Sportsday - Friday's sportsnews as it happened

Premier League news, Ashes reaction, Australia 224 ahead after England all out for 136.

22 November 2013 Last updated at 07:47 GMT

As it happened

  1. 1831: 

    That's it for Sportsday Live for Friday and it will resume on Monday at 0800 GMT.

    Later this evening, Wales take on Tonga in Cardiff in the latest of their autumn internationals. Kick-off is at 19:30 and you can watch live coverage of the game on BBC Two Wales.

    On the BBC News Channel, Sportsday is on at 19:30 with Ashes action and reaction from a woeful day two, previews ahead of England's Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, boxing, rugby union, F1, football and boccia.

  2. 1828: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: "A new manager of the England women's team will be appointed in December according to Football Association director of football development Trevor Brooking with Bristol boss Mark Sampson and England caretaker manager Brent Hills are among those being considered. At the FA Women's Football Awards, Brooking said: "We would like to think we will be in a position to announce early next month. England start their training camps in January so hopefully we will have everything place before then."

  3. 1824: 

    A team of 10 will represent England at this week's Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Malaysia where they will face competition from many of the same rivals they will also be up against in next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    However, Zoe Smith misses out as she continues rehabilitation on a back injury.

    The squad is: Sonny Webster, Shaun Clegg, Ben Watson, Brad Burrows, Christos Michaelas, Halil Zorba, Owen Boxall, Rebekah Tiler, Hannah Powell and Jo Calvino.

  4. 1819: 

    We told you about the un-pleasantries at the Carl Froch-George Groves weigh-in ahead of their WBA and IBF world super-middleweight title fight in Manchester tomorrow [which you can listen to from 2145 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live] and you can now watch video of the incident on the BBC website.

    And Ben Dirs looks at the rivalry between the two men.

  5. 1813: 

    There are three days left for you to register your vote for the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

    Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure has made the shortlist for the fifth consecutive year and is joined by Nigerians Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi, Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.

    Head to the story on the vote on the BBC Sport website.

  6. 1804: 

    Crystal Palace are close to confirming Tony Pulis as their new manager.

    The 55-year-old former Stoke boss is finalising the deal, which is expected to be completed on Saturday.

    Pulis has been out of work since leaving the Britannia Stadium at the end of last season.

  7. 1800: 

    Television highlights of the Champions League and Europa League will remain on ITV after the broadcaster secured a three-year deal to run from 2015.

    News UK, owner of the Times and Sun newspapers, will share internet and mobile clip rights with BT Sport.

    ITV learned this month that it would lose the live rights to both competitions in two years' time after BT Sport won them in an exclusive £897m three-year deal which is set to run from 2015.

  8. 1752: 

    On the eve of Ireland's autumn international against New Zealand, former Irish captain Willie Anderson recalls the famous confrontation during the All Blacks' pre-match Haka at Lansdowne Road in 1989.

    The Irish players linked arms and moved towards their opponents. But New Zealand still went on to win the game 23-6

  9. 1742: 

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. The German, who was also quickest in first practice, was 0.841 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in fifth.

    World champion Sebastian Vettel was second fastest ahead of Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen, who is standing in for Kimi Raikkonen who has had back surgery ahead of a move to Ferrari next season.

  10. 1736: 
    Martin Keown interviews Aaron Ramsey

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown interviews current Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey for Football Focus. Watch the interview with the Wales international on Focus tomorrow from 1130 GMT.

  11. 1728: 

    England coach Steve McNamara has revealed that Rangi Chase was given permission to leave the England camp after being dropped for Saturday's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

    Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel, is thought to have taken the news he would not be involved in the game at Wembley badly, and asked for permission to return to his Lancashire home to be with his partner who is expecting their second child.

    "Rangi is back at home with his family," McNamara said. "He asked for a bit of time to be at home and we were happy to go along with that. I have no issue with him. He wasn't selected. People deal with that in different ways."

  12. 1725: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Aston Villa (Monday 2000 GMT)

    West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka could make his return to first-team action at The Hawthorns.

    The Frenchman, recently sidelined by a groin problem, has missed the last two matches but Albion head coach Steve Clarke has indicated the Frenchman will be available for the midlands derby.

    Clarke is not ruling out winger Scott Sinclair (hamstring) being involved for the first time in six games, while Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Boaz Myhill all look set to feature despite withdrawing from their international squads during the break.

  13. 1714: 

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie insists he is not taking a gamble by naming an inexperienced line-up against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday which will be shown live on BBC Two from 1730 GMT.

    Four of the Wallabies' starting XV due to run out at Murrayfield on Saturday - Brumbies pair Scott Fardy and Joe Tomane as well as the Queensland Reds duo of Chris Feauai-Sautia and Mike Harris - have won fewer than 10 caps but McKenzie is happy with the side he has selected.

    "Everyone in the group has played for their country before. It's not like we are going in with uncapped players," he said. "There are one or two that haven't played as much as some of the others but they have been picked for a reason. It's about what you do with that opportunity, so I'm really excited to see these guys go out there and make the most of that opportunity."

