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Summary

  1. Latest from Liverpool news conference
  2. Abuse of Arsene Wenger disgusting - Gary Lineker
  3. Manchester City to launch 'state of the art' academy
  4. O'Sullivan wins UK Championship snooker
  5. Australia name side for first Test against India
  6. Build-up to FA Cup third-round draw at 19:00 GMT on BBC Two

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. FA Cup build-up

    Football

    It's a wrap for today's edition of Sportsday but, as you know, the FA Cup third round draw takes place this evening from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 Live. There will be live text commentary of the draw in Hull shortly.

    Here are some of the balls to look out for: 2. Arsenal, 13. Chelsea, 23. Liverpool, 24. Manchester City, 25. Manchester United, 52. Blyth Spartans

    The full list is available on the BBC Sport website.

  2. Liverpool's Allen in confident mood

    Football

    Joe Allen (centre left)

    "It's a great position to be in and we know exactly the task that lies ahead," says Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen of his team's must-win Champions League tie against Basel.

    "We are looking to draw inspiration from previous games. The support we are going to get tomorrow night is going to be a huge factor.

    "We learnt a harsh lesson in the away match, we know what they are capable of but I think we have moved forward since that last game. Getting through the group stages is a dream of everyone at this football club. We have the ability and the talent to make that happen."

  3. Players need to step up - Rodgers

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard: "We can't just be reliant solely on him, this has to be about a team performance, we need other players to step up to the mark, taking on responsibility and being a catalyst and not place it on his shoulders.

    "We are only focusing on the positive result. We see it as an opportunity rather than a threat to anything we are doing this season.

    "We have shown in recent weeks the group is starting to come together again. Slowly game by game I can see the difference in the team, the focus and concentration, and we have quality in the squad."

  4. IOC agrees to maintain age limit

    Olympics

    Sepp Blatter

    The International Olympic Committee has agreed to maintain an age limit of 70 for IOC members - with a few limited exceptions permitted.

    In February, Fifa president Sepp Blatter called the limit "discrimination" and the 78-year-old now faces having to step down from the IOC in 2016 when he reaches the limit of 80 for members elected before 1999.

    It means all 40 proposals put forward as part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 were voted for unanimously.

  5. Rodgers ready to 'complete job'

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers

    "Tomorrow night will be a great night and it is up to us to complete the job," says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers of his team's Champions League tie against Basel.

    Will Mario Balotelli feature in the match? Rodgers says he "very much doubts" the Italy striker will have recovered from injury for the must-win tie.

  6. Atletico Nacional fans banned

    Football

    Atletico Nacional fans

    Fans of Colombia's Copa Sudamericana finalists Atletico Nacional have been banned by Medellin authorities from taking banners and flags into their next six home matches after a supporter had three fingers blown off by an exploding firework.

    The accident happened last week during the first leg of the Sudamericana final between Atletico and Argentina's River Plate, which ended 1-1 with the second leg to come in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

    The city has also banned fans from wearing team shirts at the club's next two home matches at the Atanasio stadium.

  7. 'Folklore beckons for Liverpool players'

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is answering questions ahead of his team's Champions League tie with Basel on Tuesday.

    The Reds need to beat the Swiss side to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

    And Rodgers says: "We would have taken this scenario when the draw was made. Players can write themselves into folklore"

  8. Man City praised for inclusive approach

    Football

    Manchester City's new academy

    England captain Steph Houghton believes Manchester City's inclusive new training complex is another step forward for the women's game.

    Houghton and her fellow Manchester City Women's players will use exactly the same facilities at the new £200m City Football Academy as Manuel Pellegrini's first team squad.

    Manchester City's new academy stadium can host 7,000 spectators

    More than 450 players, including the under-seven's side and the disability squad, will utilise the state-of-the-art base.

    Houghton told Press Association Sport: "There are exciting times ahead for City and it's great that the women are part of that and continue to feel part of the Manchester City family."

    Manchester City: Changing rooms at the new Performance Centre
    Image caption: The changing rooms at the new Performance Centre
  9. Get involved

    #mydreamdraw

    Paul Brooks: Blyth vs Sunderland and play it at St James's. Haway the Spartans!

    Simon Joseph: Watford v anyone but a championship team. Maybe mid table prem side at home.

