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  1. Man City host Newcastle in the League Cup (19:45 GMT)
  2. Stoke face Southampton and Spurs take on Brighton in last 16
  3. Andy Murray beats Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4 in Paris Masters second round
  4. Referee Clattenburg dropped for breaking Premier League guidelines
  5. GET INVOLVED: Favourite sporting celebrations

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By Andy Cryer and James Gheerbrant

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live text commentary of the League Cup last 16.

See you again for more Sportsday tomorrow morning.

Wozniacki hopeful of marathon finish


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We leave you with an uplifting tale, one of optimism over adversity.

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki is confident she can finish the New York City Marathon on Sunday even though her success on the court has cut into her training.

The Dane has never covered more than about 13 miles in her preparations, after she experienced a sudden and dramatic upturn in form. She reached the finals of the US Open and made the last four of the Pan Pacific Open and the WTA Finals.

Tonight's League Cup action


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Of course, there's still plenty of League Cup action to come this evening.

Newcastle visit Manchester City, Tottenham host Brighton and Stoke meet Southampton just four days after the teams played each other in the Premier League.

Can Stoke take revenge for their defeat? Can the Seagulls end their miserable run in spectacular fashion? Can Newcastle continue their mini-resurgence?

You'll be able to find out the answers to all these questions in the BBC Sport live text commentary of tonight's football, which will appear on the homepage in about ten minutes.

Irvine stands by wholesale West Brom changes


West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Irvine says he stands by his decision to make 10 changes for Tuesday night's 2-1 League Cup

defeat at Bournemouth.

Only Craig Dawson stayed in the Baggies' team from the 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend, but Irvine says he does not regret changing virtually his entire starting line-up.

"I've got to look after the players who have been playing in all their games," he

told BBC WM.

"And I also have to give players who are desperate to play a platform to impress. Some of them did, but enough of them."

Monk's wife angry at letter


Ever hand delivered a letter of complaint to the wife of your club's manager? Unsurprisingly, it appears it doesn't go down too well.

Swansea manager Garry Monk's wife, Lexy Blackwell,

said on Twitter: "Absolutely incensed a NEIGHBOUR has the audacity 2 hand deliver a letter moaning at Garry's handling of things/everything he's doing wrong.

"If u want to talk to him go to the Swans. Don't come to my children's home. Or better still, as you think u know better than him, why don't you become a manager."

The incident came the day after the Swans were

knocked out of the League Cup by Liverpool with Dejan Lovren scoring a late winner at Anfield.

Federer through in Paris


Staying with tennis, Roger Federer has made it through to the third round of the Paris Masters.

The world number two came through a tough battle against France's Jeremy Chardy 7-6 6-7 6-4. Next up for the Swiss, a meeting with Fabio Fognini or Lucas Pouille.

More importantly, his quest to win the tournament and replace Novak Djokovic as world number one is still very much on.

Lisicki returns for Fed Cup final


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Sabine Lisicki, the world number 27, will make a return to the Germany team for the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic.

Lisicki, last year's beaten Wimbledon finalist, replaces Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who accompanied Julia Goerges in the doubles in both of the last two rounds.

Lisiciki won the fourth WTA Tour title of her career last month in Hong Kong but has not played in the Fed Cup since April last year.

Coleman and McCarthy recalled to Republic squad


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Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been

recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad for next month's Euro 2016 qualifier in Scotland and the home friendly against USA.

The Everton duo missed last month's 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar and 1-1 draw in Germany with injuries, but both were included in Martin O'Neill's provisional 36-man party after returning to action for their club.

However, there is no place for Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan or Aston Villa's rising star Jack Grealish.

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We've been asking you for your favourite sporting celebrations, in honour of

Zhang Jike's effort at the 2014 table tennis World Cup...

Kassim Olanrewaju: It has to be Jimmy Bullard doing the Phil Brown seminar.

