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Summary

  1. Ex-Sunderland keep Fulop dies, aged 32
  2. Rooney will not start Spain friendly
  3. Euro Under-21 qualifying result: Bosnia 0-0 England
  4. Man Utd report a 39.3% increase in revenue
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Davis and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

I think it is the least that Zlatan would expect, us giving him the final word on Sportsday. That is your lot for today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 GMT. Have a good evening.

Modest Zlatan

Football

Say what you want about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, you can't accuse him of being shy. Earlier today, the Sweden striker said he believes he is responsible for putting France on the world football map.

Paris St-Germain's all-time record scorer made the comments ahead of Sweden's Euro 2016 play-off against Denmark.

"I would love to play at the European Championship in France. I have played there for four years. I have put Sweden on the world map and now I have put France on the world map too."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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My eyes!

Football

In case you missed it earlier, this is reportedly the new Spain away kit.

Some say it looks like someone has vomited down the front.

Anyway Spain play England in an international friendly on Friday and we will hear from the Spanish camp very soon.

Spain kit
Footy headlines

Hasselbaink not on Fulham shortlist

Football

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is not on the shortlist for the Fulham manager's job.

It is understood that Cottagers owner Shahid Khan is looking for someone who has at least Championship experience.

Hasselbaink, 43, who is the current favourite for the Fulham job, is currently in charge of League One side Burton Albion, who he led to promotion in his debut season as a manager in English football.

Fulham sacked Kit Symons following last Saturday's 5-2 home defeat by Birmingham.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Europe opportunity for Falcons youth

Rugby Union

Dean Richards
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Newcastle Falcons youngsters will be given a chance in the European Challenge Cup to press for places in their Premiership side.

The Falcons, who are bottom of the Premiership table, start their European campaign at French club Brive on Friday. 

Director of rugby Dean Richards told BBC Newcastle: "It hasn't worked for the guys who started the last few weeks, so it means the guys who come in have a great opportunity."

South West group bid for women's team

Cricket

A South West consortium is bidding to host one of the six teams forming the new Women's Super League in 2016.

Somerset CCC, Gloucestershire CCC and the University of Exeter have joined forces for the bid, with home games played at several South West venues.

The England and Wales Cricket Board received 28 bids, and an announcement regarding the successful applicants is expected by the end of January 2016.

Hull's Meyler out for eight weeks

Football

David Meyler
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Hull City midfielder David Meyler has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a grade two tear of the medial ligament in his right knee.

The 26-year-old suffered the injury in training before Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Cricket commentary

One for those who might be working through the night in the UK...

2nd #AUSvNZ Test commentary starts 2am tonight @5liveSport with play going through until around 1030am #bbccricket

2nd #AUSvNZ Test commentary starts 2am tonight @5liveSport with play going through until around 1030am #bbccricket

Root to be next England captain?

Cricket

Broad & Root
AP

Who is in line to be England's next Test skipper when Alastair Cook eventually steps down? Stuart Broad was at BBC HQ yesterday, and he has tipped Joe Root to lead the national team. More on that here.

Shrews CEO hot legs it to Burnley

Football

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Matt Williams says his only regret is not getting Rod Stewart to play a concert at the ground after announcing he will leave the club next month to become general manager of Championship club Burnley. 

Sir Elton John appeared at the club in 2011 in front of 16,000 people and Williams told BBC Radio Shropshire if he had any regrets, he said: "The only thing I've not done that I wanted to do is get a concert over the line. I'm gutted we didn't get Rod Stewart."

Rod Stewart
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Pools 'underdogs' against Salford

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore believes they could be regarded as underdogs in next month's FA Cup second round tie against non-league Salford City.

"It's a fantastic draw for both, in a roundabout way some people might make them favourites," Moore told BBC Tees. "The whole nation will be against us, everybody wants Salford to beat us."

The match will be screen live on BBC TV.

Cherries investors not 'short-term'

AFC Bournemouth's new Chicago-based investors have made a "long-term commitment" to the club, according to the man who helped set up the deal.

Private equity firm Peak6, led by Matt Hulsizer, have acquired a 25% stake in the Premier League club.

"If you look at some of the bigger franchises in the four big sports in the US, syndicated investment is pretty common. You'll start to see more of these investments as attitudes change," James Earl told BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up To Money programme.

Russia doping scandal in 60secs

Athletics

If somehow you've managed to miss the entire Russia doping story, or you just need a handy quicky recap, have a watch of this video. It is usefully titled 'Russia doping crisis in 60 seconds'. Because that is exactly what it is.

