Sportsday - Wednesday 30 October as it happened

Uefa punishes CSKA, Capital One Cup previews, David Beckham news conference.

30 October 2013 Last updated at 18:44 GMT

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    Anyway that is all from Sportsday for another day. I'll leave you all in the capable hands of the live football text ahead of this evening's Capital One Cup ties. You can catch all the action here.

  3. 1838: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Harlequins centre George Lowe is ruled out for the rest of the season with a neck injury.

    The 24-year-old suffered the injury during the 22-12 loss to Saracens at The Stoop on September 28 while making a tackle early in the first half.

    Lowe was taken to hospital following the incident and discharged, but further assessment has since led specialists to advise him to sit out the rest of Quins' campaign.

  4. 1834:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

    There is plenty of sport on the BBC this evening.

    You can listen to USA v Cook Islands in the Rugby League World Cup from 19:30 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    While the League Cup fourth round tie between Newcastle and Manchester City can be heard live from 19:45. You can also follow a live text commentary of tonight's football on the BBC Sport website.

    BBC One will show League Cup highlights from 23:05 GMT.

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    Ben, Penrith, on text via 81111: There are still fans who aren't racist who want to go to the games. Why punish them? Stand closure is adequate.

  6. 1830: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS
    Winter Olympics countdown

    Sochi 2014: Just two digits are left at the #Sochi2014 countdown clocks! We're in the homestretch!

  7. 1830: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Watch Sportsday on the BBC News channel BBC Sport website live now - bringing you all the latest sports news from around the globe.

  8. 1828: 
    CRICKET

    Chris Read will remain at Nottinghamshire for another two years after signing a new deal that will also see him stand down as the county's limited overs captain.

    The 35-year-old former England international will stay on in charge for the LV County Championship, where he believes his watered-down role can help revive his batting after a difficult season.

    "I demand a lot from myself and I wasn't happy with my batting in the Championship last season although I felt that I kept wicket to a high standard," he said.

    "I always thought that captaincy was something that I would take on for a few years before handing over reins. Stepping away from it in limited overs cricket is the start of me doing that."

  9. 1824: 
    FOOTBALL
    Zinedine Zidane statue

    A five-metre (16ft) bronze statue of French footballer Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt has been taken down from the Corniche in Doha, Qatar.

    The sculpture was removed just weeks after being installed, having prompted strong reactions on social media.

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    Gareth, Fareham, on text via 81111: Why all the shock at UEFA's punishment? Since the incident their 3 stage punishment has been stated repeatedly in the media. Surely everyone knew the partial closure was the going to be the punishment?

    What is your reaction to Uefa's punishment for CSKA Moscow? Tweet #bbcsportsday and text in at 81111.

  11. 1807:  
    Juliette Ferrington, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Cracking for Wigan with Callum McManaman agreeing a 1 year contract extension to take him up to 2017. He only signed a new deal in January."

  12. 1804: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman agrees a contract extension which will see him remain at the club until 2017.

    The 22-year old has now made 33 league appearances for the Latics since making his debut in league competition back in May 2009.

    Manager Owen Coyle said: "It's great news, and a sign of our intent to secure the long term future of Wigan Athletic. We want to keep hold of our best young talents, and Callum certainly represents that."

  13. 1800: 
    FOOTBALL
    CSKA fans

    The referee in the CSKA v Manchester City game has been absolved of blame by Uefa following accusations he may not have followed the correct procedure.

    A Uefa spokesman told BBC Sport that Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan had followed procedure after being told by Yaya Toure of allegations regarding racist abuse. The referee told the 4th official who then informed the venue director, a Uefa appointment, who could have then made an announcement to the crowd.

    The venue director claimed he hadn't heard anything from the crowd and failed to read an announcement. Uefa say the man has now been relieved of his duties.

  14. 1755: 
    SQUASH

    Suarav Ghosal is the first Indian man through to the quarter-finals of a squash World Championships.

    He beat Henrik Mustonen of Finland 3-2 in Manchester earlier today. He plays either Ramy Ashour or Cameron Pilley in the last eight.

  15. 1746: 
    SPORT ENGLAND

    British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake and former Olympic 400 metres champion Sally Gunnell are appointed to sit on Sport England's board, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announces.

    Drake and Gunnell were named by Maria Miller MP alongside five other new board members - Debbie Jevans, chief executive of England Rugby 2015, chief finance officer for Transport For London David Goldstone, communications professional Kate Bosomworth and businessmen Charles Reed and Mark Spelman.

    Miller said: "We have seen an increased sporting enthusiasm across the country following London 2012 and Sport England has a vital role to play in keeping up the momentum; boosting grassroots sport and encouraging even more people to participate."

  16. 1743: 
    FOOTBALL - DONE DEAL

    BBC Lancashire: Preston North End have signed striker Paul Gallagher on loan from Leicester until January 2.

  17. 1737: 
    SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

    Dundee United will appeal against Nadir Ciftci's red card in their bad-tempered League Cup defeat by Inverness.

    Ciftci was shown a straight red card following a melee just before half-time, which was sparked by an incident involving Caley Thistle captain Richie Foran and Gary Mackay-Steven, who went down in front of the home dugout.

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    Strictly Not: UEFA acting like bad parents again. Empty threats.

    Danny Taylor: I wonder what the charge would be if it was an English club in the doc.

    Rian Hoskins: It doesn't surprise me. UEFA have been very controversial in their views on goal line tech and not tough enough on racism.

    What is your reaction to Uefa's punishment for CSKA Moscow? Tweet #bbcsportsday and text in at 81111

  19. 1722: 
    FOOTBALL

    Egypt will hold their 2014 World Cup play-off second leg against Ghana in Cairo after Fifa accepted their assurances over security.

