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Summary

  1. Liverpool take on Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale out injured (19:45 BST)
  2. Arsenal face Anderlecht, with third-choice keeper Martinez expected to start
  3. Rokoduguni and Kruis in England squad for Autumn Internationals; Tuilagi and Cipriani out
  4. Andy Murray beats Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-3 at Valencia Open
  5. Serena Williams beaten 6-0 6-2 by Simona Halep at WTA Finals
  6. Get involved: What do you miss about old-school football?

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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Farewell, but not for long

Sportsday may be over but stay on the BBC website for the best live text coverage of tonight's Champions League action involving Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Reds take on Real Madrid at Anfield in what could be a classic, while Arsenal have a game in Anderlecht that they dare not lose.

Enjoy - and see you at 8am tomorrow for more Sportsday fun and frolics.

Blues interest 'flattered' MK boss Robinson

Football

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has said he is

"flattered" by Birmingham City's interest in his services and his own club's desire to keep him.

Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has dismissed an approach from Blues for the 34-year-old.

"I'm flattered - but just as flattered by the chairman's response. It shows he wants me at this football club," Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"That gives me the satisfaction of knowing you're wanted somewhere."

Pakistan bowler's action 'improves'

Cricket

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Pakistan cricket authorities say that banned spinner Saeed Ajmal will receive a further two weeks of work on his illegal bowling action before being sent to England for assessment.

Ajmal, 37, was suspended in September and has been receiving the help of former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to correct his action.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said he has shown "significant improvement".

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For the last time today, things you miss about the old days...

Mohamed Murad: Diving headers. When was the last time you saw a diving header?

Robert Mahoney: Proper men playing the game, and feeling part of the club unlike now days just feeling like a cash cow.

Ian Higgins: Standing up, sitting at matches has killed the atmosphere for me.

Ibrahim Jalloh: Players playing for the love of the game and not cosmetic footballers as we see these days...Zidane playing with the ball like he owns it. A born footballer.

Sandra Cheeseman: Honesty and a plethora of decent British footballers.

Thanks to one and all for getting involved.

Pulis: I would have spoken to Cardiff

Football

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Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says he would have been interested in

taking over at Cardiff City.

Newport-born Pulis was a favourite with bookmakers and many fans to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 56-year-old left Crystal Palace in August but was not considered for the Cardiff role before they appointed Russell Slade.

"If the call would have come I certainly would have spoken," Pulis told BBC's Sport Wales.

Somerset bowler breaks ankle on golf course

Cricket

Somerset pace bowler Alfonso Thomas has

suffered a broken ankle in a freak accident while playing golf.

The 37-year-old South African, who took 53 Championship wickets in 2014, is recovering after undergoing surgery.

"It is really unfortunate news for Alfonso and we wish him a speedy recovery," director of cricket Matthew Maynard told the

club website.

Nadal powers through

Tennis

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Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1 6-1 to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals.

Second seed Nadal, who needed just 56 minutes to beat a qualifier ranked 120 in the world 120, next plays either 17-year-old Croatian Borna Coric or Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

Everton Europa squad news

Football

Everton will be without the rested duo of Steven Naismith and Leon Osman for tomorrow's Europa League Group H clash in Lille.

Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone, only recently back involved after long-term injuries, are not yet fully match-fit so have also sat out the trip to France, along with Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and John Stones (ankle).

Veteran Frenchman Sylvain Distin, left out the matchday squad for the last four games, has been included in the travelling party.

Riga questions Blackpool recruitment

Football

Blackpool manager Jose Riga has

again appeared to question whether there is a desire at the club to bring in new players to strengthen the squad, having clashed with chairman Karl Oyston in the summer over recruitment policy.

"On the market, you cannot find what we were able to find two months ago," the 57-year-old told

BBC Radio Lancashire.

Asked if he was suggesting the chairman did not want to bring anyone in, he replied: "I have made proposition (to sign players) but I repeat, I'm still waiting."

Blackpool lost to Derby last night and are bottom of the Championship with only one win so far this season.

Leeds owner says player is no racist

Football

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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian during last night's

1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

"Bellusci is no racist," Cellino

told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I spoke with him and he said 'you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him (Jerome).' He is surprised by this. He is shocked.

"I don't allow racists at this club and I won't allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist, I'll kick him out before the FA has a chance."

Row over Africa tournament

Football

The Confederation of African Football and Uefa president Michel Platini are at loggerheads after

comments made about the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Caf accused Platini of interference after it believed he had questioned its decision not to postpone the tournament because of the Ebola crisis.

