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  1. GET INVOLVED: Who has settled best into Premier League? #bbcsportsday
  2. Liverpool to begin expansion on Anfield on Monday
  3. Daniel Sturridge 'coming along well' - Brendan Rodgers
  4. Alastair Cook given one-match ban for slow over rate
  5. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates fined £5,000
  6. Wada to "fully investigate" Russia doping allegations

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Right, that's all for another Sportsday. We'll be back tomorrow with eight more Premier League manager press conferences and all the build-up to the second round of the FA Cup. See you bright and early in the morning. Bye for now.


Woods tees off

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods has begun his latest comeback by hitting his first tee shot out of bounds.

The 38-year-old 14-time major champion has started his opening round at the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, having not played since August's USPGA Championship.

After finding the fairway with his second tee shot at the first, Woods then sent a wedge approach to two feet to limit the damage to a bogey.


Meadows sickened by Russia drug claims

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British 800m runner

Jenny Meadows has told the BBC it would be the "biggest doping scandal of all time" if allegations of widespread and systematic cheating among Russian athletes turns out to be true.

Meadows, beaten to European gold by a Russian drug cheat in 2011, said the claims in a German television documentary broadcast on Wednesday, made her feel "sick".

The documentary claimed to present evidence of systematic doping and corruption in Russian sport.

Those claims have been rejected as "a pack of lies" by the president of Russian Athletics Federation, while the IAAF said it had "noted a number of grave allegations" and revealed that an investigation into some of the claims is "already ongoing".


Nations League set for 2018 & 2019

Uefa's new 'Nations League' - the competition being brought in to replace most international friendlies - will be played between September and November 2018, European football's governing body has confirmed.

Each country will play six matches in the new tournament, which will see Uefa's 52 countries split into four divisions, each with four groups of three or four teams.

The winners of the four groups in division A - which will be made up of the strongest teams - will play the semi-finals and final in June 2019 to determine the winner.

The four semi-finalists will also qualify automatically for the finals of Euro 2020, which is being played in 13 countries across Europe with the final at Wembley Stadium.


UK Championship latest

Judd Trump is into the quarter-finals at the UK Snooker Championship in York after sealing a 6-3 victory over Rod Lawler.

Shaun Murphy is currently a frame away from joining him, leading Marco Fu 5-4.

Gloucester sign Tonga international

Rugby Union

Gloucester have bolstered their back-line options with the signing of Tonga's David Halaifonua, subject to visa approval.

The 27-year-old, who can play wing or at full-back, returns to Kingsholm after playing there for his country against the United States last month.

He comes in to replace Tom Isaacs,

who has left to join Cardiff Blues.

Formula 1

McLaren still to decide on driver line-up

BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

tweets: "McLaren board meeting has now concluded, and no decision has been taken with regard to the 2015 driver line-up, a spokesman said."

Whelan given extra week by FA


David Ornstein

BBC Sport

"Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been given another week to respond to a Football Association charge over comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

"Whelan, 78, had until 18:00 GMT on 5 December to answer the charge, but after taking legal advice he requested an extension and that has been granted by the governing body and the new deadline is 18:00 on Friday 12 December.

It is alleged his original statements, published in the Guardian, were "abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute"."

Matic out for Chelsea


Nemanja Matic
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Chelsea will be without the suspended Nemanja Matic for their match against Newcastle on Saturday. The influential midfielder received a yellow card in Chelsea's victory over Tottenham, his fifth of the season, and as a result will miss his first minute of Premier League action since the season began.

Bundesliga to use goal-line technology


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Goal-line technology will be used in the German Bundesliga from next season.

The 18 top flight clubs turned it down last year but have now voted 15-3 in favour of the technology following a proposal by Bayern Munich.

The league will adopt the Hawk-Eye system which has been used in the Premier League since 2013-14.

Shipwrecked team rescued from shark-inhabited waters


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A shipwrecked crew have been rescued from shark-inhabited waters during the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.

The nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew were stranded after crashing on a remote coral reef, before being picked up by a coastguard boat and taken to Mauritius.

Shore crew chief Neil Cox, said: "We've had nine guys sitting on a sand pit in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The coastguard was asking me to warn the guys that the reef is riddled full of sharks and barracuda."

More transfer activity at Blackpool


Blackpool boss Lee Clark has been a busy man in the few weeks since he took charge at Bloomfield Road. He's taken his tally of signings to 10 with the arrival of Republic of Ireland defender Darren O'Dea on a

short-term deal until 4 January.

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Peter Whight: Sanchez not even the best this season, look at Costa?

JustChuks: I think that would be @Azpilicueta. He really has gotten it right from the start in the league

Ian Dobson: Kevin Phillips? Moved up from the championship scored 30 league goals. the only Englishman to win the European Golden Shoe!

Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

Steve Davis goes backstage


Rob Walker
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be six-time world champion Steve Davis, or any other professional snooker player? Why not

check out backstage footage from the UK Championships, where you can experience a player's-eye-view of a snooker walk-on.

'Federer can play until he's 45'


Roger Federer
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Also on the agenda for Tim Henman, Andy Roddick and Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 live's

a special report from the Masters Tennis tournament at the Albert Hall is Roger Federer.

