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Live Reporting

Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and goodnight

    That is all from us here at Sportsday. Over on our football desk, the boys are just getting started with their coverage of the Capital One Cup, which you can follow here.

    Sportsday will return tomorrow at 08:00 GMT.

  2. League Cup quarter-final draw


    Don't forget, after tonight's Capital One Cup games the draw for the next round will be made. Here are the numbers you need to know...

  3. Klopp gives kids opportunity

    Liverpool v Bournemouth (19:45 GMT)

    The Liverpool Echo are reporting that Jurgen Klopp will give debut starts to three youngsters against Bournemouth.

    Right-back Connor Randall, 20, and midfielders Cameron Brannagan, 19, and Joao Carlos Teixeira, 22, are all expected to be in the XI at Anfield.

  4. Up for the cup

    Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

  5. Happy memories

    Manchester City v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Emma Jones

    BBC London

    The last time Crystal Palace won away at Manchester City was 1990, when current Eagles manager Alan Pardew was a player at the club. 

    But it took a late goal for City to win a closely-contested league meeting between the two teams this season at Selhurst Park. 

    And while Palace go into this match following consecutive league defeats, they have been playing the kind of football this season that might make them believe they can win at the Etihad, especially with the hosts missing some big players. 

    You can listen to commentary of the only capital club left in the competition on BBC Radio London 94.9 FM.

  6. MacDonald takes control

    Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Kevin MacDonald

    With the club's hierarchy apparently preoccupied with sifting through CVs of French coaches, one of the Aston Villa's most dependable characters, Kevin MacDonald, takes the squad to Southampton later on Wednesday.

    The Scot has been caretaker manager before, and there was a brief point in history when a number of Villa fans thought he was worthy of the job full-time. He can count on the enthusiastic backing of Villa supporters for as long as he is left minding the shop. 

    Whether he will choose to rotate a team that seems to have been in rotation almost every week so far this season remains to be seen.

  7. Renewed determination

    Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

    Adam Blackmore

    BBC Radio Solent sports editor


    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has stated he wants to repay the fans at a sold-out St Mary's by putting in a strong performance and by fielding a strong side against Villa. 

    Last season they suffered the low-point of their campaign in this competition, when losing in the quarter-finals to Sheffield United. This time around the club have stated their aim is to do well in the domestic cups, and that desire has only been heightened by their disappointing exit from the Europa League. 

    They head into the tie on a five-match unbeaten run, and they are starting to find some consistency in their performances after a difficult first month to the campaign.

  8. Football

    Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

  9. Heavy schedule

    Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United named a full strength side for their win over Ipswich in the last round of the League Cup, but with Wednesday's tie with Middlesbrough the fourth of seven games in 22 days, Louis van Gaal may take the opportunity to give some key players a rest.

    Right-back Antonio Valencia will miss the game with a foot injury, while Ashley Young and James Wilson will hope to feature after injury and illness respectively.

    Middlesbrough will not fear the tie though - they won at Manchester City in the FA Cup last season.

  10. Selection dilemma

    Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

    Paul Addison

    BBC Radio Tees

    Middlesbrough head to Old Trafford in good spirits and with nothing to lose.

    There will be 10,000 fans cheering them on and it will be interesting to see Aitor Karanka’s team selection. He is without Cristhian Stuani and Albert Adomah through injury while Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter are both one booking away from a ban.

    Karanka has used the League Cup run so far to rest some of his regulars. The priority is promotion to the Premier League and, with Championship home matches against Charlton Athletic and Rotherham United coming up, he needs to get the balance right.

  11. Magnificent support

    Man Utd v Middlesbrough (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    A very pertinent tweet from the Daily Telegraph football writer Mark Ogden.

  12. Ready to go

    Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

  13. Capital One Cup action


    There is another night of League Cup action tonight, with both Liverpool and Manchester City involved. Here are a couple of stats from Opta to get you in the mood...

  14. Van Gaal wants pace in January


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal's hinted he may return to the transfer market in January to add more pace and creativity to his squad.

    "I have said that we need creative, speedy players in attack. You have seen which players I have bought; I like that profile, but we need more," he said.

    The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss also says United are still a big attraction to top talent.

    "I think that all the players I want do want to come. It is not a question of the players, it is a question of the clubs who are stopping them."

  15. Nice touch


  16. Terrific trio


    How about this for an anniversary?

  17. Cellino appeal


    Massimo Cellino

    One addition to the news we brought you a little while ago regarding Leeds owner Massimo Cellino lodging an appeal against his Football League ban.

