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31 October 2013 Last updated at 18:55 GMT

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    SPORTSDAY LIVE
    Western Australia v England XI

    Welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live where another busy day of breaking sports news is already under way. The temperature is nudging 80F (26C somehow does not sound as impressive) over in Perth and England's cricketers are feeling the heat on the opening day of the Ashes tour against a Western Australia XI.

    The hosts are 221-1 at tea and we'll have live updates throughout the morning. In rugby union, England head coach Stuart Lancaster names his team for Saturday's Test match against Australia at Twickenham while we will have all the top lines from seven Premier League news conferences as we look ahead to another busy weekend of football action.

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    England are enduring a frustrating start to the Ashes tour as Western Australia build a healthy total on the opening day of their three-day game in Perth.

    They are 221-1 at tea, Chris Lynn unbeaten on 76 while Luke Towers is 73 not out. England's only success came when James Anderson dismissed Marcus Harris for 69, with Ian Bell taking the catch.

    Steven Finn has figures of 0-39 off eight overs while Boyd Rankin has 0-53 from 11.

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    BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew in Perth: Wicket for Root - Towers ct by Prior for 77, 225-2.

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    FOOTBALL
    Gareth Bale celebrates scoring for Real Madrid

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says fans saw the "real" Gareth Bale during his team's 7-3 win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

    The former Tottenham player bounced back from a disappointing performance against Barcelona at the weekend to score twice.

    Ancelotti said: "He played really well, showing fantastic skills. It takes time to adapt but it was a necessity. Now he doesn't have problems physically and he is improving his confidence, so he will be very important for us in the future. Tonight everyone saw the real Gareth."

  5. 0823: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie strips James Horwill of the captaincy for Saturday's match against England at Twickenham. Horwill will start in the second row, but Ben Mowen will lead the side.

    England will confirm their starting XV at 1045 GMT, with Lee Dickson likely to be selected at scrum-half instead of Ben Youngs, while Joel Tomkins will be named in the centre.

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    Batsman Chris Lynn reaches his century against an England XI as Western Australia move to 279-2 off 66 overs. The 23-year-old is unbeaten on 103 in an innings featuring 16 boundaries and one six. Steven Finn's bowling figures are 0-65 off 13 overs.

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    So Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale's Real Madrid is finally up and running - eight weeks after moving to Spain - following his two goals against Sevilla on Wednesday.

    Is there too much expectation placed on new signings to make an immediate impact? Who has struggled to deliver the goods after making a move? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Western Australia v England XI

    England's Boyd Rankin claims the wicket of Western Australia's Chris Lynch, who is out for 104 off 124 deliveries. Western Australia are 292-3 off 69 overs.

  9. 0844: 
    HORSE RACING

    AP McCoy has three rides at Stratford on Thursday afternoon as he closes in on the unprecedented milestone of 4,000 jump racing winners.

    The 18-time champion jockey partners Snake Eyes (14:40 GMT) for trainer Nicky Henderson, before riding Very Stylish (15:10) for Jonjo O'Neill and the Rebecca Curtis-trained Bob Keown (16:10). Northern Irishman McCoy, 39, remains nine away from the landmark after failing to add to his wins from two rides at Carlisle on Wednesday.

    No other jump jockey has ever ridden 3,000 winners, let alone 4,000, with perennial championship runner-up Richard Johnson closest on more than 2,500.

  10. 0850: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Australia's James Horwill

    More from the Australia camp ahead of Saturday's match against England at Twickenham where Ben Mowen will replace James Horwill as captain [see 0823 entry].

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie says: "There's no doubting James is a world-class leader, but it's important he is putting his own personal performance first and playing to the level we know he is capable of on a weekly basis.

    "By his own lofty standards, James would admit he hasn't been at peak form. So, we've made the decision to this week remove the added pressures and responsibilities of being a captain so that he can focus entirely on bringing his 'A' game."

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    FOOTBALL

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is holding a news conference ahead of his team's game away to Stoke City on Saturday. He says midfielder Steven Davis and forward Dani Osvaldo, who missed last week's 2-0 win over against Fulham, are "better".

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    Mitchell Marsh is 54 not out as Western Australia move to 314-3 against an England XI in Perth. Steven Finn's figures are 0-75 off 16 overs.

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    BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew in Perth: "Lots of questions re the day: familiar length probs...too full/too short. The tall men all look down on pace...from here at least. . . pitch is very slow and anything short merely stands up to be hit. No spinner to keep an end tight. Looks like whole squad now fit again."

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    FOOTBALL
    Southampton news conference

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking at a news conference ahead of Saturday's game away to Stoke City: "So far, we're really happy with the season we're having. The players deserve all of the credit.

    "They [Stoke] are still a very physical team, so it's clear that we will face a very difficult opponent on Saturday."

    Southampton head for the Potteries fifth in the Premier League table after one defeat in the opening nine games.

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    BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew in Perth: Marsh drives at a wide ball from Stokes and is ct behind for 58. 326-4. 15 overs left. Declaration soon? (3 day game).

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    We are asking is there too much pressure placed on new signings to make an instant impact? Also, which players have failed to live up to expectations after moves?

    Here are some of your thoughts.

    Max Reading: Ozil has suffered from too good a start, now whenever he doesn't grab an assist or two it's seen as a poor game from him.

    Tunde Akere: Bale's lack of impact was basically down to not playing pre-season and a lack of practice match. He is back now. Carlo is right.

