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Summary

  1. Everton and England defender Stones out injured "for up to 14 weeks"
  2. Wales: Bale tipped to break record. Coleman: 'We can create history'
  3. Build-up to England-San Marino, kick-off 19:45 BST
  4. F1 news conference. Bianchi crash unacceptable, says Perez
  5. Andy Murray loses to David Ferrer in Shanghai
  6. Get involved: Why should England come to your ground? #myenglandpitch

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    There will be a live text commentary featuring all of tonight's Euro 2016 qualifiers going live on the BBC Sport website shortly.

    So we will leave it there for today's Sportsday Live and say goodbye, thank you and see you again nice and early at 08:00 BST on Friday.

  2. It's all about the performance - Hodgson

    England v San Marino (19:45 BST)

    England manager Roy Hodgson says performance is more important than scoring lots of goals in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino.

    The Three Lions, who won 2-0 in Switzerland in their Group E opener, have not scored fewer than five goals in four previous meetings with the joint-lowest ranked team in the world.

    "It's about performance," Hodgson said. "At no time in my talks with the players have we mentioned the number of goals scored."

    Live commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 live.

  3. Colsaerts narrowly misses record

    Golf

    Nicolas Colsaerts

    Nicolas Colsaerts narrowly failed to record the European Tour's first round of 59 as he made a stunning start at the Portugal Masters.

    The Belgian almost earned a place in the history books as a long-range putt on the 18th green at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura shaved the edge of the hole.

    That meant Colsaerts, who hit a European Tour record 447-yard drive last month, had to settle for a first-round 60 but it was still nevertheless a superb opening that put him in charge on 11 under.

  4. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We asked what you hoped to see from England from their home game against San Marino tonight. Here are some of your answers.

    Adam: A good, entertaining performance and ultimately a win. No disrespect to San Marino, but this isn't much to ask for.

    Scott: Break the 10-man defence inside first ten minutes and score a few. Rooney hat-trick so nobody gets on his back.

    Mick Ellis: What would we like from England tonight, 10-0 and a good performance. What can we expect, a stumbling mess with no structure.

  5. Post update

    Football

    England
  6. 'I was told I would never play football again'

    Football

    Before tonight's game at Wembley, let's point you in the direction of an excellent piece on the BBC Sport website focusing on San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini, who also works as a part-time accountant.

    San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini comes out to try to punch away across against Germany

    Aged 19, Simoncini suffered horrific injuries in a terrible car accident. His pelvis and left elbow were shattered, and he spent four months in hospital. "My life was in danger," he remembers. "I was told I might not be able to play football ever again."

    Simoncini recovered and was able to return to playing nearly two years later. His first game back was a Euro 2008 qualifier against three-time world champions Germany. San Marino lost 13-0.

    "Even though I had to pick the ball out of the net 13 times, it was one of the happiest moments of my life," Simoncini says. "I put behind me 18 months of agony. After being told I might not play again, to be part of such a game was simply unforgettable."

  7. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    England entertain San Marino, one of the worst national teams in the world.

    Everyone expects an England win at Wembley, but what do you want and expect to see from Roy Hodgson's side tonight. What constitutes a good result? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  8. Tonight's fixtures

    Football

    Euro 2016 fixtures

    So it is a big night of international football with three matches in Group C, Group E and Group G.

  9. Westwood unhappy at USA's Ryder Cup comments

    Golf

    Lee Westwood has voiced his unease at the United States Ryder Cup team airing their "dirty laundry in public" after their defeat at Gleneagles last month.

    Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson criticised captain Tom Watson - within his earshot - after Europe's 16½-11½ win in Perthshire. Europe's Westwood, 41, believes such a reaction was distasteful.

    "I don't like to see people's great reputations being brought down by something that shouldn't really happen in public," the Englishman said.

  10. Headbutt charge not proven

    Football

    Kris Boyd has been spared a two-match ban after the headbutting charge laid against the Rangers striker was ruled not proven.

    The striker was issued with a notice of complaint by new Scottish Football Association compliance officer Tony McGlennan after clashing with Hibernian defender Jordon Forster last month.

    But Boyd has now been cleared to play after the judicial panel decided there was not enough evidence to suspend the 31-year-old.

  11. Eusebio leaves Cheltenham

    Football

    Portuguese forward Eusebio Bancessi, 19, has joined Cheltenham Town on a month-long loan from Wolves, but Robins striker Terry Gornell has asked to be placed on the transfer list by the League Two club.

  12. Savage laughs off phone faux-pas

    Football

    Speaking of Roy Keane and answer-machine messages, you may well have seen quotes from Keane earlier this week saying he changed his mind on signing Robbie Savage for Sunderland after being less than impressed with Savage's voicemail message.

    Roy Keane and Robbie Savage

    Keane said: "I got Robbie's mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail, "Hi it's Robbie - whazzup!" like the Budweiser ad (from the early 2000s). I never called him back. I thought: "I can't be signing that."

    Well Savage, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, has set the record straight on the answer machine greeting that might have cost him a move from Blackburn to Sunderland.

  13. Brady keen on Roy

    Football

    Roy Keane

    Hull City's Robbie Brady says it is an honour to be part of the same Republic of Ireland set-up as Roy Keane.

    Ahead of the Republic's qualifiers against Gibraltar on Saturday and in Germany next Tuesday, Brady told the Hull City website: "It's brilliant because you always looked up to him as a kid. As your coach, you want to do well for him.

    "You want to do well for yourself but it's great to have such a big personality in the set up and someone who has done it all."

