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Summary

  1. Jose Mourinho puts faith in academy
  2. Preview of Champions League games
  3. Tommy Craig sacked by St Mirren
  4. Tributes paid to Phillip Hughes ahead of Australia v India
  5. Get Involved: Are Manchester United a pub team or title challengers

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  2. Hartley's very late tackle

    Football

    Plymouth defender Peter Hartley has received a yellow card - 72 hours after giving away the penalty from which Sheffield United scored their second goal against Argyle in the FA Cup on Saturday.

    Referee Gary Sutton originally cautioned Curtis Nelson for the foul on Blades forward Jamie Murphy by mistake, but upon review the decision has now been corrected.

    Nigel Clough's side beat Plymouth 3-0 to book an FA Cup third-round date with QPR.

  3. Wolves win van La Parra appeal

    Football

    Wolves have won their appeal against Rajiv van La Parra's red card against Bournemouth on Saturday, but Matt Doherty will serve a three-match ban.

    Wanderers ended the Championship game at Molineux with nine men and lost 2-1.

    Dutch winger van La Parra, 23, was dismissed for violent conduct by referee Mike Jones following a collision with Bournemouth defender Steve Cook with Wolves leading 1-0.

    Defender Doherty's suspension will stand after his stoppage-time red card.

  4. Worcester run all about belief - Nti

    Football

    Worcester City goal hero Daniel Nti says the non-league part-timers' FA Cup run is about "belief" in each other.

    City's 1-1 second round draw with Scunthorpe United on Sunday earned Carl Heeley's Conference North side a chance to make the third round for the first time since 1983.

    Striker Nti says the secret ingredient is the team spirit instilled by Heeley.

    "The management team have been great - they've upped everyone's confidence," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

  5. O'Reilly becomes Ireland's first top-level female referee

    Rugby Union

    Helen O'Reilly has become Ireland's first top-level female referee in a move that could eventually see her officiate in Pro12 and European Champions Cup matches.

    The Irish Rugby Football Union has made the 39-year-old, who officiated at this year's women's World Cup in France the first female appointment to its national panel.

    "Helen's appointment is based solely on merit. As the first female referee to make the panel she must be congratulated," said the IRFU's referee development director Owen Doyle.

  6. 'Jockeys to blame for Aintree start'

    Horse Racing

    An inquiry into the latest false start on the Grand National course at Aintree - in Saturday's Becher Chase - has concluded some of the jockeys involved were to blame, but decided not to penalise them.

    The British Horseracing Authority said the decision was made because recently-amended rules were so new and that there was limited starting space for a record field (25 runners).

  7. Football

    Konchesky red rescinded

    Leicester full-back Paul Konchesky's red card against Aston Villa on Sunday has been rescinded.

    The 33-year-old was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson following a clash with Villa defender Alan Hutton in the Foxes' 2-1 defeat at Villa Park.

    A Football Association statement read: "Leicester City's Paul Konchesky, who was dismissed for violent conduct in the game against Aston Villa on 7 December, 2014 will not serve a suspension after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today."

  8. Fabianski appeal dismissed

    Football

    Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was dismissed following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

    Fabianski was dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity against West Ham United on 7 December 2014.

  9. Lydiate joins Ospreys

    Rugby Union

    As widely expected, the Wales flanker Dan Lydiate has joined the Ospreys on a dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union after being released by French club Racing Metro.

    Lydiate, 26, chose to move to the Ospreys rather than return to his former regions the Dragons.

    He joins the Wales captain Sam Warburton on a national dual contract, with more names to follow.

  10. Westwood out for up to four weeks

    Football

    Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is ruled out for up to four weeks with medial ligament damage.

    The 24-year-old was taken off on a stretcher during Sunday's 2-1 win over Leicester following a strong tackle by Jamie Vardy.

    Villa were confident the injury was not as bad as first feared but the former Crewe player will still miss up to five games, starting with Saturday's derby at West Brom.

  11. Stephenson departs from Accrington

    Football

    Accrington Stanley assistant manager Paul Stephenson has left the League Two club by mutual consent.

    The 46-year-old joined Stanley when Leam Richardson became boss in 2012 and stayed on as part of the coaching staff under James Beattie and, more recently, John Coleman.

  12. Argyle's Smalley out for the season

    Football

    Plymouth Argyle forward Deane Smalley has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in training.

    The 26-year-old, who has scored twice in 18 appearances for the club after being released by Oxford United, is to undergo surgery.

