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  1. Goodbye

    And on that warm note of brotherly love, we will call an end to Sportsday today.

    A reminder that England won in cricket, Formula 1 made changes to next season and issued a report saying Jules Bianchi did not slow sufficiently in his horror crash last month, and Lord Sebastian Coe outlined a vision for athletics if he becomes the new IAAF president.

    All of those details are below and across the website. Tune in to our live text commentary, BBC 5 live and Match of the Day tonight for football coverage and above all, be well.

  2. Etherington retires


    Matthew Etherington retires and his former Stoke City team-mate Danny Higginbotham jokes he played some part in the career-ending back injury.

    Danny Higginbotham
  3. Child focus on World Championships


    Eilidh Child was second in the 400m hurdles at Glasgow 2014

    Eilidh Child is targeting a World Championships medal next year following a hugely successful 2014.

    The 27-year-old 400m hurdler won European gold after sealing silver at her home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    "The big focus is the World Championships in Beijing [in August]," she told BBC Scotland. "I finished fifth in Moscow in 2013, so I'd really like to get on that podium. I was top three in all my races this year, so I can build on that."

  4. Etherington retires from football


    In a heartfelt series of tweets, Matthew Etherington retires from football.

    The former Peterborough, Tottenham, West Ham and Stoke winger, 33, says an ongoing back problem has ended hopes of finding a new club.

    "I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15 years old," he tweets.

    "Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism."

  5. All over in Hambantota


    England win.

    In a match reduced to 35 overs, Jos Butler and Joe Root smash 103 between them and it is victory by three wickets.

    Sri Lanka still lead the seven-match series 2-1. Follow our live text for reaction.

  6. Read, listen and watch


    You can read, listen and watch all of tonight's football in one capacity or another on BBC Sport.

    Listen to live updates as 5 live Sport goes around the grounds from 19:00 GMT with Hull City's Robert Snodgrass in studio.

    We have a live text commentary of the night's four Premier League games here on the BBC Sport website from 18:30 GMT and of course, there is Match of the Day.

    Match of the Day is on: BBC1 - 22:40 GMT; BBC1 Scotland - 23:40 GMT; BBC1 Wales - 23:10 GMT; BBC1 NI - 23:10 GMT.

  7. Sunderland v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)


    James Milner
  8. Cricket


    England need less than 19 runs to beat Sri Lanka but have 18 balls to do it.

    Nail-biting stuff. Catch it all on our live text commentary now.

  9. I'd sack you...


    Barry Hearn

    Sports promoter Barry Hearn says "too much self pity" is holding Scottish football back and believes it is "disgraceful" the country's top flight cannot attract a sponsor.

    Hearn, who has worked with boxing, snooker and darts, told a Scottish FA convention that "if you worked for me you'd be sacked" for being without sponsorship since May 2013.

  10. Africa Cup of Nations draw live now


    Sipopo Conference Centre

    The draw for next year's Africa Cup of Nations is imminent in Equatorial Guinea.

    But fear not, you don't have to go to western Africa to experience it, we have a live text in hand for you on the BBC Sport website.

    The tournament was meant to be hosted by Morocco but due to a breakout of the Ebola virus, will now take place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January.

  11. Zidane supports Henry France recall


    Thierry Henry

    Former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane says former team-mate Thierry Henry should bid farewell to the national team by playing in a friendly against Brazil.

    Henry has yet to make a decision about his future after leaving MLS team New York Red Bulls.

    French newspaper L'Equipe have started a campaign to get the former Arsenal striker to feature for his country for a final time in next year's friendly.

    And Zidane has said: "For everything he has brought to French football, it would be a great moment for him."

  12. Hull v Everton (19:45 GMT)


    Nikica Jelavic
  13. Farewell Cala


    In possibly the most predictable parting since Robbie Williams left Take That, Juan Cala has left Cardiff City.

    The Spaniard, 25, recently criticised the club for making him train with academy players and on leaving he has apologised to Bluebirds' owner Vincent Tan for derogatory comments.

    Cala was signed from Sevilla in January but made just one Championship appearance this season.

  14. On the Jules Bianchi report...

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live F1 commentator

    "It's a 396-page report put together by some very reputable people and they have gone through this with a fine tooth comb.

    "The point is Bianchi did not slow down sufficiently when the yellow flags were up. Of course he hit a vehicle which was removing another car but there were also some issues on the car. Some of the Failsafe measures on the car did not cut out on impact, making it worse than it could have been."

    Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he crashed at Suzuka in October but is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided.

  15. Frecklington extends Rotherham deal


    Rotherham midfielder Lee Frecklington signs a new two-year deal.

    The 29-year-old joined the Millers from Peterborough in January 2013 after a successful loan spell and has since helped them to two promotions.

    The former Lincoln City man has made 86 league appearances for the New York Stadium side, scoring 16 goals.

  16. Korea and Mexico extend F1 season

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    The Formula 1 season will provisionally consist of 21 races next season, two more than in Lewis Hamilton's recent successful campaign.

    The two additional events will see a return of the Korean Grand Prix - last staged in 2013 - and a new race in Mexico.

  17. Sunderland v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)


    So former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton is heading to the north east - but what chance do his beloved Manchester City have of leaving with three points?