Cathryn McDowell: Seve's fist punching after holing a winning putt is the best for me, apart from Aguero's shirt waving after that goal.

Russell Moore: Keeping it 'on the table' I recommend Gavin Rumgay's shorts shank at at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

League Cup fourth round

Tottenham v Brighton (19:45 GMT)

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Spurs aren't exactly on top form themselves though, having suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season at the weekend.

Could be a nervy one at White Hart Lane...

League Cup fourth round: Team news

Tottenham v Brighton (19:45 GMT)

Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton is fit again after a ankle injury while fellow defender Federico Fazio is available after suspension.

But Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) and Kyle Walker (pelvis) remain sidelined and miss the fourth-round tie.

Brighton midfielder Kazenga LuaLua is available again after suspension.

But Sam Baldock is cup-tied while Craig Mackail-Smith could miss out again with a hamstring injury and full-back Bruno is struggling with a groin problem.

Chardy takes Federer the distance


Roger Federer's bid to replace Novak Djokovic as the world number one is not going entirely to plan.

The Swiss maestro has dropped the second set to France's Jeremy Chardy in the Paris Masters second round.

Federer is just 490 points behind Djokovic in the ATP world rankings, with the winner in Paris receiving 1,000 points.

Savage gets honorary degree


Robbie Savage
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Former Wales footballer Robbie Savage

has been awarded an honorary fellowship at his hometown university.

The former Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers midfielder was honoured by Wrexham's Glyndwr University for services to sport.

"I am very thankful to be offered this honorary fellowship and accept this accolade wholeheartedly," Savage said.

Jackett: Rowett deserves his chance


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Wolves manager Kenny Jackett believes Gary Rowett deserves his opportunity in charge of Birmingham ahead of Saturday's big West Midlands derby.

"Gary has done very well at Burton over a number of seasons and quite rightly gets the chance now at Championship level," Jackett

told Wolves' official website.

40-year-old Rowett (pictured) was announced as successor to Lee Clark earlier this week and must turn round the fortunes of a side beaten 8-0 by Bournemouth last weekend.

League Cup run funded MK recruitment


MK Dons would have been unable to sign two new players without their League Cup run,

says executive director Andrew Cullen.

Winger Carl Baker and defender Jordan Spence have recently joined the Dons, who went out to Sheffield United on Tuesday, ending a run which included a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

"We've been able to make two signings, as well as give new contracts to Mark Randall and Dele Alli," Cullen told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"We wouldn't have been able to do that without this cup run."

Latest gossip

The Daily Star reports Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of French left-back Lucas Digne, 21, who is struggling to break into PSG's first team due to the presence of Brazilian defender Maxwell.

You can tell the opening of the transfer window is just a couple of months away as the transfer gossip in the tabloids cranks up a notch.

Taylor set for first match since 2012


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A midweek League Cup tie might not be the stuff that most players' dreams are made of, but if Ryan Taylor gets on the pitch for Newcastle against Manchester City tonight, it will surely be one of the best moments of his career.

The 30-year-old has spent 26 months on the sidelines after damaging his cruciate ligament in August 2012.

"I think it is an inspirational story to everybody here and in football," said Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

"He has had terrible, terrible luck with injuries and it is so pleasing to put his name on the team-sheet this week to travel."

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Milly McEvoy: Has to be between Stevie Gerrard's camera kiss at Old Trafford or Andy Murray's fingers and eyes to the skies.

james salsbury: Why has no one mention the Luis Suarez 'dive' celebration underneath the nose of Moyes?

James Tambinho: Adebayor running the whole length of the pitch vs Arsenal.

Table tennis player

Zhang Jike certainly knows how to celebrate - or not - but we want to know your favourite sporting celebrations? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

Fit-again Williams ready to fight for Reading


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Reading's US international midfielder Danny Williams is ready to make up for lost time after a "frustrating" injury lay-off.

Williams, 25, picked up a knee injury in April that cost him the chance to play at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, and he was still not ready to return for the start of the Royals' Championship campaign in August.

