Sportsday - Tuesday 10 September as it happened

Clubs announce Heineken Cup breakaway, Giles defends England selection, new IOC president named plus more

10 September 2013 Last updated at 17:39 GMT

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  1. 1840: 

    That's a wrap for today, thanks for joining us. We will be back at 0800 BST tomorrow morning with all the reaction from the World Cup qualifiers - and more.

  2. 1837: 

    British Swimming performance director Chris Spice predicts a "bright future", following the world junior championships in Dubai.

    Six of the squad who helped British Swimming win an impressive seven medals at the World Juniors could challenge for Olympic honours in Rio.

  3. 1831: 

    The European Rugby Cup directors will assemble for a scheduled board meeting in Dublin tomorrow where they will discuss the English and French clubs' breakaway tournament.

    In a statement, ERC said: "All parties involved in the ongoing consultation process aimed at formulating a new accord which will provide for the structure and format of European club rugby tournaments for the 2014-15 season and beyond will be represented at a scheduled meeting of the ERC board in Dublin tomorrow."

  4. 1825: 

    England have named their team for tonight's game with Ukraine. You can find out that and more in our dedicated football live text.

  5. 1823: 
    Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook will not return to Essex this season to aid the county's promotion push.

    Cook, who led England to an Ashes victory this summer, will instead focus on preparing for the winter Ashes tour to Australia in two months' time.

    "We're counting Cookey out. He's resting his body for the Ashes," Essex head coach Paul Grayson tells BBC Essex. "If he was going to play some cricket I guess he'd be playing for England in the 50-over series."

  6. 1820: 

    Sunderland forward Fabio Borini says the prospect of playing under Paolo Di Canio helped sway his decision to join on loan from Liverpool.

    The 22-year-old Italian told BBC Newcastle: "He's a big influence on me to choose this place.

    "I needed to feel more free and confident on what I do, how I train on and off the pitch. This environment with the Italian staff can help me a lot with adapting to the club."

  7. 1812: 
    Windsor Park

    Northern Irish Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin says she will not provide £26m funding for the redevelopment of Windsor Park until the Irish Football Association has "appropriate governance".

    The IFA scrapped the requirement for suitability assessments for senior officials earlier this year.

    "I need to be assured that appropriate governance and accountability structures have been maintained," said Ni Chuilin in the Assembly.

    "Until that happens, I can't sign off on any agreement."

  8. 1808: 

    Conference Premier side Wrexham sign defender David Artell on a one-year contract.

    The 32-year-old, who ended last season on loan with the Dragons, was able to move outside the transfer window because he was released by Northampton before the deadline.

  9. 1805: 

    Bath dismiss newspaper reports that winger Tom Biggs is set to sign for rugby league outfit Hull FC.

    The Hull Daily Mail linked the 29-year-old, who was born in East Yorkshire, with a cross-code move.

    Bath head coach Mike Ford told BBC Radio Bristol: "I have spoken to Tom and the rumours are not true.

    "Tom is a Hull boy and they are after a back three player. People have put two and two together."

  10. 1750: 

    Watford sign former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods on a one-year contract.

    The 22-year-old was released by Rovers in the summer, despite playing 49 times for the League One champions last term.

    "It's good to get things done as it's been a long summer. I felt this move was right for me and hopefully I can kick on," he told the club website.

  11. 1740: 

    Premiership Rugby Ltd continued: "The English and French clubs have proposed the formation of two new, stronger competitions of 20 teams each, based on the principles of qualification on merit from each league, the inclusion of teams from all six existing countries and the expansion into new markets. These proposals could form the basis of future competitions."

    So far there has been no comment from European Rugby Cup, the organisers of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.

  12. 1738: 

    Top flight English and French rugby union clubs announce they are to set up a new breakaway tournament to replace the existing Heineken Cup from next season.

    They are unhappy with the current structure of the competition, in particular the differing way teams qualify for the Heineken Cup and the way proceeds from the tournament are shared out.

    Premiership Rugby Ltd said in a statement: "Despite numerous meetings between the stakeholders over the last year, the last of which was in May, discussions have been been unsuccessful and the clubs can only conclude that negotiations on any new European agreement have now ended."


    Isaiah Olamide: I'll definitely give Townsend a chance to give account of himself......

    Shane Lees: Hate to say it but Milner is the better option tonight. Ukraine are strong on the wings and you need someone to track back.

  14. 1732: 

    Spain will decide whether to play Rafael Nadal in Friday's Davis Cup singles against Ukraine when he arrives in Madrid on Wednesday.

    The world number two, who won the US Open last night, has not played in the Davis Cup since 2011.

    "We will evaluate his condition and decide what is best for the team. The key thing is he feels as comfortable as possible when he gets here," said captain Alex Corretja.

  15. 1729:  
    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty in KievWORLD CUP QUALIFYING
    Olympic Stadium

    The view from here. The Olympic Stadium Kiev. Calm.

  16. 1728: 

    British and Irish Lions wing Alex Cuthbert will make his first Cardiff Blues appearance of the season in the Pro12.

    The 23-year-old will start as they host Connacht at the Arms Park on Friday.

  17. 1726: 

    Russia are set to overtake Portugal at the top of Group F after taking a 2-0 lead against Israel. Roman Shirokov and Aleksandr Kokorin have scored with less than half an hour left.

  18. 1724: 

    The breakdown of votes for the IOC presidency has been confirmed.

    Thomas Bach, Germany - 49 votes

    Richard Carrion, Puerto Rico - 29 votes

    Ng Ser Miang, Singapore - 6 votes

    Denis Oswald, Switzerland - 5 votes

    Sergey Bubka, Ukraine - 4 votes

  19. 1719: 

    England midfielder Frank Lampard, who is preparing to win his 100th cap against Ukraine, is not the only veteran international star who will be celebrating later.

    Italy's Gianluigi Buffon

    Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon will earn his 136th cap for the Azzurri when he takes to the pitch against the Czech Republic tonight, equalling the record currently held by Fabio Cannavaro.

  20. 1714: 

    Uzbekistan and Jordan have gone into extra-time in their World Cup qualifying play-off after drawing both legs 1-1. The winner will face the fifth-placed South American team for a place in Brazil.

  21. 1705: 
    Pakistan v Zimbabwe

    Pakistan take five wickets during the final session of the first day to take control of the second and final Test in Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe reached tea looking relatively comfortable on 165-3 but finished on 237-8 after Junaid Khan (3-55) and Abdur Rehman (2-37) enjoyed a productive final session.

    You can see the full scorecard from Harare on the BBC Sport website.

  22. 1702: 

    Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori says his loyalties are still to Portugal but would not rule out playing for England in the future.

    The 20-year-old, who joined for £7m from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day, was born in London but has played for Portugal Under-20s.