  13. Crouch makes Uefa all-time list

    Football

    Peter Crouch

    Peter Crouch's overhead classic for Liverpool against Galatasaray in 2006 and Cristiano Ronaldo's blockbuster for Manchester United against Porto in 2009 make Uefa's all-time top goals.

  14. Diagouraga signs new Brentford deal

    Football

    Brentford's Toumani Diagouraga has signed a two-year contract extension.

    The French midfielder, 27, was out of favour at Griffin Park earlier this year and

  15. Webber and Batty to stay at Bath

    Rugby Union

    Hookers Rob Webber and Ross Batty, both 28, have signed new contracts with Bath.

    England international Webber arrived at the Rec in 2012 from Wasps and has made 28 Premiership appearances for the club, while Batty, 28, has played 55 league games in his four years with the West Country outfit since joining from Newcastle.

  16. BBC Sports Personality tickets

    Sports Personality

    BBC Sport: The last remaining tickets are on sale for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Full details

  17. Woodward backs Burgess for World Cup

    Rugby Union

    Bath's Sam Burgess

    Sir Clive Woodward is backing ex-rugby league star Sam Burgess to make a rapid transition to rugby union and secure a place in England's World Cup squad.

    Former league superstar Burgess will make his full debut and only third appearance for Bath in Friday's European clash with Montpellier at the Recreation Ground.

    "Next year is going to be one of the biggest years in English rugby history because of the home World Cup and Sam has an outstanding chance of making the squad for that," Woodward told Press Association Sport.

    "He's a great footballer, so there's no logical reason why he shouldn't play and it will be fun finding out what happens. He's a very good player.

    "Burgess is looking at inside centre which is one of the toughest positions to play in terms of understanding the game."

  18. Gateshead boss wants positive approach to Baggies tie

    Football

    Gateshead manager Gary Mills wants his players to "show what they are about" when they face Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup third round next month.

    The Conference club have not been to the third round since the 1954-55 season.

    "We want to enjoy it but we have to go down there with the goal that if we don't win, we bring them back to our stadium," Mills told BBC Newcastle. "We've got to go and show what we're all about. It's something different for us."

  19. Pele: 'I'm preparing for the Olympics'

    Football

    Pele

    Brazil legend Pele jokingly said he is preparing for the Olympics after he was discharged from hospital.

    The 74-year-old three-time World Cup winner spent 16 days at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo after being diagnosed with an infection that stemmed from an operation to remove kidney stones.

    Quoted in Brazilian newspaper O Globo, he told a news conference: "Thank God I'm well and recovered. I want to thank everyone who sent messages - I've been thrilled and surprised.

    "I've had messages from China, Pakistan, from almost all the European countries.

    "It is gratifying and good to know that I had the support of so many people around the world who were hoping the situation improved.

    "Now I am preparing for the Olympics!"

  20. Roma ready for City

    Football

    Roma coach Rudi Garcia claims his side's decisive Champions League Group E clash against Manchester City on Wednesday has the feel of a final.

    The Italians can claim victory in what has been a tight three-way battle for the runners-up spot in the group with City and CSKA Moscow by beating the English champions at the Stadio Olimpico.

    All three teams going into the crunch final round of fixtures are locked on five points.

    Garcia said: "We need to make the most of every moment. We're looking to pull it off, a win would be incredible.

    "We know that City are a good side and it will be very tough tomorrow but I'm sure we can do it.

    "Every match is important but tomorrow's is special because it's like a cup final.

    "We should have been out of the running by this stage because we were in the fourth (seedings) pot and yet we're still in the hunt."

  21. A Question of Sport

    A Question of Sport: Tonight on BBC1 22.35 Matt Dawson, Christian Malcolm and Alex Dowsett are against Phil Tufnell Robbie Savage and Katy McLean in a BBC Sports Personality Special

  22. Coyle names as Houston manager

    Football

    Owen Coyle

    Former Bolton Wanderers and Burnley manager Owen Coyle has been named as the new coach of Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo.

    The 48-year-old becomes the first former Premier League manager to land a head coaching job in MLS since Ruud Gullit left the LA Galaxy in 2008.

  23. Continuing with Xmas party theme..

    Football

    Crystal Palace team

    We've had Southampton manager Ronald Koeman in his Christmas jumper on the way to the club party - check out the Crystal Palace team courtesy of striker Dwight Gayle.

  24. Scotland announce World Cup squad

    Cricket

    Scotland announce their provisional 24-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

    Among the names to make the cut are Matt Machan of Sussex and Leicestershire's Robert Taylor.

