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Summary

  1. Andy Murray draws Federer, Nishikori & Raonic in World Tour Finals
  2. Djokovic, Wawrinka, Berdych & Cilic in other group
  3. Arsenal's Walcott in contention for first start - Wenger
  4. Man Utd boss Van Gaal angry at "stupid" red card
  5. Lancaster 'bitterly disappointed' with Launchbury injury
  6. GET INVOLVED: What is the most "stupid" dismissal you have seen? #daftdismissals

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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  1. It's a wrap

    So we are just about done here. But do not, we repeat, do not, leave the BBC Sport website for starting right now is live text coverage of tonight's big Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

    Want a reason why you should follow the match? Crystal Palace's last three Premier League games on a Monday have produced a total of 17 goals.

    Enjoy, and us lot at Sportsday will see you again from 8am tomorrow.

  2. Get more young fans in

    Football

    English football risks losing its passionate atmosphere at packed grounds unless more is done to make the game affordable to 'noisy' younger fans.

    So says the Football Supporters Federation's chief executive Kevin Miles, who said: "The section of the fanbase which has historically been responsible for generating the cutting edge of the atmosphere in grounds has been young fans, particularly teenagers and those in their early 20s.

    "They are currently the most vulnerable to being priced out of the game - and the outcome of that process is detectable at every Premier League ground."

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said it felt like "playing in an empty stadium" during the Blues Premier League game against QPR on Saturday, while the BBC's recent Price of Football campaign highlighted the rising costs of watching the sport.

  3. Thierry's still got it

    Football

    Thierry Henry

    Thierry Henry might be 37 but he's still bringing footie supporters to their feet.

    The Frenchman created both goals as New York Red Bulls beat DC United 2-0 in their Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semi-final, first leg game.

    Henryl, whose contract with the Red Bulls ends this season, showed plenty of his trademark class playing in a withdrawn role on the left flank.

  4. Baldock still settling at Brighton

    Football

    Sam Baldock says he is still getting used to Brighton's style of play following his move from Bristol City in August.

    The striker has scored once in eight games for the Seagulls, netting his first goal for the club at Bournemouth on Saturday.

    "I'm still making adjustments to my team-mates and the way they like to play," the 25-year-old told BBC Sussex. "That is yet to click fully but there are signs of it getting better. I have no doubts it is going to come good in the end."

  5. Obertan out until New Year?

    Football

    Gabriel Obertan

    Newcastle United are set to be without French winger Gabriel Obertan until the New Year, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

    Obertan, 25, suffered a thigh injury in Saturday's 1-0 win against Liverpool and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

    Afterwards, Magpies boss Alan Pardew described the injury to Obertan, who has impressed in his team's recent revival, as "bad".

  6. Seven-goal rout was a one-off

    Football

    Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Juan Bernat warned the German champions' fans not to expect another 7-1 rout when they host AS Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    Pep Guardiola's side can secure their place in the knockout phase by claiming a fourth straight win.

    The Germans set a new club record for an away win when they hammered Roma 7-1 but Bernat said: "It will be a completely different game to the away fixture

    "The first leg was perfect for us, it was a crazy game, but now things start again at zero. It will be difficult and very competitive."

  7. Kahn: Hart needs to improve

    Football

    Joe Hart

    Oliver Kahn believes Joe Hart needs to find greater consistency if he is to get anywhere near the level of Manuel Neuer.

    The two goalkeepers meet again at the end of the month when Bayern Munich travel to Manchester City in the Champions League.

    Kahn says his fellow German is by far and away the best goalkeeper in the world and added: "Neuer makes a lot less mistakes than Hart.

    "If you look at him there are some games where he plays not very well, Manuel is more on a constant level than Hart.

    "Hart needs to be more consistent to be the best."

    Maybe so, but has Neuer ever starred in his own shampoo commercial?

  8. Northampton's no to plastic pitches

    Football

    Northampton Town have announced they will be voting against the introduction of plastic pitches in the lower leagues.

    Football League clubs will be asked to vote on Thursday on a proposal to see whether artificial pitches should be allowed in Leagues 1 and 2.

    Northampton held a vote on the club website and 81 per cent of supporters were against it.

    "Therefore, we will be voting no at the Football League meeting," said the Cobblers in a statement.

  9. Mercedes double-points fears

    Formula 1

    Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff is worried that the prize of double points in the final grand prix of the season Abu Dhabi could overshadow this year's championship.

    After seeing Lewis Hamilton claim his 10th win of the season in Sunday's United States Grand Prix, Wolff said he was concerned that an unexpected turn of events at the final race could take the shine off Mercedes record-breaking season.

    Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton

    "It has the potential to overshadow the season," he said. "We know why the double points came, and it made sense in the world to make it spectacular for the audience, the fans and the viewers.

    "But now we are in a situation where it could change the outcome."

    There are two races remaining - Sunday's Brazilian grand prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand prix on 23 November.

  10. Marouane Fellaini on Twitter

    "The press loves to invent the stories when there aren't any. Thanks the journalist."

  11. Fellaini in the clear

    Football

    The Football Association has announced it will take no action against Marouane Fellaini over an alleged spit at Sergio Aguero in yesterday's Manchester derby.

  12. More from Sullivan on Allardyce

    Football

    David Sullivan also confirmed that West Ham will sit down with Sam Allardyce at the end of the season to discuss a new contract.

    "We will sit down with the end of the season Sam and see how he feels about everything, see how he feels, and then we'll see what we do," said Sullivan.

    "In all probability Sam will be the manager (in charge when we move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016). But who knows. he might be manager of Manchester United or England. In football anything can happen."

  13. Fans beginning to like Allardyce

    Football

    West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes the club's fans are "warming" to manager Sam Allardyce.

    Sam Allardyce

    Allardyce had his critics among Hammers supporters last season. But after a bright start to this campaign, which has seen West Ham move to fifth in the Premier League table above Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United, Sullivan told Sky Sports News: "Sam is a very intelligent person who analyses stats and performances and the opposition and his own players.

    "I think the fans are warming to him. He is from the north, we are a London club. We didn't play the best football all the time. But I think the supporters are warming to the new West Ham and the way we are playing."

  14. Glasgow venue to stage Davis Cup tie

    Tennis

    Glasgow's Emirates Arena will stage Great Britain's Davis Cup first-round tie with the United States from 6-8 March 2015, BBC Scotland has learned.

    Opened in 2012, the arena was used for Commonwealth Games badminton this year and hosts Glasgow Rocks basketball games, with a capacity of up to 7,000.

    Britain beat the USA 3-1 in the first round of this year's Davis Cup, before losing 3-2 to Italy in the last eight.

  15. Former Villa keeper defends Lambert

    Football

    Paul Lambert

    Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink spoke to Radio 5 live earlier about his old club's run of six straight defeats, and defended manager Paul Lambert and his players.

    "They are still missing three key players on this bad run that they have had, with Alan Hutton, Philippe Senderos and Fabian Delph all out. When they get those back I'd like to think there will be an upturn in luck," Spink said.

    "Every Villa supporter will be grabbing on to that hope that those players will come back and we will see better performances."