  14. 1703: 

    Ahead of Saturday's Rugby League World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand. BBC Sport's Ben Dirs looks at the amazing sporting career of Kiwi star Sonny Bill Williams who is set to have a big impact on matters at Wembley as he bids to add to the Rugby Union World Cup title he won with the All Blacks in 2011 and become the first world champion in both codes.

  15. 1653:  
    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondentFOOTBALL

    "Champions League online clip rights shared between BT and News UK - so The Sun and The Times adding to Premier League rights they already hold."

  16. 1651: 
    Glenn Kirkham

    After making 223 appearances for England and Great Britain, including two Olympics, Glenn Kirkham has announced his retirement from international hockey at the age of 31.

    "I feel very lucky to have been able to play at the very highest level," he said. "I have been able to travel the world playing a sport that I love and have played since the day I was old enough to stand and hold a stick. England and Great Britain have made huge progress on the pitch over the last ten years and to have been involved in the group during this time has been incredibly rewarding."

  17. 1645: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Aston Villa (Monday 2000 GMT)

    Aston Villa attacking trio Andreas Weimann (hamstring), Gabriel Agbonlahor (ankle) and Christian Benteke (knee) could all overcome their injuries to feature in the derby at The Hawthorns.

    Fabian Delph (knee) and Antonio Luna (hamstring) are also over recent problems but defender Joe Bennett is still struggling with a back injury.

  18. 1639: 

    Also on BBC One tomorrow, though perhaps of less interest to their Royal Highnesses, former Arsenal stalwart Martin Keown interviews the in-form Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Football Focus from 1130 GMT.

  19. 1635: 

    England have received a Good Luck message from HRH Duke of Cambridge ahead of their Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Wembley tomorrow.

    The Duke describes New Zealand as "brutally tough opponents" but says "you will no doubt rise to the occasion against a formidable team" and closes by saying "I am only sorry I cannot be there in person, but I will be watching, and to you all, from Catherine and me, the very best of luck!"

    Their Royal Highnesses, and you, can tune in to watch the match from 1230 GMT on BBC One tomorrow, or at the same time on 5 live sports extra.

  20. 1623: 

    Natasha Dowie of Liverpool is named the FA's Players' Player of the Year at the Women's Football Awards in London.

    She says it "was the perfect season to win the WSL and the golden boot". Bristol Academy were named FA Club of the year while Liverpool's Matt Beard was named as the FA Women's Super League Manager of the year.

  21. 1621: 

    Rochdale have completed the loan signing of Crewe Alexandra defender Lee Molyneux. The 24-year-old former Everton trainee's move to the League Two side is initially until 6 January.

  22. 1616: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan with more from the FA women's awards: "FA general secretary Alex Horne giving few clues away on appointment of new England manager when asked, merely saying it would happen 'within weeks'. FA national game manager Kelly Simmons remaining tight-lipped also."

  23. 1609: 

    Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat in the second and final Twenty20 international against South Africa at Newlands on Friday.

    South Africa won a rain-affected first match in Johannesburg by four runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method on Wednesday.

  24. 1605: 

    If you missed the second day, with Australia closing 224 runs ahead at 65-0 after skittling out England for 136, there are numerous ways to glean the information you need.

    We have commentary highlights on 5 live sports extra, there is an interview with England opener Michael Carberry, cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew's column, we have video analysis from Simon Hughes, plus the Pint-sized Ashes summary of the day and our new Ashes catch-up page.

    There is also a cricketing paintings slideshow with a series of portraits depicting cricket through the ages.

  25. 1602: 

    The fall-out from England's dismal performance on day two of the opening Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane continues with former Test batsman Geoffrey Boycott describing their batting collapse as "pathetic".

    Boycott also believes that their performance has gifted the match to Australia.

  26. 1554: 

    Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu have been named as Britain's athletes of the year at the 51st British Athletics Writers' Association annual awards.

    It is the fourth year in succession that Farah has won the award, while Ohuruogu previously won in 2007 and 2008.

    The Ron Pickering memorial award for services to athletics went to Ohuruogu's coach, Lloyd Cowan. Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead were named Paralympic athletes of the year.

  27. 1548: 

    Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel carded eight birdies and an eagle in second round 65 to share the lead at 12 under at the halfway stage of the South African Open, the first event of the new European Tour season.

    The home favourite, yet to win the event, leads with Italian Marco Crespi, with another South African, former US Open champion Retief Goosen, five shots off the pace at the Glendower Golf Club in Gauteng.

  28. 1540: 
    Pope Francis meets Sepp Blatter

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday and took to Twitter to describe the experience.

    "Incredible moment to meet the Holy Father, @Pontifex and talk about how football can help connect people and build bridges," he said.


    We have had the weigh-in, and both Carl Froch and George Groves have now said their bit ahead of Saturday's WBA and IBF super-middleweight title fight at the Manchester Arena.

    Who has impressed you the most between the pair in the build-up to their bout? Has Groves unsettled his more experienced opponent, or will Froch have too much quality for him?

