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  1. Goodbye

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Yacine Brahimi reaction


    Yacine Brahimi

    You can read more on 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.

  7. 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."

  8. 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."

  9. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    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.

  10. 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."

  11. 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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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Download and catch-up on the latest football news from BBC Radio 5 live with results, analysis, debate and exclusive interviews in the Football Daily podcast.

    It's available through the In Short section of the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  13. Ballon d'Or video special


    Colombia's James Rodriguez scores a stunning volley

    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.

  14. Get involved

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

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. De Villiers facing World Cup fitness race

    Rugby Union

    Jean De Villiers stretchered off against Wales

    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.

  18. Cat among the usual stars


    Manuel Neuer
  19. 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.

  20. 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."

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

    Kenny Milne (53, rugby union) - Former Scotland hooker.

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

  30. 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.

  31. Response to O'Sullivan claims


    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    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."

  32. 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

    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.

  34. 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.

  35. Leicester City news conference

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

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

    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."

  36. 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

    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.

  37. 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."

  38. 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."

  39. 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.

  40. Leeds fans deserve more - Blackwell


    Former Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell is sympathetic to the club's fans following the news owner Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League.

    "I think it's just sad really for the club," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "It's a massive football club that really for the past 10 years has been dragged through the doldrums. Administration - they can't seem to get the right owner and when they do there seem to be all sorts of problems.

    "I'm with Neil Warnock at the moment at Crystal Palace, we were having some dinner today when the news broke and we just both shook our heads."

  41. Qatar World Cup cannot clash with Games


    The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach says he has no reason not to believe Fifa president Sepp Blatter's pledge to ensure the 2022 World Cup does not clash with the Winter Olympics.

    Qatar 22 cannot clash with the winter Olympics

    Football's showpiece event, scheduled to be held in Qatar in January or February that year, will be controversially moved from the summer.

    "A clash would be bad for the international audience who would have two major sports programmes broadcast worldwide, so the pubic's attention would be divided," says Bach.

    "Also for the sponsors to manage, there are some that are common to Fifa and the IOC. To manage these two kind of programmes at the same time would be very difficult, so in the end there would be no winners."

  42. Stoke City news conference

    Man Utd v Stoke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona

    Mark Hughes on returning to Old Trafford as a manager: "Manchester United are a huge part of my footballing life.

    "It was a long time ago that I left there and a lot of water has gone under the bridge.

    "There are a lot of people there that I still know, and people that I enjoy seeing and catching up with.

    "My only concern is going there with the players I have at my disposal and doing what we can to get the points on the board that we are hoping for.

    "It's a club that I have a lot of affection for of course, but my priority is to go there and win the game for this club.

    "I have been there before as an opposition manager and won, so there is no reason why we can't take the points tomorrow."

  43. Stoke City news conference

    Man Utd v Stoke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes on the game at Old Trafford on Tuesday: "Had we played them a few weeks ago then it may have been easier, because they looked a little vulnerable.

    "They have improved and they are playing really well at the moment.

    "They are performing well and we have played well in general - even though results don't back that up.

    "I really feel that it will be a good match. We will go there with the belief that we can take something from it."

  44. Stoke City news conference

    Man Utd v Stoke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes begins by confirming Steve Sidwell has had a scan on an injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday and he is likely to be out for four to six weeks.

    "It is a blow to us, especially with the games we have coming up.

    "We initially feared it may be eight weeks or so, so in that aspect we are pleased because it isn't as serious as first feared.

    "Glenn (Whelan) is likely to be out for a couple of weeks too.

    "He will certainly miss the game tomorrow.

    "Phil Bardsley trained today and we feel he should be ok for the game on Tuesday."

  45. Worcester striker warms up for Cup week


    From the Ballon d'Or to Worcester City, where striker Sean Geddes captured a lot of headlines with the two goals that knocked 1987 winners Coventry City out of the FA Cup last month.

