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  1. Goodbye

    Like a marathon runner staggering over the finish line, Sportsday has come to the end of its journey today.

    Thanks for joining us, and don't worry - there's plenty more live sport to look forward to this evening, with Andy Murray taking on Milos Raonic at the ATP World Tour Finals at 20:00 GMT this evening. Make sure you join us for live text and radio commentary.

    Sportsday returns tomorrow at 08:00 GMT - hope you can make it. Until then, over and out.

  2. GB announces collaboration with Japan


    British Swimming has announced a new partnership with Japan which it hopes will boost medal prospects at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

    The deal will see GB swimmers head to Japan for training and acclimatisation programmes over the next six years.

    Three British Youth Olympic medallists form part of an eight strong group for the first camp in Tokyo next month.

  3. Hamilton has one hand on title - Mansell

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell believes Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has "one hand" on the World Championship going into the final race in Abu Dhabi on 23 November.

    Hamilton leads team-mate Nico Rosberg by 17 points and is assured of the title if he finishes in the top two.

    Mansell told BBC Radio 5 live: "I think Lewis has got the upper hand.

    "He's got the championship in one hand and I feel sure it's his to lose now."

  4. How Farr can Ollie go?


    Shropshire golfer Ollie Farr is confident of making a good impression next year after qualifying for the European Tour for the first time.

    The 26-year-old, who represents Wales, was one of 15 players to earn a European Tour card for 2015 as a result of his performances on the Challenge Tour.

    "Qualifying for the Open and the US Open and trying to make the Ryder Cup - they're the events you want to be in," Farr told BBC Radio Shropshire. "But the first goal will be simply to keep my card by finishing in the top 110.

    "And, at the moment, I'm still just trying to get my head round the fact that the tournaments I'll be playing in are the ones I've watched on TV growing up."

  5. Sheff Utd break silence on Evans


    More from that Sheffield United statement:

    The club says it "condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms", and does not question Evans' conviction, but believes "there can be no place for mob justice".

    It adds that "the club is not prepared at this time to decide" whether to let Evans return as a registered footballer and "will not be making any further comments about this matter for the foreseeable future".

  6. Sheff Utd break silence on Evans


    Sheffield United have issued a public statement confirming their decision to allow their former striker and convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with them.

    The club say they took the decision in response to a request from the Professional Footballers' Association. They say the objective is to allow Evans to regain a level of fitness to "allow him to resume employment in his chosen trade", but say they have not yet decided whether to re-sign Evans to their playing staff.

  7. Sendles-White extends Mansfield loan


    Mansfield Town have extended defender Jamie Sendles-White's loan spell from Premier League side Queens Park Rangers until 3 January.

    The 20-year-old has played every match since signing for the Stags, making his debut in the 1-1 draw at Portsmouth and playing a further four games.

  8. Federer eyes 1,000-win landmark


    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer was in imperious form as he swept past Kei Nishikori earlier today, and now the Swiss legend has set his sights on yet another landmark.

    Federer is currently on 993 career wins and wants to become only the third ever player to reach 1,000 victories.

    "It would obviously be cool to get there. I think it's a great number," Federer said of emulating the achievement of Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

  9. Doyle out of Scotland game


    Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has been ruled out of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland with a groin injury.

    Martin O'Neill has plenty of striking options for the Glasgow clash despite the loss of the Wolves forward, with Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Jonathan Walters and Anthony Stokes also in the squad.

    The Republic are currently second in Group D, three points ahead of Scotland.

  10. Adomah signs Middlesbrough extension


    Albert Adomah

    Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah has signed a contract extension that ties him to the club until June 2017.

    Adomah, 26, has scored three goals in 18 games for the Teessiders this term and made 61 appearances in total since his August 2013 move from Bristol City.

    He had signed an initial three-year deal on joining the Riverside outfit.

  11. Tevez must fight for place - Martino


    Carlos Tevez

    Argentina boss Gerardo Martino says striker Carlos Tevez must fight to win back his place in the squad, after being recalled following three years in the international wilderness.

    The 30-year-old Juventus player could make his return when Argentina face Croatia at West Ham's Upton Park in a friendly tomorrow evening.

    But Martino has warned that competition for places is tough. "[Gonzalo] Higuain doesn't play like Tevez or [Manchester city's Sergio] Aguero, but in our scheme they are number nines," he said. "It's hard to see them all in the starting line-up at the same time."

  12. Sociedad fans will give Moyes time - Aldridge


    Former Real Sociedad striker John Aldridge says he believes the Basque club's fans will show patience to new boss David Moyes.

    Aldridge told Sky Sports News: "I see the Basque people as lovely people, very proud people. They will give him every chance.

    "When I went there was a bit of scepticism, but when I scored a few goals, there were no problems. It's a great place to live."

    Aldridge became Sociedad's first non-Basque signing when he joined from Liverpool in 1989 and enjoyed a successful spell in San Sebastian, scoring 33 goals in two seasons.

  13. Ozil settles case with father


    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has reached an out-of-court settlement in a civil case with his father Mustafa, Dusseldorf district court has confirmed.

    Mustafa filed a complaint worth £493,000 after being sacked as managing director of his son's marketing company last year.

    Mustafa was responsible for his son's transfer from Real Madrid to Arsenal in 2013, but for the last 12 months Ozil's affairs have been looked after by his brother Mutlu.

