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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to killed South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa
  2. Riga sacked by Blackpool
  3. FA Cup first-round draw (19:00 GMT)
  4. QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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  1. FA Cup

    Football

    A reminder that the FA Cup draw takes place this evening from 19:00 and you can follow the latest action on the BBC Sport website as Mark Chapman hosts the draw on BBC Two, BBC 5 Live and online.

    Sportsday Live returns on Tuesday at 08:00 GMT.

  2. Robin van Persie defends shirt celebration

    Football

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie claims he didn't deserve to get booked in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea after taking his shirt off to celebrate their crucial equaliser.

    He told the Daily Mirror: "I know it's one of the rules that you have to keep your shirt on, but sometimes you forget and everything comes together and the whole place explodes.

    "It was one of those fantastic moments and the main thing is that we got something out of this game because we deserved it."

  3. Blackpool sack Riga

    Football

    Riga leaves Blackpool after a torrid time since taking over in June.

    The former Charlton boss, who took charge at Bloomfield Road on 11 June, was involved in a long-running dispute with chairman Karl Oyston over transfer policy.

    The Seasiders also lost their first six matches of the season and are rooted to the foot of the table with six points.

  4. Blackpool sack Riga

    Football

    Blackpool, who are bottom of the Championship, have sacked head coach Jose Riga.

  5. QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)

    Football

    Aston Villa front man Christian Benteke is set to continue in attack against QPR after a successful run out for the first time since March in the defeat against Everton.

    Christian Benteke

    Manager Paul Lambert has witnessed a run of four straight league defeats for his side without scoring. Villa have never played five consecutive matches without scoring in the Premier League.

    QPR have never lost to tonight's visitors when they have hosted them in the Premier League, but Villa are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Loftus Road outfit.

  6. BBC set for FA Cup draw

    Football

    Time is getting ever closer to the FA Cup first round draw which takes place at 19:00 GMT this evening

    Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300 at the National Football Centre at St George's Park

    The ties will take place across the weekend of 7-10 November.

    You can find out what number your team is on the BBC Sport website.

  7. Tennis

    Novak Djokovic has arrived at the Paris Masters ready to play on Tuesday for the first time since his wife, Jelena, gave birth to their first child, Stefan last week.

    Novak Djokovic

    Djokovic could lose the number one ranking to Roger Federer if results do not go his way over the next few weeks, but his priorities now lie elsewhere.

    "It was the most beautiful thing that ever happened in my life and Jelena's life, definitely," he said. "Honestly, the way I feel right now, I feel like I'm already number one with becoming a father last week. For me, this is the most important moment in my life."

  8. Northern Ireland await Romania hearing

    Football

    A decision on whether Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Romania on 14 November will be played behind closed doors has been delayed to Friday.

    An announcement regarding next month's game was expected last Friday, then the Irish FA said it would be informed of the decision by Uefa on Monday.

    The hearing relates to crowd problems in Bucharest during the 1-1 draw against Hungary on 11 October with a full or partial closure of the Arena Nationala a possible punishment.

  9. QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)

    Football

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp says his public dispute with Adel Taraabt has been put to bed, but he will not be playing against Aston Villa on Monday night due to illness.

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp

    Sandro and Nedum Onuoha are unlikely to feature with injuries but goalkeeper Robert Green returns after recovering from illness.

    Redknapp has won only five of his 33 Premier League games in charge of QPR with his side conceding at least two goals in their last five games.

  10. Rowett named Birmingham manager

    Football

    Former Birmingham captain Martin O'Connor has told BBC WM that former team-mate and new Blues boss Gary Rowett needs to instil pride back into his new players following Saturday's 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.

    "Gary has done well at Burton and I hope he can turn the ship around. The more goals went in on Saturday, the more confidence and pride seeped out of the Blues players. There was no leadership.

    Gary Rowett

    "He's got problems upstairs, but he will inherit a fantastic fan base. We're in the doldrums right now, but the hard work will start when he takes over.

    "I'm sure the question Gary would have asked was 'Is there any movement in the loan market?' so that he can now bring in some new players with quality, desire, grit and drive. It needs a fresh impetus."

  11. Murray to start in Paris on Wednesday

    Tennis

    Andy Murray will begin his Paris Masters campaign on Wednesday - giving him two full days of much-needed rest after Sunday's epic win over Tommy Robredo in Valencia.

    Andy Murray

    Murray will play the winner of Monday evening's match between Julien Benneteau and Yen-Hsun Lu, with the Briton needing to reach the quarter-finals to make sure of a place at the ATP Finals in London.

    Novak Djokovic will headline day two in his first match since becoming a father to baby Stefan.

  12. Dawson to avoid punishment

    Football

    Press Association Sport understands that West Brom defender Craig Dawson has avoided punishment for his challenge on Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni in Saturday's game at The Hawthorns after the Football Association's disciplinary committee reviewed the incident.

    Dawson caught Speroni in the face with his elbow at a corner as Victor Anichebe headed home West Brom's opening goal.

    Speroni subsequently had to be replaced, with Palace boss Neil Warnock describing the challenge after the match as "almost an assault". However, it was not deemed to be a red card offence and so Dawson was spared a retrospective sanction.

  13. Celtic Guided towards permanent signing

    Football

    John Guidetti

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila wants striker John Guidetti to become a Bhoys player permanently "as quickly as possible".

    Of course he does. Because the Sweden international has bagged five goals in seven games since arriving on a season-long loan from Manchester City. The 22-year-old's contract at the English Premier League champions expires in the summer.

    "We're talking with everybody around him and him also, and he's positive," says Deila. "His confidence is fantastic. At once, he was a star amongst the fans and this looks like his home."

  14. Trump goes through in Chengdu

    Snooker

    Former champion Judd Trump has survived a scare at the International Championship in Chengdu.

    Trump, who lifted the title in 2012, was taken to a final-frame decider by Jimmy Robertson in a match where the former world number one failed to get going.

    Eighty-two was the Bristolian's highest break and in the end he ground out a 6-5 win with a clinching 67.

  15. Get involved

    #mytopfour

    Ibrahim Jalloh: United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal will finish top four...Saints probably six and Hammers 10th..they're not good enough for top four.

    Rhys Morgan: Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd in any order. Liverpool will struggle, Saints will dip and West Ham always have a losing run.

