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  1. Sam Allardyce had reservations about taking Sunderland job
  2. Ex-West Ham boss would still like to manage England one day
  3. Get involved #bbcsportsday: should Rooney lead England at Euros?
  4. Build up to Wales, Netherlands & other qualifiers
  5. Rugby World Cup: Irish lock O'Connell out

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By Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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Cristiano Ronaldo received his record fourth Golden Boot award on Tuesday after leading all scorers in Europe's domestic leagues last season. 

The 30-year-old scored 48 goals in 35 Spanish league games to claim his third Golden Boot playing for Real Madrid. 

His other award came with Manchester United in 2007-08. 

No other player has won four.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Wales v Andorra on BBC Radio 5 live

BBC Radio 5 Live

Tune in from 19:00 BST for all the day's sports news stories and build-up to Wales' final Euro 2016 qualifier, against Andorra.

Then it's full commentary of the match from 19:45 BST.

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How about this for an incentive? A £1m bonus will be paid if any horse should win three of jump racing's biggest races this season.

The Jockey Club is offering the incentive for the treble of Haydock's Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Officials from the organisation, which runs all three courses, say the prize is a tribute to the steeplechaser Kauto Star who died earlier this year.

Kauto Star achieved the hat-trick, earning a similar payout which applied in the 2006-07 season.

Kauto Star

McGhee returns to Motherwell


Mark McGhee has been appointed Motherwell manager for a second time, with the Scotland assistant boss signing a contract until May 2017.

Read the full story

Mark McGhee

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Danny Welbeck is targeting a return to action in the new year as his recovery from injury steps up.

The Arsenal and England forward, 24, has not featured this season having had knee surgery in September - just days after the transfer window closed. 

"It's difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year," he told Sport 360. 

"After I had the operation, I was in a leg brace for about four weeks - which wasn't easy. I had to do a lot of machine work, about six hours a day."

Danny Welbeck

Man Utd recall ill Rothwell


Young #mufc midfielder Joe Rothwell has been recalled from his loan spell at Barnsley after suffering from tonsillitis.

Listen again


If you missed this earlier, there's a very good BBC Radio 5 live podcast available, where Danny Mills and Chris Waddle join Kelly Cates to reflect on England's "Perfect Ten".

Plus, there's reaction from manager Roy Hodgson and defender Phil Jagielka.

Listen to it here.

Houghton shortlisted for FA award


England captain Steph Houghton is one of three Manchester City players shortlisted for the Football Association's Women's Player of the Year award. 

Houghton, fellow defender Lucy Bronze, goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Liverpool's Fara Williams have been nominated by England's management team. 

The quartet were all part of England's World Cup bronze-medal success. 

Sunderland's Beth Mead, given her first England call-up on Tuesday, is up for the Young Player of the Year accolade.

Steph Houghton
The FA

Red Bull's quit threat

Formula 1

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Red Bull could quit Formula 1 because rival manufacturers are too fearful of supplying them with engines, according to their chief technical officer.

Relations with current supplier Renault have broken down and Red Bull have been unable to find a new partner.

"We're possibly going to be forced out of Formula One - Mercedes and Ferrari have refused to supply us out of fear," Adrian Newey said.

Seven hundred jobs at the team's Milton Keynes factory are at stake.

Read the full story

Referees named for RWC quarter-finals

Rugby Union

The referees have been confirmed for the quarter-final stage of Rugby World Cup 2015.

Ready? This is a bit like the first Strictly show of the series.

Wayne Barnes: South Africa v Wales 

Nigel Owens: NZ v France

Jerome Garces: Ireland v Argentina

Craig Joubert: Australia v Scotland

Question of Sport answers

We asked earlier: 

Name the four England players with five-letter surnames to play in the last England v Pakistan Test series.


Stuart Broad, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott.

'Pacquiao could still happen' Khan


Pacquiao fight could still happen if he signs the contract, but im also looking at other options

Earlier, British light-welterweight Khan, 28, said that his offer to be the Philippines boxer's opposition had been rejected.

Burgess 'will play rugby league again'

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Cross-code star Sam Burgess will one day return to rugby league, says England coach Steve McNamara.

Burgess, 26, was part of England's rugby union World Cup squad less than a year after switching codes.

His selection was criticised  and cited as a reason why Stuart Lancaster's men failed to make it out of their group.

"At some point I am sure he will come back - whether that is six months, 12 months, three years, five years, who knows," McNamara told the BBC. "It is the game he was brought up with."

