Sportsday as it happened - Monday 19 November

England lose first Test in India, plus reaction to the weekend's football.

19 November 2012 Last updated at 18:53 GMT

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  1. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday on Monday, 19 November. India have just completed a nine-wicket victory over England in the first Test in Ahmedabad. QPR manager Mark Hughes says he will not quit despite losing at home to relegation rivals Southampton on Saturday to remain bottom of the Premier League We'll have reaction to both stories and more in Sportsday.

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    We start with the traditional look at the football gossip column.

    Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Inter Milan are all ready to battle for Mario Balotelli's signature in January, should Manchester City decide to sell the 22-year-old striker. (the Sun)

    Arsenal will not allow winger Theo Walcott to leave the club in January, even if he refuses to sign a new contract before Christmas. (Daily Mail)

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has insisted striker Luis Suarez will not be sold. "Absolutely not," the American said. "He 's a beautiful player to watch." (Daily Telegraph)

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    England's hopes of salvaging a draw in the first Test against India were ended shortly after lunch in Ahmedabad. Alastair Cook and Matt Prior, who batted so well on Sunday, were dismissed early as England were bowled out for 406 before lunch. India knocked off the 77 they needed for victory inside 16 overs to complete a nine-wicket win.

  4. 0811: 

    The 2013 Super League fixtures have been revealed this morning. Grand Final winners Leeds will host Hull FC in the opening game of the season on Friday, 1 February. All 14 teams will be involved in Magic Weekend at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on 25-26 May. A full list of fixtures can be found at the official Super League website.

  5. 0817: 

    The F1 drivers title race will go down to next weekend's final race of the season in Brazil. Britain's Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's United States grand prix but championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished second, one place ahead of his only rival for the title, Spain's Fernando Alonso. The result means Vettel leads Alonso by 13 points, with 25 going to the winner in Brazil.

  6. 0822: 

    Britain's double Olympic champion Ed Clancy tells BBC BBC Radio 5 live that winning a silver medal in the team sprint at the Track World Cup in Glasgow over the weekend was a decent result. "We are reorganising the team and I am stepping in to Sir Chris Hoy's place which is not going to happen overnight," he said. "We would rather lose at the World Cup in Glasgow than at the Olympics.

  7. 0828: 

    The World Anti-Doping Agency plans to double the length of bans handed out to athletes found guilty of serious doping offences from two to four years. Athletes are currently suspended for two years for a first major doping offence and banned for life if they test positive again.

  8. 0833: 

    Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will decide in the spring of 2013 whether he will race in the velodrome named after him at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Hoy, who has already said he will not compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, says he has the motivation to continue and represent Scotland in two years.

  9. 0837: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott is given the dreaded 'vote of confidence' by owner Anton Zingarevich. Russian businessman Zingarevich says he has "total faith" in McDermott and believes he is the right man to keep them in the Premier League.

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    What is going right at West Ham? The Hammers, relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2010-11 season, will go fifth if they beat Stoke at Upton Park on Monday evening. BBC Sport's Frank Keogh takes a look at the recent rise of the east London club.

  11. 0844: 

    England captain Alastair Cook says there are positives to take away from the nine-wicket defeat by India in the first Test in Ahmedabad. "We can take a lot from the second half of that game with the batting," he said. "It was a great fightback. We were in a very tough situation and to get to the last day there is always a glimmer of hope. It had to be something very special - unfortunately it wasn't meant to be."

  12. 0847: 

    Skipper MS Dhoni calls India's performance "fantastic" after their nine-wicket victory over England in the first Test. "As the game progressed there was a bit of low bounce for spinners but not much turn so they had to work really hard - it was a fantastic effort by them. What was important was not to give many runs."

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    It was another disappointing weekend in the autumn internationals for the home nations. In his latest Lions Watch column BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer says the manner of England's 14-20 defeat by an under-strength Australia brings into focus the size of the task facing Lions coach Warren Gatland, whose side play the Wallabies next summer.

  14. 0900: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso are excited about the climax to their title battle in Brazil next weekend. German Vettel heads into the race at Interlagos on 25 November as favourite with a 13-point lead over Alonso and a faster car. To stop Vettel winning the title, Alonso must win with Vettel lower than fourth, be second with Vettel below seventh or third with Vettel lower than ninth.


    India wrapped up a nine-wicket win against England on day five of the first Test in Ahmedabad. Can Alastair Cook's side bounce back for the second Test and what do you think needs to change ahead of Mumbai? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  16. 0912: 

    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina insists it is normal that in-form Luis Suarez will attract interest from other clubs but he is confident the striker is happy at Anfield. Suarez scored twice to bring his tally to 10 for the season in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Wigan.

    Reina said: "Luis is on fire. He is in really good form and he looks like he can score every game and for us that is very important because we need to profit from that.

    "He will attract the interest of many clubs, it is only normal, but he is quite happy at Liverpool and that is the important thing for us and the supporters."

  17. 0917: 

    Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets on the third day of the opening Test in Galle on Monday to gain a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The hosts effortlessly chased down a 93-run target, with debutant Dimuth Karunaratne remaining unbeaten with 60 and Tharanga Paranavitana 31 not out.

    New Zealand, trailing by 26 runs on the first innings, were shot out for 118 in their second innings after lunch.

  18. 0922: 

    Russia's football authorities Monday vowed to fully investigate the latest outbreak of fan violence to hit the World Cup 2018 hosts after a top-flight goalkeeper was injured by a supporter's firecracker.

    The incident forced a game between Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg to be abandoned.

    "Taking into consideration the recent negative tendency of acts of hooliganism by some football fans, which caused dangerous consequences for other supporters and players, the league decided to discuss the case at an extraordinary meeting," a statement said.

  19. 0927: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he is concerned about his team's reliability problems ahead of the championship finale in Brazil.

    Vettel, 25, is 13 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. But he is worried about an alternator failure - the third on a Red Bull this season - on team-mate Mark Webber's car at the US Grand Prix.

