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  1. Stuart Lancaster leaves England post
  2. "Not all the players wanted Lancaster to go"
  3. "No individuals contacted yet about job"
  4. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday: Have England made the correct decision?
  5. Sepp Blatter in hospital
  6. "Exciting times for England" - Sterling
  7. Lewis Hamilton misses flight to Brazil with illness

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By Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

We are done here on Sportsday for today. There is currently a live text commentary for England's first ODI against Pakistan taking place elsewhere on this site. Although, I warn you that visiting it will not make pleasant reading if you are an England fan.  

Don't forget that 5 Live Sport will be covering all things RFU and Stuart Lancaster from 19:00 GMT.

Sportsday will return tomorrow from 08:00 GMT.

British anti-doping "even worse" than Russia



Moving away from rugby union and back to this week's other big sport story...

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has said Britain's anti-doping system has "zero value" and is "even worse" than Russia's.

A World Anti-Doping Agency commission report has accused Russia of running a "state-sponsored" doping programme.

The report also accused the country of "sabotaging" the London 2012 Olympics.

But Mutko said: "We're hearing that medals won by our athletes in London must be taken away. But it's the British system of doping control that operated there."

To read more on this story, click here.

Reaction to Lancaster's departure

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For all the reaction to Stuart Lancaster stepping down as England coach, tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live from 19:00 GMT tonight.

Mark Chapman will be hosting and introducing a host of voices to offer their opinion on the situation.

In the meantime, BBC Sport has taken a look back at Stuart Lancaster's three-and-a-half-year tenure as England rugby union coach, through the medium of video.

Lancaster and England: What went wrong?

Rugby Union

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"He looked as straight-laced as the PE teacher he used to be. White polo shirt, buzz-cut, navy tracksuit bottoms, trainers. In the black diary habitually carried under one arm came the funkier stuff."

Just a small snippet of our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce's piece on Stuart Lancaster. You can read the rest here.

Happy birthday


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Among those celebrating on Wednesday are World Cup-winning Germany and Bayern Munich full-back Philipp Lahm (32). 

Just what do you buy a man who has won pretty much everything there is to win in football?

Get Involved - RFU news conference reaction


The RFU news conference following Stuart Lancaster's departure as head coach is over. Your reaction to it has begun...

Kevin Stephens: Ritchie says overseas players not being selected is not an impediment on the team’s performance. He's learnt nothing.

AndyMac: "Ritchie 'qualified to recruit new coach'?" Only in Ritchie's own head!

bbc-coverageNon-league Vardy demanded England clause

BBC Radio 5 Live

Jamie Vardy
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The man who brought Jamie Vardy to Leicester City reveals how confident the striker was even when playing in non-league for Fleetwood.

'Root has all the attributes to captain England'


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More from Stuart Broad on BBC Radio 5 live earlier: "I think Joe Root is probably the next England captain. He has all the attributes to do that. Early in his career he is right up there. He has no weaknesses and has the ability to score. It is a sign of quality that he does not change his style of play too much from Test cricket to ODIs. He has a great hunger to improve. 

"The records of a lot of England captains, they score less as captain. The pressure is tough but I think he has a head on his shoulders to deal with that. Joe is being groomed but I think it is great that Cooky [Alastair Cook] has taken on the responsibility for the foreseeable future."

Pakistan in charge


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Right, where are we at in the cricket? Well, it is not looking too good for England. They are defending 216 and, after a dodgy start, Pakistan are now 138-4, thanks largely to Mohammad Hafeez's 72 not out.

To follow that game through to its conclusion through the medium of live text commentary, click here.

Sterling's goals


Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

"England train this evening in Alicante and Raheem Sterling was in a relaxed mood ahead of Friday's friendly with Spain."

"He was quietly spoken during our chat in the team hotel but has a real sense of determination still to succeed and further improve his game.

"He made no secret what area: 'goals, goals, goals and more goals'." 

'Overseas restrictions remain'

RFU news conference

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RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "I am not going to say or not whether I have spoken with [2003 World Cup winning coach] Sir Clive Woodward.

