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  1. Goodbye

    And that will be that for another day of Sportsday.

    We leave you in the capable hands of our guys on a live text commentary for tonight's six Premier League matches.

    Overnight we will run a live text commentary on the funeral for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.

    And as always, Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

    Thank you for all your interaction today, over 50% of you voted Burnley will be relegated. That's a 6-0 win for them tonight then..

  2. Burnley v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)


    Danny Ings
    • Danny Ings has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Burnley.
    • Newcastle's 1-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday was the first time they had failed to find the net in eight games in all competitions.
  3. Tiger Woods news conference


    Tiger Woods is asked when his swing change will offer rewards: "I don't know. I'm curious to find that out too. I'm curious to play a tournament this week and feel that heat, see where my misses are."

    Do you live in fear that the back injury will return? "No. The surgeon did a fantastic job and that's all healed. Now do I have the muscle structure to hold things in place? I didn't have that before."



    Tom Colman: Got to be Burnley & QPR to go down. Third will probably be Leicester or Hull, but Hull have experience so that should save them.

    Who will be relegated from the Premier League this year? Keep the debate flowing on #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  5. Leicester City v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)


    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool will be under scrutiny when they travel to Leicester City tonight and is a score draw the likely outcome?

    • Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League away games.
    • Leicester's sole home victory this season is their 5-3 triumph over Manchester United in September. They have drawn four of their other five matches at the King Power Stadium.
  6. Woods winding the clock back


    Tiger Woods talks about his new swing consultant Chris Como.

    Woods parted company with coach Sean Foley in August and says his back is allowing him to be "more explosive" since surgery.

    "I was very surprised and very excited to see what he (Como) thought my swing should look like," says Woods. "It's kind of the vision I had.

    "It is new but it's old. We looked at a lot of video when I was a junior. It was interesting to see where my swing was then and how much force I could generate with a skinny frame. That's kind of where we are getting back into."

  7. Woods returns this week


    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods returns to golf for the first time since August at the Hero World Challenge in Florida this week.

    The 14-time major winner has not played competitively since the summer due to ongoing back injuries.

    We will have anything interesting of note for you right here. As you can see, he still draws a crowd...

    Tiger Woods
  8. West Brom v West Ham (20:00 GMT)


    West Brom have only won one league game at the Hawthorns this season - but, more worryingly, that run stretches to just three wins in 21 league games at home since last November.

    One of those wins came against Sam Allardyce's West Ham in April, crucial in keeping West Brom in the top-flight, and what they wouldn't give for another tonight.

    No such worries for the Hammers. Allardyce has led the club to its best-ever start to a Premier League season, and they rose to fifth after the 1-0 win over Newcastle.

    "It's vital, going into December, that we sustain things. Historically December and January have been difficult months for us in recent years," warns Allardyce.

  9. Tomkins - I'm aghast at what I did


    Now then. We often accuse footballers of not having any morals, so fair play to West Ham's James Tomkins.

    The defender has been talking about his reaction, or over-reaction, to an innocuous push from Everton's Kevin Mirallas, which even Sam Allardyce described as "silly".

    James Tomkins

    And he's not happy with what he did. "As a player, I'm against what I did and I wouldn't have wanted it to happen to me," Tomkins told the London Evening Standard. "Thankfully the player didn't get sent off, which would have made it worse.

    "He did catch my chin when he put his hands up but I wasn't best pleased with my reaction to be honest.

    "I wouldn't want to do anything like that again. I've taken plenty of stick about it but it's behind me now. At the time I probably did want to get him sent off but, looking at it now, I shouldn't have done it."



    All day we have been asking you who will be relegated from the Premier League?

    Gary Timms: Villa have lost to Arsenal, City, Chelsea, Spurs, Everton, and QPR. They'll be fine. Burnley, Leicester and Hull for me.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC sport Facebook page.

  11. Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)


    Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke will return for Villa after a three-match ban and team-mate Joe Cole reckons the frontman can prove a big impetus for the out-form Premier League side.

    "The biggest plus is getting Christian back," Cole told BBC WM. "He's a fantastic player. You saw the difference he made when he came back for the Tottenham game.

    "He's one of the best young strikers in the world. We've got to use him, get him in front of goal and get him scoring again."

    Paul Lambert's Villa go into the meeting with Palace on the back of a nine-match winless run.

  12. Fans offered free entry at Eastleigh


    Conference club Eastleigh are offering free entry to fans for this evening's home game against Dartford.

    The cheapest adult ticket for a league game at Ten Acres would usually be £12, the cheapest in the division, according to the BBC's Price of Football study.

    Chief executive Mark Jewell told BBC Radio Solent: "This is the second year that we've done this type of thing. We just hope that, if we get an extra couple of hundred on the gate, a decent percentage of them would like to come back and revisit us in the future."

  13. Swansea v QPR (19:45 GMT)


    Wilfried Bony

    Of seven visiting sides to Swansea this season, only Southampton have left with all three points - and that was against a Swans team reduced to 10 players for the entire second half after Wilfried Bony's red card.

    In other words Garry Monk's men are a tough nut to crack at home, though they were disappointed to be held by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    So what chance do Queens Park Rangers have?

    When they travel, the picture is not too rosy for QPR. Not a single away point, and only two goals scored. It goes without saying that they'll need to do much better tonight if they are to get a result.

  14. Do not miss a kick


    A reminder that from 18:30 GMT tonight we will run a live text commentary on the night's football on the BBC Sport website and you can tune in to commentary of Manchester United v Stoke City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  15. Fans in fatal fight banned


    Atletico Madrid has expelled seven club members and a radical group Spanish police identified as having participated in a brutal fight with rival Deportivo La Coruna fans that left one man dead.

    "Among those identified are 15 people who say they are Atletico Madrid supporters, of which seven were club members." said Atletico in a statement on its club website. "Those members have been expelled immediately."

