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Summary

  1. Andy Murray draws Federer, Nishikori & Raonic in World Tour Finals
  2. Djokovic, Wawrinka, Berdych & Cilic in other group
  3. Arsenal's Walcott in contention for first start - Wenger
  4. Man Utd boss Van Gaal angry at "stupid" red card
  5. Lancaster 'bitterly disappointed' with Launchbury injury
  6. GET INVOLVED: What is the most "stupid" dismissal you have seen? #daftdismissals

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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It's a wrap

So we are just about done here. But do not, we repeat, do not, leave the BBC Sport website for starting right now is live text coverage of tonight's big Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Want a reason why you should follow the match? Crystal Palace's last three Premier League games on a Monday have produced a total of 17 goals.

Enjoy, and us lot at Sportsday will see you again from 8am tomorrow.

Get more young fans in

Football

English football risks losing its passionate atmosphere at packed grounds unless more is done to make the game affordable to 'noisy' younger fans.

So says the Football Supporters Federation's chief executive Kevin Miles, who said: "The section of the fanbase which has historically been responsible for generating the cutting edge of the atmosphere in grounds has been young fans, particularly teenagers and those in their early 20s.

"They are currently the most vulnerable to being priced out of the game - and the outcome of that process is detectable at every Premier League ground."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said it felt like "playing in an empty stadium" during the Blues Premier League game against QPR on Saturday, while the BBC's recent Price of Football campaign highlighted the rising costs of watching the sport.

Thierry's still got it

Football

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Thierry Henry might be 37 but he's still bringing footie supporters to their feet.

The Frenchman created both goals as New York Red Bulls beat DC United 2-0 in their Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semi-final, first leg game.

Henryl, whose contract with the Red Bulls ends this season, showed plenty of his trademark class playing in a withdrawn role on the left flank.

Baldock still settling at Brighton

Football

Sam Baldock says he is

still getting used to Brighton's style of play following his move from Bristol City in August.

The striker has scored once in eight games for the Seagulls, netting his first goal for the club at Bournemouth on Saturday.

"I'm still making adjustments to my team-mates and the way they like to play," the 25-year-old told

BBC Sussex. "That is yet to click fully but there are signs of it getting better. I have no doubts it is going to come good in the end."

Obertan out until New Year?

Football

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Newcastle United are set to be without French winger Gabriel Obertan until the New Year,

reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

Obertan, 25, suffered a thigh injury in Saturday's 1-0 win against Liverpool and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Afterwards, Magpies boss Alan Pardew described the injury to Obertan, who has impressed in his team's recent revival,

as "bad".

Seven-goal rout was a one-off

Football

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Juan Bernat warned the German champions' fans not to expect another 7-1 rout when they host AS Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola's side can secure their place in the knockout phase by claiming a fourth straight win.

The Germans set a new club record for an away win when they hammered Roma 7-1 but Bernat said: "It will be a completely different game to the away fixture

"The first leg was perfect for us, it was a crazy game, but now things start again at zero. It will be difficult and very competitive."

Kahn: Hart needs to improve

Football

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Oliver Kahn believes Joe Hart needs to find greater consistency if he is to get anywhere near the level of Manuel Neuer.

The two goalkeepers meet again at the end of the month when Bayern Munich travel to Manchester City in the Champions League.

Kahn says his fellow German is by far and away the best goalkeeper in the world and added: "Neuer makes a lot less mistakes than Hart.

"If you look at him there are some games where he plays not very well, Manuel is more on a constant level than Hart.

"Hart needs to be more consistent to be the best."

Maybe so, but has Neuer ever starred in his own shampoo commercial?

Northampton's no to plastic pitches

Football

Northampton Town have announced they will be voting against the introduction of plastic pitches in the lower leagues.

Football League clubs will be asked to vote on Thursday on a proposal to see whether artificial pitches should be allowed in Leagues 1 and 2.

Northampton held a vote on the club website and 81 per cent of supporters were against it.

"Therefore, we will be voting no at the Football League meeting," said the Cobblers in a statement.

Mercedes double-points fears

Formula 1

Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff is worried that the prize of double points in the final grand prix of the season Abu Dhabi could overshadow this year's championship.

