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  1. Andy Murray beats Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4 to reach Valencia QF
  2. Rodgers says he has spoken to Balotelli about shirt swap
  3. Groves books fight against Denis Douglin on 22 November
  4. Valdes to train with Manchester United
  5. FA charge Palace's Warnock; contact Swansea's Monk
  6. GET INVOLVED: What are your football no-nos? #footballnonos, text 81111 or BBC Sport Facebook

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By Mike Henson & Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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That is your lot on Sportsday Live today. We are up and running in our live text commentary on tonight's Europa League action though with Neil Johnston guiding you through the whats and wherefores of Lille v Everton.


Spain's David Ferrer remains on course for a semi-final meeting with Andy Murray at the Valencia Open which may well decide which of them qualifies for the World Tour Finals in London.

Ferrer dispatched compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-2 to book a last-eight meeting with Thomaz Bellucci.

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Ross Gordon: Don't have a problem with shirt swap, they have more. But not smart to do at 3-0 down. Balotelli isn't the reason we lost

Muhammad Owais: Got near 75m from Suarez sale. they would have got falcao. if united can get him w/o UCL, #LFC would have easily got him


Valdes training with Man Utd

Former Barcelona goalkeeper

Victor Valdes will continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury with Manchester United.

The 32-year-old, who left the Nou Camp in the summer, is a free agent and had been linked with a deal to play for Liverpool.

"Valdes will have his recovery supervised by the United medical staff before training with the first team, as he bids to regain full fitness," stated the United website.

The International Olympic Committee has drawn up 40 recommendations aimed at making the Games more attractive to bidding cities, sports federations and fans.

Among the suggested changes are cutting the seven-year waiting period to be in the Games once approved.

"We want more flexibility for the programme but at the same time we want to address the issue of sustainability. That means that this flexibility can only happen within a certain limitation," said IOC president Bach.

The changes will be put to a vote in December.


George Groves will fight Denis Douglin on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew on 22 November.

The American has won 17 of his 20 fights.

Groves tells Sky Sports that the fight is a stepping stone towards a shot at WBC champion Andre Dirrell.

King calls pay opposition 'sad'


Eight-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King says opposition to equal prize money in the majors for men and women is "really sad" Thursday and called for more men to follow Andy Murray's lead by hiring a female coach.

King was speaking at the

WTA Finals in Singapore, where the maximum prize money of $2.19m is more than she earned in a career.

"No. It's difficult," she told reporters, when asked if she challenges male players who oppose equal prize money in Grand Slams.

"You know, sports are a microcosm of society, so it teaches you how the world still perceives gender inequality. It's not fun. It's really sad actually.

"I find men who have daughters are much more understanding. If they have a boy and a girl, for instance, they want both of their children to have equal opportunity."


Brought to book

Football autobiographies are typically 10% killer, 90% filler. That's if you are lucky.

After Roy Keane's latest tell-it-like-it volume, the Daily Telegraph have put together

24 of the most unexplosive moments that have flowed from a ghost writer's pen.

Includes details of Rio Ferdinand's commute and Ian Rush's family hand-me-downs.

Ozil relief


Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil: I'm relieved about yesterday's victory but nevertheless these weights feel heavy on my shoulders.

Arsenal claimed a very, very late win in Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday.


Mahama Cho is Britain's best bet for taekwondo gold at Rio 2016, but it has been a heck of a journey before he evens boards the plane to the Olympics.

The 25-year-old was brought up in the Ivory Coast, arrived in London at eight, played football semi-professionally, missed out on London 2012 selection, studied international business at a university in Paris, represented France at taekwondo and has now returned to hook back up with Great Britain.


his story on the BBC Sport website.

RFL's rule on refs

Rugby League

The Rugby Football League rules out the prospect of introducing two referees for every match next season.

It has been considering following the lead set by the NRL in Australia of having two officials in charge of all games, and trialled the system in academy fixtures this summer.

Tottenham v Asteras Tripolis (20:00 BST)


Nacer Chadli
Nacer Chadli

Spurs winger Nacer Chadli: On my way to the game!

Tottenham play Greek side and Group C leaders Asteras Tripolis at 20:00 BST in the Europa League.

Kennedy returns to Bury on loan


Bury have signed left-back Tom Kennedy from League One neighbours Rochdale on loan until 14 January, with a view to a permanent move.

The 29-year-old made 158 appearances during his first spell with his hometown club between 2002 and 2007.


Liverpool and Arsenal both looked like they could do with a little more up front last night.