    The German said it was "not good news" but added: "It should be easy to find the problem and we should be prepared."

  20. 0932: 

    Miguel Angel Jimenez leaped from 98th to 59th in the world after becoming the European Tour's oldest champion with victory at the Hong Kong Open.

    Luke Donald's win at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan takes him back to second on the rankings ahead of Tiger Woods, while Henrik's Stenson's first title for three and a half years at the South African Open improves his position from 113th to 71st.

  21. 0937: 

    Pakistan have allowed three players to compete in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition following a request from Australian cricket authorities.

    Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal had all signed up to play in the league from next month, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week refused permission.

  22. 0940: 

    Alastair Cook challenged England to reproduce their second-innings fightback against India when the second Test in Mumbai starts on Friday.

    England lost the first Test on the final day in Ahmedabad as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series.

    "We fought hard. We can take a lot from the second half of that game with the batting," he said. "There was a lot of character showed by the lads. We need to work hard so when we go to Mumbai we can start again."

  23. 0944: 

    England's Stuart Broad tweets: "India outplayed us. A few positives but on the whole poor so sorry for that. Onwards and upwards."

  24. 0948: 

    Controversial Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper has rejected a contract offer by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and may now pursue a career overseas or switch to Rugby League.

    Cooper had signed a three-year deal with his Super Rugby club Queensland Reds in June but that deal is contingent upon a contract with the ARU with whom the 24-year-old has endured a fractious relationship.

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    Celtic assistant Johan Mjallby insists all the pressure is on Benfica ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League encounter in Lisbon.

    With two Group G games remaining a victory for the Hoops would ensure qualification into the knockout stages while eliminating the Portuguese side with a score draw being enough if leaders Barcelona beat Spartak Moscow.

    Mjallby said: "There is more pressure on Benfica because they really need to win the game. But it is a difficult game, it's a Champions League match away from home and we really respect Benfica, we think they are a really good side."


    India wrapped up a nine-wicket win against England on day five of the first Test in Ahmedabad. We asked what can Alastair Cook's side bounce back for the second Test and what do you think needs to change ahead of Mumbai? Here are some of your thoughts:

    Craig Spencer on Twitter: "Alastair Cook keeps saying 'England fought hard', No you and Prior fought hard! They are the example to follow."

    Jona Andrew James on Twitter: "England batsmen will improve as soon as they start playing their natural game. Some wickets were down to poor judgement."

    Simon Dewhurst on Twitter: "England need Finn and Panesar back for the second test to have any chance of dismantling the strong Indian batting line up!"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  27. 1005: 

    Tomorrow night Manchester United head to Turkey to face Galatasaray in the Champions League, but it is likely to be a very different atmosphere from the last time Sir Alex Ferguson's side visited 19 years ago.

    "It is a trip remembered for the Galatasaray fans waiting for Sir Alex Ferguson and his team at the airport to welcome them 'to hell', the electric atmosphere before kick-off at the ground, Eric Cantona being sent off at the final whistle and some United players being struck by riot police as they left the field," writes BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in a feature looking back at the violent clashes.

  28. 1009: 

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone feels the passionate backing of the city of Austin ensured the United States Grand Prix proved to be a resounding success - and will be for years to come.

    In front of a crowd of 117,429 - and an overall three-day attendance of 265,499 - it was clear the public truly embraced Formula 1 that was back Stateside after a five-year absence.

    "It has been much better than I expected, particularly when you think that 12 months ago there wasn't a race. Hopefully we'll have another couple of events (in America) in the future, so we will see what happens," he said.

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    QPR midfielder Junior Hoilett admits the players understand fans' frustrations as Mark Hughes' side stretched their winless run to 12 games with defeat against Southampton on Saturday.

    "Everybody in the dressing room was hugely disappointed with the result," he told QPR's official website. "We're all really disappointed and frustrated with how things are going at the moment, but we will work hard to put it right.

    "I can understand the fans' frustrations. We're as frustrated as they are because we want to change this around and climb the table. We've got to stick together as a team."


    So QPR have yet to win a league game this season and pressure is mounting on manager Mark Hughes after the latest defeat, a 3-1 loss at home to Southampton. Hughes insists he will not quit, saying: "I don't run away from challenges and this is a huge challenge."

    Do you think he should quit, should he be sacked or should QPR keep him in charge ahead of a visit to Manchester United this weekend? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  31. 1028: 

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington tweets that Wayne Rooney is training today ahead of Manchester United's Champions League encounter with Galatasaray on Tuesday after missing their 1-0 defeat to Norwich on Saturday.

    "Weather's a bit lively at MUFC this morning, but Wayne Rooney seems to be enjoying himself. He's training.

    "Goalkeeper David De Gea is also back out after having his wisdom teeth out, but no Nani, Jonny Evans or Shinji Kagawa."

  32. 1033: 

    Sebastian Vettel is 13 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso heading into the final race of the Formula 1 season this weekend in Brazil, and former BBC commentator Murray Walker has backed the German to maintain his lead and claim his third successive title.

    "The championship really is Vettel's to lose. He is 13 points ahead. He has a car that consistently beats Alonso. I would put my money on Vettel to claim his third title in a row," said Walker.

  33. 1038: 

    Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has joined Championship side Charlton on loan until January. Frimpong, 20, who returned from a seven month injury lay-off in September, has made two first-team appearances for Arsenal so far this term, against Coventry and Reading in the Capital One Cup.

  34. 1043: 

    More from England captain Alastair Cook following his side's disappointing defeat against India as he reflects on his 176 total.

    "When you go to bed tonight, and you've scored a big hundred, you do smile and you can be proud," he said. "But I'd have been even prouder if I'd survived today and dragged a draw out of it.

    "To score any hundred for England is very special. To score one in that situation probably made it even more special for me. But the result is what really matters ... and we weren't good enough over the five days."

  35. 1047: 

    South African paceman Morne Morkel expects a short ball barrage aimed at Michael Clarke in this week's second Test at Adelaide in a bid to stop the Australian captain's run spree.