  14. Bullard and Fogarty among 'I'm A Celebrity' stars


    Jimmy Bullard

    Former Fulham and Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard is among the cast of celebrities who will compete on ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' later this month, the Daily Mail reports.

    The 36-year-old has already been installed as favourite to win the programme, set in an Australian jungle.

    He will be joined by former Superbikes world champion Carl Fogarty.

  15. Burgess on life post-football


    Ben Burgess

    Former Hull and Blackpool striker Ben Burgess gave up the game at 30, just a month into a two-year contract with Tranmere. He has now completed his first year of his post-football career as a primary school teacher.

    "Nothing quite compares to scoring a goal, but watching a child finally grasp what you've spent hours teaching them, or to watch a boy who hates reading pick up a book and talk passionately about it, comes pretty close," he explains in a BBC Sport column.

    "Do I miss football? Not anywhere near as much as I thought I would.

    "I spend fun-packed weekends with my children. I don't spend all Sunday and Monday limping around with ice strapped to my knees."

  16. Naughton loses red card appeal


    Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton's appeal against his red card in the 2-1 defeat against Stoke has been dismissed by the Football Association.

    Naughton brought down Victor Moses in the final few minutes, earning a straight red from referee Mike Jones.

    He will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect as it was his second dismissal of the season.

  17. Senderos ruled out with calf injury


    Philippe Senderos

    Staying with Aston Villa centre-backs, Philippe Senderos has returned to the club after injuring a calf muscle in Switzerland training.

    Senderos will miss Saturday's European Championship qualifier against Lithuania and next Tuesday's friendly in Poland.

    Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has called up Michael Lang of Grasshopper as a replacement. Switzerland are in the same Euro 2016 qualifying group as England.

  18. Vlaar in talks over new Villa deal


    Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has played down rumours linking him with a January move to Arsenal or Manchester United, claiming he has instead spoken with manager Paul Lambert about extending his current contract.

    The 29-year-old Netherlands international is out of contract in the summer, but insists that he is happy to stay at Villa.

    "I have nothing to say because there is nothing going on," he told the Birmingham Mail.

    "I have spoken to the gaffer a few times about a new deal but that is it so far."

  19. Ibrahimovic wins ovation with emotional speech


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have been receiving his eighth Swedish Footballer of the Year award in a row, but the PSG striker earned rapturous applause with a humble and heartfelt speech at the awards ceremony.

    Ibrahimovic paid tribute to former Sweden international Klas Ingesson and Brommapojkarna defender Pontus Segerstrom, both of whom recently died of cancer, before opening up about the death of his brother Sapko in April, the Daily Mail reports.

    "I myself had a brother who died a few months ago from a similar illness," Ibrahimovic said, close to tears.

    "There is a life [outside football] that is much more important than this."

  20. Saints' Manoa talks to French clubs

    Rugby Union

    Samu Manoa

    Northampton Saints are preparing to be without number eight Samu Manoa next season, with the American in talks with a number of French clubs.

    The 29-year-old has played 69 Premiership games for Saints since joining from San Francisco in 2011.

    "It's part of life. I've known for a long time that our top players have been looked at," Saints boss Jim Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "We've got quality players here, we won the Premiership last season and it comes as no surprise that other clubs are interested in recruiting our best players."

  21. Froome softens stance on 2015 Tour


    Chris Froome

    Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome has hinted he could ride the 2015 Tour de France, having previously suggested that he might miss the race as the route didn't suit him.

    Froome told Team Sky's website: "Looking to next year, my key goal is just returning to good condition and being at the front of a race again. That's a really big motivation for me. Whether it's the Tour or any other race, it's what I love doing."

    Froome won the Tour in 2013 but abandoned the 2014 race with a broken hand and fractured wrist following three crashes.

  22. Cult heroes of football


    Football365 have put together a list of English football's top 10 cult heros of recent years.

    Emmanuel Eboue makes the cut after his spell of prank-playing and shoddy full-backery at Arsenal.

    Emmanuel Eboue

    Does your club's terrace favourite?

  23. Hope returns to Bury from Everton


    Everton striker Hallam Hope has rejoined League Two club Bury on loan until 3 January.

    The 20-year-old scored five goals in eight games for the Shakers last season, including their first league hat-trick since 1999.

  24. Post update

    Lewis Hamiton and Nicole Scherzinger

    Lewis Hamilton on Twitter: Great to be back in London! Just been out grocery shopping with my lady helping her move into her new spot

    Good to see the Hamilton-Scherzinger's aren't above a rummage among the multi-buy offers.

  25. Lipnitskaya bemoans 'stress' of fame

    Figure Skating

    Yulia Lipnitskaya

    Remember Yulia Lipnitskaya, the brilliant 15-year-old figure skater who dazzled the world at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi?

    Well, her progress to sporting greatness hasn't been quite as smooth as many would have predicted back then, and she says her rapid rise to fame has turned her life into "constant stress".

    Lipnitskaya, who hasn't won a competition since taking team gold in Sochi, told the Russian skating federation's website: "Whatever you do, everything is interpreted the wrong way. It's not life, it's constant stress. I can't live up to everyone's desires and whims."

    Lipnitskaya failed to attend the medal ceremony after coming second at last week's Cup of China.

