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Summary

  1. Liverpool take on Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale out injured (19:45 BST)
  2. Arsenal face Anderlecht, with third-choice keeper Martinez expected to start
  3. Rokoduguni and Kruis in England squad for Autumn Internationals; Tuilagi and Cipriani out
  4. Andy Murray beats Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-3 at Valencia Open
  5. Serena Williams beaten 6-0 6-2 by Simona Halep at WTA Finals
  6. Get involved: What do you miss about old-school football?

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell, but not for long

    Sportsday may be over but stay on the BBC website for the best live text coverage of tonight's Champions League action involving Liverpool and Arsenal.

    The Reds take on Real Madrid at Anfield in what could be a classic, while Arsenal have a game in Anderlecht that they dare not lose.

    Enjoy - and see you at 8am tomorrow for more Sportsday fun and frolics.

  2. Blues interest 'flattered' MK boss Robinson

    Football

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has said he is "flattered" by Birmingham City's interest in his services and his own club's desire to keep him.

    Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has dismissed an approach from Blues for the 34-year-old.

    "I'm flattered - but just as flattered by the chairman's response. It shows he wants me at this football club," Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "That gives me the satisfaction of knowing you're wanted somewhere."

  3. Pakistan bowler's action 'improves'

    Cricket

    Saeed Ajmal

    Pakistan cricket authorities say that banned spinner Saeed Ajmal will receive a further two weeks of work on his illegal bowling action before being sent to England for assessment.

    Ajmal, 37, was suspended in September and has been receiving the help of former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to correct his action.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board said he has shown "significant improvement".

  4. Get involved

    For the last time today, things you miss about the old days...

    Mohamed Murad: Diving headers. When was the last time you saw a diving header?

    Robert Mahoney: Proper men playing the game, and feeling part of the club unlike now days just feeling like a cash cow.

    Ian Higgins: Standing up, sitting at matches has killed the atmosphere for me.

    Ibrahim Jalloh: Players playing for the love of the game and not cosmetic footballers as we see these days...Zidane playing with the ball like he owns it. A born footballer.

    Sandra Cheeseman: Honesty and a plethora of decent British footballers.

    Thanks to one and all for getting involved.

  5. Pulis: I would have spoken to Cardiff

    Football

    Tony Pulis

    Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says he would have been interested in taking over at Cardiff City.

    Newport-born Pulis was a favourite with bookmakers and many fans to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The 56-year-old left Crystal Palace in August but was not considered for the Cardiff role before they appointed Russell Slade.

    "If the call would have come I certainly would have spoken," Pulis told BBC's Sport Wales.

  6. Somerset bowler breaks ankle on golf course

    Cricket

    Somerset pace bowler Alfonso Thomas has suffered a broken ankle in a freak accident while playing golf.

    The 37-year-old South African, who took 53 Championship wickets in 2014, is recovering after undergoing surgery.

    "It is really unfortunate news for Alfonso and we wish him a speedy recovery," director of cricket Matthew Maynard told the club website.

  7. Nadal powers through

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1 6-1 to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals.

    Second seed Nadal, who needed just 56 minutes to beat a qualifier ranked 120 in the world 120, next plays either 17-year-old Croatian Borna Coric or Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

  8. Everton Europa squad news

    Football

    Everton will be without the rested duo of Steven Naismith and Leon Osman for tomorrow's Europa League Group H clash in Lille.

    Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone, only recently back involved after long-term injuries, are not yet fully match-fit so have also sat out the trip to France, along with Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and John Stones (ankle).

    Veteran Frenchman Sylvain Distin, left out the matchday squad for the last four games, has been included in the travelling party.

  9. Riga questions Blackpool recruitment

    Football

    Blackpool manager Jose Riga has again appeared to question whether there is a desire at the club to bring in new players to strengthen the squad, having clashed with chairman Karl Oyston in the summer over recruitment policy.

    "On the market, you cannot find what we were able to find two months ago," the 57-year-old told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    Asked if he was suggesting the chairman did not want to bring anyone in, he replied: "I have made proposition (to sign players) but I repeat, I'm still waiting."

    Blackpool lost to Derby last night and are bottom of the Championship with only one win so far this season.

  10. Leeds owner says player is no racist

    Football

    Massimo Cellino

    Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

    Norwich striker Cameron Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian during last night's 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

    "Bellusci is no racist," Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I spoke with him and he said 'you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him (Jerome).' He is surprised by this. He is shocked.

    "I don't allow racists at this club and I won't allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist, I'll kick him out before the FA has a chance."

  11. Row over Africa tournament

    Football

    The Confederation of African Football and Uefa president Michel Platini are at loggerheads after comments made about the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Caf accused Platini of interference after it believed he had questioned its decision not to postpone the tournament because of the Ebola crisis.

    The Frenchman responded in a letter to Caf, denying the accusation and demanding an apology and a retraction.

    Hosts Morocco want to delay the event, which is due to take place from 17 January to 8 February.

  12. Chancellor backs London NFL plan

    Football

    Evening Standard

    Interesting story on the front page of today's London Evening Standard, with the paper saying chancellor George Osborne has "held top-level talks about bringing an American Football team to London".

    "This is primarily a decision for the owners of the clubs and the NFL organisation but I've said to the NFL that anything the Government can do to make this happen we will do, because I think it would be a huge boost to London," Osborne said.

  13. Rodgers: We have a Real plan

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Not long now till kick off in tonight's Champions League game and at Liverpool, boss Brendan Rodgers says he has a plan to deal with Real Madrid and the prolific Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo has begun the season with 20 goals in 13 games for club and country, but never scored at Anfield during his time at former club Manchester United.

    Rodgers said: "He is arguably the best player in the world at the moment, and his evolution from being a soloist who scores goals to a goalscorer is there to see.

    "But we have to make a plan for our team first to ensure we cause Real Madrid problems and then prepare yourself for the quality players they have."

  14. Women and children only games

    Football

    UEFA may order clubs to allow only women and children into European matches as punishment for racist behaviour by fans.