    Brady, one would assume, has made sure he has a sensible answer-machine message on his mobile phone.

  14. Newcastle loan Streete to Vale

    Football

    Port Vale sign teenage Newcastle United defender Remi Streete on loan.

    The 19-year-old centre-half becomes the third defensive signing made by interim manager Rob Page inside a fortnight.

    Streete, who has signed for an initial month, has been watched by Page and chairman Norman Smurthwaite several times in recent weeks for Newcastle's under-21s.

  15. This time next year, we'll be millionaires...

    Football

    Only Fools and Horses

    Well, not quite, but Gloucester City manager Tim Harris says he felt like he was in a scene from Only Fools and Horses when councillors approved the Conference North club's plans to rebuild their stadium earlier this week.

    The Tigers have played away from their Meadow Park home since it was submerged by flood water in 2007.

    "The first councillor got up and spoke and it was in favour so we were one-up," Harris told BBC Sport. "Then the second councillor, and so on.

    "It got to a majority and it was like a scene from Only Fools and Horses, when they won all that money. It meant everything to me."

    Only Fools and Horses
  16. There's a grey cloud over us - Sutil

    Formula 1

    Adrian Sutil has added his voice to the F1 drivers talking about their stricken colleague Jules Bianchi, who remains in a 'critical but stable' condition following his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    F1 drivers

    Sauber driver Sutil, who had slid off the track at the same corner on the previous lap, said: "It is hard to say in words and a shocking moment for everyone, and for myself.

    "We just have to pray now - and to hope, that is all we can do."

    Referring to this weekend's race in Sochi, Sutil (pictured back row, middle) added: "Here in Russia, there is a grey cloud over us. We will try to be professional enough to focus on a race weekend again, but it still affects everyone."

  17. Ross County sign Woods

    Football

    Former Barnsley midfielder Martin Woods has signed for Ross County.

    Woods has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, Championship and League One in England, having begun his career at Leeds before going on to spells with Sunderland, Rotherham and Doncaster.

    The 28-year-old has signed until the end of January with a view to a longer stay.

  18. Get involved

    Some more of your responses to our question of the ingredients needed for the perfect footballer. We sense some of you might not be taking this seriously...

    Chad Ravage: The tackling of Vinnie Jones, the temperament of Joey Barton & the athleticism of Jan Molby.

    Paul Scholes

    Aquelious: Rosenthal's finishing, Rooney's hair, Scholes' tackling and Ali Dia's overall game.

    For those who don't remember Ali Dia, he was the man who famously turned up at Southampton pretending to be the cousin of former World Footballer of the Year George Weah.

    Then manager Graeme Souness fell for it and played him in a Premier League game against Leeds. Dia's performance was so diabolical that Souness had to substitute the substitute after just 53 painful minutes.

    Keep your choices coming on Twitter to #bbcsportsday

  19. PFA criticise artificial pitch plan

    Football

    The Professional Footballers' Association criticises Football League plans to introduce artificial pitches.

    Chairman from the bottom two divisions indicated at a meeting in September that they are in favour of 3G surfaces being used from 2015-16 and the proposal could be approved at a further meeting in November.

    "The PFA are surprised and disappointed by the recent decision," the PFA's Simon Barker told BBC Sport.

  20. Whitlock proud of silver medal

    Gymnastics

    Max Whitlock

    Gymnast Max Whitlock, who won a World Championship all-around silver medal in Nanning, China, says: "It's been such a rollercoaster of a week and I can't quite believe this (silver), I'm so proud.

    "I didn't put any pressure on myself and wasn't looking at any of the other scores as we went around."

  21. Barkley on verge of a return

    Football

    Ross Barkley

    Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley is set to return to full training.

    The 20-year-old has not played this season because of a knee injury but Roberto Martinez told the club's website: "On Monday we expect Ross, with the green light from the medical department, to join the group.

    "Now it's a matter of getting him match fitness and getting him up to speed. Ross has been working really, really well and I don't expect any setbacks. I expect Ross, from now on, to have a real clear path to get his match fitness back."

  22. Get involved

    Vote results

    The results from our earlier vote are in. We asked where England should play their home matches in future and the majority of you are in favour of some matches being held outside of Wembley.

    The results are

    1. Big games at Wembley, smaller games at domestic grounds - 51.6%

    2. Tour the domestic grounds - 32.9%

    3. Stay at Wembley - 15.4%

    Thanks for everyone who voted.

  23. Federer eases through

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    Well that didn't take long.

    Roger Federer has brushed aside world number 18 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-4 to reach the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters.

    The Swiss was in terrific form throughout, which must be worrying for Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who plays Federer next.

  24. Koscielny worry for Arsenal

    Football

    A day after Mesut Ozil returned from Germany duty with a long-term knee injury, another worry for Arsenal - central defender Laurent Koscielny has been released from international duty with France.

    Koscielny is understood to have a minor Achilles problem, according to the Press Association.

    However, fans of the Gunners should not fret too much with the club confident he will be fit for the Premier League clash at home to Hull a week on Saturday.

  25. Chelsea right over Courtois

    Football

    Thibaut Courtois

    Chelsea observed correct procedures when they allowed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to continue playing after he sustained a head injury, according to Fifa's chief medical officer Michel D'Hooghe.

    Courtois hurt his head in a collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez during Chelsea's 2-0 Premier League win on Sunday but played on after being assessed, only to be forced off 14 minutes later.

