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By Libby Dawes and Steve Canavan

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See you bright and early....

That's it from Sportsday but don't worry, our colleagues, pals, acquaintances, besties on the highly slick football desk are taking over with live coverage of the aforementioned  League Cup fixtures. 

Have a great evening and we will see you tomorrow bright and early for Thursday morning's back pages and if you are lucky, more dog pictures... 

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Coming up this evening...


Here are your fixtures for this evening....

Have your say on any of these matches using #bbcfootball


League Cup football

Walsall v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

We've arrived at the Banks's Stadium on a cold evening in the Midlands. Team news due in about half-an-hour... #CFC
We've arrived at the Banks's Stadium on a cold evening in the Midlands. Team news due in about half-an-hour... #CFC

We've arrived at the Banks's Stadium on a cold evening in the Midlands. Team news due in about half-an-hour... #CFC

League Cup, North London derby

Tottenham v Arsenal (19:45 BST)

Ahead of this evening's match, here are some stats and facts you can memorise and then drop into conversation during the match to impress your peers...

  • There have been 12 meetings between the north London rivals in the League Cup, including four semi-finals.
  • The most recent League Cup meeting was in the third round in 2010/11 at White Hart Lane. Arsenal won the game 4-1 after extra time.
  • Spurs have been eliminated by Premier League opposition in the previous nine years (excluding 2008 when they won the competition).
  • Last season's third-round defeat to Southampton was Arsenal's earliest League Cup exit since November 2002, when they lost 3-2 to Sunderland at the same stage.

...If your peers are impressed by any of that, they are very easily impressed...

Harry Kane

German football best "value for money" for fans


No surprise here really but it's a fact....

The Premier League has been ranked fourth for giving football fans value for money while Germany's Bundesliga offers the best quality game for the price, according to a new index.

Part of the reason for the Premier League's ranking compared with the Bundesliga are their respective ticket prices, according to the GoEuro Football Price Index.

England took top spot for the most expensive country to go to a match, with Premier League tickets costing an average of £53.76 a ticket, closely followed by Spain where tickets cost an average of £50.83, and the second-highest average cost for a travelling fan.

Germany's average ticket price is just £23.02, according to the index.

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Corrie v 70,000 football fans...?


There are slight concerns that tonight's live episode of Coronation Street may be inturrupted by noises coming from the Capital One Cup match at Old Trafford which is only 0.7 miles away. 

Manchester United v Ipswich kicks off at 20:00 BST.  

If you are going to the match later, whatever you do, DON'T start singing the Eastenders theme tune really loud... and DON'T shout "GET OUTTA MY PUB" at full volume...

That would be awkward.

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Shall we reflect...

Allow us to be self indulgent for a few minutes and look at the best points we, here at Sportsday have brought you today... 

Carlo Ancelotti

Earlier, we heard rumours that Carlo Ancelotti had been contacted by Liverpool FC to replace Brendan Rodgers after a poor run of form. 

False alarm...

BBC Sport has now heard there is no truth whatsoever in the suggestion and the club have made no approach to any manager, anywhere, about any possible future vacancy at Anfield.

As you were - carry on Brendan.

Happy Birthday, Blowers...

A very Happy Birthday @blowersh. 76 not out. He's seen a lot of buses and pigeons in that time! #bbccricket

A very Happy Birthday @blowersh. 76 not out. He's seen a lot of buses and pigeons in that time! #bbccricket

Question of Sport teaser - Answer

Earlier, the Question of Sport team posed this teaser:

Name the only four players to have scored 5 goals in a Premier League game.

And here are the answers: 

Dimitar Berbatov, Andy Cole, Jermain Defoe and Alan Shearer

  • Have a big bear hug if you got all four.
  • Pat on the back for three.
  • Fist bump for two.
  • Low five for one.
  • If you got none, you're getting nothing... Try harder next time....

We are feeling harsh.

Ferguson 'doesn't understand Pogba'


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Paul Pogba's agent has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson after being blamed for the French international's controversial departure from Manchester United. 

In his newly-published book, 'Leading', legendary former United manager Ferguson says he distrusted Mino Raiola "from the moment I met him" and infers the Dutchman was to blame for orchestrating Pogba's departure for Juventus.

But Raiola has claimed Ferguson still does not know or understand players like Pogba, saying on the Gazzetta dello Sport website: "As an agent, I try to look after my players' interests.

"I'm happy for people to criticise me but he still doesn't understand who Pogba really is and that maybe he quit (United) at the right time."

Webber's top 5...

Formula 1

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Mark Webber describes what it is like driving the "most difficult first section" of all at the Suzuka circuit ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Webber says the snake like run of corners after the opening turn in Japan is one of the most demanding sections of track for racing drivers.

The former Red Bull driver also reveals his five favourite circuits.   