    "I think I would like to stay loyal to Portugal as I've played in every age group for them," he told the Liverpool Echo. "But I would never close any doors and there is no decision to make yet. If I have the choice then it is not a bad choice to have."

  23. 1655:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportOLYMPICS

    It's a pretty important moment, they come around rarely. He's only the IOC ninth president. He was the firm favourite, it was expected.

    Bach is a veteran IOC man, a German lawyer by trade and an Olympic fencing champion in 1976. He wants to curb the amount it costs to bid for and stage games. There needs to be reform in how they select which sports are in the Olympic programme.

  24. 1651: 

    Speaking to Jacques Rogge, the man he is replacing as IOC president, Thomas Bach said: "Dear Jacques, I'd like to thank you.

    "You are leaving such a legacy and a strong foundation on which we can continue to build the future of the IOC. I would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in me for 12 years of your presidency. I hope I can count on your good advice in the years to come."

  25. 1648: 

    More from new IOC president Thomas Bach: "I want to lead the IOC by my motto, unity in diversity, I want to be a president for all of you. I will do my best to balance well the interests of all the stakeholders of the Olympic movement. My door, ears and heart are always open to you."

  26. 1647: 

    New IOC president Thomas Bach: "I would like to thank all my dear friends and colleagues who voted for me this morning. This is an overwhelming sign of trust and confidence. I would like to thank my fellow candidates, who I respect, and those who did not vote for me.

    "I want to win your confidence too. I know about the great responsibilities of the job - this makes me humble."

  27. 1646: 

    Thomas Bach becomes only the ninth president in the IOC's 119-year history. He replaces Jacques Rogge, who had been in the role for 12 years.


    Steve, Belfast, via text: HUGE end to the campaign for Northern Ireland. If we win our next two 'easy' games and Israel lose to Russia and Portugal, it would set up an amazing third place showdown in Tel Aviv in October. Green and white army!

  29. 1641: 

    Thomas Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer and former fencing gold medallist, is named as the new International Olympic Committee president, replacing Jacques Rogge.

    He has previously said his first priority will be to ensure the smooth delivery of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, which have been subject to delays, budget overruns and concerns over the warm weather.

  30. 1640: 

    Celtic are fined £4,220 (5,000 euros) after supporters set off fireworks at the Champions League second qualifying round second leg against Cliftonville at Celtic Park on 23 July.

    Uefa says the sanction has been imposed following the initial charge of improper conduct by the club's fans.

  31. 1635: 

    Lions number eight Toby Faletau is told to "pull his socks up" by Newport Gwent Dragons coach Lyn Jones.

    The 22-year-old has not played since the Lions tour ended on 6 July.

    "He's just not in the condition we were hoping he'd be in," said Jones. "So he's got a bit of work to do on his conditioning as well as his game. But that can be expected."


    Sam Bell: Scotland 4-2-3-1: Marshall, Hutton, Hanley, Martin, Whittaker, Mulgrew, Brown, Forrest, Maloney, Anya and McCormick. Scotland 1-0.

    Freddie Eggleton: Playing the defensive minded Milner is very negative, a winger should be a positive player such as Townsend or Sterling.

    Jonny K: Give Townsend a go tonight on the wings, go at the Ukraine! Milner is too defensive.

  33. 1625: 
    Andriy Shevchenko

    Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko thinks his old side can beat England tonight.

    The 36-year-old, who retired last year, will make his golf European Challenge Tour debut at this week's Kharkov Superior Cup.

    "Coming from the massive victory last week and the many wins we have had recently, it's a big chance for us and I think we have a little bit more chance this time around than England do," said the former Chelsea striker.


    Anthony Lewis: Tough game for Wales against Serbia tonight. Need a good performance and a result. Not sure what will happen.

    SJ_Chowdhury: Don`t change a winning formula in Wilshere, Gerrard and Lampard, Carrick is not good enough. Lamps for the winner tonight.

    David Norris: So many people ignorant of Milner's talent. Will do the job Hodgson asks, but is also a very good all round player.

  35. 1616: 

    Premier League newcomers Hull City are looking at former Arsenal striker Conor Henderson in a reserve match against Doncaster Rovers today, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

    Gunners academy product Henderson, 22, is a free agent after failing to agree a new contract with Arsene Wenger's side at the end of last season.

  36. 1608: 
    Faroe Islands

    Germany centre-back Per Mertesacker is confident his team can handle tricky conditions in the Faroe Islands and cruise through their World Cup qualifying tie.

    Tuesday's match will be played on artificial turf in the Faroe Island's main town, Torshavn, with a capacity crowd of 6,000 expected, and both teams will stay in the same hotel.

    "We have been warned to expect difficult conditions, we have to adapt to the pitch as soon as possible, but with the 3-0 result behind us, we are confident we can take the next step towards the World Cup," says the Arsenal defender.


    Cosmo, London, via text: Baines should start in front of Cole. Not many better passers or playmakers in the Premier League than him at the moment. There was a reason Moyes wanted him so badly and Martinez was so determined to keep him.

  38. 1604: 
    Ashley Giles

    England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles defends the squad selection for the one-day international series against Australia.

    They go into Wednesday's third ODI at Edgbaston trailing 1-0 in the five-game series, after a defeat and a washout.

    Regular skipper Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad are all being rested. But Giles insists: "This is an exciting side to come to watch."

  39. 1601: 

    Toulon coax former South Africa flanker Juan Smith out of retirement to sign a one-year deal.

    The 32-year-old retired in February with an Achilles injury.

  40. 1559: 

    An attack on England fans in Ukraine ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier was "isolated", according to a Football Supporters' Federation official.

    Three visiting supporters were taken to hospital and later released following a confrontation on Sunday at a Kiev bar.

    "The incident lasted four minutes and was the only problem here," says FSF chief executive Kevin Miles. "Unpleasant though it was, it was an isolated incident. English fans were very much the victims."

  41. 1552: 

    Daniel Lafferty's inclusion in place of banned Chris Brunt may prove Northern Ireland's only change for their qualifier in Luxembourg.

    Gareth Bale will not start Wales' World Cup qualifier against Serbia amid fitness concerns, while captain Ashley Williams is suspended and midfielder Jonathan Williams is injured.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan had suggested that Nottingham Forest's Jamie Mackie or Leeds United's Ross McCormack could be given the opportunity to lead the attack against Macedonia.

  42. 1546: 
    James Milner

    So which changes are the home nations likely to make tonight from their previous qualifiers?

    England boss Roy Hodgson said he would make one change to the side that beat Moldova 4-0, with midfielder James Milner likely to replace banned striker Danny Welbeck away to Ukraine.

  43. 1543: 

    Liverpool youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira joins League One side Brentford on a month's loan.