    Jordan Collier: As a Wolves fan at Uni in Merseyside, Liverpool away would be #MyDreamDraw we've only played in Merseyside once in 3 years!

    Keep your dream FA Cup draws coming via the hashtag #mydreamdraw or visit the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  10. We could have lost by more - Moyes

    Football

    David Moyes

    David Moyes has admitted his Real Sociedad side could have lost by a heavier scoreline as Villarreal ended his unbeaten start in Spain with a 4-0 win.

    Ex-Manchester United boss Moyes earned four points from two La Liga matches, plus a Copa Del Rey draw at Real Oviedo, in his opening three games, but his team capitulated on Sunday.

    "It could have been more, we could have lost more goals," said the Scot. "We made some terrible mistakes, defensively bad mistakes, especially with the third and fourth goals.

  11. Godin move in doubt

    Football

    The Daily Star reports that Manchester United have suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, 28, with the Spanish club saying he is not for sale.

  12. Murphy ridicules Villas-Boas Anfield link

    Football

    Andre Villas-Boas

    Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has described speculation tipping Andre Villas-Boas to replace Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss as "ridiculous".

    "Brendan will keep his job, no matter what. He deserves that," Murphy told talkSPORT. "But if for some reason - and it would be a shock - if he left, AVB would not be on the list of 20 managers next for Liverpool, never mind one.

    "It's ridiculous. He failed at Chelsea, he failed at Tottenham so why would you take him at Liverpool?"

  13. Triple jump & synchronised swimming to go?

    Olympics

    Olympic events such as the triple jump and swimming races are in the line of fire after new rules were agreed by the IOC to allow more sports into future Games.

    The IOC will give greater flexibility to the Olympic programme to allow host cities to stage new sports - there have been calls to bring in sports such as surfing that have greater appeal to young people.

    However, the number of athletes will be capped at 10,500 meaning that there will be pressure on the bigger sports such as track and field and swimming to agree to a cut in the number of events.

    Canada's IOC member Dick Pound has identified triple jump, synchronised swimming and race-walking as events he believes should be dropped from the Games.

  14. FA asks Pearson for observations

    Football

    Nigel Pearson

    The Football Association has contacted Leicester boss Nigel Pearson to ask for his observations following his row with a fan.

    The Foxes boss was involved in a heated exchange with a supporter during Leicester's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last week.

    It is a routine move from the FA and Pearson has until 18:00 GMT on Wednesday to come back with his observations for the governing body to look at.

  15. Get Involved

    #mydreamdraw

    Jordan Thornberry: Watford v Luton. Been a while since we played them, reignite a passionate and fiery rivalry!

    Paul Rudge: Wrexham to get Arsenal at the Emirates, decent payday and with history & their current form...anything's possible

    Matt Davies: #mydreamdraw for @HullCity would be Liverpool and beating them!!!

    What is your dream FA Cup draw? Tweet us using the hashtag #mydreamdraw or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  16. Falcao's wife posts message of support

    Football

    The wife of Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has apparently gone on Instagram to support her husband.

    According to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, the Colombian is only fit enough to play for 20 minutes.

    But Falcao's wife has posted a picture of the former Monaco player with the caption "100% prepared to give it all".

    Radamel Falcao
  17. Southampton v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Football

    Southampton FC
  18. Mata ready for 'special' reunion

    Football

    Juan Mata

    Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata says playing against his former manager Ronald Koeman this evening will be special.

    Koeman's Southampton host United, with Mata reuniting with his former Valencia manager.

    "It's going to be a special reunion, since Ronald Koeman was my manager in Valencia when I won my first title as a professional footballer: the Copa del Rey," he wrote in his blog. "He was very important in my career because he gave me confidence and I played regularly, which is what every young player needs in his early years."

  19. Scotland finish second at US Open

    Wheelchair Curling

    The Scottish wheelchair curling team have finished as runners-up for the third tournament in a row as they ended their North America tour.

    The team of Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson, Jim Gault and Angie Malone, who won bronze for GB at the Sochi Winter Paralympics, were second to Team Ottawa at the US Open International Wheelchair Bonspiel in New York.

    They were runners-up to Team Russia at both the Cathy Kerr International event and the Canadian Open.

  20. No American resurgence - Sampras

    Tennis

    There is no potential superstar on the horizon in American men's tennis, says former world number one and 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras.