    Morkel says the Proteas had to be smarter in their approach to Clarke after his unbeaten double-century in last week's drawn first Brisbane Test.

    "Any batsmen struggles a bit at first with the short ball so we will probably come up with game plans and start working on those sort of things," Morkel said.


    So QPR have yet to win a league game this season and pressure is mounting on manager Mark Hughes after the latest defeat, a 3-1 loss at home to Southampton. Hughes insists he will not quit, saying: "I don't run away from challenges and this is a huge challenge." We asked if you think it is time to go, here are some of your thoughts:

    Dale Wright on Twitter: "Hughes has to go. His track record is woeful. Spent money everywhere w/o success. Would be good to see Harry [Redknapp], but would he go?"

    Ste Conlan on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted bout season so far. No determination and 1 striker at home in a must win game. We the fans deserve better"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  37. 1100: 

    London 2012 volunteers and young people are to share 1,000 free tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012. The event, at London's 15,000 capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history after Great Britain's golden summer.

    Some 500 tickets will be given to volunteers through a random ballot. The same amount will be handed to young people from the six Olympic and Paralympic host boroughs.

  38. 1105: 

    Taekwondo Olympic champion Jade Jones says that she "wants to be a legend." The 19-year-old from Flintshire won Team GB's 25th gold medal after winning the women's Taekwondo 57kg title at London 2012.

    Not content with winning one gold, she's already preparing for Rio in 2016, where she hopes to win two gold medals. She told Newsround that "winning one gold medal is cool but winning two is legendary."

  39. 1109: 

    British Olympic chiefs have welcomed a move by the World Anti-Doping Agency to double the ban for first-time drugs cheats to four years.

    The proposal to increase the sanction for serious offences, such as taking steroids, is contained in WADA's new draft code and would come into force from 2015.

    BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel said: "There has been broad consensus that a two-year sanction for a serious first-time doping offence was insufficient and did not send the right message as a deterrent to those who might consider breaking the rules. By strengthening the sanction, WADA is moving in the right direction."

  40. 1113: 

    Former Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko has turned down an offer to manage the national team.

    "I believe that today leading the national team of Ukraine is a somewhat premature step for me," Shevchenko said. "I hope the leadership of the football federation will understand my decision."


    Lola Galera on Twitter: "Hughes should be left in charge for the Man U match. He's painted himself into a corner and must win this game. This Saturday Hughes won't be able to roll over for his old boss this time! If he does he's out of a job."

    Firoz Dawood on Twitter: "Hughes is as stubborn as Steve Kean. Will it also require relegation for QPR to get rid of him?"

    Niklas Lanwehr on Twitter: "QPR have the worst Premier League record after 12 games since Everton in 94/95. The Toffees managed to stay up in the end."

    Should Mark Hughes be allowed to carry on at QPR? Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  42. 1121: 

    Rob Key has resigned as Kent captain after seven years in the role.

    Key, 33, who will be replaced by off-spinner James Tredwell, led Kent to T20 Cup success in 2007 and to the Second Division title in 2009.

  43. 1125: 

    Charlton manager Chris Powell believes the loan signing of Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong will add an important option ahead of a hectic programme.

    "We're really happy that he's coming in to join our squad, and we welcome him to the club," Powell told the club's website.

    "We've had our eye on him for a while, and with the busy Christmas period to come, I felt it was right to make sure that we are covered in all areas."

  44. 1129: 

    Roy Hodgson insists there has to be more to his job as England manager than merely getting results.

    "Some people suggest the eye on the present should be your only focus," he "I don't agree with that.

    "I think you should be trying to do the job in the present while at least bearing in mind that one day you're no longer going to be the manager. What are you leaving behind? What sort of work will have been done when your time with the national team happens to be over?"

  45. 1132: 

    Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: "HATE losing! HATE not contributing to the team in a game! Three to go! Cook, Swann, Matt Prior outstanding!"

  46. 1136: 

    Ian Evatt has been critical of Ian Holloway's training methods during the final weeks of his three-and-a-half year reign at Blackpool.

    "In the last couple of months, we hadn't really done much training. We had numerous days off - anything from two to five or six at a time," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "It was as surprising to the lads as anyone else. We're an honest bunch of players and we want to work hard, but at times we weren't doing that. Maybe that's why we had the bad spell that we had."

  47. 1141: 

    Back row Phil Dowson hopes victory over Newport-Gwent Dragons in the LV= Cup can be the springboard for an upturn in league form by Northampton Saints following four straight defeats.

    Dowson told BBC Radio Northampton: "I don't think we've been playing as badly as those results make out. It was never a club in crisis. We had to be a little bit sharper here and there and get on with it."


    Kirsta on Twitter: "I left Loftus Road in tears on Saturday. Haven't done that since we were relegated to Division 2 in 2001. Go figure."

    Ryan Osborne on Twitter: "Mark Hughes has to go. If not now then after the Man United game because QPR will definitely lose that game."

    James Walerych on Twitter: "Not won away in a year. Hughes has got to go. There's no passion, no fight, no determination. Some QPR players are only there for the money."

    What do you think about Mark Hughes and QPR? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  49. 1150: 

    Everton have recalled midfielder Ross Barkley from his loan spell at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday following Phil Neville's knee injury.

    The youngster joined the Owls for a month and that deal was extended for a further four weeks. That deal finished after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the weekend and manager David Moyes has decided to recall him.

  50. 1154: 

    Police have opened an investigation into allegations that Sunderland winger James McClean has been the target of death threats.

    The 23-year-old was criticised for his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt during the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend.

  51. 1157: 

    Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has joined the board of Ajax as marketing director,.

    "Van der Sar had a fantastic career and also has natural leadership and therefore the potential to be our managing director in the future," Ajax CEO Hans Weijers said in a statement.

  52. 1200: 

    Wolves have lodged an appeal with the FA for wrongful dismissal following Christophe Berra's sending off at Watford.

    Berra was sent off for a challenge on Troy Deeney in Wolves' 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.

  53. 1204: 

    Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott says the increased salary cap in Australia means it is more difficult to recruit experienced players from overseas.