The Frenchman responded in a letter to Caf, denying the accusation and demanding an apology and a retraction.

Hosts Morocco want to delay the event, which is due to take place from 17 January to 8 February.

Chancellor backs London NFL plan

Football

Evening Standard
Evening Standard

Interesting story on the front page of today's London Evening Standard, with the paper saying chancellor George Osborne has

"held top-level talks about bringing an American Football team to London".

"This is primarily a decision for the owners of the clubs and the NFL organisation but I've said to the NFL that anything the Government can do to make this happen we will do, because I think it would be a huge boost to London," Osborne said.

Rodgers: We have a Real plan

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Not long now till kick off in tonight's Champions League game and at Liverpool, boss Brendan Rodgers says

he has a plan to deal with Real Madrid and the prolific Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has begun the season with 20 goals in 13 games for club and country, but never scored at Anfield during his time at former club Manchester United.

Rodgers said: "He is arguably the best player in the world at the moment, and his evolution from being a soloist who scores goals to a goalscorer is there to see.

"But we have to make a plan for our team first to ensure we cause Real Madrid problems and then prepare yourself for the quality players they have."

Women and children only games

Football

UEFA may order clubs to allow only women and children into European matches as punishment for racist behaviour by fans.

It comes after CSKA Mopscow were told they will face no action for apparently having fans inside the closed stadium during last night's Champions League draw with Manchester City.

Some 200 to 300 people supporting CSKA were inside the stadium on Tuesday night but UEFA is satisfied the rules were followed.

UEFA president Michel Platini will, however, put forward the 'women and children only' plan for discussion by European football's chiefs after a successful use of the scheme in Turkey in 2011.

No fall out at Spurs - Pochettino

Football

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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane.

The 27-year-old has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team place this term, with rumours that all may not be well between the defender and his boss.

But Pochettino said: "(The) rumours and information and different situations ... I don't read it. Never.

"I know the players are sometimes affected by comment or rumours and they call me about the rumours but Jan is a very important player for Tottenham and for me."

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You've been telling us what you miss most about the golden olden days of football...

Andrew Askew: What do we miss from football: players giving the referee total respect and accepting his decision.

Billyfl34: Terraces, tackling and Highbury, God I miss Highbury.

Guy Metcalfe-Hume: Big tackles, where both ball and man end up in the air.

Nathan Phelps: The old days... when football players tried their best to stay on their feet instead of the fake tumble.

Max A Sobell: "Interesting" fashion choices for away and goalkeeper kits in the 90s that would cause Gok Wan to faint in disgust.

Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Croatian fighter's life ban

Boxing

Croatian boxer Vido Loncar and his coaches have been barred for life by the International Boxing Association for assaulting a referee.

Loncar had to be dragged from the ring after he attacked Polish ref Maciej Dziurgot during shocking scenes following a defeat in the light-heavyweight division at the European youth championsips in Zagreb on Monday.

Loncar punched the referee, who fell to the floor, then leapt on top of him and continued the attack. The referee was taken to a hospital and local police arrested the Croatian boxer.

AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu said: "AIBA and the entire boxing family have zero tolerance for this sort of behaviour."

Arsenal praise from Sir Alex

Football

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On a more cheery note, at least Wenger can take heart from earning a measure of praise from one of his oldest foes.

Writing in his updated autobiography, Sir Alex Ferguson had this to say about the Gunners boss of 18 years.

"Arsene has always been dogged and determined about his beliefs and has never succumbed to pressure to change," wrote Sir Alex.

"The standard and the method have been consistent. He has always been good at acquiring and developing young players.

"Who is to say that Arsene will not beat my record (of 26 years in the job)? I have my doubts, but he's having a good crack at it."

No party for Wenger

Football

We mentioned before that it is Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday. So how will he be celebrating? With a huge party? Jelly and ice-cream? A bucketful of presents? Unlikely.

"I am not a celebrator of birthdays. I just think what is important tonight is that my team performs well," he said.

The birthday boy added: "Do I feel young? No, because my age is my age and you have to deal with that, but until now I am lucky to be in good shape - the desire and the motivation is stronger than ever."

Girl's lucky escape after stadium collapse

Football

Stand collapse
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A young girl had a lucky escape after part of the glass facade of a stadium in Donetsk crashed to the ground, narrowly missing her.

CCTV caught the moment a section of the Donbass Arena fell. Full video is

here.

