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Mike Henson and Andy Cryer

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  1. Post update

    That is all from us for this evening. Thanks for your company, enjoy the tennis, and see you all again tomorrow for Sportsday Live from 08:00 GMT.


  2. BBC coverage

    Don't forget you can follow live tennis coverage from the evening session at the ATP World Tour Finals as Novak Djokovic faces Stan Wawrinka across the BBC.

    You can listen to the action on BBC Five live sports extra or follow live text commentary from 20:00 GMT.

  3. Sheffield United sponsor on Ched Evans situation


    Sheffield United's shirt sponsor has condemned rape and violence against women and said it will "re-evaluate its position" should the club decide to re-employ Ched Evans.

  4. Berdych reignites World Tour challenge


    Tomas Berdych

    Tomas Berdych reignites his ATP World Tour Finals challenge with victory over out-of-sorts US Open champion Marin Cilic in London.

    Czech Berdych won their crucial Group A contest 6-3 6-1, after both men lost their opening matches on Monday.

    Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka meet in Wednesday's late match, with a first semi-final place up for grabs.

    Follow live text commentary on BBC Sport online or listen to the action on BBC Five live sports extra.

  5. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Breaking: FIFA confirm a statement on the Garcia report into the bidding for the 2018 & 2022 World Cups will be published tomorrow at 9am."

  6. Messi, eat your heart out


    What does Peamount United's Stephanie Roche have in common with James Rodriguez, Diego Costa, Tim Cahill and Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

    They have all been shortlisted for Fifa's Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

    Roche's stunning turn and volley against Wexford Youths in the women's national league in Ireland puts her against some of the best players in the world.

    Not a bad award to win - one that Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo won't be winning at least.


    Tottenham are facing a new takeover bid from another American consortium backed by one of the world's biggest finance companies reports the London Evening Standard.

    It claims a group of wealthy American businessmen, based in California, want to meet chairman Daniel Levy in New York.

  8. Hasselbaink to Burton?


    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has thanked people for their good luck messages on Twitter after speculation he is set to be appointed Burton Albion manager, although the appointment is yet to be made official.

  9. De Laet signs new Leicester contract


    Defender Ritchie De Laet has signed a new four-year contract with Leicester City.

    The 25-year-old right-back, who joined the Foxes from Manchester United in May 2012 for an undisclosed fee, has made 11 appearances this season.

    "Leicester took a risk with me at the start when they brought me here without a lot of experience and they stuck with me, so now I'm doing the same thing with them," he told the club's website.

  10. Stat attack

    Opta on Twitter: Man Utd have already used more players in the Premier League this season (31) than they did in the whole of 2013-14 (30).

    Is Louis van Gaal the Premier League's new tinkerman?

  11. Newcastle recall Streete from loan


    Newcastle United have recalled young defender Remie Streete from his loan spell with Port Vale because of injury problems at the club.

    The 20-year-old last week extended his loan deal with the League One side until 4 January, but has now returned to St James' Park.

  12. Moyes in 'Real' deal


    David Moyes

    Real Sociedad have posted more pictures of former Manchester United boss David Moyes arriving at the club ahead of his appointment as the Spanish club's new coach.

    David Moyes
  13. Ericsson terminates his contract

    Formula 1

    Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson terminates his contract with financially stricken Caterham.

    He said in a statement: "Following recent events re Caterham Sports Limited and 1 MRT Sdn Bhd, my adviser Eje Elgh and I have decided to terminate, with immediate effect, all agreements connecting me to the Caterham F1 team. This is a sad day as we have greatly enjoyed working with the team through a difficult and tough season."

  14. Leeds stave off winding-up order


    Leeds have staved off a winding-up order from former director Melvyn Levi.

    Leeds-based law firm Ford & Warren last week filed the petition for unpaid fees - reported to be around £150,000 and dating back to when Ken Bates owned the club - on behalf of Levi.

    "Mr Levi and Leeds United Football Club Limited are working towards resolving their remaining differences," read a club statement.

  15. Bristol backed against Barca


    Captain Jemma Rose says Bristol Academy will be ready to "battle" Barcelona for a quarter-final place in the Women's Champions League.

    The Women's Super League side take a 1-0 lead - a result which ended Barca's 55-game unbeaten home run - into Thursday's last 16 second-leg tie at Ashton Gate.

    "They're going to do exactly what they did to us when they were at home but we've shown we can cope with that," Rose, 22, told BBC Points West. "They're technically very good but we like a battle."

  16. German film claims Gerrard words that never were


    Germany squad at premiere of Die Mannschaft

    Germany's World Cup-winning squad recently attended the premiere of a documentary - Die Mannschaft - which covered the story of their triumphant campaign in Brazil this year.

    It seems that the film makers might not have been as focused as the players were in the summer, however.