    Scotland will face New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia in Pool A.

    Read more on BBC Sport's Scotland page.

  25. Doping in athletics

    Athletics

    It is alleged many of the 150 samples came from Russia, but at least one was from a Briton with others coming from Kenya, Germany, Spain and Morocco.

    ARD has already alleged there is systematic doping in Russian athletics and implicated the IAAF in covering up the problem.

    The BBC has not independently verified any of the claims but the Russian Athletics Federation has called them "lies".

  26. Doping in athletics

    Athletics

    A German television documentary claims a top British athlete escaped a doping inquiry after the IAAF, the sport's world governing body, decided not to look into 150 suspicious blood samples.

    Broadcaster ARD alleges an unnamed member of the IAAF's medical commission had a list of cases from 2006 to 2008 that were not investigated and according to the IAAF official, the samples were "highly suspicious".

  27. Blyth can win Blues cup tie - Wade

    Football

    Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade believes their home FA Cup third round tie with Birmingham City is winnable.

    Spartans, who play in the seventh tier of English football, beat League Two's bottom side Hartlepool in the second round and, with Birmingham 19th in the Championship, Wade senses another potential upset.

    "Birmingham have picked up over the last six or seven games, but it's a home tie we could win," Wade told BBC Sport. "They've got to play terrible and we've got to play great, but it's possible."

  28. Ipswich announce reduced losses

    Football

    Ipswich Town have made sure of avoiding Financial Fair Play sanctions by reducing their losses to £7.2m in the 12 months to the end of June.

    The figure was £2.6 down on the previous 12 months and £800,00 under the £8m limit that would result in an FFP penalty, although their overall debt - mostly owed to owner Marcus Evans - rose to £86m.

    Town are currently second in the Championship after five wins in their last six games, despite manager Mick McCarthy not having paid a transfer fee for a player since the end of 2012.

  29. Wickham wonderland

    Football

    Connor Wickham: Glad to have signed a new deal at Sunderland. Thanks to everybody involved.

  30. Injured Della-Verde back at Fulham

    Football

    Fulham youngster Lyle Della-Verde's loan spell at Conference club Bristol Rovers has been cut short by an ankle injury. The 19-year-old was injured against Wrexham last week and he has returned to Craven Cottage after scans revealed ligament damage.

  31. 'Tis the season...

    Football

    Manchester United

    Is there ever any excuse? Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo (left) and Ander Herrera join in the [British] Christmas spirit by wearing festive headwear.

  32. Wickham signs new deal

    Football

    Connor Wickham

    Sunderland: NEW CONTRACT FOR CONNOR: @ConnorWickham10 has penned a new deal with #SAFC until 2019. #hawaythelads pic.twitter.com/lCLNzcYSrv

  33. Cherries chairman feared for safety

    Football

    Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has said he feared for his safety after his side's dramatic late 2-1 victory at nine-man Wolves on Saturday.

    The match at Molineux included two red cards and saw Wolves owner Steve Morgan confront the referee, an incident for which he has since apologised and been charged by the Football Association.

    Mostyn said he "had a lot of abuse" from home supporters after the game.

    "It was very intimidating," he told BBC Radio Solent.

  34. Christmas Countdown

    For day nine of the BBC Sport advent calendar, we go go back to the snowboard cross semi-final at the Sochi Winter Olympics as Great Britain's Zoe Gillings misses out on a place in the final.

    After USA's Lindsey Jacobellis crashed, Gillings was edged out of third spot and qualification for the final by Italy's Michela Moili.

  35. Morecambe aim to bring sunshine to Saturday

    Football

    Sculptor Graham Ibbotson at work

    Morecambe FC on Twitter: @ShrimpsOfficial vs @LutonTown this Saturday! Take a look at the unique piece of silverware at stake...

    Saturday's League Two game marks the unveiling of the restored Eric Morecambe statue at the seaside resort and to mark the occasion, the inaugural Eric Morecambe Trophy is up for grabs.

    The comedian was born in Morecambe and took the town's name as his stage name and he was also a big fan of Luton Town.

  36. Redpath keen to lead a club again

    Rugby Union

    Sale Sharks head coach Bryan Redpath says he wants to return to a director of rugby role in the future.

    The 43-year-old former Scotland scrum-half became Sale boss in the summer of 2012 following a three-year spell in charge of Gloucester, but was demoted to a coaching role later that year after their worst start to a Premiership season.

