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  1. Stay with BBC Sport

    Anyway, that is that for another week of Sportsday, but stay with BBC Sport this weekend:

    The Premier League is back, England Women play Germany on Sunday, there's the F1 climax, the Davis Cup final, more box-office rugby union internationals plus much, much more.

  2. BBC's best F1 moments of 2014

    Formula 1

    You might have noticed that there is a big Formula 1 race at the weekend.

    That is right the climax of all climaxes awaits with British ace Lewis Hamilton within sniffing distance of his second world title - but Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg could nick it with 20 points up for grabs for the winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    The BBC have followed the thrilling season all the way - so before the race take a look back at the best BBC F1 moments of 2014.

  3. Tsonga unhappy with crowd support


    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued a lack of crowd support in his Davis Cup final defeat to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka as a record attendance could not bring the best out of the French number one in his opening singles match on Friday.

    Some 2,500 Switzerland fans, among a 27,432 crowd, were frequently more vocal than the massed home support under the closed roof of the Pierre Mauroy stadium as Wawrinka breezed past Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

    "We heard the Swiss spectators more than we heard the French ones," said Tsonga.

    "Stan, for example, announced that the ball was out, and it was in. I just went to check the mark, and I was booed in my own country - maybe not by the French spectators but by the Swiss spectators. It's annoying."

  4. Federer loses to Monfils in Davis Cup final


    Roger Federer and Gael Monfils

    Roger Federer's recent woes have continued with defeat in three sets by Gael Monfils in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final.

    Monfils was magnificent in 6-1 6-4 6-3 win over the world number two, who pulled out of the ATP Tour final last Sunday because of a back injury.

    It means the tie is level - France 1-1 Switzerland.

  5. 'Celtic could be biggest in world'


    Chief executive Peter Lawwell claims Celtic are potentially the biggest club in the world.

    "I believe that," he said at the club's annual general meeting.

    "If you go back 25-30 years and compare us to Manchester United before the media and TV boom, there probably wasn't much in it.

    "I think our story is unique, it is rich - it is the best. We have a potential fan-base of Scots/Irish diaspora around the world to support that and we have fantastic, strong fan-base in Scotland."

  6. Federer flapping - Monfils motoring


    Roger isn't feeling this on clay is he?

    Federer is on course to lose his crucial Davis Cup final tie against Gael Monfils. Switzerland hold a 1-0 lead over France thanks to Stan Wawrinka's earlier win, but Monfils is two sets up and 4-2 up in the third.

  7. Cox leaves Mansfield


    Paul Cox

    League Two Mansfield part company with manager Paul Cox who was in charge of the Stags for three-and-a-half years.

    Read the full story on the BBC Football page.

  8. Davies backs Huddlestone


    Tom Huddlestone

    Hull Daily Mail reports that Tom Huddlestone has received the full support of captain Curtis Davies, who insists the midfielder is still Hull City's main man.

    The 27-year-old midfielder was withdrawn after 51 minutes of the defeat at Burnley, and his place could be under threat for the match against Tottenham on Sunday.

    "I honestly couldn't say Tom has stood has stood out as someone who has been under par," said Davies.

    "For me, he's the one player with the most natural talent in our team. When he's on-song, we play well."

  9. Federer faces uphill battle


    Now then, Gael Monfils is now two sets up against Roger Federer in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final.

    Earlier, Stan Wawrinka put Switzerland 1-0 up against France with victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    You can follow the live score on the BBC Tennis page.

  10. Evans backlash surprised Blades


    Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps has told BBC Radio Sheffield the club did not expect the backlash they received after allowing convicted rapist Ched Evans to train at the club.

    The Blades retracted the offer to the 25-year-old on Thursday after heavy criticism and high profile supporters speaking out against it.

    He said: "The furore was more significant than we had anticipated.

    "It was damaging to the fabric of our community and our long-term interests."

  11. Ref Oliver resigns in protest


    BBC Sport's Katie Gornall:

    Premier League referee Michael Oliver resigns as head of Northumberland FA's referee academy in protest at the board's decision not to punish vice-president John Cummings for discrimination.

    BBC Sport understands that a secret ballot was held to decide whether Cummings should be disciplined further for telling female referee Lucy May "a woman's place is in the kitchen".

    Cummings has already been banned for four months by the FA for discriminatory language and fined £250. The NFA board decided that punishment was sufficient and declined to impose its own sanctions.

  12. Federer trouble


    He declared himself fit enough to play, but Roger Federer is having problems against Gael Monfils in Switzerland's second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final.

    The world number two, who pulled out of last Sunday's ATP Tour final against Novak Djokovic because of back problems, is a set down and now a break down in the second set. It's 3-2 to Monfils, who is serving.

  13. Wakefield sign half-back Miller

    Rugby League

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed former Hull FC half-back Jacob Miller on a one-year deal.

    Miller, 22, who will join the Wildcats on 1 December, played 20 Super League games for the Black and Whites before being released earlier this month.

    "I didn't have the best time at Hull so I suppose you could say I have a point to prove," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  14. Ashour beats El Shorbagy for world title


    Egypt's Ramy Ashour has beaten compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy 13-11 7-11 5-11 11-5 14-12 to claim his third World Open title.

    Ashour has only recently returned from six months out injured with hamstring problems.

  15. Barton set for return to Magpies


    QPR midfielder Joey Barton

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton: Packing this morning with a huge smile on my face. Back with the team and going back to a place I have great memories.

    Barton returns to Newcastle - where he spent four years - for Saturday's Premier League fixture.

  16. Monfils leads Federer


    Gael Monfils

    Will France level the Davis Cup final tie?