Dalglish to sell medal for charity

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Liverpool Echo: Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish is auctioning off his 1984 European Cup winner's medal to raise money for charity.

The papers says the sale of the medal will generate a significant sum of cash for the Marina Dalglish Appeal, which helps to raise funds for cancer sufferers and their family.

Sir Alex Ferguson's 'B team'


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On Tuesday, Sir Alex Ferguson says he only worked with four "world-class players" as boss of Manchester United.

Manager for 26 years, the club won the Champions League twice and 13 Premier League titles during his time in charge.

But he says in all that time only Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs could be described as truly "world class".

So who missed the cut?

Newsbeat have put together the Not-good-enough-for-Fergie-XI

Lyne & Anderson resume training

Rugby League

Wakefield have lifted the suspension on two of the four players stood down a week ago pending the outcome of internal investigations.

Forward Scott Anderson and threequarter Reece Lyne resumed training on Wednesday and look set to return to the Wildcats team for Sunday's final match of the Super 8s Qualifiers against Sheffield Eagles at Bramall Lane.

Full-back Kevin Locke and scrum-half Tim Smith remain suspended and the subject of a police investigation into a car crash in Hull 10 days ago.

Olivier heads to Worcester

Rugby Union

Worcester Warriors have signed experienced former South Africa centre Wynand Olivier on a two-year contract following his release by Montpellier.

Olivier, 32, made three appearances at the 2007 Rugby World Cup when he was part of the Springboks' winning squad.

More dog pictures...

Rugby Union

This seems to be a theme today: Sporting dog pics...

Here's Ireland's Jamie Heaslip posting pictures of his two.... 

Their names are Jay-Z and Bruno.


Jamie Heaslip's dogs
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Scots open with a win

Scotland 45-10 Japan

It's all over at the World Cup in Gloucester and Scotland have prevailed over Japan, running out 45-10 winners.

If that makes it sound one-sided, it wasn't.

It was a close-run thing for a long period and Scotland made an astonishing 80 tackles during a stirring encounter.



Yogi Berra

"What time is 3.30 mass?"

Is this the last Yogiism? Hear more about the life and career of baseball great Yogi Berra, who has died aged 90, by listening to Sport Today's interview with former Yankees public relations director Marty Appel.

County Championship scores round-up


Division One

Nottinghamshire, 340, Hampshire 234-8 at Trent Bridge - tea

Somerset 438, Warwickshire 114-6 at Taunton - tea - Somerset safe from relegation

Middlesex 98, Worcestershire 322-3 at New Road - tea

Yorkshire 251, Sussex 248 at Headingley - tea

Division Two

Leicestershire 329, Derbyshire 241-4 at Derby - tea

Essex 225-4 v Lancashire at Chelmsford - tea

Glamorgan 433, Gloucestershire 163-2 at Bristol - in play

Surrey 268-6 v Northants at The Oval - tea

Hants cling on at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 340, Hampshire 234-8

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge: "Hampshire fought hard to remain in contention on the second afternoon of their match against Nottinghamshire.

"Liam Dawson top-scored with 69 as the visitors reached tea, still 106 runs behind. He put on 70 with Sean Ervine, but the partnership was eventually broken by Samit Patel, who celebrated news of his England Test call-up by dismissing Ervine for 32.

"With only one batting point secured so far, Hampshire’s First Division survival hopes remain alive, providing they now go on and win and Sussex lose to Yorkshire at Headingley."



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Former Poland captain Michal Zewlakow has been talking abut Robert Lewandowski - and comparing him to Gary Lineker.

"He's a target man, this is a player who can score the goal with his head from the air," said Zewlakow, Poland's most-capped player.

"He can score the easy goals. He has a nose of a Gary Lineker, clever fox in the box.

"Maybe it's not the player who can make a dribble and go past five players but in my opinion this is a player every coach in the world should like to have.'"

Lethal Lewandowski


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"If somebody told me this boy would score four goals in the semi-finals of the Champions League or five goals in nine minutes, we would definitely have raised the price"

Those are the words of Lech Poznan vice-president Piotr Rutkowski, who reflected on the sale of Robert Lewandowski to Borussia Dortmund in 2010 for 4.5m euros. His interview with BBC World can be found here.

Leach sparks Warwickshire collapse

Somerset 438, Warwickshire 114-6 - tea, day two

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin at Taunton:

"It was an appropriately high point in the game with which Somerset confirmed their First Division status for another season.  

"The seventh bonus point needed was claimed when young left-arm spinner Jack Leach took two wickets in two balls to complete a personal five-wicket haul

"It’s been an astonishing collapse for Warwickshire.  For the second time this season they’ve lost five wickets on the same score going from 105-1 to 105-6, with Ian Bell among the men out for 12."

Baraclough exits


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Ian Baraclough has paid for Motherwell's League Cup exit against Morton with his job. 

The club have sacked the 44-year-old as manager following the 3-2 extra-time defeat at Cappielow on Tuesday.