    Ricky Hatton

    Sunderland took a point off league leaders Chelsea on Saturday and have lost just one of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City. Perhaps equally as worrying for Ricky is the fact his team have failed to win on their last five league visits to the Stadium of Light.

  18. Breaking stories...

    Formula 1

    So the world of Formula 1 looks like it is bringing us two big stories at the same time.

    One focusing on Jules Bianchi, the other on a restructure of the race calendar for next season.

    We will bring you more detail in Sportsday as soon as we get it.

  19. Team Bath name Manu in 2015 squad


    Team Bath have named New Zealand defender Bessie Manu in their squad for the 2015 Superleague season.

    The 28-year-old has been signed from ANZ Championship franchise Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and becomes Bath's first overseas player.

    "It will be a tough challenge this year as nearly every franchise, like us, is trying to move on and think outside the box," said head coach Jess Thirlby.



    When is it acceptable to boo your team? Leicester manager Nigel Pearson argued with a fan for being critical on Tuesday.

    Kit Chang Wong: I heckled both China and South Korea Ladies doubles badminton teams at London 2012. Both teams tried to lose for better draw!

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  21. Bianchi 'did not slow sufficiently'

    Formula 1

    Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi did not slow down sufficiently to avoid losing control when he crashed at the Japanese GP, an FIA accident report has found.

    Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he crashed into a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at Suzuka in October.

  22. Chelsea v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)


    Chelsea Didier Drogba

    Drogba could start against Tottenham as Chelsea's top scorer Diego Costa is suspended.

  23. Burnley make annual loss


    Now whoever said "greed is good?"

    Gordon Gekko - Wall street

    Ah yes, Gordon Gekko.

    On the same day Manchester City - Premier League champions - report a financial loss for the year of £23m, Burnley - newly promoted - tell us they too have made a loss for the financial year.

    The Clarets lose £7.6m in the 12 months, the same as they did a year earlier. Much of the figure is made up of bonuses paid on promotion.

    Gekko wouldn't have hacked running a football club.

  24. FIA confirms scrapping of double points

    Formula 1

    Formula 1's governing body the FIA has announced a provisional 21-race season in 2015 and has confirmed the scrapping of double points at season finale.

    Double points were introduced for the final race of 2014 to keep the championship alive for as long as possible but the move was criticised by drivers, teams and fans.

  25. Cook in trouble...twice


    Alastair Cook

    Oh dear, double trouble. Alastair Cook is caught behind as England take on Sri Lanka and we at BBC Sport believe the captain could end up being suspended for his side's next match.

    Cook is going to be under scrutiny for a slow over rate when England were bowling and he has already been guilty of that offence this year, meaning one more transgression would earn a one-match ban. It is one the ICC will look at.

    Of more immediate concern, his dismissal on 34 leaves England 84-1 in pursuit of 242 from around 23 overs.

    Follow it all on our live text commentary.

  26. Dortmund make it a large one


    Borussia Dortmund

    Borussia Dortmund's fans are thirsty for success, but until their team finds its form, beer will have to do.

    Dortmund's players poured pints for supporters at the club's Christmas party on Tuesday to apologise for the poor form that has seen them drop to the bottom of the table at the weekend.

    First-team stars like Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Nevan Subotic all did their best Bet Lynch impression.



    Our debate on whether it is right to boo your team has prickled many of you. Keep the posts coming to #bbcsportsday and tell us which game made you heckle.

    Jack Cummins: It's like no other form of employment. You should be praised and berated in equal measures for your performance.

    Paul Hainsworth: Football is entertainment now, not just sport. If you get paid millions you should run yourself into the ground for 90 minutes.

    On Tuesday, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson reacted angrily to a critical fan. Was he right to? Is it fair to boo?

  28. Bingham through, Higgins behind


    Anthony McGill leads his 'favourite player' John Higgins 4-3 in the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.

    McGill said it was "Christmas come early" to be facing an "absolute icon" after beating Nigel Bond in the previous round.

    Stuart Bingham, who reached the last four in 2013, put in a flawless display to trounce Ricky Walden 6-0 and reach the quarter-finals.

    Watch all the action on the BBC Sport website or on BBC Two now.

  29. 10-game ban for ref bottle attack


    A Bulgarian player who tried to hit a referee with a bottle after being sent off has been banned for 10 games by his country's football association.

    Lokomotiv Plovdiv defender Diyan Moldovanov, 29, confronted referee Stanislav Stavrov after the final whistle in their 1-1 league draw with Cherno More Varna on Saturday.

    The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) also fined the player £3,200 (8,000 levs).

  30. Lions to hit hard


    A lion

    British Olympic champion and much-hyped heavyweight Anthony Joshua fights Kevin Johnson on 31 January and the American has some wild views on the fight.

    Johnson, 35, has lost six of his 35 fights but has never been stopped, prompting hope Joshua will finally face an opponent who can stand up to his ferocious power.

    "I look forward to doing what I do best and that's beating Olympic guys," says Johnson. "It's a young lion versus an old lion. I'm not walking away from my herd."

    Joshua, with 10 knockouts from 10 fights, says: "He doesn't get stopped but he gets beat."