    "I made the choice to come back to Sale as director of rugby and at that time it didn't work out," he told BBC Radio Manchester's Rugby Union Extra.

    "Life doesn't just stop because you've had one kick in the teeth. I'll get back on track and I'll succeed somewhere."

  37. Kompany and Silva train ahead of Roma game

    Football

    Vincent Kompany at Manchester City training

    Both Vincent Kompany and David Silva trained with Manchester City on Tuesday before the team travelled to Italy for Wednesday's Champions League game against AS Roma.

    Kompany has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury while Silva has been out since late October with a knee problem.

    We'll be hearing from City manager Manuel Pellegrini from 18:30 GMT.

  38. Coming up

    BBC Radio 5 live

    5 Live Sport tonight from 19:00 GMT will have commentary of Arsenal's Champions League game against Galatasaray in Istanbul

    There will also be updates from Anfield as Liverpool bid to reach the knock-out stages of the competition when they take on FC Basel.

    Then from 21:40, the 5 Live Football Social will have the best texts, calls and social media reaction to the night's games.

  39. Champions League permutations

    Football

    The final round of Champions League qualifiers take place over the next two nights.

    Chelsea and Arsenal are already through to the last 16 but here is a handy guide to what Liverpool need to do tonight against Basle and Manchester City tomorrow at Roma in order to join them.

  40. Get involved

    Martin in Southampton via text on 81111: Are Man Utd a pub team - no. Did they play like a pub team last night - yes. Do pub teams win sometimes - yes, they often beat other pub teams! Take it as you will.

    John Pierce: A winning team and a good team can be mutually exclusive, Man Utd are proof of that.

    So are Manchester United playing like a pub team or like title contenders?

    Use #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or use the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  41. Drogba in training

    Football

    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba: Brrrrrrrrrhhhh!!!!!!!! Mr Freeezzzzzz #training #championsleague #cold #cobham

    The Chelsea striker trains ahead Wednesday's match against Sporting Lisbon. Looks like he could with a pair of slipper socks.

  42. Mertesacker 'too tall' for national service

    Football

    Per Mertesacker

    Arsenal's 6ft 6in defender Per Mertesacker has revealed he avoided doing military service in Germany because he was too tall.

    Mertesacker, 30, recently admitted that he wrote to the Germany military and insisted he was too tall to fit into a tank or submarine.

    After a successful request, he instead did civilian service, working with patients with mental health issues in a clinic after training in the morning.

  43. Sport selfie of the day?

    Football

    Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez

    Mirror, mirror on the wall....

    Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez takes time to take a picture of himself in the gym... look at the concentration...

  44. Sport photo of the day?

    Football

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

    Guaranteed to make you smile.

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: Ready for the Christmas Party at @SouthamptonFC I believe in the way we played. #wemarchon #saintsfc

  45. Parma lose a point

    Football

    Parma's Antonio Cassano

    Serie A basement club Parma have been deducted a further point for failing to pay players' salaries.

    The Italian Football Federation announced the penalty on Tuesday, and also banned Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi and CEO Pietro Leonardi from league activities for two months.

    The club - runners-up in 1996-97 and two-time Uefa Cup winners - now have five points from 14 games.

  46. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the importance of the academy:

    "Every manager in the world wants to bring young people up. Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't - I can compare my spell here and now. The quality of the youngsters is better. I'm not saying they are ready, maybe a transitional period and a couple of loans - I have the conditions to do it.

    "Go to other clubs and you see it's not easy to bring kids through from youth competitions to the top level. But everyone of us has the same feeling. Tomorrow is Ruben day [see 12:52], but it's academy day.

    "If you don't bring kids through the academy then the best thing is to close the academy. It's better to close the door and use the money to buy the players.

    "Now I'm trying to format Ruben and other Rubens. Imagine next week you have a different first-team manager with different ideas, you have to start everything again. The relation between first team and the academy is changing - it's based on the stability we are having. The first time Ruben trained with me is 18 months ago. The last two to three weeks he is training every day. Stability is important - they feel they are working for something."

  47. Football

    Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho on being asked about whether he planned for his team to qualify from the group early in the Champions League: "We have so many matches to play in December. One of the few teams that also plays in the Capital One Cup in this moment. Other teams involved in the Champions League - only Liverpool are involved.

    "This game gives us the chance to rest these three players [captain John Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian]. Step by step, match after match - we try to give them new periods to breathe so they can face the second part of this December month. Diego Costa starts tomorrow."