    The trailer promoting the film begins with an on-screen quote from Steven Gerrard proclaiming that, although Brazil have Neymar, Argentina have Lionel Messi and Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo, Germany have a team.

    One problem: the Liverpool midfielder never said it.

    The source of the quotes was a fan account dedicated to Steven Gerrard which uses his image, but never claimed they were the Liverpool midfielder's words.

    Die Mannschaft
    Image caption: The opening shot of the film's trailer
  17. London Welsh can survive - Schofield

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh second-row forward Dean Schofield says the club can avoid relegation, despite their woeful start to the Premiership season.

    Welsh were promoted from the Championship last season but lie bottom of the top flight and have not won a game in any competition this term.

    "No one is giving up. No one is talking about the 'r' word," Schofield told BBC Radio Oxford ahead of Sunday's trip to Wasps.

    "It's been a tough start, but we stay positive. It's a positive, encouraging environment but a good balance, in that we are critical of each other and brutally honest."

  18. Lord King to be Worcestershire president


    Lord Mervyn King

    Worcestershire have appointed Lord King, the former governor of the Bank of England, to become the county's new president.

    Lifelong Worcestershire fan Lord King, 66, is to take over from former wicketkeeper John Elliott in 2015.

    He served as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee from July 2003 to June 2013.

  19. Berdych swats aside Cilic


    Tomas Berdych has beaten US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 in their Group A encounter.

    Asked about facing Djokovic next, Berdych asks the crowd "Any tips? I will need some. I just want to try to bring my best tennis and we'll see what happens. I hope I can have a great match."

    As Tim Henman and Andrew Castle analyse that match on BBC Two, we can look forward to tonight's match between Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic.

  20. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday and 81111 on text

    Tony Yeboah

    Who knew there were so many sportspeople name-checked in song lyrics? Your suggestions are still coming in...

    Joe, London via text: Glue Me by Los Campesinos, features the genius lyric 'People laugh they will call it folly, but we connected like a Yeboah volley'.

    Kingy on Twitter: Grime artist JME with a great play on words: 'Beats, I'm not Sheringham like Teddy but what I Wilshere like Jack is lyrics'.

    Gareth Sweet on Twitter: "I'm a legend, something like Jay-Jay Okocha" from Afrikan Boys verse on a mix of MIA's Paper Planes.

    #bbcsportsday and 81111 on text for your spots.

  21. Moyes' arrival at San Sebastian


    David Moyes signs for Real Sociedad

    Daily Mail chief sports reporter Matt Lawton: He arrives and even manages a bit of the local lingo. "Kaixo," he says, which means 'hello' in Basque.

  22. Cilic up against it at the O2


    Marin Cilic

    US Open champion Marin Cilic is chasing his match against Tomas Berdych at the World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

    The Croat trails 6-3 2-1 - can he wrestle it back his way? You can see how he gets on on BBC Two, online and via our live text commentary.

  23. FC Zurich to sue over horror challenge


    FC Zurich are to start a criminal case for assault against FC Aarau player Sandro Wieser for his tackle on Gilles Yapi-Yapo last weekend.

    Midfielder Yapi-Yapo's knee was badly damaged and the Swiss club said they were uncertain he would play again.

    "Our club lawyer is preparing everything for the prosecution which will be submitted to the court," an FC Zurich spokesman told BBC Sport.

  24. Froggatt questions Villa firepower


    Steve Froggatt believes Aston Villa are playing for Paul Lambert but has questioned whether they are good enough without Christian Benteke to score enough goals.

    The former Villa midfielder told the Birmingham Mail: "The concern is that it is still seven games without a victory and one goal. And the biggest concern is that lack of goals. Christian Benteke was terrific against Spurs and it just shows you how vital he is to the team because we haven't got natural goalscorers."

  25. Rostov coach banned for racist comments


    FC Rostov head coach Igor Gamula has been suspended for five matches by the Russian Football Union for making racist comments.

    "We already have six black players, do you want me to get a seventh?" Gamula said when asked about the prospect of his team signing Cameroon defender Benoit Angbwa.

    But the 54-year-old insists his comments were a private joke.

    "I immediately told the journalist that my remarks were between him and me and it was a joke," he said.

    "I have a great relationship with all the team's dark skinned players. The British press just doesn't understand our Russian humour."

  26. Srna sends supplies


    Darijo Srna

    Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Darijo Srna has bought 20 tonnes of tangerines for the children caught in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in the city.

    Each of the 23,143 primary school students in the city will get a bag of fruit with a greeting card bearing with the player's image.

    "I grew up in Croatia so I also went through a period when I needed help. Donetsk has helped me a lot and this is just a small gift with which I want to pay them back," the 32-year-old said.

    Shakhtar moved home games 600 miles west to Lviv in July, while the club's administrative headquarters have been shifted to Kiev.