    The 20-year-old midfielder, who is a Portugal Under-19 international, arrived at the Reds' Academy from Sporting Lisbon in February 2012.


    Alex P, Devon, via text: Tonight is a huge game for England, make no mistake about it. They can't afford a slip up when the likes of France, Portugal, Croatia and Sweden could await in the playoffs. I wouldn't fancy our chances against any of them over two legs with immense pressure on.

  45. 1538: 

    Kimi Raikkonen joining Ferrari would have a destabilising effect on Fernando Alonso that could see the Spaniard look to leave the team, says Sir Jackie Stewart.

    Lotus driver Raikkonen, 33, is on the verge of being confirmed as a Ferrari driver for next season.

    "I think there would be destabilising elements to it," three-time world champion Stewart told BBC Sport. "If Kimi went to Ferrari, would Alonso deliver as well as he has based on him being the chosen son, so to speak?"

  46. 1534: 

    Wigan Warriors prop Gil Dudson returns for his side's Super League play-off against League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield on Thursday.

    Dudson is named in Wigan's 19-man squad after missing last week's defeat by Leeds Rhinos with a shoulder injury, but head coach Shaun Wane is still without skipper Sean O'Loughlin (Achilles) and Darrell Goulding (concussion).

  47. 1528:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportOLYMPICS

    The name of the new IOC president will be announced here in Buenos Aires at 1630 BST.

    An absolute majority was achieved by the winner in the second round of voting with five candidates remaining.

    Mr Wu of Taiwan was eliminated in the first round after an initial tie with Mr Ng of Singapore.

    Thomas Bach of Germany is the favourite to succeed Jacques Rogge after 12 years as sport's most powerful figure.

  48. 1526: 

    Germany know they are within touching distance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup (see 1413) but midfielder Sami Khedira insists there will be no hint of complacency against minnows Faroe Islands later.

    "If we go there with all seriousness, we won't have any problem and will come away with a clear win," says the Real Madrid midfielder. "The Faroe Islands aren't the strongest team in the group and we have to press them from the start."

  49. 1522: 
    Jordan fans

    There is also qualifying action in Asia and Africa today.

    In Asia, Uzbekistan and Jordan have just kicked off in their play-off second leg (the first leg was 1-1). The winners of that will face the fifth-placed team in South America for a place in the World Cup.

    Egypt play Guinea and Algeria face Mali - although those games will have no impact on qualifying as the two home sides have already won their groups to reach the play-offs.

  50. 1519: 


    1 - England have only lost one of their last 13 competitive away games (excl. neutral venues), but that came in Ukraine (W9 D3). Worry.

    4 - Gareth Bale has scored four of Wales' seven goals in World Cup 2014 qualification matches. Crucial.

  51. 1515: 

    In North America, Costa Rica and the United States could both qualify tonight if results go their way.

    Costa Rica will be through to Brazil if they beat Jamaica and Mexico fail to defeat the US.

    The US will be through if they beat Mexico and Panama drop points to Honduras.

  52. 1508: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "Controversial plans to stage horse racing in Britain on Good Friday for the first time have divided opinion.

    "Many support the proposal which would generate extra revenue but the BBC has learned most jockeys, who only enjoy four blank days in the calendar, are opposed to the proposal.

    "And the organiser of a racing stables charity open day, who fears the event will be hit, has called the idea 'greedy and selfish.'"

    Read the fully story on the BBC Sport website.


    Iain, Bromley, via text: How about Baines playing left wing in front of Cole?

  54. 1500: 

    As well as Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, there are other countries that can clinch their World Cup places tonight.

    Argentina will be through if they beat Paraguay, while Colombia will also reach the World Cup finals with victory over Uruguay - a result which would also be enough for Argentina to qualify even if they lost.

    Tonight's other games see Bolivia, who are already out, host Ecuador, who are in the fourth and final qualifying spot currently.

    Venezuela face Peru in the other game - with both sides still having an outside chance of catching Uruguay for a play-off spot.


    Freddie Eggleton: Playing the defensive minded Milner is very negative, a winger should be a positive player such as Townsend or Sterling.

    Nick Moreland: My England team tonight, 4-3-3. Hart; Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Cole; Gerrard, Wilshere, Lampard; Walcott, Lambert, Sterling.

    Michael Corkhill: Milner to start. Need experience, Ukraine strong on wings so fullbacks need protection. Don't need exciting 0-0 or 0-1 is good.

    England fans - keep your thoughts coming using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111. How about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fans - how do you think you will do tonight?

  56. 1448: 

    Northampton Town sign 27-year-old Pakistan international Kashif Siddiqi.

    The London-born defender had a trial with the Cobblers last season and has recently recovered from a hip injury.

    "We've given Kashif a chance to train with the first team and he is very keen and he's very enthusiastic so we will monitor his progress and see how he goes," Cobblers manager Aidy Boothroyd said.

  57. 1444: 

    England has bid to host the 2018 women's World Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in London.

    Australia, India, Malaysia and New Zealand have also made bids to host one or both of the men's and women's World Cups that year.

  58. 1442: 

    James Beattie's Accrington Stanley sign 31-year-old Rotherham striker Kayode Odejayi on a three-month loan deal.

    Stanley are bottom of the Football League, have lost their last six games and failed to score a goal in any of them.

  59. 1438: 

    Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock is added to the line-up for this weekend's Great North City Games in Newcastle/Gateshead.

    The T44 100m champion will face rival Richard Browne, with Sally Pearson, Christine Ohuruogu and James Dasaolu also competing.


    John Ghoti: Use Walcott up front. Pace on the break plus he's too stupid to play in midfield.

    Mike O'Callaghan: I'd start Sterling tonight, more likely to beat a player than the boring, defensive minded Milner.

    Neil Larson Johns: Hope Super Frank scores on his 100th cap tonight he certainly deserves it!

  61. 1427: 

    World number 13 Daryl Selby believes it feels "like you were just banging your head against a brick wall" after squash was again overlooked for the Olympics.

    The International Olympic Committee chose to reinstate wrestling for the 2020 and 2024 Games - meaning a third rejection for squash.

    "It really was four years of extremely hard work from players and officials," England's Selby tells BBC Look East.

    "They've taken a sport out and six months later, amazingly, it's gone back in. I don't see how that was a new sport entering the Olympics."

  62. 1423: 

    Brentford sign "big unit" Martin Taylor on loan from Sheffield Wednesday for one month - the first signing of the Football League loan window.

    The 33-year-old former Blackburn, Birmingham and Watford defender has not featured for the Owls this season.

    Bees manager Uwe Rosler told the club website: "Martin had a bunch of experience and is a big unit."

  63. 1421: 

    The other European team that could go through today are Switzerland. They would need to beat second-placed Norway, and hope Iceland and Albania draw their Group E game.