    The NRL pay cap has been raised to Aus $5m (around £3.6m) for the 2013 season, while the Super League limit was set at £1.7m in 2012.

    "To get a name from overseas is almost undoable now, financially," he told BBC Radio Leeds. "We have to look at the other end of the scale, someone who is unproven."


    Glen Darroch on Twitter: "A year to the day since QPR's last away win. Time to go Hughes."

    Matt Short on Twitter: "I would like Hughes to remain in charge until Utd game. As a Utd fan, never like playing a team under caretaker/ new manager!"

    What do you think about the QPR situation? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  55. 1214: 

    Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has voiced concerns over coach Warren Gatland's absence on British Lions duty.

    Gatland will take over from interim coach Robert Howley for Wales' games against New Zealand and Australia after defeats against Samoa and Argentina.

    "I don't care how the Lions get on," ex-Lions skipper Thomas told Scrum V. "I'd rather Wales be drawn well in the World Cup, do well in the autumn series and Six Nations. So if Gatland being away has hampered it, then to me it's the wrong decision because my country, Wales, comes first to me."

  56. 1217: 

    Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd says he is not giving any thought to new deals at this stage of the season.

    The Cobblers have 12 players out of contract in 2013, including top goalscorer Adebayo Akinfenwa.

    But Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton: "[Contracts] will be given when it's right to give them out. Bayo can't stop scoring and I'm delighted. But the last thing you do with somebody who's doing really well is give them a bag of sweets."

  57. 1220: 

    Michael Carrick believes Manchester United's true Champions League examination is still to come after they secured progression to the knock-out phase after just four matches.

    "That is the big test," Carrick said. "That is when the competition really comes alive. We have done the first part. The second one is when we get the really big European nights and we go away to the best places in Europe and win games.

    "We have managed to do that very well over the past few years. Hopefully we can get back to that."


    Neil Jacko on Twitter: "QPR fans over-reacted to defeat to Saints. Remember SFC almost beat both Utd & City early in season. Stick with Hughes."

    Dale Wright on Twitter: "Adkins and McDermott have had the 'dreaded' vote of confidence. Doesn't Hughes get regular dreaded 'tweets of confidence'...?"

    Ryan Carter on Twitter: "Hughes out. Harry seemed interested when asked on MOTD."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  59. 1225: 

    Ashley Williams has said Swansea City are now shaping up well under manager Michael Laudrup.

    "Things are shaping up nicely for us," Williams said. "And as the season goes on we're understanding our roles a lot more and you can see the team really gelling.

    "Obviously [with] a new manager everything changes so it takes a while. But anyone watching our games now can see we're not as unsure as we were at the start of the season."

  60. 1228: 

    The Russian government will introduce tougher legislation, which could carry jail sentences, to prevent crowd trouble in sport, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.

    Dynamo Moscow's game against Zenit St Petersburg on Saturday was abandoned after the Dynamo goalkeeper suffered an eye injury from firecrackers thrown by fans.

    "It was a deliberate criminal act, therefore we must change the legislation to try to prevent such unlawful acts in the future," Medvedev told senior minister. "Such crimes cannot go unpunished, you have to go to jail if you commit them."

  61. 1231: 

    Ipswich are set to sign Peterborough striker Tyrone Barnett on loan until January, BBC East Sport understands.

    Barnett was transfer-listed by Posh last week for going out in the city centre after a loss to Crystal Palace.

  62. 1234: 

    Juventus are in confident mood ahead of their crunch Champions League clash with Chelsea in Turin tomorrow night. Check out European football expert James Horncastle's appraisal of the Serie A champions ahead of this key match.


    Jay on Twitter: "Sacking Hughes is no guarantee that QPR will trade up. On the other hand, QPR's results have been abysmal. I don't envy QPR owners."

    Jordan Curran on Twitter: "Mark Hughes has proved he is a good manager. QPR need to stick with him. The squad just needs time to gel more."

    Ste Conlan on Twitter: "RE Neil Jacko, this isn't a knee jerk reaction because of Saturday but poor home performances v Swansea, Reading (x 2) and West Ham."

    Do you think QPR should get rid of Hughes? Or can the Welsh manager turn it around at Loftus Road? Let us know what you think and why at #bbcsportsday.

  64. 1240: 

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer, who will name his team for the England match on Wednesday, believes Stuart Lancaster's side will be even more geared up after their defeat to Australia.

    Meyer said: "We know England will be even more motivated. England's got a great team. When we played them at home each match was 50-50 and even the third test match was a draw. They are always much better at Twickenham.

    "Saturday will be the ultimate test. We've got a lot of respect for the England team."

  65. 1241: 

    Scotland's most capped prop Allan Jacobsen has announced his retirement from international rugby, the Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed.

  66. 1246: 

    Allan Jacobsen, 34, admits his levels of enthusiasm for rugby have dipped as he ends his Scotland careeer after 65 caps.

    He told the SRU website: "To play international rugby you have to be absolutely committed. You have to make sacrifices and do all the extra stuff in training and preparation to be right.

    "Playing for Scotland has meant the world to me but the minute there is the possibility of it feeling like a chore . . . well, that's the slippery slope for me and I would never want to do anything that would either devalue the Scotland jersey or anything that I've achieved."

  67. 1247: 

    Scotland coach Andy Robinson has paid tribute to Allan Jacobsen, who has announced his retirement from international rugby after winning 65 caps.

    He said: "'Chunk' has been a great servant of the Scotland team and on behalf of the team management I want to thank him for all his endeavours.

    "I particularly admire how hard he worked to fight back from injury after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the effort he put in to be our starting prop in all four games at last year's World Cup in New Zealand."


    Simon Jupp on Twitter: "Why should Hughes leave voluntarily when he has a contract that will ensure he gets a good payout if he's sacked?"

    Sunil Parmar on Twitter: "Hughes should leave now. Even if they win on Saturday (unlikely) it just delays the inevitable i.e relegation."