  27. Evans 'nowhere near' Blades deal - Clough


    Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has told BBC Radio Sheffield that the League One club are not close to giving convicted rapist Ched Evans a contract.

    The 25-year-old striker, who was freed last month after serving two and a half years for rape, is set to train with his former club following a request from the Professional Footballers' Association.

    "It has nowhere near been decided that we will sign him," said Clough. "How you can sign a player that has not played football for two years and seven months; I don't think anyone is in a position to do that."

  28. Post update

    Jamie Murray ‏on Twitter: Another high level exciting doubles match at O2. Doubles been far more entertaining than any singles matches this week.

    I can think of a family member who might have a different view there Jamie.

  29. Moyes has arrived


    David Moyes

    David Moyes has arrived!

    There may not be thousands of Real Sociedad fans waiting in anticipation for his arrival but the club are excited enough about his appointment to tweet a picture of the former Manchester United boss in San Sebastian.

    Nice to see you smiling again David.

  30. Post update

    Nenad Mijas

    Meanwhile your sharp-eyed spots of sportspeople cropping up in lyrics are still coming in...

    Betham, Southampton via text: Birmingham indie pop band Ace Bushy Striptease had a whole song about former Wolves player Nenad Milijas. More Parts Per Milijas: "I know sometimes I play like I did at Palace away/but with the right first touch I could make your day"

    Kev, Crawley via text: Gary Byrd - The Crown has a load "If you're gonna fight don't do it free make em pay to see just like Ali.........If you play a sport become number one like Joe Louis or Jackie Robinson......shoot with Magic, dunk with Jabbar"

    Richard, London via text: How about the Beautiful South song 'My Book' which includes the line - "Mother played by Peter Beardsley, father by John Cleese." Imagine their offspring...

    It is 81111 on text or #bbcsportsday for them.

  31. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Sheffield rock singer Dave Berry has confirmed to me he has become the third person to resign as a Sheff Utd patron after Charlie Webster & Lindsay Graham over the decision to let Ched Evans train with them. "

  32. Get involved


    On the back of Stewart Downing admitting he feared he would never return to the international fold, we started thinking about other great sporting returns.

    We want to hear your suggestions about people in sport who have returned to the top of their sport after a large spell in the doldrums. It can be any sport, any level. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  33. Johnson braced for South Africa fire


    Mitchell Johnson

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has predicted that the one-day series against South Africa will get "fiery".

    Bad blood between the sides goes back to Australia's Test triumph in South Africa at the start of the year and Johnson conceded that it could spill over into the five-match series which starts at the Waca in Perth on Friday.

    "There's always tension between the two sides," Johnson said.

    "Both teams don't like to lose and that's where you see the fire in the game, but I think hate's a pretty strong word."

  34. Downing on England call-up


    West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing on his England call-up after more than two years in the international wilderness: "It did go through my mind that I wouldn't play again.

    "I was coming up to the age of 30, I was in a difficult situation at Liverpool and the main thing was to try and get into their team - never mind England. I got back into the team and my form started to pick up and the move to West Ham came at the right time for me.

    "It was a difficult time in my career but every players goes through it. It was all about timing - Roy got the job and I went through a little bit of a dip in form. I'm just itching to play again now. I think Roy has been speaking to Sam Allardyce about my form."

  35. BBC coverage

    For all you tennis fans, the live sport klaxon is sounding.

    You can follow live text commentary of the ATP World Tour Finals as Tomas Berdych faces Marin Cilic, as well as watching on BBC Two and listening on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  36. Murray on meeting One Direction


    Andy Murray

    British number one Andy Murray talks about facing Roger Federer, London's World Tour Finals future and meeting One Direction in his latest BBC Sport column.

  37. Fowler backs Liverpool boss Rodgers


    Brendan Rodgers

    Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says people are "getting carried away" with the Reds' disappointing start to the season.

    And speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, Fowler is backing manager Brendan Rodgers to get Liverpool firing on all cylinders again.

    He said: "Liverpool's problem last season was a lack of depth in the squad. So it was always going to be a case of bringing in a lot of new players.

    "Brendan Rodgers is an unbelievable manager and it's a guarantee that he will get it right."

  38. Get involved


    Scott Dineen: re: Matt Dickinson/beats Preston in November. San Sebastian beats Preston January-December.

  39. Sturridge back in full training


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training today for the first time since damaging his hamstring on international duty in August.

    The Reds have won only four of their 14 matches without the striker, whose return was delayed by a calf strain picked up in October.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers expects Sturridge to be available for Liverpool's next Premier League game, at Crystal Palace on Sunday, 23 November.

  40. 'Don't write Toure off'


    Talking about Yaya Toure and his so-called poor start to the campaign, the Manchester Evening News' Stuart Brennan takes a closer look at the Ivorian's form.