Pat Cash says: "Federer is moving unbelievably well, he doesn't need any more experience than he's got, as long as he can stay fit, he can play until he's 45."

BBC Radio 5 live special


BBC Radio 5 live

On BBC 5live tonight at 21:00 GMT tonight, Russell Fuller presents

a special report from the Masters Tennis tournament at the Albert Hall with guests Tim Henman, Andy Roddick and Pat Cash. Among the topics of conversation is Andy Murray's decision to retain Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.

Andy Murray (right) with Amelie Mauresmo
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Tim Heman says: "Andy Murray is not the type of guy to travel the tour, picking up some nice cheques and making up the numbers. He wants to win some big tournaments so next year is going to be a big year for him."


Brunt to miss trip to Hull

Baggies manager Irvine confirmed that skipper Chris Brunt will miss Saturday's trip to Hull City after limping off in Tuesday's

2-1 defeat by West Ham with a hamstring injury.

"I haven't decided who will replace him but he is not going to be able to play," he said.

"It's a hamstring strain, it's not too bad but he's got no chance in playing in this game."


Berahino goals will come again - Irvine

Saido Berahino of West Brom
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West Brom boss Alan Irvine expects striker Saido Berahino to get back amongst the goals, having failed to register for the past five matches.

Berahino, 21, was called up to the England squad for the first time last month but has not scored since October.

Irvine said: "There's been a lot of focus on a young player and he has handled it well overall but I don't think anyone would have been surprised to see Saido dropping off a little bit, which is what has probably happened.

"I believe he will come back, he's a good finisher and I really believe the goals will come again."

Redfearn backs Leeds owner Cellino


Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has given his support

to the club's owner Massimo Cellino.

Cellino, 58, was asked to resign from the Championship club by the Football League on Monday after breaching its "fit and proper" ownership test but he intends to

appeal against the decision.

Redfearn said: "Everything he's done is in the best interests of the club. Hand on heart, I honestly believe it.

"We're fortunate to have an owner who's football daft and who loves the club."


Fisher leads in Sun City

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It might be 4 December but the 2015 European Tour season began today and Englishman Ross Fisher leads after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

Fisher opened with a six-under-par 66 to stand two shots clear of a three-way tie for second between South African George Coetzee, Germany's Marcel Siem and Frenchman Alexander Levy.

Fisher, who last won on the Tour in South Africa in March, managed four birdies on the front nine and three coming home.

Defending champion Thomas Bjorn was last following an error-strewn 80. US Open champion Martin Kaymer shot 74.


Stoke can win against Arsenal - Hughes

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side can win against Arsenal on Saturday, if they start converting their chances.

Hughes, who believes Stoke were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Manchester United on Tuesday, said: "We still showed character to keep going to the end and come the final moments, there were 75,000 fans screaming for the whistle

"Over the years we've made it difficult for Arsenal to play their game. We're a different team now but we can still compete.

"We are in a good frame of mind and have the belief that we can claim all three points on Saturday."


Anfield expansion confirmed

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Meanwhile, Liverpool have officially confirmed they will begin construction work on expending their Main Stand (on the left of the picture) early next year (see earlier entry at 09:28).

The work will add around an additional 8,500 seats, taking its capacity to over 20,000 and the overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000.

It should be completed during the 2016-17 season and matches will continue to be played at Anfield during the construction works.


Gerrard will 'always be part of Liverpool'

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain
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Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre says club captain Steven Gerrard "will always be part of this football club", whether he decides to accept a new contract offer or not.

The 34-year-old's current deal runs out at the end of the season and Ayre is hopeful Gerrard will decide to stay at Anfield.

"We have made an offer to Steven and we have to be respectful to him and where he is in his career. There is no pressure from our side," said Ayre.

"He is an iconic part of this football club and we want to see him here for many years - and that is not just about his playing career."

Rugby Union

All-Ireland Rugby World Cup bid

Aviva Stadium, Ireland
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An all-Ireland bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be officially unveiled on Friday, reports the Press Association.

Officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) will join representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish government to outline their ambition to jointly host the event.

It is understood an all-Ireland bid will be given the go-ahead at an event in Armagh on Friday morning.

England stage next year's event with Japan the hosts in 2019.

Wolves press conference


Wolves are without three injured players - striker Nouha Dicko and defenders Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Scott Golbourne - for Saturday's Championship home game against fourth-placed Bournemouth, reports BBC WM's Mike Taylor.

Midfielder Jack Price is available after being recalled from loan at Leyton Orient as Wolves bid to end a run of four straight defeats.

Sturridge 'coming along well'


Daniel Sturridge
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On striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not played since suffering a thigh injury with England in September, Brendan Rodgers said: "He has gone away to get some work in, with some of our staff, doing specific work. He's coming along well."

Magnificent response from players - Rodgers


Brendan Rodgers
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The Liverpool boss says he is very pleased with the way his side have responded since their

3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on 23 November.

"We've had a reaction after Crystal Palace. The players have showed their character that I've always said they have," said Rodgers.