    Sophie Gayter: Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Utd. Southampton and Liverpool rounding out a top six with West Ham in seventh.

    Evans Kutin: Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd to break into top three and Arsenal to lock down their traditional spot of fourth.

  16. Mosley says high costs may affect more F1 teams

    Formula 1

    Former FIA president Max Mosley has told BBC Radio 5 live that he believes Marussia and Caterham may not be the last teams to suffer from the high costs of racing in Formula 1.

    Marussia were put into administration on Monday, just days after Caterham met the same fate. Both will miss this weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin.

    "It's not a fair competition any more," said Mosley. "The big problem is that the big teams have so much more money than teams like Caterham and Marussia."

  17. Barca and Real 'wanted' new Toon hero

    Football

    Ayoze Perez

    Newcastle matchwinner Ayoze Perez says he could have gone to either Barcelona and Real Madrid before moving to the Premier League in the summer.

    Perez, who joined the Magpies from Tenerife, scored the winner against Tottenham in his first English top-flight start.

    "Yes, there was interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid," the 21-year-old striker tells the Guardian. "The truth is that the Newcastle bid was quite surprising because firstly there were other teams interested.

    "But they pushed very hard to get me. I feel they really valued me. We had to consider the different options and I finally decided to come to Newcastle."

  18. Get involved

    #mytopfour

    John Shaw: Saints fan. Only 21 points needed to be safe. Us "old uns" know the score.

    Nassir Abbas: This persistence with Arsenal outside the top four? February/March are our weaker months, judge us then like Spurs did in 2013.

  19. Nigeria face Fifa ban

    Football

    Nigeria face a Fifa ban that would rule them out of next year's Africa Cup of Nations following a high court decision on recent football elections.

    The Jos High Court annulled the 30 September election of Amaju Pinnick as Nigeria Football Federation president.

    Nigeria have been banned twice for government interference in the NFF and Fifa warned another incident would result in a ban until May 2015.

    The Nations Cup is scheduled to take place from 17 January to 8 February and it means Nigeria - should they qualify for next year's finals - would lose their place at the tournament if Fifa acts.

  20. Spain reacts to El Clasico

    Football

    Luis Suarez's debut, and his early assist for Neymar, did little to cheer the Barcelona-based press who decried the team's "defenceless" performance against arch rivals Real Madrid.

    Carlo Ancelotti

    Daily sports newspaper Marca called the match "tribute to the beautiful game," which exposed a "gulf in class between the two teams".

    The paper hailed coach Carlo Ancelotti as the "true architect of the 'Los Blancos' amazing run of form".

    "Of all the winners that came out of Real Madrid's Clásico win," says the paper. "Ancelotti rose high above them all."

  21. Rowett to leave Burton for Birmingham

    Football

    Burton Albion on Twitter: Burton Albion can confirm that manager Gary Rowett has left the club in order to take up the managerial post at Birmingham City. Gary will be joined by his backroom team of Kevin Summerfield, Kevin Poole and Mark Sale.

  22. Retiring Edwards proud of Yeovil progress

    Football

    Yeovil captain Rachael Edwards, who has announced she is to retire from playing, says her team-mates can be proud of their achievements in the Women's Super League this season.

    The Glovers finished fifth in their first year in WSL 2.

    Edwards, 34, told BBC Somerset: "It's been an incredible journey for the club. It was a little grassroots club when I first joined and now it's a really professional unit.

    "It's been an excellent season for us. At the start, a lot of people thought little old Yeovil would be at the bottom but we've proved a lot of people wrong."

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    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you all day whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places.

    Grace Westland: Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton ... I believe West Ham and Southampton will still finish in the top eight. Although Chelsea look to be the favourites, just like last season they'll probably have a last minute slip up. Man City have brilliant squad depth and determination, Liverpool just need Sturridge back then they'll shoot straight back up the table. And as for Everton, with players like Eto'o and Lukaku thriving there, they're looking good in my opinion.

  24. Flamini praise for Sanchez

    Football

    Alexis Sanchez

    Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has heaped praise on team-mate Alexis Sanchez following his two goals at Sunderland this weekend, declaring the Chilean is as good as former Gunners striker Robin van Persie and club record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

    "Alexis is a breath of fresh air to play with," he said. "He gives so much for the team and not just in an attacking sense. I didn't realise he works so hard off the ball. Not just creating space for others but helping out defensively. He is a top player and has already made a big difference."

  25. QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)

    Football

    QPR v Aston VIlla

    QPR skipper Joey Barton wants Rangers fans to turn Loftus Road into a fortress to help his team climb up the Premier League table.

    Harry Redknapp's newly-promoted side are bottom after winning just one of their opening eight matches, but produced an encouraging performance against Liverpool last weekend before succumbing to a late 3-2 defeat.

    "I think the fans were galvanised by the way the team started against Liverpool. They got on board as well and were up for the fight. That fed into the players," says Barton in tonight's programme.

    "That's what we've got to do at Loftus Road, we've got to turn it into the kind of place where teams don't like to come, where they don't like it and it's intimidating."

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    Jack, Bootle: Don't get me wrong Southampton are having a dream start but defeats at under-strength Liverpool and Tottenham must signal something. 1) Chelsea 2) MCFC 3) LFC 4) Arsenal. Southampton will linger and West Ham will drop out. Everton will challenge Arsenal for fourth.

  27. Football

    Robinson v Robinson?

    Karl Robinson

    Tonight's FA Cup first round draw could pit MK Dons boss Karl Robinson against his younger brother Craig, who plays for Warrington Town, the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition. The Wire beat North Ferriby United 1-0 to progress.

    "I think he's still got a hangover. I got a text from him Saturday evening saying 'we're coming to get you'," Karl told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "I hope they get a special draw. It would be great for me to go and watch him in the FA Cup first round. But if we get them, I want to beat them - that's the coldness of the life I lead.

    "For my mum and dad to have the boys in the first round draw will be great. They'd probably want him to win because they will feel I've had an awful lot of things go my way."

    Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300.

  28. Rugby Union

    England Rugby

    England Rugby: England backs stride out during first training session on the fabulous new surface at their Pennyhill Park base.

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster has named a 41-man party for England's autumn internationals, which begin against New Zealand on 8 November.

  29. Capello in trouble over missed meeting

    Football

    Russia's head coach Fabio Capello has incurred the wrath of Russian legislators after declining an invitation to a session on Monday that was discussing the 2018 World Cup finals.