"The current situation on overseas players not being selected unless in exceptional circumstances is not, in my view, an impediment on the team’s performance at the World Cup. That will remain in place for the new head coach."

Ritchie on the chances of Andy Farrell taking over: "You can never say never, but we are looking for an international coach with international experience and proven ability."

'No embarrassment over Burgess'

RFU news conference

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "I don’t find the Sam Burgess situation in any way embarrassing. We had one of the world’s leading league players wanting to come and play rugby union. We did not pay any money to bring him to England and there was no insistence on our part that he was picked. He was coached perfectly while with England and he has made his decision for factors that our outside our control.

"Everyone can have a view about whether it was right or wrong to select him, but there is no embarrassment on the RFU’s part."

'Nationality of new coach not important'

RFU news conference

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "If we can get someone engaged, they will take that decision on an EPS squad. We will take it one step at a time. We will be looking for a coach without inhibition – the nationality is not important, getting the right coach is.”

'No individuals contacted yet about job'

RFU news conference

Bill Beaumont and Ian Ritchie

RFU chairman Bill Beaumont: "Lancaster was awarded a new contract because his current deal ran out at the end of this World Cup and we did not want the coaching team to be distracted, but his new deal expected the same break clauses."

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "We have not contacted anyone. There has been no communication with Michael Chieka. I will go back to the board with a recommendation. There is not an advisory group on this, but I will talk to a number of people within the game on the appointment."

Vote result

Earlier, we asked you if Stuart Lancaster's departure was a good thing for England. And here's the result...

YES: 58% 

NO: 42%

'Global search'

RFU news conference

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RFU chairman Bill Beaumont:"The process of finding a new coach began at the end of yesterday’s board meeting. We will search globally to find a new coach. We cannot dictate on who they want to bring in as an assistant coach."

'Clean break for Stuart'

RFU news conference

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "If you go back to the priority of recruiting a new head coach and it is very difficult for the new head coach to have the old head coach still in the organisation in some role. It will be a clean break for Stuart."

RFU chairman Bill Beaumont: "At the moment we felt it was in the best interests of the union and the new coach that Stuart left."

Ritchie 'qualified to recruit new coach'

RFU news conference

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "I think I am still qualified to recruit the next coach. I am chief executive. 

"There is not one single aspect, there were a variety of factors [for Stuart Lancaster's departure], but you look at the totality of the situation and our position. But lets be clear there were a lot of positive things that people said in the review, but you look at the overall situation and you come to the conclusion you do."

'Not all the players wanted Lancaster to go'

RFU news conference

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RFU CEO Ian Ritchie:"No, not all the players wanted Stuart Lancaster to go. There were a whole variety of opinions. It is important that the players views are heard and put into perspective.

"You need to get the best possible coach – this is not a matter of financial considerations, it is about getting the best possible coach for England and we will do that without inhibition."

'Looking for international experience'

RFU news conference

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie: "The review took in 100 pieces of information from different people and Stuart and I took a joint view that a change was needed. I think that was the right conclusion.

"I think the most important thing is to get the right person. It is very important we get a person of proven international experience."

RFU chairman Bill Beaumont: "Ian has the full support of the board in going out to get the best coach that we can."

'England rugby future in safe hands'

RFU news conference

RFU chairman Bill Beaumont: "The future of English rugby is in safe hands. Our Under-20s have been in the last three Junior World Cup finals and we have delivered the biggest and the best World Cup."

RFU news conference

Rugby Union

Bill Beaumont and Ian Ritchie
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Following Stuart Lancaster leaving his role as England head coach, the RFU are conducting a press conference. Here are RFU CEO Ian Ritchie's opening words...

"I think we all know elite sport is about fine margins, but it also about winning in a highly competitive environment.We conducted a comprehensive review in the World Cup and the panel saw 29 people and I met another 30 and gave those views back to the panel. We have had extensive feedback from the players – all have had the chances to take part in the review and their feedback has been important. We have seen all of the coaching team and all of the Premiership’s directors of rugby.