  31. Man City losses reduced


    Khaldoon Al Mubarak

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says the club have moved "beyond a period of heavy investment" needed to make them competitive.

    The Premier League champions are a step closer to breaking even, posting losses of £23m for the year to 31 May 2014.

    That figure includes a £16m fine City paid to Uefa for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

    "The club is where we hoped it would be when we began this transformation six years ago," Al Mubarak said.

  32. Chelsea v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)


    Go on sing that hit..."because nothing compares..."

    Sinead O'Connor

    The last time Chelsea lost a league game at home against Tottenham, Sinead O'Connor was number one in the charts with Nothing Compares to You.

    That, my Top-of-the-Pops friends, was 1990.

    They meet tonight at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated in the league this season. It looks ominous for Spurs.

  33. Water babies


    Britain will have a fabulous swimming team in 15 years or so (not that it hasn't now, of course). Rebecca Adlington has announced she is pregnant and now former British Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering has given birth to twin girls. The 42-year-old four-times world champion announced the news on Twitter.

    Karen Pickering
  34. Sri Lanka v England - latest


    Sri Lanka finish on 242-8 off 35 overs in their third one-day international against England. Alastair Cook's men need 236 from 35 overs to win.

    Half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne, along with some wayward bowling from the back-up bowlers, has put the hosts in a dominant position.

    Sri Lanka graphic
  35. It's yellow, bottle or no bottle


    Barcelona's appeal against Lionel Messi's yellow card for time wasting after he was hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday's La Liga game at Valencia is been rejected by the Spanish soccer federation.

    Lionel Messi

    La Liga's all-time record scorer was struck near the corner flag during Barca celebrations when they netted an injury time winner at the Mestalla.

    The referee's match report said Messi "delayed his return to his half of the pitch after the goal was scored with the intention of wasting time".

  36. BHA excited by Autumn Statement

    Horse Racing

    Did you get a thrill from the Autumn Statement? The British Horse racing Authority did.

    George Osborne
    Image caption: Mr Osborne's statement followed Prime Minister's Questions

    It says the Government has delivered "extremely positive" news for horse racing in this country.

    Chancellor George Osborne announced the Government will proceed with a further consultation process on the replacement of the Horserace Betting Levy with a Racing Right early in 2015.

    "We have a landmark opportunity to secure a modern, fair and sustainable funding mechanism," says BHA chairman Steve Harman.

    The levy is a tax collected from bookmakers and invested back into horse racing.



    Have you ever booed your team? If so, when? Is it fair to do so? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    KeanIN: When the Man United players walked off at MK Dons without acknowledging us fans who made a 10 hour round trip to be there.

    On Tuesday, Leicester manager Nigel Pearson had an argument with a critical fan, but someone of you seem to think letting your frustrations out is completely fair.

    Michael Horton: The amount people pay to go to a football match these days, they're entitled to make their feelings known.

  38. Tigers have good attitude


    Ahmed Elmohamady

    BBC Radio Humberside's Matt Dean has caught up with Ahmed Elmohamady who stressed Hull City's players have no attitude problem, despite their poor run of recent form.

    The Tigers have won once since the opening day of the season and travel to Everton tonight.

    You can listen to the interview in full after 19:00 GMT on BBC Radio Humberside.

  39. Ricciardo ready to be number One

    Formula 1

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Daniel Ricciardo is confident he will be able to cope with the weight of expectation now on his shoulders at Red Bull following the departure of Sebastian Vettel.

    "The weight of expectation won't affect me," Ricciardo said. "But the reality is now I can win. People know I've - shall we say - got the goods.

    "So if I'm coming sixth and seventh when they feel the car should be fourth and fifth then that obviously isn't meeting expectations, but it honestly doesn't add any more pressure to me."

  40. Arsenal v Southampton (19:45 GMT)

    Football team news

    Nathaniel Clyne (second from left) is congratulated after scoring the decisive goal in September's League Cup clash with Arsenal

    Arsenal's Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are doubtful with knee problems, while Kieran Gibbs is struggling with a ankle injury.

    Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and Mikel Arteta (calf) are both still out.

    Southampton will be without Morgan Schneiderlin, who injured his thigh in Sunday's defeat to Manchester City.

    The midfielder could be replaced by Jack Cork, who has recovered from illness or Harry Reed could also be called upon.

  41. Sri Lanka v England


    The latest from England's one-day international with Sri Lanka is that Joe Root has just bowled Jeevan Mendis.

    Sri Lanka are now 175-6 after 28.4 overs in a match reduced to 35 overs per side because of a rain delay.

  42. Dalla Valle set for Crewe return


    Crewe Alexandra are hoping to re-sign free agent and striker Lauri Dalla Valle, who scored five goals in 10 games during a successful two-month loan spell at Gresty Road two years ago.

    The 23-year-old Finn left Belgian second-tier side Sint-Truiden in the summer and has been training at the League One club with a view to earning a deal.

  43. 'Smug' French don't deserve Henry


    More from Emmanuel Petit on France's treatment of former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

    "In France he has no relationship with the press, so what? Maybe because he wasn't smiling when he scored for Les Bleus," said the Frenchman.