    Gael Monfils is a set up against Roger Federer in the second singles rubber - the French world number 19 twice broke the Swiss world number two to take the first set 6-1.

    Earlier, Stan Wawrinka put Switzerland 1-0 up with victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  17. Naismith: 'We were flat'


    Everton star Steven Naismith tells BBC Sport's Matt Slater that he thinks the real gulf in class between England and Scotland is at club level, not international.

    Naismith was part of the Scotland team beaten by their old rivals in Tuesday's friendly but denies there is a huge gap between the teams.

    "On the night there probably was, but not in general," he said. "We were just a bit flat, physically and mentally.

    "We didn't gift England the game, but we didn't make them work hard enough for their goals. We were very sloppy with the ball."

  18. Zidane wins coaching appeal


    Zinedine Zidane

    Zinedine Zidane has won his appeal against a three month ban from coaching Real Madrid's reserve team.

    Spain's football federation imposed the ban at the end of October, arguing the former France midfielder did not have the right licence to coach in Spain.

  19. Federer v Monfils latest


    In the second match of the Davis Cup final, France's Gael Monfils has got an early break against Switzerland's Roger Federer in the first set and leads 4-1.

    Switzerland hold a 1-0 lead over the French after Stan Wawrinka recorded a 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  20. Rutherford criticises Doha Worlds decision


    Back to Greg Rutherford, who has criticised the decision to award the 2019 World Athletics Championships to Qatar.

    He had strong words on the country's treatment of migrant workers, saying: "It's not acceptable. Nobody should lose their life in the creation of a sporting venue. It's ridiculous. We're now in 2014 - we're not living in the Dark Ages."

    He added: "The only way to change things is by not going to the event."

  21. Awards success for Pavey & Rutherford


    Jo Pavey

    European champions Jo Pavey and Greg Rutherford have been named athletes of the year at the British Athletics Writers' Association awards in London.

    Pavey, 41, won bronze over 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before triumphing in the 10,000m at the European Championships in Zurich shortly after.

    Long jumper Rutherford won gold in both Glasgow and Zurich and also set a new British record of 8.51m.

  22. English duo guaranteed World medals


    England's Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan are guaranteed two medals at the women's World Boxing Championships in Jeju City, South Korea.

    Whiteside reached the semi-finals in the 51kg division with a convincing unanimous decision win over experienced Canadian Mandy Bujold.

    Ryan, 21, continued her dream run in her first major international tournament by outpointing Romania's Simone Sitar in the 64kg division.

  23. Federer taking on Monfils


    Roger Federer is out on court with Gael Monfils ahead of the second match in the Davis Cup final.

    Federer has not played since pulling out of the ATP World Tour Finals final against Novak Djokovic, and there will be plenty of observers interested to see how his back holds up.

    Federer leads the head-to-head 8-2, and Switzerland are of course 1-0 up after Stan Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier.

  24. Samoa coach fears England backlash

    Rugby Union

    Samoa coach Stephen Betham is expecting a backlash from Stuart Lancaster's side at Twickenham on Saturday.

    England are looking to end a run of five consecutive Test defeats when they meet the Samoans, but Betham believes England are still a dangerous proposition.

    "England are pretty complete at the moment," the Samoa coach said. "Although they had five losses, those losses were very close and could have gone either way. We are expecting England to be at their strongest.

  25. O's must show team spirit - Clarke


    Nathan Clarke

    Leyton Orient captain Nathan Clarke is adamant the club can move away from danger in League One but says the squad must remain united in order to do so.

    The O's are in the relegation zone, having won just three of their 17 league games so far this season

    "As players, we believe strongly that we can get out of this," the 30-year-old centre-back told BBC London 94.9.

    "You're only getting out of it with team spirit, teamwork and everyone pulling in the right direction."

  26. Bangladesh continue winning streak


    Bangladesh have beaten Zimbabwe by 87 runs in the first ODI at Chittagong. The hosts bowled out Zimbabwe for 194 having made 281-7 from their 50 overs.

    Shakib al-Hasan was the star of the show, making 101 and then taking four wickets.

    It's Bangladesh's fourth international win in a row over the tourists, having also whitewashed them 3-0 in the Test series.

  27. Question of Sport

    Earlier, Question of Sport asked: Lewis Hamilton is aiming to become the 7th driver to be on two Formula 1 World Championship wins, who are the others?

    Answer: Fernando Alonso, Alberto Ascari, Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Hakkinen and Graham Hill.

  28. King feared for career after crash

    Road Cycling

    Dani King

    Olympic champion Dani King says she feared for her career after a training crash put her in hospital for 10 days, two of them in intensive care.

    The 24-year-old won team pursuit gold at London 2012, but suffered eight broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the crash in south Wales earlier this month, but plans to return to road racing next year.

    "Initially when I hit the floor I was fine and thought I'd got off lightly. Then I felt excruciating pain as someone rode straight into my back and that's when all the damage was done," she told BBC Radio Solent.

    "I was in so much pain I couldn't cry, I couldn't breathe,"

  29. Boyce breaks silence on Mackay


    Emmerson Boyce

    Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce has used his regular column in the Wigan Evening Post to address the controversial appointment of Malky Mackay.

    "Looking at Malky's record, I think Wigan have hit the jackpot in getting him here," Boyce writes.

    "We all read the papers and we've seen what's happened, but all we can do is concentrate on our jobs, listen to him and hope he guides us in the right direction. People make mistakes, things happen, and if he can get us promoted then I'm sure people will be talking about the positives rather than the negatives."

  30. Tizzard & Jacob shape up for Haydock

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Daryl Jacob warmed for up their challenge on Saturday's £200,000 Betfair Chase at Haydock with last year's winner Cue Card, when Third Intention out-jumped his rivals to win the course's Graduation Chase today (13:20 GMT).