    Fifa said its decision was based on guarantees from the Egyptian government and the decision to allow Al Ahly to play a Champions League match in Cairo.

    Ghana had twice asked football's world governing body to switch the 19 November tie to a neutral venue.

    Ghana lead the tie 6-1 after the first leg in Kumasi on 15 October.

  20. 1717: 
    TENNIS

    Defending champion David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro join Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the Paris Masters.

    Ferrer overcomes Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, while del Potro beats Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (3).

  21. 1713: 
    TENNIS
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Stanislas Wawrinka stays on track for the ATP World Tour finals by seeing off Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters.

    The seventh-seeded Swiss, looking to qualify for the season-ending event for the first time, started the week in eighth place in the ATP Race to London.

    Three tickets remain up for grabs, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych having already qualified.

  22. 1708: 
    SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

    Easter Road is named as the venue for the Ramsdens Cup final between Rangers and Raith Rovers.

    Hibernian's 20,421-capacity stadium will host the game on 6 April with the match being screened live by BBC ALBA.

    Hampden is unavailable because of redevelopment work for the Commonwealth Games.

  23. 1702: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW- Wigan v QPR (Wednesday, 1945 GMT)

    James Mcarthur: Game day. Looking forward to a big match against QPR tonight. Need another win at home and move up table.

  24. 1657: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney signs a new contract keeping him at the club until June 2015.

    The Republic of Ireland international, 32, joined the Eagles on a free transfer in August 2012 and has made 53 appearance since.

  25. 1651: 
    LEAGUE CUP REACTION
    Sam Allardyce

    Sam Allardyce challenges his West Ham squad to transfer their brilliant away record to Upton Park after recording their fifth clean sheet in six games on the road.

    A pair of second-half penalties from Matt Taylor and Jack Collison ensured the Hammers booked a quarter-final spot in the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win over Championship leaders Burnley at Turf Moor.

    Allardyce said: "It's a fantastic record to keep hold of and what we need to do now is turn our home performances into results and we'll be all right."

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    Moskovite: Stop your hysteria as it's really embarrassing. UEFA acted by their set of rules. Like it or not just get over it now will ya?

    Jack Newsome: Fans unlikely to change behaviour unless they see their team being harshly punished with points deductions/disqualification

    Sophie Picton: Now all fans whether racist or not will be affected at CSKA as now there are less seats. They need to target the individuals!

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Southampton player Matt Le Tissier: Wow partial closure of stadium for 1 match for racist abuse for CSKA Moscow! Those boys at UEFA are sooo tough!

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool player Stan Collymore: I'm a racist. I'm going to move to section E against Bayern... more Uefa clownery.

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    Louis in Essex, via text on 81111: Uefa again not dealing with racism, a fine and stand closure doesn't stop it!!

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    Neil Rigby: One section closed for one game for racism in football. Your game is a joke from top to bottom and this is no different.

    Andrew Neil: What does 'sector D' equate to? 100 fans? 10,000 fans? Difficult to know what to think without clarification.

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    FOOTBALL

    Uefa's statement concerning the punishment for CSKA Moscow: "The fight against racism is a high priority for Uefa

    "The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands.

    "All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions.

    "Following the entry into force of the new disciplinary regulations on 1 June, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level - resulting in more severe sanctions to deter any such behaviour."

    "Under the regulations, a second offence of racial abuse concerning spectators could result in a full stadium closure."

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    What is your reaction to Uefa's punishment for CSKA Moscow?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday and text in at 81111

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    FOOTBALL

    Uefa pushed through new anti-racism proposals earlier this year.

    It introduced a measure whereby if supporters were found guilty then there would be a partial closure of the stadium.

    If there is a second offence by the club's supporters there will be full closure with a minimum 50,000 euros (£42,700) fine.

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure complained of racist abuse during the recent clash inside the Moscow stadium.

    Toure said at the time: "I'm not just disappointed, I'm furious."

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    FOOTBALL

    Uefa punishes CSKA Moscow for the racist behaviour of their fans during the 23 October match against Manchester City.

    Uefa will have part of their Arena Khimki stadium (sector D) closed during the club's next Champions League home fixture - Bayern Munich on 27 November.

  36. 1558: 
    ICE HOCKEY

    The Nottingham Panthers sign ex-NHL forward Joe Jensen and netminder Neil Conway on short-term contracts.

    Jensen, 30, played six games in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes after being picked up by Pittsburgh in the eighth round of the 2003 draft.

    He has spent the past three seasons in Italy, scoring 97 points in 53 appearances for Val Pusteria last term.

    Conway comes in as cover for Craig Kowalski, who is set to become a father for the first time.

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    CRICKET

    India beat Australia by six wickets in Nagpur to level the best-of-seven series 2-2. India were set 351 but reached the target with three balls remaining for the loss of four wickets. Shikhar Dhawan (100) and Virat Kohli (115 n.o) both scored centuries for India.

    The full scorecard is on the BBC Cricket page.

  38. 1550: 
    LEAGUE CUP REACTION

    Here's some more fallout from the League Cup:

    Captain Ryan Shawcross insists Stoke's progress into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals was the only positive from a thrilling night of action at St Andrew's.

    The Potters looked poised to book their place in the last eight of the competition as they led 3-1 against 10-man Birmingham with five minutes remaining, only for Peter Lovenkrands to score twice late on amid a pulsating finale to send the game to extra-time.

    "It was a very disappointing performance from everyone and we need to have a good look at ourselves before Saturday to make sure we're better because that's not good enough." centre-back Shawcross told Stoke City Player.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Punditizer: Can you tell me why Hughton still has a job at Norwich? Six wins in league 2013 and no improvement this season!

