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  2. Lord Coe steps down from ambassadorial role with Nike
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Selby eases to win over O'Connor


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Mark Selby
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World number one Mark Selby began his UK Championship campaign with a clinical 6-0 first-round win over fellow Leicester player Joe O'Connor.

Selby, the 2012 winner at the York Barbican, capitalised on a nervy display by the 20-year-old amateur to ease through.

Selby told BBC Sport: "I started up well and put him under pressure from the off as I knew he would be nervous."

Coin toss scraped in County Championship


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More now on the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board to do away with the coin toss in County Championship matches.

It had been suggested yesterday that the toss would be scraped in Division Two next season, with the visiting team given the option to bat, bowl or flip the small change regardless if pitch conditions were uncertain.

Today's announcement brings in a wider change - with Division One matches also involved - with a subtle difference. Visiting teams will be given the option to bowl or then proceed to a toss as normal. Teams will have to win the toss if they want to choose to bat first.

Lord Coe news conferences


IAAF presidentLord Coethanks the media and heads for the exits as the news conference comes to an end.

Judging by the reaction from the press pack, this is not the last that he has heard about the ambassadorial role that he held with Nike.

Coe quitting Nike role would have been viewed very differently if the decision came directly after being elected IAAF president

Coe adamant his conversation with Nike exec about Eugene neither improper or conflicted. (Though it has now cost him £100,000-a-year)

Less than convincing answers from Coe. Just won't recognise the conflict, even when discussing IAAF business with his Nike bosses

Sad saga with Coe + Nike. Was blindingly obvious to everyone else he was going to have to ditch Nike. Delay has caused him serious damage

Lord Coe news conference


More from Lord Coe on his decision to step down from his Nike ambassadorial role:

"I chose not to come to that decision sooner because I wanted to share today with my council colleagues, but also the internal governances we are putting ourselves under. I'm very open about this. In the time that I have been a Nike ambassador, even since I was an athlete back in 1978, this has been a long and historic relationship. I maintained it without any questions during the Locog years when Adidas were our partner, and during the BOA years. 

"The decision I chose to take in the last few weeks was one that I think reflected my absolute intention to focus as long and as hard as I can on steadying the ship that has been rocking rather badly recently."

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Coe is then offered a few words of support from Frankie Fredericks, the head of the Athletes' Commission, sitting next to him:

"We all serve as directors on boards of companies. The first thing the president did was to declare his interest. If a conflict arose during a meeting, he would have excused himself to go out. The interest was declared right from the start."

Lord Coe steps down from non-IAAF roles


Head of the IAAF athletes commission Frank Fredericks: "Especially considering what Seb has given up. the athletes want someone at the top to be paid to deliver professional services for the sport."

BreakingToss to be made optional in County Championship


A bit of news away from Lord Coe's news conference.. 

The toss is to be scrapped from BOTH divisions of the County Championship. 

Before the start of each match, the visiting captain will be offered the opportunity of bowling first. If he doesn't want to, the toss will take place as normal. But if he accepts, there will be no toss.

You can see more from the ECB on the decision here

Lord Coe steps down from non-IAAF roles


Lord Coe: "The integrity unit will look at anti-doping but not exclusively anti-doping. The manipulation of sports competitions, age manipulations allegiances switches and the behaviour and conduct of third parties and representatives. 

"It is about bringing together these disparate elements. We want to get the unit up and running as soon as possible."

Lord Coe news conference


More from Lord Coe on whether he lobbied Lamine Diack about the hosting of the 2021 World Athletics Championships

"As an ambassador for Nike, I would have been discharging my duties as normal. 

"I was asked about the status of where (the bidding) process was. I made it clear that the best advice I could give anyone at this moment was to get back in the race and bid for the 2021 World Championships. I gave that advice to Eugene and to Gothenburg. 

"I was being asked that question on a daily basis by many people, including the media themselves - there was a high level of speculation around that."

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You can watch Lord Coe's news conference live by clicking on 'Live Coverage' above.

Lord Coe steps down from non-IAAF roles


Lord Coe on Russia suspension from international competition and the possibility of their return: "We are not concerned by deadlines. It is up to the IAAF to decide when Russia are ready to return to the fold, in conjuction with WADA. 

"Their suspension was due to an anti-doping code violation and the implications that has for our ethics committee. As quickly as we can get our inspection team and the Russian federation to meet, that process can get in place. There is no reason that we cannot get that going over the next 10 days or two weeks."

Lord Coe news conference


Lord Coe is asked about suggestions that he lobbied Lamine Diack about the hosting of the 2021 World Athletics Championships

"The e-mail, which I didn't see until it was broadcast is very clear. I was in a conversation with a Nike official in discharging my ambassadorial role, discussing a range of issues. 

"I was asked specifically about my view of what was happening in that landscape (to host the 2021 championships). It wasn't the only question I'd had in that subject - there was a high level of speculation from both bidding cities as to what the process was going to be. I sought clarification from the president of the IAAF, who told me he saw no reason as to why that bidding process shouldn't continue. 

