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6 November 2013 Last updated at 18:51 GMT

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    And that is everything from Wednesday's Sportsday. We will be back on your screens from 0800 GMT on Thursday. Miss it, miss out.

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    It is all over in St Petersburg where hosts Zenit, who had a late penalty appeal turned down, and Porto play out a 1-1 draw in their Group G match.

    There is a big night of European action ahead, including Chelsea v Schalke, Borussia Dormund v Arsenal and Ajax v Celtic. Head over to our live text commentary to keep you entertained for the rest of the night.

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    Austria Vienna boss Nenad Bjelica says Atletico Madrid counterpart Diego Simeone is "the best coach around at the moment" ahead of their sides' Champions League clash later.

    Atletico are second behind Spanish leaders Barcelona and have a 100% record in Group G, which also contains Zenit St Petersburg and Porto.

    "He has the trophies to prove it. They are doing superbly in La Liga and have got three victories in Uefa Champions League," says Bjelica.

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    Group G rivals Zenit St Petersburg and Porto remain deadlocked at 1-1 in the early kick-off. Ten minutes to go for one of the sides to find a winner.

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    Senegal are boosted by the return from injury of Hannover forward Mame Biram Diouf for next weekend's World Cup playoff against Ivory Coast.

    However, Chelsea forward Demba Ba is left out of the 23-man squad which is aiming to overturn a two-goal deficit from a 3-1 first-leg defeat last month.

    The second leg on 16 November is being hosted in Morocco because of a ban at Senegal's home ground following crowd violence. The winners over the two legs will secure a place at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

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    You have been reading them all day here - and now you can watch today's sporting headlines. Sportsday is coming up shortly in the video at the top of this page.

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    Ollie, Amersham, via text on 81111: If Arsenal can come out on top in their CL group then there's no reason why they can't go far in the competition this year.

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    League One side Notts County appoint QPR midfielder Shaun Derry as their player-manager.

    Nottingham-born Derry started his professional career with the Magpies and spent three years at Meadow Lane between 1995 and 1998. Former Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott will be his assistant.

    "There are question marks over his credentials, simply because this will be his first managerial role - I know that," says Magpies chairman Ray Trew. "But there are doubts with every managerial appointment and we, as a board, have to put our faith in who we think is the right man for the job."

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    Leeds Rhinos issue full-back Zak Hardaker with a written warning and a £2,500 fine after finding him guilty of breaching their player code of conduct.

    Hardaker, 22, withdrew from England's World Cup squad on Monday because of "personal problems".

    "[Rhinos coach] Brian McDermott and myself have now had the opportunity to discuss the matter with the England management, and with Zak himself, and we now have a better understanding of the events leading up to Zak's departure from the England squad. We believe Zak acted unprofessionally," says Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington.

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    Hosts Zenit St Petersburg spurn a glorious opportunity to take a 2-1 lead against Group G rivals Porto. Brazil striker Hulk watches his penalty saved by former team-mate Helton, who dives low to his right to keep the ball out.

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    England look set to keep faith with centre Billy Twelvetrees for Saturday's Test against Argentina at Twickenham.

    Twelvetrees' place appeared to be under threat after a poor display during the 20-13 victory over Australia.

    "Billy's done pretty well for us and deserves another chance, I think," says Lancaster, who names his side at 10:45 GMT on Thursday.

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    Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he is wary of the threat posed by tonight's Champions League opponents AC Milan, despite the Italian side's poor start to the Serie A season.

    The Rossoneri suffered their fifth defeat of the domestic season against Fiorentina on Saturday and sit 12th after 11 games.

    "I'm always suspicious of a big team in [supposed] crisis," says the Argentine. "We will have to play very well to win. It is vital we win to almost ensure our place in the next round, although we can't mathematically achieve it."

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    Liverpool fighter Tony Bellew dismisses WBC light-heavyweight title rival Adonis Stevenson ahead of their showdown later this month.

    Bellew, 30, takes on the highly-rated Stevenson, who is nicknamed Superman, in Quebec City on 30 November.

    "I think I am the Kryptonite - that is the best way of putting it," says Bellew. "They hype Stevenson up to be the next coming of Mike Tyson but, the fact of the matter is, he is just a little man with a huge punch. I am going to defuse that punch and just turn him into a little man."

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    All square as the referee blows for half-time in the early kick-off between Zenit St Petersburg and Porto.

    Lucho Gonzalez's header gave the Portuguese champions a deserved lead, before some calamitous defending allowed Zenit striker Hulk to equalise against his former club for 1-1.

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    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says his team will be in a strong position to challenge Red Bull in the 2014 season.

    "I don't think the gap between Mercedes and Red Bull is two seconds," Rosberg is quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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    Constentine Mpofu: If Arsenal can beat Dortmund today, then I can say that they can lift the Champions League trophy.

    John Seabrook: Only City and Arsenal are scoring freely as of late so has to be them two, until Van Persie AND Rooney find form.

    Oli Parkes: Any of the British sides could lose against any team in this year's tournament. It is going to be more luck than skill.

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    Manly Sea Eagles half-back Kieran Foran will captain New Zealand when they face Papua New Guinea in their Rugby League World Cup clash in Leeds.

    The Kiwis, who have already qualified for the knockout phase, are resting regular skipper Simon Mannering for their final Group B match on Friday.

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    However, Porto's lead lasts barely five minutes as Zenit striker Hulk pounces on a defensive error to tap in the equaliser against his former club.

    Muted celebration from the Brazil international, who joined the Russians from Porto in September 2012. It is 1-1 after half an hour.