Doping scandal in 60 seconds
BBC Sport

Russian body 'to admit' some charges

Athletics

View of Russian lab through fence
Reuters

A reminder of the latest from this week's big story (with a capital BIG). Russia's athletics federation is planning to admit to some of the charges made against it by the World Anti-Doping Agency commission in order to avoid a ban from competition.

Wada independent report accused Russia of "state-sponsored" doping.

The International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) decision on the matter is expected on Friday.

The Russian federation's acting president Vadim Zelichenok says it will "admit some things" in its response.

France U21s v Northern Ireland U21s

Football

England have already ground out a 0-0 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina, but there is still some home nation Under-21 action to come in shape of France v Northern Ireland in Euro Championship qualifying.

The game gets under way in about five minutes time and you can see the score on our live scores page.

Kompany injury

Football

Vincent Kompany
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Worrying news if you are a Manchester City fan. Defender Vincent Kompany is out of Belgium's squad for their friendlies with Italy and Spain with a calf injury. No word on how serious it is but the league leaders will be hoping with all their might; not very.

Murphy beaten by 15-year-old

Snooker

What were you doing when you were 15? Riding on your bike? Playing video games? Well, Yan Bingtao was beating beaten former World Champion Shaun Murphy at the Champion of Champions tournament in Coventry. The margin of victory: 4-2. Don't you just feel like you've wasted your life?

England in Benidorm

Football

Alastair Yeomans

BBC Radio 5 live

"Sorry if you can't make this shot out too well but our commentary position will be high in the Gods. Like many grounds in Spain this is a stadium with very steep stands. We will talk to you again on match night."

View from the commentary position
Alistair Yeomans

'Being kidnapped made me stronger'

Formula 1

Giovanna Amati
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Ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, the BBC World Service has been speaking to Giovanna Amati, the last woman to race in Formula 1.

Amati has been telling the BBC's Patrick Nathanson her views on Susie Wolff, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's suggestion of a women-only F1 Championship and on how being kidnapped in 1978 made her stronger as a person.

Listen to the interview here.

VTB end Worlds sponsorship

Athletics

Russian bank VTB have announced they will be ending their sponsorship of the IAAF World Championships.

A statement read: “VTB has expressed no interest to extend its present contract, the last event of which was the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. The contract will come to a natural end in 2015.”

England in Benidorm

Football

Alastair Yeomans

BBC Radio 5 live

"We are in and have to make the most of our allocated 15 minutes of access - after that we are asked to leave as England will go through their tactical manoeuvres behind closed doors."

Stadium
Alistair Yeomans
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Alistair Yeomans

Garde has 'social intelligence'

Football

Remi Garde
EPA

Remi Garde will be a success as Aston Villa manager - because he has "social intelligence".

That's the opinion of former Villa manager Gerard Houllier who worked with Garde at Lyon.

In an interview on the official Villa website, Houllier said: "When I worked with Remi, he was loyal, clever and had a good understanding of the game.

"When I say clever I mean he has good social intelligence - he knows what players think and how they will react in certain situations. That's a very good trait to have.

"He is very calm and composed too and despite not managing here in England before - he knows the Premier League definitely."

Real to flog Ronaldo?

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema
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As summer shake-ups go, this is a biggie. According to the Daily Mirror, Real Madrid are considering selling Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema at the end of the season, with Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski set to take their place.

Cue the Ronaldo Old Trafford return rumours all over again.

England in Benidorm

Football

Alastair Yeomans

BBC Radio 5 live

"The club seem unable to cope with the demands of the Media. Puerta 3 - where we we supposed to gain entry to watch England train - remains resolutely closed. England are already on the pitch training and our opportunity to chronicle that is fast disappearing."

Puerta 3
Alastair Yeomans

'Jose has lost the dressing room'

Football

Frank Leboeuf
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Quite a few people have been surprised by Chelsea's appalling start to this season. Not former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf, who told RMC Sport (which was quoted in the Daily Express) that manager Jose Mourinho has "lost the dresing room".

"That means, as usual, he has not been able to progress in the third year," added the former France defender, referring to Mourinho's habit of not staying at a club much longer than three years.

A stumped American

Cricket

Stumped
BBC

What do Americans know about cricket? Well, the good folk over on BBC World Service's Stumped show have attempted to find out by putting one to the test.

How did he get on? Click here and find out.

Guardiola in demand

Football

Pep Guardiola
Getty Images

Word on the street (well, in the Daily Mail) is that Bayern Munich are set to offer Pep Guardiola a cheeky £18m to stay as their manager for another two years.

The message could not be clearer: keep your hands off.

Over to you Manchester City and Chelsea.

It's not all glamour, you know...