    "If our team is not reaching a high level of performance then I think the deputies have the right to listen to the head coach," said the outspoken Russian nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

    "He [Capello] should explain what is going on but he is completely ignoring us and this is not polite," he added. "He could not give a damn about our thoughts. He will only do what he feels is necessary. Head coaches have been sacked in such circumstances."

  30. Spain reacts to El Clasico

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    You might have heard that a small match between two little-known clubs took place in Spain over the weekend. Er, Real Madrid v Barcelona.

    And Madrid's performance in their 3-1 victory over their arch-rivals in the opening Clasico of the season has wowed the Spanish press.

    El Pais praised Real's exhibition of "total football" while AS described the performance as "confirmation of a superiority which is not only physical, but aesthetic and even philosophical."

  31. McCoist focussed on Rangers job

    Football

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he has been told his job at Ibrox is safe despite reports suggesting he could follow chief executive Graham Wallace out of the club following the acceptance of a £2m loan from Mike Ashley which strengthens the Newcastle owner's influence at the Glasgow club.

    McCoist claims he has been given assurances by PLC chairman David Somers and Sandy Easdale - chairman of the club's football board - that he will not be replaced.

    "Having spoken to both gentlemen, they have confirmed to me that they want me to continue my job as Rangers manager and, as you would expect, to concentrate my thoughts on the game [against St Johnstone in the League Cup quarter-final] tomorrow night," he said

    "I'm obviously saddened by the departure of Graham. The news of Mike's involvement is good news. Of course it is good news. I've said all along the club needs investment, so we've got it. Change is always a concern but I have been told that this change is moving the club forward, which is absolutely fantastic."

  32. Karacan close to Reading return

    Football

    Reading captain Jem Karacan says he is close to making his return from a knee injury after more than a year out.

    The midfielder, 25, suffered a knee injury in September 2013 but revealed he is on the "final steps" of his recovery.

    "I've started training, am nearly at full contact and am pushing to get back as soon as I can," Karacan told BBC Radio Berkshire.

    "It's been tough and, hopefully, I'm on the final steps of the ladder."

  33. Get involved

    #mytopfour

    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you all day whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places.

    Tomsk: #mytopfour Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Saints will stick around and finish top six, Hammers top 10.

  34. Question of Sport Teaser

    With the first-round draw taking place live across the BBC later, we posed a special FA Cup-themed Question of Sport Teaser for you earlier.

    Which four teams in tonight's FA Cup first-round draw have reached the semi-finals since 2000?

    The answers were, of course, Barnsley, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Wycombe Wanderers. Get them all right? Of course you did. Go and treat yourself to some chocolate (or other sugary treat) as a reward.

  35. Over 30,000 to watch England women

    Football

    England women's football team
    Image caption: England are eighth in the Fifa world rankings, six places lower than Germany

    About 33,000 tickets have already been sold for England Women's historic friendly against Germany on 23 November at Wembley.

    It will be the first time they have played at the national stadium and will be a record crowd for an England women's friendly.

    The FA had targeted a crowd of 30,000, but have surpassed that figure with almost a month to go until the fixture.

  36. South Africa mourn Meyiwa

    Football

    Former Leeds and South Africa striker Phil Masinga believes the Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs should have been played this weekend in memory of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

    The match has been postponed following the killing of the South Africa captain on Sunday.

    "I think they should have let the game play, that game was going to be the greatest tribute they could have had for him, that derby game was going to be a fitting tribute to him," Masinga tells BBC World Service.

  37. Wilder unhappy with underperforming Cobblers

    Football

    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has criticised his underperforming players after four straight defeats.

    The League Two side have slipped from fifth to 18th in recent weeks and lost 1-0 at Luton on Saturday.

    Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton: "[Assistant] Alan Knill has said to me we can't have too much of a go at them but I've taken no notice.

    "It's a man's game. I went round the players [rating them] A, B or C. Over the last four or five games, there's a few Bs and the majority are Cs. There are hardly any As."

  38. Get Involved

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    Ben Sears: Pains me to say it but would be surprised if Saints stay there. Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal in that order.

    Dave Hansford: People seem to hate seeing different top four. So refreshing for the fans to see though. Long may Saints and Hammers stay up there!

  39. McCarthy backs Ipswich to recover

    Football

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is confident that his side will find their form again, despite being "livid" with their weekend performance.

    Town drew 2-2 with Huddersfield on Saturday, having led 2-0 at Portman Road, and are winless in five Championship games.

    "I'm annoyed, angry, upset and the players are. I was livid," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk. "I think when I look back it might be a good point. But we're still the same group of people that were getting lauded and they will be back again."

  40. American footballers to join Bristol

    Rugby Union

    Bristol are to take two ex-college American Football players on trial, as they bid to gain professional UK deals.

    Joel Yogerst is a University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons fullback while Quinten White is a Temple University linebacker.

    They will link up with Andy Robinson's squad in November.

    "There's an enormous pool of talented athletes in the States and rugby union is rapidly developing in the country," director of rugby Robinson said.

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    Jon from Hull: Re: Ollie the number cruncher (see 12:11). West Ham fans are grounded, if we finish top six I'll personally buy you a pint. Also, in 2004-05 the Bolton manager was? Yes, it was a certain Mr Allardyce!

  42. FA Cup draw

    Football

    FA Cup draw

    BBC Sport's Mark Chapman: Have my suit and most importantly my ball sheets!! FA Cup 1st round draw here we come.

    Chappers hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300 at St George's Park.

  43. Sturridge is our big weapon - Rodgers

    Football

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects striker Daniel Sturridge to return to his best form when he recovers from injury.

    The 25-year-old, who scored 21 goals in 29 appearances last season, has been sidelined with a calf problem he sustained on England duty. Liverpool have only won two Premier League games since Sturridge last played on 31 August and Rodgers says his absence has had a negative effect on the team.

    "Top players have such an influence on the team," Rodgers told the club's website. "When you are under the cosh, you know that you have strikers who can score out of nothing. It is a big weapon. Sturridge is one of them.

    "That is where we aim to get with Daniel. When he comes back into the team, you will see the confidence because of the movement and the dynamic."