    Of Cue Card, on whom Jacob has taken over from the now retired trainer's son Joe Tizzard, the jockey said: "He was beaten at Exeter early in the month, but he's feeling class and looking great, and I can't wait".

    Check all of today's racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  31. Wawrinka gives Switzerland lead in Davis Cup final


    It's all over in Lille. Stan Wawrinka has beaten France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final.

    Wawrinka triumphed 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2. Next up, all eyes turn to to Roger Federer and Gael Monfils - will the Swiss maestro have fully recovered from his back injury?

  32. Stoke City news conference


    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is asked about the job his counterpart Sean Dyche has done at Burnley.

    He says: "Everyone was hugely impressed what he did last year, galvanising the group he had and taking them into the Premier League. It was a huge effort. It's more difficult in the Premier League but it's still early days.

    They'll hope the last result was the kick start. Getting points on the board with your first win is huge. They're increasing their experience as the season goes along ... but we're hopeful they won't be tomorrow."

  33. Stoke City news conference


    More from Stoke City manager Mark Hughes.

    On the form of striker Bojan Krkic: "He's one of a number who are in a good place. We had to be patient but he's exceptionally gifted. We always felt he would be a key player for us, but we always knew it may take a little bit of time.

    "His last two, three if you include Southampton - which was the performance which convinced me he was ready to step up - have hit the levels."

    On facing Burnley: "If you can get a win before the international break that's what you want. They know coming to Stoke will be a difficult fixture but confidence is a huge thing.

    2Mind, we're confident ourselves and we're really looking forward to the fixture. We've let ourselves down when we've had a great performance and great result before, like Man City then losing to Leicester. We don't want to do that again."

  34. Stoke City news conference


    Mark Hughes faces the media

    One more Premier League press conference to bring you this afternoon. Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been talking to the media ahead of his side's match against Burnley tomorrow.

    Hughes is asked about the availability of his players. He says: "Marc Wilson, Phil Bardsley and Erik Pieters - two out of three we hope will be OK. It looks like Marc will miss out.

    "Glenn Whelan should be an option. He's trained all week. He's done remarkably well to recover so quickly from a broken leg. He's near to being back to where he was before the injury."

  35. Wawrinka leads Tsonga in Davis Cup final


    Stan Wawrinka has taken the third set 6-3 against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening singles rubber of the Davis Cup final in Lille. The Swiss man is now just one set from victory.

    And to make matters worse for the home fans, Tsonga is a break down in the fourth set. Sacre bleu!

  36. Hull KR sign Parramatta prop Allgood

    Rugby League

    Hull KR have signed Parramatta Eels prop Mitch Allgood on a three-year deal.

    The 25-year-old made 70 appearances for the Sydney-based NRL side.

    Head coach Chris Chester said: "Mitch is a big, strong and athletic prop with a good leg drive who will really add a lot to our pack next season.

    "We lost a bit of power up front from last year's squad but with Ryan Bailey and now Mitch coming in, we're pleased with finding two high quality props."

  37. Southampton news conference


    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is asked about facing Aston Villa ahead of a tough run of fixtures:

    "It's not good to think already for next week because Aston Villa is a difficult one. They are in a difficult situation and they have to win, so we have to prepare ourselves. Maybe Aston Villa away is more difficult than facing Manchester City at home. I don't know."

    He confirms that midfielder Dusan Tadic is fit and trained as normal today. "He'll be OK to play on Monday," says the manager.

  38. Southampton news conference


    More from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

    On Jay Rodriguez's injury: "It's important that he comes back 100%. We're not in a hurry." He adds that rumours linking Southampton with a loan move for Rickie Lambert are "not true".

    On keeping Southampton's run going: "When we are winning in a game, we keep good organisation. It's important that you don't make stupid mistakes." He says playing on live TV on Monday for only the second time this season will not bring any extra pressure.

  39. Southampton news conference


    More from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

    On players' fitness ahead of the Aston Villa match: "Not everybody is fit. Steven Davis didn't play [for Northern Ireland] because he got a hamstring injury in the match against Leicester. He will be doubtful for Monday. The same for Morgan Schneiderlin, who came back with a groin injury from France. But I am hopeful he will be fit for Monday."

    On rumours linking Morgan Schneiderlin with a move away from the club: "I am saying nothing about Morgan's future. I know that people can take things out of interviews and make a big deal about it. We will see what happens. He's a player of Southampton."

  40. Southampton news conference


    No sooner has one Premier League manager departed the press room than another one enters (not the same room obviously, but you know what I mean). It's now time to hear from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman ahead of Saints' match against Aston Villa on Monday evening.

    On how he has got his team to gel: "That has to be my job. Of course in the beginning it was difficult, but the most important thing is to have a good spirit in the team. They showed from the beginning a great ambition to be successful.

    "But it's still the beginning of the season and we've got a tough programme until the beginning of January."

  41. Spurs news conference


    Some final lines from Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's press conference ahead of Tottenham's match against Hull on Sunday.

    He's asked about the importance of home-grown players to him and Tottenham: "I always want to give the possibility to the young players to play. We are in England, at a club with this culture."

    On his job security and relationship with the chairman: "I chat to Daniel (Levy) everyday. I always feel the support from him and the club. I am happy here."

  42. Spurs news conference


    More from Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    He's asked about reported Manchester United target Jan Vertonghen. He says: "I am happy with Jan, for us he's an important player.. We're in three competitions, we change the team a lot."

    He also says long-term injury absentee Kyle Walker has resumed training with the squad this week and could return "maybe in the next few weeks."

  43. Spurs news conference


    Some lines now from Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Tottenham's meeting with Hull on Sunday.

    He says he recognises that Spurs have been struggling this season: "My job as a head coach is to find a solution, get more positive results. We need to be more strong in all areas. I'm confident with the players and the club."

  44. Hamilton fastest in second practice

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton has struck another psychological blow ahead of the decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. He's finished first in second practice, once again beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg into second.

    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was third.

  45. Liverpool news conference


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    "Daniel Sturridge has just been extremely unfortunate," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

    "He's a player who doesn't want to be out for this length of time. He wants to play football.

    "Now is the time for him to go away and see what more we can do to get him on the pitch consistently because he is a world-class talent.

    "He wants that more than anyone. I spoke to him today at length and he's as down as I've ever seen him.

    "He'll go away in the New Year and hopefully find the answers to help him perform at Liverpool."

  46. Post update

    Anthony Joshua

    Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua on Twitter: Feeling good. Weighed in at 17st 2lbs. Ready for fight night tomorrow...

    Joshua fights Michael Sprott on the undercard of Tony Bellew's bout with Nathan Cleverly.

  47. Liverpool news conference


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also says that he expects Belgium international Divock Origi to stay with French club Lille until the summer.

    The Reds signed the 19-year-old for £10m last summer, but under the terms of the deal loaned the forward back to the Ligue 1 side.

    Reports suggested Liverpool were keen to end the loan deal in January.

    Rodgers added that Rickie Lambert will "feature heavily" in games coming up, while fellow striker Mario Balotelli's fitness will be assessed before Sunday's game at Crystal Palace game.

  48. Collin thrilled by Stones Cup exploits


    Maidstone United striker Frannie Collin says their giant-killing exploits in the FA Cup have given the club the exposure they wanted.

    The Stones, who play in the seventh tier, beat League Two Stevenage 2-1 in their first round replay on Thursday.

    "We wanted to get in the first round, get a league club and showcase our pitch," Collin told BBC Radio Kent.

    "We couldn't have asked for any more. Stevenage are three leagues above us but we always fancied our chances."

  49. Liverpool news conference


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that striker Daniel Sturridge is "as down as I have seen anyone", after the England international was ruled out for another six weeks having picking up a new thigh injury.

    The 25-year-old, who scored 25 times last season, has played just three Premier League games this term and only returned to full training last week.

  50. Tsonga and Wawrinka level in Davis Cup final


    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has levelled his opening singles rubber with Stan Wawrinka at one set apiece in the Davis Cup final in Lille.

    France's Tsonga lost the first set 6-1 but has come storming back to take the second 6-3 in front of a vociferous home crowd.

    In fact, the crowd has just been confirmed at 27,432: an all-time record for a professional tennis match, beating Seville's 27,200 during the 2004 Davis Cup Final.

  51. FA investigating Whelan slurs


    The Football Association has opened an investigation into the alleged racist comments made by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

    The FA said it was "very concerned" by the reported slurs against Jewish and Chinese people and has written to Whelan. He has three working days to respond.

  52. Liverpool news conference


    There are some interesting quotes from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers coming up...

  53. Leicester move attracted McGoldrick


    Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has said he would have been interested in a move to Leicester in the summer.

    The Premier League side reportedly made an approach for the 26-year-old at the end of August, after he scored 16 goals last season.

    "I wouldn't say my head was turned. I wasn't banging doors or demanding to move," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

    "But in a job where you have an offer to better your career, you're going to be thinking about it."

  54. Batman takes on Valencia


    Batman has taken on many formidable adversaries in his time.

    To the list, you can now add Spanish football club Valencia. DC Comics, the makers of superhero Batman, is fighting the La Liga club's right to use its 'new' bat crest.

    The New York-based publishing giant claims the logo is too close to two of its own images related to the caped crusader.

  55. Cardiff owner on Whelan & Mackay


    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has accused Wigan counterpart Dave Whelan of being "a racist".

    The Malaysian businessman criticised Whelan for using derogatory comments about Jews and the word "chink" in an interview with a national newspaper.

    Whelan has denied being racist, but Tan said: "I think he insulted the dignity of all Jewish people. I think he insulted the dignity of Chinese."

    Tan also hit out at former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

    The Scot was appointed as Wigan boss this week, but is still under investigation by the Football Association following allegations he made racist, sexist and homophobic comments in text messages and emails sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.

    "This is a racist chairman hiring a racist manager," Tan told BBC Sport's David Ornstein.

    Both men have denied being racist (when faced with accusations over comments made) and both men have refused to comment specifically on these comments from Vincent Tan. Tan sacked Mackay at Cardiff in acrimonious circumstances and that two have been involved in a legal dispute.

    Read the full story on the BBC Football page.

  56. Stenson seizes lead in Dubai


    Henrik Stenson

    Henrik Stenson has taken a two-shot lead after two rounds of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

    The Swede leads on 10 under after a round of 66, with Rory McIlroy among those in second on eight under after he shot 70.

    England's Danny Willett (67) and Scotland's Richie Ramsay (69) are also within two shots.

  57. Greaves & Cockroft honoured


    Dan Greaves

    Commonwealth and European discus champion Dan Greaves and double European champion wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft are named Paralympic Athletes of the Year at the British Athletics Writers' Association awards in London.

  58. Cleverly v Bellew weigh-in


    The weight limit is 200 pounds...

    Tony Bellew: 199.1 pounds

    Nathan Cleverly: 199.3 pounds

    Both boxers expectedly exchange words in the post weigh-in head-to-head. Textbook stuff. There will be live coverage of the fight on this website and on BBC Radio 5 live. With BBC 5 live sports extra covering the other fights on the undercard.

  59. Cleverly v Bellew weigh-in


    The weigh-in for Saturday's rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew is set to take place. Expect eyeballs between the British pair going for the intercontinental cruiserweight titles.

  60. Pakistan earn draw against NZ


    Pakistan's Asad Shafiq bats

    Pakistan have salvaged a draw against New Zealand in the second Test in Dubai.

    Chasing 261, Pakistan were wobbling at 75-4, but Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq (pictured) guided them to safety with 44 and an unbeaten 41 respectively.

    The final Test starts in Sharjah next Wednesday.

  61. Football making progress on racism - Taylor


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England manager Graham Taylor tells BBC 5 Live's Friday Sports Panel that English football has improved in terms of its approach to racism.

    "I can remember as international manager the abuse John Barnes got from the England crowd sat behind me. It was absolutely shocking. This is in the early 1990s. We are way above that now. We have left that kind of thing way behind."

  62. Taylor supports Wigan chairman


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live's Friday Sports Panel:

    "The Dave Whelan I know is a good man and and honest man. He is not looking to cause trouble deliberately. I hope it subsides and goes away and let him get on with the job he's done so well as the chairman of his football club."

  63. Question of Sport

    Here's today's Question of Sport teaser for you to puzzle over:

    Lewis Hamilton is aiming to become the 7th driver to be on two F1 World Championship wins, who are the others?

    We'll give you the answer later in the day.

  64. Taylor doubts on Evans future


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England manager and Watford chairman Graham Taylor tells BBC 5 Live's Friday Sports Panel he doubts striker Ched Evans will be able to find another club to train with after Sheffield United withdraw their offer to allow their former player and convicted rapist to train with them.

    "I will be surprised if another club offers that opportunity because they have seen what comes with it."

  65. GB are fifth seeds


    Great Britain's women have been allocated a place among the fifth seeds - the lowest ranking possible - for the Eurobasket 2015 Finals draw in Budapest next weekend.

    Holders Spain and runners-up France are the top two seeds among the 20 teams. The one advantage for GB, who will be playing their third successive Eurobasket, is that they will avoid being drawn against either of the co-hosts Hungary and Romania.

  66. Football

    Taylor backs Mackay return

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England manager and Watford chairman Graham Taylor discussing Malky Mackay's appointment as Wigan manager on BBC Radio 5 live's Friday Sports Panel:

    "Malky has made a mistake. He has admitted it and he hasn't tried to hide it. He has held his hand up and has apologised for it.

    "I am biased because I know this man and he is a good man.

    "I find it very difficult from what he has apparently done to suggest, as some people have, that he can't carry on in football. I disagree with that."

  67. David Moyes news conference


    David Moyes ahead of managing his Real Sociedad match, at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday:

    "I met my Spanish teacher yesterday. But the club have already started English lessons here. It's incredible the club are doing that."

  68. Man City news conference

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday's opponents: "Swansea are a very good technical side and we are expecting a difficult afternoon."

  69. Man City news conference


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on being asked about midfielder Yaya Toure, who is expected to play for Ivory Coast in January.

    "It was very important for Yaya to qualify for the African Cup of Nations and I am very happy for him," he said.

    "Of course we will miss Yaya in January but we will decide how we cover his absence in December."

  70. Football

    Moyes news conference

    David Moyes is giving his first pre-match news conference as Real Sociedad manager. The club are 15th in the table and recently replaced Jagoba Arrasate with the former Manchester United boss. His first match in charge is at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday at 21:00 GMT.

    "The players have to be the ones that perform," he said.

    "We want to see their special touch and what they can do. The players have shown their full potential. The players now have to stand up and do better. Time will tell."

    Watch the news conference on the Real Sociedad site.

  71. Man City news conference

    However, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says striker Edin Dzeko, midfielder David Silva and full-back Aleksandar Kolarov will miss Swansea game.

    Pellegrini, whose team have won once in the last three, added: "I hope we can return to our normal form now the international break is over."

  72. Vydra 'woke up' after West Brom loan


    Watford striker Matej Vydra has said his spell in the Premier League with West Brom was a wake up call.

    The 22-year-old, on loan at Watford from Udinese, returned to Vicarage Road this season after making just seven starts for the Baggies last term.

    "I saw the quality of people like David Silva and Eden Hazard," Vydra told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "I didn't play much but I saw the quality of other people and I said 'wake up, you need to train more.'"

  73. Man City news conference


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says defender Vincent Kompany had a small problem, but is available for Saturday's game against Swansea. Midfielder Frank Lampard is also ready to play.

  74. Minimum wage for Celtic staff?


    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin: Celtic are to consult their staff about adopting minimum rate as living wage. Around 180 staff members currently get less than £7.85 rate.

  75. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On the Friday Sports Panel at 13:00 GMT, Elly Oldroyd will be speaking to former England football manager Graham Taylor, England women's rugby union World Cup winner, Tamara Taylor, and squash world champion, Laura Massaro.

  76. Middlesbrough prospect goes out on loan


    Middlesbrough's England Under-19 defender Bryn Morris has joined League Two side Burton Albion on a month's loan.

    The 18-year-old, who can also play in midfield, has made three appearances so far for Boro's first team.

  77. Smith leaves role as Northants CEO


    Northants chief executive David Smith has left the club after almost three years in the role, BBC Radio Northampton understands.

    The club is expected to issue a statement later on Friday morning.

  78. Man City news conference


    Manuel Pellegrini

    We have the news conference of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini coming up on BBC Sportsday.

    His champions are at home to Swansea, and go into the match having won only once in the Premier League in the last three... then there's their Champions League campaign...

    With Chelsea eight points ahead, the Chilean knows that they cannot afford to drop many more points.

    Stay tuned.

