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16 November 2012 Last updated at 19:00 GMT

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    The end of Sportsday is a perfect opportunity for us to end this evening's session. For updates of tonight's international between Wales and Samoa then join James Standley for live text commentary.

  2. 1856: 

    Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica is targeting a full-time return to racing as he continues his recovery from a near-fatal rally crash.

    The Pole suffered a partially severed right arm in February 2011 and has said restricted movement in his arm means he is still unable to drive single-seater racing cars.

    "I am still at the stage of rehabilitation but I would love to compete in a high-level championship either in a rally or on a circuit," he said.

    "I have big limitations of my arm which don't allow me to test in single-seaters."

  3. 1840: 

    David Ferrer on Eurosport 2 after his straight sets Davis Cup win over Radek Stepanek: "I played very good all match, I'm very happy with my game. I won in three sets, it's perfect, we're 1-0 up but we haven't finished the tie, it's very long.

    "It's not easy to play Radek on this court because it's very fast. But I returned very well, maybe that was the key."

  4. 1835: 

    If you manually refresh this page, or even if you don't, possibly, you will be able to watch this evening's edition of Sportsday which includes a preview of this weekend's Premier League matches with Pat Nevin Perry Groves and Robbie Savage. Build up to tonight's rugby union international in Cardiff between Wales and Samoa and Chris Boardman will be giving his thoughts on the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

  5. 1828: 

    Former Australia outside-half Michael Lynagh says he is worried the Wallabies could suffer a heavy defeat at Twickenham on Saturday.

    "It's one of the great foundations of Australian rugby, that we're creative, have good backs and know how to use the ball differently to a lot of other teams," said Lyn

    "But we should be bolder and use plays to look to score tries as opposed to setting up the next play with a view to setting up six phases in a row and then 'Maybe we'll make a break'."

  6. 1820: 

    Liverpool have made a £5m bid for Thomas Ince in a move to take the England Under-21s midfielder back to Anfield, according to the Daily Mail.

    Brendan Rodgers is keen to recruit Ince's attacking flair and eye for goal and hopes to reach an agreement with Blackpool in time to complete a deal at the start of the January transfer window.

  7. 1816: 

    Spain have gone 1-0 up in their Davis Cup final against Czech Republic thanks to David Ferrer's straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Radek Stepanek.

  8. 1812: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech rates West Brom manager Steve Clarke so highly that he was surprised Liverpool did not appoint him as manager when Kenny Dalglish was sacked.

    "I was surprised that it took so long before he actually got (a job in management) because I would have thought that he might have got his chance at Liverpool," said Cech.

    "Now he has his chance to be manager, to do something with the team the way he wants to do it - his way. And he's been doing really well."


    Andrew Reid on Twitter: "Hughes should go. Adkins and McDermott have got their teams to the PL. Only 11 game gone, it's crazy people want them sacked."

    Callum Donnelly on Twitter: "The fans & players want him, the powers that be are behind him. Rumours that Adkins is under pressure are media made nonsense."

    Keep sending us your thoughts on this weekend's football action using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  10. 1756: 

    Ricky Burns is searching for a new opponent for the third defence of his WBO lightweight title after Liam Walsh withdrew with a back injury.

    Unbeaten Walsh was involved in a car accident earlier this week and has been advised to rest for the next month.

    The 26-year-old, a surprise pick as challenger despite winning all 13 of his fights, was due to meet Burns at the ExCeL London on 15 December.

    "I'm devastated that I'm not going to be challenging Burns for the world title," Walsh said. "I have followed the advice of the doctors and withdrawn from the fight. The doctors have said hopefully I'll be able to resume training in four weeks."

  11. 1749: 

    Salford City have signed the brother of Manchester City and Italy striker Mario Balotelli, Enoch, on non-contract terms.

    The 20-year-old forward, who had trials with several English clubs including Stoke last season, told BBC Sport: "I am more than happy to join Salford.

    "I just want to play football. I trained with them last night, I enjoyed it, so I signed."

  12. 1740: 

    Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander has hailed the return of Walter Smith as a further sign the club is moving in the right direction.

    Former boss Smith, along with retired Glasgow businessman Ian Hart, joined the Ibrox board as a non-executive director earlier this week.

    Alexander said: "He is one of the best - if not the best - managers I've worked under.

    "To have someone of his stature back at the club, to guide the club in the right direction, is really positive for the future. Things will hopefully be looking great."


    Liam Curtis on Twitter: "Like term 'el sackio' but ridiculous to think Adkins will be fired. He's earned the right to a crack at a full season."

    Ian Holder on Twitter: "#Reading to keep a clean sheet against #Everton!! You heard that right and you heard it here first!"

    Tom Birtwistle on Twitter: "QPR have some difficult games coming up in december and jan. Loose tomorrow and they are favs for the drop."

    Keep tweeting us on this weekend's football action using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  14. 1733: 

    Olympic star Sun Yang picked up his second gold medal of the Asian swimming championships as the Chinese dominated for a second straight day on Friday.

    Sun's victory in the 400m freestyle was one of nine golds won by China in the 10 races - to go with eight out of 10 on the opening day.

    Olympic bronze medallist Tang Yi also picked up her second gold, edging out compatriot Wang Haibing in the 50m free, while Olympic silver medallist Lu Ying took gold in the women's 50m butterfly.

    But Tang fell just short in a bid for a third gold, losing out to two-time Olympic medallist Pang Jiaying, also of China, in the women's 200m freestyle.

  15. 1726: 

    It was a Swedish affair at the SA Open at the 72-par Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Friday with Henrik Stenson leading as lightning interrupted play early.

    His countryman Magnus A Carlsson finished second with an unconfirmed nine-under-par 135 and is tied with Thursday's leader Merrick Bremner from South Africa, currently nine under par having played 32 holes.

    Former world number four Stenson was pleased after sinking three consecutive birdies from holes 15 to 17, having teed off on the 10th.

    "I made a little bit of a trembling start. I made five pars, nothing great the first couple of holes," he said. "That kind of jump started my day, those three birdies."

  16. 1721: 

    Captain Chris Robshaw has challenged England to restore Twickenham's image as an impenetrable fortress, starting in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown with Australia.