    Chelsea came in for criticism for leaving Courtois on, but D'Hooghe told journalists at the Leaders Sport Business Summit in London: "I think sincerely that, first of all, the team doctor did a correct examination,"

    "She came to the conclusion that he could go on, but she kept an eye on him and from the moment he didn't feel well - which can happen in concussions - they took the right decision to take him off."

  26. Whitlock's historic day

    Gymnastics

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock has equalled the best-ever finish for a British gymnast in a World Championship all-around final with silver in Nanning, China.

    It matches the achievement of team mate Dan Keatings, who finishing second at the 2009 Worlds in London.

    Whitlock initially missed out on a place in the all-around final, and only learned he would compete on Wednesday after team-mate Nile Wilson withdrew through injury.

  27. Dripping in silverware

    Football

    Phil Neal

    It was on this day 40 years ago that Liverpool signed a young full-back from Northampton Town called Phil Neal.

    It is far to say he didn't do too badly, going on to become the club's most decorated player of all time.

    Just for the record, Neal won - deep breath - eight First Division title, four League Cups, five FA Charity Shields, four European Cups, one Uefa Cup and a Uefa Super Cup during his 11 years at Anfield.

    There's a tribute today on Liverpool's website.

  28. Federer on song

    Tennis

    Roger Federer is looking at his imperious best in his third round match at the Shanghai Masters.

    He eased through the opening set against world number 18 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 and has already broken in the second set to lead 3-1. Just like the old days.

  29. Martinez on Stones injury

    Football

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been talking about the news that young defender John Stones is likely to be out for the remainder of the year with an ankle injury.

    "It's a little bit of a setback because you don't want to lose any players, but in John's case we were very worried in the moment that it happened because those injuries can become a little bit difficult to treat," said the Toffees boss.

    "But this one is going to be straightforward and we are already counting down the days for him to come back.

    "We'll make sure he comes back stronger and ready for the final and most important part of the season."

    Stones will be sidelined for 10 to 14 weeks, a blow for Everton who are already without the injured Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas.

  30. O'Neill criticises Watford's action

    Football

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has described Watford's treatment of his former assistant Billy McKinlay as "very poor".

    McKinlay left his post as O'Neill's deputy to become the Hornets' new head coach at the end of last month, but was out of a job within eight days as the club's owners decided to appoint Slavisa Jokanovic as their fourth boss of the season.

    "I'm very disappointed for him, and really I think Watford have to look at themselves," O'Neill said.

    "Billy's not done anything untoward - he went in in difficult circumstances, got a win and a draw and suddenly finds himself out of work again."

    O'Neill is preparing Northern Ireland for Saturday's home match against the Faroe Islands and a trip to Greece three days later.

  31. Scotland to go on the attack

    Football

    Steven Naismith

    Striker Steven Naismith says Scotland will go straight for Georgia's jugular at Ibrox on Saturday.

    The Scots performed heroically as they went down 2-1 to world champions Germany in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Everton frontman Naismith believes Gordon Strachan will send his team out with a cavalier attitude in an attempt to kick-start their qualifying bid.

    "I think we will be more positive," Naismith said. "We will be more attacking than we were in Germany. We will need to be.

    "Being at home you want to get the crowd behind you, dictate the tempo and play an advanced game that creates chances. So that has to be our main aim from the kick-off."

  32. Fifa: 'Racism is in front of your face'

    Football

    The head of Fifa's anti-racism task force says racism in English football is "right in front of your face".

    Jeffrey Webb said discrimination was overt and highlighted the lack of black and ethnic minority people in boardrooms and dugouts. Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has described racism as a "hidden problem".

    But Webb said: "It's not hidden. It's hidden from a discussion standpoint. No-one wants to deal with it."

  33. Djokovic had to work for victory

    Tennis

    Top seed Novak Djokovic has to battle to victory in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. The Serbian claimed a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

    "He pushed me to the last point," admits defending champion Djokovic. "He deserves credit for how he played. Some shots were incredible. I've never played him so it was difficult for me to get into the match. He was making winners from all over the place. I had to back off.

    "This is something that definitely gives me more confidence. It was definitely the toughest match I've had so far in China. I'm really glad I managed to stay mentally tough."

  34. Whitlock in contention for a World medal

    Gymnastics

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter in Nanning, China

    Max Whitlock

    "Despite looking out-of-sorts for much of the week, gymnast Max Whitlock is currently on-course to win Britain's first-ever World all-around medal.

    "The three-time Commonwealth champion from Glasgow 2014 only made it into the final after team-mate Nile Wilson withdrew injured yesterday, but Whitlock has been incredible today and is in second place at the halfway stage behind Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan."

  35. Season over for Crofts

    Football

    Brighton's Andrew Crofts and Charlton's Jordan Cousins

    Brighton and Wales midfielder Andrew Crofts is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a second serious knee injury in the space of 10 months.

    The 30-year-old suffered a partial tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday.

    Crofts ruptured the same ACL in January, forcing him to miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.

  36. Get involved

    With the possibility of England playing their home games away from Wembley from 2018, we asked where they should play and why? Here are some more of your replies.

    Kevin Marillie: Why not let the England players decide? Maybe they will perform better at a stadium of their choosing.

    Suhayl Kassam: Vicarage Road because we actually have four stands now.

    William Nicolle: Come to Home Park as we never see any decent football down in Plymouth.

    Gregory P: Bring the matches to Derby. Middle of the country so easy for everyone to get to.

    Matt Morris: Stevenage, for the cheesy chips!

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter, using the hashtag #myenglandpitch

  37. Gerrard signs new Widnes deal

    Rugby League

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes prop Alex Gerrard has signed a new contract, keeping him at the Vikings until 2017.

