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  1. From 20:00 GMT: Crystal Palace v Sunderland, live on 5 live Sport
  2. Wenger confirms Coquelin out for at least two months
  3. Real Madrid call news conference, Benitez future in doubt
  4. UAE v England T20 live now on 5 live sports extra
  5. Vote: 59% of responses think Leicester will finish higher than Chelsea

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By Steve Canavan, Jack Skelton and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Right then, that's it from another Sportsday. 

Can Sam Allardyce get Sunderland back on track? Does Rafael Benitez still have a job? 

Find out over here.

Is Rafa's Real role safe?


First on the agenda for tonight's live football coverage though, will be the Real Madrid press conference, scheduled by club president Florentino Perez for 18:30 GMT. 

Is Rafael Benitez's job as manager safe? And if so, for how long?

There's only one man who's going to tell us (although I don't think Perez be too forthcoming on the latter question). 

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Beaten 4-0 at home by Barcelona on Saturday, reports of a falling out with Cristiano Ronaldo... It's not looking rosy at Real

Coming up...

Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

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Don't forget we've got live text commentary and BBC Radio 5 live coverage of Crystal Palace's home match with Sunderland still to come this evening. 

Kick off is at 20:00 GMT, but you can join Gary Rose from 18:15 right here.

Graphic illustrating Crystal Palace's strong start to the season
Graphic illustrating amount of late goals between Sunderland and Crystal Palace

Rocket Ronnie plots return


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After deciding not to defend his UK Championship title in York, Ronnie O'Sullivan says he's planning to make his return to the snooker tour in January.

Speaking at a Snooker Legends event in Romania at the weekend, O'Sullivan announced he was looking to play at the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace.

The five-times World Champion hasn’t played in a ranking event since the World Championship in April. 

Birmingham still searching for striker


Birmingham City failed in a bid to sign a striker to cover for injured top-scorer Clayton Donaldson but will carry on looking says boss Gary Rowett.

Jamaica international Donaldson, 31, hurt his groin playing for his country last Wednesday and is unlikely to return for Blues this year.

"Between now and Thursday we will try unbelievably hard to get another player in," Rowett told BBC WM 95.6.

"I tried to get someone but we couldn't quite get that right player in."

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I'm still available, Gary

James set for Great Britain return

Track cycling

Two-time world champion Becky James is set to represent Great Britain for the first time in almost two years at next week's Track World Cup in New Zealand.

The 23-year-old made her track comeback in August after 18 months out because of a knee injury and cancer scare.

James, who last rode for Britain at the 2014 World Championships, is joined by Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the squad in Cambridge.

The event, from 4-6 December, offers qualification points for Rio 2016.

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England close to victory...


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England are closing on victory against United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi... 

Another wicket falls - @MoeenAli trapping Shaukat in front for 8. UAE 52-6 after 12 overs chasing 175 for

You can listen to the closing stages of the Twenty20 match over on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra -click here for commentary.

The Eagles or the Black Cats?

Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

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Which do you fancy out of Crystal Palace and Sunderland tonight then? 

Can Sam Allardyce turn Sunderland's fortunes around? Or will Alan Pardew's Eagles have too much at home?

There's live text commentary and BBC Radio 5 live coverage to come this evening. 

On the website, we're getting started at 18:15 GMT.

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Guess who's back?


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Former world heavyweight champion David Haye will announce on Tuesday he is to return to the ring after an absence of more than three years.

Haye, who has not fought since he stopped fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in 2012, is to hold a news conference at London's O2 Arena at which his next opponent will also be present.

The 35-year-old has been training with Shane McGuigan - son of former world champion Barry - and has indicated he wants to reclaim the world title he lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

Full story here.

We all like a question


Think you know your trivia do you? 

How well versed are you in all that is Jamie Vardy? 

He's been causing such a stir, scoring all those Premier League goals and everything, that CBBC's Match of the Day Kickabout have put together a quiz. 

Test yourself over here

Jamie Vardy

Pugh signs new Cherries deal


Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh signs an extension to his contract with the Premier League club, committing until the summer of 2018.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Cherries in 2010, has made 11 appearances since this season, scoring twice.

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Feeling torn...



Juventus attacking midfielderHernaneswill be sidelined for three weeks after scans revealed a tear in his right thigh.

The Brazil international, already out of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Manchester City through suspension, suffered the injury in Saturday's 1-0 home win over AC Milan.

Swing low sweet monster trucks?

Rugby Union

Twickenham residents are protesting against plans to host a monster truck festival at the home of English rugby.

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The Rugby Football Union has submitted an application to Richmond Council to hold the Monster Jam event at the stadium during each of the next two summers.

Neighbours say the surrounding area will be filled with “noisy petrol heads” and “impromptu drag racing in the streets”.

But would monster trucks do more damage at Rugby HQ than Wales and Australia during the recent World Cup?

Should he stay or should he go?


What's going to happen to Rafael Benitez then? His Real Madrid side were thrashed 4-0 at home to Barcelona on Saturday, and club president Florentino Perez has called a news conference for 18:30 GMT... 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke out in defence of Benitez earlier today, while Zinedine Zidane - the former France midfielder who manages Real's B team - has played down suggestions he's set to step up and take his place.

You can follow the news conference right here on the BBC Sport website - we'll be bringing you live updates from 18:15.

In the meantime, everything you need to know about what's been going wrong for Rafa is right over here.

Rafael Benitez

Thomas agrees deal for Cobblers


Former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas has reached an agreement to buy the controlling stake in League Two Northampton Town from David Cardoza.

Cardoza had admitted to speaking with other parties last week, and Thomas cast doubt over whether his deal would go through.

The club currently face both an administration and winding-up petition.

The deal is subject to legal paperwork being completed, which is expected before Friday's administration hearing.

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Cobblers owe Northampton Borough Council £10.25m and HM Revenue & Customs £166,000 in unpaid tax.  

Galatasaray set to appoint new manager


Turkish club Galatasaray announce they have reached an agreement in principle with Mustafa Denizli to become their new manager.

The 66-year-old has managed Gala twice before (1987-89,1990-92) and has also coached Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas.

He will be replacing Hamza Hamzaoglu, who was fired on Wednesday, when former Brazil goalkeeper Taffarel wasput in temporary charge.

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Interval in Abu Dhabi

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England closed on 174-6 in their 20 overs against the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. 

They'll see it as a slightly missed opportunity, though - after six overs, they were 82-0. From the last 14 overs, they made 92-6. 

The only place for full coverage is on 5 live sports extra.

Dad of @reece_topley Don joins us for the interval.

Dad of @reece_topley Don joins us for the

Telford signs new deal


England keeper Carly Telford has signed a new two-year deal at Notts County.

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Telford, 28, joined the club from Chelsea ahead of the 2014 season and was part of a side that lost both the FA Cup and Continental Cup finals this year.

"We're two years old as a club and have achieved that so far," she said. "But of course, no one wants to be a loser so now it's about taking that to the next level."

'Hendry the man to beat in York'


Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry says fellow Scot John Higgins is the man to beat at this year's UK Championship in York.

Hendry, who retired in 2012 and remains the most successful snooker player of all time with 36 ranking event wins, will be back in the BBC Sport commentary box for the 2015 tournament.

And when the action gets under way on Tuesday, Hendry believes Higgins has the form and quality to succeed absent reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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Laudrup turns down Denmark job


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Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has turned down the post as coach of Denmark, a Danish federation spokesman said on Monday.

"Michael has terminated discussions because he doesn't think that the position of coach is the right one for him at the present time. He has personal reason," the spokesman said.

Laudrup, 51, was a legend with the national team, scoring 37 goals in 104 games from 1982 to 1998.

He is without a club since leaving the post of coach at Qatari side Lekhwiya last June.

Southend complain over Oldham prices


Southend United have issued a complaint to the Football League over ticket prices at Oldham Athletic for Tuesday night's League One match.

Shrimpers fans are being asked to pay £22 but entry for home supporters is only £5 if bought in advance. 

"I'm upset by the situation and I've made the Football League aware of it," Southend CEO Steve Kavanagh said.

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Bears welcome Bell return


Ian Bell

Batsman Ian Bell will be a "huge addition" for Warwickshire next summer if he is unable to regain his place in England's Test squad, according to director of cricket Dougie Brown.

The 33-year-old, who has played 118 Tests, was left out of the squad for the forthcoming tour to South Africa.

"I've spoken to him and he's incredibly positive," Brown told BBC Sport. "It looks like he's going to play a significant part for us next season."

Barrow appoint Cox as boss


Former Mansfield and Torquay boss Paul Cox has become manager of Barrow on a three-and-a-half year deal following the departure of Darren Edmondson.

Cox takes over from Edmondson, who left by mutual consent after Saturday's 3-1 National League defeat by Dover, and inherits a side in 16th place. 

The 43-year-old left Torquay in September after just three months. 

"His record spanning a number of leagues, chairmen and budgets is consistent," owner Paul Casson said.

Paul Cox
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Messi to start for Barca?


WillLionel Messistart Barcelona's Champions League match with Roma on Tuesday? 

Well, we don't know yet. ManagerLuis Enrique wouldn't say.

What he did say, though, was that Messi "seemed in very good shape" after coming on in Saturday's 4-0 win at Real Madrid.

"All that is needed now is to charge his batteries," he added, giving rise to the rumour that Messiis in fact a PlayStation character.

Lionel Messi

UAE v England, T20

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England seem to have taken inspiration from Jos Buttler's innings last week - they're motoring along quickly at 137-4 after 14 overs, having been put in to bat by UAE in Abu Dhabi. 

Jason Roy scored 59, Alex Hales 40. 

The only place for full coverage is on 5 live sports extra

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Coming up...

Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

There is a 20:00 GMT kick-off in the Premier League tonight let's not forget - Crystal Palace welcome Sunderland to Selhurst Park. 

Can Sam Allardyce get the Black Cats back on track?

Gary Rose will be bringing you live text commentary from 18:30 GMT.


In the money...


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Lydia Ko is a wealthier 18-year-old than most.

The teenager has won the $1m Race to the CME Globe title for the second year in a row.

New Zealander Ko finished joint seventh in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples which was enough to net her the title.

"Every emotion went through me. I'm happy that the season is over and I can relax now," she said.

Demel signs for Dundee United


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Dundee United have signed former West Ham and Borussia Dortmund player Guy Demel

The powerful 34-year-old has signed until the end of the season and has been brought in as a defensive midfielder.

Home (not so) sweet home


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Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

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There’ll have been thousands of Liverpool fans drooling over Saturday’s 4-1 win at Manchester City, and rightly so, it was a great performance.

The question now is can Jurgen Klopp’s men replicate that sort of form at Anfield?

Breaking teams down at home has been problematic for over a season – the domination of chances and possession is clearly there, but the ruthlessness in front of goal hasn’t.

But with Roberto Firmino now amongst the goals, and with Daniel Sturridge on the way back, Klopp will have more attacking options that’s for sure – but the away formation that didn’t include an out and out striker has worked wonders again – as it did at Chelsea.

Food for thought with Bordeaux and Swansea arriving over the next few days.

Last Leicester leaders


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Nostalgic mum


This was @jamie_murray's first encounter with a tennis racket. Loving the broken strings.....

This was @jamie_murray's first encounter with a tennis racket. Loving the broken strings.....

Keeper leaves to deal with family matter


Leeds goalkeeper Charlie Horton has left the club to deal with a private family matter back home in America.

The USA Under-23 international has had his contract terminated just over five months since joining the club on a free transfer from Cardiff.