    Villa conceded twice in the final six minutes in yesterday's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham.

  16. Concentrate on footie, not a takeover - Redfearn

    Football

    Neil Redfearn

    Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn aims to shield his players from continued speculation over the club's future ownership following reports of a takeover bid by drinks company Red Bull.

    Club president Massimo Cellino has denied he is ready to sell his controlling 75% stake at Elland Road, but has confirmed he held talks with Red Bull representatives last week.

    "The speculation is what it is but from the playing point of view it's irrelevant," Redfearn said ahead of Leeds' home league game tomorrow against his former club Charlton.

    "We can't worry too much about what's happening in and around the football club, that's sorted out by other people."

  17. Assistant manager Gill leaves Tranmere

    Football

    Tranmere Rovers assistant manager Matt Gill has left the League Two club by mutual agreement.

    The 33-year-old moved to Prenton Park in the summer on a player-coach deal and was promoted to assistant under previous boss Rob Edwards.

    But the midfielder, who made 10 appearances for Rovers this season, has not featured since Micky Adams became manager.

  18. Murray to play first in London

    Tennis

    Right, we're done with Liverpool so let's switch sport to tennis and the news that Andy Murray will open the World Tour Finals with a match against Kei Nishikori at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

    Roger Federer and Milos Raonic - the other two players in Murray's group - will then contest the first night match of the tournament.

    Murray's game will be live on BBC 2, Radio 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.

  19. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Daniel Sturridge

    One news line from the press conference - Brendan Rodgers says striker Daniel Sturridge has travelled with the squad to Spain, but that it is highly unlikely he will be fit to play against Real Madrid.

  20. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Asked if he was worried Liverpool had not taken advantage of their billing as second favourites in the group, Brendan Rodgers replied:" We understood it was going to be an opportunity for us to get out of the group stage but we weren't arrogant enough to think it was easy.

    "Basel are experienced in the Champions League and have a good side, and Ludogorets have probably surprised all the other teams in Europe by how well they have played.

    "We are focused on ourselves. We know it is in our hands to qualify from the group and it is still our objective."

    Liverpool, Ludogorets and Basel all have three points, with three group games remaining. Real Madrid top the group with a maximum nine points.

  21. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Ronaldo

    Brendan Rodgers on Cristiano Ronaldo and the threat he poses: "We are also playing against a team.

    "Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world. He has been impressive for a number of years and is playing with great confidence. But as a team they work very hard.

    "They have some outstanding players. It is very much a team effort but certainly he is the catalyst of that team and an outstanding player.

    "Let's hope he doesn't score too many more tomorrow and we will work hard to get a good result."

  22. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers answering the obligatory Mario Balotelli question: "Mario is working very hard and like we ask of all our players he is doing his very best. He is doing that.

    "He hasn't got the goals that he would have liked and we would. But in terms of him adapting to what we're doing and working hard, he is doing that.

    "He just needs to focus on continuing to give his very best for the football club."

  23. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers in a crowded press room at the Bernabeu: "Our focus is to get a result. We see it as an opportunity rather than any threat. We are still very much in the hunt to qualify from the group.

    "We respect the opponent. They are arguably the best team in the world at the moment. But if we can find the intensity and speed that we had last season then we can give any team in the world a game."

  24. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Henderson when asked if he wanted Steven Gerrard to stay beyond his current contract, which runs out at the end of the season: "Stevie is a massive player for us and hopefully he will be for many years to come."

  25. Liverpool press conference

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers and Jordan Henderson are speaking ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash at Real Madrid tomorrow.

    "It is a big game for us," said Henderson. "W want to get something out of the game. We know how good they are and how much quality they have. But so have we and we feel we are good enough to get a result.

    "It is a great opportunity to show what we can do."

  26. Foxes remain confident - King

    Football

    Midfielder Andy King insists confidence remains high at Leicester City despite a five-game winless run.

    A 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday left the Foxes one point and one place above the relegation zone, having lost four from five since beating Manchester United 5-3.

    "We have shown good character in the past and I'm sure we will again," King told BBC East Midlands Today. "We are a confident group and the manager gives us confidence."

  27. Nadal undergoes surgery

    Tennis

    Rafa Nadal

    Rafa Nadal's agent has confirmed that the world number three has today had his appendix out at a hospital in Spain.

    Nadal will spend between 24-48 hours in hospital following what has been described as a successful operation.

    The 28-year-old is aiming to return at the Qatar Open in Doha on 5 January, a tournament he won at the start of the year.

  28. Ticket bids go down to the wire

    Football

    Thousands attending a sell-out match in Warrington usually means one thing - they're watching rugby league side Wolves in action. Not this Friday though. Because football fever is gripping the oval ball-loving Cheshire town this week.

    Non-league Warrington Town, who play in the eighth tier and are entirely semi-professional, have reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time and play League Two side Exeter at their Cantilever Park ground.

    The club have announced all 2,500 tickets have been snapped up within three hours, although they are hoping for a further allocation later in the week.

    And if you still miss out then don't panic. The game is being televised live on BBC2 from 19:30 GMT.

  29. Clattenburg back in favour

    Football

    Mark Clattenburg

    Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Burnley's Premier League game with Hull on Saturday.

    The referee was dropped from officiating at the weekend for breaking protocol by driving home from a game alone to watch an Ed Sheeran gig.

    Clattenburg has also been selected by Uefa to take charge of Malmo's Champions League game with Atletico Madrid tomorrow.

  30. Gregory to consider Crawley position

    Football

    Crawley Town manager John Gregory says he will consider his own position after a run of only one win in six games.

    The 60-year-old former Aston Villa and QPR boss told BBC Surrey: "If my players play to their best every week, we should threaten the top six. I am getting too many inconsistent performances.

    "I'll have to look at myself. It bothers me enormously and it is not good enough."

  31. Eubank 'the most awkward person'

    Boxing

    Boxing promoter Frank Warren has labelled Chris Eubank "the most awkward person you could deal with", report BBC Three Counties Radio.

    Eubank is promoting his son's fight against the British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders at the end of the month.

    Chris Eubank

    But both Eubanks failed to show at the head-to-head press conference this morning.

    Warren, who is representing Saunders, said: "I can't tell you how angry this makes me. The only one who should be apologising is Chris Eubank Senior. He is doing his son a great disservice."

  32. Sunderland head to the Palace

    Football

    The weekend's Premier League action isn't quite over yet.

    There's one game to go and it takes place tonight when Crystal Palace host Sunderland.

    Both teams are at the wrong end of the table and could do with the points.

    There will be live text commentary on the BBC website, in the meantime here is a preview to get you in the mood.

  33. Lampard almost fit again

    Football

    Frank Lampard

    Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard hints that he may return for the Blues' Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

    The 36-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a thigh injury against Tottenham last month.

    "I'm not far off selection," he tells the club's website. "Fingers crossed, if all goes well over the next couple of days, I'll be back in contention."

  34. Hudson-Smith rewarded with funding

    Athletics

    Young British 400m runner Matthew Hudson-Smith is rewarded for a fine breakthrough season by earning lottery funding for the first time.