    Will Frazer: Dani Osvaldo (Southampton) and Erik Lamela (Tottenham) both arrived with big reputations and for big fees. Both been poor so far. Not settled at all.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, via the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  17. 0927: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wales manager Chris Coleman is understood to have held talks with Crystal Palace about becoming manager of the Premier League's bottom club, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is also interested in the position, which has been vacant since Ian Holloway's departure last week.

    Palace says caretaker manager Keith Millen will be in charge for the away game at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

  18. 0932: 
    CRICKET
    Western Australia v England XI

    An England XI continues to struggle on the opening day of their three-day match against Western Australia in Perth. The hosts move to 336-4 off 80 overs.

  19. 0939: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former Australian prop Al Baxter has given his thoughts on James Horwill losing the captaincy and being replaced by Ben Howen.

    "That is a blow and it has been a tough time for Australian rugby," Baxter told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "We have a side with a lot of potential, we have some amazing players in there, but they just haven't come together.

    "Ewen McKenzie, is a very successful Australian player, he won the World Cup in 1991 and he also won a Super Rugby championship with Queensland as a coach.

    "He has taken over the side, only about nine weeks ago, and he has had a tough time initially, but the signs are good."

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    CRICKET

    350 up for Western Australia for the loss of four wickets. Jim Allenby is unbeaten on 23. England's bowling figures do not make impressive reading. Chris Tremlett has conceded 71 runs from 17 overs without picking up a wicket, while Boyd Rankin's figures are 1-87 off 18 overs.

  21. 0952: 
    BOXING

    British amateur middleweight boxer Anthony Fowler: Just had terrible news there, I need another operation on my right hand to fix a broken bone, gonna be a few months out again, heads gone. Sometimes if you don't laugh you'll cry. I'll get through it and spend hours building my hand up like I did last time. I'll be 100% for the Commonwealths.

    Fowler won a bronze medal at the recent AIBA World Championships in Kazakhstan, but had to withdraw from the competition before his semi-final fight because of the injury.

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    CRICKET
    Western Australia v England XI

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew in Perth: Won't be a declaration today...352-4, 3 overs left. Noticeable how often the first ball of a new spell has gone for 4.

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    More comments on expectations on players who have moved clubs and under-achieving players.

    Mike Davies: Considering the money and the fact Bale has come from the so-called world's toughest league, then Real Madrid are right to expect an immediate impact.

    Leon Mark Walters: Price tags can cause unnecessary pressure to be put on new signings to have an immediate impact, ie Carroll, Lamela and Torres.

    Jono Mann: Iago Aspas (Liverpool) has struggled and Erik Lamela (Tottenham) hasn't looked like a £30m player at all.

    Send us your thoughts on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page and we will show the best messages on this page throughout the day.

  24. 1005: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is holding his news conference ahead of Saturday's home game with Aston Villa.

    Allardyce: "From Tuesday Matt Taylor's definitely out, James Tomkins should be ok. The rest of the injured players won't be available which leaves us short of first team squad players."

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    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Scotland have just kicked off in their World Cup qualifier away in Poland.

    The Scottish side are top of Group Four, following three wins in their first three games, and will extend their lead to six points if they win, before second-placed Sweden play Faroe Islands later today.

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    CRICKET

    Western Australia close on 369-4 against an England XI on the opening day of the three-day match in Perth.

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    FOOTBALL

    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce on his team's poor home form: "Lots of teams are finding it tougher to secure points at home and it shows that tactically teams are going away and being strong.

    "Everybody said we've got to improve our away form. We've done that but now we've got to get our home form back to where it was last season."

    The Hammers are looking to avoid a fourth straight home Premier League defeat when they host Aston Villa on Saturday.

  28. 1017: 
    WOMEN'S RUGBY UNION
    Harriet Millar-Mills

    Lichfield's Harriet Millar-Mills is called up as a replacement for England No 8 Sarah Hunter for the Autumn Test Series against France and Canada.

    Hunter, who captained England in the 2013 Six Nations, New Zealand Series and the Nations Cup, has been forced to withdraw from the series after picking up an injury in training.

    Millar-Mills, who has 17 caps, immediately joins her England teammates in camp as they prepare to take on France on 9 November at Twickenham and Canada on 13 November at Twickenham Stoop.

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    SNOOKER

    Joe Perry is the first man to move into the semi-finals of the International Championship in Chengdu, China.

    England's Perry beats Ryan Day of Wales 6-1 in the quarter-finals and will play either world number two Mark Selby or Hong Kong's Marco Fu in the next round.

    Later today, China's Ding Junhui, who has won the last two ranking events, meets England's Peter Ebdon, the man who beat world number one Neil Robertson in the last round. Graeme Dott of Scotland faces another home player, Liang Wenbo, in the last quarter-final.

  30. 1030: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Bromwich Albion's Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg, 31, is considering leaving the club in the January transfer window because of his lack of chances this season, according to the Daily Mail. Rosenberg has started just one Premier League match this season.

  31. 1033: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool are charged by the Football Association for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during last Saturday's game. Both clubs have until 1800 on 4 November to respond to the charge. The match at Bloomfield Road ended in a 2-2 draw, with both teams finishing with 10 men after Blackburn's DJ Campbell and Blackpool's Jack Robinson sent off.

  32. 1038: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Scotland take a first-half lead in their World Cup qualifying game in Poland, with a goal from Jane Ross.

    The 24-year-old, who plays for Vittsjo GIK in Sweden, collected a pass from Arsenal's Kim Little and shot past Poland goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek in the 23rd minute.

  33. 1045: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Joel Tomkins

    Saracens' Joel Tomkins will make his England debut at outside centre in Saturday's autumn international against Australia at Twickenham.

