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Summary

  1. Roy Keane leaves Aston Villa
  2. Rodgers hopes Ludogorets draw was Reds' turning point
  3. Southampton yet to play any PL side better - Koeman
  4. Sam Burgess on bench for Bath v Quins

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By Mike Henson and Steve Canavan

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We're knocking off for the day - well, it's been a long one and we've got homes to go to you know - but don't you dare go anywhere.

David Moyes takes charge of his first Real Sociedad home match tonight, as his team host La Liga rivals Elche.

We will have all the build-up and live text commentary from 19:00 GMT right here on the BBC Sport website

Enjoy, and Sportsday will be back, same time, same place, on Monday.

Two-year Twickenham ban for abuse

Rugby Union

Some breaking news in the rugby union world...

Following the RFU's investigations into the allegation of homophobic abuse aimed at referee Nigel Owens at the QBE International against New Zealand, two people have received a ban from all matches at Twickenham Stadium for a period of two years.

In addition, they will pay £1,000 each to a charity of Nigel Owens' choice. There is a second investigation still ongoing.

Howe set for 'surreal' landmark

Football

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits it feels 'surreal' that he will be

taking charge of his 300th game as a manager when they play Millwall on Saturday.

Howe, who will also celebrates his 37th birthday on the same day, first became Cherries boss in January 2009 and saved them from relegation from the Football League.

Since then he has led the club to two promotions in two different spells.

"It seems really surreal," Howe told

BBC Radio Solent. "It feels like it was yesterday when I took my first game."

Jermaine Jenas Q&A

Football

A little more from BBC Sport's new pundit Jermaine Jenas, who pays a lovely tribute to the late, great Sir Bobby Robson with the answer to this question.

Paul Davis: Would it be fair to say given your obvious talent you have under achieved?

JJ: Yes and no. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than happy with what I've achieved as a player, but I understand that at the start of my career it was a bit of a whirlwind and people were asking "what is this kid going to go on and achieve?"

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Losing Bobby Robson, for me, was bigger than people think. He really understood me as a player - when I needed a rest, when I needed to go back home or when to play me, when not to play me and how to play me.

He had the exact formula for what I needed to go on and develop as a player and it was kind of going back to square one in my mind. It shook me a little bit and I took the chance to go to Spurs.

The shock of a death in sport

Cricket

Prompted by the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has written about why a loss of life in sport hits us so hard.

"Young men of 25 die every day - in crashed cars, on battlefields, in cancer wards," Fordyce writes.

"When it happens in a sporting arena it is no more tragic, but its impact is both more universally felt and somehow far more shocking."

The full article is

here. and is well worth a read.

Rooney's liking for Tigers

Football

A little stat to strike fear into the hearts of Hull fans ahead of the trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in four Premier League matches against the Tigers. It's clear who Steve Bruce and co need to stop...

Real 'surprise' at Platini comments

Football

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Real Madrid have

criticised Uefa president Michel Platini for suggesting their forward Cristiano Ronaldo should not win the Ballon d'Or.

Platini, 59, said the annual prize, which is given to the world's best player, should be awarded to one of Germany's World Cup-winning squad.

The Spanish club have expressed their "surprise" at Platini's comments.

2013 winner Ronaldo, 29, is favourite to retain the honour after helping Madrid to a 10th European title.

American footballer must 'learn game'

Rugby League

Catalans Dragons have decided against offering Brent Calloway a contract.

Calloway, a 22-year-old American, has spent the week training with the Super League side, having come to the sport from American Football.

"Brent showed a great potential during the physical tests, but having no previous experience of rugby league is a huge disadvantage and he has to learn the game," said Catalans Dragons chief executive Christophe Jouffret.

Sign my back please

Sergioe Aguero
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Sergio Aguero has

tweeted this photo. The Manchester City striker was meant to be autographing copies of his new book but this chap obviously wanted something different signing.

Galatasaray fire boss

Football

Galatasaray have fired former Italy World Cup coach Cesare Prandelli after a string of poor results led to their exit from European competition.

Anderlecht beat Galatasaray 2-0 in their penultimate Champions League Group D game on Wednesday, guaranteeing that the Turkish club would finish fourth and miss out on a place in the Europa League.