  16. Henry Arsenal return a winner


    Thierry Henry statue

    Taking Thierry Henry back to Arsenal would be a "masterstroke", according the club's former striker John Hartson.

    Henry, 37, announced he will leave New York Red Bulls on Monday and 24 hours later, Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger said he believes the Frenchman will one day return to the Emirates.

    "Arsenal have this rich tradition of bringing players from within to work with the manager," Hartson tells BBC World Service. "He is a legend at the club, their record goal scorer and has a wonderful relationship with Wenger."

  17. Bruno and Greer sign new Albion deals


    Brighton & Hove Albion defenders Bruno and Gordon Greer sign one-year contract extensions with the club.

    Right-back Bruno, 34, and centre-back Greer, 33, will now remain at the Amex Stadium until the summer of 2016.

    "Gordon and Bruno are two important players for us," said Brighton manager Sami Hyypia.

    "They have great quality and experience and bring a great deal to the squad in terms of their leadership on and off the pitch."



    After a day of misery for Burnley, when virtually all of you have been tipping them to be relegated from the Premier League, suddenly a bit of support.

    Freddy Harper-Davis: Leicester, Aston Villa and QPR will go down as they don't have the capability of being in the Premier League. Burnley will stay up.

    Akash Tyagi: Almost every single person has bet Burnley to go down. I don't know who will go down but think Burnley will be 15th.

    Up the Clarets!

    Who will be relegated from the Premier League this season? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  19. Tottenham news conference


    Gary Lineker

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has called on his side to replicate their intensity in beating Everton on Sunday when they travel to Chelsea tomorrow.

    Spurs' last win at Stamford Bridge arrived in 1990, with Gary Lineker the match winner.

    "It is important to show the same mentality we showed against Everton and forget the past," says Pochettino. "We know that up front Chelsea is the best team in the Premier League with a very strong squad and an unbelievable team.

    "In the last 14 games they made 11 clean sheets but we go with excitement to go to play."

  20. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    The next America's Cup will be contested in Bermuda in 2017.

    Defending champion Oracle Team USA chose the tiny mid-Atlantic island as host of the world's premier sailing competition and it is the first time an American team has chosen to defend the title outside their country.

  21. Attack on World Cup winner

    Rugby Union

    Hannes Strydom

    Former South Africa rugby international and World Cup winner Hannes Strydom says he suffered a fractured skull and spent a night in intensive care after being attacked by six people in an attempted carjacking.

    Strydom was attacked on Monday in the South African capital, Pretoria, when he saw a person lying on the road and stopped his car, thinking they needed help. He said the attackers then threw bricks at his car, with one smashing his window and hitting him in the head.

    Strydom, pictured right, was a member of the Springboks' famed 1995 World Cup-winning team.

  22. World numbers two and four through


    Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertsoneach win through to the last-16 of the UK Championship in York.

    World number four 'The Rocket' eased past Ben Woollaston 6-2, while Australian Robertson won by the same score line against Peter Ebdon.

    More snooker for you to dive into from 19:00 GMT with Mark Williams taking on Stephen Maguire and Ding Junhui facing James Cahill. Both will be available to watch in full on the BBC Sport website.

  23. New injury woe for Barca man


    Thomas Vermaelen

    Barcelona says defender Thomas Vermaelen has had surgery to treat a right leg muscle injury and is expected to be sidelined for another four months.

    The 29-year-old has yet to play for Barcelona since he signed from Arsenal in a £14m deal in the summer.

    Vermaelen arrived at Barcelona injured after playing for Belgium at the World Cup. Injuries limited him to 14 appearances for Arsenal last season.

  24. Leeds skipper on Cellino


    Jason Pearce

    Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has been speaking to BBC West Yorkshire about dramatic events at the club over the last few days.

    "He (Cellino) has been slowly changing things for the better but as things were starting to move on the up it's taken a backward step maybe," said Pearce.

    "Hopefully it'll have a positive outcome and the club will be ok."

  25. Manchester United v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)


    FC Porto tweet: On this day in 2010, Radamel Falcao scored his first hat-trick. FC Porto smiled again at Vienna, defeating SK Rapid 3-1.

    FC Porto celebrate

    Falcao could feature for Manchester United against Stoke City at Old Trafford tonight and a similar return would probably be welcomed.

    He has just one goal for United so far. Find out if he adds more on BBC Radio 5 live where you'll get full commentary from 19:00 GMT.

  26. Over and out for Brown


    Adam Brown

    Commonwealth gold medallist Adam Brown has announced his retirement at the age of 25.

    Cambridge-born Brown won his career-highlight gold for England in the 4x100m medley at this summer's Games in Glasgow and has also competed at two Olympic Games and three World Championships for Great Britain.

  27. We're annoyed - Blanc


    Laurent Blanc

    Who'd be a football manager? Laurent Blanc probably wishes he wasn't.

    He has guided his PSG team to a 21-match unbeaten run, yet he and his players - including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani - are coming under increasing fire for the standard of their performances.

    But Blanc has now hit back, saying he "couldn't care less about" what critics think.

    PSG managed only two shots on target in a 1-0 win against Nice last weekend but Blanc said: "My players are winning games and you're asking them why they're playing badly. There's reason to be annoyed."

  28. Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)


    Not long to go now until the Tuesday night action gets underway.

    There are six top flight games, one of those Aston Villa's clash at Crystal Palace.

    Ahead of the game, here are the thoughts of BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson.

    "Normally you would say that a couple of wins can shoot a struggling team up the table but it is so tight in the bottom half that one win would do the trick now," says Lawro.

    "That is particularly relevant for these teams, and this game is especially important because whoever loses is going to give three points to one of their rivals in the fight for survival."

  29. Back to Baggies

    BBC Essex: Colchester United loanee Kemar Roofe returns to parent club West Bromwich Albion.

