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By Matthew Henry and Emlyn Begley

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That's all from us at BBC Sportsday for the day.

Don't worry we'll be right back here from 08:00 GMT tomorrow to talk you through all of Thursday's news. 

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Wigan to honour Whelan with statue


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Wigan Athletic will build a statue at DW Stadium to commemorate president David Whelan's 80th birthday, the club have announced.

Whelan bought Wigan in 1995 when they were in the fourth tier of English football and his investment, including the building of the DW Stadium, saw them reach the Premier League in 2005 where they played for eight years before relegation in 2013.

The bronze statue will be of Whelan holding the FA Cup which the Latics won in 2013 by beating Manchester City.

Lampard backs Southgate as England manager


Frank Lampard backs Gareth Southgate for England managers job

Gareth Southgate is the "common sense" choice for the permenant England manager's job, according to Frank Lampard. 

And the former Chelsea man should know. 

He played 106 times for England and made his England debut alongside Southgate back in 1999.

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Sadly the only picture I could find of the pair (numbers three and four) is of their backs...

Hearth takes second five wicket haul in two days


Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is the leading wicket-taker in Test matches in 2016, ahead of the likes of India's R Ashwin, Pakistan's Yasir Shah and England's Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.

It is little wonder though.

Today the left-armer took his second five-wicket haul in as many days against Zimbabwe. 

Herath now has 51 wickets in just eight matches this year.


Stoney leaves Arsenal


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Casey Stoney has left Arsenal Ladies bringing to an end her second spell at the club.

The defender, 34, said she is "looking forward to her next chapter" and said a record 14th Women's FA Cup trophy for Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in May will "forever be etched in her memory".

She started her career at Arsenal in 1999 before spells with Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and Lincoln before rejoining the Club in January 2014.

Stoney also has 129 caps for England and also captained Team GB at London 2012.

More injury worries for Arsenal?

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OFICIAL | @javiermanquillo suple a @HectorBellerin en la concentración de la @SeFutbol Sub-21 #U21EURO

OFICIAL | @javiermanquillo suple a @HectorBellerin en la concentración de la @SeFutbol Sub-21 #U21EURO

The Spanish speakers among you will know this tweet means Arsenal's Hector Bellerin has been replaced in Spain's under-21 squad by Sunderland full-back Javier Manquillo.

Bellerin was unable to finish training on Wednesday, a day after reportedly sitting out a session on Tuesday.

An injury would add to Arsene Wenger's worries as the Frenchman is already nervously awaiting news of forward Alexis Sanhez's muscle injury.

Bellerin only returned from injury for the Gunners on Sunday against Tottenham

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Pete Chapman: If I was President of Sport. European Club Competitions purely knockout. Only 3 foreign players per EPL team

Ainslie prepares for GB America's Cup bid

Four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover team are bidding to be the first British team to win the America's Cup in 165 years. 

Ainslie was part of Oracle Team USA, who won the last edition of sailing's famous trophy in 2013. 

In 2017, he hopes to lead a British team to victory when the series concludes in Bermuda. 

BBC South Today went behind the scenes of the Land Rover's BAR base in Portsmouth to see the meticulous preparation. 

America's Cup: Behind the scenes with Ben Ainslie Racing

Wales training ahead of Serbia test


Wales are preparing to face Serbia on Friday in a World Cup qualifier.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is "talking tactics" here. A future manager of the future perhaps?

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I will win Premier League at United - Zlatan


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will win the Premier League with Manchester United.

The 35-year-old has scored six league goals this season, including two against Swansea City on Sunday ending a two-month league drought. 

United have made an inconsistent start to Jose Mourinho's reign at Old Trafford and are sixth in the table.

"Hopefully I can win it, and I will win it," Ibrahimovic told the club's website.

 "We have been a little bit unlucky in certain games, but we believe. When you believe it will come."

Autumn internationals preview

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'Brazil, we are here'

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton has arrived in Brazil ahead of this week's Brazilian Grand Prix, a race which may well decide the driver's championship.

If Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg wins on Sunday, the Briton's hopes of a fourth world title would be over and the German will be confirmed as the 2016 champion.

We have taken a look at Rosberg's chances of winning the title this weekend and the history behind championship crowns sealed in Brazil.

Read it here.

Brazil, we here! ✈️ 🇧🇷🇧🇷 @bombardierjets #redjet #ambassador #BrazilGP

Brazil, we here! ✈️ 🇧🇷🇧🇷 @bombardierjets #redjet #ambassador #BrazilGP

'We've got a chance going down there'

Former Scotland captain Paul Lambert expects the team to rise to the occasion in Friday's meeting with England at Wembley.

"I guarantee their performance level will raise because of the atmosphere and because of the game that they're playing in," said the Wolves boss.

