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Andy Cryer and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's it for Sportsday Live on Tuesday. Keep up to date with all of the League Cup action and the FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay results on the BBC Sport website.

    Sportsday Live will return on Wednesday at 08:00 GMT.

  2. League Cup: Liverpool v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

    Team news

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will make wholesale changes to the side that drew with Hull on Saturday.

    Rickie Lambert is set to start, while youngster Jordan Rossiter may feature again after scoring in the last round.

    Swansea manager Garry Monk will resist the temptation to rest a host of his first-team players.

    Gerhard Tremmel is expected to replace Lukasz Fabianski in goal and Gylfi Sigurdsson may sit this game out after limping off against Leicester.

  3. Post update

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport


    "Tonight's Shrewsbury matchday programme. Full commentary @bbc5live w/@ConorMcNamaraIE and Phil Brown."

    5 Live Sport gets underway at 19:00 GMT with the build-up to all of this evening's game which gets underway at the Greenhous Meadow from 19:45.

    There will, of course, be updates from all of the other games and you can follow the night's action on the BBC Sport website.

  4. FA county official suspended over sexist remark


    A senior FA county official has been suspended for four months after telling a female referee "a woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field."

    John Cummings, a vice president of the Northumberland County FA, made the comments in March this year to Lucy May, a referee development officer who was attending a referee workshop event when she asked Cummings about the possibility of officiating in the North East Sunday League.

    She alleges Cummings rejected her request saying: "It's nothing against you personally but all the time I'm alive, a woman will never referee in my league". He added that she "wouldn't be able to handle it. A woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field."

    An independent FA regulatory commission, led by solicitor and former Blackburn Rovers player Stuart Ripley, concluded that Cummings was guilty of a breach of FA rules relating to "abusive and/or insulting language", aggravated because of a specific reference to gender. Cummings may yet launch an appeal over the decision.

  5. League Cup fourth round

    Fulham v Derby (20:00 GMT)

    Kit Symons
  6. Huth set to miss out for Stoke


    Stoke City defender Robert Huth has been ruled out of Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Southampton, reports the Stoke Sentinel.

    The German centre-half was expected to be drafted back in, but has suffered a calf strain, which is set to keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks. Marc Wilson should retais his place alongside captain Ryan Shawcross.

  7. League Cup shocks

    League Cup final, 1988: Luton Town 3 Arsenal 2

    Luton Town

    Ray Harford led the Hatters to a famous victory over the defending champions, inspired by Brian Stein's two goals.

  8. Rowett believes Blues can improve


    New Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett says the struggling Championship club can 'regenerate' from the painful ravages of last Saturday's 8-0 record home defeat by Bournemouth.

    "I've not even mentioned the weekend to the players," Rowett told BBC Sport at his introductory Blues press conference.

    "As a player I twice lost 7-1. You can start crying or roll up your sleeves. Sometimes a group of men maybe need to be brought to rock bottom to regroup and regenerate."

  9. League Cup: MK Dons v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    Team news

    MK Dons forward Dean Bowditch could return after missing the weekend draw at Doncaster with injury but Danny Green (hamstring) and Lee Hodson (ankle) still need to regain match fitness.

    Sheffield United midfielder Chris Basham is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend.

    However, defender Jay McEveley could start, having been a substitute in the weekend win at Crewe after a shoulder injury.

  10. O'Sullivan wins in China


    Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan eased into the third round of the International Championship in Chengdu after a 6-1 win over Anthony McGill.

    "I played pretty well, I was playing hard match snooker and didn't take many chances," O'Sullivan said. "When you play more matches that comes automatically, whereas tonight I had to be conscious of not taking on shots to let him in.

    "I have to concentrate hard on every shot and think about the consequences. I was on a roll tonight and wanted to make a century every time I came to the table."

    However, Judd Trump is out after losing 6-5 to Jamie Burnett having battled back from 4-2 down to lead 5-4 before losing the final two frames.

  11. Murray ready for Benneteau test


    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray gets his Paris Masters campaign underway on Wednesday when he takes on Julien Benneteau of France in the second round.

    Murray comes into the match after a gruelling schedule which included him beating Tommy Robredo in last weekend's Valencia Open final. as he chases a place at the end-of-season ATP Tour finals.

    "My expectations this week aren't incredibly high," the Scot told BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller. "I have to try to be realistic and I have played a lot of tennis the last few weeks, but I've recovered well from the tough matches, which I wasn't doing earlier in the year.

    "Nine matches in the space of 11 days is mentally tiring: getting up every day and having to concentrate on new opponents, different tactics, different conditions, it's tough - but that's why it's a great sport and one I enjoy competing in."

  12. League Cup: Liverpool v Swansea (20:00 GMT)


    Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis and Marvin Emnes

    How do you prepare for a League Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool?

    Well, if you are Swansea strikers Bafetimbi Gomis and Marvin Emnes, you take in a spot of sightseeing with a stroll around the city's Albert Dock before tonight's game at Anfield.

