Sportsday - Monday, 3 December - as it happened

Premier League build-up plus England, Wales and Australia are drawn in the same group for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

3 December 2012 Last updated at 19:29 GMT

As it happened

  1. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Monday's edition of Sportsday live.

    Today, we will be bringing you the 2015 Rugby World Cup Draw, the latest from the WACA where Australian are batting to save the decisive third Test and build up to tonight's Premier League clash between Newcastle and Wigan.

  2. 0803: 

    As usual, here are three highlights from Monday's gossip column.

    Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson watched Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos, 23, in action against Barcelona on Saturday.

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could offer a consultative role to former caretaker boss Avram Grant if current interim manager Rafael Benitez continues to struggle at Stamford Bridge.

    Arsenal are lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, who can leave for free at the end of his contract in the summer.

  3. 0805: 

    Ricky Ponting's Test career came to rather anti-climatic end this morning when he edged spinner Robin Peterson to Jacques Kallis at slip for eight. He was one of nine Australian wickets to fall in the second innings as they struggle to save the third Test against South Africa.

  4. 0812: 

    Arsenal's surprise defeat by Swansea has pushed them down to 10th place. Liverpool are stuck in mid-table whilst Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle are facing a relegation battle. Just what is going wrong at some of the Premier League's big clubs? Tell us your views via Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday

  5. 0817: 

    Match of the Day's Alan Shearer reckons Rafa Benitez is being undermined by his job title at Chelsea.

    He tells the Sun: "The biggest problem for Benitez is his very title - 'interim manager'. That does not give him much clout in the dressing room. The players know if they cross him it will not matter because he is not going to be around for long."

  6. 0822: 

    Manchester City full-back Maicon is certain the club is destined for Champions League success - despite failing to get out of their group for a second successive year.

    The Brazil international knows what it takes to win the Champions League having been part of the Inter Milan team crowned champions in 2010.

    He says: "There is nothing missing at City. The club is growing all the time, and sooner or later City will win the Champions League because everyone is working for that."

  7. 0826: 

    Jamie McElwain on Twitter: "Arsenal and Liverpool lack the ability to kill games off against smaller sides. very limited in scoring options."

  8. 0830: 

    Now his international career is over let's take a quick look at former Australia captain Ricky Ponting's Test stats.

    He scored 13378 runs in 168 Tests at an average of 51.85. He hit 41 centuries and six double centuries with his highest score totalling 257.

  9. 0836: 

    Match of the Day's Mark Lawrenson piles into the Rafa Benitez debate.

    He tells the Mirror: "The biggest problem with Chelsea is Abramovich. Fans are angry at being landed with Rafa Benitez as boss, but their anger should be directed at the owner. It was his decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo. So I don't understand the concept of booing Benitez."

    Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  10. 0838: 

    Mitchell Starc hits the 14th fastest Test 50 as Australia's last wicket pair frustrates South Africa.

  11. 0843: 

    Steve Clarke is being told funds are available in January to help try and sustain West Brom's flying start to the season.

    Clarke could lose striker Peter Odemwingie and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu to the African Nations Cup and technical director Dan Ashworth is aware of the need to bring in back-up.

    Clarke says: "We have spoken about what we might need to do in January. If the chairman, Dan and I decide we need to strengthen the squad. then we can do that. Is there money there? Yes I think it is."

  12. 0848: 

    South Africa win the third Test by 309 runs to clinch the series against Australia. The 1-0 win ensures South African remain the best team in the world.

  13. 0856: 

    cephas chimedza on Twitter: "For Liverpool it's because of the continued use of Henderson ahead of Sahin."

    Robert Tresham on Twitter: "Liverpool and Arsenal are on the downward slope while other teams are on the up!"

    James Harrison on Twitter: "Newcastle missing Coloccini, Cabaye & Ben Arfa in recent games has lead to long balls due to lack of composure."

  14. 0902: 

    Retiring cricket legend Ricky Ponting speaking after Australia's 309-run defeat to South Africa says: "It was not the way I wanted to finish with that performance and that result.

    "I have tried to stay away from watching and listening to everything (about my retirement) this week. It's not unfolded the way I would have liked."

  15. 0907: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke on the retiring Ricky Ponting: "What a sad day for Australian cricket to lose such a great player. There is no doubt he is one of the greatest I've had the fortune to play with. I hope Cricket Australia do whatever they can to keep him in the game. He's one of a kind."

  16. 0912: 

    Andrew Harvey on Twitter: "The "lesser" teams have learned to cope with the big teams and are having a go, even Man U and City aren't having it their own way."