  26. Yedlin backed to make Spurs impact


    DeAndre Yedlin

    Tottenham will be getting "a huge talent" when DeAndre Yedlin, who they bought from Seattle Sounders in the summer and immediately loaned back to the MLS side, finally arrives at White Hart Lane according to former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann.

    "As you saw really quickly in the World Cup, he is highly talented, has great pace, good character, is a good kid and wants to learn," said Klinsmann, who manages the United States national side.

    "I think Spurs will get a huge talent."

  27. Laidlaw eyes All Blacks upset

    Rugby Union

    Greig Laidlaw

    Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw believes his side can spring an almighty surprise when they face New Zealand on Saturday - but only if they're at their very best.

    "We are going to have to be at 100 per cent to come anywhere close to winning the game," Laidlaw said. "But we have to be ready to have a go at them. We have to try and put the All Blacks under pressure when we can."

    Scotland produced an impressive performance in their opening autumn Test to beat Argentina 41-31, while New Zealand were not at their sublime as they secured a narrow 24-21 win over England.

  28. Fabregas out of Spain clash


    Cesc Fabregas

    Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of Spain's upcoming matches against Belarus and Germany with a hamstring injury.

    The midfielder will return to London on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing tests in Madrid.

    Fabregas played the whole of Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and was included in Spain's squad for this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and the friendly against Germany next week.

  29. France name Davis Cup final team


    With Federer in red-hot form and his compatriot Stan Wawrinka also playing some great stuff, France will have their work cut out to defeat Switzerland in the Davis Cup final later this month.

    However, French captain Arnaud Clement thinks he knows just the men for the job. He has named his team for the final, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau the chosen quartet. Gilles Simon is the reserve.

    The final will be played from 21-23 November on clay at Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium.

  30. Federer swats aside Nishikori


    Roger Federer has made short work of Japan's Kei Nishikori at the World Tour Finals. The Swiss world number two has won 6-3 6-2 at the O2.

    Anything other than a straight sets win for Andy Murray over Milos Raonic in this evening's match will put Federer into the final four.

  31. Suso eyes AC Milan switch



    Liverpool playmaker Suso faces a straight decision between staying on Merseyside and switching to AC Milan according to his agent.

    The 20-year-old, whose contract at Liverpool expires in June, has been heavily linked with a move to the Rossoneri.

    "There is no agreement with AC Milan. It is certainly a possibility, but for now, nothing more," Juame Serra told

    "Rather, Liverpool are pushing for a renewal, so we can't rule them out."

  32. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Wayne Rooney

    Ahead of Wayne Rooney's 100th cap for England, 5 live Sport will reflect on his top ten moments in an England shirt - good and bad - and look back at his contribution to the national team over the past eleven years.

    Three of the men who managed Rooney at international level - Sven Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and Roy Hodgson - talk about his performances under them and Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker assess his standing as an international footballer.

    The programme starts at 19:00 GMT.

  33. Kearney keeps feet on ground

    Rugby Union

    Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has urged his team-mates to keep perspective after their 29-15 win over South Africa last weekend.

    "We are very aware of just what was achieved on the day but by no means losing the run of ourselves and getting ahead of our station," he said

    "I think South Africa played poorly enough and certainly there's a lot of work-ons from our performance too."

    Ireland play Georgia on Sunday in the second Test of their autumn series.

  34. Tomlinson vows to carry on jumping


    Chris Tomlinson

    Long jumper Chris Tomlinson vows to continue competing despite the loss of British Athletics lottery funding.

    The 33-year-old was sixth at London 2012 and fifth at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    "The only thing it has done is make me far more enthusiastic, it's a breath of fresh air," he told BBC Tees.

  35. Federer doing the business


    Roger Federer playing Kei Nishikori

    The Fed Express is purring.

    Roger Federer is 5-3 up on Japan's Kei Nishikori at the World Tour Finals at London's O2.

    You can watch live on BBC Two and online, listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or read all about it on the live text.

  36. Sociedad a Real smart move


    David Moyes' return to management with Real Sociedad is a smart move by the Scot, according to the Guardian's Sid Lowe.

    "Real Sociedad's 2-1 weekend win over league champions Atletico Madrid was only their second win of the season, yet the other came against the European champions, Real Madrid," he writes.

    "The gap between potential and position was laid bare once again. Imagine what they could do with a real manager.

    "The margin for improvement is huge and while the 12-point gap makes reaching Europe again difficult, Moyes has the tools and the raw material to lead Sociedad back to where they properly belong."

  37. Former Beckham academy to be demolished


    David Beckham academy

    An east London indoor football facility that was home to the David Beckham academy when it was opened in 2005 will be demolished this week, just as the FA embarks on a scheme to create more all-weather pitches.

    The Guardian's Owen Gibson has explained why the site is being lost to football.

  38. Garcia lukewarm on Jimenez captaincy


    Miguel Angel Jimenez

    Look at this man. Does he not have 'authority figure in the making' written all over him?

    Perhaps not, for golf maverick Miguel Angel Jimenez's Ryder Cup captaincy credentials have been called into question by fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

    "I am just concerned for Miguel, and worried that his English is not good enough to deal with all the pressure that goes with being a European Team captain," Garcia said. "I know Miguel has been a good Ryder Cup player but becoming a captain is different."

