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Summary

  1. Ally McCoist offers resignation as Rangers manager
  2. Man United's Angel di Maria to miss Liverpool clash
  3. Robshaw out for up to four weeks with shoulder injury
  4. Pardew & Aguero win Premier League November awards
  5. BBC to show Arsenal-Hull & AFC Wimbledon-Liverpool FA Cup ties live
  6. Sam Billings called into provisional England World Cup squad
  7. GET INVOLVED: Send in your selfies with the sports stars #spotyselfie

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That is all from Sportsday today. Have a good weekend and feel free to join us for Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night. The red carpet show begins at 18:15 GMT on BBC Red Button before going live on BBC One at 20:00 GMT.

  2. Latest gossip

    Liverpool have made a bid for a teenager labelled "the new Suarez" according to Italian reports picked up by the Metro.

    Striker Jaime Baez, 19, has scored nine goals in 49 first-team appearances for Atletico Juventud and is apparently th subject of a £3.2m bid from Anfield.

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    neil southey: Not a real selfie but that trumps Becks.

    Neil and Pele
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    Steven and Usain

    Steven Walker: Just after @usainbolt brought home the baton in the 4x100m at Glasgow.

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    Your snaps with sport's great and good are coming in still on #spotyselfie.

    A couple of humdingers coming right up. Can you beat them?

  6. Khan wants to win in style

    Amir Khan wants to beat Devon Alexander in such style in Las Vegas on Sunday that public demand will make it inevitable that his next fight after will be a meeting with welterweight king Floyd Mayweather.

    "I want the boxing fans around the world to demand a fight between me and Floyd - I want them to demand it when they see Amir Khan in such a good fight," he said.

    "It's going to be a tough fight but I don't just want to win it, I want to win it in style."

    When was the last time you saw a pre-fight hype rally as good-natured as this by the way? Victor Ortiz, who is fighting Manuel Perez, is the man in the middle of Khan and Alexander.

    Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander
  7. Manchester United news conference

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at the Aon Training Complex: "Louis van Gaal looked businesslike in a pin-striped suit at Carrington this afternoon. And it was the same when he started speaking too.

    "The Manchester United manager wasn't exactly dismissive in his media briefing ahead of Sunday's game against Liverpool but he was always in control and there was no humour.

    "In revealing there were only four players sidelined, Van Gaal was confirming the returns of Phil Jones and Rafael, who have both been out since October.

    "Van Gaal also shrugged off the midweek criticism of 'ex-legend' Gary Neville and Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant-manager Mike Phelan.

    "Over the past few weeks he has rebuked the media when they have started questions by telling him what the fans think. Today, when asked what the fans had been telling him about this particular fixture, Van Gaal retorted: 'You know them better than I because I hear in every press conference that the fans are saying this or that so I assume you are speaking to the supporters a lot.'"

  8. Post update

    Here is something a little festive for your Friday afternoon.

    Arsenal blogger Gunnerblog has put together a photo montage of manager Arsene Wenger belting out a version of 'Let It Go' from Disney blockbuster Frozen.

    The subject of the song? A certain Spanish midfielder doing the business across the way at Chelsea...

    Casec Fabregas and Arsene Wenger
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    Max Hewson: Me and rozza in marbs.

    Max and Rory
  10. Grace five shots clear on European Tour

    Golf

    Branden Grace in second-round action at Leopards Creek

    South African Branden Grace holds a five shot lead at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in Malelane, South Africa.

    Grace added a 66 to his opening day 62 and has made 17 birdies over the first two round to reach 16 under. Former Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari of Italy is second after a 65.

  11. 'Wenger made me hate Arsenal' - Gervinho

    Gervinho

    Roma striker Gervinho has said that the way he was treated at Arsenal by manager Arsene Wenger has made him hate his former club.

    "As a child I dreamt of playing for Arsenal because I loved them, now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me," he told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

    Gervinho spend two seasons at the Emirates Stadium, scoring only 11 goals, before he moved to the Italian capital for £8m in August 2013.

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    #spotyselfie

    We're looking for your sporting selfies. Ideally we'd like one of the 10 candidates for Sunday's Sports Personality of the Year but please send in those you have to #spotyselfie

    Matt C: How about former third place Beth Tweddle?

    Matt and Beth

    It's good Matt, but the competition is extremely fierce.

  13. Castrogiovanni and Armitage face hearing

    Rugby Union

    Toulon duo Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage will face misconduct charges following incidents at the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Leicester last weekend.

    The cases will be heard by an independent Disciplinary Committee in London on Wednesday.

  14. Manchester United news conference

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at the Aon Training Complex: "Manchester United's injury list has shrunk to just four players ahead of Sunday's Premier League encounter with Liverpool.

    "Chris Smalling has been ruled out for two weeks with the groin injury sustained at Southampton.

    "He joins Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw on the sidelines, with Phil Jones (hamstring) and Rafael (groin) recovered from long-term problems.