    His conclusion? "Toure has been virtually anonymous in several games, but he was the same last year, and the year before. It is just that when he comes alive, he does it at big moments and to startling effect.

    "But write him off? You must be joking."

    Read his full analysis here.

  41. Post update

    Xavi Alonso

    Stats experts Opta on Twitter: Alonso averages 116 passes per game - no other player in the Top 5 Leagues in Europe has more than 94. Maestro.


    Joe Campbell

    Joel Campbell could join Inter Milan on loan in January after failing to make an impact at Arsenal, reports the London Evening Standard.

    They claim the Costa Rica forward, 22, was wanted by Inter's city rivals AC Milan last summer and now, with little chance of a breakthrough at Emirates Stadium, he is open to a move to Italy.

  43. Drogba to quit?


    Chelsea striker Didier Droga hints this year will be his last at Stamford Bridge, reports the Daily Star.

    The Ivory Coast international, who rejoined his former club on a 12-month contract in the summer, has scored three goals for the Blues this campaign.

    Drogba, 36, is quoted as saying: "This year the key for me is to enjoy my football and to be with my team-mates and to win trophies. There is one more year to go so let's do it, let's win more trophies, let's make history again."

  44. Sexton on player of the year shortlist

    Rugby Union

    Jonny Sexton

    Ireland's Jonny Sexton has been named on a five-man shortlist for the IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014.

    The other nominees are Willie Le Roux (South Africa), Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea (both New Zealand), and Duane Vermeulen (South Africa).

  45. Chiefs face 'litmus test', says Mumm

    Rugby Union

    Exeter captain Dean Mumm says the next three Premiership games will be a true test of how well his Chiefs side are progressing after an impressive start.

    Third-placed Chiefs next go to leaders Northampton before hosting fifth-placed Wasps and Saracens, who are second.

    "It's been a good start to the season, but the next three games are a real litmus test as to where we are," Mumm said ahead of Friday's trip to Saints.

    "We come up against three of the top six sides in the Premiership, which is the focus for us this year."

  46. BreakingBREAKING NEWS



    Blyth Spartans' FA Cup second-round trip to League Two side Hartlepool will be televised by BBC Two on Friday 5 December.

    Non-league outfit Blyth will look to follow in Warrington Town's footsteps, after they beat Exeter City in the shock of the first round on the BBC.

    The third-round draw will be on BBC Two on Monday 8 December.

  47. Football

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Everton midfielder James McCarthy is to have a scan on his hamstring problem, but Martin O'Neill remains hopeful he will be fit for the Republic of Ireland's Euro qualifier against Scotland on Friday.

    The 24-year-old did not train with his Republic team-mates in Malahide, but instead walked around the pitch with the team doctor.

    O'Neill: "James didn't do any work today - he is going for a scan this afternoon, but he is feeling better so we will see what tomorrow will bring.

    When asked what McCarthy's chances were of being involved in the game at Celtic Park on Friday, O'Neill replied: "I will wait until tomorrow. If he is fit to play and wants to play that's fine. If not, then that's also fine. He has improved."

  48. Get involved

    You have been sending us your favourite appearances of sportspeople in the lyrics of songs.

    Some crackers here..

    Liam on Twitter: I'll serve your ass like John McEnroe - House of Pain

    Omari, London via text: 100m sprinter Jeanette Kwakye is mentioned in Estelle's song 'International'. "I only know speed. Jeanette Kwakye". Estelle and Jeanette also look alike

    Sam, Yorkshire, via text: Rapper turned comedian Doc Brown mentions Jose Mourinho in his song "Superstar Movements": Rather be the special one like Neo, Jose Mourinho, or Ali jogging through Zaire in Khakis"

    Dan in Wokingham via text: "Trevor Francis tracksuits from a mush in Shepherds Bush" Only Fools & Horses closing theme.

    Send your nominations through on 81111 on text and #bbcsportsday

  49. Post update

    San Sebastian

    The Times' chief sport correspondent Matt Dickinson on Twitter: Gazing out of hotel bar trying to work out what on earth Moyes saw in a move to San Sebastian.

    It certainly beats Preston in November...

  50. Quins coaches sign new deals

    Rugby Union

    Harlequins coaching duo Mark Mapletoft and Tony Diprose have signed extended contracts with the Premiership club.

    Backs coach Mapletoft, 42, joined the Quins staff in 2010 and will stay until the end of the 2016-17 season.

    Former England forward Diprose, 42, has signed a deal to remain as defence and academy coach until the end of 2017-18.

  51. Wiggins sets up Rio 2016 squad

    Track cycling

    "If you want Olympic gold - if no one else can help - and if you can find him- maybe you can hire... Sir Brad."

    Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed that he hopes to set up his own team aimed at winning team pursuit gold at Rio 2016 as part of a new contract with Team Sky.