    "There you are, that's what I hate in this country. I have a lot of difficulty with the French, I've never seen a people so arrogant, smug, untruthful and hypocritical."

  44. Petit criticises 'arrogant' French


    Thierry Henry

    Emmanuel Petit has condemned apathy in France towards Thierry Henry and claimed the country would be better under German rule.

    A former team-mate of Henry at Monaco, Arsenal and in the France national team, Petit described the prevailing attitude towards the striker as "hypocritical and cowardly".

    It has been suggested that Henry should be afforded one last outing for France, as a farewell match, and Petit, 44, can see the merit but suspects he is in a minority.

    "Why not, but people don't like Thierry Henry," Petit said in an interview with the French website "How can you reproach Thierry Henry? His handball against Ireland? It helped us qualify for the World Cup in South Africa. He's done nothing wrong. France is hypocritical and cowardly."

  45. Chelsea v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

    Football team news

    Diego Costa

    Chelsea's Diego Costa is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card on Saturday and is likely to be replaced by either Loic Remy or Didier Drogba.

    Defender Nathan Ake (hamstring) missed the weekend game at Sunderland and is unlikely to be included.

    Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton is available after a two-match ban.

    Emmanuel Adebayor faces a late fitness test after a virus and a back problem, while Etienne Capoue and Danny Rose are also struggling with knocks.

  46. Davis relieved after 'lucky' win


    Mark Davis has said conditions at the UK Championship continue to be an issue and need to be addressed, but refused to blame the tables after a "lucky" second-round victory over Joe Perry.

    World number 19 Davis won a scrappy and tense encounter 6-5 on Tuesday night.

    "It was an awful match," Davis, 42, told BBC Sport. "There's no excuse missing easy balls, but there were a lot of kicks, and the cushions were flying off. The table was very difficult, which doesn't help."

  47. Sunderland v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    Football team news

    Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

    Sunderland remain stretched defensively with both Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt still on the sidelines.

    On-loan defender Sebastian Coates could make his first league start for the Black Cats.

    Man City captain Vincent Kompany is out with a hamstring injury, while fellow defender Eliaquim Mangala is serving a one-match ban.

    This could see Bacary Sagna shifting to centre-back or alternatively Dedryck Boyata could be handed a rare start.

  48. 'Expectation' on England's Rio bid

    Rugby Union

    World Cup winner Rachael Burford says the England women's rugby side carry high hopes for Rio 2016 qualification.

    England, who made 20 players professional this summer, are Great Britain's representatives for the first rugby sevens qualifying stage.

    "Since we've gone full-time, there is big expectation on us," Burford said.

    "We're just very pleased to be in a position where we are full-time and train day in, day out. So looking on to Rio is the ultimate goal."

  49. Adam Peaty breaks British record


    Adam Getty

    Adam Peaty's year just gets better and better. The British teenager has set a new British 100m breaststroke record at the World Short Course Championships.

    The 19-year-old swam 57.02 seconds in his heat - taking half a second off fellow Briton Michael Jamieson's previous best time.

    Peaty, who holds four European and two Commonwealth titles, swims again in Wednesday's semi-final.

  50. Everton v Hull (19:45 GMT)

    Football team news

    Steven Naismith

    Everton's James McCarthy and Steven Naismith are both struggling with hamstring injuries.

    Manager Roberto Martinez says Naismith has an "outside chance" of being involved, but is not expecting McCarthy to recover in time.

    Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone should return to the side after being left out of the defeat to Manchester United.

    Gaston Ramirez is banned while striker Abel Hernandez has been on paternity leave in Uruguay and will not feature.

  51. Post update

    Rio Ferdinand tweets: London trains are so efficient these days, but when ya plotted up next to someone letting off dusty fumes it can get quite problematic!

    How does a person let off a dusty fume Rio? And what's the remedy? Polish under the armpits?

  52. Red-hot Stenson


    Henrik Stenson is named European Tour Golfer of the Month for November following his successful season-ending defence of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

    The Swede, 38, won the last event in his season with a birdie on the last and wins the Golfer of the Month award despite American Brooks Koepka, 24, winning on the Tour for the first time at the Turkish Open.

  53. Top scorer vote result


    Sergio Aguero

    The results are in from our vote on who will be the Premier League's top scorer this season - and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero tops the 10 players we listed for you.

    Aguero, 26, has 12 goals in the league so far this season and gets 49.7% of the vote ahead of Diego Costa - who has 11 goals - on 33.5%.

    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez get 5.4% each.

  54. From Fratton Park to Azerbaijan


    Former Portsmouth midfielder Robert Prosinecki is named as new Azerbaijan head coach.

    The 45-year-old replaces Berti Vogts who quit in October.

    Prosinecki, who played for Pompey between 2001 and 2002, has already managed Red Star Belgrade and Turkish side Kayserispor.



    Have you booed at a match? When was it? Is booing acceptable? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    Olly Mitchell: I was there when Eboue was booed by our own fans against Wigan. Subbed on then off again. It was shameful to hear it.

    Emanuel Eboue

    Matthew Broad: You wouldn't boo the postman if he didn't deliver some post. You'd ask questions, but a jeer is negative. Destroys confidence.

