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10 December 2013 Last updated at 07:59 GMT

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  1. 0800: 

    Football saw backpasses to a goalkeeper outlawed. Cricket introduced video technology to challenge an umpire's decision. Rugby league revamped their Super League play-off system to allow one team to choose their next opponents. Change in sport is nothing new. And now it is the turn of Formula 1 to suggest a radical overhaul....

  2. 0805: 

    Good morning sports fans! Another action-packed day of sporting goodness lies ahead - and you will not miss a trick if you stay glued to Sportsday over the next 11 hours or so.

    Later there is a whole host of Champions League ties with Manchester United and Manchester City both in action. English Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, along with Scottish champions Celtic, face the media ahead of their matches on Wednesday, while there is sure to be plenty of chat ahead of the third Ashes Test between Australia and England which starts on Friday. And guess what? We will have it all right here.

  3. 0810: 

    But first, let's take a closer look at the big overnight story from the world of Formula 1. Governing body, the FIA, is to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014 in an attempt to heighten interest in the world championship.

    The move aims to reduce the possibility of a championship being settled before the final race by increasing the number of points available to a driver from 25 to 50.


    So what do you think about this plan? Genius? Ludicrous? I'd certainly be interested to know what current world champion Sebastian Vettel, who won the title with five races to go in 2011 and with four left in 2013, reckons.

    I also want to know your thoughts. But let's throw it wide open shall we? What rule changes - or innovative competition tweaks - would you make to your sport? Whether that is Formula 1, football or fencing, get in touch. The usual methods of communication of #bbcsportsday on Twitter, 81111 on text or the BBC Sport Facebook page are all there for you to sound off.

  5. 0819: 

    Here's another big overnight story which you might have missed...

    Senior figures from five major sports have been invited to a Whitehall summit following allegations of fixing in football.

    Culture Secretary Maria Miller has called the meeting with leaders from football, cricket, horse racing, rugby league and rugby union.

  6. 0824: 
    England coach Andy Flower

    England coach Andy Flower promises changes to the team for the third Ashes Test starting on Friday in Perth.

    The tourists have been comprehensively beaten by Australia in the first two Tests and will lose the series with another defeat.

    "We have taken some serious hits but we do have a squad full of people who are determined to turn the ship around, and that's what we must do," he says.


    Scott Lillico: Double points for last race idiotic idea. No reason why one race should be more important than others. Too much luck.

    Ryan Kerr: Formula1 needs to bring back refuelling. It's an added excitement to the sport. Pitstops used to be great fun to watch!!

  8. 0834: 

    The day would just not be the same without a bit of morning gossip would it? We're not talking whispers about your work colleagues or neighbours though. We are talking football. Here are three gems from our daily gossip column...

    Barcelona will compete with Manchester United and Arsenal to try to sign Borussia Dortmund's Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. (Daily Mail)

    Manchester United have renewed their interest in Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder. The Netherlands international, 29, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several years. (Guardian)

    Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, 31, will be a £4m target for Spanish side Atletico Madrid once his season-long loan expires at Italian club Napoli. (the Sun)

  9. 0840: 

    Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane says former manager Sir Alex Ferguson is still attempting to exert his influence at Old Trafford.

    Ferguson, who retired as United manager in May after 26 years and was replaced by Everton boss David Moyes, is now a director at Old Trafford.

    "Everything is about control and power [with Ferguson]," said Keane, who left United in 2005 after falling out with the Scot. "He is still striving for it now even though he's not manager - there's massive ego involved in that."

  10. 0846: 
    Roy Keane (left) and Sir Alex Ferguson

    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Keane left Manchester United following a controversial interview with in-house television channel MUTV in which he openly criticised his team-mates.

    The 42-year-old, speaking in a ITV4 documentary which airs later on Tuesday, says that his relationship with former manager Ferguson is now "non-existent".

    Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, who famously had an on-field spat with Keane in 2001, says both men are "winners". "Control and Power is probably words that you have to have if you're going to be a top manager or player and I don't see a problem with it," he says. "They both had it and they're both incredibly successful."


    With Formula 1 to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014, we want to know your thoughts on the plan. And what rule changes would you implement in other sports? Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or write on our Facebook wall.

    Ada: A title race down to the last race is more exciting. If no winner is found a two man sack race shall determine the winner!

    Jay: FIA should award progressively increasing points for races. Teams can then experiment at start and compete hard towards the end

  12. 0856: 

    Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann are left out of England's limited overs squads to face Australia next year.

    The trio will miss the five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches in January and February.

    "Guys like Anderson and Pietersen are in their early 30s now. They are prize assets; we need to look after them," says England coach Andy Flower.

  13. 0903: 

    World number one Tiger Woods has not had a bad 2013. In fact, the American - who won more tournaments and gained more ranking points over the past 12 months than any other man - called it a "pretty damned good year".

    But BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter says the 14-time Major winner could be excused "an unfulfilled feeling". Why? Read Iain's blog to find out.