    However, if the Swiss lose they will only be one point above Norway with two games left. Switzerland have won four and drawn three of their seven matches.

    Iceland, Albania and Slovenia are also in contention for second place.

  64. 1418: 
    Netherlands and Estonia players Netherlands' run of 14 straight wins in World Cup qualifiers ended with a 2-2 draw against Estonia on Friday

    Netherlands would qualify if they beat Andorra and Romania fail to defeat Turkey - although their superior goal difference means that they will be all but through regardless of Romania's result.

    The Dutch had not dropped points in this Group D campaign, or in 14 consecutive World Cup qualifiers, before Friday's 2-2 draw with Estonia.

    Romania , Hungary and Turkey are battling for second place.

  65. 1413: 

    Germany, presuming they beat minnow Faroe Islands, will be on the plane to Brazil if Sweden drop points against Kazakhstan.

    If they do not clinch their place tonight, they only need to pick up two points from their final two Group C games - against Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

    The Germans have won six and drawn one of their games, including a 6-1 victory over the Irish in Dublin.

    Sweden, Austria and the Republic are still in contention for second place - although Sweden are three points clear of their rivals.

  66. 1408: 
    Italy players

    Four European teams can clinch their places in the 2014 World Cup tonight and we will take you through their paths to Brazil in the next few minutes.

    Only one team, Italy, are not relying on other results to finish the job tonight. The Azzuri will reach Brazil if they beat Czech Republic - or even a draw or defeat will see them through if they match Bulgaria's result in Malta.

    Italy have yet to lose in the qualifiers, winning five and drawing two in Group B.

    Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Armenia and Denmark are all challenging for the play-offs.


    Oliver: Give Defoe a run out tonight in Kiev 19 goals in 54 caps. Defoe has big game experience also scored a goal that got us through the group in South Africa 2010. Give him the nod!!

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As well as live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, you can listen to the vital World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Mark Pougatch presents from Ukrainian capital Kiev at 1900 BST, with commentary from Mike Ingham, Ian Dennis and ex-England defender Danny Mills.

  69. 1400:  
    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty in KievWORLD CUP QUALIFYING

    "Genuine sense of expectancy around the nation about Ukraine's chances here in Kiev tonight - but England captain Steven Gerrard believes the atmosphere and the importance of result increases the pressure on Mikhail Fomenko's side.

    "He said: 'If they game ends up being a draw that's a better result for England than Ukraine. The pressure lies on Ukraine to take the game to us and win.'

  70. 1354: 

    Premier League side West Ham United confirm the signing of Croatia international forward Mladen Petric.

    Former Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg forward Petric, who spent last season with Fulham, joins the Hammers on a deal until the end of the current campaign.

    "I know the Premier League and I'm happy to be back, because it's a fantastic league," says the 32-year-old. "I didn't speak to Sam Allardyce until today but I've heard a lot about him and I spoke to Guy Demel, who I know from my time at Hamburg. I'm sure I'll have a good time here."


    David Boyd: I'd definitely give Andros Townsend Welbeck's spot on the left for Ukraine game. Full of confidence skill and pace, just what we need.

    Do you agree with David? Would you throw Spurs youngster Townsend into the heat of an important World Cup qualifier in Kiev?

  72. 1345:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportOLYMPICS
    Thomas Bach

    Thomas Bach, the man poised to become most powerful figure in sport as new IOC president, arrives for vote.

    The German is set to be named at about 15:00 BST.

  73. 1344: 

    England left-back Ashley Cole says no other player deserves their 100th international cap more than his Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard.

    Lampard, 35, will become England's latest centurion when he plays in the vital World Cup qualifier against Ukraine later.

    "He's never injured, he always turns up and wants to represent his country," says Cole. "He's looking forward to this day. I'm very happy for him and hopefully we can get a good result for him as well."

    England train

    We are now turning our attentions to tonight's World Cup qualifiers.

    England face Ukraine in a crucial match in Kiev which could decide who wins Group H and qualifies for the tournament in Brazil next summer.

    Northern Ireland are away to Luxembourg, while Wales host Serbia and Scotland are away to Macedonia - although none of the sides in question can reach the World Cup.

    Let us know how you think the games will go. Will England win in Ukraine? Will a draw be a good result? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  75. 1336: 

    Brighton hope the Football League will clamp down heavily on clubs who fail to abide by the new Financial Fair Play rules.

    Championship clubs are permitted to make a loss of £8m this season.

    "We have been planning and working hard to get in line with FFP," Albion head of football operations David Burke told BBC Sussex.

    "There are a number of clubs that we know already will not be within the financial limits. We hope the Football League will be really strong with the transfer embargos and the fines, or taxes, are imposed properly."


    Tom Davidson: Newcastle need to loan out Campbell, Vuckic and Bigirimana. Youth prospects need minutes, not rotting on bench or reserves

    Andrew Neill: NUFC need a host of people. Can we partake in the loan market? Pleeeeeeeeeeeease

    Muhammad Kola: Wisdom, Flanagan and Ibe could do with some getting used to the intensity of first team football.

  77. 1332: 

    BBC Sport's John Bennett in Geneva: "ECA chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge says 'having the World Cup in Qatar is not a mistake. We are requesting a solution which in the end is not effecting too much our business. After visiting Qatar at our last General Assembly we had a good feeling about the organisation of a World Cup there. And the feeling was it is probably better to play it in winter.

    "But Rummenigge feels that Fifa should not be in any rush to make a decision. 'We are not in a hurry, there is still nine years to go. We want a unified solution.'

    "They will discuss the proposal in more detail at a meeting of the Uefa professional football strategy council taking place next week."

  78. 1330: 

    BBC Sport's John Bennett in Geneva: "Europe's leading clubs have revealed that they are 'open' to the possibility of winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

    "The European Club Association (ECA) - which represents the top clubs in the continent - discussed the issue at their General Assembly in Geneva over the last two days.

    "The Fifa Executive are expected to ratify the proposal to move the 2022 World Cup to winter, when they meet next month in Zurich."

  79. 1326: 
    Mo Farah

    Great Britain's double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah has been training in the Pyrenees ahead of this weekend's Great North Run.

    You can watch Mo in action against the likes of famous Ethiopian runners Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie this Sunday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website from 0930 BST.

    Photographs of the action from the Great North Run and Great North CityGames will also be on BBC Sport's Instagram page.

  80. 1321: 

    AC Milan midfielder Kaka will be eased back into Serie A action after making his Rossoneri return in a comfortable friendly win at the weekend.

    The Brazil international, 31, re-joined the Italian giants on a free transfer from Real Madrid on the final day of the transfer window. He played in the 4-0 victory against Chiasso, but admitted he was lacking match fitness.