    Now that Norwich are out of the Cup, they must concentrate of the league. Do you think Norwich will be one of the three teams to drop out of the Premier League?

    Join in the debate at #bbcsportsday

  40. 1540: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC sports news correspondent Natalie Pirks at David Beckham's book launch

    Beckham on his relationship with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was critical of the player in his own autobiography: "We looked at him as a father figure.

    "I'm not going to sit here and be negative about a man who let me play for my boyhood team.

    "Ferguson was one of the first people I was going to call to be manager for my new MLS side!"

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    RUGBY LEAGUE
     Greg Inglis and Matthew Scott of Australia

    Australia centre Greg Inglis expects his South Sydney team-mate Sam Burgess to work on improving his discipline after becoming the first player to receive a ban at the World Cup.

    "Sammy Burgess is a person who goes out and gives it his all," said Inglis at the Kangaroos's training session at Manchester's Sport City on Wednesday.

    "He's just a person who wants to do everything right by the team. But it's unfortunate that the last few weeks, it's come into his game a little bit. I'm pretty sure he'll look back on it and put it out."

  42. 1531: 
    CRICKET

    India need 42 runs to win off 24 balls in their sixth one-day international in Nagpur against Australia. India need victory to avoid a series defeat. Australia earlier set a total of 350-6.

  43. 1526: 
    SNOOKER

    Peter Ebdon leaves world number one Neil Robertson reeling after producing a heavy-scoring display against the Australian to reach the quarter-finals of the International Championship in China.

    Former world champion Ebdon edged a tight deciding frame to win 6-5 and set up a clash with in-form Ding Junhui, who is targeting the rare feat of three successive major ranking titles.

  44. 1519: 
    FOOTBALL
    David Beckham

    David Beckham is launching his new book in an unusual way. The former England captain is taking part in a global book signing broadcast live on Facebook, and will sign the walls of millions of his fans.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Joel: Leaning on their stronger desire to win something? Maybe you should have asked that of the players on Sunday, Alan Pardew

    RookGP: I love the comments made by Pardew. It's refreshing to hear this tenacity towards winning a trophy we all long for.

    Pardew's Newcastle play host to Manchester City in the League Cup fourth round at 1945 GMT - live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Ryan Daniels: Luck goes a long way and the Special One has it!

    Navneet Gautam: Chelsea to struggle due to the cups they're in? Such is the depth I wouldn't be surprised if they won more than one silverware.

    Share your thoughts on tonight's Capital One Cup ties. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and post your messages on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  47. 1507: 
    SQUASH
    Nick Matthews

    Nick Matthew is interviewed after winning 11-4 11-7 11-13 11-4 and progressing to the quarter finals in Manchester at the World Squash Championship. He defeated Omar Mosaad.

    You can watch coverage of the World Championships on Thursday at 19:00 on selected Connected TVs and 21:30 on the BBC Red Button.

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC sports news correspondent Natalie Pirks at David Beckham's book launch:

    Beckham: ‏"I love coaching children but I'm not sure I'd ever be a coach or a manager in the future.

    "It is hard to start a new team but I want to bring a certain amount of history to my MLS team

    "I was lucky to play under Sir Alex Ferguson for 12 years and he's truly the best".

  49. 1458: 
    FOOTBALL

    Alex McLeish declares his interest in becoming the new manager of Crystal Palace.

    The odds on Wales manager Chris Coleman taking over at Selhurst Park have shortened dramatically in the last 24 hours following a flurry of bets, but McLeish is interested in the position, which has been vacant since Ian Holloway's departure last Wednesday.

    "There hasn't been any contact yet but I am available as a free agent," former Birmingham and Aston Villa boss McLeish told Sky Sports News.

    "I've had those kind of challenges before and I've had some success and some failures, but if you've got a fighting spirit and good players playing to their strengths, then why can't Palace stay up?"

  50. 1444: 
    CRICKET
    Pakistan's Shahid Afridi celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Morne Morkel.

    South Africa are bowled out for 183 in 49.5 overs in the first day-night international against Pakistan in Sharjah.

    Saeed Ajmal took 4-30 while Shahid Afridi finished with 3-37 to rock South Africa, who won the toss and elected to bat on a spin-friendly Sharjah stadium pitch.

    Wayne Parnell hit a career-best 56 while David Miller scored 37 to help South Africa recover from 129-8.

  51. 1438: 
    FOOTBALL

    Birmingham boss Lee Clark says the bond between players and fans will be key during a difficult period for the club.

    Financial uncertainty has engulfed St Andrew's since Blues' Hong Kong-based owner Carson Yeung was charged with money laundering in 2011.

    In the Championship, they sit 20th, just two points above the relegation zone.

    "The combination between our fans and players has to be the driving force to us being successful because we're in a difficult situation," he told BBC WM.

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    Paul Morgan: David Moyes' only chance of a trophy this season . But they couldn't beat the special 1 at Wembley in a million years.

    Andrew Webb: Leicester could win it...got some weird coincidences between the cup run now and Leicester's last League Cup success 14 seasons ago.

    Steven M Mwalusi: Jose at work. This guy knows how to win and with the squad he has at his disposal, will not be surprised if Chelsea Football club go very far in even bigger competitions than the Capital One Cup.

    Share your thoughts on tonight's Capital One Cup tie. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and post your messages on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  53. 1427: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    OptaFranz: 59% - Jurgen Klopp has won 59% of his BL games as manager of Borussia Dortmund, this is the highest percentage in club history. Winner.

    Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the Champions League finalists until 2018.