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    Porto take a 23rd-minute lead through Lucho Gonzalez against Russian hosts Zenit St Petersburg.

    The Portuguese champions have dominated the early stages at Stadion Petrovski and grab a deserved advantage as captain Lucho powers a header into the bottom corner.

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    Swansea City defender Neil Taylor insists there are no barriers to stop British Asians getting into English football.

    The Football Association is to publish plans later this year on how it hopes to get more Asians into the game.

    Taylor, 24, is one of eight British Asian players with a professional contract in English football. "Hopefully, we'll see more Asian players in the next few years," he says.

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    Tony McCoy on Minella For Steak

    Tony McCoy admits it will be a relief to bag his 4,000th winner as he moved to within one of the landmark total by steering Minella For Steak to victory at Chepstow.

    McCoy will head to Towcester, where he has two booked rides for trainer Jonjo O'Neill, on Thursday.

    "It would be great if one of them won. For my riding career, the sooner the better that one of them wins so I can get on with trying to have a few winners," he says.

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    Tonight's Champions League action is up and running. Group G rivals Zenit St Petersburg and Porto kicked off in Russia at 1700 GMT and the game is still goalless in the early stages.

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    Mark Cavendish says it was hard to hide his "frustration" in his final weeks at Team Sky.

    In his autobiography At Speed, serialised in The Daily Telegraph, Cavendish says he felt let down during the 2012 Tour de France, which was won by his then team-mate Bradley Wiggins.

    The 28-year-old criticises Team Sky - who he left after last year's Tour of Britain - for "accepting compromises" and describes head team director Sean Yates as "uninspiring and miserly in praise".

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    Taksh Tripathi: Chelsea. Man U still haven gelled together from players to manager and the manager's way of playing.

    Anywayrantover: I think Arsenal are a work in progress this year, but next year we can challenge. League should be our priority. Bayern to win.

    Debashish: Arsenal can give it a go if they add a striker and a centre half to their squad in January. Wenger has the experience to do it.

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    County Championship side Somerset appoint Dave Houghton and Jason Kerr to their first XI coaching staff.

    Former batsman Houghton, 56, who captained Zimbabwe during his playing days, joins as batting coach. Kerr, 39, was previously Somerset's academy director and second XI coach and has been promoted to bowling coach.

    The pair will work alongside director of cricket Dave Nosworthy.

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    EUROPA LEAGUE- Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea (Thursday 1700 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admits Michu's lay-off with an ankle injury could be longer than first expected.

    The 27-year-old Spaniard has scored 28 goals for the Swans since his bargain move from Rayo Vallecano, but was hurt in Sunday's derby defeat against Cardiff.

    Ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash in Kuban Krasnodar, Russia, Laudrup said: "Michu, our top scorer last season, has been struggling for a few weeks and isnot 100 per cent and unfortunately he is out again for maybe three to four weeks."

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    Mally G on text via 81111: None of the British teams will win the champions league for the simple reason that they aren't good enough. English/British football has regressed so much in the last 3/4 years. For reasons I cant explain. Technically we are years behind the Spanish and the Germans. Dont look any further than Bayern. Far and away the best team in the world at the moment. And have been for some time. They have it all. Dortmund a close second. Barca third.

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    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes Sunday's opponents Arsenal should be assessed in March before being termed genuine title contenders.

    The Gunners are five points clear at the top of the Premier League after 10 games and eight points ahead of United.

    "We've seen before that they've been in the top two until February or March and then faded away," Rooney said.

    "They are doing brilliantly at the minute, so it's down to them to try and stay there and us to catch them."

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    Infostrada Sports: Rafael Nadal becomes the SIXTH player to finish 3+ years as the world number one, joining Connors, McEnroe, Lendl, Sampras and Federer.

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal will end the year on top of the world rankings after beating Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

    Follow all the reaction to the Spaniard's win with our live text commentary.

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    Scotland coach Steve McCormack is not expecting the USA Tomahawks to drop their intensity for Thursday's crucial World Cup match at Salford.

    While the Americans can already look forward to a quarter-final with Australia, having topped Group D courtesy of Cook Islands' second defeat on Tuesday night, the Scots need to win their final pool match and hope Group C rivals Italy lose to Tonga on Sunday if they are to secure a last-eight meeting with holders New Zealand.

    "Last night's result is totally irrelevant and so is Sunday's," McCormack said. "All we can control is what we do.

    "Terry Matterson won't let any side of his clock off. No side will ever clock off in a World Cup."

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    Peter Schotsman: Chelsea and City will get far. Both have a very good squad with a lot of depth and a manager that knows how to beat the big teams.

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    South Africa's JP Duminy

    JP Duminy makes 64 as South Africa set Pakistan a target of 260 to win the third one-day international at Abu Dhabi.

    Duminy, whose steady knock came from 88 balls and included three fours, helped the Proteas to 259 for eight.

    South Africa were without Graeme Smith after he withdrew from the remainder of the series suffering from post-concussion syndrome after being hit on the temple during the second Test between the sides.

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    Fulham's Sascha Riether has been suspended for three matches with immediate effect after he accepted an FA charge for violent conduct.

    Riether became the first player to be charged under a new retrospective action scheme.

    The defender, 30, appeared to stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj in Fulham's 3-1 loss, but match officials did not see the incident.

    Under the new rules, a three-man panel of former elite referees looked at the incident and advised Riether committed an act of violent conduct.

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    Former England striker Tony Cottee has reiterated calls for tougher action to cut diving out of the game.

    The diving debate has resurfaced after Manchester United's Ashley Young was criticised for going down too easily to win a penalty in a Champions League game at Real Sociedad.

