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Andy Cryer and Richard Winton

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  1. Post update

    That noise you hear is Sportsday wheezing and spluttering towards a conclusion.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 GMT but, in the meantime, don't forget you can listen to Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton examining the mental demands of being a top cyclist. That's at 20:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Keep fit and we'll hopefully see you again in the morning.

  2. Breno back in Brazil after release



    Former Bayern Munich defender Breno has returned to Brazil and is expected to join his first club, Sao Paulo, after serving more than two years in prison for arson.

    The 25-year-old was convicted of starting the fire which gutted his Munich home in September 2011, but he was granted parole last week. He had until December 20 to leave Germany, but can not return for a minimum of three years.

    "I am returning to Brazil with my head held high and I am taking it as a new start to my career," said Breno.

  3. Villa down to bare bones - Lambert


    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says his squad is "down to the bare bones" ahead of four games in the space of 12 days.

    Suspended trio Tom Cleverley, Kieran Richardson and Alan Hutton will miss Saturday's visit of Manchester United. Joe Cole (hamstring), Ashley Westwood, Nathan Baker (both knee) and Philippe Senderos (calf) are all also sidelined, as is long-term absentee Libor Kozak.

    "One of two of the kids might make the bench," Lambert told BBC WM 95.6. "But we'll still have quite a strong side."

  4. Get involved


    Callum Hatsell: "Pirlo, Bergkamp, Gazza, Iniesta, Scholes, Zidane, Okocha... too many in my lifetime to pick one!"

    VB: "Zico or Roberto Baggio. Both ludicrously gifted and proof of how feeble current "world class player" proclamations are."

    Ian: "Jari Litmanen, footballing genius and utter legend."

  5. Chelsea eager to sign Ramos?

    Latest gossip

    Sergio Ramos

    The Daily Express reports Jose Mourinho has made contact with Sergio Ramos to let the Real Madrid defender know he has a place at Chelsea if contract negotiations do not go well at Real Madrid.

    Do you not have enough good players Jose?

  6. Post update

    European 400m hurdles champion Eilidh Child tweets: Horrible moment when your recovery drink tastes of fairy liquid because you haven't rinsed the bottle properly #athleteproblems

    I'd have thought that would improve the taste...

  7. Hasselbaink wants small Burton squad


    Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says signings in January will lead to departures as he focuses on working with a small squad.

    The Dutchman has a squad of 20 fit first-team players, with four loan players also at his disposal.

    "I want a quality squad," Hasselbaink, 42, told BBC Radio Derby. "If you have too big a squad, you lose your focus at times because there are just too many people. If I bring people in, then certain players will go out."

  8. Management 'not like computer game'


    Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says the management process cannot be "switched on and off" like a computer game.

    Curle won his first three league games in charge following his September arrival, but six defeats in the last eight see the Cumbrians sit in League Two relegation zone.

    "You can't just walk in, wave a magic wand and turn it round," Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria. "It's not like Fifa 14. When things aren't going your way you can't switch it off and start again, turn it back on and be Barcelona, get this player and that player - that isn't reality."

  9. Ben Arfa will not play for Hull again - Bruce


    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Hatem Ben Arfa has played his last game for Hull, manager Steve Bruce has confirmed.

    The French attacker has played just nine times for the club since his loan move from Newcastle United and had reportedly returned to Paris. On Thursday, Bruce admitted that the relationship between player and club had almost certainly run its course.

    "If he decides to stay in France that's up to him, there's only 10 days until the window opens and I think it's fair to say he's probably played his last game for Hull," Bruce said.

  10. Get involved


    James Jackson: "Right now Fabregas, by a mile. In history, a man known on Teesside as "The little fella" #Juninho #legend"

    Kit Marsden: "Wes Hoolahan. #NCFC"

    Miles Evans: "Ricardo Bochini was surely one of the best. Throughballs behind the defence are still referred to as a pase bochinesco"

    For the uninitiated, Bochini was an Argentina international from 1973-86 (it says here). An outrageously hipster suggestion, Miles.

  11. On this day


    Liverpool v Sao Paulo

    In 2005, Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Sao Paulo in the final of the Club World Championship in Yokohama.

  12. Sedgefield fined for track error

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    "Sedgefield racecourse has been fined £5000 by the British Horseracing Authority after an error by a track official forced a race there last month to be declared void, and bets returned, amid chaotic scenes.

    "Instead of displaying a signal telling jockeys to bypass a fence, a 'halt the race' flag was waved.

    "Despite the mistake the riders, who ignored the instruction, received bans for not complying."

  13. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Bradley Wiggins

    Not much on the television this evening? Well you are in luck.

    On BBC Radio 5 live from 20:00 GMT this evening, you can listen to Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton examining the mental demands of being a top cyclist. Featuring interviews with Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins; Olympic track medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Wendy Houvenaghel; and former GB team psychiatrist Steve Peters.

    She also examines how mental strength can make the difference at the top level, how cyclists deal with pain, pressure and the emotions of competition.

    Do not miss it.