Now he is back to full fitness after a summer of rehabilitation and keen to play his part in lifting the club up the table.

"I'm positive and ready,"

Williams told BBC Radio Berkshire. "I'm looking forward to helping the team, we still have a lot of games and I want to help the team get in the play offs."

Walden ends Swail run


A few more results to bring you up to date with from the International Championship in Chengdu, China.

Joe Swail beat world number two Neil Robertson in the previous round, but the Northern Irishman could not continue his odyssey, going down 6-4 to Ricky Walden.

Walden's opponent in the quarter-finals will be Jamie Burnett, a 6-2 winner over Peter Ebdon.

Mark Allen saw off Stuart Bingham to set up a last eight clash with Wales's Michael White, while last year's finalist Marco Fu also progressed, to set up a quarter-final with Robert Milkins.

Port Vale confirm Page appointment


League One side Port Vale appoint Rob Page as their new manager.

Vale have lost just twice in seven games since Page took over on a caretaker basis following

Micky Adams' resignation on 18 September.

League Cup fourth round: Team news

Stoke v Southampton (19:45 GMT)

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Stoke meanwhile are aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the second successive season; they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the last eight in 2013-14.

Stand-in keeper powerless to prevent Alfreton loss


Alfreton Town midfielder Anthony Howell was unable to perform heroics as an emergency goalkeeper as the Conference side

lost 5-1 at Lincoln in the FA Cup.

The Reds only had 11 fit players for Tuesday's fourth-qualifying round replay at Sincil Bank and a

keeper crisis meant Howell started in goal.

"It was a good experience," Howell told BBC Radio Derby. "But five goals and losing kind of dampens it. I will never take the mick out of a keeper again - it's a hard job."

Latest gossip

The race is on for Marco Reus's signature, according to

the Daily Express.

They report Borussia Dortmund have put contract talks with Germany international Marco Reus on hold and claim Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all expected to make a move for the 25-year-old, with £32m reportedly enough to bring the winger to England.

Expect Reus to be heavily mentioned by the media between now and January.

League Cup fourth round: Team news

Stoke v Southampton ( 19:45 GMT)

Stoke defender Robert Huth is having a scan after injuring his calf in training amid fears he might be out for several weeks.

Fellow defender Phil Bardsley, who has been struggling with a back injury, is also a doubt for the fourth-round tie.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has no new injury problems but could make a few changes to Saturday's line-up.

Midfielder James Ward-Prowse and striker Jay Rodriguez remain long-term absentees.

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On the back of table tennis player

Zhang Jike's costly celebration, here are a few of your favourite sporting celebrations. Keep them coming at #bbcsportsday.

Gaz Reid: Tino Asprilla vs. Metz for Newcastle. Takes off his shirt, puts it on the corner flag and waves it for the crowd.

Michael Swann: Got to be DR Congo's goalkeeper, Muteba Kidiaba, in the African Cup of Nations!

Tyler Jelley: Has to be @billysharp10 jumping into the #nffc crowd at Blackpool away and taking a chomp out of a hot dog.

Not exactly the ideal matchday diet though Tyler...

League Cup fourth round

Man City v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)


If things weren't hard enough eh Newcastle fans?

Balotelli needs to 'feed himself'


Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Mario Balotelli?

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes his Liverpool's team mate's name belongs on a list of the best players in the world after Balotelli's goal against Swansea in last night's League Cup tie.

"For strikers, goals are like food," said

Toure. "Mario needs to feed himself by scoring goals. Now he's got that one he will do that now, definitely.

"Mario is my mate and I've tried to help him like (Liverpool captain) Stevie (Gerrard), the manager (Brendan Rodgers) and everyone else in the dressing room.

"We all know he's a top player. I always tell him 'you need to get out there and show you are one of the best players in the world'.