"At the conclusion of the panel and spent several hours with Stuart and together we decided it was time for a new head coach. The decision was unanimously approved by the RFU board.

"We are looking for a coach of international experience."

Stuart Lancaster factfile

Lancaster leaves England post

1969: Born October 9 in Penrith, Cumbria.

2008: Appointed the head of the Rugby Football Union's elite player development. Goes on to take charge of England Saxons, with whom he wins the Churchill Cup.

2011: It is announced in December that Lancaster will head up an interim England coaching team for the Six Nations.

2012: March 17 - England finish second in the Six Nations behind Wales. March 29 - Lancaster is appointed England head coach.

2013: Lancaster's England are pipped to the Six Nations crown by Wales after losing 30-3 in Cardiff.

2014: March - England again miss out on the Six Nations title by the narrowest of margins, with Ireland taking the plaudits this time. October 1 - Lancaster contract extended to 2020 by the RFU, taking him beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

2015: March - England finish second once again in the Six Nations, level on points with winners Ireland and third-placed Wales.

October - England crash out of their own World Cup after just three matches, having lost to Wales and then Australia. Finishing third in their pool behind those two nations, it is the first time England have failed to reach the knockout phase and the worst performance by a host nation in eight instalments of the global showpiece.

November 11 - Lancaster steps down as head coach of England. 

'Change the rules'


The Scottish FA's team doctor says football's authorities should look at changing the rules of the game to prevent concussion.

However, the Scottish FA won't follow the US authorities and ban heading the ball for players under the age of eleven.

The US Soccer Federation brought in the ban - both in games and training -  for young players because of concerns over head injuries. 

Talking about how concussion could be prevented in the game, the SFA's national team doctor John McLean told BBC Scotland: "I think that would need to be rule change. So it would be trying to limit, as rugby has done as American Football, any non-contact injuries. 

"Football is a contact game. We’re not going to stop people clashing heads. But if we can limit the traumatic stuff out-with that, the illegal stuff in the game, then we’ll move forward."

You can hear more by clicking here.

RFU press conference

Rugby Union

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Coming up from 16:30 GMT, we will bring you quotes from the RFU press conference about Stuart Lancaster leaving his role as England head coach. RFU chairman Bill Beaumont and CEO Ian Ritchie will be speaking.

Salford v Hartlepool on the BBC


Some televised sport news for you now and Salford City's home match against Hartlepool United in the FA Cup second round will be broadcast live on BBC Two on Friday, 4 December from 19:30 GMT.  

Northern Premier League Premier Division side Salford, who are part-owned by five former Manchester United players, beat Notts County to reach the second round proper for the first time.

League Two Hartlepool defeated non-league Cheltenham in the first round.

Younus departs


England have struck and it is the end of Younus Khan, not just in this game but in one-day cricket. The Pakistan batsman - playing his 265th and final ODI - is caught by Adil Rashid for 9 to give Reece Topley his third wicket. Pakistan are 41-3 chasing England's 216.

You can follow our live text commentary here.

Salford signing 'nearly joined WWE'

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New Salford Red Devils signing Daniel Vidot nearly moved to WWE wrestling before joining the Super League side. 

The 25-year-old Samoa international joined Salford on a two-year deal this week after leaving Brisbane Broncos. 

Vidot has previously spoken about considering a career in wrestling. 

"We'd actually spoke about him and then three weeks later we were told that he was going to be signing for the WWE," Salford head coach Ian Watson told BBC Radio Manchester.

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Toffee heads to Fleetwood


WELCOME HENEN: The #codarmy have recruited @Everton attacker @HenenDavid on loan! Here he is! #codarmy

David Henen, a 19-year-old Belgium youth international, signed for Everton from Olympiakos in July.

Out for a stroll

Formula 1

Did our track walk today. Love this track! #BrazilGP #Interlagos #F1

Did our track walk today. Love this track! #BrazilGP #Interlagos #F1

The Brazil GP takes place on Sunday. There will, needless to say, be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Simple for reason for lack of wins


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Admirable honesty from double major champion Martin Kaymer, who hashas admitted his winless 2015 is down to lack of practice.