Uefa to review closed doors policy

Football

Following yesterday's Champions League game between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City, Uefa has reviewed the officials' reports and found no breach of the conditions related to a match played behind-closed-doors.

Only people who were allowed to enter the stadium - clubs' delegations, media, security staff, Uefa and guests of sponsorship partners - attended the match with no record of inappropriate behaviour.

However, Uefa is reviewing the "behind-closed-doors" policy to see if alternative solutions could be implemented in the future.

Wenger plea for more

Football

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal side they have little room for error when they step out at Anderlecht in a few hours' time.

Having already been well beaten away to leaders Borussia Dortmund in their opener, the Gunners could do with a positive result tonight.

Wenger said: "Top-level performance is to make the maximum with your potential and sometimes in games you need a fraction more, so that is what we want to do - give a fraction more to be really efficient in what we do."

Aussie sets long-distance swimming record

Swimming

Chloe McCardel
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Ever done a couple of lengths of your local swimming pool and felt a little tired?

Spare a thought then for Chloe McCardel.

Wearing only a regulation bathing suit, swimming cap and goggles, the Australian has became the first person to swim almost 80 miles unassisted in open water during a 42-and-a-half hour crossing from Eleuthera islands in the Bahamas to Nassau.

If ratified, McCardel, 29, will have completed "the longest open-water solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in history," said her team in a statement.

McCardel has previously set records for swimming 60 laps across Bondi Beach and completing two non-stop double crossings of the English Channel.

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Carlos Valderrama
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This afternoon, you've been telling us what you miss most about the golden olden days of football...

Nerve Shredder: Some of the hairdos I miss. You don't see anyone with a big perm and moustache or a mullet any more.

Andrew Wakefield: Mudbath goal-mouths where the ball suddenly stuck, leading to comedy defending and shooting.

Alan Willis: Black boots. The only footballer with white boots was Alan Hinton at Derby County. Legend.

Thanks for all your nostalgic suggestions so far. Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via

the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Happy birthday Arsene

Football

Arsene Wenger
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Today isn't just a crucial matchday in the Champions League for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, it's also his birthday. Wenger is 65 today. Joyeux anniversaire, Arsene.

Among today's other sporting birthdays, England's World Cup-winner George Cohen is 75 and top racing trainer Michael Stoute is 69.

Five new faces in Wallabies squad

Rugby Union

Australia have announced their squad for the autumn internationals, including a meeting with England at Twickenham on 29 November.

There are five new faces - back-rower Sean McMahon, prop Tetera Faulkner, centre Kyle Godwin and wings Henry Speight and Tom English.

Michael Cheika will lead the touring party after being

appointed the new Wallabies head coach last night.

Henderson backing Liverpool

Football

Jordan Henderson
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Liverpool and Real Madrid, two clubs steeped in European footballing history, meet tonight in what could be a classic at Anfield (19:45 BST kick off).

Real might have won the Champions League last season but Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson is not fearful about the task ahead, and feels Liverpool can go far in the competition.

"It will be tough but it's a game we can go into and play with no fear and really show everybody how good a team we are," Henderson told the club's

website.

"Liverpool should be playing against the best teams in the world and doing well against them. I think we've got the quality to do that. I think we can go far in the competition."

Pakistan on top after day one in Dubai

Cricket

Pakistan have had the better of the first day in

the first Test against Australia in Dubai. They closed on 219-4, with Younus Khan compiling 106 before being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson shortly before the close.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq are at the crease as Pakistan look to build a big first-innings score. Johnson was the pick of the Australia bowlers with three wickets.

Who is Emiliano Martinez?

Football

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As we mentioned earlier, Arsenal look set to hand a start to third-choice keeper Emiliano Martinez against Anderlecht. As Martinez has only played two matches for the Gunners, you could be forgiven for not knowing too much about the Argentine.

So who is he? The 22-year-old joined the club from Independiente in 2010, and has represented Argentina at both Under-17 and Under-20 level.

The 6ft 4in goalkeeper spent part of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, where he played 15 matches and kept two clean sheets, and had also had a loan spell at Oxford United.

One of his previous games for the Gunners was

the 7-5 League Cup blockbuster against Reading in 2012. Martinez was at fault for Reading's third, when he punched Mikele Leigertwood's shot into this own net. An inglorious moment.

Remy might be fit to face Man Utd

Football

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy is hopeful of being fit to play for the Premier League leaders at Manchester United despite suffering a groin problem in last night's Champions League win over Maribor.

Remy said: "We will see after I have a scan but I don't think it is too bad.