    The 22-year-old made 17 appearances this season as he helped Widnes make the Super League play-offs for the first time.

  38. York sign Blades youngster on loan

    Football

    York City have signed Sheffield United forward Diego de Girolamo on a one-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old Italy Under-19 international featured for the Blades in their 2-1 win over Hartlepool in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday, and could make his debut for York against Newport on Saturday.

  39. Counago hits back at 'coward' Keane

    Football

    Pablo Counago

    Former Ipswich striker Pablo Counago has described Roy Keane as a "mess as a football manager" and a "coward".

    Counago was responding to Keane's claim in his new book that the Spaniard was "dead lazy" during their time together at Portman Road.

    Keane said 35-year-old Counago was "a player I didn't particularly like or get on with" and added "I nearly physically attacked him".

    In a statement given to independent Ipswich Town website TWTD, Counago said: "It seems like he needs to criticise players, managers and directors etc to keep selling books as he is not able to do anything else in football."

    Roy Keane
  40. Choice for Murray

    Tennis

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: Murray confirms he will play Valencia (Berdych, Cilic, Ferrer, Nishikori) or Basel (Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, Raonic) the week after next.

  41. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Some more of your responses to our question of the ingredients needed for the perfect footballer.

    Carlos Valderama

    Adam: Skill: Ronaldinho, Pace: Bale, Finishing: Ronaldo, Set-Pieces: Beckham, Strength: YToure, Hair: Valderrama (pictured) Celebration: Shearer *ahem*

    coastalgooner: Viera-tenacity, Ronaldihno-dribbling, Ronaldo-heading, Henry-finishing, Pirlo-vision, Walcott-pace, Suarez-audacity, Roy Keane-beard

    Rian Hoskins: Physique: Ronaldo, Dribbling: Messi, Vision: Pirlo, Work-Rate: Suarez, Strength: Costa, Set-Pieces: Fabregas, Leader: Terry.

  42. Northants sign teenage batsman

    Cricket

    Northants have signed teenage prospect Saif Zaib on a three-year deal.

    The 16-year-old academy batsman made an impression with an unbeaten 50 against Durham University earlier this year and has featured regularly for the second XI.

    Zaib is a pupil at RGS Wycombe, where he holds an impressive school record for a knock of 230, and scored his maiden century for his club High Wycombe this summer.

  43. On this day

    Chris Eubank

    1993: It was 'Judgement Day' as Chris Eubank fought Nigel Benn at Old Trafford with a huge audience watching on TV. It finished a draw, although Eubank recently admitted Benn should have got the verdict.

    2006: Snooker professional Paul Hunter, who won three Masters titles, died at the age of 27 after a battle with cancer.

    2007: Marion Jones returned all five Olympic medals she captured during the 2000 Games in Sydney after admitting taking performance-enhancing steroids and lying under oath in the Balco investigations.

    2011: Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver ever to win the Formula 1 Championships twice.

    Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn
  44. Somerset extend spinner's contract

    Cricket

    Somerset have extended the contract of promising left-arm spinner George Dockrell through to the end of next season.

    The Ireland international, 22, joined Somerset in 2010 and in just his second match in the County Championship took six for 27 against Middlesex.

  45. Liverpool's Lovren injured

    Football

    Dejan Lovren

    Potentially bad news for Liverpool - the Reds' centre-back Dejan Lovren has withdrawn from Croatia's squad with an abdominal injury.

    Lovren was due to play in Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bulgaria on Friday and Azerbaijan on Monday but sustained a problem in training which has ruled him out.

    The defender, who signed for Liverpool from Southampton for £20m in the summer, will return to Merseyside in the next couple of days, where he will have a further medical assessment.

    It is the second successive month the club have had a player injured on international duty after striker Daniel Sturridge sustained a thigh injury in England training, which has caused him to miss the last seven matches.

  46. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Football

    John Stones

    Everton's John Stones is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury and will be out for 10-14 weeks, manager Roberto Martinez has revealed.

    The defender, 20, who has four England caps, was carried off on a stretcher during the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

    It means he is unlikely to play again this year.

  47. Djokovic up against it

    Tennis

    Could there be a shock on the cards at the Shanghai Open?

    Novak Djokovic has lost the second set in his third round match against the unheralded Mikhail Kukushkin, from Kazakhstan.

    Kukushkin, ranked 85th in the world, and who upset 16th seed Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2 to reach this stage, took the set 6-4 and is playing some great tennis.

    World number one Djokovic won the first set 6-3, the decider is underway...

  48. Shrewsbury sign Grant on loan

    Football

    In a bid to end their shortage of goals in League Two, Shrewsbury Town have signed Blackpool striker Bobby Grant on loan for a month.

    The 24-year-old links up with a Town side that have scored just twice in eight matches.

  49. Birthdays

    Steve Ovett

    Jim Montgomery (football) 71 - former Sunderland goalkeeper, most famous for his double save in the 1973 FA Cup final win over Leeds.

    Steve Ovett (athletics) 59 - Olympic 800 metres champion in 1980.

    Annika Sorenstam (golf) 44 - winner of 10 LPGA major championships.

    Eamonn Martin (athletics) 56 - London marathon winner in 1993.

    Mark Viduka (football) 39 - former Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Australia striker.

  50. Get involved

    Vote now

    We have been asking for your thoughts on the story that England could take international matches to different grounds around the country.

    So what do you think? We have a vote on the top right of this page. You have three options to the question 'where should England play'?