    "I have come off the back of winning the world time trial championship six weeks ago. That was sort of the final nail in the road coffin as it were," he said in the Daily Telegraph.

    "Next year I would love to have my own team which we are in process of setting up. It will basically will be the guys I am going to try to win that gold medal with.

    "Long term, post-Rio, obviously the word legacy gets thrown around a lot in the wake of the Olympics but I'd love to find the next Bradley Wiggins or Chris Hoy."

  52. Sunderland Ladies boss steps down

    Women's football

    Sunderland manager Mick Mulhern has stepped down after guiding the club to promotion to the top flight of the Women's Super League.

    He was the English women's game's longest-serving boss, having been in charge of the Lady Black Cats since 2008, but said he could coach the team on a full-time basis because of his job as a police officer.

    "To achieve their potential at the top level, a full time management role is required, which unfortunately I am unable to commit to," Mulhern told the club website.

  53. Bangladesh start well


    Openers Tamim Iqbal (109) and Imrul Kayes (130) shared Bangladesh's highest Test opening stand - 224 - on the first day of the third Test against Zimbabwe in Chittagong.

    The Tigers finished the day on 303-2 - see scorecard here.

  54. Messi in Romford


    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi training in Romford? Yes, you have read it right.

    Argentina are in east London for his country's friendly with Croatia at Upton Park later this evening, and Gerardo Martino's squad prepared at the West Ham's Rush Green academy.

    The Mirror reports they played against the Hammers' Under-21 side in a practice match. Scouting mission for Big Sam?

  55. Post update

    BBC World Service's John Bennett on Twitter: "I understand that CAF are determined that AFCON will stay in Africa. 3 nations said to be interested in hosting the tournament."

    The Confederation of African Football is searching for a new location for the Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco withdrew from hosting the tournament due to its fears over the Ebola outbreak.

  56. Anderson eyes Old Trafford exit


    Manchester United midfielder Anderson could bring the curtain down on his Old Trafford career in January according to quotes reported by the Manchester Evening News.

    The 26-year-old, who signed from Porto for £27m in 2007, has not played since August and admitted that he could return to former club Gremio.

    "It's my home and I still support them - everyone knows that. It would allow me to be near my family," he told Radio Bandeirantes.

  57. Quins coaches sign new deals

    Rugby Union

    Harlequins coaching duo Mark Mapletoft and Tony Diprose have signed extended contracts with the Premiership club.

    Backs coach Mapletoft, 42, joined the Quins staff in 2010 and will stay until the end of the 2016-17 season.

    Former England forward Diprose, 42, has signed a deal to remain as defence and academy coach until the end of 2017-18.

  58. Football

    McCarthy sits out of training

    James McCarthy

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington: "Everton's James McCarthy sat out of open training with the Republic of Ireland as he continues to nurse a hamstring problem.

    "The 24 year old midfielder, was restricted to a gentle stroll around the pitch in Malahide, as Martin O'Neill monitors his fitness ahead of the European qualifier with Scotland on Friday."

  59. Female driver hopeful of F1 debut

    Formula 1

    British female driver Alice Powell is hopeful of making her debut at a Formula 1 weekend with Caterham at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later this month.

    Caterham went into administration in October and the administrators recently launched a 'crowd-funding' project to raise enough money to race.

    The grandfather of former Formula 3 driver Powell, 21, is among a number of private investors who are trying to raise enough money to seal her a seat.

    "If I got to race in free practice for Caterham that would be amazing," Powell told BBC Radio Oxford.

  60. Children in Need



    QPR on Twitter: QPRFC stars show their support for @BBCCiN by joining #Pudsey at the club's training ground. #BeAHero this Friday!

  61. Football

    Full England squad

    The England squad for Germany's visit on 23 November is as follows:

    Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County).

    Defenders: Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida)

    Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

    Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit).

  62. Football

    England name squad for Germany match

    Karen Carney

    Karen Carney is in line to make her 100th international appearance for England against Germany on Sunday 23 November after being selected in Mark Sampson's 23-player squad.

    Eight of the Great Britain side that beat Brazil at Wembley in the London Olympics feature in the squad including captain Steph Houghton, who scored Team GB's goal in the 1-0 win.

    The match - live on BBC Two - will be played in front of a crowd of 55,000, a record attendance for an England Women's game

    Sampson said: "I speak on behalf of the players when I thank every supporter for their backing, it's incredible to have 55,000 fans at Wembley cheering on the England women's team."

  63. South Africa full line-up

    Rugby Union

    The full Springbok line-up to face England on Saturday is as follows:

    Willie le Roux; JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana; Pat Lambie; Cobus Reinach; Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Pless; Eben Etzebeth, Victor Matfield; Marcell Coetzee, Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen

    A total of 778 Test appearances spread across that starting XV.

  64. South Africa make five changes

    Rugby Union

    South Africa make five changes in their starting line-up for Saturday's Test against England at Twickenham.