  13. Get involved


    Chris Allen: Cup Shocks? Shrews v Everton 2003. Who will be our Nigel Jemson tonight?

    Gregory P: Derby 1-0 M U in 2008. 7 months before Man U were crowned european champs while Derby were declared the worst team in history.

  14. League Cup fourth round

    MK Dons v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    Nigel Clough
  15. Trott hopes for England return


    England's Jonathan Trott has been speaking to BBC Sport's Pat Murphy after his first international call-up since leaving the Ashes tour with a "stress-related illness" in November.

    "I still have aspirations to play for England," said the Warwickshire batsman, who has been working with psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters. "If I do play for England again, I've got to earn my place back. I had that mentality playing for Warwickshire this year.

    Jonathan Trott

    "I'm not looking too far ahead. Setting goals to make teams is very dangerous. At the moment I'm just looking forward to going to South Africa.

    "At the age of 33, the ECB could easily have said well, you know, you're done and thanks for what you did, and we're going to go in a different direction, so to get the nod and the call is always pleasing, and gives you hope.

    "Cricket is cruel and kind to you at the same time, so it's a bizarre game, one you definitely love, you question why you do it, but most days it's something you can get a bit of enjoyment out of. I seem to have found myself in a situation where I'm enjoying it again."

  16. Family behind Saints exit - Brown

    Rugby League

    Nathan Brown says the pull of a return to Australia with his family was the main reason behind his St Helens exit.

    Brown, 41, won the Grand Final in his final game in charge of Saints, beating Wigan 14-6 at Old Trafford.

    The former St George Illawarra Dragons head coach spent four seasons at Huddersfield, before his two-year stint at Langtree Park.

    "Home is home and after six years away, it's time to take the wife and the family back," said Brown.

  17. League Cup shocks

    League Cup final, 1967: Queens Park Rangers 3 West Bromwich Albion 2


    QPR were in the third tier of English football and making their first appearance in a cup final. Their opponents at Wembley were defending champions West Brom.

    The Baggies quickly went 2-0 up but were hauled back by the Hoops, who scored a late winner to lift the cup.

  18. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Jackie Taylor on Match of the Day Facebook: Well you don't have to be a mastermind to see that men's football is bigger than women's therefore the revenue is more, hence the higher wages. There is no way women footballers can demand earning as much as the men because they simply don't generate the same amount of money coming in to the game.

    Michaela Renshaw: Some females are better than their male counterparts and probably earn more already ( ie Abby Wambach and Toni Duggan ) and some of the top women especially in the US already earn six figure salaries. I think one day in the near future the money should even out, the women's game is a lot better than it used to be.

    Should men and women be paid the same in sport?

  19. Robertson suffers defeat in China


    Former world champion Neil Robertson suffered a 6-5 defeat by world number 71 Joe Swail in the second round of the International Championship in China.

    Australian world number two Robertson led 5-3 but the Northern Ireland man won three successive frames to win the match.

    Shaun Murphy is also out after losing 6-1 to Robert Milkins while England pair Stuart Bingham and Mark Davis and Wales' Michael White and Mark Williams won their second-round encounters to progress to the third round.

  20. Eriksen focussed on Spurs improvement


    Christian Eriksen says Tottenham remain a "work in progress" under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    "As players, we are all trying to adapt to Mauricio's new style of play and we won't know everything straight away," the Denmark international told the Evening Standard.

    "It is still a work in progress but, hopefully, we won't take too long to get it right. We could have done better in some games. We have had some good results but some disappointing defeats too, although it is easy to forget that we are still working with a new manager.

    "You can already see that we are starting to play the way he wants us to, and the more we work together, the better the results will be. We have been saying that it is important to have a high level of performance in our upcoming games."

  21. Football - done deal

    Wycombe Wanderers have signed former QPR forward Hogan Ephraim on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 26-year-old, who started his career at West Ham, was released by Rangers in the summer after six years and 104 appearances for the London club.

  22. Get involved


    Daniel Hirst: Best giant killing has to be Grimsby vs Liverpool, last minute extra time screamer wins it 2-1 for the mariners!

    Russell Tunstall: Mansfield Town 3 West Ham - including Moore, Peters, Hurst - 0, only a child but remember like yesterday.

    Andrew Priestley: Manchester United 0-3 York City in 1995. The same Manchester United that won 2 Premier League and FA Cup doubles in 3 years.

    Ahead of tonight's League Cup fourth round ties, what are your favourite giant-killing acts from the past? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  23. Post update

    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale on Twitter: I'm honoured to be included on the shortlist for the #BallondOr this year among so many world class players. Good luck to everyone!!

    Bale is the only player from the Home Nations to be in the nominations list for Fifa's Ballon d'Or.

  24. League Cup shocks

    Third Round, 2010, Liverpool 2 Northampton 2 (Northampton won 4-2 on penalties)


    Liverpool looked as though they had spared their blushes when David Ngog equalised in the last few minutes of extra-time but misses from the spot by Ngog and Nathan Eccleston put the Cobblers through at Anfield.