    "To have played one half against a second division Swiss team is simply not enough," AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti tells Gazzetta dello Sport. "We cannot be in a hurry because in the past few years he has played very little."


    Matt, Chigwell, via text: As a Man United fan, I'd like to see Amos and Januzaj go out on loan to Wigan. Perhaps Zaha too if he's just going to sit on the bench all season otherwise...

    With the loan market re-opening for Football League clubs today, we are asking which players you want your club to sign on a temporary basis? And Premier League fans - which of your club's promising youngsters would you like to see gain valuable experience at lower-league clubs?

    David Moyes won't loan out Zaha will he? I'm sure his former club Crystal Palace would be at the front of the queue in January if he did. Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  82. 1313: 

    Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams says clubs must decide when to rest their British and Irish Lions stars.

    The Scarlets, Dragons and Cardiff Blues chose to overlook their Lions in the opening round of the Pro12 after a gruelling tour of Australia.

    "It's a difficult balancing act for everyone," says ex-Lions star Williams. "Some boys are better when they play week in week out and some boys are better when they've had a longer rest."

  83. 1306: 

    Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan reveals he was never told he was on a shortlist for the Burnley manager's job in 2010.

    The 50-year-old is currently looking for a managerial job after leaving Old Trafford this summer.

    "I was wrapped up in what I was doing," he said. "When I got told later on that one or two clubs were interested but I was never informed, it actually added value to what I had been doing. If I hadn't been doing my job properly, I would have been on my way."

  84. 1301: 

    Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree says it is a unique feeling for his side to go in to Thursday's play-off with Wigan as the league's top side.

    The Giants won the League Leader's Shield earlier this month, their first silverware in the Super League era.

    "It's a massive occasion for us," Crabtree told BBC Radio Leeds. "It seems surreal that we're hosting Wigan as the top side and we're excited about it."

  85. 1252: 
    Germany v Great Britain

    British Basketball hopes UK Sport recognises their squad's potential despite falling short of agreed performance targets.

    A youthful men's side failed to achieve a place in the EuroBasket second round on Monday, while the women missed out on a top-six finish at their event in July.

    But GB chairman Roger Mooreland told BBC Sport: "There is a golden generation coming through. When we received funding [in February] we were not looking at being medallists in Rio but in 2020, and we have a pipeline of talent coming through the under-16s, 18s and 20s which is really exciting."


    Alistair Anderson: I'd love to see Man Utd's Januzaj or Lingard at Blackburn and I'm sure both will move to the Championship, as surely must Jack Butland.

  87. 1246: 

    Europe's top leagues warn Fifa not to rush into deciding to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter.

    The Association of the European Professional Football Leagues, which includes the Premier League, said: "The feasibility of any change to the calendar involves every aspect of football organisation across all countries, from the grassroots to the major national representative tournaments and the leagues.

    "The EPFL is of the view that no hasty decision shall be made by the Fifa executive committee of 3-4 October. Such an important decision cannot be rushed with artificial deadlines."

  88. 1242: 
    Fawad Ahmed

    David Campese apologises for suggesting Australia's Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed should "go home" for wanting to play without a beer sponsor's logo because he is Muslim.

    Ex-rugby union international Campese wrote on Twitter: "Just like to say sorry for comments. It is about sport and never has or will be about religion. Anyone who knows me can tell you that.

    "I will be ringing the ACA [Australian Cricketers' Association] to say sorry and to pass my message on. Sport is about teamwork and team. That was my point. Sorry again."


    Jon Hind: Best comeback? Bob Champion and Aldaniti in the 1981 Grand National. Both came back from near death experiences.

    Today we have also been asking for your suggestions for sport's greatest comebacks from injury or illness.

  90. 1233: 

    Veteran ex-Newcastle, Portsmouth and Stoke defender Andy Griffin is told he has no future at Championship side Doncaster Rovers, reports the Doncaster Free Press.

    The 34-year-old, who has made over 300 appearances in the Premier League and Championship, joined newly promoted Rovers on non-contract terms last October.


    Admiral AHD: Always wondered why British players don't get loaned abroad but yet plenty coming from Europe. Help develop technical skills


    Andy, London, via text: Brighton need a striker as cover as three out of the four we have are injured! Wouldn't mind Carlton Cole. And resigning Vicente would be good.

    With the loan market re-opening for Football League clubs today, we are asking which players you want your club to sign on a temporary basis? And Premier League fans - which of your club's promising youngsters would you like to see gain valuable experience at lower-league clubs? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  93. 1220: 

    England Rugby League has tweeted that Jack Reed has been ruled out of the Rugby League World Cup. The 25-year-old Brisbane Broncos centre requires an operation on a shoulder injury and is likely to have surgery this week.

    The Yorkshireman has been playing with a collarbone injury for the past six weeks.

    The World Cup, which is being played in England, Wales, France and Ireland, starts on 26 October when England face Australia in Cardiff.

  94. 1211: 

    Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is considering entering the newly opened loan market to bolster his squad - but tells the Yorkshire Evening Post that no new arrivals are imminent.

    The Whites are one of several Championship sides who have been recently linked with Southampton striker Billy Sharp.

  95. 1204:  
    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty in KievTROUBLE IN KIEV
    England fan on stretcher

    Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko and his counterpart Roy Hodgson were both asked in their pre-match media briefings about the violent incidents in Kiev that saw three England fans injured in an attack on Sunday.

    Hodgson said: "We deplore that, everyone deplores that and I'm certain people in Kiev deplore that. I'm sad it's occurred and I only hope our fans are not going to be put off and the fans aren't so badly injured they can't attend the game."

    Fomenko said: "We're very sorry for this."

  96. 1202: 
    Alex Ferguson

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will receive the honorary freedom of Trafford borough on 14 October.

    Waters Reach Road near Old Trafford is also going to be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

    "When I arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 I had little idea of the journey that awaited me," the Scot said. "Over a quarter of a century later, to receive the Freedom of the Borough of Trafford and to have a part of Trafford carrying my name is truly humbling."

  97. 1158: 

    Here's the moment you've all been waiting for - it's today's #QSTeaser from our colleagues over at Question of Sport.

    England captain

    Name the five footballers who have captained England since January 2012.

    We will reveal the answers later.

  98. 1152: 

    Versatile Widnes Vikings player Willie Isa signs a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of next season.

    The 24-year-old Samoa international says: "The club has always been an option for me and my family, and I was really pleased to sign an extension to stay here for longer.

    "Obviously there's a feeling of disappointment in the group that we missed out on the top eight this time around, but there's also a belief that we can kick on and definitely achieve it next year."

    Adnan Januzaj

    Joel Miles: Like to see Januzaj go on loan for a year, get some experience before breaking into the first team next year. Derby or Wigan

    UnSimpleSimon: Jack Butland need to go to a Championship club. More games. Goalkeepers can have long shelf-life ala Shilton & Jennings.