  54. 1420: 
    FOOTBALL

    A professional goalkeeper is suing his surgeon claiming he has been left in pain when saving balls following a wrist operation.

    Alex Cisak, 24, who now plays for Burnley, was injured five years ago while playing for Leicester City's youth team.

  55. 1417: 
    CRICKET

    South Africa are 157-8 in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Sharjah. Wayne Parnell is currently unbeaten on 46.

    The live scorecard is on the BBC Cricket page.

  56. 1414: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Christian Horner dismisses claims Red Bull's latest Formula One world title triumph is because the team have spent more money than any of their rivals.

    "If you take like for like the numbers are extremely comparable with McLaren, and considering the success bonus we have paid as well, it is an erroneous assumption we are outspending every other team in Formula One. There are other, bigger spenders," the Red Bull team boss told Formula1.com,

    "It is very easy to say Red Bull spends the most money in Formula One. That is factually incorrect."

  57. 1404:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Olympic sports reporterTAEKWONDO
    Lutalo Muhammad

    "Olympic Team GB bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad inspiring young Taekwondo fighters in East London this morning

    "He admits it's still "surreal" being mobbed on his return to East London."

  58. 1400: 
    ATHLETICS

    New research suggests that athletes who use steroids for a short period can benefit for their entire careers.

    Experiments with mice showed that a brief exposure to testosterone allowed the mice to rapidly regain muscle later in their lives.

    The scientist behind the study says that if a similar effect can be shown in humans, it should lead to a lifetime ban for dopers.

    The research has been published in the Journal of Physiology.

  59.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Anon, via text on 81111: No doubt AVB will play Defoe who will score and still not get in the team this weekend.

    Roy, Isle of May, via text on 81111: Being a Tottenham fan Arsenal result last night will only help them in the league so where is the problem? Forget Chelsea 4th at best - cup team now.

  60. 1351: 
    ATHLETICS

    Jessica Ennis-Hill: Early start today woken up by the drug testers at 6am. Rehab, drills, weights& a bike session done. BOA ball this evening. Should be fun!

  61. 1346: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS
    Winter Olympics torch relay People taking photos of the torch relay in Kaliningrad, in Russia.

    Sochi 2014 organisers reveal the Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will start at 20:14 Moscow Time (16:14 GMT) on 7 February. The time symbolises the year that the first ever Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Russia.

    The opening ceremony will take place at the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium and will last approximately three hours.

    In total, 3,000 young people from higher and middle schools, as well as artistic groups, will take part in the opening and closing ceremonies - which will include dance and acrobatic performances.

  62. 1337: 
    WORLD SUPERBIKES

    Herefordshire's Chaz Davies says being offered a two-year deal was the key to him joining Ducati for the 2014 World Superbikes season.

    The 26-year-old from Presteigne, who represents Wales, ended fifth in the 2013 campaign riding for BMW Motorrad.

    "Two years makes such a difference as every bike's unique and only after a season riding it can you capitalise on everything you have learnt," he said.

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    Andrew Neill: ANYTHING could happen between Newcastle and Manchester City tonight. Both are so Jekyll and Hyde at present. Goals a plenty for sure.

    Jason Hicks: Spurs struggled against hull at the weekend what makes people think their reserves will do any better?

    Would it be a surprise if Newcastle defeated Manchester City? Should city drop Joe Hart? Will it be an easy win for Tottenham over Hull?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and post your messages on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  64. 1327: 
    GOLF
    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy believes he is more likely to win the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai this week than miss out on the season finale in Dubai.

    The Northern Irishman, 24, has not won all season while slipping from world number one to sixth in the rankings - and is 62nd on the European Tour money list, which he won last year to go with the US equivalent and five victories, including a second major title.

    "It's a big week obviously, it's sort of make or break," said McIlroy, who faces a field featuring 40 of the world's top 50 at Sheshan International Golf Club.

    "If I don't play good enough here, then there's a good chance I won't play in Dubai. I think there's a bigger chance of me winning this tournament than not playing in Dubai."

  65. 1323: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Diego Costa reveals he committed his international future to Spain over Brazil because he believes he owes his adopted home more.

    The Atletico Madrid striker on Tuesday confirmed he was making himself available for Spain ahead of next year's World Cup, having been at the centre of a tug of war between the reigning world champions and the country of his birth.

    "I hope people understand and respect my decision because it has been very difficult," the 25-year-old said. "It was very difficult to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything.

    "I looked at everything and saw that it was right and best to play for Spain because this is where I have done everything. All that I have in my life was given to me by this country."

  66. 1318:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC commentatorLEAGUE CUP PREVIEW

    Guy Mowbray: Always entertaining trying to find / work out what the teams will be on a League Cup night. 6, 7, 8, 10 changes? #nufc #mcfc.

  67. 1310: 
    RUGBY UNION
    England women's rugby team

    Official RFU: England Women are in camp today preparing for their Autumn Internationals vs France (Nov 9) & Canada (Nov 13).

  68. 1306: 
    CRICKET

    India are flying in Nagpur. They are 73-0 after 13 overs, chasing down Australia's total of 350-6 in the sixth one-day international in Nagpur. India need to win the match to avoid a series defeat.

    You can find the live scorecard on the BBC Cricket page.

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    Toby in Tunbridge Wells, via text on 81111: I think you'll find that Arsenal have great squad depth, Walcott, Podolski, Diaby, Oxlade Chamberlain, all world class players, just all injured at the moment. If a couple of them return and Arsenal are still in a strong position there's no reason why they can't mount a serious title challenge.

    So is the league title a straight fight between Arsenal and Chelsea? What about other teams?