    1. Stay at Wembley. 2. Tour the domestic grounds. 3. Big games at Wembley, smaller matches at domestic grounds.

    The vote will be open until 15:00 BST and the results will be announced shortly afterwards.

  51. Murray confident of extending ATP Finals run

    Tennis

    Andy Murray remains confident he can qualify for November's ATP Finals in London, and extend his run of playing in the season-ending championships every year since 2008.

    Murray lost earlier today in three sets against David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

    "There's still obviously a few more weeks left in the season,'' says Murray. "I've played some pretty good tennis. David barely missed a ball for about a set-and-a-half. I couldn't find a way around him.''

  52. Still hope for Murray

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray might have lost in Shanghai today - beaten in three sets by David Ferrer - but it is not all bad news for the Scot.

    Murray, 27, still has three weeks of tournaments, including the Paris Masters, in which to muscle his way into the top eight and secure a spot at next month's ATP Finals in London.

    And while Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have already qualified, many of his rivals have struggled to make an impression in Shanghai.

    Murray is now within touching distance of Milos Raonic, who withdrew in the first round due to illness, while Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov - who sits behind Murray in 11th place - all suffered earlier defeats.

  53. Fergie's Man United backing for Van Gaal

    Football

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to Louis van Gaal's start at Manchester United, calling the Dutchman's approach "brilliant".

    Former boss Ferguson, in his first remarks about Van Gaal's start at the club, said the new manager was right to have made so many changes to the squad.

    "Louis has made a lot of changes and maybe he's doing the right and correct thing, to clear the decks and build his own team, because he's got the experience and coaching ability to do that," said Ferguson, in a programme, Sir Alex: Life After Management, to be shown on MUTV on Monday.

    "He's got the reputation to do that. I think the way he's approached it is brilliant."

  54. Swindon skipper signs new deal

    Football

    Swindon Town captain Nathan Thompson has signed a new contract that will keep him with the club until 2017.

    The 23-year-old full-back has made 97 first-team appearances for the League One side.

  55. England's Tuilagi back for Leicester

    Rugby Union

    England centre Manu Tuilagi has been named in Leicester Tigers' starting line-up to face Harlequins at Welford Road on Friday.

    The 23-year-old played in the opening two games of the season but has not featured since suffering a groin injury before the 45-0 defeat by Bath last month.

  56. F1 drivers show their support for Bianchi

    Formula 1

    Daniel Ricciardo

    The F1 drivers are showing their support for Jules Bianchi with the message 'Tous Avec Jules #17'.

    This is Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo's crash helmet which he will be wearing during this weekend's Russian Grand Prix.

    Ricciardo writes on Twitter: "We are all with Jules."

  57. Formula 1 news conference

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel: "Surely if something happens there is the chance to learn something for next time and avoid these things from happening.

    "But with the cars we race and speeds we travel, accidents can happen. But it was extremely unlucky circumstances that led to much more than the usual type of crash we see when you lose control of your car."

  58. Formula 1 news conference

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button

    McLaren's Jenson Button: "We all echo the opinions of everything that has been said. It is a very horrible feeling knowing one of your fellow drivers is going through this.

    "The most important thing to say is we wish him well and our thoughts are with him - we all feel the same in the F1 world."

  59. Formula 1 news conference

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel described the chain of events which led to Jules Bianchi's accident as a 'catastrophe'.

    The reigning F1 champion said: "It was an extremely difficult race for all of us. They were difficult conditions, leaving a very small margin for error.

    "For Jules at that time it was too small and on top of those very unlucky circumstances, it led to catastrophe. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we wish him all the strength that we can send."

  60. Formula 1 news conference

    Formula 1

    A number of Formula 1 drivers are talking at a news conference about what happened to Jules Bianchi, who suffered a severe head injury when he crashed during last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

    Williams's Felipe Massa: "It was the worst race of my life. It was really bad, worse than my accident. Every day we are thinking about him. It's a difficult weekend for all of us.

    "Maybe tomorrow will get a little better because we'll have something to think about. We'll try to race and do the best we can for him and his family."

    Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat: "It was a shock. I didn't expect to hear such negative news after the race and I just hope we can hear much better, more positive news.

    "I really wish he will recover. Nothing like this has happened for such a long time. I am thinking of him very often. We all are. We are all united to support him."

  61. Football's acrobats

    Football

    Kazenga LuaLua

    Andy's message is a bit unclear, so do you want the celebration technique of Brighton's Kazenga LuaLua (pictured above)?

    Or do you prefer his equally acrobatic brother, ex-Newcastle and Portsmouth man Lomana (pictured below)? Although big Yakubu looks less than impressed with Lomana's effort.

    Lomana LuaLua
  62. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    The Great British Bake Off might be over but we want to know what you think are the ingredients of the perfect player. The finishing of Costa, the skill of Messi, the ability of Ronaldo?

    Couple of good early contenders here.

    Andy Portman: Physique-Ronaldo. Dribbling-Messi. Tenacity-Keane. Vision-Scholes. Finishing-Shearer. Penalties-Le Tissier. Celebration-Lua Lua!

    Hokeypokey: Finishing of Ronaldo, physique of Ronaldo, aerial ability of Ronaldo, pace of Bale, dribbling of Messi. Teeth of Suarez.

    Luis Suarez

    Carry on tweeting us at #bbcsportsday

  63. Oldham sign striker Ibehre on loan

    Football

    League One side Oldham sign striker Jabo Ibehre on loan from Colchester for three months.

    The 31-year-old could make his debut against Walsall, one of his former clubs, on Saturday.