  44. Spiderman v Captain America....over hurdles

    Athletics

    Andy Turner

    Former European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner has just posted this video on Instagram: "Anyone ever seen Spider-Man race Captain America over hurdles? No? Well you have now, but who is who?"

    Any ideas? Spiderman had a smoother hurdling technique in my opinion...

  45. Pienaar pays tribute to Meyiwa

    Football

    Everton's South African midfielder Steven Pienaar says the death of national team captain Senzo Meyiwa is "difficult to understand".

    "First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo's family and friends at this very sad time," the ex-Bafana Bafana captain tells Everton's official website.

    "To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand.

    "Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well-liked by team-mates and opponents alike. Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be missed."

  46. Get Involved

    #mytopfour

    Chris Kinsman: 1. Man City (squad depth) 2. Chelsea (Costa's injuries will stab Blues) 3. Arsenal (ambitious) 4. Everton (Saints will lose it!).

    Sam Armitage: I don't think that Southampton nor West Ham are strong enough top finish in the top 4, but I think both will finish in the top 8.

    Nikhil: Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Liverpool. Chelsea will win it comfortably. Liverpool and Arsenal will battle it out for 4th place.

  47. QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)

    Football

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos will recover from a thigh injury in time to feature at Loftus Road.

    Belgium striker Christian Benteke is set to continue in attack after making his first start since March in the defeat by Everton.

  48. QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)

    Football

    Two teams are playing in the Premier League tonight, with both desperate to earn some points and climb the table. Newly-promoted QPR are rock bottom with sixth-bottom Aston Villa six points ahead of them.

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp says his public dispute with midfielder Adel Taarabt is in the past, but he will not play this weekend following an illness.

    Nedum Onuoha and Sandro are doubtful with injuries, however goalkeeper Rob Green is available after an illness.

  49. Johnson aware of manager's 'shelf life'

    Football

    Gary Johnson might have led Yeovil Town to promotion on three occasions during two spells at Huish Park, but even he is feeling the pressure after a run of six games without a win in League One.

    Gary Johnson

    The Glovers are third bottom and out of two cup competitions already this season and Johnson accepts that the board's patience will not last forever.

    "Everyone has a shelf life and if people are deciding that's now, then that's up to them," he said.

    "From my point of view, we'll do all we can to turn this around."

  50. What number is your team?

    Football

    So, we know Blyth are number 58 but what about the rest? Ball number 1 is Accrington Stanley and Woking are ball number 80.

    To find out what number your team will be in Monday's FA Cup first round draw, go to the BBC Sport website.

    Mark Chapman will host the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 Live and online, in front of a live audience of 300 at St George's Park.

  51. FA Cup draw

    Blyth Spartans

    Blyth Spartans: Spartans will be ball number 58 in Monday night's FA Cup first round draw. It's on BBC2 at 7pm.

    The Blyth boys, who edged a 4-3 thriller at Leek to go into hat, will be watching. Make sure you tune in as well.

  52. Pearce questions Forest 'character'

    Football

    Manager Stuart Pearce is not a happy chap at the City Ground, after defeat by Blackburn on Saturday extended Nottingham Forest's winless run to seven games.

    The man they called Psycho, the doyen of the Trent End as a player, made a great start to his time in charge with an 11-game unbeaten run but the subsequent stutter has left the former England under-21 boss pondering a few new additions.

    "It was a concern how when Blackburn built up pressure we didn't show enough character to stem that," Pearce told BBC Radio Nottingham. "We've probably got two loans we can bring in and if we perform like that, it will become more critical."

  53. Beale could still figure for Wallabies

    Rugby Union

    Australia assistant coach Nathan Grey says Kurtley Beale could still play a part in their tour of Europe.

    Kurtley Beale

    The back was fined $45,000 by the Australian Rugby Union for sending an offensive picture message to a female ex-team official, and was left out of the original touring party.

    However Grey says once he proves his fitness, Beale will be available for selection.

    "Kurtley at the moment is back at home and he is training," he said. "He hasn't played for a long period of time so we know he is working hard and trying to get up to speed in terms of his physical condition, and once he has done that he is definitely going to be considered for selection."

  54. FA Cup draw

    Football

    FA Cup

    The FA Cup returns to the BBC today after a six-year absence with the first-round draw at the National Football Centre at St George's Park.

    Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300.

    Here's a sneak peak of the leading star - the FA Cup trophy, not Chappers - testing out the lighting.

  55. BreakingProsecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict and sentence

    BREAKING NEWS

    South African prosecutors say they will appeal against the verdict and sentence in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, say Associated Press.

    Pistorius was jailed last week for five years for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but could be released after serving less than a year in jail if he is granted parole.

  56. Uefa open disciplinary proceedings

    Football

    Fans at the game between Slovan Bratislava and Sparta Prague

    Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Slovan Bratislava and Sparta Prague over violence between rival fans when the teams met in the Europa League on Thursday.

    Around a dozen Sparta fans scaled a fence to attack Bratislava supporters, who fled on to the field of play after 40 minutes, resulting in a delay of half an hour.

    Both sides are being investigated over their fans' use of fireworks and their role in the violence, while Slovan are also accused of "organisational failure" with the case to be heard on 30 October.

    Ukraine side Metalist Kharkiv also face disciplinary proceedings on 13 November for racist behaviour by their fans as well as use of fireworks and the unfurling of a banned banner during their Europa League game against Legia Warsaw.

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    Sam, York: Hope Southampton can keep up there momentum this year, really like what Koeman has done with that squad after what some Saints fans might call a mutiny in the ranks. Fair play to them and good luck for the rest of the season.

  58. Norton want Port Vale or Crewe in FA Cup first round

    Football

    Norton United chairman Steve Beaumont is dreaming of a local derby after his side made it into the hat for the FA Cup first round for the first time in their 25-year history.

    The eighth-tier team had to come from behind with 10 men to earn a 1-1 draw in Saturday's fourth qualifying round tie against Shildon from the ninth tier, the lowest-ranked side left in the draw.

    "We'd love to draw either Port Vale or Crewe Alexandra," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "What a great incentive that would be for the players to try and get through."

    Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300.

  59. Match postponed following Meyiwa death

    Football

    This weekend's league fixture between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs has been postponed after the death of South Africa and Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead on Sunday.

    The fixture between the country's two most successful and popular football clubs was guaranteed to attract a sell-out 90,000 crowd to the Soccer City stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

    "The match will not happen on Saturday out of respect for Senzo. That is the right thing to do," Premier Soccer League chief executive Brand de Villiers told a media conference.

  60. Jakupovic seizes Hull chance

    Football

    Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic

    Hull's third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic says he is determined to make the most of his unexpected opportunity.

    The Swiss stopper, who made just one Premier League appearance last season, started the season behind Allan McGregor and Steve Harper in the Tigers pecking order but injuries to the pair saw him start against Liverpool on Saturday where he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

    "I will try my best to stay in the team and I want to try and give the manager a difficult decision," he told the Hull website. "But ultimately it is up to him. I just want to show people what I can do."

  61. Houghton ready to take on Germany

    Football

    England Women's match against Germany at Wembley next month forms a key part of manager Mark Sampson's preparations for next year's World Cup in Canada.

    England captain Steph Houghton

    Captain Steph Houghton, who scored the only goal in Team GB's 1-0 win over Brazil at the 2012 Olympics, told the FA website: "Now that the league season is finished for us, all of the players' thoughts are on the Germany game - we can't wait to step out onto the Wembley pitch.

    "The match against Brazil for Team GB is a day I'll never forget and we got so much support from the fans in the stadium and those watching on TV. Germany are an excellent team and it will be a great occasion for the women's game."

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    Ollie, Buckinghamshire: West Ham and Southampton fans have reason to be excited, with the top four after nine games in all of the last five seasons ending up in the top six. However the fans should remain grounded with West Ham having the lowest number of points for a team placed 4th after 9 games since Bolton in 2004-05. Also Hull City in the 2008-09 season were 3rd after 9 games with 20 points, they only picked up 15 points for the rest of the season and narrowly avoided the drop.

    Superb number crunching Ollie. Are you really Statto from Fantasy Football League?

  63. Romelu having a good Luk at Eto'o

    Football

    Everton's Lukaku and Eto'o

    As far as footballing mentors go, a former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker - who is also the most decorated African player of all time having won La Ligas, Serie A, the Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations - isn't the worst to be picking up a few tips from.

    And Everton striker Romelu Lukaku says he is grateful to be able to learn from Toffees team-mate Samuel Eto'o.

    "Every day we are together on and off the pitch, along with Ross Barkley, and Samuel is always giving us advice," the Belgian tells Everton's official website. "After each training session we have a little finishing competition, with the loser doing sprints!

    "He wants to help me become one of the best. I feel very lucky to be able to work with someone I grew up watching."

  64. North to play at centre?

    Rugby Union

    Veteran Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel says wing George North has the capability to switch to centre for the autumn Tests to cover for injuries.

    George North

    Jonathan Davies suffered a dislocated shoulder in Clermont Auvergne's European Champions Cup win over Sale and fellow centres Scott Williams and Cory Allen were also hurt with Jamie Roberts the only fit centre.

    "He has got the qualities to play there," said Peel. "But he will be thrown in a position that he hasn't probably played a lot of rugby. Whether it's a gamble or not I don't know and it will be probably be down to how he's feeling about it."

  65. Harris makes Palace purchase enquiry

    Football

    The London Evening Standard reports that American billionaire Josh Harris has made an enquiry to buy out Crystal Palace, but talk of the deal being completed this week is premature.

    The business tycoon, whose estimated fortune is £1.25bn, tried to buy Charlton 11 months ago and already owns basketball team Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils ice hockey team in the USA.

    He has opened talks with the CPFC 2010 consortium, which is led by co-chairman Steve Parish and saved the club from liquidation four years ago and it is understood that Parish and the other three stakeholders Martin Long, Stephen Browett and Jeremy Hosking are prepared to sell for the right price, already estimated at £70m.

  66. Stat attack

    Football

    Alexis Sanchez

    Alexis Sanchez's second goal was Arsenal's 1500th goal in the Premier League. They are only the second side to reach the milestone with Manchester United currently on 1706.

  67. 'Giant-killers' Warrington eye new scalps

    Football

    After booking their place in the FA Cup first round proper for the very first time, Warrington Town are already thinking about their next scalp.

    The Wire, who are number 53 in tonight's draw, saw off Conference North side North Ferriby on Saturday and chairman Toby Macormac wants to continue their history-making feats.

    "We have 210,000 people living in a town with no Football League club," he tells BBC Radio Merseyside. "We need [a draw] where an upset could happen again."

    Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300.

  68. Question of Sport Teaser

    With the first-round draw taking place live across the BBC later, we have a special FA Cup-themed Question of Sport Teaser for you to mull over. So take a screen break, grab a cuppa and ponder over this one...

    Which four teams in tonight's FA Cup first-round draw have reached the semi-finals since 2000?

    Answers not on a postcard please. Use #QSTeaser and we will reveal the answers later.

  69. Llambias to start work at Rangers

    Football

    Former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias is due to fly into Glasgow on Monday night to begin work at Rangers.

    Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias

    Llambias' expected arrival follows confirmation that a £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been accepted by the Scottish club and is another indication of Ashley's increasing influence at Ibrox.

    Graham Wallace's resignation as chief executive was confirmed on Monday morning.

  70. South Africa mourns Meyiwa

    Football

    South Africa's head football coach Ephraim Mashaba has paid a tearful tribute to captain Senzo Meyiwa, who died after being shot by intruders.

    Mashaba said the goalkeeper was "a very kind person". "I've never seen Senzo being sad or angry," he added.

    Watch his emotional news conference here.

  71. Scotland add duo to training squad

    Rugby Union

    Head coach Vern Cotter has added Glasgow centre Peter Horne and uncapped Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo Clyne to Scotland's Autumn Test training squad.

    The pair are in as precautionary injury cover for Alex Dunbar (ankle) and Chris Cusiter (calf) respectively.

    Scotland's first match will be against Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday 8 November.

  72. Latest gossip

    We all love a bit of tittle-tattle don't we? Especially if it is football transfer related. Here are three tales doing the rounds and feature in today's Gossip Column. They may or may not happen.

    Pedro

    Arsenal are moving closer to a deal for Barcelona forward Pedro, 27, after he handed in a transfer request at the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)

    Bayern Munich are in discussions to sign 32-year-old former Brighton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak. (Daily Mail)

    Tottenham are lining up a move for Bayer Leverkusen's World Cup-winning midfielder Christoph Kramer, 23. (Metro)

  73. Get involved

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    David M Carter: West Ham have now played four of the top seven from last year already, and beaten the top two, so winnable games coming up.