  48. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Mourinho on the end of his unbeaten league run this season: "The defeat at Newcastle has no effect on us. I always said a defeat would arrive and not by complacency. I'm more than happy with my players and situation. I accept defeat is a normal situation in a championship like the Premier League.

    "We don't need to change anything, we couldn't be in a better situation - top in the Premier League, top in the Champions League group and in the last eight of the Capital One Cup.

    "The next game you want to win - it's tomorrow. We want a good result."

  49. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on 18-year-old academy player Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is in the squad for Wednesday's match against Sporting Lisbon: "He has so much to learn and to do that is by being with us. The best thing for his development is to stay with the first team. Probably from the new transfer window he will stay with the first team to further his development for the second part of the season."

  50. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "I don't know if Ruben will play. One month ago he played in a Champions League new generation game.

    "You can imagine the difference between playing in a Sporting Lisbon academy with 1,000 spectators and one month later to play against the real Sporting, with 45,000 people and all the lights on him. To be here since he was eight and to have a chance to play for Chelsea is every kid's dream.

    "He didn't have a pre-season with me. The way he trains every time he comes and gives me the guarantee of his quality. He gives me the guarantee of his ambition. I'm so happy to give kids the chance, especially if I give them the chance and they have the tools to make a career at Chelsea. An English player completely made in Chelsea."

  51. Court delays Pistorius appeal ruling

    A South African judge on Tuesday has delayed ruling on whether to allow an appeal against Oscar Pistorius's five-year prison sentence, saying she wanted more time to consider arguments.

    After listening to arguments from the prosecution and defence, judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the appeal hearing until Wednesday, saying: "I want to think about it."

  52. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 18, who has been training with the squad: "It's amazing for me. I've been here since I was eight. To train with the first team means a lot to me. We look up to the seniors in the squad - they help out a lot."

    Loftus-Cheek captained the side that won the 2014 FA Youth Cup.

  53. Dyche wins award

    Football

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche (centre)

    Burnley FC: Sean Dyche has received another accolade at the Northwest Football Writers' Awards.

  54. #tuesdayteamnews

    It's Tuesday afternoon so it is time to team up with Football Focus presenter Dan Walker for his ever-popular #tuesdayteamnews.

    Today's team is a #ScienceXI so for example Mark VENUS would be perfect!

    All you need to do is come up with a player that fits the bill and tweet #ScienceXI & #TTN in your reply.

  55. On this day

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (left)

    Alan Pardew fans scroll down...

    1942: Billy Bremner, an integral part of Leeds' rise to the top of British football in the 1970s, was born. He died in December 1997.

    1986: Greyhound Ballyregan Bob was retired by his owner-trainer George Curtis after he won a world record 32 races in a row.

    2001: David Beckham won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

    2007: Floyd Mayweather stopped Ricky Hatton in the 10th round of their WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, handing the Mancunian the first defeat of his professional career.

    2010: Alan Pardew was confirmed as Newcastle manager on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

    2012: Lionel Messi equalled Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year by scoring for Barcelona at Real Betis. He went on to score 91 in total.

  56. Chelsea team news

    Football

    Captain John Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian were absent as Chelsea finalised preparations for their Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon.

    Chelsea, who lost for the first time in 24 games this season at Newcastle last Saturday, are already through in Group G as winners.

    Manager Jose Mourinho may have opted to give Terry the clash off, along with Hazard and Willian prior to a return to Premier League return against Hull on Saturday.

    Sporting are in a battle with Roberto di Matteo's Schalke to advance as group runners up.

    Manager Jose Mourinho's news conference is coming up at 12:30 GMT.

  57. Get involved

    Dilan Erikson: Southampton didn't deserve to win the game because they didn't take their chances. United did. Luck doesn't come into it.

    Allen Green: Wasn't there a time when pundits used to say that Utd were not playing well but still winning as a warning?

    So are Manchester United playing like a pub team as Gary Neville says?#bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or use the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  58. Williamson and Senanayake cleared

    Cricket

    Kane Williamson

    The International Cricket Council says New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson has been cleared to resume bowling off-spin after completing work to correct an illegal action.

    Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake has also been cleared after being reported for an illegal action during a one-day match against England in June.

    Senanayake has gone straight into the Sri Lanka squad for the ongoing one-day international series against England and is expected to play.

  59. Birthdays

    Bixente Lizarazu (right)

    Tom Kite (golf) - US captain for 1997 Ryder Cup, born 1949.