    Jon Bagby on Twitter: "What's wrong with the big clubs? no plan, no identity and excellent at spending big on rubbish."

    Philip Airson on Twitter: "Sunderland isn't rocket science. you use same players and same tactics you get the same result. No plan B. need new CM in jan."

    Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  17. 0917: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Australia's retiring batsman Ricky Ponting: "He has deserved every accolade and good word that has been said about him.

    "He has been an outstanding performer for Australia and he's scored millions of runs against South Africa. I know he leaves Australia in good shape and I look forward to sharing a beer with him now."

  18. 0924: 

    Rangers' chief executive Charles Green has called for all-inclusive talks on reconstruction ahead of the latest Scottish Premier League meeting on revamping the game.

  19. 0929: 

    England fast bowler Steven Finn says he is available for the third Test against India which starts on Wednesday.

    Finn says: "My recovery's gone well and I'm geared towards playing if selected."

  20. 0933: 

    Australian National Rugby League club Gold Coast Titans defends its decision to use a former porn star as a trainer for their under-20s players.

    American Kortney Olson, the 31-year-old wife of Titans chief executive David May, joined the club a fortnight ago in a strength-and-conditioning volunteer's role. She is a qualified personal trainer and international bodybuilding competitor.

    May tells the Gold Coast Bulletin: "Kortney did some things which perhaps in hindsight she wouldn't have done now. Everyone does things they aren't proud of but she has put it behind her. I am proud of Kortney."

  21. 0938: 

    fqiren on Twitter: "Arsene wants to qualify for UCL next season by winning it this season, cause he's too bored of qualifying through the league."

    Nigel Smith on Twitter: "Pardew if NUFC fail to win tonight, you must walk, it was your fault you never bought enough players to cover the Europe games."

    Timi Stark on Twitter: "It's simple. Arsenal and Liverpool lack the cutting edge in the final-3rd. Newcastle missing key players. Sunderland:Confused."

    Have your say on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  22. 0943: 

    The 2015 Rugby World Cup draw takes place later on today. To get you in the mood, why not relive England's astonishing 38-21 defeat of New Zealand, you can watch the highlights on BBC Sport website.

  23. 0948: 

    Andrew Harvey on Twitter: "Arsenal had a bad period last season too, we are only 5 points behind 4th, plenty of time to turn things around."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "If LFC can solve their striker problems in Jan then I see them having an excellent second half of the season & poss top 4."

    Chris Worrall on Twitter: "Simple why Chelsea fans don't boo Abramovich - to boo him is to boo the man who brought them their recent success."

  24. 0953: 

    Paul Lambert admits Aston Villa are "nowhere near the finished article" but believes the progress being made by his crop of young players means they are winning over their critics.

    He says: "I am delighted with the way things are going. I think the lads have taken some unfair criticism at times.

    "But now they are starting to get the praise that maybe they deserve."

  25. 0957: 

    Rob Howley will need help to guide him through his first taste of the Six Nations as Wales coach, according to former flanker Martyn Williams.

    Williams says: "I think Wales should bring somebody in to help Rob, or Rob takes a backward step and gives Neil Jenkins a bit more responsibility."

  26. 1002: 

    Marco Fu promises to send Mark Allen a Christmas card at the end of a year that has seen the Northern Irishman accuse him of cheating.

    Hong Kong player Fu says: "He just said something in the heat of the moment. There must be a reason, maybe something I did in the past which makes him think that I cheated but you'd have to ask him which shot he was talking about."

  27. 1006: 

    Cornish Pirates have signed Redruth forwards Tom Duncan and Owen Hambly, with the duo being loaned back to the National Two South club.

    The pair were able to talk to other teams after Redruth stopped paying their players because of financial problems revealed last month.

  28. 1011: 

    Ahead of today's Scottish Cup draw, Kevin Kyle believes Rangers can become the first Third Division club to win the trophy now that confidence is high in the Ibrox squad.

    Kyle says: "We've got to keep the league form going and, with the cup games, we've just got to make sure we turn up on the day. If we turn up, we're capable of challenging anyone."

  29. 1014: 

    Almost the whole of Eritrea's national football team - 17 players and a team doctor - have gone missing in Uganda and are believed to be seeking asylum there, Eritrean opposition website says in a report seen by BBC Monitoring.

    The team was taking part in a tournament hosted by the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Association, the website says.

  30. 1019: 

    Alex Roberts on Twitter: "Arsenal decline been in the making for some time by selling best players every year, chickens starting to coming home to roost."