"I felt something in my groin. It's frustrating of course because I had a chance to play because Diego Costa is injured but I am not afraid. I really hope to play again this weekend."

Robben: Bayern can only get better

Football

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Bad news for everyone else in Europe - Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben thinks the German team will only get better in the Champions League.

Bayern Munich

annihilated Roma 7-1 with a breathtaking display of attacking football but Robben said: " It may sound a little dumb, but there are still areas where we can improve.

"We we have to keep both feet on the ground but huge credit to the team, and the coaching staff who set us up so well. Leading 5-0 at half-time in Rome is just incredible. It is an result you simply have to enjoy because it was a superb performance."

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Lothar Matthaus tackles Diego Maradona
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We've been asking you this afternoon what you miss most about old-school football...

David Yems: Tackling!!! For every Messi, Ronaldo and Bale you need a hard man being able to defend on equal terms...

Especially for you David, here's Lothar Matthaus performing a proper tackle on Diego Maradona. Tasty.

Trevor Hawthorne: The passback rule. How strange is it when you see the goalkeeper pick the ball up from a pass from your defender?

Geoff Hawley: £8 cup final tickets and pies for under 50p. No cheating and conning of match officials.

Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via

the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Young English footballer found dead

Football

Some sad news to bring you now on Sportsday. Thomas Andrew Morgan, a 22-year-old English footballer who played for FK Gjovik-Lyn in the Norwegian second division, has been found dead in Oslo.

His body was pulled from a river last night, after he was reported missing following a night out with team-mates to celebrate a league victory.

Cardiff midfielder Mats Moller Daehli, a former team-mate of Morgan's,

wrote on Instagram: "A truly great guy is gone, I really don't understand. It was an honour to be your teammate and to play alongside you. Thank you for the memories. RIP Thomas Andrew Morgan."

There are more details in

this story on the Mirror website.

Gerrard: 'I could have joined Real Madrid'

Football

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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard has admitted he has had opportunities to join Real Madrid during his career and "may regret" not moving to the Bernabeu.

The Reds host Real in the Champions League tonight and skipper Gerrard says he "resisted temptation" to move to the Spanish club because of his strong link to his hometown team.

You can watch the full interview

here.

Quigg announces new opponent

Boxing

Britain's WBA super-bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg has announced his next opponent.

He will fight Japan's Hidenori Otake in Liverpool on 22 November.

That one will take place on the undercard of Tony Bellew's fight with Nathan Cleverly.

Question of Sport

Earlier on, we asked you 'Which five current Real Madrid players have also played in the Premier League?'

The answers were: Alvaro Arbeloa, Gareth Bale, Javier Hernandez, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Did you get all five without cheating? Well done if so.

Key McLaren man to depart

Formula 1

Sam Michael is to leave his role as sporting director at McLaren at the end of the current campaign.

Michael has spent 21 years in Formula One, initially with Lotus and Jordan, before joining Williams in 2001 as chief operations engineer.

McLaren, meanwhile, have strongly rejected suggestions that chief operating officer and acting CEO Jonathan Neale and technical director Tim Goss have been sacked.

Younus equals Pakistan century record

Cricket

Younis Khan
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Pakistan, inspired by a brilliant 106 from Younus Khan, made 219-4 at the close of play on the opening day of the first Test against Australia.

Younus equalled the Pakistan record for most Test centuries held by Inzamam-ul-Haq with his 25th hundred and also became the first Pakistani batsmen, and 12th overall, to score a hundred against all nine Test opponents.

Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Australia bowlers with 3-22 while Peter Siddle took 1-27.

Not so empty stadium

Football

CSKA Moscow
Empics

If this is what a match played behind-closed-doors looks like then no wonder Manchester City were unhappy after last night's

2-2 draw at CSKA Moscow.

The Champions League encounter was supposed to be played at an empty stadium, as a punishment for previous CSKA disturbances.

But as this photo shows, a sizeable number of people got in and appeared to be supporting CSKA.

As

angry City captain Vincent Kompany put it: "You say no fans, all of a sudden you turn up and the team who has no fans is Man City. So who's getting punished? Who's being done for racism, Man City or Moscow?".

Chelsea executive leaves

Football

Ron Gourlay
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Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay is to leave the club, the Premier League leaders have announced.

The Scot previously worked with Manchester United and sportswear manufacturer Umbro.

A statement on chelseafc.com read: "Chelsea Football Club announces that Ron Gourlay, after 10 successful years at the club including five as chief executive, is leaving Chelsea in order to pursue new business opportunities."