    European junior 200m champion Matthew Hudson-Smith (far left) guided England to gold
    Image caption: European junior 200m champion Matthew Hudson-Smith (far left) guided England to gold

    The 20-year-old, who anchored the England relay team to gold at the Commonwealth Games and took silver at the European Championships this year, will receive the top-level funding for the 2014-15 season.

    800m Commonwealth silver medallist Lyndsey Sharp and sprinters Jodie Williams and Richard Kilty have also been upgraded to podium funding.

    As expected 41-year-old Jo Pavey is not on the list, despite winning gold in the 10,000m at the European Championships. Long jumper Chris Tomlinson is one of the few major casualties, losing out on funding altogether.

  35. Blackpool sign Norwich teenager Murphy

    Football

    Championship strugglers Blackpool sign Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy on a three-month loan deal until 2 February.

    The 19-year-old, whose identical twin brother Josh also plays for the Canaries, is Lee Clark's first signing since he took charge at Bloomfield Road.

  36. Terry thinks it's good to talk

    Football

    John Terry

    Ever thought that John Terry wasn't a nice bloke? This tale might change your mind.

    Eighteen-year-old Joe Davies wrote on the Chelsea skipper's Instagram account to highlight expensive ticket issues at Stamford Bridge. That came after Blues boss Jose Mourinho criticised the stadium's atmosphere.

    So imagine the surprise when the teenage Blues fan, answered his phone to hear Terry's voice on the end of the line. According to the Telegraph, the ex-England skipper rang Davies earlier today and pledged to raise the youngster's concerns with the Chelsea board.

  37. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we've been asking for your #daftdismissals all day. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    Louis Etienne: Giving the ref my phone number when he booked me and asked for my number. He didn't find it funny...second yellow and off!

    Alex Whitington: U15 match. Opposing player relieved himself pitch side. His face turned as red as the card that was shown him.

  38. Barkley will deal with attention

    Football

    Ross Barkley

    Phil Jagielka has no doubts that Everton team-mate Ross Barkley will quickly learn to cope with the extra attention he receives from opponents.

    Barkley's performance was stifled by a stubborn Swansea rearguard at the weekend but Jagielka told the club's website: "That is what happens to the best players. They watch the videos of him and they do target him to make sure if they keep him quiet in a game it can affect his team.

    "He is going to have to deal with it. I can't see it getting much easier for him as he goes on in his career - but he's more than capable of dealing with it."

  39. No Leeds approach for Thompson - Huddersfield

    Football

    Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell says he is totally unaware of his first team coach Steve Thompson being linked with West Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United.

    Former Blackpool caretaker boss Thompson, 50, has been touted as a candidate to join the Whites as assistant manager to new boss Neil Redfearn.

  40. Mercedes equal 26-year record

    Formula 1

    Mercedes' Toto Wolff has spoken of his pride at equalling McLaren's record of 10 wins in a season from 1988.

    After Mercedes' one-two in Austin, where Hamilton came home ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, Wolff said: "As a kid I remember this dominant season of McLaren.

    "I remember seeing those cars scoring one-twos all the time up to a point that it was almost boring.

    "For us to equal that record, and to be able to do one or two more, is proof the team has done many things right and we have taken many good decisions."

  41. Get involved

    #bbctennis

    Stephanie Siu: Group A is looking VERY tasty. Murray should be wary but happy with his half.

  42. Makelele loses management job

    Football

    Claude Makelele

    Claude Makelele's first coaching experience has ended after 12 Ligue 1 games with second-bottom Bastia parting ways with the former France international.

    "Bastia board advise all supporters and partners that Claude Makelele is no longer the coach of Sporting Club de Bastia," the club said in a statement on its website.

    Makelele had joined Bastia last May after a two-and-a-half-year spell as assistant coach at French champions Paris St Germain.

  43. ATP World Tour Finals Draw

    Tennis

    Can three-time semi-finalist loser Andy Murray finally go one step further on British soil? Can comeback king Roger Federer end a remarkable year with his seventh title? Or will Novak Djokovic continue his recent dominance with a third straight win?

    Those questions will be answered very soon. And you can find out the conclusion with our coverage. BBC Sport will have live television, radio and text commentary on TV, online, mobile and the BBC Sport app - here's how you can follow all the action.

  44. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    "When will all these tantalising matches take place?" I hear you cry. Well those finer points still have to be finalised. But we do know that all the matches take place between 9 November and 16 November at London's O2 Arena.

    And we have also just heard that Andy Murray's first opponent has been decided. The British number one will face Japan's Kei Nishikori - the first Asian man to qualify for the showpiece event.

  45. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    US Open mixed doubles semi-finalist Ross Hutchins, who retired in September, tells 5 live: "It is a fascinating draw. In group B you have two debutants in Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic, playing against two very experienced players at the O2 in Murray and Federer.

    "Then you have the big bass-liners in group A. There are some very powerful players in that group and it will be an absolute slug fest out there."

  46. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "But what a year Roger Federer has had - he might even end up the year back as world number one. Kei Nishikori has been in tremendous form while Raonic has a winning record against Murray and has that big serve. But if you're looking for potential positives then Nishikori and Raonic are both making their Finals debuts."

  47. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Marin Cilic

    US Open champion Marin Cilic, who has been drawn alongside Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych, on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is going to be very difficult but very exciting.

    "I hope it is going to be an absolutely amazing experience, to play there for the first time. I have watched it on TV for so many years. so it is going to be very exciting, especially knowing it's played in front of full crowd, with big entertainment.

    "Any of the matches could be a Grand Slam final so it is satisfying to play in it."

  48. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It was always going to be tough for Andy Murray whichever group he was drawn in. Clearly Djokovic is the best player in the world so Murray, who lost to Djokovic in Paris last week, might prefer not to face him again."

  49. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    Group A: Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic

    Group B: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic

  50. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic

    The eight players in the draw will be split into two groups of four.

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the top two seeds will be kept apart

    Reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic tells 5 live ahead of the draw,: "I would rather pick Roger's group to be in." Asked if that was because he beat him in the US open semi-final, Cilic said: "That could be a bit of extra help in preparation of the match."

  51. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    To be honest, it is not going to be the longest draw in the sporting world. While Uefa like to add some glitz and glamour to drawn-out Champions League draws, this is a lot more straightforward. Here goes...

  52. ATP World Tour Finals draw

    Tennis

    Right, it is almost time for some live draw action. Can you feel the excitement bursting out of our veins? Of course, it is the draw for the ATP World Tour Finals - tennis's end-of-year showpiece event in London.

    Eight men, two groups, one sparkling trophy to be won.

  53. Saha: Man Utd must sign defenders

    Football

    Louis Saha

    Louis Saha has urged Manchester United to address their defensive problems in January or risk missing out on the Champions League again.

    United dropped to 10th in the Premier League after the derby defeat to Manchester City and former Reds striker Saha said: "I hope they finish in top four but I can't be sure.

    "You could say the issues are at the back but it's about balance, finding the right midfielder to keep the ball and a defender to be strong at a certain point of the game.

    "What (the manager) does in this window this winter will be very important for Manchester United."