    Rob on Twitter: "QPR would be mad to sack Hughes. He has 13 new players who he is just starting to know. A new man would start from scratch, too late."

    Keep your views on Mark Hughes and QPR coming to us at #bbcsportsday.

  69. 1252: 

    German football is struggling to contain growing violence with newly released 2011/12 season figures on Monday hitting a 12-year-high despite a financial boom and the world's highest average match attendance.

    The police report said the 2011/12 season had the highest number of criminal proceedings in 12 years, almost double the amount of injured fans and a more than 20 percent rise in police work hours from the previous season.


    Robert Haggerty on Twitter: "Chunk (Allan Jacobsen) enjoy retirement. Fully deserved. Cornerstone of the Scottish scrum for years!"

  71. 1256: 

    "The defeat in the first Test in India is the latest part of what has not been a good year for the England team," says Jonathan Agnew. Read the BBC cricket correspondent's latest column from Ahmedabad on our cricket page.

  72. 1300: 

    Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not sell Theo Walcott in January.

    That means the club could face losing Walcott, 23, for nothing in the summer as the England international's contract expires at the end of the season. Walcott would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January if a new deal is not agreed.

    Talks over a new contract have stalled and asked if the winger would be sold if negotiations continued into 2013, the Arsenal manager replied: "No."


    Albrighton on Twitter: "Thirteen matches is enough time for a squad to gel. QPR, keep calm and pass it to Redknapp. He has his way of doing magic. Axe Hughes!"

    Davie Joe on Twitter: "Hughes will get QPR on the right track, but will it be quick enough to save them from being relegated? I don't know! Hughes boast that QPR will never be in a relegation battle again was a dangerous statement to make, coming back to bite him."

    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "Will Hughes ever get another job in management? Robson, Keane and Southgate, all failed."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  74. 1305: 

    Wigan Evening Post reporter Paul Kendrick on Twitter: "Ben Watson won't need an operation on his broken leg. Roberto (Martinez) hopes to have him back in 'weeks rather than months'."

  75. 1308: 

    Wales centre Jonathan Davies (groin) is expected to take a full part in training this week ahead of Saturday's game against New Zealand.

    Hooker Richard Hibbard, who was taken off against Samoa with a shoulder injury, is unlikely to take any further part in the series but fly-half Dan Biggar could feature again in the Autumn internationals despite sustaining a shoulder problem.

  76. 1309: 

    Jonathan Bairstow on Twitter: "Good fight and grit by the boys! Next stop Mumbai..."

  77. 1312: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking about the news that midfielder Ben Watson does not require surgery on his broken leg.

    He told the club's official website: "It's not as bad as it could have been, that's for certain. It's still a very serious injury and we need to ensure that Ben is given all the time that he needs to make a full recovery.

    "The good news is that he won't be out for as long as we initially thought and with the character that Ben has, he will be able to deal with such an injury.

  78. 1313: 

    Joe Marler is highly unlikely to play any part in England's international against South Africa on Saturday.

    The Harlequins prop strained the medial ligaments of his knee in the match against Australia at Twickenham. London Irish prop Alex Corbisiero is expected to return to the England line-up.


    Rob Jaycocks on Twitter: "If there is any chance of Harry Redknapp at QPR then I want Hughes out. He had his shot and missed despite the talent there."

    James Johnson on Twitter: "QPR should have spent £30m on one gem of a player instead of buying five or six average players who have seen their best days."

    Andrew Lyall on Twitter: "If Hughes was to be sacked, it's highly unlikely Redknapp would take over. He's too good a manager for a bottom three club."

    Get involved in the debate about Mark Hughes' future by Tweeting us at #bbcsportsday.

  80. 1319: 

    Former Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City and Plymouth striker Steven MacLean has signed a contract extension to keep him at St Johnstone until 2014.

    The 30-year-old has impressed after moving to Perth on a short-term deal, scoring three times.


    Shuggie Russell on Twitter: "Sad news that big Al Jacobson is retiring. He's been a great servant for Scottish rugby. All the best with his future life."

    Prop Jacobsen, 34, has announced his retirement from international rugby after winning 65 Scotland caps.

  82. 1326: 

    Sir Ian Botham has hit out at Stuart Broad after the England bowler reacted angrily to criticism of his form.

    After England's defeat by India in the first Test, Broad tweeted: "Before you listen to too many ex-playing 'experts' being negative, ask them if they ever won a Test series in India...#28years."

    Botham then sent a tweet to Broad, criticising his overseas performances, writing: "Didn't average 40+ with the ball overseas! Not sure what I scored vs India with the bat?"

  83. 1329: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Saturday's 5-2 triumph over rivals Tottenham can instil confidence in his squad.

    "The result will help to rebuild belief completely again," he told Arsenal Player. "There is something special in this team and I am happy that will come out when they play with complete confidence.

    "Let's be consistent. We will gain some belief and confidence from this result, and we will transfer that into our next game and show the same performance."

  84. 1331: 

    Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie have all been rested for Manchester United's Champions League game against Galatasary in Turkey tomorrow night.

    The group have been left behind in Manchester but youngsters Nick Powell, Larnell Cole, Davide Petrucci, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Joshua King, Marnick Vermijl, Tom Thorpe and Sam Johnstone are in the 21-man squad.

  85. 1334: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is optimistic that Raheem Sterling, 17, who made his England debut last week, will sign a long-term contract at Anfield.

    Rodgers told the club's website: "Raheem is in a real good place here.

    "He has been given an opportunity here this season and he is thriving on it and enjoying the work. He will tie himself to a new contract because he wants to be here and he can be a great here at this football club."

  86. 1338: 

    Paul Gascoigne looks unlikely to attend Thursday's Europa League clash between two of his former clubs, Lazio and Tottenham, the ex-England midfielder's management company have said.

    A spokesperson for Gascoigne's management company A1 said: "As far as we know he is not going (to the match). He is working for us on the 23rd at a public speaking function in Southampton so we don't think he will go (to Rome)."