    Ryan Cobb on Twitter: "Liverpool's downward slope started the year after we came 2nd ! im a reds fan myself and i hate henderson starting he's useless."

    Thom Jones on Twitter: "O'Neill spent all Villa's cash on an average ageing squad - no resale value. Then jumped ship. That's why. Beware Sunderland!"

    Have your say on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  31. 1023: 

    Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen believes the return of Lucas Leiva can fuel the club's bid for a Champions League place.

    The Wales international says: "With him back playing, I'm sure we'll get the benefits of that in terms of points and our position in the table.

    "We've closed the gap (to the top four) a bit and for a club like Liverpool, that has to be our target."

  32. 1029: 

    FIFA ban South Korea player Jongwoo Park for two internationals and warned the country's FA after he displayed a political banner during the Olympics.

    He celebrated at the end of his side's bronze medal win over Japan by waving a banner supporting sovereignty of a group of islands that is disputed territory between the two countries.

  33. 1035: 

    Snooker player Mark Allen is feeling sorry for himself after learning he could face a three-month ban after standing by comments he made claiming Hong Kong's Marco Fu is a cheat.

    Allen says on Twitter: "Sometimes all you really want is a hug :-( "

  34. 1040: 

    England's women will begin their defence of the World Cup with a match against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium Mumbai on the 2nd February.

    They will also face India and the West Indies in the group stages. BBC Radio will have commentary on ALL of England's matches in the tournament for the first time

  35. 1046: 

    Spanish newspaper Marca - seen by many as the voice of Real Madrid's powerbrokers - says Jose Mourinho will leave at the end of the season.

    The Portuguese manager has come under fire from supporters this season following Madrid's slow start to the domestic season which has enabled arch-rivals Barcelona to establish an 11-point lead over them.

    Under a picture of a broken heart, the Marca report claims: "Jose Mourinho will not coach Real Madrid next season."

  36. 1050: 

    Rob on Twitter: "Pardew is deliberately trying to get sacked, getting paid an 8 year contract for 6 months work. Ouch Mike Ashley."

    James Johnson on Twitter: "Liverpool haven't been a big club for about 3 to 4 years now.Are you really shocked at seeing them 11th? Thats good for them."

    Keith McCormack on Twitter: "Rafa is the manager, give him his chance. If you accept RA's money, accept his choices; we wouldn't be Euro champs without him."

  37. 1054: 

    Graeme McDowell's victory at the World Challenge in California - his first title since the same event two years ago - has lifted him from 24th to 14th in the world. Rory McIlroy is still number one.

  38. 1059: 

    Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington announces her retirement from professional Ironman racing.

    She says: "My future will, of course, involve sport and triathlon - but it will no longer be the axis around which my entire life revolves."

  39. 1102: 

    Alexander Smith on Twitter: "Fed up of the Abramovich talk. Chelsea weren't unsuccessful before him - we've challenged for trophies regularly since Gullit."

    Phil Smith on Twitter: "MoN to be blamed in round about way for both Sun/AV.He ONLY has plan A + his money mismanagement at AV takin time to sort out."

    Kevin Jones on Twitter: "Any coincidence Newcastle's form has gone down the pan since Pardew signed a 8yr contract ? Can't really sack him cost to much."

    Have your say on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  40. 1106: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on captain Nemanja Vidic's possible return from a serious knee injury against Cluj in the Champions League on Wednesday: "I'm hopeful maybe Vidic will play. I think there's a good chance he will but it depends on how he feels himself.

    "I knew he was doing really well with the physios. He was doing his football training with them in terms of turning and striking the ball but he came into training last Monday with the first team and did okay.

    "He's a battler, an absolute competitor. He's got that dour, uncompromising way of his. He likes defending - that's what he does."

  41. 1111: 

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the ParalympicsGB Sports Fest: "Less than three months after the close of the most successful Paralympics ever and ParalympicsGB is looking to the future with its inaugural two-day Sports Fest in Surrey which starts today.

    Over 600 people have registered to attend the event with ParalympicsGB hoping that it will help to build on the inspiration of the Games and encourage more disabled people to try out different sports.

    There are representatives from almost all Paralympic summer and winter sports here as well as a host of medallists from London 2012. Among those here today are double equestrian gold medallist Natasha Baker while sprinter Jonnie Peacock and cyclist Mark Colbourne will be in attendance tomorrow.

  42. 1116: 

    The Scottish Cup fourth-round tie between Dumbarton and Hamilton Accies is postponed for a second time. It has now been re-arranged for Monday 10 December with a 1930 GMT kick-off.