Kaymer tees off in the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Thursday still searching for his first victory this campaign.

When asked why he had endured the barren run, his answer was: "I practised less."

Kaymer added: "Last year was very special and for me it's very important that if you have big wins you enjoy them, so they have a meaning to you. Some say it's right, some say it's wrong. For me, it's the best way to enjoy."

Make that two!


Reece Topley strikes again, trapping Bilal Asif lbw to reduce Pakistan to 15-2. Game on!

Follow our live text commentary here.


Pakistan v England (1st ODI)

The latest from the first one-day-international between Pakistan and England.

Wicket for @reece_topley and it's @TheRealPCB captain @AzharAli_ out for 8. Pakistan 12-1 in the third over chasing 217. #bbccricket

Remember that earlier England were all out in the 50th over for 216, Eoin Morgan top scoring with 76 and James Taylor hitting 60. Dread to think what the total would have been without those two...

'The game had moved forward quicker than the team'


More from Stuart Broad on BBC Radio 5 Live, about England's failed Cricket World Cup campaign: "What is amazing about sport is that we had such an awful feeling after going out of the World Cup and then six months later we have the elation of winning the Ashes. 

"Frustration was the biggest feeling after the World Cup. We knew we didn't do things to the best of our ability. We didn't get our plans right. The game had moved forward quicker than our team had. 

"Eoin Morgan has come in and set a new formula. Last summer was incredible watching. The New Zealand series will be remembered as one of the best."

One hell of a career


Take a bow Kazuyoshi Miura (though watch you don't pull a muscle).

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The Japanese striker will extend one of the longest careers in football when he signs a new 12-month deal with his club, Yokohama FC.

"I’ll continue to give everything I have and strive," Miura is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

Miura made his professional debut in 1986, some 29 years ago,and is believed to be the oldest active professional player.

Lewsey steps down from Wales role

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The Welsh Rugby Union’s Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey has announced his resignation and will be leaving his post from January 2016.

A statement from the RFU said: "Lewsey was approached to take the position in 2013 and, having worked as a management consultant leading strategic change projects across various industries, set about reviewing and then addressing some of the key challenges in the game."

Explaining the reason for his departure, Lewsey - who played for England and Wasps - said: “To avoid speculation and be entirely honest ... there have been some developments over the last year relating to personal matters, meaning that I couldn’t continue to be in Wales on a full time basis."

Toure will return to international duty


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Yaya Toure says he will play for Ivory Coast again.

The Manchester City midfielder, 31, hasn't represented his country since they won the Africa Cup of Nations in February and is not in the squad for the two-legged World Cup qualifier against Liberia this month.

But he told BBC WorldService reporter John Bennett that he will return eventually: "My future is there. When the time is going to come, everyone will know it.”

Stuart Broad interview


BBC Radio 5 Live

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England cricketer Stuart Broad is speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live and has been talking about the 8-15 he took against Australia at Trent Bridge.

"Mum got to the seats early and my step-dad had nipped off to get a coffee," said Broad.

"He was in the queue when the first wicket fell and was still there for the second. He didn't want to move after that in case it changed, being superstitious."

bbc-coverageThe blind faithful

BBC Radio 5 Live


Jennie Gow explores the lives of fans, commentators and journalists who love sport, but cannot see.

Listen to the podcast here

England all out


England are done. All out. For 216. Here is the scorecard...

England 216 all out (49.4 overs) - won toss

Fall of wickets: 0-1 (Roy 0), 7-2 (Root 0), 14-3 (Hales 10), 147-4 (Morgan 76), 148-5 (Buttler 1), 161-7 (Moeen 7), 180-8 (Rashid 7), 213-9 (Willey 13), 216-10 (Woakes 33)

Not out batsman: Topley 0*  

Bowling figures: Irfan 10-2-35-3, Anwar 6-0-32-2, Malik 10-0-45-2, Yasir 10-0-38-1, Wahab 9.4-1-29-0, Bilal 4-0-32-0.

Follow the game via live text here.