    Tomkins, whose brother Sam will be lining up for England in their Rugby League World Cup group match against Ireland on Saturday afternoon, partners Billy Twelvetrees in a new-look midfield.

    Mako and Billy Vunipola start a Twickenham international together for the first time - Mako at loosehead prop and Billy at number 8.

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    FOOTBALL

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce is charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to post-match media comments he made following his side's 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 27 October.

    An statement on the FA website says: "It is alleged Bruce's comments called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1). Bruce has until 1800 on 4 November to respond to the charge."

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    RUGBY UNION

    England's side to play Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Starting XV: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 8 Billy Vunipola.

    Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Joe Marler, 18 David Wilson, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Ben Foden.

  36. 1050: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest sign Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan on loan until 29 January, the Championship club announce. Wales international Vaughan, 30, has started just two Premier League games for the Black Cats this season.

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    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Scotland's Jane Ross scores her second goal of the match to give her side a 2-0 half-time lead against Poland in their World Cup qualifier.

    Ross steers in at the near post following a cross from team-mate Hayley Lauder as Scotland are closing in on their fourth successive victory in Group Four.

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    Some comments from the BBC Sport Facebook page on the pressure players are under after big-money moves.

    Dumisani Babatunde Khumalo: Players need to be allowed to settle into the new environment, culture and playing style. The pressure that has been heaped upon Bale is unwarranted. Is it his fault that he cost Real that much?

    Kelvin David Went: The money they get paid, they should make an immediate impact. They are either worth the money or they aren't. There is no grey area in my opinion.

    Steven Garrard: Not overly convinced by some of the reinvestment though. Lamela and Soldado combined £52million - neither have blown me away yet.

    Keep your thoughts coming in on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, or on Facebook.

  39. 1059: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich City and Cardiff City are both charged by the Football Association for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion when the clubs met last Saturday. The game at Carrow Road ended in a goalless draw. Both clubs have until 1800 on 4 November to respond to the charge.

  40. 1105: 
    GOLF
    Rory McIlroy

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy shoots a seven-under-par 65 to take a two-shot lead in the first round of the World Golf Championships event in Shanghai.

    McIlroy, 24, has struggled for form in 2013, failing to win a tournament.

    He said: "It felt good to be out there and be in control of my golf ball. It's a great start, but it's only 18 holes."

    Jamie Donaldson, of Wales, and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are on five under, while England's Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood are among those on four under.

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    FOOTBALL

    Bournemouth sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Lee Camp on a 28-day loan. The 29-year-old joined Albion on transfer deadline day, signing a rolling monthly contract until January, after Ben Foster was ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

  42. 1109: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: As it's Matt Dawson's birthday today - only six players have more England caps than him - who are they?

    The answers will be published later.

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    England bowler Chris Tremlett

    England pace bowler Chris Tremlett on a frustrating first day for the tourists against Western Australia in Perth: "As a bowling attack we pride ourselves on consistency and if we're honest the bowlers were a little bit inconsistent today.

    "I'd put that down to rustiness, we've all not played for a while but it's nice to get miles in the legs and hopefully we'll come back tomorrow and improve on what we've done today. It was a hard day and a frustrating day."

    Tremlett finished with figures of 0-71 off 17 overs as Western Australia closed day one of the three-day game on 369-4.

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    Do players face unrealistic expectations when they move clubs for large transfer fees? Which players are not performing as they should since completing high-profile transfers?

    Nick Stonham: It shouldn't take too long to adapt to English football or a new team, especially when you've played a few years in Premier League #Fellaini.

    Yuganta Khadka: Yes, they face too much expectations according to price tags. Currently, Lamela hasn't delivered but hasn't played much too.

    James Dowthwaite: The (undeserved) criticism of Osvaldo proves the point you're making. Too much pressure. He's playing well and working hard.

    Tell us what you think. Twitter, using #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  45. 1128:  
    Chris McLaughlin, Commonwealth Games reporter, BBC SportCOMMONWEALTH GAMES

    All remaining tickets for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year will go on general sale from Tuesday, 5 November.

    There have been two sale phases already, with organisers describing the demand so far as 'unprecedented'. Six of the 17 sports still have availability, including rugby sevens and weightlifting.

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    CRICKET

    South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen will return to Somerset as their overseas player for the 2014 season.

    The 32-year-old spent last term with the county, scoring 562 Championship runs at an average of 46.83, including a century on his debut against Surrey.

    Director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said: "Bringing Alviro back for the entire 2014 season is indeed good news.

    "He is a quality player and person, and we look forward to his contributions both on and off the field."

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    SNOOKER
    Mark Selby

    World number two Mark Selby throws away a 5-3 lead and loses 6-5 to Hong Kong's Marco Fu in the quarter-finals of the International Championship in Chengdu, China.

    England's Selby lost the ninth frame 61-60 before breaks of 84 and 112 gave Fu the victory to set up a semi-final against Joe Perry.

    The last two quarter-finals are Peter Ebdon (England) v Ding Junhui (China) and Graeme Dott (Scotland) v Liang Wenbo (China).

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    CRICKET

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson leaves his side's one-day international squad in India to prepare for the Ashes against England, which begins next month.

    "Mitch has performed very well in India, however, we believe it is best for his preparation to have him return home to increase his bowling loads in preparation for the Ashes Test window," said Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance.

  49. 1144: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL
    Jane Ross

    Scotland are in complete control of their World Cup qualifying game in Poland, leading 4-0 with 10 minutes remaining.

    Striker Jane Ross, who scored twice in the first half, completed her hat-trick within a minute of play resuming before Joanne Love added a fourth goal in the 65th minute.