    Text in on 81111 or tweet at #bbcsportsday - check out BBC Sport's Facebook page for football and other sporting talking points.

  70. 1259: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS
    Richard Shoebridge , Jon Eley, Paul Stanley and Jack Whelbourne

    Britain's short-track speedskaters have been posing for the cameras, with 100 days to go until the 2014 Winter Olympics. Solihull's world-record holder Jon Eley (pictured) will have good chance of winning a medal in Sochi.

    You can read about other Britons competing at the Games on the BBC Sochi 2014 site.

  71. 1255: 
    LEAGUE CUP REACTION

    Michael Essien: Good win last night, Great support from the CFC fans...!!!

    Chelsea midfielder Essien helped the Blues to a 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Tuesday night.

  72. 1250: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Former Manchester City winger Martin Petrov returns to his homeland Bulgaria after agreeing to a move to CSKA Sofia.

    The 34-year-old, capped 90 times by Bulgaria between 1999 and 2011, left CSKA to join Swiss club Servette in 1998 and then played for VfL Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Espanyol.

    "I would like to thank CSKA's management and coach Stoycho Mladenov," Petrov said.

  73. 1246: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier vows to provide Ferrari and Mercedes with headaches over the final three races of the season as the battle intensifies for constructors's runner-up.

    Red Bull may have run away with their fourth consecutive team crown on the back of Sebastian Vettel's six successive victories since the summer break, but for the trio behind them there is pride and money at stake.

    "We are pretty well placed to continue fighting for podiums and aiming for that valuable second position in the constructors's championship," said Boullier.

  74. 1242: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS
    Sochi Winter Olympics 100 days to go People celebrate the launch of the final countdown clock showing 100 days left until the start of 2014 Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.

    Russia celebrate 100 days before the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief promising an "unforgettable" event.

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who on Tuesday met President Vladimir Putin and toured Sochi stadiums, says "with only 100 days to go, the Sochi 2014 venues look impressive."

    "I'm confident that the Olympians of 2014 will be able to go home with some unforgettable memories," he said.

  75. 1235: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan boss Owen Coyle, on the loan signing of Marc Albrighton from Aston Villa: "Marc has shown what an outstanding player he is time and again in the Premier League, and he is someone I have tried to sign in the past, so I'm delighted to bring him on board to strengthen our squad.

    "He's at a young age with the potential and scope to get even better; he's quick, dangerous and pleasing on the eye and I feel he's going to really enhance the attacking options we have at Wigan Athletic, particularly in light of Shaun Maloney's absence.""

  76. 1229: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    Jurgen Klopp

    Borussia Dortmund: Klopp: "We feel a lot of extraordinary trust and confidence in this club. It's a clear sign."

    Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp extends his contract with the club until 2018, having helped them to two league titles and a Champions League final.

  77. 1227: 
    CRICKET

    India are 26-0 after five overs in reply to Australia's 350-6 in the sixth one-day international in Nagpur.

    You can find the scorecard on the BBC Cricket page.

  78. 1224: 
    TENNIS

    Roger Federer opens his Paris Masters campaign against South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday evening, and a win would finally seal the Swiss star's place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for the 12th consecutive year.

    Federer will also qualify if compatriot Stan Wawrinka - currently in line for the seventh of the eight places in London - loses to Feliciano Lopez.

    One man who has long since confirmed his place at the O2 next week is Rafael Nadal, and the world number one makes his first appearance since 2009 at Paris-Bercy when he takes on Marcel Granollers later on Wednesday.

  79. 1218: 
    FOOTBALL

    Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp extends his contract with the club until 2018.

    Klopp has helped Dortmund to two league titles and guided the team to the Champions League final last season.

  80. 1212: 
    FOOTBALL
    Chelsea

    Chelsea: Some players have a day off today, others have been in training this morning.

    Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

  81. 1207: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says winning the Capital One Cup is a "priority" for his side. The Magpies, who have not won a major trophy since 1969, face Manchester City in the fourth round later today.

    "If your desire to win something is stronger than the opposition, then it does give you a slight benefit. We'll be leaning on that for sure." said Pardew.

    "For the Champions League clubs maybe it's a little down on their agenda but it's high on our agenda.

    "For us this year it is a priority. We want to win a trophy for our fans."

    There is live BBC Radio 5 live commentary of the match from 1945 GMT.

  82. 1203: 
    FOOTBALL

    Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws felt he made mistakes in his team selection after their 4-1 defeat by York.

    The Iron, who would have gone level on points with league leaders Oxford and Rochdale with a win, were 3-0 down in the opening 20 minutes.

    "I got it wrong tonight, I picked the wrong side and formation. I have to take full responsibility for that," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

  83. 1157: 
    DISABILITY SPORTS

    London 2012 gold medallist Josie Pearson is refocusing for the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics after coming to terms with her specialist event being removed from the Games programme.

    The 27-year-old Bristol-born athlete won the F51/52/53 discus in the Olympic Stadium, but the event has since been removed from a revised athletics schedule for the 2016 Paralympics.

    She said: "It was pretty devastating. I just have to deal with that and for Rio club is now my primary event. I'll do everything in my power to be gold medallist in that."

  84.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Stan, via text on 81111: Not the best performance by Arsenal but not too worried. Would have rather lost yesterday than last weekend v Palace. Great match v Liverpool to look forward to.

    Text in your League Cup and football views to 81111

  85. 1143: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Mako and Billy Vunipola

    Fly half Owen Farrell expects the Vunipola brothers to prove as destructive for England as they have been since reuniting at Saracens this season.

    The Polynesian forwards, Mako and Billy, are set to start a Test together for the first time when Australia visit Twickenham in Saturday's opening QBE International.