    England were unbeaten at home for four years and 22 Tests before their 2003 World Cup triumph, a run that included seven wins against the southern hemisphere giants.

    Robshaw said: "We have to step our game up. We know over the next couple of weeks it is going to get harder and harder.

    "For myself and a lot of players it will be the first time we have played Australia and we are very excited about the challenge. The rivalry between England and Australia is brilliant, whether it's cricket or rugby. As players you want to be part of that rivalry."

  17. 1716: 

    Leicester Tigers' home at Welford Road has been named Rugby Venue of the Year at the Rugby Expo awards in London.

    "Welford Road is an iconic home of rugby," said Leicester chief executive Simon Cohen. "It is the biggest dedicated club rugby stadium in the country, with the biggest home crowds in the country, and we take huge pride in the number of world-class players who have played here either for Tigers or with visiting teams from across the UK, Europe and beyond."

  18. 1711: 

    More from Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl: "You don't know me well enough, I'm never satisfied. I'm very happy for Andy. He has had a fantastic year. However, it's my goal to shoot even for more.

    "Yes, I think so [I can have a great influence on Andy]. When we agreed to work together the season was just about to start, we didn't have any preparation.

    "We're going to get a good four weeks together in Florida coming up. I'm really looking forward to it and I think Andy is as well. He's going to have to work really hard but I think if he stays healthy he will be very well prepared for the next season."


    Asim Munshi on Twitter: "I think Mark Hughes is way overrated, he's had money to spend at City and QPR, but hasn't won a single trophy."

    Andrew Thomas on Twitter: "Who would QPR get to replace Hughes. No good managers available, except maybe Pep guardiola but that is not likely."

    Tweet your thoughts on the futures of the men at the helm of bottom clubs QPR, Southampton and Reading using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  20. 1704: 

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has urged his players to embrace the challenge of defeating two top Test teams on successive weekends.

    Seven days after routing Australia 33-6 in Paris, Les Bleus must renew one of rugby's great rivalries when they host Argentina at Stade Lille Metropole.

    "It's a key match for us. We know the Argentineans. They've perhaps never played this well in November before," he said. "We want to see whether we're able to win two very, very high-level match in succession. It's an enormous challenge for the staff and the players."

  21. 1657: 

    Lee Westwood decides not to use long-time caddie Billy Foster next season as the fourth-ranked golfer looks to end his long wait for an elusive major title.

    Westwood will stick with Mike Kerr, who has filled in as caddie since August while Foster recovers from a cruciate knee injury.

    2013 Masters in April will be Westwood's 60 attempt at a major win.

  22. 1652: 

    France's Olympic gold medallist Camille Muffat sets a new world record in the short course women's 800m freestyle event at the French championships on Friday.

    Muffat timed 8min 01.06sec, smashing the previous mark of 8:04.53 set by Italian Alesia Filippi in Rijeka, Croatia, in December 2008.

  23. 1643: 

    Burnley striker Charlie Austin, who has scored 20 goals in 18 appearances this season, speaks to BBC Sport's Football Focus on life as a former bricklayer to becoming the Championship's current top goal scorer.

    The 23-year-old has currently scored the same amount of goals as 2012 Ballon d'Or nominees Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "To be in the same sentence as those two for a short space of time is unbelievable for an ex-bricky," says Austin.

    Watch the full interview with Charlie Austin on Saturday's Football Focus on BBC One at 12:15 GMT.

  24. 1639: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist backs the Scottish Football League proposals for league reconstruction, insisting change is needed for the good of the Scottish game.

    The 30 SFL clubs voted unanimously earlier this week to pursue a proposal which would see a switch to a three-tier 16-10-16 league structure.

    McCoist says: "The majority of people realise that something has to be done to help the Scottish game moving forward and I think the SFL proposal is certainly worth looking at.

  25. 1636: 

    Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in the first practice for the United States Grand Prix.

    Vettel - who is celebrating his 100th grand prix this weekend, finished a staggering 1.4 seconds quicker than anyone else.


    What fate is in store for QPR, Southampton and Reading this weekend?

    Jonny Naidoo on Twitter: "As a QPR fan I think Hughes can't last longer, I think he needs to go sooner rather than later, I'm tired of it now."

    Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  27. 1629: 

    Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes says his job does not depend on the game against Southampton on Saturday.

    QPR are without a win this season and sit bottom of the Premier League table with four points from 11 games.

    Hughes says: "My future doesn't hinge on this match,

    "People shouldn't under-estimate the changes that have gone on at the club and I have been a big part of that.

    "I have had great support from everyone. That doesn't just get swept aside because we are in a difficult situation."

  28. 1626: 

    Ivan Lendl also says Andy Murray can win Wimbledon in the next few years.

    "I think that [if Andy's career will be judged on whether he wins Wimbledon] is an inappropriate question because I think everybody knows he can. The question is 'is he going to win Wimbledon?' and know he will give it a good crack many, many times - not just once, not just in 2013 or 2014. He has quite a few years left in him and he's going to give it a crack. However, as you know in sport, you cannot predict, you can only anticipate. Both Andy and I would be disappointed if at the end of the day he does not win. But it's also a possibility that he may win more than one, and he may not win any. I don't know, I don't know the answer to that, but he can." Says Lendl.

  29. 1620: 

    Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray's coach says the Scot has only reached "20%" of his potential.

    The eight-time Grand Slam winner, Lendl, was speaking to the BBC's Lee James: "I think [he can achieve] a lot more. I'm not going to say number of Grand Slams, I'm just going to say where Andy is now. If take 'point A' - when we started working - now he's at 'point B' and when I envisage I would say he's about 20% there."

  30. 1617: 

    Roberto Di Matteo says his sacking by West Brom may have been a blessing in disguise as he prepares for his first return to the Hawthorns as Chelsea boss.

    The Italian, who lost his job after a lengthy run of bad results, says: "Look at where I'm sitting now, so I'm not so sure it was a bad thing,

    "There are many examples of good managers where it didn't work out with a club. They were successful before and were again after."

  31. 1611: 

    Wales face Samoa this evening at the Millennium Stadium in their second Autumn international match.

    Captain Sam Warburton has been left on the bench, as the Grand Slam champions are aiming to avoid of their fifth successive Test defeat.

