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Summary

  1. Build-up to six Premier League fixtures
  2. Liverpool chase back-to-back wins for just second time this season
  3. Mario Balotelli apologises for Instagram post
  4. Thierry Henry will return to Arsenal one day, says Wenger
  5. Chris Froome commits to 2015 Tour de France
  6. GET INVOLVED: Who will be relegated from the Premier League?

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And that will be that for another day of Sportsday.

We leave you in the capable hands of our guys on a

live text commentary for tonight's six Premier League matches.

Overnight we will run a live text commentary on the funeral for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.

And as always, Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Thank you for all your interaction today, over 50% of you voted Burnley will be relegated. That's a 6-0 win for them tonight then..

Burnley v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

Football

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  • Danny Ings has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Burnley.
  • Newcastle's 1-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday was the first time they had failed to find the net in eight games in all competitions.

Tiger Woods news conference

Golf

Tiger Woods is asked when his swing change will offer rewards: "I don't know. I'm curious to find that out too. I'm curious to play a tournament this week and feel that heat, see where my misses are."

Do you live in fear that the back injury will return? "No. The surgeon did a fantastic job and that's all healed. Now do I have the muscle structure to hold things in place? I didn't have that before."

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Tom Colman: Got to be Burnley & QPR to go down. Third will probably be Leicester or Hull, but Hull have experience so that should save them.

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Leicester City v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

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Liverpool will be under scrutiny when they travel to Leicester City tonight and is a score draw the likely outcome?

  • Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League away games.
  • Leicester's sole home victory this season is their 5-3 triumph over Manchester United in September. They have drawn four of their other five matches at the King Power Stadium.

Woods winding the clock back

Golf

Tiger Woods talks about his new swing consultant Chris Como.

Woods parted company with coach Sean Foley in August and says his back is allowing him to be "more explosive" since surgery.

"I was very surprised and very excited to see what he (Como) thought my swing should look like," says Woods. "It's kind of the vision I had.

"It is new but it's old. We looked at a lot of video when I was a junior. It was interesting to see where my swing was then and how much force I could generate with a skinny frame. That's kind of where we are getting back into."

Podmore extends Middlesex contract

Cricket

Middlesex bowler Harry Podmore has

signed a one-year extension to his contract with the club. The 20-year-old, who took 13 wickets in 13 appearances in limited-overs competitions in 2014, will now remain at Lord's until the end of 2016.

Woods returns this week

Golf

Tiger Woods
Golf Channel

Tiger Woods returns to golf for the first time since August at the Hero World Challenge in Florida this week.

The 14-time major winner has not played competitively since the summer due to ongoing back injuries.

We will have anything interesting of note for you right here. As you can see, he still draws a crowd...

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West Brom v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

Football

West Brom have only won one league game at the Hawthorns this season - but, more worryingly, that run stretches to just three wins in 21 league games at home since last November.

One of those wins came against Sam Allardyce's West Ham in April, crucial in keeping West Brom in the top-flight, and

what they wouldn't give for another tonight.

No such worries for the Hammers. Allardyce has led the club to its best-ever start to a Premier League season, and they rose to fifth after the 1-0 win over Newcastle.

"It's vital, going into December, that we sustain things. Historically December and January have been difficult months for us in recent years," warns Allardyce.

Tomkins - I'm aghast at what I did

Football

Now then. We often accuse footballers of not having any morals, so fair play to West Ham's James Tomkins.

The defender has been talking about his reaction, or over-reaction, to an innocuous push from Everton's Kevin Mirallas, which even Sam Allardyce described as "silly".

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And he's not happy with what he did. "As a player, I'm against what I did and I wouldn't have wanted it to happen to me," Tomkins told the

London Evening Standard. "Thankfully the player didn't get sent off, which would have made it worse.

"He did catch my chin when he put his hands up but I wasn't best pleased with my reaction to be honest.

"I wouldn't want to do anything like that again. I've taken plenty of stick about it but it's behind me now. At the time I probably did want to get him sent off but, looking at it now, I shouldn't have done it."