Baraclough took charge in December and helped the Steelmen avoid relegation in last season's play-offs.

However, they have taken just seven points out of 24 so far in this season's Scottish Premiership.

Nice place to see the game

Scotland v Japan

Looks good to us...

What a place to watch #SCOvJPN #RWC2015 for our last night in Zanbibar with @commandovice #bbcsportsday

What a place to watch #SCOvJPN #RWC2015 for our last night in Zanbibar with @commandovice #bbcsportsday

You'll find live text of the match here. There's 20 minutes remaining and Scotland, after a frantic first hour, have their noses in front - 24-10 ahead.

View from the press box


Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

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Dick Advocaat was steadfastly upbeat following Sunderland’s 4-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light by Manchester City to knock them out of the Capital One Cup.

The Dutch head coach told BBC Newcastle he saw ‘lots of good things’ from Sunderland’s performance and admitted they had been let down by individual errors in three of the four goals. He was pleased though with the chances Sunderland created and a promising debut from their on-loan right back DeAndre Yedlin.

Supporters seem concerned Advocaat will walk away from the job but the 67-year-old is adamant he is still enjoying the role.

Learning lessons


Looks like West Ham are already back on the training ground after last night's League Cup defeat in Leicester.

Already preparing our next match. It's time to learn from defeat after yesterday's loss and to focus on becoming stronger day after day 💪🏻



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The Football Medical Association says it is "disappointed" after its efforts to negotiate a return to Chelsea for club doctor Dr Eva Carneiro failed.

Carneiro, 42, left the club on Tuesday, six weeks after being publicly criticised by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

She had her role downgraded after Mourinho said his medical staff were "naive" for treating Eden Hazard during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on 8 August.

She is now considering her legal position.

Stat attack

Tottenham v Arsenal (19:45 BST)

A few little facts for you...

  • There have been 12 meetings between the north London rivals in the League Cup, including four semi-finals.
  • The most recent League Cup meeting was in the third round in 2010/11 at White Hart Lane. Arsenal won the game 4-1 after extra time.
  • Spurs have been eliminated by Premier League opposition in the previous nine years (excluding 2008 when they won the competition).
  • Last season's third-round defeat to Southampton was Arsenal's earliest League Cup exit since November 2002, when they lost 3-2 to Sunderland at the same stage.

Kane searches for first goal

Tottenham v Arsenal (19:45 BST)

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As for tonight's game, Ryan Mason (knee), Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) and Mousa Dembele (foot) are all ruled out for Tottenham.

Harry Kane could keep his place as the England striker goes in search of his first club goal of the campaign.

Arsenal will be without midfielder Francis Coquelin because of a knee injury.

Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate his squad, with youngsters Alex Iwobi and Glen Kamara likely to be included.

North London derby


And speaking of that Tottenham-Arsenal match, let's have a quick trip down memory lane and look at some memorable derby pictures from down the years...

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Coming shortly...

League Cup action

Right, time to turn our attention to what's going on later.

The League Cup third round continues tonight with some juicy looking games, not least in north London where Tottenham take on Arsenal.

Chelsea are away to Walsall while struggling Newcastle host Sheffield Wednesday.

Here are the games and when they kick-off. We'll continue our build-up on Sportsday over the next few hours.


Livermore thanks fans for support


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Since we are on the subject of Hull, Jake Livermore has thanked fans for their support after the midfielder made his return from a drug suspension. 

Livermore, 25, played 69 minutes of the Tigers' League Cup win over Swansea on Tuesday, his first appearance since testing positive for cocaine in May. 

He avoided a Football Association ban due to "unique" circumstances in his case following the death of his son. 

"Can't thank the fans enough for the overwhelming support and reception I received," he wrote on Twitter.

Higdon makes Oldham switch

Oldham Athletic have signed Sheffield United striker Michael Higdon in a three-month emergency loan deal.

The 32-year-old will be available to make his Latics debut in Saturday's game against Wigan.

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Your Mercedes not fast enough for you Nico...?

Formula 1

350 km/h topspeed. Impressive aerodynamics. #japan #F1style

350 km/h topspeed. Impressive aerodynamics. #japan #F1style

Too soon.....?

Get Involved - Your rugby tips


Mark Watson: Go on a rugby ready course make sure you're safe  

Will Shillibier: GET YOUR HEAD ON THE RIGHT SIDE! (bum side not knee side)

Paul Guppy: Every time they kick you clap, Er that's it really...

Thomas Andrew: Play rugby league instead.  

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Japan - TRY

Rugby Union

Ayumu Goromaru, the man who could do no wrong against South Africa, earns his team extra acres with a fantastic touchfinder. Japan with a line-out 5m from their line and they drive, drive, drive until they score! A conversion later and Japan are 7-6 ahead.

Follow the match live here  

Ayumu Goromaru