    "They're both big lads - they're massive! I don't like tackling them in training," Farrell said.

    "Mako is the best rugby-playing prop I've ever seen and Billy is a big, big unit who has really good skills and feet. I don't see how you really stop it."

  86.  
    GET INVOLVED - BBC SPORT FACEBOOK

    Abdi Rahman Ibnunuh: Arsenal failed their first big test! I guess it is matter of time before other big teams toppled them from the top of EPL

    David Clay: Beware the Potters are hungry for silverware.

    Sona Flo Sona: Arsenal what is the Mata with you? You cannot win Capital Juan Cup.

    Post your thoughts on these and other sporting matters on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  87. 1132: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    In which five sports have Great Britain won Winter Olympic medals since 1980?

    Stay here for the answer.

  88. 1129: 
    WOMEN'S RUGBY WORLD CUP DRAW

    The draw for the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup has produced one heck of a group, with Wales in Pool C alongside hosts France, who were 2010 semi-finalists, South Africa and Australia.

    England, runners-up in 2010, are in Pool A with Spain, Samoa and Canada.

    Current champions New Zealand are in Pool B with Kazakhstan, Ireland and USA.

    The tournament gets under way on 1 August.

  89. 1119: 
    SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

    Celtic Park is named by the Scottish Football Association as the venue for this year's Scottish Cup Final.

    Ibrox Stadium will also stage both of this season's semi-final matches.

    The traditional final and semi-final venue, Hampden Park, is unavailable due to redevelopment work in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow.

  90. 1114: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich City: SNODDY UPDATE: The Club can confirm that @robsnodgrass7 was released from hospital late last night and will return to Norwich today!

    Norwich's Robert Snodgrass was taken to hospital as a precaution after being knocked out during his side's 4-0 League Cup defeat by Manchester United.

  91.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Wanderlust8: Not sure what Joe Corrigan is on about, Joe Hart wasn't going to start the League Cup match anyways.

    Colm O'Neill: Spurs will get an easy win at Hull. Not an easy game #nufc vs #mcfc

    Keep your League Cup thoughts coming in on #bbcsportsday

  92. 1107: 
    CRICKET

    Michael Clarke: Boys on fire tonight. Watto awesome! Bailes freak!!!! Great striking.

    Australia are 335-4 with two overs remaining against India in the sixth one-day international. George Bailey and Shane Watson both score centuries. The live scorecard can be found on the BBC Sport cricket index.

  93. 1105: 
    WOMEN'S RUGBY WORLD CUP

    After a very long build-up, the draw for the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup is about to take place.

  94. 1102: 
    CYCLING
    Chris Froome

    Tour de France champion Chris Froome wins the prestigious Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2013, the Briton's Team Sky said on Wednesday.

    Froome prevails in a poll of cycling journalists set up by French publication Velo Magazine, with Colombia's Nairo Quintana, the Tour runner-up as well as leading climber and best young rider, voted prospect of the year.

    In addition to the Tour de France, Froome also won the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de Romandie.

  95. 1057: 
    WINTER SPORTS
    James Woods

    James Woods, Britain's first freestyle skiing World Championship medallist for 20 years, came to Salford today to talk about his chances of winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Sochi.

    He said: "I know I am going to go out and do my best. I had such a good year last year. I don't want to sell myself short. I will be the best I can be and finish with a smile."

    Woods will compete in the exciting slopestyle competition in the winter Olympics where the skier with the best tricks wins gold.

    He added: "You have free reign to do whatever you want on the slope they give you. There are different obstacles and different courses and you have to impress the judges as much as you can. Simply do everything you know you can do."

  96. 1050: 
    LEAGUE CUP REACTION

    Fulham manager Martin Jol insists he "does not feel under pressure" after his side were knocked out of the League Cup by Championship side Leicester.

    Questions have been raised about the Dutchman's future following Fulham's poor start to the season. They sit 14th in the Premier League table after only three wins.

    "I don't feel pressure because we're not bottom of the league, there are six or seven other teams on similar points and lower," he said.

  97. 1045: 
    WOMEN'S RUGBY WORLD CUP DRAW

    ...is being conducted in French. Luckily we can understand the universal language of sporting draws. There are three pools A, B and C.

  98. 1044: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
    AC Milan Massimiliano Allegri and Mario Balotelli

    AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri denies that Mario Balotelli could leave the club in January.

    The striker has been linked in the Italian media with a possible move abroad after being constantly in the spotlight for his actions on and off the pitch.

    "He will not leave in January," Allegri said on www.acmilan.com. "Absolutely not. I think Mario should be left in peace. It's not difficult to manage him.

    "There's far too much discussion of the man's private life. I think that Balotelli should be judged for what he does on the pitch like all other players."

  99. 1040: 
    CRICKET

    George Bailey scores a century against India in the sixth one-day international. The tourists are 257 for 4 after 41.2 overs. Earlier, Shane Watson was out for 102. The live scorecard can be found on the BBC Cricket index.

  100. 1035: 
    FOOTBALL DONE DEAL

    Championship side Wigan sign Aston Villa's 23-year-old winger Marc Albrighton on loan.

  101. 1035: 
    ON THIS DAY

    Many of you are probably too young to remember, but you're probably very aware of "Rumble in the Jungle" - when heavyweight titans Muhammad Ali and George Foreman met in one of the great fights on this day, in 1974.

    You can watch a special video looking back at this sporting classic on the BBC Boxing page.

  102. 1028: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Wales captain Sam Warburton backs team-mate Mike Phillips to bounce back from his sacking by Bayonne and prove his worth in the forthcoming end-of-year Test matches.