    You can watch the game live on the BBC Sport website, with kick off at 1930 GMT.

  32. 1608: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith spoke to AFC Bournemouth keeper David James, who is enjoying life at the League one club under boss Eddie Howe.

    The former England keeper James, 42, says: "I feel almost rejuvenated being here. Eddie [Howe] is a wonderful guy and a very, very good manager."

  33. 1559: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "Two races in eight days will decide the destiny of the 2012 world championship - and possibly just the three days here. Fernando Alonso, who did so incredibly to lead the championship for so long this season, knows the odds are against him with rival Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull a faster car and the German 10 points ahead. This is the fifth time in his career that Alonso has been in contention for the title at the end of the season, and he says he is better prepared than ever and insists the tension is not getting to him. 'Much more relaxed, much more focused,' he said. 'In these last two races I feel completely normal so I think it is a good experience. It is the fifth time we fight for the championship until last race and you feel much different, more concentrated. If you do everything perfect you have a chance; if you lose it you don't have a chance…'"

    Follow first practice at the United States Grand Prix via live text commentary on the BBC Sport's website.


    What fate is in store for QPR, Southampton and Reading this weekend? Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

    Thomas Lazarus on Twitter: "Genuinely think Hughes is the right man for us and that he can definitely turn our season around."

    Henry Walmsley on Twitter: "Reading will struggle against Everton. They were immense against Fulham who are very strong at home."

  35. 1556: 

    BBC's Lee James at Prague's O2 Arena:

    Ivan Lendl has been laughing and joking with his team-mates from the victorious Czechoslovakia Davis Cup winning team of 1980. He also told me that he will have a greater influence on Andy Murray next season with more time to prepare, they will spend 4 weeks together in Miami. "You don't know me well enough I am never satisfied, I'm very happy for Andy he's had a fantastic year, however, its my goal to shoot even for more." Lendl believes Murray can achieve a lot more and also says he sees being with him for the rest of his career "if it works for both of us."

  36. 1551: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis says he was "proud" to see captain Ryan Shawcross make his England debut on Wednesday against Sweden.

    Pulis says: "We are absolutely proud as punch that we have a player representing England. I was disappointed he never started if I'm honest - I think he deserved to start."

  37. 1544: 

    BBC's Lee James at Prague's O2 Arena for the Davis Cup final between Spain and Czech Republic:

    After a fancy laser light show and the obligatory blast of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger", we are underway. Radek Stepanek will have a tough challenge against David Ferrer they are meeting for the 10th time. Ferrer leads with a 6-3 win loss head-to-head record. Ferrer is considered to be hot favourite to win the match and give Spain a 1-0 lead in Davis Cup final against Czech Republic.

  38. 1539: 

    Michael Carrick labels Manchester United midfield partner Paul Scholes "a genius", as he celebrates his 38 birthday today.

    The 31-year old Carrick says: "We all know what he can do. But there are some things you simply cannot teach. You can learn but some of the stuff only he can do."

  39. 1536: 

    The Great Britain's Lionhearts beat the USA Knockouts 4-1 in their debut appearance at the World Series of Boxing in California earlier today.

    Lee Pullen, of the GB coaching team, says: "It was a very good night for the team. The boxers adapted superbly to the different demands."

  40. 1532: 

    First practice is under way in the United States Grand Prix. Just 10 points separate the two title contenders - Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

    Follow practice with BBC Sport's live text commentary here.

  41. 1524: 

    West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame says the Hammers' win over Newcastle last weekend was their best performance this season.

    The 25 year-old Senegal international told the club's website: "It was a fantastic result against Newcastle, probably the best since I joined the club, and we worked very hard for the three points."

  42. 1517: 

    Great Britain have qualified for three finals at the Cycling World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

    Two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, along with Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, qualified second fastest in 44.134 seconds in the men's team sprint.

    Jess Varnish and Becky James were second fastest in the corresponding women's event to also advance to the final.

    Olympic and world champions Laura Trott and Dani King were joined by Elinor Barker in the women's team pursuit and were second-fastest qualifiers for the final behind Australia.

    You can watch all three finals on the BBC Sport website from 1900 GMT this evening.

  43. 1514: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes he will have several key players back for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Benfica in Lisbon.

    Gary Hooper (hamstring), Thomas Rogne (calf) and James Forrest (damaged nerve) are all out of Saturday's Premier League game at Aberdeen.

  44. 1511: 

    The Scottish Premier League agrees a two-year deal with BBC ALBA, which will see top-flight games broadcast live on the Gaelic television channel for the first time - starting with the local derby between Ross County and Inverness on 2 January.

    SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster says: "I am delighted to announce a new partnership with BBC ALBA that will for the first time see Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches broadcast live with Gaelic language commentary.

    "This new partnership will allow us to reach far and wide into new audiences and communities across Scotland."

  45. 1505: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton says he will focus on his own team rather than the quality of Saturday's opponents Manchester United.

    Hughton says: "It is a problem because of the quality Manchester United have got, so you have to make sure that, as a team, you are set up well enough that you are going to be difficult to play against."

    The Canaries are currently 15 in the league with 11 points.

  46. 1504: 

    Paris St-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will appear before the French Football Federation's ethics committee for criticising the referee following last weekend's 1-1 draw with Montpellier in the French league.

    Ancelotti was critical of Clement Turpin's decision to send off PSG defender Mamadou Sakho after nine minutes, and asked for more respect to be shown to his team from officials.


    What fate is in store for QPR, Southampton and Reading this weekend?

    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "I don't understand sacking managers, Southampton are not good enough to stay up at the moment. Changing managers won't change that!"

    Rohan Vyavaharkar on Twitter: "Purely from watching the three teams, you've got to feel for Adkins! He's been unlucky & the Saints are the best to watch."

    Lee Richardson on Twitter: "It's wrong to suggest Adkins should be sacked, done wonders at Southampton. With the squad they have who could do better?"

    Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  48. 1455: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels he does not have a point to prove as Wigan's Roberto Martinez arrives at Anfield on Saturday after speculation over the summer the Spaniard was in the running to take over the Reds from Kenny Dalglish.