    "I don't like diving. I don't think there is a need for it in the game and I think it should be outlawed," said Cottee.

    "I don't understand the silly rules where they say once a player has been punished they can't go back and punish him again. I disagree with that."

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Barcelona v AC Milan (1945 GMT)

    AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says his team need to show courage in tonight's Champions League tie against Barcelona.

    "We have to play better than in the first leg," Allegri says in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Asked about a reported crisis within the club following a string of poor performances, Allegri said: "We can't get out of the crisis with one match... But we can recover."

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    Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith says it may be an advantage for his team to play the World Group tie with the United States on a clay court.

    Petco Park, home of baseball's San Diego Padres, will host the match between 31 January and 2 February 2014.

    It is the first Davis Cup tie in an open-air US baseball stadium, and the first US home tie on clay since 1992.

    "We have players who play quite a full clay-court schedule, so I think it might work in our favour," Smith said.

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    U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is backing Tournament Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn to act as mediator in the disagreement between the players and the European Tour over the new FedExCup-style Final Series.

    Last week former world number one Ernie Els described as "farcical" the rule that members must play in two of the three events leading up to the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in order to be eligible for the last of the four Final Series tournaments.

    "This is the first time there has been this new system so I don't think anything is set in stone," world number five Rose said on the eve of the inaugural $7 million Turkish Airlines Open being staged in the city of Antalya.

    "Thomas is a very good sounding board, I don't want to call him the middle man but he acts really well between the players and the top executives of the tour."

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    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel hopes at the age of 26 his life and career have not peaked.

    For the first time since winning his fourth consecutive Formula One world title at the end of last month, Vettel returned to the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes to thank all those behind the scenes who have played their part in helping him achieve the feat.

    "Every race, every year is a new challenge, so I'm not lacking any motivation because I know how hard it is to deliver every single time inside the car, to do everything right," he said.

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    We are asking which British team has the best chance of challenging for the Champions League trophy this season and what makes them stand out?

    Chris Parker: A couple side may seem strong in the league but against Bayerns, Barcas and PSGs they stand little chance.

    Cameron Paterson: Arsenal can beat anyone on their day. Keep their key players fit and I wouldn't be surprised if they go all the way this year.

    Oliver Michaelson: Chelsea can field a starting 11 with players who have won it before! Plus a manager who has won it gives them the best chance.

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    Rafael Nadal wins a fascinating first set in his ATP World Tour Finals match against Stan Wawrinka after edging a tie break.

    Watch all the action from London's O2 Arena and follow our live text commentary here.

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    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods refuses to be drawn on questions regarding his schedule as he prepares to play his first competitive golf in over a month at the Turkish Airlines Open this week.

    "When I played against Rory, I was a little bit on the rusty side, because I really had not touched a club for a couple of weeks," he said.

    "After the Presidents Cup, I shut it down. I've been playing in Singapore and doing some exhibitions there, as well as in Macau, so I've been playing a little golf.

    "The rust is starting to come off and I'm going to do a little bit of work today."

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    Claudio Ranieri

    Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri says his side must toughen up if they are to live with their robust opponents in France's Ligue 1.

    The French side spent more than 150 million euros on transfers during the close season, but dropped to third place after losing 2-0 at Lille last weekend, a reverse that came four days after they conceded their first defeat of the season in a League Cup match at Stade Reims.

    "Our opponents have been more aggressive. We will have to be more aggressive," said Ranieri.

    "This happened because many of our players are just discovering Ligue 1, and they need time to adjust to the way they can respond."

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    AP McCoy

    Champion jump jockey AP McCoy is one away from the 4,000 winners milestone after riding Minella For Steak to victory in the 14:40 GMT race at Chepstow on Wednesday.

    The Northern Irishman picked up the ride after a late switch when stablemate Misson Complete was declared a non-runner because of the rain-softened ground.

    McCoy could reach the unprecedented landmark on Thursday at Towcester in Northamptonshire, where he has two booked rides.

    No other jockey has ever ridden 3,000 jump racing winners, with Richard Johnson the closest on just over 2,500

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    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says the authorities of cycling and other endurance sports were powerless to stop doping in the 1990s.

    The American was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the United States Anti-Doping Agency last year over drug use.

    "They could not do a thing - like the head of the IAAF (athletics) couldn't do a thing, and the head of FINA (swimming) couldn't do a thing," he says. "They just did not have the tools to do anything until maybe 10 years later."

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    Scotland's Craig Thomson is appointed as the referee for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup final between Nigeria and Mexico on Friday.

    The official will be joined by assistant referees Derek Rose and Alan Mulvanny for the showpiece match in the United Arab Emirates.


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    Cameron Paterson: Arsenal can beat anyone on their day. Keep their key players fit and I wouldn't be surprised if they go all the way this year.

    Oliver Michaelson: Chelsea can field a starting 11 with players who have won it before! Plus a manager who has won it gives them the best chance.

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal earns the first break of serve in his ATP World Tour Finals tie against Stan Wawrinka.

    Victory for the Spaniard, who leads 4-3 in the first set, would see him return to the number one spot in the world rankings.

    Follow all the action from London's O2 Arena with our live text commentary.

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    Promoter Eddie Hearn does not believe Olympic champion Anthony Joshua will suffer burn-out early in his career.

    The heavyweight prospect, 24, who won his opening two professional bouts last month, fights again next week and faces Welshman Dorian Darch next month.

    "He is very young, very fit and very fresh - physically and mentally," Hearn told BBC London 94.9. "The plan is to box him every month for the next year and get him 10 or 12 wins under his belt."