  87. 1341: 

    Gloucestershire's director of cricket John Bracewell believes improvements to the club's Nevil Road ground in Bristol will demonstrate the county's ambition.

    The redevelopment, which will increase the ground's capacity to 17,000, began last week.

    "We've been waiting six years in the planning for this to come," Bracewell told BBC Gloucestershire. "Everybody will be very proud of this place when it's finished and quite rightly so."

  88. 1346: 

    Wigan goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, 20, who is currently on loan at Northampton, has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at the DW Stadium until 2015.

    "Seeing Lee's progress from a younger age has been a joy and to have him stay here and continue his hard work is great news," Martinez told the club's official website. "Lee is a great goalkeeper and he has shown that at Northampton this season."


    G Remon on Twitter: "There's no point in sacking Hughes. No manager is good enough to replace him. Harry (Redknapp) needs a bigger club than QPR after Spurs."

    John Winchester on Twitter: "Surely QPR need to try something different. A third of the season has passed and they are yet to win."

    Ian Kirkpatrick on Twitter: "Goodbye Hughes! Why the fuss over second rate managers? His record is appalling. Rovers, City, Fulham - rubbish."

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

  90. 1352: 

    Tranmere striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro says he is making good progress as he bids to return to action in January.

    The Frenchman, 27, broke a metatarsal bone in his foot in the 1-0 win at Notts County in October. He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "With experience, it's easier. I can cope with it more easily than if I had been 22. I think I would have gone crazy."

  91. 1359: 

    Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta insists his players have no fears about playing on Spartak Moscow's artificial pitch in the Champions League.

    He said: "Our goal is to qualify for the next round as soon as possible. We must win on Tuesday for that to happen. Our players have played on artificial turf when they were in the youth academy."

  92. 1406: 

    Ross Lowe on Twitter: "I keep hearing how Mark Hughes is a great manager/coach! Can somebody tell me what he has actually achieved?"

    Nick Daruwalla on Twitter: "Fair play to QPR's owner for wanting consistency but surely there comes a time where there quite simply has to be a change?"

  93. 1414: 

    Roberto Mancini's son Andrea has defended his father against his critics. Speaking to Spanish paper Marca, Andrea, 20, who was released by City in the summer and currently plays for Real Valladolid, said: "I don't understand the criticism. He's just become Premier League champion with City, which they haven't won for 44 years. I don't know what more he has to do."

  94. 1415: 

    Mancini junior also claims his father knows more about football than Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. "They aren't alike," he continued. "My father was a player for many years and you notice this. He has a lot of experience and knows more about football than Mou. Mourinho is more psychological, more of a motivator, he knows how to manage the minds of the players. The ideal coach would be a mixture of the two."

  95. 1423: 

    British number two Josh Goodall is contemplating quitting tennis in the summer because of the financial pressures of the professional game. The world number 232 has earned around £38,000 this year - and has averaged £30,000 per season for the last eight. The 27-year-old's parents have remortgaged their house five times to help fund his tennis career. "If I don't see myself getting closer to the top 150 by next summer I will take a look at what I want to get out of this," he said.

  96. 1431: 

    Just two weeks after Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling coach Shane Sutton crashed in Lancashire, sprinter Mark Cavendish has had an accident in Italy. He tweeted: "Went & hit the back of a car that slammed on in training. Wasn't ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I'm relatively ok. If anyone cares."

  97. 1434: 

    Phil Broeders on Twitter: "If you're propping up the league and 5 points adrift I think you can safely ignore soccernomics and sack the boss."

    Chinners on Twitter: "Mark Hughes has been touted as the best young British manager for nearly a decade now, 2 seasons with Blackburn is about it."

  98. 1440: 

    BBC Sport's Alasdair Lamont says Celtic are returning to Lisbon keen to replicate former glory. The Bhoys became the first British club to lift the European Cup in the Portuguese city in 1967. On Tuesday they take on Benfica looking for the win that will see them qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare.

  99. 1446: 

    Watch a countdown of the top five catches from the best NFL plays during week 11, including an amazing long-distance catch and touchdown from Washington Redskins' Santana Moss.

  100. 1451: 

    Burnley are appealing against Kieran Trippier's red card from Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Charlton. Trippier was sent off for handling the ball on the line but Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: "It was ball to hand and not hand to ball."

  101. 1458: 

    Sheffield United captain Michael Doyle is disappointed by his side's start to the season despite them being second in League One. "I'm disappointed with the start because we've dropped a lot of points in games where we've been winning," he said. "I'd be lying if I didn't think we could win this league and that's not arrogance; I just feel we have it within us."

  102. 1505: 

    England suffered a nine-wicket defeat to India earlier this morning in the opening Test match of their series. BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and former England and Yorkshire opener Geoffrey Boycott offer their insight into the game on BBC Radio 5 live's podcast.

  103. 1508: 

    Frankie Dettori faces a France Galop inquiry on Tuesday after testing positive Dettori's solicitor said the jockey's positive test does not relate to a performance-enhancing drug.

  104. 1517: 

    BBC Sportsround on Twitter: "Scottish Premier League clubs agree to pursue move to two divisions of twelve clubs with split into 3 leagues of 8 teams after first round of 22 matches."

  105. 1525: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and his Manchester City counterpart Joe Hart have been shortlisted for the Fifa FifPro World XI 2012. Three other goalkeers are on the shortlist - Iker Casillas of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus.

  106. 1531: 

    Schools appear to be failing to capitalise on the inspirational legacy of the London Olympics, says a survey. It suggests the Games inspired more than half of children to take up a new sport, but 80% of parents say the amount of PE and games in UK schools has not increased.

  107. 1533: 

    England's Joe Marler is unlikely to face South Africa on Saturday after straining medial ligaments in his knee in the 20-14 defeat against Australia.

  108. 1538: 

    As an Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero never finished on the winning side against bigger city rivals Real but he hopes to break his duck in a Manchester City shirt when they meet in the Champions League this week. The Argentina forward, who spent five years at Atletico, said: "Wednesday night will hopefully break that run for me."