Cisse arrested in sex-tape investigation


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Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse has been arrested over a sex tape extortion plot.

Cisse is one of four people held by police over an alleged attempt to blackmail an international footballer.

The ex-Sunderland and QPR forward, 34, was questioned because he knew the others involved, police said.

French prosecutors said Cisse was not thought to be an instigator of the conspiracy - an offence which carries a minimum five-year sentence.

Read the full story

Rooney-England vote is closed

We asked 'Should Wayne Rooney automatically start for England at Euro 2016?'

The result:

40% Yes

60% No

That's right nearly two-thirds of you said he should not be guaranteed a first-team start.

Watching brief

Football gossip

Andriy Yarmolenko
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sparked speculation of a bid for Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Yarmolenko after watching the 25-year-old winger in action for Ukraine against Spain, according to the Independent. 

Get Involved - Wayne Rooney

Based on current form Rooney shouldn't start but we'll see how he is doing in May. No-one should be guaranteed a start though #bbcsportsday

We want to know your opinion. Should Wayne Rooney be an England starter in France next summer and why? Or should he be a squad member and not a guaranteed starter?

Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or BBC Match of the Day Facebook page

Broad sorry for no-ball


Stuart Broad apologised to his team-mates for the no-ball which reprieved Shoaib Malik on the way to his century, as England paid dearly for missed chances against Pakistan.

Pakistan finished 286 for four at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on day one of the first of three Tests.

It could have been better had Broad not overstepped for the delivery Shoaib edged to third slip on 40, while Ian Bell put down two catches.

"I'm not really a big no-ball bowler, but there's no real excuses for it. I said sorry at tea to the guys," he said.

First day report

Stuart Broad

Selby fancies Warrington fight


Welshman Lee Selby, 28, is hoping to make a big impact on his debut in the United States on Thursday when he defends his IBF featherweight crown against Mexican veteran Fernando Montiel in Arizona. 

But he is also hoping to set up a clash against fellow Briton Josh Warrington.

"I want to be a worldwide star and to do that you need the big fights in America," Selby told Press Association Sport.

"But Warrington is still a fight I'd be interested in. He's got a big fan base and the UK fans want it, so it's a lucrative fight."

Lee Selby

Murtagh helps Ireland to victory


Tim Murtagh took a career-best 4-32 and finished unbeaten on 19 to help Ireland to a consolation victory against Zimbabwe, as the ODI series ended 2-1.

Full scorecard

Mead earns first England call-up


Beth Mead
The FA

Sunderland striker Beth Mead is one for four new faces in the England Women's squad for their forthcoming international friendly tournament in China.

The Women's Super League One's 12-goal top scorer is joined in boss Mark Sampson's squad of 21 by Chelsea's uncapped trio of Hannah Blundell, Laura Coombs and Drew Spence.

England face hosts China and Australia in the tournament, starting next week.  

Payne and Tancock funding restored


Nick Hope, BBC Sport

Former world champions Keri-anne Payne and Liam Tancock have both been restored to full UK Sport Podium funding, having being dropped from financial support in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson - who failed to qualify for this summer's World Championships, has lost all support.

Welsh record holder Georgia Davies is another to lose support after also missing out on qualification for Kazan.

£1m bonus on offer for treble winner

Horse Racing

How about this for an incentive? A £1m bonus will be paid if any horse should win three of jump racing's biggest races this season.

The Jockey Club is offering the incentive for the treble of Haydock's Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Officials from the organisation, which runs all three courses, say the prize is a tribute to the steeplechaser Kauto Star who died earlier this year.

Kauto Star achieved the hat-trick, earning a similar payout which applied in the 2006-07 season.



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Stuart Broad took his share of the blame for England's failure to put greater pressure on Pakistan, who finished day one of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on 286 for four. It could have been could have been a different story ha

Broad took a wicket off a no-ball and Ian Bell spilled two straightforward catches.

"I blame myself for the no-ball," said Broad. "We pride ourselves on our catching and not bowling no-balls.

"I can't think of many times I've had one chalked off, if at all. It's a feeling of (being) distraught.

"I'm not a regular no-ball bowler so it took me a bit by surprise, but it's not really acceptable at this level. I apologised at tea to all of the guys because it was disappointing." 

Can you step in Kurt?

Football gossip

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Daily Telegraph: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering asking Kurt Zouma to play as a makeshift full-back in Chelsea’s game against Aston Villa because of the hamstring injury Branislav Ivanovic suffered on international duty.