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    Premiership side Newcastle Falcons sign Argentina centre Gonzalo Tiesi until the end of the season.

    Tiesi, 28, who has won 37 caps for the Pumas, played in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups and has been named on the bench for this weekend's Autumn Test against England at Twickenham.

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    Welshman Nathan Cleverly insists he had no doubts about fighting again after losing his WBO light-heavyweight title to Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff.

    Cleverly, 26, will return to the ring for the first time since the August defeat - his first career loss - when he moves up to fight for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Australia's Daniel Ammann in London on 30 November.

    "The move up to cruiserweight was much needed and before I lost to Kovalev I was thinking about it anyway," he says. "I've had a big blow losing my world title and unbeaten record, but now it's about getting back on the horse and riding it again."

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    Crystal Palace midfielder Adlene Guedioura will be sidelined for "at least six weeks" after puncturing a lung and breaking two ribs, says Eagles caretaker manager Keith Millen.

    The 27-year-old, who joined the Eagles from Nottingham Forest in the summer, collided with West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill in the first half of Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat. He needed lengthy treatment before being carried from the pitch on a stretcher.

    "It doesn't look good for him - he's fractured two ribs and it's damaged his lung as well," Millen tells Advertiser Sport.

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    The Purist: Chelsea have Mourinho. Arsenal have Ozil. City have Aguero/Silva/Yaya and United have the experience. All could win it.

    Stowe Gregory: Chelsea - Experience with players and coach and have the squad.

    Tom Hendrie: Man City because they have a huge talented squad.

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    You've had plenty of time to mull over today's teaser - so it is time for the answers.

    Following Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo's treble against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, we asked which other five players have netted Champions League hat-tricks for an English club since 2006.

    They are Gareth Bale, Yossi Benayoun, Nicklas Bendtner, Didier Drogba and Michael Owen.

    Get them all? Good.

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal will secure the year-end number one ranking if he beats Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals today.

    The action is live on BBC Two, online and 5 live sports extra at 1400 GMT.

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    Borussia Dortmund may by forced to field an "improvised" defence against Champions League opponents Arsenal because of the loss of influential centre-back Mats Hummels to injury, according to Die Welt newspaper.

    Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp tells reporters that Hummels is "97.5% unlikely" to line up when they host the Premier League leaders later. According to the paper, the 25 year-old won more tackles than any other player in the Bundesliga last season, and his contribution to build-up play is evidenced by the fact that most passes played out of the Dortmund defence are from him.

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    Champion jockey AP McCoy has one more chance of closing on the 4,000 winners milestone after picking up a spare ride at Chepstow.

    The 18-time champion will ride Minella For Steak for trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the 14:40 after a late switch.

    His original mount, stablemate Mission Complete, was earlier declared a non-runner because of the rain-softened ground.

  58. 1344: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Rubin Kazan v Wigan (Thursday 1700 GMT)

    Wigan are without Jean Beausejour for Thursday's Europa League Group D away clash with Rubin Kazan.

    Wide man Beausejour was not involved in the 2-1 Championship win over Huddersfield on Saturday due to a foot injury and has not travelled with the squad to Russia.

    Goalkeeper Scott Carson remains sidelined by his ankle problem so 21-year-old Lee Nicholls, who will be making his European debut, is set to continue in his absence with Mike Pollitt on the bench, while midfielder Ben Watson will be assessed having been unwell.

  59. 1340: 

    West Brom midfielder George Thorne joins Championship side Watford on a youth loan until 2 January. Albion retain right to recall midfielder after 28 days.

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    Great Britain javelin star Goldie Sayers will receive Olympic funding for the 2013-14 season after successfully appealing against her initial omission from the World Class Performance Programme.

    The British javelin record holder, 31, failed to qualify for the London 2012 final as she struggled with an elbow injury.

    "I was naturally disappointed not to be included first time around but nonetheless I'm even more determined to make 2014 and beyond a success," she says.

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    Prop Frans Malherbe will make his debut for South Africa against Wales on Saturday, while other injuries have forced coach Heyneke Meyer into picking an experienced backline.

    The 22-year-old Frans Malherbe comes in for the injured Jannie du Plessis and faces a baptism of fire against a tested Welsh front-row of British and Irish Lions veterans Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard and Gethin Jenkins.

  62. 1320: 
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says injured trio Sandro, Danny Rose and Zeki Fryers will miss Thursday's Europa League tie against Sheriff Tiraspol.

    Brazil midfielder Sandro limped out of Sunday's 0-0 draw against Everton with a hamstring injury. Villas-Boas says defenders Rose (toe) and Fryers (groin) are "making good progress" but will also miss the weekend Premier League fixture against Newcastle.

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    Liam Dunn: ‏Celtic. We have Samaras, nobody else has Samaras.

    Ayodele Oyewale: NONE of the English teams.

    Which British team has the best chance of realistically challenging for the Champions League trophy and what makes them stand out?

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  64. 1312: 

    The Rugby League World Cup has so far surpassed the expectations of Rugby Football League chairman Brian Barwick.

    The former Football Association chief executive said: "It has exceeded our expectations in terms of the amount of people going to the games, the level of media interest and the quality of the games as well.

    "I mean, there were over 10,000 at Leigh last night for Tonga versus the Cook Islands and we're up to 70,000 tickets for the final.

    "We have been astonished. We have had sell-outs at Rochdale, Warrington and Avignon, we've had two sell-outs at Workington. We've had the highest crowds to watch rugby league in Cumbria for 20 years."

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    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas believes Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could have avoided the collison which knocked out his goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

    "I don't want to question Lukaku because he is a good young player. But I think he could have jumped over Hugo [Lloris]," says Villas-Boas.