    It comes after CSKA Mopscow were told they will face no action for apparently having fans inside the closed stadium during last night's Champions League draw with Manchester City.

    Some 200 to 300 people supporting CSKA were inside the stadium on Tuesday night but UEFA is satisfied the rules were followed.

    UEFA president Michel Platini will, however, put forward the 'women and children only' plan for discussion by European football's chiefs after a successful use of the scheme in Turkey in 2011.

  15. No fall out at Spurs - Pochettino

    Football

    Jan Vertonghen

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane.

    The 27-year-old has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team place this term, with rumours that all may not be well between the defender and his boss.

    But Pochettino said: "(The) rumours and information and different situations ... I don't read it. Never.

    "I know the players are sometimes affected by comment or rumours and they call me about the rumours but Jan is a very important player for Tottenham and for me."

  16. Get involved

    You've been telling us what you miss most about the golden olden days of football...

    Andrew Askew: What do we miss from football: players giving the referee total respect and accepting his decision.

    Billyfl34: Terraces, tackling and Highbury, God I miss Highbury.

    Guy Metcalfe-Hume: Big tackles, where both ball and man end up in the air.

    Nathan Phelps: The old days... when football players tried their best to stay on their feet instead of the fake tumble.

    Max A Sobell: "Interesting" fashion choices for away and goalkeeper kits in the 90s that would cause Gok Wan to faint in disgust.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  17. Croatian fighter's life ban

    Boxing

    Croatian boxer Vido Loncar and his coaches have been barred for life by the International Boxing Association for assaulting a referee.

    Loncar had to be dragged from the ring after he attacked Polish ref Maciej Dziurgot during shocking scenes following a defeat in the light-heavyweight division at the European youth championsips in Zagreb on Monday.

    Loncar punched the referee, who fell to the floor, then leapt on top of him and continued the attack. The referee was taken to a hospital and local police arrested the Croatian boxer.

    AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu said: "AIBA and the entire boxing family have zero tolerance for this sort of behaviour."

  18. Arsenal praise from Sir Alex

    Football

    Wenger and Ferguson

    On a more cheery note, at least Wenger can take heart from earning a measure of praise from one of his oldest foes.

    Writing in his updated autobiography, Sir Alex Ferguson had this to say about the Gunners boss of 18 years.

    "Arsene has always been dogged and determined about his beliefs and has never succumbed to pressure to change," wrote Sir Alex.

    "The standard and the method have been consistent. He has always been good at acquiring and developing young players.

    "Who is to say that Arsene will not beat my record (of 26 years in the job)? I have my doubts, but he's having a good crack at it."

  19. No party for Wenger

    Football

    We mentioned before that it is Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday. So how will he be celebrating? With a huge party? Jelly and ice-cream? A bucketful of presents? Unlikely.

    "I am not a celebrator of birthdays. I just think what is important tonight is that my team performs well," he said.

    The birthday boy added: "Do I feel young? No, because my age is my age and you have to deal with that, but until now I am lucky to be in good shape - the desire and the motivation is stronger than ever."

  20. Girl's lucky escape after stadium collapse

    Football

    Stand collapse

    A young girl had a lucky escape after part of the glass facade of a stadium in Donetsk crashed to the ground, narrowly missing her.

    CCTV caught the moment a section of the Donbass Arena fell. Full video is here.

  21. Uefa to review closed doors policy

    Football

    Following yesterday's Champions League game between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City, Uefa has reviewed the officials' reports and found no breach of the conditions related to a match played behind-closed-doors.

    Only people who were allowed to enter the stadium - clubs' delegations, media, security staff, Uefa and guests of sponsorship partners - attended the match with no record of inappropriate behaviour.

    However, Uefa is reviewing the "behind-closed-doors" policy to see if alternative solutions could be implemented in the future.

  22. Wenger plea for more

    Football

    Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal side they have little room for error when they step out at Anderlecht in a few hours' time.

    Having already been well beaten away to leaders Borussia Dortmund in their opener, the Gunners could do with a positive result tonight.

    Wenger said: "Top-level performance is to make the maximum with your potential and sometimes in games you need a fraction more, so that is what we want to do - give a fraction more to be really efficient in what we do."

  23. Aussie sets long-distance swimming record

    Swimming

    Chloe McCardel

    Ever done a couple of lengths of your local swimming pool and felt a little tired?

    Spare a thought then for Chloe McCardel.

    Wearing only a regulation bathing suit, swimming cap and goggles, the Australian has became the first person to swim almost 80 miles unassisted in open water during a 42-and-a-half hour crossing from Eleuthera islands in the Bahamas to Nassau.

    If ratified, McCardel, 29, will have completed "the longest open-water solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in history," said her team in a statement.

    McCardel has previously set records for swimming 60 laps across Bondi Beach and completing two non-stop double crossings of the English Channel.

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    Carlos Valderrama

    This afternoon, you've been telling us what you miss most about the golden olden days of football...

    Nerve Shredder: Some of the hairdos I miss. You don't see anyone with a big perm and moustache or a mullet any more.

    Andrew Wakefield: Mudbath goal-mouths where the ball suddenly stuck, leading to comedy defending and shooting.

    Alan Willis: Black boots. The only footballer with white boots was Alan Hinton at Derby County. Legend.

    Thanks for all your nostalgic suggestions so far. Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  25. Happy birthday Arsene

    Football

    Arsene Wenger

    Today isn't just a crucial matchday in the Champions League for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, it's also his birthday. Wenger is 65 today. Joyeux anniversaire, Arsene.

    Among today's other sporting birthdays, England's World Cup-winner George Cohen is 75 and top racing trainer Michael Stoute is 69.

  26. Five new faces in Wallabies squad

    Rugby Union

    Australia have announced their squad for the autumn internationals, including a meeting with England at Twickenham on 29 November.

    There are five new faces - back-rower Sean McMahon, prop Tetera Faulkner, centre Kyle Godwin and wings Henry Speight and Tom English.