    BBC Radio Leeds' Adam Pope has spoken to the League, who have informed him that Cellino has applied for ban to be stayed until end of appeal process, ie. a request to allow him to remain in charge until his appeal is decided upon.

    What they have not confirmed yet is if that “stay” has been granted.

    Cellino says he hopes he can stay in charge until the appeal for "the sake of the club".

  18. Blues will stay focused - Kuszczak


    Tomasz Kuszczak

    Birmingham City should not see the end of their winning run as too much of a setback as far as their Championship promotion ambitions are concerned, says goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

    Sixth-placed Blues had won four games in a row before losing 2-0 at Hull on Saturday, but are still only one point off second place. 

    "We are still in good form and very focused," Kusczcak, 33, told BBC WM. 

    "There are many games to go and if we keep working like we are we'll be in a very good position."

  19. South Africa team

    Rugby Union

    South Africa have named their side for their third-place play-off against Argentina in the World Cup...

  20. Cellino lodges appeal


    Massimo Cellino

    The Football League have confirmed that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has appealed against his recent disqualification under the League's Owners' and Directors' Test.

    They say "the appeal will be heard in due course".

    Italian Cellino was banned after being found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT in June.

  21. Australia will be 'a headache'

    Rugby Union


    New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu fears back-rowers David Pocock and Michael Hooper will give Australia the edge in the breakdown in the World Cup final.

    Lomu believes the All Blacks' ability to nullify Australia's two breakdown specialists will determine the outcome.

    "If there's any team who can give New Zealand a run for their money it's Australia because they're the only team to beat them this year," said Lomu.

    "Australia's speed into the breakdown will give the All Blacks a headache."

  22. Jones to retire at 28

    Rugby Union


    Munster and Ireland full-back Felix Jones has been forced to retire aged just 28 after a neck injury.

    Munster confirmed Jones was advised to retire from the sport after a neck problem suffered in the 23-21 Pro12 clash win over Glasgow Warriors on 2 October.

    Jones made 90 Munster appearances and won 13 Ireland caps, missing the final selection cut ahead of the World Cup.

    "It is still unthinkable to believe I will never play another game of rugby," said Jones.

  23. Big blow for Quinn



    Stephen Quinn will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina on 13 and 16 November because of a knee injury.

    The Reading midfielder was not included in Republic manager Martin O'Neill's provisional 39-man squad for the games.

    The squad will be trimmed ahead of the group meeting on 9 November.

    Uncapped trio Alan Judge, Eunan O'Kane and Adam Rooney are included, as is Stoke City striker Jon Walters, who is suspended for the first game.

  24. Three weeks out for Arsenal pair


    Theo Walcott (right)

    On top of being knocked out of the Capital One Cup at Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal suffered a couple of unwanted injury blows at Hillsborough last night. An update to this is that forward Theo Walcott and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to miss the club’s next three games.

    Early indications are that Walcott’s injury is slightly worse than Oxlade-Chamberlain’s, but both are set to miss Saturday’s trip to Swansea, Wednesday’s game at Bayern Munich and the visit of Tottenham on 8 November.

    There is then an international break, when England play friendlies in Spain on 13 November and at home to France four days later.

  25. Early request for cash

    Formula 1


    The Force India team have requested an advance on their 2016 championship money to help tide them through the winter and pay suppliers.

    Deputy team principal Bob Fernley told Reuters the request was for a payment similar to the one Force India received from  Bernie Ecclestone before the start of this season

    "The only difference between what we did at the beginning of this year and what we are planning for 2016 is just bringing it forward a month or so earlier to cash-flow it better," Fernley said.

  26. Happy birthday

    Formula 1

    He's doing well for 85...

  27. Strictly for fun...


    Richard Winton

    BBC Sport

    Safe to say that several members of the British rowing team are taking pelters from the rest after this...

    George Nash, Will Satch, Paul Bennett, Tom Ransley, Matt Langridge, Oli Cook, Scott Durant and Matt Gotrel took a break from training to have a bit of fun with a Strictly Come Dancing-inspired routine.

    Have a look at the results here...

  28. Nakhid missing one nomination


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    David Nakhid

    David Nakhid’s candidacy for the Fifa presidency has been invalidated due to the fact he only received four valid football association nominations. Candidates require five.

    It is understood that one national association nominated both Nakhid and another candidate. Under the election rules that would invalidate the nomination.

