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  1. NI v Croatia (19:45 GMT); England v Spain (20:00)
  2. Gerrard leaves MLS side LA Galaxy
  3. Ireland launch 2023 Rugby World Cup bid
  4. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Matthew Henry and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us today. You can follow England's friendly with Spain and Northern Ireland's match with Croatia on the BBC Sport website tonight.

Evans set to take over at Mansfield

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Mansfield Town are confident Steve Evans will become their new manager despite also attracting interest from Charlton.

Read more here.

Northern Ireland v Croatia (19:45 GMT)

England v Spain (20:00 GMT)

It's matchday! ⚽ Ready for @england's 964th fixture, 25th meeting against Spain and final game of 2016. #ThreeLions
It's matchday! ⚽ Ready for @england's 964th fixture, 25th meeting against Spain and final game of 2016. #ThreeLions
It's matchday! ⚽ Ready for @england's 964th fixture, 25th meeting against Spain and final game of 2016. #ThreeLions
It's matchday! ⚽ Ready for @england's 964th fixture, 25th meeting against Spain and final game of 2016. #ThreeLions

It's matchday! ⚽ Ready for @england's 964th fixture, 25th meeting against Spain and final game of 2016. #ThreeLions

Sinclair hopes form in Scotland can earn England call-up


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Could Celtic winger Scott Sinclair's performances north of the border earn him a first England call-up? He thinks so.

"When my time's right it will come," said Sinclair. "My ambition is still to play for my country.

"If you're playing Champions League and doing it at that level, I don't see why not."

Former Swansea and Manchester City wide-man Sinclair moved to Glasgow from Aston Villa in August, signing a four-year deal.

He has scored 10 goals in 20 games for Celtic this season but none in the club's European ties, including the Champions League group games against Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

England v Spain (20:00 GMT)

Will Silva be celebrating the anniversary tonight?

10 - David Silva made his official debut for Spain exactly ten years ago (15/11/2006 vs Romania). Aniversary.

10 - David Silva made his official debut for Spain exactly ten years ago (15/11/2006 vs Romania). Aniversary.

Alvarez tactics were 'a death sentence'

Eddie Alvarez admits his tactics in his UFC lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor were "a death sentence".

The American was comprehensively beaten in the second round by Ireland's McGregor, who becomes the first person to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

"The only thing I can honestly say was I blew it," he said in a lengthy Instagram post. "I did nothing I trained, I did the complete opposite of what we planned on a daily basis for 10 weeks. 

"To sum up our plan in a sentence, it was 'go left and mostly wrestle'. Instead I circled into his left hand and mostly boxed. 

"My heart sincerely hurts and when I dwell on it I fill up with regret and anger."

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Conor McGregor was so comfortable in the fight, he taunted his opponent by putting his hands behind his back at one stage

All Blacks will try to put us to the sword - Payne

Jared Payne says Ireland must be prepared to face a New Zealand side who will be determined to "put them to the sword" in Saturday's Test between the sides at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Ireland brought the Kiwis' 18-match winning sequence to an end with a 40-29 triumph over the All Blacks in Chicago on 5 November.

"Every game they play, there is pressure on them to win. Their players are internally driven and will leave no stone unturned in their preparation," said back Payne, who was born in New Zealand.

Jared Payne

Burrell dismisses Toulon rumours

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Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says despite speculation linking him with Toulon, he's "not signing for them" and hasn't "spoken to them" either. 

The England international has told BBC Radio Northampton he is happy to shut down any recent "whispers" surrounding a move to France.

Lampard and Gerrard - seemingly linked forever

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Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard famously failed to click in the centre of England's midfield together, despite both being outstanding performers at club level.

If bookmakers' odds are to believed, Lampard and Gerrard could be Old Firm rivals in the new year. Lampard is 11-1 to join Rangers, with Gerrard only 2-1 to join Celtic.

Gerrard follows Lampard out of MLS

Steven Gerrard is the second former England midfielder to leave a Major League Soccer side this week. 

Yesterday, Frank Lampard ended his spell with New York City, who also failed to reach this season's MLS Cup final.

We do not know what either player plans to do now.

'One of the most iconic players of all time'

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said: “We were honoured to have a player and person of Steven’s caliber represent the LA Galaxy over the past two seasons.

“His experience, class and leadership made him a valuable member of this team both on and off the field. 

"I will always remember his last kick for the LA Galaxy as he smashed home his penalty against Tim Howard. 

"We thank Steven for his time and contributions to this club and we wish him the best in whatever comes next. He is one of the most iconic players of all time and he will always be a part of the LA Galaxy family.”  

Gerrard 'disappointed not to achieve objective'

Steven Gerrard said: “When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup.

“I am of course disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished, including two straight play-off appearances and countless memorable moments on the pitch. 

"As someone who spent the whole of their career in Liverpool, it has been an incredible experience to come to Los Angeles and play for the LA Galaxy. 

"I would like to thank my team-mates, the coaching staff, all of the support staff and most importantly the fans for their fantastic support during my time at Galaxy.

