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  1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer make Fifa Ballon d'Or shortlist
  2. Yacine Brahimi voted BBC African Footballer of the Year
  3. Brendan Rodgers - Gerrard offered new contract
  4. Football League disqualify Leeds owner Cellino
  5. GET INVOLVED: What do you make of the Fifa Ballon d'Or shortlist?

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By Steve Canavan and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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And that is it for a slightly extended Sportsday.

We now know the three players contending the Ballon d'Or this year, we know Yacine Brahimi was voted the best player in Africa by BBC viewers, we know Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract at Liverpool but sadly for Leeds United fans, the future of the club's ownership is very much unknown.

For all the detail, have a read below and please join us from 08:00 GMT on Tuesday for lots of Premier League build-up. Thanks for all your tweets and messages today.

Jones taken out of fire


Mike Jones has been handed fourth official duty for Aston Villa's clash with Leicester on Sunday following his testing afternoon in Manchester City's 3-0 victory at Southampton.

Referee Jones booked City striker Aguero for diving at St Mary's on Sunday, despite the Argentina hitman being clearly upended by Jose Fonte.

Roche's kill, flick and volley


Stephanie Roche - of Peamount United - was earlier nominated as one of three contenders to win Fifa's Ferenc Puskas Award, given to the scorer of the best goal of the year.

Now in a moment which has enraged some BBC staff members, one of our team has put his head above the parapet and questioned whether the striker is actually that good.

This left some of us furious. What do you think?

Watch the video of the strike on the BBC Sport homepage.

Moimoi signing shows Leigh intent

Rugby League

Paul Rowley, head coach of Championship side Leigh Centurions, says

the arrival of prop Fuifui Moimoi on a one-year contract shows the club's ability to attract top talent.

Moimoi, who has represented New Zealand and Tonga at international level, spent 11 years playing in Australia's National Rugby League for Paramatta Eels.

"He will not only bring profile to our club off the field, but a huge presence and class on the field," said Rowley, who will be attempting to guide Leigh back into Super League in 2015.

Poyet finds reffing too stressful and wants dialogue


Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has called for Premier League referees to explain their decisions in post-match interviews.

The Uruguayan, who revealed he had to give up being referee in training because it was too stressful, says the move would help him, players and fans gain a better understanding of the job match officials do.

"If I see a referee being honest and analyse an action in a honest manner and give me a proper explanation, which is common sense, I wouldn't be bothered if he was my next referee a week later or two weeks later," Poyet

told the You Are the Ref website.

Yacine Brahimi reaction


Yacine Brahimi

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Yacine Brahimi being named BBC African Footballer of the Year and watch an interview with him.

Brahimi came out on top ahead of Nigerian Vincent Enyeama, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivorian pair Gervinho and Yaya Toure.

Yacine Brahimi reaction


More from Yacine Brahimi, speaking to BBC World News: "I dedicate the award to my family, all the African countries, but especially my country, Algeria.

"This trophy is going to give me some strength, the desire to learn and also some inspiration for some great performances.

"The African Cup of Nations will be a huge inspiration for me and I hope it can drive myself and Algeria on to great things at the tournament in the new year."

Yacine Brahimi reaction


Yacine Brahimi

BBC African Footballer of the year Yacine Brahimi speaking on BBC World News: "First, it's a big honour to receive this wonderful trophy.

"I owe it to my country and my club.

"It's also a trophy for the whole of Africa."


Yacine Brahimi is voted BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The Porto winger received the most votes, with Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in second.

After impressing in La Liga for Granada, Brahimi excelled at the World Cup for Algeria - form which earned him a move to Portugal.

Hard to make excuses for Wolves - Jackett


Today may be 1 December but there is not much Christmas cheer around Molineux at the moment, as a run of

four successive league defeats has seen Kenny Jackett's Wolves slip to 12th in the Championship table.

Speaking after Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Brentford, Jackett told BBC WM: "With a scoreline like that, it's hard to make excuses. The goals against column is poor and we're not scoring down the other end.

"We need to recognise what were doing wrong and do the basics better than we have been."

Knee surgery to end Morris's season


Northampton Town midfielder Ian Morris needs an operation on his knee and

will miss the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old had been making excellent progress from the

dislocated knee he suffered in training in August but he now requires surgery, ruling him out of the remainder of the campaign.

Manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton: "I think we've missed him. Last season, he played a big part in us getting the results we needed."

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Ballon d'Or video special


Colombia's James Rodriguez scores a stunning volley
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Click on the highlights tab above to see a selection of Ballon d'Or inspired video content.

Relive two of the three goals nominated for the Puskas Award as well as some of the moments of the summer's World Cup where the top-three for the main award stood out.

You can also read more about

Stephanie Roche's wonderstrike here.

Get involved

Here's what some of you have made of the Ballon d'Or shortlist on


Jas Grewal: Good to see Neuer on the Ballon d'Or list, Muller deserved it more than Messi to be honest.