    And, in the week when the non-leaguers are preparing for this Sunday's Cup second round trip to Scunthorpe, Geddes is at it again.

    In Saturday's 3-0 FA Trophy win over Barrow, the first goal of the in-form striker's latest brace was a stunning "rabona" chip inside the penalty area which has already got almost 1.2m views on Vine.


    Who makes the Ballon d'Or shortlist?

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale

    From 16:00 GMT we will bring you news of Fifa's shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or award.

    In all, 23 players are currently on the list for the award handed to the world's best player but that number will be reduced to just three names today.

    Surely Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be among the names, but who else? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  47. Stoke City news conference

    Man Utd v Stoke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is speaking to the press ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

    We'll have team news and his thoughts ahead of a trip back to his former club shortly.

  48. Jayawardene to miss third ODI


    Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

    Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene (pictured above left) has requested to be excused from the third one-day international against England on Wednesday owing to personal reasons.

    Ashan Priyanjan will replace him.

    Jayawardene was man of the match in the second one-day international on Saturday which Sri Lanka won by eight wickets.



    Following Sergio Aguero's penalty appeal which was turned down at Southampton on Sunday, Match of the Day 3 has been debating the worst refereeing decisions.

    Joe Harty: Zico's disallowed goal at the '78 World Cup, when the referee blew the whistle after the corner was taken.

    Pepe Reina and beachball

    Aaron Patterson: Allowing the beachball goal at the Stadium of Light.

    Stay tuned as we are about to start a new debate and thanks for all of your suggestions.

  50. Woakes worry for England


    Chris Woakes

    Chris Woakes missed England training because of a stomach upset on Monday but is hoping to be available for the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Wednesday.

    Woakes has played in both matches so far, in which England have conceded a 2-0 lead with five to play.

  51. West Brom news conference

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

    Alan Irvine says left back Sebastien Pocognoli, 27, is a doubt for the clash with West Ham and a decision will be made on midfielder James Morrison on Tuesday.

  52. West Brom news conference

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

    Alan Irvine

    West Brom manager Alan Irvine has been speaking the day before his side's Premier League match against West Ham at The Hawthorns:

    "Tuesday night is a huge game for us, there's no doubt about that.

    "It's a big game for us but also a tough game.

    "West Ham have had a good season so far, so it will be tough."

  53. Three arrested over Spurs invasion


    Three men have been charged over a pitch invasion stunt which caused a Tottenham match to be temporarily suspended.

    Nathaniel Thompson, 23, Helder Gomes, 22, and Daniel Jarvis, 26, were arrested after the bizarre scenes during the London club's Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.

    The match was halted shortly before half-time after men encroached on to the pitch on three separate occasions.

  54. Scottish Cup draw


    Here then is the Scottish Cup fifth round draw in full. All ties will be played over the weekend of 7 and 8 February.

    Spartans v Berwick Rangers or Albion Rovers

    Partick Thistle v St Mirren or Inverness CT

    Stranraer or Dunfermline Athletic v Dundee United

    Falkirk v Annan Athletic or Brechin City

    Hibernian v Arbroath

    Dundee v Celtic

    Rangers v Raith Rovers

    Queen of the South v St Johnstone

  55. Henry to leave New York


    Thierry Henry

    Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry confirms he will leave New York Red Bulls when his contract expires at the end of the season.

    The 37-year-old moved to Major League Soccer in 2010 and now says he has played his last game for Red Bulls and will "take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career."

  56. Scottish Cup draw


    The lowest team left in the Scottish Cup - Spartans - will play Berwick or Albion Rovers at home in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

    Celtic face a trip to Dundee, Rangers host Raith.

    We will have the full draw for you shortly.

  57. Scottish Cup draw


    The Scottish Cup fifth round draw is just about to get under way.

    Of the 16 teams left in the hat, Six come from the Scottish Premiership, five from the Championship and a further five including non-league Spartan make up the numbers.

    Here we go then...