    Michael Cheika will lead the touring party after being appointed the new Wallabies head coach last night.

  27. Henderson backing Liverpool

    Football

    Jordan Henderson

    Liverpool and Real Madrid, two clubs steeped in European footballing history, meet tonight in what could be a classic at Anfield (19:45 BST kick off).

    Real might have won the Champions League last season but Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson is not fearful about the task ahead, and feels Liverpool can go far in the competition.

    "It will be tough but it's a game we can go into and play with no fear and really show everybody how good a team we are," Henderson told the club's website.

    "Liverpool should be playing against the best teams in the world and doing well against them. I think we've got the quality to do that. I think we can go far in the competition."

  28. Pakistan on top after day one in Dubai

    Cricket

    Pakistan have had the better of the first day in the first Test against Australia in Dubai. They closed on 219-4, with Younus Khan compiling 106 before being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson shortly before the close.

    Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq are at the crease as Pakistan look to build a big first-innings score. Johnson was the pick of the Australia bowlers with three wickets.

  29. Who is Emiliano Martinez?

    Football

    Emiliano Martinez

    As we mentioned earlier, Arsenal look set to hand a start to third-choice keeper Emiliano Martinez against Anderlecht. As Martinez has only played two matches for the Gunners, you could be forgiven for not knowing too much about the Argentine.

    So who is he? The 22-year-old joined the club from Independiente in 2010, and has represented Argentina at both Under-17 and Under-20 level.

    The 6ft 4in goalkeeper spent part of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, where he played 15 matches and kept two clean sheets, and had also had a loan spell at Oxford United.

    One of his previous games for the Gunners was the 7-5 League Cup blockbuster against Reading in 2012. Martinez was at fault for Reading's third, when he punched Mikele Leigertwood's shot into this own net. An inglorious moment.

  30. Remy might be fit to face Man Utd

    Football

    Loic Remy

    Chelsea striker Loic Remy is hopeful of being fit to play for the Premier League leaders at Manchester United despite suffering a groin problem in last night's Champions League win over Maribor.

    Remy said: "We will see after I have a scan but I don't think it is too bad.

    "I felt something in my groin. It's frustrating of course because I had a chance to play because Diego Costa is injured but I am not afraid. I really hope to play again this weekend."

  31. Robben: Bayern can only get better

    Football

    Arjen Robben

    Bad news for everyone else in Europe - Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben thinks the German team will only get better in the Champions League.

    Bayern Munich annihilated Roma 7-1 with a breathtaking display of attacking football but Robben said: " It may sound a little dumb, but there are still areas where we can improve.

    "We we have to keep both feet on the ground but huge credit to the team, and the coaching staff who set us up so well. Leading 5-0 at half-time in Rome is just incredible. It is an result you simply have to enjoy because it was a superb performance."

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    Lothar Matthaus tackles Diego Maradona

    We've been asking you this afternoon what you miss most about old-school football...

    David Yems: Tackling!!! For every Messi, Ronaldo and Bale you need a hard man being able to defend on equal terms...

    Especially for you David, here's Lothar Matthaus performing a proper tackle on Diego Maradona. Tasty.

    Trevor Hawthorne: The passback rule. How strange is it when you see the goalkeeper pick the ball up from a pass from your defender?

    Geoff Hawley: £8 cup final tickets and pies for under 50p. No cheating and conning of match officials.

    Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  33. Young English footballer found dead

    Football

    Some sad news to bring you now on Sportsday. Thomas Andrew Morgan, a 22-year-old English footballer who played for FK Gjovik-Lyn in the Norwegian second division, has been found dead in Oslo.

    His body was pulled from a river last night, after he was reported missing following a night out with team-mates to celebrate a league victory.

    Cardiff midfielder Mats Moller Daehli, a former team-mate of Morgan's, wrote on Instagram: "A truly great guy is gone, I really don't understand. It was an honour to be your teammate and to play alongside you. Thank you for the memories. RIP Thomas Andrew Morgan."

    There are more details in this story on the Mirror website.

  34. Gerrard: 'I could have joined Real Madrid'

    Football

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard has admitted he has had opportunities to join Real Madrid during his career and "may regret" not moving to the Bernabeu.

    The Reds host Real in the Champions League tonight and skipper Gerrard says he "resisted temptation" to move to the Spanish club because of his strong link to his hometown team.

    You can watch the full interview here.

  35. Quigg announces new opponent

    Boxing

    Britain's WBA super-bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg has announced his next opponent.

    He will fight Japan's Hidenori Otake in Liverpool on 22 November.

    That one will take place on the undercard of Tony Bellew's fight with Nathan Cleverly.

  36. Question of Sport

    Earlier on, we asked you 'Which five current Real Madrid players have also played in the Premier League?'

    The answers were: Alvaro Arbeloa, Gareth Bale, Javier Hernandez, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Did you get all five without cheating? Well done if so.

  37. Key McLaren man to depart

    Formula 1

    Sam Michael is to leave his role as sporting director at McLaren at the end of the current campaign.

    Michael has spent 21 years in Formula One, initially with Lotus and Jordan, before joining Williams in 2001 as chief operations engineer.

    McLaren, meanwhile, have strongly rejected suggestions that chief operating officer and acting CEO Jonathan Neale and technical director Tim Goss have been sacked.

  38. Younus equals Pakistan century record

    Cricket

    Younis Khan

    Pakistan, inspired by a brilliant 106 from Younus Khan, made 219-4 at the close of play on the opening day of the first Test against Australia.

    Younus equalled the Pakistan record for most Test centuries held by Inzamam-ul-Haq with his 25th hundred and also became the first Pakistani batsmen, and 12th overall, to score a hundred against all nine Test opponents.

    Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Australia bowlers with 3-22 while Peter Siddle took 1-27.

  39. Not so empty stadium

    Football

    CSKA Moscow

    If this is what a match played behind-closed-doors looks like then no wonder Manchester City were unhappy after last night's 2-2 draw at CSKA Moscow.