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All day we have been asking you who will be relegated from the Premier League?

Gary Timms: Villa have lost to Arsenal, City, Chelsea, Spurs, Everton, and QPR. They'll be fine. Burnley, Leicester and Hull for me.

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Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

Football

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Christian Benteke will return for Villa after a three-match ban and team-mate Joe Cole reckons the frontman can prove a big impetus for the out-form Premier League side.

"The biggest plus is getting Christian back," Cole told BBC WM. "He's a fantastic player. You saw the difference he made when he came back for the Tottenham game.

"He's one of the best young strikers in the world. We've got to use him, get him in front of goal and get him scoring again."

Paul Lambert's Villa

go into the meeting with Palace on the back of a nine-match winless run.

Fans offered free entry at Eastleigh

Football

Conference club Eastleigh are

offering free entry to fans for this evening's home game against Dartford.

The cheapest adult ticket for a league game at Ten Acres would usually be £12, the cheapest in the division, according to the

BBC's Price of Football study.

Chief executive Mark Jewell told

BBC Radio Solent: "This is the second year that we've done this type of thing. We just hope that, if we get an extra couple of hundred on the gate, a decent percentage of them would like to come back and revisit us in the future."

Swansea v QPR (19:45 GMT)

Football

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Of seven visiting sides to Swansea this season, only Southampton have left with all three points - and that was against a Swans team reduced to 10 players for the entire second half after Wilfried Bony's red card.

In other words Garry Monk's men are a tough nut to crack at home, though they were disappointed to be held by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

So what chance do Queens Park Rangers have?

When they travel, the picture is not too rosy for QPR. Not a single away point, and only two goals scored. It goes without saying that they'll need to do much better tonight if they are to get a result.

Do not miss a kick

Football

A reminder that from 18:30 GMT tonight we will run a live text commentary on the night's football on the BBC Sport website and you can tune in to commentary of Manchester United v Stoke City on

BBC Radio 5 live.

Fans in fatal fight banned

Football

Atletico Madrid has expelled seven club members and a radical group Spanish police identified as having participated in a brutal fight with rival Deportivo La Coruna fans

that left one man dead.

"Among those identified are 15 people who say they are Atletico Madrid supporters, of which seven were club members." said Atletico in a statement on its club website. "Those members have been expelled immediately."

Henry Arsenal return a winner

Football

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Taking Thierry Henry back to Arsenal would be a "masterstroke", according the club's former striker John Hartson.

Henry, 37, announced he will leave New York Red Bulls on Monday and 24 hours later, Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger said he

believes the Frenchman will one day return to the Emirates.

"Arsenal have this rich tradition of bringing players from within to work with the manager," Hartson tells BBC World Service. "He is a legend at the club, their record goal scorer and has a wonderful relationship with Wenger."

Bruno and Greer sign new Albion deals

Football

Brighton & Hove Albion defenders

Bruno and Gordon Greer sign one-year contract extensions with the club.

Right-back Bruno, 34, and centre-back Greer, 33, will now remain at the Amex Stadium until the summer of 2016.

"Gordon and Bruno are two important players for us," said Brighton manager Sami Hyypia.

"They have great quality and experience and bring a great deal to the squad in terms of their leadership on and off the pitch."

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After a day of misery for Burnley, when virtually all of you have been tipping them to be relegated from the Premier League, suddenly a bit of support.

Freddy Harper-Davis: Leicester, Aston Villa and QPR will go down as they don't have the capability of being in the Premier League. Burnley will stay up.

Akash Tyagi: Almost every single person has bet Burnley to go down. I don't know who will go down but think Burnley will be 15th.

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Tottenham news conference

Football

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has called on his side to replicate their intensity in beating Everton on Sunday when they travel to Chelsea tomorrow.

Spurs' last win at Stamford Bridge arrived in 1990, with Gary Lineker the match winner.