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. 1531: 

    England one-day wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will play for Melbourne Renegades in the forthcoming Australian Big Bash Twenty20 league.

  31. 1528: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE- Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 1330 GMT)

    Aside from the striker issue, Spurs are without Christian Eriksen for four weeks with an ankle injury while Danny Rose remains sidelined because of a toe problem he suffered in September.

    But goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is fit to return in goal after the missing the defeat against Newcastle, while defender Zeki Fryers and midfielder Nacer Chadli have recovered from their respective groin and hamstring troubles.

  32. 1523: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed Emmanuel Adebayor could make his first appearance of the season at his former club Manchester City on Sunday.

    "They [Roberto Soldado, Adebayor and Jermain Defoe) are very near each other at the moment and it could be a possibility that even Ade could play that game," he says.

    "These are all decisions that we have to take. We don't have enough reasons at the moment not to trust Soldado and Defoe because they've been excellent. Hopefully it's a decision that's best for the team and best for the strategy."

  33. 1520: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: FA general secretary Alex Horne says new England women's manager will be appointed "within weeks".

  34. 1513: 

    Here are the answers to today's teaser. We asked which six drivers had won the Brazilian GP on more than one occasion since 1990. They are: Mika Hakkinen, Felipe Massa, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber.

  35. 1507: 
    Manchester United manager David Moyes at his media conference

    Manchester United are five points behind leaders Arsenal, and speaking at his media conference ahead of Sunday's game at Cardiff, manager David Moyes says: "I never thought we were out of it. We just go about our job and try to win each game.

    "We're on a good run, we have confidence about us and we want to keep that going." Asked about Nemanja Vidic, who needed hospital treatment after suffering concussion in the 1-0 win against the Gunners on 10 November, he added: "We've given him a chance to recover. We'll bring him back and hopefully he'll be fine."

  36. 1455: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Fulham v Swansea (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Fulham defender Brede Hangeland will miss out because of a sciatic nerve problem and Sascha Riether serves the second match of his three-game suspension.

    Damien Duff and Hugo Rodellega are out with groin problems, Matthew Briggs is sidelined after undergoing a hernia operation, but 17-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele has been added as cover.


    We're asking for your views on this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

    Who do you think will be the main man in the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool? Is the loser of Manchester City's match against Tottenham out of the title race?

    What will a loss to Swansea mean for Fulham manager Martin Jol? Who will win the match between newly promoted sides Hull and Crystal Palace?

    Send in your replies via #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  38. 1450: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 1330 GMT)

    Captain Vincent Kompany (thigh) remains on the sidelines for Manchester City.

    Playmaker David Silva and striker Stevan Jovetic (calf) are also still sidelined but midfielder Fernandinho and defender Matija Nastasic have recovered from the knocks that ruled them out of the loss at Sunderland a fortnight ago.

  39. 1443: 

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has declined to say whether goalkeeper Joe Hart will return to the starting team for Sunday's Premier League match with Tottenham.

    The 26-year-old was dropped by his club after a spell of inconsistent form earlier this month but impressed in England's friendly loss to Germany on Tuesday.

    When asked about Hart's chances of replacing Costel Pantilimon, Pellegrini said: "I don't know. We will see tomorrow the starting 11.

    "It was very important for him to play with England. It was an important game for England against Germany, it is a good test. I think he did very well."

  40. 1440: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Sunderland (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Stoke have doubts over the fitness of Kenwyne Jones and Marc Wilson. On Friday afternoon, striker Jones had not returned from international duty, meaning Stoke had not had the chance to evaluate a shoulder problem he was reported to have picked up.

    Full-back Wilson came back from the Republic of Ireland's two games with a stiff hip and manager Mark Hughes was waiting to see whether he would recover in time.

  41. 1437: 

    We heard earlier that Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for Ireland against New Zealand in Dublin on Sunday, and Brian O'Driscoll and Rob Kearney have also been cleared to face the All Blacks, who have won all 13 of their matches this year.

    Ireland: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Dave Kearney, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, Devin Toner, Paul O'Connell, Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy.

    Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Declan Fitzpatrick, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald.

  42. 1429: 
    George Groves (left) squares up to Carl Froch at the weigh-in

    George Groves, who weighed in two pounds under, replies: "He didn't say anything he hasn't said before, same old stuff, I just looked at him, I've said enough. I've given him the game plan, how much more of a gentleman do I need to be?

    "I'm more than confident I have the tools to beat Carl Froch, he's never said anything that has made much sense technically. His defence is non-existent, his feet are terrible, I'm going to come home tomorrow with a few belts."

  43. 1419: 

    Carl Froch is asked what he said to challenger George Groves in a face-to-face confrontation at the weigh-in. "I was just letting him know he's in deep water," he says.

    "He was silent and he looked petrified, he realises now, I don't think he's sleeping and he shouldn't be because he's in serious trouble. I'm going to get the jab in early on and when the right hand connects the fight is over, it's as simple as that."

  44. 1409: 

    Defending champion Carl Froch and challenger George Groves both weigh in under the 168lb limit for Saturday's WBA and IBF super-middleweight title fight at the Manchester Arena.