  58. Villa deny Keane bust-up


    Aston Villa have rubbished claims Roy Keane had a bust-up with players before he quit the club last week.

    Newspaper reports suggested there had been a falling out but the club have dismissed any speculation the former Manchester United star's exit was anything out of the ordinary.

    Roy Keane

    Keane left Villa on Friday saying he could not juggle his role as Paul Lambert's number two and his job as Republic of Ireland assistant manager.

    He had only joined in July, replacing Ian Culverhouse who was sacked at the end of last season following an internal club investigation.

  59. Swansea City news conference


    After praising QPR boss Harry Redknapp, who will be in the opposite dugout when the sides meet at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, Swansea boss Garry Monk confirms he'd like one or two additions in January.

    "But they must gel with the current squad and the characteristics of the player is important," he said.

    Monk also confirms winger Nathan Dyer will come back into contention for the QPR match.

  60. "They did have numbers, but it was written on in biro..."

    Rugby Union

    Redruth v Dorking

    Not quite "Shirts v Skins", but close. Dorking, who play in the fourth tier of English rugby, turned their shirts inside out and wrote their numbers in ballpoint pen on the back after a clash of kits.

    Dorking won 38-12 at Redruth, but their red and white kit was too close to the red and black worn by the home side.

    "We offered our change kit, but they said they'd rather turn their shirts inside out," Redruth's head coach Steve Larkins told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "It wasn't the start of a National League Two game you'd expect - it was more of a school game. They did have numbers, but it was written on in biro on their backs."

  61. Swansea City news conference


    Garry Monk declines to comment on reports linking him with a move for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell.

    The Swansea boss says he has "one or two" names on his wanted list for January but will not speculate on names.

    Wilfried Bony

    Monk says it would take "an astronomical bid" to prise striker Wilfried Bony away from the Liberty Stadium. Bony has scored 18 Premier League goals in 2014, more than any other top flight striker in the calendar year.

  62. Swansea City news conference


    Gary Monk has arrived and immediately dismisses any concerns about having to play two games in four days

    "It is no problem, the players are used to it," says the Swansea gaffer, his team facing QPR at home on Tuesday, hot on the heels of Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace.

    Monk, who reports no new injury concerns before the QPR game, says he does not understand questions about his team giving away leads. "I concentrate on the points we have," he adds.

  63. Swansea City news conference


    Swansea City

    BBC Wales chief football reporter Rob Phillips is in place at Swansea where manager Garry Monk will speak to the media shortly.

  64. Southampton news conference


    Ronald Koeman has proved to have the smart touch with transfers at Southampton so far, with the likes of Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic recruited, but he is tight-lipped on any January activity.

    The Saints have been linked with a move for Burnley striker Danny Ings.

    "Of course we think about the team, to make it better than we have," says the 51-year-old. "I'm pleased with what we have and if there is a moment to think about January we will do it but I don't go with names of players. They are rumours and if we need someone we will do it."

  65. On this day

    1973: Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer to win two million US dollars in prize money on the US PGA Tour. Nicklaus later became the first player to win three, four and five million.

    Jack Nicklaus

    1991: The French Davis Cup team, captained by Yannick Noah, beat the USA 3-1 to win the cup for the first time since 1932. The achievement was marked by a reception in their honour, hosted by President Francois Mitterrand in Paris.

    1999: Darlington, losers in the second round of the FA Cup, were allowed a wild card entry into the third round because of Manchester United's withdrawal to play in the World Club Championships, but they went out to Aston Villa in January.

    2012: England clinched a sensational 38-21 victory over world champions New Zealand, who suffered their first defeat in 21 matches, at Twickenham.

  66. Southampton news conference


    Ronald Koeman says he does not know how long Morgan Schneiderlin will be ruled out for.

    The French midfielder is having a scan on his injured adductor today, says Koeman, who adds his player will definitely miss Wednesday's trip to Arsenal.