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    Arsenal, Celtic and Chelsea are in action in the Champions League this evening, while Manchester City qualified for the next stage and Manchester United are topping their group after Tuesday night's matches.

    We are asking which British team is best equipped for a realistic challenge to win the Champions League this season?

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  67. 1300: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he has no regrets about allowing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to continue playing after being knocked out against Everton on Sunday.

    "I stand by the decision I took and I stand by the decision made by my medical staff. They did everything by the book," says the Portuguese boss.

    "A couple of people used this as an opportunity to get some publicity. They have no experience on the pitch of these situations. It is not comparable to NFL or rugby. It is not comparable to [Chelsea goalkeeper] Petr Cech. It astonishes me that it is trying to be put in the same mode as these situations."

  68. 1255: 
    New Zealand celebrate beating Bangladesh

    New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 15 runs in a Twenty20 international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

    New Zealand scored 204-5 in 20 overs, with Bangladesh making 189-9.

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    Jack, Stockport, via text on 81111: Devil's advocate but why should he stay on his feet? He felt a tug and went down. Ask Everton's Coleman if he wishes he went down on Sunday when clearly tripped in the area. Stumbled, stayed up, shot wide. Goal kick. How can honesty be promoted if it's not rewarded?

    Did Ashley Young dive to earn Manchester United's penalty last night or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  70. 1244: 

    Prop Frans Malherbe will make his South Africa debut in Saturday's match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

    The 22-year-old is named in an otherwise experienced Springbok side, which boasts 667 caps in total, alongside Bath flanker Francois Louw. Back Jaque Fourie plays for the first time since the World Cup in 2011.

  71. 1240: 

    Celtic warn supporters who have travelled to Amsterdam for their Champions League tie against Ajax to be extra vigilant following an unprovoked attack on Bhoys fans on Tuesday.

    The attack in the Dutch capital led to a number of arrests.

  72. 1234:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at London's O2 ArenaTENNIS

    Rafael Nadal will secure the year-end number one ranking if he beats Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals later.

    The achievement would cap an incredible year for the Spaniard since returning from injury in February, but he has played down its importance.

    "The number one is not a goal for me any more," says Nadal. "Today the goal is to be healthy, be competitive, and for me it makes me much more happy to win good tournaments than be number one. It's not that number one doesn't matter, but it doesn't make me feel special."

    You can watch Nadal v Wawrinka live on BBC Two and online, or listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, at 1400 GMT.

  73. 1229: 

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone makes a bizarre entrance to the High Court as he prepares to give evidence in a damages case against him.

    German media company, Constantin Medien, argues that Mr Ecclestone deliberately undervalued Formula 1 when private equity fund CVC Capital Partners bought into the business in 2005.

    See a video of Ecclestone's entrance here.

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    Alex Paterson: I've been a Man Utd fan for over 25 years. I can't stand Young. The sooner him and Nani are gone the better.

    Mali Halls: Young is an embarrassment to the game. The refs in the Prem will be watching him even more closely now.

    Elwyn Gruffydd Evans: Man United fan here; actually glad RVP missed the penalty, would have been shameful to celebrate a goal after Young's blatant dive. He's a disgrace and we don't even have his ability as a footballer to defend him, he's rubbish. He needs to go, but what club is going to be stupid enough to take him?!

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  75. 1220: 

    Martin O'Neill could not turn down the opportunity to manage the Republic of Ireland.

    The 61-year-old Northern Irishman and number two Roy Keane each signed initial two-year deals on Tuesday evening as the Football Association of Ireland's search for a replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni finally drew to a close.

    He told Sky Sports News: "It's a privilege to do it. You know, a job like this may not come round again for quite some considerable time.

    "The Republic of Ireland have had some success - Jack Charlton was great, Mick McCarthy excellent, and Trapattoni did very, very well indeed, and all stayed in the job for quite a number of years, so that opportunity might not be afforded to anyone in the foreseeable future."

  76. 1213: 

    Former Arsenal and West Ham striker John Hartson stands down as Wales assistant coach due to increasing work commitments and family reasons.

    "The work I now do as a pundit for the BBC is taking up more and more of my time. With another child on the way I need to spend some time with my growing family," says 38-year-old Hartson.

  77. 1205: 
    Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate presents Adam Scott  the Key to the City at Royal Pines Resort . Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate presents Adam Scott the Key to the City at Royal Pines Resort .

    Australia's Adam Scott sets a goal of winning a career grand slam of golf's four majors and says his breakthrough US Masters win is yet to pay full dividend to his game.

    "I'd love to win the career grand slam and put myself in that really small group of players who have won all four majors," the 33-year-old told reporters at Australia's Gold Coast on Wednesday, his first trip to his homeland since his Augusta triumph.

    Having won his country's national Open title in 2009 and the Australian Masters last year, Scott will bid to win the Australian PGA Championship trophy at Royal Pines starting on Thursday.

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    Sean Patrick: The thing with some of Young's dives are if he actually tried to stay on his feet it would result in a foul.

    Lord Howe of Sealand: The penalty was scuffed anyway. A lot of hype over something that didn't really affect the game, as such.

    Vish Patel: Young dives - Moyes warns him. Young dives again - Moyes backs him. What would Fergie do?

    Did Ashley Young dive to earn Manchester United's penalty last night or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  79. 1157: 

    Right then, it is time to get your thinking caps on - here is today's Question of Sport Teaser.

    Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, who helped the Blues to a 5-2 win against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, is the sixth hat-trick scorer for an English club in the Champions League since 2006. Can you name the others?

    We will reveal the answers later.