    Megan Sneddon has also hit the woodwork for the dominant Scots, who are set to go six points clear of Group Four, although that lead could be reduced back to three points later today when second-placed Sweden take on Faroe Islands.

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    FOOTBALL

    Pub licensing hours must be extended to allow football fans to watch the World Cup in Brazil with a drink, says a Conservative MP.

    Speaking at the weekly Commons business statement, Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, said: "Football fans across England are looking forward to cheering on Roy's boys in Brazil next year.

    "There is no better way to do that than enjoying a pint in your local pub - yet because of Britain's licensing laws and because of the time delay, many people will be unable to watch the football and enjoy a pint at the same time.

    "Could we have a debate on UK licensing laws and exemptions to give some cheer to English football fans and some money in the pockets of Britain's publicans?"

    Some matches at the World Cup in Brazil next year will start at 23:00 BST.

  51. 1201: 
    RUGBY UNION
    England Rugby Union training

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan: "Watching rugby league convert Joel Tomkins training with England's union team - makes debut v Australia on Saturday.

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    More thoughts on the expectation levels on footballers when they join a new club. Also, players who have not lived up to a hefty price tag.

    Bonny Mi Wa: It depends with the signings, do they fit to the system of the club, or do the club just buy any player who cost them a lot and by the end it's a total loss, eg, Torres at Chelsea.

    Danley Aidoo: Aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, no one has had an immediate impact after a big-money move. Maybe he has raised the bar so high that other big money transfers have way too much expected from them. Case in point, Gareth Bale.

    Gary Mitchell: Torres struggled for ages at Chelsea, I'm not sure he still is. Bale will be amazing for Real Madrid soon.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  53. 1209: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Scotland win their World Cup qualifier in Poland by a 4-0 margin after a hat-trick from Jane Ross and a goal from Joanne Love.

    The result takes Scotland six points clear at the top of Group Four, although Sweden play Faroe Islands later today.

    Group Four

    Only the group winners are guaranteed a place in the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

  54. 1210: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham's £30m signing Erik Lamela says he needs more time to adapt to life at White Hart Lane but is certain the club's decision to make him their record signing will be vindicated.

    In an interview with the London Evening Standard, the 21-year-old Argentina international forward, who joined from Roma in August, says: "I've barely been here two months, so time is maybe what I need.

    "I need training, a bit of rhythm, some games. English football is very different from the game in Italy — much more physical, whereas Serie A is more tactical. It's not necessarily more difficult, but it's just different. This is a style of football I like very much, though, and I think, with the way I play, it will be very suited to my game."

  55. 1218: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton defender Shane Duffy will spend a second month on loan at the Championship club, the Toffees announce. Duffy, 21, has started five league games since joining Yeovil on 26 September.

  56. 1222: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ex-England captain Will Carling: England team - better balance in back row. Hope Lawes hits club form. Midfield should threaten more - great chance for Yarde.

    England announced their side for Saturday's match against Australia earlier today.

  57. 1225: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swansea City announce a £15.3m profit for the year ending 31 May, 2013. Swans finance director Don Keefe says: "The board is extremely pleased with the latest results and the year in general, both on and off the pitch.

    "We have put the funds generated by these profits to good use with the completion of a new £6m youth academy training facility near the Liberty Stadium, plus an initial £5m on a new training complex at nearby Fairwood.

    "The club has also continued to invest in the playing squad to maintain a performance standard required for participation in the Premier League."

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    CRICKET

    Essex sign England spinner Monty Panesar on a two-year contract. Panesar, 31, is currently with the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia and played at Essex on a loan spell from Sussex in the summer.

    He says: "I loved playing for Essex last season. In the short time I was there, I was made to feel very welcome, both in the team and around the club.

    "I will always remember how the supporters and members gave me a heart-warming round of applause when I first came on to bowl for them at Colchester last August. It helped me to feel respected and loved as a cricketer."

  59. 1232: 
    ATHLETICS
    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is back in training after missing the World Championships in August because of an Achilles injury.

    The 27-year-old told BBC Sport that she would like to compete in the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Poland next March.

    "I'll make a decision at the beginning of next year," said Ennis-Hill.

    "I'd love to do the pentathlon at the World Indoors but I have to make sure I've got enough time to be technically where I need to be and competing at the top of my game."

  60. 1234: 
    FOOTBALL
    Smoke bombs at football

    Football supporters who take flares or smoke bombs into stadiums are risking banning orders or even prison, the Premier League will warn. It is launching a campaign aimed at eradicating the growing trend of fans taking pyrotechnic devices to matches.

    Recent incidents involving flares have occurred at Wembley and Villa Park. "The campaign will say to fans that we understand you think this is a bit of fun but they are dangerous," says Premier League spokeswoman Cathy Long.

  61. 1243: 
    FOOTBALL
    Manchester United players meet members of Australia's Rugby League squad

    Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick meet members of the Australia's World Cup rugby league squad at the Premier League club's Carrington training ground. Giggs says: "I'm a big rugby league fan, I grew up watching it. It's great to see the guys while they're here for the World Cup."

    Australia face Fiji at St Helens on Saturday having beaten England 28-20 last week.

  62. 1251: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett joins League One strugglers Bristol City on loan until 28 January, the Championship club announce. The 27-year-old former Southampton and Doncaster player has yet to make a league appearance for Forest this season.

  63. 1259: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton's Dutch defender John Heitinga: It makes me happy. I trained with the team again, without pain. Almost ready to play.

    Heitinga, 29, has not featured since the Capital One Cup defeat at Fulham on 24 September because of a groin injury.