"I am excited to see this league and this great club continue to grow."

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Gerrard to 'consider next stage of career'

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he will now be "spending time with my family as I consider the next stage of my career".

The 36-year-old scored five goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances during his 18 months with LA Galaxy but leaves them after they were knocked out of the play-offs.

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Steven Gerrard has left LA Galaxy at the end of his contract, the Major League Soccer side have announced.

No Lions contact for Edwards

Shaun Edwards says he has had "no contact" with British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland over a role on next summer's tour of New Zealand.

Wales defence coach Edwards missed out on the 2013 tour when Gatland took Andy Farrell to Australia.

"It depends what Warren decides - it's everyone's ambition to go on a British and Irish Lions tour," he said.

"All I think about is trying to keep the number of tries down every game when I'm involved with Wales."

Read more here.

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0.73 - Crystal Palace have claimed just 0.73 points per game in 2016, the worst rate of any team in England's top four tiers. Clipped.

Premier League target Varane wants to stay in Madrid


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Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane - a reported transfer target of Manchester United and Chelsea in recent seasons - has said he wants to end his career at the Bernabeu.

The centre-back, 23, joined Madrid from Lens in 2011 and has played 164 times for the club.

Speaking to Le Figaro and asked if he would stay with the club, Varane said: "Why not? Football is going very fast, but now I would say yes.

"I see no reason to leave. Things are very good at Madrid."

Thiem seals win over Monfils


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Dominic Thiem has come through a topsy-turvy match to beat Gael Monfils 6-3 1-6 6-4 and earn his first win at the ATP Tour Finals.

Double-faults in the final game from Monfils handed the match to the Austrian who had looked comfortable in the first set before winning just one game in the second.

For all the reaction to the match click here.

Today's evening match features Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.

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Video replays to be trialled tonight


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Video replays were used for the first time in an international match during France's 3-1 win over Italy in September

Could we see the future of football tonight?

Video replays will be used for key refereeing decisions during Italy's friendly with Germany.

Two video assistant referees will look at goals scored, penalties awarded, red cards and mistaken identities as part of a semi-live trial.

The referee will not be able to review the footage on a pitchside monitor.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said in April he hoped the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be the first tournament to use the technology.

More here.

'Wenger almost saying he doesn't trust Sanchez to make decision'

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Alexis Sanchez

The club v country row between Arsenal and Chile could come to a head tonight.

Alexis Sanchez is expected to start for Chile v Uruguay just a week after picking up a muscle injury.

On French TV a few days ago Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he hopes Chile "don't make a suicidal decision" just a few days before the Gunners play Manchester United.

But former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has told BBC World Service that Arsene Wenger should trust his player.

"Sanchez himself must know whether he's fit to play or not so it doesn't matter what Wenger thinks or the Chile manager thinks. It's all about what the player thinks. He wouldn't put himself in the situation where he knows if he plays he's going to get injured and won't be able to play for three or four weeks.

"Arsene Wenger has to trust his own player. He's almost saying here that he's not trusting Alexis Sanchez to make the right decision."

'You touched so many hearts'

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Drivers' championship leader Nico Rosberg has sent a touching message to fellow F1 driver Felipe Massa following his final Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Brazilian is retiring at the end of the season and retired from the race following a crash on Sunday while Rosberg finished second behind Lewis Hamilton.

You may have to follow the link to view the German's tweet.

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'Stay strong my friend'


Current and former team-mates have been sending well wishes to Hull City striker Will Keane, who today has been ruled out for 12 months with a knee injury.

Gutted for Will Keane, wish him a speedy recovery and hope he comes back stronger 👍

Stay strong my friend ! You'll come back stronger ! 💪🙏😇 #keanooo

Belgium take on mannequin challenge


A number of teams have tried their hand at the mannequin challenge in recent weeks, this is perhaps the most dedicated effort from the Belgian national team.

It stars Eden Hazard telling the time, a depressed looking Jan Vertonghen and much more.

Take a look in the video below.

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Barnet boss does not need heart surgery

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Barnet manager Martin Allen will take charge of Saturday's League Two match against Crewe after a surgeon decided not to operate on a minor heart issue.

The 53-year-old was due to have what he described as "simple and straightforward" surgery on Monday to relieve a "tightness of the arteries".

However, after extensive tests Allen was allowed to return home and will take first-team training on Thursday.

Monfils levels the match against Thiem


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Gael Monfils has leveled things up at the O2 Arena in his ATP Tour Finals group match against Dominic Thiem.

The Frenchman breezed through the second set winning it 6-1 having lost the opener 6-3.

Follow the decider here.

Kauto Star trophy up for grabs

A special trophy named after racing great Kauto Star is to be awarded to the owner of the next horse that completes the Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown.

The trophy, in addition to the £1m bonus, is up for grabs for any horse that can win Saturday’s Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase in December and the Cheltenham Gold Cup next March.

Kauto Star is the only horse to achieve that feat during a stellar campaign in 2006-07 for owner Clive Smith, trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Ruby Walsh.

