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Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Football

    For the latest on this evening's Champions League ties, join Tom Rostance for live text commentary which will feature Real Madrid v Liverpool and Arsenal v Anderlecht.

    That's it from the Sportsday team for today, there will be more of the same from 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

  2. Football

    Zenit St Petersburg 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayern Leverkusen take control of their Champions League tie against Zenit. Two quick-fire goals by Heung-Min Son, in the 68th and 73rd minute, gives the Germans a handsome lead.

  3. Football


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers starts with Kolo Toure, Lucas, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Fabio Borini against Real Madrid, with regular starters Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli on the substitutes' bench.

    It's a strong-looking bench...

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Manquillo, Toure, Skrtel, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Allen, Lallana, Markovic, Borini.

  4. Skrtel to captain Liverpool


    Defender Martin Skrtel captains Liverpool in their Champions League tie against Real Madrid this evening as Steven Gerrard starts on the bench.

  5. Britton nearing Swansea return


    Midfielder Leon Britton is on course to be in the selection mix for Swansea's Premier League clash against Manchester City later this month.

    Britton, 32, has not played so far this season after suffering a knee injury during the summer.

    However, the Swans announced on their official website that he took part in training on Tuesday and will continue with partial team training for the rest of this week before making a full return during the forthcoming international break.

  6. Liverpool fans want Rodgers sacked


    A section of Liverpool fans are reportedly planning on flying a banner over Anfield calling on manager Brendan Rodgers to be sacked.

    A Twitter account, under the name @RodgersOutClub, has revealed a plane will fly over Anfield when the team plays Chelsea on Saturday displaying a banner which says: "Brendan Rodgers is a football genius. Forever in love with Southampton and Swansea's footballers. £215m spent on absolute rubbish #RodgersOUT".

  7. Football

    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    The second half is under way at the Petrovsky Stadium and although Andre Villas-Boas's men are enjoying plenty of possession, they have been unable to break Leverkusen's defence. It remains 0-0 between the two sides after 54 minutes.

  8. Cech banging the drum


    What do footballers do in their spare time? Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech pretends he's a rock star. The Czech has posted a video of himself playing the drums along to the Foo Fighters' 'Walk'.

    Cech wrote: "Drum cover of my favourite band... it is not perfect but I wanted to do it in one take without correcting it."

    The American band could do worse than calling the 32-year-old should they need to replace current drummer Taylor Hawkins.

  9. Alonso's mixed emotions on Real v Liverpool tie


    Former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has said he was shocked when he learnt that the two teams were drawn against each other in the Champions League.

    Real host Liverpool this evening, and Bayern Munich midfielder Alonso told "When the draw was made, it was like a little shock in my mind because I remember that I was going through the medical session at Munich. I came out from the scan and my agent asked me if I'd seen the draw.

    "I told him I hadn't and he told me it was Liverpool and Madrid. It was like a shock in my body, because when I was still in Madrid, I was really happy that Liverpool were back in the Champions League."

  10. Saints rise good for football - Keegan


    If Southampton finish in the top four this season, it will be a greater achievement than finishing second in the old First Division in 1984, according to Kevin Keegan.

    They are currently second in the Premier League and the former Liverpool, Saints, Newcastle and England forward told BBC South Today he was impressed by the management style of Ronald Koeman.

    "They are capable of playing the big teams at football, which is what will really please the Southampton fans, they're not going out there and setting up to defend," the former England boss added.

  11. Hodgson waiting on Sturridge news


    England manager Roy Hodgson has not spoken to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers about the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of his squad announcement for the matches against Slovenia and Scotland.

    Reds forward Sturridge, who has been sidelined since early September with a thigh injury suffered on England duty and a calf problem before his club comeback, has travelled to Spain with Liverpool for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

    When asked if he had spoken to Rodgers, Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "I was waiting to see what the situation would be with him (Sturridge). It's very good news to hear that he's travelled but of course before I select him again I would check with the player and the club that we were doing the right thing."

    Daniel Sturridge
  12. Champions League latest

    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Russian runners-up Zenit are piling on the pressure against the German visitors, but forward Aleksandr Kerzhakov is twice denied the opener in a matter of moments.

    The Russia forward is stopped by the legs of Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno after he is put clean through by his skipper Danny, then the pair combine again seconds later. This time Kerzhakov rounds Leno but is beaten by a tight angle.

    Zenit boss Andre Villas-Boas, looking resplendent in a sky blue padded jacket, seems happy on the touchline.

    Andre Villas-Boas
  13. Post update

    England scrum-half and Liverpool fan Danny Care: Anyone saying they wouldn't have Gerrard in the @LFC team tonight against Madrid needs to have a word with themselves. Need our leader

  14. Texan sets world record with 20ft club


    Michael Furrh sets world record

    An American called Michael Furrh has set a new Guinness world record for the longest shot with the longest usable golf club. The Dallas native made 63 yards with a driver which measured 20 ft and 6 ins.

  15. Liverpool Under-19s lose to Real


    If Liverpool fans were looking for positive omens ahead of the senior team's Champions League tie against Real Madrid this evening, their younger players failed to provide any as Liverpool's Under-19s have lost 4-1 to Real Madrid Under-19s.

  16. Champions League build-up

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)


    How many of that winning Liverpool starting XI do you think are still at Anfield today? I'll tell you. One. And that is centre-back Martin Skrtel. Here's how they lined up.

    Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Fabio Aurelio, Benayoun, Alonso, Mascherano, Riera (Gerrard 88), Torres (Babel 62), Kuyt (Lucas 90)

  17. Champions League build-up

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Steven Gerrard

    Will he? Won't he? That is the question. Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard could be dropped to the bench for tonight's Champions League trip to Real Madrid - almost unthinkable for many Reds fans.

    But the ex-England midfielder has started on the bench at the Bernabeu before. And it turned out well, very well in fact, for Rafa Benitez's side.

    The Reds won 1-0 in the first leg of their 2008-09 last-16 tie thanks to Yossi Benayoun's header, then went on to win 5-0 on aggregate.

  18. Champions League latest

    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    While the Liverpool and Arsenal lads tuck into their pre-match meal of beans on toast, two sets of players have already kicked off tonight's Champions League action.

    Group C leaders Bayer Leverkusen are visiting Russian runners-up Zenit St Petersburg knowing a win will edge them closer into the last 16. Still goalless in the early exchanges.

  19. Cellino hoping for 10-year Redfearn stay


    Leeds president Massimo Cellino hopes to keep Neil Redfearn as head coach for the next 10 years.

    Former academy manager Redfearn, 49, signed a 12-month rolling contract at the weekend to become the club's fourth head coach since Cellino completed his takeover in April.

    "I hope he stays at least 10 years. That is the dream, to keep him as coach for at least 10 years," Cellino, known as the 'manager-eater' in Italy, told Sky Sports.

  20. Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)


    Jamie Carragher and friends

    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher: The lads are in good spirits in a lounge at the Bernabeu before the game!

  21. Bale back for Madrid?

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Gareth Bale

    A familiar face could line up against Liverpool tonight - ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid forward, 25, has missed five matches through injury and has returned ahead of tonight's Champions League tie.

    But will he start? Or be sat in one of those comfy-looking heated seats on the Madrid bench? Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is keeping us guessing...

    "Gareth Bale is ready to play and is back from injury. I don't know if he will play from the off or on the bench," says Ancelotti.

  22. Gutierrez tops help raise £5k for charity



    Newcastle United fans have helped raise more than £5,000 for charity after signed T-shirts in support of Magpies star Jonas Gutierrez were auctioned off.

    Gutierrez was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year and his team-mates wore warm-up tops bearing his name ahead of the Premier League match against Hull in September.

    The Argentina international, 31, announced on Monday that he has been given the all-clear.

  23. Get involved


    We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111.

    Ameer Chughtai: For Chelsea it's got to be Eden Hazard, always has the ability to flip a game on its head with a moment of brilliance.

  24. Attwood should be back for England

    Rugby Union

    Dave Attwood

    England assistant coach Graham Rowntree is confident that Dave Attwood will be available to play against New Zealand at the weekend.

    Bath lock Attwood, 27, missed Tuesday afternoon's training session after leaving to be with his pregnant fiancee who has gone into labour.

    "He'll be fine. We'll play it day by day. We're off tomorrow but I'm expecting Dave to be back in Thursday and to train a happy man," says Rowntree.

    "We'd like Dave to be around on the weekend for quite a big game. We announce the team on Thursday. He'll be heavily involved. He's playing well, he deserves it."

  25. Crewe lead race for Ilkeston striker


    Ilkeston FC striker Che Adams is being monitored by Championship and Premier League clubs and has already been the subject of a bid from League One side Crewe Alexandra, reports BBC Radio Derby.

    The 18-year-old has scored nine goals for the Northern Premier League club so far this season.

  26. Smith backs Scotland for more events


    Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith thinks Scotland "deserves" more high-profile tennis tournaments.

    Glasgow's Emirates Arena will host the first-round tie with the United States in March.

    "South of the border gets a lot of tennis, there are lots of grass court events and the Tour Finals that are on next week," Smith told BBC Scotland. "With Andy Murray coming through and becoming a Wimbledon champion, Scotland deserves the opportunity for access."

    Leon Smith with Andy Murray (right)
  27. Richard Parks on battling his demons

    Rugby Union

    Former Wales flanker Richard Parks has been talking to BBC Sport's Ben Dirs about conquering demons, depression and Everest.

    "He brawled in a nightclub, slept in his own vomit. Then, ashamed and embarrassed, he disappeared under a duvet and grieved," writes Dirs.

    Parks says of being forced to retire from rugby union: "Fewer people nowadays have a career for life, and that means more people, like me, having the rug pulled from under them.

    "So many people are having to retrain and re-evaluate. So the ability to evolve, be resilient, and so many other skills we aren't taught formerly, are becoming more and more important. But that doesn't mean you have to scale Everest."

    Richard Parks reaches the South Pole
  28. Blackpool bring in midfielder Legear


    Blackpool have signed midfielder Jonathan Legear on a contract until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

    The 27-year-old, who has won two caps for Belgium, had been on trial with the Seasiders after leaving KV Mechelen earlier this year.

  29. Toure criticises online abusers


    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says the abuse he has been subjected to on social media is "a disgrace".

    Police are investigating claims Toure was racially abused on Twitter, just hours after he reactivated his account following a five-month absence.

    "For me it's a disgrace to be honest," Toure, 31, told BBC Sport. "We need to do something to try to tell people those kinds of behaviour have to stop. "I want those people to understand what they're doing is wrong."

    Yaya Toure
  30. Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool - Uefa Youth League


    Cameron Brannagan levels for Liverpool's Under-19s against Real Madrid's Under-19s so it's 1-1 at half-time at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

  31. Saunders unprofessional - Eubank Jr


    Chris Eubank Jr has said he failed to attend a media conference this week as he was concerned opponent Billy Joe Saunders may act "unprofessionally".

