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Summary

  1. Chelsea and Arsenal in Champions League action tonight
  2. Andy Murray into third round at Paris Masters
  3. Gareth Bale not included in Wales squad to play the Netherlands
  4. Chris Powell sacked as Huddersfield manager
  5. Get involved: What would you ban from your club? #BBCSportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Arsenal up against it

Bayern Munich v Arsenal (19:45 BST)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must decide whether to include Joel Campbell in his team's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after the Costa Rican scored in his first Premier League start, against Swansea on Saturday.

Arsenal's win against Bayern in the reverse fixture was the German champions' only defeat over 90 minutes in 21 competitive games this season.

It was badly needed by an Arsenal side who are attempting to become the first team since Galatasaray in 2012-13 to reach the knockout stages after losing their first two group games, following defeats by Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.

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Munich will be wounded - Mertesacker

Bayern Munich v Arsenal (19:45 BST)

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says Arsenal will face a "wounded" Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday after beating the German side two weeks ago.

"We were the first team to really challenge them and beat them," said Mertesacker of Arsenal's home 2-0 win.

"They will want to prove that they are better than us."

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Galaxy rule out Gerrard Liverpool return

Football

Steven Gerrard will not be returning to play for Liverpool, insist his Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.

Liverpool have confirmed that Gerrard has been offered the chance to train with them during the MLS off-season.

Galaxy say Gerrard will return to LA for pre-season training in January.

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Gerrard can train with Liverpool - Klopp

Football

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp answers questions on the prospect of former captain Steven Gerrard returning to the club to train during the MLS off season.   

"All I can say is that I've had contact with Stevie - one phone call and a few messages," said the German of the LA Galaxy midfielder. 

"He is a legend. If he's in Liverpool and wants to train ahead of next season in LA that's absolutely no problem. Nothing else."

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Klopp has full-strength squad

Football

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has picked a full-strength squad for the Europa League tie at Rubin Kazan.

Striker Christian Benteke, who has made three substitute appearances since returning from injury, is included.

Youngsters Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and back-up goalkeeper Ryan Fulton have also travelled to Russia.

Midfielder Joao Teixeira is ineligible and defender Connor Randall, who made his senior debut against Bournemouth last week, has not travelled.

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'Liverpool confident after Chelsea win'

Football

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says "confidence is high" among the squad after Saturday's 3-1 victory over Chelsea. 

The Reds face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday and Mignolet said: "As a footballer you always want to play in big games and it's a big game versus Kazan. We want the three points. We will try to achieve that."

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Brilliant century for Pietersen

Cricket

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has hit a brilliant hundred for the Sunfoil Dolphins in the Ram Slam T20 in South Africa. 

Pietersen made 115 off just 66 balls, hitting five fours and 10 sixes in a team total of 174 for six. 

Since his England career was ended after last year's Ashes series, the 35-year-old has embarked on a career as a freelance T20 batsman, with the Dolphins the latest franchise he has signed up for.

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Sinfield hails 'fantastic' Burgess

Rugby Union

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Former England rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield believes Sam Burgess will prove what a "fantastic" player he is, whether he stays in union or returns to the 13-a-side code.

Sinfield, 34, recently ended a glittering career with Leeds Rhinos in order to switch to union with the city's Carnegie club.

"Other league players who made the switch, they all take differing times," he said. "Me and Sam are very different, and I think he's done extremely well. To play in a World Cup after 12 months is remarkable, and Sam will do what's right for him."

Michu set to leave on a free

Football

Swansea City are close to reaching agreement with striker Michu to terminate the Spaniard's contract, according to Wales Online.

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What would you ban at your club and why?

Jono: I would ban fans that only turn up when there is a big cup game or winning and heading for promotion.

Stephen Brown: Ban greedy American owners from completing leveraged takeovers.

Prashanth: Ban Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.. Only then an English team has a chance to win the CL.

Hunt for new defence coach

Rugby Union

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Ireland boss Joe Schmidt will struggle to replace "one of the best defence coaches in the world" in Les Kiss, according to Rory Best.

Best believes Ireland have a job on their hands to find Kiss' equal, with the popular Australian having taken over as rugby director at Ulster.

The Ireland hooker said: "I think it will be tough: if you're trying to replace like-for-like in terms of Les, for me he's one of the best defence coaches in the world."

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What would you ban at your club and why?

Olly Clements: As a Colchester fan, I would ban all other teams from scoring against. Maybe even ban other teams from using a goalkeeper.

Michael Reid: I would ban banners on planes. Money to burn idiots who attempt to force their opinions on others.

Charlie Fox: Would ban players waving imaginary cards, coloured boots and taking corners outside of the corner arc

Flat Wolves lacked energy - Jackett

Football

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says his side lacked creative energy in their 1-0 defeat on Tuesday by lowly Bristol City. 

Jackett even substituted top scorer Benik Afobe at half-time, in the hope that a new-look, more experienced strike pairing of Adam Le Fondre and Grant Holt might pay dividends. 

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"It looked in the first half like we needed some support in terms of a second forward," Jackett told BBC WM. 