  43. 1124: 

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson is appointed by London mayor Boris Johnson to the board of the organisation that will spearhead the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.

  44. 1130: 

    According to the Press Association, Newcastle striker Demba Ba, 27, rejects the club's latest contract offer as they attempt to negotiate out the release clause contained in his initial deal.

  45. 1136: 

    MatthewKeegan on Twitter: "I think players should have more blame than managers, It's unfair how criticised managers can be when players mess up."

    Felix Henderson on Twitter: "It's not just Abramovich, its Buck, Gourlay and Emenalo that are running this club in the wrong way. They need to change."

    Rob Best on Twitter: "Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle are not big clubs and haven't been for decades."

    What is going wrong at some of the Premier League's big clubs? Have your say on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  46. 1147: 

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso missed out on the drivers' title by three points but says: "It was a miracle to see, race after race, what we managed to achieve.

    "I drove the best season of my life and now I can only think of the year to come."

  47. 1153: 

    West Ham came back from a goal down to beat Chelsea on Saturday.

    Substitutions and a tweak to the tactics were key as BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage explains in his tactics column.

  48. 1158: 

    What's behind the third day of BBC Sport's advent calendar. It is seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry making an impressive 147 maximum break against Stuart Bingham in the first-round of the 2012 World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

  49. 1208: 

    Dave Brown on Twitter: "Pardew let down by lack of funds, and indiscipline from Tiote and Colocinni. Injuries have caused havoc as well."

    Jackooo on Twitter: "Liverpool's problem is they sign all the best players from worse teams and then they don't perform. Downing, Carroll, Henderson.

    Stevie H on Twitter: "Why don't Chelsea fans turn anger on owner Abramovich? For fear he will up sticks and leave them in financial ruin. Simple."

    Why are some of the Premier League's bigger clubs struggling and the less illustrious lights enjoying success? Let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

  50. 1214: 

    Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur wins the award for Australia's most outstanding player of the year for a third consecutive year at the Australian Tennis Awards in Melbourne.

  51. 1224: 

    Chelsea says there is no truth in reports that Avram Grant is returning to the club.

  52. 1230: 

    London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith believes rugby union is "behind the times" and has urged them to adopt the report system of their rival code.

    Unlike in rugby union, in rugby league a referee can put an incident 'on report' if he is not 100% certain of the gravity of an offence.

  53. 1233: 

    Hearts say the £450,000 tax bill due to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has been paid in full.

  54. 1236: 

    The draw for the last 16 of the Scottish Cup will take place at 13:00 GMT and you can follow it with BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  55. 1244: 

    Chinmay S Barhale on Twitter: "Problem for Arsenal and Liverpool is they've not kept up. Past glory doesn't guarantee success. Need to keep improving."

    Craig Barrass on Twitter: "NUFC squad just isn't strong enough to cope with Europe, injuries and suspensions. More investment needed."

    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "To be a big club now you have to offer regular CL football and good wages. How far are LFC off? 4 windows?"

    Why are some of the Premier League's bigger clubs struggling and the less illustrious lights enjoying success? Let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

  56. 1250: 

    Wolverhampton's all-weather meetings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday have been abandoned.

  57. 1301: 

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been speaking before his team's Champions League group match against Ajax on Tuesday.

    He has been linked with PSG but says: "The only thing I'm thinking about regarding PSG is the fact they could face us in the Champions League."

  58. 1308: 

    Former Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Colorado Rapids striker Caleb Folan, 30, reportedly joins Malaysian Super League side T-Team.

  59. 1314: 

    Two of the stand out ties of the Scottish Cup last 16 draw are Dundee Utd v Rangers and Hibs v Aberdeen or Motherwell. You can see the full draw with BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  60. 1319: 

    The 2015 Rugby World Cup draw is at 15:00 GMT today. England will be hosts and are in the second tier of seeds. they could face one of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or France in their group.

  61. 1325: 

    Valencia are to appoint Ernesto Valverde to replace Mauricio Pellegrino as their new coach until the end of the season.

  62. 1330: 

    The action on the green baize is underway at the UK Championship and you can watch it live on the BBC Sport website. Neil Robertson is playing Tom Ford, while Matthew Stevens is taking on Dominic Dale.

  63. 1336: 

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the ParalympicsGB Sports Fest: "There is a real buzz around the Surrey Sports Park with the ParalympicsGB Sports Fest in full swing.

    "Those attending can try out their wheelchair basketball shooting skills, grapple on the judo mat or even have a go on a mechanical horse or test their cycling speed skills against the clock."