  30. Warburton out

    Rugby Union

    Sam Warburton

    Sam Warburton will miss Cardiff Blues' European Challenge Cup match with London Irish on Saturday because of a shoulder injury.

    The flanker picked up the injury as he captained Wales to an historic 12-6 win over South Africa last weekend.

  31. Stoke can spend if needed - Hughes


    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he has no plans to spend in the January transfer window unless the Potters' current injury woes worsen.

    Hughes has had to prepare for Tuesday's trip to Manchester United without five injured first-team players - strikers Peter Odemwingie and Victor Moses, defender Robert Huth, and midfielders Steve Sidwell and Glenn Whelan.

    "If it continues, we're going to have to make sure we're not exposed and don't leave ourselves too open," Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke. "We'd only go in if we got stretched."

    You can listen to Stoke City's trip to Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live sport from 19:00 GMT.

  32. Your 16:00 GMT headlines

    Mario Balotelli

    A quick update as to what we know and can look forward to from 16:00 GMT.

    • Earlier today, Mario Balotelli landed himself in trouble with the Football Association for an Instagram post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.
    • Jose Mourinho was in playful mood and praised his Chelsea side for a "perfect season".

    We now have six Premier League games to look forward to with full commentary of Manchester United v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  33. More bids for Toney to come - Wilder


    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder expects Ivan Toney to be the subject of more bids in January, after his move to Wolves fell through in November.

    The 18-year-old striker was set to join the Championship side for a club record fee received, initially on loan.

    Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton: "It was a difficult week for Ivan. He was virtually up the road and signed.

    "If he carries on the way he has been, his performances have attracted not just Wolves, but a lot of other clubs."

  34. We can claim another scalp - Poyet


    Clearly revved up by the draw with Chelsea, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet used his press conference to claim his team can claim another major scalp when Manchester City visit on Wednesday.

    "There is a mentality sometimes that when you play against the top teams, you accept that if you lose nothing will happen," he said.

    "I don't think that's right. I think you have to be clear that it is going to be more difficult, but you will have a chance.

    "On those terms the players have been exceptional - we stayed up last year because of that, and we showed on Saturday against Chelsea we can do it and that we can try to stop the other teams doing what they like."

  35. Promotion changes in womens' game


    Sunderland are promoted from WSL 2

    Teams in FA Women's Super League 2 will have double the chance of promotion in 2015.

    For the first time two teams will be promoted into FA WSL 1, for the 2016 season. Only one team will be relegated into FA WSL 2, which means that in 2016 there will be nine teams in the top division.

    The increase is part of a two-year plan to move FA WSL 1 from an eight to 10-team league.

    Sunderland were promoted from WSL 2 this season.

  36. Boro boss charged


    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka is charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

    Karanka, 41, was angered when a late Blackburn Rovers equaliser was allowed to stand against his side on Saturday and was duly sent-off for his protestations.

    Earlier, Boro announced assistant head coach Craig Hignett has left the club.

  37. Leicester Tigers sign lock Whetton

    Rugby Union

    Leicester Tigers have signed lock Jack Whetton on a deal until the end of the season, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

    New Zealander Whetton, 22, has recently been playing for Australian club Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition.

    His father Gary played 58 Tests for the All Blacks and captained the side 15 times, while his uncle - and Gary's twin - Alan won 65 caps as a flanker.

  38. Fourth Stadium plan released by Qatar


    Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have just released details of the latest stadium designed for the 2022 World Cup.

    Qatar Foundation Stadium

    The Qatar Foundation Stadium will hold 40,000 fans and is released on the fourth anniversary of the Gulf state's winning bid. It is the fourth stadium design revealed.

    Qatar Foundation Stadium

    The stadium and associated precinct is expected to be completed in 2018 and will host matches up to the quarter-final stage of the tournament.



    Who will be relegated from the Premier League this season? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Fred Holker: Midlands football to take a blow this May. WBA and Leicester don't have the squads while injuries and suspensions will ruin Villa.

    West Brom fan cries

    James R: Sadly Burnley and Leicester to go. The rest is very tight, QPR, Hull, WBA, Sunderland and Villa could all go too.

    Jack Stevens: No idea who will go down, but I reckon there could the most teams ever involved in a Survival Sunday this season.

  40. Aches but no real pain for Poyet


    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Manchester City on Wednesday.

    The Black Cats held Chelsea to a goalless draw on Saturday evening and though there are "a few aches" among the players, Poyet says he knows how to handle them.

    "We know the players better as we've been here more than a year now," says Poyet, 47. "We know who can play games naturally and who needs more attention in these two or three days. We are in a better position."

  41. See the net and hit it captain...


    Vincent Kompany is a diligent professional. Even when he's probably out injured for Manchester City's trip to Sunderland, he has his head down to learn.

    Vincent Kompany reads Kun Aguero's book

    He tweets team-mate Sergio Aguero: Some good tips in here. If, I'm scoring in the next few games, you know where I'm getting it from.

  42. Brighton suffer LuaLua injury blow


    Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion will be without Kazenga LuaLua for several weeks after the winger suffered a knee injury.

    The 23-year-old was forced off before half-time during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Fulham after sustaining ligament damage.

    "It's not an ideal situation," Brighton boss Sami Hyypia told the club website.

  43. Sehwag - Bouncers should not be outlawed


    Former India opener Virender Sehwag says that banning bouncers following the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes would be unfair on bowlers.

    The 36-year-old feels there should be no clampdown on bouncers and said: "It was very sad that Hughes died in such a way. But it's part of cricket and injuries are part of any sport.

    "You have an option to duck bouncers as a batsman. If you cut out the bouncers, then there is no fun left in the game and it's already a batsman's game.

    "I have been hit on the helmet by quite a few bouncers. But it's a weapon for the bowlers so they should not be robbed off it."

