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  1. Mourinho charged by FA over referee comments
  2. Crowd trouble at West Ham v Chelsea EFL Cup match on Wednesday
  3. Man Utd 1-0 Man City, Southampton 1-0 Sunderland, West Ham 2-1 Chelsea
  4. England to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
  5. Get Involved: Is the EFL Cup a rip-off for fans? #bbcsportsday

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By Elizabeth Hudson, Michael Emons and Gemma Collis

All times stated are UK

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Murray due on court shortly


That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday.

We'll be back at 08:00 BST on Friday but watch out this afternoon for Andy Murray, who is due to be in action later as he continues his bid to become world number one.

The Scot takes on Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna with the winner to face American John Isner in the last eight.

You can follow the latest from Austria here.

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Who next for the champ?

BBC Radio 5 live from 20:00 BST

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Just who will IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua face next? Wladimir Klitschko is injured and a few other options are looking unlikely.

BBC Radio 5 live will be discussing potential fights for Joshua and much, much more tonight from 20:00 BST.

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Is the EFL Cup a rip-off? Does the competition need to change?

Steve McDonald: It's not the EFL cup that's a rip-off, it's the disdain from the clubs that's the problem, it's a chance for silverware.

Ethan Kirkham: No, we come to watch and support our football club, it doesn't matter if stronger players are left out.

Tom Batten: I like getting the chance to see how squad players perform, if you loan them out instead you get stick for that too! 

Thanks for all your responses. 


Brothers Steven and Aaron Shingler meet as Cardiff Blues face Scarlets

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Brotherly love might be thin on the ground for the Shingler boys as the Cardiff Blues square up to the Scarlets on Friday.

Older brother Aaron will be lining up for the visiting Scarlets, while Steven will take his place as fly-half for the Blues.

"He used to take my toys off me, being the older one," said Steven.

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Messi meets Mickey Mouse


Multi-millionaire footballer Lionel Messi had some downtime this week with Barcelona not playing a midweek match.

So he took advantage by taking his family to Disneyland Paris.

There's no detail on whether the Barca star made it to the "It's a Small World" ride...

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There are three rounds of the Formula 1 season left and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is 26 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after the British driver's victory in the United States on Sunday.

This weekend is the Mexican Grand Prix and BBC Radio 5 live's preview show will be on from 21:00 BST tonight.

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Is the EFL Cup a rip-off? Does the competition need changing?

Today we are asking if the EFL Cup is a rip-off, after former England winger Chris Waddle said he was unhappy with teams playing weakened sides.

Here are some more of your comments.

Just saying: With record attendances across the fourth round Waddle is wrong. Opportunity for some future stars to get proper experience.

David Wynde: Don't agree. Spurs fielded Wimmer, Dier, Davies, Janssen - all internationals. And it is a chance to see youngsters.

John Roullier: Can't stand this competition any more, extra fixtures for the sake of it. The only way to make teams take it seriously would be to offer the winners a Champions League place, which should be the same for the FA Cup. Top two in the PL plus both cup winners.

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Laws remains positive

Road Cycling

Former British champion cyclist Sharon Laws tells the BBC about the shock of being diagnosed with cervical cancer, which she says is "treatable but not curable".

The 42-year-old, who rode for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, recently began a six-month course of chemotherapy.

"It's trying to make the most of the time you have when suddenly you might not have as long as you thought," she says. 

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Mazzarri not worries over Watford allegations


Watford boss Walter Mazzarri insists he is not worried by any potential sanctions the club may face following allegations that they supplied false financialdocuments to the English Football League. 

The Hornets are now under investigation and could face a fine or points deduction if the claims are proven to be accurate. 

"I am not worried at all," said Mazzarri, confirming he had spoken with owner Gino Pozzo about the matter.

"The club have already made a statement on this situation and I'm on line with the club. I know what the club is doing. I don't want to add anything else. Honestly it is something I am not interested in. The president has always done things in the right and correct way, that's enough for me." 

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Perez set to miss six weeks


Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is set to miss six weeks after sustaining ankle ligament damage in their EFL Cup win over Reading earlier this week. 