  25. Post update

    Lionel Messi

    FC Barcelona ‏on Twitter: Leo Messi makes dream come true for 30 sick children from around the world.

  26. League Cup fourth round: Team news

    Fulham v Derby (20:00 GMT)

    Fulham's in-form striker Hugo Rodallega is likely to miss out after limping off against Charlton on Friday while Fernando Amorebieta remains on the sidelines with a knee injury and Adam Taggart is still not fit.

    Derby head coach Steve McClaren is likely to make wholesale changes to the side that lost to Wigan.

    Leon Best has an illness bug and might not travel but Paul Coutts, who has been out for more than a year with a knee injury, could make his return.

  27. Football

    Manchester United

    Looking sharp! Manchester United's Jonny Evans, Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling take time out for a photo shoot.

  28. League Cup fourth round: Team news

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Shrewsbury captain Liam Lawrence should be fit to start after coming off the bench at the weekend while striker Andy Mangan returned from a knee injury on Saturday and is set to be named on the bench again.

    Chelsea are likely to make plenty of changes to the side that drew at Manchester United on Sunday.

    Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic are suspended but midfielder Ramires could return after five weeks out with a groin problem.

  29. Get involved


    Adam Gilbert: Tennis majors are unfair as women are on court much less as they play a max of 3 sets where men play a min of 3.

    Simon Jones: The only way prize money can be equal, is with both genders competing at the same level, against each other. Until then no.

    Daniel Brooks: Not being entirely serious but: Differentiation in sport advantages women, how many would earn more if all sport were mixed?

  30. League Cup fourth round

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    The omens don't look great for League Two Shrewsbury but they do say runs are there to be broken.....

  31. League Cup shocks

    Quarter-final, 2012, Bradford 1 Arsenal 1 (Bradford won 3-2 on penalties)


    Who could forget Bradford's run to the final when Thomas Vermaelen's missed penalty in a shoot-out was to prove crucial to hand the Bantams a memorable quarter-final win over Premier League Arsenal.

    Gunners supporters were beginning to fear their trophy drought was never going to end.

  32. League Cup: Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Team news

    Bournemouth will be without Harry Arter and Steve Cook through suspension after they picked up their fifth bookings of the season against Birmingham.

    However, Eddie Howe is boosted by the return of striker Yann Kermorgant after he served a three-match ban.

    West Brom boss Alan Irvine could recall Victor Anichebe after he came off the bench to score against Crystal Palace. Boaz Myhill could start in goal while Gareth McAuley, Cristian Gamboa and Youssouf Mulumbu may be recalled.

  33. Get involved


    liam harris: It has to be Man United v Crystal Palace 2011 at Old Trafford, a screamer from Ambrose and a Murray winner in ET.

    Matthew Jones: Chester 3-0 Leeds. Bottom div side vs league champs and European stars.

    Deaglan Coleman: Northampton beat Liverpool on penalties at Anfield.

    Keep your memories of cup giant-killing acts coming on #bbcsportsday.

  34. Boxing

    A South African female professional boxer has died following a knockout punch two weeks ago that put her in a coma, the sports and recreation department said on Tuesday.

    Light middleweight Phindile Mwelase, 31, fell into a coma on 10 October after a fight against Liz Butler, who defeated her by a knockout. She died on Saturday at a Pretoria hospital.

    South Africa President Jacob Zuma expressed his "heartfelt condolences on the untimely death" of Mwelase.

    His office said in a statement on Tuesday. "She joined a sport that is predominantly male, and was proving that women can also succeed in boxing."

  35. Post update

    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    "Inspired by #JogNews let's do a #FitnessXI for #TuesdayTeamNews. Get #FitnessXI & #TTN in your reply. GO!"

    Time to get your brains going. Tweet your suggestions for a fitness XI using both #FitnessXI and #TTN.

  36. Get involved


    BBC Sport

    Will Jones: I understand why mens sport has more prizemoney,they draw in bigger crowds etc it's all business - but the disparity is unjust.

    Chris Watkins: Prize matching sport would be unsustainable. Need to wait for the sport to be at similar funding/commercial level like tennis.

    Beth holt: The sexism in this tag is astounding, prize money is done by the coverage of the sport, not that 'men are better'.

    Should men and women be paid the same in sport?

  37. Football

    Lukas Podolski has not played much of a starring role at Arsenal this season but it looks as though he is about to get his chance to take centre stage - not on the football field though.

    The Germany midfielder will make his acting debut in German comedy "Macho Man", reports the Metro. A rare chance for him to take a bow perhaps?

  38. League Cup fourth round

    Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Eddie Howe
  39. Get involved

    On the subject of cup upsets, what have been your memorable giant-killing acts? Let us know the times you remember a David seeing off a Goliath.

    Chelsea fans you might want to look away as the suggestions of cup upsets roll in. Shrewsbury fans it can happen.

    Tweet your suggestions to #bbcsportsday.

  40. Football

    Rickie Lambert

    Can anyone smell an upset in the air then? With five fourth round League Cup ties to play tonight - followed by three tomorrow - a number of Premier League clubs will be desperate to avoid being made the story of the round.