    The pair will compete on 29 November in a WBO middleweight title eliminator.

    Eubank Jr told BT Sport: "I respect the business of boxing so much, which is why I didn't come to the press conference, because Billy Joe Saunders is unprofessional about things he might do and say.

    "That brings a bad light on British boxing and we need to stay away from things like that. My job is to get in the ring, beat him and take the belts."

  32. Gutierrez thanks fans


    As has already been reported, Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been discharged from hospital following treatment for testicular cancer. But he has just tweeted: Thanks Geordieland for your support. Once a Geordie always a Geordie.

    Jonas Gutierrez with Kevin Nolan
  33. Pavey disappointed to miss out on funding


    Jo Pavey

    Jo Pavey says she is disappointed but not surprised to miss out on lottery funding, telling the BBC she is "probably too old" to receive it.

    The 41-year-old runner has enjoyed one of the most successful years of her athletic career, winning European 10,000m gold and Commonwealth Games 5,000m bronze.

    But she was a notable absentee when British Athletics announced its funding list on Monday.

    "It's nice to have that support, but I'm still focused on my goals and it's just another thing to overcome," said the Englishwoman. "I'll be putting the same effort into my training and doing the best I can really."

  34. Uefa Youth League


    As an appetiser to this evening's Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the clubs' under-19 sides are playing each other in the Uefa Youth League.

    Good news for the Spaniards. Real's Under-19s currently lead 1-0 thanks to a seventh-minute Cristian free-kick from 20 yards.

  35. Ighalo no longer a 'mummy's boy'


    Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo says his seven years playing in Europe have made him a stronger person.

    He left home aged 18 to play in Norway in freezing conditions and told BBC Three Counties Radio: "It changed many things about me. My friends used to call me mummy's boy. I liked being with my mum and brothers."

    The 25-year-old, who signed a contract to 2017 with the Hornets last month, added: "Living in Nigeria, it's like 40 degrees. I went to Norway and sometimes it's like minus 23. It was not easy going there as a young player with no family. But playing in Europe was my dream."

  36. Lydiate has proved fitness - Howley

    Rugby Union

    Rob Howley says Dan Lydiate has proved his fitness ahead of Saturday's opening autumn international against Australia.

    Lydiate has started only two games for Racing Metro this season, and is currently unattached after announcing he is returning to Wales.

    "Dan Lydiate has come out in the top five of the echelons of fitness," said the former Wales scrum-half. "I totally understand there's fit and there's rugby fit, but we feel Dan's been an important cog from a defensive perspective... and sets the tone in terms of defence."

    Dan Lydiate
  37. Cohen taking no chance with injury


    Injured Nottingham Forest captain Chris Cohen says there is no chance of a return before the scheduled nine-month lay-off even if he feels fit enough.

    The midfielder has been out since September after suffering the third cruciate knee ligament injury of his career in the draw with Derby County.

    "The surgeon won't let me play before nine months because it's a re-rupture," Cohen, 27, told BBC Radio Nottingham. "One more and it will probably be game over so I have to be very careful."

  38. Wolves mourn title-winning defender


    Former Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Eddie Stuart has died at the age of 83, following a long illness.

    South Africa-born defender Stuart played 322 games for the club and was a member of the league title-winning sides of 1954, 1958 and 1959.

    Chief executive Jez Moxey said in a statement: "He was one of the legends who played such a key role in the club's achievements in the 1950s."

  39. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

    Brett, via text: Carl Ikeme, Wolves. Mr Consistent, always reliable and before Kuszczak arrived yesterday we didn't really have any one to replace him!

    Harry Truss, via text: Hugo Lloris. The only world class player we have at Tottenham since Bale left. Has kept us in many games and the score down in countless others.

  40. Roofe joins Colchester from WBA


    West Brom's 21-year-old midfielder Kemar Roofe joins League One side Colchester United on a month's loan.

    "Kemar fits into our way of playing, can play all across the front and he has pace," said U's boss Tony Humes.

  41. Post update


    Chelsea FC: The players have just arrived at the airport...

    The bus which dropped off Brazilian trio Willian, Ramires and Felipe Luis is a tad more luxurious than the cramped wagons which ferry the likes of me and you to the terminal...

  42. Wakefield sign Leeds prop Kirke

    Rugby League

    Wakefield sign prop Ian Kirke from fellow Super League club Leeds Rhinos on a one-year contract.

    The 33-year-old, who was part of Leeds' 2014 Challenge Cup winning side, was released just one season into his latest two-year deal with the Rhinos.

    He won five Super League titles with Leeds since arriving in 2006 and made 13 league appearances last season.

    Kirke is the second long-serving prop to leave Rhinos following Ryan Bailey's departure to Hull KR last week.

  43. Bowery free to play


    Championship side Rotherham United have striker Jordan Bowery available for tonight's trip to Reading after successfully appealing his recent red card.

    The ex-Aston Villa player was sent off in Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Middlesbrough for an off-the-ball clash, but the Football Association have overturned the decision.

  44. Get involved


    We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

    Sam Peters: Lewis Dunk for Brighton! he has been great and is our top goalscorer as a defender!

    Bradley Cox: Jonathan Douglas in the heart of Brentford's midfield has to be part of #theundroppables

    B: Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp!

  45. Gloucester announce £512k profit

    Rugby Union

    Premiership side Gloucester announce record account results for the 2013-14 season.

    The club revealed a turnover of £12m, up 3.7% on the previous year, while returning a pre-tax profit of £512k, up nearly 68% on the previous year.