"I think it's going to be a lot closer than what people think. Scotland-England, in any sport, you're never quite sure."

Read more here.

Paul Lambert

Amos faces surgery and long-term absence

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Hallam Amos
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Wales back Hallam Amos has been ruled out until at least the New Year with a shoulder injury, his club Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed.

The 22-year-old was replaced by Keelan Giles in Wales' squad for the autumn internationals on Tuesday after being injured during the second half of Wales' 32-8 loss to Australia. 

Newport said Amos will undergo surgery next week.

Sanchez facing six weeks out

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will reportedly be out for six weeks with an injury picked up on international duty with Chile.

Sanchez picked up a "low grade muscle injury" ruling him out of Chile's World Cup qualifier in Colombia on Thursday.

Originally Chile's medical staff said he could return for the home game against Uruguay next Tuesday but the Sun say Sanchez could be out long-term.

A six-week absence would rule him out of Arsenal's Champions League match against PSG on 23 November and Premier League games with Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham, Stoke and Everton.

McClean returns to training

James McClean's prospects of playing in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Saturday have improved.

After missing Tuesday's session because of a back problem, the West Brom winger trained today alone under the supervision of a fitness coach.

All other members of the squad trained together in preparation for Saturday's Group D qualifier in Vienna.

McClean could be an option for a striker's role with Shane Long missing.

James McClean

Bale wins Wales player of the year for sixth time


After being a key player in Wales' run to Euro 2016 and becoming a Champions League winner for the second time, it is hard to argue with this award for Gareth Bale.

Last night he was named Wales' player of the year for the sixth time and for the fourth year in succession.

Today, the players have reacted to the night.

Bale said it was an honour to receive the award...

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While Tottenham's Ben Davies is focusing on his recovery from injury...

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Yorkshire fear loss of internationals at Headingley



Delays in redevelopment may lose Headingley the chance to host international cricket for four years, Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur has warned. 

Rugby league club Leeds Rhinos, who share the use of one stand with Yorkshire, announced that a planned £38m upgrade, to begin in January, was being put back because of "complex planning matters".

The Rhinos are able to continue has normal but improved facilities were key to Yorkshire's hopes of hosting England fixtures between 2020 and 2024, which are awarded next year.

Arthur believes the county could miss out on the fixtures all together and not be chosen to host matches at the 2019 ICC World Cup in 2019.

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What changes would you make if you were world sporting president?

SJ McNab: If I were president of sport? European club competitions back to old formats; straight knockouts & reinstate Cup Winners Cup

Ayo Obit: Free substitutions for an injury in the first 10mins of a match!

Mark Caswell: I would make managers like Jose Mourinho go and manage a club in a lower league with no money. Test skills without money 

Liverpool chasing Iranian 21-year-old

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Liverpool are targeting a move for FC Rostov and Iran forward Sardar Azmoun in January, says the Daily Mirror.

The 21-year-old has scored four goals in the Champions League this season, including one against Atletico Madrid recently.

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly looking to reinforce his forward line with Danny Ings ruled out for the rest of the season with injury and Saido Mane set to take part in the African Cup of Nations in January.

How the election will affect USA v Mexico


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Donald Trump has shocked the world by winning the race to the White House and in a twist of the fixture list the US national team face Mexico in Ohio on Friday.

Qualification points for the 2018 World Cup are on the line but the game now has added spice following the president-elect's past comments on Mexico.  

"Friday’s game has the potential to become an ugly occasion with political tensions incredibly high at this moment in time," NBC say in a column looking ahead to the match.

Read it here.

New Kawasaki contract for Haslam

Leon Haslam has signed a new deal for 2017 with Kawasaki Motors UK and the Bournemouth Kawasaki team.

The 33-year-old returns for another year in the British Superbike Championship after last season's second-placed finish to Shane Byrne.

Haslam said: "I had some interesting options but I know we are going to be battling for wins and a title."

Read more here.

Leon Haslam

Man Utd heart attack fan in 'life saver' appeal

A Manchester United fan who had a heart attack outside Old Trafford has made an appeal to find the man who helped "save his life".

Chris Madden, 57, left the ground after the 0-0 draw with Burnley on 29 October when he felt breathless.

He slumped over a car at a nearby showroom when a fellow United supporter, believed to be a doctor in his 50s, came to his aid.

Read more here.

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England team in line for international award

England’s World Team Table Tennis Championships bronze medallists have been shortlisted for an international award.

Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker are in the running for the 2016 Breakthrough Star Award, part of the International Table Tennis Federation’s annual presentations.

Alan Cooke, the coach who guided them to the medal, is nominated for the Star Coach Award.

The winners will be decided by a judging panel and will be revealed on 8 December.