According to the IB Times, the forward, who was making a rare start on Tuesday, is expected to miss the whole of November including three key games against Spurs, Manchester United and PSG – the latter in the Champions League.

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Scotland gets ready for #ActiveGirlsDay

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On Friday it's Active Girls Day in Scotland and you can get involved too.

Sport Scotland is encouraging women and girls to celebrate all the amazing work that goes on to get girls active, as well as inspire more girls to participate in sport and physical activity.

All you need to do is post a photo on Twitter/Instagram. The pictures can be of yourselves (or younger selves) playing sport, or of your favourite female sporting role model.

Let them know your own sporting experience, and don't forget to use the hashtag #ActiveGirlsDay

'Homophobic flyers' at West Ham investigated


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Claims that homophobic anti-Chelsea song sheets were distributed at West Ham's London Stadium are being investigated.

Hammers fan Nadeem posted an image of one of the flyers, urging fans to sing homophobic lyrics about Chelsea captain John Terry, on social media.

Nadeem told BBC Radio 5 live that the leaflets were being handed out before the home side's 2-1 EFL Cup win.

"It was quite idiotic and a bit disgusting," he said.

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Is the EFL Cup a rip-off?

Our story concerning Chris Waddle's quotes that the EFL Cup is a rip-off has got you talking.

Bill Neicho: Totally agree, if you're putting out reserve or fringe players then charge as you would for a reserve fixture. Absolutely ripping off the supporters. 

Sami Zaatari: I went to Nottingham for the Arsenal away cup tie knowing we were most likely going to a field a weakened side, but I still went, and was still excited and up for the game, so no, not really. 

Meryl Winter: Every fan knows their team field different players for EFL cup games and ticket prices are normally reduced to encourage other fans to attend - so how on earth can it be a rip off?

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Pop star Bieber trains with Manchester team

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Pop star Justin Bieber cooled down after heated shows in Manchester by making a surprise appearance at an ice hockey game.

The music sensation put the puck in the back of the net during a practice session with Manchester Storm. The Toronto Maple Leafs fan was presented with his own Storm jersey and a spot in the locker room by the team's equipment manager who had an inkling he would turn up.

The 22-year-old had asked if he could skate with the team at Silver Blades ice rink in Altrincham on Tuesday and went for a pint with the team afterwards. It came after the chart-topper walked off stage in Manchester when he asked fans to stop screaming between songs.

Justin Bieber scores in a game with Manchester Storm ice hockey team

Three Kazakhstan weightlifters stripped of London 2012 golds


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Svetlana Podobedova set three Olympic records on her way to gold in London

Three weightlifters from Kazakhstan have been stripped of Olympic gold medals won at London 2012 after new tests found them guilty of doping.

Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Maiya Maneza and Svetlana Podobedova were all caught when samples from 2012 and the 2008 Games in Beijing were retested.

Chinshanlo won at -53kg, Maneza at -63kg and Podobedova at -75kg and all tested positive for steroid stanozolol.

It has not been confirmed if their golds will now be re-assigned.

England 'won't be sipping beers' during training camp

Rugby union

Coach Eddie Jones says England need to continue training with intensity ahead of the autumn internationals, despite already missing 11 players through injury.

England will face South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia on successive weekends, starting with the Springboks on 12 November. 

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Coach Eddie Jones has recently come under criticism by Premiership Rugby for putting the England squad through judo sessions as part of training

"We won't be sipping beers in Portugal. There is nothing to change - injuries are part of rugby," the former Japan and Australia coach said. 

"We want to train with intensity and need to do so. We need to be able to play against their brutal, go-forward type of game. South Africans don't mind you having the ball and they don't mind hurting you."

Barton arrives at Ibrox


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As confirmed by Alasdair Lamont, talks have begun between Rangers and Joey Barton in a bid to sort out the midfielder's future at Ibrox.

The Englishman has been suspended since a training-ground bust-up in September.

It is extremely unlikely that Barton will play for the Scottish Premiership club again.

The 34-year-old, who joined Rangers in the summer after leaving Burnley, is also facing Scottish FA charges relating to a breach of their betting rules.