    "I have a lot of respect for Roberto," said Rodgers. "I don't know if he was close to getting it or not but it is a game that is purely about us getting the points."

    Liverpool have won just one of their six league games at Anfield this season.

  49. 1451: 

    Roberto Di Matteo says "any manager" would want Radamel Falcao in their team as he admits Chelsea's interest in the striker.

    There has been speculation the European champions are set to launch a bid for the 26 year-old Atletico Madrid striker once the transfer window opens.

    Di Matteo says: "He is one of the best strikers, probably, in European and world football."

  50. 1443: 

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew analyses England's performance on day two of the first Test against India in Ahmedabad, where the tourists ended the day on 41-3.

    Agnew says: "England must take some blame for sending James Anderson out as night-watchman - simply because it was too long for him to survive."

  51. 1436: 

    Queens Park Rangers defender Fabio is available to play against Southampton on Saturday after overcoming a long-term hamstring injury.

    Park Ji-sung (knee) is unavailable, Bobby Zamora (hip) is a doubt, while Stephane Mbia is suspended, Kieron Dyer and Hogan Ephraim are available after overcoming their respective calf and hamstring problems, but Andrew Johnson (knee) is out.

  52. 1435: 

    Southampton striker Rickie Lambert backs boss Nigel Adkins to turn around the Saint's fortunes as they face bottom of the table QPR on Saturday.

    Lambert, 30, says: "I definitely want him to stay. I understand he is under pressure but it is not nice, it is not his fault, it's all of our fault."

  53. 1430: 

    Liverpool's Communications Director, Jen Chang has left the club by mutual consent and has returned to the US for family reasons, a spokesman for the club confirms.

  54. 1423: 

    Bayern Munich player Arjen Robben will miss the club's next two matches, including the Champions League game against Valencia on Tuesday after returning from international duty with an injury.

  55. 1420: 

    Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch who has been ruled out of Saturday's Test against South Africa through injury, posted on Twitter:

    "Gutted to miss this week was looking forward to hard game The boys will do us proud and congrats Stuart McInally potential 1st of many caps."


    What fate is in store for QPR, Southampton and Reading this weekend?

    Fahad Khan on Twitter: "Forget Hughes and Adkins. If Di Matteo doesnt get a result tomorrow, things are going to get really uncomfortable for him."

    Andrew Lyall on Twitter: "Can't see Mark Hughes lasting much longer even if QPR win tomorrow."

    Guy on Twitter: "As a Southampton fan I would hate to see Adkins go, best manager we've had for a while and he deserves more time."

    Let us know your thoughts #bbcsprtsday

  57. 1416: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis is monitoring Glenn Whelan's fitness ahead of Monday's Premier League game against West Ham at Upton Park.

    Whelan limped off in the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Greece midweek.

    Midfielders Dean Whitehead (suspension) and Rory Delap (hernia) and defender Marc Wilson (broken leg) are definitely ruled out, and striker Michael Owen (hamstring) is a doubt.

  58. 1410: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin, Texas: "It's been an early start for everyone in Formula 1 as they get ready for the first day of practice at the first US Grand Prix since 2007. Austin is six hours behind GMT and schedules have been brought forward by an hour for the benefit of European audiences, which meant setting out for the track in the dark. The drivers have either walked or cycled the track since arriving in the States and to a man, are all eager to get out on to the track in first practice, starting at 1500 GMT, for their first real-life taste of the new Circuit of the Americas."

  59. 1408: 

    Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones has given his support to striker Jay Bothroyd.

    The 30-year-old has only scored once in 11 matches since joining the Owls on loan from QPR and some Wednesday fans have called for him to be dropped.

    Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Everyone wants a runner and a chaser and blood, guts and thunder and he isn't that player.

    "A lot of the chances and goals we've scored have come from passes from Jay. He brings a quality that we don't have elsewhere."

  60. 1359: 

    Kieran Richardson will miss Fulham's Premier League fixture with his former club Sunderland on Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

    Simon Davies (hip) and Chris Baird (suspension) will also be absent, while Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Mickael Tavares (hamstring) are big doubts.

  61. 1357: 

    Everton manager David Moyes insists he is in no hurry to sign a new contract at Goodison Park, despite his current one ending next summer.

    "I want to see how we are progressing and also I don't want supporters to get too sick of seeing the same manager all the time," says Moyes. "I have a great relationship with the chairman, we speak every day and when the time is right we will sit down and see what we are going to do."

  62. 1355: 

    Ashley Cole could return for Chelsea in tomorrow's Premier League game at West Brom after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

    John Terry (knee) and Frank Lampard (calf) will definitely miss out, while manager Roberto Di Matteo will assess those in his squad who played for their countries in midweek.

  63. 1353: 

    Olympic and world champions Laura Trott and Dani King, alongside Elinor Barker, the world junior road time-trial champion, finish second for Great Britain in the women's team pursuit qualifying event at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

    King lost contact with leading rider Trott on the final lap as the trio accelerated towards the line to a time of 3:24.657 and second place in qualifying for tonight's final.

  64. 1349: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin, Texas: "It's been an early start for everyone in Formula 1 as they get ready for the first day of practice at the first US Grand Prix since 2007. Austin is six hours behind GMT and schedules have been brought forward by an hour for the benefit of European audiences, which meant setting out for the track in the dark.

    "The drivers have either walked or cycled the track since arriving in the States and to a man, are all eager to get out on to the track in first practice, starting at 1500 GMT, for their first real-life taste of the new Circuit of the Americas."

  65. 1348: 

    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan joins a new management company just days after putting his snooker playing career on hold.

    O'Sullivan, 36, who has been managed by Romford-based Grove Snooker since 2007, joins Merlin Elite for "full management", according to its website.


    Rohan Vyavaharkar "Purely from watching the 3 teams, you've got to feel for Adkins! He's been unlucky & the Saints are the best to watch..."

    Andrew Lyall on Twitter: "Can't see Mark Hughes lasting much longer even if QPR win tomorrow."

    Pipey on Twitter: "Hughes to be sacked if they lose tomorrow, McDermott and Adkins deserve their chances for the season."

    What fate is in store for QPR, Southampton and Reading this weekend? Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  67. 1334: 

    Tony Bellew says he declined the opportunity to fight Nathan Cleverley's recent opponent Shawn Hawk, but says he gives Cleverley little attention.