    Bixente Lizarazu (football) - Former Bayern Munich and France full-back and member of Les Bleus' World Cup and European Championship winning teams in 1998 and 2000, born 1969.

    Fabrice Santoro (tennis) - Frenchman nicknamed 'The Magician', born 1972.

    Gaston Gaudio (tennis) - Argentinian player, winner of the French Open in 2004, born 1978.

    Stephen McPhail (football) - former Sheffield Wednesday and Republic of Ireland midfielder, currently with Shamrock Rovers, born 1979.

    Mardy Fish (tennis) - American player, won the singles silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, born 1981.

    Jermaine Beckford (football) - Bolton and Jamaica striker currently on loan at Preston, born 1983.

  60. Get involved

    Dan via text on 81111: United are definitely pub team standard, I've thought that for years. If RVP turned up asking for a game in my Sunday league team, I'd tell him where to go. Not good enough.

    Rob in Brighton on 81111: Let's think about this here. 1 shot on target v Arsenal, win 2-1. 2 shots on target v Southampton, win 2-1. Second best in both games. You have to admire the character to find 3 points.

    Have you say on #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or go to BBC Sport's Facebook.

  61. Abbott's return

    Cricket

    New South Wales player Sean Abbott returned to action for the first time since delivering the short-pitched ball that led to the death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes.

    His club bowling coach Geoff Lawson on his mindset: "It's hard to say really. He's practised well, he's looked good but you never know what's underneath the surface with young guys. But the proof's in the pudding, he got onto this field, the SCG, and he did the business.

    "That's all you can ask. He's a professional cricketer, a young guy on the way up and he played like it today, so I guess his mindset's a pretty good one. He's certainly very much in the selectors' minds."

    Read more about Abbott's return to action on the BBC Cricket site.

  62. New musical Root for Joe

    Cricket

    George Formby
    Image caption: George Formby was famous for his talents with the ukulele

    England batsman Joe Root is quite handy with the bat but he's also hoping to bowl over fans with his ukulele skills.

    "I can't really sing, so I try to make sure I play loud enough so no one can hear that," he said.

    "It sounds horrendous at the minute. But I hope, one day, it might sound all right."

    When asked whether Root has tried to learn George Formby's When I'm Cleaning Windows, Root said, "not yet".

  63. Craig leaves St Mirren after 19 games

    Football

    Tommy Craig leaves his post as St Mirren manager after a poor start to the season.

    The 64-year-old has parted company with the Scottish Premiership club after only 19 games in charge.

    Read the latest on the BBC Scottish football index.

  64. McIlroy wins Writers award

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    World number one Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for the second time in three years following a season which saw him claim two majors and play a leading role in Europe's Ryder Cup victory.

    Martin Kaymer finished as runner-up with Europe's Ryder Cup team third.

    The Golf Writers Trophy was first awarded in 1951 and is given to the European who has made the most outstanding contribution to the sport during the year with previous two-time winners including Sir Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Tony Jacklin, Sandy Lyle, Bernhard Langer and Annika Sorenstam. The only players to win it three times are Seve Ballesteros and Lee Westwood.

  65. Get involved

    Deborah, Manchester, season ticket holder via text on 81111: Pub team or not, David Moyes would have settled for a few more games like that. 3 points.

    Dave via text on 81111: Despite the injuries mufc have taken 26pts from their last 12 games, only mcfc and cfc (27 pts) have taken more.

    Andrew via text on 81111: Only caught the last 10 minutes of the game, but I couldn't believe what I was watching! In 25 years I've never seen Manchester United play in such a way that they had no will or desire to attack and play football. They played like a lower-league side trying to close out a cup tie against a big team. How Manchester United are sitting in third place in the Premier League is beyond me!

  66. Jose Mourinho news conference coming up

    Stay here for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's news conference at 12:30 GMT, ahead of the Blues' Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.

  67. Kosovo admitted to IOC

    Olympic Games

    Kosovo have been accepted as the newest full member of the IOC at their meeting in Monaco. It means they can compete at the 2016 Games in Rio.

  68. Get involved

    Jay: Shouldn't Koeman feel the most insulted by Neville's comments? Didn't he imply that Southampton couldn't beat even a pub team?

    Neil McCracken: Performances have been poor for #MUFC but they're still grinding results like the United of old under Fergie. An ominous sign?

    Use #bbcsportsday, go to 81111 or use BBC Sport's Facebook page

  69. England draw with Belgium

    Hockey

    Belgium's Emmauel Stockbroekx ,and England's Iain Lewers

    A brilliant strike from Iain Lewers earned England a 1-1 draw against Belgium and ensured they top Pool A at the Champions Trophy in India.

    England had only needed a draw to win the group but fell behind after nine minutes, and Lewers then missed a chance to level with a penalty stroke. It was the final quarter when he made amends, firing home from long range.

    England progress to Thursday's quarter-finals where they will face the bottom team from Pool B, likely to be India.

  70. Prior gets on his bike

    Cycling

    Matt Prior

    England cricketer Matt Prior has co-founded a new professional cycling team.

    The wicketkeeper-batsman, himself a keen cyclist, is chief executive of ONE Pro Cycling, who were launched on Tuesday with the aim of competing at UCI Continental level, the tier below Team Sky, but one above the UK domestic teams.

    Prior said: "It will be a big challenge but one I'm thoroughly looking forward to. The group of riders we have is an exceptional one - not only because of the team's ability on the bike but also the spirit we have off it. We have a team that could potentially do something very special and that excites me."

    The 12-rider squad features a number who came through the British Cycling set-up, including Jonny Bellis, Jon Mould and George Atkins.

  71. Platini wants Blatter to leave

    Michel Platini (right)

    Michel Platini is refusing to back incumbent Sepp Blatter or challenger Jerome Champagne in next year's Fifa presidential election, with the Uefa chief saying he hopes a third candidate will emerge.

    Speaking to French radio Europe 1 on Tuesday, Platini said that it was time for Blatter, who is running for a fifth consecutive term after being first elected in 1998, to leave the stage.

    "I supported him in 1998 because I think he was the right person at the time but after successive terms it is time to let some fresh air in and leave the place to someone else," the Frenchman said.

    "The image of Fifa is very, very, very bad so that's why I think it would be good that Blatter stops, but I don't think he wants to."

  72. Get involved

    So are Manchester United playing like a pub team, as ex-player Gary Neville said, or like potential champions?

    Louis Strong: Last night Man Utd were a pub team with a poor performance, but have the potential to be serious contenders.

    Agazi Berihu: At the end of the game its the three points that counts and winning five matches in row can't be a coincidence.

    Have your say at #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or go to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  73. 'Drop synchro swimming from Olympics'

    BBC Radio 4

    As part of new proposals, future summer Olympics could drop events within sports and include more sports.

    British Olympic swimming gold medallist David Wilkie on the Today programme:

    "I think synchronised swimming is going to be one of the events that probably will go. They've got five disciplines in the Olympic Games so they will probably cut that back drastically.

    "Some of the diving events can also go. Synchronised diving I've never really understood, and synchronised swimming I think belongs in a different spectre than the Olympic Games.

    "There are quite a few events that could be cut for the benefit of saving the sport, so to speak."

  74. Warner pays tribute to Hughes

    Cricket

    David Warner

    David Warner dedicated his 10th Test century to his late team-mate Phillip Hughes after making 145 on day one of the first Test against India in Adelaide.

    Warner raised his bat to the heavens upon reaching 50, 63 - Hughes' score when he was fatally struck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game - and 100 and upon his dismissal.

    "I like to do a little bit of a celebration but that was definitely for him today," he said afterwards. "I knew the little man up there was with me at the other end and it all fell into place.

    "Out of the 10 that I've scored now, that was probably the best. I owe that to him, I know his family's going to be watching back at home, it's been an emotional week for all of us and I know he'll be proud of us."

  75. Peru to host Olympic decision

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    2024 Olympic hosts will be chosen in Lima in 2017, the IOC decides

  76. Baggies go soft for The Heed

    Gateshead's John Oster (left)

    West Brom: Morning @GatesheadFC! Looking forward to welcoming you to The Hawthorns early in the new year #FACupThirdRound

  77. Get involved

    We asked you whether you think Manchester United were playing like a pub team, as ex-player Gary Neville suggested or whether they were playing like potential Premier League champions - after all, they are now third in the table.

    Danny Hawkridge: PUB TEAM

    Sean Leo: Potential PL champs

    Chinmay B: Performances have not been pretty, but they're winning. Hopefully with injured players returning things would improve

    Use #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or got to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  78. Hoop dreams come true

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with LeBron James

    The Royals met basketball royalty in the shape of LeBron James aka "King James". Both Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed front row seats as Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets.

  79. Navratilova to coach Radwanska

    Tennis

    Martina Navratilova

    Martina Navratilova has agreed to take on her first major coaching role working with world number six Agnieszka Radwanska.