  79. Football

    PFA statement on Ched Evans

    PFA statement on Ched Evans:

    "We note Sheffield United's decision to retract the offer they made to Ched Evans for him to return to training with the club.

    "It is not surprising given the subsequent delay in his return as the matter was debated and understandably strong opinions were aired. We fully understand and respect the opposing views to Ched's return to Sheffield United and clearly part of the issue related to him returning to the club he was previously with at the time of his imprisonment. With that in mind, it may ultimately be of benefit to both parties to move on and for Ched to look for a fresh start at a different club.

    "We maintain our general position that the courts determine punishments and a return to society and a contribution to the community through employment is a key element of rehabilitation. We do not agree that society should impose different rules for footballers which go beyond the position of the law. In that regard, it is hoped that Ched will be given an opportunity at another club to return to the job he is trained to do."

  80. Duggan and Houghton on BBC's Newsbeat


    Toni Duggan and Steph Houghton

    Manchester City and England striker Toni Duggan: Enjoyed interviewing @stephhoughton2 for @bbcradio1 Newsbeat... listen out for us today!! #JacquiOatleyInDisguise #2DaysToGo #Wembley

  81. Redknapp praises Newcastle owner


    QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mike Ashley has been a "fantastic" chairman for Newcastle and claims Alan Pardew would have been sacked by now under a foreign owner.

    "The chairman has been fantastic," said Redknapp, whose side play Newcastle on Saturday. The Magpies have gone from bottom on 22 September to eighth in the table.

    "He gets a lot of stick, Mike Ashley, but he's always at the games in the crowd."

    He added: "It doesn't really matter if you've got a contract - there will be a clause in it and 99 times out of 100, if they sack you that will probably pay you a year's money.

    "The difference is probably because he's a British owner. Lots of the foreign owners would look at bringing a foreign manager in because maybe he's been a better player than Alan Pardew was and they played in Italy or Spain."

  82. Scannell signs new Huddersfield deal


    Huddersfield Town winger Sean Scannell has signed a two-year contract extension with the Championship side.

    The 24-year-old joined the Terriers from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal in June 2012 and has since made 87 league appearances, scoring four goals.

  83. Bookies pay out on Chelsea


    Bookmakers Paddy Power have paid out on Chelsea winning the Premier League with only 11 games of the season played. The Blues are four points ahead of second-placed Southampton and eight points ahead of champions Manchester City, in third.

  84. Chelsea news conference


    A couple more bits from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the club's strikers.

    On Didier Drogba: "No club brings a 36-year-old man back if he is not fundamental to the objectives of the team." He says he hasn't seen Drogba's dance moves on holiday.

    On Diego Costa: "The Christmas period is new for him. He has worked with a club physio even during a little holiday [during the international break]. He is on four bookings [only one away from a suspension] but will I protect him? No."

  85. Chelsea news conference


    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is asked whether the Blues are a class above other teams: "I don't compare ourselves with others," he says. "We have a situation now, but our distance to our opponents tomorrow can increase or decrease. I compare us with the next opponent. In this moment I don't think about being champion, I just think about winning West Brom."

    He also says he didn't watch Portugal's match against Argentina because "I don't like friendlies".

  86. Chelsea news conference


    More from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

    On his comments about a lack of support at Stamford Bridge: "I don't want to make any more comments about it. My job is not to criticise the stadium, even though I did."

    On facing West Brom: "I expect to win, but I expect a very very difficult match. They have a good team, they can give us a very difficult match. They know that they can get a result against us, because they got it in the past."

  87. Chelsea news conference


    More from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

    On the upcoming Christmas fixture list: "It's a different phase, but it doesn't mean that we can train more. I know it's very difficult for me, and especially for the players and their bodies, but I love it. I look forward to the marathon Christmas period."

    On rumours linking Petr Cech with a move away from Chelsea: "On which Mickey Mouse website? On which Mickey Mouse blog? Some websites don't even know where they get their stories. I have zero proposals for Petr Cech. Petr has a contract for two more years, he's a fantastic professional. Not once has he knocked on my door to inform me about his desire to accept some proposal."

  88. Chelsea news conference


    Jose Mourinho

    Here's Jose Mourinho on Chelsea's injury situation: "Nathan Ake is out for a few weeks. John Mikel I don't know, he only got back this morning. Diego Costa is totally recovered, the same with Schurrle. Fabregas hopefully will be fit, Ramires can play, his injury is improving, but he is not in very good condition."

    On the threat of complacency: "If we lose matches it will not be because of complacency. It will be because football is football."

  89. British stars set for World Cup


    BBC School Reporter Oliver, 15, Marple Hall School:

    With the F1 world championships coming to a close, Abu Dhabi remains in the sporting spotlight with the Sailing World Cup final held off Lulu Island from 27-30 November. The British team will join 38 other competitors in the 10 Olympic classes with an open kite-boarding event also forming part of the World Cup.

    Although a number of British sailing stars - Giles Scott, Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark, Luke Patience and Elliott Willis - have opted to decline their invitation to the spectacle, there will still be a strong and heavy-hitting Great Britain team aiming for a podium for a share of the$200,000 (£127,671) prize fund.

    Sophie Weguelin, Kate Macgregor, Kristie Urwin, Nick Thompson Bryony Shaw and Izzy Hamilton will be competing.

  90. Chelsea news conference


    Next up to face the press today, it's Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who'll be quizzed on his side's meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

    These two clubs have plenty of previous - you may remember Jose Mourinho accusing the Baggies of being "a Mickey Mouse club" after the sides met in November.

    That match, a fiery 2-2 draw, saw Chelsea awarded a controversial late penalty for a foul on Ramires, and the teams engage in "a 20-man bust-up" after the final whistle.

    Should be interesting to hear what Jose has to say about his opponents today...