"The players deserve great credit and have responded magnificently well over the last three games."

No offers for Lucas


Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool have not had any offers for Brazilian midfielder Lucas. "He was always an important member of the squad. He's in a good moment and long may it continue," he said.

Get involved #bbcsportsday

Colin Groom: Best start in the PL has to be @RvWolfswinkel9 at Norwich. Cracking header in first game. Never played to his strengths after.

Steven McNamara: Papiss Cisse made a bigger first impact than Sanchez easily, he was absolutely lethal in 2012. Hopefully he gets back to that.

Warren Fiveash: Jurgen Klinsmann scored 29 goals for Spurs during the 94/95 season. The dive celebration had an impact all of its own!

Grant Guntrip: Grazianno Pelle! He's gone of the boil of late, but such a deadly start.

Today we're asking: has any player made a quicker and better impact in the Premier League than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

Balotelli injured, but Coutinho fit


Philippe Coutinho
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Mario Balotelli is still injured and "still very much a Liverpool player" and adds that he expects playmaker Philippe Coutinho to recover from a knee problem for Saturday's match against Sunderland.

Alpine Skiing

Violinist Mae to appeal against skiing ban

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae has officially confirmed she will appeal against a four-year skiing ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) imposed the punishment after ruling she helped "manipulate" results to ensure her place at February's Sochi Winter Olympics.

Mae, 36, and five officials were banned after an investigation into four races in Slovenia, taking place just before the January qualification deadline.

The Singapore-born British violinist competed in the giant slalom at Sochi for her father's nation - Thailand - under his surname 'Vanakorn'.

'Discussions' over McCoist future


Ally McCoist, Rangers manager
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BBC Scotland has learned discussions between senior figures at Ibrox have taken place over the future of Ally McCoist but his position as Rangers boss is not under immediate threat.

Some Rangers fans have called for the manager to stand down following Wednesday night's

defeat to Alloa in the Petrofac Cup semi-final, but McCoist himself
says he has no intention of resigning.

It's understood sacking McCoist and his management team would cost Rangers around £1.4 million, but with the club struggling to pay wages beyond December, any move to change the management team is off the table for now.

Liverpool news conference


Brendan Rodgers
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will face the media at 14:00 GMT ahead of his team's Premier League tie against Sunderland on Saturday. Will Sunderland be the focus or will it be the Mario Balotelli and Steven Gerrard show perhaps? Whatever is said, we'll have it covered.

Ward suffers ankle ligament damage


Burnley FC

Pardew hoping to 'exploit' Chelsea weakness


Alan Pardew
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been giving his thoughts on Saturday's Premier League match against league leaders Chelsea.

"Mentally we are in a strong position and our confidence is high. We have good spirit and are learning lessons along the way," said the Magpies boss.

"We need to threaten Chelsea because they look terrific. They are a great team who are strong and organised.

"Somewhere along the line Chelsea will slip up and hopefully we can exploit any weaknesses they have."

Johnson & Brown in line for Liverpool


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Sunderland's Adam Johnson and Wes Brown are pushing for returns ahead of Saturday's trip to Anfield.

The winger missed

Wednesday's 4-1 defeat to former club Manchester City after picking up a knock against Chelsea but, like captain Brown, he could return to face Liverpool.

Speaking to, manager Gus Poyet said: "Adam had a problem with his quads at the end of the game the other day and he didn't train for one minute with us, so there was no chance. I think we have a great chance to recover him for Saturday, but let's see."

Skier breaks back in training

Alpine Skiing

Charlie hospital
Charlie Guest

One of the UK's top female skiers has

suffered a broken back while training in Sweden.

Charlie Guest, the UK number one female alpine slalom skier, fractured vertebrae in her spine after falling and landing on a boulder.

The 20-year-old, from Perth, spent eight hours strapped to a backboard during the 250km (155 mile) journey to hospital from the remote slope.

Brentford's Hogan on road to recovery


Brentford say Scott Hogan is

recovering well from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in August.

The 22-year-old striker underwent knee surgery and faces a long spell on the sidelines, but Brentford's head of medical Neil Greig

told the club website Hogan is "very much on track" with his recovery.

England Women to face US & France


England Women
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England Women will play the United States and France at home as part of their preparations for next summer's Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada.

They will face the USA, ranked the world's best team by Fifa, on 13 February with France on 9 April. Venues and kick-off times are yet to be announced.

Last month Mark Sampson's side

lost 3-0 to Germany in front of a record crowd of 45,619 at Wembley.

The draw for the World Cup takes place in Ottawa on Saturday.

SA skipper hopeful for World Cup

Rugby Union

Jean de Villiers, South Africa captain
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South Africa captain Jean de Villiers says he is hopeful of being fit for the Rugby World Cup in England next September after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee.

De Villiers

dislocated his kneecap in the
12-6 defeat by Wales in Cardiff on Saturday and early estimates suggested he would be out of action for at least eight months.

The 33-year-old centre said: "My focus will now be on the arrival of our third child in the coming days.

"Thereafter it will be about recovering as soon as possible so I can start with my rehabilitation. I will do everything in my power to get to England."