    They finished ninth in the table last term, and parted company with boss Nigel Davies before bringing in a new coaching department - headed by David Humphreys.

  46. Chelsea stretch themselves



    Chelsea's players enjoyed an early morning stretch in the Surrey sunshine at their Cobham training ground before flying over to Slovenia for Wednesday's Champions League tie against Maribor.

    Although appears that yawning Spain striker Diego Costa would have preferred an extra hour in his bed this morning.

    Two of his team-mates might have been able to enjoy that luxury - midfielder John Obi Mikel and forward Loic Remy were absent as they recover from recent injuries.

  47. Watford bring back Jakubiak


    Watford have recalled forward Alex Jakubiak from his loan spell at League Two side Oxford United. The 18-year-old Scotland Under-19 international had been due to remain with the U's until January.

  48. Bristol re-sign Watkins from Blues

    Rugby Union

    Winger George Watkins returns to Championship leaders Bristol, just six months after leaving for Cardiff Blues.

    The 24-year-old joined Blues in the summer but only played one game before being released.

    "George has the potential to be a consistent, try-scoring winger and it's up to him to keep making improvements and performing well when he gets a chance," said Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson.

  49. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    John, via text: Tonight's match could be a defining moment for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers' season. They are in awful form at the minute and are playing with zero confidence. A result at the Bernabeu tonight would ignite their season, but a defeat would further compound their dreadful run of form. If they concede early it could be curtains for Liverpool and Real Madrid could run up a cricket score given their embarrassment of attacking riches.

  50. Sakho back for Hammers


    West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is set to return for Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa.

    The summer arrival from Metz was forced to sit out the Hammers 2-2 draw at Stoke on Saturday after injuring his shoulder in the victory over reigning champions Manchester City.

    Stijn Vandenbroucke, West Ham's head of medical and sports science, has revealed Sakho will be back at Upton Park on Saturday - and also confirmed club-record signing Andy Carroll is closing in on a first-team return having been ruled out since a pre-season ankle operation.

    Diafra Sakho
  51. Bunn signs new Huddersfield deal


    Huddersfield Town striker Harry Bunnsigns a new contract to the summer of 2017, with the option for a further 12 months.

    The 21-year-old ex-Manchester City forward has scored five goals in 14 games this season for the Championship club.

  52. Get involved


    Greg Connock: Sanchez. Speed, skill, guile. Without him the team seems lost and disjointed, he acts as the attacking arrowhead of Arsenal

    Jack Faulkner: James Coppinger, Doncaster. Hat trick vs Southend, last gasp goal vs Brentford, 350+ apps over 10 years, true club legend

    Cam Budnyj: The whole of Southampton's squad is 'undroppable' at the moment! Resting players isn't an issue when everyone is on fire!

  53. Burnley win will come - Dyche


    Manager Sean Dyche believes Burnley's first Premier League win will arrive in the coming weeks.

    The Clarets sit bottom of the table after having drawn four and lost six of their opening 10 league games.

    After promotion from the Championship last season, Dyche's side are yet to win this term and were also knocked out of the League Cup by Sheffield Wednesday.

    "The win will come. It's when and how many you get after that is the thing," Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire. "There seems to be this mythical talk of 'if you get that one win'. The fact is, if you get one, you need another, then you need another and another and another."

  54. Post update

    Opta Joe: 22 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 22 goals (all comps) in 2014/15; three more than Liverpool have in total.

  55. Get involved


    Steven McNamara: Chris Smalling is undroppable if your any centre forward in the country playing against him

    Columbo: Schneiderlin for #saintsfc. Makes the side tick, great ball winnder and never gives it away. Great vision too

    We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

  56. Man City's Mangala set to return


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Aleksandar Kolarov's injury: "Kolarov has an important muscle injury in his calf so he will be at least one month. Well, I am not a doctor, but I suppose that."

    Defender Eliaquim Mangala is available for Wednesday's home Champions League clash with CSKA after missing the derby but midfielder Frank Lampard is still sidelined.

    Pellegrini said: "Mangala has just stiffness in his hip so he is in the squad list. Frank, I think he will be fit next week."

  57. Warburton rises to tough training

    Rugby Union

    Wales captain Sam Warburton on his team's high-intensity training ahead of Saturday's Test against Australia: "It has been tough preparation - it has genuinely been the hardest week we've had. We knew we had to change something going into playing these Southern Hemisphere sides.

    "We know the speed of running that Australia play at and we have been recovering the same metres in training. We know that the first 20 minutes is where historically we have been off the pace, but we have covered those yards in training. Psychologically that has been a big boost.

    "There are no guarantees but if we have a good start on Saturday then it is the management and staff who deserve a big pat on the back."

  58. Webb in-form half-back - Howley

    Rugby Union

    Rhys Webb

    Howley on selecting Rhys Webb at scrum-half ahead of Mike Phillips: "It's always tight when you've a world-class player who has been a key player in our team and you have a player who is the in-form half-back in Wales and has been playing in a very fluid combination with Dan (Biggar).

    "The question for Rhys now is his ability to step up against a southern hemisphere side, the speed of his game and the accuracy of his kicking game.

    "We've got a lot of talent in scrum-half and when you have someone who is a world-class player who can come off the bench, that puts us in a really good position. The strength and depth we've got will be one of the key parts of the game on Saturday."

  59. Wales news conference

    Rugby Union

    Wales assistant Rob Howley on wing George North's switch to the centres: "We have always been comfortable with George going to centre and said consistently that over the last two years. if it was needed through injuries.

    "So when we lost Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies we had to look at our strength in depth. I think George's best position is wing but he is comfortable in the centres with his speed and guile.