  64. 1303: 
    FOOTBALL
    Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence

    Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence - whose title is FA head of national teams - announces his retirement from the game, the Football Association announces.

    Clemence, 65, joined the FA in 1996, working as goalkeeping coach for Glenn Hoddle and continuing that role for each England manager since. He later took on the wider role across all England development teams, which naturally helped the progression of players from Under-16 level through to the senior team.

    Clemence says: "I have been lucky to have had 47 years in this wonderful game, of which 17 of these have been spent at The FA. I have been fortunate to meet and work with some wonderful people at all levels throughout my time here. I leave The FA with many happy memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

    Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence
  65. 1316: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Chelsea sign 18-year-old midfielder Bertrand Traore on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

  66. 1321: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Radio 5 live's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew has given his reaction to England's bowling performance on the opening day of their warm-up match against Western Australia Chairman's XI, who reached 369-4 at the close of play.

    "The much-awaited trial of the tall fast bowlers was a disappointment," said Agnew.

    "Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and Chris Tremlett, all vying for the one Test place, struggled to find a consistent length and were regularly cut, pulled and driven. Ben Stokes was equally erratic.

    "These are early days and the tall pacemen weren't helped by a slow pitch, but this outing will not make it any easier to determine who will play alongside Anderson, Broad and Bresnan, with Finn the small favourite."

  67. 1325: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish coach Brian Smith has been speaking about Marland Yarde's selection for England to face the Wallabies on Saturday.

    "We're really delighted for Marland," Smith told BBC Radio Berkshire. "He has worked very hard over the last two or three seasons and is probably the first name of the team sheet at our club.

    "It's quite an achievement, we're excited for him and think he'll shoot the lights out of Australia on Saturday."

  68. 1326: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea statement on the signing of 18-year-old midfielder Bertrand Traore: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce an agreement to sign Bertrand Traore. The 18-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract.

    "Traore is a full international for Burkina Faso having made his debut in September 2011 a few days before his 16th birthday, and he made one substitute appearance at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 10 international caps and has scored once ahead of next month's World Cup qualification play-offs in Africa in which Burkina Faso face Algeria.

    "In 2011 he helped his nation win the Africa Under-17s championship. An attacking midfielder, Traore was taken as a trialist on Chelsea's tour of Asia in the summer and played a part in all three games, scoring in Malaysia and in Indonesia."

  69. 1329: 
    TENNIS
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Stanislas Wawrinka is one win away from securing a place at next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London.

    Switzerland's Wawrinka, 28, beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-2 to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals and is close to qualifying for the season-ending tournament for the first time in his career.

    "I'm very pleased, because not only am I playing to qualify for London, but I want to play and have a good tournament here in Paris," said Wawrinka.

    Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic are battling for the last two remaining singles places at the ATP World Tour Finals.

  70. 1336: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Republic of Ireland announce a friendly with Latvia at the Aviva Stadium on 15 November, four days before heading to Poznan to take on Poland. They are currently in the process of identifying a new permanent manager following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure in September.

  71. 1346: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Earlier today we asked: As it's Matt Dawson's birthday today - only six players have more England caps than him - who are they?

    The answers to the #QSTeaser are in order… Jason Leonard, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Rory Underwood, Martin Johnson and Joe Worsley.

  72. 1349: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on his decision to name Joel Tomkins in his side [see 1045 entry] to play Australia at Twickenham on Saturday: "I'm delighted to give Joel his start. He has been in excellent form and his big-game temperament will shine through.

    "Australia have a strong team and have been together for a long time. They understand each other really well and their recent performances have been improved. They're a very good side and it will be a good game."

  73. 1353:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentFOOTBALL

    Any request by Celtic to play one of their home Champions League fixtures in either England or Ireland next season will be denied by European governing body Uefa.

    If Celtic win the Scottish league title this season they will be required to play a two-legged Champions League qualifying match next summer. But with Celtic Park, along with Ibrox and Hampden, all in use as Commonwealth Games venues, a new location for the game would need to be found.

    Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell had asked Uefa to look at options for the tie, including stadiums outside Scotland.

  74. 1404: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    England make three changes for their second World Cup 2013 group game against Ireland at Huddersfield on Saturday. Out go Josh Charnley and Lee Mossop, while Sam Burgess is suspended.

    Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin, Canterbury Bulldogs forward James Graham and Hull FC winger Tom Briscoe are all drafted into the 19 and will be hoping to force their way into the starting line-up.

  75. 1409: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    England coach Steve McNamara on his squad changes to face Ireland: "We have one forced with the suspension of Sam Burgess. It gives us a chance to look at a couple of other members of the squad. It suits us to have a consistent selection from last week with a couple of tweaks.

    "We have 24 very good players and the additions to the squad this week, Tom Briscoe, James Graham and Sean O'Loughlin, will give us some impetus and freshness in the team."

  76.  
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    More comments on the BBC Sport Facebook page about the pressure that is put on new signings.

    Jay Arnold: The only pressure that new signings face is from the media expecting them to be their club's best player instantly, which is totally unrealistic. All players need a certain amount of time. No one starts a new job and on day one is the best around.

    Jason Lea: It's only strikers who feel the pressure because if they don't score they get moaned at. Look at Ozil, all he has to do is pass it and he's a quality player, no one cares about him scoring.

    Paddy Dillon Hatcher: Thierry Henry hardly got off to a flier for Arsenal, he didn't score in his first eight games and he was one of the greatest strikers to play in England."