Football

Alastair Yeomans

BBC Radio 5 live

The BBC Radio 5 live team are preparing to watch England train in Alicante ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Spain.

"The officials at the ground are strict about not letting in the media until 15 minutes before training is due to start. So work has to be done wherever there is a temporary seat."

Spain v England
BBC

Euro 2016 ball

Football

Another major international tournament, another new ball is revealed. Former France international Zinedine Zidane has revealed the round thing that will be used during Euro 2016 via Instagram. It is called Beau Jeu, which translates as 'the beautiful game'. Want to see it? Here you go...

Euro 2016 ball
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Lancashire apply for women's team

Cricket

The Lancashire Cricket Board has submitted its bid to the England and Wales Cricket Board to host a Women’s Cricket Super League (WCSL) team from 2016.

Six host teams will compete in a T20 competition next year. The competition will expand to include a 50-over tournament from 2017.

New appointment at Warwickshire

Cricket

Warwickshire have appointed Neil Snowball as chief executive. He will start the role in January, replacing Colin Povey who is retiring from the position next month.

Baxter commits future to Exeter

Rugby Union

Rob Baxter
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Exeter coach Rob Baxter has ruled himself out of the running to be England head coach.

Baxter says he intends to "honour" his contract at Sandy Park, which runs until 2018.

He has also said a southern hemisphere coach would be "frustrated" by the relationship between the club system and national side.

He tipped English coaches Jim Mallinder and Richard Cockerill as good candidates to replace Stuart Lancaster.

Football League rebranding

Get Involved

We asked what you thought of the Football League rebranding as the English Football League (EFL)?

Helen Davies: Why #EFL? Should it not be #BFL The football league is not just English clubs!!  

Jonny Young: Looks a bit like an energy company.  

Nick Rewcastle: Hate to say it, but I simply don't like it - doesn't look right! They need to stop changing the names of the lower leagues. 

Tributes to Fulop

Football

Terribly sad to hear that Marton Fulop has passed away.He came to @MCFC for a spell while I was there. Way to young to pass. #RIPMartonFulop

Football League renamed

Football

OK folks, here is the new logo for the rebranded Football League, soon to be known as the English Football League.

What do you make of it? Let us know via Twitter (#bbcsportsday).

Introducing EFL – our new look from Season 2016/17 Read more: po.st/efl

Introducing EFL – our new look from Season 2016/17 Read more: po.st/efl

Football League renamed

Football

Football League news now and the second, third and fourth tier of English football are set to be renamed at the end of this season. The new name? The English Football League. Or, EFL.

'England need organisation'

Football

There is one thing holding back the "individually strong" England team, according to Spain manager Vincente del Bosque, and that is organisation.

England notched up 10 wins as they topped Euro 2016 Group E qualifying and will be looking to carry that form into the finals in France next year. First, though, they face Del Bosque's side in a friendly on Friday.

"England have a team with great potential and are individually very strong," Del Bosque told a news conference ahead of the game at Alicante's Jose Rico Perez stadium. "Once they have a bit of organisation they will be a great side."

Vincente del Bosque
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Del Bosque, also gave his backing to Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is in the Spain squad despite struggling for the Blues this season. 

"We know what Diego Costa's character is like," said the coach. "He is not here because we are obliged to bring him because he has any debt to us. He is here because we believe in him." 

Hasselbaink not on Fulham shortlist

Football

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is not on the shortlist for the Fulham manager's job.

It is understood that Cottagers owner Shahid Khan is looking for someone who has at least Championship experience.

Hasselbaink, 43, who is the current favourite for the Fulham job, is currently in charge of League One side Burton Albion, who he led to promotion in his debut season as a manager in English football.

Fulham sacked Kit Symons following last Saturday's 5-2 home defeat by Birmingham.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Sexwale has 'heavy task'

Football

Alex South

BBC Sport

"The chairman of one of South Africa's biggest clubs says his countryman Tokyo Sexwale has a very 'heavy' task ahead of him to become president of Fifa.

"Kaizer Motaung, who founded the Kaizer Chiefs in 1970, sights Sexwale's lack of a 'football background' as the biggest factor that could count against him, but he wishes him well."

Find out more on the Fifa presidential candidates here.

Philander doubt for England series

Cricket

Vernon Philander
AFP

South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander could miss the start of the Test Series against England next month after suffering a "freak injury".

Philander injured his ankle in a warm-up match of football on Thursday ahead of the second Test against India.

He has suffered a ligament tear in his left ankle and is likely to be out for six to eight weeks, which means he could miss the first Test in Durban on Boxing Day.

Philander has a good record against England taking 12 wickets in three Tests and is ranked seventh in the world.