  74. Port Vale turn to Page?

    Football

    Port Vale interim manager Rob Page is now the hot favourite to be appointed on a permanent basis.

    Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite told BBC Radio Stoke: "His future will be decided by the end of this week".

    The Valiants have risen to 16th in League One, having lost just twice in seven games, since Page took over the reins following Micky Adams' resignation on 18 September.

  75. South Africa mourn Meyiwa

    Football

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News' Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg: "The whole nation is mourning the passing of a national football hero in Senzo Meyiwa. Radio and TV chat shows are clogged with callers expressing their shock and dismay.

    "His shooting brings into sharp focus the wider issues of gun crime in South Africa, particularly so soon after the marathon trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius, who says he shot dead his girlfriend by mistake, fearing there was an intruder in the house.

    "South Africa is asking itself deep questions about the cancer of violence that has killed some of its best talent."

  76. Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe

    Cricket

    Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam had Bangladesh's best ever bowling figures then hit the winning runs as the Tigers claimed only the fifth Test victory in their history over Zimbabwe.

    The three-wicket success in Dhaka is Bangladesh's second in the past five years, having also defeated Zimbabwe in Harare last April.

    The second test is at Khulna from next Monday.

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    Paul, Cardiff: Teams like Southampton and West Ham will decide the Champions League places by surprising the 'usual suspects', this season it's all about not losing rather than winning!

  78. FA Cup magic

    Football

    Arsenal win 2014 FA Cup

    You know winter is almost here when the first round of the FA Cup looms closer.

    The famous competition, won by Arsenal last season, returns to the BBC today after a six-year absence with the first-round draw at the National Football Centre at St George's Park.

    Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300.

  79. Marussia enter administration

    Formula 1

    As we told you earlier (see 10:33), the Marussia Formula One team have been placed in administration - days after fellow team Caterham suffered the same fate.

    The administrators FRP Advisory have confirmed Marussia will miss this weekend's United States Grand Prix in Austin.

    But a statement says the company "will continue to operate while the joint administrators assess the longer-term viability of the company in its present form".

  80. Plymouth extend Reid loan spell

    Football

    League Two side Plymouth have extended the loan spell of Bristol City midfielder Bobby Reid until 29 November.

    "Hopefully while he's here, he can continue playing the way he has and get us some more results," Argyle manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon.

  81. New look for England

    Rugby League

    Former Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins looks quite at home in the new England kit doesn't he?! More than a passing resemblance to the Warriors' famous colours I'd say...

  82. New look for England

    Rugby League

    Sam Tomkins

    England will wear a special jersey based on the centenary of the historic third test of the 1914 Lions Tour when they take on Australia in the Four Nations in Melbourne on Sunday.

    The 1914 game was known as the Rorke's Drift Test and the red and white hooped design is based on those worn by the Northern Union at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 4 July, 1914 and features on its front the names of the Northern Union heroes who defied overwhelming odds to win the game and secure the Ashes.

    With just nine fit men on the field at times during a match played five days after the second Test, England triumphed 14-6 with a performance which Australian journalists compared to the rearguard action staged by the British military against a Zulu army in South Africa in 1879.

    England captain Sean O'Loughlin said: "All the players and staff are acutely aware of the fantastic tradition of sporting feats between England and Australia and this jersey will bring 100 years of rivalry out of the history books and on to the pitch."

  83. Blatter tribute to Meyiwa

    Football

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter pays tribute to killed South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa on Twitter.

    "Thoughts with family, players and fans of Orlando Pirates and South Africa. A senseless, tragic loss. #RIPSenzoMeyiwa"

  84. Clark a perfect fit?

    Football

    Championship strugglers Birmingham are managerless after Lee Clark was sacked this week - but it appears the Geordie could be walking straight into another job.

    The Daily Mail reports that Clark, who left second-bottom Blues on Monday, is being lined up to take over at....rock-bottom Blackpool.

  85. BREAKING NEWS

    The Marussia Formula One team have been placed in administration, administrators FRP Advisory have confirmed.

  86. Anything Southampton can do...

    Football

    What's going on with football on the south coast at the moment?

    Seven days after Southampton hammered Sunderland, Championship side Bournemouth repeated the feat with a demolition of managerless Birmingham by the same 8-0 scoreline.

    Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn couldn't resist a tiny bit of one-upmanship, pointing out that his side's victory had come away from home.

    "It's incredible, and we had to go one better because we were away," Mostyn told BBC Radio Solent.

    "It's practically a life highlight. The boys have been playing with superb confidence and we've always said that someone is going to get a really good beating sooner rather than later. For Birmingham it was just unfortunate it happened to be them."

  87. Stat attack

    Football

    Ronald Koeman

    What has been the secret to Southampton's early success? Their watertight defence. Which perhaps isn't that surprising considering new boss Ronald Koeman was one of the greatest defenders of his generation.

    The high-flying Saints have only conceded five times in the Premier League so far this season - the best defensive record in all four divisions.

  88. Get involved

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    David R: Southampton were in a similar position last season, pushing for a top 4 place, but they faded away slightly in November/December.

    Ben Higlett: I doubt Southampton would actually be able to sustain the form required, but it'll be this year if any.

    Rupak Timalsina: if Hammers continue this form they will be in top 4 otherwise Man City, Chelsea, Southampton & Arsenal

  89. No fun in the Sofia snow

    Football

    Levski Sofia fans have accused the coach of bitter city rivals CSKA of feigning unconsciousness when he was hit in the head by a snowball during an explosive derby played in a blizzard on Saturday.

    In the early stages of the tense affair, Stoycho Mladenov collapsed onto the athletics track surrounding the pitch after being hit by the snowball thrown by Levski supporters, forcing the referee to halt the game for several minutes. After the match, won 3-0 by league leaders CSKA, Mladenov said he lost consciousness.

    "Children play with snowballs the whole winter but I haven't heard of anyone who has collapsed," said Vladimir Vladimirov, the head of Levski's national fan club. "It was disgusting to watch, his over-acting was so poor."

    Mladenov said on Monday that he had a medical document, proving his injury, and would present it to the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) if they requested it.

  90. Get involved

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    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places.

    Danny Ford: I'm a Saints fan.. I'm not getting carried away finishing in the top 4.. 6th for me but 6th after losing 9 players and our manager.. Amazing stuff.

    Ian Sayer: Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Man U. Southampton deserve their success and ought to be subjected to a well-written book about management and psychology in the game. An astonishing start.

    David John: West Ham will go back to being mediocre in a few weeks and will end up about 13-14th, top four will consist of Man City, Chelsea, Man United and.... Arsenal, in no particular order... Liverpool will struggle to make the top 10 I'm afraid.

  91. Springboks name Test squad

    Rugby Union

    South Africa have named five newcomers and two returnees in their 39-man squad for next month's games against Ireland, England, Italy and Wales.

    The 29 players who were part of the Rugby Championship squad are joined by the uncapped quintet of Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Johan Goosen have been recalled to the squad for the tour of four Tests.

    "We'll have to hit the ground running when we assemble in Johannesburg on Wednesday before we depart on what will be a challenging tour," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

  92. Stoke injury worry over Adam

    Football

    Charlie Adam

    Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam is an injury doubt for Wednesday's League Cup fourth round tie against Southampton, reports BBC Radio Stoke.

    Adam was substituted eight minutes into the second half with a calf problem when the two sides met in the Premier League at St Mary's on Saturday - a game the Saints won 1-0.

  93. Get involved

    #mytopfour

    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places. Here are some of your top four predictions...

    Amanda Bennett: Chelsea, Man City, Southampton, Man Utd

    Ryan Day: 1st Chelsea 2nd Manchester City 3rd Manchester United 4th Arsenal

    Jacob Pearlman: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United

    Ben Holder: 1. Chelsea 2. Man City 3. Arsenal 4. Southampton

  94. Football

    Football

    Earlier we told you about a whisper that there could be some big news at Championship crisis club Blackpool today (see 09:28).

    Now the Blackpool Gazette is reporting that boss Jose Riga is set to leave his job after four and a half months.

    Four and a half months feels like a lifetime for a Leeds manager...

  95. Hold the back page

    Football

    Daily Express

    Like the Daily Mirror (see 08:48), the Express has also led on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's blast at skipper Robin van Persie. The Dutch forward was booked for whipping off his shirt after bagging the equaliser against Chelsea.

  96. Guernsey FC grounded

    Football

    Guernsey FC fly to all their away games
    Image caption: Guernsey FC have to fly to every away match

    Guernsey FC's players are no strangers to an airport, having to fly to mainland England for every away game in the Isthmian League South.

    But things didn't go to plan on Saturday, when the Green Lions turned up for the 0830 BST flight instead of the 0700 one they were actually booked on in order to face Carshalton Athletic.

    "It was totally my error," says club secretary Mark Le Tissier, the brother of Southampton legend Matt.

    "Being half-term, all the flights were booked and we couldn't get on another one," he added to BBC Radio Guernsey.

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    Ross, Newcastle: Arsenal are a shoe in for fourth as always. Chelsea and Man City will be the top two by a country mile. Third is the tough one to call but I think Liverpool or Man United are more likely to go on a run than Southampton or West Ham are to hold on.

  98. England preparing for German test

    Football

    England's Karen Carney

    The England women's team will be facing the media later this morning ahead of their game against European champions Germany at Wembley on Sunday 23 November.

    The match, which will be shown live on BBC Two, will be England's first match at the new Wembley and the first women's match at the venue since the 2012 London Olympics.

  99. Rowett set for Birmingham job

    Football

    Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett is expected to be appointed as the new manager of Championship side Birmingham City later today, reports BBC WM.

    The 40-year-old former Blues defender will take over in the wake of Saturday's club record 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth, which followed the sacking of previous Blues boss Lee Clark five days earlier.

    Rowett, who was assistant manager at Burton to Paul Peschisolido before taking charge in March 2012, has twice taken the Brewers to the League Two play-offs and again has them handily placed this season in third.

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    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places.

    Dan, remembering Man U's lack of defence, London: So Man U hold Chelsea and now they're instantly in the top four in May? Nonsense.

  101. South Africa mourns Meyiwa

    Football

    South Africa midfielder Dean Furman describes the loss of captain and teammate Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead on Sunday, as "devastating".

    "It was a massive shock and I was completely taken aback by it. It's complete and utter shock and devastation," says the Doncaster Rovers player.

    "I've spoke to players who have grown up with him. It's tragic, so sad. He has a young family so there's more to it than losing a footballer - someone's lost a dad."

  102. Ups and down at Blackpool?

    Football

    Blackpool Gazette football reporter William Watt: Morning all, could be a busy day at Bloomfield Road.

    Ooooh, Watt a tease. Is under-fire Tangerines boss Jose Riga going to get the chop? Or is there going to be a new delivery of half and half scarves to the club shop? As soon as we hear anything we will let you know.

  103. No alarms and no surprises

    Football

    Southampton

    Southampton's remarkable start to the season has come as a suprise to most people - but not to left-back Ryan Bertrand.

    "Probably from the outside (you could not have predicted this) when you see a club lose a lot of players and a manager - a manager more so, for me," says the on-loan Chelsea player.

    "But the people behind the scenes at Southampton have brought in a world-class manager and world-class players.

    "As soon as I came in and saw the players, saw everyone training and what they're capable of, it's not a surprise to me."

  104. Get involved

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    Hemedi Mohamed: Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Southampton.

    Michael Hinks: 1. Chelsea 2. Man City 3. Arsenal 4. Man Utd.

    Justin Arnold: 1. Chelsea 2. MCFC 3. West Ham 4. MUFC

  105. Get involved

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    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places.

    Barry: Lot of teams in false positions at this early stage of the season but top four will be the usual suspects; Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd & Arsenal.

  106. Mourinho unhappy with ref Dowd

    Football

    Jose Mourinho

    It is not like Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to bite his tongue. But the Portuguese said he had to after feeling certain decisions went against the league leaders as Manchester United snatched a late draw on Sunday.

    The Blues took the lead through Didier Drogba, before Robin van Persie equalised in stoppage time moments after Branislav Ivanovic was dismissed.

    "The red card, I saw that coming," said Mourinho. "If I have to speak about [that] I have to speak about the penalty Ivanovic should have been given.

    "I don't want to speak about the penalty on Ivanovic [when the Serb appeared to be wrestled over in the area by Chris Smalling] and the accumulation of yellow cards [for Chelsea].

  107. South Africa mourns Meyiwa

    Football

    Some awful news from South Africa last night, when police announced the nation's captain Senzo Meyiwa had died after being shot.

    The goalkeeper, 27, was reportedly attacked after men entered his girlfriend's house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg.

    Now South Africa's minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula has urged anyone with any relevant information to come forward to police.

  108. Get involved

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    Confidence is in the South Coast air it seems...

    Stuart Hunt: 1. Chelsea 2. Man City 3. Arsenal 4. Southampton. For those saying Saints haven't played anyone they were very unlucky to come away from Liverpool and Spurs empty handed and who have Man Utd played?

    David Dayson-Smith: Saints' season will be defined in November/December when we play the big boys. Top four? I think we can.

  109. Stat attack

    Football

    Hands up if you had heard of Diafra Sakho before he moved to West Ham in the summer? Nope, me neither. The West Ham scouting team...take a bow.

    Senegal international Sakho is the hottest striker in the the top-flight right now. He has broken the Hammers' club record for scoring in six successive Premier League fixtures.

  110. Get involved

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    With Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in the top four, we have been asking you whether they can last the distance, or if the usual suspects will nab the Champions League places. Here are a few of your Tweets...

    Harry Maxfield: Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man United.

    Justin Arnold: 1. Chelsea 2. MCFC 3. West Ham 4. MUFC.

    Robert Green: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, Man City.

    Want your say? Then use #mytopfour or text 81111 to let us know.

  111. What the papers say

    Football

    Daily Mirror

    And that is the story which most of the national newspapers have splashed on - complete with puntastic headlines. Here's the Daily Mirror's effort...

  112. Robin not so reliant

    Football

    But Van Gaal also found time to get a little shirty with his captain Robin van Persie. The forward was booked for taking off his shirt to celebrate the dramatic goal - with Van Gaal labelling his fellow Dutchman as "stupid".

  113. Van Gaal praises fighting spirit

    Football

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United are looking to wrestle back their place in the top four after missing out last year, and helped their hopes with a plucky 1-1 draw against leaders Chelsea.

    Manager Louis van Gaal praised his team's "fighting spirit" after Robin Van Persie's injury-time equaliser.

    "The most pleasing thing is we are believing in making a goal even when the scoreline is bad," says the Dutchman. "The players are running until the 90th minute to equalise or win."

  114. Premier League table

    Football

    Premier League table

    I'm sure Chelsea, Southampton and West Ham fans don't need reminding - but they'll be happy to have another look how the Premier League table is shaping up after the weekend.

  115. Allardyce staying grounded

    Football

    Sam Allardyce isn't the sort of bloke to get carried away by West Ham's decent start - even if comedian, and Hammers fan, Russell Brand, is.

    "We are on a big high at the moment, it is a fantastic feeling, but we are only nine games in," says Big Sam.

    "There is a long way to go yet, we still have the difficult time ahead - it will be the end of November and December when all the games come flooding thick and fast."

  116. Get involved

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    Jack Stroudley: Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Everton.

    Mango4Days: I think that West Ham will fall into the mid-table but Southampton will do a good job and stay around sixth.

    Joshua: 1st Chelsea, 2nd Man City, 3rd Man United, 4th Arsenal.

  117. Leeds to appoint third manager of the season

    Football

    Talking of boardrooms - who knows what is going on in the top office at Leeds? Italian owner Massimo Cellino sacked boss Darko Milanic after just 32 days and is now set to appoint his third gaffer of the season.

    BBC Radio Leeds reporter Adam Pope: "Neil Redfearn takes training today. He is expected to become the new head coach but is yet to agree a deal with owner Massimo Cellino.

    "Redfearn will want a contract that rewards him, gives him protection and has a succession plan for the academy."

  118. Chelsea appoint Purslow

    Football

    Christian Purslow

    Those of you with a penchant for football business are in dreamland today. After the Rangers shake-up (see 08:11), we have some more news from the boardroom at Chelsea.

    Ex-Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow is joining the Blues to run their 'global commercial activities'. Which, I'd imagine, basically means raking in loads of sponsorship cash from international companies.

  119. Get involved

    So, with Southampton and West Ham sitting pretty in they top four, we want to know if you think they will be there at the end of the season. I don't.

    My predicted - and predictable - top four is Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. Agree? Totally disagree? We want to know your thoughts. Use the functional Twitter hashtag of #mytopfour, or text 81111, to tell us your quartet and the reason behind it. Go, go, go!

  120. Rangers chief leaves as Ashley provides loan

    Football

    Some breaking news from north of the border - which is also, perhaps, of interest for Newcastle fans.

    Rangers announce chief executive Graham Wallace has resigned from his role, as the Ibrox outfit confirm the agreement of an emergency interest free £2m loan from Magpies owner Mike Ashley.

    Wallace follows finance director Philip Nash in leaving the club. Ashley, whose loan is secured against Edmiston House and the Albion car park, had wanted Wallace and Nash to leave the club.

  121. Post update

    Yes, we know the clocks have only just gone back, but that isn't stopping us getting excited about Southampton and West Ham threatening to upset the status quo. Before we consider their chances of still being in the top four in May, here's a look at the plan ahead for today...

    11:30 GMT: England women's football squad meet the media ahead of next month's friendly against Germany.

    12:00 GMT: Wales and Ireland's rugby union players and coaches hold news conferences.

    19:00 GMT: FA Cup first round draw

    20:00 GMT: Premier League - QPR v Aston Villa

  122. Post update

    Sam Allardyce

    Hello! Ready for whatever a mean and moody Monday is going to throw at you? Let Sportsday ease your pain.

    Although if you're a fan of Southampton or West Ham then you're probably already striding down the street with an extra spring in your step.

    That's because the Saints and the Hammers are threatening to gatecrash the Champions League party. Southampton are second in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Chelsea, with fourth-placed West Ham lurking just behind.

  123. Post update

    The Premier League top four has been an exclusive circle in recent years. Only those flashy clubs with the most cash have been let in through the door, while the rest have been left outside peering through the window.

    For those other than a handful of top clubs, the Champions League has been like the swanky nightclub - glamour, cash and beautiful people packed inside - where mere mortals don't have much chance of sneaking past the bouncers.

    But today there's a few less glamorous clubs standing at the front of the queue. Can they keep themselves together and get through the door?