    Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: "We've consulted with Beast and his cardiologist in Durban and although it's safe for him to play, we decided it would be best for him to return home and rest."


    Should Roy Hodgson start with 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling, 17, against Sweden on Wednesday? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

    Mathew Lee Canavan on Twitter: "Need to use friendlies to find a team to win qualifying games, so why play youngsters? Let clubs nurture youth."

    CallanRowland8 on Twitter: "No point in starting experienced players, they've done it before! Give the likes of Zaha a chance against a fairly good team."

    Rob on Twitter: "Good luck to Zaha but it's worrying that players from outside top flight football are getting in the squad. Desperation?"

  98. 1029: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: "David Davies won't be lost from the sport & plans to work as a performance lifestyle advisory/athlete mentor for Sport Wales."

  99. 1024: 

    Two-time Olympic medallist David Davies announces his retirement from swimming.

    The Welshman won 1500m bronze in Athens and then open water silver in Beijing four years later, but was diagnosed with chronic fatigue less than 12 months from the London Games.

    Davies lost out to Daniel Fogg in the battle for an open water place at London 2012, however he fought his way into the 1500m event - but failed to reach the final.


    Should Roy Hodgson start with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling against Sweden or field a more experienced side in Wednesday's friendly? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

    Stjepan Tonkovic on Twitter: "May as well start the kids, its a pointless match unless you do something with it."

    Emery That's Me on Twitter: "Tom Huddlestone deserves a call up, nice to see Zaha given a chance too, that lad has huge potential."

  101. 1008: 

    Leeds United are to renew efforts to sign Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, 26, this week having narrowly failed to secure his signature ahead of Saturday's 6-1 home defeat by Watford, according to Monday's Yorkshire Evening Post.

  102. 1002: 

    The All England Open Championships could move from their present home in Birmingham, Badminton England announce. The governing body has invited towns and cities to bid to host its most prestigious tournament as well as the National Championships - which are due to be held in Manchester next year - and other international events.

    The All England has been held in Birmingham since 1984. "Badminton England is asking locations to bid for the right to host the event from 2015 onwards and also invites expressions of interest in hosting other international events, which include England internationals," reads the statement.

  103. 0955: 

    "Brendan Rodgers has spent much of his time praising Liverpool's players for their efforts this season and not enough time discussing victories. It is hard to paint a pretty picture of a league start that currently only contains wins over Norwich City and Reading."

    So says BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty who witnessed Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday. Read his latest blog on why it is time for Liverpool to start winning.

  104. 0948: 

    The China Daily reports that Frank Lampard will join Guizhou Renhe as captain in January, according to the Times. A Renhe official confirmed in a brief statement to the AFP news agency that talks with Lampard were underway. "Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been settled," said deputy board chairman Yang Xiaoyu.

  105. 0939: 

    Liverpool's Glen Johnson tells Monday's Liverpool Echo that the team deserved their point in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

    "A lot of teams would have rolled over and ended up getting destroyed by four or five," says Johnson. "But we have a great spirit in the dressing room and a lot of heart. We always fight to the death. We did that and got our reward.

    "We were strong and in the closing stages we really drove at them. We could have got all three points in the end but overall I think we've got to be happy with the draw."


    In with the new and out with the old? We are asking should Roy Hodgson start youngsters Wilfried Zaha, Raheem Sterling and Carl Jenkinson against Sweden or should the England manager field a more experienced team on Wednesday? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

    James Eglon on Twitter: "Zaha offers something no other England player offers with his raw skill, will be a key player at the next World Cup."

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "I agree it's right to phase out the 'Golden Generation'. But is Roy the man to get the best from these new youngsters?"

  107. 0921: 

    New Zealand captain Ross Taylor elects to field after winning the toss against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Hambantota. Sri Lanka, who have already gained an unassailable 3-0 lead, name paceman Shaminda Eranga and debutant spinner Akila Dananjaya in place of Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath.

  108. 0918: 

    Matteo Manassero, 19, is on course for a return to the US Masters after his third European Tour victory in the Singapore Open.

    The Italian, who beat South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen with an eagle on the third play-off hole, climbs from 85th to 46th in the world rankings - and the top 50 at the end of the year earn Augusta invitations.

  109. 0909: 

    Leeds are waiting to discover the extent of Rodolph Austin's injury after the player suffered a suspected double fracture of one leg during Saturday's 6-1 home defeat to Watford.