    Kristian, London, via text: The new F1 points system is a preposterous idea. Each race is of equal value, a 'grand prix', and a car failure or incident a championship-chasing driver suffers in the final race is a double whammy for him. How is this fair? It is also incredibly artificial - imagine if Sepp Blatter suddenly mandated that all goals scored after 80 minutes in football were worth double. There would be uproar! No, big thumbs down from me.

  15. 0913: 

    Wales coach Warren Gatland warns that Welsh rugby can "ill afford" to lose a player of national skipper Sam Warburton's stature.

    Warburton, who also captained the British and Irish Lions, has given Cardiff Blues and the Welsh Rugby Union a Wednesday deadline to put together a deal to keep him in the country.

  16. 0920: 
    Barcelona's Camp Nou

    Spanish champions Barcelona will make a decision in the early part of 2014 on whether to remodel their existing Nou Camp stadium or build a new ground adjacent to their current home.

    Both proposals would have a capacity of 105,000 - about 10,000 more than the current Nou Camp - and improve other facilities at the sporting complex.

    "We've made advances, we have all the information and we're in a position to make a decision," says Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa.


    Paul Mete: Forget this final race double points F1 nonsense. You should be able to fire turtle shells at opponents and drop banana peels.

    UnSimpleSimon: Football could do a basketball: foul + free-kick/penalty. That means you foul the player who then scores, he gets another!

  18. 0940: 

    Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun joins Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.

    Benayoun, 33, has not played competitive football since May and has been a free agent since his three-year contract with Chelsea expired in June.

    "I am delighted everything is done and am very pleased to join QPR," says Benayoun.

  19. 0946: 

    League One side Brentford appoint Mark Warburton as manager after the departure of Uwe Rosler to Championship club Wigan.

    Warburton, a former youth team coach at Watford, was the Bees' sporting director while Rosler was still at Griffin Park.

  20. 0951: 

    Former Manchester United striker Lou Macari disputes Roy Keane's claim that Sir Alex Ferguson still craves power at Old Trafford.

    "I can't agree with Roy," the Scot tells BBC Radio 5 live. "I've been at every Manchester United game this season and yes Sir Alex has been at a few of them but I've never seen him trying to get control of anything.

    "I do work for MUTV and I'm pitch side before the game, I'm in the tunnel where the players dressing room is and I never see him in those places. I never see him apart from when television pans onto him during the game."

  21. 0959: 

    England Rugby League coach Steve McNamara is set to make a decision on his future - with Premiership rugby union side Bath thought to be offering him an opportunity to switch codes.

    It is also thought McNamara, whose England contract expired after his side's semi-final exit at the recent Rugby League World Cup, has been offered the job as assistant coach at NRL club Sydney Roosters.


    With Formula 1 to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014, we want to know your thoughts on the plan. And what rule changes would you implement in other sports? Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or write on our Facebook wall.

    Oliver Viney: 50 points for final F1 race sounds good to me. What about they all drive the same car to actually see who the best driver is?

    Rob: F1 tweaking rules again shows they know how dull and unwatchable the sport is. Gave up watching a couple of years ago.

    David Harrison: Shows how past it Bernie Ecclestone is, the points should be static throughout the entire season without these gimmick double points.


    Kieren, Falkirk, via text: Imagine a relegation or title decider being ruined by awarding six points. What a terrible idea, one engine failure or crash and you plummet down the scoreboard. No other sport suffers this much tinkering.

  24. 1014: 
    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, according to the Liverpool Echo.

    The midfielder was substituted early in the second half of the Reds' 4-1 win against West Ham and a scan has confirmed the extent of the damage.

  25. 1019: 

    Nottinghamshire coach Paul Johnson leaves the County Championship side after 32 years at Trent Bridge.

    Former batsman Johnson, 48, made his debut for the county in 1981 and scored 20,256 runs in a 21-year playing career that also saw him captain the side between 1996 and 1998.

    He moved into coaching following his retirement in 2002 but has now left his post following a restructuring of the coaching staff. "I'm leaving Trent Bridge with great memories and it will always hold a special place in my heart," he says.

  26. 1026:  
    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES

    "Only one change for me this week. Don't believe wholesale change is the right way forward. Tim Bresnan in for Monty Panesar. The heat is going to be want five bowlers and definitely a spinner."

    England are trailing 2-0 to hosts Australia ahead of the third Ashes Test which starts in Perth on Friday. Take a look at our cricket index to find out how you can follow the Test on BBC Sport.

  27. 1032: 
    Celtic assistant boss Johan Mjallby

    Celtic assistant boss Johan Mjallby, speaking at Glasgow Airport ahead of their flight to Barcelona where they face the Spanish champions on Wednesday: "Our target is to finish off the Champions League campaign on a good note. To be fair to the players, they've played well this season but probably just failed a little bit in the final third."

    The Bhoys are already eliminated from the competition's first stage - and are guaranteed to finish bottom of Group H - after taking three points from their five matches.


    With Formula 1 to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014, we want to know your thoughts on the plan. And what rule changes would you implement in other sports? Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or write on our Facebook wall.