  54. Shrewsbury extend Grimmer and Grant loans

    Football

    Shrewsbury Town have agreed to extend the initial one-month loan deals for both Blackpool's Bobby Grant and Fulham's Jack Grimmer until January. Since making their debuts against York on 18 October, striker Grant, 24, and defender Grimmer, 20, have each started five consecutive games for the Shrews.

  55. Carling rues Launchbury loss

    Rugby Union

    Former England captain Will Carling laments the loss of injured lock Joe Launchbury for Saturday's opening autumn Test against New Zealand at Twickenham.

    "This is a big blow - rate him highly. Luckily England have some good locks and the makings of a very good pack…" tweets Carling.

  56. Wolves hungry for Kuszczak

    Football

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak joins Championship side Wolves on a short-term deal until January.

    The 32-year-old Poland international, who has been without a club since leaving Brighton in the summer, is set to go straight into the Wolves squad for Tuesday's league match at Ipswich.

  57. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we're asking for your #daftdismissals. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    CymruTel: Cavani's for PSG last month... yellow for the same 'gun' goal celebration he always does, one more for dissent when he protests.

    Manjeevan Cheema: Local match. Kid ran into the post during corner and fell. Sent off for diving and other team given a penalty.

  58. Cup of Nations 'will not' be postponed

    Football

    The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will not be postponed because of fears about the Ebola virus, announces governing body Confederation of African Football.

    Hosts Morocco want the tournament to be postponed and have now been given until 8 November to "clarify their position."

    The Cup of Nations is due to start on 17 January.

  59. Fellaini set to escape punishment

    Football

    Fellaini

    BBC Sport understands that the Football Association is unlikely to take retrospective action against Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini over claims he spat at Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero during yesterday's derby at the Etihad Stadium.

    There is a feeling within the governing body that the still images of the incident currently available are inconclusive and do not prove Fellaini spat. There has so far been no complaint from City.

    The FA is also unlikely to take any retrospective action against City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who appeared to lean his head into referee Michael Oliver.

  60. Question of Sport

    And while we're in tennis mode, let's clear up the teaser set by our Question of Sport team earlier.

    We asked: Since 2009, which nine players have qualified for the ATP World Finals in London on only one occasion?

    The answers: Cilic, Davydenko, Fish, Gasquet, Nishikori, Raonic, Roddick, Tipsarevic and Verdasco.

  61. Murray waits on London opponents

    Tennis

    A reminder that there is another draw coming up shortly, this time in tennis.

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray is one of the eight players who will compete in the ATP Tour World Finals, which start on Sunday in London.

    He will find out who he is up against at 3pm in a draw which we will have live here - or if you want to listen, it's on Radio 5 live too.

  62. Scottish Cup draw in full

    Football

    Plenty of stand-out games in the Scottish Cup fourth round, including Hearts hosting Celtic. Here's the draw in full:

    St Johnstone v Ross County; St Mirren v Inverness CT; Hurlford Utd or Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers.

    Rangers v Kilmarnock; Hearts v Celtic; Queen of the South v Brora Rangers; Stranraer v Dunfermline

    Elgin or Bo'ness v Arbroath; Falkirk v Cowdenbeath; Spartans v Morton or Airdrieonians.

    Berwick Rangers v Albion Rovers; Dundee v Aberdeen; Annan Athletic v Brechin.

    Ayr Utd or Alloa v Hibernian; Motherwell v Dundee Utd; Partick Thistle v Hamilton

  63. Gunner goes out on loan

    Football

    Francis Coquelin

    Arsenal's French midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on loan for a month.

    The 23-year-old, who has made 43 first-team appearances for the Gunners, returned to the club in the summer having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Freiburg.

  64. Kiwis coach hails Williams' comeback

    Rugby Union

    The New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster says Sonny Bill Williams "exceeded expectations" in his All Blacks comeback.

    Williams scored two tries in the 74-6 victory over the United States in Chicago, and will be fit to face England at Twickenham on Saturday despite suffering a bruised thigh during the game.

  65. Cup draw coverage

    Football

    A reminder that there is live text coverage of the Scottish Cup fourth round draw right here.

  66. World Cup loses sponsor

    Football

    Dubai-based airline Emirates will not renew its World Cup sponsorship with FIFA for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

    The airline says the decision follows "an evaluation of Fifa's contract proposal which did not meet Emirates' expectations."

    Emirates was Fifa's airline partner for three World Cups from 2006 through 2014.

  67. South African international dies, aged 45

    Rugby union

    Tinus Linee

    Former South Africa centre Tinus Linee has died in Cape Town aged 45, the South African Rugby Union board has announced.

    Linee, who represented the Springboks in nine non-Test tour matches between 1993 and 1994, had been battling motor neuron disease for 19 months.

    Linee was pictued (above, centre) with South African captain Jean de Villiers (left) and flanker Schalk Burger last year.

  68. Worth a listen

    Football

    Calling fans of non-league footie. May we point you in the direction of this rather wonderful podcast courtesy of our colleagues at Radio 5 live.

    It is your chance to hear three former Premier League players - Chris Iwelumo, Brett Ormerod and Curtis Woodhouse - give their view on Non League. Plus there's talk about regionalisation, FA Trophy and spooky goings on. What more could you want?

  69. Owner unhappy at season ticket sales

    Rugby League

    Salford owner Marwan Koukash has expressed his frustration at what he sees as a lack of season ticket sales for next season.

    The Red Devils finished 10th in the recently-completed Super League but are expected to be a formidable force next year.

    However, according to Koukash, Salford have sold fewer than 1,000 season tickets for next year.

    The club owner took to Twitter to say: "I find it disappointing. Fewer than five people in every 1,000 in Salford have bought into the club. What does that tell me? Is it the stadium? Rugby League? Salford?"

  70. Follow the Scottish Cup draw live

    Football

    The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup takes place at 2pm.

    There was quite a stir on Saturday when Celtic were drawn to face Rangers in the last four of the League Cup. What are the chances of a repeat?

    There is live text already underway, which you can follow here.

  71. Knockout birthday

    Happy birthday to one of the world's most successful boxer, Larry Holmes.

    Larry Holmes

    The big man, who was WBC world heavyweight champion for five years from 1978, turns 65 today. Holmes made 20 successful title defences, which places him third behind only Joe Louis' 25 and Wladimir Klitschko's 21.

    Others celebrating birthdays today are former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright (51) and Aston Villa and Manchester United frontman Dwight Yorke (43).

  72. World Cup-Olympics clash?

    Football

    The Qatar 2022 World Cup could be on a collision course with the Winter Olympics following discussions at Fifa headquarters in Zurich today.

    While no final decision was taken - and, in theory, all options still remain on the table - BBC Sport's Richard Conway understands there was clear support from a majority of regional confederation delegates for a January/February tournament.

    That's despite an existing agreement between Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his International Olympic Committee counterpart, Thomas Bach, that their respective major events would not clash.

    The Fifa taskforce, led by vice president Shaikh Salman, is charged with finding a solution to moving the World Cup from its traditional June/July schedule.