    Bellew's only loss came against Cleverley, but says he does not need to fight him again to progress his career.

    "The guy he fought last time, I actually rejected him. Shaun Hawk's name was on the list and I knocked him back and took the highest-ranked opponent [Edison Miranda]," says the Liverpool fighter. "I don't need him to progress in my career and I'm not going to even give him a word, it's just a joke."

  68. 1330: 

    Wigan Athletic cannot just focus on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez tomorrow says manager Roberto Martinez.

    "Luis Suarez is vital at the moment, but I think it would be wrong to give him special treatment because then there are other players around him who can really take advantage of it," says Martinez.

  69. 1328: 

    Referee Mark Clattenburg will not discover the outcome of the Football Association investigation into a complaint by Chelsea until next week.

    Chelsea have alleged that Clattenburg used inappropriate language towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel during the London club's 3-2 defeat by Manchester United on 28 October.

  70. 1322: 

    Great Britain's men crash out of team pursuit qualifying in the opening event of the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

    None of the quartet who won Olympic gold in the event at London 2012 were included in the team for this event.

    The inexperienced squad tumbled to the track on the back straight with four laps remaining after a touch of wheels.

  71. 1317: 

    John Terry will be out for "approximately three weeks" with a knee injury, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo confirms.

    "Fortunately, it's not as bad as we first thought. It's an MCL (medial cruciate ligament) strain," says Di Matteo.

  72. 1316: 

    Hearts players and staff - including manager John McGlynn - will defer their wages in order to help the financially-troubled SPL club.

    "If we can defer our wages for a little bit to keep this club alive we will do," says midfielder Dylan McGowan. "When you see the fans rallying around like they have done it was the least we could've done. None of the boys had any issues with doing it."

  73. 1311: 

    Paul Lambert says he will not deviate from his philosophy at Aston Villa, despite sitting 17th in the Premier League.

    The Scot, who joined Villa Park from Norwich this summer, has spent money on mainly younger players - and says that will benefit the club in the long-term.

    "I think they are all growing into it, the young lads. If you look at the average age, it is a very young side but that is great for the future," says Lambert. "If we keep growing together, we'll have a right strong side."

  74. 1308: 

    West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson admits he did not want Roberto Di Matteo to part company with the Hawthorns club.

    The Italian left West Brom in February 2011, but would later join Chelsea and win both the FA Cup and Champions League less than 18 months later.

    "I was very clear when the club sacked him that I wasn't [in favour of it], I really enjoyed working with him," says Olsson. "He is a good coach and I really connected with him as a person as well."

  75. 1257: 

    Leeds Rhinos will host the World Club Challenge at Headingley for the second successive year.

    The Rhinos beat Warrington in the Grand Final in October and will face NRL Grand Final winners Melbourne Storm on Friday, 22 February 2013.


    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "QPR vs Southampton should be a match that promises goals, end to end action, and curtains for the losing side. 0-0 anyone?"

    Guy on Twitter: "As a Southampton fan I would hate to see Adkins go, best manager we've had for a while and he deserves more time."

    Andy Bull on Twitter: "Massive game for Reading tomorrow, normally do well against Everton, lose and the support might start to turn on Brian Mc."

    Who needs a win more tomorrow? Southampton, QPR or Reading? Where will these sides be come May? Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  77. 1244: 

    Bundesliga club Hoffenheim says Boris Vukcevic has awoken from a coma, nearly two months after he was injured in a car accident.

    Vukcevic was put into an induced coma after operations following the accident on 28 September, when his car collided head-on with a truck.

    The club says that in view of the serious head injuries he suffered it's still not possible to make any "serious forecast" about prospects for a full recovery.

  78. 1242: 

    Billy Foster, who caddied for Lee Westwood before a cruciate knee injury in May, says the news Westwood will not ask him back is a setback.

    "I've only started walking again these last two weeks, so to get the call from Lee just as I was starting to see the light again was unbelievably disappointing and made it harder to take," says Foster, who has carried the bags of Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.

    Westwood will retain the services of Mike Kerr, who the world number four linked up with in August.

  79. 1233: 

    Manchester City midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and defender Joleon Lescott (back) are back in contention for the champions' Premier League game with Aston Villa tomorrow.

    Gael Clichy (back) could also be fit after missing France's midweek international against Italy, while Samir Nasri has recovered from illness.

    Striker Mario Balotelli will hope to play after being dropped last week but Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) are not ready to return.

  80. 1230: 

    With this weekend's United States Grand Prix a new circuit for the drivers, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson explains how the teams will approach it.

    "If anyone's sitting in the garage for the first half hour on Friday morning, they're either very confident in their tools or very stupid," says Anderson on the BBC Sport website.

  81. 1222: 

    Kevin Mirallas will miss Everton's trip to Reading with a hamstring injury after being forced off in last week's victory over Sunderland, and could be out for a couple of weeks.

    Darron Gibson sits out once more with a thigh problem, while Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (calf) remain doubts.


    Chris on Twitter: "It would be a massive mistake if S'hampton get rid of Nigel Adkins after back to back promotions. He needs time to adjust."

    Ella Pepple on Twitter: "Southampton vs QPR is this week's 'El Sackico', Hughes or Adkins could get the sack if their team lose."

    Greg Stoddart on Twitter: "Hughes had 4 seasons in Premier League management, his track record is poor. Adkins has earned his chance for a full season."

    How important is a win for QPR or Southampton tomorrow? Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  83. 1213: 

    Following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's stunning overhead kick against England, BBC Sport picks out some of the best goals ever scored in the World Cup and European Championships.

    You can watch the selections on the BBC Sport website.

  84. 1207: 

    Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch is out of tomorrow's Test with South Africa due to a calf injury, the Scottish Rugby Union announces.

    The Perpignan blindside has been replaced in the starting line-up by John Barclay, who is promoted from the bench to start at openside flanker.

  85. 1204: 

    IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch says he ignores the hype surrounding his round five stoppage of Lucian Bute in May.

    "All of a sudden, I'm fantastic, phenomenal. But I don't listen to the hype. People who put you up there can just as quickly write you off and take you down," Froch says.