    Chris Adams: As a West Brom fan, I'd like to see Saido Berahino go to a top Championship club to aid his development and get some goals.


    Harry, via text: Please Mr Adkins, get another striker. Reading can't solely rely on Le Fondre.

    With the loan market reopening for Football League clubs today, we are asking which players you want your club to sign on a temporary basis? And Premier League fans - which of your club's promising youngsters would you like to see gain valuable experience at lower-league clubs? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  101. 1142: 

    Former Aldershot, Oxford and Mansfield centre-back Rhys Day has come out of retirement to join Conference Premier side Hyde.

    The 31-year-old quit the game in 2012 after a series of knee injuries, but has successfully come through a special training regime with the Tigers.

    The former Wales Under-21 international has not made a senior appearance since February 2011.

  102. 1139: 

    British Cycling names the longlist of riders for this month's UCI Road World Championships in Italy.

    Tour de France champion Chris Froome is included, alongside Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett.

    Junior road world champion Lucy Garner is on the list, as are Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley.

    The final selection will be announced at a later date.

  103. 1134: 

    Former Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson is interested in returning to the League One club following Greg Abbott's sacking.

    "It's something that would interest me, it's as simple as that," he tells the News & Star. "It's my home club, I know there was a certain atmosphere when I left [for Preston] but that's football, you just have to deal with that.

    "I don't know whether the club have got someone in mind already, but if Carlisle United wanted to speak to me I would be happy to speak to them about it."


    George Clarke: Adrian Purtell (heart attack) and Ben Jones Bishop (blood clot on lung) both playing in Super League within a year.

    Mark Thorp: Hermann Maier. 2001 nearly died in motorbike crash, nearly had leg amputated. 2004 won Super-G and Overall Alpine Ski titles.

    Callum Rudd: Tedy Bruschi, Patriots linebacker! Mild stroke in Feb 05, played his comeback game October 05! Greatest comeback!

  105. 1126: 

    Republic of Ireland legend Shay Given thinks boss Giovanni Trapattoni should leave after the World Cup qualifiers.

    Goalkeeper Given retired from international football after Euro 2012. He made himself available again in January but has not been named in a squad since.

    "I just think people are looking for a change, they want someone new in with fresh ideas. It's time for someone else to take the reins and hopefully lead us to the next European Championship," he told talkSPORT.

    "There's never been a problem [between the players and him]. One of the only things is the language barrier. Sometimes it's difficult for him to get his point across with his lack of English."

  106. 1123: 

    Leicester City youngster Jacob Blyth extends his loan spell with League Two side Northampton Town until November.

    The 21-year-old striker has scored two goals in his six-game spell with the Cobblers.


    Daniel, Reading, via text: I'd love to see Chelsea midfielders Chalobah and McEachran on loan to gain experience before both being used in first team next season.

    With the loan market re-opening for Football League clubs today, we are asking which players you want your club to sign on a temporary basis? And Premier League fans - which of your club's promising youngsters would you like to see gain valuable experience at lower-league clubs? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  108. 1114: 

    Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan is sure he can be a success at international level, despite enduring a difficult England debut against Australia.

    The 24-year-old left-arm spinner bowled just eight overs in the final Ashes Test, returning figures of 0-53, but Kerrigan does not want people to judge him on his display at The Oval and believes he will return stronger.

    "I'm my own biggest critic and I was really disappointed with how it went," he tells BBC Radio Lancashire. "You're expecting all the good things to happen and you're not really preparing yourself for something like that."

  109. 1112: 

    Nottingham Forest are set to renew their interest in Hull striker Matty Fryatt, according to the Nottingham Post.


    Robert Appleton: Barry Sheene, need I say more? Not one crash that nearly killed him but two and still got back on a motorbike.

    Samuel Jones: Greatest comeback? Has to be Michael Watson, life threatening injuries and recovered to complete the London Marathon.

    Luke Gray: RVP is surely worth a mention, nearly died playing against Swansea but was back up and playing within minutes.

    Keep your thoughts on the greatest comebacks from injury - using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  111. 1106: 
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentTENNIS
    Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

    "As for Nadal, this year may well come to be considered as the most impressive year in the history of men's tennis. Seven months into his comeback after a seven-month lay-off to rest a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee, he has won 10 titles, including two Grand Slams, and been beaten only three times.

    "He has won 60 matches and, although John McEnroe's Open era record of 82 wins and three defeats in 1984 will almost certainly remain just out of reach, Nadal is performing in the aftermath of an injury which he thought might end his career."

  112. 1102: 
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentTENNIS
    Serena Williams

    "Serena Williams has 17 Grand Slams and, having won four of those in her 30s, will surely skip past the 18 won by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert before throwing herself into the challenge of catching Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22.

    "Williams turns 32 at the end of the month, but there is no sign that her form or motivation is waning."

    Read Fuller's thoughts on Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal on the BBC Sport website.

  113. 1059: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith is named in the Proteas' touring party for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.

    But the Surrey skipper, 32, must prove he has fully recovered from the ankle injury that has sidelined him since May before travelling.

    "We should have a definite picture on the status of Graeme's recovery from surgery within the next two weeks," says South Africa Cricket's convener of selectors, Andrew Hudson.

  114. 1054:  
    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty in KievWORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

    "Perfect weather for a World Cup qualifier in Kiev - sunny and pleasant temperatures. There is every indication the atmosphere will be red hot in the Olympic Stadium tonight and the man claiming much of the pre-match attention has been England's Rickie Lambert.

    "Southampton's striker wins his third cap at 31 and England manager Roy Hodgson was at pains to ease the pressure and expectation on the latecomer carrying a heavy burden with Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge injured and Danny Welbeck suspended.

    "Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko seemed to suggest Lambert was something of a mystery to him. Should we believe it? Let's just say Fomenko's face is so deadpan that you would not fancy playing poker against him."

  115. 1048: 

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is interested in a right-back and a striker, says Green 'Un 24.

    The report claims that Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley's £32,000-a-week wages would prevent a move to Suffolk.

  116. 1046: 

    Derby County want a right-sided midfielder, according to the Derby Telegraph.

    The Rams considered a move for Birmingham and Scotland winger Chris Burke in the summer.


    Rian Hoskins: For Chelsea, Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran need to get more first team experience as well as Jamal Blackman in goal.

  118. 1040: 

    Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer hopes to have a new striker for Saturday's derby against Burnley, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    Meanwhile, 21-year-old Rovers winger Fabio Nunes is wanted by League One side Coventry City.

  119. 1036: 

    Although the summer transfer window closed earlier this month, Football League clubs are able to bolster their squads again from today with the opening of the loan market.