James Hammond: The most deserving is the most unlikely in my opinion. Neuer should win, and not just because he won the WC. Best GK in years.

Ged Lynam: Steph Roche for Puskas award all day long. If Ronaldo or Messi had done it we'd be shown replays forever.

African award reaches final two


And from World Player of the Year nominees, our focus shifts to the award for BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2014.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama, Gervinho and Yaya Toure.

The five-man shortlist has just been reduced to two with Yacine Brahimi of Portuguese side Porto and Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama left to contest the honour.

The pair each received more votes than any of the other three players on the shortlist - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gervinho and Yaya Toure.

The winner will be announced

on a stream on the BBC Sport website at 17:35 GMT.

Trump and Morris progress


Judd Trump

Some more results to bring you from the York Barbican and the

third round of the UK Championship.

Judd Trump has beaten Scotland's Fraser Patrick 6-3 while Ireland's David Morris has seen off David Gilbert 6-2.

Earlier, John Higgins beat Matthew Stevens 6-2.

Nigel Bond leads Anthony McGill 4-3 in the last remaining match of the afternoon sessions and you can follow all the latest

here on our live page.

De Villiers facing World Cup fitness race

Rugby Union

Jean De Villiers stretchered off against Wales
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South Africa captain Jean de Villiers faces a race to be fit for next year's Rugby World Cup.

De Villiers was carried off during the Springboks'

12-6 defeat by Wales in Cardiff on Saturday after twisting his left knee and suffering a dislocated knee cap.

Scans shortly after the match revealed significant ligament damage, and 33-year-old De Villiers was assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon in Cape Town on Monday, who advised that the centre requires surgical reconstruction of the knee.

Women's coach of the year shortlist


Making the shortlist for

Fifa World Coach of the Year for Women's Football are:

Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellerman, Germany under-20s coach Maren Meinert and Japan coach Norio Sasaki.

Cat among the usual stars


Manuel Neuer

World coach shortlist


Making the final cut for the

Fifa World Coach of the Year for Men's Football is a pretty hefty top three.

World Cup-winning Germany manager Joachim Loew is the first name on the podium.

He's followed by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who guided his side to a 10th Champions League title.

Rounding off the triumvirate is Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, whose side won La Liga in Spain to break Real Madrid and Barcelona's nine-year dominance.

Blatter offers thanks


Fifa president Sepp Blatter speaks following the announcement of nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or award: "Fans of football everywhere look forward to this moment every year when we discover which woman and man will be awarded the biggest individual prize in football.

"This year we have been lucky and we will find out in January which player will win the Ballon d'Or and as we prepare for the women's World Cup in Canada, we will see who is meeting their peak.

"It is an opportunity to allow the next generation to dream. Good luck to all the nominees and thank you to all the players, coaches and fans for another very special year in football."

Women's shortlist confirmed


nadien Kessler, Marta, Abby Wambach

The shortlist has also been confirmed for the

Fifa Women's World Player of the Year.

Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler, all-time leading USA goalscorer Abby Wambach and Brazilian Marta are the three names to make the shortlist.

Ballon d'Or shortlist revealed


Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer are named as the final nominees for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo, 29, has 28 goals in 22 appearances this season while his rval at Barcelona Lionel Messi has 43 goals in 50 outings so far in 2014.

Neuer, 28, won the German league title, cup and World Cup this year.

Puskas award nominees named


Stephanie Roche, James Rodriguez, Robin van Persie

The final nominees for the Ferenc Puskas Award - given to the best goal scored this year are named as Stephanie Roche, James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie.

Rodriguez hit a stunning volley for Colombia against Uruguay at the World Cup, Van Persie converted an incredible diving header for Netherlands against Spain in the same tournament, while Roche created space and smashed a superb volley home for Peamount United in Ireland.

UK Championship latest


John Higgins

A quick update from the

third round at the York Barbican where John Higgins has beaten Matthew Stevens 6-2.

Other latest scores in the best-of-11 frames contests are:

David Gilbert (Eng) 2-4 David Morris (Ire)

Fraser Patrick (Sco) 2-5 Judd Trump (Eng)

Nigel Bond (Eng) 4-2 Anthony McGill (Sco)

You can follow all the action on

our live page or
on BBC Two.

And we wait...


For those of you clinging on to the edge of your seat, Fifa are currently running through the 23-men still with hope of winning the 2014 Ballon d'Or.

There is some empowering music to back images of the big names but we wait eagerly for the list to be cut to three.

Pundits Christian Karambeu and former England women's manager Hope Powell are giving their take on it all, but the classic "it's so hard to pick" line is being trotted out more frequently than a horse at Aintree.

Ballon d'Or shortlist to be cut to three


The Ballon d'Or - formerly the Fifa World Player of the Year award - has featured Lionel Messi in either first or second place in each of the last seven years.

The Barcelona striker, 27, won the honour in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Lionel Messi

As you can see, he usually opts for a demure suit choice for the ceremony.

Latest gossip


Marco Reus

The Daily Express reports Germany midfielder Marco Reus looks set for a move to the Premier League next summer after his agent denied the Borussia Dortmund star has already held talks with Bayern Munich.

That move has reportedly alerted Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to his availability.

Ballon d'Or shorltist to be cut to three


Cristiano Ronaldo

Fifa will announce which three players from their 23-man shortlist will contest the Balln d'Or shortly.

Happy birthday

A few famous sporting names celebrating birthdays today:

Lee Trevino (75, golf) - Won the Open in 1971 and 1972 as well as the US Open twice, born 1939.

Neil Warnock (66, football) - Crystal Palace manager.

Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci (50, football) - Former Italy striker who won the 1990 World Cup Golden Boot, born 1964.

Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci
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Kenny Milne (53, rugby union) - Former Scotland hooker.

Arjuna Ranatunga (51, cricket) - Captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning team.

UK Championship latest


A quick update on the

latest third round scores from the York Barbican.

David Gilbert (Eng) 1-4 David Morris (Ire)

John Higgins (Sco) 5-1 Matthew Stevens (Wal)

Fraser Patrick (Sco) 2-4 Judd Trump (Eng)

Nigel Bond (Eng) 4-1 Anthony McGill (Sco)

Third round matches are the best of 11 frames.

You can follow all the action through our live page with

a choice of three live streams or
on BBC Two.

Response to O'Sullivan claims


Ronnie O'Sullivan
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We told you earlier how a distinctly

unhappy Ronnie O'Sullivan has criticised the 'shocking' standard of the tables and the format at the UK Championship in York.

Now Jason Ferguson, chairman of the WPBSA, has been on BBC Two to respond.

On the issue of the tables, Ferguson said: "We take players' concerns very, very seriously, and particularly when we're talking about playing conditions.

"I can tell you that all the tables were recovered last night, through the night. Table-fitters have worked round the clock and that will make a big difference to the cushion bounces that people are talking about."

Gerrard role to be tapered - Rodgers


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may well have been

offered a new contract at the club but a role of less prominence in the starting XI could be on the horizon.

Steven Gerrard
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In his news conference before the trip to Leicester City, manager Brendan Rodgers said: "He's at the stage of his career where it's not so much the number of games he plays now, it's about the level of the game.

"No matter how good a player has been, once they're coming towards those final years of their career, then of course as a manager, you're having to taper that in where you think you can get the best out of the player."

Gerrard has played 18 games this season but was named as a substitute in Saturday's win over Stoke.



Fifa will today slice their 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist down to just three names. The list will surely contain Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but who else do you think will be on there?

Ross: Neuer, Ronaldo and Robben. With Ronaldo winning of course.

Cameron Mahon: I believe it will be Neuer; have to have a world cup winner there and he deserves it.

Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the

Match of the Day Facebook page.

Leicester City news conference

Leicester City v Liverpool (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Nigel Pearson confirms striker David Nugent is a doubt for the visit of Liverpool with a sore ankle and will be assessed before the game.

He has no other injury worries.

Leicester City news conference

Leicester City v Liverpool (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson
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More from Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, whose side are bottom of the Premier League: "I want us to still be as creative as we were on Saturday (against QPR).

"We need to take chances and that remains a frustration.

"I'm very confident that these players can turn the situation around in terms of results."

Mourinho's FFP frustration


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules have put the Blues at a disadvantage against long-standing top clubs.

Jose Mourinho
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The rules, which aim to prevent professional football clubs spending more than they earn, are a "contradiction" according to Mourinho.

"What happened really with the Financial Fair Play is a big protection to the historical, old, big clubs, which have a financial structure, a commercial structure, everything in place based on historical success for years and years and years," Mourinho, 51, told Eurosport-Yahoo.

Mourinho sold players such as Romelu Lukaku and David Luiz this summer in order to make purchases and balance Chelsea's books.

Leicester City news conference

Leicester City v Liverpool (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson on the challenge of facing Liverpool: "It's a big game against a big club who had a superb season last season.

"The players are up for it and we're a very tight unit."

Leicester City news conference

Leicester City v Liverpool (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has been speaking before Tuesday's

home match against Liverpool.

He starts by reflecting on the disappointment of Saturday's

3-2 defeat by QPR.

"We're in a situation we don't want to be in," he said.

"The bottom line is we lost to QPR and we need to respond pretty sharpish."

West Brom news conference

West Brom v West Ham, Tuesday, 20:00 GMT

Baggies boss Alan Irvine says he was "hurt, stung and taken aback" by the home fans' reaction to Stephane Sessegnon being replaced by Georgios Samaras in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal, BBC WM's Rob Gurney reports.

The Albion head coach, whose team have suffered three straight defeats, pointed out his side completed more than 400 passes against Arsenal and had more entries into the final third.

Irvine, who has James Morrison back in training again after illness, adds that he does not think there will be a big January transfer shake-up at The Hawthorns.