    Jimenez has been a vice-captain on the European team three times and is widely expected to be the leading challenger to Darren Clarke for the captaincy for the 2016 event in Hazeltine.

  39. Podolski considering Arsenal future


    Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski says he "will see what happens in January" with regard to his club future.

    The 29-year-old's only club start of the season came in the Capital One Cup defeat by Southampton.

    "Of course I am not happy with my situation right now," he said.

    "I can't be satisfied with that. We'll see what happens in January.

    "It is hard when you can't do what you love. I don't know why that is, you'd have to ask my coach."

  40. Northern Ireland add Winchester to squad


    Carl Winchester

    Northern Ireland have added Oldham's Carl Winchester to the squad for Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania.

    The 21-year-old, who made his senior Northern Ireland debut against Wales in 2011, provides cover for captain Steven Davis for the game in Bucharest.

    Davis is a doubt after coming off with a hamstring injury in Southampton's win over Leicester City on Saturday.

  41. Germany to criminalise doping in sport

    Germany is set to make doping in sport a crime for the first time, with jail terms of up to three years for athletes found guilty.

    The draft is scheduled to be presented by ministers on Wednesday with the law going before parliament in spring 2015.

    About 7,000 German professional athletes who are covered by the national testing programme will be affected by the new law.

  42. Federer takes on Nishikori


    Over at London's O2, the ATP Tour Finals continue today, with Roger Federer just about to get underway against Kei Nishikori. Both players looked in fine form in winning their opening matches in London, so it could be a cracker.

    Earlier in the doubles, Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4 5-7 10-4.

  43. Cahill backs England back four


    England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill speaking to Sky Sports: "Whatever the situation at your club when you arrive with England, you try and turn into international mode. I'm obviously thrilled with how it is going with Chelsea, but also with England at the moment.

    "We are pleased with our record of five successive clean sheets so far, it was important that after the World Cup we tightened up.

    "We have changed the shape slightly which has worked well for us and we have players working hard in front of the back four, winning the ball back as quickly as possible.

    "Wayne Rooney is a world-class player, you look how old he is and how quickly he has reached 100 caps and it says it all. I don't want to jinx him but I think that he can break all the records in front of him. Peter Shilton has 125 caps but Wayne is fit, looks after himself and can go on for a long time."

  44. Begovic doubtful as Bosnia worries mount


    Asmir Begovic

    Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could miss Bosnia and Herzegovina's Euro 2016 qualifier in Israel on Sunday with a groin injury.

    Bosnia already have several first-team regulars, including Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, sidelined for the Group B clash.

    Begovic was injured during Stoke's 2-1 Premier League win at Tottenham on Sunday and was hopeful he would recover in time for Bosnia's crunch qualifier after they picked up just two points from their opening three games.

  45. Barca appeal to be heard in December


    Barcelona's Nou Camp

    Barcelona's appeal against a one-year transfer ban imposed by Fifa for breaking rules on the transfer of young players will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 5 December.

    CAS says it will give a fast-track verdict before the transfer window opens in January.

    A previous appeal - to football's governing body Fifa - failed in August.

  46. Morocco will not host 2015 Afcon


    The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has not announced a new venue for the tournament, but says the event - due to take place between 17 January to 8 February - will start on time.

    Caf's executive committee also decided to expel Morocco from taking part in the finals, after they failed to meet the deadline to confirm they would host the event amid concerns over the Ebola virus. Morocco would have qualified as hosts.

    Caf say they've received some applications from nations who had a desire to host the 2015 competition on the dates agreed, which are "currently under review". The host will be finalised "shortly".

  47. England media conference

    Gary Cahill at England training

    That Gary Cahill seems a nice chap.

    The defender is done training, done taking selfies and is about to do media duty for England.

    He and Nathaniel Clyne will be up shortly to look ahead to Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifying meeting with Slovenia at Wembley.

  48. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Morocco will not host 2015 Afcon

    The Confederation of African Football has announced that Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and will not take part in the competition.

  49. Given hits back at McGeady and McCarthy criticism


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Goalkeeper Shay Given has expressed his disappointment at comments criticising James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady for opting to play for the Republic of Ireland.

    Both McCarthy and McGeady were born in Scotland.

    Given said: "I felt the comments were a bit out of order over the last few days. The Scottish team have got some players who weren't born in Scotland as well, so I think it was unfair on both James and Aiden for it to get so personal.

    "But they are both great players and they will be ready for Friday night. Of course they can [use the criticism as extra motivation]."

  50. Pressley vows to 'banish' players over incident


    Steven Pressley

    Coventry City manager Steven Pressley says he will "banish" several of his under-performing Sky Blues players, who he claims are "letting the club down".

    The League One side were knocked out at the first-round stage of the FA Cup by non-league Worcester City on Sunday.

    "An incident occurred after the game that told me everything I need to know about certain players," said Pressley.

    "And they will be gone. They will be banished from this football club."

  51. Fan catches girlfriend's brother's six


    Wrap your heads around this one: a New Zealand cricket fan has pocketed nearly £2,500 after catching a six: struck, coincidentally enough, by a batsman who just happens to be his girlfriend's brother.

    The Guardian reports that after taking the outrageous sliding catch to take advantage of the Northern nights' promotional offer, Andrew McCulloch revealed that he intended to use the money to pay off credit cards bills which he'd racked up living abroad with his partner - the sister of big-hitting Otago Volts batsman Michael Bracewell.

  52. McCarthy doubtful for Republic


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    James McCarthy remains a serious doubt for the Republic of Ireland's European qualifier against Scotland at Celtic Park on Friday. Martin O'Neill revealed that the Everton midfielder is taking it day by day after suffering a hamstring problem during the 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.

    O'Neill: "James had a problem on Sunday. We will have a look at it again and take it day by day really to see how he is. Stephen Ward sat out today as well - it's more precautionary than anything else."

    When asked if McCarthy would be fit, O'Neill replied: "I really wouldn't know at this minute."

  53. IOC to await Mae appeal

    Alpine Skiing

    The International Olympic Committee says it will wait for Vanessa-Mae to lodge an appeal before taking any follow-up action against the banned skier.

    "We will not comment further until any right to appeal has been exercised and there is a definitive final judgment," said an IOC spokesman.

    "Should the judgment be confirmed the IOC will act on this in the framework of its policy of protecting the clean athletes, with zero tolerance towards the manipulation of results and any related corruption."

    Meanwhile the International Ski Federation has blamed the issue on "an obvious breakdown of communication" and pledged that "it won't happen again".

  54. Warren Gatland news conference

    Rugby Union

    You can watch Wales coach Warren Gatland's news conference live now on the BBC Sport website. The stream is here for you to enjoy.

  55. Craig signs new Brentford contract


    Brentford defender Tony Craig has signed a new contract, keeping him at the Championship club until the summer of 2017.

    The 29-year-old centre-back has made 117 appearances for the Bees since joining from Millwall in summer 2012.

    "Tony's attitude, desire and professionalism are evident for all to see," said Bees manager Mark Warburton.

  56. Arsenal missed out on Messi


    Lionel Messi

    A very interesting line on the Telegraph website today - they report that Arsene Wenger was keen to sign Lionel Messi for Arsenal in 2002, only for the deal to collapse.

    The article, taken from a new biography of Messi by the Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, claims that the move foundered after Arsenal baulked at buying a flat for Messi's family in London.

    It wasn't all bad though, as the Gunners did bring in Pascal Cygan that year.

  57. Eastmond fit to face South Africa

    Rugby Union

    Kyle Eastmond

    England centre Kyle Eastmond is "fully fit" and available for Saturday's match against South Africa after illness, according to England assistant coach Mike Catt.

    There had been reports that coach Stuart Lancaster was planning to replace Eastmond with George Ford and switch Owen Farrell to centre if Eastmond had failed to recover.

  58. Moyes to be unveiled tomorrow


    David Moyes will be officially presented as the new manager of Real Sociedad tomorrow, the club have announced.

    The Scot will also take charge of his first training session prior to his unveiling, according to a statement on Sociedad's website.

    Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes is expected to touch down in San Sebastian later today.

  59. Spurs recall McEvoy from Peterborough


    Winger Kenny McEvoy has been recalled by Tottenham Hotspur from his season-long loan with Peterborough United.

    The 20-year-old, who is yet to make a first-team outing for Spurs, has made eight appearances for Posh this season.

  60. Shehzad to fly home


    Ahmed Shehzad receives treatment

    Pakistan have announced that batsman Ahmed Shehzad will return home after suffering a skull fracture that ruled him out of the remaining two Test matches against New Zealand.

    Shehzad was hit on the head by a Corey Anderson short ball, having compiled his highest ever Test score of 176 in the first innings of the ongoing first Test.

    On the field, Pakistan look certain to have the option of enforcing the follow-on, with New Zealand currently on 239-8, trailing by 327 runs with just two wickets left in their first innings. Opener Tom Latham was out for 103, his first Test ton.

  61. Players fear me, says Van Gerwen


    Michael van Gerwen

    Reigning PDC world champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen is safely through to the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton following a 5-0 hammering of Jan Dekker in his final group match.

    Phil Taylor has been the dominant force in darts for more than two decades and many have spoken of the "fear factor" that comes with facing the 16-times world champion.

    Van Gerwen, 25, believes the same is starting to be true with him, telling BBC Sport: "People also fear me, of course.

    "Jan said after the game that he played the name of Michael van Gerwen too much. That gives me a 1-0 or 2-0 head start. It's in their mind and I need to take advantage of that. I deserve to be in that position because I've worked very hard for it."

  62. Get Involved

    #britsabroad or 81111

    As we look forward to David Moyes' return to management with Spanish side Real Sociedad, your memories of sporting Brits plying their trade overseas are coming in on text and tweet.

    Timo in Newcastle upon Tyne: Malcolm Reilly coaching Newcastle Knights to win 1997 ARL Grand Final. The 4 Burgess brothers at South Sydney. British success in the toughest league.

    Viv Powers on Twitter: John Charles - a hero in Wales & Italy and scored on his debut for Juventus. Also voted their greatest foreign player ever

    John Charles
  63. Fish recovering after heart attack


    Mark Fish

    Former Charlton and South Africa defender Mark Fish is recovering from a mild heart attack, according to reports in the South African media.

    Fish is quoted as saying: "I'm glad it's over and that the tests have been done. I want to start taking better care of myself."

    Fish played for Charlton between 2000 and 2005, having previously spent four years at Bolton.

  64. Farrell and Ford a no-no - Guscott

    Rugby Union

    Owen Farrell and George Ford playing for England Under-18

    Former England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott has told BBC Radio 5 live that attempting to shoehorn both Owen Farrell and George Ford into the England backline is bound to fail.

    England ended Saturday's defeat to New Zealand with Ford at 10 and Farrell at inside centre and could attempt it from the start against South Africa this weekend.

    "You put Farrell into inside-centre and you lose your get-go and dynamic power to get over the gain-line from someone like Luther Burrell or Billy Twelvetree. Also Farrell is not as great a distributor as Kyle Eastmond," said Guscott.

    "In no way will Farrell work playing at 12, that is a definite no-no. They played together at England Under-20 level, but this is men's rugby."

  65. McCarthy and Ward sit out Republic training


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Republic of Ireland training

    James McCarthy and Stephen Ward were the only two absentees from full training with the Republic of Ireland this morning.

    The Everton midfielder continues to be assessed by FAI medical staff after complaining of a tight hamstring during the 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.

    Stoke's Glenn Whelan, who fractured a bone in his leg in the 1-1 draw with Germany, did train with the rest of the group ahead of their Euro qualifier with Scotland on Friday.

  66. Women's Ashes fixtures announced


    The fixtures for the 2015 Women's Ashes Series have been announced. For the first time ever, the one-off Test match will take place in the middle of the series, and is now worth four points - reduced from six.

    England will host Australia in three one-day internationals from 21-26 July at Taunton, Bristol and Worcester, followed by the Test match at Canterbury's Spitfire Ground beginning on 11 August.

    The series will conclude with three Twenty20 internationals from 26-31 August at Chelmsford, Hove and Cardiff. Two points are on offer for each of the limited-overs games.

  67. Odegaard 'invited to Liverpool'


    Martin Odegaard

    Norwegian teenage sensation Martin Odegaard has been invited on a tour of Liverpool's facilities before Christmas according to TV2 in his native country.

    The 15-year-old attacking midfielder, who made his full international debut in August, plays for Stromsgodset in the Norway Premier League, but has been linked with a number of top clubs, including Champions League holders Real Madrid.

    His father confirmed that he would be visiting "two to four" clubs before Christmas.

    Want to know what the fuss is about? TV2 have produced a version of their documentary on Odegaard with English subtitles on their website.

  68. Rosberg slow motion

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has been sharing his delight at winning the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

    He has posted this video of himself enjoying the slow motion.

    Comic genius, or a bit weird? Judge for yourself.

  69. Wales team to face Fiji

    Rugby Union

    Here's the full team to face Fiji on Saturday:

    Liam Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues, CAPT), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Dan Lydiate (Unattached), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

    Replacements: Emyr Phillips (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), James King (Ospreys), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), James Hook (Gloucester), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues).

  70. Warburton rested for Fiji Test

    Rugby Union

    Sam Warburton has been rested for Wales' Test against Fiji on Saturday, prop Gethin Jenkins will captain the side in his absence.

    Leigh Halfpenny will also sit out the match, although George North is restored to his usual position of wing after being deployed in the centres in the defeat by Australia on Saturday.

  71. Mae banned over race 'manipulation'

    Alpine Skiing

    Vanessa Mae

    The International Ski Federation (FIS) says in a statement on its website that its hearing panel "found to its comfortable satisfaction" that the results of four giant slalom races were manipulated in January in Slovenia.

    Without the cheating, it says Vanessa Mae "would not have achieved the necessary FIS point performance level to be eligible to participate in the Olympic Winter Games".

    Mae raced for Thailand in Sochi as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the last name of her Thai father. She finished last of 67 racers in the two-run giant slalom.

  72. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Mae banned over 'manipulated' races

    The International Ski Federation has banned violinist Vanessa Mae for four years over 'manipulated' qualifying races for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  73. Chelsea defender Zouma gets France call-up


    Kurt Zouma

    Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma has received his first full international call-up to the France squad.

    20-year-old Zouma, who has made five appearances this season after joining from Saint-Etienne, was drafted in because Loic Perrin and Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala are carrying minor calf injuries.

    France play Albania in Rennes on Friday and host Sweden in Marseille next Tuesday.

  74. NZ struggling against Pakistan


    It's tea on day three of the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, with New Zealand on 188-5 in their first innings.

    The tourists are struggling to avoid the follow-on after Pakistan racked up a mammoth 566-3 declared in their first innings.

    Opener Tom Latham is closing in on his maiden Test century on 88 not out.

  75. Post update

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Silence observed at St George's Park

    The England senior, Under-21s, 20s, 19s and blind squads join armed forces at St George's Park to mark Armistice Day. Impeccable silence from all involved and the couple of hundred spectators.

  76. Post update

    Liverpool and Chelsea observe a minute's silence on Saturday

    There will be two minutes silence observed around the country at 11:00 GMT in memory of all those who lost their lives and have been affected by conflict around the world.

  77. England training ahead of Slovenia clash


    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: "Cahill, Baines, Jagielka, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Townsend have "knocks" and miss England training today. Welbeck, Chambers, Gibbs, Barkley, Berahino doing 'modified' training (mainly gym) today. Lascelles/Jack Robinson drafted in for today.

    "Wilshere has tape on his left knee in England training but is moving freely. Checked with Englandmedical staff and they stress Wilshere is fine."

  78. Guardiola for US national job?


    The next stop on Pep Guardiola's managerial career might be the United States national team job rather than the Premier League according to Football Espana.

    The 43-year-old's contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2016 and American football federation bosses fancy him as the man to lead them in the 2018 World Cup in Qatar apparently.

    The picture below shows the former Barcelona boss casting his vote in the non-binding referendum on Catalan independence on Sunday.

    Pep Guardiola
  79. Regional round-up


    The Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester United are yet to make a decision on whether to offer a contract to free-agent keeper Victor Valdes. According to the club's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, they are waiting for Valdes himself to announce his plans.

    And finally, the Hull Daily Mail says that Steve Bruce is set to offer new deals to four of Hull City's longest serving stars. Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane, Liam Rosenior and Alex Bruce will all get an extended stay at the KC, but Steve Harper's future is in foubt and Maynor Figueroa looks set for the exit.

  80. Regional round-up


    It's time for your mid-morning round-up of some of the most interesting lines making the news in today's local back pages.

    We begin with the Newcastle Chronicle, which reports that Gus Poyet is set to finalise Sunderland's January transfer plans this week. Defensive cover is apparently the number one priority, with strikers Jozy Altidore and Danny Graham among those who could be offloaded to free up cash.

    Moving south, the Burnley Express is reporting that Clarets striker Danny Ings has set his sights on winning a senior England call-up. The 22-year-old is in Gareth Southgate's under-21 squad, but he aims to emulate West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who graduated from the youth team to Roy Hodgson's full squad.

  81. Get involved

    #britsabroad or 81111

    Chris Waddle at marseillle

    As David Moyes searches his Spanish phrasebook for "two solid banks of four" and "hit the channels early", we have been reminiscing on sporting Britons' exploits abroad.

    Hugh In France on Twitter: Chris Waddle is still revered by Marseille fans. They'll never forget his catnap while waiting to take a free-kick.

    Paul Swales on Twitter: Brian Deane finished 8th (out of 16) with Sarpsborg in Norway, with the smallest budget in the league. I'd call that a success

    Jarno Rautakorpi on Twitter: Keith Armstrong has created pretty decent career in Finland...

    After a career in England during which he played for Sunderland, Newport County and Scunthorpe, Armstrong moved to Finland and won the national title three times as a player. He also won five titles as a manager with FC Haka and HJK.

  82. Mossop returns to Wigan from NRL

    Rugby League

    Lee Mossop

    Lee Mossop has re-joined Wigan Warriors on a three-year deal following his release by Australian side Parramatta Eels.

    The England prop moved to the NRL team for a "significant six-figure fee" in 2013, but struggled with injuries and made just three appearances down under.

    "Wigan was always my first choice and I am really happy that we have been able to agree a deal," said 25-year-old Mossop.

    "I was at the Grand Final last month cheering the boys on and hope to be back there again next season."

  83. On this day

    Seles beats five

    Monica Seles (left) and Gabriela Sabatini

    Should women play best of five sets? Well, curiously enough, it has happened - 24 years ago today to be precise.

    Monica Seles (then of Yugoslavia) beat Argentina's Gabriela Sabatini 6-4 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-2 in the first five-set final of a major women's event since the 1901 US Championship.

    The somewhat incongruous name of this stamina-sapping occasion? The Virginia Slims Championship. Bet Seles and Sabatini were out of puff.

  84. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "This is the first step towards a highly controversial return to football for Ched Evans. Sheffield United have been deliberating what to do with Evans ever since his contract with them elapsed during his time in prison.

    "They realise that this will be very disappointing to a lot of people, especially the more than 150,000 people who signed a petition urging the club to think again about reinstating him, but I understand that they agree with the Professional Footballers' Association who argue that he has served his sentence and should be free to continue with his career."

  85. Football

    Rapist Evans trains with Blades

    Ched Evans playing for Sheffield United before his conviction

    Sheffield United have allowed convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with them after their former player's release from prison, the BBC has learned.

    The 25-year-old was freed last month after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19 year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.

    There has been controversy over whether he should resume his football career.

    The League One club continues to deliberate on any long-term decision about the Wales international.

  86. Birthdays

    Philipp Lahm

    Philipp Lahm: full-back, holding midfielder, birthday boy. The Bayern Munich skipper is 31 today, so congratulations to him.

    Who else is blowing out the candles and unwrapping a shiny new bike today? Well, French rugby player Francois Trinh-Duc is 28, and Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton turns 26.

    Naughton won't see action again until the back end of the month, given his absence from the England squad and subsequent Premier League suspension, so he can have as much cake as he likes.

  87. Cricket

    Sussex batsman Wells agrees new deal

    Luke Wells

    Sussex opening batsman Luke Wells has signed a new two-year contract to run until the end of the 2016 season.

    The 23-year-old son of former Sussex skipper Alan Wells has scored more than 3,600 first-class runs since his debut in 2010, including eight centuries.

  88. Football

    The boy is back in Bolton

    Eidur Gudjohnsen

    1998 called and made Eidur Gudjohnsen an offer he couldn't refuse.