    "Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism from Gary Neville and Mike Phelan by stating: "Those outside cannot judge based on zero facts."

  15. Manchester United news conference

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has begun his news conference ahead of Sunday's meeting with Liverpool and starts by confirming that Angel Di Maria will miss the match through injury.

    Defenders Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling, along with midfielder Daley Blind, are also unavailable.

  16. Friday night alright for playing

    Televised Premier League football could be played on a Friday evening as part of the rights packages being offered for the 2016-17 to 2018-19 seasons.

    There are only a handful of dates in the football calendar that would accommodate top-flight Friday night football, however one of those that might is the opening weekend of the season.

  17. Adams to become England chief executive

    Netball

    Former Football Conference commercial director and Notts County FC director Joanna Adams will become the new chief executive of England Netball from 21 January next year.

  18. Get involved

    #spotyselfie

    Now the bar has been raised to a considerable height by Joe in our sporting selfies section.

    Ideally we are seeking one of the 10 candidates in Sunday's Sports Personality of the Year but when this gentleman comes into the equation things change. Sorry Kriss.

    Please keep them coming in to #spotyselfie

    Joe and David Beckham
  19. Walker signs new Colchester contract

    Football

    Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a new one-year contract extension until the end of next season.

    The 23-year-old arrived from Chelsea in January after two previous loan spells.

    Walker told BBC Essex: "I'm very happy and very comfortable here. I'm playing first-team football and developing so this is the right place to be."

  20. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 GMT is sure to include the latest developments at Rangers, with guests Joey Barton, Sean Dyche and John Hartson discussing football issues between 19:00-21:00 GMT.

  21. Rugby Union

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    At 19:40 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra we have live rugby union commentary for you from the Recreation Ground as Bath take on Montpelier in the European Champions Cup, with league convert Sam Burgess due to make his first start for the home side.

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    Jon with Kriss Akabusi

    We're looking for your selfies with the stars. Ideally we'd like one of the 10 candidates for Sunday's Sports Personality of the Year but please send in those you have to #spotyselfie

    Jon Mulkeen: Does Kriss Akabusi count?

    It's the best so far, Jon. Who is going to up the ante?

  23. Manchester United press conference

    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    "Louis van Gaal will shortly address the media ahead of Liverpool visit on Sunday. After five wins on the trot, Manchester United are on a roll. But Gary Neville is amongst many who feel neither side is playing particularly well.

    "Not that the fans will care if victory in the most intense of games is achieved. For, whilst Manchester City and Leeds are core rivalries at Old Trafford, for many supporters, Liverpool are the true enemy."

  24. Balotelli back in action at Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool tweet a picture of striker Mario Balotelli back in training at Melwood ahead of Sunday's big match with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  25. Rangers to reject McCoist resignation

    BBC Sport understands Rangers will reject Ally McCoist's letter of resignation. Most of the board are in London for the next 48 hours and no talks are planned. Keep up to date with the continuing saga in a special BBC Scotland live text.

  26. Hafeez leads Pakistan recovery in Sharjah

    Cricket

    Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit 76 from 92 balls as Pakistan made 252 all out in 48.3 overs in the second day-night international against New Zealand in Sharjah on Friday.

    Skipper Misbah-ul Haq chipped in with a 65-ball 47 and Shahid Afridi fired three sixes in 27 from 14 balls to rescue Pakistan from a shaky 20-3 after they won the toss. Pakistan lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first game in Dubai by three wickets.

  27. Maze stays ahead after Swedish slalom success

    Giant Slalom

    Tina Maze en route to victory in Are

    Olympic champion Tina Maze consolidated her overall World Cup lead on Friday when she produced a stunning second giant slalom run to clinch an impressive victory in Are, Sweden.

    Trailing after the first leg, the 31-year-old from Slovenia recorded a combined time of two minutes 23.84 seconds, 0.2 seconds ahead of Sweden's Sarah Hector and 0.28 seconds clear of Eva-Maria Brem of Austria.

    She leads the giant slalom World Cup standings after three events with 220 points, ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States on 166.

  28. Sporting pictures

    As we look forward to Sunday's Sports Personality of the Year in Glasgow, we wondered whether you had taken any selfies with any of our 10 candidates? If not, which sporting personality have you taken a picture with?

    Please send them in to #spotyselfie

  29. Compton retains England hope

    Cricket

    Nick Compton with thoughts on his return to Middlesex, where he played from 2001-2009: "As a boy I left my family home to move to London to play for Middlesex CCC. Because of this, playing for the Club at Lord's has and always will be close to my heart.

    "Leaving to play for Somerset was, at the time, a step in my development I felt I needed to make. Whilst at Somerset I grew as a player and a person. I also fulfilled the dream of representing England, which is something I am determined to do again."