  73. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we're asking for your #daftdismissals. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    Paul B: I once played Under 13s rugby against a Liverpool team; had a player sent off for imitating Scouse accents in rucks.

  74. Broady on the rise

    Tennis

    Liam Broady

    Take a bow Liam Broady, who is the new British number three after breaking into the world's top 200 for the first time.

    Broady, the runner-up in Wimbledon juniors in 2011, missed out on a first ATP Challenger Tour title when he lost in three sets to Australian James Duckworth in the US on Sunday.

    The Stockport lad is now ranked behind only Andy Murray and James Ward in Britain and will, thanks to his ranking, be eligible to enter qualifying for January's Australian Open.

  75. Chelsea will slip-up - Aguero

    Football

    Sergio Aguero

    Man City striker Sergio Aguero says he is "sure" Chelsea will drop points and that they can be caught.

    Jose Mourinho's unbeaten side are top of the table and six points clear of third-placed City.

    Aguero, who scored his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign in yesterday's Manchester derby, told City TV: "Chelsea are doing very well and they keep winning but I'm sure they will drop some points.

    "They play at Liverpool next weekend and we will see if they drop points but the important thing is that we have to win games."

  76. Owner 'not competent' to run Plymouth

    Football

    Plymouth Argyle owner James Brent has told BBC South West Today that he is not competent to run the club on a daily basis.

    Brent, who has been the owner/chairman since 2011, spends just half a day per week on club business but believes he has the right people in place to make it successful.

    "I'm not competent to run that football club. I'm not a football person, with that experience," he said.

    "I think I'm a competent chairman of it, to provide strategic direction and challenge governance of it, and that is what I do."

  77. Injuries on just bad luck - Lancaster

    Rugby Union

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster believes losing a host of forwards for Saturday's first Autumn test against New Zealand is nothing more sinister than simply "bad luck".

    "The Premiership is a tough competition that the players play in. It is strange that the injuries have all come in similar positions, but they are all slightly different in nature so I don't think there is an pattern," he tells Sky Sports News.

    "But the positives are that injuries open up the doors for others to impress."

  78. Lawes on the task ahead

    Rugby Union

    Courtney Lawes

    Courtney Lawes on what England need to do to succeed in their autumn Tests: "We need to stick to our game and show people we can play how we want to play, no matter who we play against," he told Sky Sports. "It is difficult opposition that we face in this series but we need to show no matter who we are up against, we can turn up and win."

    Asked about being one of Stuart Lancaster's leaders in the England side at the age of 25, Lawes said: "I suppose I have grown into that role as a leader.

    "I was 20 when I started and I'm 25 now. So I am happy to step into that leadership role and take on more responsibility."

    England face world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, before taking on South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

  79. Lawes on injury problems

    Rugby Union

    While Stuart Lancaster faces the media, Courtney Lawes has been speaking about the injury which has ruled Wasps lock Joe Launchbury out of England's autumn Tests.

    "It is always hard when you are injured. Luckily Joe is young and very talented so he will get a chance to earn that shirt back," he told Sky Sports News.

    Asked about Launchbury's replacement Dave Attwood, Lawes added: "Dave will step up to the plate because he is more than ready.

    "Me and Atts actually get on really well, which helps. It is good to have him in the pack because he helps with the line-outs. In terms of that it makes life a lot easier for me."

  80. Lancaster news conference

    Rugby Union

    One man who has not been fortunate to shrug off injury is Wasps lock Joe Launchbury. The 23-year-old has been ruled out of the autumn Tests with a nerve irritation in his neck.

    "We're bitterly disappointed with that news but George Kruis and Graham Kitchener have been excellent. They have the chance to impress this week," says Stuart Lancaster.

  81. Lancaster news conference

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster

    Lancaster is also meeting the media and begins with some team news ahead of Saturday's opening autumn Test against New Zealand.

    Front row duo Joe Marler and Dave Wilson trained this morning and will train fully this afternoon after injury concerns, he tells the press pack.

  82. Lancaster news conference

    Rugby Union

    Time to leave Wenger's news conference in north London, plod anti-clockwise along the M25 and whizz down the M3 towards Pennyhill Park. That, of course, is the training headquarters of England's rugby union squad and sitting there is head coach Stuart Lancaster...

  83. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Theo Walcott

    Wenger on whether he would be comfortable with Theo Walcott being called up by England: "I am happy if Walcott goes with England because he needs games.

    "He is now in a period where he needs hard training and games so I would be happy with that."

  84. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger remains very coy when asked if Theo Walcott will start against Anderlecht on Tuesday. The England winger has not started for the Gunners since sustaining the knee injury which forced him out of the World Cup in January.

    "I haven't decided that today," says the poker-faced Frenchman.

  85. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Mikel Arteta

    Mikel Arteta on Arsenal's form: "We produced a very disappointing performance against Dortmund where we didn't perform at all in my opinion. After that we've been more consistent. We are a bit far from Chelsea at the moment.

    "But I think we have found a balance and are getting better. We need to remind people that we have had a lot of players injured and it was hard to pick the 1st X1 two weeks in a row and that is hard for the team.

    "But everybody is fit now and we are starting to see the best of everyone now, the consistency."

  86. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta on Sanchez's impact: "We're not surprised about his performance but maybe how quickly he has adapted.

    "He found it hard in the first few weeks but has now got the platform and has found the physical level he needs. The way he is contributing to the team is very good."

  87. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Wenger on Alexis Sanchez and the impression he has made: "He is a fighter. He scored a fantastic header against Burnley. It was fantastic not just because it was quality but because it showed such desire and determination as well."

  88. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's easing injury crisis: "Slowly all the long-term injuries are getting better and Theo Walcott is the first to come back. I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel."

  89. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger on the Anderlecht game: "We are at home and we have an opportunity to win the game. We are on a good run and we want to take advantage of that.

    "We respect Anderlecht because they gave us a tough game. We had a little bit of a miraculous win because we needed to go till the last minute. We have been warned. We have learned a lot from the first game and we want to win at the Emirates now."

  90. Wenger news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger has appeared to face the media ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie against Anderlecht, which could see the Gunners reach the knockout stage.

    England midfielder Jack Wilshere is sick and will miss the match, says the Frenchman.

    "The squad exactly the same as the one which played Burnley," he adds.

  91. Good memories for Gunners

    Football

    To get fans in the mood ahead of Wenger's press conference, Arsenal have tweeted: "On this day in 1993. the club recorded its biggest away win in Europe - a 7-0 victory at Standard Liege."

    That year proved to be a good one for the Gunners in Europe. Managed by George Graham, they won the European Cup Winners Cup, beating Parma 1-0 in the final thanks to an Alan Smith strike to give the club its first European trophy since 1970.

  92. Scene set for Wenger

    Football

    Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger is due to face the media in five minutes ahead of Arsenal's Champions League clash with Anderlecht tomorrow.

    Not giving Arsene a very comfy chair are they? I'm sure we had those at my old primary school.

  93. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    Matt: Player been showed yellow then asking the referee if he has a blue card as it's his favourite colour, so referee pulls out the red.

    Andrew Lambert: Julien Brellier sent of for Hearts in a Europe for a second yellow, after being booked for wearing an earring.