"It is important to show the same mentality we showed against Everton and forget the past," says Pochettino. "We know that up front Chelsea is the best team in the Premier League with a very strong squad and an unbelievable team.

"In the last 14 games they made 11 clean sheets but we go with excitement to go to play."

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

The next America's Cup will be contested in Bermuda in 2017.

Defending champion Oracle Team USA chose the tiny mid-Atlantic island as host of the world's premier sailing competition and it is the first time an American team has chosen to defend the title outside their country.

Attack on World Cup winner

Rugby Union

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Former South Africa rugby international and World Cup winner Hannes Strydom says he suffered a fractured skull and spent a night in intensive care after being attacked by six people in an attempted carjacking.

Strydom was attacked on Monday in the South African capital, Pretoria, when he saw a person lying on the road and stopped his car, thinking they needed help. He said the attackers then threw bricks at his car, with one smashing his window and hitting him in the head.

Strydom, pictured right, was a member of the Springboks' famed 1995 World Cup-winning team.

World numbers two and four through

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertson

each win through to the last-16 of the UK Championship in York.

World number four 'The Rocket' eased past Ben Woollaston 6-2, while Australian Robertson won by the same score line against Peter Ebdon.

More snooker for you to dive into from 19:00 GMT with Mark Williams taking on Stephen Maguire and Ding Junhui facing James Cahill. Both will be available to watch in full on the BBC Sport website.

New injury woe for Barca man

Football

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Barcelona says defender Thomas Vermaelen has had surgery to treat a right leg muscle injury and is expected to be sidelined for another four months.

The 29-year-old has yet to play for Barcelona since he signed from Arsenal in a £14m deal in the summer.

Vermaelen arrived at Barcelona injured after playing for Belgium at the World Cup. Injuries limited him to 14 appearances for Arsenal last season.

Leeds skipper on Cellino

Football

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Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has been speaking to

BBC West Yorkshire about
dramatic events at the club over the last few days.

"He (Cellino) has been slowly changing things for the better but as things were starting to move on the up it's taken a backward step maybe," said Pearce.

"Hopefully it'll have a positive outcome and the club will be ok."

Manchester United v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

Football

FC Porto tweet: On this day in 2010, Radamel Falcao scored his first hat-trick. FC Porto smiled again at Vienna, defeating SK Rapid 3-1.

FC Porto celebrate
FC Porto

Falcao could feature for Manchester United against Stoke City at Old Trafford tonight and a similar return would probably be welcomed.

He has just one goal for United so far. Find out if he adds more on

BBC Radio 5 live where you'll get full commentary from 19:00 GMT.

Over and out for Brown

Swimming

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Commonwealth gold medallist Adam Brown has announced his retirement at the age of 25.

Cambridge-born Brown won his career-highlight gold for England in the 4x100m medley at this summer's Games in Glasgow and has also competed at two Olympic Games and three World Championships for Great Britain.

We're annoyed - Blanc

Football

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Who'd be a football manager? Laurent Blanc probably wishes he wasn't.

He has guided his PSG team to a 21-match unbeaten run, yet he and his players - including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani - are coming under increasing fire for the standard of their performances.

But Blanc has now hit back, saying he "couldn't care less about" what critics think.

PSG managed only two shots on target in a 1-0 win against Nice last weekend but Blanc said: "My players are winning games and you're asking them why they're playing badly. There's reason to be annoyed."

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

Football

Not long to go now until the Tuesday night action gets underway.

There are six top flight games, one of those

Aston Villa's clash at Crystal Palace.

Ahead of the game, here are the thoughts of BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson.

"Normally you would say that a couple of wins can shoot a struggling team up the table but it is so tight in the bottom half that one win would do the trick now," says Lawro.

"That is particularly relevant for these teams, and this game is especially important because whoever loses is going to give three points to one of their rivals in the fight for survival."

Back to Baggies

BBC Essex: Colchester United loanee Kemar Roofe returns to parent club West Bromwich Albion.

Warburton out

Rugby Union

Sam Warburton
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Sam Warburton will miss Cardiff Blues' European Challenge Cup match with London Irish on Saturday because of a

shoulder injury.