    Nakhid’s camp are believed to be writing to Domenico Scala today to demand an explanation and receive further clarity as to how and why he has been barred from running.

    How do you forget you have already nominated someone?

  29. Get Involved


    What is your team's Achilles heel?

    Milly Bailey: Our manager's outspokenness. Three points for the first person to guess who he is...

    Stefan Glosby: Liverpool's biggest Achilles heel is their history. It's been weighing them down for 25 years as they continue to fail in their pursuit of the title.

    Craig Murney: As a Celtic fan our achilles heal is playing Efe Ambrose.

  30. Injury prone



    Want to discover who are the 20 most injured players in the Premier League?

    Thanks to the Daily Telegraph you can.

    The paper has compiled which players have had the most knocks since 2010. Top of the list is a Manchester United player. 

  31. BreakingClean sweep for Britain

    IPC Athletics World Championships

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    Hannah Cockroft

    Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft led home a British 1-2-3 to win gold in the T34 800m in Doha.

    Cockroft, 23, beat team-mate Mel Nicholls into second with 14-year-old debutant Kare Adenegan third.

    It was the first clean sweep of the championships and gives Britain a ninth gold of the meeting.

    Earlier, Richard Whitehead equalled the 24.10 world record he set in the heats to retain his T42 200m crown.

  32. Test of knowledge


    Earlier on, we asked you...

    The answer? Charlton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Stoke.

  33. Poyet to complete AEK move?

    Football gossip

    Gus Poyet

    The Chronicle are reporting that former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has arrived in Greece to finalise a deal to take over at AEK Athens.

  34. Rush extends Derby stay


    Just to confirm, this is not a footballer...

  35. Paying the price


    BBC Surrey

    National League club Woking have made their entire playing squad available for loan.

    Manager Garry Hill informed his players of the decision following Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying-round 3-0 defeat by Maidenhead United.

    "Garry addressed all of the players and told them exactly where they stand," chairman Mike Smith told BBC Surrey. 

  36. How long will Mourinho be Chelsea manager?


    Jose Mourinho

    As you can see, the vote is now closed, with a 37% of you choosing “Let’s see where they are by 30 November.”

    A further 27% opted for “As long as he wants, he’s Jose Mourinho”, 18% went for “He’s got one more game”, 12% picked “Days, the man’s lost it” and 5% selected “Until his next post-match rant.”

  37. Higgins cruises to victory



    John Higgins has reached the quarter-finals of the International Championship with a one-sided 6-0 win over Shaun Murphy in Daqing.

    Murphy, seeded sixth, failed to get a point on the board in three frames, with 10th seed Higgins putting together a stylish break of 138 to take the fifth.

    Fifth seed Neil Robertson was almost as convincing in his victory over Graeme Dott, easing to a 6-1 success. 

  38. Get Involved


    What is your team's Achilles heel?

    Sheik Omar Wonder: Nigeria always losing to Argentina by a margin of one goal at World Cups, senior and underage competitions. 

    Ian Danton: As a Villa fan, Randy Lerner.

    Beth: Bournemouth playing a system which doesn't seem to work in the Premier League.

  39. Pothas nets new role


  40. Aubameyang not keen on England


    John Bennett

    BBC World Service

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says his next club will be La Liga, not the Premier League.

    The Bundesliga’s joint top scorer - who has netted 20 times in his last 17 games - has recently been linked with a move to Barcelona.

    "Maybe one day I'll leave to play in another league because my dream is to play in Spain," said the Gabon international told BBC World Service. 

    "The Premier League? Lots of people think that it would good for me but my Mum is Spanish and I really have that dream to play over there."

  41. Blatter's dream


    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter, responding to a question about the Fifa congress in February...

    "If God is with me, I do hope that I’ll be back as president of FIFA. Then I could at least conduct this congress. This is my dream."

  42. Bedene falls short



    British number two Aljaz Bedene has been knocked out of the Valencia straight sets.

    The 26-year-old, at a career-high ranking of 48, lost 6-3 6-4 to Canada's Vasek Pospisil.

    Bedene had beaten French eighth seed Jeremy Chardy 3-6 6-2 6-1 victory

  43. French connection for Villa


    Adam Bridge

    BBC WM

    All indications are that Villa Park could be about to witness its own French revolution.

    Remi Garde has been the bookies favourite to replace Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager since the weekend, but the availability of his desired backroom staff - who all recently signed new deals at Lyon - continues to stall any appointment.