    On Wednesday, Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson argued with a critical fan as his side lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool.

  56. I'll do you a deal...


    Does this man look like a dodgy salesman to you?


    Brazilian legend Rivaldo has taken to Instagram to attempt to sell the club he is president of.

    Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube play in the third tier of Brazilian football and judging by the fact the 42-year-old is calling on social media to tout his entity, you could get in there for a knock-down price.

    Rivaldo first played for Mogi Mirim in 1993, returning to finish his sparkling career there at the age of 41.

  57. The gun show


    Sergio Garcia poses in the mirror

    Spaniard Sergio Garcia tweets: "Great workout session. Time to get fitter before the 2015 season starts!"

    Come on Sergio, blue lycra shorts are not going to intimidate anybody. And, being honest, neither is that chicken fillet of a bicep.

  58. Liverpool owner responds to ticket protest


    Liverpool supporters' union The Spirit of Shankly has received a letter from the club's owner John Henry acknowledging recent protests against ticket prices.

    Fans held banners highlighting the rising cost of tickets at Saturday's fixture with Stoke and though Henry has replied, they claim such public displays of frustration will continue until a meeting is arranged between the union and the owner.

    Jay McKenna, Spirit of Shankly chairman, told the Liverpool Echo: "As far as we're concerned until they contact us and tell us there's a meeting we continue as we are doing."

  59. Gerrard cannot leave


    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the club have to keep Steven Gerrard "for many years to come".

    The 34-year-old club captain is considering a new contract offer but his place on the substitute bench against Stoke on Saturday sparked questions over his future role.

    A goal in Liverpool's victory at Leicester on Wednesday and a performance Henderson described as "outstanding" offered a timely reminder of his capabilities.

    "He's a massive player for us and a great leader," said vice-captain Henderson. "I hope he stays for many years to come."

  60. Murray interviewed for Mansfield job


    Mansfield Town caretaker boss Adam Murray has been interviewed for the vacant manager's position.

    Murray, 33, this week said he had misgivings about combining his playing role with managing the side.

    But the midfielder and assistant boss, who has been in charge since Paul Cox left in November, was one of several candidates interviewed on Tuesday.

    Former Forest manager Colin Calderwood and ex-Reds defender Brian Laws are among the favourites for the job.

  61. Go on Bolton, we dare you...


    Now, hypothetically speaking. And we do stress that point.

    If Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen are training with Bolton Wanderers and they impress, the Championship club could have a strike force blessed with pedigree, if somewhat lacking in a yard of pace.

    Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen

    Heskey has 118 goals in English league football, 62 international caps, two league cups, an FA Cup and a Uefa Cup to his name.

    Gudjohnsen has 97 league goals in his career, 78 international caps and a plethora of league honours, not to mention a Champions League medal.

    Yes they'd have a combined age of 72, but if they walked on to the pitch with a sack of medals, think of the fear struck into the opposition. Fortress Macron Stadium.

  62. Time to vote


    We want to know who you think will finish top scorer in the Premier League this season. Have your say through the voting section in this page. Voting will be open to UK readers until 13:00 GMT. Terms and conditions can be found here.

    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 you ready to vote online for Sports Personality of the Year 2014 on 14 December.

  63. Compton on 'special' Clarke tribute


    Australia captain Michael Clarke

    England batsman Nick Compton has described Michael Clarke's tribute to Phil Hughes as "very special".

    The Australia cricket captain broke down in tears as he spoke about his friend and team-mate at the batsman's funeral.

    Compton, who used to share a house with Hughes and was at the funeral, told BBC World Service: "I was standing at the bar with him an hour ago and he said he has given everything.

    "He spoke from the heart and the fact that his spirit will stay with us for ever is very special."

  64. Play to resume


    Play will resume between Sri Lanka and England in their third ODI at 12.45.

    Follow our live text for all the latest developments as the action gets back underway after a lengthy rain delay.



    Today we are asking you if you have ever booed your team and if you think it is acceptable practice.

    Last night Leicester manager Nigel Pearson engaged in a heated debate with one critical fan, but is booing fair game?

    Graham Robinson: I was at the 8-0 Saints v Sunderland match and there were songs and ironic cheers, but no booing from the away end.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  66. Memory lane


    Just to bubble your excitement for tonight, remember this?

    Jose Mourinho

    William Gallas struck late as Chelsea beat Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in 2006, sparking a Jose Mourinho celebration we don't see enough of these days.

    The sides meet tonight and we will have build-up to that fixture and three more in the Premier League tonight.

  67. Pirates boss explains keeper dilemma


    Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has accepted he should have named a goalkeeper on the bench against Wrexham, after defender Mark McChrystal ended up in goal for 50 minutes of Tuesday's 0-0 draw.

    McChrystal, who took the gloves when Steve Mildenhall was forced off with a knee injury, helped keep a clean sheet against 10 men.

    "I'll hold my hands up and say we should have had a keeper on the bench," Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol. "I've done it a lot of times, where I haven't put one on the bench, but it's now something I'll have to look at."

  68. The return of Heskey?


    BBC Radio Manchester have their ear to the ground at the Macron Stadium and they can hear the rumblings of a certain former Leicester City striker.