  30. Compton makes Middlesex return

    Cricket

    Nick Compton in action for Somerset

    Former England batsman Nick Compton, 31, re-joins Middlesex on a three-year contract.

  31. Get involved

    #footygrudgematch BBC Sport Facebook

    You voted Celtic v Rangers as the number one grudge match in football, but here are some of your other suggestions.

    Steven F Galloway: Bognor Regis Town v Worthing - the real south coast derby!

    Daniel Kelly: Derby vs Nottingham Forest! So much hate between the fans! Making it more passionate! Get's better when the Rams win!

    Eyeball Paul: The West Lancashire derby between Preston and Blackpool is easily one of the best in terms of how much it means to fans.

  32. McCoist offers Rangers resignation

    The Daily Record report that Ally McCoist attempted to offer his resignation as Rangers manager to club chairman Sandy Easdale last night, but his attempts to meet with Easdale failed.

    He then tended his resignation this afternoon.

  33. Man Utd v Liverpool build-up

    Manchester United manger Louis van Gaal will have his say on Sunday's meeting with Liverpool in a little over an hour at 16:00 GMT.

  34. Liverpool news conference

    Brendan Rodgers also confirms reports that midfielder Adam Lallana broke some of his ribs in the 3-1 win over Leicester on 2 December, but says the former Southampton playmaker is available to face Manchester United.

  35. Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on striker Mario Balotelli's chances of making a comeback from injury against Manchester United on Sunday: "We've still got a bit of time, so we'll see what his fitness is like.

    "He's been out for a little while now, but in the last couple of days he's looked good in training.

    "We'll give him every chance to see if he can come into the squad."

  36. Liverpool news conference

    Brendan Rodgers

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington at Melwood: "Over at Melwood #LFC Brendan Rodgers: 'This is always a massive game in the fixture list in this country.'"

  37. No comment from Rangers over McCoist reports

    Rangers have refused to comment on those earlier reports that Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as manager. A spokesperson for the Ibrox club offered a brief "no comment" in response to the claims.

  38. Kings Palace showing royal promise

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    "The David Pipe-trained Kings Palace again demonstrated himself a young steeplechaser of the highest potential when easing to victory in Cheltenham's Ryman Stationery Novices Chase (12-30).

    "What so impressed about the Tom Scudamore-ridden 6-year-old, who was making it 2 wins from two starts over fences, was the manner in which he accelerated away when challenged at the 2nd last by runner-up Sausalito Sunrise.

    "Asked whether he'd trained a better jumper, a clearly impressed Pipe, who indicated the horse will not now run until early 2015, said:

    'I don't think so.'

    "Scudamore added: 'He's quick, slick and neat - very exciting.'

    "Kings Palace is as short as 4-1 favourite for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The Gold Cup is a long-term aim. "

    All today's results are available on the BBC Sport website.

  39. Tunics for Goalposts

    5 live podcast

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former BBC football correspondent Mike Ingham's excellent 5 live programme examining World War One's Christmas Truce and the reality behind stories of British and German soldiers coming together to play football on Christmas Day is available now as a podcast. In the 54-minute programme, Mike also looks at the footballers who fought on the front line.

  40. Liverpool media conference

    Brendan Rodgers

    Out of the Champions League, five points off fourth and with Manchester United bent on revenge for last season's 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford when the two teams meet on Sunday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has a tricky news conference to negotiate.

    The media are gathering at Melwood and Rodgers will be out shortly to face them.

  41. Footy Grudge Match vote result

    While we wait for confirmation of the situation at Rangers, the Old Firm match between Celtic and the Gers has won our vote with 42.8%. Manchester United against Liverpool is second with 15.4% and River Plate against Boca Juniors third on 15.1%.

  42. McCoist resigns from Rangers - report

    Ally McCoist

    According to Scottish newspaper, the Daily Record, Ally McCoist resigns as Rangers manager.

    Rangers are currently second in the Scottish Championship, nine points behind leaders Hearts.

  43. Pavey scoops British award

    Britain's Jo Pavey

    Jo Pavey has won the British Athletics Athlete of the Year Award after a highly successful season in which she captured her first international gold medal. The 41-year-old mother of two inspired became the oldest ever gold medallist at a European Championships with her stunning 10,000m victory in Zurich in August.

    Matthew Hudson-Smith [Young Athlete], Hannah Cockroft [Paralympic], Maria Lyle [Young Paralympic], Steve Fudge [Coach], Swansea Harriers [Club] and Blair Pettigrew [Volunteer] were the other winners.

  44. Managerial press conferences

    Manuel Pellegrini, who has has a smart short new haircut, is off back to the tactics board.

    Next up will be Brendan Rodgers, who is taking question ahead of his Liverpool side's meeting with Manchester United from 14:00 GMT.

  45. Manchester City press conference

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini on goalkeeper Joe Hart's contract situation: "I think it is close. Joe wants to stay here and we want him to be our goalkeeper."