    "Scott and Jonathan were close to being fit but with the speed of the game against these Southern Hemisphere sides you have to be 100% in those outside channels. The common sense approach was that both need to be 100% when selected and could be ready for the Fiji game."

  60. Wales have faith in North

    Rugby Union

    Rob Howley

    Wales assistant coach Rob Howley: "The only thing about the modern game is flexibility about players playing in different positions.

    "George [North] has gone to the centre, played there twice, scored three tries. He's going to be stressed a little bit defensively but we're more than comfortable with George playing in the centre.

    "Disappointed to lose both Scott [Williams] and Jon [Davies] through injury but it's important we look after our players and make sure they're 100% fit. Hopefully it's going to be a game where they have plenty of possession."

  61. Wales news conference

    Rugby Union

    You can watch Wales' news conference for Saturday's Test against Australia live by clicking on the 'play button' or the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page. Assistant coach Rob Howley should appear soon.

  62. More selection woe for England

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster

    Another day, another potential selection headache for England.

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster has already lost a host of forwards ahead of Saturday's opening autumn Test against New Zealand, including Wasps lock Joe Launchbury.

    Bath's Dave Atwood was expected to replace Launchbury - now his place could be in doubt too. Atwood has left the England camp to join his pregnant fiancé who has gone into labour.

    A decision will be made later in the week about whether he is available to face the All Blacks.

  63. Injured Kolarov out for a month


    Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is likely to be out for at least a month with a calf injury, says boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    The Serbia defender suffered a calf injury in the warm-up ahead of City's 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.

  64. Man Utd or City? No, it's Stockport son


    Eddie Charters

    A Stockport fan has successfully bid at an auction set up for the allegiance of a newborn baby.

    Ian Charters, 30, had put son Eddie's loyalty up for grabs and had invited Manchester United and City fans to bid. But the seven-month-old will instead support local club Stockport - after a County fan came forward with a winning offer of £190.

    "It'll be good for his character building," said Ian, a Watford fan, "It's good to support your local team."

  65. Gatland expects 'tight' Test

    Rugby Union

    Warren Gatland

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland on facing Australia: "We have spoke a lot about this autumn and the year ahead and we are really excited to kick off the campaign this weekend.

    "We have had a couple of very hard weeks at training, the squad have been put their paces but come have come through well.

    "The last few outings against Australia have been extremely tight, we are expecting the same this weekend and its going to be another huge battle but it's a challenge we are really looking forward to."

  66. Wales team news

    Rugby Union

    Wales welcome back four players who missed the summer tour to South Africa for Saturday's Test against Australia.

    Wales team: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Paul James (Bath), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Unattached), Sam Warburton (Capt), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

    Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (London Wasps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues).

    Sam Warburton
  67. North takes centre stage

    Rugby Union

    Wales centre Jonathan Davies has lost his race to be fit to face the Wallabies, with his place at centre going to Northampton wing George North.

    It means Liam Williams starts on the wing with Leigh Halfpenny returning at full-back.

    And Rhys Webb has been selected at scrum-half ahead of Mike Phillips for the match at the Millennium Stadium.

    George North
  68. Wales name autumn Tests squad

    Rugby Union

    As if one squad announcement isn't enough excitement for a Tuesday lunchtime...we have another one tucked up our Sportsday sleeve.

    Let's go from the round ball to the oval ball. We have all the details of the Wales rugby union squad named to face Australia on Saturday in Cardiff.

  69. Scotland squad for R.Ireland/England matches


    Steven Naismith

    Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Lewis Macleod (Rangers), Chris Martin (Derby), Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday), Steven Naismith (Everton).

  70. Scotland squad for R.Ireland/England matches


    Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby), Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Shaun Maloney (Wigan), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), James Morrison (West Brom), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)..

  71. Scotland squad for Rep. Ireland/England matches


    Defenders: Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Christophe Berra (Ipswich), Craig Forsyth (Derby), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Russ Martin (Norwich), Andrew Robertson (Hull), Steven Whittaker (Norwich).

  72. Scotland squad for Rep. Ireland/England matches


    Here's the full 27-man squad named by Gordon Strachan for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland on 14 November, and then England in a home friendly four days later.

    Let's start with the men between the sticks...

    Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Burnley), Craig Gordon (Celtic), David Marshall (Cardiff).

  73. Scotland news conference


    A funny exchange between Gordon Strachan and one of the journalists who asks the Scotland boss if he would take a "tanking" by England in exchange for three points against Euro 2016 qualifying opponents Ireland.

    "Depends what the definition of a tanking is! No I wouldn't," replies Strachan before having a few moments more thought. "No I definitely wouldn't take a tanking by England!"

  74. Scotland news conference


    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says his team's forthcoming friendly with England is not a friendly.

    "The Poland game has overshadowed it, which is great as it means something else is going on," added the Scot of their Euro 2016 qualifier.

  75. Scotland news conference



    Scotland produced an encouraging display in a thrilling draw in Poland last month and Strachan hopes his side can replicate that against Republic of Ireland.

    "But if we put up fantastic performance and Ireland's is better than ours we've got a problem. Hopefully the night will be remembered for a great game and great goals."

  76. Strachan focusing on performance


    "What the fans want is a performance and they want to come along and enjoy the experience, and hopefully that's what we're doing now," says boss Gordon Strachan.

    "When we get good feedback from the crowd that helps us, no doubt about it."

  77. Scotland news conference


    Stoke right-back Phil Bardsley is also recalled by Scotland as Aston Villa counterpart Alan Hutton misses out through injury.