Vitalini could play against Wales

Rugby league

He was born and raised in Newport but when Wales line up against Italy in Monza on Saturday, Chris Vitalini will not be pulling on a red jersey.

The South Wales Ironmen second rower is of Italian heritage and was included in Italy's 22-man squad for their 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Wales.

"I feel a mix [of Welsh and Italian]. I was born in Wales so I grew up Welsh but the more I learned about my heritage, the more I also felt Italian," Vitalini told BBC Radio Wales.

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Kerber wins again


Angelique Kerber made it three wins out of three at the WTA finals after a 6-3 6-3 win over Madison Keys.

Kerber's win and Dominika Cibulkova's earlier victory over Simona Halep means they are the two qualifiers from the Red Group.

In the semi-finals, Cibulkova will face White Group winner Svetlana Kuznetsova while Kerber will take on the winner of Friday's clash between Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova. 

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Pennant seeks new club


Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is set to leave Singapore side Tampines Rovers just nine months after signing. 

The 33-year-old, who signed a one-year deal at the time, has declined an offer of a new contract with reduced terms.

He is understood to have received offers from Enlgand and other Southeast Asian clubs.

"Jermaine is a nice to have for any football team but I would be disrespecting the rest of my team if I said that he's a must-have. He's a great player but no player makes the team," said chairman Krishna Ramachandra.

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Warburton 'bemused' by Wigan reports


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Rangers boss Mark Warburton is planning for the January transfer window and insists he knows nothing about reports linking him to Wigan.

Bennett names England squad

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England coach Wayne Bennett has made five changes to the squad which played France last weekend for Saturday's Four Nations opener against New Zealand.

Captain Sam Burgess makes his first appearance since the 2013 World Cup semi-final while Dan Sarginson, Chris Hill, John Bateman and George Williams are also back in.

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'Shinji is very important to the team'

Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Some more quotes from Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri from his news conference, courtesy of this clip from BBC Radio Leicester.

Ranieri discusses the importance to his side of Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki.

"He is the dilly ding, dilly dong” of Leicester City," says Ranieri. High praise indeed.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri speaking about his Japanese international striker.

Blackburn fans plan Wolves walkout


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Blackburn fans will arrive 18 minutes into their game against Wolves and exit after 75 minutes in protest against their owners.

The club were formed in 1875. Blackburn's Indian owners Venky's, run by the Rao family, took over in 2010 but have seen debts rise to £104.2m.

BBC Radio Lancashire and other press were not allowed to ask boss Owen Coyle about the protest on Thursday.

Burnley injury update

Manchester United v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has confirmed that both defender Stephen Ward and midfielder George Boyd are fit for their game against Manchester United on Saturday. 

Ward was substituted late on in their game against Everton on Saturday while Boyd missed that match with an ankle injury. Burnley sit 14th in the table, with three wins from their first nine games. 

Dyche added that midfielder Steven Defour is "touch-and-go" for the weekend trip to Old Trafford, but confirmed that striker Ashley Barnes is "close to being in contention". 

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Is the EFL Cup a rip-off?

Chris Waddle thinks the EFL Cup is a rip-off. Do you agree?

Robert Babik: This might come as a surprise to Mr Waddle but we go and watch our team to support them, not to just see the superstars in person.

Rob Wright: The tickets are cheap for these games... Not sure how that's a rip off?

Kieron O'Neill: I think it's great, give the young players some game time, otherwise they'll never get the experience. Ridiculous statement.

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Manchester City's Aleix Garcia, 19, was given the chance to impress against Manchester United yesterday

Jones hails Hill's Wales squad call-up

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Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones says lock Cory Hill's promotion to the Wales squad is a good message for his players.

Hill is only the third Dragon in the Autumn series squad, alongside Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan.

"It is great news for him and for the Dragons, and him being selected shows that all the regions' players are being looked at," Jones said.

The 24-year-old was called up after a rib injury to Scarlets' Jake Ball.

On this day...


1962: Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser became the first woman to swim 100 metres in under one minute when she clocked a time of 59.9 seconds. 