    "The players have been quite respectful of Mike and not really asked him about what happened," Warburton said. "I am sure he is sick of answering all the questions, and we have kind of left him alone.

    "But whenever he has been in a Welsh shirt he has always played great, so I am sure he will put things behind him and perform this autumn."

  103. 1021: 
    FOOTBALL

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he accepts the decisions of referee Robert Madley after the Clarets lost 2-0 to West Ham in the Capital One Cup.

    Madley awarded two late penalties, the first for a tackle by Jason Shackell.

    Dyche thought there was minimal contact on Kevin Nolan and questioned Madley's view of the incident at Turf Moor.

    "I respect referees. They've got a tough job and I respect that decision - albeit one that I disagree with," Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "I think it's very difficult for referees to give a decision from behind an incident, particularly from distance and particularly with two or three players in the way.

    "He assured me he had a good view of it and that's why he gave the decision. I have to go with that."

  104. 1019: 
    CRICKET

    South Africa will host India for tests in Johannesburg and Durban in December but there will be no New Year match in Cape Town.

    The lack of a Newlands test means the famous venue misses out an early January match for just the sixth time in 22 years, depriving South Africa of a contest at what is traditionally the most well-supported event of the international season.

    The Indian schedule is a much-curtailed itinerary to the three test, seven one-day international and two Twenty20 match tour originally proposed in July.

  105. 1014: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Hoffenheim are signing midfielder Jiloan Hamad on a free transfer from Swedish champions Malmo FF.

    The Bundesliga side says in a statement the 22-year-old Hamad, Malmo's captain, is signing a contract to 2017 with effect from the second half of the season.

    Hamad helped Malmo clinch the Swedish league title on Monday with eight goals and seven assists. It was the club's 17th national championship. He has made six appearances for Sweden.

  106.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Odudu Johnson: "I'm not sure Hull will be able to do Spurs any harm but for Man City it's gonna be hard against Newcastle."

    Sam Grimes: Good to see Manchester United ease a victory even if it was against Norwich reserves. Feels like an age since we strolled through a game.

    So Odudu thinks City will find it tough against Newcastle, while Sam is relieved David Moyes's side strolled through a game.

    Have you say on the League Cup and other football issues on #bbcsportsday

  107.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Anon via text on 81111: So Arsenal's reserve side lose one game to a very experienced Chelsea side and all of a sudden we're questioning the club even after such an amazing start to the season? Media sensationalism? I think so

  108. 0956: 
    GOLF
    Phil Mickelson

    The Open champion Phil Mickelson is bidding on clinching a treble of WGC-HSBC Champions tournament wins in Shanghai.

    "I was not swinging well in Malaysia (but) the last two days my game started to come around," said Mickelson, who won in 2007 and 2009.

    "I enter this tournament with a lot more confidence than I've had in a while. I feel the ball-striking is getting better, the rhythm is getting better and Sheshan is a course I feel very comfortable on."

  109. 0949: 
    FOOTBALL

    It promises to be another entertaining night of Capital One Cup action on Wednesday, with Tottenham v Hull and Newcastle v Manchester City.

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been under pressure this season because of errors, the latest coming against Chelsea last weekend.

    Former City keeper Joe Corrigan on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think after the mistake he made on Saturday it has brought everything to a head and with it being a League Cup game, I think it's an ideal opportunity if the manager is thinking of changing it, to make the change now."

    There is live commentary of the match on BBC Radio 5 live from 1945 GMT.

  110. 0940: 
    ASHES BUILD-UP
    England's Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad

    England captain Alastair Cook says "big runs" are the order of the day if they are to win a fourth successive Ashes during the upcoming series in Australia.

    England may have won 3-0 in the recent home series yet they did so with their highest total being the 377 they posted in the drawn finale at The Oval.

    "Clearly top-order runs out in Australia are vitally important," said Cook, who will miss this week's tour match in Perth to rest a back problem.

    "Sometimes in England 240-250 can be a good score with the overhead conditions, but the majority of the time in Australia 400 is the bare minimum."

  111.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The suggestion Arsenal do not have the strength in depth to mount a challenge for the title has unsettled one or two of you on #bbcsportsday.

    Amit Jay Shah: Arsenal no depth? More we have so many injuries. Theo, Ox, Poldi, Flamini all would have added strength after a silly goal

    Rian Hoskins: In 2012, there was a worry if a key Chelsea player got injured. Now, they have more depth than since Mourinho's first stint.

    Graeme Horley: Fair to say that Chelsea, Man City and Spurs could all put out a far stronger "2nd XI" for cup games than Arsenal

  112. 0927: 
    SQUASH
    Ramy Ashour

    World number one Ramy Ashour needed just 23 minutes to see off fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouki 11-6 11-6 11-4 and reach the last 16 of the World Championship in Manchester.

    England's James Willstrop beat compatriot Tom Richards 11-8 11-3 11-6, and Nick Matthew beat Hong Kong's Max Lee 11-7 11-6 11-6.

    "If I want to win I'll have to play a bit better, especially when the calibre gets a bit better, but that's the way you want it really," said Matthew.

  113. 0922:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    AP McCoy takes his chase to reach the 4,000 career winners milestone to Carlisle on Wednesday afternoon.

    The 18-time champion jockey is nine away from the landmark after a double at Ffos Las.

    On Wednesday, he rides Spookydooky (14:10 GMT) for trainer Jonjo O'Neill and stablemate Full of Joy half an hour later.

    Northern Irishman McCoy, 39, has ridden 12 winners in the last five days he has raced. No other jump jockey has ever ridden 3,000 winners, let alone 4,000.