"But we didn't trouble their goalkeeper in either half. We never got going."

Townsend dropped after row with physio

Football

Tottenham's Andros Townsend has been left out of Thursday's Europa League tie with Anderlecht after clashing with Spurs fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.

Townsend, 24, was an unused substitute in Monday's win over Aston Villa and was pictured pushing and arguing with Gardiner on the pitch after the game.

"He did not train with the group. He is not available to be selected," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. "It's because of Monday. If you behave the wrong way you always need to pay."

Andros Townsend (left)
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'Super Serena' chases 'phone snatcher'

Tennis

Here's a tip for anyone planning to grab Serena Williams's phone - don't bother.

The American, who has won 21 Grand Slam singles titles, will chase you down, and she will catch you. It was a lesson learnt by a man who took the 34-year-old's mobile phone while she was in a restaurant.

"Yesterday at dinner the craziest thing happened to me," the world number oneposted on her Facebook page, accompanied by a picture of herself as Superwoman.

Williams, who is taking the rest of the year off to recover from injuries, claimed the man "grabbed her phone and swiftly left".  

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Cairns accused of 'pocketing money'

Cricket

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns pocketed more than a quarter of a million dollars in return for fixing matches, a London court heard today.

The all-rounder moved to Dubai in 2008 with his partner to work for a family in the rough diamond industry, a move he said was to build a career after retiring from the sport.

But a jury was told the real reason was much more sinister - that the businessmen were bankrolling his lavish lifestyle in payment for throwing games while playing in India.

They also paid for three other men - including two suspected of match-fixing - to try to involve them in the scams, it was alleged.

Cairns perjury trial at Southwark Crown Court continues.

Ferdinand offers support to Andy Cole

Football

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has tweeted a message of support to Andy Cole after the ex-United striker revealed he is suffering with kidney failure.

Blessed Coley.. Looking forward to seeing you in full recovery 👊 twitter.com/vancole9/statu…

I am overwhelmed by all your nice messages. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. 🙏🏻 #grateful

Adams undergoes heart surgery

Football

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Tony Adams has undergone heart surgery in Azerbaijan - an operation the former England and Arsenal defender has said saved his life.

The 49-year-old is now the Azerbaijani club's director of football and recently went under the knife for a "severely blocked vein" after suffering acute chest pain.

"The brilliant surgeons did a fantastic job - as has been reiterated to me by my cardiologist in the UK," Adams said.

"I know full well that without their brilliance ... I would not be alive now. A minor heart operation saved my life."

Choose the Goal of the Month music

Football

Want to help choose the soundtrack to October's Goal of the Month? Well, here is your chance.

Match of the Day 2 has teamed up with BBC Radio 1's Greg James show to ask you to vote for the music to accompany this Sunday's Goal of the Month competition.

The three tracks below have been shortlisted - and you vote for your favourite one here.

The vote opens at 18:00 GMT and closes at 18:00 GMT on Thursday. So which of the following do you want to hear on Sunday night?

  • KDA - Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)
  • Matrix & Futurebound - Happy Alone
  • The Sherlocks - Heart Of Gold

The winning track will be announced on Greg's show on Thursday (Radio 1, 16:00-19:00 BST), after the vote has closed.

The shortlisted goals, plus your choice of soundtrack, will be shown on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday on BBC One at 22:30 BST (23:25 in Scotland).

Cole suffering from kidney failure

Football

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Former England and Manchester United striker Andy Cole has withdrawn from a Unicef Match for Children at Old Trafford on 14 November because he is suffering from kidney failure.

In a statement released a few minutes ago, Cole said: "In June of this year I suffered kidney failure, caused as a result of contracting an airborne virus and I have been under medical care since.

"During this time I have been unable to work or to carry out my normal day to day activities and I am under close supervision from the renal team at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. I am on a course of medication including some very strong steroids which has led to the change in my appearance.

"However, the good news is that I am feeling better as each day passes and the consultant is hopeful that I will make a full recovery by next spring."

Fox-Pitt recovery will 'take time'

Equestrian

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A statement about the progress of William Fox-Pitt has been issued, which says his recovery is going to 'take time'.

The 46-year-old was placed in an induced coma after the fall in the World Young Horse Championships on 17 October.

A statement released today reads: "William continues to make steady progress, and his recovery is going to take time.  He remains in hospital in France.

"Once again the family are hugely grateful to the team who are looking after him, and also to everyone who has sent messages of support."

Nadal makes progress in Paris

Tennis

Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Paris Masters after beating Lukas Rosol, a man who once beat him at Wimbledon, 6-2 6-2. The Spaniard, seeded seventh, needed just an hour to see off the Czech. 

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Cycling to be moved to save money

Track Cycling

After months of negotiations, cycling's governing body is close to a final agreement with Olympic organizers on their proposal to move cycling events at the 2020 Tokyo Games to a venue outside the capital to save money.

UCI President Brian Cookson told reporters: "I'm optimistic we will have a solution within the next couple of weeks."

McIlroy gives fan his driver

Golf

How about this for generosity from the world's number three golfer?