That little more is unlikely to consist of Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain

according to the Daily Star.

It reports comments from the Argentine's brother Federico, who said that Gonzalo is "calm, and happy to wear the shirt of Napoli".

Uefa to rule Romania v NI



Irish Football Association expects to find out on Friday whether Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania next month will take place behind closed doors.

Crowd problems in Bucharest during the 1-1 draw against Hungary on 11 October resulted in proceedings being opened against both federations by Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary committee.

Romania were cited for crowd disturbances, the setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles and the use of laser pointers as well as improper conduct of the team due to the number of yellow cards issued in a bad-tempered encounter. Five Romanians and seven Hungarians were booked by Scottish referee Willie Collum.

Swansea are without a win in five games.

Manager Garry Monk believes the Swans can turn around that run though against Leicester on Saturday teatime.

"We've been playing well, but we just need to be a little bit more clinical in front of goal,"

he said.

"It's in front of our fans at the Liberty, so we're focused on putting on a performance for them that will hopefully warrant us earning three points."

Iron sign Boro striker Williams


Scunthorpe United have signed Middlesbrough striker Luke Williams on a one-month loan deal.

The 21-year-old will officially join the Iron on Friday, enabling him to play against Crawley on 22 November.

Phenix is a Tyke


Barnsley FC: Reds sign striker Mike Phenix from AFC Telford. The forward has signed until 30 June 2016.


Back up on club name change

Bacup and Rossendale Borough FC have been convinced to change

their name back to Bacup Borough FC after ghostly spirits apparently protested over the 2013 change.

"We have had instances where a light bulb has shot out of its socket and narrowly missed a player as he was sitting on the toilet, our phone ringing a number in Ramsbottom in the early hours that has nothing to do with the club and the alarm system sounding when the mains say otherwise," explained club manager Brent Peters.

"The other week, one of the players went through on goal but as he was about to shoot he felt a weight holding back his kicking foot!

"Just last week, I had a text from a player to say he was fine for Saturday's game late on Friday evening, only to be taken to A&E the following morning."

Berbatov blow for Monaco


Dimitar Berbatov
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AS Monaco, who have struggled this season after losing James Rodriguez and Falcao, will be without striker Dimitar Berbatov for three weeks after the Bulgarian picked up a thigh injury.

Ritchie vows best form is to come


Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie says his best form is yet to come and has challenged his team-mates to

continue their winning run at Birmingham.

Eddie Howe's side have won their last three games in the Championship.

Ritchie, 25, has made 15 appearances for the Cherries this season and has been a key figure in the team, but he is yet to score a goal this term and he says there is more to come from him.

"I've not quite yet (hit top form), the stop start nature of this season has been tough," he told

BBC Radio Solent. "I don't think I've been at my best yet, but I'm happy with how I'm playing."

Hartlepool appoint Murray as manager


Hartlepool United have named former midfielder Paul Murray as their new first-team manager, succeeding Colin Cooper, who left the club earlier this month.

The 38-year-old had been working as first-team coach at Oldham Athletic.

He will be assisted by former Manchester City and Scotland full-back Willie Donachie, who had a spell as Millwall boss in 2006-07.

Sunderland news conference

Brown sauce or red?

Rice or chips?

North or south of the river?

The great debates of our times, but, with El Clasico round the corner, they all are petty squabbles compared to Messi or Ronaldo?

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has thrown in his two penny's worth.

"I would have said to you a year ago, without any doubt, Messi. At this moment in time I think Ronaldo is making the difference a little bit more for his team,"

he said.

Stoke news conference


Bad news for Stoke.

Manager Mark Hughes: "Glenn Whelan has a fracture in his leg. It is a blow for him and us because we are likely to be without him for four to six weeks."

Gung-ho Villa


Are Aston Villa going to be the new... er... Manchester United?

The Birmingham Mail reports that manager Paul Lambert will allow his players the freedom to express themselves as Villa look to end a run of four successive defeats.

"I'd like us to be more productive in the end. I know the players have got it in their lockers to go and do it," he said.

"I want them to play with freedom, they need that.

"I don't want them to be robotic. I want them to have freedom and their own ideas at times. I don't have a problem with that."

Southampton news conference


Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on his side's 8-0 shellacking of Sunderland last week: "It was not a normal result and that has given us a lot of attention. That's nice.

"The great result brings attention but the players are fantastic. After the game they spoke about [Saturday's opponent] Stoke."

Everton update


Everton on the situation involving their fans in Lille ahead of Thursday's Europa League match:

"We are monitoring the situation, and advising fans to stay away from the main square. We've been told by the French authorities that rubber bullets have not been fired by the police."