  86. 1156: 

    BBC's Lee James at Prague's O2 Arena: "The defending champions Spain are looking for their fourth title in five years, but they are without the injured Rafael Nadal - but David Ferrer has been playing some of the best tennis of his career. The world number five won titles in Valencia and the Paris Masters on indoor courts but says this surface is even faster and is expecting a tough match against Radek Stepanek when the 100th final of the Davis Cup gets underway at 1500 GMT."

  87. 1155: 

    BBC's Lee James, who is at Prague's O2 Arena for the Davis Cup final between Spain and Czech Republic: "There will be a capacity crowd of 13,800 and there's been a huge demand for tickets with the Czech tennis fans hoping to make it a double for their country after winning the women's Fed Cup earlier this month."

  88. 1152: 

    Arsenal and Tottenham issue a joint statement warning supporters that anti-social behaviour during tomorrow's north London derby will not be tolerated.

    "All fans should be aware that breaches of stadium regulations - including anti-social behaviour - will not be tolerated," reads a statement published on Arsenal and Spurs' club websites. "Arsenal and Tottenham do not tolerate discrimination of any sort, whether it be on the pitch or in the stands."

  89. 1140: 

    Aston Villa will have full backs Eric Lichaj and Nathan Baker return after suspension and injury respectively for tomorrow's Premier League game at Manchester City.

    Darren Bent, Chris Herd, Richard Dunne, Charles N'Zogbia and Joe Bennett are still unavailable for Paul Lambert.

  90. 1138: 

    Newcastle could face Swansea without Papiss Cisse after Senegal claim they did not receive details of the back injury which ensured the striker missed their midweek friendly with Niger.

    It could invoke Fifa's five-day rule, which would mean he would be unavailable for selection against Michael Laudrup's side.

    Manager Alan Pardew will already be without Yohan Cabaye (groin), Jonas Gutierrez (knee), James Perch (thigh) and the suspended Fabricio Coloccini, though Danny Simpson (shoulder) and Demba Ba (shin) will be available.


    Zachary White on Twitter: "For the sake of QPR I hope they lose, Hughes must go. They still have United, and will lose. Even if he wins he should still go."

    Will a defeat for either QPR or Southampton in tomorrow's Premier League game signal the end for Mark Hughes or Nigel Adkins respectively? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday

  92. 1127: 

    West Indies reach 244-6 and hold a 215-run lead against Bangladesh at the close of the fourth day of the first Test.

    Kieran Powell (110) and Darren Bravo (76) top scored for the West Indies in Dhaka.

  93. 1123: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill faces late decisions over a series of players ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Fulham.

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher (calf) and Republic of Ireland keeper Keiren Westwood (thigh) missed their respective international matches in midweek, while Phil Bardsley (hamstring) and Lee Cattermole (knee) remain doubts for the game at Craven Cottage after missing Saturday's 2-1

  94. 1120: 

    Wales prop Adam Jones looks set to miss the Ospreys' Heineken Cup double-header against Toulouse next month.

    Jones was ruled out of Wales' current autumn Test campaign due to a knee injury, and his club physiotherapist Chris Towers expects him to miss six weeks of action.

    "In line with the initial rehab plan, he still requires a further six weeks to get him back to the condition required to reach a position where he will be able to return to playing," says Towers.

  95. 1117: 

    Roberto Mancini says Italian striker Mario Balotelli was left out of the Manchester City squad for last weekend's 2-1 victory over Tottenham due to poor performances in training.

    "Mario didn't play because it was my choice," says Mancini. "I have 20 players and if there are some players that don't work well, they don't deserve to play.

    "There were other players that worked better than Mario and they deserve to go on the bench."

  96. 1108: 

    England lose three wickets in quick succession as they close day two of the first Test on 41-3 in reply to India's daunting 521-8 declared. Read reaction on our live text commentary and listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  97. 1106: 

    Everton manager David Moyes says the club cannot strengthen their squad in January due to a lack of transfer funds.

    "I don't think we'll be looking to do any business," Moyes says. "Not because we wouldn't want to but I just don't think we will have the resources to properly do it in January."

    Everton are currently 4th in the Premier League and have been beaten just once this season.

  98. 1058: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini dismisses reports linking the club with a move for Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

    Mancini claims he has no intention of making any additions to his squad in the forthcoming January transfer window.

    "We have a good team and we don't need to buy another player in January," he says. "We can't buy Suarez or another player because we have four strikers and Suarez plays for Liverpool."

  99. 1055: 

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble says he is playing the best football of his career and hopes his form could earn a first full England cap.

    The former England under-21 skipper has started every game as the Hammers have risen to sixth in the Premier League in their first season since promotion.

    Noble, 25, told BBC Sport "I've just got to keep playing as well as I can for West Ham, and hopefully some day [an England call up] will happen."

  100. 1052: 

    BBC Monitoring: "Former Cameroonian captain and African Player of the Year for 1984 Abega Theophile died yesterday after a brief illness. Theophile captained the Indomitable Lions to Africa Nations Cup victory in 1984. He played most of his club football in his home country, but had a brief spell at Toulouse during the 1984-85 season. He was 58."

  101. 1045: 

    London Irish announce a new two-year deal for their goalkicking back Tom Homer.

    The London Irish academy product, 22, amassed 321 points last season, including 278 in the Aviva Premiership that made him the league's top scorer and golden boot award winner.

  102. 1042: 

    Debutant Nick Compton falls for nine as England reply to India's daunting 521-8 declared on the second day of the first Test. The tourists are currently 26-1 and for ball-by-ball coverage follow our live text commentary and listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  103. 1039: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not believe that the Football Association is "institutionally racist".

    Responding to criticisms from Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, Wenger says: "I refuse to believe that [the FA is institutionally racist]

    "I would not call the FA racist, in my opinion they fight against it and of course I support that."

  104. 1034: 

    Adam Ashley-Cooper has placed Australia on red alert over England's "mongrel" winger Chris Ashton, who returns for tomorrow's Cook Cup clash at Twickenham after missing Saturday's 54-12 rout of Fiji through suspension.

    The 25-year-old has plundered three tries in three Tests against the Wallabies, including two on the last meeting between the rivals in 2010. On that day he ran nearly the length of the field to score one of the greatest tries seen at Twickenham - an effort that Ashley-Cooper recalls vividly.