    "Phil has been a regular at Stoke and has been very steady," says Strachan. "Stoke are reasonably happy with their start to the season and so should Phil. Along with Steven Whittaker, I've got good options at full-back."

    Phil Bardsley (left) tackles Sergio Aguero
  78. Strachan good vibes on Macleod


    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on calling up Lewis Macleod: "I get good reports from our coaches, people who have played against him, people who have worked with him and I look forward to seeing him.

    "I like bringing young players along. I want to find out whether they'll work in the system we're trying. You get to find out what they're like and that will be beneficial when they come in next time, so it's not such a scary thing."

  79. Scotland name squad


    Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod has been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time.

    Boss Gordon Strachan is here to talk us through his selection ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland and the friendly against England...

  80. Player and fan clash in Tel Aviv derby


    The Tel Aviv derby between Hapoel and Maccabi was abandoned at half-time after a fan attacked a player who was then sent off for retaliating.

    In events described as "shameful" by Israel's sports minister, Maccabi midfielder Eran Zahavi was confronted by a bare-chested fan on the pitch.

    Slaps and kicks were exchanged before the fan was led away by security. Zahavi was then dismissed, prompting further pitch invasions before Monday's match was abandoned.

  81. Pistorius prosecutors file appeal

    State prosecutors in South Africa have filed an appeal against the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend.

    Last month, Pistorius began serving a five year prison sentence for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, although he could be out in 10 months.

    The double-amputee Olympic sprinter was cleared of murder.

    Oscar Pistorius pictured on 17 October 2014
  82. Big ears on tour


    Halifax fans with FA Cup

    The FA Cup continues on its tour of England this week and Halifax Town fans have today been given the opportunity to take their picture next to the famous trophy.

    The Football Association has organised a 'trophy tour' to five areas in England ahead of Warrington Town's first round FA Cup tie with Exeter on Friday.

  83. The "one-armed bandit"


    Almost all golfers will wince when I say the phrase 'chipping yips'. Duffed chips which go about two yards, thinned chips which shoot through the green, nothing ever in between. We've all had our patience tested by them.

    And so has English professional Jason Palmer. So much so that he decided to try a new chipping technique - with one hand. And now the 30-year-old has just secured a European Tour card for next year. Remarkable.

    Read more about Palmer's story here.

  84. Get involved


    Aled Williams: Cardiff's David Marshall, best keeper in the Premier League last season, how he's still around I'll never know.

    Patrick Jamieson: As a Celtic FC fan I say Scott Brown he's also a key man for the Scotland team.

    Pete Robertson: Alan Shearer was so undroppable at Newcastle, dropping him cost Ruud Gullit his job!

  85. Things must change at Stags - Cox


    Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox indicates he may bring in new faces to halt their slide down the League Two table.

    The Stags are now 18th, having been outside the play-off places on goal difference only after nine games, and he told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I am going to have be ruthless and hard on people at this football club.

    "This league is tough and if we don't wake up - and I don't wake up - then we are not doing our jobs properly."

  86. Lampard sits out City training


    Manchester City v CSKA Moscow

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington: Watching Man City's squad at the Etihad ahead of CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. No Lampard or Kolarov in training.

    Lampard has been out of action with a thigh injury for four games after coming off during the 4-1 win over Tottenham last month.

    Kolarov was withdrawn from the pre-match Manchester derby warm up on Sunday with a groin problem.

  87. Mclean needs clean break - Hendrie


    Former Bradford City winger John Hendrie believes the departure of striker Aaron Mclean would be best for all parties.

    Bantams boss Phil Parkinson is looking to get the striker out on loan to free up some income within his playing budget.

    Former City midfielder Hendrie told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: "It's fair to say Aaron hasn't really shown the Bradford fans what he can do. But don't rule him out going somewhere else where it might well click."

  88. Hamann warns Liverpool


    Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Didi Hamann says a top four finish should not be an acceptable target for Liverpool.

    He tells the Evening Standard: "Everybody said last year they'd done so great - which they had - but at the end of the day there's been one trophy in the last eight or nine years - one League Cup - and we've got to be careful that people don't get used to saying finishing third and getting into the Champions League is great."

    Didi Hamann
  89. Get involved


    We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

    Brenholm Industries: Daniel Sturridge. As he's made of glass.

    ZON: Wayne Rooney. He always give 101%. Fights to the end. Drags others along.

    Khoi Nguyen: Steven Taylor. Because who else will annoy the goalkeeper at free-kicks?

  90. Letter to Motty


    BBC Radio 5 live

    When a 16-year-old Ian Dennis wanted career advice on how to become a football commentator, he wrote to one of the BBC's most eminent broadcasters - John Motson.

    Match of the Day's Motty replied, saying "enthusiasm and opportunity" were the two main requirements for the job - and now, decades later, the BBC Radio 5 live commentator talks about how Motson's letter inspired him.

    John Motson
  91. Northern Ireland squad


    Kyle Lafferty

    Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Norwich), Jamie Ward (Derby), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Billy McKay (Inverness), Will Grigg (MK Dons).

  92. Northern Ireland squad


    Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Ben Reeves (MK Dons), Pat McCourt (Brighton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

  93. Northern Ireland squad


    Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Brighton), Chris Baird (Burnley), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Ryan McGivern (Port Vale), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood), Luke McCullough (Doncaster), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool), Patrick McNair (Manchester United).

  94. Northern Ireland squad


    Here's the full Northern Ireland squad named by Michael O'Neill, starting with their last line of defence...

    Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Notts County), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Hamilton).