    Gregory P: Why not just give each team a joker card where they can double the points on any race they choose, it's a knockout style.

    Anthony Orrell: Bonus points for fastest lap? The title would still have been secured for Vettel before Brazil with double points.

    Neil: F1 points change smells of absolute desperation to reignite what is fast becoming one of the most boring sports to watch.

  29. 1041: 

    Former England international Alan Shearer says there needs to be a 'zero tolerance' policy to anyone found guilty of fixing in football matches.

    Six people were arrested on Sunday over fixing allegations in the sport and have been bailed until April.

    "You are never going to stop betting but you have to stop the people inside," Shearer tells BBC Radio 5 live.

  30. 1050: 

    Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray signs a new two-year contract to stay with Pro12 side Munster.

    The deal, which is funded by the Irish Rugby Football Union, ties the British and Irish Lion to the province until June 2016.

    The 24-year-old, who made his senior debut for Munster in April 2010, has won 22 caps and scored two tries for his country.

    "Conor has illustrated in recent months the value he brings to not only Munster but to the national team as well. At 24 he is still a young guy and he has the potential to go on to become one of the best scrum-halves in the game," says Munster coach Rob Penney.

  31. 1056: 

    Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is named French Player of the Year by France Football magazine.

    Ribery, who is also on the three-man shortlist for the Fifa Ballon d'Or, beat Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris St Germain's Blaise Matuidi in a poll of past and present French players.

    "I now have to go get Thierry Henry's record," says Ribery, who has now won the prize three times to the ex-Arsenal star's five.


    Martin, Southampton. via text: Re 0951. I think Lou Macari knows more about what is going on at Old Trafford than Roy Keane. What actual evidence does Keane have of his latest bitter outburst?

  33. 1106: 

    Flares and smoke bombs need to be stamped out of Scottish football before they cause severe injury, Falkirk's general manager warns.

    The Scottish Championship side's artificial surface was damaged after a flare was thrown during their Scottish Cup defeat by Rangers.

    "What really surprised us was when they told us that these things burn at 1600 degrees," says David White. "So you can imagine the damage that could do if it actually hit someone."


    With Formula 1 to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014, we want to know your thoughts on the plan. And what rule changes would you implement in other sports? Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or write on our Facebook wall.

    Niyi Martins: While an injured player is being treated, it's better the culprit is sent out too till the injured gets back or substituted.

    Chris Medwell: If Platini gets his way the sin bin in football could be a game changer. Michael Brown at Leeds would be forever off the pitch...

    Max Reading: I wouldn't mind if football rewarded goals. A win is three points. But a win with a GD of 3+ is four points. Would mean more attacking play.

  35. 1116: 

    Olympic 400m hurdles semi-finalist Jack Green announces he is taking a break from the sport as he continues his recovery from depression.

    Green, 23, has told British Athletics performance director Neil Black that he will not take his place on the World Class Performance Programme next year.

    "Those close to me and working with me know I have been suffering with depression over the last year, and despite a full recovery, I believe a break is necessary for my mental health," says Green, who was the European Under 23 champion in 2011.

  36. 1122: 
    England's Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann

    Former England captain Alec Stewart says the tourists should "seriously consider" leaving out either Graeme Swann or Monty Panesar for Friday's third Test against Australia.

    "At a venue like Perth, where spinners have traditionally struggled to make a major impact, England may be better served by going with a fourth seamer and relying on Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen to provide the part-time slow-bowling options," says Stewart in his latest BBC Sport column.


    Dave Rae: I'd bring a new rule into football - 'referees should fully enforce the existing rules and players should accept them'.

  38. 1136: 

    England Performance Programme seamers James Harris and Chris Jordan shared six wickets as Western Australia 2nd XI made 319-8 dec in Perth.

    The hosts' Tim Armstrong top-scored with 75, but Harris (3-58) and Jordan (3-83) stuck to their tasks for England's developmental team.

    Earlier, Sussex's Jordan was named in England's one-day international squad to face Australia next month.

  39. 1144: 

    Hull boss Steve Bruce hopes his side's Premier League status will not be affected by a penalty denial in Monday's 1-1 draw with Swansea.

    The ex-Manchester United player believes Tigers defender Alex Bruce's header struck Swans full-back Dwight Tiendalli's arms in the second half.

    "The boy has practically caught it, signed it and kicked it into the crowd," says Steve Bruce. "I just hope those decisions are not too costly."

  40. 1150: 
    Celtic v Motherwell

    Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby insists the Scottish champions had to take firm action against the fans whose behaviour marred last Friday's win over Motherwell.

    The Parkhead outfit suspended 128 fans from their games and relocated 250 season-ticket holders following damage caused to seats at Fir Park. Smoke bombs and flares were also thrown during Celtic's 5-0 success.

    "I don't think it left the club with any other option but to suspend some fans," says Mjallby.

  41. 1158: 

    Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson and World Championship bronze medallist Fran Halsall are heading the Great Britain team at the LEN European Championships in Denmark.