  77. 1426: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    Olympic bronze medallist Graeme Smith is named as the new British Para-Swimming national coach by British Swimming. Smith, who won bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the 1500m freestyle, will take up his new role on 11 November and will work alongside new head coach Rob Greenwood.

  78. 1429: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Philippe Coutinho has got the 'all clear' to return to action following a shoulder operation. Brazil midfielder Coutinho, 21, has not featured for the club since the 2-2 draw at Swansea on 16 September.

  79. 1438:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Yas Marina, Abu DhabiFORMULA 1
    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will still have a "fighting chance" of winning the world title despite team boss Ross Brawn's decision to quit. Brawn will leave at the end of the season after failing to agree on a new role in which he was happy to stay.

    Hamilton says: 'Either way, we have a strong set of people in the team.

    'Everyone will do the utmost to make sure whatever decision he makes we go into next year with a fighting chance to win the championship'."

  80. 1444: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen is holding a news conference ahead of Saturday's game at West Bromwich Albion: "I'm delighted to be in charge again.

    "I can understand why a lot of people want the job. There's still belief there. We have enough talent to compete with other teams. I spoke to Ian [Holloway]. He rang me Friday to wish me all the best and he rang me again on Saturday night."

  81. 1457: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Arsenal's pursuit of Luis Suarez in the summer: "I can understand why they were interested but we certainly were not going to sell to a rival and competitor. I have seen an improvement from Luis with his maturity."

    Suarez is due to face Arsenal when Liverpool visit the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Liverpool rejected offers from Arsenal for the 26-year-old striker, who had said he wanted to play Champions League football.

  82. 1502: 
    RUGBY UNION
    England head coach Stuart Lancaster

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan: Voice of rugby Ian Robertson grills Stuart Lancaster at England rugby media session.

  83. 1503: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    England begin their latest World Cup qualifying tie, an away game in Turkey.

    England's starting lie-up is: 1 Karen Bardsley, 2 Alex Scott (C), 3 Lucy Bronze, 4 Fara Williams, 5 Gemma Bonner, 6 Sophie Bradley, 7 Eniola Aluko, 8 Jill Scott, 9 Ellen White, 10 Jordan Nobbs, 11 Toni Duggan.

    Substitutes: 12 Laura Bassett, 13 Rachel Brown-Finnis, 14 Jess Clarke, 15 Natasha Dowie, 16 Steph Houghton, 17 Jade Moore, 18 Rachel Yankey.

  84. 1507: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Arsenal's pursuit of Luis Suarez in the summer: "It certainly wasn't an easy period. But we were very firm in our leadership that this was something we didn't want to do and that this was the place for Luis to showcase his talents."

  85. 1512: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool can improve - even though they could go top of the Premier League table on Saturday if they win away to Arsenal.

    Rodgers adds: "We want to be up there challenging and winning trophies, that's what Liverpool is all about. I believe we are in a good moment. We have started the season as we would have wanted and I think we can only get better and improve."

  86. 1517: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen on the qualities the new boss will need to be successful at Selhurst Park: "The type of manager that needs to come in will need a fresh view and some new ideas."

    Wales manager Chris Coleman is understood to have held talks with Palace about becoming manager of the Premier League's bottom club, the Daily Telegraph reports.

  87. 1525: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL
    Eniola Aluko

    England make a great start to their World Cup qualifying match in Turkey.

    Chelsea striker Eniola Aluko, whose brother Sone plays for Hull City, scores the first and is then involved again as her cross is handled in the penalty area by Turkey defender Esra Erol.

    Liverpool's Fara Williams converts the resulting spot-kick to put England 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes.

  88. 1526: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hearts will face a repeat of last year's Scottish League Cup semi-final after being drawn against Inverness at the same stage of this year's competition.

    In the other semi-final, Aberdeen will face St Johnstone. The ties will be played on the weekend of 1-2 February, at a venue which have yet to be confirmed. The final is scheduled for 16 March.

  89. 1535: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh: Kerry National victor White Star Line wins at Clonmel a month after death of owner Patsy Byrne.

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    Some more comments on the level of expectation players have to cope with after high-profile transfers.

    Steve Kimeu Mulwa: To me I think it all depends with the coach. Mourinho destroyed Kaka at Real Madrid and is the same guy who is making Torres rediscover his form. Tactics of a team also means a lot. Take Messi, put him at Chelsea and you will see the difference.

    Raja Gopalan: Bale had no pre-season, you can't expect him to hit the ground running immediately. Slowly but surely he is getting into the groove. It's because Cristiano Ronaldo performs in every match, everyone is expected to do the same, but remember there is only one Cristiano.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  91. 1546: 
    CRICKET
    Bangladesh v New Zealand

    Bangladesh complete a series victory as they beat New Zealand by 40 runs in the second one-day international in Dhaka.

    The hosts, who won the first game by 43 runs on Tuesday, were bowled out for 247 with Tamim Iqbal top scoring with 58.

    New Zealand looked well placed on 130-4 before they then slumped to 157-8 before being dismissed for 207.

    The final match of the series takes place on Sunday, with Bangladesh holding an unassailable 2-0 lead.

  92. 1552: 
    FOOTBALL FOCUS
    David Beckham and Dan Walker

    Saturday's Football Focus will feature a recorded interview with former England captain David Beckham. The 38-year-old has been talking to presenter Dan Walker about about his book, retirement, his ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, England and buying an MLS franchise.

    Parts of the interview will also be broadcast on Dan's Radio 5 live weekend preview show on Friday from 1900 GMT. Football Focus is on BBC One on Saturday at midday.