The flanker picked up the injury as he captained Wales to an historic 12-6 win over South Africa last weekend.

Stoke can spend if needed - Hughes

Football

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he has no plans to spend in the January transfer window unless the Potters' current injury woes worsen.

Hughes has had to prepare for

Tuesday's trip to Manchester United without five injured first-team players - strikers Peter Odemwingie and Victor Moses, defender Robert Huth, and midfielders Steve Sidwell and Glenn Whelan.

"If it continues, we're going to have to make sure we're not exposed and don't leave ourselves too open," Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke. "We'd only go in if we got stretched."

You can listen to Stoke City's trip to Old Trafford on

BBC Radio 5 live sport from 19:00 GMT.

Your 16:00 GMT headlines

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A quick update as to what we know and can look forward to from 16:00 GMT.

  • Earlier today, Mario Balotelli
    landed himself in trouble with the Football Association for an Instagram post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.
  • Jose Mourinho was in playful mood and praised his Chelsea side for a "perfect season".

We now have six Premier League games to look forward to with full commentary of Manchester United v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

More bids for Toney to come - Wilder

Football

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder expects Ivan Toney to be the subject of more bids in January, after

his move to Wolves fell through in November.

The 18-year-old striker was set to join the Championship side for a club record fee received, initially on loan.

Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton: "It was a difficult week for Ivan. He was virtually up the road and signed.

"If he carries on the way he has been, his performances have attracted not just Wolves, but a lot of other clubs."

We can claim another scalp - Poyet

Football

Clearly revved up by the draw with Chelsea, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet used his press conference to claim his team can claim another major scalp when Manchester City visit on Wednesday.

"There is a mentality sometimes that when you play against the top teams, you accept that if you lose nothing will happen," he said.

"I don't think that's right. I think you have to be clear that it is going to be more difficult, but you will have a chance.

"On those terms the players have been exceptional - we stayed up last year because of that, and we showed on Saturday against Chelsea we can do it and that we can try to stop the other teams doing what they like."

Promotion changes in womens' game

Football

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Teams in FA Women's Super League 2 will have double the chance of promotion in 2015.

For the first time two teams will be promoted into FA WSL 1, for the 2016 season. Only one team will be relegated into FA WSL 2, which means that in 2016 there will be nine teams in the top division.

The increase is part of a two-year plan to move FA WSL 1 from an eight to 10-team league.

Sunderland were promoted from WSL 2 this season.

Boro boss charged

Football

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka

is charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

Karanka, 41, was angered when a late Blackburn Rovers equaliser was allowed to stand against his side on Saturday and was duly sent-off for his protestations.

Earlier, Boro announced assistant head coach Craig Hignett has left the club.

Leicester Tigers sign lock Whetton

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers

have signed lock Jack Whetton on a deal until the end of the season, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

New Zealander Whetton, 22, has recently been playing for Australian club Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition.

His father Gary played 58 Tests for the All Blacks and captained the side 15 times, while his uncle - and Gary's twin - Alan won 65 caps as a flanker.

Fourth Stadium plan released by Qatar

Football

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have just released details of the latest stadium designed for the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar Foundation Stadium
Qatar 2022

The Qatar Foundation Stadium will hold 40,000 fans and is released on the fourth anniversary of the Gulf state's winning bid. It is the fourth stadium design revealed.

Qatar Foundation Stadium
Qatar 2022

The stadium and associated precinct is expected to be completed in 2018 and will host matches up to the quarter-final stage of the tournament.

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Fred Holker: Midlands football to take a blow this May. WBA and Leicester don't have the squads while injuries and suspensions will ruin Villa.

West Brom fan cries
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James R: Sadly Burnley and Leicester to go. The rest is very tight, QPR, Hull, WBA, Sunderland and Villa could all go too.

Jack Stevens: No idea who will go down, but I reckon there could the most teams ever involved in a Survival Sunday this season.