  14. Ross signs on at Leinster

    Rugby Union

    Ireland prop Mike Ross has signed a one-year extension to his contract, committing him to Leinster until June 2016.

    The 35-year-old has made in excess of 100 appearances since 2009 and has won 44 caps for his country.

    "There is a huge amount of talent in the squad and it is an exciting time to be involved with both Leinster and Ireland," Ross said.

  15. Get involved


    We asked who is your favourite playmaker of all time. Have you got any better suggestions than these?

    Lloyd Evans: "Kris Commons or Stefan Johansen for Celtic. Both can provide plenty of assists or grab goals for themselves."

    Attoe Aribiah: "My favourite playmaker's Jay Jay good they named him twice."

    Halim Oscar Junior: "My #favouriteplaymaker has to be Juan Roman Riquelme and currently Oscar."

  16. Post update

    Jak Alnwick

    Hull City's former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has offered his support to young St James' Park custodian Jak Alnwick after he conceded four goals at Tottenham on Wednesday.

    "Rather than criticism, Jak Alnwick needs a proper Geordie reception when he runs out on Sunday lunchtime to give him a lift before the game," Harper tweeted. "Get behind the young lad by singing his name to pick him up & watch him grow in response to it #toonarmy."

  17. Rudolph leads the way


    Glamorgan have named Jacques Rudolph as their captain across all forms of the game. The South African, who scored almost 2,000 runs for the county this year, replaces Mark Wallace.

    "I'm very honoured and privileged to accept the invitation," the former Yorkshire batsman said. "Next year is a new challenge and I'm really looking forward to some exciting times ahead."

  18. Reus fined for driving offence


    Marco Reus

    Borussia Dortmund and Germany winger Marco Reus has been fined more than £500,000 for driving without a licence.

    The 25-year-old has been advertising his club's car sponsor and has also appeared in adverts for petrol.

    Reus also received speeding tickets on at least five occasions from 2011 before authorities realised he had been driving without a licence. "The reasons I did it are something I cannot really understand," he said.

  19. Hull City news conference

    Hull v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Hull defender Michael Dawson is out for three to five weeks with a hamstring tear.

    Hull boss Steve Bruce said: "I have a big belief the squad is big enough to cope, we are stretched to the limit at the moment but we can't make that excuse."

  20. On this day


    Australia win the Ashes

    In 2006, England surrendered the Ashes after losing the third Test in Perth by 206 runs to hand Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

  21. Khan wants Mayweather chance


    Will he or won't he? Floyd Mayweather, the WBC and WBA champion, is talking up a super fight with Manny Pacquiao but Amir Khan wants his chance.

    He said: "I want the fight, but is Floyd going to take the fight? Is Floyd going to give me that chance? That's something we're all waiting to hear from Floyd Mayweather.

    "I've been asking for the fight for the last two or three years. Now he needs to come back to the press and say, 'I want the fight with Amir Khan'.

    "I know I'm touching distance away from that super fight. I think I've proven myself many times and I think this time I've proved myself in the biggest way so he has to take the fight. What else do I have to do?

  22. Aston Villa news conference

    Aston Villa v Manchester United

    The Sun

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert confirms his former assistant Roy Keane turned up at midfielder Tom Cleverley's house this week.

    However, the Villa boss insists Cleverley said the incident was blown out of proportion by the media, who reported that the fiery Irishman stood ringing the player's doorbell for 15 minutes seeking an argument.

    Lambert said: "I spoke to Tom this morning really briefly and he assures me that what is being portrayed is certainly not what happened. That was it, really.

    "I've probably spoken about Roy more since he's left than when he was here. I think you [should] give the guy a break. From the brief chat I had with Tom, it certainly wasn't how it was portrayed."

  23. Post update

    Bournemouth on Twitter: Just to confirm, Baily Cargill was wearing a bandage last night for a cut sustained in training, not a hairpiece!

  24. Aston Villa news conference

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "I have spoken to Roy Keane, we are good pals. That will always be the same. He is concentrating on the Ireland thing. There is no problem there."

    Since Roy Keane's departure as Aston Villa assistant boss, there has been speculation about him falling out with players at the club.

  25. Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport's Mike Keegan: Scunthorpe United goalkeeper Sam Slocombe, who emerged victorious from last night's epic 14-13 FA Cup penalty shootout victory at non-league Worcester City, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Afternoon Edition.

    "The atmosphere was quite intense and you kind of felt like you spoiled the party," he said of the dramatic win over the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

    "But we were there to do a job - I'd love Man United if we beat Chesterfield next," the Scunthorpe-born stopper added.

  26. London Welsh want funding rethink

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh are in talks with all Premiership clubs, some Championship teams and the Rugby Football Union to try to create a "level-playing field" next term over central funding worries.

    The Exiles currently get in the region of £2m less than clubs who have been in the Premiership since its inception.

    A club statement said they were sure of "our case for fair and equal funding".

    Welsh, bottom of the Premiership after promotion last year, also have concerns over a lack of time between seasons.

