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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)

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By Jonathan Jurejko and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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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.

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."

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.

Blackpool sack Riga

Football

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

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.

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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.

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.

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
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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."

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.

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
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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.

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
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"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."

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
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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.

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.

Celtic Guided towards permanent signing

Football

John Guidetti
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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."

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.

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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.

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."

Barca and Real 'wanted' new Toon hero

Football

Ayoze Perez
Reuters

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."

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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.

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.

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
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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."

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.

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.

Flamini praise for Sanchez

Football

Alexis Sanchez
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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."

QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)

Football

QPR v Aston VIlla
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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.

Football

Robinson v Robinson?

Karl Robinson
Empics

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.

Rugby Union

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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.

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."

Spain reacts to El Clasico

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo
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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."

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."

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."

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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.

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

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.

Over 30,000 to watch England women

Football

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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.

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.

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."

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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!

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."

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.