  64. 1347: 

    Former England batsman and wicketkeeper Alec Stewart's latest BBC Sport column is up and, among other things, he says England cannot afford to carry pace bowler Stuart Broad.

  65. 1352: 

    The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is to be staged at the Olympic Park from 2014-2016.

    The competition, the season finale to the wheelchair tennis circuit featuring the top eight men, eight women and four quad players in the wheelchair world rankings, will be held at Eton Manor.

  66. 1356: 

    Arsenal have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages and leave the following players at home for the group game against Olympiakos: Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Santi Crazorla, Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud and Vito Mannone.

  67. 1400: 

    Jk on Twitter: "LFCs problem is a lack of financial nous. They still feel they have to SPEND big to be a "big" club, but how much was Michu again?"

    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Newcastle, Liverpool, and Arsenal are suffering because they have a good starting XI but no strength on the bench."

    Hicks1M on Twitter: "O'Neill spent all Villa's cash on an ageing squad with no re-sale value. Now doing exactly the same at Sunderland!"

  68. 1406: 

    Brendan Purcell and Ben Bright have been appointed by British Triathlon as the organisation's new performance director and head coach respectively. Purcell was part of the coaching team supporting Britain's Olympic canoe sprint squad at London 2012 and had previously held a high-performance diving role in Australia.

  69. 1416: 

    Tottenham may not lose Emmanuel Adebayor for the duration of the Africa Cup of Nations after it was reported the striker had "suspended" his international career with Togo.

    Adebayor is embroiled in a dispute with the Togolese federation over match bonuses and will not represent the national team, according to a spokesman for the player quoted on South African website

    The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is due to start in South Africa on 19 January and lasts until 10 February.

  70. 1422: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says £7m signing Christian Benteke is not for sale.

    Benteke has scored six goals and replaced Darren Bent as Villa's number one striker since his move from Genk on a four year contract at the end of August.

    "I have to hold onto Benteke. He's going nowhere," said Lambert. "Christian has been excellent for us. He is a big strong lad but he can also play," said Lambert. "If he keeps progressing the way he has so far, he will be an incredible player."

  71. 1435: 

    It might be three years away but the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup is about to be made.

    Hosts England, who are in the second tier of seeds, recorded a sensational 38-21 win over world champions New Zealand on Saturday and Sir Clive Woodward says none of the top seeds will want to be in the same group as England.

    "The three southern hemisphere sides will not want to draw England," said Woodward.

  72. 1438: 

    Tournament fact: Twickenham will host the final while the Millennium Stadium in Wales will also be used during the event which lasts from 18 September to 31 October 2015.

  73. 1442: 

    New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France are the four top seeds and cannot face each other in the pool stages when the draw takes place in a ceremony at the Tate Modern gallery in London.

    England are in the second tier along with Ireland, Samoa and Argentina while Wales drop into the third band of seedings, following defeat by Australia, along with Scotland, Italy and Tonga.

    The identities of the eight remaining teams for the tournament will be decided in a series of qualifying games.

  74. 1446: 

    Jose Mourinho has refused to elaborate on his Real Madrid future ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game with Ajax.

    A report in Marca, a Spanish newspaper with traditionally strong links to the club, claims Mourinho and president Florentino Perez had agreed the former Chelsea manager would leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season.

    "Neither I nor the president are going to say a word," said Mourinho. "My future is tomorrow, which is my 101st match in the Champions League."

  75. 1452: 

    Tournament fact: England fought off rival bids from South Africa and Italy to win the right to stage the event. It will be the second time England have hosted the competition, the last time being in 1991. Japan will host the tournament in 2019.

  76. 1503: 

    The opening speeches are under way ahead of the draw. Andy Cosslett, chairman of England Rugby 2015, has just addressed the audience at the Tate Modern gallery, which includes London mayor Boris Johnson.

  77. 1506: 

    Tournament fact: Scotland have been drawn in the same pool as Romania at the last two Rugby World Cups, but have never met Australia, Samoa or USA at this stage of the tournament.

  78. 1512: 

    There are a number of Premier League and Championship football grounds in the running to host matches during the tournament.

    Manchester United's Old Trafford, Sunderland's Stadium of Light and Southampton's St Mary's Stadium could all be used along with Bristol City's Ashton Gate and Derby's Pride Park.

  79. 1513: 

    England are drawn in Pool A along with Wales.

  80. 1515: 

    Scotland are drawn in Pool B along with South Africa and Samoa.

  81. 1518: 

    Ireland are drawn with Italy and France in Pool D, while Tonga, Argentina and New Zealand will contest Pool C.