  27. A bit of a card

    Formula 1

    Bernie Ecclestone

    Remember earlier this year when Bernie Ecclestone paid $100m to prosecutors to end a bribery trial against him in Munich?

    Well, the Formula 1 chief has apparently been sending out mischievous Christmas cards depicting himself handing over that weighty sum to a masked highwayman. The cartoon figure is shown brandishing a pistol and saying: "This is not a robbery. I am collecting for the Bavarian state."

    Inside the card, which was sent to Reuters, is the message: "Maybe now we can have a Formula One race in the really nice city of Munich, Germany."

  28. Get involved


    Christian Eriksen can become one of the Premier League's best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore, according to team-mate Jan Vertonghen.

    But who is your favourite playmaker? Any club, any league, and country...

    Early shouts for Bristol City's Dariusz Dziekanowski and Ralph Milne of Dundee United from the Sportsday team.

  29. Leicester City news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    More from Leicester boss Nigel Pearson: "West Ham are a side in form and it's always a good atmosphere there. They can mix their game up. We'll have to deal with that.

    "Ben Hamer has come out of both of his Leicester performances so far with a lot of credit. I'm pleased for him. He's very capable"

  30. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

    Bojan Krkic

    Hughes also revealed that Bojan Krkic has trained, so should be available to face the league leaders. So, too, should Stephen Ireland despite suffering a bang on his knee.

  31. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

    Hughes on the prospect of facing Chelsea: "When we go up against so called bigger teams who are prepared to take chances against us, we have been able to exploit them. We have found it difficult against teams who come here and sit back.

    "My view is that they are the top team in the league at the moment. I think their mentality is strong and they have outstanding ability. They believe in themselves."

  32. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes on striker Peter Crouch, whose contract expires in the summer: "Crouchy has done well. He has been in and out of the team, but he has been tremendous recently. We are pleased with what he is doing.

    "Peter knows were are keen to keep him. It would be difficult to replace him. He is a big part of what we do here."

  33. Leicester news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Nigel Pearson

    Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson at his pre-match news conference:

    "I think we played well against Man City. I don't have many complaints in terms of our players' application. David Nugent trained with us today, but we've no further injury updates. It's a relatively fit squad.

    "I've worked with Sam Allardyce. His team are doing very well and it's important that we use that as an example.

    "Our fans got behind the team in a very positive manner in the last game and they've stayed behind the team, which is great."

  34. Southampton news conference

    Southampton v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    More from Southampton boss Ronald Koeman at his news conference: "If somebody told me in pre-season that in the middle of December we'd be fifth, I'd say give me the paper and I'll sign it now.

    Koeman on links with Wesley Sneijder: "I'm interested, but I know we can't pay him. There's nothing in it."

  35. Tottenham v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche has confirmed that Sam Vokes will again play for the development squad on Monday as he continues to build up to full fitness.

  36. QPR v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)


    West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine has also been giving an injury up-date before his side's crucial game away to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

    The Baggies report that Jonas Olsson and Georgios Samaras are the only definite absentees. Victor Anichebe will be assessed, while Chris Brunt is back in training.

  37. Sneijder out of reach for Southampton


    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman rules out a January move for Galatasaray midfielder and fellow Dutchman Wesley Sneijder, 30.

    "I am interested. We can't pay him. I know that because his agent is my agent," said Koeman.

    Wesley Sneijder
    Image caption: Wesley Sneijder would be too costly for Southampton
  38. Injury worries for stuttering Saints


    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman reveals that midfielder Dusan Tadic will miss their home game against Everton on Saturday as the Saints look to end a five-match losing run. Teenager Jake Hesketh is also out with the knee injury he sustained at Burnley last weekend.

    Steven Davis and top scorer Graziano Pelle are also doubtful as the Saints' recent workload takes its toll.

  39. Howe positive despite Liverpool loss


    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says their League Cup defeat by Liverpool on Wednesday should not be seen as a setback for the Championship club.

    "I think it can make us more hardened to the atmosphere in these games," he told BBC Radio Solent.

    Howe was bemused by an incident in which a whistle from the stands prompted skipper Tommy Elphick to stop playing in the build-up to Liverpool's second goal.

    "It's a bizarre one and Tommy has obviously genuinely believed it to be the referee's, but there you go. I'm sure the person who has done it wouldn't have meant it to have cost us a goal," he added.

  40. Amla helps himself as West Indies toil


    South Africa will be hoping to get the chance to bowl at the West Indies after tea on the second day of the First Test at Centurion.

    The home side declared on 552-5 after Hashim Amla had taken a double hundred off an injury-hit and depleted West Indies attack.

    Rain delayed a resumption to give the beleaguered tourists some relief.

  41. 'My life meets my life'



    Arsene Wenger has been talking to Arsenal Player about the Gunners's Champions League last 16 draw with his former club Monaco.

    "We had very few chances to get Monaco and I think it's a strange coincidence in life because I've spent 25 years of my life at Monaco and Arsenal together, so it's a little bit like my life meets my life," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

    "It's good as well because I go back to basically where I started. I've never [been back], because I was always very busy and since I've been here in England we've played every three days basically throughout the whole season. I've been back to the city a few times but never to the stadium."