"The best advice I could give to any cities was to put your best foot forward and get into the bidding process."

You can watch Lord Coe's news conference live by clicking on 'Live Coverage' above. 

Lord Coe steps down from non-IAAF roles


Lord Coe: I have not made this decision because of the email emerging, it is because I said before the election that I would make all the necessary adjustments in a systemic and considered way to my other activities. This was a review that was already taking place."

Lord Coe steps down from non-IAAF roles


Lord Coe: "In any of the reviews show impropriety in any of the World Championship bids, then there will be a full review. 

"I have always declared my role with Nike as I have in a range of activities. I don't feel it was a conflict of interests, but it had undoubtedly become a distraction."

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Lord Coe steps down


Lord Coe has also announced that he will step down from his role with the BOA after the Rio Olympics next year. 

Lord Coe media conference


Lord Coe: In alignment with the internal governance and review, I have reviewed my portfolio of interests. I have sought advice from the IAAF ethics comission and have received confirmation from them that I could retain my roles with Nike and CSM if I was not involved in any decision relating to them.

"But it is clear that perception and reality have become horribly mangled. I have stepped down from Nike position I have held for 38 years.

"The noise has become intolerable and a distraction from the 18-hour days that we are working."

BreakingLord Coe steps down from Nike


Lord Coe has announced that he will step down from his role with Nike

"I have stepped down from my ambassadorial role with Nike. The current noise level around this role is not good for the IAAF, and for Nike. It is a distraction to the 18 hour days that I and my teams are working to steady the ship"

Seb Coe
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You can watch Lord Coe's news conference live by clicking on 'Live Coverage' above.

IAAF news conference


Some strong words from IAAF council member Stephanie Hightower. 

"Our entire system has failed athletes. All our council members are determined to rebuild trust amongst athletes and fans."

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Lord Coe media conference


Frankie Fredericks
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A bit of an interlude as athletes representative Frank Fredericks announces the 2015 athletes of the year, American decathlete Ashton Eaton and Ethiopian middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba.

He adds that all the athletes he represents support Lord Coe in his position. 

You can watch the IAAF news conference live by clicking on 'Live Coverage' above.

Lord Coe media conference


Lord Coe on today's IAAF Council meeting: "One of the prevailing sentiments in the IAAF Council was that there was not one person who underestimated the challenge in tackling the sport's problems and rebuilding trust.

"The Council gave full approval for the integrity unit. We looked at an organisational restructure, radically altering the way the organisations works and how it connects to the rest of the the athletics family. 

"We touched on the Russian situation, noting their acceptance of the suspension.

"I updated the council on the audit and asked all council members to register their interests."

Lord Coe media conference


The IAAF media conference - featuring an embattled Lord Coe - is about to begin.

Lord Coe news conference

All members of IAAF Council (including the man Coe beat to Presidency, Sergey Bubka) here in room to here him speak

All members of IAAF Council (including the man Coe beat to Presidency, Sergey Bubka) here in room to here him speak

You'll be able to watch Lord Coe's news conference live when it begins by clicking on 'Live Coverage' above.

Premier League makes hay in France


Netherlands-based telecoms firm Altice has gazumped Canal+ as the exclusive broadcaster of Premier League matches in France and Monaco.

Altice, owned by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, will show matches from for three seasons from 2016-17 to 2018-19. 

Firm called Altice blow Canal+ out of water to buy Premier League rights in France 2016-19, for around €300m. Canal+ paid €180m for 2013-16.

Pakistan v England

England 160-5 from 20 overs

While we wait for Lord Coe to speak, just to let you know that it's the innings break in Dubai - England scored an impressive 160-5 from their 20 overs. 

Sam Billings hit 53 off 25 balls, James Vince made 41 on his T20 debut.

You can listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra, or follow the live text.   

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IAAF press conference

IAAF president Lord Coe's press conference, scheduled to begin at 1730 GMT, is yet to begin.

Journalist have just been allowed into the room where it is being staged and photographers have huddled around the top table, taking shots of the nameplates.

Sense here Lord Coe may make concession on Nike deal. One option is for Council to have proposed salary for Presidency, currently unpaid

Brighton sign Wolves winger


Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Rajiv van La Parra on a one-month loan deal until 2 January.

The former Dutch under-21 winger joins on a short-term deal, although he won't be eligible to face his parent club on New Year's Day.

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Albion boss Chris Hughton told the club website "He will give us pace and creativity in the forward areas, and supplements our existing wide options. 

"He is something different to the players we already have here, and I am delighted to have him on board."


Nikola Kalinic

Chelsea are considering a move for former Blackburn strikerNikola Kalinicin the January transfer window according to Gazzetta Dello Sport,via the Express.

The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals in nine Serie A matches for current side Fiorentina so far this season.

Raikonnen 'pretty average' in 2015

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he has been "pretty average" this season.

The 2007 world champion is 131 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel heading into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

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Raikkonen said he had been "better than last year", when he was trounced by ex-team-mate Fernando Alonso, but "still far away from what it should be".