    Radio Manchester tweet

    Heskey is 36 and a free agent. Bolton also have former player Eidur Gudjohnsen training with them.

  69. Gambling grip on footballers


    Professional footballers and cricketers are three times more likely to have a gambling problem than other young men, according to new research.

    Published at the Professional Players' Federation (PPF) conference in Edgbaston, the research shows 6.1% of professional sportsmen would be classed as "problem gamblers" compared to 1.9% of men in the general population.

    PPF chairman Brendon Batson described the findings as "worrying". "Sportsmen are a clear 'at risk' group and the whole of professional sport has a duty of care to these young men," he added.

  70. Wolves recall Price from Orient


    Wolves, who have lost their last four Championship games, have recalled 21-year-old midfielder Jack Price from his loan spell at League One club Leyton Orient.

    Price featured prominently in the Wolves side that won the League One title last season and will return to head coach Kenny Jackett's first-team squad.

  71. Quins take Italian scrum-half

    Rugby Union

    Italy international Tito Tebaldi completes a move from Ospreys to Harlequins.

    The scrum-half, 27, moves after 17 months and 19 appearances with the Welsh region.

  72. Coe wants calendar revamp


    Lord Sebastian Coe on his proposed changes to the athletics calendar: "Many fans don't know when the athletics season starts, when it ends, why it seems to bounce around from the USA to Europe to Asia and back again. A harmonised calendar is the key to promotion, marketing, the athletes and member federation development and we must address this."

  73. Coe outlines plan for future


    Sebastian Coe

    Lord Coe is seemingly a very organised man and he has today launched his manifesto for the election for IAAF presidency.

    A focus on "harmonising" the athletics calendar to make the sport more marketable and on engaging youngsters through street athletics are at the heart of his plan, which he says has four pillars.

    • Reforming the world athletics calendar and bringing in city centre 'street athletics' competitions
    • Maximising commercial growth and focusing on youth engagement
    • Increasing resources for anti-doping and creating a new IAAF ethics department
    • Changes to the IAAF internal structure to give a greater voice for athletes


    In the wake of Leicester boss Nigel Pearson's argument with a fan, we are asking you if you have ever booed at a match and is it alright to do so?

    Simon Mowels: I would sit on my hands but never ever boo my team. If it got too bad to bear I'd stop going - only happened once!

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday with your thoughts.

  75. England announce squad


    Pamela Cookey (right)

    England have announced their squad for the upcoming series against Malawi, which starts at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 14 December.

    Jade Clarke will captain the side, while Pamela Cookey returns to the squad after recovering from an Achilles injury.

    England squad: Jade Clarke (Co-Captain), Pamela Cookey (Co-Captain), Ama Agbeze, Rosie Allison, Sara Bayman, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Sam Cook, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Rachel Dunn, Stacey Francis, Tamsin Greenway - subject to fitness, Jo Harten, Geva Mentor

  76. Cahill delivers emotional turmoil


    James Cahill

    As we highlighted earlier, two-time champion Ding Junhui was humbled by 18-year-old James Cahill at the UK Championship on Tuesday night.

    The world number 100 put together a break of 56 in the final frame to win 6-5 having led 5-1.

    "When I missed the chance to win 6-1, he started coming back at me, and it's the worst feeling in the world," Cahill told World Snooker.

    "In the last frame I expected him to win in one visit, but after he missed I played a solid frame. My family went through the emotions as much as I did."

    Cahill plays world number 19 Mark Davis in the last 16.

  77. Sri Lanka v England


    There's still no action in Hambantota, with rain delaying the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka after only two overs.


    Play was stopped at 09:11 GMT, with very heavy rain following. Some estimates suggested that as much as two hours would be needed to make the ground fit once the rain stops.

  78. Post update

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater: "At @PPFplayers Problem Gambling & Sport conference, new study says professional sportsmen three times more likely to have problem than men in general population."

  79. BBC Sports Personality - Carl Froch


    Carl Froch

    The BBC Sports Personality spotlight today shines on boxing world champion Carl Froch.

    "He is ridiculously tough, with an incredible ability to digest pain," says Barry McGuigan of the IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion.

    You can read Froch's profile on the BBC Sport website, and there's a video to accompany the words, too.

  80. Federer the greatest - Toni Nadal


    Roger Federer

    What will Rafa think? Rafael Nadal's uncle and coach Toni Nadal has described 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

    "I think he is (the best of all-time), the numbers say so," Toni Nadal told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.

    "Federer is the best in the history of the game alongside Rod Laver and, unfortunately for us, it is like that."

  81. Spanish papers


    AS back page

    Meanwhile, AS pays tribute to Real Madrid forward Jese after he found the net in their 5-0 cup rout of Cornella.

    The 21-year-old had been sidelined with a knee injury for over eight months.

    Real thumped the lower-league side 9-1 on aggregate.

  82. Spanish papers on Barca kit change


    And Spanish newspaper Sport has run a vote on the proposed Barcelona kit change as well as showing us a useful image of what it will look like on one of the world's greatest players.

    Sport news paper

    As you can see, 78% of voters said the club should not change their stripes for hoops.