  91. Birmingham Pub Bombings remembered


    On the day that marks the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings, the football clubs in and around the city have announced their plans to commemorate the tragedy.

    Aston Villa will hold a minute's applause in the 21st minute of their televised Monday night game with Southampton at Villa Park - the club had initially faced criticism from fans for not making plans for a minute's silence before the game.

    Birmingham City will read out the names of all 21 victims during half-time in their home game against Nottingham Forest next weekend (29 November).

    And West Bromwich Albion have tweeted this picture of flags flying at half-mast outside the Hawthorns today.

    West Brom fly flags at half mast outside the Hawthorns
  92. Pools sign Magpies striker Campbell


    Adam Campbell

    Hartlepool United have signed Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell on a one-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old recently spent time on loan with League One side Fleetwood, making four appearances.

    He made his debut for the Magpies against Atromitos in the Europa League at the age of 17.

    Campbell is likely to go straight into the squad for Saturday's home match against fellow League Two strugglers York City.

  93. Samoa not distracted - Lemi

    Rugby Union

    David Lemi

    Samoa captain David Lemi says his side won't be distracted by off-field issues ahead of their match against England on Saturday.

    The squad had threatened to boycott the match because of long-standing problems with the Samoan Rugby Union.

    But Lemi told BBC Radio 5 live: "This team is special, it is different from any team I have been involved with. In this team we are family, we are brothers."

  94. The ex-Olympian working in League Two


    Dalton Grant
    Image caption: Grant, pictured competing at the 1995 World Athletics Championships, achieved his personal best high jump of 2.36m in Tokyo in 1991

    Here's a blast from the past.

    Former Olympic high jumper Dalton Grant has taken his hand to football, and is working with League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge as a strength and conditioning coach and has a lot to say about the way footballers run.

    "Unless you are being coached to run then you can't run," he said. "A lot of footballers run on their heels. You can still run fast with bad technique but you can pick up injuries."

    You can find out more in a feature written by BBC Sport's Rob Stevens here.

  95. Adams fine with Phelan 'threat'


    Norwich City manager Neil Adams insists he is comfortable with new first-team coach Mike Phelan being perceived as a threat to his job.

    Phelan, 52, was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson for five years at Manchester United until 2013.

    "What I won't do is get somebody in who isn't a threat. You need to get the best and it isn't a problem for me at all," Adams told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  96. Captain Wellens to stay with Saints

    Rugby League

    Paul Wellens

    Super League champions St Helens have agreed a new one-year contract with captain Paul Wellens.

    The 34-year-old full-back led the club to a League Leaders' Shield and Grand Final double last season.

    "With a World Club Challenge to look forward to, the new Super League format and a title to defend it is a very exciting time for the club," he said.

  97. Caterham investigation launched

    Formula 1

    The BBC School Reporters are newshounds on this #TakeoverDay...

    Matthew, 15, from Marple Hall School:

    Administrator Finbarr O'Connell has launched an investigation into Caterham to determine whether any behind-the-scenes incidents may have resulted in the downfall of the team. The Leafield-based outfit return to the grid at this weekend's final race of the Formula 1 season after being given dispensation to miss the last two in the United States and Brazil.

    Caterham, which missed the last two races because of financial trouble, enter Abu Dhabi with a skeleton crew of only 40 people.

  98. Australia beat SA to clinch series


    Another cricket result to bring you...Australia have beaten South Africa by three wickets in the fourth ODI at Melbourne to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

    The hosts were in trouble at 98-5, but a fine century from Steve Smith carried them over the line as they reached their target of 268 with an over to spare.

  99. Get involved

    Ronald Koeman and Shane Long

    Earlier we asked what you missed most about the Premier League - having been starved of any action for almost two weeks.

    Arthur Fane: I've missed Southampton putting a permanently smug grin on my face every week. Hopefully it won't be wiped off any time soon!

    Abdul Wahab: It's my team's inability to score goals. #LFC #YNWA. But still proud of them though.

  100. Pompey sign Bean and Fish on loan


    Portsmouth have completed the loan signings of Colchester United midfielder Marcus Bean and Gillingham defender Matt Fish.

    Bean, 30, has not played since late August, making just three league appearances this season.

    He started his career at QPR and had spells at Blackpool and Brentford before joining Colchester in June 2012.

    Fish, 25, began his career at Crystal Palace before moving to Dover in 2008 and on to Gillingham in July 2011.

  101. Wigan fine Flower for gross misconduct

    Rugby League

    Ben Flower

    Wigan have announced they have found prop Ben Flower guilty of gross misconduct following his attack on St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia during the Super League Grand Final in October.

    They've also hit Flower with a hefty fine, docking him 50% of his wages for three months, with a further three months suspended.

  102. Tribute for Bradford fire victims


    Fire at Valley Parade and fans on the pitch
    Image caption: Fifty-four Bradford City fans and two Lincoln City supporters were killed and hundreds more injured

    BBC School Reporter Matthew, 15, from Marple Hall School:

    The Premier League and the Football League will hold a minute's silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster next year. The last home game of April will be a tribute to the 56 supporters who lost their lives and the hundreds more who were injured.

    Premier League chairman Peter McCormick said: "The Bradford fire was one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football. It will be forever remembered."

  103. England win warm-up match


    Colombo cricket ground

    As earlier suggested, England have won their warm-up game against Sri Lanka A by 56 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method after bad light stopped play early.

    Moeen Ali top scored for England with 56, including six fours in his first over. He'd previously taken three wickets.

    Click here for the scorecard.

  104. Maddison wins Young Player gong for October


    Marcus Maddison

    Peterborough United's Marcus Maddison has won the Football League's Young Player of the Month Award.