    Navratilova, 58, said: "I can't wait to get started on this new phase of my career and I am really excited."

    The 18-time Grand Slam singles winner will work with Radwanska's full-time coach Tomasz Wiktorowski, and will train with the 25-year-old for the first time in Miami after Christmas.

  80. Get Involved

    Robin van Persie celebrates

    Monday night's Premier League game between Southampton and Manchester United might have been fifth against fourth but former United defender and now Sky pundit Gary Neville was not impressed with the fare on offer, nor the prospect of Manchester United taking on Liverpool on Sunday.

    Neville claimed Robin van Persie's brace meant United "got away with murder" at St Mary's, before tipping Sunday's Liverpool clash to be "like The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion".

    So are the Old Trafford side more pub team or potential Premier League champions? Send us your views using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  81. Football gossip latest

    Football

    What are the latest stories from Tuesday's football gossip column?

    The Daily Mirror reports that West Ham's 26-year-old defender Winston Reid, who is out of contract in the summer, is demanding a huge wage rise to remain with the Hammers and could be sold in January, with Arsenal and Liverpool among his suitors.

    According to The Sun, Manchester City are lining up a move for 21-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the ex-Manchester United player and France international seen as a replacement for 31-year-old Yaya Toure.

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp is keen on signing former Tottenham and Liverpool striker Robbie Keane, 34, on a three-month loan deal from LA Galaxy following the end of the MLS season, reports the Daily Express.

  82. Tuesday's front pages

    Football

    The Sun first page

    Switching to a front page for a moment and The Sun reports on what appears to be a lively pre-Christmas gathering in London involving QPR and Crystal Palace players.

  83. Tuesday's back pages

    Football

    Tuesday's Metro back page

    Arsene Wenger's ongoing woes make it onto the back page of the Metro with the Arsenal manager vowing to remain in his post despite fan unrest.

  84. Tuesday's back pages

    Football

    The Independent back page

    As well as Van Persie, Brendan Rodgers is on plenty of the back pages, including the Independent, ahead of Liverpool's crucial game against Basle in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

  85. Tuesday's back pages

    Football

    The Daily Star's back page

    Robin van Persie is on the back of most of Tuesday's papers after his double sealed victory for Manchester United against Southampton on Monday night.

    Resisting the temptation for Christmas-related puns, the Daily Star goes for a more safe headline of 'Robin's double delight'.

  86. Abbott bowls bouncer on return

    Cricket

    Sean Abbott

    Meanwhile, Sean Abbott took two wickets as he returned to first-class cricket for the first time since bowling the ball that led to the death of Phillip Hughes.

    The 22-year-old sent down a bouncer in his first over for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

  87. Tributes paid to Hughes

    Cricket

    Tributes to Phillip Hughes

    Before the game there were many tributes to Phillip Hughes, including his Test cap number 408 painted on the grass at the Adelaide Oval and a short video tribute voiced by former Australia captain and commentator Richie Benaud.

    Australia players also wore 408 with black armbands on their shirts and there was 63 seconds of applause in his honour marking his final score of 63 not out when he was fatally injured at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    Hundreds in the crowd also wore the number 63 on their shirts or hats and others held up 63 Not Out signs provided by a local daily newspaper.

    Hughes was also included as an honorary 13th man in the Australian line-up.

  88. Clarke retires hurt

    Cricket

    Michael Clarke gets treatment

    But Australia captain Michael Clarke retired injured with a lower back problem.

    Clarke, who fought hamstring and back injuries over the past two months, appeared to twist his back while trying to avoid a short ball about 30 minutes before tea.

    Despite receiving treatment from Australian physiotherapists, Clarke had to leave the pitch on 60 not out and left the ground with a doctor for further treatment.

  89. Warner pays tribute to Hughes

    Cricket

    Davod Warner

    The main news overnight comes from Australia and the opening Test between Australia and India in Adelaide.

    Australia won the toss and opted to bat and finished the day on 354-6 thanks to 145 from David Warner.

    Warner had been on the field with Phillip Hughes when he suffered his fatal injury in a game last month and he raised his arms and bat to the sky in an emotional tribute to his former team-mate after completing his century.

  90. What's coming up

    Football

    Coming up, we have the best of the reaction from last night's FA Cup draw and Manchester United's win over Southampton, while we look ahead to all of the day's action, including Liverpool and Arsenal's Champions League ties.

  91. Sportsday Live

    It's Tuesday, so it must be another Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre.