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Summary

  1. Sacking Mourinho would be foolish - Ferguson
  2. FBI probes Blatter role in £100m bribes scandal
  3. Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera fails drugs test
  4. Man Utd's Rooney & Schneiderlin miss Wolfsburg

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Farewell

It is time to close down the Sportsday doors for today but in a seamless transition you can join our live text commentary to incorporate Louis van Gaal's news conference in Wolfsburg coming up from 18:30 GMT and the eagerly awaited FA Cup third round draw, which is also on BBC Two from 19:00 BST. 

Don't forget 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST for live commentary of Everton v Crystal Palace, but, from us, it is goodbye. Cheerio now.

Schurrle plans aggressive approach

Wolfsburg v Manchester United (Tue, 19:45 GMT)

More from former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, whose Wolfsburg team entertain Manchester United tomorrow night.

"It's going to be difficult to get the ball so we have to be very aggressive," he says. 

Asked about the criticism of United's style he said: "It's a little bit surprising because they have great players, great offensive players. 

"They are third in the league. But we know we will get our chances and if we take them we can have a great game."

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'We're both better'

Football

Nigel Clough believes both he and Burton have improved during their seven years apart.

Facing the media as Burton boss for the first time since January 2009 - replacing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink following his departure for QPR - Clough said: "It is quite emotional to be back, I never thought this would happen.

"The club has definitely moved on a lot and improved, but so have we as a management team.

"Andy Garner and Gary Crosby will be joining me again. We have a lot more experience now and that is a key asset." 

Burton are currently top of League One - the highest position in the club's 65-year history.

Schurrle sympathy for Chelsea

Wolfsburg v Manchester United (Tue, 19:45 GMT)

Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, who will line up against Manchester United for Wolfsburg on Tuesday, expressed his sympathy with the plight of Jose Mourinho's side.

"Chelsea are my former club and it's really disappointing to see that it's going like this," Schurrle said. "But that's football, you have to give everything at the top and even for a big team like this, it can happen. 

"I feel a little bit sorry for what's happened there but I'm sure they have a great team, a great manager and I'm sure they will get out of this misery." 

Mooney makes way

Cricket

Ireland all-rounder John Mooney hasretired from international cricketto pursue business interests. The 33-year-old Dubliner won 182 caps in a 14-year Ireland career, scoring 2,650 runs and taking 144 wickets.

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FA Cup round two preview

Grimsby v Shrewsbury (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

Grimsby Town captain Craig Disley faces his former club when the National League Mariners play Shrewsbury, 19th in League One, in tonight's FA Cup second round tie at Blundell Park.

"I feel I have a little bit to prove to the fans there and it is a big game for us all," said the 34-year-old, who joined Grimsby in 2011 and has made more than 200 appearances for the club. 

Tonight in the Premier League

Everton v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)

If you're not attending you can listen to it in the warmth of your favourite armchair, or wherever you like to take in the radio, on BBC Radio 5 live, with build-up from 19:00 GMT.

Nothing like a game under the lights at the Grand Old Lady. Who's joining us tonight? #EFC

Nothing like a game under the lights at the Grand Old Lady. Who's joining us tonight? #EFC

Champions League preview

Wolfsburg v Manchester United (Tue, 19:45 GMT)

Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, who will line up against Manchester United for Wolfsburg on Tuesday, expressed his sympathy with the plight of Jose Mourinho's side.

"Chelsea are my former club and it's really disappointing to see that it's going like this," Schurrle said. "But that's football, you have to give everything at the top and even for a big team like this, it can happen. 

"I feel a little bit sorry for what's happened there but I'm sure they have a great team, a great manager and I'm sure they will get out of this misery."

Champions League preview

Wolfsburg v Manchester United (Tue, 19:45 GMT)

The view inside the Volkswagen Arena, the venue for tomorrow's game against Wolfsburg.

The view inside the Volkswagen Arena, the venue for tomorrow's game against Wolfsburg.

Jones claims bronze

Taekwondo

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British fighter Jade Jones won bronze at the World Taekwondo Grand Final as team-mate Bianca Walkden secured Team GB another spot at next year's Rio Olympics.

Jones, 22, beat Swede Nikita Glasnovic in the third-place fight-off in Mexico.

The London 2012 gold medallist had already secured a -57kg place for Britain at Rio 2016.

Walkden lost in the quarter-finals, but earned enough points to guarantee Britain an Olympic +67kg berth.

Mercedes decision was 'emotional'

Formula 1

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Interesting stuff from Jenson Button today,who claims Lewis Hamilton's decision to join Mercedes was "emotional" and not based on knowledge of the team's potential.

Hamilton decided to join Mercedes after the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix, in which he had to retire his McLaren car while in the lead.

His then team-mate Button said: "Lewis is one of the quickest guys ever in an F1 car but he did not know [they would be so quick] when he signed.

"We're all emotional, he took it emotionally, but it has paid off."

Hamilton, who has won the past two titles, has always insisted the decision was based on Mercedes' plans for the future, after several weeks of persuasion from then team boss Ross Brawn and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

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BBC Radio 5 live, 19:00 GMT

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Kelly Cates at 19:00 GMT has a round-up of all the day's main sports news and features live commentary of the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. Steve Bower is your commentator, with summaries from former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane. 

Big Sam is back online

Football

He HAS had a lot to contend with in fairness.

Hi guys, sorry for my lack of Twitter action recently!! Been busy…but loving the support I am receiving in my role at @SunderlandAFC

Terry hoping for Robertson inspiration

Snooker

UK Championship winner and Chelsea fan Neil Robertson, who made a maximum 147 en route to winning the trophy on Sunday, revealed that Chelsea skipper John Terry sent him a text during the match, hoping the Australian could inspire the Blues in the Champions League against Porto on Wednesday.

"JT texted me after I made the max and said, 'Just keep concentrating and bring the trophy on Wednesday'," Robertson said.

"He's maybe asked me to do that to motivate the boys, so I'll definitely take the trophy to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, that's the next thing I'm excited about."

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Wolves can push for top six - Batth

Football

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Captain Danny Batth says Wolves are ready to step up another level as they bid to get back into the Championship play-off race.

Batth, 25, scored the winner - his first goal of the season - in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Rotherham to take Wolves to within five points of the top six.

"We have to follow it up in the next game with a result," Batth told BBC WM 95.6. "There's certainly work to do but there are players in the dressing room who can all go to that next level."

Tonight in the Premier League

Everton v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)

Tonight's 5 live commentary match at Goodison will test Crystal Palace's impressive away record. 

The Eagles have won four of their six matches on the road in the Premier League this term and earned more points away from home than at Selhurst Park.

They have conceded an average of a goal a game in this season's Premier League, only Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal have tighter defences.

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Get Involved - Sporting returns

#bbcsportsday

All day we've been asking for your favourite sporting returns. Thanks for joining in - these are the last two of the day.

Has to be Ian Rush. He comes back & continues up where he left off. Scoring goals to become all time LFC record goal scorer. #bbcsportsday

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@BBCSport Jurgen Klinsmann's return to White Hart Lane probably saved us from relegation. #bbcsportsday

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Hunt out in front

Horse Racing

BBC Radio 5 Live racing and swimming commentator John Hunt has been named Broadcaster of the Year - winner of the Sir Peter O'Sullevan trophy - by the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association.

Take the day off lads

Football

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Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has leftGareth BaleandLuka Modricout of his squad for the visit of Swedish champions Malmo on Tuesday.

The Spanish giants already assured of their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Madrid's better head-to-head record against Paris Saint-Germain means the 10-time winners will finish on top of Group A no matter what happens in the final round of games.

With a crucial league clash away to Villarreal to come on Sunday, Benitez said: "It is a day to rotate, albeit still with the idea of winning."

Lottery winners help favourite club

Football

Partick Thistle have revealed lottery winners Colin and Christine Weir were among the investors who helped the club wipe out their debts.

The Firhill club owed the Bank of Scotland £1.5m but announced last month they had struck a deal to settle their arrears.

Now it has been confirmed the club were able to climb out of the red with the help of the Weirs, who became the UK's biggest lottery winners when they scooped £161m in 2011.

Partick chairman David Beattie said: "As genuine Partick Thistle fans, they have allowed us to start a new chapter in the history of the club."

Colin Weir and his wife handed Thistle a £750,000 cheque to help establish a youth academy in 2011.

Cas to hear Platini appeal

Football

Michel Platini's lawyers will appear at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday as part of his appeal against his suspension from Fifa, with a decision due by Friday.

No Monk announcement on Monday

Football

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has told BBC Wales Sport there will be "no" announcement on the future of under-fire manager Garry Monk today.

Tonight in the Premier League

Everton v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)

More on tonight's 5 live commentary match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison, which kicks off at 20:00 GMT, with Everton looking for a third successive home league win.

The Toffees also like a Monday night game, unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games played on the first day of the week, winning seven and drawing eight.

Everton celebrate another goal at Aston Villa
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Get Involved - Sporting returns

#bbcsportsday

@BBCSport Denis Law coming back to haunt Man Utd with goal that relegated them. #BBCsportsday.

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My favourite sporting return has to be Neil Harris coming back from beating cancer. @BBCSport #bbcsportsday

Juninho at the boro. Legend. #bbcsportsday

'Promotion is the aim'

QPR news conference

A little more from Les Ferdinand on the new manager.

"Jimmy has earned his stripes at Burton. I'm confident he will do that too at QPR," said Ferdinand.

"We've got a team capable of challenging for promotion to the Premier league. I'd be lying if that wasn't the aim."

And that is that. Jimmy and Les are done and QPR fans hold their breath to see what happens next.

'We were unanimous'

QPR news conference

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Sat alongisde Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is Les Ferdinand, QPR's director of football.

He is asked how the appointment of the new manager came about.

"We went through a thorough process," says Ferdinand. "We were unanimous that Jimmy was the man to take us forward."

Hasselbaink, who inherits a team 12th in the Championship with 26 points from 19 games, faces Burnley on Saturday in his first game in charge.

'An exciting kind of football'

QPR news conference

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is certainly talking a good game in his first official appearance as QPR boss.

"I like to get to know the players and get that honesty from them. That's very important," said the gaffer.

"It's a squad that excites me. We need to work together and trust each other. There's work to be done  .

"We know the fans want to see a successful team play an exciting kind of football. That's what we have to try to bring."

'Part of the QPR family'

QPR news conference

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is talking to the media for the first time since his appointment last week.

"I'm going to bring honesty, stability and hopefully some excitement," said 

"I'm very excited and very privileged to be getting this opportunity. I'm very happy to be head of the QPR family."

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Tonight in the Premier League

Everton v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)

Now let's have a look towards tonight's Premier League contest at Goodison between Everton, in 11th, and Crystal Palace, three places but only one point ahead of them in eighth.

Palace have won on three of their past four visits to the Toffees, winning the past two matches 3-2.

Everton, who let slip a 2-0 lead at Bournemouth in their last league outing, give a late fitness test to midfielder James McCarthy.

There is full live commentary of the match on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

Norwich chairman Bowkett steps down

Football

Norwich confirm that Alan Bowkett has stepped down from his position as chairman and director.  

Get Involved

#bbcsportsday

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Ever wondered what’s the key to being a good manager? To handling a difficult dressing room? Is there a secret to a match-winning substitution?

BBC Radio 5 live is putting together a special Managers’ Question Time show and as part of that will be putting your questions to Tony Pulis and Sean Dyche.

So ask away, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

And you might just hear your question asked when the show goes out at 19:30 GMT on Thursday.

Vieira tipped for Man City hot seat

Football

Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira is being groomed as a future City manager, the club's football administration officer Brian Marwood said.

Vieira, 39, took up his first managerial appointment in November, signing a three-year contract in the United States with City's sister club New York City. 

"I think it is exactly the next step he needs," Marwood said. "Hopefully, at some point, he'll come back and manage Manchester City, that's the ambition for him and that's the ambition for us. But he has to go through this learning curve." 

Hexham waterlogged

Horse Racing

Those of you thinking of going to Hexham races in Northumberland tomorrow please think again, if you hadn't already - it has been abandoned because of a waterlogged track, with over 81mm of rain falling on the course since last Sunday.

A Question of Sport

Snooker

Here's the answer to the snooker question we asked you earlier. The three other players to win the UK Championship more than once since 2000 are John Higgins, Ding Junhui and Ronnie O'Sullivan. 

Carlisle suspend tickets

Football

For those of you not in the north of England wondering exactly how bad the flooding is in Carlisle....fair to say there is no groundstaff who could get a game on here for a while...

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Get Involved - Sporting returns

#bbcsportsday

And continuing the subject of returns (for those of you who read this upwards as opposed to down), more of your favourites...

Chicken Talha Masala: Jonas Gutierrez. Overcame cancer, came back to Newcastle. Assisted and scored on the final day last season to save Newcastle.  

Poch: My favorite sporting return was Fabrice Muamba's return to White Hart Lane  

Andy: What about Mike Hailwood, 11 year absence from mainstream motorbike racing, returned in 1978 to win Isle of Man TT at 38yrs old.

Vlaar returns to AZ

Football

Former Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar, 30, signs a contract until the end of the season with AZ Alkmaar, where he began his career. 

Ward back with Terriers

Football

Huddersfield Town have re-signed Bournemouth defender Elliott Ward on loan until December 28th. #htafc

Huddersfield Town have re-signed Bournemouth defender Elliott Ward on loan until December 28th. #htafc

Sporting birthdays

Many happy returns

Chelsea have not had much to celebrate recently, but it is their captain John Terry's 35th birthday today. The Premier League tweets that no defender has more clean sheets in League history (209).

Former world number one golfer Luke Donald turns 38 today and ex-Blackburn and Scotland defender Colin Hendry is the big 5-0. (And still not to be messed with, no doubt)