League Cup fourth round: Team news

Man City v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri returns to the squad after recovering from a groin injury which has seen him miss the last seven matches.

Frank Lampard is out with a thigh injury, but otherwise manager Manuel Pellegrini has a fully-fit squad for the fourth-round tie.

Newcastle are expected to be without Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere, Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson.

Ryan Taylor is in line to make his first appearance since August 2012

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Those bizarre table tennis antics got me thinking about other celebrations we have seen in sport. Let us know your suggestions for favourite sporting celebrations and we will publish the best ones.


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Destructive celebrations

Table tennis

Table tennis

Remember Temur Ketsbaia's wild celebration for Newcastle against Bolton in 1998? Well,

here is one that tops it.

Chinese table tennis player Zhang Jike destroys two advertising boards in celebration after regaining his title at the 2014 World Cup in Dusseldorf, costing himself almost £30,000.

The International Table Tennis Federation fined the Olympic champion all of his $45,000 prize money after he kicked the hoardings to pieces and threw his shirt to the crowd celebrating victory over compatriot and top seed Ma Long in Sunday's final.

King signs new Leicester deal


Andy King
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Happy Birthday Andy King! The Leicester midfielder signs a new four year deal to keep him at King Power Stadium until 2018.

King, who turned 26 today,

said: "I'm absolutely buzzing. To have come so far with the Club and to be playing in the Premier League now is a dream come true. To be able to commit my future and for the Club to have shown this sort of faith in me is a massive boost so I'm just looking to kick on now."

League Cup fixtures

Man City v Newcastle (19:45)

Stoke v Southampton (19:45)

Tottenham v Brighton (19:45)

Murray beats Benneteau


Let's hear from Andy Murray, who has been speaking to Sky Sports: "I was hitting the ball well. The conditions are very different from Valencia last week, it's playing faster, the points are quicker. In the second set, I didn't serve so well and let him into the match a little bit, but apart from that period I was very good.

"If I get to London, I'll be very pleased because I've worked very hard these last two weeks and won some tough matches."

Now Andy Murray has eased into the third round at the Paris Masters, we will focus our attentions back to the League Cup and tonight's fourth round matches.

Manchester City, Tottenham, Stoke and Southampton are among those in action as they look to reach the quarter-final.

Stay tuned for plenty of team news, stats and the best from social media, plus all the breaking news from elsewhere in sport.

Murray beats Benneteau


So that victory means that Andy Murray is just one match away from definitely booking his place at the World Tour Finals at the O2 in London next month. Next up, he will face the winner of Grigor Dimitrov's match against Pablo Cuevas.

Remember though, even if Murray does lose that match, it would still take an improbable sequence of results to deny him a place in London.

The Scot is in such fine form that a good run in Paris isn't out of the question - although he could run into new dad Novak Djokovic in the quarters.

Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray is not known for his qualities as a front runner but he got out early, didn't miss a ball in the first 20 minutes and was well ahead. Even though he showed weariness in the second set he had broken Benneteau's spirit and quietened the crowd."

Murray 6-3 6-4 Benneteau


Murray to serve it out then. Big miss from Benneteau in the first point, he had a chance but can't convert with the court open. That's a as close as he gets. Benneteau sends a curling forehand wide and a big serve from Murray earns the Scot three match points. Murray finishes off with a big one-two serve and forehand combo. Murray wins. An excellent, clinical performance from the British number one, who is carrying a lot of form into the World Tour Finals.

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Ross McD: The permutations for Murray not reaching the Tour Finals even if he loses today are highly, highly unlikely. He's there.

George MacMillan: Think Andy should try and take this match and the next and then relax until the year end finals.

Well he has taken done half of that George. One down one to go.

*Murray 6-3 5-4 Benneteau


Murray is still seeing the ball so early here, getting even Benneteau's best first serves back into play, and making it very difficult for the home favourite. Benneteau is not giving this one up though - he finishes off with a big swooping forehand and finally a serve which beats Murray.