  44. All-rounder agrees new deal


    Steven Mullaney

    Nottinghamshire all-rounder Steven Mullaney has agreed a contract extension tying him to Trent Bridge until the end of the 2017 season.

    The 28-year-old helped Notts win the 2010 County Championship title following his move from Lancashire and he was named the county's player of the year in 2013.

  45. Get your daily podcast


    BBC Radio 5 live

    We enter the dark hours where news conferences are over and the night's action is a while away.

    So why not get stuck into BBC Radio 5 live's Football Daily podcast?

    Mark Chapman discusses Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and South American football with guests including, John Barnes, John Motson and Rory Smith of the Times.

    Listen to it on the 5 live website.

  46. Van Gerwen faces Cullen at World Championship


    The draw for the 2015 PDC World Championship has been made and defending champion Michael van Gerwen will face Bradford-born Joe Cullen in the first round.

    Last year's beaten finalist, Scotland's Peter Wright, will take on Welshman Gerwyn Price, who combines darts with a successful rugby career, in round one.

    Phil Taylor, the 16-time world champion, has been drawn against Jyhan Artut of Germany.

    A field of 72 players will compete for a £250,000 first prize at the Alexandra Palace in London between 18 December and 4 January.

    Details of the full draw can be found here.

  47. Social media galore


    The tough life of a footballer.

    Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez

    "Absolutely freezing today, but it got to be done! Good session this morning ready for tomorrow," tweets Arsenal's Lukas Podolski ahead of Arsenal's visit from Southampton.

    Meanwhile in Hull...

    Steve Harper

    Steve Harper is seemingly pondering a flutter this afternoon.

  48. Vose exits League One club


    BBC Essex tweet: Dominic Vose leaves Colchester United; contract cancelled by mutual consent.

  49. The world's best and Manquillo


    Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Javi Manquillo

    So a study looking at the top-performing players in Europe has highlighted the greats such as Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo along with...wait for it... Javi Manquillo.

    The Liverpool defender is the best defender in Europe for 'rigour' according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

    They define rigour as the "ability to minimise opponents' chances through robust duelling."

    Ronaldo topped the pile for shooting and chance creation while Chelsea's Hazard was best in the 'take-on' category. The latter is the ability to create advantageous situations by successfully challenging opponents.

  50. Carlisle boss expects exits before arrivals


    Manager Keith Curle has intimated Carlisle United will need to move players on in January before he can make additions to his squad.

    Since arriving in September, Curle has brought in loanees Connor Brown and Tom Anderson, plus striker Derek Asamoah on a permanent basis.

    But Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I'm mindful of the fact that we have a number of players in the changing room and financially we can't keep adding players. To free up the opportunity for me to bring in players that are deemed good additions, the likelihood is that some players can be sacrificed."

  51. Webber a lucky lad

    Formula 1

    Mark Webber

    It sounds as if ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has been lucky to escape serious injuries following his World Endurance Championship race crash in Brazil.

    "I was a lucky boy," Webber, who quit F1 in 2013 after 12 years, tweeted. "The correct angle of impact saved me.

    "Thanks everybody for your incredible messages and support."

    Webber, who said he had no recollection of the accident or how it happened, was racing for Porsche and expects to be competing in the series again next year.

  52. Gloucester sign talented Kiwi youngster

    Rugby Union

    Former New Zealand Under-20 international Tom Marshall has agreed to join Gloucester for the 2015-16 season, the English Premiership club has announced.

    Auckland-born Marshall, 24, can play at centre, on the wing or at full-back and is currently playing for Super Rugby side the Chiefs.

    Gloucester finished ninth in the Premiership last season and are eighth after nine matches of the current campaign.

  53. Familiar face inspires in remote place


    Lionel Messi and Kim Jong Un

    Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is inspiring young players in a football school set up by controversial North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    "I go to the school and I ask them who is very good, best player? They all say 'Messi'," said Han Un Gyong, the country's Asian Football Confederation official.

    "They read books about Messi. Through the Internet, they can watch all the matches at the Pyongyang International School."

    The facility caters for 200 boys and girls aged nine and above who are chasing dreams of soccer stardom.

  54. Manager search goes on


    Motherwell say they are ready to step up their search for a new manager.

    The Fir Park outfit have been without a boss since Stuart McCall quit last month - with his assistant Kenny Black acting as caretaker ever since.

    Motherwell have received more than 50 applications from hopeful bosses looking to replace former Scotland midfielder McCall but delayed making a decision on his successor while the issue of new ownership is finalised.

  55. 'Moving in right direction' - Finn


    Steven Finn believes England must learn to adapt to the conditions in Sri Lanka if they are to get back into the one-day series on Wednesday.

    Peter Moores' men are 2-0 down in the seven-match series after a 25-run defeat in the first ODI and an eight-wicket humiliation in the second.

    Steven Finn

    "I think that as bowlers we need to adapt to conditions better," he said.

    "I think as a team in general we need to adapt to conditions better and that's something that we can keep improving on and keep working. I think we are definitely moving in the right direction."



    Who will be relegated from the Premier League this season? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Josh Maloney: I'm pleased no one has said palace. Love to see them established in the Premier League.

    You were saying Josh...

    Richard Brown: Sneaking suspicion Burnley will survive. Leicester and WBA to go down, with Palace joining them after a mid-season collapse.

    Soccer Bob: Liverpool, Burnley and Leicester. None of them have a goalscorer which will be their downfall.

  57. Deila support for winger


    Tonev Celtic

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila says the club will take their appeal against Aleksandar Tonev's racism charge all the the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) if they need to.

    The 24-year-old on-loan Aston Villa winger was given a seven-match suspension after being accused of racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

    He was found guilty by the Scottish FA of "excessive misconduct". Tonev's initial appeal with the SFA will be heard on Thursday.

  58. Illness forces Murdoch out


    Ross Murdoch

    Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ross Murdoch has pulled out of this week's World Short Course Championships in Doha because of a chest infection.