  45. 1401: 

    David Haye insists he has not made any decisions about his future, despite being advised to retire following shoulder surgery.

    "I'm just hoping I can recover. I'm not really thinking about boxing at all, it's just making sure I've got movement, and have the daily functions in my right arm that I had before. For me that's the most important thing at the moment," he says.

  46. 1356: 
    Andre Villas-Boas addresses the media

    BBC London's Emma Jones: "Andre Villas-Boas has just been speaking to the gathered media, where he says Tottenham will approach the game against Manchester City positively, although he acknowledged they have a strong home record.

    Villas-Boas, though, believes Spurs are due a game where they score more goals, given that they are making chances. Could that happen at the Etihad?"

  47. 1350: 

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has finished fastest in first practice for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paulo.

    Rosberg finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton with world champion Sebastian Vettel third and Jenson Button fourth. The second practice session takes place at 16:00 GMT and you can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  48. 1347: 

    Ahead of that match at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay, whose team face Manchester United on Sunday, has hailed Ryan Giggs as his favourite recent player.

    Giggs turns 40 next week and Mackay says: "Every day of the week, every week of the year for the last 15 years he has been a top player. He is a top bloke and he is probably my favourite player of the last 15 years."

  49. 1343:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Manchester United training ground

    "Here at a sunlit AON Training Complex just off the Carrington Lane, the press and broadcast media are in position for the David Moyes news conference ahead of Manchester United's trip to Cardiff on Sunday.

    "A resurgent United are now unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and have received a boost on the eve of this match with the announcement that midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a contract extension.

    "Moyes is sure to be asked about Carrick, United's recent improvement, the international break, Wayne Rooney's form and Ryan Giggs ahead of his 40th birthday next week - and he was also born in Cardiff. Talking of which, Bluebirds boss Malkay Mackay - a fellow scot of Moyes - will be another talking point."

  50. 1338: 

    Jonny Sexton has recovered from his hamstring injury to be named in Ireland's starting line-up to face New Zealand in Dublin on Sunday.


    We're asking for your views on this weekend's Premier League fixtures. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Rian Hoskins: Will be interesting to see who Spurs start up front. If they want to finish in the top four, they need to score more goals.

    Liam stones: This weekend's football is going to show how far the Premier League has come since the days of the "big 4" in the past years.

    Gav Sanders: The Saints have really impressed me so far but I'm hoping Arsenal can bounce back, not easy but I'm going for a narrow win.

  52. 1326: 

    There are three days left for you to register your vote for the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

    Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure has made the shortlist for the fifth consecutive year and is joined by Nigerians Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi, Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.

    Head to the story to the vote on the BBC Sport website.

  53. 1317: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes his side can extend their run of top form to help him both keep his biggest players at the club and attract new signings in January.

    The Magpies have claimed back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Spurs to boost their confidence and Pardew believes that midfielder Yohan Cabaye's presence will be key.

    "Yohan's performance this week [for France against Ukraine] has validated what we did in the summer in not letting him go," he said.

    "I went to see Portugal and one or two of their players went for big, big money and I don't think they are as good as Yohan. Yohan proved that on Tuesday night - 'Le Petit Prince', he was called the next day in L'Equipe, and that's what he was. He's a fantastic player.

    "It's important that we keep our results strong for keeping our players in January, but also to attract maybe one or two new ones."


    Many thanks for your Ashes observations, we now turn our attention to the Premier League this weekend, with the Merseyside derby, leaders Arsenal against third-placed Southampton, West Ham hosting Chelsea and Manchester City against Spurs on Sunday. Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or the BBC Facebook page.

    John Ghoti: Johnson is like Quade Cooper. England only have to wait and he'll start spraying NBs/wides again. One flukey day is no bother.

    Stuart Mitchell: The first Test is starting to bear a striking resemblance to the first Test three years ago we were behind that time before the 511-1.

    Callum Vurley: I have a feeling that this Ashes series is going to include a lot of waking up to disappointment or extreme happiness.

  55. 1304: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- West Ham v Chelsea (Saturday 1730 GMT)

    Defender Ashley Cole is included in the Chelsea squad, despite being substituted while on England duty with a recurrence of a rib injury.

    Striker Fernando Torres is back in training following an adductor injury sustained in training at the start of the month, but is not yet ready to return while midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is out long-term with a knee injury, is the only absentee.

  56. 1258: 

    Chelsea earned a 2-2 draw against West Brom in their last Premier League game thanks to a controversial injury-time penalty.

    Referees chief Mike Riley apologised to the Baggies for the decision but Jose Mourinho believes that it could set a dangerous precedent.

    "I am curious to know if people see that as a normal situation, if now on it is going to be the same for everybody," he said. "Nobody called me to apologise that it wasn't a free-kick against West Brom for their second goal, or for a penalty against Everton.

    "I am curious to know if Steve Bruce got a phone call, if Chris Hughton got a phone call, if Michael Laudrup got a phone call.

    "For referees, if, hypothetically, they make a mistake, they are publicly exposed by their own boss."

  57. 1250: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been giving his views on the current state of the Premier League at his weekly press conference ahead of Saturday's game against West Ham

    "I have the feeling many teams in the Premier League are playing very defensive football, trying to stop their opponent," he said. "That is giving some good results to different teams against the considered best teams. [I have] no critics about that. Everybody is losing points but keeps in contact with the top part of the table. This league has emotion every weekend."

  58. 1246: 

    And if you are an England fan and can still bear to read more about their eventful and disappointing day at the Brisbane, read on here as chief sports writer Tom Fordyce sees bowler Mitchell Johnson transformed from a figure of fun to England's destroyer on the second day of the first Test in Brisbane.

  59. 1237: 

    Leicester and England second row forward Geoff Parling is likely to miss part of the Six Nations after being ruled out of action for up to three months.

    The 30-year-old British and Irish Lions player has undergone surgery on a shoulder injury picked up in last Saturday's Test match defeat to the All Blacks.

  60. 1232: 

    Football clubs are aiming to get 40,000 more women and girls playing the sport with a new £2.4m grassroots scheme.

    The Football Association and Sport England are joining forces with the Premier League and the Football League to deliver the programme which will see season-long coaching sessions aimed at 14-25 year-olds.

    According to the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, 131,000 women aged over 16 play football every week.

  61. 1224: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Fulham v Swansea (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Swansea will again be without Michu and Pablo Hernandez. Michu will be out until the start of December with his ankle injury while Hernandez has suffered a recurrence of a thigh problem and also remains on the sidelines.

    Garry Monk has undergone knee surgery but Ashley Williams has suffered no problems since his return from an ankle problem, while Michel Vorm is back having served a suspension against Stoke.

  62. 1218: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Cardiff v Manchester United (Sunday 1600 GMT)

    Striker Andreas Cornelius returns from an ankle injury for Cardiff having been sidelined for 10 weeks and Peter Odemwingie has been passed fit.

  63. 1212: 

    The Brisbane-based Courier Mail, who pledged on Wednesday not to mention Stuart Broad's name in match reports and blanked out the England player's face in pictures, has gone one step further following the second day's play when England were bowled out for 136. They have blanked out the entire England team on Saturday's front page - describing the tourists as a "team of nobodies".

    Saturday's front page of the Courier Mail mocks England
  64. 1205: 

    This week's Football Focus Premier League prediction challenge pits Mark Lawrenson against American rock band The National, and you can see what they think on the BBC website now.

  65. 1200: 

    With the Merseyside derby beginning another busy weekend of Premier League action at 1245 GMT tomorrow, former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, who played in five derby games for the Toffees, has written a feature on the BBC website, in which he says: "I can understand why there have been more red cards - 20 - in this fixture than any other in the Premier League era."

  66. 1147: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Hull v Crystal Palace (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Goalkeeper Allan McGregor is expected to return for Hull after making a speedy recovery from a thigh injury. Robbie Brady is also likely to feature after a hernia problem, but Stephen Quinn is out after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty.

    Robert Koren is available after a foot injury, while Sone Aluko (Achilles injury) is a long-term absentee.

  67. 1141: 

    Winger Ryan Hall is confident England have what it takes to end New Zealand's defence of the Rugby League World Cup when the two nations meet in Saturday's semi-final at Wembley in a game which will be shown live on BBC One from 1230 GMT, with commentary on 5 live sports extra.

    England winger Ryan Hall

    "We have to make sure that we play to our strengths," said the Leeds player. "We know what we can do. You cannot go and introduce new things and change the set-up just to suit their capabilities.

    "Having watched them throughout the tournament, it is clear that they start very quickly, looking to put early tries on the board. You only have to see that they are the highest scoring team in the competition to know just how good they are.

    "We are feeling very positive that we have managed to get to this stage. There have been some very tough games but we put in a good amount of effort during the group stages, so hopefully we can go one step further again."


    We're asking for your thoughts on the Ashes, please send them in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Thomas Stirk: Horrible day for England, Prior is horribly out of nick, too reliant on Cook and Bell to score big runs.

    Paddy Emmerson: Woeful collapse by England in the Ashes, let's hope it's a blip. More concerned that once again Cook and Trott failed.

    Oliver Viney: Just practising my rain dance as it looks like England are going to need a big cloud over the Gabba.

  69. 1130: 

    Here's today's question for you from @QofS_Official. Can you name the six Formula One drivers to have won the Brazilian GP on more than one occasion since 1990? The answers will be revealed at around 1400 GMT.

  70. 1127: 

    Another county line and Leicestershire off-spinner Jigar Naik, 29, who missed the second half of last season after dislocating his right shoulder against Nottinghamshire in July, has signed a one-year contract extension.

  71. 1121: 

    Somerset have confirmed that former England opener Marcus Trescothick, 37, will continue as captain next season, with James Hildreth as vice-captain.

  72. 1113: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "The great and the good of British women's football will be heading to London today for the FA's women's football awards but the number one topic of conversation is likely who the next England manager will be, with the FA yet to replace former boss Hope Powell.

    "No announcement is expected today but Bristol boss Mark Sampson and England caretaker manager Brent Hills are thought to be among the front-runners. There will plenty of whispers with so many people in the same room. Expect Liverpool's top scorer Natasha Dowie to be among the award winners after helping the Reds to their first Women's Super League title."

  73. 1104: 
    BBC reporter Joe Wilson

    And here is BBC sports news correspondent Joe Wilson preparing a piece in somewhat happier times - prior to England's collapse on day two of the first Ashes Test.

    For more behind the scenes photos head to the BBC Sport Instagram page.

  74. 1102: 

    A reminder of the other Ashes content you can view today on the BBC website. There is the Jonathan Agnew column, the Pint-sized Ashes - a two-minute summation of the day, we have the Test Match Special podcast and the new Ashes catch-up page.

  75. 1101: 

    We have a gallery of all the action from day two of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia in Brisbane. Head to the BBC Sport Facebook page and take a look.

  76. 1100: 

    So where did it all go wrong for England on the second day of the first Test in Brisbane?

    BBC Sport's cricket analyst Simon Hughes looks in detail at the wicket that sparked the England batting collapse, when Mitchell Johnson dismissed opener Michael Carberry.

    Hughes explains how Johnson changed his approach and bowled around the wicket, which led to the England opener being dismissed.

  77. 1051: 

    Fifa has charged Croatia defender Josip Simunic after the 35-year-old appeared to lead fans in a chant with pro-Nazi connotations.

    The incident happened after Tuesday's 2-0 win over Iceland which saw Croatia qualify for the World Cup. Fifa said in a statement: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened concerning the case."

    According to reports in Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb captain Simunic was fined £2,600 on Thursday by prosecutors in Zagreb for "spreading racial hatred".

  78. 1045: 

    Matt Machan hit 67 to help Scotland to a 15-run victory in their latest World Twenty20 Qualifier group match against the Netherlands and keep alive their hopes of reaching the finals.

    Opener Richie Berrington (38) and Rob Taylor (41) also impressed as the Scots set their opponents a target of 165. Majid Haq took three wickets to leave the Netherlands on 150-6 at the end of their innings.

  79. 1038: 

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has extended his Old Trafford contract until June 2015, with an option to sign for a further year.

    "It's great to extend my contract at this club. I'm really enjoying my football. I've won many trophies and look forward to more," said the 32-year-old.

  80. 1030: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Southampton (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

    Jack Cork misses out for Southampton with a badly twisted ankle, which has left him unable to train for a week.

    Guly do Prado is also absent after undergoing a knee operation, while Gaston Ramirez's fitness will be checked after arriving back from international duty with Uruguay on Friday lunchtime.

  81. 1026: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 GMT)

    Completing our first batch of weekend team news for you: Everton report no new injury concerns. Defenders Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) and Tony Hibbert (calf) are both available after long lay-offs but unlikely to be thrown straight into the Merseyside derby.

    Striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson (both knee) are long-term casualties.


    We're asking for your thoughts on the Ashes, please send them in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andrew Herbert: As an Aussie at both days one and two, it's been fantastic to see the smugness of the #bbcsportsday comments disappear. England counted their chickens...

    Guy Chiles: It's about time the English batsmen start stepping up and stop relying on the bowlers.

    Edward Almond: Feels strangely normal as an Englishman to wake up disappointed after checking The Ashes.

  83. 1021: 

    New Zealand have made sweeping changes to their line-up for Sunday's Test against Ireland as they try to complete a perfect season and win all of their 14 matches.

    Aaron Cruden

    Aaron Cruden has been named at fly-half in place of the injured Dan Carter while Wyatt Crockett replaces Tony Woodcock at loose-head prop.

    Winger Cory Jane returns in place of Charles Piutau, while lock Luke Romano replaces Brodie Retallick. Andrew Hore takes over from Keven Mealamu at hooker in his 83rd Test and Steven Luatua starts on the blindside flank in place of Liam Messam.

    Sam Cane has been named on the bench to provide loose forward cover and scrum-half TJ Perenara has a chance to make his Test debut if he takes the field as a replacement. Perenara has twice previously been in line for a Test cap but has been denied by injuries.

    New Zealand: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Steven Luatua, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Dane Coles, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty.

  84. 1017: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Sunderland (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will make a late check on defender Wes Brown before finalising his team. Full-back Andrea Dossena and midfielder Lee Cattermole both complete three-match bans.

  85. 1013: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Norwich (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy will miss out through suspension. The France international, who helped his country reach the World Cup finals in midweek, collected his fifth booking of the season during the 1-0 win at Tottenham.

    Manager Alan Pardew otherwise has a full squad at his disposal, with defenders Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett, plus midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, all back in training.

  86. 1009: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Hull v Crystal Palace (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has recovered from an ankle injury and could feature.

    Midfielder Adlene Guedioura is out after fracturing two ribs and suffering a partially collapsed lung in a collision with West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill earlier this month. Striker Glenn Murray and defender Jack Hunt remain long-term absentees.

  87. 1004: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- West Ham v Chelsea (Saturday 1730 GMT)

    Razvan Rat is doubtful for West Ham because of a hamstring injury sustained with Romania. Joey O'Brien and James Collins (both hamstring) are expected to be fit after withdrawing from international duty.

    George McCartney (knee) is back in training, but Winston Reid has had surgery on his ankle and Andy Carroll (heel), Mladen Petric, Matthew Taylor (both thigh) and Alou Diarra (knee) are also absent.

  88. 1000: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Norwich (Saturday 1500 GMT)

    Norwich will again be without record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who is recovering from a toe injury.

    Anthony Pilkington looks to have shaken off the hamstring problem which ruled him out of international duty with the Republic of Ireland, but goalkeeper Mark Bunn is set for at least a month on the sidelines following a minor ankle operation.

  89. 1000: 

    Manchester City have signed England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley for next season.

    The 29-year-old, who was born in California, played with Ajax America Women, before moving to Pali Blues in 2008 and Sky Blue FC the following season.

    She then transferred to Sweden to join Linkopings FC, before switching to the UK to sign for Lincoln Ladies. At the end of last season, she returned to her hometown in the States before agreeing a move to City where she will join international team-mate Jill Scott.

    "I'm thrilled and I'm ready to get started," she said. "I'm looking forward to playing my part in the club's bid to become a dedicated and competitive team that can challenge for the FA Women's Super League title.

  90. 0950: 

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is not obsessed with winning the Ballon d'Or for a second time in January, despite being the strong favourite to win the award.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Portuguese star scored his fifth hat-trick of the season for club and country against Sweden in midweek, ensuring his country's place at next year's World Cup in Brazil. That took his tally for the campaign to 31 goals in just 21 appearances.

    "I don't think a lot about the Ballon d'Or. I know that it is handed out in January, but I cannot say that I will not go," said the 28-year-old.

    "I prefer to not say anything because things don't depend solely on me. I am not obsessed with the Ballon d'Or. We will see what happens."

  91. 0945: 

    In his column for the BBC website, cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew describes Australia's "ruthless demolition of England" as the "culmination of all the animosity and ill-feeling that has been building up towards the tourists".

  92. 0940: 
    FOOTBALL- Arsenal v Southampton (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

    Arsenal manager: Wenger: "[Jack] Wilshere will have to be managed. If there's an alert on his ankle we'll take advice from the medical team. [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain has not had a setback. He is one month away from competition."

  93. 0938: 
    Arsene Wenger addresses the media

    Arsene Wenger, manager of Premier League leaders, Arsenal, is holding a news conference ahead of Saturday's home game with third-placed Southampton.

    Wenger: "[Mauricio] Pochettino has done very well without speaking too much. You have to give him credit for that. It's absolutely tremendous what Southampton have achieved. They can be very ambitious.

    "The league is unpredictable this season. The biggest quality needed to win it will be consistency. All teams want to press and win the ball back quickly, Southampton maybe do it better than others."


    We're asking for your thoughts on the Ashes, please send them in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Mike Cowan: At this point you've got to wonder where the Aussies stole this spell of bowling. Then you remember their history...

    Ben Atkinson: Waking up to see England's batsman doing abysmally in their 1st innings of a 1st Test away from home. This is quite familiar...

    Jake Osman: Shows how far England have come that a batting collapse is a surprise!

  95. 0933: 

    And on what has been a difficult time for England on day two of the first Test in Brisbane, you can catch up on what you may have missed on the BBC Sport website. But beware, it doesn't make for happy reading if you're an England fan!

  96. 0930: 

    Among the stories in today's Ashes Gossip Column, there is the tale of the man charged with animal cruelty after police stopped a spectator from releasing a pig onto the field at Brisbane during day one of the first Ashes Test.


    So after a torrid day for England we would like to know your thoughts on the first Test at Brisbane. Please send them in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  98. 0927: 

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "The roar of a crowd...bouncy pitch. 90mph bowling... no matter who you support, today was a great day for TEST cricket..."

  99. 0923: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to hand 20-year-old defender Jon Flanagan his Merseyside derby debut against Everton at Goodison Park, the Liverpool Echo reports.

    Flanagan has made just one league appearance this season but is set to start after Jose Enrique was ruled out with a knee injury that will require surgery.

    Rodgers says: "Jon is a young player who will never let you down. Of course it's disappointing if you lose your number one left-back for a few months but it's an opportunity for someone else to come in and do well."

  100. 0919:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writerFOOTBALL- Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 1245 GMT)

    At the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Interested to see if Roberto Martinez injects belief into Everton against Liverpool that often seemed lacking under David Moyes.

    Liverpool - in particular Luis Suarez - may just fancy their chances of taking advantage of Everton's occasionally ponderous play out from the back. Everton, and Liverpool, will recall how Romelu Lukaku scored on both his appearances for West Brom against Brendan Rodgers's side last season.