  64. Meet the lawyer on a mission

    Triathlon

    Rachel Joyce

    Feeling a bit fed up today? Think you've got a tough job? Spare a thought for Rachel Joyce.

    In an average week, the 36-year-old will run the equivalent of London to Brighton, cycle from London to Middlesbrough and swim nearly three quarters of the way across the English Channel.

    It is all part of her training for the World Ironman Championships on Saturday, a 140.6-mile event in which she will be racing non-stop for up to nine hours.

    And it's quite a change of lifestyle for a woman who, until 2008, used to work as a lawyer in London.

    Read the full story by BBC Sport's Helen Murray here.

  65. Schleck retires aged 29

    Road Cycling

    Luxembourg's Andy Schleck has called time on his cycling career, forced to retire at 29 by a knee injury sustained in the Tour de France this year.

    Andy Schleck

    "I'm obviously disappointed to end my career like this," Schleck said in a statement released by his team.

    The highlight of Schleck's career came when he won the 2010 Tour de France, when he was promoted from second after Spain's Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for doping.

  66. England to play a day later than planned

    Cricket

    England will play the fourth one-day international of their forthcoming Sri Lanka tour a day later than initially scheduled.

    The fourth match of seven, at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium, has been put back from Saturday, December 6 to Sunday, December 7.

    Sri Lanka Cricket has informed the England and Wales Cricket Board of the switch, necessary because of religious observance of Poya Day on December 6.

  67. Today's newspapers

    Marca (Spain)

    Marca

    Spanish sports newspaper Marca is a big fan of Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, as he dominates the front page.

    The main headline loosely translates as 'hard nut to crack' and it goes on to call the tough Slovakian defender an 'ogre'.

    Skrtel will be marshalling the Slovakia defence when they take on Spain in a Euro 2016 Group C qualifier tonight. Both teams won their first qualifying matches.

  68. Perez: Use safety car more

    Formula 1

    Sergio Perez has also called on the FIA to introduce the safety car on all occasions when a recovery vehicle is in operation during a grand prix.

    Perez said: "In the future, when there is a tractor picking up a car, we need a safety car, no matter the conditions because there is always a risk.

    "You expose the marshals, a lot of people, so we need a safety car if the tractor is on track."

  69. Perez says Bianchi crash not acceptable

    Formula 1

    Sergio Perez

    The crash that left Jules Bianchi with severe head injuries was "totally unacceptable" and could have been avoided, says Sergio Perez.

    The Mexican says drivers will be asking governing body the FIA for "explanations of what happened and what are we going to change going forward".

    "It is not acceptable," said the Force India driver. "We have to look for answers from the FIA on what happened in this tragic accident.

    "We have to make sure they hear us."

    Read the full article by BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson here.

  70. Old Trafford tops Wembley, says Brown

    Rugby League

    St Helens head coach Nathan Brown says leading out his team at Old Trafford in Saturday's Super League Grand Final against Wigan means more to him than it would do if it were at Wembley.

    Old Trafford has staged the Grand Final every year since its inception in 1998, with the Challenge Cup final traditionally held at Wembley.

    "When you're an Aussie, Old Trafford is better than Wembley," the 41-year-old told BBC North West Tonight. "A lot of English people will take Wembley for the tradition, but from a pure Aussie point of view, you've always had Grand Finals there, and that is what you strive to."

  71. Ronaldo 'no intention' of Man United return

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of returning to Manchester United and will see out the rest of his playing career at the Spanish club, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

    The 29-year-old has been in majestic form this season and has scored 15 goals already. United have been linked with a big-money attempt to lure the striker back.

    But Mendes told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE: "Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been happy. He is going to break all the records there and will retire there.

    "He has an affection for United because his heart was there for six years. But now all he thinks of is Real Madrid and he will always be here."

  72. Wales news conference

    Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST, Friday)

    Wales boss Chris Coleman: "The players have a great chance to live up to the label of being the golden generation, I think they are good enough. There's a chance for us to create history.

    Wales

    "We're looking forward to this titanic challenge we have on Friday night. There's a real buzz about the squad."

  73. Wales news conference

    Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST, Friday)

    Gareth Bale is tipped to become Wales's leading goalscorer of all time. The Real Madrid forward netted twice against Andorra and has scored 16 times in 46 international appearances.

    The current record holder is former Liverpool striker Ian Rush, who scored 28 goals in 73 matches for Wales in the 1980s and 1990s.

    But manager Chris Coleman expects 25-year-old Bale to beat those figures. "Gareth's young enough," says Coleman. "He's going to play enough games to surpass that."

  74. Wales news conference

    Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST, Friday)

    Chris Coleman

    It is Wales manager Chris Coleman's turn to speak to the media and, like Ashley Williams, is not prepared to make excuses despite his side missing 10 players through injury.

    "Whoever we have, the players are good enough," says Coleman.

  75. Wales news conference

    Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST, Friday)

    More from Wales captain Ashley Williams on the prospect of facing Bosnian strikers Edin Dzeko of Manchester City and Stuttgart's Veded Ibisevic.

    "It will be a challenge," says Williams. "As a front line, they are world class."

    Wales won their opening Euro 2016 qualifier, thanks to two goals from Gareth Bale as they came from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory away at Andorra.

    Bosnia-Hercegovina played in the 2014 World Cup but suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Cyprus in their first qualifier.

  76. Wales news conference

    Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST, Friday)

    Wales captain Ashley Williams is talking at a news conference before his side's Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia-Hercegovina in Cardiff on Friday.