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Prandelli, 57, resigned as Italy manager after they failed to get past the group stage at this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Lancs to update helmets - Giles

Cricket

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles has ordered new helmets for his team after the death of Phillip Hughes.

The Australia Test batsman, 25, suffered a fatal blow to the neck during a domestic match in Sydney.

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Giles said he wanted to make sure his squad were best protected.

"They've all got helmets but have they got the up-to-date, the best, which could make the difference? We put in an order," Giles told

BBC Radio 5 live.

Mansfield to appoint boss next week

Football

Mansfield Town chairman John Radford

hopes to name a new manager at the League Two club within seven days.

A shortlist of six candidates will be interviewed on Tuesday.

Radford has also confirmed that caretaker boss Adam Murray, who has won both games since being put in charge following

Paul Cox's departure, has not "put his hat into in the ring yet".

"We'll possibly be able to announce our new manager either next Wednesday or Thursday," said Radford.

Whyte appears in court

Football

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been released on bail after appearing in court accused of fraud.

The 43-year-old was charged in connection with an investigation into the purchase of Rangers Football Club in 2011.

He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

Aussie test matters

Rugby Union

Finally, on the Australia match, Farrell admits it is a

"vitally important" game.

"Australia have missed out on a couple of wins in the autumn series by a couple of points, so both teams are in a similar position," the England coach said.

"Australia will want to finish their season off on a high and we want to finish the autumn series on a high."

Kick off at Twickenham tomorrow is 14:30 GMT. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website; full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; highlights on BBC Three at 19:00 GMT

Farrell on Farrell

Rugby Union

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Andy Farrell also talked about his son Owen, who has been dropped to the bench for the test with Australia.

"When a player gets a little bit demoted you don't expect them to be happy and rightfully so," said Farrell snr.

"But first and foremost you've got to put the team first and he's managed to do that very well this week.

"If he gets a chance from the bench this weekend, he's got to make sure he comes on and puts the team first."

'Don't expect too much from Burgess'

Rugby Union

England backs coach Andy Farrell has been talking to the BBC ahead of Saturday's showdown with Australia.

Among the many topics covered was, as you'd expect, Sam Burgess' potential debut for Bath against Harlequin's tonight.

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Burgess, a convert from rugby league, is expected to go on to play for England but Farrell has warned that he needs time.

"It's exciting. I'm really looking forward to Sam getting going, but I wouldn't expect to much certainly right at the start.," Farrell said. "We've got to cut him some slack and allow him to make his own mistakes and allow him to fathom out in his own mind how he wants to play.

"If that takes two, three, four months that's what we've got to allow his to do."

Frankel offspring up for sale

Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

"Excitement is building at the Tattersalls bloodstock sales in Newmarket where three foals of the legendary racehorse Frankel will be up for auction later today.

"Two colts and a filly sired by the unbeaten wonder horse are due to sell between about 1800 and 1930 GMT. Another foal, a son of Red Bloom, was a late withdrawal.

"Phillip Mitchell, general manager of Banstead Manor Stud where Frankel performs stallion duties, said: "The expectation and anticipation for a horse like Frankel is huge."

"While it is unclear whether the figures might be quite so high today, a daughter of

Frankel sold last week for 1.8m euros (£1.45m) at Goffs in Ireland."

Wasps to dig up Ricoh Arena pitch

Rugby Union

Ricoh Arena
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Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood says the Ricoh Arena pitch will be ripped up and replaced this summer.

The surface has proved difficult since Coventry City

returned to the ground in early September, after almost 18 months without any sporting activity on it.

Wasps make their debut at the Ricoh on 21 December against London Irish in the Premiership.

Bruce closes in on 700-game landmark

Football

Steve Bruce has been reflecting on his managerial career ahead of his Hull side's visit to Manchester United this weekend - his 700th game in the dugout.

"It all came about so quickly - at the time I was convinced I wanted to work with a youth team or soccer schools, then I got a phone call saying would I be prepared to be player-manager at Sheffield United and for that phone call I will always be grateful," he said.

"I think 998 games as a player and 700 as a manager is a lot of Saturday afternoons."

Jermaine Jenas Q&A

Football

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Jack Fairclough: What was the mood like at training following the infamous 'Dyer v Bowyer' Incident?

JJ: That was one of the weirdest incidents I came across at Newcastle because really there was no issue between Kieron and Lee at all. It was just a shock.