    The 20-year-old breaststroke specialist could also miss the Scottish Championships later this month.

  59. New man at Parc Y Scarlets

    Rugby Union

    Plenty going on at BBC Wales Sport today it seems...

    BBC Wales' Twitter
  60. Player banned or drug use

    Rugby Union

    Bonymaen RFC's Nick Clancy has been suspended from all sport for two years after an anti-doping rule violation.

    In a statement, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirmed Clancy tested positive for metabolites of three anabolic agents, following a test on 14 August.

    He is banned from all sport until 3 September 2016.

  61. Defender breaks leg


    Tranmere Rovers' on-loan defender Will Aimson has had surgery on his leg after breaking his tibia and fibula.

    The 20-year-old joined from Hull City last month but suffered the injury during Rovers' 3-1 win over Portsmouth.

    Tranmere are currently in the League Two relegation zone, three points adrift of Carlisle in 22nd.

  62. The results are in

    The results from our Sportsday vote are in and you may want to look away now if you're a Burnley fan.

    More than 50% believe the Clarets are the most likely club to finish bottom of the Premier League this season.

    Sean Dyche's team took 51.5% of the vote, with 17.6% opting for Leicester and 10.9% voting for QPR

    There was a surprise in there, with 11.5% of you saying Liverpool will finish bottom, but surely things have not got that bad at Anfield just yet.

    Thanks to all who took part.

  63. Mauresmo at the double


    Amelie Mauresmo

    And another slice of tennis news... Amelie Mauresmo will continue to combine her roles as coach to Andy Murray and captain of France's Fed Cup team after the French Tennis Federation extended her contract by two years.

    Mauresmo, a former world number one, began working with Murray in June and was retained when the Briton made changes to his set-up last month.

    She has been French Fed Cup captain since replacing Nicolas Escude in 2012. France's next tie is a World Group contest against Italy in February.

  64. Clement to continue


    Arnaud Clement has been given the green light to stay on as France's Davis Cup captain despite losing this year's final to Switzerland, the French tennis federation confirmed on Tuesday.

    Clement, 36, will remain as captain for two years, despite coming under fire after France's 3-1 loss to the Swiss.

  65. Watch 'The Rocket' now


    Four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is in action in the last-32 of the UK Championship in York, where he takes on Leicester's Ben Woollaston.

    Playing with a broken ankle, 'The Rocket' has been in significant discomfort this week and even thought about the idea of pulling out. To add further pain, O'Sullivan has been unhappy with the playing conditions at the Barbican claiming "It's like asking Roger Federer to go and play on court 13 at Wimbledon in front of three men and a dog."

    Watch him now on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Two.



    George Pacitto: West Brom will go down, for no reason other than they've got a certified relegation kit.

    Cameron Taylor: QPR, Burnley and Hull to go down for me. WBA and Villa will barely escape relegation. Will be close this year.

    And one from possibly a disillusioned Red...

    Supaabzz: Liverpool, Leicester and Palace.

    Who will be relegated from the Premier League and why? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  67. Next two up...


    Do you want to hear from a pair of South American men living in opposite ends of the country at the same time?

    Gusy Poyet and Mauricio Pochettino

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino will each talk to the media at 14:00 GMT.

  68. Huddlestone back in contention


    Hull City boss Steve Bruce confirmed earlier that Tom Huddlestone is in contention to return to the starting line-up for Wednesday's match at Everton.

    The 27-year-old was dropped for the Tigers' 3-0 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday after a poor run of form.

    Tom Huddlestone

    Bruce has now explained his thinking, telling BBC Radio Humberside: "We thought we'd give him a break from it but then the way we played on Saturday you could say we missed him.

    "We'd love to see him back in the kind of form that nearly got him England recognition a few months ago. Even great players sometimes need a break from it."

  69. Champion out and about

    Horse Racing

    Grand National winner

    BBC Radio Merseyside tweet: 2014 Crabbies Grand National winner Pineau De Rey on parade. His trainer fancies him to win it in 2015 as well.

  70. Manchester City news conference


    A last word for now from Manuel Pellegrini and it's on Frank Lampard.

    The midfielder has been impressive since signing on loan from New York City. The headlines in today's tabloids suggest City are willing to pay Lampard a £6m bonus to stay for the full season, instead of heading to New York on January 1, as is currently the plan.

    "When Lampard came I expected him to be the same player he has been for his whole career. His quality is the same," said Pellegrini.

    We'll bring you more later.

  71. Manchester City news conference


    A bit of fighting talk now from Manuel Pellegrini, a dig maybe at those critics saying Chelsea are certs for the title.

    "We were never out of the fight for the title. We have to play a lot more games and there are too many points to play for," he says.

    City moved to within six points of the leaders with their impressive weekend win at Southampton.

    "Sunderland are a tough team to play against - they defend well," adds Pellegrini, turning his attention to Wednesday's game. "We hope we will have more luck there this year."

    Last season Phil Bardsley scored the only goal at the Stadium of Light to hand Gus Poyet's team a famous victory.

  72. Pele on the mend in hospital



    Brazilian soccer legend Pele is out of intensive care and is able to walk around as he recovers from a kidney problem, according to AFP news agency.

    "The patient is doing well without medical complications. He is able to walk around his room. Following clinical analyses, resuming renal assistance was not necessary," the Albert Einstein clinic said in a statement, adding the 74-year-old is now receiving "semi-intensive" care.

  73. Manchester City news conference


    Skipper Vincent Kompany faces a race to be fit in time for the game at Sunderland on Wednesday.

    "With Kompany, we'll see tomorrow," says Manuel Pellegrini.

    "We'll know this afternoon exactly what Vincent has. He has an injury to his hamstring - we'll see how long it'll be."