  109. 1547: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears midfielder Yohan Cabaye could be sidelined until 2013. The Frenchman injured his groin while on international duty and Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "Cabaye looks like he could be out four to six weeks."

  110. 1554: 

    Hearts reject a takeover offer from the former owner of Livingston believing Italian businessman Angelo Massone "may not be the right person to take the club forward".

  111. 1556: 

    South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth has been cited by Alan Mansell of England for contact with the eye(s) or eye area under Law 10.4 (m) on Scotland's Greig Laidlaw during Saturday's game at Murrayfield. The hearing will be held on Tuesday. South Africa play England at Twickenham on Saturday.

  112. 1558: 

    Argentina prop forward Juan Figallo has been cited by Mike Rafter of England for striking with the head under law 10.4 (a) on French Captain Pascal Pape at the end of the first half of their match in Lille on Saturday. Figallo's hearing will be held on Wednesday. Argentina play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

  113. 1606: 

    Schalke 04's Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay will miss Wednesday's Champions League tie against Olympiakos because of a thigh injury, the Bundesliga club revealed.


    So QPR have yet to win a league game this season and pressure is mounting on manager Mark Hughes after the latest defeat, a 3-1 loss at home to Southampton. Hughes insists he will not quit, saying: "I don't run away from challenges and this is a huge challenge." We asked if you think it is time to go, here are some of your thoughts:

    Matt Winspear on Twitter: "Someone said Harry is too good a manager for a bottom 3 three club... Remember where Spurs were when he took over?"

    Ikram Gorji on Twitter: "Situation at QPR looks similar to that of Blackburn's last year this time. Don't leave it late & find yourself in Championship."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  115. 1616: 

    An artificial pitch, freezing conditions and Spartak Moscow are some of the obstacles that stand between Group G leaders Barcelona and qualification to the last 16 on Tuesday.

    "The artificial pitch and the cold will not be a problem or an excuse," said midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

  116. 1622: 

    An AFC Wimbledon supporters' group has stepped back from a boycott of their club's FA Cup second round match with MK Dons.

    The Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (WISA) claim MK Dons "stole" their club's place in the Football League but have decided against boycotting the fixture.

    "After careful consideration, WISA has decided not to formally request a boycott of the fixture by Wimbledon supporters," a statement said.

  117. 1629: 

    Mark Clattenburg will miss a fourth weekend of Barclays Premier League matches as Chelsea's complaint against him continues to hang over the referee.

    The Football Association's investigation into Chelsea's allegation that Clattenburg used inappropriate language, understood to have been interpreted as racist, towards midfielder John Obi Mikel is still continuing and a decision is not now expected until later this week.

  118. 1636: 

    Wing Sean Lamont admits Scotland need to be more physical when they take on Tonga in their final autumn Test after defeats by New Zealand and South Africa.

    "Frustration is the main thing," the Glasgow player said. "We are doing well in certain areas but we are just not getting the balance in defence.

    "We are getting in people in the right place to make the tackles but we are just not hitting them hard, dropping them down and knocking them over."

  119. 1641: 

    Former world darts champion Ted Hankey has been ordered by doctors to take a long rest after enduring a mild stroke. Fans wrongly accused the 44-year-old 2000 and 2009 BDO champion of being drunk in last week's 5-0 Grand Slam defeat by Dutchman Michael van Gerwen.

    But, after initially being diagnosed with a bad chest infection, tests have shown that he had suffered a transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke). "Ted will having six to eight weeks' rest," said his agent Dave Stevenson.

  120. 1646: 

    Neil Lennon will invoke the spirit of the Lisbon Lions as he attempts to guide Celtic through to the knockout stages of the Champions League when they play Benfica tomorrow night. Lennon will take his players to the Estadio Nacional to train in the morning, the scene of the club's famous European Cup final win over Inter Milan in 1967.

    A win for Celtic will guarantee them a place in the last 16 with a score draw being enough if Barcelona beat Spartak Moscow, and Lennon is looking for every advantage.

    He said: "1967 is a pivotal day in our history and we all aspire to reach those heights again. We will train at the stadium in the morning and let these current players get a feel of what is a special piece of history for our club."

  121. 1652: 

    South Africa winger JP Pietersen is in doubt for Saturday's test against England after hurting his groin in the 21-10 win over Scotland. Pietersen picked up a "mild groin strain" during Saturday's international at Murrayfield and missed training on Monday.

  122. 1658: 

    Shaun Edwards believes Warren Gatland's absence has hit Wales hard as the head coach returns to take charge following demoralising defeats to Argentina and Samoa.

    "We haven't had a meeting as yet where Warren has had a chance to speak to the players but the five of us have been a good coaching team over the past five years," said assistant coach Edwards.

    "If the gaffer is missing then it's going to hit you hard and we are much better when there are five of us all together."

  123. 1705: 

    Cesc Fabregas ran into a spot of bother at Russian passport control today, ahead of Barcelona's Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow tomorrow night.

    The former Arsenal star owns two passports, but took the wrong one with him on the trip, according to the ITAR-TASS news agency. The midfielder remained at the airport until a temporary visa could be issued, at which point he joined his team-mates at their hotel.

  124. 1713: 

    Following under-fire QPR boss Mark Hughes' refusal to walk away from the Premier League strugglers, we have been asking whether the Welshman should be allowed to continue by the Hoops board.

    Stevie Matt Cooper on Twitter: "I'd say nine points was a poor start. Four points after 12 games and no wins is enough time already. Time for a change!"

    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "QPR - Quite Possibly Relegated? How Hughes can survive another week is beyond me! Redknapp waiting in the shadows..."

    Let us know what you think. Get in touch on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  125. 1717: 

    QPR legend Rodney Marsh reckons manager Mark Hughes should be given four games to try to improve their form. Former England international Marsh talks to BBC Sport's Frank Keogh about the situation at Loftus Road.

  126. 1722: 

    The British Speedway Association opts to "rest" the Elite League Knockout Cup for the 2013 season. It announces the move after this year's competition suffered through rain delays and a lack of riders for rescheduled fixtures.