    Remi Garde

    A new name has appeared on Wednesday, with St Etienne's Christopher Galtier being mentioned in dispatches. The 49-year-old has some Premier League experience, having been assistant manager at Portsmouth, but seems very much a fall-back option.

    We know the current Villa hierarchy have strong links to Arsenal and, with the recruitment of several French players in the summer, it is perhaps no surprise that their focus is firmly fixed on the other side of the English Channel.

  44. Get Involved


    What is your team's Achilles heel?

    Neil Whitear: Spurs' Achilles heel is selling our best players then waiting until last day of transfer window to replace them.

    Nicola Jade: Chelsea's Achilles heel? November. So its really comforting knowing its just around the corner.

    Louis: Arsenal's Achilles heel has got to be inconsistency. Form is temporary, long term output is permanent. 

  45. BreakingWhitehead retains title in Doha

    IPC Athletics World Championships

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    Britain's Richard Whitehead stormed to victory to retain his T42 200m title in Doha.

    The 39-year-old Paralympic champion had set a new world record time of 24.10 seconds on his way to reaching the final. And he was in superb form once again, storming away to equal that time with team-mate and Invictus Games hero Dave Henson seventh. 

    It is Britain's eighth gold of the meeting.

  46. Spot on


    Stoke celebrate beating Chelsea in a shoot-out on Tuesday

    There were three penalty shot-outs in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, with Stoke, Everton and Hull going through.

    But which club are the most successful in a competition from the spot? Well, the Daily Mail have done some digging with Opta and have answered the question for us. Brentford have won the most (14 out of 23 - one more than Liverpool), while Macclesfield have the best win % (having won all five of their shoot-outs).

  47. Medal prospects for Britain

    IPC Athletics World Championships

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

    It's a busy night in Doha, with three of the heroes of London 2012 in action.

    Richard Whitehead goes shortly in the T42 200m final, while Hannah Cockroft is in the T54 800m (1546 GMT) and Aled Davies is in action in the F42 discus (1727) hoping for his second gold of the week. He started the GB gold rush on the opening day of competition last Thursday.

  48. Dyke looks to reform


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    FA chairman Greg Dyke has arrived at Portcullis House to give evidence to Culture Media and Sport select committee.

    Asked for his reaction to Sepp Blatter's comments about the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - and whether Fifa's ethics committee should look into it further - he indicated that achieving overall reform at Fifa should be a greater priority for now.

  49. Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford?

    Football gossip

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney

    The Star are reportingthat Real Madrid's former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldohas agreed to play inWayne Rooney'stestimonial at Old Trafford on August 3. 

  50. Chelsea chasing Griezmann

    Football gossip

    Antone Griezmann

    Last season, Jose Mourinho suggested Eden Hazard was the third best player in the world. However, the Daily Mail report that the Blues are weighing up a move for a player who may well feel he has a stronger claim to that title now: 24-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

    That does not mean that Hazard will leave Stamford Bridge, though, with the paper adding that potential suitors Real Madrid and Barcelona are not interested.

  51. Happy birthday


    Well done to those of you who divined that Obafemi Martins is the former Newcastle and Birmingham player - now at Seattle Sounders in the US - who turned 31 on Wednesday. A straw poll around office went for older...


    Also celebrating are former Liverpool and Czech Republic striker Milan Baros (34), Notts County's former Leeds and Manchester United player Alan Smith (35) and former Tottenham goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt (53).

  52. Bidding process?


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Sepp Blatter

    A spokesman for Fifa's ethics committee investigatory chamber has told the BBC they are aware of Sepp Blatter's apparent admission that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were pre-ordained for Russia and USA.

    They say they are reading them with interest but have declined to comment further.

    The comments came from this interview with Russian news agency TASS, in which the Fifa president said: "In 2010, we had a discussion of the World Cup... it was agreed that we go to Russia because it's never been in eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers."

  53. Get Involved

    Sportsday vote


    You can vote on the right of this page if you're on a desktop computer, or by clicking the tab above if you're on mobile or tablet.

    The vote will close at 15:00 GMT.

  54. Trip down memory lane...


    In a 4-0 away win at Bolton, to be exact, a result which kept Sir Alex Ferguson's team at the top of the Premier League.

    It ended Bolton's best ever start to a Premier League season - they were third-top when they hosted United.

    United went on to win the title, Sam Allardyce's Bolton finished seventh.

  55. On this day...


  56. Hamilton fine about Cap-gate

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton says there is no need for talks following his clash with fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg at the United States Grand Prix - and the incident afterward when Rosberg threw a baseball cap at the new champ.

    The drivers touched at the start of Sunday's race in Austin, where Hamilton sealed a third World Championship.


    Team boss Toto Wolff said the incident would be discussed but Hamilton said: "There is no need. Everyone has a right to an opinion but it doesn't matter. I won the race."

    On the cap throwing incident, the Briton added: "I just threw it over to him. I literally said 'here you go, mate' and then it came back at me. The cap came past me and I'm like 'no problem'. I'm completely oblivious to it but I understand."

  57. Relive the moment



    Want to see how Great Britain's women won their first ever world team final medal? Course you do.

    You'll find the highlights here.

  58. Marin agrees to extradition



    Switzerland's justice ministry says 2014 World Cup organising head Jose Maria Marin of Brazil has agreed to be extradited to the United States in the Fifa bribery case.

    The Swiss ministry says Marin agreed to the US request at a hearing on Tuesday and "must be placed in the custody of a US police escort and taken to the USA within 10 days".

    The 83-year-old Marin was arrested on 27 May in a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich, two days before the Fifa presidential election.

  59. Get Involved


    What is your team's Achilles heel?

    AcBrook: West Ham's? The Christmas Period.

    Seefour: Man City's is self doubt. Never thinking they are good enough and then playing as such.

    ScillaciRam: January for The Rams, after that our season heads straight to the scene of the accident.

  60. Mets lose marathon opener



    The Kansas City Royals came from behind to secure a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets in a dramatic opening game of the seven-match World Series.

    Played over five hours and nine minutes, the match was the longest ever World Series game one.

    It was also the joint longest ever World Series match by inning, tying with Boston's victory over Brooklyn in game two of the 1916 edition and the Chicago White Sox's triumph at Houston in game three in 2005.

  61. Thrilling finale


    BBC Radio 5 Live


    Three of Tuesday's four League Cup ties went to penalties and BBC Radio 5 live covered all three shootouts as they happened. 

    You can listen to the exciting denouement here

  62. Cellino to appeal against Football League ban


    Massimo Cellino

    Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino will submit his appeal against his Football League ban today.

    The Italian has been disqualified under the owners' and directors' test after being found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT in June.

    Cellino had until today to submit his appeal against his second ban in a year. If he is unsuccessful, it is likely he will be banned until June 2016.

  63. Dagenham complete signing


    Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Portsmouth midfielder James Dunne on loan.

    A handful of League Two clubs are thought to have expressed an interest in borrowing Dunne, who has featured only once under new Pompey manager Paul Cook.

  64. Swift move


  65. Lomu fears Aussie pair

    Rugby Union

    Jonah Lomu in action in 1995

    If anyone knows about making the difference in a game of rugby, it is New Zealand great Jonah Lomu. And he fears David Pocock and Michael Hooper will give Australia a critical edge at the breakdown in Saturday's World Cup final.

    "If there's any team who can give New Zealand a run for their money then it's Australia because they're the only team to have beaten them this year," Lomu said. 

    "The difference at the moment is that New Zealand only have Richie McCaw in their back row, while Australia have Hooper and Pocock working together. Their speed into the breakdown will give the All Blacks a real headache. It will be interesting to see how they deal with that."

  66. Weir out of NY marathon


    David Weir

    David Weir has pulled out of the New York Marathon on Sunday due to a stomach bug. 

    The wheelchair racer, who picked up the illness in the days leading up to the 5000 metres final at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha on Monday, said: "Wearing the British vest is something I do with pride, and I wanted to give it my all despite the way I had been feeling in the build-up and indeed during the race. 

    "I'm now going to take a bit of time off before getting another strong winter season under my belt, which will put me in the best possible position to challenge for the medals in Rio [at the Paralympics] next year."

  67. Does it get any better?


    What a 24 hours for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan. First putting Arsenal to the sword, now this.

  68. Getting on with it

    Rugby Union


    On the back of Wales coach Warren Gatland blocking Taulupe Faletau's proposed move from Newport Gwent Dragons to Bath...

    The Dragons had sought to release the the 24-year-old forward, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2016.

    Under the funding agreement for Welsh domestic rugby, Gatland has to sanction international players moving outside Wales.

  69. Get Involved


    What is you team's Achilles heel?

    Chris Gurrell: Scoring after conceding #LFC

    Ricky Hunter: As a Premier league fan - to many foreigners at clubs, its ruining youth football, bring bk the 3 foreigner rule. Give the youngsters a chance. England fan.