    "It was a good try - I remember it! Ashton's a real opportunist," the Wallaby centre says. "You can see his league background in the way he plays. He's a mongrel player, and I don't mean that in a negative way. He's physical and loves getting his hands on the ball."

  105. 1029: 

    Former Bolton and Leeds United manager Jimmy Armfield will answer your questions on Man City versus Aston Villa in Saturday's live text commentary. Send your questions on Twitter via #bbcfootball

  106. 1028: 

    Arsenal will assess the fitness of several first-team players ahead of tomorrow's north London derby against Tottenham.

    They include striker Olivier Giroud (hamstring/calf) and winger Theo Walcott (buttock muscle). Midfielder Mikel Arteta (hip) is another causing concern, along with full-back Bacary Sagna (leg), but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to a comeback from his ankle problem and could be included in the team for the first time since September.

    Winger Gervinho (ankle), defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh), midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) all continue rehabilitation.

  107. 1026: 

    New Zealander Michael Campbell has the halfway lead at the Hong Kong Open after carding a nine under 64 in today's second round.

    Campbell has climbed from 910th in the world four months ago to 339th - he was once 12th - and the 64 was his lowest Tour round for six years.

    Earlier, World number one Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut after four-putting his final green. The defending champion had four birdies in his first 11 holes to climb to one under but then came four bogeys in the next five and a closing double bogey six for a 72 and five over total.

  108. 1017: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has a decision to make on whether to bring James Collins back into his defence for Monday's Premier League clash with Stoke.

    Collins was amongst the substitutes for the 1-0 win at Newcastle but could now return to the starting line-up in place of James Tomkins, with full-back Guy Demel also pushing for a start.

    Matthew Taylor has returned to training following a calf problem but Jack Collison (knee) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are out.

  109. 1013: 

    Justin Tipuric has been handed a golden opportunity tonight that could result in him piling pressure on Wales captain Sam Warburton. The 23-year-old Ospreys flanker starts against Samoa at the Millennium Stadium, with Warburton dropping to the bench.

    "Sam is a quality player and it is hard to win the seven jersey," Tipuric says. "I just have to do my job for the team. If the team plays well, I am doing my job."

    The game is live on BBC Two Wales, BBC Radio Wales and online, with live score updates on the BBC Sport website.

  110. 1007: 

    Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan is ruled out of the first test against New Zealand starting tomorrow because of a continuing back injury.

    He will be replaced by uncapped 24-year-old left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne.

    "Dilshan has not come good with his back problem," Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene says.

  111. 1004: 

    Reading winger Jimmy Kebe could miss tomorrow's Premier League clash against Everton through injury.

    The 28-year-old Mali international missed the first four league games of the season due to a hamstring problem and is now doubtful with a tight groin.

    Royals boss Brian McDermott will definitely be without goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) as well as midfield duo Danny Guthrie (thigh) and Jem Karacan (knee).


    Andrew McFarlane on Twitter: "No Dembele; Spurs won't be able to control midfield. I'd put Bale against Santos as Tottenham's best chance of getting anything against Arsenal."

    Graeme Hood on Twitter: "Arteta to redeem his penalty miss by opening the scoring in a 2-0 win for Arsenal against Tottenham."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  113. 0957: 

    Wayne Rooney and Jonny Evans are both doubtful for Manchester United's game with Norwich tomorrow, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Robin Van Persie should be fit to play.

    Rooney picked up an ankle injury during the win over Aston Villa, while Evans has a groin problem. Phil Jones is nearing a return after a knee operation and will be involved in Tuesday's Champions League game at Galatasaray.

    Van Persie missed the Netherlands game with Germany because of a thigh injury, but is expected to be fit.

  114. 0953: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks about tomorrow's derby with Tottenham in his pre-match news conference.

    "The quality of the games [between Arsenal and Tottenham] have always been very good," he says. "They've got closer in recent years. Every year they have a good side. They are more robust and still very dangerous on the flanks."

  115. 0949: 

    Cheteshwar Pujara makes an unbeaten 206 as India declare on 521-8 on the second evening of the opening Test against England. The tourists need 322 to avoid follow-on, head to our live text commentary for coverage and listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  116. 0946: 

    Pedro de la Rosa dismisses claims that his HRT car could be unsafe to drive at this weekend United States Grand Prix.

    With the focus on the team's finances, it has been reported in Spain that the Madrid-based marque lack spare parts to carry them through this weekend's race in Austin, which could make the cars dangerous to drive.

    Veteran driver De la Rosa, however, says: "It's something I'm not aware of. All I can say is we are a small team, we are what we are, but we are a professional Formula 1 team and when we start running it's because the car is safe."

    Qualifying highlights will be on BBC Two, 2230-2345 GMT tomorrow, with race highlights on BBC One from 2230 GMT on Sunday.

  117. 0941: 

    Wigan have winger Ryo Miyaichi back available for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

    Miyaichi, on loan from Arsenal, has not been involved in the last five games due to a pubic injury but is now training with the group again.

    James McArthur, who has been sidelined recently by a dead leg, is a doubt, while fellow midfielder Albert Crusat (knee) and defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) are not yet ready to return.

  118. 0938: 

    Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow will be missing for Southampton's Premier League trip to fellow strugglers QPR tomorrow.

    Right-back Richardson had been expected to feature for the development squad on Monday but missed out after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.

    Richard Chaplow is also out through injury, but Guly do Prado could be involved after being left out of the squad for last weekend's 1-1 draw with Swansea.

  119. 0934: 

    Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is set to return for tomorrow's visit of Wigan after a five-week injury absence.

    The Spain international has recovered from a hamstring injury and is likely to replace Brad Jones, who has deputised in the last four league matches.

    Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is fit after a thigh problem forced him out of the England squad this week while centre-backs Daniel Agger (groin) and Martin Skrtel (illness) are expected to be included.

  120. 0930: 

    Two wickets in relatively quick succession means India are 520-8 against England on day two of the First test. After Cheteshwar Pujara hit a double century, Kevin Pietersen claims the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin before Zaheer Khan slashes at a wide delivery by James Anderson and Jonathan Trott makes the catch.