North Korea aiming to 'surpass' Messi


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North Korea are aiming to produce players to "surpass" Lionel Messi and "achieve global dominance".

The secretive Asian country, who are 126th in the Fifa rankings, built the Pyongyang International Football School in 2013. 

According to, they are continuing to work under strict sanctions and are aiming to build a team to compete with the world elite.

Ri Yu-Il, a coach at the Pyongyang academy, said: “We are training our students to become super-talented players who can surpass the skills of people like Lionel Messi.

"For now, I think we should dominate Asia and, in the near future, I hope that we will achieve global dominance.”

More on Australia's defeat by South Africa


Australia's defeat overnight at the hands of South Africa, their fifth in a row in Tests, has not been well received in the morning papers down under.

Here is the front page of The Courier Mail...

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Refugees linked to increase in German football participation


Four-times as many foreigners are now playing football in Germany following an influx in the arrival of refugees.

The German Football Association (DFB) says 42,000 foreigners - many of whom are refugees - applied for a licence to play in the last 12 months, after Germany took in almost 900,000 asylum seekers. 

There are 6.5 million registered players in Germany, organised by over 26,000 clubs. 

To help new arrivals, the DFB has produced a brochure "At home in football" designed to help German clubs and refugees. 

The brochure offers refugees advice on how to learn the German language and integrate in clubs, while it suggests ways German clubs can help any new arrivals who may have endured trauma.

Gold medallists left out of GB squad

Rio gold medallists Sascha Kindred, Susie Rodgers and Stephanie Millward have been omitted from the British Para-swimming 2017 performance squads.

Also missing out are relay winner Claire Cashmore and the experienced Charlotte Henshaw.

Five-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds is not included with the 21-year-old taking a break from competition until next year.

A total of 49 swimmers have been named across the three programmes.

Thiem takes opening set


Austria's Dominic Thiem has won the first set 6-3 against Gael Monfils in the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

He broke his French opponent's serve in the sixth game en route to winning the first set and is half way to earning his first victory at the Tour Finals.

Follow the match here to watch the action and read our live text commentary or switch over to BBC Two on your TV. 

Quidditch Premier League launched in UK

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A new eight-team national league for the Harry Potter sport of Quidditch has been launched across the UK.

The teams will compete to become national champions in the sport that involves seven players on the pitch, each with a broom between their legs.

Each of the eight teams will represent a different region of England.

They are - the London Monarchs, Southwest Broadside, Southeast Knights, Eastern Mermaids, Northern Watch, Yorkshire Roses, East Midland Archers, and the West Midland Shredders.

For more on the the league and the rules of the 'muggle' version of the sport, click here.

Leeds and Newcastle plan Speed tribute


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Leeds United and Newcastle United fans plan to pay tribute to late midfielder Gary Speed at Sunday's Championship match at Elland Road.

Former Wales manager Speed died, aged 42, in November 2011, having previously played 678 games for Leeds, Newcastle, Everton, Bolton and Sheffield United.

Fans will honour his memory with a minute's applause on 11 minutes, the shirt number he wore for both clubs.

Members of Speed's family will be attending the game.

Carrick admits he could leave Man Utd


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Michael Carrick has admitted this season could be his last playing for Manchester United. 

Carrick, 35, has started only once in the Premier League this season under Jose Mourinho and three times in cup competitions.

Asked if he might have to accept his future lies elsewhere, Carrick told Sky Sports: "There's always a chance of that isn't there?"

"It is such a great club with great players, you can't take it for granted and thankfully I'm here this season and playing my part. 

"Hopefully I can play more of a part in the months ahead, strive for success and try to get some sort of silverware, because winning trophies is why we are here." 

Carrick has made almost 300 league appearances in 10 years at United and has won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Champions League.

Here's some more reaction to Frank Lampard's decision to leave New York City at the end of the year from his team-mates, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo...

Thanks @franklampard for everything!!! It was a pleasure living this entire experience with you!!! Good luck on your next endeavor legend!!!

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Willett sorry for costing Westwood his place


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Danny Willett has apologised to Lee Westwood after his withdrawal from the World Cup of Golf later this month cost his compatriot a place in the event.

The pair were due to play together, but the withdrawal of Willett and the next eligible player Justin Rose, left Chris Wood as next in line.

Under tournament rules, he can choose his partner and he opted for fellow Ryder Cup debutant Andy Sullivan.

"Westy has been pretty good about it," admitted the Masters champion.

"We were both looking forward to going down there and pairing up," he added. "I think it was a bit unfair for that tournament to kind of go about it the way they did.

Monfils v Thiem starting now


Today's singles action from the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 is starting now over on BBC Two and Online with Gael Monfils is taking on Dominic Thiem.

Both of these two lost their opening matches of the competition, Monfils to Milos Raonic and Thiem to Novak Djokovic.

You can also watch the action and follow our live text commentary here.

Southgate should be England manager - Keown


Former England defender Martin Keown believes Gareth Southgate should be given the England manager's job permanently. 

Southgate will be in charge as England face Spain at Wembley tonight, the last of his four games in interim charge.

Listen to Keown's thoughts below.