    Hart's current deal at City expires in 2016 and he said yesterday that an extension is "pretty much sorted".

  46. Manchester City press conference

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini on his injury doubts for Saturday's trip to Leicester: "Vincent Kompany is in the squad list so I don't think he will have any problem to play tomorrow. David Silva didn't feel any pain in the knee from the 30 minutes in Rome so I think he will be fit."

  47. Man City press conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester city are just three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea. With their rockets boosted by Champions League wins over Bayern Munich and Roma, could they soar past the Blues?

    Manuel Pellegrini is about to answer that and other questions...

  48. Sri Lanka make changes to ODI squad

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Sri Lanka have dropped out of form opener Kusal Perera and spinner Ajantha Mendis from their squad for the last two one-day internationals against England.

    Ragana Herath is ruled out of the games with injury with recently cleared Sachithra Senanayaka remaining in the squad.

    Sri Lanka lead 3-2 in the seven-match series and the next game is tomorrow at 04:30 GMT, with live coverage from 04:15 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  49. Footy Grudge Match vote

    By taking part in the vote 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 until 13:45 GMT. Terms and conditions can be found here. The result will be announced in this page after 1345 GMT.

  50. Footy Grudge Match 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.

    Ahead of Manchester United v Liverpool this weekend, we want to know what you think is football's biggest grudge match.

    You have sent your suggestions via #footygrudgematch and we have narrowed it down to the following six options:

    Manchester United v Liverpool

    Newcastle v Sunderland

    Celtic v Rangers

    River Plate v Boca Juniors

    Fenerbahce v Galatasaray

    Real Madrid v Barcelona

  51. PL manager news conferences

    Roberto Martinez and Jose Mourinho are finished with their media duties.

    But there will be plenty more managerial blather later today.

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is due to speak any minute, with Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers up at 14:00 GMT and Manchester United's Louis van Gaal closing the show at 16:00 GMT.

  52. Chelsea press conference

    Jose Mourinho with more on Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, who has made only two Premier League appearances this season, both as a late substitute: "Salah is a player we like, we trust and he's part of our plans. He's not going anywhere."

  53. Everton press conference

    Manager Roberto Martinez on injured defender John Stones: "John Stones is ahead of schedule. He's a quick healer and has trained once with the squad already. He is desperate to get back on a football pitch. From January to the end of the season he can step up his level again."

  54. Everton press conference

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on speculation linking the club with Legia Warsaw midfielder Ondrej Duda: "We must be getting close to January! We always try and do our business quietly behind the scenes. We are always working hard, but I am very happy with our squad, I have been to Warsaw a couple of times but not to watch any players."

  55. Everton press conference

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Monday's match against QPR: "In other leagues, you can count maybe three or four games that you can just cruise through, that is not the case in the Premier League. Everyone knows that QPR are in a good moment. We have not got the points that would reflect our performances at the moment, but we are still moving forward."

  56. Chelsea press conference

    Jose Mourinho says goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not be involved against Hull: "Courtois had a little problem in training, a muscular problem, and he's not available for tomorrow.

    "Petr Cech had our confidence even when Courtois was playing. We know what we have, he has absolutely nothing to prove.

    "I don't think any one player will play all six matches [between now and 1 January], maybe some will play five."

  57. Chelsea press conference

    Jose Mourinho hints at his team selection against Hull as the leaders seek to rally from last weekend's shock defeat at Newcastle: "Cesc [Fabregas] has been amazing for us but he's suspended for tomorrow so we don't think about him. We trust the other players.

    "Against Sporting [a 3-1 win in midweek] [Andre] Schurrle and [Mohamed] Salah did well, the team did well and that was very nice for me."

  58. Everton press conference

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "The last 32 of the Europa League is where it gets glamorous with the teams coming in from the Champions League, but we have done what he needed to by winning out group to ensure the second leg is at Goodison. That is a big thing for us."

  59. Chelsea press conference

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on tomorrow's opponents Hull, who have gone eight matches without a league victory and only won one of their last 14: "We are a completely different team to the one which played Hull at home last season. We are a better team, so are Hull.

    "We are playing very well in almost every game, there hasn't been one bad performance. We cannot do any more than we are doing."

  60. Everton press conference

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Arouna Kone showed he was physically strong against Krasnodar, he did not look like he had been out for almost a year. He had sharp feet which pleased me and he always caused problems to the Krasnodar defence. We are still assessing him to see if he will be part of the squad for Monday against QPR."

  61. Chelsea press conference

    Jose Mourino

    Jose Mourinho is also going to be purring into the microphones at Chelsea's Cobham training base.

    We will bring you his thoughts ahead of the Premier League leaders' home match against Hull on Saturday.

  62. Everton press conference

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez

    Next up on the press conference conveyor belt is Everton boss Roberto Martinez and we will be hearing from the Spaniard about last night's Europa League defeat and Monday's home match with QPR shortly.