    World Cup winners JP Pietersen and Schalk Burger start along with hooker Adriaan Strauss and the halfback pair of Cobus Reinach and Pat Lambie after being on the bench for last weekend's defeat by Ireland.

    Cornal Hendricks, Handre Pollard, Francois Hougaard, Teboho Mohoje and Bismarck du Plessis drop to the bench.

  65. Group A permutations


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    "Day four at the ATP World Tour Finals could see Novak Djokovic or Stan Wawrinka qualify for the semi-finals, and the pair meet in the evening match at 20:00 GMT.

    "They will only know what they have to do following the result of the afternoon Group A match between Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic at 14:00 GMT.

    "There will be live coverage of that one on BBC Two, this website and 5 live sports extra."

  66. Cash flow crisis for Capello


    From BBC Monitoring: The Russia Football Union admits it has not got the funds to pay national team manager Fabio Capello.

    RFU member Sergei Stepashin told the Interfax news agency that the situation was "extremely unpleasant" and hoped that a source of funding would be resolved before Russia's European Championship qualifying match away to Austria on Saturday.

    It is believed that the former England manager hasn't been paid for five months, Interfax adds.

  67. Taylor safely through at Grand Slam


    Phil Taylor

    Defending champion Phil Taylor is through to the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton. The 16-times world champion beat Andy Hamilton in his final group match and will play Peter Wright for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

    The second round gets under way this evening - PDC world champion Michael van Gerwen and Lakeside finalist Alan Norris are among those in action.

  68. Post update

    You have also been sending us your instances of sportspeople cropping up in lyrics.

    Will T, Bristol via text: Wayne Rooney mentioned in Chase and Status's song 'Gangsta Boogie' with rapper Knytro stating "I'm Mr Rooney kicking hat tricks".

    Russ, Lincoln via text: There are loads of sportsmen/teams referenced in hip hop but I like Dr. Syntax's line the most from the track 'Arrival': "I tower over listeners like I'm Peter Crouch!"

    Martin Cee via text: Fred Titmus gets a mention in the title of a song by Half Man Half Biscuit which you probably can't print this early in the day.

    Indeed we can't Martin. It is #bbcsportsday or 81111 on text for your favourite instances of sportspeople in lyrics.


    The Independent reports that Tottenham's technical director Franco Baldini is facing an "internal inquest" following their disappointing start to the campaign.

    Chairman Daniel Levy, manager Mauricio Pochettino and now Baldini.... seems the blame game is being played all over White Hart Lane at the moment.

    Mind you, after a total spend of around £140m since Gareth Bale's departure and four home defeats in six games, you can see why fingers are being pointed all over the place.

  70. Get involved

    #sportingshowdowns and 81111 on text

    As we gear up for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's Abu Dhabi face-off weekend after next, your sporting showdowns are coming in on thick and fast.

    Alexander Lundqvist: Matthew - Gaultier, World squash championship final 2013 in Manchester. Gaultier losing out in the final for the 4th time

    Santos L Halper: Joe Louis-Max Schmeling 2; USA-Germany with the world on the brink of war, surely the biggest showdown ever.

    Joe Louis and Max Schmeling
  71. Class of 92 have takeover approved


    Class of 92

    Neville x 2, Giggs, Butt and Scholes... Not a bad quintet is it?

    The five former Manchester United players have had their takeover of non league Salford City - along with business partner Peter Lim - approved.

    Looks as though we will be hearing a lot more about the Class of 92 then,

  72. Cricket

    Pakistan on top

    Pakistan have declared their second innings at 175-2 in Abu Dhabi, setting New Zealand an unlikely target of 480 to win the first Test - unlikely as it would smash the world record by a large margin if they were to win. Scorecard here.

  73. Clough backs Blades Evans decision


    Manager Nigel Clough says that Sheffield United have carefully considered their decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the club.

    The Blades announced on Tuesday evening that the 25-year-old Wales striker would train at his old club after a request from the Professional Footballers' Association to allow him the opportunity to rebuild his fitness.

    "Everybody realises the gravity of the situation and seriousness of everything and that's why it has taken so long to even get to this stage," Clough told Sky Sports News.

    "According to the law of the land he is entitled an opportunity to resume his career."

    Clough added that it was "a long way from being true" that Evans would rejoin the Blades as a player.

  74. Post update


    The FA has posted pictures on Twitter of the England squad visiting the National Memorial Arboretum on Armistice Day yesterday.

  75. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Nicholas Lakatos on Facebook: Lauda v Hunt. Senna v Prost. Schumacher v Haikkinen. Borg v McEnroe. Sampras v Agassi. Are all top rivals. Nadal v Federer has got to be the greatest rivalry.

    Marvin Odhiambo: 2008 Wimbledon men's final, 2012 Australian men's final, Steffi Graf 1996 performance in the tour.