    No American has won a men's grand slam singles title since Andy Roddick triumphed at the 2003 US Open and only five Americans feature in the top 100, with John Isner highest at 19th.

    "Unfortunately it looks on the slim side," Sampras has said. "I don't see anyone, I don't really know anyone that even people are talking about to break through even into the top 10.

  21. Harris named new boss by Belles

    Football

    Doncaster Belles have appointed Glen Harris as their new head coach.

    He succeeds Gordon Staniforth, who resigned in October after the club failed to win promotion to the top division of Women's Super League.

    Harris previously managed Lincoln Ladies for a total of seven years in two spells between 1998 and 2012.

  22. Easter improving with age - Robshaw

    Rugby Union

    England captain Chris Robshaw says his Harlequins team-mate Nick Easter is "getting better with age".

    Easter, 36, was named man of the match as Quins beat Leinster in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.

    When asked if he considered Easter still to be one of the best number eights in the country, Robshaw told BBC Radio 5 live: "Yes he is. He's a great player, and he's a great man to have alongside you. He's a terrific ball-player and he seems to be getting better with age."

    Easter won the last of his 47 caps for England in 2011 and has not featured under head coach Stuart Lancaster.

  23. Burgess set for first start

    Rugby Union

    Sam Burgess

    Sam Burgess will start a rugby union match for the first time when he lines up at inside centre for Bath against Montpellier on Friday night in the Champions Cup.

  24. Get Involved #mydreamdraw

    Michael Peters: As a Sunderland fan, #mydreamdraw would be away to Blyth Spartans or GatesheadFC - make it happen!

    Adam Harper: Need to remind Brighton of what could have been. Palace v Brighton for me

    Rory McDermott: After living in Bristol for six years & occasionally going to Ashton Gate I would love Aston Villa to be drawn at Bristol City!

    Today we're asking: what would be your dream FA Cup draw? Tweet us using the hashtag #mydreamdraw or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  25. Hark now hear Neymar sing

    Football

    Neymar

    Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar has posted a video on his Instagram singing with his friends but the 22-year-old's vocals aren't as impressive as his football skills.

  26. Get Involved #mydreamdraw

    Martin Darwin: A Shefffield derby please!

    Jeff Buckeridge: Love the FA Cup. Hopefully Big Sam does too. Bournemouth away in the 3rd round please

    John Gregson: wouldn't mind Southport away as an Everton fan.

    What would be your dream FA Cup draw? Tweet us using the hashtag #mydreamdraw or scribble your thoughts on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  27. Ecclestone 'disappointed' in Vettel

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel and Bernie Ecclestone

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he was "disappointed" by the attitude of Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

    Writing in the official F1 review book, the 84-year-old criticised the four-time world champion for being defeatist as he struggled with his Red Bull.

    "I'm a super supporter of Sebastian but I'm a little bit disappointed with his attitude," said Ecclestone. "He's acting like a defeated guy and he isn't - that's not his mentality. He's a competitive guy."

  28. Forest display left Pearce 'sick to the stomach'

    Football

    Nottingham Forest's first-half display against Charlton made manager Stuart Pearce "sick to the stomach", according to winger Michail Antonio.

    Pearce's side have conceded first in eight of their last 10 games and slipped to 10th in the Championship table after Saturday's 1-1 draw.

    "Even at the end of the game, he still talked about the first half," Antonio told BBC Radio Nottingham. "He told us it's not good enough. He said it made him sick to the stomach."

  29. On this Day - Giggs the centurion

    Football

    Ryan Giggs

    Ryan Giggs has not changed much in the last seven years. On this day in 2007, the former Wales winger scored his 100th league goal for Manchester United in a 4-1 victory over bottom of the table Derby at a rainy Old Trafford. Giggs scored the opener in the win before Carlos Tevez (2) and Cristiano Ronaldo also found the net.

  30. Big Ears p-p-p-p-picks up a penguin

    Football

    FA Cup

    The FA Cup is known for taking footballers, fans and managers on an annual adventure, but the famous trophy has, this year, been on its very own unforgettable trip. As part of a Football Association initiative which calls on fans to celebrate the competition's excitement and drama, Big Ears has been to the South Pole, and it sparked the curiosity of some penguins.

    You can watch the third round draw of the FA Cup live from Hull on BBC Two, BBC Radio 5 live and on the BBC Sport website from 19:00GMT tonight.