More Irish succes


2-1! Paul Stirling hits a crucial 50 to help Ireland win the nerve-wracking 3rd #ZimvIre ODI by 2 wickets
2-1! Paul Stirling hits a crucial 50 to help Ireland win the nerve-wracking 3rd #ZimvIre ODI by 2 wickets
2-1! Paul Stirling hits a crucial 50 to help Ireland win the nerve-wracking 3rd #ZimvIre ODI by 2 wickets
2-1! Paul Stirling hits a crucial 50 to help Ireland win the nerve-wracking 3rd #ZimvIre ODI by 2 wickets

2-1! Paul Stirling hits a crucial 50 to help Ireland win the nerve-wracking 3rd #ZimvIre ODI by 2 wickets

Bopara agrees new Essex deal


Ravi Bopara
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England limited-overs all-rounder Ravi Bopara has agreed a new two-year contract with Essex.

The 30-year-old, who made his Essex debut in 2002, has played 13 Tests, 120 one-day internationals and 38 T20 games for the national team.

Why all the injuries?

Rugby Union

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After a potentially costly weekend for both Wales and Ireland, and with players getting stretchered off in every game - BBC Radio 5 live examines why so many injuries are occurring at the Rugby World Cup, and what can be done to prevent them.

Listen to a special programme here.

Wolfsburg ' to scrap £30m training facility'


Wolfsburg is set to scrap plans for a 40m euros (£29.87m) training facility, according to reports, as main sponsor Volkswagen remains embroiled in a pollution cheating scandal.

According to both German daily Bild and local newspaper Wolfsburg Nachrichten, the German Cup holders have shelved plans for an academy training centre, reported to cost between 30 and 40m euros. 

Reflecting on the day's play

Pakistan v England

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Reaction to the first day of the first Test between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi is available now courtesy of a Test Match Special podcast.

Simon Mann and Geoffrey Boycott review a day where England largely struggled in the sun, with Pakistan building a strong first innings platform, finishing day one on 286-4.

Practical joke


BBC Sport

Want to see England batsman James Taylor become the victim of a wind-up by his team-mates?

Thought so. Here's Mark Wood's video diary from England's tour the United Arab Emirates to face Pakistan.

You can listen to ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and the BBC Sport app, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Spot the ball



Enjoy doing spot the ball when you were a wee nipper?

You can now relive those days thanks to our handy little game, which you'll find right here.

Can you get your dog off the pitch, please?

Rugby Union

BBC Sport

If you check out one video today, make it this one.

After footage emerges of a steam train rolling through a ground to interrupt d a football match in Slovakia, BBC Sport takes a look back at strange interruptions from sporting history, when the spectacle was upstaged by an unexpected interloper.

It includes a groundhog in Formula 1 race, an alarm in Football Focus studio, a dog in a rugby union ruck - plus a loud-voiced BBC reporter at Wimbledon.

Newcastle to receive Krul compensation

Football gossip

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Newcastle will receive a multi-million-pound compensation settlement because of Tim Krul's injury, reports The Mirror.

The 27-year-old Dutch goalkeeper is out until next August after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament playing against Kazakhstan on Saturday.

'We must make our own luck'


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Gary Cahill knows Chelsea need to start making their own luck if they are to turn around their rotten season.

Jose Mourinho's men have been a shadow of the side that so impressively won the title last term, having lost half of their opening eight Premier League fixtures.

"Luck's not on our side at the minute, but you have to make your own luck in terms of performances at the club," said the defender, who captained England for the first time in the win in Lithuania.

"That's something I'm determined to put right and I'm sure everyone else is. It's not a nice feeling at the minute and one we don't want to have for very much longer." 

Gloucester confirm ownership talks

Gloucester have confirmed they are in talks with a number of interested parties as they continue their search for new owners or investors. 

The club are controlled by Ryan Walkinshaw, who took over following the death of his father Tom - a former Formula 1 team owner - in 2010.

"When they conclude, we will issue a statement announcing our intentions with regard to moving forward with new investors, or continuing to operate under the current ownership model," said a statement.

Allardyce: 'I might have a chance of England job'


Ben Smith

BBC Sport

  • On the England job -  "If I am doing exceptionally, well when Roy [Hodgson] decides he doesn't want to be there, then I have got a chance."

  • On Sunderland players - "Given the situation we are in now, the players disappointed with what they have produced."