    Allaan Woodward: New England Patriots vs the Broncos, Colts and Steelers all past and present.

    Your favourite sporting showdowns are coming in at BBC Sport Facebook on text at 81111 and on #sportingshowdowns as we gear up to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battling it out for the Formula 1 world title at Abu Dhabi this weekend. Keep them coming.

  76. Webber backs Button F1 exit

    Formula 1

    Mark Webber and Jenson Button on Twitter

    Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber has urged Jenson Button to leave Formula 1 behind and follow him into the Sportscars circuit.

    Button is thought to be in a battle to retain his McLaren seat for next season as the team consider Kevin Magnusson as a partner for new lead driver Fernando Alonso.

    In reply to a tweet from Button saying that he hoped to be able to tell fans more about his future soon, Webber told him to "just sign that sports car contract and get on with it".

    "Be mega to have you with/against us next year," he added.

  77. Post update

    Jerome Valcke, secretary general of Fifa, on Twitter: "Arriving in South Africa evokes great memories, can't believe it's been more than 4 years since the 2010.

    "2010 World Cup Legacy Trust was Fifa's pledge to ensure South African people continue to be recipients of long-term financial rewards. This has become a reality. Looking forward to discussing over the next 2 days the tangible results of the 2010 World Cup Legacy Trust."

  78. Football

    Africa Cup of Nations a victim of Ebola


    French newspaper L'Equipe splashes on the Africa Cup of Nations situation after Morocco pulled out of hosting it because of the Ebola crisis. They have been expelled from the tournament as a result.

  79. Lyrical players

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    The possible appearance of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the Burton dug-out brings to mind his mention in Roots Manuva's sophomore album Run Come Save Me.

    The track Hol'It Up is dedicated to all Mr Manuva's "boys who hassle banks like Jimmy Floyd".

    Any other sportsmen make surprise appearances in the lyrics of your favourite records? Send us over some suggestions on #bbcsportsday or 81111 on text.

  80. Hasselbaink poised for Burton job


    Former Chelsea and Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is set to be named as Burton Albion manager within 48 hours, reports BBC Radio Derby.

    The League Two club are looking to replace Gary Rowett, who moved to take charge of Birmingham City last month.

  81. Get involved

    #sportingshowdowns and 81111 on text

    Your favourite sporting showdowns are coming in on #sportingshowdowns and 81111 on text as we look forward to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg hammering out the 2014 Formula 1 world champion at Abu Dhabi weekend after next.

    Doug the Prop: 1990 Grand Slam decider at Murrayfield is the greatest for me

    Rory Zachilroy: Manchester Clubs at the end of the 2011/12 Premier League season? Agueroooooo...

    Murrayfield England v Scotland in 1990
  82. Matavesi turns on Ospreys team-mates

    Rugby Union

    Josh Matavesi playing for Ospreys

    Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi will face Wales at fly-half for Fiji in Cardiff on Saturday.

    The Cornish-born player is among five changes to the side that lost 40-15 to France last weekend.

    Nemani Nadolo takes over from Lepani Botia to partner Leicester's Vereniki Goneva in midfield.

    Matavesi comes in for Jonetani Ralulu while Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Waisale Nayacalevu replace wings Watisoni Votu and Alipate Ratini.

  83. Cricket

    Catch of the day


    How's this for a catch? Not a bad way to win yourself a couple of grand is it?

    Watch a New Zealand cricket fan do just that for making a spectacular one-handed catch.

    Andrew McCulloch is watching the Otago Volts play the Wellington Firebirds in a domestic Twenty20 match in Hamilton when Volts batsman Michael Bracewell launches one over the ropes.

    McCulloch, who is coincidentally the partner of Bracewell's sister, says he will spend his winnings on paying off debts.

  84. World Tour Finals Conundrum


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    "It's the morning after the night before at the O2 Arena and there are still heads being scratched over the Group B qualification scenarios at the ATP World Tour Finals, but, deep breath…. Andy Murray's win over Milos Raonic on Tuesday means that another victory against Roger Federer on Thursday will see the Briton through to the semi-finals - if Raonic also beats Kei Nishikori.

    "Any other combination of results could see it come down to the number of games and sets lost."

  85. Football

    Ronaldo the favourite

    Balon d'or

    Spanish newspaper AS believes Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer will be the final contenders for Fifa's Balon d'Or when the shortlist is whittled down to three on 1 December. They also report Ronaldo is the favourite for the award - seems a safe bet.....

  86. Football

    'I was treated worse than a criminal'

    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez was very rarely out of the headlines during his time at Liverpool and it looks like things haven't changed since his move to Barcelona. Spanish newspaper Sport includes extracts from the Uruguayan's autobiography in which he says "I was treated worse than a criminal" after his World Cup biting incident. He also talks about his "clandestine Barcelona talks".