  31. Taylor ton helps New Zealand

    Cricket

    Ross Taylor

    Ross Taylor hit 105 not out as New Zealand managed 246-7 in their 50 overs in the first of five day-night one-day internationals against Pakistan in Dubai on Monday.

    Daniel Vettori made 27 and Luke Ronchi got 23 while paceman Mohammad Irfan took 3-57.

  32. Milanese leaves the O's as Liverani comes in

    Football

    Mauro Milanese

    Mauro Milanese has left his job as Leyton Orient manager after only eight matches and been replaced by Fabio Liverani.

    Milanese was installed as Orient's sporting director in August following Francesco Becchetti's takeover of the east London club and given the manager's role in October.

    The 43-year-old was in charge for only eight matches, winning two of them and losing five.

  33. Koeman & Van Gaal have respect - Hasselbaink

    Football

    Tonight's Premier League game sees fourth-placed Southampton host fifth-place Manchester United at St Mary's.

    Former Leeds and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told BBC World Service that he does not believe it is a factor that the respective managers Ronald Koeman and Louis van Gaal do not get on.

    "In this world you are not going to get on with everybody are you? You have your beliefs, he has his beliefs and they might not be the same as each other," said the Dutchman, who is now in charge of Burton Albion.

    "But I think the mutual respect is there and I think if you asked them if they respect each other, they will say yes. But if you ask them if they like each other it might be a different outcome. That happens at the top, that is how it is. I don't see the fuss about it."

  34. Barnsley 'underestimated Chester' - Wilson

    Football

    Barnsley manager Danny Wilson says his players, despite being warned, did not expect Chester to be so good in their FA Cup second-round tie on Sunday.

    The game ended 0-0 but Conference club Chester twice had attempts cleared off the line and also hit the crossbar at Oakwell.

    "People scoffed when I said they were a good side," Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield. "The Conference gets underestimated because people haven't seen it. Until they see it in front of them they don't believe you - they do now."

  35. How Carroll's presence tormented Swansea

    Football

    Andy Carroll

    After striker Andy Carroll scored twice to help West Ham beat Swansea and move up to third in the Premier League on Sunday, Match of the Day 2 pundit and former Hammers striker John Hartson explains the role that Carroll played in the victory.

  36. Malaysia minister apologies to Vietnam football fans

    Football

    Flares are lit during the Malaysia v Vietnam game

    Malaysia's minister of youth and sports Khairy Jamaluddin has apologised to Vietnam supporters after trouble broke out during Vietnam's 2-1 win in the first leg of the Suzuki Cup semi-final on Sunday.

    Some Malaysian fans started throwing bottles at the visiting supporters and fighting broke out towards the end of the game.

    "Although only a small segment of Malaysian fans turned unruly, their violent conduct directed at visiting Vietnamese fans was completely unacceptable and has tarnished Malaysia's reputation," he said.

    "This is clearly not the Malaysian way. Violence is not and was never part our culture. I am saddened that the football match was marred by the actions of a small number of hooligans."

  37. Swansea to appeal Fabianski red card

    Football

    Lukasz Fabianski is sent off

    Swansea are to appeal against the red card issued to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski against West Ham on Sunday.

    The Polish international, who faces a one-match ban, was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Foy for impeding Diafra Sakho and denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity in the 68th minute of the 3-1 defeat at the Boleyn Ground.

    The FA will make a decision on the appeal ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Spurs at the Liberty Stadium.

  38. Cheltenham 'sorry' for FA Cup exit

    Football

    Cheltenham Town defender Craig Braham-Barrett has apologised to fans after the Robins were dumped out of the FA Cup by Conference outfit Dover Athletic on Sunday.

    Cheltenham, currently 17th in League Two, thrashed League One side Swindon Town 5-0 in the first round but were beaten 1-0 at home by Dover.

    "I apologise to the fans because they shouldn't be watching that," said the 26-year-old left-back. "We should be beating teams like this. All I can say is sorry."

  39. Fifa will not take further action over Rijeka incident

    Football

    Fifa will not open disciplinary proceedings against Croatian side HNK Rijeka after deciding there was not enough evidence to back up Manchester City's allegation.

    City coach Patrick Vieira took his under-21 team off the pitch during the July friendly after claims French midfielder Seko Fofana, who had been shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident, had been racially abused just before half-time.

    However, having investigated the matter, Fifa say they will not be taking any further action.

  40. Get involved #mydreamdraw

    Football

    The FA Cup draw is being held at an aquarium in Hull, an appropriate venue as the third round is when small fish can create big waves and scale new heights. It's when football's big fish are forced to play in smaller ponds and often come under attack from minnows.

    So, what we want to know is what would be your dream FA Cup draw? Tweet us using the hashtag #mydreamdraw or scribble your thoughts on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  41. Magic of the Cup

    Football

    Paul Adamson

    Want to know more about the man selected to make the FA Cup third-round draw? Paul Adamson is an inspirational football coach from East Yorkshire and there's a video about his work on this website.

    The draw for the third round of the FA Cup will be made live on BBC Two, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website from 19:00 GMT today.

  42. Pietersen remains hopeful of resuming international career

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has not given up hope of resuming his international career - and feels he still has "four or five years left".

    "I know there are a lot of changes that are going to be happening in England in the next three or four months, so who knows?" the 34-year-old, whose international career was ended by the England & Wales Cricket Board at the start of the year, told Australian media after arriving in Melbourne, where he will play Twenty20 cricket for the Stars in the Big Bash League.

    "I have 8,300 runs - I'd love to get 10,000 Test runs. I'd love to beat Australia again. Last time, we got hammered. That doesn't sit well. I'm not a player who likes being hammered. I'm a player who plays to win."

  43. Uncertainty over future strange - Button

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso

    Jenson Button admits he is finding the uncertainty over his future in Formula 1 "strange".

    McLaren are yet to decide whether the Briton or his 2014 team-mate, Denmark's Kevin Magnussen, should partner Spaniard Fernando Alonso next season.

    "It's a strange situation but sometimes in life you find yourself in these situations. You just have to deal with it," Button said.

    McLaren's Eric Boullier said the decision could be made "within days".

  44. Barry at the Bowls

    Bowls

    BBC Sport advent calendar

    What a treat there is behind today's red bauble. Day eight of BBC Sport's advent calendar brings you Shaun Williamson, best known for playing Barry Evans in EastEnders, singing to the crowd at the World Indoor Bowls Championships. The crowd were bemused but Williamson sang his heart out.

  45. Rooney over Cantona - Neville

    Football

    Wayne Rooney

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has revealed he would choose Wayne Rooney in his all-time Manchester United XI ahead of Eric Cantona, Mark Hughes, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

    "I'd put Wayne Rooney up front with Cristiano Ronaldo in my all-time XI of Manchester United players I played with," Neville told FourFourTwo magazine.

    "Above Cantona, Hughes, Yorke and Cole. All great strikers, but Wayne has got qualities from all of those players. He's those four players wrapped in one."

  46. Manchester City Academy launch

    Football

    Manchester City

    Football Association director Kelly Simmons is as rhe unveiling of Manchester City's City Football Academy.

  47. The votes are in

    Football

    Sam Allardyce

    The Sportsday vote is now closed and we can tell you that Sam Allardyce is the manager who has impressed you most in the Premier League this season. Well done, Sam.

    The West Ham manager, whose team are third in the league, won 35.6% of the votes, with Southampton's Ronald Koeman second (32%) and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho third (10.3%).

    Neither Hull boss Steve Bruce or QPR manager Harry Redknapp received a single vote.

  48. It's Bayerning to look a lot like Christmas

    Football

    Holger Badstuber with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller

    Bayern Munich are seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga so their players had plenty to celebrate at their Christmas party on Sunday.

    Xabie Alonso (left) and Claudio Pizarro with their wives

    Xabi Alonso and Claudio Pizarro were in attendance at Munich's Schuhbecks Teatro with their wives.

    Bayern Munich Christmas party
  49. Rodriguez suffers torn muscle

    Football

    Rodriguez gets treatment during Saturday's match

    Real Madrid say Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez has injured a muscle in his right leg but they have not indicated how long they expect the 23-year-old to be out for.

    Rodriguez, who signed for Real this summer and has appeared in all 24 games the club has played this season, suffered the injury during Saturday's win over Celta Vigo.

    Real play Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday and Almeria in the Spanish league on Friday, before they start their Club World Cup campaign on 16 December.

  50. That's the taste of sweet success

    Football

    Manchester City academy launch

    Manchester City are unveiling their multi-million pound training centre today after six years in the making and it seems they've spent a few million on cupcakes. BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington has been refuelling on the club's cakes.

  51. FA Cup run 'will help' U's keep Gorkss

    Football

    Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling has said an FA Cup windfall could help extend Kaspars Gorkss' stay.

    The 33-year-old former QPR defender has signed a four-week deal with the League One side and played in Sunday's 1-0 second-round win over Peterborough United.

    "When we get into the next window we can have a look at things and see where we stand," Cowling told BBC Essex. "Obviously budgets are limited these days, if we can have a really good cup run that would help us again."

  52. Garth Crooks's team of the week

    Football

    Garth Crooks' team of the week

    Does anyone from Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City make Garth Crooks's team of the week? Some new kids on the block are selected this week by the football analyst and you can look at his team of the week on the BBC Sport website.

  53. Lineker condemns Wenger critics

    Football

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Gary Lineker has criticised supporters who booed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

    A video appears to show Wenger, 65, being jeered by fans when boarding a train following his side's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Stoke on Saturday.

    "Just saw the Wenger abuse video," tweeted former England striker and BBC Sport presenter Lineker. "Disgustingly disrespectful and totally inexcusable, regardless of any football results."

  54. Sportsday vote

    Are you ready to cast your vote online for Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday? Well fear not, this Sportsday Live vote will get you ready.

    This morning you've been telling us your Premier League manager of the year 2014. Now we want to narrow the focus and you can vote on which manager has impressed you most in the Premier League this season?

    By taking part you will need to sign in or register to the BBC website. This process is really simple - you just need to enter an email address and password.

    So, click here to sign-in or register and cast your vote:

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

  55. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Amr Mahmoud: Big Sam is achieving something astonishing. Organized system depending on Sakho and Valencia upfront. Amazing diamond formation

    Nick J: He'll probably be overlooked but Manager of 2014 has to be Pellegrini with two trophies in his debut season

    Fraser Greenwell: Pellegrini for me. Identical results in 2014 as Mourinho (W24, D6, L4) but won the PL

    Who do you think has been the Premier League's manager of the year for 2014? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  56. Schweinsteiger set for first start

    Football

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger could make his first start of the season against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    The 30-year-old playmaker only recently made a comeback after a four-month break due to a knee injury and has played less than 45 minutes in four substitute appearances so far.

    Bayern, who have already secured top spot in Group E, have a string of injuries with Thiago Alcantara, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Claudio Pizarro, Javi Martinez and goalkeepers Tom Starke and Pepe Reina all out.

  57. IOC vote for extra sports

    Olympic Games

    Olympic rings

    The International Olympic Committee has voted to allow extra sports in summer and winter Olympics while imposing a limit of 10,500 athletes.

    It could allow the 2020 Games in Tokyo to include baseball and softball.

    At the London Olympics there were 26 sports, but the new rule will allow up to 28 sports. Future summer Games, however, will not be able to exceed 10,500 athletes, the same figure as for London, and winter Games 2,900 athletes.

  58. Pakistan to field against New Zealand

    Cricket

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has won the toss and chose to field in the first one-day international against New Zealand in Dubai.

    Mohammad Hafeez was included as a batsman after the ICC suspended him from bowling because of an illegal action, while Younus Khan is set to make his ODI comeback after being dropped for the series against Australia and fast bowler Umar Gul will play his first ODI after more than eight months out with a knee injury.

    New Zealand left out opening batsman Martin Guptill, who has a hamstring injury, while all-rounder Corey Anderson was also rested after being struck on the helmet during the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan last week.

  59. A very Messi Christmas

    Football

    Lionel Messi with his family

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi looks all set for Christmas. His girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo, uploaded a picture on Instagram of the couple with their son Thiago, with the caption 'waiting for Santa Claus with my loves'.

  60. A royal slam dunk in NYC

    Basketball

    LeBron James (right)

    As you may or may not know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in New York for a tour of the east coast of the United States and the couple will be attending their first NBA game on Monday night.

    Who will they be watching? Only 'King' LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Brooklyn Nets.

    "You read about people like them only in books growing up," the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player has said. "To hear that they're coming to town to see me play and they want to see me do what I do best, it's a huge honour."

  61. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Premier League Manager of the Year

    gedosmaximos: Tony Pulis' achievements with Crystal Palace make him best in 2014 ahead of Manuel Pellegrini who caught Liverpool and will catch Chelsea

    OLUWADARE ISAAC: For me, Alan Pardew deserves so much credits. He overturned an indifferent start to the season and proved critics wrong

    Who do you think has been the Premier League's manager of the year for 2014? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or visit the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  62. Today's football birthdays

    Football

    Sir Geoff Hurst in action against West Germany

    Happy Birthday to Sir Geoff Hurst who celebrates his 74th birthday today.

    Sir Geoff is, of course, best known for scoring a hat-trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final.

    Also celebrating from the world of football today are former Manchester United and Scotland striker Brian McClair (51), ex-Spurs, QPR, Newcastle and England striker 'Sir' Les Ferdinand (48) and Liverpool and England winger Raheem Sterling (20).

  63. Best furry hat in sport?

    American Football

    Von Miller

    Post-match interviews might never be the same again if everyone follows Denver Broncos' Von Miller. The linebacker was wearing questionable hat on a not particularly cold day after his team's 24-17 victory over Buffalo Bills. Will Wayne Rooney or Jose Mourinho follow suit?

  64. Guardiola takes interest in oval ball

    Football

    Pep Guardiola

    Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has temporarily switched sports to help Japan coach Eddie Jones before next year's Rugby World Cup.

    Japan are seeking their first win at a World Cup since their sole success over Zimbabwe in 1991 after being drawn in Pool B along with Samoa, South Africa, Scotland and United States but their latest two matches have resulted in defeats to Romania and Georgia.

    "I watched Bayern train and had a really good meeting with the head coach and I really think we can improve greatly with adjustments in the way we train," said Jones. "He is the best soccer coach in the world and you always want to learn from the best."

  65. Man City's new training academy

    Football

    Manchester City training academy

    The Manchester Evening News has pictures of Manchester City's multi-million pound new 'football factory' which is being unveiled today. City's £150m training and player development centre has been six years in the making.

    Manchester City training academy
  66. Get Involved

    Premier League Manager of the Year

    UnSimpleSimon: Tie between Pardew. Wenger, Allardyce. The comeback kids. They get a licking but keep coming back. Love their tenacity.

    KrishnaMUFC: In England? Has to be Jose Mourinho, in Europe it's Diego Simeone!

    Today we're asking who you think has been the Premier League's manager of the year for 2014? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or write your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  67. Mourinho wants Costa to improve

    Football

    Diego Costa

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on striker Diego Costa to improve his fitness as he seeks to end his scoreless run.

    The Brazil-born Spain international scored seven goals in his first four Blues appearances but he has netted only twice in his last seven, having been hampered by hamstring problems.

    "For me, the problem is not the goals - they will come as a consequence of his condition," said Mourinho.

    "He has to improve his condition. He was injured and had many doubts because he went a long time without training. Obviously that must have an effect on a player in the way he runs, the way he moves and in his co-ordination. I don't think there is any problem but he has to recover."

  68. IOC revamp voted through

    Olympic Games

    IOC revamp

    Part of a 40-point action plan to reform the Olympic Games has been voted through by the International Olympic Committee at a meeting in Monaco.

    The changes will make it easier and cheaper for potential hosts to bid for the Games, increase the number of sports and allow events to be held outside the host country or city.

  69. Jack Wilshere update

    Football

    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera: Arsenal say say midfielder Jack Wilshere is "on a 12-week schedule and has not suffered a setback" in his recovery from an ankle injury.

    The 22-year-old injured ligaments in his left ankle during a 2-1 loss to Premier League rivals Manchester United on 22 November.

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
  70. Taylor keen to maintain a good impression

    Cricket

    England's James Taylor

    James Taylor is determined to carry on proving he is up to the job for England - despite suggestions from some quarters that might hold him back.

    The 24-year-old, who stands at 5ft 6in, hit 90 in England's one-day international defeat against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

    "I'd like to think I'm not the smallest ever guy to play cricket," he said. "I don't believe size matters. I can pack a decent punch for my size - and, as long as you can hit the ball over the rope, it doesn't matter what size you are.

    "I hope I get another go [in Sri Lanka] and can put in another couple of decent performances to get me on the plane to the World Cup. If I get another go in the next game, it's up to me to take it again - and hope we can post a total the team can defend to get back to winning ways."