After seeing Lewis Hamilton claim his 10th win of the season in Sunday's United States Grand Prix, Wolff said he was concerned that an unexpected turn of events at the final race could take the shine off Mercedes record-breaking season.

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"It has the potential to overshadow the season," he said. "We know why the double points came, and it made sense in the world to make it spectacular for the audience, the fans and the viewers.

"But now we are in a situation where it could change the outcome."

There are two races remaining - Sunday's Brazilian grand prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand prix on 23 November.

Marouane Fellaini on Twitter

"The press loves to invent the stories when there aren't any. Thanks the journalist."

Fellaini in the clear

Football

The Football Association has announced it will take no action against Marouane Fellaini over an alleged spit at Sergio Aguero in yesterday's Manchester derby.

Reach signs new Middlesbrough deal

Football

Midfielder Adam Reach has

signed a new four-and-a half-year contract with Championship side Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old has established himself in the Boro first team this season with two goals in 18 appearances.

"He has done well this season. He improves every week. He's good with the ball, he's powerful, and he's very good tactically," head coach Aitor Karanka told

the club website.

More from Sullivan on Allardyce

Football

David Sullivan also confirmed that West Ham will sit down with Sam Allardyce at the end of the season to discuss a new contract.

"We will sit down with the end of the season Sam and see how he feels about everything, see how he feels, and then we'll see what we do," said Sullivan.

"In all probability Sam will be the manager (in charge when we move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016). But who knows. he might be manager of Manchester United or England. In football anything can happen."

Fans beginning to like Allardyce

Football

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes the club's fans are "warming" to manager Sam Allardyce.

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Allardyce had his critics among Hammers supporters last season. But after a bright start to this campaign, which has seen

West Ham move to fifth in the Premier League table above Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United, Sullivan told Sky Sports News: "Sam is a very intelligent person who analyses stats and performances and the opposition and his own players.

"I think the fans are warming to him. He is from the north, we are a London club. We didn't play the best football all the time. But I think the supporters are warming to the new West Ham and the way we are playing."

Glasgow venue to stage Davis Cup tie

Tennis

Glasgow's Emirates Arena will stage Great Britain's Davis Cup first-round tie with the United States from 6-8 March 2015,

BBC Scotland has learned.

Opened in 2012, the arena was used for Commonwealth Games badminton this year and hosts Glasgow Rocks basketball games, with a capacity of up to 7,000.

Britain beat the USA 3-1 in the first round of this year's Davis Cup, before losing 3-2 to Italy in the last eight.

Former Villa keeper defends Lambert

Football

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Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink spoke to Radio 5 live earlier about his old club's run of six straight defeats, and defended manager Paul Lambert and his players.

"They are still missing three key players on this bad run that they have had, with Alan Hutton, Philippe Senderos and Fabian Delph all out. When they get those back I'd like to think there will be an upturn in luck," Spink said.

"Every Villa supporter will be grabbing on to that hope that those players will come back and we will see better performances."

Villa conceded twice in the final six minutes in yesterday's

2-1 home defeat to Tottenham.

Concentrate on footie, not a takeover - Redfearn

Football

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Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn aims to shield his players from continued speculation over the club's future ownership following reports of a takeover bid by drinks company Red Bull.

Club president Massimo Cellino has denied he is ready to sell his controlling 75% stake at Elland Road, but has confirmed he held talks with Red Bull representatives last week.

"The speculation is what it is but from the playing point of view it's irrelevant," Redfearn said ahead of Leeds' home league game tomorrow against his former club Charlton.

"We can't worry too much about what's happening in and around the football club, that's sorted out by other people."

Assistant manager Gill leaves Tranmere

Football

Tranmere Rovers assistant manager Matt Gill has

left the League Two club by mutual agreement.

The 33-year-old moved to Prenton Park in the summer on a player-coach deal and was promoted to assistant under previous boss Rob Edwards.

But the midfielder, who made 10 appearances for Rovers this season, has not featured since Micky Adams became manager.

Murray to play first in London

Tennis

Right, we're done with Liverpool so let's switch sport to tennis and the news that Andy Murray will open the World Tour Finals with a match against Kei Nishikori at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

Roger Federer and Milos Raonic - the other two players in Murray's group - will then contest the first night match of the tournament.