"I've had to leave because of a private family matter back home," Horton said. "For me there is only one thing which comes before this football club - my family. That is the sole reason I'm going home."

Answer time


A Question of Sport Teaser

You may recall, if you've a good memory, that earlier we set you this teaser... Since 1995 who are the 8 men to be ATP year-end World Number One?  

Well, it's time for the answers... Agassi, Djokovic, Federer, Hewitt, Kuerten, Nadal, Roddick and Sampras...

Well done to all those who got it.

Mourinho tight-lipped on Benitez

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Our man in Haifa, Conor McNamara, asked Jose Mourinho about his old adversary, Rafa Benitez

Benitez's future is in doubt, with Real Madrid announcing a press conference later on Monday

But it seems that Mourinho isn't going to say much on his former club. 

"I left Chelsea in September 2007. I was waiting 8 months to work again when I went to Inter. During that period, I gave zero interviews - not one word about other clubs in trouble. I closed my mouth for 8 months", he said.

"In this moment, I see so many people speaking, especially about clubs in trouble. It's amazing the lack of respect, the lack of ethics. 

"If I speak about Real Madrid, I speak when they are winning. Not when they are losing. So for me, words about the Clasico? Zero."

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UAE v England


Our team of @CharlesDagnall and @ejrainfordbrent ready to go on TMS - al fresco this evening! #bbccricket

Our team of @CharlesDagnall and @ejrainfordbrent ready to go on TMS - al fresco this evening! #bbccricket

No commentary box for the TMS team today, but they're on air for England's warmup T20 match against UAE. 

The England side is: Hales, Roy, Vince, Morgan, Billings, Ali, Rashid, Jordan, Plunkett, Parry, Topley. 

UAE win the toss and bowl.

Full commentary on 5 live sports extra

Jose Mourinho news conference

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Diego Costa has struggled to replicate his stellar form of last season but Mourinho isn't taking the bait on a question about the league's current star striker Jamie Vardy

"I don't want to anaylse the boy because if I do he will get my words and you will put them into different a perspective about wanting to sign him and I don't want to sign," he said.

"But a super striker like Ruud van Nistelrooy did something historical in the Premier League and Vardy has the chance to go over it."

Jose Mourinho news conference

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Jose is in quite good spirits today. By that, we mean he's not shot a journalist a moody look and refused to answer a question.

"We know we had bad results for a significant period of time and we need to keep getting results for our happiness, pride and for the people that support us – the Chelsea fans," he says.

Not quite Churchillian but not far off...

Jose Mourinho news conference

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Mourinho is asked about security concerns. It is fair to say he doesn't have any, or at least that's what he is saying in public.

"The best way is to focus on football and happiness sit gives you. Leave security questions to the people that kow more than we do," said the Chelsea boss.

"We can only focus on playing. I didn’t hear a single problem inside of the squad.

"I have everybody without fears, just wanting to come. I even have a player that tomorrow his wife can have a baby and he is here to play because he knows how important it is for me.

"We are very focused on what we need to do."

Jose Mourinho news conference

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

More from Jose Mourinho on how his team are looking: "We did well against Norwich and in previous matches where we lost, so we need to try and keep our levels the same.

"I like the confidence the team showed against Norwich, under the pressure of needing a result. My players are confident, and are getting their confidence back and hopefully tomorrow we  can do more."

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Jose says Chelsea have no fresh fitness concerns going into Tuesday's match.

Jose Mourinho news conference

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Mourinho recently said the chance of Chelsea retaining their title was now "mission impossible" but what of current leaders Leicester?

"I'm happy for Claudio Ranieri, somebody who when he joined Leicester all the bets were he'd be the first one to be sacked and now he's top of the league," he said.

"But I don't think Ranieri and the Leicester players will be insulted if I say I don't believe they are going to be champions.

"I hope that they feel more my compliments as they are doing amazingly well and deserve all the respect for what they're doing."