  82. 1519: 

    England have been drawn with Australia, Wales and two qualifiers yet to be confirmed (Oceania 1 and play-off winner) in pool A of the World Cup.

  83. 1522: 

    Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, play-off winner.

    Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2.

    Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1.

    Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2.

  84. 1533: 

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster on England's Rugby World Cup 2015 pool draw: "It is definitely a pretty tough pool. To win the World Cup you have to win big games and I have got a huge amount of respect for what Wales have done recently.

    "We know their squad pretty well, it is a young side and a lot of them will still be around in 2015. Australia have just beaten us and if you look at the age and profile of their squad, they have got some young lads as well. We will look forward to it."

  85. 1535: 

    More from England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "It is unbelievably exciting. Twelve months ago I went out to New Zealand for two weeks and got a little sample of what it is like and the impact on that country.

    "We have seen what the Olympic Games did for our country and the next big sporting event is the 2015 Rugby World Cup. By that time everybody is going to be revved up and it's going to be a big party."


    So the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup has been made with England, Wales and Australia drawn together in a potential 'group of death'. Do Scotland have any chance against South Africa? Can Ireland advance from Pool D against France and Italy? Let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  87. 1543: 

    England, crowned 2003 world champions after they beat Australia in a gripping final, have never previously been drawn in the same World Cup group as Wales. Their last World Cup meeting was during the 2003 tournament in Brisbane, when England trailed at half-time before securing a tense quarter-final win.

    The last time England and Australia found themselves in the same pool was at the inaugural World Cup 25 years ago. Wales, World Cup semi-finalists last year, have paid a price for dropping to ninth in the International Rugby Board rankings following autumn defeats against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.


    Josh Murray on Twitter: "England's pool a great one for the neutral. Wouldn't be surprised if Australia don't qualify from that pool."

    Fraser MacLeod on Twitter: "Great draw for Scotland. Couldn't have got much better than that."

    David Lloyd-Williams on Twitter: "Just seen the Rugby World Cup draw. I feel sick looking at Group A. Whatever happens, it should make a cracking tournament."

    Let us know your thoughts on the Rugby World Cup 2015 draw using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  89. 1602: 

    ParalympicsGB chief executive Tim Hollingsworth tells BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson that he believes that the association's Sports Fest will help be a springboard to future success.

    "We are seeing now exactly what we hoped to see post London 2012 which is a fantastic amount of inspiration from those incredible 12 days of sport," he said.

    "We have said we shouldn't think of the legacy of London 2012 for Paralympic sport because we are not there yet and we are not where we want to be. We are a growing movement and the momentum out of London has been magnificent and today is one example of how we can bring it to life."

  90. 1605: 

    Referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of Manchester City and Manchester United on 9 December, the Premier League announce.

  91. 1612: 

    Other refereeing appointments for Premier League matches next weekend:

    8 December: Sunderland v Chelsea - Mark Halsey; Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Mike Jones; Southampton v Reading - Jon Moss; Swansea v Norwich - Howard Webb; Wigan v Queens Park Rangers - Phil Dowd; Aston Villa v Stoke - Roger East.

    9 December: Everton v Tottenham - Kevin Friend; West Ham v Liverpool - Lee Probert.

  92. 1617: 

    Manchester City travel to Germany for their final Champions League group game with Borussia Dortmund without midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast international is suspended while defender Aleksandar Kolarov joined the injury list after limping off in the 1-1- draw with Everton on Saturday.

    Fellow left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) will not be risked before next Sunday's derby against Manchester United but midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) has been training. Right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out and centre-back Kolo Toure is ineligible.

    City cannot advance to the knockout stages but can still qualify for a Europa League place.

  93. 1621: 

    ParalympicsGB chief executive Tim Hollingsworth tells BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson that the British team will face increased challenges for medals in Rio in 2016. The team secured 120 medals at London 2012, including 34 golds, finishing third behind China and Russia in the standings.

    But Hollingsworth said that it will be even more competitive in Rio. "We know we have a huge job to retain our place in world sport," he said. "In London it was very competitive with the top six nations all winning over 30 gold medals. It won't be easy to keep our place but we are determined to do it and try to make the nation proud"

  94. 1629: 

    Former world champion and current Masters champion Neil Robertson overcomes Tom Ford 6-1 to progress to the second round of the UK Championship.

    "Practice has been going very well and I've got a good record against Tom," said Robertson. "When I have played him previously I think it's been 6-0 and 6-1 and I knew if I could get on top of him early on then it would be tough for him.