    Ashley Williams

    Despite Wales being without 10 players through injury, Williams is still confident of victory.

    "I've never played for Wales in a full house so I am looking forward to that," says Williams. "We've got enough players to get the job done. We do not want to make any excuses."

  77. Wade and Thornton make nine-dart history

    Darts

    James Wade

    James Wade and Robert Thornton made history as both players hit nine-dart finishes in their second-round match at the World Grand Prix in Dublin.

    It is the first time that two players have completed perfect legs in the same competitive match.

    Previously, only Brendan Dolan had hit a nine-darter in the double-start format, while Phil Taylor hit two in the 2010 Premier League final.

  78. Huws out of Wales squad

    Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina (19:45 BST, Friday)

    Emyr Huws is out of the Wales squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia-Hercegovina.

    The 21-year-old Wigan midfielder was struggling with an ankle injury before joining the squad.

    It means manager Chris Coleman is now without 10 players for the crucial match in Cardiff on Friday, including Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Liverpool's Joe Allen.

  79. Get involved

    With the possibility of England playing their home games away from Wembley from 2018, we asked where they should play and why? Here are some of your replies so far.

    Bill Rowlands: Fratton Park, Portsmouth. It may be small and old-fashioned but full of pride and atmosphere. Proper English game

    Glenn Littleboy: Come to Southampton. One of the best if not the best groundsman in England. Pitch spotless and approximately 32,000 full seats.

    Liqibwoy: Without Wembley, Old Trafford is always the best choice among the pitches. Great atmosphere and capacity.

    Matt Noble: Bootham Crescent as there's a chance you could actually sell it out for a international friendly.

    Keep your thoughts coming on Twitter, using the hashtag #myenglandpitch

  80. Wales news conference

    Football

    Wales

    BBC Wales Sport on Twitter: Wales manager Chris Coleman and captain Ashley Williams are about to speak to the media before tomorrow's match v Bosnia.

    We will have the best quotes from both Coleman and Williams shortly.

  81. F1 news conference in Russia

    Formula 1

    Jules Bianchi

    A Formula 1 press conference is scheduled for 12:00 BST in Sochi, the venue for the Russian Grand Prix at the weekend.

    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are among the drivers who will be talking, with the focus likely to be on safety following the accident in Japan which left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital.

    But Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams has already spoken out, saying Formula 1 should consider bringing in enclosed cockpits to improve driver safety after Jules Bianchi's Japanese Grand Prix crash.

    Full story here.

  82. Montpellier stadium closed because of storms

    Football

    If you think we have bad weather, spare a thought for France.

    Violent storms which hit parts of southern France on Monday were so extreme that Montpellier will play their next game in the French league away at Lyon because their stadium has been so badly damaged.

    A spokesman for the French league said: "Lyon agreed to reverse the order of its games against Montpellier to give the southern club more time to find an alternative solution for its home matches."

  83. Today's newspapers

    L'Equipe (France)

    L'Equipe

    An interesting story to bring you from France as L'Equipe goes with the dramatic headline 'How to save Ligue 1'.

    The paper says that the economic and sporting decline of France's top division is "a reality but not a fatality" and that radical changes are needed.

    L'Equipe proposes that Ligue 1 should be reduced from 20 to 10 teams, the players should be paid according to their performances and teams should get four points, instead of three, for winning a game.

  84. Get involved

    You might not have noticed but the Great British Bake Off - a programme which has had more column inches than even Kevin Pietersen - is over for another series.

    The reason for mentioning it here? Well, last night's finale got us thinking about what ingredients make the perfect player.

    Is it the finishing of Costa, the skill of Messi, the vision of Fabregas, the free-kicks of Beckham, the hair of, erm, Robbie Savage?

    We want to know. Tweet us at #bbcsportsday and #gbbo

  85. Bresnan denies Pietersen claims

    Cricket

    Tim Bresnan has denied claims he was one of the England players involved in the parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account.

    Surrey team director Alec Stewart says he told the ECB in July 2012 that Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan had access to the account.

    Bresnan has just tweeted: "Disappointed to be implicated in the #kpgenius account. I 100% did NOT have any password. And wasn't involved in any posting."

  86. Murray loses in Shanghai

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray's hopes of securing a spot at next month's ATP Finals in London have taken a hit.

    Despite racing through the first set 6-2 against David Ferrer at the Shanghai Masters, the Scot lost the next two sets 6-1, 6-2 and is out of the tournament before the quarter-finals stage.

  87. Get involved

    Not much fresh Kevin Pietersen news today - so far - but here are a couple of your views on the situation, posted on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andy Hayward: The KP genius account went beyond banter. If Andy Flower knew then you would assume Strauss knew as well. Hardly surprising KP got so fed up with the England dressing room. I always thought KP's claims were more about protecting his ego, but after reading Michael Vaughan's, Ricky Ponting's and now Alec Stewart's views it's starting to sound like that dressing room really was a toxic environment. Great when you're winning, devastating when you're not.

    Malick Kudmany: One law for KP, one law for the rest. Typical ECB, typical English attitude. Pick on the individual and scapegoat him if he sticks out because it's easier while allowing the pack to do as they please.

    BBC Sport's Facebook page is here.

  88. Back pages

    Daily Mirror

    The Daily Mirror mentions Roy Hodgson's desire for a perfect Euro qualifying campaign. But its main story concerns the injury to Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who reported for international duty with Germany with a sore knee, had a scan which revealed damage, and has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks. As the Mirror points out, it means big problems for Arsenal, who have several other players on the injury list.