  63. Fleetwood ahead in Bangkok

    Tommy Fleetwood in second-round action at the Thailand Golf Championship

    Tommy Fleetwood leads by one shot at the halfway stage of the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok.

    For the second day running, gusting winds and the thick rough troubled the entire field but Fleetwood carded a 69 to reach four under for the tournament, one ahead of Lee Westwood and Australian Marcus Fraser.

  64. Robshaw out for up to a month

    Rugby Union

    Chris Robshaw

    Harlequins confirm England captain Chris Robshaw will be out for three to four weeks after damaging his shoulder against Leinster last weekend. England's first Six Nations match is in Wales on 6 February.

  65. Sporting birthdays

    Will Carling

    Former England rugby union captain Will Carling celebrates his 49th birthday today. American tennis legend Tracey Austin is 52, India cricketer Yuvraj Singh is 33 and forward Victor Moses, currently on loan at Stoke, is 24. Happy birthday to all.

  66. "Balotelli will regret wasting talent"

    Football

    Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will look back at his career and regret wasting the opportunities his talent has brought him according to former Italy boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

    "I do not know how Balotelli's career will pan out in the future," Trapattoni told La Nazione. "But I know that when he hangs up his boots he will realise the many opportunities he has wasted."

    Balotelli, 24, is set to return from a groin injury to face Manchester United on Sunday.

  67. Not Dunne yet

    Football

    Wilfried Bony and Richard Dunne

    QPR defender Richard Dunne says that his recent good form has encouraged him to play on beyond the end of this season.

    The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal at Loftus Road last summer after being released by Aston Villa.

    "I honestly don't have any plans and don't think about retiring because if I keep thinking about it, it becomes a fact whether I should or shouldn't," he told the London Evening Standard.

  68. On this day

    Golf

    On this day in 2009, Tiger Woods announced he was to take an indefinite break from professional golf to tackle problems in his private life, after newspaper allegations emerged about extra-marital affairs.

  69. City offer trial to Bulgarian wonderkid

    Manchester City have invited 17-year-old Levski Sofia attacking midfielder Bozhidar Kraev for a trial report the Guardian.

    Kraev is considered one of the finest young talents in world football and has also been invited to train with Juventus.

    "City wants him for a seven-day trial whereas Juventus offers him three days of training. And he will go," said Levski coach and sporting director, Georgi Ivanov.

  70. Lescott banters with young Villa fan

    Football

    Ahead of that Midlands derby between West Brom and Villa tomorrow, Baggies defender Joleon Lescott engages in some pre-match banter with an unlikely opponent - a 15-year-old Villa fan.

    It's all good-natured between the England international and Moin Younis, who met during the Premier League club's pre-Christmas visit to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

    However, Lescott tells BBC Midlands Today he will be back to visit the youngster on Monday morning if Albion win at The Hawthorns.

  71. Premier League team news

    West Brom v Aston Villa

    Captain Chris Brunt will again miss out for West Brom after failing to recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in last week's defeat to West Ham.

    Jonas Olsson is out following an operation on his Achilles but Saido Berahino is set for a recall after being dropped to the bench for the goalless draw at Hull and Claudio Yacob is available following a ban.

  72. Simeone eyes Premier League move

    Football gossip

    Diego Simeone

    Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has put contract talks with Atletico Madrid on hold and is taking English lessons as he considers a move to the Premier League according to the Daily Star.

    The Argentine has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, and is also on Liverpool's radar.

  73. Get involved

    #footygrudgematch BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking this morning which fixture you think is the most heated in football. Please send in your views to #footygrudgematch or use the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Will Robinson: Leeds v Galatasaray.

    Robert Williams: Wrexham v Chester. The passion and hatred between the fans makes it the most passionate lower league grudge match.

    Rob Ralphs: River Plate v Boca or Galatasaray v Fenerbache. Unreal scenes.

  74. Waddock joins Pompey as assistant

    Former QPR, Aldershot Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United boss Gary Waddock has been appointed assistant manager at Portsmouth.

    The 52-year-old has most recently been coaching at Conference side Barnet and replaces Alan McLoughlin, who was sacked by Pompey earlier this month.

  75. Premier League team news

    Chelsea v Hull

    Hull captain Curtis Davies could be handed a recall having been dropped for the last two matches, but manager Steve Bruce could revert to a back three at Stamford Bridge.

    Gaston Ramirez has completed a three-game ban, but fellow loanee Hatem Ben Arfa is not expected to feature.

  76. Two big FA Cup ties live on BBC

    The BBC will show two famous fixtures for their live matches over the FA Cup third round weekend next month. Arsenal against Hull, a repeat of last year's final, will be screened on Sunday 4 January and AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool, a repeat of the classic 1988 final when the Dons recorded a shock win, will be on Monday 5 January.

  77. Premier League team news

    Crystal Palace v Stoke

    Stoke are likely to be without defender Marc Muniesa at Selhurst Park. The Spaniard tweaked his hamstring during last weekend's victory over Arsenal and is set to be replaced by either Marc Wilson or Robert Huth, both of whom are fit after injury.

    Striker Jonathan Walters has an ongoing problem with his knee but is expected to feature while Steve Sidwell, Peter Odemwingie (both knee), Victor Moses (thigh) and Dionatan Teixeira (broken foot) are all sidelined.

  78. Korea could drop from 2015 calendar

    Formula 1

    Bernie Ecclestone

    The 2015 Formula 1 calendar could be reduced from the 21 races after Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone revealed that South Korean organisers don't want the Grand Prix they are down to host on 3 May.

    "They (local organisers) would rather it not happen," he told reporters.

    "We have a contract with Korea... we have to put it on the calendar. If we hadn't have done they could have sued us."

    The race was dropped in 2014 after the hosts wanted to lower the fee paid to Formula 1.

  79. Ormsby and Strange lead in Australia

    Wade Ormsby

    Wade Ormsby and Scott Strange lead the Australian PGA Championship by two shots at the halfway stage.

    Ormsby [pictured] carded a 67 and Strange shot 66 to reach nine under at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

    World number three Adam Scott, who revealed before the start of play that his wife is pregnant with their first child, is third.

  80. Japan international arrested

    Volleyball

    A Japan international volleyball player has been arrested on suspicion of stealing cash from a wallet at a 'pachinko' pinball parlour.

    Kongoh Oh, 30, confessed to taking the money, according to police, and his club team Toray have pulled out of national championships in a show of remorse.

  81. Premier League team news

    Sunderland v West Ham

    Steven Fletcher could return to the Sunderland starting line-up after fully recovering from a back injury. Sebastian Coates is available again after being ineligible against Liverpool, but Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Billy Jones (hamstring) are both still ruled out.

  82. Premier League team news

    Arsenal v Newcastle

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to be passed fit for their meeting with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

    Boss Alan Pardew is closely monitoring the Argentine's recovery from a hamstring injury, while fellow defender Daryl Janmaat is also available after he shrugged off a minor problem.

    However Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor are suspended and Rolando Aarons is ruled out for a month with a hamstring strain.

  83. Premier League team news

    Leicester v Manchester City

    Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been ruled out for at least six weeks after breaking a metatarsal in training.

    Ben Hamer will deputise in goal, captain Wes Morgan returns from suspension, Ritchie De Laet is available after illness, Leonardo Ulloa (leg) is fit, Dean Hammond (calf) is back in training and Matt Upson is close to a return after a long-term foot injury but will not play against the champions.

  84. Get involved

    #footygrudgematch BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking this morning which fixture you think is the most heated in football. Please send in your views to #footygrudgematch or use the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Aaron Wright: T'classico Burnley v Blackburn its the most policed and under rated no one but Burnley and Blackburn fans understand it.

    Linus Joseph Beaven: River Plate v Boca Juniors, makes anything we have look like mates having a kickabout in the park

    The SM Tour: Has to be the sheer hatred and passion of the Old Firm. Can't wait for it to return.

  85. Kieswetter tweets Billings

    Cricket

    Kieswetter graciously tweeted: "Congratulations to Sam Billings for being called up to the 30 man World Cup squad. A seriously talented player = future star."

  86. Billings called into provisional England squad

    Cricket

    The International Cricket Council have approved England calling in 23-year-old Kent wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings as a replacement for the injured Craig Kieswetter in their provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

  87. Monk looking for a response

    Football

    Swansea manager Garry Monk hopes that last weekend's 3-1 defeat to West Ham can spur his side back to form against Tottenham on Sunday.

    "It was the first time that we didn't reach the levels we've set ourselves this season," the Swans boss reflected upon last weekend's defeat," he said.

    "We need to react this weekend, put on a positive performance and put to bed last weekend's display.

  88. Aguero awarded player of the month

    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero named Premier League player of the month for November. The Argentine, currently sidelined with a knee injury, scored three goals and provided two assists in league games.

  89. Pardew scoops manager of the month

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wins the Premier League manager of the month award for November after guiding his team to three wins out of four.

  90. European back pages

    Sport

    Sport front page

    Spanish newspaper Sport, as it tends to, focuses on Barcelona this morning.

    After Luis Enrique's side saw off Paris St Germain 3-1 to finish top of Group F on Wednesday, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez feature in a "magic triangle" on Sport's front page.

    It hails the trio as the "perfect formula", citing the "quality" of Messi, the "movement" of Luis Suarez and the "craziness" of Neymar.

  91. Grimes could be 'new Glenn Hoddle'

    Football

    Exeter's Matt Grimes

    Exeter City midfielder prospect Matt Grimes is comparable to a young Glenn Hoddle, according to the club's director of football Steve Perryman.

    The 19-year-old, who has this week been linked with a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window, has made 59 appearances for the Grecians and scored four goals - all of them from free-kicks.

    Perryman, a team-mate of Hoddle's at Tottenham, told BBC Radio Devon. "I saw a young Glenn Hoddle emerge and this is another world, but he's a talent.

    "I just think he's undoubted quality. He's the best technical player we've produced ever since I've been here."

  92. Premier League team news

    Burnley v Southampton

    Striker Sam Vokes is still not ready to be considered for Burnley against Southampton at Turf Moor. The Wales international, who has not featured since March because of a knee injury, played 90 minutes for the development squad in midweek but will not be brought in for first-team action just yet.

    Centre-back Michael Duff looks set to miss a fourth game with his calf problem while Stephen Ward (ankle) and Matt Taylor (Achilles) are still sidelined.

  93. European back pages

    Marca

    Marca front page

    Over in Spain, Marca are relishing "eight golden days" for Real Madrid. The European champions have won 19 successive games - a new record for a Spanish club - and play Almeria tonight before heading to the Club World Cup in Morocco.

  94. Premier League team news

    West Brom v Aston Villa

    West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon

    West Bromwich Albion duo Stephane Sessegnon and Youssuf Mulumbu have both shaken off knocks and are fit for Saturday's local derby with Aston Villa at The Hawthorns, reports BBC WM.

    Villa, unbeaten in five games, may be boosted by the return of captain Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph for the meeting with Alan Irvine's Albion side, who have not won in five matches.

    The Albion-Villa derby (15:00 GMT) will be live on BBC WM 95.6 and DAB. Former Baggies midfielder Ian Hamilton and ex-Villa manager Graham Taylor are part of the WM commentary team.

  95. Warner praises returning Abbott

    Cricket

    Australia batsman David Warner with an Instagram tribute to Sean Abbott, who took 6-14 in his first match since bowling the ball that struck Phillip Hughes. "Credit to my good mate Sean Abbott bowling NSW to victory against QLD today.

    "Been a tough week for everyone but this bloke has a genuine heart of gold and has fought hard this week to come back and bowl again. Well done mate proud of you.

  96. Premier League team news

    Crystal Palace v Stoke

    Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney could return to the starting line-up having recovered from a calf injury.

    Midfielder Jason Puncheon will be assessed after missing training on Thursday through illness while Joe Ledley (hip) and Adrian Mariappa (knee) are both ruled out.

  97. Premier League team news

    Burnley v Southampton

    Southampton expect to have Toby Alderweireld back from a hamstring for tomorrow's match at Burnley and James Ward-Prowse is also set to be in the squad after resuming full training following two months out with an ankle problem.

    Morgan Schneiderlin misses out with a groin injury, while forward Jay Rodriguez has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a knee problem.

  98. Get involved

    #footygrudgematch BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking this morning which fixture you think is the most heated in football.

    Here are some of your Facebook comments on the BBC Sport page but you can also use #footygrudgematch

    William Harradine: Rangers v Celtic. For me Charlton Athletic v Millwall.

    Geoff The Magpie Robinson: Newcastle United v Sunderland rivalry goes back to the civil war when Geordies were Royalists and Mackems roundheads.

    Stuell Mitchart: Worldwide that'd be Barca vs Madrid.

  99. Arsenal press conference

    Wenger adds that Alexi Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are "fit and rested" and Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini are also available.

    On last week's criticism at Stoke railway station he says: "Society wants to win the next game and it's a permanent tribunal for everyone." But Gunners fans hoping for another big money signing next month may be disappointed by the line: "If everybody is fit then we don't need to go into the transfer market."

  100. Arsenal press conference

    Wenger on his improving relationship with Alan Pardew: "We had a problem once but we sorted it out. He has done very well because he's gone through a difficult patch"

  101. Arsenal press conference

    Arsene Wenger's thoughts on tomorrow's opponents Newcastle, who beat leaders Chelsea last week: "They are doing well and are on a good run so it'll be a good challenge for us. Overall we are on a good trend."

  102. Arsenal press conference

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger reveals at his press conference that Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are all out of tomorrow's match with Newcastle.

    On Ramsey, who scored that wonder goal in midweek, he says: "It's a shame because he was getting close to matching last season's form"

    Calum Chambers is suspended.

  103. Get involved

    #footygrudgematch BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking this morning which fixture you think is the most heated in football. Please send in your views to #footygrudgematch or use the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Greg Marshall: Look I'm an Arsenal fan and we have our own bitter rivalry... But don't think it quite matches the venom of them up north.

    Tevon: Manchester United v Liverpool a north west derby and a big rivalry!

    Haris Hameed: El Classico. Enough said.

  104. Austin misses out for QPR

    QPR will be without key striker Charlie Austin for Monday's Premier League visit to Everton.