    The former Chelsea and Barcelona striker, 36, is back training at old club Bolton after being released by Club Brugge.

    You can watch footage of the Icelandic legend strutting his stuff at Euxton on Bolton's YouTube channel.

  89. And then there were three...


    L'Equipe front page

    We conclude our continental smorgasbord of back pages with this offering from France's L'Equipe.

    While the title battle in England is threatening to turn into a one-horse race, things are rather more exciting across the Channel, where just two points separate Marseille, PSG and Lyon at the top of Ligue 1. L'Equipe calls it 'The War of Three'.

    Be honest, how many of the front-page trio could you identify? A big pat on the back to anyone who knew it was Alexandre Lacazette and Andre-Pierre Gignac alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

  90. Get Involved

    #britsabroad or 81111

    Paul Lambert winning the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund

    We are looking for your memories of British sportspeople who have gone abroad with varying degrees of success.

    Bill, Glasgow via text: Paul Lambert - heading for a career of unfulfilled Scottish potential to Champions League Cup winner with Borussia Dortmund.

    John McEnerey on Twitter: Peter Wheeler played in NZ & won the respect of the players & fans which is no mean feat!

  91. Try again Mario!


    Gazzetta dello Sport front page

    Meanwhile in Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport focuses on Mario Balotelli's recall to the Italy national team. 'Try again Balo' is the headline.

    The paper says that the under-fire Liverpool striker "restarts from zero on the national team", despite his previous feats with the Azzurri.

    The paper also mentions the injury to Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, who has vowed to come back stronger after suffering a torn cruciate ligament.

  92. Moyes makes the move


    Mundo Deportivo front page

    An early contender for Pun of the Day on the front page of Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo, which leads on David Moyes' appointment at Real Sociedad.

    One of the more interesting lines the paper reports is that the Scot will make the move to Spain alone, without bringing any of his usual backroom staff.

    Sociedad fans will be hoping that touchline poses like the one on the cover become a familiar sight at the Anoeta.

  93. Back pages

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    The Daily Express back page focuses on the troubles at Tottenham after their weekend defeat to Stoke.

    "Right now, a lot of players when they put on the shirt and go out on to the pitch, are finding it hard in the head. I have been through a lot so I am used to it.

    "Right now, a lot of players when they put on the shirt and go out on to the pitch, are finding it hard in the head. I have been through a lot so I am used to it," revealed Adebayor.

  94. Get involved

    #britsabroad or 81111

    Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker

    Ian Rush claims that he never actually said that being at Juventus was "like living in a foreign country", but there is a strong impression that British sportspeople don't do abroad well.

    So today we are looking for your memories of those who have left British shores in search of success elsewhere.

    We are happy to have the success stories as well. Struggling to think of one? Take a look at Jonny Wilkinson's bilingual pep-talk for double-winning Toulon last season.

    Get in touch via #britsabroad on Twitter, 81111 on text and on BBC Sport's Facebook and Google+ pages.

  95. Football

    Wild Moyes

    Carlos Vela

    So what awaits David Moyes at Real Sociedad?

    The former Manchester United boss inherits a struggling team, with little cash to strengthen, but according to European football writer Andy West, it could be a shrewd move to revive his managerial reputation.

    "If he can overcome the language barrier to provide his talented but currently flailing squad with much-needed tactical direction, Real Sociedad could well prove to be the ideal opportunity for Moyes to relaunch his career," he writes.

  96. Gerrard 'set to open Liverpool talks'

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in little over a month's time, but it seems his current employers are looking to tie the 34-year-old down for at least another year.

    Reports in the Guardian and others today claim that formal contract talks between Liverpool and Gerrard will begin later this week.

    Gerrard said in October that he would continue his career elsewhere if Liverpool did not offer him an extension.

  97. Spice day for a white wedding

    The Times annoucements page

    Here is a sneaky bit of news, smuggled into the Times announcements page.

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell are getting hitched.

    Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner
  98. The day ahead

    Chris Robshaw

    There is plenty to keep us ticking over today.

    In addition to the reaction and analysis on David Moyes' return to management, we gear up to the weekend with press conferences aplenty.

    We are expecting the Wales rugby union team to play Fiji to be announced around 11:00 GMT, while England captain Chris Robshaw will be taking questions ahead of the weekend crunch match against the Springboks at 12:30 GMT.

    England's footballers will also be on media duties ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia around 13:30 GMT.

    The World Tour Finals rumble around with Roger Federer v Kei Nishikori at 14:00 GMT, live on BBC Two and 5 live sport extra, and Andy Murray v Milos Raonic at 20:00 GMT.

  99. Back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun's back-page lead is the state of the Wembley pitch after the last of the year's three NFL games was held at the Stadium on Saturday.

  100. Post update

    David Moyes

    Good morning and welcome aboard Sportsday Live.

    The big news this morning is David Moyes's return to management with Spanish side Real Sociedad. It is the Scot's first post since being sacked from the Manchester United job in April.

    Elsewhere Andy Murray plays Milos Raonic this evening with victory pretty much essential if he is to make it through to the semi-finals of the World Tour Finals at the O2.

    And as Wayne Rooney closes in on his 100th cap he has been hailed by one of the three men ahead of him in England's scoring charts - Gary Lineker - as one of the nation's best players ever.