Stoke news conference


Phil Bardsley is the only doubt for Stoke City for their game with Southampton on Saturday. The defender suffered back problems towards the end of their game with Swansea last weekend.

"He locked up a little bit and because of that he hasn't trained with us today," said manager Mark Hughes.

"Hopefully he'll train tomorrow. Apart from him it's as we were."

Stoke news conference


Stoke manager Mark Hughes has had his say on the news Swansea counterpart Garry Monk has been contacted by the FA for his comments after the game at the Britannia Stadium last weekend.

Monk accused Stoke player Victor Moses for diving to win a penalty and criticised referee Michael Oliver for giving the spot-kick.

"I think it's right the FA ask Garry to clarify his comments. I made my feelings known, it's a fairly strong view," said Hughes.

"It's disappointed me because it's overshadowed a good performance. Second half we deserved to win the game anyway.

"Garry is a very articulate young man but maybe on that occasion used the wrong words.

"That can happen. Victor says he felt body contact and was impeded. Photos have verified that."


Ronald Koeman
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They were picked as relegation candidates in pre-season, but Southampton have defied the critics, sitting pretty in the top three despite a summer sell-off of their 2013-14 stars.

Ronald Koeman, the architect of the Saints rise, is preparing to shoot the press conference breeze....


Four Premier League players - Chelsea duo Willian and Oscar along with Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho and Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho - are

included in the Brazil squad to face Turkey and Austria next month.

Lineker on shirt-swap gate


BBC Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker: Can't see the negative in half time shirt swap. Does it affect result? No. Does it affect performance? No. Is it unsportsmanlike? No. Positives to half-time shirt swap: Is it better than fighting in the tunnel? Yes. Are shirts less sweaty than they are at the end? Yes.


Murray into the last eight in Valencia

Andy Murray advances to the quarter-finals of the ATP event in Valencia with a 6-2 6-4 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion will play big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the last eight tomorrow.

West Brom news conference


Ahead of Saturday's match against Crystal Palace, West Brom manager Alan Irvine reports goalkeeper Ben Foster is back in training after calf injury.

Winger Silvestre Varela (groin) and defender Jonas Olsson (Achilles) are out.

Murray on the brink


Andy Murray is 5-4 up against Fabio Fognini in the second set. The Briton is set to serve for the match.

Money denies Yates 'non-league' jibe


Cambridge boss Richard Money has denied claims that he made "non-league" jibes towards Cheltenham counterpart Mark Yates during
Tuesday's League Two game.

The pair were both sent to the stands following a disagreement at half-time.

Yates claimed Money had called him a "non-league manager of a non-league club" but Money insists he was speaking about Yates' attitude towards the U's.

"The reference to non-league was us. He missed two important words: that's us," Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"He showed us no respect - in the way he conducted himself and the way he spoke to us.

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Sandeep Rai: All the drama about shirt swap is really over the top. Its not like he went chasing after Pepe to get his shirt. They were talking in a friendly manner and maybe decided to swap the shirt. Who knows. Its not like his performance would have improved if he refused to swap.

Christopher McDonald: After the money Liverpool got from suarez they should have been signing a world class striker not ballotelli he is a waste of money and lambert is passed it I think! Really should have been going for someone like reus? Cavani someone who brings a presence upfront wasted the money big time

Warner cashes in


David Warner
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It's stumps on day two of the first Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai.

Pakistan were dismissed for 454 in their first innings earlier.

In reply, Australia have closed on 113-0 thanks to an unbeaten 75 off just 77 balls from David Warner.

Chris Rogers has been rather more watchful at the other end with 31 off a more sedate 110 deliveries.

Liverpool news conference


Brendan Rodgers

Manager Brendan Rodgers on the 3-0 loss to Real Madrid at Anfield:

"As a team we need to be better. We all pride ourselves on clean sheets but we need to be more competitive and more aggressive as a team. That was a disappointment from the Real Madrid game. A large number of the goals we conceded have been soft so it is our job to improve our record.

"Real Madrid have got into last three Champions League semi finals and won one last year - and you saw what they did to Bayern Munich over two legs, who are a top team. So 3-0 at half time you are certainly playing for pride but it was also about performance and about controlling the ball more. The players responded magnificently in the second half. We had a spell of 20 minutes leading into half time where we defended poorly.

"Ludogorets winning leaves it wide open. Our objective is to qualify and that is still within our hands. It is going to be a fight for the top two positions between those three clubs."