    The short-course event is the second targeted by British athletes as they look to add race time to a heavy block of training as part of their 2014 Commonwealth Games preparations.

    Jamieson, 25, only returned to training last week after having his heart re-started following an intensive training session at the end of November.

  42. 1207: 

    Champions Guangzhou Evergrande of China drew a familiar rival in 2006 winners Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea but were kept guessing about the other two opponents in their group for the 2014 AFC Champions League.

    Big-spending Guangzhou, led by Italy's 2006 World Cup- winning coach Marcello Lippi, became the first winners of the continent's premier club competition last month after defeating FC Seoul in a two-legged final.

    Lippi's men, who were also drawn with Jeonbuk in last year's edition, will have to wait for the final composition of Group G with the champions of Japan's Emperor's Cup, to be decided on 1 January and a play-off winner slated to complete it.

  43. 1211: 

    Barcelona boss Tata Martino, ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie against Celtic, has challenged £50m forward Neymar to improve his goalscoring tally.

    The Brazil star has scored four goals in 18 appearances since his summer move from Santos.

    "He should score more goals than he has so far," admits the Barca boss. "We don't analyse any player simply by the goals he scores and lays on - it is a question of all facets of a player's game.

    "But at the moment the only question about Neymar is his finishing. He is not a goalscorer in the way that Leo Messi is, but he can score a lot of goals for us like Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas do."


    Jonny, via text: Instead of the misery of penalties, golden goal extra time where each team has to remove one player every five minutes. Would make for guaranteed entertainment and interesting tactics.

  45. 1220: 

    Barcelona boss Tata Martino stresses the importance of a good performance against Champions League opponents Celtic on Wednesday, despite the Spanish champions having already qualified for the knockout phase.

    "We have to be precise and quick in our build-up play and have to be effective in the way we move the ball about," says the Argentine.

    "We also have to be precise when we press for the ball to evade the possibility of Celtic playing on counter attack. It is important to put in a good performance - improving our performance is an obligation we have got."

  46. 1228: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins receives his knighthood in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

    Wiggins, who won gold at the London Olympics and became the first British winner of the Tour de France last year, was honoured for services to cycling.

  47. 1235: 

    Barcelona coach Tata Martino says it is too early to say whether teenager forward Gerard Deulofeu will extend his loan spell at Premier League side Everton to a second season.

    Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said he hoped to keep the 19-year-old next season after he netted a spectacular equaliser in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

    "Deulofeu is a good player. But we are only in the middle of the season, so no decision about where he will play next season will be made at this stage," says Martino in his news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie against Celtic at the Nou Camp.

  48. 1241: 
    Chelsea training

    Chelsea have spent this morning training ahead of Wednesday's Uefa Champions League match against FC Steaua Bucuresti. David Luiz and Oscar trained after recovering from recent injuries and could feature against the Romanians at Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho's men knowing a win would secure top spot in Group E and a more favourable last-16 draw.

    Mourinho will speak in a news conference at 1300 GMT, and we will have all the quotes from the Portuguese here in Sportsday.

  49. 1250: 

    Time for Tuesday's Question of Sport Teaser: Name the four players whose surname ends in a vowel to have scored five or more goals in this year's Uefa Champions League.

    Send across our answers to #QSTeaser and we will reveal the four this afternoon.


    Andrew Liotta: Stupid, you could be leading by 49 points after 18 races and still lose the championship even if you have had better results all because of one race ....

    Daniel Conlan: Or they could just let the cars go back to the old standards, were racing drivers were actually good drivers and didn't need 40 driver aids for each component.

    Paul Reeves: That will just highten the interest in the last race then.....

    With Formula 1 to award double points at the final race of the season from 2014, we want to know your thoughts on the plan. And what rule changes would you implement in other sports? Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or write on our Facebook wall.

  51. 1303: 

    Chelsea's news conference ahead of Wednesday's home Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest is under way. Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic is first to be grilled....

  52. 1307: 

    Chelsea have conceded several goals in recent games and defender Branislav Ivanovic knows it is important the Blues improve their defending.

    "It is very important to communicate on the pitch," he says. "The last two games were very open. It gives stability to the team when you do not concede a goal and this is important. We know where we have made mistakes and we talk after the game about where we can improve."

    On Wednesday's opponents Steaua Bucharest, he adds: "I think it is a very important game. We want to finish top in group. We have to be 100% concentrated, because they have nothing to lose."

  53. 1311: 

    More from Branislav Ivanovic: "This Champions League group is a group of four very good teams. A lot of things in the Champions League is very different in other competitions. We hope we can finish at the top. We played Steaua maybe three times last year, they have great players and we have to be careful about that. They play a very offensive game, have a lot of positive things in the team and that is why we have to stay focussed."

  54. 1312: 

    Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic's stint in front of the assembled media is over - now it is time for Blues boss Jose Mourinho to step up to the microphone...