  42. No Forest 'fire sale' after embargo


    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has insisted the club's transfer embargo will not trigger a "fire sale" of players.

    Forest are one of three Championship clubs under embargo for the rest of the season for not meeting the Football League's Financial Fair Play Rules.

    Pearce said the embargo does not mean "doom and gloom" for Forest.

    "What's key to us at the moment is that any of our assets at this club stay here," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

  43. Thompson joins Leeds coaching staff


    Leeds United have named Huddersfield coach Steve Thompson as their new assistant head coach. The 50-year-old played alongside Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn when the pair were at Bolton Wanderers.

  44. Post update

    Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone on "Looking back from the weekend, I have no complaints with the red card watching the replay but it does look a lot worse than I thought.

    "I'm hoping I can use the two/three weeks of suspension to clear up a few niggling little injuries I've been playing with for a bit. I'll be in training all over Xmas also for the less intelligent people assuming I got Xmas etc off now"

    Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a late lunge on Felipe Luis in their 2-0 loss at Chelsea.

  45. Get involved


    Tel Boy: Wet, cold, curry and chips, Wednesday night, Goalless, Four-hour drive home...6am start at work the next day.

    Soccer Bob: Being 8-0 down to Arsenal at home to come back and win 9-8 with Lloris scoring a diving header from his own box in the 98th min.

    Adam Stubbings: Winning promotion at Wembley from the diving head of James Hayter, Leeds Utd 0-1 Little Donny Rovers.

  46. Happy Christmas


    A unique way from Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas to spread some Christmas cheer... Watch here.

  47. Djokovic and Williams win awards


    Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic

    In perhaps the least surprising news of the day, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

    Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men's prize - given out for performances across the season - for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years.

    Williams wins the award for the fifth time at the end of a campaign in which she won the US Open.

  48. Bulgaria return for Berbatov?


    Dimitar Berbatov

    New Bulgaria coach Ivaylo Petev will try to persuade striker Dimitar Berbatov to come out of international retirement to spearhead their Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

    The 33-year-old Monaco forward, who is his country's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, quit in 2010 and rebuffed previous coach Luboslav Penev's efforts to tempt him back.

    "I have the ambition to meet him and talk," Petev said. "We'll see what will happen."

  49. FA Cup highlights



    Now the FA Cup second round is over, why not watch all the highlights from every match? Click here to do just that.

  50. Howard keeps door open


    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, one of the heroes of the United States' World Cup campaign in Brazil, confirms his international career is on hold and not finished.

    Promoting his new book 'The Keeper', the 35-year-old tells BBC Breakfast: "It's just a short hiatus. I wanted to spend some time with my family. It's been a busy and long eight years. I needed a breather but I will be back. I can't wait."


    The Hull Daily Mail reports out-of favour striker Yannick Sagbo is on the hunt for a new club in January after falling well down the pecking order at Hull City.

    The 26-year-old, who is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this season, has been limited to the role of an unused substitute since arriving back from Wolves on loan at the KC Stadium on 14 November.

  52. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Mabz Rahman on Facebook: A thrashing handed out by Man Utd to Liverpool on the last day of the season which relegates Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool

    Chris Pinion: 84% possession to the Premier League team who fall to an 92nd-minute wonder strike from a 10-man non-league team.

    Dale Twigger: Just a win for Leicester would do.... Not much to ask for.

    What ingredients would you need for the perfect match? #myperfectgame.

  53. Armitage in the dock

    Rugby Union

    Former England full-back Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks for using foul and abusive language towards Leicester Tigers fans after the European Rugby Champions Cup match with Toulon.

    The French club are not best pleased - president Mourad Boudjellal has called the decision "incomprehensible" and said they may even sue the Leicester fans for their "false testimonies".

  54. European back pages

    Mundo Deportivo

    Spain newspaper Mundo Deportivo's headline reads "Love at First Sight" about Barcelona 18-year-old winger Adama Traore. He scored his first goal for the club against Huesca in the Copa Del Ray on Tuesday night. Perhaps the next on the production line?

  55. Lancs future 'secured' by Ashes Test


    Lancashire chief executive Daniel Gidney believes the county's financial future has been secured

    Old Trafford missed out on Ashes selection in 2015, despite England winning the 2013 series in Manchester.

    The ground has also been given a 2017 Test against South Africa and five 2019 World Cup games including a semi-final.

    "This completely underpins Lancashire financially for years to come," Gidney told BBC Radio Manchester. "An Ashes test, and let's not forget a World Cup, coming to Manchester is absolutely fantastic, it's huge for the region."

  56. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "I see @KP24 has been bashing it around. If England weren't in such fine form they could probably have used someone like him."

    Pietersen scored 66 off 46 balls for the Melbourne Stars in his first innings in this year's Big Bash in Australia. They did end up losing though.

  57. Top of the world?


    The December edition of the Fifa World Rankings has been released and there is no movement for England (13th), Wales (34th) and Scotland (36th). Northern Ireland drop a place to 48th.