The 36-year-old added: "But that's life and next year we'll try again."

Read the full piece here

IAAF news conference


Over in Monaco, IAAF president Lord Coe is preparing to give a press conference on the Russian doping scandal and his own position as an ambassador to sportswear giant Nike.

Coe has denied that holding the two posts simultaneously is a conflict of interest, but an email has emerged suggesting that he lobbied predecessor Lamine Diack in a bid to secure the 2021 World Championships for Eugene, Oregon - close to Nike's global headquarters.

Coe has big decision to make over Nike. Cut ties now, and it will look very reactive after @BBCMarkDaly revealed Eugene email 2 days ago

Birmingham make second signing

Following the earlier arrival of Huddersfield striker James Vaughan, Birmingham City have now added Rotherham defender Greg Halford to their squad, also on loan until 2 January.

Delighted to have signed for @BCFC can't wait to get some games under my belt and play in front of the Birmingham faithful. #buzzing

Klopp 's kiss


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You may have seen Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp being taught a few Scouse phrases by a young Liverpool fan.

Well the German revealed in the same interview that his biggest strength is that he can "talk like a waterfall".

He also reveals that one of his favourite bands of all time are rock gods Kiss.

"The singer has a very long tongue. It was crazy!" he explains.

Villa keeper rejoins Terriers


Jed Steer

Huddersfield Town have re-signed Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on loan until 26 December. 

Steer, 23, spent two months with the Terriers earlier in the season, keeping two clean sheets in 10 appearances.

Hamilton relives Mercedes move

Formula One

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says that signing the contract to leave boyhood team McLaren and join Mercedes was more nerve-wracking than being in a race.  

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"I was nervous as hell, I was like 'I can't believe I'm doing this'," he says in a new film previewed by UBS.

He adds that the move was motivated by the desire to prove that he could not only win titles in a different car, but also "captivate a group of people into wanting to work and give me the best car."

Latest gossip


Ravel Morrison
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Ravel Morrison is reportedly close to returning to England "for personal reasons" after an underwhelming spell at Italian club Lazio according to a report from

The 22-year-old, who joined Lazio when his contract at West Ham expired earlier this season, has made only three Serie A appearance for the the Rome club.

Feel free to revel in his extraordinary backheel volley in England under-21 training a couple of years back as you weigh up where he might end up next.

Tottenham name strong side


Tottenham have named a near full-strength for their Europa League tie with Azerbaijan side FK Qarabag with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both starting.

Tottenham take on Chelsea on Sunday lunchtime in the Premier League in the wake of their 5,500-mile round trip.

There is live text commentary on this website with radio coverage on BBC Radio London.

#THFC team: Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Mason; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane #COYS…

What a goal!!


Chester FC goal

Dink, flick, volley, goal!

Dover Athletic score a stunning team goal during their 1-1 draw against Chester in their National League match on Tuesday.

Watch the stunning effort here

Sports book of the year

The winner of the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year is David Goldblatt with The Game of our Lives #WHSBOTY

The winner of the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year is David Goldblatt with The Game of our Lives #WHSBOTY

The book charts top-level English football's change from marginalised working-class pastime to global entertainment.

From French minor league to world number two


Ruben Bemelmans and Andy Murray
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Belgium's world number 108Ruben Bemelmans - who will face Andy Murray in the first rubber in the Davis Cup final - has revealed that his last competitive match was for a French club in the country's tennis league eight days ago.

"You cannot compare this. I had arranged this already in the beginning of the year, otherwise I wouldn't have played," he said.

Bemelmans is only the third highest ranked of the Belgian players and the suspicion is captain Johan Van Herck may be saving number two Steve Darcis for the doubles and a potentially decisive fifth rubber.

"The weekend's going to be long. I think, with all the information I've had over the last two weeks practising, the way we want to attack the matches, we thought it was the best decision to put Ruben tomorrow," said Van Herck.

White agrees new Liverpool deal

Women's Football

Rosie White

Liverpool Ladies striker Rosie White has signed a new contract with the Women's Super League One club.

The New Zealand international, 22, joined the Reds in July after playing at the World Cup.

North signs on with Saints

Rugby Union

George North

Wales winger George North has signed a new deal with Northampton.

The 23-year-old joined Saints from Scarlets in April 2013 on a three-year-deal.

Wales claim win in qualifying

Women's Football

Helen Ward's hat-trick helped Wales women thrash Kazakhstan 4-0 to claim a first win of their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign.

After both sides missed chances in a goalless first half, Natasha Harding headed Wales in front five minutes after the break.

Substitute Ward then scored twice in two minutes before sliding in for her third in the closing stages.

Victory sees Wales leapfrog Kazakhstan and Israel into third place in Group 8.

Read the full match report

Pakistan v England T20

Live on 5 live sports extra & online

England have lost two early wickets after winning the toss and batting first in the first T20 international against Pakistan in Dubai. 

You can listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra, or follow the live text

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