    Premier League fans - which of your club's promising youngsters would you like to see aid their development by going out to lower-league clubs? And who do you want to sign on a temporary basis, Football League fans? Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland and West Brom defender Craig Dawson are likely to be high on the shopping list for many Championship managers.

    Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  120. 1028: 

    Hampshire's Jimmy Adams says his future as captain is undecided.

    He has led the county for the last two seasons, having taken over from Dominic Cork.

    "There's been highs and lows," the 32-year-old told BBC Radio Solent. "We'll sit down at the end of the season and decide what we, or I, feel is the best way to go forward.

    "There's parts of captaincy that are great and there's parts of it that I find tough. Obviously your own form comes into it too. We've got to decide what the best thing is for the team."

  121. 1024: 

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes US Open champion Rafael Nadal is now a serious threat to Roger Federer at the top of the Grand Slam standings.

    "Nadal could surpass Federer's total of 17," says the Australian. "That debate over who is the greatest is fun but pointless, but you can't argue with eight French Opens and maybe more to come."

    Julian Huxley

    Dan Henderson: Great comebacks, Julian Huxley, Australian full-back rugby union! Had a brain tumour after 25 months came back to play!

    Huxley's career was halted in 2008 after routine scans following a clash of heads revealed the condition but he returned two years later for the Brumbies at the age of 30.

    We are asking for your greatest comebacks from injury? Let us know by using #bbcsportsday or via text on 81111.

  123. 1015: 

    German Thomas Bach is favourite to be voted in as the new International Olympic Committee president on Tuesday.

    Six candidates are being considered for the post which is to be vacated by 71-year-old Jacques Rogge, who has been in charge for 12 years.

    Bach, 59, is one of four IOC vice-presidents and won Olympic gold in fencing for West Germany in 1976.

    The election will be carried out by a secret ballot and the winner is set to be announced at about 15:00 BST.

  124. 1013: 

    You may be aware of all the World Cup qualifiers across the earth today, but one country who are already eliminated are playing Crystal Palace tonight.

    Oman, who beat Reading 2-0 on Saturday, are managed by ex-Rangers boss Paul Le Guen.

    Palace could field summer signings Cameron Jerome and Jimmy Kebe.


    Fahad Khan: Surely Eric Abidal deserves a mention. Liver tumour, written off from Barcelona whereas now he received a call up to the France national team.

  126. 1009: 

    Wales manager Chris Coleman defends his handling of Gareth Bale during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

    Coleman was criticised for not fielding Real Madrid's world record signing in Wales' 2-1 defeat in Macedonia. And although Bale trained with the squad on Monday, he will not start against Serbia in Cardiff on Tuesday.

    "He's not superhuman and if you're fit you're fit and if you're not, you're not. And he's woefully short of match fitness," says Coleman.


    Alastair, Brighton, via text: Best comeback from injury? Alex Zanardi. End of.

    Ex-Formula 1 driver Zanardi lost both legs in a 2001 crash and battled back to become a double Paralympic and Para-cycling world champion.

  128. 1003: 

    The transfer window for 'emergency' loan deals for Football League clubs has opened today.

    Sheffield Wednesday defender Martin Taylor is set to join Brentford, BBC Radio Sheffield has learned.

    It is believed the 33-year-old has agreed to move to Griffin Park on loan, initially for a month.

  129. 1000:  
    BBC Sport Phil McNulty in KievWORLD CUP QUALIFYING
    England train

    England manager Roy Hodgson reaches the pivotal point in World Cup qualifying Group H against Ukraine here in Kiev tonight.

    There is a real sense of anticipation around this city ahead of the game - with hopes high that England can be overcome to open up Ukraine's path to Brazil next summer.

    Hodgson admits there is always a natural fear factor on such occasions - but insists this can be overcome by having the courage of your convictions, which England will certainly need in front of a passionate 70,000 crowd in the Olympic Stadium tonight.

    He said: "Fear plays a part in our lives. If you've got ambition to do your job well the fear that things might not go the way you'd want them to go is always there. I think you have got to sometimes be bold enough to trust in what you can do and believe in what you can do."

  130. 0955:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveKING NADAL

    Former British number one John Lloyd believes Rafael Nadal's recovery from injury and subsequent two Grand Slam wins makes his year the greatest in the history of tennis.

    "Even if Nadal loses a few matches towards the end of the year in some of the Masters series events, it does not matter," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "It is one of the greatest years of all time and in my opinion it is probably the greatest year a tennis player has ever had."

  131. 0951: 

    St Helens sign Wakefield prop Kyle Amor on a four-year deal for a £50,000 transfer fee.

    The 26-year-old Ireland international has made 76 Super League appearances for Leeds and Wakefield.

    Saints head coach Nathan Brown stated: "Kyle is a young British prop forward who is already one of the best front rowers in Super League. He will add strength, size and dynamism to our pack and is a great long term recruit for the club."


    Jimmy Cook: Greatest comeback from injury? Ronaldo (the real Ronaldo)

    Kenneth David Wade: Has to be Niki Lauda surely. Near death is about as bad an injury as you can suffer!

    Suyash Sengar: Mario Lemieux

    Ice hockey player Lemieux missed the entire 1994-95 season while recovering from Hodgkin's lymphoma and a back injury before retiring following the 1996-97 campaign.

    He became the third player in NHL history to play after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when he returned to action in 2000-01.

  133. 0947: 

    This video is the funniest football-related action you will see today. Promise.

    A Brazilian team physio sneaks on to the pitch to make a cheeky double save in a vital cup match - before being chased from the pitch by the angry opposition.

    Don't think you will see any similar scenes in any of the World Cup qualifiers later...

  134. 0943: 
    Mykhaylo Fomenko

    Want the latest from the Ukraine camp ahead of tonight's huge match with England without scouring through Ukrainian websites? Well BBC Monitoring have done the hard work for you.

    Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko has described tonight's World Cup qualifier against England as the "match of his life" during a pre-match news conference in Kiev. Fomenko also said that he was worried about upsetting the home support. "I am afraid of making our fans and football lovers mad by the result of the England match," he said.

    Midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka described England as a "strong team," adding that Ukraine "were determined to seek a draw at the very least, but ideally we need a victory".


    Luke, Belfast, via text: Sporting comebacks? Andy Cole, two broken legs, returning to the scene of the crime to net the title deciding goal only half a season later.

  136. 0936: 

    You can watch the Irish League Show on the BBC Sport website, including Portadown's 11-0 win over Ballinamallard United at Shamrock Park.

    Elsewhere Crusaders were 3-0 winners over Glentoran while Joe Gormley was on target yet again as champions Cliftonville claimed a 1-0 success at Ballymena United.

  137. 0932: 

    Super League side Castleford announce Australian stand-off Luke Dorn will return to the club next season from London Broncos.