    In fact, the entire top 20 remains unchanged, with world champions Germany top, ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands and Brazil.

  58. Down in the mumps

    Ice Hockey

    Sidney Crosby

    Sports teams are use to having a spate of injuries to ankles, knees and hamstrings but how many have had to deal with an outbreak of mumps in the NHL?

    Three Anaheim Ducks players have been confirmed as suffering from the highly-contagious disease - usually found in children - and since then at least four more teams have been affected.

    Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby has missed three games and has been joined in the sick bay by team-mate Beau Bennett, taking the total number of players affected to 15.

  59. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Rugby Union

    Bad news for England rugby fans.

    The Wasps second row Joe Launchbury will have surgery to decompress a nerve in his neck.

    He is expected to be out for another three-to-four months and will miss the Six Nations.

  60. Ashes decision disappoints Hampshire


    Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove says the decision not to allow the club to stage an Ashes Test in 2019 may force him to rethink his role.

    The Ageas Bowl remains the only Test ground in England yet to stage an Ashes match against Australia.

    "I need to decide whether I hang in for another round and see if we can get one next time," said Bransgrove, who had been planning to take more of a "back-seat role" if the ground had been chosen for 2019, having overseen a £38.5m redevelopment.

  61. Paying the penalty



    Twenty minutes. Thirty-two penalties. Five misses. One winner.

    League One side Scunthorpe went the distance before eventually beating non-league Worcester City 14-13 on penalties to set an FA Cup record on Wednesday night. Watch video here.

    Incredibly it was the second shootout to see 27 successful attempts this season - but it still had some way to go to beat the longest on record.

    Have a look here at some other marathon shootouts.

  62. Heeley 'proud' of defeated Worcester


    Worcester City manager Carl Heeley says he is "ecstatic" with his Conference North team, despite their FA Cup penalty shootout defeat by Scunthorpe United on Wednesday.

    After their second-round replay ended 1-1, Worcester lost 14-13 in the longest shootout in FA Cup history.

    "It feels like a cruel game at the moment but I'm actually ecstatic," Heeley told BBC Hereford & Worcester. "I'm proud of all the players and the staff. There is no shame in what this football club has done in this run."

    Got 100 seconds to spare? Watch all 32 penalties again here.

  63. Post update

    Sam Allardyce and Peter Reid

    Spotters' badge to the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman, who has brought this startling picture of Sam Allardyce and Peter Reid to our attention...

  64. Get involved


    Kristian Johnson: Champions League Final, Ataturk Stadium, 25th May 2005 #MyPerfectGame.

    Scott Clark: #myperfectgame injury time goal from keeper, outfield players going in goal, penalties going round again, dog on pitch, #classic #cliches.

    Nathan Wake: United 4 City 3, Michael Owen in the 96th minute. The look on Mark Hughes' face, priceless.

    What ingredients would you need to make the perfect football match? A worldy of a winning goal? An on-field brawl? A goalkeeperinmg scoring the goal? Let us know.

  65. Women to make bobsleigh history


    Elana Meyers-Taylor and Kaillie Humphries

    Canadian Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and USA's Elana Meyers Taylor will become the first women to compete in a four-man bobsleigh World Cup event in Calgary, Canada, this weekend.

    Women were approved to enter the competition for the first time just weeks before the start of the season.

    Humphries and Meyers Taylor qualified for the World Cup circuit by competing in three different second-tier events.

  66. Sterling should stay at Anfield - Barnes


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Liverpool winger John Barnes says Raheem Sterling should stay at Anfield for the next few years to develop his career.

    The attacker, who scored twice against Bournemouth on Wednesday, has been linked with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. "It is equally important for Raheem Sterling to stay at Liverpool as it is for Liverpool to keep him," said Barnes.

  67. Hair raising


    Baily Cargill

    Here's a bizarre one for you...

    Bournemouth's 19-year-old defender Baily Cargill was playing against Liverpool in the League Cup on Wednesday when a chunk of his hair appeared to fly off. Extraordinary scenes.

    If the rogue strands were, as it seems, hair extensions, let's hope the young man has taken pelters in the dressing room...

  68. Post update

    Danny Fox

    Nottingham Post's Forest writer Paul Taylor on Twitter: Danny Fox has dyed his beard yellow in aid of charity...

    Abel Xavier anyone?

  69. Daily Podcast

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Stuck for something to listen to? Why not give BBC Radio 5 live's daily podcast a go?

    Liverpool get back to winning ways after beating Bournemouth 3-1. Newcastle get hammered by Spurs, meaning they'll have to focus on the FA Cup if they are to win their first major trophy since 1955. We hear from Liverpool fans who believe they're back on track and some Newcastle fans who feel that Pardew's side are back on the slide.

    Listen here.

  70. Don't call me the manager - Poyet


    Trouble at Sunderland?

    Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has suggested he isn't the manager when it comes to the club's recruitment policy.

    "I want more quality. Do I think I'll get it? I don't know," he told several national newspapers. "I am a head coach. I am not going to be a head coach when it suits people and a manager when it doesn't. That side of it is down to recruitment.