  93. 1556: 
    CYCLING

    Norwegian rider Gabriel Rasch, 37, is to become a sports director for Team Sky during 2014 and retire from riding after the cobbled Classics campaign.

    Rasch joined Team Sky for the 2013 season and has played an important role both on and off the bike, helping the team to five victories including Chris Froome's Tour de Romandie triumph and Edvald Boasson Hagen's defence of the Tour of Norway.

  94. 1558: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    England hold a 2-0 half-time lead over Turkey in their World Cup qualifying Group Six match.

    An early goal from Eniola Aluko and a Fara Williams penalty have put England in charge as they aim to continue their 100% record in qualifying.

  95. 1604: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Andy Bayes: Blackburn Rovers accept an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

  96. 1608:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporterFORMULA 1

    A packed show tonight on @BBC5LiveF1 with Alonso, Grosjean, Maldonado, an exclusive with Helmut Marko and Bird/Calado/Kvyat on GP2/3 - 9pm #F1.

    For a full preview of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, listen to BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 2100 GMT.

  97. 1611: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh: Tough guys these jump jockeys - Jason Maguire suffers nasty fall. Less than an hour later, he rides a winner at Sedgefield.

  98. 1614: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    Everton striker Toni Duggan extends England's lead to 3-0 in their World Cup qualifying game in Turkey.

    She heads in a corner from Eniola Aluko, who has now scored one and made the other two England goals.

    England beat Turkey 8-0 at Portsmouth's Fratton Park last month and have a further 40 minutes to boost their goal difference further.

  99. 1615: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Manchester City striker Robinho is recalled to the Brazil squad after a two-year absence. The 29-year-old AC Milan player, who has scored 28 goals in 84 games for Brazil, is in coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad to face Honduras and Chile in friendlies next month.

    Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar is also named, while Premier League based players in the squad include: David Luiz (Chelsea), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea) and Willian (Chelsea).

  100. 1625: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL
    Jordan Nobbs

    It is easy for England in their World Cup qualifying game in Turkey.

    Toni Duggan grabbed the third of the game and is unlucky not to get the fourth as her header rebounds off the bar, hits Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs and goes into the net. England lead 4-0 after an hour in Turkey.

  101. 1626: 
    FOOTBALL

    League Two Mansfield Town sign striker James Alabi, 18, from Premier League club Stoke City on a one-month loan deal.

  102. 1632: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa: Gabby Agbonlahor (ankle), Antonio Luna (hamstring) and Joe Bennett (back) all set to miss Saturday's clash at West Ham.

  103. 1638: 
    TENNIS
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray says he will only play in January's Australian Open if he is fit enough to win the tournament.

    The Wimbledon champion, who has lost in the final in Melbourne on three occasions, has begun rehabilitation work following an operation on his back last month.

    Recovery from the surgery to address a disc problem has prevented Murray from appearing at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

    "You don't come back just to play a match," said Murray. "If I come back I want to be in the shape to win it."

  104. 1645: 
    SNOOKER

    Ding Junhui remains on course to become the first player to win three successive ranking tournaments in 23 years.

    China's Ding, 26, who won the Shanghai Masters in September and the Indian Open earlier this month, moved into the semi-finals of the International Championship in China with a 6-3 win against Peter Ebdon.

    Ding will face Graeme Dott in the semi-finals after the Scot beat home player Liang Wenbo 6-3.

    Stephen Hendry won five ranking events in a row in 1990, but no player has managed a trio of successive title victories since.

  105. 1646: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says a win against Chelsea on Saturday will transform his side's season. The Magpies have lost three of their past five Premier League games, and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Manchester City on Wednesday.

    Pardew, who saw his side lose to neighbours Sunderland last weekend, adds: "We are down and we need a lift and I hope our fans give us a lift on Saturday. They did last night and we responded to that, and they need to be in really, really good voice for us to have a chance against Chelsea.

    "It can transform your season, a win against Chelsea or Spurs, and that's what we have got to look for."

  106. 1653: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    England maintain their 100% record in World Cup Qualifying Group Six with a comfortable 4-0 win in Turkey.

    Goals from Eniola Aluko, Fara Williams, Toni Duggan and Jordan Nobbs took Brent Hills's side nine points clear at the top of the table.

    Group Six table

    Only the group winners are guaranteed a place at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

  107. 1704: 
    CRICKET

    Middlesex wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rossington signs a new two-year contract with the club.

    The 20-year-old academy graduate impressed in one-day competitions in 2013 and scored over 1,000 runs for the second XI.

    "Adam is potentially one of the most exciting young cricketers in the country," said Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser.

  108. 1709:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondentTENNIS
    Pat Cash

    There will be a rematch of two Wimbledon men's singles finals in London next March, as part of the second annual celebration of World Tennis Day.

    Pat Cash will play Ivan Lendl, just as they did in 1987, and then Andre Agassi will play the seven-time champion Pete Sampras at Earl's Court, in a rematch of their 1999 final.

    Andy Murray had previously announced that he will play Novak Djokovic in New York on the same day, and there will also be events in Hong Kong and Bangkok.

  109. 1717:  
    Richard Conway, BBC sports news correspondentFOOTBALL

    After reports that Cardiff City's head of recruitment Alisher Apsalyamov has stood down while the Home Office investigate issues regarding his visa, a Home Office spokesperson has said: "We do not routinely comment on individual cases.

    "Any allegation that an individual has breached the terms of their visa will be investigated."

  110. 1723: 
    ATHLETICS

    Jamaica's sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley promises to improve the country's drug testing following a visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

    The visit comes after allegations that Jamaica's drug testing regime was inadequate.

    Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson all recently tested positive for banned substances.