A lot of the players were angry because we went down to nine men for a large part of the game and lost the match (to Aston Villa). A lot of the guys were like "if you want to fight, let's have it now, get at it now".

But I think it was just a really crazy moment in their careers and they were both really ashamed of it.

Afterwards they obviously had a bit of a photo op and a smile and put it to bed and that was it. There was no animosity in training. Put to bed. Game over.

Murray suffers IPTL defeat

Tennis

International Premier Tennis League
@IPTL

British number one Andy Murray has made a losing start to the International Premier Tennis League. The Scot lost both his mixed double, playing alongside Maria Sharapova, and his singles match against Marin Cilic.

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Blanc criticises punishment

Football

Brandao
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says he thinks the one-month jail term imposed on Bastia striker Brandao (above) for headbutting PSG midfielder Thiago Motta as "disproportionate".

"I find it excessive. Is he going to do it? I don't know," he said.

"He's not actually going to serve a month in prison but do something for the community," said Blanc at a press conference. before asking journalists to "move on to something else".

Brandao has been jailed for a month and fined £16,000 for headbutting Motta after a league game last August.

Jenkins relishing Bok physicality

Rugby Union

Gethin Jenkins
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Prop Gethin Jenkins will return to the Wales front row on Saturday ready for a typically punishing physical encounter against South Africa.

"The maul is still strong and the scrum is still a focus for them. They are quite direct in their backs," he said.

"The Lions tour in 2009 probably stands out in terms of how physical it was. Their nation was so up for it, and it showed how much they love their rugby."

Jenas takes your questions

Football

Jermaine Jenas
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Jermaine Jenas has

joined BBC Sport as a pundit and to celebrate, he's been answering your questions on the
Match of the Day Facebook page.

Here are some of the best answers…

Barry Shiels: Considering you are only 31. Are you still looking to continue your playing career if the right opportunity presents itself?

JJ: I'm not retiring!

Dwayne Clarke: Would you ever have signed for Arsenal as an ex-Tottenham player?

JJ: After playing for Tottenham? Naaaah. I've got a mother-in-law who's a big Spurs fan and I don't think I'd be allowed back in the house to be honest with you! There'd be no Sunday dinners for a long time, I tell you that!

Real Madrid loanee enjoying Derby

Football

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On-loan Read Madrid midfielder Omar Mascarell says Derby County supporters

have helped dismiss his preconceptions about English football.

The 21-year-old Spaniard, who made his solitary first-team appearance for Real Madrid as a substitute for Mesut Ozil in 2012-13, has played 12 times since moving to the Championship club from the La Liga giants.

"In my first game here I had doubts about my football and if it would be liked," he told

BBC Radio Derby through team-mate and interpreter Ivan Calero.

"Because people like my style and have welcomed it I feel really confident."

Armstong unapologetic over doping

Cycling

Lance Armstrong has suggested that if he had his time again he would still have doped.

The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after

admitting that he took performance enhancing drugs.

"Once we realised - this was when we arrived in Europe and got our asses kicked - that we had brought knives to a gun-fight, we all went out and got guns. So virtually everybody in the business made that decision,"

he told Rouler magazine.

"My set of options was to go back to the US and work in a bike shop. Well, I didn't take that option. This was the times of the sport."

On this day

1945: Dwight Davis, the man who founded tennis' Davis Cup competition, died.

2004: Stephen Maguire was crowned UK snooker champion after beating David Gray 10-1 in the York final.

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2008: Newcastle confirmed manager Joe Kinnear would remain at the club until the end of the season. The former Wimbledon boss was later forced to step aside for health reasons, with Alan Shearer taking over as the Magpies were relegated.

2012: Ashley Giles was named as the new England limited-overs head coach.

Bent at 'boiling point' at Villa

Football

Darren Bent
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Darren Bent says he joined Championship side Brighton on loan from Aston Villa

"because there are only so many slaps in the face you can take."

The 30-year-old striker joined Villa from Sunderland for an initial £18m four years ago, but since Paul Lambert became manager in 2012 he has made just 13 Premier League appearances for them.

Bent, who has 13 England caps, spent last season on loan at Fulham.

"I just want to play and I'd reached my boiling point," he told

BBC Sussex. "It was hard not playing in Paul's first season, but this was worse. The team was struggling, not scoring goals and you still don't get a chance. There are only so many slaps in the face you can take."