  55. 1316: 

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he believes already-eliminated Steaua Bucharest will not visit Stamford Bridge thinking that defeat is a foregone conclusion.

    "I read somewhere that the Steaua coach says he is coming here with his best team and best players to try and finish the group in the best possible way. I would do the same in his position.

    "They have been important in the group phase because they took four points from Basel and also drew against Schalke. They were not a team - which we always see in the Champions League - who finished with zero points. They have got three draws and will try to do same tomorrow. We have to try and win game and finish first."

  56. 1319: 

    More from Jose Mourinho: "It is very hard to say if I have a favourite player from Steaua because if I do that tomorrow it will on the front page saying he is coming to Chelsea and this is not true! Steaua are good friends because they took points from Basel and Schalke, but to be the perfect friends they have to lose tomorrow."

  57. 1323: 

    Jose Mourinho says he will rest "three" players for the final Group E match against Steaua Bucharest.

    "I don't want to call it rotation because when you say rotate it comes with an idea that the team is weak. That's not the case," says the Portuguese boss. "I won't play the same team as the last match because some players need a little rest. We have an important game on Saturday [against Crystal Palace] and then got a League Cup quarter-final tie [at Sunderland] on Tuesday."

  58. 1325: 

    Jose Mourinho on Ashley Cole: "I know him well, it is easy to feel that he is not happy, not comfortable with the situation, but the way he trains is super professional, as always. When he is on the bench, I can feel his will to win, even if he is not the pitch. He is a fantastic guy, full from respect from me and the players and yes he starts tomorrow."

  59. 1328: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho on his strike options of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba: " We have three strikers which is the perfect number. Sometimes I like two on the bench, sometimes I like to play with two. All of them are getting minutes and matches and they are all working very well for the team.

    "But the number of goals in the Premier League is not what I want or what they want - that is obvious. Between them they have four goals but strikers also live on other things and they are giving me other things, no doubt. But we have to try to improve and wait for better days to score more goals and feel happier."

  60. 1334: 

    Jose Mourinho clarifies his 'we're in trouble' comment after the Stoke defeat at the weekend: "I don't remember the words. No. If we are in trouble, there are 17 teams in more trouble than us. The team that played in the first half [against Stoke] has to be winning 4-0 and at half time we were 1-1. Why? Because we did not score the goals we should and conceded from a mistake, so yes we were in trouble.

    "We are creating a lot, we are playing a lot of nice football, we have to finish off opponents. In this moment if you train defensive corners against the dummies, I think one dummy will score. All the rebounds go to the opponents, so I think they will go to the dummies too. I meant we were in trouble in that game - it was unbelievable how we lost that game.

    "I think this league is wonderful. Everybody around Europe must be very jealous about [our league]. We don't know the first, the second, the relegation. That gives everybody the chance to be in the fight for their objectives. We are not in trouble because we are there."

  61. 1340: 

    Jose Mourinho plays down Chelsea's chances of winning this season's Champions League.

    "We are not considered one of the favourites to win. The favourites in my opinion are Bayern Munich because they are the current winners and have the same players, new manager and unbelievable stability.

    "Barcelona, Real Madrid too - these teams are clearly in front. But any one in the last eight can win. It is an interesting competition as always."


    Samuel Green: Is it just me is Jose backtracking on his would be controversial remarks? i.e. Strikers not scoring BUT doing other things.

  63. 1349: 
    The Queen knights Sir Bradley Wiggins

    Sir Bradley Wiggins says receiving his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in a ceremony was a "humbling" experience.

    "It was quite nerve-wracking actually. I'm still shaking now, to be honest," says the Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner.

    "I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they've been honoured for, and they're historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever.

    "I've won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone, really."

  64. 1356: 

    Senior figures from five major sports have met ministers to discuss efforts to tackle corruption amid allegations of fixing in British football.

    Culture secretary Maria Miller, who called the meeting, said: "We want to keep British sport clean and we'll do whatever it takes to achieve that.

    "Britain is a world leader when it comes to staging international sporting events and indeed our sporting reputation is global. Working with the industry we want to make sure that we continue to keep British sport clean and ahead of the crowd."

  65. 1405: 
    Brazil World Cup 2014

    Take a look at South American football writer Tim Vickery's experiences of travelling around Brazil and what England fans are likely to face on their travels at the World Cup in his feature on the BBC Sport website.

  66. 1414: 

    Canada lock Jamie Cudmore and Georgian prop Davit Zirakashvili have both extended their contracts with Clermont, the Top 14 club announces.

    Zirakashvili, 30, will now be with Clermont until 2017 and the 35-year-old Cudmore until 2015.

    "They're two old heads in our squad," says assistant coach Franck Azema. "With Jono [Gibbes, the incoming forwards coach], we put their contract extensions on our list of priorities and we're happy to see them continue their adventure with us."

  67. 1420: 
    Ross barkley

    Ross Barkley's impressive performances for Everton this season has seen the 20-year-old compared to former England great Paul Gascoigne.