  67. Southampton news conference


    Ronaldo Koeman

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is in place to speak to the media. His side travel to Arsenal on Wednesday.

    "It's a tough club and we know that. But we have had a good start and that has not changed in my opinion since yesterday," he says.

    Saints lost 3-0 at home to Manchester City on Sunday.

  68. World Cup talk 'premature'

    Rugby Union

    Shane Williams

    Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams says it is "a little bit premature" to talk about winning the World Cup.

    Coach Warren Gatland believes Wales can win the World Cup in 2015 after securing only their second ever win over South Africa.

    But Williams says the tournament is a long way away even though the team are in a better position than they were at the start of the autumn series.

    "It's great to be confident but there's a long time in between," Williams said.

  69. Champions League vote results


    Manchester United

    The results from our vote are in and you feel Manchester United are the most likely team to qualify for the Champions League this year.

    Of the 10 teams placed below league leaders Chelsea, they took 40.3% of the vote.

    Manchester City received 16.8% of the vote, Arsenal 12.1% and Liverpool 10.7%.

    Southampton's good start is only enough to persuade 6.7% of you and if the vote proves accurate come May, Everton (4.7%), Tottenham (3.4%), Swansea (2%), West Ham (2%) and Newcastle (1.3%) will all fall short.

  70. Hereford alive for two more weeks


    Hereford United's winding-up hearing at the High Court has been adjourned for two weeks, reports BBC Midlands Today.

    The Bulls were back at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand this morning to defend themselves against a winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue and Customs, to which a number of other major creditors had attached themselves.

    The Southern League club, expelled from the Conference in June, are now due back in court on Monday, 15 December.

  71. Leeds owner Cellino asked to resign


    The Football League tells Leeds owner Massimo Cellino he must resign from his position immediately and lodge any appeal against his disqualification within 14 days.

    If his disqualification for breaching the Owners' and Directors'' Test be upheld, he will be banned until 18 March 2015 when the conviction will be deemed as spent.

  72. 'No worries for Murray'


    Andy Murray and Mauresmo

    Andy Murray's former mentor Sergio Casal has no worries about the Scot's choice of coaches, insisting he has plenty to learn from "champion" Amelie Mauresmo.

    Murray's appointment of Mauresmo has been under scrutiny ever since the former women's world number one joined forces with him in June.

    But Casal, who mentored a 15-year-old Murray at the famed Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona, said: "He had Lendl, now Mauresmo. You can always get something from these champions.

    "It depends on the connection. But the important thing is that he is connected with champions."

  73. Life ban for fan who hit Messi


    Valencia have vowed to ban for life the fan who hit Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the head with a plastic bottle on Sunday.

    Messi was celebrating Barca's 94th-minute winner with his team-mates near the corner flag when someone threw the bottle from the stand which struck him.

    Lionel Messi

    "Valencia CF regret and condemn the isolated incident in the game against FC Barcelona, in which a small, uncapped bottle of water was thrown from the stands at opposition player Lionel Messi," Valencia said today in a statement on its website.

    "The club will endeavour to locate the person who threw the bottle and they will be banned for life from the Mestalla."

  74. World Cup warm-up games announced


    The International Cricket Council announces 14 warm-up matches before the 2015 Cricket World Cup and finalises start times for tournament matches.

    Among the warm-up games, England will play West Indies on 9 February and Pakistan two days later.

    England start their tournament at the MCG in Melbourne against Australia on 14 February.

  75. Cellino disqualified at Elland Road


    BBC Radio Leeds tweet: "Leeds United have told us Football League have asked Cellino to be removed from position until 18 March 2015 before reappointing him."

    A full statement from Leeds United is expected shortly.

  76. Caterham given time

    Formula 1

    Caterham have been given dispensation to compete in 2015 with this year's car should a buyer be found for the team.

    The key decision was taken during a Formula One Commission meeting in Geneva, and allows administration-hit Caterham an opportunity to be on the grid next year.