Liverpool news conference

Football

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that he believes that his side can emerge stronger for their early-season struggles.

"Everything has been hunky-dory for 18 months, but we've been dealt a different deck of cards this year, a different hand," he said.

"What has happened before has gone but that's been the making of us. In sport, you get the chance to go again.

"We got a result the other night against Ludogorets, it was a good performance, we were competitive and we take this forward

"The bookmakers expect me to lose my job. It's football. A few months ago, I was manager of the year, now I'm favourite to get the sack. It's part of working in football. All you can do is focus on the immediate job and focus on what you can control."

Liverpool news conference

Football

Striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Liverpool's match against Stoke.

The Italy international has missed the Reds' last two games - away to Crystal Palace and Ludogorets -

after sustaining a groin on international duty.

Liverpool news conference

Football

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

After goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's mistake allowed Ludogorets to score the opening goal of their Champions League meeting earlier this week, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the Belgian deserves to stay in his side:

"He's fine, I had a good chat with him," said Rogers of Mignolet.

"He's saved us in a number of games during my time here. He's coping well."

Liverpool news conference

Football

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

Brendan Rodgers
BBC

"Brendan Rodgers: 'Few months ago I was manager of the year, now I'm favourite to get the sack.'"

Everton news conference

Football

Some Everton injury news from Roberto Martinez: "There are four players we have to asses for the weekend - Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines, Steven Naismith and Steven Pienaar.

"Darron Gibson and John Stones are progressing well but will need more time.

"Aroune Kona is fit and ready to feature."

Southampton news conference

Football

Saints manager Ronald Koeman says that his Southampton are yet to play a team better than them in the Premier League this season.

"We try to keep playing game by game and we know our possibility," he said.

"We have played 12 games in the Premier League so far. I have not seen a better team than us in these 12 games and we have played Liverpool and Tottenham. Maybe on Sunday, but we will see."

Koeman, was played alongside the likes of Diego Maradona and Hristo Stoichkov in his playing career, was asked which of his former team-mates he would compare Manchester City's Sergio Aguero to ahead of the teams' meeting on Sunday.

"The player I would compare Sergio Aguero to is Romario, I'm not sure if you know him?! Sometime you think he is sleeping and then in the next moment he is scoring - that is a big quality to have," he added.

Everton news conference

Football

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Everton travel to Tottenham on Sunday in a battle of two teams who both delivered the goods in the Europa League in midweek.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said: "I'm extremely proud of

the win in Wolfsburg. It was a good game and against a very good side. It was a performance that filled us with satisfaction because we had to be mentally strong.

"The Europa League schedule is tough, but it's something that we wanted. If you find success, you get more games. I wouldn't use that as an excuse.

"It helps that Spurs played on Thursday night too. In a way, we're quite similar. They are fighting to get into the Champions League and will be a really dangerous side."

Spurs charged over pitch invasions

Football

Tottenham Hotspur have been charged by UEFA after their Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade was suspended for several minutes following three separate pitch invasions.

European soccer's governing body said in a statement that disciplinary proceedings had been opened and the case would be dealt with on 11 Dec.

Chelsea news conference

Football

Jose Mourinho gives a little glimpse into why Chelsea are flying at the moment: "We've improved where we can without worrying about other factors and other teams.'

Southampton news conference

Football

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has called for the St Mary's crowd to help his side to victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

"The challenge for us is to beat a big team in the Premier league. We will have a good support at our back and that is important," he added.

"Steven Davis is the only doubt. He will train tomorrow with the group and then we will take a decision."

Southampton news conference

Football

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes that Sunday's meeting with Manchester City will test if his side are in the title race for the long haul.

"On Sunday we are playing against one of the team that can win the title and we know that we have to play better than we did last Monday against Aston Villa, but Southampton is not an easy team to play against and we will show that again," he said.

"If we want to do something special this season we need to win these kind of games."

Chelsea news conference

Football

It is fair to say Jose Mourinho is feeling fairly happy with his squad at the moment and is handing out plenty of compliments to his players during today's conference.

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"We were winning 5-0 against Schalke and in the 88th minute Eden Hazard made a big sprint to defend," the boss said.

However, he adds: "I have enough experience not to be over the moon when we win or in hell when we lose.'