  71. Hughes state memorial service cancelled

    Cricket

    A state memorial service for cricketer Phillip Hughes has been cancelled.

    Australia batsman Hughes, 25, died in hospital two days after being struck by a ball in a domestic game last month with New South Wales Premier Mike Baird saying the decision followed consultation with Cricket Australia and Hughes's family.

  72. Get Involved

    Premier League Manager of the Year

    We are coming to the end of another year and it's time to find out who has been your Premier League manager of 2014.

    Sam Allardyce has seen his fortunes change over the course of the year from West Ham struggling towards the end of last season to their win over Swansea on Sunday which saw them move up to third place, their highest position since 1999.

    What about Alan Pardew who was under pressure in September but saw his side defeat unbeaten Chelsea last weekend? Or Ronald Koeman at Southampton? How disappointing has the year been for the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger?

    Send us your views via #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  73. Clarke fit to captain Australia

    Cricket

    Michael Clarke will captain Australia in the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval which begins on Tuesday after recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said Clarke was "100% fit" to lead the side in a match delayed following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes who is Australia's "13th man" for the Test.

  74. Abbott set to return to action

    Cricket

    Sean Abbott

    Fast bowler Sean Abbott, whose ill-fated bouncer led to the death of Phillip Hughes, has been included in New South Wales' 12-man squad for their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland starting on Tuesday.

    Cricket NSW said the final XI for the game would not be confirmed until Tuesday morning.

    It had been suggested the 22-year-old might be too traumatised ever to return to the sport, but, according to reports in Australia, he has told his NSW team-mates he is ready to resume his playing career.

  75. Monday's back pages

    Track Cycling

    The Times back page

    The back page of the Times features cyclist Laura Trott's latest success

    The Olympic champion Laura Trott claimed Great Britain's fourth gold of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London with victory in the women's omnium.

    It was her second gold of the meeting after she helped the team pursuit win gold on Friday.

  76. O'Sullivan's best bits

    Snooker

    You can watch some of the best shots from Ronnie O'Sullivan's win over Judd Trump in the UK Open final on the BBC Sport website.

    And you can also see how O'Sullivan won his fifth UK Open crown.

  77. O'Sullivan triumphs at UK Open

    Snooker

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Away from football for a moment and Ronnie O'Sullivan withstood an epic Judd Trump comeback and a broken ankle to claim a fifth UK Championship title.

    O'Sullivan went 5-1 ahead in the first session and led 9-4 before a superb revival saw Trump emerge from the brink, making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest at 9-9.

    But Trump fouled from a snooker in the last and O'Sullivan won 10-9.

  78. Football Gossip

    Football

    So what's new in today's football gossip column?

    The Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham are targeting Southampton's 25-year-old France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, team-mate Jay Rodriguez, 25, and Napoli's Spain centre-back Raul Albiol, 29, as they look to bolster the squad in January.

    According to the Daily Star, West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster says the club's players are "battling" to keep manager Alan Irvine, who has come under pressure after one point from the last five games, in his job.

    And in the Daily Mail, former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano, 39, wants to prove himself as a manager in English or Scottish football, and the Peruvian has targeted vacancies at Motherwell and Hartlepool United.

  79. Monday's back pages

    Football

    Monday's Daily Express back page

    The smiling face of West Ham striker Andy Carroll is on the back page of Monday's Daily Express after the £19m man got his first goals of the season in his side's 2-1 win over Swansea.

  80. Monday's back pages

    Football

    The Sun's Monday back page

    The Sun reports that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out until at least March after having an ankle operation last month.

    The 22-year-old was due to be back by late January but has suffered a setback to his recovery.

  81. Van Gaal on Falcao

    Football

    Falcao

    Here is more from Van Gaal about Falcao, who came off the bench in United's last two matches and has been pressed into action due to other injuries to the squad.

    He could be involved in tonight's game against Southampton.

    "I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes," said the Dutchman. "It's match fitness he needs.

    "It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured."

    Asked if the forward, who is on loan at United from Monaco, would be happy with a substitute's role, Van Gaal said: "I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy."

  82. Coming up

    Today's big event is the FA Cup third round draw which takes place at 19:00 GMT but there is plenty to get excited about before then.

    First, let's have a look at some of what you may have missed over the weekend in the world of football...

  83. Sportsday Live

    Good morning and it's another Monday at the BBC Sport Centre and another Sportsday.