Table tennis

Farah on IAAF shortlist

Britain's Mo Farah is one of three finalists for the IAAF men's world athlete of the year. 

The four-time Olympic champion, who retained his 5,000m and 10,000m titles in Rio, is up against Usain Bolt and Wayde van Niekerk.

Almaz Ayana, Elaine Thompson and Anita Wlodarczyk are on the women's shortlist.

The winners will be announced on 2 December.

Mo Farah

Fukushima could host baseball at Tokyo 2020


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Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers have approved a plan to hold part of baseball's qualifying rounds in the disaster-hit Fukushima region.

The area is recovering from the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident when 18,500 people died or are missing.

The organising committee said they "would like to contribute" to the quake-hit region.

Fukushima has two baseball stadiums both with a capacity of 30,000, located away from the "difficult-to-return zone" in the region.

Baseball will return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

How will sport feel the Trump effect?

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"A USA/Canada 2026 bid may have just become a more realistic prospect.

"Meanwhile, when the US play Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Friday, it will provide an early test of whether sport can rise above politics."

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway takes a look at how the US's Olympic bid, a future World Cup, alleged Fifa corruption and expansion of US sports could face challenges under Donald Trump.

#SeleccionArgentina 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷

#SeleccionArgentina 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷

There's plenty of talent here as well. 

Argentina are preparing to play Brazil in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday. 

Messi, Aguero, Di Maria and co are sixth in the table, outside of the automatic qualification and play-off places.

Pick your best modern-day England-Scotland XI


Pick the best combined XI to have played for England and Scotland in the last 30 years
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The teams face each other in the latest derby installment on Friday so we're asking for your best combined England-Scotland XI.

There's plenty of players to choose from. Rooney? McAllister? Gascoigne? Dalglish? 

Tough choices but pick your best combined England-Scotland XI of the past 30 years using our tool.

Greece suspend all football after arson attack on referee chief


Greece have suspended all national league and cup competitions after an alleged arson attack at the home of Giorgos Bikas, the head of its refereeing committee.

The decision was announced by the Hellenic Football Federation following a fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Halkidiki area of northern Greece.

Neither Bikas nor any of his family were at the property, which suffered major damage. 

NFL Show - mannequin-style

Pundits Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell join the show's crew to take part in the 'mannequin challenge' to open week nine's NFL Show. 

The NFL show does the 'Mannequin challenge'

'His potential is greater and higher than Everton'

In a pretty maverick twist, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been quoted as saying striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, will need to leave the club to fulfill his potential.

He told Belgian newspaper HLN: "I gave him confidence and he has himself recognised that it was good for his development to play another year at Everton.

"What after this season comes, no-one knows. 

"If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something [behind]. His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination."

The Dutchman goes on to compare Lukaku to Patrick Kluivert and says he could play for Barcelona too.

Romelu Lukaku

England relax after strong first day


Lovely vibe in the team room tonight after a good start to the series today! #broad100 #Hameeddebut

Lovely vibe in the team room tonight after a good start to the series today! #broad100 #Hameeddebut

Rondon to miss World Cup qualifiers

Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon will miss their World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Ecuador with a hamstring injury.

He suffered the injury while training with his club side West Brom.

The Baggies are confident he will be fit after the international break for their game with Burnley.

England win in Sri Lanka


Great performance from the girls today and so pleased to see @B_Langers92 make her debut :)

Great performance from the girls today and so pleased to see @B_Langers92 make her debut :)

England cruised to a eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka earlier today. You can read more here.

A day in the life of Harding

Wales and Liverpool winger Natasha Harding reveals what life is like for a footballer in the Women's Super League as she takes us through her match day routine. 

We join the Welsh player of the year Harding on the final day of the domestic season as Liverpool take on Arsenal in Widnes. 

Liverpool signed off their season with a 5-3 defeat to finish fifth in the table.

A day in the life of Wales international Natasha Harding

Five-year-old on named on Rochdale bench


Rochdale have named five-year-old Joshua McCormack in their squad for tonight's Checkatrade Trophy match against Hartlepool.

Joshua is suffering from a terminal brain tumour and has been among Keith Hill's substitutes.

Sadly, Joshua is not well enough to attend the game but his name will appear on the team-sheet and his shirt will hang in the dressing room and on the substitutes bench during the game.

Barton named Scottish Premiership player of the month

(No, not that Barton)

One Barton has been making most of the headlines in recent weeks in Scotland. But there should be two.

While Joey's troubles at Rangers continue, Partick Thistle midfielder Adam has been named Scottish Premiership player of the month.

The 25-year-old summer signing, capped once by Northern Ireland, played in two wins and two draws of their unbeaten month.

Premiership player of the month Adam Barton scores for Partick Thistle