    The Champions League encounter was supposed to be played at an empty stadium, as a punishment for previous CSKA disturbances.

    But as this photo shows, a sizeable number of people got in and appeared to be supporting CSKA.

    As angry City captain Vincent Kompany put it: "You say no fans, all of a sudden you turn up and the team who has no fans is Man City. So who's getting punished? Who's being done for racism, Man City or Moscow?".

  40. Chelsea executive leaves

    Football

    Ron Gourlay

    Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay is to leave the club, the Premier League leaders have announced.

    The Scot previously worked with Manchester United and sportswear manufacturer Umbro.

    A statement on chelseafc.com read: "Chelsea Football Club announces that Ron Gourlay, after 10 successful years at the club including five as chief executive, is leaving Chelsea in order to pursue new business opportunities."

  41. Ivanovic sees off Bouchard

    Tennis

    Ana Ivanovic

    From Valencia to Singapore and the WTA finals, where there is another result in - Serbian seventh seed Ana Ivanovic has beaten Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-1 6-3.

  42. Murray breezes past Melzer

    Tennis

    Andy Murray has beaten Jurgen Melzer in straight sets at the Valencia Open, winning 6-3 6-3.

    The Scot, who beat David Ferrer in the final of the Vienna Open last week, had few scares against 33-year-old Austrian Melzer.

    It is an important win for Murray, who needs to keep racking up the victories to make sure he qualifies for next month's ATP World Tour Finals in London.

  43. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Alan Kennedy

    If you haven't yet seen it, BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham has written this excellent interview with Alan Kennedy, who scored the winner for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final.

    Kennedy recalls enjoying a pre-match snack of tea and toast, taking an afternoon nap on the day of the match, and not knowing who half the Real Madrid team were.

    Fast forward 33 years and, with Liverpool preparing to take on Real Madrid again, the football landscape looks very different. So we're asking, what do you miss about old-school football?

    From sneaking your mate in under a turnstile to perms and moustaches, we want to know which part of the olden days you long to see return. Let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  44. BBC to screen England game

    Football

    England Women's historic Wembley game against Germany will be broadcast live on BBC Two.

    England take on the European champions on Sunday, 23 November (15:00 BST) in their first match at the national stadium.

    The game is part of head coach Mark Sampson's preparations for next summer's Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada.

  45. Bale to miss El Clasico

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that his side will definitely be without winger Gareth Bale for Sunday's Clasico against Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

    "All I can tell you at this stage is that we are working hard to get Gareth fit," Ancelotti said.

    "He obviously won't be available to play against Liverpool and will not be available for Saturday's game."

  46. Martinez set for Anderlecht game

    Football

    Emiliano Martinez

    Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 22, is set to make his Champions League debut for Arsenal at Anderlecht tonight.

    First-choice Wojciech Szczesny is suspended, while Colombia international David Ospina has a thigh problem.

    Argentine Martinez has made two appearances for the Gunners since joining the club in 2011, including in the 7-5 League Cup thriller against Reading in 2012.

  47. Younus ton spoils Marshes' special day

    Cricket

    Marsh family

    Pakistan are going well on the first day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai. They've fought back after losing both openers cheaply and Younus Khan has just reached his century to guide Pakistan to 198-3.

    The match has also seen a little piece of cricketing history, as Geoff Marsh has become only the third Test-playing cricketer to have had two sons who also played Test cricket.

    Marsh presented his second son Mitchell with his baggy green ahead of the start of play in Dubai, three years after his eldest son Shaun made his Australia Test debut.

    "It is a real honour and I'm pleased for both my boys," said an emotional Marsh.

    The other two on the exclusive list are New Zealand's Walter Hadlee and India's Lala Amarnath.

  48. Murray bang on form

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    After beating David Ferrer in the final of the Vienna Open last week, Britain's Andy Murray has picked up where he left off, taking the opening set 6-3 against Jurgen Melzer at the Valencia Open.

    It is another important week for Murray. He is in the eighth and final spot in the race to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and needs a few more good performances to keep him in the running for the end-of-season London tournament.

    In truth Murray should have few problems with Melzer. The 33-year-old Austrian is ranked 133 in the world and has failed to make it past the second round of any event since June.

  49. Berdych crashes out in Spain

    Tennis

    There has been an upset in the first round of the Valencia Open, with second seed Tomas Berdych beaten 6-3 6-2 in by Spain's Pablo Andujar.

    Andujar, ranked 46th in the world, had been a big underdog heading into the match.

  50. England squad in full

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster

    So here, in all its 33-man glory, is Stuart Lancaster's England squad for the forthcoming autumn internationals:

    Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), David Wilson (Bath), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Rob Webber (Bath), Dave Attwood (Bath), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

    Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints).

    Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester)

    Mike Brown (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins)

  51. England press conference

    Rugby Union

    More from Stuart Lancaster on the absence of Manu Tuilagi:

    "It is obviously disappointing to lose Manu but Jonathan Joseph has been in great form and deserves this chance. We're keen to still have Manu around the squad. Our medics will continue to work closely with Leicester's and ensure that Manu is supported in his rehabilitation from his injury."

  52. England press conference

    Rugby Union

    More from Stuart Lancaster: "It is tough for Chris Ashton, David Strettle, Christian Wade, Anthony Watson, and that was the most debated point.

    "We've spoken to all the lads. This is another stage in the development of the team and is by no means the finished article as we head into the World Cup."

    He adds that Danny Cipriani is unlucky to miss out, but says that Stephen Myler's excellent statistics this season made him impossible to ignore.

  53. Tuilagi, Cipriani and Ashton left out

    Rugby Union

    Danny Cipriani

    And Manu Tuilagi isn't the only big name missing from Stuart Lancaster's 33-man party. Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani, who played for England on their tour of New Zealand earlier this year, is left out, along with Leicester 10 Freddie Burns.