    "There are still some great players left in the tournament. But for me, it would be fantastic to hold the Masters and win the UK, that would be a special feeling. I have the opportunity to do that and to win all three in a short space of time would be great."

  95. 1632: 

    Hoffenheim have parted company with coach Markus Babbel following the German club's a 4-1 defeat at home on Sunday against Werder Bremen.

    Babbel is second Bundesliga coach to lose his job this season after VfL Wolfsburg sacked Felix Magath last month. Hoffenheim are 16th in the Bundesliga with three wins from 15 matches.


    It might be three years away, but the draw for the Rugby World Cup 2015 has been made and you are giving us your reaction. Keep your views coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Nigel Sander on Twitter: "Tough draw for England with Wales & Australia. But why make draw so far in advance? At least wait until we know whose qualified."

    Ben Pett on Twitter: "Really tough group for England, but is there any reason why the draw needs to be made 3 years before the tournament begins?"

    Kevin Lynch on Twitter: "For Oceania 1 can we read Fiji? So we have Australia, England, Wales, Fiji."

  97. 1651: 

    Wales captain Sam Warburton on being drawn in the same group as England and Australia: "We had a group of death in the last World Cup so we are used to the situation. It's a fascinating pool. Wales against Australia has always been a good game.

    "As for England v Wales, there is enough rivalry there without it being the World Cup. From a players' point of view we are guaranteed to play in front of a packed house against England which is really exciting."

  98. 1653: 

    Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil has been named trainer of the year at the Horseracing Writers and Photographers' Association annual awards. Richard Hughes won the leading jockey award while the BBC's Clare Balding was voted the top racing broadcaster and the president's award went to BBC Racing.

  99. 1700: 

    Mercedes boss Ross Brawn is hopeful he can prove Lewis Hamilton wrong and give the Briton a car that is capable of fighting for victories in 2013, Turkey hopeful of return to F1 calendar and a spoof video of Kimi Raikkonen's off-road excursion during the Brazilian Grand Prix are just some of the stories in today's F1 gossip column.

  100. 1705: 

    Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has criticised British Swimming for the delay in naming a new head coach, calling the situation an "absolute mess". Adlington said: "Why is it taking so long? We've been dying for them to appoint a head coach for months."

  101. 1710: 

    David Sparkes, chief executive of British Swimming, said that he was "depressed" with the team's performance in the pool in London.

    "It was unbelievable and the depression was only lifted when I saw was our Paralympic swimmers came in and did," he said.

    "There's no question it should have been better and nobody is more disappointed than me. There are huge questions to answer but that's what I believe the review has done."

  102. 1715: 

    World 200m butterfly silver medallist Ellen Gandy has announced she is to switch allegiance and compete for Australia.

    The Bromley-born swimmer moved to Australia with her family when she was 16 because of her father's job at Melbourne airport but had continued to represent Great Britain, winning medals at world, European and Commonwealth level.

    Gandy had been expected to challenge for a place on the podium in London but she crashed out in 17th after the heats.

  103. 1720: 

    Leicester Tigers have suspended back-rower Brett Deacon for one week following an internal disciplinary hearing.

    Tigers officials reviewed the incident in which Deacon was sent off during their victory over Bath at the weekend and found him guilty of striking an opponent.

    Deacon will miss the Heineken Cup round three match against Benetton Treviso this weekend as a result.

  104. 1725: 

    Former England centre Jeremy Guscott tells BBC Sport that the Rugby World Cup draw "could have been easier" for England.

    "Whichever group Wales landed in was going to make it harder, and it certainly makes things harder for England and Australia. But it is three years away and what is happening now won't necessarily affect what is going to happen in 2015.

    "There's no need to panic or worry. Let's not forget England will be at home, and they are a difficult side to beat at home. Everyone else would have wanted to avoid England because it is effectively an away game for them.

    "It certainly whets the appetite for what is going to be a great World Cup in England."

  105. 1730: 

    Uefa have increased Malta defender Kevin Sammut's match-fixing ban from 10 years to life. The player was found guilty of match-fixing over the Euro 2008 qualifier between Norway and Malta, a game his country lost 4-0.


    Andrew White on Twitter: "From my point of view, we (Scotland) have got a pretty good pool, for us. Again hoping for second place in pool..."

    Thomas Bale on Twitter: "Group A certainly the Group of Death. Will prove whether England have the strength of character to win the World Cup again."

    Liam Benstead on Twitter: "Great group for Ireland! Possibility of them to topping that and getting an 'easier' quarter final."