    "So, if you ever get the chance to speak to anyone on the recruitment side and ask them about it, you are lucky. If you don't, don't ask me."

  71. On this day...


    Tom Cribb

    Here's a curio for you... on this day in 1810, Championship belts were introduced in boxing when bare-knuckle fighter Tom Cribb was given one after beating Tom Molineaux at Copthall Common. King George III presented the belt.

  72. Wycombe's Doherty forced to retire


    Wycombe Wanderers and former Republic of Ireland defender Gary Doherty has been forced to retire at the age of 34 because of a knee injury.

    His 17-year career spanned 501 games for Luton Town, Tottenham, Norwich City, Charlton and Wycombe, and he also won 34 caps for his country.

    "You always hope you'll be able to retire in your own time when it's right for you, but injury has forced my hand and it's one of those things you have to deal with," he said.

  73. Bolton's Clayton out for six months


    Bolton Wanderers striker Max Clayton has been ruled out for up to six months after surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

    The 20-year-old is the second striker Wanderers have lost this week following Joe Mason's hamstring tear.

    Meanwhile, manager Neil Lennon has confirmed they will further assess former England striker Emile Heskey, who is on trial at the club, on Monday when he plays in a Under-21 match.

  74. Going away, Jose?

    The Sunderland Echo report French club Lille have Black Cats striker Jozy Altidore on a list of January targets - but are unlikely to move for him unless a loan deal is sanctioned.

    They report Altidore's Sunderland future remains in question after his run of more than 12 months without a Premier League goal and that the club are looking at Burnley frontman Danny Ings as a potential replacement.

    Anyone for Jozy? I suggest they don't watch his miss against West Ham last weekend...

  75. Dan Walker's Tuesday Team News

    Team news

    Dan Walker's Christmas themed Tuesday Team News has dropped and it has to be said there are some pretty special contributions from you guys this week.

    The above make my Noel Hunt suggestion seem pretty tame. Although can you get away with more than 11 players?

  76. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Sean Field on Facebook: An evening game on a misty November evening, the sight of the floodlights as you approach then heartfelt, respectful and witty banter between the fans. Football is almost incidental.

    William Ogala: A 3-4 thriller. With the away team delivering a last-minute sucker punch.

    Damian Fenton: A referee with a back bone.

    What would you need to make the perfect football match? Let us know your ingredients on Twitter via #myperfectgame, text 81111, or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  77. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Tomorrow's vote by Fifa executives on whether to release Michael Garcia's World Cup corruption inquiry report could be a closer-run affair than previously expected.

    "That's the view of senior Fifa officials who believe Garcia's resignation could prompt several executives, who would have voted against the proposal, to now back the release of a redacted version of the American lawyer's findings.

    "Sources close to Fifa's leadership have told BBC Sport that many executives who weren't party to the December 2010 vote to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar increasingly feel tainted by association with the decision.

    "That could prompt some to vote in favour of the proposal, put forward by the former German FA president Theo Zwanziger."

  78. Happy birthday


    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

    Happy birthday to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the three-time French Open winner and twice runner-up at Wimbledon, who is 43 today.

    Also celebrating are former Inter Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca (48), ex-Valencia and Spain custodian Santiago Canizares (45) and London 2012 Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead (26).

  79. Newcastle consider emergency loan


    Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will speak to the Premier League about the possibility of signing a goalkeeper on emergency loan before Sunday's derby against Sunderland.

    Third-choice keeper Jak Alnwick, 21, injured his shoulder at Tottenham. And, with Tim Krul and his deputy Rob Elliot both already injured, that would leave just Freddie Woodman, 17, available to Pardew.

    "There is no way that a 17-year-old should be allowed to go in goal at Premier League level," he said.

  80. I'll be back soon - Ozil


    Mesut Ozil

    Mesut Ozil has told Arsenal's website that "it won't be too much longer" before he returns from a knee injury.

    The 26-year-old German playmaker has not played since his side's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on 5 October.

    "I am working every day to get myself fit and I am on the right path now. It won't be too much longer before I am back on the pitch," Ozil said. "I hope to be back training with the whole team again as soon as possible."

  81. Post update


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Bradley Wiggins

    "When I was 17, I rode from London to Rye on the south coast on Christmas Day where the family were staying at Pontins. They drove and I rode the 86 miles."

    That line came from Sir Bradley Wiggins, who has been speaking to former Great Britain team-mate Victoria Pendleton about the psychology behind his rise to the top.

    Listen to the BBC Radio 5 live special - Mind of a Cyclist - on Thursday evening at 20:00 GMT.

  82. Get involved


    Anukram Adhikary: A 10-0 win for #ArsenalFC against the team of Jose Mourinho's ("Apprentice in Failure").

    Ian Ogilvie JFT96: Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Dennis Bergkamp, Alan Shearer & 2 dodgy defences. #alloutattack #myperfectgame

    Umar Bappah: "Arsenal from behind lead at Chelsea and what a strike from Walcott" my first game as a gunner and we won 5-3.

    What would you need to make the perfect football match? Let us know your ingredients on Twitter via #myperfectgame, text 81111, or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  83. Knock, knock...


    Kevin Pietersen

    A little bit of news coming in from Australia... Kevin Pietersen has just scored 66 off 46 balls for the Melbourne Stars in his first innings in this year's Big Bash.

  84. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    And that's all from Big Sam for this morning. The next couple of cabs off the rank are Burnley's Sean Dyche (13:15 GMT) and Aston Villa's Paul Lambert (13:30 GMT)

  85. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    Allardyce also confirms that Mark Noble will be unavailable this weekend, but should return next week.

  86. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    Allardyce on Leicester: "I watched the Man City game last week and Nigel Pearson's team has many dangers which we have to be aware of."

  87. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    Sam Allardyce

    "We're looking forward to Leicester, then two London derbies. There will be fatigue, there will be injuries so we will have to rotate the team. It's just play, recover, play, recover. But Leicester, for me, is the most important game of the season."

  88. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    Sam Allardyce on West Ham's strong start to the campaign: "We've got to keep the shape of our season as high as it is at the moment. We've achieved great things in our first 16 games and are looking forward to the Christmas games, even if it is a strenuous period."

  89. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    Good news. Big Sam finally has settled into his seat...

  90. West Ham news conference

    We are still waiting for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce by the way... It had better be worth it.

  91. Howard's way

    Goalkeeper Tim Howard tells BBC Breakfast how he has been able to forge a successful career with Manchester United and Everton, despite suffering from Tourette's Syndrome.

    He said: "Growing up as a young kid in New Jersey I started having these tics and twitches. They didn't know what it was but I went to the doctor and they found out it was Tourette's syndrome.

    "Since then I have been able to cope with it and deal with it and through football I have this incredible global stage to help raise awareness.

    "I have the ability to concentrate on something else - the environment, the ball, the crowd, other players - which means I don't concentrate on the tics."

  92. Racing Metro get Carter

    Rugby Union

    Dan Carter

    World rugby's leading points scorer Dan Carter will end his international career after the 2015 World Cup to become the sport's highest-paid player.

    The 32-year-old New Zealand fly-half will reportedly earn 1.5m euros (£1.2m) per year with French side Racing Metro on a three-year contract. It effectively brings an end to his All Black career as New Zealand do not select those playing overseas.


    We know how much you love gossip. So here is a bit more from today's newspapers.

    Daily Telegraph: Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner's future at Etihad Stadium is in doubt as he stalls on a new contract.

    Daily Mirror: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, claims the current team could become the best in the club's history.

    Daily Mail: Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26, has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists.

  94. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    Carlton Cole

    While we wait for Sam Allardyce to appear, here's what out of favour West Ham striker Carlton Cole had to say about his manager in today's London Evening Standard: "What would happen if I went knocking on the gaffer's door? He would probably try and knock me out!"

  95. Whitticase leaves Leicestershire


    Former director of cricket Phil Whitticase's 31-year association with Leicestershire has come to an end after the club's coaching restructure.

    The 49-year-old was "technically made redundant" following the backroom reshuffle in October, but the club have only now confirmed his departure.

    Ex-Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald was named Leicestershire's new head coach last month.

  96. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Mark Lock on Facebook: No Corruption, No Diving, a last minute winner between two evenly matched teams

    Fyabupie Katolora Mwanyongo: Flair, beautiful runs, beautiful goals, super goal short, any football match involving Man Utd!

    Daniel Goddard: Travelling 200 miles to watch a 0-0 on boxing day.

    What would you need to make the perfect football match? Let us know your ingredients on Twitter via #myperfectgame, text 81111, or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  97. West Ham news conference

    West Ham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

    sAM Allardyce

    We will be hearing from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce shortly ahead of their home Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday.

  98. Crystal Palace news conference

    Manchester City v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Everyone seems to up and at it early today, with Crystal Palace's press conference coming to a conclusion before the morning coffee has even brewed.

    Nuggets from manager Neil Warnock are that:

    • Adrian Mariappa and Jonny Williams are back in training, but Marouane Chamakh will be sidelined for a least a few more weeks.
    • The club hope to conclude contract talks with Joel Ward by Christmas.
    • Palace will go to Manchester City this weekend without any fear after good results against Swansea and Tottenham. "We're playing some good stuff and on our day we can beat anybody," said Warnock.
  99. Everton boss Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez: I am very excited abut the second half of the season because I can see something special.

    That is all from Roberto for the morning.

  100. Everton news conference

    Southampton v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    More from Everton boss Roberto Martinez: In the league we knew we dropped points and we are to blame for that. The league will be decided in the last eight games of the season and we are trying to get as many points for that period to see how far we can go. We can beat anyone.

    "I don't assess Southampton in their current moment of form. I assess them over what they have done all season. They are a joy to watch. They are based on attacking football and full of flair. I really like watching Southampton and they are a team who can compete for the top six.

    "I know how good Ronald Koeman is as a manager. His football influence is unique and huge."

  101. Everton news conference

    Southampton v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez: Ross Barkley can master a few roles. He is getting ready to play different positions. The bigger the ground Ross has to cover the more effective he has to get. I am very happy the way he is performing in that number 10 role.

    "I was happy with how he controlled the game in the deeper role, though, and his tactical awareness."

  102. Everton news conference

    Southampton v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Steven Naismith signing a new contract:

    "He is in the best moment of his career and he is only going to get better. It is incredible news for us."

  103. Everton news conference

    Southampton v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "We have great news. We were very worried about Kevin Mirallas because we felt the ankle had definite damage but it is the least it could be. He is a quick healer so I don't expect him to be out for too long.

    "Leon Osman has been receiving treatment. He is a real doubt for Saturday but I don't expect him to be out too long either."

  104. Everton news conference

    Roberto Martinez's news conference has just started. We will bring you what he has to say.

  105. In the papers


    The Manchester Evening News has the first picture of boxer Anthony Crolla from his hospital bed.

    The 28-year-old suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a concrete slab as he confronted burglars. His girlfriend Fran Sanderson, who remains at his bedside, told the Manchester Evening News he did what anybody would do.


    They may not have made the back page, but here are some of the other stories making the gossip columns in the newspapers this morning.

    Daily Express: Roma's former England defender Ashley Cole, 33, has dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

    Daily Mail: But Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has confirmed his interest in signing Cole.

    Talksport: Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 25, has attracted interest from Italian club Atalanta.

  107. Exeter Chiefs trio sign new deals

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs have agreed contract extensions with Will Chudley, Matt Jess and Don Armand.

    Winger Jess and scrum-half Chudley have signed until the summer of 2018 and back-row Armand until 2017.

    "I think keeping a group of players together who have been playing well is probably at the core of what we have done over quite a long time," said head coach Rob Baxter.

  108. Get involved


    What would you need to make the perfect football match? Let us know your ingredients on Twitter via #myperfectgame, text 81111, or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

    Gary Stockbridge: #myperfectgame how about a rabona from halfway line to equalize in the last minute against your rivals, then winning 14-13 on pens?

    Tough way to lose though Gary...

  109. Coming up

    As I mentioned earlier, we have a lot of Premier League news conferences to cover today. Here is a quick run down of who is on when - although it has been known for these times to change...

    Everton (0900) ; Crystal Palace (0915); West Ham (0930); Burnley (1315); Aston Villa (1330); Hull (1400); Southampton (1400); Swansea (1400); West Brom (1400); Leicester (1430); Stoke (1430)

    Plenty to be going on with there.

  110. Back pages

    The Sun

    Not strictly a back page, in fact it is on the front, but the Sun has claimed Roy Keane blames Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverly for stories alleging he had a row with Villa's players before leaving as assistant manager. According to them, Keane paid Cleverley a visit.

  111. Back pages

    The Times

    The Times also headlines on Liverpool's League Cup win, suggesting the victory over Bournemouth has eased the pressure on Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal at the weekend though Brendan...

  112. Back pages

    Daily Telegraph

    No surprise to see Raheem Sterling's youthful face on the back of many of today's newspapers. The winger scored twice as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-1 to ease into the League Cup semi-final. A little bit of pressure off boss Brendan Rodgers perhaps?

    Daily Star
  113. Back pages

    Daily Mirror

    Here comes the January transfer window. The Daily Mirror leads this morning with claims that Southampton are attempting to sign Galatasaray's Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

  114. Back pages


    Now, as is customary, we start the day with a flick through the morning's back pages.

  115. Get involved


    On that subject, let's get going.

    Our first debate has to be about that record penalty shootout in the FA Cup last night. Scunthorpe United beat Worcester City 14-13 in the competition's longest ever shootout. The match, which finished 1-1, also had 54 chances to result in a match to remember.

    So what would you need to make the perfect football match? A Rabona from the halfway line? A last-minute winner against your rivals? Four sending offs? Let us know your ingredients on Twitter via #myperfectgame, text 81111, or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  116. Post update

    There will be plenty of reaction from last night's League Cup quarter-finals as Liverpool and Tottenham join Chelsea and Sheffield United in the last four.

    Worcester City's incredible 14-13 penalty shoot out defeat to Scunthorpe in the FA Cup second replay will also be at the centre of our thoughts, along with all the latest coming from world governing body Fifa as key figures meet in Marrakech.

    We will also keep you updated with all the best from social media as well as engaging your good selves in sporting debate. We can't do all the work...

  117. Post update

    Christmas tree

    Not long now. We are entering the panic-buying stage of Christmas where last-minute gifts are being bought and people are watching the clock at work, waiting for the festive period break. Soon, we will be eating too much, drinking plenty and watching rubbish seasonal films.

    We aren't quite there yet though and to get you through the final days, what better place to do it than Sportsday Live? There is no winding down here as we keep you across 11 Premier League news conferences, bring you all the FA Cup and League Cup reaction as well at covering every bit of breaking sports news.

    Sit back and enjoy. The time will fly.