    The boss says he has good options, though, should Kompany not be passed fit. "We have Boyata working well, we have Demichelis and we have Sagna. We have options and we'll see which two of them will play," he added.

  74. Local lines coming in


    Our colleagues at BBC Humberside have been digging to find more news from Hull City boss Steve Bruce.

    BBC Humberside tweet

    And they are on the ball at BBC Wales too: Newport County hope to complete a club record deal for goalkeeper Joe Day in next 24 to 48 hours.

    Stay with us on Sportsday and we will bring you all your local lines.

  75. Manchester City news conference


    And Manuel Pellegrini is up and running.

    First up a spot of news from the medical room.

    "We continue with the three same players injured - Kolarov, Silva and Dzeko," he said.

    "Unfortunately Nastasic has a muscle injury in his thigh. I don't think he will be able to work for a week or more."

  76. Chelsea news conference



    Does Jose Mourinho think he is Father Christmas?

    The Chelsea boss made me feel all warm and appreciative when he was asked about Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's criticism of the busy Christmas fixture list.

    "It's a first time for him," says Mourinho. "Next season it will be easier for him. My way of making it easy for me is just to think what we are giving to the people.

    "It is difficult for all of us but we are special because we are giving to the people something they love."

  77. Manchester City FC


    Manchester City FC

    We will bring you more from Jose Mourinho but another high-profile manager is about to face the media. Here's the scene in the Manchester City press room, with Manuel Pellegrini due in any moment.

    City, in second place, six points behind Chelsea, take on Sunderland on Wednesday (kick off 19:45 GMT).

    The Stadium of Light is not an easy place to go, as Chelsea found out on Sunday - held to a goalless draw. The Black Cats became the first team all season to stop Mourinho's men scoring.

  78. Chelsea news conference


    Martin Odegarrd

    Jose Mourinho says there have been no offers for Petr Cech and he is in humorous mood when asked about Martin Odegaard, who a journalist calls a "Norwegian wonderkid."

    The 15-year-old has three caps for his country already and is linked with several clubs.

    "I heard about him," Mourinho replies sarcastically. "He goes to 25 clubs. I wonder which one, where is he going? We are not in condition to be one of these 25 clubs, we are not the right profile. We cannot be in the auction."

  79. Chelsea news conference


    Frank Lampard's name is mentioned but the interrogator doesn't even get chance to finish his question.

    "He is a former player," said Mourinho. "I don't speak about former players that play at clubs who have the same objectives as we have.

    "When I speak about former players, I speak about former players who have finished their careers, but not Frank. At this moment he plays against us."

    And that's that - we don't even know what the question was. You don't mess with Mourinho.

    gFrank Lampard
  80. Chelsea news conference


    Jose Mourinho is asked about John Terry and whether he will stay at the club after the end of the season.

    Jose doesn't seem to like that question. "At this moment you start the speculation, nobody else did," says the Chelsea boss.

    John is younger than Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard, says the journo, trying a different tack.

    "It is not the time to speak about it but he knows what I think and feel, the board also knows - and I don't feel the need to share with you," says Mourinho.

    That's the end of that line of questioning.

  81. Chelsea news conference


    A brilliant start from Mourinho.

    A journalist says "the last time Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge, Gary Lineker scored the winner."

    "Tomorrow he can't," says Mourinho, who didn't like too many questions on Spurs. The room laughs. His timing would have put Kenn Dodd to shame.

  82. Chelsea news conference


    Here he is...

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho looks a bit angry ahead of his side's meeting with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

  83. Vote now

    We are into December and the Premier League is taking shape nicely. Most of the focus is at the top and who will win the title or make the Champions League.

    But what about the battle at the other end? A single point separates the bottom four - Leicester, Burnley, QPR and Hull - with Aston Villa, West Brom and Crystal Palace hovering close by.

    We want to know who you think will finish rock bottom. Have your say through the voting section in this page. We've picked out the 10 teams from 11th place down. We'll use your votes to see BBC Sport readers' predicted bottom three, with teams ranked by the number of votes.

    Voting will be open to UK readers until 13:00 GMT. Terms and conditions can be found here The result will be announced in this page after 13:10 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.

  84. Star all-rounder back after attitude problem


    Bangladesh cricket chiefs have announced they are lifting a suspension for bad behaviour on Shakib Al Hasan, allowing the star all-rounder to play in overseas leagues, including Australia's Big Bash T20 tournament.

    The BCB banned Shakib, 27, the country's most popular sportsman, from playing cricket for the national side for six months in July for what it said was a "severe attitude problem".


    Shakib was the star performer during the recent series with Zimbabwe and during the second Test scored a century and claimed 10 wickets - becoming only the third player to achieve the feat after cricket legends Imran Khan and Ian Botham.

  85. Everton news conference


    And so, Roberto Martinez scampers through a door and out of the media spotlight for 24 hours at least.

    To sum up the injury news ahead of Hull City's visit on Wednesday: Steven Naismith has an "outside chance", Darron Gibson is a no and James McCarthy is improving. The latter is still a doubt and Martinez adds it's "impossible to tell" if he will be fit to face Manchester City this weekend.

  86. Everton news conference


    Everton striker Arouna Kone is on the comeback trail after a year out with a serious knee injury.

    Roberto Martinez said the striker, signed for £6m from Wigan in summer 2013, played 75 minutes in a training ground game yesterday and "looked strong".


    "I think he is very close to being able to have an impact in the first team but we will have to be a little bit patient because you have to keep in mind he has been out for a very long time," said Martinez.

    "But he looked really good yesterday, his play was good, and it was really pleasing to see a smile on his face after such a long time out."

  87. Everton news conference


    Nikica Jelavic

    Roberto Martinez adds he is looking forward to seeing Nikica Jelavic return to Goodison Park on Wednesday but that the Hull striker is not playing for a side as bad as their recent form may illustrate.