  83. Barcelona to change strip


    Stripes or hoops? Tradition or revolution? For the first time in their 115-year history Barcelona will change their famous striped shirt to a hooped one. Spanish newspaper Sport revealed that the Catalan club will adopt a hooped home jersey next season. Unsurprisingly, there's been a mixed reaction from fans.

  84. A 41-year wait


    Manuel Neuer
  85. Not much chance Neuer


    Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon seems to think Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer will have his work cut out to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

    Neuer, 28, won the World Cup with Germany and a domestic double with his club this year and is joined by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a three-man shortlist for the award.

    "Perhaps a goalkeeper will win the Ballon d'Or when he helps his team become world champions by winning four games in a row on penalties and saving every spot-kick," says Buffon while laughing. "That way no-one can overlook him. But something really remarkable needs to happen."

  86. Coe to tackle drugs in athletics


    Lord Sebastian Coe says he favours giving athletes a lifetime ban for doping but says: "legally that train has probably left the station".

    Coe, who is running for president of athletics' governing body the IAAF, was speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    "This is not a battle that we can lose and under my presidency that is not something we will flinch," he said of doping in athletics. "It is entirely predicated on trust, trust that the athletes competing against each other trust in each other."

  87. You're not coming in


    Gennady Golovkin

    He may be the reigning WBA and IBO middleweight champion of the world and one of the most feared fighters on the planet, but Gennady Golovkin cannot get a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

    The 32-year-old Kazakh was due in London yesterday to hold a news conference before his February fight with St Helens fighter Martin Murray but visa issues held up his arrival and eventually led to his trip from the US being cancelled.

    It's freezing here anyway Gennady, looks like you've had a touch of luck.



    After Leicester manager Nigel Pearson exchanged heated words with a critical fan last night, we want to know if you have ever booed your team? Which game was it? Is it acceptable? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

    Anoop Singh: When you have players earning over £50K a week salary and losing 8-0 to Southampton, surely worth booing by your own fans.

    Southampton 8-0 Sunderland

    Paul Denny: Grown men booing. Muggy behaviour of the highest order. If you want to boo take the kids to a Christmas Panto!!

    Paul Smith: I don't like it but after a game has finished it is 'acceptable', during a game is just idiotic!

    Stephen: When you pay over the odds to watch your team home and away you should be allowed to voice opinion.

  89. David De Gea saves


    David de Gea memes

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's David De Gea. It was only a matter of time before the goalkeeper's performances for Manchester United sparked a series of memes.

    The Spaniard's late saves helped United secure three points against Stoke on Tuesday - and fans have made their admiration known via Twitter.

    David De Gea memes
  90. Rightfully given the boot


    Jimmy Bullard

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce is not in sympathetic mood towards the club's former charge Jimmy Bullard after he was voted out of I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here.

    Bruce says: "His performances here, though I wasn't here at the time, and his performances in the be kicked out of Hull and out of the jungle I think was quite right.

    Bruce pauses briefly, sips his brew and asks: "Should I have said that?"

    Too late Steve, you just did.

  91. What the papers say


    "Manchester United are beginning to resemble the juggernaut of old," writes the Guardian's Jamie Jackson of United's 2-1 win over Stoke. "These remain early days, yet before Monday's visit to Southampton there can only be optimism regarding United's consistent form."

    Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph writes of Steven Gerrard after Liverpool's victory over Leicester: "He still possesses the intelligence of movement, eye for goal and will to win to shape the destiny of games."

    Christian Benteke

    In the Independent, Jack Pitt-Brooke praises Christian Benteke's performances in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. "The pressure on Benteke could weigh down even his broad shoulders," he writes. "But here, in the bitter wind, he delivered the only quality in a poor game to decide it."

  92. Birmingham refute funding fears


    Birmingham City have issued a statement to refute reports that they are in financial trouble, at a time when speculation is increasing that they may have a new potential buyer.

    BBC WM 95.6 report that former Swindon owner Jeremy Wray is behind a bid for the Championship club, who have been up for sale for two-and-a-half years.

    That has not been denied by the club's Hong Kong-based parent company.

    In the short term, Blues released a statement saying: "The club wishes to allay any fears that may now arise on the basis of the allegation there will be no funds beyond January-February 2015 - this is categorically refuted."

  93. No festive cheer for Ding


    Ding Junhui

    The two-time UK Championship winner Ding Junhui was a shock exit at the tournament in York on Tuesday.

    The world number three fought back from 5-1 down to level but lost a deciding frame to James Cahill.

    Northern Ireland's Mark Allen was another casualty, losing 6-4 to England's Rod Lawler but both Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertson won through to the last 16.

    John Higgins is among those starting early today and there will be live coverage on the BBC Sport website and BBC Two from 13:00 GMT.

  94. In the papers

    The Guardian

    The Guardian has opted to focus on Manchester United's fourth successive victory rather than Steven Gerrard's performance in Liverpool's win over Leicester. "United's juggernaut gathers speed," is the paper's back page headline.

  95. Sri Lanka v England


    Rain stops play

    There's thunder and lightning in Hambantota, which means rain has stopped play in England's one-day international against Sri Lanka.

    The Sri Lankans, who are 2-0 up in the series, were 6-1 after two overs before the match was halted.