    Have your say on the Rugby World Cup draw using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  107. 1736: 

    Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies tells BBC Sport that it was a "tough" Rugby World Cup draw for Wales "but after they dropped out of the top eight, it was always going to happen."

    "I don't think Australia and England will be too chuffed with Wales being in their group," he said.

    "Of the three teams though, England will be happier because to play the other teams at home is a huge advantage at a World Cup. And whoever wins the group will probably play Samoa or Scotland in the quarter-finals, as I would expect South Africa to win Pool B."

  108. 1741: 

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has been named International Rugby Board's player of the year for a second time. The All Blacks, who were unbeaten in 20 Tests before Saturday's loss to England, were named team of the year.

  109. 1745: 

    Britain's Rob Huff, who won the World Touring Car Championship for Chevrolet last month has been given the British Racing Drivers Club's (BRDC) premier annual award - the Gold Star - for his performance.

  110. 1749: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed David Silva will miss the club's Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund tomorrow and is a doubt for the Premier League derby against Manchester United on Sunday.

  111. 1755: 

    Newcastle host Wigan in tonight's Premier League game. Kick-off is at 2000 GMT with live text commentary starting at 1900.

  112. 1802: 

    Matthew Stevens beat Dominic Dale 6-1 while Neil Robertson beat Tom Ford by the same score-line in the afternoon's UK Championship first round matches.

    This evening, former world number one Mark Williams takes on Mark King while Ricky Walden goes up against Luca Brecel. Those two first round matches begin at 1900 with live video online and BBC TV.

  113. 1812: 

    Frankie Dettori faces a ban from racing when French stewards meet on Tuesday to discuss his failed drugs test. The jockey, 41, tested positive for a banned substance at Longchamp racecourse on 16 September.

    He has been suspended pending a hearing by French racing authority France Galop, which intends to make a statement on Wednesday. Dettori is not expected to be present at the disciplinary hearing on Tuesday morning.

  114. 1821: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says David Silva will miss tomorrow's Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund because of a hamstring injury. "We don't know if he can recover for the derby (against Manchester United on Sunday)," said Mancini. "We will try."

  115. 1826: 

    Utah officials plan to make another bid to hold the Winter Olympics, reports the Associated Press. Salt Lake City held the Games in 2002, with officials saying they could capitalise on infrastructure left in place from those Games.

  116. 1830: 

    The Welsh Rugby Union have launched an audacious bid to stage their 2015 World Cup pool matches against host nation England and Australia at the Millennium Stadium. WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said: "It is very important to remember that Wales was included in the England's bid for matches in the Millennium Stadium."


    Jon Vaughan on Twitter: "Group A is going to be a tense one for England fans, would not want to be the manager of the team that goes out."

    Hugo Bench on Twitter: "For England it's a tough pool, but to win a World Cup you have to win the big games and with experience I think this team can."

    Mo Nsubuga on Twitter: "I know Wales's plan, play rubbish in the autumns, get relegated and get drawn in the group of death. Then win the World Cup!"

    Have your say using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  118. 1840: 

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  119. 1846: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rejected claims assistant manager Steve Bould led a heated dressing inquest following Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Swansea.

    The Gunners have made their worst start to a reason since 1994 and Bould reportedly questioned the squad's commitment and responsibility.

    But Wenger said: "That is not true at all. There's nothing more irritating than superficial information nowadays.

  120. 1851: 

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has responded to Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo criticism in the wake of the Brazilian Grand Prix controversy.

    Ecclestone called Ferrari's request for clarification on whether world champion Sebastian Vettel had overtaken illegally "a joke" to which Di Montezemolo replied: "We must respect the elderly, especially when they can no longer control their words."

    In response, Ecclestone told BBC Sport: "The one thing he is correct about is my age - there is no doubt about that. I can't do anything about that. I'm 82 years old and that's how it is."

  121. 1855: 

    Former world number one Mark Williams takes on Mark King while Ricky Walden goes up against Luca Brecel in the evening's UK Championship first round matches. They begin at 1900 GMT with live video online and BBC TV.

  122. 1900: 

    That is all from Sportsday Live today. Newcastle taken on Wigan tonight so be sure to head over to our live text commentary for all the goals as they go in.

    Mark Chapman will host the Monday Night Club from St James' Park where Newcastle v Wigan from 1915 GMT. John Murray, Conor McNamara and Phil Brown discussing Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, what's happening at Chelsea with Benitez/Avram Grant and build up to Newcastle v Wigan at 8pm.

    As for Sportsday, we will be back from 0800 GMT tomorrow in readiness for another day of sports news. Thanks for all your contributions and have a good evening.

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