Expect there to be loads of traffic on @McIlroyRory Facebook page after he gave a fan a driver! Just for asking!

Expect there to be loads of traffic on @McIlroyRory Facebook page after he gave a fan a driver! Just for asking!

'Van Nistelrooy fell out with Ronaldo'

Football

Ruud van Nistelrooy was sold by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after he kicked Cristiano Ronaldo out of frustration in  training, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has revealed.

Van Nistelrooy left Old Trafford after weeks of speculation that he had fallen out with Ferguson, but Balague says in his new book that the Dutchman had a training ground bust-up with Ronaldo before being eventually sold to Real Madrid in 2006.

“‘I can’t play with this guy. He doesn’t even cross the ball,” Van Nistelrooy would often shout in training,’ Balague writes in a Telegraph serialisation of his book.

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Looks a bit dangerous...

Formula 1

You can always count on Lewis Hamilton for an entertaining picture...

Big hugs from Ma-Tzu the Jaguar, at the Black Jaguar White Tiger sanctuary. Such an amazing creature.

Big hugs from Ma-Tzu the Jaguar, at the Black Jaguar White Tiger sanctuary. Such an amazing creature.

Getting shirty

Football

Twitter
Twitter

"Why do "half-and-half" shirts offend so many footy fans?

If there's one subject guaranteed to divide the global public, it's the beautiful game.

But if you look at social media chatter, an emerging trend seems to be uniting thousands of football fans: a shared animosity to the emergence of the "half-and-half" football shirt."

So starts a rather nice feature on the BBC News website that takes a look at this new, curious trend. You can read it here.

Williams risked 'stress fracture'

Tennis

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Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou has revealed the world number one's premature end to the season is because she risked a career-ending stress fracture if she had played on with her knee injury.

Williams called time on her 2015 campaign five weeks ago, saying she needed to give her body time to recover.

"It's no secret I've played injured most of the year - whether it was my elbow, my knee," the American said.

Mouratoglou has now clarified the issue, saying: "The cartilage is not gone, not all of it, but a big part. She has bone bruises and, if you keep on playing with this for too long, the next step is a stress fracture."

Townsend dropped from first team squad

Football

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has banished Andros Townsend from the first team after the winger clashed with a club fitness coach.

Townsend was pictured pushing and arguing with Spurs trainer Nathan Gardiner on the pitch at White Hart Lane following the team's 3-1 win over Aston Villa. 

"He did not train with the group. He is not available to be selected tomorrow, he is not in the squad," Pochettino said.

"It's because of Monday. When you behave in the wrong way you always need to pay. It's always my decision when he is available again to be part of the squad."

Good night for Jesus

Football

Unforgettable night at Nervión because of your welcome and affection. Thanks forever @SevillaFC and good luck

Unforgettable night at Nervión because of your welcome and affection. Thanks forever @SevillaFC and good luck

Navas, who helped City win 3-1 away at Sevilla to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, spent 10 years at the Spanish club before moving to England in 2013.

On this day...

Football

MLT
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#OnThisDay in 1986, an 18-year-old @mattletiss7 scored his first goals for #SaintsFC in a 4-1 win over @ManUtd.vine.co/v/eLmWWtrqhE9

Le Tissier went on to play 456 games for Southampton, scoring 161 goals. Not bad going really.

Hasselbaink backs wider international break

Football

Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes all Football League games should be cancelled during international breaks.

Their match against Millwall on 14 November has been called off because the London club are likely to have three players on international duty that weekend.

"If the big teams stop, then we should all stop," the Dutchman told BBC Radio Derby. "The Premier League and the Championship are all stopping, so make us part of that as well."

From house-bound to house-hold name?

Gymnastics

On Saturday Max Whitlock became the first the first British man to win a world gymnastics title when he secured pommel horse gold at the World Championships, ending a nation's 112-year wait for gold.

The 22-year-old has been talking to the BBC about coming back from glandular fever to making history. 

"It was over a three-month period and I went from feeling the fittest I've ever been, making my routines, to slowly deteriorating. I'd struggle to do anything over 30 seconds long," says Whitlock. 

To read more from Britain's most successful male gymnast click here. 

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Game, set and match

Tennis

Andy Murray has made serene progress at the Paris Masters, beating teenager Borna Coric 6-1 6-2 to reach the third round. 

The British number one, the second seed, will next play Belgium's David Goffin. 

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What would you ban from your club and why?

Haydon Spenceley: I'd ban anyone who didn't have the interests of the community their club represents at heart.

Colm: Would ban celebrating getting and scoring penalties as so many come from cheating.

Nikhil Jadva: Ban Fellaini. Route one is boring.

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Lorenzo blocked from Rossi appeal

Moto GP

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Jorge Lorenzo has been told he cannot take part in MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi's Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing into a grid penalty imposed for the season's final race.

Rossi, who leads Lorenzo by seven points, was adjudged to have kicked Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez off his bike in Malaysia last week.

He was demoted to the back of the grid for Sunday's race in Spain.

Lorenzo asked to participate in the appeal but was denied.

Full story here.