    League Two Shrewsbury will guarantee a hot reception for top flight Chelsea, while on-form Bournemouth have to fancy their chances against West Brom.

    Elsewhere Fulham host Championship Derby, Liverpool entertain Swansea and Sheffield United visit MK Dons in an all League One tie.

    Wembley will be in the sights of tonight's winners.

  41. Speedway

    Any hope that the Birmingham Brummies speedway team would return in 2015 appears to have been extinguished, reports BBC WM's Richard Wilford.

    Former owner Tony Mole had been trying to raise the necessary investment for the Brummies to ride in the Elite or Premier League next season. However he has now announced he has been unable to raise sufficient funds, ending his interest in restoring racing to Perry Barr.

    The Brummies withdrew from the 2014 Elite League season midway through, only one year after being runners-up in the play-offs.

  42. Cricket

    Dave Houghton is to leave his role as Somerset batting coach after the county's new director of cricket Matthew Maynard decided to take responsibility for the role himself.

    Maynard has made his name as a batting coach, having once fulfilled the role with England.

    He now intends to make the job part of his brief at Taunton and has let former Zimbabwe captain Houghton go.

    Maynard said: "Dave Houghton has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he has freely shared with the players here at Somerset."

  43. Cup tie will give Weston a 'buzz' says coach Bell


    First-team coach Micky Bell expects Weston-super-Mare's FA Cup pairing with League One side Doncaster Rovers to bring a "buzz" to the whole town.

    The Seagulls, who beat Witham Town in the last round, are currently in the Conference South relegation zone.

    Bell told BBC Points West: "I am pleased with it. Obviously I would've loved to have had Bristol City at home, but a League One team is superb.

    "I am really happy and hopefully we'll get a full house for the game."

  44. Gibraltar games to remain in Faro


    The Gibraltar Football Association has confirmed that the Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal, will remain as the venue for the nation's home Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Gibraltar are currently bottom of Group D and there had been rumours their home matches could be played in London, but the GFA has confirmed the team will continue using the Faro venue, with both the Republic of Ireland (4 September) and Scotland (11 October) set to play them there in 2015.

  45. Nasri set for City return


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says midfielder Samir Nasri is in the squad for Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Newcastle.

    Nasri has been out for a month after undergoing groin surgery.

    However, Frank Lampard is a doubt for Sunday's Manchester derby but could return to face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League next Wednesday.

  46. Powell relief over BHA hearing

    Horse Racing

    Powell has admitted that he had lost horses and owners over the case.

    "It's a massive relief. Hopefully I get on with training horses now," he said.

    "It's been something that's been hanging over me for a year. I understand the BHA have a job to do, and I respect them for that. I knew in my own heart and mind that we'd done nothing wrong.

    "I've lost owners and horses over it. It takes its toll. It's hard to get them back, but we'll just have to try to see if we can attract new owners."

  47. Powell and Bradley cleared at BHA hearing

    Horse Racing

    Trainer Brendan Powell and former jockey Graham Bradley have been cleared at a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary hearing of breaching the sport's rules.

    They faced charges that Bradley - who has never been granted a trainer's licence - was training horses under Powell's name.

    The Authority says it will not comment until the independent panel publishes its conclusions.

    Powell and Bradley faced the possibility of bans from racing if found guilty.

  48. CSKA Moscow penalty reduced


    CSKA Moscow's penalty for their fans' racists chants in last month's Champions League defeat at Roma has been reduced by Uefa's appeal commission.

    The Russian champions were originally ordered to play three Champions League home matches behind closed doors and fined 200,000 euros (£158,000) but that has now been reduced to two games - the first was last week against Manchester City - and 100,000 euros (£79,000).

    However, they are still banned from selling tickets to their fans for their two remaining away matches.

  49. Burrell set to miss All Blacks clash

    Rugby Union

    The England head coach Stuart Lancaster says centre Luther Burrell is almost certain to miss the Test against New Zealand in 10 days time after he injured his hand playing for Northampton in the European Cup last weekend.

    Luther Burrell

    Although Burrell will not need surgery, Lancaster says he is more optimistic than before about the severity of the injury, but he is unlikely to feature against the All Blacks.

    "I think it will be tight for New Zealand if we're being honest given the fact that he's not been in camp this week at all," said the coach. "We can possibly get him into camp next week but he wouldn't have done any of the work, and it would be a big step to bring him in."

  50. England Lions named


    England selectors have named two provisional 14-man squads with the squads covering separate First Class and one-day legs of the South Africa tour which will include two four-day matches and five 50-over matches against South Africa 'A'.

    Seven Yorkshire players are included - batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance as well as opening pair Adam Lyth and Alex Lees and bowlers Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid

    The squad will be coached by Sussex's Mark Robinson, following on from his stint in charge of the Lions in Sri Lanka at the start of this year and the finalised Lions touring party and captain will be confirmed after the England World Cup squad announcement in December.