  94. Question of Sport Teaser

    Time for lunch? Kick back and mull over today's teaser from our Question of Sport team. And it's one to test the knowledge of even the keenest tennis aficionados.

    Since 2009, which nine players have qualified for the ATP World Finals in London on only one occasion?

    Tougher than facing a Rafael Nadal forehand return is that. Answers later this afternoon.

  95. From anti-doping to rowing

    Rowing

    Britain's anti-doping chief Andy Parkinson is to take over as British Rowing's new chief executive.

    Parkinson will be given the job of maintaining rowing as one of Britain's most successful Olympic sports - it achieved a record haul of nine medals at the London 2012 Olympics.

  96. Press conferences coming up

    Not long to go before a couple of big-hitters from the world of sport make an appearance in front of the media.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster are due to give press conferences at 12.30. We will bring you the best bits from both.

  97. Oh so lonely...

    Football

    What's the best thing about going to away games? That's right, travelling with a group of mates and having a beer and a few laughs.

    Gateshead fan

    Alas, that wasn't quite the case for this Gateshead supporter, who, judging by this picture posted on Twitter by Non League Vines, found himself all alone in the away end at Aldershot.

    On the bright side, at least he could choose exactly where he wanted to stand. And best of all, he watched his team claim a dramatic last-minute victory.

    Makes it all worthwhile...

  98. Get involved

    BBC Sport on Facebook

    Earlier we told you that Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is in Thailand to discuss a possible takeover of the Championship strugglers (see 10:00). It is a move which has been met with scepticism by followers of our Facebook page...

    Andy Hampson: Being a Bolton fan and season ticket holder the club badly needs some financial input! But they have to be the right people coming into the club. As fans of clubs like Cardiff, Leeds & Birmingham will understand.

    Michael Kelly: The day Carson Yeung took over my club Birmingham was the day it died. Promises of £50/100m on players never happened. I hope this doesn't happen to Bolton.

    Phil McChrystal: As an Everton supporter it saddens me when north western clubs struggle, I don't have any particular affinity with Bolton, but they're founder members of the football league so it's quite sad.

  99. Stabbed Brook targets March bout

    Boxing

    Kell Brook

    IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook says he hopes to return to the ring on 7 March as he continues to recover from being stabbed.

    Brook, 28, was stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife at the beginning of September. Before the attack, he was reportedly close to announcing an all-British bout against Amir Khan for May.

    "I'm ready to get back in the boxing gym and start training at 100%," he tells Sky Sports. "We've got a date down for 7 March but we've got to see how things go. I'm feeling tip top."

  100. West Indies crisis easing?

    Cricket

    The crisis gripping West Indian cricket is close to being resolved, according to reports in the Caribbean.

    The West Indies squad abandoned their tour of India last month due to a dispute over a contract agreement signed by the West Indies Cricket Board and the players' association (WIPA).

    After discussions to try and resolve the problems, Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, told the Trinidad Express newspaper: "Cricket-lovers ... believe us, we made very good progress."

    Some form of resolution could now be on the cards in time for the Windies to fulfil their December tour of South Africa.

  101. On this day

    And a few more from years gone by...

    1999: Blackburn sacked manager Brian Kidd after winning just three of their first 14 games in the second tier following relegation from the Premier League.

    2007: Great Britain beat New Zealand 44-0 in the second rugby league Test at Hull's KC Stadium to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

    Alan Curbishley

    2009: Alan Curbishley won his case for wrongful dismissal against West Ham.

    2010: A bid for London to host the 2015 World Athletics Championships was abandoned due to continuing uncertainty over the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium. The capital was instead put forward to host the event in 2017.

    2012: Ian Holloway left Blackpool to become Crystal Palace's new manager, before leading the Eagles to promotion.

  102. On this day

    Salman Butt

    It is three years ago to the day since former Pakistan Test cricket captain Salman Butt was jailed for 30 months for his part in a conspiracy to bowl deliberate no-balls against England at Lord's.

    Butt was released from Jail in June 2012. He is serving a 10-year ban from cricket, of which five years is a suspended sentence.

  103. Lincoln boss Simpson on "gardening leave"

    Football

    Conference side Lincoln City place manager Gary Simpson on gardening leave. The club are currently 13th in the table but have won just two of their last 10 league games.

  104. Posh lose two to injury

    Football

    Peterborough United expect forward Marcus Maddison and defender Jack Baldwin to be out of action for significant periods because of injury.

    Maddison tore ankle ligaments in training last week, while Baldwin hurt his knee in Saturday's League One defeat by Scunthorpe.

    "Losing Maddison and Baldwin for what looks like a long time are two big blows for us," Posh manager Darren Ferguson tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

  105. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    Stuart Harvey: Our centre half was once given a red card for "shouting too loud" when calling for a header.

    Billy Greening: Luton manager Mike Newell being sent off at Withdean vs Brighton for tackling our winger as he was attacking.

  106. Former Newcastle man moves to Rangers

    Football

    Rangers appoint former Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias to the club's board as a non-executive director, the club has announced

    Chairman David Somers announced last week that Llambias had been brought in as a consultant but now the club has confirmed he has taken on official duties.

    It is the latest move by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to increase his influence in the running of the Scottish club.

  107. Noble Mission finishes

    Horse Racing

    Frankel's younger brother Noble Mission is to be retired following his Champion Stakes victory at Ascot last month.

    The horse will begin a breeding career at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky from 2015.

  108. We can put it right - O'Loughlin

    Rugby League

    Captain Sean O'Loughlin is confident England can recover quickly from their shattering defeat by Australia as they look to take out their frustrations on the Kiwis.

    England have arrived in Dunedin to begin their preparations for Saturday's crunch clash with New Zealand, when a victory by 10 points would secure a place in the final the following weekend.

    Sean O'Loughlin

    O'Loughlin, who led England for the first time in their 16-12 defeat by the Kangaroos, said: "We have to crack on from this. To not get the win is tough but we know we've got another game and we can put it right."

    Meanwhile, O'Loughlin, and Liam Farrell, will be available to face New Zealand on Saturday after no action was taken over tackles they made against Australia.

  109. Tigers' Bruce tamed by injury

    Football

    Hull City defender Alex Bruce, 30, faces a short spell watching from the stands after pulling his hamstring.

    "Alex got injured in training on Friday, one of the last kicks of the session," Tigers manager - and his dad - Steve Bruce tells the Premier League club's website.

    "We don't think it's too serious. It's probably going to be two, three or four weeks."

  110. Collingwood's Scotland role

    Cricket

    Paul Collingwood

    Paul Collingwood will be plotting England's downfall at next year's World Cup after agreeing a return to Scotland's coaching staff.

    The Durham captain, who is England's most capped one-day player and a World Twenty20 winning captain, had previously worked with Scotland as joint interim head coach when they booked their place at the tournament at the start of the year.

    He briefly worked for England under Ashley Giles, but left when Peter Moores returned as head coach.

    "We are fortunate to once again have the valuable services of Paul Collingwood on board with us," says Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn.

  111. Get involved

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we're asking for your #daftdismissals. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    Iain, Ayr: In a youth football match, the referee blew for kick-off right next to a players ear who then, due to the pain, swore at the referee and got sent off.

  112. Decision time on Qatar World Cup

    Football

    A meeting to clarify when the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be played is underway in Zurich, reports BBC Sport's Richard Conway.

    Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and Football Association general secretary Alex Horne are both in attendance.

    Both men are part of Fifa's taskforce which is attempting to broker a solution to one of world football's biggest issues.

  113. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    Alex Chalker: Gerard Lavin for Bristol City away at Reading in '99. Kicked the ball into the crowd and broke a spectator's wrist.

    John D Harrison: Has to be Carragher sending off at Highbury in the FA Cup for throwing a coin into the crowd.

    Michael Burke: A Sunday League player once kicked a ball away for a second yellow as he was desperate for a cigarette and the manager wouldn't sub him.

  114. Aubameyang admits Afcon Ebola fears

    Football

    One of African football's biggest stars tells BBC Sport he understands why Morocco are reluctant to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

    The Moroccan government have asked for the tournament to be postponed due to fears about the Ebola virus.

    Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who scored against Arsenal in the Champions League this season - says he's "a bit scared" about the prospect of playing in the tournament.

  115. Yates switches to rival team

    Cycling

    Former Team Sky man Sean Yates is among four new faces appointed by Tinkoff-Saxo for the 2015 season.

    Yates, who was a key figure in Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France triumph in 2012, left his role as Team Sky's lead sports director in October of that year, citing health grounds.

    Both he and the British team denied reports suggesting Yates had departed due to Sky's zero-tolerance policy over doping.

    Tinkoff-Saxo have announced on Monday that Yates and Patxi Vila are joining their team of sports directors, while Bobby Julich arrives as head coach and Daniel Healey takes the position of head of sports science.

  116. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we're asking for your #daftdismissals. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    Dan T, Reading: I played in the Thames Valley Church League a couple of years ago. One player got sent off for two yellow cards. Both offences were for taking the Lords name in vain after he fired wide.

  117. Hamilton overtakes Mansell

    Formula 1

    Nigel Mansell
  118. Third worst ever for Aussies

    Cricket

    One last fact about the cricket.

    Pakistan's thumping 356-run win in the second Test was Australia's third worst in their Test cricketing history, behind their 675-run loss against England in Brisbane in 1928 and the 408 defeat to the West Indies at Adelaide in 1980.

    Right, we'll leave you Aussies alone for a while now. Promise.

  119. 'We were outplayed' - Clarke

    Cricket

    Pakistan cricket team

    A little reaction to Pakistan's resounding series victory over Australia.

    After following their 221-run first Test win in Dubai with an even bigger 356-run victory in the second and final Test today, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said it had been "an honour" to lead his side.

    Australian skipper Michael Clarke was, as you'd expect, a little more downbeat. "We have been outplayed," he said, "which has unfortunately been the track record of Australian cricket in Asia for a long time."

    It was Aussie's sixth Test defeat in a row in Asia after they lost 4-0 in India early last year.

  120. Hamilton one of the best - Moss

    Formula 1

    Sir Stirling Moss is a man who knows a thing or two about decent racing drivers. So when he says Lewis Hamilton, who made British racing history with his 32nd win at the weekend, is up there with the best of all-time then I'm listening.

    "He's up with Jimmy Clark, and people like that really. He is as good as we've got, and we're very lucky to have him for England, frankly," the 85-year-old, who earned 16 race wins in the 1950s, tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I can't see any reason why he can't get another four or five or six championships. He is that good, the cars are that reliable these days therefore you can judge a man by his talent - his enormous talent - he's exciting to watch."

  121. Monday's back pages

    Corriere dello Sport

    AC Milan, a name that evokes images of great football and glory. Not at the moment, though. Italian paper Corriere dello Sport says Milan "played badly" and got booed off the pitch after their 2-0 home defeat by Palermo. It means the pressure is on coach Filippo Inzaghi, with his team seventh in Serie A, already nine points adrift of leaders Juventus.

  122. Bolton set for Thai takeover?

    Football

    Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is in Thailand having discussions over a possible takeover of the club, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

  123. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    Joe Hurd: Barca vs Arsenal 2011, RVP sent off for not hearing the ref's whistle. Awful refereeing that night!

    Al Excess: Nani against Real Madrid, studs up trying to control a high ball, cost Man Utd the tie.

    Nick Walsh: Kasper Schmeichel vs Forest for throwing the ball back to the centre circle after conceding.

  124. Monday's back pages

    AS

    Real Madrid have begun negotiations about extending the contract of coach Carlo Ancelotti, according to Spanish paper AS.

    Ancelotti, 55, who guided Real to the top of La Liga at the weekend with a 4-0 win at Granada CF, is said to have left the powers-that-be at the Bernabeu delighted with his work.

    All of which harmony is ominous Liverpool - they travel to Spain to take on Real in the Champions league tomorrow.

  125. Carra hopeful of Reds upset

    Football

    Real Madrid v Liverpool

    Jamie Carragher might be almost as symbolic to Liverpool as the Spion Kop, but that doesn't stop him offering an impartial and objective view of the Reds.

    And the former England defender believes it is "not impossible" for Brendan Rodgers' team to earn a positive result at Real Madrid on Tuesday. Liverpool were thumped 3-0 by the reigning Champions League winners at Anfield last month.

    "There will be some trepidation because of what happened in the first game but the players need to try to relax and enjoy it," Carragher tells the club's official website. "People don't expect Liverpool to get anything so the pressure is off a bit but you don't want to go there and get embarrassed.

    "Of course Real Madrid are big favourites but it's not impossible for Liverpool to get something out of the game. The big thing is defending better than they did at Anfield."

    Anything other than a Madrid win would surely wipe that smug look from Cristiano Ronaldo's face above...

  126. Monday's back pages

    Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph highlights the moment United's Chris Smalling got his marching orders in the Manchester derby, a moment the centre half is no doubt very much regretting now.

  127. Monday's back pages

    The Independent

    According to The Independent, Marouane Fellaini will escape sanction from the FA for allegedly spitting at Sergio Aguero.

  128. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we're asking for your #daftdismissals. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    Alex Day, Swansea: Swansea City v Darlington circa 2000. Jamaican striker, Walter Boyd, comes off the Swans bench as a second half sub only to elbow an opponent in the face before the ref had even blown the whistle to restart play. Fastest sending off ever apparently.

  129. Monday's back pages

    The Guardian

    Back to Chris Smalling's 'stupidity' in The Guardian, which also focuses on Brendan Rodgers quotes about how he wants to keep Steven Gerrard at Anfield because of his talent, not for sentimental reasons

  130. Sunderland feeling blue (and white)

    Football

    Traditionalists look away now. Sunderland have revealed the first glimpse of their new third kit, which Gus Poyet's men will wear for the first time when they travel to Crystal Palace tonight.

    Sunderland

    It is not the same as red and white stripes, is it? Although I vaguely remember Marco Gabbiadini wearing something similar in the 1990s. Only with more of that awful aztec pattern which was popular with kit manufacturers around that time...