Murray's game will be live on BBC 2, Radio 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.

Liverpool press conference

Football

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One news line from the press conference - Brendan Rodgers says striker Daniel Sturridge has travelled with the squad to Spain, but that it is highly unlikely he will be fit to play against Real Madrid.

Liverpool press conference

Football

Asked if he was worried Liverpool had not taken advantage of their billing as second favourites in the group, Brendan Rodgers replied:" We understood it was going to be an opportunity for us to get out of the group stage but we weren't arrogant enough to think it was easy.

"Basel are experienced in the Champions League and have a good side, and Ludogorets have probably surprised all the other teams in Europe by how well they have played.

"We are focused on ourselves. We know it is in our hands to qualify from the group and it is still our objective."

Liverpool, Ludogorets and Basel all have three points, with three group games remaining. Real Madrid top the group with a maximum nine points.

Liverpool press conference

Football

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Brendan Rodgers on Cristiano Ronaldo and the threat he poses: "We are also playing against a team.

"Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world. He has been impressive for a number of years and is playing with great confidence. But as a team they work very hard.

"They have some outstanding players. It is very much a team effort but certainly he is the catalyst of that team and an outstanding player.

"Let's hope he doesn't score too many more tomorrow and we will work hard to get a good result."

Liverpool press conference

Football

Brendan Rodgers answering the obligatory Mario Balotelli question: "Mario is working very hard and like we ask of all our players he is doing his very best. He is doing that.

"He hasn't got the goals that he would have liked and we would. But in terms of him adapting to what we're doing and working hard, he is doing that.

"He just needs to focus on continuing to give his very best for the football club."

Liverpool press conference

Football

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Brendan Rodgers in a crowded press room at the Bernabeu: "Our focus is to get a result. We see it as an opportunity rather than any threat. We are still very much in the hunt to qualify from the group.

"We respect the opponent. They are arguably the best team in the world at the moment. But if we can find the intensity and speed that we had last season then we can give any team in the world a game."

Liverpool press conference

Football

Henderson when asked if he wanted Steven Gerrard to stay beyond his current contract, which runs out at the end of the season: "Stevie is a massive player for us and hopefully he will be for many years to come."

Liverpool press conference

Football

Brendan Rodgers and Jordan Henderson are speaking ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash at Real Madrid tomorrow.

"It is a big game for us," said Henderson. "W want to get something out of the game. We know how good they are and how much quality they have. But so have we and we feel we are good enough to get a result.

"It is a great opportunity to show what we can do."

Foxes remain confident - King

Football

Midfielder Andy King insists

confidence remains high at Leicester City despite a five-game winless run.

A 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday left the Foxes one point and one place above the relegation zone, having lost four from five since
beating Manchester United 5-3.

"We have shown good character in the past and I'm sure we will again," King told BBC East Midlands Today. "We are a confident group and the manager gives us confidence."

Nadal undergoes surgery

Tennis

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Rafa Nadal's agent has confirmed that the world number three has today had his appendix out at a hospital in Spain.

Nadal will spend between 24-48 hours in hospital following what has been described as a successful operation.

The 28-year-old is aiming to return at the Qatar Open in Doha on 5 January, a tournament he won at the start of the year.

Ticket bids go down to the wire

Football

Thousands attending a sell-out match in Warrington usually means one thing - they're watching rugby league side Wolves in action. Not this Friday though. Because football fever is gripping the oval ball-loving Cheshire town this week.

Non-league Warrington Town, who play in the eighth tier and are entirely semi-professional, have reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time and play League Two side Exeter at their Cantilever Park ground.

The club have announced all 2,500 tickets have been snapped up within three hours, although they are hoping for a further allocation later in the week.

And if you still miss out then don't panic. The game is

being televised live on BBC2 from 19:30 GMT.

Clattenburg back in favour

Football

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Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Burnley's Premier League game with Hull on Saturday.

The referee was dropped from officiating at the weekend for breaking protocol by driving home from a game alone to watch an Ed Sheeran gig.

Clattenburg has also been selected by Uefa to take charge of Malmo's Champions League game with Atletico Madrid tomorrow.