    RG27: Literally everything.

    Dearie me, cheer up...

  70. Ansari recovery continues



    Zafar Ansari is to miss the start of England's Performance Programme this winter as he continues his recovery from a broken thumb. 

    The 23-year-old all-rounder suffered the injury last month, fielding for Surrey against Lancashire, within hours of being called up for his maiden Test tour - England's trip to the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan.

    National selector James Whitaker says the thumb on left-arm orthodox Ansari's bowling hand has not healed sufficiently yet for him to take his place on the batting and spin camp in the UAE as initially scheduled on 11 November.

  71. Please stay, boss



    Loic Remy wants Jose Mourinho to stay at Stamford Bridge and backed the Chelsea boss to lead the Blues to a top-four finish.

    Remy told the London Evening Standard: "It's important for him to stay and we don't want to give up.

    "We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don't want him to leave. I think all the players don't want that.

    "The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation. We will just keep training well. I'm sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner."

  72. Get Involved


    What is your team's Achilles heel?

    Ian Batten: The chairman: buying players with potential rather than talent (Spurs fan).  

    Damien Hill: Arsenal's Achilles heel? Any team in the top 4...  

    Duke Silver: Tim Howard

    Everton fan, Duke?

  73. Gone fishing


    Golf ball

    How much do you think you can make from collecting golf balls from the bottom of a lake? Couple of hundred quid? Try $15m. This is the figure that American Glenn Berger claims he has made from fishing balls out of the water at Florida courses.

    Berger sells the balls at $1 a go and claims to retrieve “between 1.3 and 1.7 million golf balls per year”. That is a lot of balls. And it is quite a testimony to the standard of the average Florida golfer.

    You can read the full story at

  74. On this day...


    Tony Adams

    In 2008, Tony Adams was named the new manager of Portsmouth. He parted company with the club the following February.

  75. Making a stance


    Getting to the first round of the FA Cup doesn't seem to be proving a particularly joyous experience for FC United.

    The club is involved in a row with the FA, who have ordered United to play their tie against Chesterfield on a Monday.


    "Monday is a working day as is the following day and Monday night football is a TV invention," say the club, among many other things in a lengthy statement on their website.

    FC United are also unhappy about being ordered to charge a minimum ticket price of £10. "FC United’s usual price is £9. If the minimum adult price of £10 is applied, FC United will be issuing a £1 voucher to all adult ticket holders that they can spend on food and drink or merchandise at the ground," the statement added.

    An admirable stance (even though the FA won't be having any of it) - read the full statement here.

  76. FA Cup first round

    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport presenter

    Our first live game of the 2015 FA Cup will be... Salford City v Notts County. See you at Moor Lane next Friday...  

    Read the full story here

  77. All change at Leicestershire


    Long-serving coaches Lloyd Tennant and Ben Smith have left Leicestershire following a restructure of the back-room staff at the LV County Championship Division Two club. 

  78. McIlroy almost back to his best



    Former world number one Rory McIlroy believes he is close to full fitness as he seeks to end an injury-disrupted season in style by claiming a third Race to Dubai title.

    McIlroy ruptured a ligament in his left ankle during a game of football with friends in July, ruling him out of the the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles.

    "I'm more concerned about form than fitness at this point. My fitness is totally fine," McIlroy said. "I'm pretty much back to where I need to be. 

    "So I'm trying to get my game back into the shape that I know that I can and I feel like I've made a few steps in the right direction."

  79. Question time


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Today's teaser... Chelsea have lost all five of their penalty shootouts under Jose Mourinho, which five teams have beaten them?

    Ooo, a tester. Answers later in the day.

  80. 'Mourinho is not the problem'


    This scathing piece (subscription required) digs deeper into the current situation at Chelsea and doesn't take any prisoners...

    Roman Abramovich
    Quote Message: It has been said that the antics of Jose Mourinho this season have brought shame upon Chelsea and their owner, Roman Abramovich. But let’s be frank: Mourinho couldn’t bring shame upon the Russian oligarch if he turned up to Stamford Bridge dressed in drag, proceeded to insult every football referee in history and then sacked 20 of the medical staff before breakfast. from Matthew Syed The Times
    Matthew SyedThe Times
  81. Time running out?


  82. Get Involved - Your teams Achilles heel


    With Chelsea having lost all five of their penalty shootouts under Jose Mourinho's management, we want you to tell us...

    What is your team's historic Achilles heel?