  114. 0918: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Henrique Calisto is the new coach at Portugal's bottom club Pacos de Ferreira, replacing Francisco Costa, who was sacked on Monday

    Costa was shown the door have watching his side lose 3-1 to Vitoria de Guimaraes, their sixth defeat in eight matches this season.

    The 60-year-old Calisto has managed an array of Portuguese clubs and has spent time coaching in Vietnam, where he was in charge of the national side, before moving to Thailand and then Angola.

  115. 0912: 
    GOLF
    Rory McIlroy

    Former world number one Rory McIlroy says he is ready to record up his first Tour victory of 2013 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai beginning Thursday.

    Fresh from beating Tiger Woods in an exhibition in southern China on Monday, McIlroy is in confident mood at the Sheshan course where he has registered three top-five finishes in the past.

    "I feel like I'm capable of winning this golf tournament," he said.

  116. 0904: 
    FOOTBALL

    It's worth reading some of the other Capital One Cup reports from Tuesday on the BBC Sport site - it was goals o'clock.

    At St Andrew, Stoke defeated Birmingham on penalties with the scores 4-4 after 120 minutes of play.

    Meanwhile, West Ham avoided an upset, of sorts, against Championship table-toppers Burnley with two late penalties to win 2-0.

  117.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jawad Cayani: Wenger major target is Premier League title. I don't think Capital One Cup will affect the first team players.

    Chris Parker: Last night showed how little depth Arsenal have, without Giroud and Ozil very average. Chelsea the complete opposite.

    So Arsenal have little depth? Not enough strength in the squad to challenge for the title?

    Have your say on #bbcsportsday

  118. 0853: 
    CRICKET

    England are building up to their first Test against Australia on 21 November.

    The Aussies will be hoping their captain Michael Clarke will be fit for the opener. He returned to action after a six-week back injury lay-off to score 88 runs for New South Wales in a first-class match Wednesday against Tasmania.

  119. 0850: 
    CRICKET

    You might have read earlier that Matt Prior is set to stand in as skipper for England's first tour game, against the Western Australia Chairman's XI. Regular captain Alastair Cook has a sore back.

    "I'm very excited about it and it's an exciting time for the team in general. Everyone's ready and raring to go for the first game of the tour," Prior told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "To have that extra little bit of responsibility is great.

    "It's my first time for England. I've captained a bit at Sussex but as a wicketkeeper you're always in the game and looking at the game from a tactical point of view, so you're kind of in it anyway.

    "But now it will be my responsibility to actually move the men which will take a bit more, but it's something I'm looking forward to."

  120. 0844: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Remember to post your reaction Tuesday's Capital One Cup ties to #bbcsportsday.

    Chelsea eased past Arsenal, while Manchester United thrashed Norwich. Crisis at Old Trafford? What crisis?

  121. 0838: 
    GOLF

    English golfer Ian Poulter feels the top players are "pressured" into playing too much golf and fears it is affecting their performances.

    "I feel sometimes we are pressured in some ways to play golf as much as we are," he said.

    "We have to be very, very careful with our schedule to make sure we have a fine balance of a good home life and a good business life to make sure we're playing the best golf we can."

    "We've seen a number of players who have shortened their calendar and have done exceptionally well: Tiger [Woods], Adam Scott, Steve Stricker just to name a few."

  122. 0831: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    There are 100 days to go until Sochi 2014 - in case you're not sure which Brits to follow in the lead up to the Winter Olympics, you can find a guide on the BBC Sport site.

  123. 0827: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

    It was a tight encounter in the Rugby League World Cup match between Tonga and Scotland. The Scots edged out Tonga 26-24. You can watch the video highlights on the website.

  124. 0820: 
    TENNIS

    Marin Cilic says the past few months a "nightmare" after returning to action at the BNP Paribas Open following a doping suspension.

    Cilic served a four-month ban, reduced from nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, after testing positive for the stimulant nikethamide at the BMW Open in Munich in May.

    "I could have been out for two years and what would happen after that?" he told The Times.

    "That would leave a huge psychological scar, how would I even come back from that was the worst part, the complete stress I had."

  125. 0813: 
    CRICKET

    Elsewhere in the cricket world, India great Sachin Tendulkar ends his domestic career with a winning 79 for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. The non-striker Dhawal Kulkarni was born on the day he made his debut - 10 December 1988.

  126. 0811: 
    CRICKET

    Here's some England cricket team news. Alastair Cook will miss England's Ashes tour opener against the Western Australia Chairman's XI (Thursday 0200 GMT) with a sore back so Matt Prior captains the side.

    Pacemen Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and Chris Tremlett all play.

    Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann are rested and Monty Panesar is out with a stomach bug.

  127. 0808: 
    TRANSFER GOSSIP

    Real Madrid apparently still want Luis Suarez - now where have I read that before?

    That, and other treats, can be found in our Gossip Column.

  128. 0807: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Let's look back at Tuesday's Capital One Cup ties.

    Chelsea comfortably defeated Arsenal to reach the quarter-finals. In nine attempts, Arsene Wenger has still not beaten a team managed by Jose Mourinho.

    Does their victory in it give Chelsea a psychological edge over Arsenal in the Premier League?

    And another win for Manchester United - maybe Sir Alex Ferguson was right in that they can still challenge for the title.

    Fulham suffered another blow with a 4-3 defeat at Championship side Leicester.

    Post your views on #bbcsportsday

  129. 0804: 
    CRICKET

    The sixth one-day international has just started between Australia and India.

    To keep track on the latest from Nagpur, you can find the scorecard on the BBC Cricket page.

  130. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday. Today we will be reviewing an exciting night of League Cup action, looking ahead to tonight's ties, and previewing the Winter Olympics - there are 100 days to go.

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