  77. Cellino disqualified by Football League


    Massimo Cellino

    More now on the breaking news that Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League.

    The same action - taken in March 2014 - was successfully appealed by the Italian a month later but the Football League have now digested the "reasoned judgement" of the Italian Courts, which has materialised since the appeal.

    Cellino, 58, has been convicted of tax evasion in his homeland.

    In a statement, the Football League says: "The Board considered detailed legal advice and agreed unanimously that Mr Cellino is subject to a disqualifying condition under the terms of the Test."

  78. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is disqualified under the Football League's Owners' and Directors' Test, the governing body has announced. Cellino has 14 days in which to appeal the decision.

  79. Van Gaal annoyed at Christmas fixtures


    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is 'unhappy' with the amount of fixtures played in the festive period.

    United could play four matches in nine days between Boxing Day and 3 January, depending on the FA Cup draw.

    Louis van Gaal

    Their itinerary in the Premier League sees them host Newcastle on Boxing Day, away at Tottenham two days later before travelling to Stoke on New Year's Day.

    "I have a wife, kids and grandchildren, and I cannot see them at Christmas," said Van Gaal, 63.

  80. Evans won't train with Oldham


    Ched Evans

    Oldham will not invite convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with them, nor will they offer him a contract.

    Newspaper reports had linked the former Sheffield United and Manchester City striker with a move to Boundary Park.

    But the League One club said: "Oldham Athletic are aware of newspaper reports linking the club to Ched Evans."

  81. Who will make the Champions League?

    The race for Champions League places looks set to be open this season with five points separating Manchester United in fourth with Liverpool in 11th. We want to know who you think will get in the top four.

    Have your say through the voting section in this page. We've picked out the 10 teams from second place down. We'll use your votes to see BBC Sport readers' predicted league table, with teams ranked by the number of votes.

    Voting will be open to UK readers until 1235 GMT. Terms and conditions can be found here. The result will be announced in this page after 1245 GMT.

    To cast your vote you will need to be signed in to the BBC website. Signing in or registering a new BBC iD is simple and can be done through the voting section. This will also get your ready to vote online for Sports Personality of the Year 2014 on 14 December.



    In the wake of Sergio Aguero's penalty appeal turned down at Southampton on Sunday, Match of the Day 3 have been debating the worst refereeing decisions.

    Keep sending yours to #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Harold Schumacher

    Abdullah Ibrahim: Pedro Mendes' 88th minute goal past Roy Carroll has to be the most obvious goal not given when Spurs met United in March 2005.

    Jake Organ: Harald Schumacher's karate kick that nearly killed Patrick Battiston in 1982, not even a yellow card.

  83. Scotland skipper announced


    Scotland coach Grant Bradburn confirms Preston Mommsen will captain the side at next year's ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The Saltires chief has also announced Kyle Coetzer will be vice-captain for the tournament, which gets underway on 14 February in Australia and New Zealand.

  84. Bulls back in court in London


    Hereford United are back in the High Court today for the fallen football club's latest appearance to defend themselves against a winding up petition brought against the club.

    The petition is being led by HM Revenue and Customs at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, but a number of other major creditors have attached themselves to it.

    The Southern League club, expelled from the Conference in June, are due to be the first case heard on today's court listings which are due to get underway at 10:30 GMT. BBC Hereford and Worcester have a reporter in court and will report the outcome on air and online as soon as it comes through.

  85. Spieth 11th in the World with win


    American Jordan Spieth shot a course record at the Australian Open to win his first tournament since July.

    Jordan Spieth

    The 21-year-old has moved up to number 11 in the world as a result of his success, secured with an eight-under par round on the final day to take his score to -13 overall.

    That mark saw him finish six shots clear and he becomes the first American winner of the tournament since Brad Faxon in 1993.

  86. Robertson puts out his bat


    Australia's Neil Robertson won a deciding frame against England's Kyren Wilson on Sunday to reach round three of the UK Championship and paid tribute to compatriot Phillip Hughes.