    Keep up to date with the latest in Sri Lanka via our live text commentary or Test Match Special.

  96. Rooney faces scan on knee


    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United secured their fourth straight win on Tuesday, but those victories have come at a price because captain Wayne Rooney must have a scan to determine the damage to his injured knee.

    Rooney, 29, missed Tuesday's 2-1 home win against Stoke after picking up the problem in the final moments of Saturday's victory against Hull.

    "He will have a scan and then we will know more," said his manager Louis van Gaal. "I hope the injury is not so serious."



    An angry NFL supporter

    So as we have already mentioned this morning, Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson had words with a critical fan as his side went down 3-1 against Liverpool on Tuesday.

    With that in mind, we want to know when is it acceptable to boo your team?

    Rugby, football, individual sports, whatever your thing, let us know. Have you ever delivered a heartfelt boo? When was it?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  98. Transfer gossip - Cech, Henry, Paulinho

    Latest Gossip

    Arsenal are considering a £20m move for Bayer Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer, 23, if they fail to land fellow Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, from Real Madrid.(Daily Star)

    Roma are weighing up a January move for £7m-rated Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32. (Daily Mail)

    Paris St-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc has played down talk that the Ligue 1 giants will approach striker Thierry Henry, 37, who left New York Red Bulls this week, with an offer of a short-term deal.(London Evening Standard)

  99. Has Woods still got it?


    Iain Carter

    BBC Sport

    Tiger Woods

    "There is no doubt that his return injects a renewed buzz to the game. He remains golf's biggest personality and driver of ratings," says BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter of Tiger Woods' competitive return.

    "But as a golfer he has been at best an also-ran for more than 15 months - and a non-runner for much of that period. His most recent PGA Tour win came in Akron in August 2013.

    "Woods may be back, but it seems highly implausible that the man who turns 39 at the end of this month can quickly re-establish his domination of the game."

  100. I can still win - Woods


    Tiger Woods

    In the world of golf, former world number one Tiger Woods has said he can still compete at the top even though he can no longer drive as far as many players.

    The 38-year-old returns to competition at the World Challenge in Florida on Thursday, his first event since August following back problems.

    "Father time is undefeated. We all lose some things we could do," he said. "I can't blow it out there with some younger guys any more. But there are other ways. You can win at a late age."

  101. In the papers

    Daily Telegraph

    It's that man Steven Gerrard again and this time he's on the back page of the Daily Telegraph, which proclaims: "Gerrard Roars Back".

  102. BBC Sport's advent calendar

    Rugby Union

    BBC Sport's advent calendar

    There's only 22 days until Christmas Day, which means we're not even halfway through our advent calendar.

    There's no chocolate behind BBC Sport's festive daily treat - but today you can watch Brian O'Driscoll's farewell match as Ireland beat France in a tense Six Nations clash. Enjoy the spectacle.

    Brian O'Driscoll
  103. Sri Lanka v England


    Alastair Cook

    Moving away from football for a moment, we should tell you that England's One-Day international with Sri Lanka is about to start.

    England trail the hosts 2-0 in the seven-match series and are playing an international in Hambantota for the first time. How's about that? For those interested, Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat.

    There's live text commentary online and you can also listen to live coverage via BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  104. Pearson's spat with Leicester fan


    But while Steven Gerrard and Liverpool's fans celebrate, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is in a rather more belligerent mood.

    The Leicester boss, whose side are bottom of the league, has said fans can "stay at home" if they cannot recognise the efforts of the team and admitted to an altercation with a supporter during the 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

    "I had a spat with a fan towards the end," said the 51-year-old. "I don't like the commitment of my players being questioned. If they honestly think they are not committed, they are very wrong. Maybe that is why I stay in the stand."

    Nigel Pearson
  105. In the papers

    Steven Gerrard

    "Who are you calling over the hill?" is the Daily Mirror's backpage headline, referring of course to Steven Gerrard.

  106. 'Gerrard still important'


    Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard looked refreshed and revived during Liverpool's victory over Leicester - but will the captain still be at Anfield next season?

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is "not sure" when Gerrard will sign a new deal - but believes his captain still has more to offer.

    "If I can manage his training and games he can still have real impact for this team," said Rodgers after the win.

  107. What does victory mean for Liverpool?


    Liverpool's victory moves Brendan Rodgers's men to eighth in the Premier League table, while Leicester remain bottom after a nine-match winless run in the league.

    Premier League table
  108. In the papers

    The Independent

    Many of the nationals' back pages feature Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and The Independent is no different.'Rested' against Stoke on Saturday, the midfielder started against Leicester on Tuesday and scored a crucial goal in Liverpool's 3-1 win over the Foxes.

  109. Man Utd win again


    A revival or a temporary surge? Manchester United secured their fourth successive win on Tuesday, with Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata scoring in a 2-1 win over Stoke.

    "It was not our best performance," said United boss Louis van Gaal afterwards.

    "We were not aggressive enough in the first half, we didn't keep our position on the pitch. I was not pleased at half-time - and I told the players. The second half was better, we created more chances but we need to score more goals."

    Listen to highlights of United's victory on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Louis van Gaal
  110. Premier Leag