  95. McNair receives Northern Ireland call


    Paddy McNair

    Teenage Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the first time.

    Michael O'Neill's men face Romania in their latest Euro 2016 qualifier on 14 November. Northern Ireland have made their best start to a major qualifying campaign - with three successive wins against Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece.

  96. Ten Doeschate signs new deal with Essex


    Essex one-day captain Ryan ten Doeschatesigns a new contract until the end of the 2016 season.

    The 34-year-old all-rounder has been with the Chelmsford side since 2003 and led them to the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast and One-Day Cup in 2014.

    "He is still a key player for us in all formats, and his captaincy of the one-day team last season was excellent," says Essex head coach Paul Grayson.

  97. Get involved


    Craig Willett: Lloris is Spurs' 'undroppable' because we'd concede 10 every game without him.

    Jason McGilloway: Probably true for most clubs but our keeper David de Gea is definitely part of the #theundroppables at the moment.

    Ian Ashworth: For the reverse I would drop the whole Aston Villa squad, management and board!!

  98. Arbeloa on Anfield return


    Alvaro Arbeloa

    You simply can't help but sing along to You'll Never Walk Alone when it blasts out over the Anfield tannoy before kick-off (even if you're an away fan).

    And it turns out even the visiting players are roused by the Gerry and the Pacemakers classic. Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa says he enjoyed a "special" return to Liverpool in the reverse Champions League fixture last month.

    "It was a little bit strange hearing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' because I was on the opposition and it wasn't for me, but inside I was almost singing along," the Spain international tells Liverpool's official website.

  99. Hooker Sharman joins Saracens

    Rugby Union

    Former Northampton Saints and Bath hooker Brett Sharman joins Saracens until the end of the Premiership season after a trial. He will cover for the injured Schalk Brits.

  100. Ronaldo 'focused on team'


    Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of breaking Real Madrid legend Raul's Champions League scoring tally- but don't expect him to be going solo in pursuit of the record.

    "Cristiano is a team player - he's focused on the team, not on breaking records," says Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. "It's difficult to find new words for Cristiano. He's fantastic."

  101. Get involved



    Fahad Khan: John Terry is truly indispensable for Chelsea. After all, he is "Mr Chelsea".

    Not what Rafa 'The Interim One' Benitez thought...

  102. Second horse dies after Melbourne Cup

    Horse Racing

    A second horse dies following the 154th running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most famous horse race.

    Seventh-placed Araldo was put down after suffering a serious leg injury in a freak accident.

    It came after the Japanese-trained favourite Admire Rakti collapsed after finishing last in the race won by German challenger Protectionist.

  103. Post update

    BBC Sport commentator Conor McNamara: Driving through the Alps en route to Slovenia to watch Chelsea. Maribor is up there with Norwich as difficult football grounds to get to.

  104. Liverpool must move on - Henderson


    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said the team needs to "move on" from last season's second-placed finish in the Premier League.

    "You can't dwell on what's happened in the past," said Henderson. "All you can do is have an impact on what's going to happen in the future and that's the most important thing.

    "There's still a lot of confidence. The expectation levels went higher, on ourselves and around us really, because of how good a team we are."

  105. Ronaldo v Messi


    Ronaldo v Messi

    But Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only player who has Raul's all-time record of 71 Champions League goals. A man called Lionel Messi has netted 69 goals, but will have to wait until Wednesday, when his team faces Ajax, to close in on his target.

  106. Cristiano 'the magnificent'



    "The magnificent" says Spanish newspaper Marca as Crisitano Ronaldo closes in on Raul's all-time record of 71 Champions League strikes. The Real forward is just one short of his former team-mate's record so he could equal, or even surpass, the Spaniard against Liverpool this evening.

  107. Get involved

    Ant Collett, via text: Matic for Chelsea, quietly makes them tick and does all the dirty work necessary to allow the brilliance of Cesc, Oscar etc.

  108. Theo talking about new contract


    Arsenal open talks with Theo Walcott about extending the England forward's contract.

    The 25-year-old, whose current deal expires in 2016, returned to action last weekend after nearly 10 months out with a knee injury.

    "We are starting to sit down with him," says Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.

  109. Get involved


    Jacco Rubens: Definitely Mertesacker at Arsenal - he is class and there is no one to replace him at the moment.

    Ryan Stayner: De Gea. Nobody else can be as sure of their place at United, maybe even in the league at the moment.

    James Ewart: Cliff Hercules was Aylesbury United's #theundroppables with 301 goals in 669 games between 1984-2002.

  110. Champions League build-up


    Liverpool aren't the only English side in Champions League action tonight. Oh no. Arsenal are 90 minutes away from booking their ticket in the Champions League knockout phase for the 12th consecutive season.

    But the Gunners are without midfielder Jack Wilshere who misses the visit of Belgian champions Anderlecht through sickness.

  111. Get involved

    Philip M, Newcastle fan in London: Who cares if Gerrard will or won't play tonight? That is a trifling matter compared to the fantastic news that Jonas Gutierrez is out of hospital after fighting testicular cancer.

    True Philip, it was fantastic to hear that Newcastle and ex-Norwich winger Gutierrez has been discharged from hospital in his native Argentina. Here's the full story in case you've missed it.

  112. Exeter will not be 'lazy' in FA Cup


    Manager Paul Tisdale says Exeter City would be "lazy" to just turn up and expect to win when they

    City face the Northern Premier League Division One North side in the first round on Friday, which you can watch live on BBC Two from 19:30 GMT.

    The Grecians famously lost to Curzon Ashton, who played at the same level as Warrington, in the first round in 2008.

    "We'd be complacent and unprofessional if we just do the same again, that'd be lazy," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

  113. Gerrard still got it - Spearing


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing believes Steven Gerrard can still have a major influence at Anfield over the next few years.

    Reds skipper Gerrard, 34, might be left out of tonight's Champions League tie at Real Madrid, while his future is uncertain with his contract expiring next summer.

    "He is a massive person at the club and he can bring out a lot from the lads around him," Bolton player Spearing tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I don't see why he won't stay at the club. It's his club and has always wanted to. It's entirely up to him what he wants to do at the end of the season and if the club does let him go then I don't know what's next for Steve."

  114. I'm loving it - McDonald


    Leicestershire appoint ex-player Andrew McDonald as their new head coach.

    The former Australia all-rounder, 33, takes up the role after the county restructured their coaching set-up. They scrapped the role of director of cricket and McDonald with work alongside Wasim Khan who will take over as chief executive.

    "I developed a relationship at Leicestershire as a player and the opportunity to return in the role of head coach is one I am looking forward to," says McDonald.

  115. Get involved


    We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

    Andrew Neill: Fabricio Coloccini for Newcastle. It's not just how well he plays but how much better he makes other defenders look.

  116. Same again for England

    Rugby League

    England's Sam Burgess

    Among a host of brain-busting permutations, England could still theoretically advance to the Four Nations final on 15 November even if they narrowly lose.

    That would depend on the result of Sunday's other match between Australia and Samoa, but England are hoping they don't need any favours. Here are the men aiming for a 10-point win and a relaxing Saturday night...

    England squad: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Dan Sarginson, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Matty Smith, 8. George Burgess, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. James Graham, 11. Liam Farrell, 12. Joel Tomkins, 13. Sean O'Loughlin (captain), 14. Daryl Clark, 15. Brett Ferres, 16. Tom Burgess, 17. Chris Hill.

  117. Same again for England

    Rugby League

    Talking of undroppable players....England's rugby league side have 17 of them. That's what coach Steve McNamara thinks.

    He has named the same squad to face New Zealand in their must-win Four Nations match as the one which dramatically lost to Australia last weekend.

    England need to beat the Kiwis by 10 points on Saturday to secure their place in the final of the tournament.

  118. Get involved

    Stuie Neale: Personally I would rest Stevie Gerrard because I think we will be doing a lot of running due to Real keeping possession.

    Paul Walmsley: On current form, Gerrard is not 'undroppable'. He has been average in an average Liverpool team. Not much of a risk.

  119. Latest gossip


    But other whispers are doing the rounds? Here are three of the best from our gossip column.

    Midfielder Frank Lampard will not rejoin New York City in January and will instead stay on loan at Manchester City, earning £190,000 a week. The 36-year-old signed for New York after he was released by Chelsea in the summer. (Daily Express)

    Turkish club Fenerbahce have enquired about the possibility of signing Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 31. (Daily Star)

    Manchester City and Bayern Munich will both attempt to sign Germany winger Marco Reus, 25, at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

  120. Latest gossip


    The Sun

    The Sun goes with a headline of 'Kop That Stevie'. 'Gerrard Gamble' is the Daily Telegraph's effort. And the Daily Mirror goes with 'Shaken Steven'.

    The back pages of the English newspapers are dominated by Steven Gerrard talk.

  121. Get involved

    Liverpool leaving out Steven Gerrard for a trip to Real Madrid has previously been unimaginable. Most Liverpool fans that I chat to (and not just the one Reds supporter in the office today) reckon their hero, despite his advancing years, is undroppable.

    So that has got us thinking. Which player at your club would you class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

  122. Smells like team spirit



    Is dropping Gerrard a huge gamble? The Reds were outclassed by the Spanish giants at Anfield last month, and will not want to be embarrassed at the Bernabeu by a side which has plundered 42 goals in their past 10 matches.

    "I don't see it as one," says Rodgers, who insists his priority is turning around his side's patchy Premier League form. "This week and these games against the likes of Real Madrid I see as a great opportunity for the squad."

  123. Dropping the Undroppable?


    So Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is thinking the previously unthinkable. The chat from sunny Spain is that Steven Gerrard will be rested for the Reds' crucial Champions League tie at Real Madrid tonight.

    "It is something I need to look at," says Rodgers. "He and I have spoken about that - three big games this week, Newcastle [last weekend], Real Madrid and then Chelsea. I need to look at a number of players to look at the games we want them to play in."

  124. Overnight headlines

    Jockey Ryan Moore with Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and trainer Andreas Wohler

    German horse Protectionist, for English jockey Ryan Moore, wins the Melbourne Cup but favourite Admire Rakti collapses and dies after the race.

    Steven Fletcher scores twice as Sunderland beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to lift themselves out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

    Anti-discrimination group Kick It Outinforms police of "racist tweets" sent to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

  125. Post update

    Hello! It's Tuesday, it's Champions League day, and it's decision time for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

    Plenty of that chatter is coming up, but first we will kickstart the day with a catch up of all the big overnight news...

  126. Post update

    Steven Gerrard

    Anfield. The Spion Kop. You'll Never Walk Alone. Red shirts. Steven Gerrard.

    These five are as synonymous with Liverpool as red wine is with Bordeaux. But while a posh bottle of claret is thought to improve with age, a footballer isn't so lucky.

    And father time is catching up with Liverpool's 34-year-old skipper Gerrard. For the past 16 years, the thought of Liverpool dropping him to face "probably the best team in the world" was unthinkable.