    The Aussie cricketer died after being struck by a ball last week in a moment which shook the world of sport and Robertson joined in the 'put out your bats' tribute at the Barbican Centre in York.

    Neil Robertson

    Action at the UK Championship will be underway at 13:00 GMT and you can watch live coverage on the website.

  87. Team of the Week


    Garth Crooks team of the week

    "I really do think that Paul Scholes may have to rethink his comments about Wayne Rooney not fulfilling his true potential. It's not entirely his fault that he has had to play in Manchester United and England teams that have fallen short of expectations."

    Garth Crooks has named Rooney in his Team of the Week and you can read more on his other selections here.

  88. Queens Park Rangers news conference


    Queens Park Rangers have picked up seven points from nine at home but have six straight defeats to their name on the road.

    "There have been difficult fixtures," says Redknapp. "We had Villa at home, then a massive game against Leicester. We got a point against Man City so we are in good form at home, playing very well. I think we need to take some points away from home now, that's the key for us.

    "There are eight or nine in a relegation battle in my opinion who could get sucked into it. I think we have as good a chance as any of staying in the division."

  89. Queens Park Rangers news conference


    Harry Redknapp sits down, takes a sip from his brew and with January now only a month away, he is asked about transfer targets.

    "We do need some cover," says the Queens Park Rangers boss. "We need some strikers as you need options to change it up. That's an area will look at. There won't be a lot of activity but if we can strengthen one or two areas we will."

    Jermain Defoe

    Will it be Jermain Defoe? "It depends on the cost. He has a great contract where he is but it will be hard for someone to afford him. I love him as a player but it will be hard."

  90. Queens Park Rangers news conference


    Harry Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp, 30 minutes later than schedule, is in place for his weekly news conference.

    His side beat Leciester 3-2 on Saturday and travel to Swansea on Tuesday.

  91. Get involved - worst ref decisions

    After the decision to book Sergio Aguero after he was scythed down by Jose Fonte's late tackle in Man City's win at Southampton, we asked for the worst refereeing decisions you've ever seen.

    Steven Jerjian: That Watford v Reading 'ghost' goal, when the ball went about a foot wide, has to be up there with the worst.

    Joey Burt: Got to say not giving the Lampard goal vs Germany in 2010, so unjust that FIFA spent millions to implement goal line tech.

    Frabk Lampard goal that wasn't

    Andrew Neill: Ruling out Tiote's stunning goal against Man City earlier this year. Criminal decision.

    RDG: Howard Webb neglecting to send off Nigel De Jong for his karate kick on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final.

    Nigel de Jong and Xabi Alonso

    Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  92. Real Madrid snap up winger


    Real Madrid look to have snapped up a rumoured Manchester City target in Mallorca winger Asensio.

    The 18-year-old will join Los Blancos next summer according to manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    Asensio told radio station Cadena SER: "I've decided to go to Real Madrid and I'm very happy. I'm proud that big clubs watch me and Real Madrid is the best club. The agreement is for five seasons, it's a moment to savour."

  93. Irish international cited

    Rugby Union

    Ireland international Donncha O'Callaghan has been cited for allegedly kicking an opponent in the head.

    Guinness PRO12 organisers said that 35-year-old Munster lock O'Callaghan had been reported following last Friday's league game against Ulster at Thomond Park.

  94. League Two strugglers push transfer button


    Keith Curle

    BBC Cumbria Sport tweet from Carlisle United's news conference: Keith Curle promises "change in personnel" during the January transfer window.

    Carlisle sit third from bottom in League Two, a place above the relegation zone.

  95. O'Sullivan not a happy chap


    "It's like asking Roger Federer to go and play on court 13 at Wimbledon in front of three men and a dog."

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    The words of Ronnie O'Sullivan, who eased into round three of the UK Championship with a 6-3 win over Peter Lines but clearly wasn't exactly in the best of moods afterwards.

    As well as criticising a lack of atmosphere at the venue staging the tournament - the York Barbican - the 39-year-old five-time world champion also called the tables "shocking".

  96. Test dates decided after Hughes' death


    It is being reported in Australia that the new Test schedule for the series witht India will be Adelaide 9 December, Brisbane 17 Dec, Melbourne 26 Dec, Sydney 6 January.

    Cricket Australia has been in talks with its India counterparts to determine when the Tests would be played following the death of Phillip Hughes.

    The match in Brisbane had been due to begin on Thursday but is on hold.

    Phil Hughes

    "We will advise fans as a priority. They should simply hold on to their tickets until further notice," said Cricket Australia.

    The funeral of Hughes, 25, who died last Thursday two days after being hit by a ball, will be on Wednesday.

  97. Liverpool news conference


    Manager Brendan Rodgers also hints Liverpool may look to use Steven Gerrard in a different role to last season when the Reds captain operated as a deep midfielder.

    Rodgers tells his news conference ahead of a visit to Leicester City on Tuesday that changes in the club's attacking options has forced a re-think on Gerrard's role.

    "With the players we had up front, his quality could exploit that," says Rodgers. "The dynamic up front has changed so I have to think of a restructure so we look at a different type of midfielder to come in."

  98. Liverpool news conference


    Asked if a rift exists between himself and Steven Gerrard, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers replies: "No. 150% no."

    "If there are two words that describe our relationship it would be honest and respect. He is arguably the best player to ever play in the Premier League.

    "It's not so much about the number of games he plays now, it's about the level of the game and that is something we will look at."

    Rodgers named Gerrard as a substitute in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

  99. Gerrard offered new Liverpool deal


    Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirms the club have offered Steven Gerrard a new contract and says the captain now needs time "to consider" the offer.

    Gerrard's current deal expires at the end of the season.

    "Firstly in terms of the club the latest is that Steven Gerrard and his representatives have been offered a contract here and at this moment in time that's where it's at," says Rodgers.

    "It certainly won't be money. I've spoken to him enough times at length and that won't be the case. Between now and the end of the season he deserves the opportunity to think."

  100. Get involved - worst ref decisions

    France v Republic of Ireland

    After the decision to book Sergio Aguero after he was scythed down by Jose Fonte's late tackle in Man City's win at Southampton, we asked for the worst refereeing decisions you've ever seen.

    Ada: Josip Simunic getting three yellow cards before a red was a crazy moment in the 2006 World Cup.

    John McEnerney: Letting Henry's handball goal v Ireland stand in World Cup play off in Paris, criminal act by both player and officials.

    Soccer Bob: Penalty given against Heurelho Gomes on Carrick at OT in 2009. Spurs were 2-0 up at the time and lost 5-2. Joke decision

    James: Nani's red card in the Champions League against Real Madrid. Honestly thought we could have won it that year.

    Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  101. West Ham news conference


    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce tells reporters his January transfer targets are not yet clear and will change depending on the club's league position.

    The Hammers finished 13th last season but sit fifth after 13 games of the current campaign.

    Allardyce says: "We haven't revised our targets yet - they'll be revised if we're in the same position at the end of January."

  102. BreakingLiverpool offer Gerrard new contract

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club have offered captain Steven Gerrard a new contract.

    Gerrard revealed in October that he could join another club at the end of the season if he was not offered a new contract.

    The 34-year-old, whose current deal expires in May, said: "I won't be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision."

  103. West Ham news conference


    Mark Noble

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says his side are feeling the pace of two games in three days.

    The Hammers beat Newcastle 1-0 at Upton Park on Saturday but before the trip to the Hawthorns he faces one or two selection dilemmas.

    "We've got a bit of fatigue when it comes to a Tuesday game," says Allardyce. "The biggest doubt is Mark Noble who had another kick on his calf.

    "Enner Valencia comes back into the squad and it's about picking a team with the physical capabilities to come out again on a Tuesday."