    BSPA chairman Alex Harkess says: "With increasing overseas rider commitments, re-staging opportunities were few."

  127. 1726: 

    Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes the club's current generation can use tomorrow's trip to Galatasaray as a platform for Champions League success. The Dane played in United's infamous 'Welcome to Hell' visit to the Turkish side 19 years ago. and believes the game helped the development of his team.

    "Those games in 1993 were the foundation for what we managed to do in the Champions League later on," said the Dane. "It was a point we could go back to. You could look at that and say this is what we did wrong and we never want to do that again."

  128. 1732: 

    As usual, there's a busy night of sporting action on BBC Radio 5 live later, with Mark Chapman hosting events.

    Leading the way is full commentary of the Premier League football match between West Ham v Stoke with Ian Dennis, Darren Fletcher and Steve Claridge. Before the 20:00 GMT kick-off, there will be a live interview with West Ham co-chairman David Gold.

    Over on 5 live Sports Extra, there is NFL Monday Night Football as Chicago Bears visit the San Francisco 49ers from 01:30 GMT on Tuesday.

  129. 1736: 

    Matt Cox on Twitter: "Warnock would be an ideal replacement for Hughes, hed add a bit of organisation and fight into the team. Oh, wait..."

    Sean Michael Hackett on Twitter: "Hughes should get 19 games. That way he would have played every team in the league. If QPR are still bottom then time to go."

  130. 1742: 

    While west London side Queens Park Rangers are made a dreadful start to the Premier League season, there is plenty of optimism across the capital at newly-promoted West Ham. The Hammers will move into fifth if they manage to beat visitors Stoke tonight.

    But what's been the secret to their successful start? Can they maintain their form and clinch a top-half finish? Let us know by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  131. 1746: 

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has enjoyed a fantastic 2012 - reaching the world number one ranking, winning his second Major, helping Europe lift the Ryder Cup and topping both the US and European money lists. BBC Sport's Iain Carter looks back at McIlroy's 'annus mirabilis'.

  132. 1751: 

    New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster expects Wales to turn up the "heat" when the teams meet in Cardiff on Saturday. Wales are reeling after Autumn Test defeats against Argentina and Samoa, while the world champions arrive on the back of wins in Scotland and Italy.

    "We know there'll be plenty of heat coming at us and we're going to have to figure our way through that," says Foster.

  133. 1756: 

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits the Saturday's Premier League defeat at West Brom prompted an honest dressing-room inquiry. The Blues are aiming to bounce back positively in Tuesday's Champions League tie at Juventus. "Losing games isn't acceptable here and people are upset when we do. Sometimes things need to be said," said Cahill.

  134. 1801: 

    West Ham are aiming to move into fifth place in the Premier League by beating Stoke at Upton Park. We are asking whether the Hammers can maintain their decent start and finish in the top half this season.

    The Don on Twitter: "C'mon tonight...5th would be amazing with the fixtures we have coming half finish is in our hands."

    Let us know your thoughts using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  135. 1805: 

    Freddy on Twitter: "The secret to West Ham's success this season - the opening fixtures avoided the big teams."

  136. 1809: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo backs his players to earn at least a point in Tuesday's vital Champions League tie at Juventus.

    "I feel confident," the Italian says in his pre-match press conference. "I have a good team and we know we have to play a big game tomorrow. It will be a difficult game but Juve are under pressure as well.'

  137. 1811: 

    More from Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo: "Ashley Cole is available to play. The defensive focus of the team will be very important tomorrow."

  138. 1815: 

    Southampton announce England youth international James Ward-Prowse, 18, has signed a new five-year deal at St Mary's. It ties the midfielder to the Premier League club until 2017.

    "It's nice to put pen-to-paper. I can kick on from here," Ward-Prowse told the club's official website. "It's been an absolute whirlwind to go from playing under-18 football against lower-league teams to playing against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United."

  139. 1820: 

    British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford says he will lead the team at the 2016 Olympics. It had been suggested Brailsford, the mastermind behind British cycling dominance at the last two Olympic Games, would step back to concentrate on hos other role as Team Sky's team principal. "I'm not sure that I was ever going to let go and walk away," he says.

  140. 1824: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon jokes he would welcome Snoop Dogg's investment in the club - if the hip hop star invited him to one of his parties. The US rapper has expressed an interest in becoming a Celtic director.

    Lennon, ahead of his team's Champions League clash against Benfica in Lisbon, said: "It would be interesting if he did put money in. As long as I got invited to one of his parties, it would be okay."

  141. 1829: 

    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "A result tonight would be handy. Tight game on the cards. Come on Stoke!"

  142. 1832: 

    Josh Channa on Twitter: "West Ham's good start to the season is due to the organisation that Allardyce has brought to the club."

  143. 1837: 

    Long Run looks to step out of recently-retired Kauto Star's shadow as he bids to win the Haydock's Betfair Chase this weekend. BBC Sport's horse racing expert Cornelius Lysaght assesses the 6-4 favourite's chances.

  144. 1843: 

    Steffon Armitage hopes an agreement can be reached between the Rugby Football Union and Toulon to allow him to play for England again.

    The ex-London Irish flanker will receive the prestigious Midi Olympique 'Oscar' for the best overseas player in the French Top 14 tonight. But he does not feature in Stuart Lancaster's plans because his Toulon commitments mean he is not be available outside of the international window.

    "I will do anything to play again for England. At the moment Toulon's where everything lies," he says.

  145. 1848: 

    With the London 2012 organising team in Rio de Janeiro this week for an official IOC debrief, it is also a critical time for Britain's Olympic sports. After Team GB's swimmers flopped in the Olympic pool winning just three medals, BBC Sport Editor David Bond asks whether they can rise again.

  146. 1851: 

    That is it for another Sportsday. But don't forget you can follow all tonight's action from Upton Park, where Premier League high-flyers West Ham host Stoke City, with our live text commentary. Sportsday will be back at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday for all the build-up to an important week of Champions League football.

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