  87. Get Involved

    #sportingshowdowns and 81111 on text

    Abba at Waterloo station

    "The winner takes it all, the loser has to fall, it's simple and it's plain." Abba knew the score.

    Sport gets exciting when a whole season, possibly a whole career, boils down to one head-to-head.

    With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg going toe-to-toe for the Formula 1 world title in Abu Dhabi and Murray Walker will be looking back on some of the sport's finest deciders in an hour-long programme from 21:30 GMT on the BBC Sport website and the BBC Red Button tonight.

    We are after your own favourite winner-takes-it-all sporting showdowns today.

    Tweet us on #sportingshowdowns or text in via 81111.

  88. Job losses at under-strain Rangers


    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin: "The BBC has learned that job losses are now likely at Rangers following news of a new cost-cutting drive at the club.

    "The Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is to provide a further £1m loan but more cash is needed before the end of the year.

    "It's understood the playing squad won't be cut, but a number of off-field staff are likely to lose their jobs."

  89. Arsenal 'hiding from dirty work'


    Arsenal against Swansea

    The Daily Telegraph's chief sports writer Paul Hayward believes that Arsenal's defeat at Swansea last weekend may be a tipping point for manager Arsene Wenger in his battle with the club's critics.

    "The attitude his players are starting out with has been allowed to drift too far from the basic truths about winning in English football," he writes.

    "Wenger may be culpable, but his players are hiding from the dirty jobs."

  90. Bofana fatigued


    May Mahlangu

    Raheem Sterling must be pleased that he wasn't born South African. Or at least that he has better sicknote etiquette.

    Gothenburg midfielder May Mahlangu failed to turn up to a South Africa training camp and, according to coach Ephraim Mashaba, sent an email explaining he had played a lot of games recently and needed a rest.

    The South Africa Football Association has responded by vowing never to select the 25-year-old for the national team again.

    "We will not tolerate an individual who does not take national call-ups seriously," said chief executive Dennis Mumble.

  91. Brighton chairman ready to spend


    Brighton chairman Tony Bloom says he is prepared to back manager Sami Hyypia in the January transfer window.

    The Seagulls signed eight players in the summer but have struggled in the Championship and currently lie 20th in the table.

    "Generally January is not a place I like to do business but for the right player at the right price, we certainly will," Bloom told BBC Sussex.

  92. Cardiff 'minutes' from administration in 2006


    Ex-board member Mike Hall has revealed that Cardiff City were "minutes" from going into administration in 2006.

    By the end of the 2004-5 season Cardiff were losing £9m a year and had debts of £30m, with players being paid late and key squad members being sold.

    Sam Hammam was replaced as chairman by Peter Ridsdale in October 2006 in a move Hall says helped save the club.

    "We had to take control away from him, which was a sad moment for him, but ultimately saved the club," Hall said.

  93. Ronaldo denies Messi rumour


    Lionel Messi

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has denied claims made in a new book that he has a private, derogatory nickname for Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.

    "News is circulating that I allegedly made offending remarks regarding Lionel Messi," the Portuguese wrote on Facebook.

    "This is absolutely false and I have assured my lawyer takes action to sue those responsible. I have the utmost respect for all my professional colleagues, and Messi is obviously no exception."

    Between the two of them, Messi and Ronaldo have won the last six World Player of the Year awards.

  94. Watson 'set to start for England'

    Rugby Union

    Anthony Watson

    Bath's Anthony Watson will be the man to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni on the wing in England's Test meeting with South Africa on Saturday according to reports.

    The 20-year-old came off the bench in England's 21-24 defeat by New Zealand on Saturday, but a place in the starting XV against the Springboks would be his first international start.

  95. Ashley injects more cash into Rangers


    Mike Ashley

    Mike Ashley is to provide another loan to Rangers as the club continues to struggle off the field.

    The Newcastle owner, who owns around 9% of the Ibrox club, will increase an initial loan of £2m to £3m.

    But the club says it will need more cash before the end of the year because of lower than expected attendances.

  96. Gossip column


    Manchester United's Juan Mata

    We can't vouch for the veracity of these, but with the re-opening of the transfer window just seven weeks away, the tittle-tattle is flying in tabloids.

    Manchester United are willing to offload midfielder Juan Mata, 26, for £20m, with Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Valencia all interested. (Daily Express)

    Chelsea are set to make 24-year-old forward Andre Schurrle, who has started just four Premier League games this season, available in January to make way for new signings. (Sun - subscription required)

    Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, linked with Arsenal in the summer, has reiterated his desire to play for a "big club". The France international says he will decide his future at the end of the season. (L'Equipe)

    Plenty more where that came from in today's gossip column.

  97. Post update

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Wednesday.

    Here is a quick rundown of the stories that are top of the shop on the BBC Sport website this morning: