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  1. League Cup quarter-final: Southampton v Liverpool build-up
  2. Lord Coe appears before DCMS committee over athletics doping scandal
  3. Wladimir Klitschko takes up contractual option to fight Tyson Fury again
  4. VOTE: Who will win the rematch?
  5. Gary Neville to coach Valencia until end of season

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By Mandeep Sanghera and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Sportsday for today, thanks for joining us. 

Our live text coverage of the League Cup quarter-final between Southampton and Liverpool is just getting under way here. Join Andy Cryer for all the action.

Make sure you come back from 08:00 GMT tomorrow for the latest breaking sports news. Until then, goodbye.

Match facts

Southampton v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

  • Southampton have made the quarter-finals for the second successive season, but they lost at this stage to Sheffield United in 2014-15. The last time they went beyond this stage was in 1987, losing to opponents Liverpool in the semi-final.
  • Eight-time winners Liverpool are looking to reach the semi-final stage for the third time in five seasons.
  • Southampton have lost their last two home games (in all competitions) v Liverpool, having won the previous three in a row.
  • The Reds have progressed in three of the last four League Cup ties against Southampton, most recently on their way to winning the trophy in 2002-03.

What the managers say

Southampton v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "It's very important because Southampton only have two opportunities to win a title - the FA Cup and the League Cup - so it's important because we want to reach the semi-finals.

"It's a great game to play. It's sold out and Liverpool are doing well under a new manager.

"We know Liverpool like to press and if you beat the press then you have a lot of options and possibilities. We showed that in the second half against Manchester City."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "The biggest fault you can make is to think about the next round. Only Southampton. They're pretty hot on this game, they've lost their last two games and they want to strike back.

"The quarter-finals is still far away from the final. But I'm excited and looking forward to the game. I can't say yet what team I'll play.

"I hear Southampton and Liverpool are not the best friends, so it will be a feisty game."

Team news

Southampton v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

Jose Fonte

Southampton are missing captain Jose Fonte after he injured his knee against Manchester City on Saturday.

His replacement in that match, Steven Caulker, is set to deputise, while Saints manager Ronald Koeman has no other injury concerns.

Philippe Coutinho (hamstring) could return to the Liverpool squad and Adam Bogdan is likely to start in goal.

Lucas Leiva is back from suspension and Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are both available after foot injuries.

We're now going to look ahead to tonight's League Cup tie between Southampton and Liverpool...

Fury gets the decision - again


Thanks to all of you who have taken part in our Sportsday vote over who will win the rematch between new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and the man he deposed, Wladimir Klitschko.

The vote is now closed and, like their fight at the weekend, there wasn't much in it.

It's Briton Fury who is favoured - garnering 53% of the votes to Klitschko's 47%.

Read our story about the rematch, announced today,here.

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British pair pick up silvers


British duo Adam Peaty and Hannah Miley have won silver medals on the opening day of the European Short Course Championships in Israel. 

Triple world champion Peaty missed out on gold in the men's 50m breaststroke by just one hundredth of a second to Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia.

And Commonwealth champion Miley claimed a hard-fought second in the 400m individual medley behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, who had set a new world record in the heats earlier on Wednesday.

Bevan refuses to give up on Rio


Teenager Brinn Bevan believes he still has a "slim chance" of being part of the British team at the Rio Olympics despite breaking his left tibia and fibula last month.

The 18-year-old suffered the injury after landing on a concrete floor while vaulting.

"I don't think the Olympic Games is fully out of reach, it is going to be tough, but there is still a small chance I can push for a place in that team," he told BBC Look East.

Brinn Bevan

Sweden coach looks to home comforts


Sweden coach Erik Hamren has named a squad of almost entirely domestic-based players for upcoming friendlies against Finland and an as-yet undecided opponent.

Twenty players from the Swedish league and three players from the Danish league have been picked, none of them with more than five caps.

"It's a good chance for players who haven't been here so much to show what they can do and fight for a place," Hamren said. "It the same as it is for everyone else - they have to perform."

Matty James to return


Jason Bourne

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Leicester City midfielder Matty James is set to make his comeback from long-term injury in tonight's U21 clash against Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup.

James has been out of action since May when he injured his knee in a win over Southampton.

Ben Hamer, Yohan Benalouane and Nathan Dyer are also set to feature in the "must win" game if they're to reach the quarter finals.

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Frustration a 'positive' for Taylor


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Batsman James Taylor says three years of receiving phone calls about his omission from England's Test team inspired his push for a recall. 

Taylor, 25, featured in the third Test against Pakistan last month - his first cap since playing against South Africa in 2012. 

"It was frustrating. The phone calls I had thinking I had been picked for a tour and it was 'no, sorry James you haven't been picked again'," he said. 

"But I used it as a positive. I tried to use it as kick up the backside."

Ribery nears comeback


Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery took part in training today after nearly nine months out with an ankle injury.

The 32-year-old hopes to make his comeback on 12 December in a league game at Bavarian neighbours Ingolstadt.   

"It's a super day for me and very emotional," said Ribery. "It was the first long injury of my career and was a difficult situation for me.

"But that's football and that's life, it's important to always keep your head up and to work hard.

"It's a good feeling to be back in the team. I have felt much better in the last two weeks, I can do anything with the ball."

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Coe grilled by parliamentary committee


Patrick Cowling

BBC News, Westminster

How does this committee session compare to most?

At three hours this committee meeting was not exactly a walk in the park for Lord Coe, but when compared to what leading bankers were put through during the financial crash or when public officials are caught with their hand in the till, this was not one for the record books.

There is sometimes a sense in committee sessions that MPs can smell blood at points and go in for the kill on exposed witnesses. We didn't see much of that today although there were some frosty moments during the questions about Lord Coe and Nike.

Lord Coe was asked some very blunt questions about his competence and ability to lead world athletics, and how well he answered those questions is for the committee and the viewers to decide.

Coe grilled by parliamentary committee


And with that, the session draws to a close. Jesse Norman thanks Lord Coe for his attendance, and the IAAF president departs.

Coe grilled by parliamentary committee


There is a serious disagreement between Coe and head of the committee Jesse Norman over the report by the University of Tubingen that found one-third of athletes surveyed at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu in 2011.

Coe says the IAAF will not disclose the entire document until they can be sure that "the methodology is sound".

"I don't find that at all satisfactory," says Jesse Norman. "If you're not disclosing it, you're withholding it."

Coe grilled by parliamentary committee


Coe is very bullish on his (now terminated) relationship with Nike: "I chose not to maintain my relationship with Nike because I didn't want it to become a distraction. I don't think that I could possibly be any more transparent."

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Coe grilled by MPs


The MP for  the City of Chester Christian Mathesonsays he had never heard of Eugene, Oregon, until it was given the World Athletics Championships in 2021, and says that being a city with no international airport it is not really a credible host for the competition.

Mr Matheson adds that Chester has a similar population to Eugene and asks what chances his city has of winning the Championships.

Lord Coeresponds that Eugene has a "rich history" of track and field in the USA and says the city "was a perfectly credible city" to hold a World Athletics Championship, "and frankly with more athletic tradition than most cities" he adds.

Lord Coe
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Coe grilled by MPs

Just when it was winding down Jesse Norman goes into bat for the Uni of Tubingen's 2011 study on prevalence of doping....

...Coe squirming horribly, refuses to give yes/no answer, implies that it's not been published because it's not very good

Coe grilled by MPs


Patrick Cowling

BBC News, Westminster

What does this have to do with blood doping in athletics?

As president of the IAAF, Lord Coe has been asked to attend this committee hearing to tell MPs exactly what he knew about the scandal, as well as what his plans are to deal with it.

Questions like the one about potential conflicts of interest with Nike are relevant both because of their topicality but also because it calls into question Lord Coe's judgement as president of the IAAF.

In an inquiry into poor governance in world athletics, the committee is entitled to ask such questions of the man who will be taking the IAAF forward to deal with the doping scandal.

BreakingCahill signs new contract


Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has signed a new four-year contract.

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Neville appointed Valencia coach


Former England striker Gary Lineker was at Barcelona for part of Terry Venables' stint as manager of the Spanish club...

If @GNev2 is half as good a coach as el Tel he'll do pretty…

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Klitschko v Fury II


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Klitschko v Fury II


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Klitschko tweeted couple of days ago how he was still suffering, and that sentiment explains why he as committed to the rematch only four days after his defeat. 

The setback against Fury ended an unbeaten run for Klitschko, stretching back 11 years and 22 fights. 

At this stage, there's no mention of date or venue for the return. They'll be decided with a view to maximising the purse for each boxer. 

Although Klitschko turns 40 in March, the contest against Fury was the first in a new 5 fight deal with the German broadcaster RTL. 

So, as he said in another online posting this week, 'the story will continue'.

Coe grilled by parliamentary committee


Lord Coe is asked about ending his 38-year ambassadorial paid role with US sportswear giant Nike following conflict of interest claims over the 2021 World Championships going to Eugene, Oregon, where Nike is based.

"Ive had a long relationship with them," said Coe. "I made the judgement given the level of noise around the relationship. 

"This had become a monstrous distraction. Reality and perception had become horribly entangled and I didn't want anything to distract from changes I have implemented.

"In hindsight, if I thought the noise would have escalated would I have got rid of it beforehand, yes I would have."

Coe grilled by parliamentary committee


Lord Coe praises the risk taken by whistleblowers, both within and outside the IAAF, before he is asked about how he felt about allegations of corruption over his predecessor Lamine Diack. 

"Shocked, suffused with sorrow and anger," says Coe.

"Lamine Diack had been president since 2000 and he became a council leader in 1976. I said he would be seen as a spiritual leader for the sport. Clearly, if I was sitting with a charge sheet in front of me I would not have said that.

"No," answers Coe when asked if he had heard any whispers about Diack's conduct.

Klitschko v Fury II - who will win?

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After Wladimir Klitschko announced he was going to take up the option of a rematch with Tyson Fury, we want to know - who do you think will win? 

Have your say by clicking above. Voting opens at 16:30 GMT. Full terms and conditions are available here.

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Coe grilled by MPs on doping


When asked by MP Julie Elliott about the 'no start' rules, Thomas Capdevielle, the Anti-Doping Senior Manager/Acting Operations Director at the IAAF says that the regulations were in many ways "a permit to dope" as they allowed athletes to treat the threshold as a "limit they could not cross, but anything below the red line they were free to dope".

The 'no start' rule allowed the use of data from biological passports to keep athletes with abnormal values out of competition for a certain period of time.  

Thomas Capdevielle

Coe grilled on doping


Lord Coe says he has not spoken to the Russian Athletics Federeation (Araf) as it is suspended and the IAAF is waiting on the "new structures" it puts in place.

"The night that they got suspended my council colleague made the presentation to the council. The council decided evidence in Wada report was enough for suspension yo be upheld."

Selby sees off Poomjaeng


Mark Selby has beaten Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng 6-1 in their fourth round match at the UK Championship and then took time out to take a selfie with the BBC sport team at the Barbican in York.

You can currently watch the action on BBC Two or here on the website...

Thumbs up to @markjesterselby after winning today - @LCFC, Mark Selby - what is it about Leicester? #bbcsnooker

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German player to referee girls' game as punishment


A German football player could be made to referee a girls' match as punishment after making sexist remarks to a female referee.

Fortuna Dusseldorf's Kerem Demirbay told German FA (DFB) referee Bibiana Steinhaus that "women have no place in football" after she sent him off for a second yellow card late in his side's 2-1 win at FSV Frankfurt last weekend.

But Fortuna's interim CEO said: "It would be a good thing, if he really wants to prove his true opinion of women, if he goes to a girl's football match -- as a referee."

Fury and Wilder trade verbal blows


Meanwhile, a war of words has erupted on Twitter between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who holds the other version of the heavyweight world title.

