Sportsday - Tuesday 12 November as it happened

Football latest, Australia first Ashes Test squad reaction, rugby build-up and "everyone hates Man Utd" reaction.

12 November 2013 Last updated at 19:00 GMT

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  1. 1858: 

    That is it for the evening for another BBC Sportsday. Thanks for your company and, as ever, we will be back from 0800 GMT on Wednesday.

    Don't forget you can listen to an exclusive interview with Andy Murray on BBC Radio 5 LIve from 1930 GMT, with Tuffers & Vaughan following at 2030. Enjoy.

  2. 1854: 

    New Zealand all-rounder Natham McCullum produces a barely-believable last-over onslaught to snatch a four-wicket win in a severely rain-affected second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Hambantota.

    Needing 18 from the final four balls, McCullum blasted spinner Rangana Herath for three sixes to steal a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

  3. 1851: 
    Roman Weidenfeller

    Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller's belated Germany call-up is a dream come true said the 33-year-old.

    Weidenfeller was overlooked for years by coach Joachim Loew despite outstanding seasons with Dortmund that included consecutive league titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as the 2012 German Cup and last season's Champions League final.

    The keeper earned his maiden senior call-up last week ahead of international friendlies against Italy on Friday and England at Wembley four days later.

    "Today a dream came true for me," he told reporters in his first news conference as a Germany player. "I want to let everything come to me and I am open for everything and just want to enjoy it."

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    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Jagen Vythelingum: If you want to be a bigger team then sometimes you have to start new traditions but to remain a big team you must not forget the old ones!

    Ben Lea: They OWN the club they can do whatever they want he has paid millions to buy them so why can't he change the name.

  5. 1839: 

    Australia hooker Stephen Moore admits he rejected the opportunity to explore an international career with Ireland.

    The 86-cap front-rower revealed Ireland enquired about his services when he was 19.

    Born in Saudi Arabia to Irish parents, Moore and family moved to Galway before settling in Australia.

    Australia's most-capped hooker explained: "That was a long time ago, very early on in my career, only 19 or 20, so I wasn't really thinking about playing internationally at that stage."

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    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Hugh Simon Carey: Another football team sadly falling to a millionaire's plaything. Next they'll be moving to London/Birmingham in order to reach more supporters/business opportunities....

    Gabriel Nyako: It baffles me that Cardiff city are known as the bluebirds yet they play in red! Hull city fans, rise up and revolt against this inconsiderate change which has no regard whatsoever to the fans' feelings!

    Scott Johnson: I thought renaming stadiums was bad enough but renaming a club is just plain stupidity!

  7. 1835: 

    Charlie Adam insists Scotland have moved on from their humiliating defeat at the hands of the United States as the two nations prepare to meet again in a friendly on Friday.

    The Scots endured a heavy 5-1 loss in Florida the last time the sides met in May 2012, when Craig Levein was still at the helm.

    Adam said: "It's a difficult place to go and play and we got beat. We took it on the chin. We looked at the performance and it wasn't good enough and we moved on.

    "Our performances have picked up since then."

  8. 1833: 

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  9. 1826: 

    Inverness sign goalkeeper Dean Brill on a permanent deal until the summer of 2016 after he impressed while on loan.

    Brill initially joined the Highlanders on a temporary basis from Luton in July until January.


    Chris Parker: Can't say I like the idea of the Sunderland black cats or something, at least Hull haven't changed the colours like Cardiff.

    Tom Heath: It is bad enough Southampton changed their strip from red & white stripes to all red, it's unforgivable to change a club's name!

    Mountysaurus Rex: I dislike even stadiums named after sponsors, never mind teams and colours, football is business but we could try and hide it.

    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

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  11. 1819: 
    Sachin Tendulkar

    Brian Lara believes Sachin Tendulkar deserves to be remembered as cricket's greatest player of all time - and as important a figure in the wider world of sport as Muhammad Ali.

    As Tendulkar prepares for his 200th, and final, Test match, former West Indies batsman Lara has no doubt where the Indian stands in the pantheon of the game.

    "No argument at all - Sachin Tendulkar, for me, has had the greatest cricket career of anyone who has ever played the game," said Lara."

  12. 1812: 

    Brackley Town are considering the possibility of putting an outfield player in goal for their televised FA Cup tie against Gillingham on Monday night, reports the Northampton Chronicle.

    The Saints claimed a 1-1 draw at Priestfield last Saturday as an injury-time Bradley Dack goal denied them immediate progression to the second round stage.

    The teams will now meet again in a replay at St James' Park next week, but experienced Brackley stopper Billy Turley is banned for that game.

  13. 1810:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentFOOTBALL

    Fifa's chief medical officer believes Brazil's efforts to re-establish an anti-doping laboratory in Rio de Janeiro in time for the 2014 World Cup are set to fail.

    Michel D'Hooghe said player samples will have to be sent to Switzerland for examination instead.

    Dr D'Hooghe thinks it is "nearly impossible to believe" Brazil does not have a functioning anti-doping laboratory, given that it will stage the World Cup next summer and the Olympic Games two years later.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) suspended the laboratory for a second time in August and said it would revoke its status on 25 September for failing to meet international standards.

  14. 1804: 

    "In naming their squad more than a week before the first Ashes Test, Australia are showing a confidence and stability that were conspicuous by their absence during their preparations for the series in England last summer."

    See the rest of Alec Stewart's BBC Sport column here.

  15. 1758: 

    The cost of Brian Cookson's campaign to be elected as president of the international cycling union (UCI) was £120,000, British Cycling has confirmed.

    Cookson beat Ireland's Pat McQuaid after a bitterly-fought election to become the head of international cycling in September.

    His campaign funds came from British Cycling's international relations budget and the governing body said Cookson kept costs to a minimum by travelling standard class on several trips to different parts of the world.

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    Jamie Matthews: Welbeck has been injured for ages and Carrick probably wouldn't play anyway. Don't see what the fuss is about.

    Andy Walles: Just backs up jones' point that people are against MUFC, what if players from their own clubs dropped out? That'd be ok?

    Simon Aindow: More Man Utd 'injury' withdrawls from England 'duty'. Another reason why they are so hated. Nothing to do with their success.