  80. 1153:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFORMULA ONE

    "Ecclestone on journalists who wrote on scandal: 'Most of these journalists should be working closely with what's his name, Jeffrey Archer'.

    "Ecclestone says payment to Gribkowsky (which he previously denied & which he says was only done under coercion) was '£10m...more or less.'"

    Bernie Ecclestone has appeared at a High Court trial to defend himself against allegations that he made a "corrupt bargain" in a bid to stay at the top of Formula 1 racing.

  81. 1146: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith withdraws from the one-day international series against Pakistan as he continues to recover from concussion.

    Smith was hit on the right temple on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan by a Mohammed Irfan bouncer.

    "During the second ODI in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing," says South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

  82. 1142: 

    The British Paralympic Association (BPA) announce it is setting up the organisation's first ever Athletes' Commission.

    The commission will be made up of nine athletes, including London 2012 Paralympians David Clarke (Football), Tom Aggar (Rowing), Claire Cashmore (Swimming), Sophie Christiansen OBE (Equestrian), Ben Quilter (Judo), and Stef Reid (Athletics) as well as Vancouver 2010 Paralympian Tim Farr (Alpine Skiing).

    All were nominated by their sports and fellow athletes. They will be joined by two retired athletes Helene Dyson (née Raynsford, Rowing) who competed in Beijing 2008 and Caroline Matthews (Wheelchair Basketball) who competed in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

  83. 1137: 

    England opener Michael Carberry says his serious illness three years ago has given him a sense of perspective.

    The Hampshire batsman, 33, scored 153 not out as he and captain Alastair Cook batted through the first day of their game with Australia A in Hobart.

    But a blood clot on his lung in 2010 threatened more than just his career.

    "It's been a tough couple of years - in a strange way it does give your cricket perspective when you're close to losing your life," Carberry told BBC Sport.

  84. 1132: 

    Birmingham City: Delighted to confirm that our @UWCL rd of 16 2nd-leg V FK Zorkiy will be held at St. Andrew's on Weds 13 November (7pm KO).

  85. 1125: 
    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side are capable of beating any of the teams left in the Champions League after qualifying for the knockout stage for the first time.

    City, who failed to progress from the group phase in their two previous campaigns, secured their place in the last 16 with two games to spare after a 5-2 victory against CSKA Moscow.

  86. 1120: 

    Great Britain's Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley both make impressive starts to their campaigns at the end-of-season Masters event in California.

    World number four Reid defeated France's Nicolas Peifer 6-1 6-2 in his first round-robin men's singles match. In the women's singles, Whiley secured an excellent 2-6 6-1 6-1 success over top seed Sabine Ellerbrock from Germany.

    However, Lucy Shuker was beaten in three sets by Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands 6-4 1-6 6-4 and in the quad division Andy Lapthorne lost his opener 7-5 6-0 to world number one David Wagner of the USA.

  87. 1112:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFORMULA ONE

    "Ecclestone being questioned by Philip Marshall QC; focusing on whether Ecclestone lied about paying an alleged bribe to a German banker.

    "Ecclestone facing a £100m damages lawsuit brought by German media group who say its F1 stake was undervalued when sold in 2006."

  88. 1105: 

    Recently-demoted Women's Super League side Doncaster Rovers Belles appoint ex-York City and Carlisle United player Gordon Staniforth as their new manager.

    Staniforth, 56, replaces John Buckley, who left two-time English champions Belles by mutual consent in September after 10 years in charge.

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    Mally G on text via 81111: As a United fan I find it utterly embarrassing watching Young throw himself about like he does. All it does is tarnish our reputation. Maybe he does it to take our focus away from the fact that he hasn't performed since his move to united. I wouldn't pay him in buttons. Sooner he is gone, the better.

    Did Ashley Young dive to earn Manchester United's penalty last night or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  90. 1057:  
    Tom Fordyce, BBC SportASHES BUILD-UP
  91. 1052: 
    England's Michael Carberry and Alastair Cook

    Skipper Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry put England in a commanding position with unbeaten centuries on the opening day of their tour match against Australia A on Wednesday.

    At the close, England had batted all day and were 318 without loss after winning the toss, with Cook unbeaten on 154 and Carberry, preferred as opener to Joe Root, on 153.

    It is already the highest opening partnership at Hobart's Bellerive ground, and not since Graham Thorpe and Mark Ramprakash put on 377 against South Australia on the 1998/1999 tour have an England pair batted together for an entire day.

    The journeyman left-hander's share was almost equal to his captain - 153 not out plays 154 - in England's highest opening stand since a Test alliance between Cyril Washbrook and Len Hutton 65 years ago.

  92. 1048: 

    West Indies are dismissed for 234 on the first day of the first Test against India in Kolkata. In reply, India are 37 without loss at the end of play.

    Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is playing in his penultimate Test before he retires and took Shane Shillingford's wicket.

  93. 1043: 

    Harlequins' Ugo Monye: On this day 12yrs ago I signed my 1st professional contract with @QuinsRugbyUnion on a 1yr deal.... Best decision I ever made. #Proud.

  94. 1036: 

    Great Britain judo star Gemma Gibbons says following up her Olympic silver medal with a gold at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games would be "amazing".

    Gibbons, 26, has been named as an England ambassador ahead of next year's Games. "It's got to be gold for the Commonwealth Games," she says.

  95. 1030: 
    Colin Munro

    Colin Munro and Anton Devcich hit half-centuries as New Zealand posted 204-5 in the one-off Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday.

    Munro returned unbeaten on 73 off 39 balls to lift New Zealand to their second-highest total in T20 cricket behind the 214-6 against Australia in 2010.

    Munro, a 26-year old left-hander, entertained the crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium with three fours and five sixes.

  96. 1025: 

    Playmaker Samir Nasri believes Manchester City are only just getting started in the Champions League.

    City secured a place in the last 16 of Europe's elite competition for the first time - and with two games to spare - as they beat CSKA Moscow 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

    The Frenchman said: "A club like Manchester City isn't just going to be happy reaching the last 16. We want to get as far as we possibly can in this competition."

  97. 1021: 

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone faces a "long spell" on the sidelines with a knee cartilage injury.

    "He had a loosened body, a bit of cartilage in his knee, so we need to repair that which will take time," says Martinez. "He is going to work extremely hard to get back before the season ends."

    However, the Toffees boss hopes striker Romelu Lukaku will be fit for Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

  98. 1015:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFORMULA ONE
    Bernie Ecclestone

    ‏To the High Court where Bernie Ecclestone is due to appear for 1st time in lawsuit case that could signal the beginning of the end for Mr F1.

    Bernie Ecclestone arrives at High Court. Shortly after this was taken he became trapped in revolving door.

  99. 1010: 

    West Bromwich Albion right-back Billy Jones is ruled out of their Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

    Jones, 26, was substituted in the Baggies' win against Crystal Palace because of the injury.

    "There is a big chunk of time now for him to get it right," said Albion assistant boss Keith Downing. "But we're disappointed because Billy's played well and he's been one of our best players."

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    Sir Benjamin Lee: Ashley Young didn't dive, there was a strong breeze, must have been, he does it too much, he'd realise people notice it.

    Ibrahim Oyebamiji: It was a blatant dive by Young.

    Did Ashley Young dive to earn Manchester United's penalty last night or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  101. 0958: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Ajax v Celtic (1945 GMT)

    Georgios Samaras, Kris Commons and Mikael Lustig are all in with a chance of playing in Celtic's Champions League clash with Ajax on Wednesday.

    Midfielder Commons and forward Samaras missed Saturday's 1-1 draw with Dundee United, while Lustig was a substitute.

  102. 0949: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal (1945 GMT)
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal are without midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is recovering from an ankle injury, as they aim to avoid a second successive defeat by Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group F this evening.

    The Gunners lost 2-1 at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago and are level on six points with Dortmund and Napoli.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Radio 5 live and a live text commentary on BBC Sport online.

  103. 0942: 

    Premiership club Gloucester have banned a supporter who threw a drink over Wasps player Elliot Daly during Saturday's league game between the sides.

    Video footage revealed the fan's actions after Daly slid across the dead-ball line at Kingsholm, close to spectators.

    Gloucester immediately apologised to Daly and conducted an investigation into the incident.

    "The supporter who was seen to throw a drink over London Wasps player Elliot Daly at Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture has been banned for the rest of the season."

  104. 0938: 

    Manchester United boss David Moyes defends Ashley Young after the winger earned his side a penalty against Real Sociedad last night.

    Young was spoken to by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson last year for going to ground too easily, while Moyes gave the player another warning in September following a controversial incident in which Crystal Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off.

    After the Sociedad match, former United captain Roy Keane said on ITV that Young had "conned" Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli, who booked Markel Bergara for the challenge.

    Moyes said: "All I know is he got a penalty kick from a decision. I don't know anything about reputations or anything. The boy certainly tugs him in the box."

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    Omosehin kolawole: If care is not taken Young might get himself injured by the way he throws himself to the ground.

    Toby Delahay-Jones: I'm a united fan and it is a clear dive by young. The way he throws himself to the ground makes it worse!

    Charlie Smith: Worst thing about diving is it distracts us from the fact Young hasn't impressed in yonks, not even mid-table quality anymore.

    Did Ashley Young dive to earn Manchester United's penalty last night or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  106. 0926: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Chelsea v Schalke (1945 GMT)

    Samuel Eto'o is set to start in attack for Chelsea against Schalke in the absence of Fernando Torres.

    Torres, who scored twice against the German side in Gelsenkirchen last month, misses the Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge with a leg injury.

  107. 0917:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFORMULA ONE

    The value of the High Court claim against F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been reduced by around $30m to $140.4m (£87.9m).

    As part of their civil lawsuit against Ecclestone, German media group Constantin Medien were given access to the accounts of CVC Capital Partners, the majority stakeholders in the motorsport series. The amount they are seeking has been revised down as a result, although were they to win they would also expect to receive several millions pounds in addition to take into account loss of interest.

    Ecclestone is expected to be cross-examined by Constantin's barrister Philip Marshall QC today, and to answer charges that he made "a corrupt bargain" when a stake in the sport was undervalued when it was sold by German bank BayernLB to private equity firm CVC in 2006 for €830m.

    The case is one of a number of legal challenges that could threaten to end Ecclestone's reign over F1. A German court will decide next year whether he should be tried for bribery there. Ecclestone denies any wrongdoing.

  108. 0911: 
    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale scored his first Champions League goal for Real Madrid as they drew 2-2 with Juventus to move closer to qualifying for the knockout stages.

    Arturo Vidal's penalty put the Italians ahead, before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from Karim Benzema's pass.

    Bale, 24, who was signed from Tottenham for a world record fee of £85.3m (100m euros) in August, hammered in a low shot to put Real 2-1 ahead on the hour.

    But Fernando Llorente's stooping header secured a precious draw for the hosts.

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    Josh Seldis: Young's actions are deplorable. Utd should not stand for it any longer. After all, he's not making up for it with ability.

    Adam Bramhall: I'm a United fan and also defender of divers, they run very fast and are therefore easily knocked, but Young was weak last night.

    Marc Burrage: Ashley Young is not being targeted because of his reputation - he's being targeted because of his actions. Needs to stop.

    So what did you make of the Ashley Young incident last night? Did he dive to earn Manchester United's penalty or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  110. 0900: 

    England batsman Michael Carberry feels a debt of gratitude to former Australia spinner Shane Warne.

    Carberry has put himself in the frame for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, following his solitary previous cap in Chittagong three and a half years ago, by scoring his maiden England hundred in an unbroken stand of 318 alongside Alastair Cook in Hobart.

    "I think Shane Warne is basically the reason why I actually got a chance to play Test cricket," he said.

    "I was a young guy, a little bit lost in county cricket. I came to Hampshire - and from day one, he made me feel very much at home and gave me the backing every young player needs."

  111. 0857: 

    Australia all-rounder Shane Watson faces a battle to be fit for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on 21 November.

    The 32-year-old sustained a hamstring injury while bowling in Australia's final one-day international against India on Saturday.

    The problem has been diagnosed as a "low-grade muscle strain".

    "He will have intense treatment and rehabilitation in Sydney over the coming days," said Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

  112. 0849:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES BUILD-UP
    Michael Carberry

    "A remarkable day for Michael Carberry - talk about seizing your opportunity.

    "It might have a big knock-on effect for England as he may have scuppered Joe Root opening for now, he's absolutely scuppered it for Jonny Bairstow, and probably for Gary Ballance as well, as Root will bat at six.

    "It would be interesting - if they ever tell us - to ask England, if it wasn't for Cook's bad back, whether Cook would have opened with Carberry or Root in the first game in Perth."

    Michael Carberry and Alastair Cook scored unbeaten centuries as England made 318 without loss on the first day of their four-day Ashes warm-up game against Australia A in Hobart.

  113. 0844: 

    Novak Djokovic says Viktor Troicki's ban for missing a drugs test is a "total injustice" and that he has lost trust in the anti-doping system.

    Troicki had an 18-month ban for failing to provide a blood sample at April's Monte Carlo Masters cut to 12 months.

    The 27-year-old Serb claimed he had been given permission to delay the test as he felt unwell.

    "I think it's just not bad news for him. It makes me nervous as a player to do any kind of test," said Djokovic.

  114. 0837: 

    Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer for the second time in three days to get his ATP World Tour Finals defence off to a solid start.

    Djokovic followed up Saturday's Paris semi-final victory with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 win at the O2 Arena.

    Today's action sees Rafael Nadal play Stan Wawrinka and David Ferrer against Tomas Berdych. You can see the action live on BBC Two from 1400 GMT, listen to it on BBC Radio 5 sports extra or follow the text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  115. 0832: 

    Champion jockey AP McCoy is now down to only one booked ride at Chepstow this afternoon as he seeks two victories to reach the 4,000 winners milestone.

    His second ride, Mission Complete, has been declared a non-runner, so the target will not be reached on Wednesday unless he picks up a spare ride.

  116. 0830: 

    AP McCoy says he may have a long wait for his 4,000th jump racing win as his rides for the next two race meetings may not be strong enough to help him reach the historic mark.

    The 18-time champion jockey is on 3,998 victories after failing to win any of his three races at Exeter on Tuesday.

    McCoy, 39, has two booked mounts at Chepstow on Wednesday and another at Towcester on Thursday.

  117. 0824: 
    Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

    Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have been appointed as the Republic of Ireland coaching team on two-year deals.

    The Republic parted company with Giovanni Trapattoni in September after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

  118. 0818:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveCHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    "Ashley Young is no slouch at going down, let's be fair, but this time from my first viewing I certainly think there was a decent amount of contact."

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    So what did you make of the Ashley Young incident last night? Did he dive to earn Manchester United's penalty or is he being targeted because of his reputation?

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  120. 0808: 

    The red half of Manchester remain on course for Champions League qualification after a 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad in Spain.

    Robin van Persie missed a penalty and Marouane Fellaini was sent off, in a game that saw Ashley Young criticised by some for the way he went down to earn United's penalty.

  121. 0804: 

    In the Champions League, Alvaro Negredo's hat-trick ensured Manchester City moved into the Champions League knockout phase for the first time with a comfortable 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow.

    Sergio Aguero was the initial inspiration, scoring two and setting up another for Negredo as City scored three times inside the first half-hour to make it a straightforward night for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

  122. 0758: 

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen: Morning/Afternoon/Evening.. @ian_bell is running back to the team hotel from the ground.. What a professional this guy is! #hobart.

    Bell did not make it to the crease as England made 318 without loss on the first day of their four-day Ashes warm-up game against Australia A in Hobart.

  123. 0756: 
    England's Michael Carberry and Alastair Cook

    England's cricket fans waking up this morning will have an extra spring in their step at the news their side have dominated the first day of their penultimate Ashes warm-up game against Australia A in Hobart.

    Openers Michael Carberry, 153, and Alastair Cook, 154, both hit unbeaten centuries as England made 318 without loss.

    With the Ashes opening on 21 November in Brisbane, Carberry has done himself no harm in the bid for a Test spot.


    Good morning and welcome to another edition of BBC Sportsday live from our HQ in Salford. We have plenty of live sport to bring you throughout the day, including AP McCoy's quest to reach 4,000 career wins and Rafael Nadal in action at the ATP World Tour Finals.

    We will also have build-up ahead of tonight's Champions League matches, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic all looking to take a big step towards the next round.

    First, though, we will look at the stories from overnight with England's cricketers making a big statement of intent in Hobart...

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