  131. Monday's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    We've been talking a lot about Chris Smalling today and his very public dressing down from boss Louis van Gaal. But United team-mate Marouane Fellaini is also in the spotlight, accused - as the Daily Mirror's back page illustrates - of spitting at Sergio Aguero during what turned out to be a lively derby.

  132. Pakistan compete Aussie whitewash

    Cricket

    Got any Aussie mates who you love to take the mickey out of? Now's a good time to give them a call.

    Pakistan have won the second Test by 356 runs in Abu Dhabi to claim their first series victory over the Australians in 20 years.

    Pakistan v Australia

    The Aussies, set a 603-run target - largely thanks to Younus Khan's magnificent 213 in Pakistan's first innings - were dismissed for 246 soon after lunch on the fifth and final day.

    Pakistan won the first Test by 221 runs in Dubai to complete a series whitewash.

  133. Lennon imagines more from Bolton

    Football

    Neil Lennon has had a mixed start since arriving at Championship strugglers Bolton, winning two and drawing two of his four matches. That has been a marked improvement from winning only one league game in 11 under Dougie Freedman. But Lennon still isn't happy....

    "Some people are telling me we played well against Norwich (who beat Bolton 2-1). I didn't see it that way. Maybe I just expect more from the players.

    "The reality is we've got a lot of work to do to catch up with the size of Norwich, but it is a benchmark for us going forward.

    "We're a sleeping giant. We were bottom when I came in. The next aim is to now get out of the bottom three."

  134. No more Lippi

    Football

    Marcello Lippi

    World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi announces his retirement after guiding Guangzhou Evergrande to the Chinese Super League title.

    The 66-year-old Italian has ended a glittering coaching career which peaked when he guided his country to World Cup glory in Germany in 2006.

    "I do not want to train, I am old," he says.

    But not too old to be flung into the air by your players...

  135. Get involved

    BBC Sport on Facebook

    After Chris Smalling's "stupid" sending-off, we're asking for your #daftdismissals. Remember these can be ones you've seen at a professional game, or been involved in yourself down the park.

    Ben Thurstan: One of team-mates in indoor 5-a-side got a red card before kick-off for coming in a different colour top to the rest of us. It didn't clash with the opposition or the referee and even when he found a bib he wasn't allowed back on.

  136. Feet up for England

    Rugby League

    England RL

    England's rugby league squad are travelling from to Australia to New Zealand as they prepare for their must-win Four Nations - and are kicking back with their feet up on the plane.

    The squad are flying over the Tasman Sea and the recovery continues for a chilled-out Tom Burgess.

    Any ideas what those things do? It looks like a big cool bag. Maybe he's got a sandwich stashed in there.

  137. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    Joel Ejike Ikemba: I give that to Lee Bowyer and Kieran Dyer, both were team-mates but they were sent off for fighting each other on the pitch.

  138. Lack of flak is Gaal-ing

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    And John Murray thinks new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is "getting off lightly" after their poor start to the Premier League season.

    "Thirteen points from 10 matches is clearly not good enough. But they spent a lot of money, new players take time to blend and a lot of work needs to be done in defence.

    "But I do feel that Van Gaal's right when he says some strides have been made in these past two games against Chelsea and Manchester City."

  139. City nursing hangover

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester City fans might be nursing a headache from celebrating Sunday's nervy 1-0 win against neighbours United - but it is their team which is suffering from a hangover, believes BBC Radio 5 live's football correspondent John Murray.

    "Man City haven't played at the same level that they did towards the end of last season," he says.

    "I genuinely feel there is a hangover from winning the Premier League last season. You get such a high after winning a league title, that the season after it is very difficult to get back to that standard."

  140. Get involved

    #daftdismissals

    J: Was Smalling really that daft? The first yellow nine out of 10 times the keeper just turns away. Hart knew what he was doing!

  141. Latest gossip

    Football

    We all love a bit of tittle-tattle don't we? Here are three snippets from our world-famous gossip column...

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34, could move to USA side New York Cosmos if he fails to sign a new deal at Anfield. (Metro)

    Former Manchester United boss David Moyes, 51, is in contention to take charge of Spanish side Real Sociedad after they parted company with 36-year-old coach Jagoba Arrasate. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City could replace manager Manuel Pellegrini with Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, 44, if the club decide to sack the 61-year-old at the end of the season. (Metro)

  142. Cavalry(man) not to arrive?

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    A bit of breaking news from the world of horse racing. The Godolphin horse Cavalryman is a doubt for Melbourne Cup on Tuesday with a swollen fetlock and is being examined by vets.

    Cavalryman, trained in Newmarket by Saeed bin Suroor, was priced at about 20-1 for the "race that stops a nation" in Australia after Group wins this year at Meydan, Newmarket and Goodwood.

    You can follow live text commentary of the Melbourne Cup on the BBC Sport website from 03:00 GMT, with commentary on the big race at 04:00 on BBC Radio 5 live.

  143. England pair free to play

    Rugby League

    A big boost for England ahead of their decisive Four Nations match against New Zealand this weekend.

    Captain Sean O'Loughlin and his Wigan team-mate Liam Farrell are available after avoiding action for risky tackles in Sunday's 16-12 defeat by Australia.

    The back-row pair were placed on report but an NRL spokesman said that no charges were brought from the two matches over the weekend.

  144. Get involved

    Was Chris Smalling 'stupid'? You decide. First he was booked for charging down Manchester City keeper Joe Hart's drop kick, then received a second for a wild lunge on James Milner.

    That had me thinking. I once saw a bloke in the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League get sent off at half-time - for showing a bit too much flesh when he changed his shorts on the touchline. Honestly.

    So we want to know your #daftdismissals. These can be the most bizarre red cards you've seen at a professional game, or on your local council pitch. Tweet using the hashtag, or if the humble, old text message is still your thing then fire over a message to 81111.

  145. Monday's headlines

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton extends his lead in the Formula 1 World Championship after catching and passing Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the United States Grand Prix.

    The Serious Fraud Office is urged to reconsider its decision not to investigate allegations of Fifa corruption during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Chris Smalling's sending-off in the Manchester derby was "stupid".

  146. Monday's headlines

    If you've spent most of the weekend in the office, sleeping off a hangover or visiting the in-laws (sorry), then you may not have any idea what has been happening in the world of sport. I'm sure there's some of you out there. If you're one of them characters, then here are your morning headlines...

  147. Post update

    Hello! And welcome to Monday's Sportsday. It's the start of another working week for most of you so, to ease the pain, we are here to mull over all the thrills and spills of another Premier League weekend. Like the sporting equivalent of a paracetamol tablet. Sort of.

  148. Post update

    Chris Smalling

    No matter what age you are, a ticking off from your boss is always embarrassing. Especially when it is in public.

    Today, Chris Smalling is the latest Manchester United player to be left red-faced. The England defender felt the sharp end of the Louis van Gaal's tongue after his red card in the Manchester derby, the Dutchman labelling his player as "stupid" for being given his marching orders.

    No prizes for guessing who will be wearing the naughty bib in training today. Or maybe he might be forced to train in a muscle onesie?