    Ray Hall, former Everton academy coach and the man credited with discovering Wayne Rooney, believes Barkley is unique, and may be the first of a new generation of English footballers.

    Read more about the rise of Ross Barkley from those who nurtured his talent on the BBC Sport website.


    Stewie, Twyford, via text: Re Barkley. He reminds me of Kaka. Similar build, great first touch, seems to have more time on the ball than he does, and very creative.

  69. 1427: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he has been put under no pressure to sell players in January.

    McCoist was responding to speculation surrounding the future of left-back Lee Wallace, who has been the club's top performer over the past 18 months and recently won a Scotland recall. The club lost £14.4m in the first 13 months of trading as a new company and cost-savings are likely as share-issue money begins to run out.

    But McCoist tells RangersTV: "I've had discussions with board members and the chief executive and there has certainly been no indication at all that we have to sell."

  70. 1435:  
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match SpecialASHES

    "It was bitterly disappointing to see England receive another heavy beating in the second Ashes Test to go 2-0 down in the series.

    "After the bruising they took in Brisbane, I thought at worst they would walk away with a draw on a flat pitch in Adelaide. But they were blown away in the first innings, and although they put up a fractionally better fight in the second, by then the game was as good as gone. The defeat leaves England in a desperately difficult situation, with just three days to try to recover and regroup before the third Test in Perth, a venue where they have lost on each of their last six visits.

    "It is probably the quickest and bounciest pitch in world cricket and yet somehow England must produce a dramatically improved overall performance."

    Read more from Alex Stewart on the BBC Sport website.

  71. 1445: 
    December 10

    Got to work this morning and realised you had not opened door number 10 on your Christmas calendar? Sadly we cannot provide you with a confectionary treat, but we do have a a sport-based calendar for you to open. See what lies behind the door on the BBC Sport website.


    Aidan Williams: 'England are so so bad' 'Barkley's the next Kaka'. I can't be the only one who gets irritated by fickle England fans?

    Jack Stacy: Let's not get carried away with Barkley. Did the same with Jones, Sterling, Wilshere, the Ox & Rodwell. Look at them now.

  73. 1458: 

    Pakistan call rookie left-arm fast bowler Usman Khan Shinwari into the squad for two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

    The 19-year-old Shinwari, who hails from the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, sprung to prominence with a spell of five wickets for nine runs in the final of the national T20 championship. He has played only four first-class and 11 T20 matches.

    "Usman has been included in the side after consultations between the selectors and the team management. He will join the team in Dubai on Wednesday," a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman says.

  74. 1504: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE- Man Utd v Shakhtar (19:45 GMT)

    Eduardo thinks Shakhtar Donetsk can add to Manchester United's woes when the teams meet at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    United have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages but are struggling in the Premier League after two consecutive home defeats.

    "We know they have got some trouble now and we will try to win," former Arsenal forward Eduardo, 30, tells BBC Sport.

  75. 1514: 
    Jose Mourinho

    He is a good egg isn't he, Jose Mourinho? In his news conference earlier on Wednesday, he had the Romanian translator working hard with some long, long answers, joking at one stage that he should be paid double for his efforts. The translator modestly accepted he was happy to do it but at the end of the news conference, Mourinho evidently decided he needed extra reward.

    The Chelsea manager took off his training top, signed it and handed it to the translator. Top effort!


    Rian Hoskins: Barkley has confidence and it's great to see a youngster play for a very good side and a manager who knows how to develop him.

    Tunde Akere: One good season and they will start to compare the player to the greatest players around. This attitude is sickening, disturbing.

  77. 1527: 

    Defending champion Scott Jamieson admits it would be an honour to retain his Nelson Mandela Championship title in South Africa.

    The tournament takes place at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Durban in the same week the former president will be laid to rest after his death at the age of 95.

    "It's great to have any tournament carry Nelson Mandela's name," Jamieson tells BBC Radio Scotland. "Obviously being so close to his sad passing last week, it definitely adds an edge to the tournament. To be able to retain it would be fantastic and certainly would be an incredible honour."


    Paul Hanna: re 15:14 Of course, Jose used to be a translator himself, famously for Bobby Robson.

  79. 1535: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes age is no barrier for veteran defender Sylvain Distin.

    Defender Distin's contract expires at the end of the season but it seems likely the 35-year-old will have his deal extended by 12 months as he did a year ago having been an ever-present in the league since 24 November 2012.

    "I'm proud to have a player like Sylvain Distin representing Everton because he has got incredible standards," says Martinez. "Age becomes a number. Sylvain looks after himself - he is always the last man out at Finch Farm and he could play for a long, long time."

  80. 1539: 

    World number one Neil Robertson says he aims to win the Triple Crown in one season after an emotional UK Championship victory.

    The Australian defeated Mark Selby in Sunday's final to become the first overseas player to have claimed UK, World and Masters titles.

    "It's the only time I've ever had tears in my eyes after winning a tournament," he tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "To win all three is one of the most satisfying things in my career."