    Oli Cusworth: Massimo Cellino.

    Daniel Hyde: Sheffield United's Achilles heel: League 1.  

    Craig Spittle: As a Forest fan it's Walsall. And our owner. Oh and the oppressive burden of history on our shoulders.  

  83. Today's vote

    Mourinho's Chelsea shelf-life

    Jose Mourinho

    For how much longer will Jose Mourinho be Chelsea’s manager?

    Our vote is now open and you can have your say. On desktops, the vote is just to the right of the page. On mobiles, you can access if via the tab at the top.

  84. Just rewards


    Until recently, the only thing Wallsend Boys’ Club could take from seeing former junior player Fraser Forster turn out in the Premier League and for England is pride. However, thanks to John Devine, partner and head of sport at law firm Muckle LLP, they now have some money to show for their efforts in helping Forster on the way to stardom.

    Fraser Forster

    Devine has spent a year working to secure funds each club is entitled through FIFA’s so-called ‘solidarity mechanism’, which stipulates that 5% of any international transfer fee must be set aside by the buying club to be distributed among each club the payer was registered with between his 12th and 23rd birthday.

    Devine has also helped Senrab FC receive their share of the fee Sunderland paid Toronto for their former player Jermain Defoe.

  85. Mourinho walks out



    Jose Mourinho seemed pretty relaxed in the aftermath of defeat to Stoke, praising his team and answering questions thrown at him by the media.

    But apparently not every journalist got nice Jose.

    Conducting an interview with Bein Sports, Mourinho reacted to a question about Chelsea's defending for the goal they conceded by saying 'you want to go for the negative, I don't', patted his interviewer on the shoulder, and walked off saying 'bye'.

    The clip is here.

  86. Happy birthday to who?


  87. FIFA scandal provoked by Platini


    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter is still swinging away, despite his suspension from any football activity. In an interview with TASS (a Russian news agency), he has claimed that Uefa chief Michel Platini (also suspended) is at the root of the conflict surrounding the world’s largest sports organization.

    "At the beginning it was only a personal attack. It was Platini against me. He started it, but then it became politics," Blatter said.

    The 79-year-old goes on to suggest that Platini's personal attack broadened to a Uefa and then European Union objection to him being Fifa president.

    You can read the whole interview here.

  88. Performances count for nothing?

    Everton 1-1 Norwich (Everton win on pens)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer


    So when Everton boss Roberto Martinez says there "is not even a doubt" Tim Howard will be back in goal at weekend despite Joel Robles outstanding display against Norwich City, is he effectively saying performances count for nothing?

    Makes life very comfortable for Howard.

  89. Football Daily Podcast

    Kelly Cates, Conor McNamara and Trevor Sinclair discuss the champions' fall from grace...

  90. Critics are stupid - Mourinho

    Stoke 1-1 Chelsea (Stoke win on pens)


    Chelsea's players made their critics look "stupid" despite their Capital One Cup exit at Stoke, said a defiant Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues boss claimed their display in the penalty shootout defeat, after a 1-1 draw, was enough to rubbish claims his players were not playing for him.

    "What the players did tonight is face the people that write and say, 'you are stupid'," said 52-year-old Mourinho.

    "You think the players did not give everything to win the game? That is really sad."

  91. Whitehead flying


    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha


    Britain's Richard Whitehead smashed his own T42 200m world record as he reached Wednesday's final at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.

    The 39-year-old powered through to win in 24.10 seconds, beating the 24.38 he set to win gold at London 2012.

    "I knew I was in great shape and I wanted to go out and deliver that performance," Whitehead told BBC Sport.

    Also through to the final is team-mate Dave Henson, who captained GB at last year's Invictus Games.

  92. Who will play who?


  93. 'Miss you, boss'


    How about this lovely tribute to former Everton manager Howard Kendall, apparently penned by former Goodison striker and current first-team coach Duncan Ferguson?

  94. Widnes release Owens

    Rugby League

    Jack Owens

    Widnes Vikings have allowed versatile winger Jack Owens to leave the Super League club.

    The 21-year-old, who had one year remaining on his contract, made 87 appearances for the Vikings after making his debut in 2011.

  95. Why Adil Rashid is one of a rare breed


    Adil Rashid

    It is one of the hardest skills in cricket: bowling a good leg-spinner.

    Adil Rashid became the first England leg-spinner to take five wickets in a Test since 1959 when he claimed 5-64 in the second innings of the first Test against Pakistan.