    "I think you need to look through the score lines," he adds. "The game against Spurs they were very unlucky, they got a very good draw at Anfield. This is a side that know how to go away from home, defend well and have real quality up front.

    "It will be a great moment to see Niki, it's always good to see him coming back to Goodison. We have a strong affection toward him but not tomorrow."

  88. Everton news conference


    Roberto Martinez

    The journalists in the room are pressing Roberto Martinez on whether Everton can finish in the top four this season. The Toffees boss gives them a politician-style answer.

    "What's realistic is to compete in every game we go into," he replies. "The league is a third through now and internally we can have a clear direction of where we need to improve and what we've done really well.

    "What we've done in Europe is remarkable, to qualify with one game spare, so it's been a really strong start to the campaign and I am very pleased with what we've achieved.

    The journalists tries again. Will you finish top four? "It's just about making sure we keep managing games well," says Martinez. Nicely swerved.

  89. Everton news conference


    Martinez quickly states there has been no contact from Arsenal for James McCarthy - a story fuelled by a number of newspapers - and adds that there is no truth in links with Everton and Chelsea's Mohamed Salah.

  90. Everton news conference


    Martinez starts off by talking about the fitness of James McCarthy: "At the moment still too early to tell. He has recovered and showed good signs over the last couple of days. I don't think he will make tomorrow.

    "It's just been the amount of games he's had to play and he's a very young man, already very experienced and I think we could maybe find the right formula for him to have the right training exposure but it is something that we want to eradicate."

    McCarthy suffered a hamstring injury in Everton's Europa League fixture at Wolfsburg.

  91. Everton news conference


    Roberto Martinez - we know it's him because he's wearing a sweater with the initials RM on - has arrived to take questions from the media. Stay tuned, we will bring you the pick of what the Everton boss has to say.

  92. Balotelli contacted by FA


    Some breaking news on Mario Balotelli.

    The Liverpool striker has been contacted by the Football Association for his social media post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

    He has until 6pm on Friday, 5 December to respond.

    Balotelli has apologised for the comment, which he posted on Monday.

  93. 'A tough day'

    Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes

    Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke has posted this photo on Instagram of himself and Phillip Hughes, with the message: "Tomorrow is going to be a tough day."

    It has been announced that Clarke will be one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Hughes, who died after being struck on the neck by a ball during a match last week.

  94. 'We must remain united' - Wenger


    One last snippet of news coming out of Arsene Wenger's press conference earlier.

    On the back of a group of fans displaying a banner during the weekend win over West Brom asking Wenger to step down, the Arsenal manager was asked how important it was for everyone at the club to remain united.

    banner arsenal

    "Ideally everyone needs to be united," he said. "The most important thing is that internally we are very united. Our job is to be competitive and to fight and that's the way we can do our job, by being United.

    "We are creating something special inside the club but that has to come out through performances and games won. That is our job, to win football games, and that is the best way to unite everybody."

  95. French newspapers


    French newspaper L'Equipe lead on Thierry Henry's decision to leave New York Red Bulls yesterday.

    Today we have already heard from his former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who believes the 37-year-old will one day return to the Emirates.

    'Worthy of a feast' is how L'Equipe pay tribute to the World Cup winner.

    Thierry Henry on L'Equipe
  96. Gloucester sign Chiefs back Marshall

    Rugby Union

    Gloucester sign utility back Tom Marshall from Super Rugby side Chiefs.

    The 24-year-old will move to Kingsholm for the start of next season, when his commitments in his native New Zealand come to an end.

    Marshall, who can play at centre, full-back and wing, becomes the first overseas signing for Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys.



    You all seem to think Burnley are going down.

    Burnley fan

    Erik William Leidal: Sunderland have got what it takes to stay in the Premier League, so I would say Burnley, QPR and Villa.

    Chris McKenna: I can see it going to the final day. 20th Burnley, 19th Leicester, 18th Aston Villa.

    Tom Coulson: Burnley, Leicester and either QPR or Villa.

    And someone with a very logical mind...

    Andrew Phillips Tebb: The teams with the least points!

    Let us know who you think is going down on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  98. Burnett 'removed' from tournament


    Richie Burnett

    Former darts world champion Richie Burnett has been "removed" from the 2014-15 World Darts Championship for "personal reasons", according to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

    Welshman Burnett, 47, won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) world title in 1995 but will miss the PDC event at London's Alexandra Palace.

    The World Darts Championship takes place from 18 December to 4 January.

  99. New stand mystery


    Plymouth Argyle are at a "critical point" over funding for a new stand, according to chairman James Brent.

    The League Two club said work on a replacement for the Mayflower Stand would begin at the end of last season, but six months on, no work has started.

    "We're at a fairly critical point now in terms of which direction we go on the grandstand," Brent told BBC Devon.

    "It's critical in terms of we need to come out and say how we're proposing to fund it and move it forward."

  100. Froome ready for France

    Road Cycling

    The 2015 Tour de France - which runs between 4 and 26 July - has five mountain-top finished and only 14km of individual time trial.

    The Tour starts in the Netherlands city of Utrecht and in the final week, riders will face four consecutive gruelling mountain stages.

    Chris Froome will start his preparation at the Ruta del Sol in February and though he likes the idea of doing the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, they may have to wait.

    "At this time in my career I feel the Tour takes priority," adds the Team Sky rider. "There may come a time at some point down the line where other races may take preference, but for 2015, it's the Tour."

  101. Froome will ride in 2015 Tour de France

    Road Cycling

    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome confirms he will commit to the 2015 Tour de France.

    The 2013 Tour winner withdrew during this year's event with injury and had raised doubts over his participation next summer due to the route.

    "It's a climbers' Tour next year so I'm going to have to work extra hard in the mountains and spend less time on practising time trialling," said the 29-year-old.