    The 21-year-old scored four goals in five games during October and has earned a particular reputation for his deadly free kicks.

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne has written a feature on Maddison, where you'll find out dreamed of playing for Real Madrid when he was on Newcastle's books as a youngster, but ended up at Gateshead.

  105. Pearson worry over Foxes


    Here is another entry from our BBC School Reporter...

    Oliver, 15, from Marple Hall School:

    Manager Nigel Pearson admits he is concerned with Leicester's loss of form, but insisted he has faith in his misfiring team. The Foxes have dropped into the Premier League relegation zone after six straight loses. They have also failed to score in their last four outings ahead of Saturday's visit of Sunderland.

    "It's always a concern if you are unable to break the cycle, which we have been unable to do," he said.

    Pearson also has injury issues with midfielder Dean Hammond out with a calf problem, while defender Matt Upson has returned to training following his foot injury but will not play.

  106. Adcocks reach Hong Kong semis


    Chris and Gabby Adcock remain on course to defend their Hong Kong Open title after reaching the semi-finals following a 21-14 21-17 victory over Korean pair Lee Yong Dae and Lee So Hee.

    They will now face world and Olympic champions, Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, on Saturday - a repeat of last year's semi-final.

    "We are excited by this challenge. Hopefully we can continue to play our style of game and impose that on the Chinese as we have to be at our best to beat them," said Chris.

  107. Bad light halts England match


    England's warm-up match against Sri Lanka A in Colombo has been brought to an abrupt halt by bad light.

    The players are off the pitch, with England 145-2 after 25 overs, chasing 199 - they're well ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method should play not resume.

  108. Rose and Cabrera-Bello surge into lead


    Justin Rose

    England's Justin Rose has surged into the lead at the DP World Championship in Dubai. Rose shot a second-round 66 to move to seven under, alongside Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who also went out early and shot 64.

    Overnight leader Rory McIlroy is out on the course and he too has a share of the lead on seven under after playing the opening 10 holes in one under today.

  109. Messi close to Arsenal move


    Lionel Messi

    And this is from...

    Oliver, 15, from Marple Hall School:

    Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager along with midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Gerard Pique, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger confirmed today.

    Argentina forward Messi developed into one of the world's greatest players, but was close to considering a switch to England when he was 15. A recent biography suggests the deal broke down because Arsenal could not provide the accommodation for the Argentine's family even though they were keen for him to join.

    "I think in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team [at Barcelona Academy]. We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas," said Wenger.

  110. Balotelli backs himself


    Here is another BBC Sportsday entry from one of our BBC School Reporters on Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day 2014 #TakeoverDay

    Matthew, 15, from Marple Hall School:

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is in the spotlight, insisting criticism of his performances this season does not affect him and he is putting in more effort than ever before.

    The Italy striker has yet to score for the Reds in the Premier League since signing in the summer.

    In an interview with Fox Sports Australia, he stated: "I don't need people to believe in me so long as I believe in myself."

  111. Bolton's Davies in new injury blow


    Mark Davies

    Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies has been ruled out for four months with a knee injury.

    The 26-year-old spent nine months out after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee last year.

    "The scan came back that there was damage behind the lateral side of the knee and it looks like he needs a microfracture," manager Neil Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.

  112. Hamilton fastest in first practice

    Formula 1

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has recorded the fastest time in first practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton beat title rival Nico Rosberg, who was second.

    That's the 12th time in 19 races that Mercedes have finished one-two in first practice.

  113. Get involved

    It is back. We haven't had a Premier League match since 9 November. By Saturday that will be 13 days since we last heard the Match of the Day theme tune.

    So what we are asking is: What have you missed most about the Premier League?

    Is it organising your fantasy team? The star names? The sheer pace and entertainment? Lawro's predictions?

    Let us know by tweeting #bbcsportsday, texting on 81111 and/or posting on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  114. Cricket action from around the globe


    It's a bumper morning of cricket around the world - as well as England's warm-up in Sri Lanka, there are also three full international fixtures taking place.

    New Zealand have made a cavalier declaration in the second Test against Pakistan at Dubai, setting the hosts 261 to win. It's finely balanced in the fourth innings at the moment, with Pakistan 73-3.

    Meanwhile, in Melbourne, there's another tight finish in prospect in the fourth ODI between Australia and South Africa. Australia, chasing 268, are currently 189-5 after 41 overs, with Steve Smith and Matthew Wade at the crease.

    And last but not least, Bangladesh are 214-4 in the first ODI against Zimbabwe at Chittagong. Shakib al-Hasan has just brought up his hundred with eight overs left.

    As ever, you can keep up to date with the action by following the links to our live scorecards.

  115. London Welsh sign league star Kear

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh have signed Wales rugby league wing Elliot Kear from Bradford Bulls.

    Capped 15 times by Wales, Cardiff-born Kear played in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

    "I've always wanted to play rugby union and to have signed for London Welsh and to play at the highest level is definitely something I've wanted to do for a long time. Hopefully now I can take my chance and be the best I can be," the 25-year-old said.

  116. Mancini set for Milan derby


    Roberto Mancini

    Now over to...

    BBC School Reporter Matthew, 15, from Marple Hall School:

    Roberto Mancini returns to coach Inter Milan for the first time since 2008 in Sunday's derby with AC Milan. The 49-year-old won three successive Serie A titles with the club during his four years in charge.

    The former Manchester City manager said to the Italian media. "I don't have a magical wand and only through hard work will we be able to return to win."

  117. PFA chief reiterates quota call


    The head of the Professional Footballers Association has called for quotas on English players to be introduced in the wake of the BBC's State of the Game study.

    Gordon Taylor says Premier League clubs should be made to field three homegrown players in every line-up.