  17. 1745: 
    ON THIS DAY. . . .
    Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield trade blows during a bout in Las Vegas, Nevada

    The date: 13 November, 1992. Evander Holyfield loses his world heavyweight title to Riddick Bowe in Las Vegas after two years as champion.

  18. 1739:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWHAT'S ON

    From 1930 GMT tonight, you can listen to British number one Andy Murray on the stress of fighting for the Wimbledon title, with BBC Sport's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller.

    Then Tuffers & Vaughan have the latest from England's tour of Australia, including Tom Fordyce's interview with Ian Bell, from 2000-2130 GMT.

    And from 2130 GMT, we are talking cycling, featuring the BBC's interview with Lance Armstrong.

  19. 1734: 

    Bottom-placed Chievo Verona fire coach Giuseppe Sannino and rehire Eugenio Corini after winning just one of their opening 12 matches in Serie A.

  20. 1728: 

    I think you have waited long enough for the answers to today's Question of Sport teaser. We asked you Who are the eight French drivers to have raced in Formula One since 2000?

    The answers are Alesi, Bianchi, Bourdais, Grosjean, Montagny, Panis, Pic and Vergne.


    Mike Oxbig: Caulker will be an England regular within 2 years so he won't be playing for Scotland.

    Rian Hoskins: Once you have a senior cap for a country, you should not be allowed to play for another, be it friendlies or tournaments.

  22. 1721: 

    Ajax are fined £21,000 by Uefa after fans displayed an offensive banner at their Champions League home game against Celtic.

    The Dutch club announced the sanction on their website and also confirmed another case is ongoing concerning crowd trouble at the return fixture in Glasgow.

    The club's statement read: "Ajax have been fined by Uefa after a banner appeared on the stands of the Amsterdam ArenA during the match against Celtic FC. The banner was aimed at Ajax's opponents that night. Uefa imposed a fine of 25,000 euros."

    Aitor Karanka

    James Tooze: Karanka, a successful assistant under a great manager. Reminds me of a certain Steve McClaren, hoping for similar success.

  24. 1711: 

    Middlesbrough are set to name Spaniard Aitor Karanka as their new manager, BBC Sport understands.

    The club have called a news conference for 1030 GMT on Wednesday when they are expected to confirm Karanka as the successor to Tony Mowbray.

    The 40-year-old was Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's assistant during his three years as Real Madrid boss.

  25. 1708: 
    Roy Keane

    Stephen Ward enjoyed a "surreal" return to Republic of Ireland duty as he found himself on the same training pitch as boyhood hero Roy Keane.

    The 28-year-old Brighton defender grew up supporting Manchester United and watching Keane star for both club and country.

    But on Tuesday morning in Malahide, Ward was among the squad which was put through its paces by the Republic of Ireland's new assistant manager, and he admitted it was a strange experience.

    Ward said: "It's a little bit surreal sometimes, I suppose. You grow up watching him - he is obviously one of the greatest players to play for Ireland."

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    Joe Konarski: Caulker eligible to play for Scots even though he has a cap for Eng! Friendles shoud count, international football becoming a joke.

  27. 1657: 

    Bradford Bull's joint chairman Ryan Whitcut announces he is leaving the club.

    Whitcut joined the Bulls as general manager 18 months ago when Omar Khan brought the club out of administration and became joint chairman under a new regime last month.

    In a statement, Whitcut said: "I am stepping down from my role at the Bradford Bulls after conversations with the governing body of the Rugby Football League.

    "Although I am disappointed, I am confident that the new team I brought together will help the club move forward and take it back to where it belongs as an industry leader."

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    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why?

    Barry Roberts: Back in the 80's when Utd were winning sweet FA, no one hated them. It's only since they became successful the hate started.

    Gary Cain: So Phil Jones is a bit behind the times telling us something everybody already knew and probably one of us while at Blackburn.

    Niyi Martins: As an Arsenal fan, I'll give anything to have this kind of 'Man Utd hatred' for being champions all the 'time'!!

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  29. 1647: 
    Dan Carter

    New Zealand flanker Kieran Read insists there is extra motivation for the All Blacks to beat England on Saturday - Dan Carter's 100th cap.

    Carter (pictured) will become just the fifth New Zealander to reach a century of caps if he is selected to face England with the 31-year-old fly-half likely to be in the team named by coach Steve Hansen for Saturday's Test.

    "I think you look at the man who Dan is and he will put the team above everything," said Read. "But at the back of my mind, if he is playing I would want to do well for him."

  30. 1641: 

    Chelsea's Nigeria international Victor Moses, who is on loan at Liverpool: Wow been nominated for BBC African Player of the Year. Really honoured.

  31. 1637: 

    Coach Mark McGhee insists all players who meet eligibility criteria will be considered for Scotland, as Steven Caulker emerged as a potential option.

    Reports on Tuesday claimed boss Gordon Strachan is trying to persuade the Cardiff defender to switch allegiance from England and join up with the Scots.

    Caulker earned his only senior cap in a friendly against Sweden and has missed out on a place in Roy Hodgson's latest squad.

    McGhee said: "He is someone who does meet the criteria as I understand it. We know who the boy is, we knew him before when he was at Tottenham. I don't know any more than that."

  32. 1630: 

    Championship side Derby County open talks with midfielder Kalifa Cisse about a permanent deal at Pride Park, reports BBC Radio Derby.

    The 29-year-old signed on non-contract terms following a successful trial and made his debut in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

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    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Mark Lennon: Who cares, there are football teams in the lower leagues going out of business altogether so just deal with it.

    Hugh Simon Carey: Another football team sadly falling to a millionaires plaything. Next they'll be moving to London/Birmingham in order to reach more supporters/business opportunities....

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  34. 1622: 

    Middlesbrough FC: MFC have called a press conference at Rockliffe Park for 10.30am tomorrow. There will be no further details at this time.

    Earlier, reports suggested three-time Champions League winner Aitor Karanka, Jose Mourinho's former assistant at Real Madrid, was set to be named new 'Boro manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

  35. 1617: 

    Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson is appointed head coach of the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka in early 2014. The side will play three four-day Tests against the Sri Lanka A team, with the full schedule yet to be announced.

  36. 1613: 
    New Hibernian manager Terry Butcher

    Former England captain Terry Butcher says he is relishing the challenge after being unveiled as the new manager of Hibernian. Butcher has taken over the role, with Maurice Malpas his assistant.

    The former Inverness manager says: "It's been a whirlwind seven or eight days and we're just delighted to be here.

    "It's been a difficult week because of what we have left behind up there - we have left some fabulous players and it's hard to say goodbye to that. It's been nearly five years up there and we really enjoyed our time."

  37. 1603: 

    New assistant manager Roy Keane was the first to arrive at Republic of Ireland training in Malahide on Tuesday as preparations for Friday's friendly against Latvia got under way. Keane, 42, turned up 90 minutes before Martin O'Neill and his players were scheduled to begin work at Gannon Park.

    The Cork man checked out the training pitch before inspecting the nearby gym facilities at the north Dublin venue. Keane returned to the training pitch well before the first players arrived.

  38. 1555: 

    Both Scottish League Cup semi-finals will take place in Edinburgh. The Scottish Professional Football League announce that Aberdeen will face St Johnstone at Tynecastle on Saturday, 1 February (1500 GMT, while Inverness will travel to the new home of their recently-departed manager Terry Butcher in a repeat of last season's last-four clash against Hearts at Easter Road.

    The match will be live on BBC Scotland at 12.15 GMT on 2 February.

  39. 1552: 
    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington at Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland news conference: Door open for a Stephen Ireland international return + O'Neill surprised Roy Keane wasn't given another management chance before ROI.

  40. 1542: 
    Former Inter Milan manager Roy Hodgson

    Fulham say England manager Roy Hodgson will return to Craven Cottage on 18 November when the ground hosts the international friendly between Italy and Nigeria.

    Hodgson, 66, has managed both Inter Milan and Udinese. In a feature for the programme for next week's match, Hodgson says: "Udinese was different. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. It was very different from what I had experienced at Inter, so I can't say it was such a glorious chapter in my career.

    "I certainly have fond memories of Inter and Italy, though. I like Italy very much and the people - there's nothing remotely negative that I can say about it. I think about Italy with nothing but positives."

  41. 1531: 

    New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says he is surprised assistant Roy Keane had not been handed a management or coaching role since he was sacked by Ipswich in January 2011.

    O'Neill says: "I know that he feels things didn't go very well at Ipswich for him. I think sometimes it's forgotten that he actually in his first season got Sunderland promoted. And he did very well.

    "I think some of those things get lost in time. People want to forget that. But I was surprised that he hadn't had another opportunity, that somebody wouldn't have taken a chance with him."


    UnSimpleSimon: I'm renaming Soton to "Southampton Supermen" in my head if they keep their current form till season's end.

    Sam Tomlin: Sad to see Hull confirm name change. Clubs are community institutions not play toys for millionaires.

    Simon Soothill: Hull Tigers? Nonsense. Almost as bad as when York City were renamed York City Soccer Club 'to appeal to the US market'.

  43. 1522: 

    West Bromwich Albion's kit man is considering sending the Baggies out ahead of their next match against Chelsea wearing Mickey Mouse ears, following Jonas Olsson's row with Jose Mourinho in the Stamford Bridge tunnel, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    The newspaper claims Mourinho described 30-year-old defender Olsson as a "Mickey Mouse player" during a furious exchange with the West Brom defender which sparked a mass confrontation between the two sets of players at the end of last Saturday's 1-1 draw.

  44. 1513: 

    Equestrian paralympic London 2012 double gold medallist Natasha Baker and Archery's double gold-winner Mel Clarke will be athlete ambassadors for the next ParalympicsGB Sports Fest, which offers disabled people the chance to "Try the Sports, Meet the Medallists, Get Inspired".

    The multi-medallists will both attend the event, a free two-day multi-sport event that will be held at the University of Worcester Arena, on Sunday November 24 and Monday November 25.

  45. 1507: 

    Comedian and Middlesbrough fan Bob Mortimer: KARANKA KA KA KA KA KA.

  46. 1500: 
    Former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka

    Three-time Champions League winner Aitor Karanka is set to be appointed as the new manager of Championship club Middlesbrough, according to the ITV website. The 40-year-old former Real Madrid defender previously worked as Jose Mourinho's assistant at the Bernabeu, but this would be his first time in charge of a club.


    Finian Black: And so the inevitable Man Utd withdrawals from international friendlies starts. It's as if SAF hasn't retired.

    Tim B: Breaking news - more Man U players pull out as they put their club before their country

    Viks M: Here comes an injury crisis of the likes never seen this year in the #PL lucky it's #interlullweek #tongueincheek.

  48. 1448:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION

    England fly-half Owen Farrell on BB5 Radio 5 live talking about Manu Tuilagi being a doubt for the Six Nations:

    "If he is out for the Six Nations he's obviously a big player for us and we'll be gutted for him, but there are a lot of good players in this squad. We wish him the best of recoveries."

    Farrell also talks about the "unbelievable" Dan Carter, who is set to win his 100th cap if selected on Saturday.

  49. 1440: 
    Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck

    Michael Carrick carried an Achilles injury into United's 1-0 win over Arsenal and even though he completed 90 minutes at Old Trafford, he has withdrawn from the England squad.

    Danny Welbeck has not played since October 19 because of a knee injury and he has also pulled out of the double-header.

  50. 1437: 

    Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick both featured in last month's World Cup qualifier against Poland, but are ruled out as Roy Hodgson's men gather for two games at Wembley Stadium.

    The Three Lions face Chile on Friday evening, before Germany visit four days later.

    No additional players will be added to the squad of 26 players.

  51. 1433: 

    Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck have been ruled out of England's friendlies against Chile and Germany through injury, the Football Association announces.

  52. 1428: 
    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke jokingly claimed to already know England's team for the first Test in Brisbane as the Ashes mind games moved up another notch.

    On the eve of England's final warm-up match, and shortly after Australia announced their squad for next week's first Test, Clarke made the tongue-in-cheek claim that he already knew England's team for the Gabba and then joked that opposite number Alastair Cook had divulged the line-up when they spoke after Monday's Remembrance Day service in Sydney.

    Clarke said that he knew Michael Carberry would definitely open the batting, not Joe Root, and that Chris Tremlett - rather than Steven Finn or Boyd Rankin - would be England's third seamer.

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    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why?

    Adrian Worton: In a survey of everyone in my office, I can say that everyone does indeed hate Man Utd. Admittedly, I'm currently on my own.

    Lauren Sasha: Rather deluded that comment from Phil Jones. Oddly enough, the rest of us just want our teams to win, generally.

    Ray O'Brien: My problem with Man U is they're boring champions. They haven't won the league in an entertaining fashion since Ronaldo left.

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  54. 1421: 

    Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie says he is delighted with the appointment of Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas.

    Petrie said: "Terry is vastly experienced in Scottish football and an outstanding leader of men.

    "He inherits a talented squad of players and we believe he has got the managerial skills and motivational qualities required to develop them as players and as a team and move the club forward.

    "We've appointed a first-class management team to deliver continued success here at Hibernian."

  55. 1417: 

    Terry Butcher, 54, joins Hibernian from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and his first match in charge will be at St Mirren on Saturday 23 November.

    The former England captain, who has a wealth of managerial experience in Scotland, England and Australia, said: "I'm excited about the future and what we can achieve at Hibernian - it's a great honour to be appointed the new manager of the club.

    "I've been really impressed with the set-up; from the training facilities through to the stadium, everything is in place and now our goal is to deliver the success on the pitch that everybody wants."

  56. 1416: 

    Hibernian confirm new manager Terry Butcher has signed a three-year contract with the club.

    Former Scotland international Maurice Malpas has followed Butcher from Inverness Caledonian Thistle as his assistant.

  57. 1415: 

    Kick It Out: Garth Crooks is addressing Tottenham Hotspur's academy players to give them an understanding of Kick It Out's work and its relevance.

  58. 1412: 

    A Liverpool Under-21 side featuring defenders Jon Flanagan and Martin Kelly, 23, draw 1-1 with Sevilla in Spain.

  59. 1410: 
    Scotland squad

    Scotland's players are put through their paces by manager Gordon Strachan in the rain at Mar Hall, Glasgow, ahead of their friendly against USA.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
  60. 1403: 

    The England forwards coach Graham Rowntree says prop Joe Marler is expected to return to full training on Thursday. Marler went off at half-time against Argentina with concussion.

    "Joe Marler didn't train today, but we expect him to train fully on Thursday, after he has adhered to the various protocols with concussion," he said.

    Rowntree has also told BBC Sport that the battle for selection at tight-head prop between Dan Cole and David Wilson is "very, very tight." Cole started against Australia, Wilson against Argentina.

  61. 1401: 

    Barcelona extend a deal with UNICEF until 2016 under which the La Liga side pay £1.25 million a year to display the name of the United Nations Children's Fund on the back of their shirts.

    The current agreement was due to expire next year and the Barca directors approved a two-year extension at a board meeting on Tuesday.

    Barca and UNICEF first joined forces in 2006 and Barca's Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is one of the fund's global goodwill ambassadors.

  62. 1357: 

    Olivier Giroud: "So frustrated! We will bounce back quickly and look forward to the return match...

    "Now focus on my blue jersey and my national team... Keep the faith, believe and strength for play off V Ukraine."

    Arsenal striker Giroud in response to Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United and ahead of France's World Cup play-off against Ukraine.


    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Ryan Griffin: This has to stop, this is on par with the Wimbledon move. The FA need to come in now and say "hey look pal, we're in charge, we've been in charge for 150 years. These clubs belong to us and you cant change their name, their location the colours they play in just because you've thrown a couple of bob into the team". WE THE FANS NEED TO RISE AND BE HEARD. This is OUR game!!! If you want to name a club but a franchise somewhere else! Form your own club in the lower leagues!!!

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  64. 1349: 
    New Zealand

    The New Zealand all-backs were training on Tuesday morning as they prepare for Saturday's Test against England.

    New Zealand
  65. 1344: 

    Andrew Crofts of Brighton and Hove Albion withdraws from the Wales squad to face Finland on Saturday due to an on-going groin problem. He is be replaced by Jack Collison of West Ham.

    Boaz Myhill, West Bromwich Albion, has also withdrawn with an Achilles tendon problem.

    Sunderland's David Vaughan, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, injured a hamstring in training this morning and will also miss the match.

  66. 1339: 

    Andros Townsend is determined to cement his place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup plans over the next eight days.

    Townsend enjoyed one of the most memorable England debuts in recent memory last month when he scored a thumping drive and set up another goal against Montenegro.

    The 22-year-old, said: "It does sound good, being called an England international, but I have had two games and there have been a lot of players who have started their international careers well and have faded away," Townsend told FA TV.

    "I can't let that happen to me, I have to keep playing well and try to force my way onto the plane next summer."

  67. 1334: 

    Conference Premier club Forest Green Rovers appoint former Stoke City coach Adrian Pennock as their new manager.

    The 42-year-old replaces Dave Hockaday, who was sacked last month after a run of seven defeats in eight games. Pennock's only previous managerial experience came with Welling United from 2005 to 2007.

  68. 1330: 

    More from World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey at a news conference on Lance Armstrong and his life ban being lifted in return for what he knows:

    "As far as I'm concerned it's done and dusted. He did what he did. He did not co-operate, did not defend the charges. He was dealt with by proper process and the reasoned decision released by Usada was irrefutable.

    "Does he wish to come good and indicate to the world what he knows? I don't know. The simple fact is that the only one that can reopen the case of Lance Armstrong is Usada. We can't. The UCI can't.

    "If he wants to have his sanctions looked at that's a matter for Usada and there would have to be an enormously powerful reason. It would take something close to a miracle to see it change in his case."

  69. 1328: 
    John Fahey

    From World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey at a news conference presser in Johannesburg:

    "I am confident, from the discussions that took place, that there's a recognition in Jamaica that they have to do a whole lot better and they have to beef up their programme and skill set. Wada will give them every assistance there.

    "We have asked them to enter an international partnership, we've found that's been very effective in other struggling areas of anti-doping. For example Russia have been mentored by Norway and that proved to be a very valuable way of doing things.

    "Whether there's a greater problem in Jamaica or not, we don't have the evidence."

  70. 1322: 

    Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete condemns Nocerina for the club's "incomprehensible" response to allegations of death threats from a group of extremist supporters.

    "It has been an unseemly and unworthy scene," Abete said on the Italian federation's website, "It constitutes a wound and damage for the whole football world.

    "It would have been better if the club (Nocerina) and the team had notified us that they were not in a serene condition to step onto the pitch.

    "The behaviour of the club and of those that are part of it is incomprehensible and will be the object of an evaluation by the relevant judicial bodies. Everyone is entitled to be frightened but the duty on the pitch is to respect the rules."


    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Ash Morgan: I reckon we should adopt the American policy... Give teams awesome sounding, but daft, Bradford Braves, Wolverhampton Witches, Dagenham & Redbridge Deadmen, Arsenal Astronauts

    Kevin Humphreys: I'm a Wycombe fan and the ground was changed to the Causeway stadium by the sponsors who wanted no reference to Adams Park! Now they've gone and it's back to Adams Park again.... Very wrong to change the roots of the club which identifies you to the world and far more advertising than one sponsor!!

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  72. 1315: 

    Dav Whatmore will stand down from his role as Pakistan head coach in February next year.

    The former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach, who played seven Tests and a solitary one-day international for Australia, took charge of Pakistan in March 2012 on a two-year deal.

    He was initially a success and inspired the country to the Asia Cup and the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.

    But he presided over a disastrous Champions Trophy campaign five months ago, with Pakistan losing all three matches and more recently they suffered the ignominy of a Test defeat against minnows Zimbabwe.

  73. 1309: 
    Chelsea midfielder Ramires

    Brazil midfielder Ramires is confident Chelsea can "win it all" under Jose Mourinho this season.

    Speaking to Brazilian website, Ramires said: "The Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world, but we have the means to win.

    "Our team is very strong and we can win it all this season.

    "Winning the Champions League (with Chelsea in 2012) was one of the greatest moments of my career."

  74. 1303: 

    Tottenham Hotspur have all the players but are not yet a team, says Patrick Barclay in his London Evening Standard column. Spurs are seventh in the Premier League table, but are without a win - or a goal - in their last two top-flight matches.

    "Overall, Andre Villas-Boas has built well in a short time," writes Barclay. "But in order to turn a decent season into a very good one he needs to clarify the route to goal. That means a settled attack and, possibly, frustration in the squad.

    "A spell of even more limited opportunity for Lewis Holtby and Jermain Defoe, say, as Christian Eriksen is encouraged to get to know Roberto Soldado's game inside out. It sounds harsh but sometimes your squad can be too deep. With Manchester City eighth, Manuel Pellegrini may be entertaining similar thoughts."

  75. 1258: 

    Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer has been reassured by owners Venky's that Jordan Rhodes is not for sale - despite the club reporting an annual £36.5m loss.

    Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw are in India to discuss the strategy for the January transfer window.

    Scotland striker Rhodes, an £8m signing from Huddersfield in August 2012, has scored 10 goals this season for Rovers.

    "The owners have told us we don't have to sell Jordan Rhodes and he isn't for sale," said Bowyer.

  76. 1250: 

    Press Association Sport chief football writer Simon Stone: Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met Manchester United Supporters Trust reps for "constructive" talks today. Further sign of fan group engagement after years of none.


    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why?

    Chris Love: Maybe people won't dislike Man utd as much now that they aren't serious contenders for domestic or European honours.

    Dale Deplitch: Those complaining about United's "arrogance", When you dominate English football for 20yrs, youre allowed to be arrogant.

    Oliver Viney: Scoring goals in added time of added time aka ferguson time probably does not help peoples view on utd. Not the best losers!

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  78. 1248: 

    England and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi is in danger of missing the Six Nations after having surgery on his chest muscle injury, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

    Tuilagi was hoping to be fit by the end of November after tearing a pectoral muscle in Leicester's Premiership match against Newcastle in September.

    But he has now been ruled out for around three months.

  79. 1246: 
    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose is awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in recognition of his US Open Championship victory in June.

    The Englishman, who held off Phil Mickelson and Jason Day to triumph at Merion Golf Club for his first Major title, is awarded the special accolade by European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady at a news conference at the DP World Tour Championship, the final event of the 2013 Race to Dubai.

    "This really is an incredible honour," says Rose, who is currently second in The Race to Dubai and in contention to be crowned European Tour Number One for the second time in his career.

  80. 1242: 

    Daily Mirror's Manchester football correspondent David McDonnell on Phil Jones after the United player's performance against Arsenal on Sunday: "When Sir Alex Ferguson, towards the end of his Manchester United reign last season, claimed Phil Jones could become the club's greatest-ever player, there was much sniggering and rolling of eyes.

    "Set against such iconic names as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, and their laudable achievements, it seemed absurd to entertain the notion that Jones could even be mentioned in the same breath.

    "Although a competent, diligent and hard-working player, Jones lacks the flair and bewitching qualities of those more illustrious names that have pulled on the famous United shirt in the past and captivated fans all over the world. But on Sunday, against Arsenal, Jones demonstrated his huge value to United, with an imperious display in two roles in each half - holding midfield and central defence - that ultimately set the tone for his side's crucial 1-0 win."

  81. 1235: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence: "We have had no approach from Rangers for CEO Scot Gardiner" Dundee chairman Bill Colvin tells BBC Scotland.

  82. 1233: 

    Matt Scott, the Edinburgh Rugby centre, is ruled out of the remainder of Scotland's Autumn Tests.

    Scott, 23, sustained a hand injury in the closing stages of Scotland's 42-17 victory against Japan last weekend.

    Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Matt was seen by consultant surgeon Doug Campbell at SPIRE Leeds yesterday and it was confirmed he has sustained a fracture to a bone in his hand. The usual return to play from an injury of this nature is approximately six weeks."

  83. 1229: 

    The FA Cup second-round tie between Conference side Tamworth and League One Bristol City will take place on Sunday, 8 December (1400 GMT) after being selected for live television coverage by ITV.

    Meanwhile, the first-round replay between non-league Brackley Town and Gillingham on Monday, 18 November will be shown live on BT Sport, who will also show the replay between Gateshead and Oxford United live on 20 November.

  84. 1225: 
    West Ham's Jack Collison

    Jack Collison is added to Chris Coleman's Wales squad for their international friendly with Finland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

    The West Ham midfielder joins James Collins in the Wales party, with the pair looking to add to their 16 and 43 caps respectively.

  85. 1220: 

    Wales duo Jonathan Davies and Adam Jones will both miss the remaining three Tests this month.

    Davies will have surgery on a pectoral muscle rupture later this week and will then face a period of rehabilitation of up to four months.

    Jones sustained a calf injury in last weekend's clash against the Springboks.

  86. 1219: 

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 23, sustains an ankle problem and fails to complete Poland's training session ahead of Friday's friendly against Slovakia.

  87. 1216: 

    The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) John Fahey indicates there is virtually no chance of Lance Armstrong receiving a reduction to his lifetime ban.

    The Texan says he would be willing to testify before an independent commission about doping in cycling.

    Speaking at the opening of the World Conference on Doping in Sport, Fahey said it would take something "miraculous" for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) to reopen the case against the disgraced cyclist.

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    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why?

    Jay C: It's not that people hate Man Utd, its just good to see other teams win, it's great to see Southampton shaking it up.

    Felix Henderson: Nobody hates foreign super clubs because they are not domestic threats. Plenty in Spain will hate Barca like United over here.

    Connor Boyle: Football fans in Italy don't like Juventus and in Spain they hate Madrid and Barca, big teams are never popular with everyone.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  89. 1211: 

    Manchester United: The Dutch FA have confirmed Robin van Persie has withdrawn from the Netherlands squad due to minor toe and groin injuries.

  90. 1208: 

    Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer, 23, is called up to the Netherlands squad for friendlies against Japan and Colombia.

  91. 1204: 
    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

    Robin van Persie completed 85 minutes for Manchester United against Arsenal on Sunday, scoring the winner in the 1-0 win, before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford.

    The 30-year-old has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for club and country this season, and United manager David Moyes will be hoping he is fully fit to play in his club's next game at Cardiff City on 24 November after withdrawing from the Netherlands squad.

  92. 1157: 

    World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey talking to BBC Radio 4 about Kenya's 17 failed drug tests in the past two years:

    "We are very very disappointed in the attitude that Kenya has adopted over the past year. They need to look at the problem and, if there is a proper independent investigation, do something about the results of that.

    "If Kenya does not wish to increase its activity in anti-doping then there is not a lot that can be done. There cannot be compulsion.

    "Again, this is a voluntary process. There is no law that requires any organisation, any country, any signatory to the code to actually comply."

  93. 1153: 

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie pulls out of the Netherlands squad for friendlies against Japan and Colombia, complaining of toe and groin injuries.

  94. 1150: 

    More on Manchester United defender Phil Jones, who has suggested his club's critics are desperate for the Red Devils to fail.

    The Independent's chief football writer Sam Wallace wonders whether England manager Roy Hodgson will be tempted to see if Jones is worth a run in the centre of defence in the friendlies against Chile on Friday and Germany four days later.

    "It is a curious feature of Jones' international career that, in eight caps, for only six of the 490 minutes he has spent on the pitch has he played at centre-back," writes Wallace.

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    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why?

    Aaron Nicholson: I want to see Man United "fail" because I want the league to be more interesting. One team dominating for so long - time for a change.

    T Mark H: Man U. Poor winners & sore losers. No Grace, complain about good decisions against them, quiet about poor ones in their favour.

    Simon Jordan: Arrogance of fans and players Mr Jones is why there is a general dislike of United not that they have won some trophies.

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  96. 1144:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraASHES
    Andy Flower and Graeme Swann

    England begin their final tour match before the Ashes tonight, taking on an Invitational XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a four-day game.

    Play starts at 2330 GMT, with commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra underway at 2325.

    Ian Bell and  Alastair Cook
  97. 1140: 

    Hull KR re-sign winger Ben Cockayne from Super League rivals Wakefield for an undisclosed fee.

    The 30-year-old, who scored 57 tries in 139 appearances for the Robins between 2006 and 2011 before being released, has signed a two-year deal.

    He is the second Wildcats player to move to Craven Park this month, after prop Justin Poore joined last week.

    "It's been a long time coming and I can't wait to get started," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

  98. 1137: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Racing's Cartier Awards tonight. Who will be horse of the year? Recent winners: 2012 & 2011 Frankel, 2010 Goldikova, 2009 Sea the Stars.

  99. 1136:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveGOLF

    Rory McIlroy talking to BBC 5 Radio live on his struggle for form this season:

    "I have spent countless hours with lawyers and it has been something I don't feel I should have had to deal with. I'm not saying a huge detriment to my game but it has been something that has filled my head when it shouldn't be there.

    "I'm not making excuses because my game hasn't been good enough to win this year. I accept that and take responsibility for that."

  100. 1129: 

    Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he is worried by Arsene Wenger's post-match remarks that the Gunners were nervous during Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

    In his column in the Sun, Wright says: "If they're suffering with any jitters or doubts now, what on earth are they going to be like come March and April when the heat is really on?"

    On the title race, Wright adds: "If it stays as tight as this, the experience of handling the heat will be vital. And no-one has it more than United. That's why Sunday showed Arsenal and Manchester City still have work to do in that department. They're going to have to learn quickly otherwise they will end up empty-handed come next May."

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    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club to fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why?

    Richardjlove: That's nothing new. They've always wanted United to fail. Why I dont know? Sheer jealousy of quality football produced over years.

    Jamie McLean: I hated Arsenal enough after the 0-0 Van Nistelrooy miss that I printed the faces of Keown, Parlour etc for use on my dartboard.

    Hicki: Do people hate Real Madrid? Barcelona? Bayern Munich? Ajax? Juventus? No. People hate Man Utd because of attitudes like this.

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  102. 1120: 
    Mike Brown

    England prepare for Saturday's Test against New Zealand, looking to build on wins against Australia and Argentina in recent weeks.

    Owen Farrell
  103. 1115: 

    West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, 31, withdraws from the Wales squad for Saturday's friendly at home to Finland.

    Myhill is receiving treatment for an Achilles problem and ligament damage to his left thumb, and Wales manager Chris Coleman has yet to decide whether to call up a replacement, with the rest of the squad due to report for duty on Wednesday.

  104. 1110: 

    BBC Radio Derby's Owen Bradley: Derby County's Jamie Ward has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad. He has a bruised foot.

    Northern Ireland are away to Turkey in a friendly on Friday.

  105. 1105: 

    League Two Bury announce a three-year sponsorship with JD Sports, an agreement that will see the 128-year-old Gigg Lane ground renamed the JD Stadium.

  106. 1059: 

    Hibernian confirm they will present former England captain Terry Butcher, 54, as their new manager at Easter Road at 1400 GMT.

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    Spencer Angus Thomas: Need to keep the club identity otherwise you'll isolate the fans, though loyalty and football don't really go hand in hand anymore.

    Tunde Akere: Tradition of a team matters, but fans crave for success nowadays. The name can't be an issue to me, but on-field performance.

    Sam Guinness: It's about time the premier league had more animals in the names. The Hull Tigers would get my support.

    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed he wants to rename the club Hull Tigers. How much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Have your say on Facebook or use #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  108. 1058: 

    It is that time of day again. Grab your cup of tea and test your sporting brain with our Question of Sport teaser.

    Who are the eight French drivers to have raced in Formula One since 2000?

    We will reveal the answers later today. Good luck.

  109. 1053: 

    Former Stoke City coach Adrian Pennock is to be named as the new manager of Conference club Forest Green Rovers, the Non-League paper reports. The 42-year-old former Gillingham and Bournemouth defender has previously managed Welling United.

  110. 1050: 

    Bradford Bulls winger Elliot Kear signs a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2015.

    Kear, 24, joined from Crusaders ahead of the 2012 season and scored 10 tries in 27 games for the Bulls last term.

    Head coach Francis Cummins says Kear, who has impressed for Wales at the World Cup despite them not winning a game, has been rewarded for his form.

    "Elliot has done fantastically well this year and is continuing to improve," said Cummins.

  111. 1041: 

    Bolton's hopes of signing Cardiff City forward Joe Mason, 22, on loan fall through despite Wanderers announcing the deal was done, the Bolton News reports.

    Mason had trained with Bolton ahead of two-month loan spell being agreed, claims the report, but Cardiff have now opted to keep Mason in Wales.

  112. 1032: 

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's Twitter question and answer: "Arsenal chose me and that was a huge honour - it's a long love story because it's 17 years. I trust my assistants, we speak every day about our problems. All my staff are the first people I speak to."

  113. 1023: 
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is conducting a question and answer session on Twitter.

    Wenger, whose side are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table, says: "Certainly, I have a few more wrinkles! What has stayed the same is the huge desire to win every single game. Every season you make wrong decisions. You have to go with your gut feeling sometimes, but you learn and analyse."

    Asked 'Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo', he adds: "It's difficult. Messi was on top until now but in the last year maybe Ronaldo is in front, he is very athletic."

  114. 1022: 

    World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) president John Fahey talking to BBC Radio 4 about Jamaica's testing process:

    "We have a responsibility to ensure that they have an effective anti-doping programme. We had concerns that they had lost their way, which is probably the best way to describe it. We indicated we wanted to come and we did that to assist.

    "We've been aware of difficulties in Jamaica for some time. We've gone to them, we have assisted them, we've given them some support, we've indicated that they need to make some improvements.

    "We've received a number of assurances that was occurring and it was only in recent times, when further information came to light that indicated that - despite some improvements a few years ago - they'd lost their way again, that we felt the need to go back again and we did that."

  115. 1012: 
    Steven Finn and Kevin Pieterson

    England have been going through their final preparations ahead of their warm-up match against a New South Wales XI on Wednesday, the last before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

    Steven Finn
  116. 1003:  
    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special on Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test
    Brad Haddin, David Warner, Darren Lehman, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Ryan Harris

    "The squad selected is in a better place than any of the last two Ashes series. The top six looks more settled and the bowling has options. England are still clear favourites but I do think this team could cause a upset. I never felt that in the last two series."


    Andre Keil: Look at FC United of Manchester, AFC Wimbledon or Portsmouth. Not to mention the 50+1 rule for German Bundesliga clubs. Football and its traditions should be more than a mere commodity. It's time to act!

    Kobe Ans: "Tigers" sounds like a rugby or NFL nickname. That is the cost of money overtaking history and tradition.

    Dean Finnie: What is so often missed in all of this is that football clubs transcend traditional constraints of ownership. Whilst the chair may have invested a few million, the fans have invested their lives, often with no expectation of reward. It is the fans to whom the club belongs. Take the fans away and there is nothing left.

  118. 0957:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    Andy Murray flew to Miami on Monday to begin in earnest his comeback from back surgery ahead of a return to the court in 2014.

    Before he left, the Wimbledon champion spoke to BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller - listen to 5 live at 1930 GMT to hear Murray reflect on his historic victory at the All England Club.


    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed his long-term intention to rename the club Hull Tigers, much to the anger of fans.

    Cardiff now play in red, despite their 'Bluebirds' nickname, so how much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Have your say on Facebook or use #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  120. 0946: 
    Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic brought the ATP season to a close with a convincing win over Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, and then targeted more Grand Slams in 2014.

    "The Grand Slams are the tournaments where I want to win, where I want to get my hands on the title," said the Serb. "That will be my highest priority for next year."

    Nadal insisted he was not upset to miss out on winning the one significant title to have eluded him, saying: "That's the sport. Seriously, I think it's not going to change my career, winning or losing today."

  121. 0945: 

    Warwickshire sign fast bowler Richard Jones from Worcestershire on a one-year contract. The 27-year-old, who made 41 first-class appearances for Worcestershire after making his debut in 2007, joined 2012 county champions Warwickshire on loan in August last season but was injured in his first net session at Edgbaston.

  122. 0938: 

    Sri Lanka move to 38-1 after seven overs in the second one-day international against New Zealand in Hambantota. The first game on Sunday was declared a no result.

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    Hull City chairman Assem Allam has confirmed his long-term intention to rename the club Hull Tigers, much to the anger of fans.

    Cardiff now play in red, despite their 'Bluebirds' nickname, so how much does the name of a club matter? Would you sacrifice the traditions of your team in pursuit of success or financial stability?

    Have your say on Facebook or use #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  124. 0933: 

    Arsenal fans must cut out their noxious Robin van Persie chants but so must Manchester United at Arsene Wenger, writes Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph.

    Winter was at United's 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, and says: "Tribalism should be celebrated, and adds to the occasion, but anyone associated with either club and possessing an ounce of integrity knows both chants cross the line.

    "The chants are slanderous let alone tacky and the day will come when the more vocal exponents are singled out by lawyers [discussions amongst m'learned friends have already taken place]."


    Tom Pearson: Similar to Spain with Man Utd, people want to see them lose because of success.

    Jeremy Cooper: As a neutral I want teams that aren't "the big 3" to do well, hence why I'm rooting for Spurs and Southampton.

    Jack Cummins: It's our nature to support the underdog. Man Utd are often favourites in games so we like to see their opposition win.

  126. 0924: 
    Jonathan Davies

    Jonathan Davies, 25, becomes the latest Wales international to move into France's Top 14, following the likes of Clermont full-back Lee Byrne, Perpignan's James Hook and Luke Charteris, plus the Racing Metro pair of Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate.

    British Lion Davies, who has won 37 caps, signs for French club Clermont Auvergne.

    He played for Wales in Saturday's Test match against South Africa, but suffered a chest injury that forced him off early in the game and will miss their remaining autumn appointments with Argentina, Tonga and Australia.

    He is due to link up with Clermont, last season's Heineken Cup runners-up, in July.

  127. 0911: 
    England captain Steven Gerrard

    England captain and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard responds to Sir Alex Ferguson's remarks in the former Manchester United manager's autobiography that he isn't a "top, top player".

    In an exclusive interview in the Daily Mail, Gerrard says: "107 caps isn't bad for someone who isn't 'a top, top player', is it? I never expected to get that amount of caps."

    Gerrard is fourth on England's all-time list behind Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115) and Bobby Moore (108), and adds: "When I made my debut, I set myself the personal target of trying to get 50 caps and score 10 goals if I could. So to have 107 is something I am really proud of, particularly being among those names."

  128. 0900: 

    French club Clermont Auvergne announce the signing of Wales centre Jonathan Davies on a two-year contract.

  129. 0856: 
    Gloucester's Henry Trinder

    Gloucester announce a new contract for their England squad centre Henry Trinder. "It's been a busy last month or so with the England call-up, so it's great to get it all out of the way so that I can focus on my rugby," says the 24-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Gloucester.

  130. 0849: 

    Wingers Gary Mackay-Steven and Craig Conway are called into the Scotland squad for the friendlies against the United States and Norway.

    Dundee United winger Mackay-Steven is a former Liverpool youth player, while Conway is on loan at Brighton from Cardiff.


    Manchester United defender Phil Jones says people are desperate to see the club to fail. Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andrew Masterson: Hate is a strong word. People want Man Utd to fail because they are the reigning champions.

    Adam Weavers: Think it's more people want to see someone other than Man Utd at the top.

    Oliver Viney: Unfair to say everyone hates the best teams. No one hates Barcelona.

  132. 0835:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    More from former Australia bowler Geoff Lawson, who says the potential loss of wicketkeeper Matt Prior for the first Test, which starts on 21 November, would be a huge setback for England.

    Lawson says: "Replacing Matt Prior is not that easy, he is a wonderful keeper/batsman and a very tough customer and a great competitor. [Jonny] Bairstow was in and out of the side during the Ashes and he was out during the last few games, and he has some challenges on his hands.

    "He has to do both well, he has to keep well and bat well, but England don't have too many options in the replacement keeper department. That's often how tours go - if you don't bring two specialist keepers, you find yourself making compromises, but I'm sure Jonny would like to make some runs and then keep."


    Tuesday's national newspapers give plenty of coverage to Phil Jones's comments about Manchester United's critics.

    "Everyone hates us... but we don't care" is the headline in the Daily Mirror, the back page of the Sun says "You all hate us", while the Daily Express says "United haters drive us on says Jones".

    Is Jones right? Who were the clubs you grew up hating and why? Tweet #bbcsportsday or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  134. 0821: 

    Manchester United defender Phil Jones claims the club's critics have been desperate for them to fail this season. United have made an inconsistent start under manager David Moyes, but Sunday's 1-0 home win over Arsenal leaves United five points adrift of the table-topping Gunners.

    "People want us to fail because we have won the league so many times," Jones is quoted in the Guardian. "Everyone hates the best clubs, it is as simple as that, and United won the league long before I was here. We enjoy that. We relish the test we get thrown at us every week.

    "[Sunday's result] proves when people doubt us, we are more than capable of standing up for ourselves and proving to people that is why we were champions last season. We weren't champions for nothing. We thoroughly deserved all the points we got last season."

  135. 0813:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    Former Australia bowler Geoff Lawson on Australia's first Ashes Test squad: "Whether it's strong or not will be determined by how well they play, but for the first time in maybe 18 months, it hasn't taken the selectors long to find the final 11 or the final 12.

    "Batting is much more stable than it was heading to the Ashes in England earlier this year. David Warner is making runs, Chris Rogers is making runs, Michael Clarke after his back injury has had a couple of innings in the Sheffield Shield and looked pretty good.

    "Bailey is no great surprise, he had a huge run-scoring tour in India in the one-day games there, so the batting is looking as stable as it has for quite a long time. Mitchell Johnson has been picked more on his one-day form, like Bailey, but he has bowled quite fast and was a big part of Australia winning a couple of games in India. It's a side in form, some of that form is in one-day cricket, some of it is first-class cricket."

  136. 0805: 

    We start with news from Australia, where uncapped batsman George Bailey and seamer Mitchell Johnson are named in a 12-man squad for the first Ashes Test against England.

    Bailey, 31, edged out fellow Tasmanian Alex Doolan after impressing as stand-in captain of Australia's one-day team. The 32-year-old Johnson was dropped for Australia's 3-0 Ashes defeat by England in July and August but showed good form in the one-day series in September. The first of five Tests starts in Brisbane on 21 November.

    Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice-captain, wk), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.

  137. 0800: 
    Manchester United defender Phil Jones

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday. We're another day closer to the first Ashes Test on 21 November and we will have all the reaction after Australia named their squad for Brisbane overnight. The Premier League campaign might be having a break ahead of the forthcoming international programme but Manchester United are plastered all over the back pages of Tuesday's national newspapers.

    What do you think of the comments from defender Phil Jones that "people want us to fail because everyone hates the best clubs"?

    We'll have all the reaction from Novak Djokovic after retaining his ATP World Tour Finals title, while the countdown to Saturday's eagerly awaited rugby union international between England and world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday continues.

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