    For ball-by-ball coverage, follow our live text commentary and listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  121. 0924: 

    Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele is out of tomorrow's north London derby at Arsenal with a hip injury.

    Aaron Lennon has recovered from a hamstring injury, and Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker, who also had hamstring complaints, should be fit to play.

    Long-term absentees Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) remain sidelined.

  122. 0922: 

    The first major international track cycling event in the UK since the Olympics gets under way today, with the Track World Cup taking place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

    Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton are absent, but the likes of Jess Varnish, Becky James, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny will all be looking to impress.

    Live coverage will be available from 19:10-22:10 on the BBC Sport website and Red Button, but you can whet your appetite with a preview of the event on the BBC Sport website.


    Alex Batt on Twitter: "Last year's 5-2 was a great game to watch for Arsenal...This time around? both teams looking poor..could go either way."

    Suman Thapa on Twitter: "Ars v Tot. Don't have to look further than last season. 2-0 down to 5-2 win for Arsenal. Superb! 3-1 for Arsenal tomorrow."

    Albrighton on Twitter: "Arsenal have had 28 home wins against Spurs, which have had just's a sure win for the Gunners."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  124. 0908: 

    Cheltenham is preparing for the first day of its three-day Open meeting, which features the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday. BBC 5 Live Sports Extra will have commentary on the first four races, with two hours of coverage starting at 13:10 GMT and including the Cross-Country Chase at 15:00. You can follow all the going news, non-runners and results on the BBC Sport website.

  125. 0904: 

    Norwich will again be without defender Russell Martin (back) for tomorrow's Premier League clash against Manchester United.

    Midfielder Alex Tettey pulled out of the Norway squad for their midweek friendly with Hungary with a minor back problem, but should be available.

    On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane continues his recovery from a broken metatarsal.

  126. 0855: 

    David Beckham's representatives insist the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has "absolutely no plans to play in Australia" despite an insistence from Down Under that the former England captain has been in preliminary talks with A-League clubs.

    Football Federation Australia (FFA) released a statement early this morning in which it said it had been approached by the Beckham camp with a view to the player spending a short stint in the A-League.

    A Beckham spokesman was quick to refute the claim, however, describing it as "rubbish" before adding in a statement: "There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia, David is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy."

  127. 0847: 

    Kieran Powell hits an unbeaten half century to help the West Indies reach 124-1 at tea in their second innings against Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test.

    After taking a 29-run, first-innings lead, Bangladesh managed just one wicket in the second session as opener Chris Gayle fell cheaply again following his first-innings 24 with a score of 19.

    Darren Bravo was 42 not out at the break with the West Indies leading by 95 runs. Nasir Hossain scored 96 for Bangladesh and Mahmudullah added 62 to lead the hosts to 566 just before lunch after resuming the day at 455-6.

  128. 0844: 

    GFH Capital is granted an extension to the exclusivity period relating to their proposed takeover of Championship club Leeds.

    Talks between the Bahrain-based investment bank and United chairman Ken Bates have been ongoing for weeks and the two parties now have additional time to finalise a deal.

    David Haigh, deputy chief executive officer at GFH Capital, says in a statement: "This extended exclusivity window is merely to ensure we can get past the final post without distraction. We have come so far and are looking forward to what we hope will be a positive statement about change in ownership of Leeds shortly."


    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "Arsenal vs Tottenham could go either way, too tight to call. One thing's for sure though: if QPR lose, Mark Hughes is gone."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  130. 0836: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy misses his first cut since the US Open in June after a shocking finish to his second round at the Hong Kong Open today.

    The defending champion had four birdies in his first 11 holes to climb to one under par, but then came four bogeys in the next five and a closing four-putt double bogey six at the 367-yard 10th for a 72 and five over total.

    "I just got on a slide and couldn't stop it," said McIlroy. "Obviously not the week that I wanted. I was only four off the lead and thinking I could make a couple more and be right back in contention. Unfortunately it just went the other way."

  131. 0830: 

    India are currently 481-6 on the second day of the first Test against England. The hosts started the day 323-4 before the wicket of Yuvraj Singh fell and then Graeme Swann took the wicket of MS Dhoni. Keep right up to date through our live text commentary and you can also listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  132. 0821: 

    Edin Dzeko came off the bench to help Manchester City fight back and beat Tottenham 2-1 at the weekend. With that being Dzeko's fifth goal after starting a game as a substitute this season, he has developed a reputation as "supersub".

    It is never a description a player likes to have, but just how important is such a role at a Premier League club? BBC Sport's Ben Smith investigates.

  133. 0813: 

    The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) says preliminary discussions have been held with David Beckham's management about the possibility of the former England midfielder playing in the A-League.

    Beckham, 37, is currently contracted to MLS side LA Galaxy.

    "The approach from David Beckham's people is another sign of how much the A-League has grown in stature on a global basis," an FFA statement says. "He would be another massive signing for the A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey."


    So tomorrow marks the 125th anniversary of the big derby fixture between Arsenal and Tottenham. There have been plenty of classic matches between the two sides - the 4-4 draw in 2008, Tottenham and the nine-goal thriller back in 2004 to name but a few. What is your best memory of games involving the two sides and how do you expect tomorrow's match to go?

    Of course, there are plenty of other games taking place up and down the country. QPR host Southampton in a clash that could have a big say on the futures of the clubs's respective managers, while leaders Manchester United head to Norwich.

    Send us your thoughts on the big games this weekend on Twitter, #bbcsportsday

  135. 0806: 

    As ever, we start the day with three of the best pieces from our football gossip column.

    Striker Mario Balotelli wants to leave Manchester City and return to Italy, says the 22-year-old's friend - Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to concede his £50m gamble on striker Fernando Torres has failed and step up his pursuit of 26-year-old Atletico Madrid and Colombia forward Falcao. (Daily Mail)

    Chelsea are "almost certain" to sign Fluminense and Brazil right-back Wallace in a £4.4m deal and will stay at Stamford Bridge rather being sent out on loan. (ESPN)

  136. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Friday's edition of Sportsday Live. We'll have the latest from the India v England Test match, updates from the Hong Kong Open golf and all the news from today's Premier League news conferences.

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