Fury called out Wilder, tweeting:"How about a unification fight for all the belts? I'll destroy you."

Wilder responded: "Your horrible singing after the fight was more impressive than the fight itself. I'm ready whenever fat boy..."

Tyson Fury

Coe grilled on doping


MP Andrew Bingham says that reputation-wise, Coe was 'king of the world' after the London Olympics, but that his reputation is "back on the line."

"Do you really think you can break this culture?"

Once again, Coe repeats his line. "Yes, I have to. Because if I don't, there are no tomorrows for this sport. 

"We have to get back to the belief that we have coaches, athletes, team doctors, everyone believing that it is possible to compete cleanly.

"My father would have killed someone who suggested that I took anything that enhanced my performance."

Coe grilled on doping


MP Andrew Bingham takes his turn now, and asks whether the blood data of all athletes should be published, after some athletes' data was released via the media. 

Lord Coe is unequivocal. 

"No. The way that some of those profiles have been used has damaged the reputation of clean athletes. The issue for us is clear - we need systems in place that can follow up on suspicions. We do - we've just taken medals away from some athletes from the 2005 world championships. 

"Just putting data out into the public domain as raw data is not good for clean athletes."

Coe grillde on doping


Coe says IAAF spends $4m a year on anti-doping. "I'll double it if I have to" Rejects suggestion UCI spends 4 times as much on it.

Coe insists he's the man to clean up athletics. "What do I want for this sport? A responsible, responsive sport. A sport people can trust"

Coe refers to current cheating and corruption scandal as a "horror show".

You can watch Lord Coe's appearance in front of a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee by clicking on 'live coverage' above. 

Coe grilled on doping


Coe is asked whether he regrets taking up his role...

"Not for one moment. The sport has been very good to me. I started life as an athlete. Athletics will always define me."

Lord Coe
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Coe grilled on doping


Asked if there is an acceptance with the IAAF that doping is acceptable, Lord Coe rebuffs that accusation.

"If I go back to the immediate challenge we have there is Russia's ban and allegations made about some people in the IAAF.

"If you say IAAF has acceptance that doping is acceptable, I don't accept that."

Klitschko takes rematch option


Tyson Fury hasn't yet responded to the news, but his camp had confirmed that a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko was written into the contract.

“I want to be a great champion,” he said after Saturday's fight. “And I’d like to do it all again. One thing I can say about the rematch is that it’s going to be explosive.”  

Tyson Fury
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His promoter Mick Hennessey said: “Wembley Stadium would be very appealing at the right time of year, definitely. It was close to 55,000 in Düsseldorf. It would easily do 80,000 at Wembley. But it would have to be at the end of the football season.”  

Coe grilled on doping


Coe is asked about recent allegations concerning Kenya, and whether he has suspicions about other federations? 

"Dick Pound, the chair of independent commission, has made it clear this is not simply about Russia, and not simply about athletics. People tend to forget this is not simply about athletics. I will await with interest the second report. It may throw more light on other areas that we need to be concerned about."

Is there more to come from the second part of the Wada report?

"I don't know. I genuinely don't know the answer to that. There's a lot of speculation around it, but we have no prior knowledge of what is in the report. If it shows there is systematic failure, we will address it."

Coe points out that Russia has been suspended, "making sure that clean athletes in Russia can re-enter competition when we are satisfied that that criteria has been met'. It's not for any other organisation on when they return. That power rests with the IAAF."

Coe grilled on doping


Having been an Olympic goal medal-winning athlete in his athletics career in the 1970 and 1980s, Lord Coe is asked if there as there a period when Russia, who have been banned by the IAAF, was clean?

"I genuinely don't know the answer," he says. "We have to recognise it is have a global problem. 

"In the 1960s and 70s the Eastern Bloc countries would have said they were only doing what was going on in American campuses.

"This is a lot more enlightened environment. I would not be coming to a select committeee. I don't know the prevalence. Have to assume fewer systems."