    David Moyes

    The Manchester Evening News has been discussing how crucial the January transfer window is for Manchester United, as well as giving fans the chance to give their opinion on who they would most like to sell.

    Who of United's current squad are not good enough for the first team? Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  82. 1549:  

    "DJ Campbell holds talks with Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer following his arrest by police on Sunday but the Championship club have yet to make a decision on the striker's future.

    "The 32-year-old was one of six men questioned by police in connection with allegations of fixing in football matches.

    "Campbell, who has not been charged, spoke to Bowyer on the phone today but is not expected to return to training in the short term.

    "One option open to Blackburn would be to grant Campbell leave until both parties feel the time is right for the player to return to action. Campbell is known to have told friends he denies all the charges against him."

  83. 1558: 

    RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie says he is still hopeful a solution can be struck to ensure a pan-European competition takes place next season.

    But, after England's top-flight clubs reiterated that they will not take part in the Heineken Cup next season, Ritchie concedes all parties need to "bust a gut" to make it happen.

  84. 1606: 

    Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel describes plans to award double points at the final race of the 2014 Formula One season as "absurd".

    Red Bull driver Vettel, who won the 2013 title with four races of the season left, also claims "drivers, fans and experts are horrified" at the proposal.

    "This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season," the 26-year-old is quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild. "I value the old traditions in Formula One and do not understand this new rule."


    Zain, via text: Re Man Utd. Sell Nani, Anderson and Cleverly. Too many chances been given to prove themselves.

  86. 1618: 

    European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora is set to make the first defence of his title at London's Copper Box Arena on 8 February.

    British and Commonwealth middleweight title-holder Billy Joe Saunders and former WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly - making his cruiserweight debut and challenging for the Commonwealth title - are also on the bill.


    We are asking which of Manchester United's current squad are not good enough for the first team? Here's a selection of your thoughts from the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Cirus Gorjestani: I'd love to see Moyes do what Sir Alex Ferguson did back in 1992. Put faith in the youth with the likes of Januzaj, Powell, Henriquez, Lingard, Zaha and Keane. And sell the under performers like Anderson, Welbeck, Young and Nani. Surround the youth with experienced players. Even if they do lose the youngsters will only improve.

    Paul Bunting: Cleverley, Evans, Smalling, Welbeck, Nani. Need a massive clear out and we are lacking quality in midfield. That was always United's strength but no very average!

    Elwyn Gruffydd: Evans, Anderson, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Young...

    James Michael Hensleigh Walter: Players not good enough; Young, Nani, Valencia, Anderson, Fabio, Ferdinand. Players needed; LB and RB, quality CM. Shaw, Clyne, Hamsik.

  88. 1630:  
    BBC Olympic sports reporter Nick HopePARALYMPICS

    Two-time Paralympic archery champion Danielle Brown has appealed against the decision to exclude her from future Games.

    Brown, 25, has a condition called 'complex regional pain syndrome' - which gives her chronic discomfort in her feet - and as a result she shoots while seated on a stool.

    Last month World Archery changed its classification rules for future events stating that only those with a physical disability which has a "direct and important impact on the archery performance" should be allowed to compete in Paralympic Games and World Archery Para Championships.

  89. 1637: 

    Championship side Wigan Athletic appoint Coventry youth team coach Gregor Rioch - son of their former manager Bruce - as their new academy manager.

    Rioch senior left the Latics in 2001 after just six months at the helm - amid rumours of a bust-up with owner Dave Whelan.

  90. 1646: 
    Sami Hyypia

    Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia wants his side to carry their momentum from a weekend Bundesliga win at Borussia Dortmund into their crucial Champions League Group A tie at Real Sociedad.

    The German side need to better Shakhtar Donetsk's result at Manchester United to reach the last 16.

    "Manchester United's game is important for us and will influence our match. In any case we want to win," says ex-Liverpool defender Hyypia.

    "We are going to follow the Manchester United game. If in the 75th minute we are still drawing with Real Sociedad and something happens in the other match we can take more risks and look for a win."


    Jeet Padaruth: United don't need to bring anyone in, the squad is strong enough it's just lacking confidence. But Nani needs to be sold.

    Javan Copley: Out: Anderson, Cleverly, Nani, Young, Ferdinand. In: Powell back from loan, Baines/Shaw, Clyne/Caulker, Song/Carvalho/Herrera.

    Tom Crook: People saying Jonny Evans needs to be sold? Obviously haven't seen how much he has improved in the last two years!

  92. 1655: 

    Veteran steeplechaser Tidal Bay could be given the chance of one more big-race win in the Welsh National.

    Trainer Paul Nicholls says the 12-year-old, rated a 20-1 chance, would be competitive as the official handicapper has dropped his rating by 8lb.

  93. 1656: 
    Champions League Group D

    Pavel Vrba is determined to ensure FC Viktoria Plzen remain in a European competition by beating CSKA Moskow later on Tuesday (1945 GMT) before he takes the reins of the Czech Republic national team.

    In a battle for third place in Group D and a Uefa Europa League spot, CSKA need only avoid defeat to ensure survival in European competition, but Plzen need to win.

    "We were [in the European knockout stages] twice," says Vrba. "I hope Plzen will be there again."

  94. 1706: 

    Hearts avoid a major injury blow despite skipper Danny Wilson being diagnosed with shin splints.

    The 21-year-old centre-back will have to undergo a special training programme to cope with the injury.

    But the former Rangers and Liverpool player will be able to face Inverness at Tynecastle on Saturday as Hearts bid to wipe out the remainder of their 15-point Scottish Premiership penalty for going into administration.

  95. 1715: 
    Champions League

    Goran Pandev is determined to help Napoli beat Arsenal on Wednesday and secure the three points they need to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

    Level on nine points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F, the Partenopei will be sure of a place in the round of 16 if they post a better result against Arsenal than the German side can manage at eliminated Olympique de Marseille.

    "The most important thing is to win against Arsenal," the 30-year-old says on "We are focused - we have prepared really well for the match. We want the three points. The coach said we should keep our heads and not feel like we are under any pressure."


    Weston Mberikwazvo: We should build our team around De Gea, Jones, Rafael, Evans, Januzaj, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney. Everyone else is dispensable.

    Josh: Luke Shaw for Evra, Gundogan for Anderson, Reus for Young, Herrera for Cleverley.

  97. 1734: 

    Struggling Racing-Metro have been given a boost with news that Welsh centre Jamie Roberts is finally ready to play again after a 12-week injury absence.

    The back sustained a ligament tear in his left ankle, and has had to watch as his team has struggled despite a raft of big-name signings including Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and Welsh teammates Dan Lydiate and, more recently, Mike Phillips.

    "I got the injury in only my third game for the club, I was just starting to find my feet on the pitch, beginning to pick up all the calls and so forth, and to get injured at that time was a real blow," says Roberts.

  98. 1742: 
    Champions League Group A

    Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu is expecting a tough game at Old Trafford, despite Manchester United's faltering domestic form recently.

    "Even though they are not playing well, these are two different competitions and you can't really compare them," says Lucescu, whose side will guarantee progress from Group A along with United if they win.

    "I watched both defeats, against Everton and Newcastle. When they were playing Everton it was David Moyes's former team so they were playing with special enthusiasm and motivation, but when they played Newcastle it was like they had lost their spark a bit. But the result of the game does depend on some small things. For example, if they got a penalty for the handball against Newcastle, it could have been completely different."

  99. 1751: 

    Defender Sean Morrison and midfielder Jordan Obita sign new deals at Championship side Reading.

    Morrison, 22, and Obita, 20, extend their stay at the Royals until 2017.

    We've been talking about it now since the end of last season and it feels great to finally get it done and now I can concentrate on getting fit and getting back in the team," says Morrison. Obita adds: "It's a club I've been at since I was eight years old, 11 years in total now, going through the ranks and now playing in the first team. To sign again is a fantastic feeling."

  100. 1800: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1998

    The Champions League was formally increased to 32 teams by Uefa, which also confirmed the Uefa Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup would be merged into one tournament from the start of the 1999-2000 season.

  101. 1807: 

    Emilio Izaguirre will miss Celtic's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night through suspension.

    The Hoops left-back picked up his third booking against AC Milan in the last Group H fixture game but manager Neil Lennon welcomes back right-back Adam Matthews who is contention after recovering from shoulder surgery which kept him out for seven weeks.

    Skipper Scott Brown returns after missing the last three European games through suspension, while fellow midfielder Nir Biton has served a one-game ban and has recovered from a virus, as has Georgios Samaras.


    Tim Harris: Rio past his best, Evra at least one mistake a game, Evans just not good enough, Anderson being carried for 3 seasons now, Carrick is too slow for Premier League, Nani hit and miss, cleverly not good enough, Welbeck one good game in 10. Bring in Baines, Gundogan, Sneijder, Di Maria, Garay, Hulk - who wants to come to the PL!

    Jawad Akram: Players we need- Ross Barkley, Yohan Cabaye and Lallana in midfield, Luke Shaw to replace Evra, Pedro from Barca, and another 2 wide attacking players to replace Nani, Young and Valencia! Moyes is only partly to blame, united this same united squad won the league last season, but no one has stepped up this season! We rely too much on Rooney and RVP!

    What changes need to be made to the Manchester United squad in January? Have your say via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  103. 1829: 

    Mike Tyson has been forced to pull out of promotional appearances in London after being barred from entering the UK because of previous convictions.

    The former heavyweight boxing champion, 47, was due to attend events promoting his autobiography Undisputed Truth. Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence imposed in 1992 for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant.

    Anyone sentenced to more than four years in prison is not allowed to enter Britain under immigration laws.

  104. 1830: 

    OK, that is all for Sportsday as focus now switches to Tuesday night's Champions League action. Live text commentary is up and running, while audio commentary of Bayern Munich v Manchester City is on BBC Radio 5 live. Cheerio.

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