  102. News conferences aplenty


    In just over an hour, this pair will be fielding questions. What will Jose Mourinho say after his side were held at Sunderland? Will we get some title talk from Manuel Pellegrini?

    Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho

    Roberto Martinez is up next though. He's scheduled to talk to media at 12:00 GMT. Mourinho is half an hour later and Pellegrini at 12:45 GMT.

  103. The day's action in full


    For those ready for a day on the settee watching the UK Championship action from York, here is the schedule:

    13:00 GMT

    Robert Milkins (Eng) v Graeme Dott (Sco); Neil Robertson (Aus) v Peter Ebdon (Eng)

    Ben Woollaston (Eng) v Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng); Joel Walker (Eng) v Stuart Bingham (Eng)

    19:00 GMT

    Ding Junhui (Chn) v James Cahill (Eng); Mark Williams (Wal) v Stephen Maguire (Sco)

    Rod Lawler (Eng) v Mark Allen (NI); Joe Perry (Eng) v Mark Davis (Eng)

  104. Rocket Ronnie back in action


    Ronnie O'Sullivan got a few things off his chest after winning his second round match at the UK Open in York, branding the tables "shocking" and slating the lack of atmosphere.

    After that outburst, the powers-that-be at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association hired table-fitters to "work around the clock" in an effort to sort things out.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Will Ronnie approve? We'll find out today because the five-time world champion is in action at 13:00 GMT, taking on England's Ben Woollaston in the third round.

    Neil Robertson and Peter Ebdon are also playing - live coverage on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  105. Posh injury and Mack out


    BBC Radio Cambridge Sport tweet: Peterborough's Marcus Maddison is a doubt for Sunday's trip to Colchester with another knock on his ankle. Brighton haven't given Craig Mackail-Smith permission to play for Posh in the FA Cup, so he won't be involved on Sunday.

  106. The papers in Italy


    Tuttosport are not too happy Andrea Pirlo was overlooked in the race for Fifa's Ballon d'Or.


    Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo were the three men left standing when the 23-man shortlist was whittled down on Monday.

    The 'genius Juventus player deserves recognition for his career', says Tuttosport.

    Pirlo, 35, has 10 appearances at Juve this season. He has five league titles, three at Juve and two with AC Milan.

  107. Change of plan for extreme heat


    Sticking with the tennis for a moment and the organisers of the Australian Open have announced a change to the tournament's extreme heat policy ahead of the 2015 event in January.

    Director Craig Tiley said a roof had been added to a third court, and the heat policy had been updated to "ensure conditions are fair for all players".

    Temperatures soared above 40c during the 2014 tournament, causing players to faint or suffer from heatstroke.

  108. Nadal back and raring to go


    Rafa Nadal

    Rafa Nadal has taken to Facebook to announce that he's back in training after surgery to remove his appendix.

    "Very happy to be training again and excited to prepare for the next season," wrote Rafa, who also posted this photograph of himself in action.

    The Spaniard is due to return to competitive action in January, playing two tournaments before heading to the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the season.

  109. Aguero at it again


    Sergio Aguero has been named Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year.

    Sergio Aguero

    The Premier League's leading scorer, 26, held off competition from Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Branislav Ivanovic, Morgan Schneiderlin and Yaya Toure.

  110. Wenger on Balotelli row


    Mario Balotelli has today apologised for a social media comment being investigated by the FA.

    And Arsene Wenger, never a manager to dodge a question, has had his say on how PL clubs police their players on social media.

    Speaking during his press conference today, Wenger said: "We can only warn players of the potential dangers, but you cannot control a player 24 hours a day. They have to be responsible enough and educated to control what they say.

    "The danger of social media is that you can quickly not always imagine the consequences of what you say."



    A supporter cries

    Patrick Sopp: Despite their good recent results, Burnley will go down with West Brom and Leicester - they each struggle for goals.

    Andrew Neill: QPR, Burnley and Leicester. Outside chance of Hull replacing one of them.

    Thom Gavin: Can all change after the second transfer window, but I would wager Leicester, Burnley and Aston Villa to all drop out of Premier League.

    Who will be relegated from the Premier League and why? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  112. Spanish papers


    Light and shade from Marca on Tuesday.

    The newspaper features the final three players contesting the Ballon d'Or in Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer but also runs a story on action taken against radical supporters following the death of a fan on Sunday.


    A Deportivo fan was taken out of a river near Atletico's Vincente Calderon Stadium suffering from cardiac arrest, hypothermia and head injuries and died in hospital.

    'Organised crime: A pre-brawl between the Blues and the Athletic front had been planned and synchronised," reads Marca.

  113. How about this for a rally?

    Table tennis

    If you do one thing, check out the BBC Sport advent calendar video.

    We are bringing you a classic video each day until Christmas.

    Today's looks back at Glasgow 2014 when Nigeria's Segun Toriola won a point in the table tennis semi-finals against Singapore's Ning Gao after an incredible 41-shot rally which has to be seen to be believed.

    It was described by commentators as the best rally of the tournament, 'by a distance'. You can see it here.

  114. Change in staffing at Boro


    Our colleagues at BBC Tees have a story on their hands at the Boro.

    BBC Tees tweet

    The move follows talks between the former Boro player and head coach Aitor Karanka.

  115. Hull City news conference


    Steve Bruce intends to recall influential midfielder Tom Huddlestone for Wednesday night's trip to Everton.

    The Hull boss said he had chosen to leave the former Spurs man out of Saturday's team for a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

    But, with the Tigers eager to avoid suffering a fifth straight loss, Huddlestone's positive response has prompted his boss to restore him to the starting XI.

    Gaston Ramirez is out, serving the second of a three-match suspension. Bruce has no fresh injury concerns.

  116. Arsenal press conference


    Arsene Wenger has done his talking for the day and departed the press room at the Emirates. We'll bring you more of what he said later.

    Arsenal host Southampton on Wednesday, kick off 19:45 GMT.