  51. Get involved

    Chris Betteridge: Gender shouldn't influence Prize Money. Same sport, same rules, same training, same risks, same time, SAME PRIZE.

    Iain Dunton: No equality in athletics. Different height hurdles, barriers and different weight projectiles. No parity there.

    Jamie Platts: I don't think tennis Grand Slams should be equal pay. Men play 5 sets, women 3. Getting paid the same to do less work...

    Let us know your thoughts on whether men and women should be paid the same in sport.

  52. Cricket


    Former Warwickshire skipper Ian Westwood is to be awarded a benefit year with the Bears in 2015.

    The 32-year-old Birmingham-born opener has just completed 12 seasons with the county, having signed his first professional contract ahead of the 2004 season.

    "Ian was brought into the club at an early age and knows as well as anybody how much it means to be a Bear," said Dougie Brown, Warwickshire's director of cricket.

  53. Trott named in England Lions squad


    Jonathan Trott has been named in the England Lions squad to tour South Africa in January and February.

    The 33-year-old batsman's international career has been on hold since quitting the Ashes tour last winter because of a stress-related illness.

  54. Sanders announces retirement


    The 2007 world 400m silver medallist Nicola Sanders is to retire from athletics due to injuries.

    Nicola Sanders and Christine Ohuruogu

    "I haven't really competed over the last couple of years and even before that I was struggling with various injuries that stopped me performing at the level I could," the 32-year-old told Athletics Weekly.

    "With all that going in your head you can't really face going through all the training not being able to compete anymore."

    Sanders finished second to fellow Briton Christine Ohuruogu in Osaka.

  55. Football

    Ballon d'Or
  56. Football

    Hereford United have been charged by the Football Association with misconduct under the 'Owners and Directors' Test for clubs.

    It is alleged that the former Football League side, who were expelled from the Conference in June for non-payment of debts, has breached a regulation in not submitting a duly completed and signed declaration in respect of Alan McCarthy, the club's majority shareholder.

    McCarthy has been charged with misconduct, it being alleged that he has acted as an officer of Hereford United without written confirmation from The FA that he may do so.

    Both the club, who now play in the Southern League, and McCarthy have until next week (3 November) to respond to the charges.

  57. Cargill signs new Bournemouth deal


    Bournemouth defender Baily Cargill has signed a new deal with the Championship club which will keep him at the Goldsands Stadium until 2017.

    Cargill, 19, came through the club's academy and has made three appearances this term - all in the League Cup - with his debut coming against Exeter.

    He also spent much of last season on loan at Welling and Exeter.

    "We like improving young players and promoting them to the first team," said assistant manager Jason Tindall.

  58. Football

    Luke Shaw

    Manchester United defender Luke Shaw believes his side can still win the Premier League despite being 10 points behind leaders Chelsea and in eighth spot in the table.

    Ahead of Sunday's trip to champions Manchester City, he said in the Metro: "Of course we are still in the title race.

    "It's a long season and we are at the start of it. You don't know what will happen during the middle of the season. There will be tough games but we know we are good enough to win them"

  59. Get involved


    Matt Molloy: Saw Arsenal destroy Norwich in 06 at Carrow Road. Thierry was imperious.

    Tom Leekey: England V Portugal in Euro 2000 was all going so well then Luis Figo turned up for the 2nd half, Special.

    With the list of Fifa's Ballon d'or nominations released this morning, we want to know who is the best player you have ever seen live?

  60. Post update


    Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon will be ready for a handshake from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho whether it comes before, after or even during Tuesday's League Cup tie at the Greenhous Meadow.

    Mourinho has caused the odd upset by shaking hands before the end of a game.

    But Mellon said: "He can come and shake my hand as many times as he likes."

  61. Football

    Pep Guardiola

    Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola could be in trouble with the German Football Association following an altercation with a female fourth official on Sunday, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Bavarians - fresh from destroying Roma 7-1 in the Champions League last week - dominated possession at Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend, but couldn't break through in a 0-0 draw.

  62. Top BBC videos

    Here are some of the best video's on the BBC Sport website this morning.

    FA Cup: 50 memorable goals - Eric Cantona's winner against Liverpool.

    Gender gap: Women in sport still facing inequality over prize money.

    QPR 2-0 Aston Villa: Villa lack finishing touch - Lambert.

  63. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Hayley Jacko on Facebook: Those people saying 'women should go and watch women's sports' you know men could go and watch them too? I think you'll find quite a lot of women have an interest in men's sports, not just men!

    Alex Hulme: When they get the same level of support i.e. they generate the same revenue, when the standard is the same, and when the amount they play is the same (e.g. tennis!) then they deserve the same. Otherwise I may as well claim that I deserve to be paid the same amount as Messi when I turn out for my amateur saturday footy team, simply because I'm also a human.

    A BBC Sport survey found men earn more prize money than women in 30% of sports. Do you think sport should pay equal prize money?

  64. Football

    Stoke City's Marc Muniesa defends team-mate Bojan amid reports of a dressing room bust-up.

    Muniesa says no such incident occurred after the Potters' win against Swansea, although he admits the Spaniard is frustrated by a lack of game time.

    "In pre-season he scored three or four goals and everybody thought he would play, but he isn't having opportunities," he told the Stoke Sentinel, ahead of Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Southampton. "Every player when he doesn't play is frustrated. But he is training really well and will have his chance."

  65. Football


    Yekaterina Dmitrenko a defender for Russia's national women's team and FC Rossiyanka has spoken to the BBC about the inequality in pay between men and women.

    She told "That's not fair to be paid less than men. We basically do the same work as men. This is the same game, we have same physical training. We also have lots of injuries - torn ligaments, regular fractures. All is the same. And we would like to have some equality regarding prize money and salaries."

    Read full story in Russian here.

  66. Football

    Mario Balotelli

    Why always him? Mario Balotelli's Liverpool critics continue to grow with former Reds striker John Aldridge now calling for the Italian to be dropped.

    In Aldrige's Daily Post column, he says: "I believe the time has come to take Mario Balotelli out of the firing line. The eyes of the world are on the Liverpool striker at the moment, he's getting battered from all sides and he's clearly struggling to handle all the pressure.

    "Forget shirt swaps and all the other stuff with him, the bottom line is that he's not scoring goals and that's a big problem."

  67. Police drop Balotelli investigation


    Police will not take any action against Mario Balotelli after the Liverpool striker was accused of using threatening behaviour towards a woman.

    Officers from Greater Manchester Police opened an investigation on Thursday following a complaint from a resident in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester that the 24-year-old had confronted a woman who was taking pictures of his Ferrari.

    However, the woman has now decided not to make a formal complaint and the case has been closed.

  68. James to rejoin Ospreys

    Rugby Union

    Wales international prop Paul James will rejoin the Ospreys next season from Premiership club Bath.

    The Ospreys have confirmed a two-year deal for James, who left the Welsh region for Bath in 2012.

    James, 32, has won 55 caps and is part of the Wales squad for next month's Tests against Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa.

  69. #bbcprizemoney

    Former GB cyclist Emma Pooley on BBC Radio 4: "It is hard to regulate prizemoney when competitions aren't the same. You can't force a race organiser to pay out prizemoney they don't have when they don't have sponsorship. Until the sustainable model is there, there wont be sponsorship to pay out the prizemoney."

  70. Get involved


    Adam Taylor: Equality doesn't really apply, men's +women's sports are separate in most cases. Models are paid differently no change there.

    ChroniclesOfPuddick: Prize money correlates to viewers, which correlates to quality of athletes, so no women shouldn't be paid equally.

    Kenny Pryke: I think it's outrageous female tennis players get the same as men. They want equal prize money but not equal sets.

    Do you think women should be paid the same as men in sport?

  71. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The BBC Radio 5 live podcast includes a review of QPR's second win in the Premier League with Steve Claridge, John Motson and the Observer's Amy Lawrence - with some Villa fans calling for Paul Lambert to go. It also hears from a disgruntled Blackpool fan as things go from bad to worse following the sacking of Jose Riga. Listen here.

  72. #bbcprizemoney

    Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation chief executive Ruth Holdaway on BBC Radio 4: "While it is definitely a positive story that 70% of sport offer equal reward, we have to ask why women are still having to make the case for the value they bring.

    "Sport is a good example of an area of society that lags behind and although we are making progress, we need to see increases."

  73. Post update

    Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey on Twitter: "On the prize money debate...if a sport pays it's able-bodied athletes prize money (ie UCI) should they not also pay their para-athletes too?"

  74. Football

    Stoke City's USA international Geoff Cameron has told BBC Radio Stoke that he is enjoying playing in his favoured central midfield position.

    Cameron has stepped in to cover for injured midfielder Glenn Whelan - and hopes to retain his place as Mark Hughes shuffles pack for the League Cup fourth round tie against Southampton on Wednesday night.

    "I'm enjoying playing in what I feel is a more natural role for me," said Cameron.

  75. Get involved


    John McEnerney: Paul McGrath was the best player I ever saw live! Roy Keane a close second & ZZ an even closer 3rd! Ooh ahh Paul McGrath!

    Rabona Lamela: Modric and Scholes. They see/saw things before they get the ball and never lose/lost possession. Incredible to watch live.

    With the nominations for Fifa's Ballon d'Or released, we are asking who is the best player you have ever seen live? Tweet #bbcsport or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  76. Football


    Spanish newspaper AS's front page covers Cristiano Ronaldo winning a hat-trick of awards at last night's La Liga awards.

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter: What a night! Best Forward, Best Goal and Best Player in La Liga in 2013-14. Happy and proud! Thanks everyone.

  77. Cause for concern

    Paul Lambert

    It isn't pretty reading for Aston Villa fans at the moment. Last night's 2-0 defeat to QPR may have lifted the hoops off the bottom of the Premier League but it leaves Villa without a win in five. Another relegation fight ahead?

  78. Get involved


    Tom Wragg: Played cricket against Shaun Udal (ex england test spinner) who plays for leatherhead cc in May.

    Allan & Helen: Played cricket against John Lever. Our opening bat smashed him for 6 and dined out on it for months.

    An_dre88: Played football against Mark Ramprakash when he lined up for the Corinthian Casuals. Cricket was more his game.

    With World Cup winner Mike Tindall playing Rugby for amateur side Michinhampton, we are asking is there anyone famous you have played with or against?

  79. Football

    The Birmingham Mail reports their Facebook page is "almost unanimous" with Aston Villa fans calling for manager Paul Lambert to leave after last night's 2-0 defeat to QPR.

    Villa have become the ninth different side to lose five successive Premier League games without scoring a single goal.

  80. Football

    Lee Clark is red hot favourite to be named Blackpool's new manager after Jose Riga was sacked last night, reports the Blackpool Gazette.

    They report the former Huddersfield and Birmingham boss held talks with Pool chairman Karl Oyston on Monday and it's hoped the 42-year-old will complete a deal today.

  81. Massaro on equal prizemoney


    Leading squash player Laura Massaro has been speaking about the BBC Sport survey which reveals men get more prize money than women in 30% of sports. Last year Massaro earned $17,850 for winning the World Open while Nick Matthew won $48,000 for winning the men's equivalent.

    Laura Massaro

    "It's a little bit disappointing," she tells the Today programme. "As a woman competing you're obviously giving it your best and you feel you should be equal to your male counterpart. But in squash we are playing under different tours.

    "It is disappointing that there is such a big gap. But the women's tour is a little bit weaker than the men's. If in the future the two tours can join together then the women's game can raise itself a little higher and that pinnacle, the World Open, will push itself to a higher level and hopefully become what the men's is.

    "It's also important to say that of the 36 joint events in squash, 22 are already paying equal prize money. It's just that high end, at the top end of the rankings where a little bit more parity would be amazing."

  82. Get involved


    Should women be paid the same as men and why? Here are a couple of your comments:

    AVP1982: Prize money should be relevant to the income that is generated by that sport and not driven by gender. The discrepancy in figures highlighted within the article are simply highlighting the lesser interest in female sports from a investment and follower perspective

    Redpirate: A way to solve this is by having the male and female versions of the event running together. That way all of the sponsorship money can be pooled together and split evenly. However FIFA & the ICC for example would then get reduced income because they now have half the number of tournaments that can be commercially sold. Not going to happen.

  83. Sport funding

    UK Sport could be ready to reconsider its 'no compromise' approach to funding elite sport.

    The government agency is to launch a public consultation for the first time to decide its future strategy.

    UK Sport invests £100m of National Lottery and government money into high-performance sport each year, and its medals-based policy has underpinned Britain's recent Olympic and Paralympic success.

    But there has been criticism of this method, and the review will be welcomed by sports such as basketball that have suffered funding cuts.

  84. Netball

    England survived a final-quarter fightback from New Zealand to record a 42-38 victory over the Silver Ferns in the first Test match in Rotorua.

    England had moved ten goals ahead with 12 minutes to go in the game, before the hosts closed to within two.

    But Anna Mayes's side held on to clinch a win, and return to winning ways after two defeats in Australia.

  85. Top stories

    Here is a quick recap of some of this morning's top stories.

    Ballon d'Or: Luis Suarez is left off the 23-man list for Fifa's top prize, while Gareth Bale is the only player from the Home Nations to be included.

    Gender inequality: A BBC Sport survey reveals men get more prize money than women in 30% of sports.

    Sport funding: UK Sport could be ready to reconsider its 'no compromise' approach to funding elite sport.

  86. England name unchanged side for Australia game

    Rugby League

    England coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged side for Sunday's Four Nations match against Australia in Melbourne.

    England captain Sean O'Loughlin

    It means captain Sean O'Loughlin is set to miss out again with a quad injury, although McNamara says he will continue to monitor the Wigan loose forward's progress during the week

    England beat Samoa 32-26 last Saturday while Australia suffered a surprise 30-12 defeat to New Zealand

    Sunday's game will be shown live on BBC Two from 04:30 GMT.

  87. Get involved

    With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo expected to battle it out for Fifa's Ballon d'Or again, we want to know who is the best player you have ever seen live?

    It doesn't have to be one of the usual big names, it can be anyone who took your breath away with a performance out of the ordinary.

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday or on BBC Sport Facebook.

  88. Football

    Alfreton Town's hopes of a place in the FA Cup first round proper have been dealt a massive blow in the lead up to Tuesday's fourth qualifying round replay against Lincoln - because they have no fit goalkeepers.

    Scunthorpe loanee James Severn is out for eight weeks after rupturing a thigh muscle in Saturday's 1-1 draw and fellow loanee Cameron Dawson is also ruled out.

    The FA say only players who were registered for the initial tie are eligible to play and have also turned down special dispensation to sign a replacement.

    "We have just 11 fit players, one of whom is going to have to play in goal," said boss Nicky Law.

  89. Football

    Luis Suarez

    There were few surprises as Fifa's 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon D'or award was released.

    But Barcelona's former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been omitted despite ending last season as the Premier League's top scorer.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Suarez scored 31 goals for Liverpool as they narrowly missed out on the English title, but his season ended in controversy after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

    The list, which will be whittled down to the one player deemed to be the world's best, has no Englishmen but five Premier League players on it,

  90. Rugby Union

    Mike Tindall playing for Minchinhampton

    Mike Tindall won a Rugby World Cup final with England and played at the very highest level of domestic rugby with Bath and Gloucester but it seems retirement has failed to quell his love for playing the game.

    The 36-year-old ended his professional career in July but has since played for amateur side North Tawton in Devon and on Saturday made his debut for Gloucestershire third division side Michinhampton.

    Tindall tweeted after Saturday's 51-5 win over Gloucester All Blues: "Lovely little run out for @MinchRFC today, quality old school club - love it."

    Have you ever played with or against someone famous in sport? Let us know.

  91. Get involved


    Why not have your say on the gender inbalance in sport's prize money? Should women be paid the same as man and why? Let us know via #bbcprizemoney or on our BBC Sport Facebook page.

  92. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    We are asking should all sports pay equal prize money after BBC Sport's survey on prize money. Here are some of your thoughts.

    Georgina Hawkes on Facebook: Premier League gets 30-70,000 fans each game, League 2 gets 5-8,000 therefore prize money is lower. Exactly the same for women's. If they don't generate the money from supporters, sponsors, tv then why should they get as much? And yes, I am female. Not everything has to be equal.

    Jamie Warriar: Football Premier league winners get £24m but women get nothing... That's a bit harsh that

    Huw Thomas: Tennis is equal but do women play the same amount of sets? No. Also is there the same demand for women sports? Not always….Can we just accept that not everything can be equal?

  93. Cricket

    South Africa move to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand.

    The last time South Africa headed the ODI rankings was in September 2009 but they slipped down the standings after their first round elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy at home later that month.

  94. Football

    Blackpool sacked manager Jose Riga last night, with the club bottom of the Championship table on six points, and the fall out is continuing this morning. The Belgian, 57, was appointed in June but has won just one of 15 games in all competitions, with 11 defeats.

    The region's newspaper, the Blackpool Gazette reports the club's fans have reacted angrily, saying a change doesn't solve the problem.

    They report social media was flooded with response to the Belgian's departure after just 15 games in charge at Bloomfield Road with many pointing the finger at chairman Karl Oyston.

  95. Gender inequality in sport

    Sports need to engage "in the battle for gender balance and fairness", says Minister for Sport Helen Grant after a BBC Sport study into prize money found 30% of sports reward men more highly than women.

    BBC Study

    A total of 56 global sports were looked at in the extensive study. Out of 35 sports that pay prize money, 25 pay equally and 10 do not. Fourteen sports, including rugby union and hockey, do not pay any prize money at all.

  96. Latest gossip

    Spanish website Fichajes report Napoli are ready to open talks to sign 24-year-old Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in January - just months after he arrived on Merseyside from AC Milan.

    The Sun claims Southampton are planning a £10m bid for Tottenham's England Under-21 forward Harry Kane, 21.

    While the Daily Telegraph says Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to sign £15m-rated Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, 25, in the January transfer window.

    For the rest of today's football rumours, visit BBC Sport's gossip page.

  97. The back pages

    Wayne Rooney

    The Daily Star are focusing on Wayne Rooney's fitness ahead of Manchester United's Premier League meeting with Manchester City at the weekend. Will a foot injury rule the striker out?

  98. The back pages

    Charlie Austin

    Charlie Austin's double moved QPR off the bottom of the Premier League last night as their 2-0 win over Aston Villa pulled the Midlands side into deeper relegation trouble.

    The Daily Mirror picture Austin's delight with an inset shot of Villa boss Paul Lambert and his assistant Roy Keane looking defeated, while the Daily Mail have also gone with Austin's moment of celebration.

    Charlie Austin
  99. Post update

    First though, let's have a look at what is making today's back pages, with QPR moving off the Premier League bottom spot, a Chelsea injury crisis and Wayne Rooney's derby fitness battle all making headlines.

  100. Post update

    Good morning. We will have plenty of chat on the list of contenders for Fifa's Ballon d'Or this morning but that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what there is to look forward to.

    Sportsday will also bring you all the build-up to tonight's and tomorrow's fourth round League Cup ties, the breaking Premier League news plus any more on the managerial merry-go-round.

    Stick with us also for all the latest elsewhere in the world of sport and the debate about pay inequality in sport. You will hear it all here.

  101. Post update

    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

    The last time someone other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi won Fifa's World Player of the Year award was in 2007 when Brazil's Kaka walked away with the prize.

    Will the duo's domination of the Ballon d'Or be broken this year? It would take a brave man to bet on that happening after both were unsurprisingly named on this year's shortlist.

    The list includes the usual suspects - with the exception of Barcelona's Luis Suarez, who looks to have paid the price for his World Cup bite.