    "I'm told it's a double fracture and I'm devastated for him," said manager Neil Warnock after the game. "He's a genuine lad and we're going to miss him for how many months, maybe six? I'm not bothered about football at all when a lad like Rudy gets an injury. It's more important to look after him."

  110. 0858: 

    Graeme Swann has rejoined his England team-mates, after his 8,000-mile return trip home to see his poorly baby daughter, ahead of Thursday's first Test with India.

    "He's got three days now to get himself ready - and with someone of Graeme's experience, he'll be fine for 0930 on Thursday," says assistant coach Richard Halsall.

    Former India captain and the second highest run scorer in test history Rahul Dravid will be part of the Test Match Special commentary team live in Ahmedabad on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra on Thursday morning.

  111. 0850: 

    Andy Murray, who won the US Open title in 2012, speaks about his year in his latest BBC Sport column.

    Murray says: "It's tough to sum up the last year in one word but if I had to it would be 'motivational'. Sometimes when you lose a tough match or a big final, you spend the next few days thinking, 'Is it worth it? Is all the training making a difference? Will I ever be good enough to win one of these big events?' To experience the sort of highs that I did in the summer made me realise it absolutely was worth it."


    Should Roy Hodgson start youngsters Wilfried Zaha, Raheem Sterling and Carl Jenkinson against Sweden or should the England manager field a more experienced line-up on Wednesday? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

    Jk on Twitter: "If Roy Hodgson wants Zaha to be a permanent part of the England set up, he should encourage him by giving him game time."

    Chris Howe on Twitter: "We have to go for youth. The golden generation haven't really done anything and are now golden olden generation."

  113. 0835: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Congrats to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on winning 2nd league title in 2yrs at Molde."

  114. 0830: 

    Bradford hand a new 12-month contract to Cumbrian back-row forward James Donaldson.

    The 21-year-old Donaldson, who missed virtually the whole of the 2012 season after rupturing his knee cruciate ligament, said: "It's like starting all over again. I've done my knee twice but this is a clean slate."

  115. 0827: 

    Michael Clarke remains unbeaten on 218 as Australia end day four of the first Test with South Africa in Brisbane on 487-4, a lead of 37 with six first innings wickets remaining.

    Michael Hussey is not out on 86 in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership worth 188 runs. Clarke's magnificent innings includes 21 boundaries yet the 31-year-old still requires another 112 runs to better his highest Test score of 329.

  116. 0822: 

    Monday afternoon's meeting at Limerick has been cancelled due to waterlogging. You can check out all the latest going, reports and results on the BBC Sport website.

  117. 0820: 

    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been linked with managerial jobs in England, is celebrating his second title in two seasons at the helm at Molde. They were crowned champions of Norway with a game to spare on Sunday as substitute Daniel Chukwu's header gave them a 1-0 victory over Honefoss.

  118. 0816: 

    Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is the first Championship outfield player to be called up for England since striker Jay Bothroyd in 2010. So should Roy Hodgson start the 20-year-old against Sweden on Wednesday along with 17-year-old Raheem Sterling and 20-year-old Carl Jenkinson? Or should the England manager stick with more experienced internationals like Steven Gerrard and Ashley Young for England's 13th and final game of 2012?

    Let us know what you think using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  119. 0810: 

    England assistant coach Richard Halsall says the next two days will be "critical" for Steven Finn and Stuart Broad as they attempt to regain fitness in time for the first Test against India in Ahmedabad which starts on Thursday. He says Finn, who has a thigh strain, is ahead of where they expected him to be, while Broad, who has received treatment for a bruised heel, is progressing as expected.

  120. 0805: 

    We start with three pieces from Monday's football gossip column.

    Manchester United are weighing up a new move for striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, after Borussia Dortmund revealed they are struggling to get the Poland international to agree to extend his contract beyond 2014. (Daily Mirror)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given permission to bolster his squad in the January transfer window and has made Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, and 26-year-old Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko his top targets. (Daily Mail)

    Liverpool are yet to open talks with stand-in goalkeeper Brad Jones despite the fact the 30-year-old's current deal expires in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

  121. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre. We will have all the latest breaking sports news, including all the build up to this week's international football programme featuring England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Chelsea hope to discover the full extent of John Terry's suspected knee ligament damage while World number one Novak Djokovic meets Switzerland's Roger Federer in the final of the World Tour Finals later.

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