    There are also some high-profile absentees in the back three positions. Saracens wing Chris Ashton misses out, along with club-mate David Strettle, Wasps' Christian Wade and Bath's Anthony Watson.

    Jonny May and Jack Nowell make the cut, however, along with fly-halves George Ford and Stephen Myler.

  54. England press conference

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster on the inclusion of Bath winger Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni:

    "We are keen to see whether he can do what he's done at Bath in our environment. His collision and his ability to beat defenders and carry the ball forward, and he's a try scorer too."

  55. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Rokoduguni and Kruis named in England squad

    Semesa Rokoduguni

    Stuart Lancaster's England squad for the Autumn Internationals is announced, and as expected there's a first call-up for Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni. The 27-year-old is also a serving Lance Corporal with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

    Saracens lock George Kruis is also named for the first time, while Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw continues as captain.

    But there's no place for injured Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi, despite speculation that he could be included in the hope of a recovery. Bath's Jonathan Joseph is called up to replace him.

  56. Pope welcomes Bayern

    Football

    Xabi Alonso and the Pope

    The Bayern Munich squad had a real treat this morning, as they met Pope Francis in Rome. The German champions beat Roma 7-1 last night, and Pope Francis told Pep Guardiola's squad they "played a wonderful game". Here he is meeting Xabi Alonso.

    Pope Francis is presented with a signed Bayern Munich jersey

    The Pope was also presented with a signed Bayern Munich jersey by captain Philipp Lahm. One for the collection.

  57. Reading players are devastated - Federici

    Football

    Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has said the players were "devastated" following their second successive 3-0 defeat.

    The loss to Bournemouth saw the Royals slip to 17th in the Championship and extended their winless run to seven matches.

    "It's been a tough week, there is no hiding behind it," Federici told BBC Berkshire. "The boys are devastated.

    "We've had a long chat and things have got to improve. We've got to stand up and be counted for on Saturday because that can't keep happening."

  58. Mills: CSKA had advantage

    Football

    Danny Mills has told BBC Radio 5 live that he cannot understand why Manchester City's Champions League tie at CSKA Moscow was played in Russia.

    "I always thought that was a massive advantage to Moscow," he said.

    "It's a pitch they train on regularly at a stadium they play at regularly - it will be familiar to them.

    "Manchester City having to go there makes it just as difficult.

    "UEFA should have been a lot stronger and perhaps have made them play at a neutral venue or all their games away from home."

  59. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    On the topic of racism in football, we've been asking you this morning how Europe's governing body Uefa should punish clubs that are found guilty...

    Steven Heckler: Only way to fix the issue is point deductions. Then clubs will deal with it.

    Vincenzo Re: Allow fans but confiscate all match-day & TV revenues, and give them a three-goal penalty.

    Purushottam Kulkarni: Cancel all season tickets of the chanting side. Will automatically urge those holding season tickets to stop the others.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  60. FA to investigate racism claim

    Football

    The Football Association has confirmed to the BBC that it is aware of the allegation made by Norwich striker Cameron Jerome that he was racially abused by Leeds defender, Guiseppe Bellusci, during last night's Championship match.

    It is investigating the matter but cannot comment further at this stage.

    Norwich boss Neil Adams said after the game: "We back our player. I'm sure Leeds will back their player, but other than that we can't comment any further because there is now going to be an investigation I would expect."

  61. Jerome comments on racism claim

    Football

    Cameron Jerome

    Cameron Jerome, who claims he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci, has said he will not publicly reveal what was said to him but that the Football Association would deal with it.

    The Norwich striker tweeted: "On what was actually said would not be fair for me to say at this point but it will be a matter for the governing body to deal with.

    "As all will know an allegation has been made by myself to the referee in which he made note of and will write it in his match report.

    "Will have my time to speak and say my versions of events but Twitter is not the place to do so."

  62. Williams: 'I was embarrassing'

    Tennis

    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams' 6-0 6-2 trouncing by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals was the American's worst defeat since 1998, when she was 16 and crushed 6-1 6-1 by Joannette Kruger.

    "My forehand was off today. I guess it went on an early vacation," said a sombre Williams, 33, after her humbling by Halep in Singapore.

    "Lord knows my serve was as well. My serve, I don't even know. My serve was at best in the 10 and under division in juniors.

    "Yeah, it was actually embarrassing. I think embarrassing describes the way I played."

  63. Kosovo's Olympic hopes

    Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee will discuss the possibility of granting Kosovo Olympic recognition at its Executive Board meeting this week, reports news agency Reuters, in a move that has angered Serbian Olympic officials.

    Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after war in the region.

    Belgrade refuses to recognise it, saying the territory, which has a majority Albanian population, is a heartland of the Serbian nation.

  64. Froome to miss Tour de France?

    Road cycling

    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome has cast doubt on whether he will compete in next year's Tour de France.

    The 2013 winner, who could target May's Giro d'Italia and August's Vuelta a Espana instead, said on his website: "The team and I will have to give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to which of the grand tours I will compete in.

    "Next year's Tour is going to be about the mountains. There's very little emphasis on time-trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains.

    "With six mountaintop finishes it is going to be an aggressive and massively demanding race."

  65. World Cup winner under investigation

    Football

    Italian World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is under investigation for a suspected tax fraud, the country's financial police have announced.

    According to news agency AFP, the former centre back, who led Italy to glory in Germany in 2006, has had assets worth £711,000 seized in connection with an investigation into a luxury boat rental business that Cannavaro ran with his wife.

  66. Adriano claims he was racially abused

    Football

    Luiz Adriano

    Staying with Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano, he has claimed he was the target of racial abuse from the home fans during last night's Champions League win at BATE Borisov.

    "The local fans yelled at me from the stands," said the Brazilian striker. "That were really impolite, racist shouts.

    "The local fans' behaviour was inadmissible. I'm upset and indignant at that."