    He looks set to replace Rangi Chase, who recently joined big-spending Salford, in his second spell at the West Yorkshire club.

    The 31-year-old, who was the Tigers' leading tryscorer in 2008 with 19 touchdowns in 26 appearances, has signed a two-year deal. "I absolutely loved my time at Cas and I'm very, very excited about coming back," says Dorn.


    Where does Rafael Nadal's comeback from injury rank amongst sport's great returns?

    Niki Lauda returned to F1 racing in 1976, 42 days after being read the last rites following a crash, and won the world title the next year.

    Kim Clijsters quit tennis through injury in 2007 and came back to win two US Opens and an Australian Open.

    Republic of Ireland football legend Paul McGrath was offered a retirement package by Manchester United because of chronic knee injuries but went on to play for Aston Villa 327 times and feature in two World Cups.

    Who else do you think are contenders for the greatest comebacks from injury? Let us know by using #bbcsportsday or via text on 81111.


    Fahad Khan: Nadal is not only a great sportsman, he defines courage. He paints the picture of hope and rising from even the darkest moments.

  140. 0920: 

    Rafael Nadal played the best tennis of his career as he won a second US Open and 13th Grand Slam title in New York, according to John McEnroe.

    Nadal, 27, beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 at Flushing Meadows, having missed the tournament last year with a serious knee injury.

    "To me he's better than ever," says seven-time Grand Slam winner McEnroe. "He's moving better - it was amazing to see how much he wanted it. His will to win... I've never seen anyone like it."

  141. 0916: 

    US Open champion Rafael Nadal: Good night from the city that never sleeps!

    Rafael Nadal
  142. 0915: 

    Rangers could announce an extraordinary general meeting of their shareholders by Friday.

    A group of shareholders want Frank Blin, Sandy Easdale and Paul Murray installed as directors.

    The club want to avoid an EGM but are open to boardroom changes.

  143. 0910: 
    Mladen Petric

    Former Fulham forward Mladen Petric is expected to join West Ham today following Andy Carroll's injury.

    The 32-year-old Croatia international was released by the Cottagers in the summer and can join the Hammers outside the transfer window as he is a free agent.

    West Ham made a similar move for Carlton Cole, who they released during the summer, but that deal is thought to have fallen through.

  144. 0905: 

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll suffers a fresh foot injury on his return to training.

    The 24-year-old, a club-record £15m signing from Liverpool this summer, has not played since picking up a heel injury in the final game of last season.

    And the England international has now sustained a separate injury in training on Monday. "Although it is in the same part of his foot as his previous injury, it is a new injury," said the Premier League club.

  145. 0900: 

    Leinster sign dual international Lote Tuqiri from rugby league side Wests Tigers on a three-month deal.

    The 33-year-old, who played union from 2003 to 2009 including a spell at Leicester Tigers, was granted an early release by his Australian side.

    "It was an honour to play for Wests Tigers and I know the club will only get stronger in the seasons ahead. There is some tremendous young talent here," he said.


    Jozef Brodala: Check the world rankings its not a four way race for number one Federer is 7th, it's three way.

  147. 0848: 

    Superb individual displays from Jake Ball and Michael Lumb guided Nottinghamshire into the YB40 final with an eight-wicket semi-final victory over Somerset.

    Ball took 4-25 as the visitors were skittled for just 119 in 25.4 overs in a match reduced to 35 overs because of rain earlier in the afternoon.

    Opener Lumb then hit 46 from 38 balls to put the hosts totally in command. Samit Patel (43no) and James Taylor (20no) took Notts home with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 60 in 122-2.

    Notts will now play Glamorgan in the final at Lord's on 21 September.

  148. 0842: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is on the verge of being confirmed as a Ferrari driver for next year's Formula 1 season.

    The Finn's deal to rejoin the team for whom he won the world title in 2007 is said to have been completed on Monday and could be announced imminently.

    Raikkonen, 33, will be team-mate to Fernando Alonso, world champion in 2005-6, completing arguably the strongest driver line-up in Formula 1. The decision would end Brazilian Felipe Massa's eight-year spell at the team.


    Alex Larder: I think the great Roger Federer is past his peak, he's fading a little. Murray still has a lot to come, next year will be big.

  150. 0832: 
    Lampard represented England at U21 level, alongside West Ham team-mate Rio Ferdinand. Lampard represents England at Under-21 level alongside West Ham team-mate Rio Ferdinand. This picture was taken in December 1997

    Frank Lampard made his England debut as a 21-year-old in October 1999 under Kevin Keegan in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

    Since then Chelsea's all-time record goalscorer has gone on to net 29 times for his country and captained the team on five occasions. Take a look back at his career with this BBC Sport photo gallery.

  151. 0826: 

    So what else might you have missed overnight? England coach Roy Hodgson confirms Frank Lampard will earn his 100th cap against Ukraine later.

    The Chelsea midfielder, 35, will become only the eighth Three Lions player to reach the milestone when Hodgson's men face their hosts in a vital World Cup qualifier in Kiev.


    Damo: Men's tennis has never been so exciting with the four great competitors and Tsonga close behind. Federer for the ATP.

  153. 0819: 

    Rafael Nadal describes winning his second US Open title as "amazing", having battled back from the serious knee injury which kept him out of the sport for seven months.

    "This season is probably the most emotional one I've had," said Nadal, who suffered a partially torn patella tendon.

    It is a remarkable comeback from the 27-year-old, who many feared would fail to reach the same heights. So we also want to talk about sporting renaissances. Who else has battled back from the brink after injury? Get involved.


    High praise indeed from Mr Murray. But how does Nadal rank among his peers? Is the "King of Clay" now the simply the "King of Men's Tennis"? Nadal, Murray, Djokovic and Federer continue to battle for the number one spot in a four-man domination of the sport. But who do you think will reign supreme in the ATP Masters and in 2014?

    You know the drill. We want to hear your views on Twitter by using #bbcsportsday or via text on 81111.

  156. 0805: 
    Rafael Nadal

    Good morning sports fans! There is only one place to start Tuesday's Sportsday - and that is with the Spanish maestro Rafael Nadal.

    Overnight, the 27-year-old beat world number one Novak Djokovic in a pulsating four-set final to claim his second US Open title in New York.

    He edged a gripping contest 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 in three hours and 21 minutes to claim his 13th Grand Slam singles title - putting him just four behind leader Roger Federer in the all-time list. Now, Nadal is set to regain the number one ranking in a remarkable sporting renaissance.

  157. 0800: 

    Many doubted whether Rafael Nadal would ever return as the same force. Twelve months ago, the Spaniard's hopes of becoming the greatest male tennis player of all time looked shattered. A serious knee injury kept him out of the game for seven months and threatened to derail his career. But return he has. In style.

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