    Our man Justin Parkinson has taken a in-depth look at why leg spin has proved such an illusive art to master in England and how Rashid could inspire more young cricketers in this country to try their hand at the discipline.

  96. Get Involved - Your team's Achilles heel


    With Chelsea having lost all five of their penalty shootouts under Jose Mourinho's management, we want you to tell us...

    What is your team's historic Achilles heel?

    Krishna Kumar: Injuries have been Arsenal's Achilles heel for the past few seasons. Yesterday was more proof of that.

    Ben Wills: Play-offs. Think most Swindon fans want them scrapped.

    Gary Timms: Football. Football is Aston Villa's Achilles heel. Scoring goals. Passing. Tackling. All of it really.

    Cheer up Gary, the season is still young...

  97. Maccarinelli to fight Roy Jones Jr



    Welsh boxer Enzo Maccarinelli is today in Russia to seal a world title shot against legendary four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr.

    Russian Promoter Vladimir Hryunov has this morning posted a picture of Maccarinelli and 46-year-old Jones Jr on social media with the fight due to take place in Moscow on Saturday, 12 December.

    American born Jones Jr - a former middleweight, cruiserweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight world champion - officially became a Russian citizen on Tuesday and he is today finalising a WBA world cruiserweight title fight with former WBO champion Maccarinelli.

  98. Kvitova sails through



    Fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova has defeated fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-5, 7-5 to get her first group-stage win at the WTA Finals.

    Kvitova improved to 8-0 in career matches against the ninth-seeded Safarova, who has now lost both her matches in her first appearance at the season-ending tournament.

    Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza takes on sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber later.

  99. Benteke out

    Liverpool v Bournmeouth (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    The BBC understands that Christian Benteke is out of Liverpool’s Capital One Cup tie with Bournemouth tonight because of a knee injury.

  100. BreakingFifa announce candidates


    Fifa has confirmed the seven candidates to succeed president Sepp Blatter.

    Michel Platini is among them, along with Prince Ali,Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Sheikh Salman, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale.

    Former Trinidad footballer David Nakhid is not on the list, despite declaring his intention to stand last week.  

  101. Game on


    The First Test begins on 5 November. Stick it in your diaries.

  102. Get Involved


    We mentioned earlier on that Chelsea have lost all five of their penalty shootouts under Jose Mourinho's management. That got us thinking about other teams' familiar flaws, so we want you to tell us...

    What is your team's historic Achillies heel?

    It might be missing penalties, conceding from long range or losing cup finals. Or it might be something much more unusual. The less obvious the better.

    Let us know at #bbcsportsday and on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  103. Foxes pay the penalty

    Hull 1-1 Leicester (Hull win on pens)


    Congratulations to Hull, who shocked Premier League high-flyers Leicester City on penalties to move into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

    Midfielder David Meyler struck the winning fifth penalty for Steve Bruce's Championship side.

    "We made eight changes and beat a Premier League team, which was terrific," said a delighted Bruce.

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was not so chuffed but gracious in defeat, saying: "It was important to use all our players. In the end we lost to one penalty so well done to Hull City."

  104. Toffees sneak it

    Everton 1-1 Norwich (Everton win on pens)


    There were, of course, two other League Cup encounters on Tuesday.

    First to Everton, who beat Norwich on penalties to move into the quarter-finals.

    Sebastien Bassong opened the scoring for Norwich, who had several chances to increase their lead, before Leon Osman levelled from Kevin Mirallas's pass.

    Darron Gibson then hit the winning penalty in the shootout.

    "I thought it was a fantastic cup tie," said Roberto Martinez. "Credit to Norwich, they got the crowd frustrated in spells but we dealt with that really well."

  105. Premier League clubs on red alert

    Football gossip


    Isco has told Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez he wants to leave the club and Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are set to battle it out for the 23-year-old Spain midfielder, claims the Daily Star.  

  106. 'I can't believe it'


    You can watch the action live on BBC Two and online from 19:00 GMT.

  107. Women claim historic bronze



    Let us switch to gymnastics if we dare be so bold, for Great Britain's women are smiling today - having won their first ever world team final medal by claiming bronze at the World Championships in Glasgow.

    The United States won gold for their third consecutive women's team title, while China took silver.

    The Americans produced an error-free performance on the four apparatus of vault, uneven bars, beam and floor to score 181.338 points.

    China accumulated 176.164 points, with Great Britain scoring 172.380.

    You can watch the action live on BBC Two and online from 19:00 GMT.