  67. The Ukranian Messi?

    Football

    Segodnya

    Ukraine's Segodnya newspaper celebrate's Luiz Adriano's equalling of Lionel Messi's record of five goals with the headline "Lionel Adriano".

    Adriano scored five goals in Shakhtar Donetsk's 7-0 Champions League win at BATE Borisov.

  68. Pakistan fight back

    Cricket

    Younis Khan

    Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, are 125-3 at tea on the first day of the opening Test against Australia in Dubai.

    Younis Khan is unbeaten on 52 and Misbah-ul Haq eight not out.

    That's not bad considering Australia's new-ball pair of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle removed Pakistan's openers Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Ahmed Shahzad (3) cheaply.

  69. Football podcast

    Football

    Want to catch up with the pick of last night's footie action?

    Thought so. Well, the best place to do it is the 5 Live Football daily podcast, which you will find here.

  70. Pardew: 'It has been very, very tough'

    Football

    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he found it difficult to look fans in the eye in the depths of the club's desperate start to the season.

    The Magpies finally claimed their first Premier League win of the campaign at the eighth attempt when they beat Leicester 1-0 on Saturday.

    Pardew told the Shields Gazette: "I'm not going to pretend it hasn't been tough. It has been very, very tough to look our fans in the eye when I've met them in the street and listened to their frustration and complaints.

    "It's fair, and I can't say it's not. We should be winning more games than we are."

    Newcastle, who face Tottenham on Sunday, are still in the drop zone.

  71. League Two round-up

    Football

    Leaders Wycombe suffered a shock defeat as their 10-match unbeaten run was ended by Exeter. The Chairboys, who had been unbeaten on the road all season, lost 2-1 last night but stay top.

    Burton edged a seven-goal thriller at Carlisle 4-3 to move second, while third-placed Luton beat Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1.

    Result of the night goes to Shrewsbury, who hammered high-flying Bury 5-0 - Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro hitting a hat-trick.

    Bottom club Tranmere earned a point with a 0-0 home draw against Mansfield, while second bottom Hartlepool lost at Accrington.

  72. Question of Sport

    Get your brain in gear, it is time for today's teaser from our Question of Sport team:

    Which five current Real Madrid players have also played in the Premier League?

    We'll reveal the answer later this afternoon.

  73. Tour de France route revealed

    Road cycling

    Tour de France 2015 route

    This is what Chris Froome will have to cycle, and very quickly too, if he is to win the 2015 Tour de France after the route for next year's race was unveiled.

    The Grand Depart will be from Utrecht in the Netherlands on 4 July, before the Tour finishes as usual on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on 26 July.

  74. League One round-up

    Football

    Steve Cotterill's Bristol City, yet to lose in the league all season, were held 2-2 by Bradford at Ashton Gate last night but remain six points clear at the top.

    Second-placed Peterborough slipped up at struggling Crewe, losing 1-0, which means they are only a point above Preston - 1-0 winners at Gillingham.

    Notts County moved into the play-off places with a 3-2 win at Barnsley, as did Sheffield United after their 2-0 home win over Yeovil.

    Bottom club Scunthorpe earned a valuable point at Port Vale but fellow strugglers Walsall lost at Crawley.

  75. Teenage girl making it in macho world

    Moto GP

    Heard about the 18-year-old girl from Oxfordshire who is on course to make it in the macho world of motorcycling?

    Well you have now. Georgina Polden is her name and she has become the first female to win a race in the Aprilia Superteen Challenge - a fertile breeding ground for motorcycling's future stars, with two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner and Britain's Cal Crutchlow both past winners.

    Polden's potential is causing widespread excitement and the hope is that she could become the first woman to compete in MotoGP.

    Read the full story by BBC Sport's Ben Dirs here.

  76. Levante appoint Alcaraz

    Football

    Spanish club Levante have a new manager - Luis Alcaraz has been appointed to replace Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was sacked on Tuesday.

    48-year-old Alcaraz has previously managed Granada, Almeria and Recreativo Huelva.

    Levante are currently 19th in La Liga with five points from eight matches.

  77. Kabir leaves Lancashire

    Cricket

    Kabir Ali appeals

    Lancashire have released paceman Kabir Ali after two seasons at Old Trafford.

    Kabir joined the club from Hampshire in 2012, having begun his career at Worcestershire where he spent 11 years.

    He played only limited-overs cricket for the Red Rose county last summer and suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the season which requires surgery.

    "My injury came at the wrong time and I will assess my situation after my rehabilitation in six months' time," the 33-year-old said.

  78. Post update

    Carlo Ancelotti

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti on Twitter: It's an honour to play in a legendary stadium like this one in charge of Real Madrid #HalaMadrid

  79. England succumb to Australia defeat

    Netball

    Bad news netball fans...

    Australia proved too strong for England as they clinched the two-match Test series with a 54-47 win in Canberra. A strong start from the world champions was key to victory, as they opened up a 16-9 lead after the first quarter.

    England stayed in touch in the final three quarters, but couldn't close the hosts' winning margin to less than three goals. Australia's victory means they finish the 2014 season with a 100% record.

  80. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Here are some more of your thoughts on how football clubs should be punished for racism...

    Marco Giannini: I'm a United fan but totally agree with Kompany. Manchester City hadn't done anything wrong, so the punishment should have seen CSKA have to play with no fans but with the away sides allocation of fans permitted so to make it harder for CSKA. The fact that there were 500 CSKA fans allowed in means that it was actually Manchester City who suffered most.

    John Bird: When I watched the game last night I thought it was supposed to be behind closed doors, yet the seemed to be more fans arriving by the minute. At the end there seemed to be quite a lot there. Will Uefa do anything about it? Doubt it. I am not a City fan by the way and am only making a post in the interest of fairness. If a British club had defied the ban they would be thrown out of the competition or banned.

    Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  81. Halep crushes Serena at WTA Finals

    Tennis

    Simona Halep

    Back to tennis, and Romania's Simona Halep has inflicted a thrashing on world number one Serena Williams at the end-of-season WTA Finals in Singapore.

    The world number four triumphed 6-0 6-2.

    The victory means Halep is almost certain to qualify for the semi-finals, while Williams will probably have to win her final round-robin match against Eugenie Bouchard to advance from the Red Group.

  82. BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy

    Birmingham manager latest

    "Other candidates in the frame are Mike Phelan and Owen Coyle, who are both available and would cause no compensation problems.

    "There will be no appointment this week. The recruitment process sounding out relevant candidates, then formal interviews, will go into next week and Birmingham expect to have the new manager installed in time for the trip to Wolves a week on Saturday."

  83. BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy

    Birmingham manager latest

    "I understand Gary Rowett will be interviewed for the vacant Birmingham City manager's job after his club Burton Albion were approached to ask permission to speak to him.

    "Burton gave permission and I understand 40-year-old Rowett is keen to talk to Birmingham, for whom he played from 1998-2000. It appears there are no contractual issues of compensation, which was the stumbling block yesterday when Blues asked MK Dons for permission to speak to their manager Karl Robinson."

  84. From Djoker to Daddy

    Tennis

    Tennis world number 1 Novak Djokovic has become the proud father of a baby boy.

    "Stefan, our baby angel was born!" Djokovic posted on Twitter. "I'm so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!"

    Serbian TV reports that Djokovic's wife gave birth to their first child yesterday in Nice, France, close to their home in Monaco.

  85. Cheika named Wallabies coach

    Rugby Union

    Michael Cheika (right)

    The other big rugby story comes to you from Down Under, where Michael Cheika has been named the new head coach of Australia.

    Cheika has been in charge of the New South Wales Waratahs, who he guided to the Super Rugby title earlier this year.

    His appointment follows the resignation of Ewen McKenzie after a poor Rugby Championship and an off-field text-message scandal. Australia are in England's group at next year's Rugby World Cup.

  86. Kvesic signs new Gloucester deal

    Rugby Union

    Matt Kvesic offloads

    A couple of bits of rugby union news to bring you up to date with, ahead of the big England squad announcement later today.

    Flanker Matt Kvesic - who could well be one of the names in Stuart Lancaster's party - has signed a contract extension with his club side Gloucester.

    "I'm really happy to have things sorted out," Kvesic said. "We play at a great stadium in front of fantastic fans. Agreeing to stay was a very easy decision."

  87. Giants make winning start in World Series

    Baseball

    Madison Bumgarner

    Last night saw Game 1 of Baseball's World Series, and it was the San Francisco Giants who got off to a flying start. They beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1, inflicting the Royals' first defeat of the entire postseason.

    The star man was Madison Bumgarner (pictured), who produced a masterful pitching performance, throwing eight scoreless innings. Rookie Hunter Strickland closed the match out in the ninth.

    Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is tonight, at 1am BST. If you're staying up for that, we salute you.

  88. England face uphill battle

    Netball

    England trail the Australia Diamonds 31-23 at half-time in the second Test match in Canberra.

    The hosts are looking to complete 2014 unbeaten after twelve straight test victories this year. They won the first of the two-match series 55-37 in Bendigo, Victoria, where a poor start was also England's downfall.

    Coach Anna Mayes' England side will need to make quite a comeback in the second half to salvage this game. Coverage continues live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  89. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    This morning, we're asking you how clubs should be punished for racism, after Manchester City's complaints about facing CSKA Moscow in last night's Champions League match...

    Robert Culleton: They should have to play their home fixtures away and all the proceeds from the away fans go on top of the fine.

    Pete Stockley: Some say let the away fans in, but as long as the gate receipts don't go to the home clubs whose fans are banned…

    Nii Fakye: It's very difficult on how this should be dealt with. Maybe a limited amount of fans should be given the opportunity to visit the stadium for a big game that everybody wishes to watch. Fifa fining the club won't help.

    Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  90. 'I was racially abused' - Jerome

    Football

    Cameron Jerome

    Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome has claimed he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci in last night's Championship game between the sides.

    The pair clashed midway through the first half of the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road when Jerome, 28, reacted angrily to something said by the Italian.

    Norwich boss Neil Adams praised referee Mark Clattenburg, who stopped play to discuss Jerome's claims with him and Leeds manager Darko Milanic.

    An investigation is now underway.

  91. Australia's fast start

    Cricket

    Australia fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle made a ferocious start in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai, dismissing both opposition openers cheaply.

    Johnson snared the recalled Mohammad Hafeez leg before wicket for a duck, before Siddle clean bowled Ahmed Shehzad for three.

    Pakistan have steadied the ship slightly since and are 50-2 at lunch.

    Australia need a 2-0 series win over Pakistan to reclaim the world number one Test ranking from South Africa.

  92. We're back

    Apologies for the slight delay in proceedings. Technical problems here in Salford but we are back with you now and normal service will be resumed...

  93. England taking on Australia

    Netball

    England take on Australia

    Want live sport? Want it now? Do I even have to ask? Well, I've got good news for you.

    England are taking on Australia in their second of two netball Tests in Australia. It promises to be a humdinger, and it's live now on 5 live sports extra. Get thee hence.

  94. On this day

    Alonso wins second F1 title

    Fernando Alonso celebrates winning the 2006 Formula 1 drivers' title

    While you mull that one over, let's take a moment to look back at this day in sporting history. Today, we cast our eye back to 2006, when young Spanish tyro Fernando Alonso won his second Formula 1 drivers' title with second place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

    At 25, he became the youngest driver ever to win two back-to-back championships, finishing 13 points clear of Michael Schumacher.

    Who would have thought that eight years later, he'd still be waiting for his third title?

  95. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    The crowd list for Manchester City's match against CSKA Moscow

    This morning on Sportsday, we're asking what you think of Manchester City's complaints about the crowd at CSKA Moscow.

    This was the official breakdown of the spectators at the Arena Khimki, snapped by Radio 5 Live's Alistair Bruce-Ball, but it seems that some of those Uefa partners may have rather more vociferous in their support of the home team than anticipated.

    City captain Vincent Kompany believes the issue "needs to be looked at". What do you think? Is there a better way of punishing clubs for racism? Should teams be forced to play in front of away fans rather than behind closed doors? Let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  96. Roma rolled over

    Football

    Corriere dello Sport front page

    Despair is the prevailing mood on the front page of Italy's Corriere dello Sport this morning, following that humbling defeat for Roma against Bayern Munich.

    "The Giallorossi were humiliated by Bayern..too many errors of presumption," the paper says.

    Corriere also praises Chelsea's "overwhelming" display against Maribor.

  97. Ronaldo set to take Anfield by storm

    Football

    Marca front page

    In Spain, sports daily Marca features a picture of a rather soggy-looking Cristiano Ronaldo, caught in a downpour ahead of tonight's Champions League encounter between Liverpool and Real Madrid. 'Thunder at Anfield', the headline says.

    As the paper points out, Ronaldo is within just two goals of overtaking Raul as the all-time leading goalscorer in the Champions League.

  98. A Sterling recovery

    Football

    The Sun front page

    This morning, we break with tradition to bring you a look at one of today's front pages. What's on the cover of the Sun this morning? Syria? Ebola? Oscar Pistorius?

    No, no, and nope. It's Raheem Sterling, who apparently shook off his debilitating weariness to attend a 3am nightclub party just 24 hours after missing England's match with Estonia through fatigue.

    A reckless move from the youngster, but at least we can take some small measure of consolation in the fact that he hasn't jumped out of any moving limos, unlike Nicole Scherzinger...

  99. City cry foul over Moscow fans

    Football

    The Sun back page

    Another interesting line on Manchester City this morning - the club are reportedly furious after CSKA supporters appeared to get into the ground, despite the club supposedly serving a Uefa ban for racism.

    The Sun lead on that story, with manager Manuel Pellegrini apparently suggesting that the referee was swayed by the crowd.

    If you don't have a subscription, here's the story on the BBC website, with some very strong words from Vincent Kompany.

  100. Gerrard issues Real warning

    Football

    Daily Express back page

    The Daily Express looks ahead to Liverpool's meeting with Real Madrid, and in particular Steven Gerrard's warning that Real could "shame" Liverpool if the Reds aren't on top of their game.

    "We can't have any passengers against opposition like this or we will get beat convincingly," the Liverpool skipper is quoted as saying.

    The Express also reports that Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised his Manchester United successor David Moyes for "not realising how big a club" he was taking charge of.

  101. Cold comfort for Pellegrini

    Football

    Telegraph Sport front page

    Let's have a look at this morning's back pages, shall we? We begin with the Telegraph, who lead on Manuel Pellegrini's reaction to Manchester City's Champions League setback.

    Pellegrini may be from Chile but it seems he was less than impressed with the chilly conditions in Moscow. "It was so cold that it was very difficult for the players to continue to have motivation," he is quoted as saying.

    The Telegraph also looks ahead to today's England rugby squad announcement, with Semesa Rokoduguni expected to be named. If you haven't read Ben Dirs's excellent feature on the Fijian soldier preparing for England duty, now's your chance.

  102. Derby go top of Championship

    Football

    Derby's Chris Martin

    Some might have considered that enough excitement for one night. Some would have thought more goals would be excessive on an evening of such drama. But not Rotherham and Fulham. Oh no.

    The Championship rivals served up some entertainment of their own as they shared six goals in a thrilling draw.

    But the night's big winners were Derby County, who went top of the table with a 1-0 win at Blackpool. Previous leaders Watford could only draw 2-2 with Nottingham Forest, while Bolton's struggles continued with a 2-1 defeat at Charlton.

  103. Goals galore as Bayern and Shakhtar run riot

    Football

    Bayern Munich celebrate

    It was a record-breaking night in the Champions League - the tally of 40 goals was the biggest ever recorded for a night of eight fixtures.

    The chief contributors were Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk, who bagged seven apiece - both away from home. Bayern gave Ashley Cole nightmares as they crushed Roma with five first-half goals, while Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano equalled Lionel Messi's record of five goals in a single match as the Ukrainian side marmalised BATE Borisov 7-0.

    That may not even have been the most remarkable match of the night though. For sheer drama, it's hard to look past Schalke's 4-3 victory over Sporting Lisbon - a match that saw Sporting haul themselves level from 3-1 down with ten men, only to concede a penalty three minutes into injury time.

  104. Chelsea cruise to Maribor win

    Football

    Didier Drogba celebrates with Willian

    There were no such problems for Chelsea, who swept aside the challenge of Slovenian opponents Maribor. The Blues recorded their biggest ever Champions League victory with a 6-0 win.

    Eden Hazard bagged two goals in a superb performance while Didier Drogba scored his first goal for the club since the 2012 Champions League final.

    The only sour note for Jose Mourinho was the loss of striker Loic Remy to injury. The Frenchman now looks set to miss Sunday's trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.

  105. City slip-up hurts qualification hopes

    Football

    Pablo Zabaleta looks dejected as CSKA Moscow celebrate

    As we mentioned, it was a desperately disappointing night for Manchester City, who surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow.

    Seydou Doumbia scored and then won a controversial late penalty, converted by Bebras Natcho. The result leaves City on just two points from three games, with their qualification hopes looking slender.

    However, Manuel Pellegrini has refused to give up on progress from Group E. "We have nine points left to play for, of course we can still qualify," he told the club's website.

  106. Good morning

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday. It's the morning after a record night in the Champions League - 40 goals flew in on a crazy evening in Europe's premier competition.

    Chelsea bagged six of them in a comfortable win, but Manchester City were pegged back to draw - we'll be looking at what those results mean for both clubs' qualification hopes.

    We'll also be reflecting on an eventful night in the Championship, and looking ahead to another mouth-watering evening of Champions League action, as Liverpool welcome Real Madrid to Anfield. Ready? Then let's get started.