    Neita-Headley said the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission's (Jadco) two-day meeting with Wada had been "constructive" and "fruitful".

  111. 1729: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE
    Australia

    Brian Barwick, chairman of the Rugby Football League, says he is delighted with how the World Cup has captured the imagination of the British public.

    Early attendances have been impressive, with more than 45,000 watching England v Australia and Wales v Italy on the opening day, while many of the first seven group games have been close contests.

    "You've got to get off to a flying start," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

    "If you do that, you've got a real chance. I'm so pleased for the people who've worked so hard to bring it here and to make it work."

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    More comments on the levels of expectation on players who move for large amounts of money.

    Nodden Manduku: Bale is a classy player he will flourish at Madrid. Flops l can think of - Veron at United, Kleberson at United, Asprilla at Newcastle. Torres, for me, has paid back the £50m Chelsea paid for him - that goal in Barcelona was enough.

    Colin Cooper: Spurs made seven big signings, they can't all play in every game so it will take time. People forget that a certain Welshman took time - whatever happened to G Bale.

    Iwan Jones: Can't believe some of the Bale comments, three goals in five games while not fully fit is a pretty good start I'd say. He got two assists last night as well as his two goals.

    Keep your comments coming in to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  113. 1740:  
    Richard Conway, BBC sports news correspondentFOOTBALL

    Alisher Apsalyamov, the 23-year-old Kazakh who was recently installed as Cardiff City's head of recruitment, has stepped aside from his role while the Home Office looks into a possible issue with his visa.

    BBC Sport understands immigration officials spoke to senior Cardiff staff on Tuesday regarding the work permit situation of Apsalyamov.

    It is believed the club are confident any issue can be resolved quickly with the authorities.

  114. 1745: 
    FOOTBALL
    John Ruddy

    Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy signs a new deal that keeps him contracted to the Carrow Road club until June 2017.

    There is also an option to extend the contract for the 2017-18 season.

    "I've broken into the England squad while at Norwich, and without the opportunity they gave me I wouldn't have been anywhere near it," said 27-year-old Ruddy.

    "I was in a bit of a no-man's land before I joined the club, and they took a gamble on me. Thankfully it has paid off for both sides and now I'm just looking to keep up my form."

  115. 1752: 
    WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

    England striker Eniola Aluko: Job done. Great 4-0 win tonight v Turkey. We've ended an eventful 2013 on a high.

  116. 1756:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    AP McCoy remains nine winners away from the 4,000 milestone after drawing a blank from three rides at Stratford on Thursday.

    The 18-time champion jockey has two rides, including top hurdler Jezki, at Down Royal in Northern Ireland on Friday.

  117. 1804: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Members of England's 2003 World Cup-winning squad will gather at Battersea Evolution on Friday night for the official 10-year celebration dinner.

    A decade after captain Martin Johnson lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy, the majority of the players involved in English rugby's finest hour will be honoured at the gala event.

    Only five members of the squad - Jonny Wilkinson, Julian White, Joe Worsley and Mike Tindall - will be missing with all but White unavailable because of playing or coaching commitments.

  118. 1813: 
    TENNIS
    Novak Djokovic

    The eight-man line-up for the singles competition at next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London is confirmed.

    Rafael Nadal (Spain), Novak Djokovic (Serbia), David Ferrer (Spain), Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina), Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic), Roger Federer (Switzerland), Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) and Richard Gasquet (France) will all be competing in the season-ending tournament, which will be staged at the O2 Arena.

    It comes after Canada's Milos Raonic, the only other player who could have qualified, suffered a 7-6 6-4 defeat against Berdych in the third round of the Paris Masters.

    Andy Murray had originally qualified but had to withdraw because of a back injury.

  119. 1819: 
    CYCLING

    The world's leading track cyclists expect one of the best atmospheres in the sport when racing begins at the Manchester Track World Cup on Friday.

    "I'm super-excited to have a massive crowd on our side. It'll be like the Olympics again," said Laura Trott, a double gold medallist at London 2012.

    German Olympic champion Kristina Vogel told BBC Sport: "It's always amazing to ride in Manchester. It's so loud."

  120. 1827: 
    SQUASH

    It is a busy night of squash at the 2013 World Championship, with the competition reaching the quarter-final phase.

    The first of two matches tonight sees England's Nick Matthew take on Egypt's Amr Shabana, before Egyptian world number one Ramy Ashour plays Saurav Ghosal of India.

    Both matches from Manchester can be watched on this website live from 1900 GMT.

    Here's more from our squash expert Piers Newbery...

  121. 1832:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC SportSQUASH
    Nick Matthew

    The men's World Championship is about to step up a gear with the quarter-finals moving across Manchester from the National Squash Centre to the larger Manchester Central venue.

    There are eight world titles among Thursday's first two quarter-finals, with England's two-time champion Nick Matthew taking on four-time winner Amr Shabana of Egypt, before world number one Ramy Ashour of Egypt then continues his bid for a third title against India's unseeded Saurav Ghosal. Live coverage begins on the BBC Sport website at 1900 GMT.

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    Another comment on the expectations placed on footballers after big transfers.

    Pom Bal: The transfer window is a challenge and results in too many rash/last-minute deals to appease fans. With great respect to Lamela and Osvaldo, how many regular Premier League fans had heard of them before they came here for very large fees and expectations? Probably a few more examples as well. Navas has hardly got going at City either.

  123. 1855: 
    GOODBYE

    That is everything for Sportsday Live today. Thanks for joining us and thanks for your interaction. We will be back at 0800 GMT on Friday so we will see you then. Bye for now.

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