  101. 0914: 

    A reminder there is the pint-sized Ashes available to listen to, a two-minute summation of the second day in Brisbane.

  102. 0904: 
    England opener Michael Carberry in action on day two at Brisbane

    Some thoughts from England opener Michael Carberry, currently playing his first Ashes Test: "It was a disappointing session just before tea that has swung the game a little bit. Credit to the Aussie bowlers, they bowled really well.

    "Mitchell is a world-class performer. In terms of pace he's up there with some of the quickest. More importantly, he put the ball in the right area.

    "I wouldn't say we're shell-shocked, we're pros but when it doesn't go to plan there's always a little bit of disappointment. To say we are struggling is a bit strong. For any batsmen the first few balls are going to be the toughest of your innings. England players are proven world-class performers and I'm positive we'll come back strongly."

  103. 0857: 

    Scotland half-back Danny Brough, Australia full-back Greg Inglis and New Zealand second row Sonny Bill Williams are all in contention for the coveted International Player of the Year title, which will be awarded at the Rugby League International Federation dinner in Manchester next week.

    Other awards are Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Referee of the Year and Spirit of Rugby League Award.

  104. 0847: 

    More from former England batsman John Crawley on 5 live Ashes Breakfast. A former team-mate of Michael Carberry at Hampshire, Crawley says: "His story is really inspirational.

    "He's a really nice guy and his work ethic is second to none. He supports people and I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He was considering giving up the game because of his illness, so for him to fight his way back and top score is phenomenal."

  105. 0844: 

    Former England batsman John Crawley on the collapse by the tourists at the Gabba: "Brisbane is a very interesting place to play. What Stuart Broad did on the first day was sensational. The way to react to goading is to perform and they appreciate that, but, with Mitchell Johnson bowling at 92, 93mph, the crowd gets behind Australia and it's very difficult."

  106. 0837:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Caretaker manager Keith Millen will remain in charge for Crystal Palace's match away to Hull City tomorrow, even if Tony Pulis finalises a deal to take over as manager of the club later today.

    "Pulis and Palace held talks yesterday, but the club has not yet announced that an agreement has been reached. If a deal is struck, the Welshman is likely to watch the match against Hull from the stands, and will take charge of the team against Norwich a week tomorrow."

  107. 0833:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan on 5 live Ashes Breakfast: "What we saw today was quick bowling at its best. Mitchell Johnson changed the course of the match, as did Ryan Harris. It was that one move to make Johnson bowl around the wicket to Michael Carberry, and bowl a few short ones, which led to him getting the outside edge

    "The Australia attack compared to 2010-11 is a lot better. Ryan Harris has made a massive difference and Nathan Lyon has definitely added something in the spin department. You look at Trott and Cook they were the mainstay, but, for the first time, questions are being asked about Trott against pace. Mitchell Johnson roughed him up and his feet were all over the place."

  108. 0830: 
    Thomas Bjorn in second-round action in Melbourne

    Veteran Thomas Bjorn has a one-shot lead in the World Cup of Golf at eight under after two rounds at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club

    The United States lead the team competition on 10-under: Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman three strokes ahead of Denmark's Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    Masters champion Adam Scott improved on his first round 74 with a 68 and shares 21st in the individual event. In the team event, Scott and Australian team-mate Jason Day are joint third with Japan, seven shots off the pace.

  109. 0810:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraASHES

    On 5 live sports extra, highlights are airing every half hour of the second day, with the entire day broadcast from 1100 GMT.

  110. 0807: 

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce watched the wickets tumble in Brisbane and you can read his thoughts on the day's proceedings on the BBC website now.

  111. 0803: 
    Mitchell Johnson racing in to bowl in the first Test

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath hails the display of left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson, who wreaked havoc with 4-61. "Mitchell promised a lot going into this series and we said beforehand that he had to play after the way he had been bowling in the one-dayers in England and then in India," he told BBC Sport.

    "He was bowling hostile spells, he was bowling quickly on pretty placid decks in India and he came out here today and showed what he can do. He bowled aggressively, he bowled good pace and really stuck it up the English batsmen, really got into them, got into Trott. He only bowled three balls to Carberry from around the wicket, but looked menacing and then he got stuck into the tail. That is probably as fast and as aggressive a bowling spell as I have seen for a long time."

  112. 0800:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveASHES

    There will be plenty of analysis and reaction on 5 live's Ashes Breakfast which is on air now, with Mark Pougatch asking the questions in Brisbane.

  113. 0759: 

    England supporters will already be looking anxiously to the weather forecast and the vague hope of rain in Brisbane to save the day. The BBC's Peter Gibbs has a forecast for the match on the BBC website now.

  114. 0756: 

    The tourists lost six wickets for nine runs and were all out for 136, Michael Carberry the top scorer with 40 and Australia quickly amassed 65-0 in their second innings to extend their lead to 224 at stumps on day two in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

  115. 0753: 

    Hello and welcome along to another edition of Sportsday, we'll have all the Premier League team news for you throughout the morning but there is only one place to begin and that is Brisbane, where it has not been a good day for England.

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