  89. Should Evans return after rape conviction?

    Football

    Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans, who was jailed for five years for rape in April 2012 but is due to be released early this month, should be allowed to play football again when he is released from prison, says Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor.

    This is despite more than 90,000 people signing a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-employ him.

    Full story on the BBC Sport website and if you click on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page, you can follow the debate live and have your say on BBC Radio 5 live's Your Call.

  90. Get involved

    #myenglandpitch

    Right, it's your turn to get involved.

    Today we are asking for your thoughts on the possibility of England playing their home games away from Wembley from 2018.

    If they do go back on the road, we want to know why they should play at your club's ground. Are you a United fan with the biggest capacity or a Morecambe fan with the best pies? We want to hear from you right now.

    Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #myenglandpitch

  91. Back pages

    Independent

    The Independent picks up on a comment from Roy Hodgson that he wants to keep the England dressing room free of bullies. Appropriately, the back page also features a story about Kevin Pietersen.

  92. Back pages

    Daily Express

    Let's have a look at today's back pages, which are all dominated by England before tonight's Euro qualifier against San Marino. The Daily Express focuses on Wayne Rooney - 41 goals for his country - as he talks about overtaking Jimmy Greaves in the all-time England goalscoring charts. After Greaves (44 goals), there is only Gary Lineker (48) and Sir Bobby Charlton (49) to get past.

  93. Murray pegged back

    Tennis

    David Ferrer has levelled matters against Andy Murray at the Shanghai Masters.

    The Spaniard took the second set in emphatic style 6-1, after Murray had bossed the opening set 6-2. The players are starting a third and deciding set now.

  94. Savage on that voicemail

    Football

    Robbie 'Whazzup' Savage has been on BBC Radio 5 live to give his views on the voicemail greeting that Roy Keane has written about in his autobiography.

    Keane revealed he didn't sign Savage when he was Sunderland manager because the midfielder's voicemail message was 'Hi, it's Robbie - whazzup!'.

    Here is Savage's take on things.

  95. Federer or free Wifi?

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    While we're on the subject of tennis and the Shanghai Masters, there was an interesting show of affection for Roger Federer during the Swiss master's second round win over Leonardo Mayer yesterday.

    Federer tweeted this photo, with the message: "I remember seeing this and thinking random. I can't say I've ever been told that before ".

  96. Ferrer fights back

    Tennis

    Ahem, we may have spoken too soon about Andy Murray's comfortable progress in Shanghai.

    David Ferrer is fighting back hard and leads 4-1 in the second set. Murray took the opening set 6-2, dropping only four points on his serve.

  97. England must not get complacent

    Football

    San Marino. No big deal, right?

    You've clearly forgotten the World Cup qualifier in 1993 when England conceded a goal against their rather less illustrious opponents just 8.3 seconds after kick-off. Computer salesman Davide Gualtieri was the scorer and though England recovered to win 7-1, it was red faces all round and a little reminder that you can never take anything for granted.

    Ahead of England's Euro 2016 qualifier with San Marino at Wembley tonight, BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty explains why the so-called easy games are still tests.

    Full story here.

  98. England trio had access to mock Pietersen account

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen

    Hang on, we've been going half an hour and we've not mentioned Kevin Pietersen yet. Let's put that right immediately.

    The former England batsmen has had plenty to say ahead of the release of his tell-all book, with one of his main gripes a parody Twitter account set up to ridicule him. According to Pietersen, he was so hurt by it that he was reduced to tears.

    One-time England opener and now Surrey team director Alec Stewart has joined the debate by claiming he told the ECB in July 2012 that Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan had access to the mock account.

    Read more here.

  99. Murray in control

    Tennis

    Andy Murray did not wobble after his strong start against David Ferrer in Shanghai. The Scot took the first set 6-2.

    Murray, remember, is trying to get into the world's top eight and secure a spot at next month's ATP Finals in London. He is currently ninth in the standings, Ferrer is 10th.

  100. Bye bye to Wembley?

    Football

    Wembley

    The possibility of England playing at stadiums other than Wembley follows a lowly crowd of 40,181 for the recent friendly against Norway.

    The previous lowest crowd for an international at the new stadium was the 48,876 for a friendly against Sweden in 2011.

    In contrast, the first of three NFL games to be held at Wembley in 2014 - Miami Dolphins' 38-14 win over the Oakland Raiders - was played in front of 83,436 fans. And the other two games - Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars v Dallas Cowboys - also sold out.

  101. England on tour?

    Football

    Remember those days of watching England at Old Trafford, Villa Park, Stadium of Light, St James' Park, St Mary's and Leicester before Wembley's revamp was finished in 2007?

    It could happen again soon.

    From 2018, and if an NFL team bases itself at Wembley, the national team might be playing their home games at stadiums around the country.

    The Football Association is obliged to hold matches at the stadium until 2017 but wants an American Football franchise to replace those revenues.

    Full story here.

  102. Murray's fast start

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Let's start with a bit of Andy Murray. The Scot has begun his third round clash against Spaniard David Ferrer at the Shanghai Masters in terrific style, racing into a 5-1 first set lead. Murray looks in fine fettle - let's hope we've not put the mockers on it

  103. Morning all

    We're off again on another Sportsday and there is plenty to get through. England take on San Marino at Wembley tonight and Wayne Rooney is aiming to break goalscoring records. There's more fallout from the Kevin Pietersen saga and an F1 press conference in Sochi with the latest on the condition of Jules Bianchi. Andy Murray's in action at the Shanghai Masters. Plenty going on then...