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Bangladesh v England live preview


England take on Bangladesh in the second Test, starting tomorrow, and the Test Match Special pundits are currently discussing what they expect to happen.

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How many points to win the title?

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Leicester won the Premier League with 81 points last year, while second-placed Arsenal gained 71 points.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger expects clubs to have to reach 86 points to win the championship, but Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is not too sure about that.

He says: "When there are so many teams fighting for the title, the points can go down. If Arsene says 86, he is right.

"I believe a little less, but he is the boss. He has more experience, 20 years, than me. There are so many teams that are fighting for the title and it will be a very good battle until the end."

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'Spurs will continue to fight for the title'

Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

On Saturday, Premier League champions Leicester take on a Tottenham side that have not lost in the top flight this season.

Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri says: "Spurs are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League because they have a very good squad. They can change and rotate.

"We know it will be a good match. Tottenham are a fantastic team. Last year they were very close to us and will continue to fight for the title."  

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Ferdinand stresses QPR must be patient


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Queens Park Rangers must be patient as they seek a return to the Premier League, according director of football Les Ferdinand.

The R's, relegated from the top flight in 2015, are 13th in the Championship, four points off the play-off places.

"We know what we are trying to achieve and where we are trying to go," Ferdinand, 49, told BBC Radio London.

"We are in a society where everybody wants everything overnight. Sometimes that doesn't happen."

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Is the EFL Cup a rip-off? Does the competition need changing?

Is the EFL Cup a rip-off? Chris Waddle thinks yes, you think...

FlottSnubbe: What's the point in having a squad if you get criticised for using it? Real fans support whole club, not just the first team.

John Ghoti: Waddle is incorrect, fans have known for years that teams will rotate in the early rounds. Nobody is being conned/lied to. 

Kathy: Many fans can't afford to go to PL games. Cut-price EFL games gives them that opportunity. There's a 25-man squad for a reason.

Tweet us using #bbcsportsday and we will put the best of your quotes on this page.

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Better late than never!


Usually you receive your medal on the podium shortly after winning.

But that wasn't the case for Sunderland stroller Aly Dixon who is pleased to finally receive her silverware from this year's London marathon - just half a year after the event.

Dixon admitted earlier this year that she had wanted the "bragging rights" that come with winning the race, so I'm sure having the medal to go with it will help!

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Whitlock wows crowds in hometown return


Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock returns to hometown

Olympic double gold medallist Max Whitlock has returned to his hometown of Hemel Hempstead to celebrate his success at the Rio Games.

Whitlock won two gold medals and a bronze, adding to the two bronze medals he won at London 2012.

Hundreds of people turned out to see Whitlock perform a routine on Wednesday in Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire.

Halfpenny to decide on his future

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Leigh Halfpenny says he will decide whether to stay with French club Toulon or return to Wales "in the next month or so".

The 27-year-old's current contract, which gives him full release to play for Wales, expires in the summer.

If he stays in France, under terms of the Welsh Rugby Union's senior player selection policy, Halfpenny will rely on a wildcard pick to play for Wales.

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'We must play in our style'

Middlesbrough v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

More words of wisdom from Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka from his news conference for Saturday's game against Bournemouth.

"We have to keep improving because against Arsenal we showed we can compete with everyone," he adds.

"Bournemouth are a strong team with a good young manager. But we have to think about us. We are looking forward to it."  

"We know it is going to be a tough game. We are at home against a team we know well, and we must play in our style."    

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Is the EFL Cup a rip off?

Today we're discussing whether the EFL Cup is a "rip-off" with clubs playing under-strength teams featuring youngsters. Former England player Chris Waddle thinks so, but do you?

Nicholas Brett: It's a great competition because it lets you see the stars of the future and with the big boys not putting out their best 11 it gives the smaller clubs a better chance at silverware.

Bill Neicho: Totally agree, if your putting out reserve or fringe players then charge as you would for a reserve fixture. Absolutely ripping off the supporters.

Jordan Craig: Great opportunity to give youth a chance plus many clubs offer very cheap tickets for such games so more often than not it is more value for money rather than a waste.

What are your thoughts on the competition? Does it need changing, if so how? Or is it fine as it is?

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