Gregory to consider Crawley position

Football

Crawley Town manager John Gregory says he will consider his own position after a run of only one win in six games.

The 60-year-old former Aston Villa and QPR boss told

BBC Surrey: "If my players play to their best every week, we should threaten the top six. I am getting too many inconsistent performances.

"I'll have to look at myself. It bothers me enormously and it is not good enough."

Eubank 'the most awkward person'

Boxing

Boxing promoter Frank Warren has labelled Chris Eubank "the most awkward person you could deal with", report BBC Three Counties Radio.

Eubank is promoting his son's fight against the British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders at the end of the month.

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But both Eubanks failed to show at the head-to-head press conference this morning.

Warren, who is representing Saunders, said: "I can't tell you how angry this makes me. The only one who should be apologising is Chris Eubank Senior. He is doing his son a great disservice."

Sunderland head to the Palace

Football

The weekend's Premier League action isn't quite over yet.

There's one game to go and it takes place tonight when Crystal Palace host Sunderland.

Both teams are at the wrong end of the table and could do with the points.

There will be live text commentary on the BBC website, in the meantime here is a

preview to get you in the mood.

Lampard almost fit again

Football

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Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard hints that he may return for the Blues' Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a thigh injury against Tottenham last month.

"I'm not far off selection," he tells the

club's website. "Fingers crossed, if all goes well over the next couple of days, I'll be back in contention."

Hudson-Smith rewarded with funding

Athletics

Young British 400m runner Matthew Hudson-Smith is rewarded for a fine breakthrough season by earning lottery funding for the first time.

European junior 200m champion Matthew Hudson-Smith (far left) guided England to gold
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European junior 200m champion Matthew Hudson-Smith (far left) guided England to gold

The 20-year-old, who

anchored the England relay team to gold at the Commonwealth Games and took silver at the European Championships this year, will receive the top-level funding for the 2014-15 season.

800m Commonwealth silver medallist Lyndsey Sharp and sprinters Jodie Williams and Richard Kilty have also been upgraded to podium funding.

As expected 41-year-old Jo Pavey is not on the list, despite winning gold in the 10,000m at the European Championships. Long jumper Chris Tomlinson is one of the few major casualties, losing out on funding altogether.

Blackpool sign Norwich teenager Murphy

Football

Championship strugglers Blackpool sign Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy on a

three-month loan deal until 2 February.

The 19-year-old, whose identical twin brother Josh also plays for the Canaries, is Lee Clark's first signing

since he took charge at Bloomfield Road.

Terry thinks it's good to talk

Football

John Terry
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Ever thought that John Terry wasn't a nice bloke? This tale might change your mind.

Eighteen-year-old Joe Davies wrote on the Chelsea skipper's Instagram account to highlight expensive ticket issues at Stamford Bridge. That came after Blues boss Jose Mourinho

criticised the stadium's atmosphere.

So imagine the surprise when the teenage Blues fan, answered his phone to hear Terry's voice on the end of the line.

According to the Telegraph, the ex-England skipper rang Davies earlier today and pledged to raise the youngster's concerns with the Chelsea board.

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#daftdismissals

After

Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we've been asking for your #daftdismissals all day. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

Louis Etienne: Giving the ref my phone number when he booked me and asked for my number. He didn't find it funny...second yellow and off!

Alex Whitington: U15 match. Opposing player relieved himself pitch side. His face turned as red as the card that was shown him.

Barkley will deal with attention

Football

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Phil Jagielka has no doubts that Everton team-mate Ross Barkley will quickly learn to cope with the extra attention he receives from opponents.

Barkley's performance was stifled by a stubborn Swansea rearguard at the weekend but Jagielka told the

club's website: "That is what happens to the best players. They watch the videos of him and they do target him to make sure if they keep him quiet in a game it can affect his team.

"He is going to have to deal with it. I can't see it getting much easier for him as he goes on in his career - but he's more than capable of dealing with it."

No Leeds approach for Thompson - Huddersfield

Football

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell says he is totally unaware of his first team coach Steve Thompson being linked with West Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United.

Former Blackpool caretaker boss Thompson, 50, has been touted as a candidate to join the Whites as assistant manager to new boss Neil Redfearn.