    Austin is suspended after being sent off in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Burnley, but Steven Caulker is fit despite needing hospital treatment on a cut sustained to his head while falling over during a social occasion with team-mates last Sunday.

  105. Arsenal press conference coming up

    Arsenal

    The media await the arrival of Monsieur Wenger. We'll hear what he says very shortly.

  106. Get involved

    #footygrudgematch BBC Sport Facebook

    The stand-out fixture in the Premier League this weekend is at Old Trafford on Sunday where Manchester United take on Liverpool. We'll be hearing from Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal this afternoon but in the meantime we would like you to tell us where this fixture ranks amongst football's most heated rivalries.

    Please let us know using the hashtag #footygrudgematch or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  107. Gossip column

    Now let's have a look at some transfer rumours from today's BBC Sport Gossip column and the Daily Star claim Borussia Dortmund are preparing to sell 25-year-old Germany midfielder Marco Reus, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool ready to swoop.

    Arsenal are ready to take on Manchester City and Chelsea in order to sign £40m-rated Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21. (Express)

    And the Gunners' hopes of signing Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner, 30, have taken a hit after Juventus offered the defender a new contract. (Express)

  108. Pardew defends under-fire Wenger

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has not always seen eye to eye with Arsene Wenger, that famous touchline jostling in at Upton Park in 2006 being a prime example, but he has defended the Frenchman, who was subjected to abuse from Arsenal fans when boarding a train after last week's defeat at Stoke.

    "The incident at the train station was totally disrespectful," said Pardew, who takes his team to the Emirates on Saturday for a 17:30 GMT kick-off. "I think 90% of Arsenal fans would have been ashamed of that and we could get the backlash of it.

    "The crowd on Saturday will want to show how much they love him. After Sir Alex Ferguson he's the best manager in Premier League history. Jose Mourinho hasn't done enough yet."

  109. De Gea set for bumper new deal at Man Utd

    The Sun back page

    Meanwhile The Sun (subscription required) report that Manchester United want to make David De Gea the richest goalkeeper in history to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madrid.

    The Spaniard, 24, who has 18 months left on his £60,000-a-week contract, will be offered a £36.4m five-year deal that even tops the package which neighbours City are about to agree with Joe Hart.

    With Real Madrid looking for a replacement for Iker Casillas, United will up De Gea's pay to £140,000 a week including bonuses.

  110. Torres available on a free transfer

    Daily Mirror

    Some interesting lines from the newspapers this morning and the Daily Mirror report that Fernando Torres is to be offered for free around Premier League clubs this January - only four years after costing a British record £50m.

    Milan are seeking to cancel the 30-year-old Spaniard's two-year loan deal agreed with Chelsea in August and his former club Atletico Madrid have turned down the chance to take him back on loan in a swap deal which would have sent Italy winger Alessio Cerci to the San Siro.

  111. Abbott returns with six-wicket haul

    Cricket

    Sean Abbott in action for New South Wales

    Staying with cricket and encouraging news from Australia. Sean Abbott, the 22-year-old paceman playing his first match since bowling the ball that struck Phillip Hughes, took 6-14 in an innings victory for New South against Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

  112. Prolific Warner hits another century

    Cricket

    David Warner celebrates his latest century

    Australia opener David Warner made his second century of the match, and his sixth in the last 11 Test innings, as the hosts closed day four of the first Test in Adelaide 363 runs ahead of India at 290-5.

  113. Europa League round-up

    Kyle Walker playing for Spurs in Besiktas

    There was some consolation for Spurs in Besiktas as England international full-back Kyle Walker made his first appearance since March and the 24-year-old said: "It was good to get back into the swing of things but the result was disappointing. I still feel a little rusty but that will come with time. By the next game hopefully I'll be sharp and fully fit."

  114. Europa League round-up

    Everton

    Everton's Bryan Oviedo, who broke his leg in January, made his first home appearance of the season in last night's match at Goodison and he tweeted: "Happy to be back in this beautiful shirt. sorry for losing the game."

  115. Europa League round-up

    Tottenham players after last night's defeat in Besiktas

    Tottenham only needed to avoid defeat in Besiktas to top their group, but after three pitch invasions at their previous Europa League match, there were two stoppages for floodlight failure as their second string side were beaten 1-0. In Monday's draw for the last 32, Spurs could now face one of the group winners, apart from Besiktas or Everton, or seeded Champions League teams including Zenit St Petersburg, managed by former boss Andre Villas-Boas.

  116. Europa League round-up

    There were defeats for all three British teams in the Europa League last night. Celtic were already assured of second place and lost eventful game in Dinamo Zagreb 4-3, while Everton, already Group H winners, fielded a much changed side and lost 1-0 at home to FK Krasnodar.

  117. Post update

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday. We'll be hearing from Arsene Wenger within the hour and a host of Premier League managers throughout the day as we build up to some more big matches this weekend, but we begin with a look back at last night's action.